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Antisemitism reaches levels not seen since World War II

Next month’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp is a reminder, at a time when Antisemitism is on the rise again, of what happens when the world stays silent about persecution, president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder, said. He told Reuters in an interview that Antisemitism had reached levels not seen since World War II, driven by Islamist extremists using hatred of Jews as a way to attack Israel, and by far-right nationalists in Europe.

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Turkish media encourage hatred against Jews

Turkish newspapers targeted the Jewish demographic 130 times between May and August this year, according to the “Monitoring Hate Speech in the Media” report, which was released on Monday by the Hrant Dink Foundation.

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Israel Is Responsible for a Tsunami in Japan

A conservative Japanese newspaper had to apologize for publishing an advertisement for books by an author who argues that the Jews were responsible for the huge earthquake and tsunami three years ago. This disaster, which struck the city of Sedani, took the lives of 15,889 people and became one of the greatest disasters Japan has known in modern times..

The Ad was published on a local edition of the newspaper “Senaki Shimbon” on November 26. It promoted the works of Richard Koshimizo, an activist who also accused Israel for being responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States.

Written by: Danielle Dimant.

Brazil: A Swastika Found at The Bottom of a Pool

During a helicopter tour conducted as part of an unrelated investigation, Brazilian police found a swastika painted on the bottom of a private pool, in the small town of Santa Catarina.

Despite the anti- Semitic message conveyed in such a symbol, local authorities announced that the homeowners would not be indicted, because it is private property. In addition, authorities told CNN that the owner, whose identity was not revealed, is not promoting Nazism, in spite of the Nazi symbol located at the bottom of his pool in the past 13 years.

Swastiks found at the bottom of a pool in Brazil. Police won't investigate.

 Written by: Danielle Dimant.

Swastika Drawn on an eBay Receipt

“Instead of a gift I received swastika” said Ayelet, who commissioned a cupcake baking machine from a seller from Britain on eBay, and was shocked to see such a horrific expression of Antisemitism.

Antisemitism 2014: Ayelet, a resident of the central districts of Israel, was shocked to see a swastika drawn on a package of electrical appliance she bought online. Ayelet bought the device “Cake Tops” on the shopping site eBay. After three weeks of waiting, the package arrived to its designation, but instead of being happy, Ayelet’s heart grew heavy.

“At first I did not believe it, near the address and the word ‘Israel’ I saw a swastika drawn with a red marker. It was not a scrap. It was very clear and unambiguous. It was shocking,” says Ayelet “I never imagined something like that could happen. This is the first time I order something especially for me, and instead of a present, I got a swastika “.

To the surprise of an Israeli - a swastika was drawn on her receipt from eBay.

The package was sent from England to Israel and Ayelet does not believe that the company itself is responsible for fact, but it is clear that someone who took part handling the package did it. “It’s still outrageous and upsetting to me. This is just not something you do. I do not want to think about what would happen if a Holocaust survivor would order something over the Internet for their children or grandchildren, and get a package with a swastika on it. I do not want to think about what I would have had to explain to my children if they were older and would have seen it. It is outrageous and only shows that anti-Semitism is increasing if something like this happens.”

Ayelet; who posted on the Israeli Facebook group “Mothers Cook Together” and got a large number of comments in a short time, indicated that she intends to contact the acquisitions company and demand that they investigate who is responsible for drawing the swastika.

Originally published on nrg.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Dachau camp

137707144714930114a_bOn Tuesday, August 20th 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a historic visit to the Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany, where the Nazis murdered more than 41 thousand people during World War II. Angela Merkel is the first ever Chancellor to have visited Dachau.

During her visit, Merkel met with Holocaust survivors. One of the survivors is Aba Naor, an 85 years old man whose mother and 5-year-old brother were murdered in concentration camps along with dozens other relatives. Naor said: “Merkel comes here to say that the German people had not forgotten what happened in this place”. The Nazis established the Dachau concentration camp in 1933, a few weeks after Hitler came to power, to detain and concentrate political opponents. The camp was the first of many camps, where Jews, Russians, Poles and homosexuals were murdered.

More than 200 thousand people were in the camp until U.S. troops liberated it in 1945. The shocking and horrifying sentence “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free), still hangs above the main gate. 800 thousand visitors pass through the gate each year to see and study about the horrors that happened there.

The German chancellor said on Saturday that Antisemitism and racism remain a threat to democracy in Europe. During her visit to Dachau, the chancellor said that “the memory of the tragedy fills me with deep sadness and shame.” Merkel also said that she is worried about the rise of the extreme right in Germany, especially of a group called “National Socialist Underground“, which is considered a terrorist group.

We at SFI deeply appreciate this historic and important visit. Antisemitism has not disappeared from Europe; in fact, the number of antisemitic incidents is rising. Antisemitism together with xenophobia is a tremendous danger to the democracy of Europe and to the victory of morality and truth over evil.

We wish that all relevant European countries recognize their difficult history and will continue to fight Antisemitism so we all could reach a day of peace, tranquility and unity.

Written by: Boaz Hasid.