German Foreign Minster Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini issued the following statement in Brussels today (22 July):
Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility towards Jews, attacks on people of the Jewish faith or synagogues have no place in our societies.
We condemn the ugly anti-Semitic comments, demonstrations and attacks of the last few days in the strongest possible terms.
Although we respect the freedom to demonstrate and the right to free speech, we will use all the means available under the rule of law to combat actions and comments which cross the line to anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.
Nothing, not even the dramatic military confrontation in Gaza, can justify such acts here in Europe.
Together and in our own countries, we will do everything we can to ensure that our citizens can continue to live in peace and security, free from anti-Semitic hostility.