A German judge ruled this week that the July firebombing of a synagogue in Wuppertal was not anti-Semitic but rather an “act of protest” meant to bring attention to the Gaza conflict, which carried a lesser charge. (h/t Jamie Kirchick.) The daily lives of Jews in Europe, and Germany in particular, have been getting more dangerous for some time, but this is a particularly offensive example of how reluctant Europeans can be to acknowledge the obvious: Their Jewish neighbors are under attack simply for being Jews.We should not need to say this, but there is a world of difference between protesting at the Israeli embassy and firebombing a German synagogue. If this isn’t a textbook example of anti-Semitism, we don’t know what is. The attackers took out their rage on innocent targets for no reason other than their religion and ethnicity, which the German Jews happened to share with citizens of an entirely different nation.It is to Europe’s embarrassment that it so often buys the arguments of racists who target all Jews in the name of anti-Zionism. Witness its tolerance for Hamas, an organization openly dedicated to the extermination of every Jew on earth. No wonder so many European Jews are leaving; not only do they face the threat of violence on a daily basis, they find their own governments to be two-faced or shame-faced defenders, if defenders at all.