Although Jean-Marie Le Pen received one of the largest votes of any far-right candidate in western Europe since World War II in his failed bid for the French presidency, his National Front party is unlikely to do as well in parliamentary elections next month.
Members of the World Jewish Congress executive who had flown to Brussels to discuss the wave of anti-Semitism in Europe felt the sting of that hate firsthand in the Belgian capital.
During the 36-hour meeting last week, there were four separate anti-Semitic attacks against members of the 100-member group, according to its secretary general.
"If you analyze the statistical probability [of that happening], it's a serious lesson," said Avi Beker. "And our people were [primarily] not in the streets but in the hotel."
The surprise second-place finish of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in Sunday's presidential vote has at least one Israeli official calling on French Jews to make aliyah.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai spoke with French community leaders, his spokesman was quoted as saying, and "implored them to start packing their bags and come to Israel."
The deaths of 15 people — including 13 non-Jews — in an apparent terrorist attack last week at a Tunisian synagogue underscores the need for non-Jews to join Jews in fighting a wave of anti-Semitic violence, according to Israel’s deputy foreign minister.
“We have to act with all our strength, Jews and non-Jews alike, because anti-Semitism always undermines the fundamentals of society,” Rabbi Michael Melchior said.
Buenos Aires — At first glance, the once-thriving capital of Argentina looks as thriving as ever. The downtown commercial area, near the banks of the Rio de la Plata river, is filled with people. The shelves of the upscale shops are stocked with the latest goods. The city’s distinctive yellow-and-black taxis cruise the streets.
But at second glance …
Three synagogues were firebombed, a kosher butcher shop was shot at, and a young Jewish couple was beaten — the pregnant woman so seriously that she was hospitalized. All of this happened last weekend in France, the latest in a series of more than 400 anti-Semitic attacks there in the past 18 months.
But the 600,000 Jews of France are not alone in facing what observers are calling the worst anti-Semitism since World War II.