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 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
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?”