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Global Anti-Semitism:
Selected Incidents Around the World in 2009



INCIDENTS BY COUNTRY
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Canada
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Lithuania
Moldova
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom
Ukraine
Uruguay
Venezuela

Argentina

December 21, 2009 – San Luis – Twenty-seven tombs and a wall of the Jewish cemetery in San Luis were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti, including swastikas and the slogans “Death to F** Jews.”

December 8, 2009 - Buenos Aires - Six tombs in the Liniers cemetery, a Jewish cemetery in the western part of the city, were vandalized. The perpetrators took the lids off the tombs and dug up the area around the graves.

September 12, 2009 – Buenos Aires – A week before the Jewish High Holidays, 58 tombs were vandalized and robbed in the cemetery of La Tablada. Eight of the graves belong to victims of the 1994 terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish community center.

May 17, 2009 - Buenos Aires - At least three people and a police officer were injured in a violent attack against a crowd celebrating Israel’s anniversary. Members of Argentina’s Jewish community were confronted by a gang of youths who were armed with clubs, knives and other weapons. The following day, two synagogues in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Belgrano received bomb threats.

April 21, 2009 - Buenos Aires - An ancient Jewish cemetery was defaced on the Holocaust Remembrance Day. Vandals painted swastikas and crossed-out Stars of David on walls.

Australia

August 17, 2009 – Sydney – The number “88” – shorthand for “Heil Hitler” and a common calling card of racists – was painted on the home and footpath of Eric Roozendaal, the treasurer of New South Wales, who is known for speaking out against right-wing extremist groups.

January 5, 2009 - Melbourne - A synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Austria

December 12, 2009 - Vienna - A local Chabad rabbi was violently attacked by a man who bit off part of his finger following a public menorah lighting ceremony celebrating Hanukkah.

Belarus

July 31, 2009 - Brest – Anti-Semitic epithets and a swastika were spray-painted on a Holocaust memorial.

May 9, 2009 - Brest - A Holocaust memorial was set on fire on the day commemorated as Victory Day over the Nazis.

Belgium

July 5, 2009 – Antwerp – A car slowed down next to an identifiably Orthodox Jew who was walking on the sidewalk and the driver spit on him. The victim noted the license plate and reported the incident to police

June 11, 2009 - Antwerp - A group of Arab teenagers threw rocks at children of the Belzer Hasidic community.

April 28, 2009 - Antwerp - A rabbi from Lyon, France, was insulted by a taxi driver. After the rabbi entered the car, the driver opened all the windows and said that there is a microbe in his car and that he should be wearing a mask.

April 21, 2009 - Antwerp - A 78-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was attacked and pushed to the ground. Witnesses tried to catch the perpetrator, but were unsuccessful. The victim was briefly hospitalized.

March 3, 2009 - Antwerp - Four Jewish men from the Belzer Hasidic community were attacked while walking down the street. The assailant hit them with a metal bar and screamed in Arabic “Allah Akhbar!” All four victims were hospitalized.

January 14, 2009 - Schaerbeek - Cobblestones were thrown at a synagogue, but did not cause any permanent damage.

January 7, 2009 - Charleroi - A synagogue was spray-painted with the words “Hezbollah,” “Israel,” and “Death.”

January 6, 2009 - Schaerbeek - Four Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue.

January 5, 2009 - Charleroi - Rocks were thrown at a synagogue.

January 5, 2009 - Forest - A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue.

January 4, 2009 - Antwerp - Belgian Jewish leaders say they have received dozens of death threats.

January 4, 2009 - Anderlecht - A brick and eggs were thrown at a Jewish school.

January 3, 2009 - Antwerp - Arson was attempted against a Jewish home.

Bulgaria

July 13, 2009 – Burgas – The doors of a synagogue and the facade of a Jewish community center were simultaneously set on fire. The fire caused minor damage to both buildings.

Canada

November 14-15, 2009 – Calgary, Alberta – Several Jewish buildings, including two synagogues and a Holocaust monument, were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti, including swastikas and slogans such as “Kill Jews” and “6 million more.” Anti-Jewish graffiti was also discovered on bus stops, fences and mailboxes nearby.

October 21, 2009 ­ Ottawa – Vandals desecrated the Jewish Memorial Gardens near Greely, painting swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets on eight headstones and on the entrance to the burial grounds.

France

September 8, 2009 – Marseille – A local Jewish school, ORT Bramson High School, was attacked by vandals who threw aerosol cans soaked with flammable liquid at the school building.  Nearly 400 students were in the building at the time of the attack, but none were injured.

September 8, 2009 – Marseille – A local Jewish school, ORT Bramson High School, was attacked by vandals who threw aerosol cans soaked with flammable liquid at the school building.  Nearly 400 students were in the building at the time of the attack, but none were injured.

July 1, 2009 – Lannion – Many residents received leaflets containing anti-Semitic language in their mailboxes. The mayor urged the police to find those responsible as quickly as possible.

April 11, 2009 – Drancy – A five-foot black swastika and several anti-Semitic slogans were painted on a railway wagon that was used to deport French Jews. Two other large swastikas were daubed on a commemorative monument and on the wall of a nearby shop.

March 9, 2009 - Creteil - An 18 year old Jewish youth, wearing a yarmulke, was attacked by three strangers on his way to synagogue for Purim. They threw objects at him, including a jar of mustard that struck him on the head. The resulting injuries required stitches. The victim was able to provide description of his attackers to the police who apprehended them.

January 24, 2009 - Paris - A kosher supermarket’s warehouse was firebombed, causing a major fire in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil. An unused Molotov cocktail was found at the scene.

January 17, 2009 - Creteil - Two 16-year-old Jews were beaten in front of a kosher restaurant by a gang that shouted “Palestine will win, dirty Jews!” One of the victims suffered head injuries, and the other was hit in the back. Seven were arrested in connection with the confrontation.

January 17, 2009 - Hayangue - A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue and burned the door.

January 15, 2009 - Fontenay-sous-Bois - Carjackers shouted anti-Semitic threats and stabbed a man four times after noticing his Star of David necklace. The victim suffered stab wounds to the head and neck.

January 15, 2009 - Villeneuve-Saint-Georges - A synagogue in a small town southeast of Paris was firebombed, causing the door to catch fire.

January 15, 2009 - Villeneuve Saint Georges - The door of a synagogue south of Paris was burned, when at least one Molotov cocktail was thrown at it. No other damage was reported.

January 14, 2009 - Mulhouse - “Death to Israel”, “Long live Palestine” and “(expletive) France” were spray-painted on a synagogue.

January 13, 2009 - Lille - A swastika and the letters “ZOG” were painted on a synagogue. “ZOG” is a common anti-Semitic acronym for “Zionist Occupied Government.”

January 11-12, 2009 - Bischeim - Three Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue in Bischeim, near Strasbourg, damaging the exterior. No one was injured.

January 11, 2009 - Paris - Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue in Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris. The firebombs bounced off the reinforced window and caused damage to an adjacent Jewish restaurant.

January 8, 2009 - Nice - “Death to Jews” was spray-painted outside of a primary school in Nice.

January 7, 2009 - Villiers-le-Bel - A 15-year-old girl accused a gang of ten people, including three schoolmates, of an anti-Semitic assault in a Paris suburb. She said she was thrown to the ground, kicked, and punched, and that the attackers told her that they were avenging Palestinians.

January 5, 2009 - Lingolsheim - A synagogue in a small town near Strasbourg was vandalized with graffiti, including the word “assassins.”

January 5, 2009 - Toulouse - A burning car with a Molotov cocktail was rammed into the door of a synagogue while a rabbi was giving a class inside. Another car was also prepared with Molotov cocktails, but an alarm scared off the attackers before it was used.

January 4, 2009 - Paris - A 29-year-old Jewish man was attacked at a Paris subway station by a gang of about 20 people who yelled “Palestine will win.” They hit him in the face and reportedly filmed the scene.

January 3, 2009 - Toulon - A car at the synagogue in Toulon was burned.

January 3, 2009 - Metz - An anti-Israel protest was directed at the synagogue in Metz.

January 2, 2009 - Valenton - A Jewish doctor, 70, was shot twice in the back as he left his office in a small town south of Paris. The police have no witnesses and no alternative theories about why he was attacked.

January 1, 2009 - Bordeaux - Two kosher food shops were vandalized.

Germany

November 7, 2009 – Dresden – A synagogue was vandalized with swastikas and other anti-Semitic hate symbols. The vandalism took place days prior to events commemorating the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht.

January 28, 2009 - Laupheim - Vandals spray-painted several swastikas on the wall of a Jewish cemetery.

January 25, 2009 - Waren - A Holocaust memorial was desecrated the day after a commemoration ceremony. The perpetrators threw paint bombs at the memorial stone and the flowers which lay upon the stone.

January 14, 2009 - Berlin - A guard at a Berlin synagogue was attacked with an iron bar and had to be hospitalized. The assailant was subdued by other guards. The police described him as “stateless” and he claimed to be Palestinian.

January 12, 2009 - Bedburg - An old Jewish cemetery was defaced with a swastika and Nazi-symbols.

January 7, 2009 - Rostock - Vandals defaced the Jewish Center by throwing stones through the windows, one of which was decorated with the Star of David.

January 3, 2009 - Berlin - Berlin’s Holocaust memorial was vandalized with anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas.

Greece

June 3, 2009 - Ioannina - Six graves and the main memorial of a Jewish cemetery were vandalized. The perpetrators also covered the tombstones with blood from a turtle they had killed.

January 18, 2009 - Ioannina - Three tombs in a Jewish cemetery were attacked and broken.

January 8, 2009 - Athens - Graffiti reading “Israelites - Jews - Murderers” was found at the Jewish cemetery.

January 4, 2009 - Athens - The leader of a far-right party published an editorial that accused Israel of acting in Gaza like the Nazis, claiming that such could be expected of Jews because they are “Christ-killers.” The editorial also included the phrase, “it is known all over the world that a Jew smells of blood.”

Hungary

October 26, 2009 – Mako – The memorial plaque commemorating the 1944 death of Rabbi Dr. Armin Kecskemeti, a famous Hungarian chief rabbi, was shattered, and its wall defaced with anti-Jewish and Holocaust denying statements such as “What Six Million?”

Italy

January 21-22, 2009 - Rome - Two members of the neo-fascist group Militia vandalized several Jewish-owned shops and put up a banner reading “Boycott Israel!” The young neo-Nazis were arrested by the police.

January 18, 2009 - Florence - A gas canister, rigged as an explosive device, was found at the entrance to the Chabad house. The device failed to explode and was safely removed.

January 12, 2009 - Pisa - Red paint was thrown at the town synagogue.

Lithuania

Late August – Vezaiciai - A swastika and the Nazi slogan “Juden raus” were painted on a sign commemorating a site where Nazis murdered Jews.

January 17-18, 2009 - Klaipeda - “Kill Jews,” “Palestine,” and swastikas were painted on a Jewish community center.

January 18, 2009 - Amsterdam - A Molotov cocktail was thrown into a commercial building with a Hebrew inscription that houses a synagogue. The small fire was extinguished before major damage was done.

January 16, 2009 - Klaipeda - “Get rid of the Jews” and swastikas were painted on the wall of the Jewish community center.

Moldova

December 13, 2009 – Chisinau - A mob led by and Orthodox priest and shouting anti-Semitic statements pulled down a Menorah in a local square and replaced it with a cross. The mob used hammers and iron bars to pull down the menorah while shouting “We are an Orthodox country. Stephan the Great defended our country from all kinds of kikes, and now they come and put their menorah here. This is anarchy.” More

July 1, 2009 – Panasheshti – A group of eight or nine youths attacked a rabbi who was on a fishing trip with his students. The perpetrators shouted anti-Semitic insults as they assaulted and robbed him.

March 1, 2009 - Bendery - Vandals broke into a synagogue, desecrating a Torah scroll, the ark and prayer table. They also defaced the walls with neo-Nazi graffiti, burned posters, and stole religious objects.

Netherlands

July 11, 2009 – Amsterdam – Swastikas and the word “Jew” were scribbled on more than 20 cars in the Oud-Zuid region.

January 3, 2009 - Amsterdam - At an anti-Israel rally that included the participation of a Dutch legislator, the crowd chanted, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.”

Norway

May 15, 2009 - Oslo - The Jewish section of a cemetery was desecrated in an anti-Semitic attack. Vandals painted black swastikas and “The War is Not Over” on several tombstones at the historic Sofienberg cemetery, which is a national heritage site.

Poland

June 13, 2009 - Wroclaw - Vandals painted a swastika, the SS symbol and the words “Jude Raus” (Jews out) on a synagogue and a nearby Jewish Information Center.

June 16, 2009 - Chelm - “Jews to the oven, for this is your place” was written in Polish on the entrance sign of the Gdansk-Chelm Jewish cemetery.

May 19, 2009 - Gora Kalwaria - Swastikas and insults, including “Jude Raus” (Jews out) were painted on walls of a burial chamber of the rabbis of Ger.

Romania

July 14, 2009 – Ploiesti – Vandals destroyed five tombstones of a Jewish cemetery.

Russia

December 14, 2009 – Smolensk – A public menorah was damaged by vandals.

December 5, 2009 - Moscow - Two identifiably Jewish Israelis were attacked outside a Moscow yeshiva. Both men were hospitalized.

December 1, 2009 - Moscow - A 25 year-old identifiably Jewish man was assaulted in the subway. The attacker, an alleged neo-Nazi, shouted “Heil!” and hit the victim, who suffered minor injuries. The police detained an individual, but charged him only with “minor hooliganism.”

September 12, 2009 – Khabarovsk – Two Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue. Four skinheads, aged 15 to 23, were arrested and charged with arson. The home of a police officer who investigates racist crimes was also firebombed the same night.

July 16, 2009 – Komi Republic – A rock was thrown through the window of the Syktyvkar Jewish community center. It was the second time this year that unknown vandals had attacked the building.

July 12, 2009 – Ryazan – Unknown vandals painted swastikas on the doors of a Jewish community center.

June 19, 2009 – Abakan – A swastika was spray-painted on the entrance doors of a Jewish community center.

May 14, 2009- Nizhny Novgorod - Fourteen Jewish graves were desecrated in Nizhny Novgorod in early May. The Marina Roscha cemetery had been the target of vandals on several previous occasions.

May 12, 2009 - Pskov - Swastikas were painted on the door of the Jewish social service center, “Chesed Itzhak.”

May 7, 2009 - Norilsk - A monument to Jewish victims of Stalin’s repression was spray-painted with crossed-out Stars of David and anti-Semitic epithets.

March 30, 2009 - Sebezh - A Jewish cemetery was desecrated. The perpetrators burned wreaths and damaged 18 tombstones.

March 11, 2009 - Petrozavodsk - A Holocaust memorial in a Jewish cemetery was vandalized.

February 17, 2009 - Yaroslavl - Rocks were thrown through the windows of a synagogue. No one was injured.

Serbia

July 6, 2009 – Vrsac – Anti-Semitic graffiti containing the phrase ‘EU and NATO are diabolic Jews’ was spray-painted on the walls of a building.

June 1, 2009 - Subotica - Eleven gravestones in a Jewish cemetery were destroyed.

Slovenia

January 18, 2009 - Maribor - A Jewish community center and historic former synagogue was vandalized with slogans, including “Juden Raus” (“Jews get out”) and “Gaza.”

Spain

January 30, 2009 – Barcelona – A man with a baseball bat repeatedly struck the nameplate of a synagogue.  When an employee of the synagogue approached the man, he was hit in the arm and head.  Passersby alerted the police, and the attacker was arrested.  The synagogue employee required hospitalization for a fractured arm and head contusions.

January 12, 2009 - Barcelona - The windows of the Chabad house in Barcelona were broken and “assassins” was spray-painted on the building.

Sweden

January 13, 2009 - Malmo - Vandals threw Molotov cocktails at the burial chapel of a Jewish cemetery. The synagogue was slightly damaged.

January 5, 2009 - Helsingborg - A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the synagogue. No damage was reported.

January 5, 2009 - Helsingfors - A Molotov cocktail was thrown into the synagogue.

January 4, 2009 - Malmo - Arsonists attempted to burn down a Jewish burial chapel. The structure suffered minor damage from soot and smoke.

Switzerland

January 11-12, 2009 - Geneva - Windows were broken overnight at a kolel, a Jewish study center.

January 11, 2009 - Zurich - Graffiti comparing the Star of David to a swastika was sprayed on walls of a restaurant on the outskirts of the city.

January 3, 2009 - Bern - Anti-Israel protesters carried signs equating Israel with Nazi Germany.

Turkey

January 6, 2009 - Ankara - An Israeli basketball team fled from the court into the dressing room, because the crowd became threatening, calling them “killers” and shouting “death to Jews.”

United Kingdom

October 11, 2009 – Manchester – Two men shouted racist slurs and punched a 16-year-old teenager as he was walking home from synagogue with his mother and sister.

January 19, 2009 - London - A 31-year-old Jewish man was beaten by several men who shouted “for Gaza” as they attacked him, leaving him with a black eye and several bruises.

January 3, 2009 - London - Assailants tried to burn a synagogue in the Brondesbury section of London.

Ukraine

December 9, 2009 - Kaments-Polsky - Vandals threw rocks left to honor the deceased at a Holocaust memorial, damaging the structure. Four youths were arrested in connection with the attack and charged with desecrating gravestones.

October 26, 2009 - Nikolaev - Vandals splattered black paint on the monument marking the home where Lubavitch Rebbe Menachem Schneerson was born. It was the second time vandals struck at the site this year.

September 13, 2009 – Kyiv – The front door of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) offices was defaced with Nazi symbols. Responding to suspicious noises in front of the building, a guard saw three young men leaving the area.

August 30, 2009 – Melitopol – Vandals painted swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on the main entrance of a Jewish charity’s building in southern Ukraine. Similar graffiti appeared in nearby towns. During World War II, Melitopol was in the part of Ukraine that fought against Nazi invasion.

June 11, 2009 - Kremenchug - Four unknown vandals threw cans of brown paint on walls of a synagogue.

April 17, 2009 - Voskresensk - Vandals defiled a Holocaust memorial. Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti, including “Death to Jews” in German and Russian, were painted on the monument.

February 26, 2009 - Nikolayev - A monument that honors the late Lubavitcher Rebbe was vandalized. The granite plaque was damaged apparently with hammers, and the perpetrators also attached xenophobic fliers to the memorial.

February 2, 2009 - Lutzk - A homemade bomb, consisting of a large bottle with white powder and a timer, was discovered in the basement of a synagogue. The staff was evacuated and the explosive device was successfully neutralized by the police.

Uruguay

January 13, 2009 - Montevideo - The facade of the the headquarters of the Israelite Association Jaime Zhitlovsky, located in the neighborhood of Palermo, Montevideo, was firebombed with Molotov cocktails. The cultural center building sustained only slight damage, and no one was injured.

Venezuela

June 17, 2009 - Caracas - During a demonstration by a group loyal to the Chavez regime, the residence of the governor of the State of Miranda, Henrique Capriles Radonsky, whose grandparents were Jewish, was vandalized with swastikas and and other graffiti calling him a Nazi. The demonstrators, who were led by the mayor of the municipality of Guaicapuro, all wore red shirts with the symbol of the national oil company PDVSA and were believed to be municipal employees.

June 16, 2009 - Caracas - A group of alleged students from a government-run university spray painted anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls surrounding the Tiferet Israel Synagogue, the site of an anti-Semitic attack four months earlier. The graffiti included Stars of David equated with swastikas, “Get out of our Country Zionists”, “The crisis should be paid by you Zionist Assassins” and other anti-Jewish epithets.

January 30, 2009 - Caracas - About 15 armed men overpowered and tied up a security guard and forced their way into a synagogue, defacing its administrative offices with anti-Semitic graffiti and throwing Torah scrolls to the ground in a rampage that lasted nearly five hours. Graffiti left at the scene included the phrases “Damn the Jews, “Jews out” and “Israel assassins” and a picture of a devil. More

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