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June 14, 2010

Another Bit of Mordor: Synagogue Shuts Service Due to Threats

The process is pretty well understood.

Attacks on Israel cause Israel to respond, which then provokes outrage on the part of Europeans who manfully enough, direct their anger at the local Jewish population. It took place during Israel's war with Hezbollah during the summer of 2006, and apparently, it's happening again in the Netherlands. According to the blog, Bad News from the Netherlands, a synagogue in the conservative town of Weesp canceled its services because of threats. Bad News from Netherlands reports:

The synagogue in Weesp cancelled its service last Saturday after the police informed members about threats received. The threats are believed to be related to the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla. The chairman of the Jewish community in the town which is Masorti (i.e. Conservative) Nicky Cohen said that the synagogue has standard security but in this case it possibly would not have been sufficient. (Comment: This is probably the first time since World War II that a synagogue service had to be entirely cancelled in Western Europe. In 2006 in the Swedish town of Malmö once a service could not take place in the synagogue but it was then moved elsewhere.)

Speaking of Malmö, Jews are fleeing that city because they are targets of unrelenting hostility fanned largely by anti-Israel sentiment. What does the mayor do? He blames the Jews.

Posted by dvz at June 14, 2010 04:06 PM


...i think the mayor referred to is a "he" (not a "she" as the link indicates)

Posted by: Anonymous at June 14, 2010 10:08 PM

Thanks for the heads up. Correction is made.

Posted by: Dexter Van Zile at June 15, 2010 10:45 AM

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