Isaac Benzaquén: “Antisemitism is a virus that will not disappear”

President of the Federation of Spanish Jewish Communities (FCJE) Isaac Benzaquén said in an interview that “antisemitism is a virus that will not disappear.”

“The most optimistic thought that when the Holocaust ended, antisemitism would disappear, but not only is that not the case, but its growth is increasing,” he concludes.

And he gives examples of demonstrations, attempts to enter synagogues during prayers, or graffiti on the houses and businesses of believers.

The representative of the Jewish community differentiates Spain from the rest of Europe since “there is not a significant outbreak of antisemitism.” “At the moment, we are very concerned,” he acknowledges.

He said that “Jewish communities of Spain are growing” and that “the influx of Jews to Spain is increasing.”

Proudly, he claims a community “very hardworking, very family-oriented, very respectful of traditions, and very acknowledging of the country we go to.”

With the conflict in Gaza active, much of his message aims to make one thing clear: “We need peace.”


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