Anti-Semitic Overview of 2006

Sunday, January 07, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

From shootings and stabbings to attacks and murders, 2006 was replete with anti-Semitic events, bearing heavier scars than what has happened in recent years.

As a result, a government forum was publicized, outlining the struggle against anti-Semitism. The forum showed that throughout the year the number of anti-Semitic events exceeded hundreds and of these hundreds many were described as violent events.

The first was the murdering of Jews on the basis of their Jewish background in France and in the United States, similar to the attempted murder of Jews praying in Moscow.

Israel has overcome the anti-Semitic policy phenomenon – anti–Semitism constitutes an official component in the policies of the nation.

The leading anti-Semitic nation is Iran, followed by Syria.

The forum outlined anti-Semitic events that took place during the year:

USA: A Muslim-American murdered and wounded Jews in a Jewish federation building in Seattle.

France: Kidnapping and murder of Ilan Halimi in Paris with an anti-Semitic motive.

Russia: 11 wounded in a stabbing in a Moscow synagogue.

Norway: Shooting toward a synagogue in Oslo.

Iran: Conference on denial of the Holocaust; Exhibition of cartoon characters on the Holocaust in Teheran, including 10 world leaders.

Great Britain: Jewish girl was struck on a London bus.

Only a few days into 2007, the new year has already been marked by anti-Semitic events in the world: Police in Moscow are investigating the murder of a Jew who is a resident of Azerbaijan. He disappeared on his way to collect his son from the kindergarten. His body was found with stabbing marks on the street. The man was not robbed, which makes it possible to conclude that his murder was with an anti-Semitic motive.

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