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Europe cracks down on Hamas-linked activities fearing spike in antisemitism

European capitals are beefing up their security presence to prevent a rise in antisemitic incidents that have taken place since Hamas attacked Israel on Saturday.
Olaf Scholz

European countries are moving to crack down on Hamas-linked activities and antisemitism incidents following the surprise attack last Saturday by the Islamist militant group on Israel. More than a thousand Israelis were killed, scores wounded and more than 100 abducted in the attack.

At least 1,300 Israelis and more than 1,400 Palestinians have died in the escalation, most of them civilians. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has been bombarding Gaza in retaliation, putting the enclave of 2.3 million under siege and preparing for a major ground operation.

Antisemitic incidents have risen across Europe in the aftermath, and countries have been beefing up security to prevent further attacks. In France, there has been heightened security at synagogues and Jewish schools. In Germany, the police in Berlin said they had filed complaints on “people celebrating the attacks on Israel by handing out baked goods." In Spain, the police put in place  “necessary measures” to protect Jewish institutions.

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