Jan 5 2009
From: PAT DOLLARD
JEWS SHOT, BEATEN, & FIREBOMBED ALL ACROSS EUROPE…by Muslims and ‘superior, sophisticated, tolerant leftwing scumbags.’
PARIS (AP) – Government officials and Jewish leaders are panicked as the conflict in Gaza spills over into violence in Europe, with attacks reported against Jews and synagogues in France, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Britain.
Assailants rammed a burning car bomb into the gates of a synagogue in Toulouse, in southwest France, Monday night, while another car bomb was set to go off in the synagogue’s yard.
A Jewish congregation in Helsingborg, in southern SWEDEN, was attacked Monday night by firebombers who threw an explosive device through a synagogue window after smashing it, said police spokesman Leif Nilsson. On Sunday slogans, including “murderers … You broke the cease-fire,” were smeared on Israel’s embassy in Stockholm.
In DENMARK, a 27-year-old Dane born in Lebanon to Palestinian parents severely wounded two young Israelis last week in a shooting police are certain is linked to the Gaza crisis.
In BRITAIN, the Community Security Trust, a Jewish defense group, said it had seen a rise in anti-Semitic incidents since the start of Israel’s offensive against Gaza. The group said it recorded 20-25 incidents across the country in the past week—a sizable increase from 2-3 incidents usually reported to the group over the Christmas-New Year period.
Police are investigating an arson attempt Sunday on a synagogue in north London. Assailants covered the door with gasoline and set it on fire, retreating only as police arrived.
In another incident last week, a gang of 15-20 youths walked along the main street in Golders Green, a largely Jewish neighborhood in north London, shouting “Jew” and “Free Palestine” at passers-by, threatening violence until police arrived, said Community Security Trust spokesman Mark Gardner.
In BELGIUM, pro-Palestinian “protests” ended in violence against Jews, and arrests. As a result, police in Antwerp and Brussels are on “an increased state of alert.”
FRANCE has Western Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim communities and a history of anti-Semitic violence flaring when tensions in the Middle East are high. In 2002, some 2,300 Jews left France for Israel because they felt unsafe. Even in normal times, anti-Semitic incidents are not uncommon.
President Nicolas Sarkozy warned in a statement Tuesday that France would not tolerate violence linked to the Gaza crisis. A day earlier, his interior minister said she was concerned about the prospect of contagion and met with the heads of the two main Muslim and Jewish groups and police officials to stress the need to “preserve national unity.”
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