Image #: 30803590    A Palestinian woman and her daughter are escorted past Israeli American protesters during a demonstration in support of Israel in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on July 13, 2014. A Palestinian counter demonstration was held across the street to protest Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, which has reportedly killed nearly 200 Palestinians.  UPI/Jim Ruymen /LANDOV
Protests on Gaza crisis held worldwide
02:38 - Source: CNN

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While missiles fly in Mideast, tensions soar outside the region

Hatred, even violence, erupts at demonstrations in France and United States

People on both sides of the issue talk of death threats

The battle is also being waged in venomous words on social media

CNN  — 

A mob, wielding baseball bats, broken bottles and knives, swarms a Paris synagogue. Violence erupts at a pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles after a demonstrator reportedly stomps on a Palestinian flag. Phone calls and text messages threaten a Palestinian-American who organized a protest in Atlanta. A trending Twitter hashtag says Hitler was right.

As missiles and rockets fly in the Middle East, tensions are boiling over around the world between activists at demonstrations on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Plenty of protests have been peaceful, but not all of them.

On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League warned Jewish institutions to step up security in light of violence and anti-Semitic expressions at what it described as anti-Israel rallies across the United States and around the world. An ADL website tracking recent protests listed events in New York; Washington; Dallas; Portland; and Tempe, Arizona.

“The tenor at some of the anti-Israel rallies has been extreme,” the ADL said, “with protesters chanting ‘Death to Israel’ and other hateful messages and slogans.”