Israel’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been thwarted in her attempt to champion disgraced fashion designer John Galliano, after the Israel Broadcasting Agency (IBA) declared such a move the move would be inappropriate ''at a time when racism and anti-Semitism is rampant in Europe”.
The Israeli foreign ministry marked the 21st anniversary of a terrorist attack on its embassy in Buenos Aires last Friday, as envoy Ran Curiel attended a commemorative ceremony at the site of the former embassy in the Retiro neighborhood of the Argentinian capital.
The issue of alarming rise to prominence of anti-Semitic political parties in Europe was raised at a hearing of the US Congress Subcommittee on Human Rights that examined Wednesday the growing threat of anti-Semitism.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has criticized a sketch performed during Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles by host Seth MacFarlane that it says ''sends false messages about Jews'' to a global audience who may be more inclined to accept the stereotypes as factual.
Last year saw a rise in anti-Semitic acts of 58% on 2011 in France, according to new figures released this week by the Service for the Protection of the Jewish Community (SPCJ), with 614 incidents recorded compared to the previous year’s figure of 389.