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Defending European Jews

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Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Nov 18, 2006 at 15:22

Sir- European nations have different views on Israel. Italy was an anti-Jewish nation, but it is now pro-Israeli. Britain has followed the opposite path. France is influenced by its sizable Muslim community on the issue. Where do I stand? I support Israel's right to exist, but I hope Israeli leaders will choose negotiations and peace, over war.

When it comes to European Jews, the ones who stayed here, they need more support from us. There have been instances of European Jews being racially attacked by Muslims in France. This needs to be dealt with very seriously. Criticism of Israeli politicians is legitimate. Every elected government can be criticized. However, violence against European Jews cannot be excused under any circumstances. The fact that the aggressors are non-European does not excuse what is happening. I would like to apologize for all synagogues, temples and Jewish institutions and individuals who came under attack in Europe.

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