A Belgian cafe owner is under fire for broadcasting blatant Jew-hatred in his store window. A sign in Turkish and French announced, “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” The French version of the sign replaced “Jews” with “Zionists.”
NY Daily News (h/t Martin V) Along with the sign, the cafe owners hung a Palestinian flag and a kaffieh, a Palestinian shawl. The Israeli flag was also in the window, but it was crossed out with a giant red “X”. Saint-Nicolas’ mayor sent police to the cafe to remove the sign. But the The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism (LBCA) is demanding more action.
The incidence bore a chilling resemblance to another reported act of anti-Semitism that occured in Belgium last week. An Orthodox Jewish woman claimed that a shop owner in Antwerp refused to sell her merchandise “out of protest.” An employee of the store told Joods Actueel, a Jewish Daily, that the shop had temporarily decided not to sell to Jews, although the CEO denies this.
The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy have confirmed a rise in anti-Semitic protests and violents over the past few days over the conflicts in Gaza. “Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no place in our societies,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, France’s Laurent Fabius and Italy’s Federica Mogherini said in a joint statement issued in Brussels.
Since the outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas, participants at anti-Israel demonstrations across Germany have frequently used anti-Semitic slogans and also called for Jews to be gassed — a reference to the killing of Jews by the Nazis in the Holocaust.
In France, pro-Palestinian youths have clashed repeatedly with police, and on Sunday set fire to cars, pillaged stores and attacked two synagogues in the Paris suburbs, while Italy has also seen pro-Palestinian demonstrations.