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Mass protests against Israel; riots break out in Berlin, Paris and London


AMSTERDAM — Many 1000’s of individuals protested against Israel in main European cities over the weekend as the most recent Israel-Gaza battle reached new heights. Several occasions that includes antisemitic rhetoric and rioting.

In Brussels, London and Vienna dozens of males have been filmed at rallies on Saturday shouting in Arabic: “Jews, keep in mind Khaybar, the military of Muhammad is returning.”

The chant pertains to an occasion in the seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the city of Khaybar, situated in modern-day Saudi Arabia. It is extensively understood as a battle cry when attacking Jews.

The protests got here as combating between Israel and Hamas in Gaza intensified. More than 150 Palestinians have died since final week, when Israel started an offensive against Hamas; 10 Israelis have died when a number of the 1000’s of rockets launched by Hamas have damaged via Israel’s Iron Dome missile protection system and landed in residential neighborhoods.

At the London occasion, 9 cops have been barely injured when protesters hurled objects at them. The officers have been stopping the protesters from reaching town’s Israeli embassy, the tip level for a march by 1000’s that started at Hyde Park. Organizers mentioned 100,000 individuals attended that march.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who’s Muslim, advised the Jewish News of London. “I’m deeply involved about experiences of hateful, intimidating and racist language getting used on marches and social media this weekend. It is unacceptable to incite anti-Jewish or anti-Muslim hatred. This should cease now.” On Twitter, he added that he had given London’s police “my full backing for his or her zero-tolerance method.”

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A motorcade of vehicles with Palestinian flags on Sunday drove via a closely Jewish a part of London with one individual shouting via a loudspeaker: “F–ok the Jews; rape their daughters.”

At the Hyde Park march, a large inflatable puppet dressed like an Arab with horns and a hooked nostril led to some confusion. Some interpreted it as an antisemitic reference to Jews, however others concluded it was a caricature of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, considered one of a number of Arab nations to determine diplomatic relations with Israel final yr.

In Germany, many 1000’s protested Israel’s actions in Gaza. At the Berlin rally Saturday, police ordered the protesters to disperse citing COVID-19 measures. They have been pelted with stones, bottles and rocks, ensuing in a number of accidents, Tagesschau reported.

In Paris, 1000’s disobeyed a ban on protests that police mentioned would endanger public order. Police used water cannons to disperse the gang Saturday.

And in Amsterdam, about 3,000 individuals protested against Israel on the Dam Square, a central sq. that’s the nation’s predominant monument for victims of World War II, together with the Holocaust. They carried indicators accusing Israel of genocide and promising that “from the river to the ocean, Palestinian will likely be free,” a phrase that

About 50 individuals, principally Jews and Christian supporters of Israel, staged a help rally for Israel about 500 yards away from the Dam Square occasion.

Israel has seen further shows of help in Europe, the place many Jews are on excessive alert due to a historical past of antisemitic violence throughout clashes between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The Austrian and the Czech presidential palaces flew the Israeli flag on Friday in solidarity with Israel. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in a tweet Friday blamed Hamas for “firing rockets indiscriminately on civilian populations” and mentioned the Netherlands “helps Israel’s proper to self protection inside the border of worldwide legislation and proportionality.”