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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, October 22, 2017

International

The latest episodes of anti-Semitism have given German Jewish leader Charlotte Knobloch serious reservations about the future of her country’s Jewish communityTaking note of the rash of anti-Semitic incidents that have recently plagued Berlin, the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany has publicly expressed serious doubts about the future of Jews in her country.

Charlotte Knobloch – a native of Munich who survived the Holocaust - wrote an op-ed article in a German newspaper that served as a reflective commentary on the latest round of troubling events. These include a judicial ban on circumcision and arrests of rabbis who were discovered to still be performing the ancient Jewish rite; the vicious attack on Rabbi Daniel Alter and accompanying threats to kill his six-year-old daughter; and the incident at a Chabad school wherein 13 female students were the victims of anti-Semitic

Hungarian music director Adam Fischer has been an outspoken opponent of increasing public displays of anti-Semitism in his country.The mayor of Budapest announced this past week that the Hungarian capital was canceling its plans to present an anti-Semitic play at a theater that is funded by the local government.

"The Sixth Coffin,” which takes place in France in 1920, focuses on a group of powerful Jews who engage in a conspiracy to destroy Hungary and foster another world war soon after the conclusion of World War I. The drama was scheduled to open in early 2013 in Budapest’s famous New Theatre, which had been granted

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik gestures as he arrives at the court room in Oslo Courthouse, in Oslo, Norway, 24 August 2012. A Norwegian court was 24 August ruled that self-confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is sane, and sentenced him to 21 years in jail, with a minimum term of 10 years. The penalty could be extended if he is deemed a danger to society.  (Photo credit: EPA/Heiko Junge/Pool) Anders Behring Breivik – the Norwegian whose multiple acts of terrorism last year killed 77 people – was sentenced last Friday to a maximum term of 21 years in prison. The ruling came in the wake of the court’s decision finding Breivik legally sane.

In her reading of the verdict, Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen specifically noted that Breivik’s sentence must include an absolute minimum of 10 years behind bars. Amtzen added that 445 days would be deducted from the sentence, reflecting the time

Right-wing Austrian political leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who is apparently not a fan of Jews, but has fabulous taste in scarves. (Photo credit: Christian Jansky)WJC: Austrian Politician ‘Must be Sidelined’

The president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder, has reacted with outrage at the posting of an anti-Semitic cartoon on the Facebook page of Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) formerly headed by the late Jörg Haider. He called on Austrian mainstream parties to ostracize Strache and to denounce him publicly. “To remain silent is not a credible option,” Lauder pointed out.

Strache’s posting shows

Hundreds of Swedish Jews and non-Jews brought together by the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism marched on the southern city of Malmo on Aug. 18 to protest the rise of anti-Semitism in the country. Willy Silberstein, head of the organization, said that “there were many more people than we expected” at the march.

In June, the Swedish government’s Twitter account, which is controlled by rotating citizen users, was taken over a woman who wrote offensive posts about Jews, including that “in