By Dinah Spritzer

Dinah Spritzer

View all articles by Dinah Spritzer PRAGUE – For European Jewry, it was a year of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The good: The election of a French president seen as sympathetic to Israel, the opening of new Jewish institutions, and increased opportunities for Jews from eastern countries that have joined the European Union.

Protesters of construction on land believed to be part of the largest Jewish cemetery in Vilnius picketed in front of the European Commission in Brussels.
The bad: Boycotts and threats of boycotts boiled over in England, with fears that similar anti-Israel efforts would spread elsewhere in Europe.

The ugly: Alarming levels of anti-Semitism. Reports from several organizations and countries revealed a marked rise of anti-Semitic incidents across Western Europe in the second half of 2006.