Last week, the Community Security Trust released its annual report on hate crimes against Jews in 2016. It found a record high of antisemitic incidents in Britain, with no discernible reason for this spike.In response to the release of this report, Baroness Jenny Tonge asked rhetorically if it had been considered that hate crimes committed against Jews were because of Israeli government actions – and suggested that if the Jewish community spoke up against Israel it would lessen the amount of hate crimes.
EJC President Moshe Kantor said. “This would not just have been a disaster for Austria but also for Europe, as it might have given a strong tailwind for other similar extremists across the continent, like the National Front leader Marine Le Pen who is competing in the upcoming French presidential elections.”
European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor met with the Pope in the Vatican today and said that he considers the audience a gesture of brotherhood towards every Jew.“Jews still bear the marks of the Shoah in their hearts and even today continue to be threatened by Antisemitism in all its vicious forms,” Dr. Kantor said, praising the visit by the Pope to Auschwitz last year.