Rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP/Markus Schreiber) (AP/Markus Schreiber)
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The World Zionist Organization said the rallies were meant to shock governments around the world into action.

By Aryeh Savir, TPS

Participants gathered at some 60 rallies held around the world on Sunday decrying the rapidly rising level of anti-Semitism and calling on governments to make it their top priority to combat Jew-hatred.

The events  were held at the initiative of the World Zionist Organization and in parallel to the main event in Jerusalem.

In wake of the rising anti-Semitism in the world and the recent anti-Semitic incidents, the World Zionist Organization said the rallies were meant to shock governments around the world into action.

The main rally took take place in the plaza of the National Institutions in Jerusalem on under the slogan “Stop the hatred.”

Yaacov Haguel, Deputy Chairman of the World Zionist Organization, stated at the event in Jerusalem that “we are here today and in different locations around the world to say enough is enough. We are in a difficult and painful period that has deteriorated rapidly from the scrawling of caricatures and anti-Semitic graffiti, through the destruction of graves to the severe physical harm of Jews in a number of countries. We do not have the ability or the right to continue our lives without response.”

“The last events are no longer merely a warning point, but rather a wake-up call for the rest of the world, Jews and non-Jews,” he warned, calling upon leaders around the world to raise the struggle against anti-Semitism and its elimination to the top of their list of priorities.

In addition to the event in Israel, more than 60 similar rallies were held in Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Romania, Germany, England, France, the US, Hungary, Italy, Georgia, Turkey, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay and Spain, Bolivia and Mexico. In some countries, rallies were held in several locations.

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