JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's prime minister has called on the international community to band together against enemies calling for the destruction of the Jewish state.This has been said around the same time that the Jewish Agency has warned that anti-semitism is on the rise again in Europe:
Benjamin Netanyahu's comments were clearly directed at Iran.
He spoke Monday at a ceremony held at Israel's national Holocaust memorial where the blueprints of the notorious Auschwitz death camp were unveiled.
Netanyahu said the lesson of the Holocaust is to "stop bad things when they are small."
He said: "There is new Jew-hatred in our midst. There are new calls for the extermination of the Jewish state."
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly questioned the Holocaust and called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." Israel also fears Iran is developing nuclear weapons.
Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein directly linked worsening anti-Semitism with the United Nations “Goldstone Report” on alleged war crimes in last year’s Operation Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign aimed at putting a halt to eight years of lethal rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.A good point is to be made about how the leading perpetrators of anti-semitism today in Europe are Islamofascists. At the same time, it's also leftists like Goldstone.
Israel is preparing a response to the Goldstone report, and Edelstein commented Sunday, "It is certainly already clear that, for many of the 'incidents' and 'crimes' described in the report, no proof was found.” He said he will tell U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon that the report fueled attacks, many of them violent, against Jews around the world.
The anti-Semitic attacks “were mostly perpetrated by Muslims from large local Muslim communities, including Palestinians, mainly in France, Britain, Belgium, Scandinavia, Germany and the United States,” the report stated. In France, there were 631 incidents in the first six months compared with 464 for all of 2008, and more than 100 incidents were recorded in Paris, where the involvement of Muslim teenagers was noted. Among the attacks in France was one on a handicapped Jewish woman.