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Anti-Israel protesters tried to force their way into Geneva synagogue

Written by Maureen Shamee
  
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:17
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A Muslim woman wearing a niqab veil first attempted to enter the Beth Yaakov Great Synagogue while waving a Palestinian flag last Saturday. She held a placard saying "Every synagogue is an Israeli embassy" but was prevented from doing so.


GENEVA (EJP)---Anti-Israel demonstrators attempted to force their way into a synagogue in Geneva, the latest in a string of attacks on synagogues in Europe.

According to CICAD, the Intercommunal Coordination Against Anti-Semitism and Defamation, a watchdog in the Swiss city, a Muslim woman wearing a niqab veil first attempted to enter the Beth Yaakov Great Synagogue while waving a Palestinian flag last Saturday. She held a placard saying "Every synagogue is an Israeli embassy" but was prevented from doing so.

The woman then returned that night accompanied by three men, and a second Muslim woman also then attempted to enter the synagogue.

The group told police they were ‘’simply exercising their right to protest’’ and promised to return the following Saturday.

CICAD said the incident was the first of its kind since the start of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza, and said it set a dangerous precedent.

"With this first public demonstration of hostility towards the Jewish community in Geneva since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza, an unacceptable step was taken," the group said.

"Synagogues should not become the new places of expression of hatred against Israel," it added.

CICAD called on local politicians, including those who support the Palestinian cause, to denounce this kind of action against the Jewish community and for authorities to take action to protect the Jewish community.

 

Europe has seen a shocking rise in anti-Semitism since the start of the conflict between Israel and Gaza terrorist groups with anti-Semitic incidents being reported on a daily basis.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:32
 

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