Wednesday, February 21, 2018
While some Jews aided the Nazis, historians point out, they did so under the threat of death and often the fear of mass reprisals.
The Forum Against Anti-Semitism documented an increase to 402 cases of hateful rhetoric in 2017, but also a 25% drop in physical assaults on Jews.
The leaders of the Jewish federations of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland urged lawmakers in Reykjavik to reject a bill proposing to ban the rite.
Andrzej Duda's move advances the bill that has been harshly criticized by Jewish groups and Israeli politicians.
The bill cited the need to match the 2005 ban on female genital mutilation.
British Jewry's largest anti-Semitism watchdog recorded a 34 percent increase in the number of violent anti-Semitic assaults.
The U.S. State Department joined Israel and Jewish groups in opposing the bill.
It is the second attack this month on a Jewish child in Sarcelles.
Fear of wearing Jewish symbols was in the WZO online poll at 51 percent in Europe compared to 22 percent in North America.
The parliament approved a commissioner to develop and carry out programs aimed at combating anti-Jewish attitudes and crimes.

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