Around the world, anti-Semitism peppered protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that Washington recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In Berlin, protesters could be hear chanting, Khaybar Khaybar ya Yahud (“Khaybar, Khaybar o’ Jew”), a reference to the battle of Khaybar where Jews surrendered to Muslims.
The Transatlantic Institute, the European branch of the American Jewish Committee, tweeted:
“Torching stars of David, flying terror flags, and chanting “Khaybar Khaybar ya Yahud” go far beyond criticism of President Trump‘s #Jerusalem decision. It‘s straight-up anti-Semitic intimidation. #Berlin”
Protesters also shouted a well-known slogan, “Thousands of martyrs are marching toward Jerusalem.”
In Sweden, protesters called for the killings of Jews in a demonstration in Malmo, According to reports on Swedish radio, demonstrators shouted, “We want our freedom back and we’re going to shoot the Jews.”
In response, Justice Minister Morgan Johansson tweeted, “It is horrendous … to invoke violence against Jews.”
Also in Sweden, hours after another protest Saturday night, about 12 masked men firebombed a synagogue in Gothenburg during a party for local youth. The youth were evacuated to the basement of the building and no one was hurt.
In Amsterdam the morning after the announcement, a man brandishing a Palestinian flag and wearing a keffiyeh (a scarf/shawl associated with Palestinian nationalism) smashed the windows of a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam.
The assailant reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he kicked in the door of the HaCarmel restaurant. He seized an Israeli flag from inside the restaurant and brought it back out into the street, before being tackled by two policemen.
A Dutch left-wing politician condemned the attack, but blamed it on Trump. Reinier van Dantzig, spokesperson for Democracy 66 on the Amsterdam City Council, tweeted:
“How awful that this happened. It shows how thoughtless statements by the leader of the free world have direct consequences. Let us show clearly that there is no room for intolerance in Amsterdam!”
Herman Loonstein, a Dutch-Jewish leader who heads the Federative Jewish Netherlands group, slammed van Dantzig’s statement as “cowardly and obscene” and “victim blaming.”
No one was hurt in the incident.
Meanwhile in Lebanon at press time, protesters were attacking the U.S. embassy near Beirut. Watch the action in footage taken Sunday morning, December 10:
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