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Last year was one of the worst in a decade for violent anti-Semitic incidents, according to an annual study released Wednesday that tracked reported instances of threats and violence against Jews all around the world. The report by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry tracked thousands of incidents of anti-Semitism and counted 766 violent anti-Semitic acts including attacks, vandalism at cemeteries and religious sites, and direct threats against persons or institutions such as synagogues, schools, community centers and private properties. Most of the incidents came in Europe and the United States. “The overall feeling among many Jewish people is one of living in an intensifying anti-Jewish environment that has become not only insulting and threatening, but outright dangerous,” said the report’s authors. “They are facing an explosion of hatred towards them as individuals, their communities, and Israel, as a Jewish state.” The 766 cases marked a sharp increase of 38 percent over the previous year in which 554 incidents of anti-Semitism were reported. According to the study, it was the second worst year after 2009, when 1,118 incidents were recorded. The researchers said the increase in attacks on Jews in 2014 reflected in part political passions raised by last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as well as to what they called a “general climate of hatred and violence” fostered by the rise of the Islamic State group in the Middle East. The 2009 surge coincided with another period of tension, after an Israeli military operation in Gaza. “You don’t have to be a mathematician to see an obvious trend here,” said Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, at a congressional hearing last month on anti-Semitism. “There is a hatred growing throughout Europe that is causing Jews to wonder if they should leave. They are asking if there is a future for Jews on that continent.” The Kantor Center’s report ranks France as the site of the most instances of violence targeting Jews and Jewish sites, with 164 of the total attacks occurring there. Of the rest, 141 occurred in Britain, 80 were reported from the United States and 76 from Germany. For many of these countries, 2014 represented a steep increase in anti-Semitic incidents. With the perceived rise of anti-Semitism, Roger Cukierman, president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France, told the Capitol Hill hearing he believes that simply leaving Europe isn’t an option, since for many Jews Europe is as much a part of the culture as anywhere else. “Nevertheless I believe that a big proportion of the French Jews will remain in France,” Mr. Cukierman said, “where their roots, their culture incite them to confront adversity as their parents or ancestors did at difficult periods.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decried the rise of violent anti-Semitic attacks and even questioned recently whether Jews should feel safe in Europe. Mr. Netanyahu has cited rising hostility to the Jews as one reason to be suspicious of the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, Israel’s arch enemy, now being negotiated by the Obama administration and its international partners. Israel marked its annual Holocaust memorial day Wednesday and Mr. Netanyahu in his remarks for the day compared Iran to the Nazis and warned the Islamic Republic must be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons, according to The Associated Press. “As the Nazis strived to trample civilization and replace it with a ‘master race’ while destroying the Jewish people, so is Iran striving to take over the region and expand further with a declared goal of destroying the Jewish state,” Mr. Netanyahu said.

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1 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = ""
2 Cary W = "It does not appear that out of millions, a few hundred is anything more than random acts done for many different reasons.  I don't know of one soul who hates or tortures someone just because of their linage or faith."
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Cary, I must assume that you live in a location which does not get any television, radio or internet. There have been thousands of beheaded Christians and Yazidi men, women and children in Libya which have been slaughtered for their religion by groups that hate others. The fact that you personally do not know anyone who hates someone for their religion doesn't mean it does not exist. There have been thousands of rocket attacks from Gaza (11,000 since 2005) into Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and other Jewish cities by terrorist groups that specifically target Jews. Over the past few weeks there have been dozens of stabbings of Jews in France, Israel and other places around the world. Jews have been run over by cars, hacked and stabbed to death because of their faith. These are not "isolated incidents", Antisemitism is as prevalent as it was before the outbreak of WWII. I also don't know anyone personally who hates others because of their faith however these people exist all over the world and have caused tremendous pain and suffering to innocents; Jew and Gentile alike."
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "“Our battalions are named Imam Ali, Imam Hussein and Bayt al-Maqdis [Jerusalem] to clarify our final destination to the Basiji. We will not abandon our [armed] struggle until the annihilation of Israel and until we will be able to pray in al-Aqsa mosque.”Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza NaqdiCommander of the Basij militia-------“The enemies are talking about the options [they have] on the table. They should know that the first option on our table is the annihilation of Israel.”Ayatollah Hossein Nouri HamedaniLecturer at religious seminary in Qom-------“The Zionist regime will soon be destroyed, and this generation will be witness to its destruction.”Hojatoleslam Ali ShiraziSupreme Leader’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards-------“If once the destruction and demise of occupying Israel was an impossible and unattainable dream, today thanks to the historic and intelligent actions of Imam Khomeini, it has become possible and is actually in the process of occurring.”Iranian Ministry of Defense statement---------“The day will come when the Islamic people in the region will destroy Israel and save the world from this Zionist base.”Hojateleslam Alireza PanahianAdvisor to Office of the Supreme Leader in Universities--------“Every Muslim who does not want to fight Israel is violating religious law and essentially forgetting Israel’s crimes over the past 60 years on Islamic soil.”Mohammad DehghanMember of the Majlis Executive Committee-------“It was only perhaps three weeks ago that the president of Iran once again said that Israel should be eradicated off the face of the Earth.  As you recall, it was about in 2005 when he [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] said before that Israel -- he would use a nuclear weapon to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.”— Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), September 19, 2011And these are the people that Obama has agreed should be allowed to have Nuclear weapons? God help us all...."