Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitic demos

BERLIN (AP) — The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy are condemning the rise in anti-Semitic protests and violence over the conflict in Gaza.

In a joint statement today, they said, "Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no place in our societies."

Since the outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas, participants at anti-Israel demonstrations across Germany have frequently used anti-Semitic slogans and also called for Jews to be gassed — a reference to the killing of Jews by the Nazis in the Holocaust.

In France, pro-Palestinian youths have clashed repeatedly with police, and on Sunday set fire to cars, pillaged stores and attacked two synagogues in the Paris suburbs.

At a hearing in Washington Tuesday of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, Rabbi Andrew Baker said many European Jews fear they'll be attacked by Muslim radicals "returning from Syria looking for local targets."

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