MK Rozbozov vows Knesset panel will combat anti-Semitism

The Knesset and world Jewry must work together, said MKs and European Jewish community leaders.

November 11, 2013 18:25
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Vladimir Sloutsker

Vladimir Sloutsker 370. (photo credit: STEVE LINDE)

The Knesset and world Jewry must work together to fight anti-Semitism, MKs and European Jewish community leaders said Monday.

In an Israel Jewish Congress event at the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee, IJC chairman Vladimir Sloutsker warned that anti-Semites try to hide behind anti-Israel sentiment.

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“Anti-Israel propaganda puts in the minds of Europeans that Israel is inhumane, repressive and denies the human rights of non-Jews, which justifies anti-Semitism and makes people believe Jews deserve to be attacked,” Sloutsker warned.

Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee chairman Yoel Razbozov called for Jewish communities around the world to report anti-Semitism to the panel so it can “act aggressively” against the phenomenon; perhaps even physically.

Speaking to a Jewish National Fund emmissary who was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack in Sydney, Razbozov referred to his past as a professional judoka, joking: “I wish I was there to take care of it.

“We talk about small incidents [of anti-Semitism] here and there,” he added. “We need to put out the small fires to avoid a bigger one.”

French lawmaker Meyer Habib, a close friend of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, spoke about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks in his country, even though the government tries to fight it.

“Most racist attacks in France are against Jews, even though we are only one percent of the population,” Habib explained. “ ...Muslim extremism is an international problem. The world’s eyes aren’t open enough.”

As for anti-Semitism disguised as being anti-Israel, Habib chasticed a French senator who called to boycott Israel for human rights reasons and said that, “100,000 people were massacred and gassed in Syria! Why is no one protesting them?”

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