Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

General Analysis 2009

The year in the wake of Operation Cast Lead was the worst since monitoring of antisemitic

manifestations began two decades ago, in terms of both major antisemitic violence and the hostile

atmosphere generated worldwide by the mass demonstrations and verbal and visual expressions

against Israel and the Jews. The flow of materials to the Institute was so great and so continuous

that the decrease in antisemitic activities in 2008 from 2007 became a thing of the past. The

intensity and nature of the wave that began in January 2009 testified to pre-planned mobilization

among radicals from the left and among Muslim immigrant communities, resulting in a wellcoordinated

onslaught which employed clear antisemitic motifs in order to de-legitimize the State

of Israel and the Jewish people as a single entity.


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