A few days ago we wrote about the serious escalation in anti-Semitic incidents worldwide in recent years, a fact documented by many, including the US State Department.
To demonstrate just how frequently Jews around the world are being forced to look over their shoulders, we present yet another three serious attacks on Jews over just the past few days.
On Monday, two men reportedly in their 40s assaulted and threatened a 12-year-old Jewish boy waiting at a bus stop in Paris. The men hit the boy repeatedly with a belt and hurled insults at him in Arabic, according to French sources.
A day later, a Hungarian mob burned an Israeli flag in front of a synagogue in Budapest. The inflammatory and threatening act was perpetrated by Hungarian ultra-nationalists.
Whereas during World War II European Jews had primarily to contend with such ultra-nationalists, as the Paris incident reveals, today they are attacked on two sides - on the one by white supremacists and on the other by Europe's burgeoning Muslim population.
But, as we noted in the previous article, the problem is hardly confined to Europe.
Also on Tuesday, a Nazi swastika was found spray-painted in an elevator in a Jewish neighborhood in New York City. Police viewed the incident as part of an ongoing campaign of anti-Jewish vandalism. In the most serious incident to date, police found the following threat spray-painted in a New York subway:
"The world would be much better off if all the Jews were lampshades"
There are unsubstantiated, though not entirely unlikely, claims that the Nazis turned some of their Jewish victims into soap and lampshades.
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