Gaza Flotilla Raid Increased Global anti-Semitism, Study Finds

Forum for Countering anti-Semitism finds a connection between growing anti-Semitic sentiment and delegitimization of Israel.

Israel's deadly raid on the Turkish-flagged ship Mavi Maramara in May last year increased anti-Semitic attacks against European Jews during 2010, the Coordinating Forum for Countering anti-Semitism concluded in a study released on Sunday.

"The most prominent event this year has been the Turkish flotilla affair, highlighting the relationship between anti-Semitism and delegitimization," the report stated.

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Eli Hershkovitz

The organization stated in its annual trends and assessment summary of anti-Semitic-related events around the world, that there was a growing link between anti-Semitic sentiments and delegtimization of Israel since the Gaza flotilla attack.

The report drew a connection between the deadly attack, in which nine Turkish activists were killed, to several acts of violence against Jews, including 10 attacks in France, and five attacks against Jews in Austria. There was also, according to the report, a rise in Muslim attempts to attack Jews.

The report drew a link between new Muslim anti-Semitic sentiments and the Nazi rhetoric, stating that the extremists have adopted neo-Nazi slogans. Another worrying trend was Iran's growing ties with extreme right and neo-Nazi organizations across the world, such as in Chile, Greece, and Hungary.

The organization presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the report, and stated that the world's Jews were in real and continuous danger, and that the delegitmization of Israel has become a strategic threat, not just for the country, but for the Jewish communities throughout the world.

The report also stated a list of 10 anti-Semitic defamation assaults, including White House News reporter Hellen Thomas who said last year that  "the Jews should get the hell out of Palestine," as well as a CNN news anchor's comment against Jon Stewart. Both of them were subsequently fired from their positions.