By Izzy Lemberg, CNN April 12, 2010 — Updated 1710 GMT (0110 HKT)
Jerusalem (CNN) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents around the world more than doubled from 2008 to 2009, according to a Tel Aviv University study.
In 2009, 1,129 such incidents were recorded — an increase of more than 100 percent from the 559 incidents noted in 2008, according to the study, released Sunday by the university’s Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism.
“In addition, many more hundreds of threats, insults, graffiti signs and slogans and demonstrations featuring virulently anti-Semitic content were registered, sometimes resulting in violence,” the study said.
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September 11, 2014, 11:04 am
by Izzy Lemberg
When 29 year-old Medhi Nemmouche shot and killed four Jews in the Jewish Museum in Brussels last May 24th, we were horrified. But now we know that he had much worse in store. Nemmouche was about to become the next Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 masterminds. A member of the Islamic State, Nemmouche was planning a much larger attack on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on Bastille Day. The attack could have been a devastating version of 9/11 for the French.
The horrifying video footage of the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff (both carried out by a masked man dubbed “Jihadi John” by the British press, who speaks with a distinctive, clipped London accent) makes clear that the Islamic State and their Jihadi ideals are a cult of death. As are their Jihadi brethren, Hamas.
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August 14, 2014
by Izzy Lemberg
In the midst of a perfect storm of shoddy “journalism”, an alarming number of increasingly violent anti-Semitic acts worldwide, and a global outcry indicting Israel of genocide as it responded to Hamas’s barrage of rockets into Israel, President Obama, together with the UK, has launched an ambush on Israel that endorses terrorism and sabotages Israel’s self defense.
Shortly after Obama and Kerry offered their support for the Palestinian Authority and Hamas unity government, three Israeli boys were kidnapped and Hamas began firing on Israel. And why not? Hamas has no reason to do anything but continue fighting Israel with that kind of official endorsement. Obama is enabling the terrorists and he is preventing Israel from fighting them.
During the war, Kerry wanted Turkey and Qatar, rather than Egypt, as Netanyahu had preferred, to play key roles in ceasefire negotiations that favored Hamas. Qatar gives money to Hamas and sponsors Al Jazeera and Turkey’s Prime Minister Erogdan said Israel was showing “barbarism worse than Hitler” and asked Turkish Jews denounce Israel, which makes him a bonafide anti-Semite.
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August 7, 2014
by Izzy Lemberg
I have been a journalist for a quarter of a century. I have covered terrorism both in Israel and internationally. I reported on the war in the Balkans, on upheavals in Russia since the fall of the Communism, on peace negotiations between Israel, the Palestinians and the Syrians. I have covered the synagogue bombings in Istanbul and I covered the hotel bombing in Taba, Egypt in 2004.
In the early days of what looks like a ceasefire that may hold in Israel, and in the days before war crime charges will most certainly be filed against Israel, I am more worried than ever that my profession has been compromised; some would even say that journalism is dead.
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December 26, 2011
By Izzy Lemberg
Jerusalem (CNN) — In a move that could further erode already soured relations with Turkey, Israeli lawmakers on Monday debated whether to establish an official day marking what Armenia describes as a genocide 96 years ago.
Armenian groups and many scholars argue that starting in 1915, Turks committed genocide, when more than a million ethnic Armenians were massacred in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire.
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