While many jews have been anxious to conflate anti-israel feelings and criticism with anti-semitism, many non-jews have been just as anxious to conflate the two. Riots in Belgium on New Year’s Eve beginning with a demonstration in Antwerp. Police sealed off the Jewish neighbourhood as the protest disbanded as a mob headed towards the area. You can find a video here and the associated story from December 31st here.
In Toulousse, a burning car was driven through the gate of a synagogue setting it on fire. More incidents and their dates are detailed here (though it’s only up to Jan 8th). Mark Steyn has a nice article with further details of attacks from Toronto to Brussels.
This is extremely distressing on many levels. Muffti hopes the world embraces atheism and we forget these primitive hatreds. Until then, he hopes that political discourse about Israel’s actions stays at the level of political discourse rather than the random targeting of Jews.