Jews have a bleak present — and future — in Europe because of anti-Semitism.
European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor in a speech read for him raised the possibility of Jews leaving Europe amid rising extremism.
And it wasn’t just European Jewish leaders: Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog called the reality for European Jews “a raging crisis” and said that despite efforts to curb the anti-Semitism, one “can no longer ignore that Jews are unsafe walking the streets of Europe.”
Herzog cited a recent assault in Paris on the Jewish Agency’s top envoy there, Daniel Ben-Haim. A security guard tackled the attacker, who targeted Ben-Haim because he wears a kippah, Herzog said.
“If Jews leave Europe, the question is not what will be of Jews,” Kantor said, noting that Israel’s existence assures their survival, “but what will be of Europe.” He called for “urgent action” against anti-Semitism by authorities.
Kantor unexpectedly was prevented from attending the event. Among the 200 on hand for Wednesday’s ceremony in Brussels ahead of the January 27 commemorative day were European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and Susan Pollack, a survivor from Hungary living in the United Kingdom.
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