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Israel, the Vatican and Anti-Semitism

From Clemens N Nathan

Israel asked the Vatican’s "immediate intervention" in stopping the rising incidents of anti-semitism around the world.

Last October, Israeli Secretary Yitzhak Herzog asked the Holy See, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to Israel, to confront the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks.

A statement from Herzog’s office said the conversation followed a special Israeli Cabinet meeting held a day earlier on the subject of the attacks. Herzog, who also is the Secretary of the Committee Against Anti-Semitism and Chairman of the government’s Inter-Faith Dialogue Forum, stressed the importance of taking a "clear and unequivocal stand against anti-Semitism".

Herzog referred to the 1994 agreement signed by Israel and the Vatican regarding the curbing of anti-Semitism. Full Vatican-Israeli diplomatic relations were established in 1994.

"The Holy See should take a leading role in challenging the spread of anti-Semitism around the world", Herzog said. "The Israeli government sees its role as ensuring that Jews are not threatened or harmed because of their religion and calls on the enlightened nations to meet this challenge."

Archbishop Sambi declined to comment on the conversation.

After the recent flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, tensions ran high in some European countries, especially France, where there is a significant Arab immigrant population. Jewish worshippers leaving their synagogues in France were the target of stone-throwing, and attackers set fire to several synagogues.





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