Violent anti-Israel rallies hit Europe

Fourteen French police officers were wounded and 38 people were arrested at an unauthorized rally to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza, just one of dozens of protests to take place across Europe.

The July 19 clashes in Paris occurred as approximately 3,000 protesters defied a city-issued ban on their planned demonstration near the Gare du Nord train station. When riot police stopped them, they hurled bottles and other objects at the officers, resulting in minor injuries.

Police responded by firing tear gas canisters at the crowd and arresting suspected rioters.

In Brussels, calls to “kill the Jews” were heard at a demonstration of a few thousand people, where approximately 200 protesters smashed shop windows and parked cars. Some of the men gave chase to a man they said was Jewish, but he escaped, the online edition of the Le Soir daily reported.

In London, approximately 10,000 people attended a protest rally that featured calls to destroy Israel.

Similar calls were heard in Paris, where protesters also burned Israeli flags as the crowd cheered them on. One group of a dozen men spoke loudly about “hunting Jews and killing them.” — jta