‘’Israel is concerned over the rise of anti-Semitism in recent years among political elements from the right and left and among Islamic elements,’’ Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call one day after the German parliament elections showed the right-wing extremist AfD (Alternative for Germany) party winning seats in the parliament.
Hundreds of thousands of people in more than 380 Jewish communities across 10 FSU countries, took part in Rosh Hashanah celebrations, services, and meals last week. Many more will join them in other fall holiday celebrations over the coming weeks, including the holidays of Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simhat Torah.
‘’This murderous attack is the result of – inter alia – systematic incitement by the Palestinian Authority and other elements and I expect Abu Mazen to condemn it and not attempt to justify it,’’ said Israeli Prime Minister at a cabinet meeting, following the killing of three Israelis in a shooting attack by a Palestinian in Har Adar near Jerusalem.
''It is an utter disgrace that a convicted terrorist is given a platform in the European Parliament to spew her hateful message,’’ said the AJC Transatlantic Institute over the appearance on Tuesday in the European Parliament in Brussels of convicted terrorist Leila Khaled.
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on securing a fourth term in Sunday’s federal elections, calling her “a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people.”
‘’Europeans must stand united against hatred, intolerance and anti-Semitism,’’ stresses Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, in a message to the Jewish community in Europe on the occasion of Rosh Hashana 5778.
The German government has adopted the international definition of anti-Semitism definition which was initiated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Germany joins Britain, Austria and Romania in officially adopting this definition.