“If the European countries fail to protect the Jews within their territory, the State of Israel will. Jewish blood is not cheap blood,” Former Shin Bet chief, Knesset Member Yisrael Hasson told European envoys at the Knesset on Monday.
The Danish, Swedish and Dutch ambassadors to Israel, as well as officials from the embassies of Britain, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Austria and Germany took part on Monday in an urgent meeting of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee on the situation of Jewish communities in Europe.
Nathan Gelbart, the head of Germany’s Keren Hayesod (United Jewish Appeal) in Berlin, reported that the German Jewish community is scared “because these are things that have not occurred since 1933.” He cited demonstrators shouting “death to the Jews” and other anti-Semitic slogans.
“These demonstrators are marching in the heart of Berlin shouting these slogans, in front of the police. Shouting ‘Jews are pigs’ is an incitement: Why isn’t the Germany police taking the details of these people shouting in an aggressive way ‘Death to the Jews’?” asked Gelbart.
”These protesters (against Israel’s Gaza operation) don`t know how to say `hello` in German, but they know very well how to shout that Israel is fascist and cruel,” he said.
Benjamin Albalas, president of the Jewish Community of Greece, declared: “The attitude in Europe is promoting delegitimization of the State of Israel… and is a first step toward the intimidation of the Jews’ right to live in their own home countries.”
The European envoys condemned the anti-Semitic attacks in their countries and described the tools their governments use to combat the phenomenon. A representative of the French embassy in Tel Aviv said his country pledges ”zero tolerance for displays of anti-Semitism, adding that ”every attack on France`s Jews is an attack on all of France.” France, he said, has beefed up security around the Jewish communities even before the recent anti-Israel demonstrations. ”France is not denying that there is a problem…The French government`s efforts against acts of racism will gradually increase,” said the official. .
During the meeting. MK Hasson told the ambassadors, ”NATO bombed 5,000 civilians in Kosovo just because it was insulted; 27,000 Iraqi civilians were bombed during the American invasion because they posed a danger to the US; there is not a country in the world that can talk to us about morality.”
“If you do not stand by our side, the day when Islamic terror will reach your homes, your beds and your kindergartens will come soon,” he warned.