Israeli Caucus Bands to Fight Global Anti-Semitism

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Anti-Semitism is increasing around the world, according to the U.S. State Department.

For example, Jews were called the filthiest of creatures during one Islamic sermon in Gaza.

Other instances include a Jewish cemetery desecrated in Europe and anti-Semitic signs that showed up in Occupy Wall Street protests.

Now a new Knesset (Israeli parliament) caucus is joining together to fight back. 

"We want to promote inter-parliamentary cooperation to advance our goals basically to empower Israel's friends around the world to fight anti-Semitism everywhere it exists," said Calev Myers, founder of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice.

Knesset Deputy Speaker Danny Danon is leading the effort and wants to enlist the support of Christians.
 
"My message is we need you with us fighting the same enemies," he said.  "Maybe now they're going after the Jews, but God forbid something will happen to the Jews in Israel."

"The next ones in line will be the Christians in Europe or the Christians in the U.S.," he warned. "That's why we're calling on all Christians who love Israel to join us and to take action." 

Danon says today's enemy masks itself as anti-Israel sentiment, the same feeling veteran journalist Helen Thomas typified with her comments in May 2010 that Jews should leave Israel.   

Many Israelis are concerned that the so-called Arab spring will increase anti-Semitism. 

"Unfortunately, it looks like the governments that are coming to the surface after the revolutions in all the countries that surround Israel aren't more congenial towards Israel and this is a very big concern,"  Meyers told CBN News.

"We're hoping and praying that the so-called Arab Spring doesn't become the radical Muslim winter," he said. 

Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-S.C., recently introduced a resolution supporting Israel in his state legislature and says the battle of anti-Semitism is a battle of truth. 

"The best way we can fight against lies is with the truth," he told CBN News. "If people have the truth about the Jewish people, about the homeland of Israel being a God ordained gift to Israel, a covenant to Israel."

"We can combat fiction with truth and truth can overcome anti-Semitism," he said. 

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