Since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington DC, the Madrid and London train bombs, and the attacks in Bali, Islamic terrorism has posed a major threat to the world. Before that Jewish sites were also a particular target of Islamic terror groups, resulting in the 1992 Israeli Embassy and the 1994 AMIA bombings in Buenos Aires, as well as the attacks against synagogues in Djerba and Istanbul.
The advance of radical Islam in many countries creates a fertile climate for terrorist action. It undermines inter-ethnic and inter-faith relations, provides the basis for terrorism and threatens democratic values.
Violence supposedly justified in the name of G-d is misguided. The spread of violence and terror must be fought by eradicating its root causes, halting the proliferation of arms to countries sponsoring terrorism, and by actively defending democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Legislation prohibiting the incitement to terrorist acts and spreading of hate propaganda, particularly by radical clerics preaching in mosques, needs to be adopted and properly enforced.
Governments must be induced to prosecute and, where possible, expel radical Muslim clerics spreading hate messages and inciting violence.
Governments need to provide adequate security measures to protect Jewish centres and Jewish individuals from terrorist threats.
For young Jews, the violent anti-Semitism comes as a shock, and a reminder of the Holocaust 70 years ago.
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