Thousands March in Europe in the Latest Rallies Against Antisemitism Stoked by the War in Gaza

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    Participants in a demonstration protest against anti-Semitism under the slogan "Germany stands up - Never again is now!" in Berlin, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. (Carsten Koall/dpa via AP)

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of people marched in the Belgian and German capitals on Sunday to protest soaring antisemitism since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

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    The demonstrations in Brussels and Berlin were the latest in a series of rallies in European capitals that have expressed support for Jewish communities. Previous marches in Paris and in London drew tens of thousands of people. There have also been many pro-Palestinian rallies, often drawing large crowds.


    Marchers at the Brussels rally held up signs reading “You don’t have to be Jewish to march against antisemitism,” “antisemitism kills” and other slogans. Police said at least 4,000 people attended.

    Joël Rubinfeld, president of the Belgian League Against Antisemitism, said Belgium has witnessed “a huge increase” in anti-Jewish hatred since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas militants that triggered their latest and deadliest war.

    “We are living in a very complicated period,” he said, adding that the rally sends “a message to the Jewish community of Belgium to tell them that they are not alone.”

    Meanwhile, several thousand people demonstrated against antisemitism in Berlin as Germany deals with a large increase in anti-Jewish incidents following the Oct. 7 attack.

    Police estimated that around 3,200 people gathered in the rain, while organizers put the figure at 10,000, German news agency dpa reported.

    Participants in a demonstration protest against anti-Semitism under the slogan “Germany stands up – Never again is now!” in Berlin, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. (Carsten Koall/dpa via AP)
    A protester holds a sign which reads “Union against anti-Semitism is strength” as they participate in a march during an anti-Semitism demonstration in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Nicolas Landemard)
    Protesters hold a banner which reads “Union against anti-Semitism is strength” as they march during an anti-Semitism demonstration in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Nicolas Landemard)
    Protesters hold signs and banners as they march during an anti-Semitism demonstration in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Nicolas Landemard)
    Protesters hold signs and banners as they march during an anti-Semitism demonstration in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Nicolas Landemard)
    Protesters hold signs and banners as they march during an anti-Semitism demonstration in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Nicolas Landemard)
    A protestor, right, holds a sign which reads “Union against anti-Semitism is strength” during an anti-Semitism demonstration in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Nicolas Landemard)
    Protestors gather to listen to speaches during an anti-Semitism demonstration in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Nicolas Landemard)

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    mee hoo ze
    mee hoo ze
    2 months ago

    I think the Europeans are more afraid of the Muslims that are taking over Europe, not really their love for Jews but you never know.

    Conservative Carl
    Conservative Carl
    2 months ago

    Marching is important, but we also need to counter disinformation. Soft Holocaust denial has already gone mainstream.