The European Commission on Sunday condemned the increase in anti-Semitic incidents across the EU since the outbreak of conflict in the Middle East, stating that “European Jews today are again living in fear.”
“The number of anti-Semitic incidents across Europe has reached unprecedented levels in recent days, bringing back memories of some of the darkest times in history,” the commission said in a statement.
“We strongly condemn these appalling acts. They go against everything that Europe stands for,” it said.
Referring to anti-Semitic incidents in Austria, France, Germany, and Spain, as well as “demonstrators chanting hate slogans against Jews,” the commission, which is the European Union’s executive arm, emphasized the need to combat both anti-Semitism and the rise in anti-Muslim hatred that has been observed in recent weeks, stating that it has no place in Europe.
Anti-Semitic acts have significantly increased worldwide due to the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip.
Violence escalated on October 7, when a large number of Hamas militants attacked Israel, resulting in the deadliest attack in the country’s history. They killed over 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and took 240 hostages, according to Israeli officials.
In response, Israel has carried out relentless bombings on the Gaza Strip, a densely populated coastal territory controlled by Hamas for years, resulting in the deaths of at least 9,770 people, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.
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