Amid the tension and conflict in the Middle East between Israel and the Islamic terrorist organization, Hamas, several anti-Semitic messages have appeared in Argentina in the last few hours, according to Breitbart.
In Argentina, the city of Buenos Aires is characterized as being very cosmopolitan, and among the communities it hosts is the Jewish community.
Anti-Semitism threats in Buenos Aires also appeared in several other cities. The Argentine newspaper Clarín identified multiple cases of images and messages against Jews, including swastikas, Stars of David combined with insults, derogatory phrases, and death threats.
The Hebrew School building, which also houses the headquarters of the Jewish community of the port city of Bahía Blanca, was defaced with the phrases “We are going to kill you” and “Jewish rats” appeared.
The authorities of the Jewish community of Bahía Blanca filed a police report about the incident. The local newspaper La Brújula reported that the police are analyzing the security cameras present at the place.
así amanecía el templo en Bahía Blanca. ¿cuándo nos vamos a tomar el Antisemitismo de este país en serio? pic.twitter.com/5lmj55Wp6n
— (((לענה יאַקובאָוויטש))) (@Lenawicz) May 17, 2021
In Villa Crespo, a Buenos Aires neighborhood where there are many Jews, graffiti with the phrase “Israel Intruder” appeared on the outside walls of a café.
In the mountainous province of San Juan, anti-Semitic messages also appeared and this time with a very violent tone, “Make homeland, kill a Jew,” said the graffiti.
In the Mesopotamian province of Misiones, a swastika was painted on the sidewalk. Although the swastika originated with Buddhism, Hitler usurped the symbol and made a version that, unfortunately, is now associated with Nazism, a movement that in history fiercely persecuted Jews.
SanJuan, "Haga patria, mate a un judío"
Bahía Blanca, "Los vamos a matar, ratas judías"
Juan B. Justo y Corrientes: "Israel Genocida".
Thames y Corrientes: "Israel intruso".
JUDEOFOBIA siglo XXI pero que menos esperar si desde el propio gobierno nacional se propaga lo mismo. pic.twitter.com/2llZOvGuo9
— Dani Lerer (@danilerer) May 17, 2021
Although Argentina has a long history of anti-Semitism, these derogatory messages appear just after the Argentine government issued a statement questioning Israel’s actions, but not those of the Hamas terrorists.
“The Argentine Republic expresses its deep concern over the dramatic aggravation of the situation in Israel and Palestine, the disproportionate use of force by Israeli security units in the face of protests over possible evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, as well as the response through the launching of missiles and incendiary devices from the Gaza Strip,” the Argentine Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on May 11.
“All of this led to an escalation of violence, which we condemn, causing numerous fatalities, hundreds of injuries and bringing furthur suffering to the region and its inhabitants,” added the statement, which generated a strong impact in the diplomatic world.
Argentina—increasingly aligned to the left with the government of Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Kirchner—joined the list of countries that, with various arguments, criticized the Israeli action: these are Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
In response to this communiqué, Israel’s ambassador to Argentina, Galit Ronen, expressed on the same evening of May 11 her “concern” about the controversial communiqué of the Argentine socialist government, which criticized her country amid the missile attacks by the Hamas terrorist organization on Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.
In an interview with Argentine journalist Luis Novaresio, the diplomat considered that the Argentine Foreign Ministry’s statement “does not express the good relations that exist between our countries.”
“Israel did everything possible not to reach this point, but at the end of the day we have to protect our citizens,” explained the Israeli ambassador, regarding the Argentine government’s questioning.
A legal dispute taking place over the ownership of land in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which the Supreme Court was to rule in favor of the Jewish owners and against the Arab occupants—who were to be evicted. The Palestinian population of Jerusalem erupted in protests, and the terrorist group Hamas began firing rockets at Israeli cities.
Only then did the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) counterattack begin. “The violence started from one side of Hamas terrorism, they are threatening our civilian citizens,” the ambassador assured.
In addition to the pain for her nation, the diplomat reflected her personal pain, as her entire family is residing there.