A Weekend of Hatred - Antisemitic Acts in France, Australia, and United States
Antisemitic incidents were seen on three different continents this past weekend. In France, Australia, and the US, Jewish communities were all attacked by antisemites.
In France, the word “Juden!” was spray painted in yellow across the window of a bagel shop in Paris. The vandalism was discovered at the Bagelstein shop in the 4th District of Paris on Saturday morning. The graffiti was found in the upscale Île Saint-Louis neighborhood while “yellow vest” anti-government protesters were gathering in Paris. The German language color of the paint is significant, given the color of the armbands the Nazis forced Jews to wear in France.
In Sydney, Australia more than 20 swastikas were spray painted on murals around Bondi Beach – a community that is home to one of the city’s largest Jewish neighborhoods. The antisemitic symbol was spray-painted on a wall that runs along Bondi Beach promenade and also along the Bondi Junction shopping center. Sadly, this has coincided with a 60 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents across Australia in 2018, as compared to 2017, according to a report by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry published last November.
In the United States, the Times of Israel reported that there was another antisemitic attack in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. Once again, a Jewish man was targeted in an attempted attack on Friday afternoon when the victim “was approached by an intoxicated individual yelling “F** you Jews.” The assailant then “attempted to lunge his body into the Jewish male, but missed him,” explained Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, head of the Crown Heights-based Jewish Future Alliance organization.