Clashes, water cannon as 100,000+ march in Brussels against austerity (PHOTOS)

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6 November 2014

Violent clashes broke out in Belgium as more than 100,000 protesters marched in Brussels against the government’s austerity measures. Police deployed water cannon as dockworkers, metalworkers and students took to the streets.

The violence flared up at the end of an otherwise peaceful protest, with tear gas deployed as some radical demonstrators hurled objects at riot police and launched attacks with the barriers against the officials. Some set off colored smoke flares.

 

Violent clashes erupt in Brussels between anti-government protesters and riot police

Violent clashes erupt in Brussels between anti-government protesters and riot police

At least 14 people were taken to hospital following the violence, according to national daily HLN.be.

The Belgian government which assumed power just a month ago has caused unrest with promises to raise the retirement age, cancel a wage rise in line with inflation and cut health and social security benefits – moves that undermine the country’s welfare state.

Crazy photos coming out of #Brussels amid massive anti-austerity demonstrations

Crazy photos coming out of #Brussels amid massive anti-austerity demonstrations

More photos by Gauvain_D_Santo of the remarkable scenes coming out of the anti-austerity demonstrations in Brussels

More photos by Gauvain_D_Santo of the remarkable scenes coming out of the anti-austerity demonstrations in Brussels

National protest at Brussels today. Lack of respect is disappointing.

National protest at Brussels today. Lack of respect is disappointing.

The union estimates around 120,000 have turned up for Thursday march, dockworkers, metalworkers and students among them.

Protesters’ banners included: “Eliminate the causes of the crisis, not the poor,” and “Hands off the pension age.”

A small group set a police motorcycle on fire.

'Don't touch pension age!' Huge turnout at #Brussels anti-austerity march - LIVE FEED http://on.rt.com/h2hwtd

‘Don’t touch pension age!’ Huge turnout at #Brussels anti-austerity march – LIVE FEED http://on.rt.com/h2hwtd

More protests are planned, including weekly regional strikes from November 24 and a national strike for December 15.

The mass-action is also seeing a work slowdown which is having a detrimental effect on public institutions such as schools and post offices, as well as the ports of Antrwerp and Zeebrugge.

Security announcement @ my office: "stay away from all windows" after fireworks destroy 2 of them

Security announcement @ my office: “stay away from all windows” after fireworks destroy 2 of them

“Workers rights have been cut – not only the wages but the rights and the capacity to continue to know what are the main guidelines of the European societies. Because now I think we don’t know it anymore,” Marisa Matias of the Confederal Group of the European United Left told RT.

“In southern Europe – in Portugal, where I’m from – these measures do nothing but increase social problems.”

Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014.(Reuters / Yves Herman)

Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014.(Reuters / Yves Herman)

Demonstrators confront riot police during clashes in central Brussels November 6, 2014.(Reuters / Francois Lenoi)

Demonstrators confront riot police during clashes in central Brussels November 6, 2014.(Reuters / Francois Lenoi)

Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Reuters / Yves Herman)

Demonstrators confront riot police in central Brussels November 6, 2014. (Reuters / Yves Herman)

‘Cologne protests caused by government’s ignorance of migration and Islamism problems’

To contain the situation in the German city of Cologne on October 26, riot police used batons, pepper spray and water cannons against far-right protesters and football fans. (AFP Photo / DPA / Thilo Schmulgen / Germany out)

To contain the situation in the German city of Cologne on October 26, riot police used batons, pepper spray and water cannons against far-right protesters and football fans. (AFP Photo / DPA / Thilo Schmulgen / Germany out)

 

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Journalist Jan Raudszus on Cologne protests: “Those protests started out as hooligans against Salafists but then you hear people shouting “We don’t want any foreigners” and stuff like that, like a very skewed typical normal neo-Nazi behavior that we have seen in the past.”

The Cologne protests indicate a growing number of people are not willing to accept the German policy of supporting violent extremism in Syria, and ignoring the problems of mass migration and Islamism, journalist Manuel Ochenreiter told RT.

RT: Why have these protests been held in Cologne in particular?

Manuel Ochenreiter: It’s an interesting development, we face such protests… For example, we had clashes between Kurds and Islamists in some German cities with a lot of injured people, also injured policemen. The problem of mass migration, the problem of Islamism seems to be ignored by established mainstream politics and more and more people ask questions where the answers don’t seem to come. We face this violence…and I’m worried that we will face such scenes much more in the future as long as there will be no solution to those problems.

RT: Most of the people who marched the streets were far-right activists and self-proclaimed “soccer hooligans.” Does this discontent spread beyond these small groups?

MO: These were not just far-right protests. These were also football hooligans that are hooligans who were not political at all before. It was a mix of people, among them of course far-right protesters. But in the end these were a couple of thousands of people protesting in Cologne in clashes with police, were showing that among those protesters there were also a lot of violent people. Of course we cannot say that they represent the majority of the people. But the problem of Islamism, the problem of violence, also a problem that Germany is a country which supports violent Islamism, for example, in Syria by promoting, funding and supporting the so-called rebel factions which are nothing else [but] violent Islamist extremists, shows that more and more people are not confident with the politics. Normal people are not going on the street and beating the policemen, not protesting. It shows an atmosphere, a sort of sentiment that an increasing number of people are not willing to accept this politics anymore. And politicians are now asked to find a solution, but they seem to have been ignoring all those problems for many years. The ignorance of those problems causes this violence, blood, injured policemen and injured civilians on German streets.

Editor-in-chief of Geheim magazine Michael Opperskalski on Cologne protests: “The internal Intelligence service of Germany is extremely hypocritical, even in their statements, because they created problems in order to develop an uprising against a democratic elected government in Syria of Bashar Assad, and now this problem is coming back to Germany”.

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Hong Kong protesters clash with police (VIDEO)

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Thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district Friday night. Blockades were drawn up in several locations using rubbish bins and metal barriers, causing substantial disruption to traffic. Police forces advanced on the protesters to try and clear the roads. In some cases the barricades were opened by protesters to allow ambulances and other emergency vehicles through.

US Now Admits it is Funding “Occupy Central” in Hong Kong

 

 

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Just as the US admitted shortly after the so-called “Arab Spring” began spreading chaos across the Middle East that it had fully funded, trained, and equipped both mob leaders and heavily armed terrorists years in advance, it is now admitted that the US State Department through a myriad of organizations and NGOs is behind the so-called “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong. 

The Washington Post would report in an article titled, “Hong Kong erupts even as China tightens screws on civil society,” that:

Chinese leaders unnerved by protests elsewhere this year have been steadily tightening controls over civic organizations on the mainland suspected of carrying out the work of foreign powers.

The campaign aims to insulate China from subversive Western ideas such as democracy and freedom of expression, and from the influence, specifically, of U.S. groups that may be trying to promote those values here, experts say. That campaign is long-standing, but it has been prosecuted with renewed vigor under President Xi Jinping, especially after the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych following months of street demonstrations in Kiev that were viewed here as explicitly backed by the West.

The Washington Post would also report (emphasis added):

One foreign policy expert, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive subject, said Putin had called Xi to share his concern about the West’s role in Ukraine. Those concerns appear to have filtered down into conversations held over cups of tea in China, according to civil society group members.

“They are very concerned about Color Revolutions, they are very concerned about what is going on in Ukraine,” said the international NGO manager, whose organization is partly financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), blamed here for supporting the protests in Kiev’s central Maidan square. “They say, ‘Your money is coming from the same people. Clearly you want to overthrow China.’ ”

Congressionally funded with the explicit goal of promoting democracy abroad, NED has long been viewed with suspicion or hostility by the authorities here. But the net of suspicion has widened to encompass such U.S. groups as the Ford Foundation, the International Republican Institute, the Carter Center and the Asia Foundation. 

Of course, NED and its many subsidiaries including the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute do no such thing as “promoting democracy,” and instead are in the business of constructing a global network of neo-imperial administration termed “civil society” that interlocks with the West’s many so-called “international institutions” which in turn  are completely controlled by interests in Washington, upon Wall Street, and in the cities of London and Brussels.

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Just as the US admitted shortly after the so-called “Arab Spring” began spreading chaos across the Middle East that it had fully funded, trained, and equipped both mob leaders and heavily armed terrorists years in advance, it is now admitted that the US State Department through a myriad of organizations and NGOs is behind the so-called “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong. 

The Washington Post would report in an article titled, “Hong Kong erupts even as China tightens screws on civil society,” that:

Chinese leaders unnerved by protests elsewhere this year have been steadily tightening controls over civic organizations on the mainland suspected of carrying out the work of foreign powers.

The campaign aims to insulate China from subversive Western ideas such as democracy and freedom of expression, and from the influence, specifically, of U.S. groups that may be trying to promote those values here, experts say. That campaign is long-standing, but it has been prosecuted with renewed vigor under President Xi Jinping, especially after the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych following months of street demonstrations in Kiev that were viewed here as explicitly backed by the West.

The Washington Post would also report (emphasis added):

One foreign policy expert, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive subject, said Putin had called Xi to share his concern about the West’s role in Ukraine. Those concerns appear to have filtered down into conversations held over cups of tea in China, according to civil society group members.

“They are very concerned about Color Revolutions, they are very concerned about what is going on in Ukraine,” said the international NGO manager, whose organization is partly financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), blamed here for supporting the protests in Kiev’s central Maidan square. “They say, ‘Your money is coming from the same people. Clearly you want to overthrow China.’ ”

Congressionally funded with the explicit goal of promoting democracy abroad, NED has long been viewed with suspicion or hostility by the authorities here. But the net of suspicion has widened to encompass such U.S. groups as the Ford Foundation, the International Republican Institute, the Carter Center and the Asia Foundation. 

Of course, NED and its many subsidiaries including the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute do no such thing as “promoting democracy,” and instead are in the business of constructing a global network of neo-imperial administration termed “civil society” that interlocks with the West’s many so-called “international institutions” which in turn  are completely controlled by interests in Washington, upon Wall Street, and in the cities of London and Brussels.

Image: US Senator John McCain on stage in Kiev, Ukraine cheerleading US
funded sedition in Eastern Europe. In 2011, McCain would famously taunt
both Russia and China that US-funded subversion was coming their way.
“Occupy Central” is one of many waves that have hit China’s shores since.

 

Pro-war and interventionist US Senator John McCain had famously taunted both Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping’s predecessor in 2011 that the US subversion sweeping the Middle East was soon headed toward Moscow and Beijing. The Atlantic in a 2011 article titled, “The Arab Spring: ‘A Virus That Will Attack Moscow and Beijing’,” would report that:

He [McCain] said, “A year ago, Ben-Ali and Gaddafi were not in power. Assad won’t be in power this time next year. This Arab Spring is a virus that will attack Moscow and Beijing.” McCain then walked off the stage.

Considering the overt foreign-funded nature of not only the “Arab Spring,” but now “Occupy Central,” and considering the chaos, death, destabilization, and collapse suffered by victims of previous US subversion, “Occupy Central” can be painted in a new light – a mob of dupes being used to destroy their own home – all while abusing the principles of “democracy” behind which is couched an insidious, diametrically opposed foreign imposed tyranny driven by immense, global spanning corporate-financier interests that fear and actively destroy competition. In particular, this global hegemon seeks to suppress the reemergence of Russia as a global power, and prevent the rise of China itself upon the world’s stage.

The regressive agenda of “Occupy Central’s” US-backed leadership, and their shameless exploitation of the good intentions of the many young people ensnared by their gimmicks, poses a threat in reality every bit as dangerous as the “threat” they claim Beijing poses to the island of Hong Kong and its people. Hopefully the people of China, and the many people around the world looking on as “Occupy Central” unfolds, will realize this foreign-driven gambit and stop it before it exacts the heavy toll it has on nations that have fallen victim to it before – Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Egypt, and many others.

Peach protest: Spanish farmers burn EU flag in anger over Russia sanctions war (VIDEO)

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A trade union representing Catalonian crop growers and cattle ranchers has staged a protest, demanding that the EU compensate them for the revenues lost as a result of the escalation of sanctions, which have closed the Russian market to them.

A group of about 30 representatives from JARC (Young Farmers and Ranchers of Catalonia), one of the biggest agricultural unions in the region, demonstratively burned crates of ripe peaches outside the Lleida municipality building.

As a throng of journalists looked on, the unionists hurled an EU flag onto the bonfire, which disintegrated in seconds.

“We will not accept any more that the EU keep telling us what to do, these people that have never set foot in a fruit field. For once you will have to listen to the producers, not the consumers,” David Borda, a union official, told Ruptly news agency.

 

 

Earlier this month, the European Union imposed sectoral sanctions on Russian banks and high-tech industries in connection with Russia’s alleged meddling in the Ukrianina crisis. Russia, which said that it had no responsibility for events in eastern Ukraine, retaliated by banning imports of agricultural produce from the EU for one year.

JARC, which also delivered a list of demands to government officials, believes that the European Union’s political standoff has harmed farmers, and says that they should be compensated through the raising of tariffs on imported fruit and vegetables from other countries, such as Turkey and Morocco.

The EU has allocated €125 million to help farmers in the immediate aftermath. Finance group ING has estimated that the annual losses as a result of the blocking of the Russian market will amount to €6.7 billion a year, and could result in the loss of 130,000 jobs.

Similar farmers protests have taken place across Spain, though producers have targeted both, the EU and also Russia, whose consulate in Seville was picketed earlier this week.

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Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to boycott Israel

Roger Waters - Frontman of Pink Floyd

British musician Roger Waters, one of the founders of Pink Floyd

 

British rocker Roger Waters published an open letter calling on fellow musicians to join a boycott of Israel.

Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to boycott Israel. In an open letter, former Pink Floyd front man urges his ‘brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll’ to reject ‘apartheid’ by pledging not to perform in Israel.

The letter, which condemns Israel for apartheid and ethnic cleansing,  according to the Electronic Intifada, which first reported on its existence.

“I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel,” Waters wrote in the letter dated Aug. 18. The letter was previously drafted in July.

Former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters attempted to deflect accusations of anti-Semitism and defend his decision to use a pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with the Star of David, among other symbols, during a concert in Belgium.

Waters, who last year voiced support for the boycott of Israeli goods, came under fire for the use of the inflatable pig, which was destroyed by the audience at the end of the show. Apart from anti-Semitism claims, some accused him of being a Jew hater and Nazi supporter.

In a response posted on Facebook, Waters denied the allegations and said the Star of David represents Israel and its policies, and not Judaism.

“[I]n a functioning theocracy it is almost inevitable that the symbol of the religion becomes confused with the symbol of the state, in this case the State of Israel, a state that operates apartheid both within its own borders and also in the territories it has occupied and colonized since 1967,” wrote Waters. “Like it or not, the Star of David represents Israel and its policies.”

The statement said Waters is regularly criticized by pro-Israel groups for his support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

As for the inflatable pig, the musician argued that it represents “the evil of errant government.” Waters said the balloon was used in 193 shows since 2010 and that it was destroyed by the audience at the end of each one.

Waters noted that the show also uses other religious and commercial symbols such as the Crucifix, the Crescent and Star, the Shell Oil logo, the McDonald’s sign and a dollar sign.

The show, Waters concluded, “is many things. It is thoughtful, life affirming, ecumenical, humane, loving, anti-war, anti-colonial, pro universal access to the law, pro liberty, pro collaboration, pro dialogue, pro peace, anti-authoritarian, anti-fascist, anti-apartheid, anti-dogma, international in spirit, musical and satirical. It is not anti-Semitic or pro-Nazi.”

Waters pointed out that the Anti-Defamation League said it does not believe he had anti-Semitic intent, although it did regret the use of the Star of David.

Boycotts of Israel are economic and political cultural campaigns or actions that seek a selective or total cutting of ties with the State of Israel, Israelis or Israeli corporations. Such campaigns are employed by those who oppose Israel’s policies or actions over the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in order to not show support for Israel in general, or the Israeli economy or military in particular.

Arab boycotts of Zionist institutions and Jewish businesses began before Israel’s founding as a state. An official boycott was adopted by the Arab League almost immediately after the formation of the state of Israel in 1948. Following the Oslo Peace Accords, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) states ended their participation in the boycott, and stated that total elimination of the boycott is a necessary step for peace and economic development in the region. In present days, the Arab boycott is rarely applied, and has minimal effect on the Israeli economy.

Similar boycotts have been proposed outside the Arab world and the Muslim world. These boycotts comprise economic measures such as divestment; a consumer boycotts of Israeli products or businesses that operate in Israel; a proposed academic boycott of Israeli universities and scholars; and a proposed boycott of Israeli cultural institutions or Israeli sport venues. Some advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign use the 1980s movement against South African apartheid as a model.

According to a ruling by the French Supreme Court, publicly calling for a boycott of Israeli products constitutes discrimination and as such is illegal under French law.  However, France is boycotting Russia for a criminal act that didn’t commit.  The Malaysian MH17 commercial jet was not downed by Russia or the Anti-Neo-Nazi Kiev Junta rebels installed by the United States,  but by two Ukrainian military war jets that machine-gunned the pilot of the MH17 jet.   The latest report from the intelligence community was headlined on August 3rd by Robert Parry, “Flight 17 Shoot-Down Scenario Shifts,” and he revealed there that, “Contrary to the Obama administration’s public claims blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, some U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that the rebels and Russia were likely not at fault and that it appears Ukrainian government forces were to blame, according to a source briefed on these findings. This judgment — at odds with what President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have expressed publicly — is based largely on the absence of U.S. government evidence that Russia supplied the rebels with a Buk anti-aircraft missile system that would be needed to hit a civilian jetliner flying at 33,000 feet, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”

In 2010, Noam Chomsky was interviewed regarding the boycott movement against Israel. He said that while he supported correctly targeted boycott calls, he called inaccurately targeted boycott calls hypocritical. According to Chomsky, boycotting Israeli settlements or arms sales made sense but calling for a boycott of anything Israeli, or demanding for the Right of Return, would be hypocritical and play into the hands of hardliners in the United States and Israel. In July 2014, Noam Chomsky warns that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign could end up harming the Palestinian cause since the demand for a “right of return” for Palestinian refugees has failed to muster significant international support. He also said “if we boycott Tel Aviv University because Israel violates human rights at home, then why not boycott Harvard because of far greater violations by the United States?”.

 

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“Refuse to finance the occupation – Boycott Israel”— A Swedish poster calls for a boycott of Israel.

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Haredi Jew in Jerusalem holding a Palestinian flag with the text, “Boycott Israel”.

 

Haredi Jew in Jerusalem holding a Palestinian flag with the text, "Boycott Israel". Haredi Jew holding a Palestinian flag with the text "Boycott Israel".

Haredi Jew in Jerusalem holding a Palestinian flag with the text, “Boycott Israel”.
Haredi Jew holding a Palestinian flag with the text “Boycott Israel”.

“Israel has launched a terror bombing against the people of Gaza, with over 300 hundred dead and many hundreds more injured. Not content after three days of devastating slaughter, the Israeli government promises more barbarity to come. The head of the Israeli military says, “This is only the beginning”. The people of Gaza are asking, if this is only the beginning, what will the end look like?

An eye witness describes what happens when the world’s fourth most heavily armed nation rains down such devastation on the civilians of the world’s most densely populated area:

‘People are going through the dead terrified of recognizing a family member among them. The streets are strewn with their bodies, their arms, legs, feet, some with shoes and some without… Hospitals and morgues cannot cope and some of the dead are still lying in the streets with their families gathered around them, kissing their faces, holding on to them. Outside the destroyed buildings old men are kneeling on the floor weeping. Their slim hopes of finding their sons still alive vanished after taking one look at what had become of their office buildings.’ (See tinyurl.com/82fuho )

We need to mobilize in the largest possible numbers for the emergency demonstration. Gordon Brown needs to be reminded that Tony Blair’s support for Israel’s attack on Lebanon in 2006 lead to him being forced from office. The British government must call for the bombing to stop now and for an end to Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza over the past year, which has inflicted near starvation and lack of essential resources on its people.”

Israel’s Invasion of Gaza Sets Off Protests in Europe

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A restaurant in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb, was damaged during protests against Israel’s Gaza offensive.Credit Miguel Medina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

PARIS — The conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza is spilling into the streets of dozens of cities in Europe, as thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters have depicted Israel as the aggressor and sought to isolate it internationally.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered over the past several days in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam and other European cities in mostly peaceful expressions of support for Palestinians in Gaza, where Israel has carried out a 14-day offensive aimed at stopping rocket fire and closing tunnels used to infiltrate fighters into Israel. In addition to the large number of Palestinian casualties, the conflict has also resulted in the deaths of 20 Israelis, almost all of them soldiers.

Some of the demonstrations took on a distinctly anti-Semitic tinge, although the organizers said they were designed solely to protest the Israeli incursion into Gaza that has left 500 Palestinians dead, many of them civilians.

Max Steinberg, of California’s San Fernando Valley, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade in the Israel Defense Forces.

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Arriving in Cairo on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry was greeted by Nabil Habashi, Egypt’s minister of foreign affairs protocol chief, ahead of a diplomatic push to forge a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas fighting.

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Palestinian children were among those attending the funeral on Monday of people who were killed in their home by an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis, Gaza.

Questions About Tactics and Targets as Civilian Toll Climbs in Israeli Strikes

French Jewish leaders Monday warned against importing the Arab-Israeli conflict to Europe following a weekend in which a radical fringe among pro-Palestinian protesters in the French capital clashed with police, targeting Jewish shops, lighting smoke bombs, and throwing stones and bottles at riot police. Eight synagogues in France have been targeted in the past week, Jewish groups said.

President Obama said Israel has the right to defend itself against attacks from Hamas, but he expressed concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths in the conflict.

France, with some of Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish populations, has become a flash point for anger against Israel, and Jewish community leaders say they fear that criticism of Israeli policy is being seized upon by some to promote anti-Semitism.

Over the weekend, the authorities banned protests in selected areas of Paris, citing security concerns. Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over into violence, and earlier this month several hundred protesters sought to storm two synagogues in the French capital during an anti-Israel demonstration in which protesters chanted, “Death to Jews!” and “Hitler was right,” according to Serge Cwajgenbaum, secretary general of the European Jewish Congress, a Brussels-based organization representing European Jewry.

In the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles, dubbed “little Jerusalem” because of its large Jewish community, a peaceful demonstration on Sunday turned violent when clutches of youths lit smoke bombs and firecrackers, Agence France-Presse reported. The Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions said the protesters targeted Jewish shops, including a kosher grocery store and a pharmacy.

Similarly, in Barbès, in northern Paris, a mainly peaceful protest that took place Saturday in breach of a ban turned violent when police blocked a march, prompting some demonstrators to hurl stones. There were 44 people arrested, Le Figaro reported, and 17 police officers were injured. Israeli flags were burned, the paper said, noting that protesters had also unfurled a banner that included the word, “Isra-hell.”

A leader of Germany’s Jewish community said some of the demonstrators in that country had shown an “explosion of evil and violence-prone hatred of Jews.”

Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said Monday that “Never in our lives did we believe it possible that anti-Semitism of the most primitive kind would be heard on the streets of Germany.”

The protests come amid growing concerns about rising anti-Semitism in much of Western Europe, but particularly in France, fanned by the strong performance of the far-right National Front party, and a perceived rise in anti-Semitic violence. In June, a French-born man was accused of gunning down four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in an anti-Semitic attack. Now, Jewish community leaders say they fear events in Gaza could further aggravate tensions.

Laura Nhari, a spokeswoman for the Representative Council of the Jewish Institutions of France, said Monday that the Jewish community in France was shocked and indignant following attacks on synagogues and Jewish businesses. She said it was imperative that both the Jewish and Muslim communities did not import enmities from the conflict in Gaza into France. The Jewish community in France had no plans to organize pro-Israeli protests, she said.

“The conflict in Gaza is happening in the Middle East, while we are the Jews of France, and we do not want to import this conflict into France,” she said. “Anti-Zionism is the new face of anti-Semitism in France.”

The France Palestine Solidarity Association, a 4,500-member group that has been organizing some of the protests against Israel, said Monday that roughly 300 protests in support of the Palestinians had been organized in the past two weeks in 80 cities in France, and that the vast majority had been peaceful.

Didier Fagart, the group’s secretary general, said that the protests were aimed at showing solidarity with the suffering of Palestinians and were in no way motivated by anti-Semitism, which he firmly rejected.

“We want to show the pain of the French people over the massacre underway in Gaza, and to protest against the French government’s scandalous support of Israel,” he said. “We condemn any form of violence and racism, including anti-Semitism.”

He added that those perpetrating violence were part of a tiny fringe, including possibly disenfranchised youths of North African origin. He said his group was determined that its support of the Palestinians not be hijacked by unacceptable violence.

French leaders have spoken out robustly against anti-Semitism in recent weeks, and the controversial ban on the demonstrations has coincided with a government effort to persuade the world that France is not anti-Semitic. “Anti-Semitism is our common enemy,” France’s foreign and interior ministers wrote in a recent opinion piece in The New York Times.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the protest ban. “What happened again yesterday in Paris — unacceptable unrest — justifies all the more the brave choice by the Interior Ministry to ban a demonstration,” he was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse.

Speaking at an event commemorating the July 1942 roundup of Jews in Paris, he warned of a new type of anti-Semitism he said was “spreading on the Internet, on social media, in our working-class areas, among young people who are often directionless, who have no awareness of history, who hide their hatred of the Jews behind a mask of anti-Zionism and behind the hatred of the Israeli state.”

President François Hollande on Sunday also said that anti-Semitism would not be tolerated.