A spike in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, sanctions imposed on Iran to deter
its nuclear program plans and the UN’s vote upgrading Palestine to non-member
state status topped the Anti-Defamation League’s list of top 10 stories that
rocked the Jewish world in 2012.
The report, which focused on events
outside of the US, highlighted the reasons why 2012 was a significant, if not
worrisome, year for Jews worldwide.
“While it isn’t always true, this
year was a year with particular emphasis on events overseas,” explained Abraham
H. Foxman, ADL national director.
One of the most notable of these
international events was Israel’s efforts to combat Hamas’s rockets with
Operation Pillar of Defense. By the end of this eight-day conflict, more than
800 rockets hit Israel. According to the ADL, however, this conflict goes beyond
Israel’s attempt to defend itself. To that end, evidence of Iran supplying
weapons to Hamas, and Egypt’s role as a mediator, indicates a shift in power
dynamics in the Middle East.
Coming in at No. 8 on the list is the 2012
Olympic Committee’s decision to refuse to commemorate the 30th anniversary of
the athletes murdered in Munich.
The Olympic Committee denied a request
to have a moment of silence for the fallen athletes due to concerns that doing
so would “politicize” the games.
Such a decision, says the ADL, is a
blatant example of “callousness” and “insensitivity” toward Jews. Many
organizations and individuals protested the decision.
Chief among which
was US sportscaster Bob Costas, President Barack Obama, and the governments of
Germany, Canada and Australia.
While almost all of these incidents
underscored a growing sense of anti-Semitism worldwide, the inclusion of US
presidential candidates’ persistent efforts to win the Jewish vote marked one
positive example of Jews being embraced outside of Israel. Republican nominee
Mitt Romney visited Jerusalem this year to demonstrate his solidarity with
Israel. Obama, for his part, reiterated his commitment to Israel and vowed that
the American/Israeli relationship remains firm.
ADL’s complete list of
incidents which affected Jews in 2012 is provided below:
resurgent in Europe
2. Iran sanctions and subterfuge
3. UN vote to upgrade Palestine
4. Gaza rockets met with Israeli air strikes
5. US Campaign 2012 and
efforts to woo the Jewish Vote
6. Rumor Jews were behind anti-Muslim film goes
7. Presidential primary candidates mix religion and politics
Olympics Committee fails to recognize Munich
9. US Jewish community on alert as
year begins, ends with anti-Semitic incidents
10. Deafening silence in face of
Hamas celebrations to “destroy Israel”