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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called protests in Lod a “pogrom” carried out by "a bloodthirsty Arab mob". (Photo: Facebook)

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The following column features a report from Barry Shaw followed by regional reports compiled by TheJ.ca staff

KRISTALLNACHT IN LOD:

In a rocket attack on the town of Lod, a father and his 16 year-old daughter were killed.

There was little coincidence that Hamas should have targeted Lod after some of the town’s Arabs went on the rampage setting fire to dozens of vehicles and, even more significantly, torched three synagogues.  A state of emergency was declared on Lod as special forces have arrived in the town to root out the perpetrators.

This incident underlines the antisemitic motive of a month long Arab violence against Jews.  The recent violence has been incited by Hamas in Gaza and by Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, and Israeli Arabs have revelled in targeting vulnerable Jews for physical assault and lynching in place like Jaffa, Hebron, and Jerusalem after which they promoted their violence on Tik Tok.

The irony of Lod is that the family members that were killed by the Hamas rocket were both Israeli Arabs. The sixteen year-old girl who died was named as Nadine Awad.

Barry Shaw,

Israel Institute for Strategic Studies

Round-up: Israel

Civilian casualties in Israel from rocket fire by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad was counted at six as of Wednesday night. Deaths included Khalil Awwad, 52, and his 16-year-old daughter, Nadeen, from Dahmash, near Lod; Ido Avigal, 5, of Sderot; Leah Yom-Tov, 63, of Rishon Lezion; Nela Gurvitch, 52, from Ashkelon; and Soumya Santosh, 32, a caregiver from India who was on a video call with her husband when the home of her 80 year old client in Ashkelon was bombed. Sanosh, survived by her husband and a 9 year old son, had worked in Ashkelon for seven years.

Around Israel clashes erupted with no target seemingly safe from mobs. Chaos reigned in Acre on Tuesday as hundreds attacked civilians, torched the police station and burned the famous Uri Buri restaurant. A Jewish man was seriously injured after being set upon by rock-throwers. In Ramle, a mixed town, Jewish residents attacked cars driven by Arabs. Reuters reported that an “Israeli nationalist mob” in Bat Yam dragged an Arab man from his vehicle and beat him. A report Thursday morning circulated that a Jewish-Israeli was stabbed near a mosque in Lod while on his way to a synagogue. The victim is in moderate condition.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a message to all citizens:

“I say: I do not care if your blood is boiling,” he said. “You cannot take the law into your own hands,” he warned, announcing that IDF members and police would be sent into cities of mixed ethnicity. “Israel will impose governance and restore Acre and the cities of Israel to the track of integration, success and taking full part in the wonder that is Israel.” As for Hamas, a cease-fire was not contemplated and would not be “until they understand that it will be in their best interest to stop firing at Israeli civilians.”

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Executive Director for the Lawfare Project, lawyer Brooke Goldstein told Fox News it was “the scariest night of my life” running to the bomb shelter with her three children. “This is nothing but terrorism, and what is even scarier is witnessing this from the inside and seeing US politicians, seeing the mainstream media, seeing Christiane Amanpour, seeing people like Bella Hadid, influencers justify terrorism targeting innocent civilians.”

Goldstein refuted suggestions there was any provocation at the Al Aqsa mosque for the attacks, stating, “the Arabs have been inciting and murdering fighting Jews over the last multiple weeks… this is about incitement and Jew hatred. Look what’s happening all over the world. Jews are being attacked all over the world. This is nothing different.”

Round-up: EU and USA

Antisemites of all stripes rampaged across the western world taking up the cause of “Palestinian oppression” and attacking Jewish sites and in some cases, Jews themselves.

Three separate incidents in Germany resulted in the arrest of over a dozen cities. A synagogue in Bonn was pelted with stones and an Israeli flag burned by three accused. In Muenster, police charged 13 men with an illegal public gathering after they surrounded a synagogue and burned Israeli flags. In Dusseldorf a Holocaust memorial commemorating the Grand Synagogue that was destroyed during Kristallnacht was set afire. “This antisemitic hate is a disgrace,” German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht asserted. “Synagogues and Jewish sites should be firmly protected.”

In England, Palestinian protesters burned Israeli flags outside the Chelsea FC after a failed break-in attempt. Team owner Roman Abramovich is Jewish.

In the United States, hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters clashed with Zionists outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan. A Jewish man was nailed with a metal chair splitting his head open and requiring a ride from police to Bellevue Hospital. A video showed him being escorted by police to safety while two people holding Palestinian flags can be heard yelling “run (expletive)” and (expletive) you!” 

There were videotaped incidents in Brooklyn and Los Angeles of streams of vehicles flying Palestinian flags, jeering and chanting through Jewish neighborhoods trying to provoke violence. A similar stunt at a ‘Rally for Peace’ in Boca Raton, Florida saw a van tagged with antisemitic graffiti and swastikas use a bullhorn to hurl vile insults at the crowd. Among the hate messages was “Rabbis rape kids”, “We hate kikes”, “Surfs up Jews down”, and “Hitler was right”.

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Jew-haters took to the road in Boca Raton, Florida to disrupt a pro-Israel Rally for Peace event. (Screencap: Twitter)

On Tuesday Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement in full support of Israeli actions. “Today’s reprehensible missile attack comes after days of heightened antisemitic incitement and violence driven by Palestinian leaders and the Iranian regime including Iranian Surpreme Leader Ali Khameni.” Cruz assailed the Biden adminsuitrationa and state department after they “morally and diplomatically equivocated between our Israeli ally and Palestinian terrorists, and at times falsely, shamefully, and without justification singled out Israel for blame.”

On Wednesday at the White House, President Joe Biden essentially rebuked the Marxist “Squad” wing of his Democrat Party who had ceaselessly assailed Israel and portrayed Palestinian violence and Islamist rockets as merely resisting colonization. “I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu… Israel has a right to defend itself against thousands of rockets flying into your territory…. My hope is we’ll be seeing this come to a conclusion soon.

In Toronto (on Bathurst on Thursday) and Winnipeg (at the Legislature on Saturday), Zionist organizations are leading rallies defending Israel from its enemies. (Photo: ICC)

Round-up: Canada

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau issued a statement on behalf of the Justin Trudeau government Wednesday that tried to play the middle ground, while calling out Hamas aggression:

“The indiscriminate barrage of rocket attacks fired by Hamas into populated areas of Israel is absolutely unacceptable and must cease immediately. Canada supports Israel’s right to live in peace with its neighbours within secure boundaries and recognizes Israel’s right to assure its own security.”

Garneau added, “Canada is deeply disturbed by the completely unacceptable violence in Jerusalem, including in and around al-Aqsa. These events are especially upsetting during the Holy month of Ramadan. Places of worship are for people to gather for peaceful reflection and should never be sites of violence. It is crucial to respect the sanctity and safety of holy sites. Violence in and around the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount must stop.”

In response the NDP party once again proved it has a special place for Israel in its world view – the penalty box.

In an exchange with Trudeau during Question Period, leader Jagmeet Singh demanded arms sales to Israel be halted, because “By arming one side of the conflict it is undermining the peace process and it is supporting illegal occupation.” Trudeau replied, “Canada supports Israel’s right to assure its own security. Places of worship are for people to gather peacefully and should never be sites of violence.” Earlier this week, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole condemned Hamas rocket attacks for “indiscriminately targeting civilians.”

A flash rally was held on Monday in Toronto with one hundred attendees, flaunting strict Ontario pandemic laws. “It is difficult to accept that while Jewish schools are forced to close, dangerous mass gatherings that call for the destruction of the Jewish State can apparently proceed without penalty,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.

Meanwhile, rallies by Palestinian groups with the support of Antifa, self-hating Jewish and other antisemitic radicals were planned across the country for the rest of the week.

“Emergency Car Rally for Palestine” was set for Calgary and Vancouver on Thursday while “Car Rally for al Quds” was scheduled in London for Friday. Protests under the “Nakba 73” label were planned for Saturday in Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Quebec City, Halifax and Vancouver. Montreal was to see a series of three events unfold that day.

Winnipeg police were left to contemplate how to manage a complex situation as a Freedom Rally comprised of Charter Rights advocates opposing government pandemic/lockdown restrictions was already scheduled for the Legislative grounds on Saturday for 1 PM, before Pro-Palestinian activists announced a car rally would begin at that location at the same time. Access to the area is already restricted due to construction on the grounds and the street leading to it. An additional factor is that the Israeli Canadian Council has stepped in to lead a covid-compliant “Rally For Israel” at the Legislature to commence at 12.30 PM.

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

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