EJC calls on European nations to take punitive action after attacks on Gothenburg synagogue and kosher restaurant in Amsterdam

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(Brussels, Sunday, December 10, 2017) – The European Jewish Congress calls on Sweden and other European nations to take strong punitive action after Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue in Gothenburg, an attack on a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam and demonstrators were heard chanting murderous slogans against Jews in several European cities over the weekend.
“It is unconscionable that Jews are under attack on the streets of Europe, whether by terrorists hurling Molotov cocktails or openly and brazenly calling for the mass murder of Jews in Malmo, Vienna and Paris,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said. “We call on European governments to take strong punitive action against those who perpetrated these acts and call for the immediate arrest of anyone who makes murderous chants.”
Some in Europe have tried to suggest that the blame for the attacks on Jews in Europe are the result of US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“It is highly morally objectionable to suggest that people want to murder a particular group because of a diplomatic statement, and no one would dare to suggest that any other group could justifiably be targeted because of what happens with a nation they are seen to be connected to,” Dr. Kantor said in reaction.  “There is once again a double standard against Jews and anyone who suggests such an equation should be ashamed of themselves. Anyone who justifies antisemitic attacks on Jews, whether physical or verbal, places themselves in the category of an anti-Semite.”