Violent attacks against Jews made headlines worldwide this week

Published March 10th, 2016 - 03:15 GMT
Israeli medics in Jerusalem after an alleged attack by Palestinians on a city bus in November 2015. (credit: AFP/Gali Tibbon)
Israeli medics in Jerusalem after an alleged attack by Palestinians on a city bus in November 2015. (credit: AFP/Gali Tibbon)

Attacks on Jews around the world made international headlines this week. Here are some of the most prominent examples from the past few days:  

  • According to the Israeli media, a 54-year-old Jewish man was stabbed to death in a small city of Paysandu in western Uruguay on Tuesday. The 35-year-old attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar!" while carrying out the crime, but police did not say whether he was Muslim or was motivated by anti-Semitism.
  • A 13-year-old Jewish boy walking to a synagogue in Paris was reportedly attacked by a group of youths of "African origin," according to a report released Monday by the National Bureau for Violence Against Anti-Semitism, a group that says it monitors Jewish hate crimes. The Paris attackers allegedly called the boy a "dirty Jew," punching him and ripping his yarmulkah off his head. The boy does not seem to have been seriously hurt.  
  • Prosecutors in Denmark said Tuesday that a 16-year-old Danish girl is being accused of planning to bomb two Jewish schools, according to the Associated Press. The girl allegedly worked together with a 24-year-old man to buy chemicals with which to make explosives, prosecutors said. Both suspects denied the charges. 
  • On Tuesday in Israel, an American tourist was killed and 10 others were wounded in a stabbing spree in the city of Jaffa. It's unclear whether the American tourist was Jewish or not.

 

 

There's evidence to suggest that anti-Semitism worldwide has been on the rise lately. Last year, a study by Tel Aviv University found that violent acts targeting Jews rose 38 percent between 2013 and 2014, making 2014 the worst year for such assaults since 2009, Reuters reported. The study found the highest number of anti-Semitic acts that year occurred in France, and said that Israel's 2014 war in Gaza played a major role in the global increase. 

By Hunter Stuart


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