A physical defense

The OZMA Self-Defense Project, which instructs participants on how to endure a disaster and its aftermath, is a response to worldwide anti-Semitism.

The word ‘quenelle,’ an anti-Semitic reference, is removed from ‘The Wall For Peace’ in Paris.
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The shouts of pugnacious crowds, smashed glass, explosions, a plane flying overhead and sometimes rants of “@#$! Jew” rang out in the Jerusalem dance hall, while participants in the OZMA Crisis Management Project maneuvered blindfolded, attempting to protect themselves.

It was a mixed bag of 20-something French olim and several Jerusalem Post staff members at the Ginot Ha’ir Community Council in the German Colony’s Emek Refaim Street who were participating in the simulation, a response to recent attacks provoked by rising levels of anti-Semitism.

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