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The Rise of Anti-Semitism


The United Nations convened its first meeting ever (January 2015) to address the rise of worldwide anti-Semitic violence. Compelled by the cataclysmic effects of anti-Semitism and the genocide of 6 million Jews, the United Nations was founded during the aftershock of WWII.
Following the shooting at Hyper Cache, 2,000 people signed up with the Jewish Agency for Israel's office in Paris for information on how to move to Israel.  Previously, an average of 150 Jews a week were requesting information.  In 2014, 7,000 Jews left France for Israel, doubling the tally from the year before.
In the wake of recent attacks in Paris that killed 20 people, including four Jews in a targeted attack on a Kosher supermarket, the meeting focused on the escalating violence against Jews in France, Europe, and in the U.S.  According to a 2011 FBI report, two-thirds of hate crimes in the U.S. are directed at Jews. French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy urged the General Assembly to confront "the renewed advance of this radical inhumanity, this total baseness that is anti-Semitism." 

An atmosphere of intolerance towards gays, immigrants, and Jews is all too reminiscent of the rise of Nazism and right wing extremism.  "The threat of violence against Jews in France has become acute," Elisa Massimino, president of Human Rights First, a nongovernmental organization, reported.  With the fast-disappearing generation of Jewish survivors,  a concerted effort to provide education about the holocaust has become of great importance in these precarious times.