Since the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, there has been a rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents all over Europe. Pro-Palestinian demonstrations that call for the extermination of Jews are attended by hundreds of people. Why?
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German politicians do their utmost to show their solidarity with Israel. However, research shows that only a third of the population shares that opinion.
Bulgaria and Israel share a strong bond. It is not only political, but also spiritual, columnist Vlady Raichinov writes.
The European Commission concludes that its own subsidies are being put to good use by the Palestinian authorities. But everybody who closely examines the issue feels that it is time to pause the good will.
Last week, more than 500 police officers raided the "Islamic Centre Hamburg", a large mosque known to be anti-Semitic, as well as 54 of its branches throughout Germany. With this raid, the authorities want to gather the final evidence to ban the community's activities.
Can we still talk about Jewish biscuits? May a shop refuse customers if they support Israel? One thing is sure: anti-Semitism keeps Europe busy.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz argues that Germany has only one place when it comes to Israel, and that is on the side of the Jewish state. In the German Democratic Republic (GDR), it was completely different.
Jews are generally safe in Hungary, argues Zoltán Radnóti (51), head of rabbis in Budapest. Anti-Semitism is not a significant problem in his country, he believes. "Thanks to President Orbán, Budapest is an island without Muslim fundamentalists in Europe. Pro-Palestinian demonstrations are banned."
Anti-Semitism is particularly sensitive in Germany. According to Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, Germany is obliged to support Israel. "There is no place for religious intolerance in Germany."
The Israeli representative at the UN in New York put on a yellow star last Monday. His photo was used all over the world, confirming the observation that the conflict between Israel and Hamas still dominates all the news. Why is that?