JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday denounced a rise in anti-Semitism around the world, at a ceremony on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, reports AFP.
“The extreme left and the extreme right (around the world) agree on only one thing: their hatred of the Jews,” Netanyahu said at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.He pointedly referred to Saturday’s shooting in a California synagogue that killed one person and wounded three others, two of them Israelis.
Netanyahu said anti-Semitism was also found in a New York Times cartoon depicting him as a guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind US President Donald Trump donning a kippah, or Jewish skullcap.
An apology by the newspaper has been dismissed by Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon who said such images can incite violence against Jews.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meanwhile condemned “all forms of racism and anti-Semitism”.