A Jewish dance group was attacked with stones by a group of children and teenagers during a performance at a street festival in the Germany city of Hannover, police said Thursday. One dancer suffered a leg injury and the group then canceled their performance.The number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world has been on the increase in recent years, fueled in large part by anti-Israel sentiment. However, as Meryl Yourish points out, these attacks have been increasing even without any references to Israel. Also, Meryl noted that the thugs were using the old Nazi standby of "Jews out" in their chants.
The teenagers also used a megaphone to shout anti-Semitic slurs during the Saturday afternoon attack, Hannover police spokesman Thorsten Schiewe said.
Police said the incident is under investigation and that they do not have an exact number of attackers yet. Schiewe said there were several Muslim immigrant youths among the attackers.
Two suspects, a 14-year-old and a 19-year-old, were being questioned, he said.
Alla Volodarska, whose Progressive Jewish community of Hannover group held the performance, told The Associated Press in an interview that members were still in shock.
Attacks against Jews doubled in 2009, and they're increasing still. The world is becoming an ever more dangerous place for Jews to live - particularly in places like Germany and Poland, let alone in the Middle East.
The anti-Israel sloganeering and rhetoric is barely cover for the real underlying truth - that these people would much rather see the Jews disappear since they aren't tolerated anywhere - let alone in the State of Israel, for which they consider to be the source of all the current wave of anti-Semitism, even as it was the very anti-Semitism that fueled the Nazi genocide of Jews in Europe that led to the founding of Israel because there was a realization that there would be no place truly safe for Jews to call home.
Helen Thomas could not be reached for comment.