President for European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, frykter at et israelske preventivt angrep på Iran kan utløse angrep på jøder i Europa.

Det var flere slike overfall under Gaza-krigen i 2009, også i Oslo. Kantor ser for seg tilsvarende reaksjoner.

Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said he feared a minority of angry, extremist European Muslims who live in impoverished neighborhoods might use an Israeli attack as a pretext to hit local Jews, particularly in France and Great Britain.

«If Israel attacks Iran, it will be a dramatic increase of anti-Semitic, very violent attacks against Jews,» Kantor said. «And the vehicle for the realization of the attacks will be these enclave communities, where the level of hatred is very high and they are prepared to attack enemies inside their countries,» he said.

Kantor skal møte statsminister Bibi Netanyahu torsdag for å diskutere sikkerhetstrusler mot Europas jøder. Men ansvaret ligger på de nasjonale regjeringer, fremhevet han.

He spoke at Tel Aviv University after the presentation of an annual report on worldwide anti-Semitic attacks. The report was issued before Israel’s yearly memorial day for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. The commemoration was beginning at sundown Wednesday.

The report said the number of attacks declined in 2011, but they were generally more violent than in previous years.

The report did not examine incidents in 2012, but Kantor said the deadly attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse last month highlighted his fears.

European Jewish group fears Israel-Iran backlash