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February 25, 2005

Europeans Speak Out

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe, and some Jewish groups are starting to speak out.

The Jerusalem Post quotes a spokesman for a Swiss group discussing the relationship between Swiss media coverage and the prevailing attitudes in that country:

Spokesman Thomas Lyssy said the Swiss Federation spoke out because it felt that an anti-Israel bias in Swiss society had become a danger to the Jewish community.

"There has been more anti-Israel media coverage here in recent years, and that kind of coverage has a negative impact on the Jewish community," he told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. "[The portrayal] that Israel is always wrong and the Palestinians are always right has created a tense atmosphere."

The federation's uncharacteristic decision to release its complaints to the media, rather than refer them privately to officials, "has put more pressure on the government" because of widespread attention paid to the issue by the national media, Lyssy added.

Posted by GI at February 25, 2005 11:04 AM