Friday, June 23, 2017

France/Germany: The suppressed Arte antisemitism documentary in historic perspective

Via The Jerusalem Post (Manfred Gerstenfeld): 
(...) Another important case which elucidates the same “hiding truth policy’” occurred when the European Monitoring Center for Racism and Xenophobia – an EU agency since replaced by the Fundamental Rights Agency – asked the then 15 EU member states to report on antisemitic violence and viewpoints in 2002. The information the European Monitoring Center obtained was passed on to ZfA, the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University in Berlin, with the request to analyze the data. 
An American scholar, Amy Elman, analyzed how this issue developed in her 2015 book, The European Union, Anti-Semitism, and the Politics of Denial. She said in an interview: “The Zfa completed its document in October 2003. It found that violent attacks against Jews often rose from virulent anti-Zionism across the political spectrum. Moreover, it specifically identified young Muslims of Arab descent as the main perpetrators of physical attacks against Jews and the desecration and destruction of synagogues. Many were victims of racism and social exclusion themselves.” 
The European Monitoring Center decided not to publish the Zfa report, claiming that it was not meant for publication. Zfa responded that the frequent mention of Muslim perpetrators of antisemitism and anti-Zionist attacks was what had put off the European Monitoring Center. The Zfa also made public that the European Monitoring Center repeatedly asked it to change its findings, which it refused to do. 
This shelving of the report and the reaction of the Zfa led to a scandal. The World Jewish Congress then published the Zfa’s unchanged report on the Internet. 
In April 2004, the European Monitoring Center issued a lengthier study on antisemitism which was largely based on the Zfa report. Despite it being longer it hardly mentioned any perpetrators, thus hiding many cases of Muslim and leftwing antisemitism. 
In 2012, a four-part Israeli television program called Allah-Islam, The Spread of Islam in Europe, was broadcast by Channel 10. An Israeli journalist, Zvi Yehezkeli, presented himself in Europe as a Palestinian. 
He filmed the Muslim ghettos in a number of European countries. The program focused attention on violence, drugs and weapons possession, as well as other criminal activities occurring in parts of Muslim communities. 
Yehezkeli mentioned the religious fanaticism, the intimidation of dissenting Muslims, the discrimination against women, and “honor killings.” He also devoted attention to the widespread antisemitism in these communities. The rare European TV programs that discussed such issues usually dealt with a few specific problems relating to Muslim communities in a single country. 
After the entire Channel 10 series was broadcast, a Belgian journalist came to interview me about it. My first reaction was that such documentaries should have been made by a variety of broadcasters in European countries in previous years. It would then have been logical for Channel 10 to acquire one of these, add Hebrew subtitles and broadcast it. I noted that it was telling that since there were no such programs, Channel 10 had no choice but spend substantial money to produce the series. 
I said also that the fact that such documentaries had not been made by European broadcasters showed that many problematic issues with parts of Muslim communities were being swept under the carpet.  The interviewer agreed with me. He added that his bosses probably would not like what I said. Indeed, they did not broadcast the interview.
Arte’s initial decision to suppress the new documentary, Chosen and Excluded – The Hate for Jews in Europe, created by German producers Joachim Schröder and Sophie Hafner, continues this pattern. The German public broadcaster WDR through which Arte had commissioned the documentary continued to hesitate to broadcast it. 
This time, however, the suppression of information on antisemitism backfired.
The German daily Bild made the documentary available on its website for 24 hours. Hundreds of thousands of people viewed it on that day. It now appears on YouTube. Thereafter Arte reversed its decision and decided to broadcast the movie.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Austria: Far-right Freedom Party commits to moving embassy to Jerusalem

Heinz-Christian Strache
Heinz-Christian Strache stands a real chance of winning the upcoming national elections 
The head of Austria's Freedom Party Heinz-Christian Strache on Wednesday committed in writing to moving the Austrian embassy to Jerusalem, if the party wins in the upcoming national elections. 
Strache also affirmed, in a letter addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he believes Israel has the right to build in all areas of the state with Jerusalem as its capital. The letter was signed during a meeting with Member of Knesset Yehuda Glick in Vienna. 
Strache is the political heir of Jörg Haider, the former head of the Freedom Party who was infamous for his anti-Semitism and pro-Nazi opinions. When the party joined the Austrian government in 2000, Israel recalled its ambassador in a diplomatic crisis that continued until 2003. 
Former Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres refused a visit from Strache last year, reportedly due to advice from the Israeli Foreign MinistryStrache stands a real chance of winning the upcoming elections in Austria, if not to be chancellor, then to be in a coalition. Austria's Freedom Party is widely considered the strongest far right party in all of Europe. (...) 
Having made comments in the past that Austria is not responsible for its previous crimes, namely in relation to Nazi Germany, Strache told i24NEWS last year that "different people in different periods afterwards have interpreted the situation as Austria being occupied. Others certainly wished for this unification with National Socialist Germany."
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Far-right Austrian party chief visits Israel, tours Yad Vashem

UK: Revealed: Charity leader Nazim Ali who blamed fire tragedy on "Zionists"

Via The Jewish Chronicle:

Nazim Ali
The speaker who repeatedly made antisemitic statements when he addressed the crowd at yesterday’s Al Quds Day parade can be revealed as Nazim Ali, the director of self-styled “advocacy group” the Islamic Human Rights Commission.   
Mr Ali whipped up the 1,000 anti-Israel fanatics attending the march with a series of chants blaming the Grenfell Tower tragedy on “Zionism”. 
He also called for Israel’s annihilation, and accused the Israel Defence Force of being a “terrorist organisation that murdered Palestinians, Jews and British soldiers.” 
Mr Ali stayed at the head of the marchers - many of whom held aloft flags of the banned terror organisation Hezbollah - for the two hours it took for the parade to make its way through central London to Grosvenor Square, Using a loud-hailer to lead them in a stream of anti-Israel abuse.   
At one point he spotted pro-Israel counter-demonstrators carrying Israeli flags.He ordered the march to halt, insisting it would not move on until the “Zionist flag” was removed. He said: “We are fed up of the Zionists. We are fed up of their rabbis. We are fed of their synagogues. We are fed up of their supporters.” 
Screaming into the microphone, Mr Ali guided the crowd in a chant of: “Judaism – yes. Zionism – no. The state of Israel must go.” 
It was just as the march was about to set off that Mr Ali walked towards a small group of pro-Israeli demonstrators and began singing: “Bye, bye Zionists.” 
He then made his remarks linking the Grenfell Tower tragedy to Zionism, adding: “These people do not know what justice is because it’s their supporters who are supporting the Tory Party, that’s who they are. Zionists who give money to the Tory Party to kill people in high rise blocks.“

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Germany: BDS activists storm lecture by MK in Berlin Humbolt University

All this fuss and there was hardly anyone attending the conference...  There were more protesters than attendees.

Via Arutz Sheva 7:
A lecture given by MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) at the Humboldt University of Berlin Tuesday was interrupted by a group of BDS activists, including a number of Israelis. 
The event was held in the framework of a visit by a delegation of young people from the Yesh Atid political party in Berlin and Frankfurt, led by MK Aliza Lavie. The delegation aimed to promote information activities among students on leading campuses in Germany, and to hold a series of meetings with members of parliament, representatives of the Jewish community, students, and public opinion leaders. 
The disruption took place several minutes after MK Lavie began her lecture. The BDS activists began shouting and cursing and did not allow the lecture to continue or a discussion to take place. Lavie's attempts to reply and hold a discussion were met with screams accusing her "a child murderer" and that "the blood of the Gaza Strip is on your hands." 
The rioters also accused Israel of apartheid and war crimes. A protester who identified himself as "a journalist from Gaza" said that he was quoting materials from the radical Israeli organizations B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence. 
Those present said that the provocation was staged and planned in advance in order to discredit Israel and prevent the Israeli representatives from speaking. 
The scene played out before Devorah Weinstein, an 82 year old Holocaust survivor who participated in the delegation. The delegation had just visited the monument in the library square of the university, where in 1933 German students and lecturers burned tens of thousands of books of Jews and opponents of the Nazi regime.
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Germany compares Israel's NGO funding law proposal with that of Russia and China

Via I24 News:
A spokesman for the German foreign ministry compared Israel's policy on funding on non-governmental organisations to that of Russia and China, provoking a rebuke from the Israeli embassy in Berlin, Haaretz newspaper reported. 
Speaking on June 14 about a new law in Hungary that would force foreign-funded NGOs to register as "foreign-supported organisations," the spokesman for Germany's foreign ministry, Martin Shaefer, said that the law was similar to new laws in other countries. 
“Hungary thus joins the ranks of countries like Russia, China and Israel," he said at a weekly press briefing, "which obviously regard the funding of non-government organisations, of civil society efforts, by donors from abroad as a hostile or at least an unfriendly act. 
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

German neo-Nazi party builds alliance with Assad and Hezbollah

Via Jerusalem Post (h/t glykosymoritis):
Stronger alliances are growing between the German neo-Nazi party Der Dritte Weg and the Assad regime, as well as the Syrian dictator’s strategic partner Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The website of the Der Dritte Weg (The Third Way) published an April 30 report on the right-wing extremist group’s visit to Lebanon to champion Hezbollah’s war against Israel.

According to the organization’s website, members of the Der Dritte Weg met with the extremist Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) in Lebanon and representatives of the Bashar Assad regime in Syria.

Members of the Der Dritte Weg can be viewed on the website at the Hezbollah propaganda museum called Where the Land Speaks to the Heavens in the village of Mleeta in southern Lebanon. Kai Zimmermann, a senior leader of Der Dritte Weg, posed next to a plaque reading, “No, Israel is not invincible.” The neo-Nazi group labeled Israel a “terror state” on its website.
In 2013, Der Dritte Weg announced its formation and outlined a detailed call to boycott Israel. The group, whose goal is the creation of “German socialism,” titled its plan “What every person can do against the Zionist genocide.”

The Bavarian news outlet BR24 reported on Sunday that a young Der Dritte Weg activist traveled with a pro-Assad group called European Front for Syria to Syria and met with representatives of the regime and the fragmented country’s information minister.
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UK: Teenagers grab at Jewish boy's hat and bicycle, threatening to “beat” him

Via CAA:
A 16-year-old Jewish boy sitting on a park bench in London was helped by members of the public as teenagers grabbed at his hat and bicycle, threatening to “beat” him.

The incident occurred just before 15:00 today in Springfield Park in Hackney. The Jewish boy was resting on the bench when he was allegedly approached by two younger teenagers aged approximately 14 and described as “Asian”, who grabbed at his bicycle and his hat, which is of the kind traditionally worn by charedi (orthodox) Jews. When the Jewish boy asked them to stop, he said that they threatened to “beat” him.

Members of the public came to the boy’s defence and the Metropolitan Police Service and Stamford Hill Shomrim were called to the scene. The boy told them that he was convinced that the teenagers targeted him because he was Jewish, which means that under the so-called ‘MacPherson Principle’ it must be recorded and investigated as an antisemitic hate crime.

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Germany: Two sculptures of Jewish sporting heroes destroyed in Frankfurt

Via The Local:
 Unknown criminals have destroyed two sculptures of once successful Jewish athletes at an open air exhibition in Frankfurt.

The larger than life plexiglas sculptures, on display in Rathenauplatz in the centre of Germany’s finance hub, were of Lilli Henoch and Walther Bensemann.

According to the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt they were ripped from their pedestals on two successive nights over the weekend.

Deputy head of the museum, Fritz Backhaus, said the criminals had used extreme violence to destroy the sculptures.

The exhibition, which has been on display in several German cities, portrays 17 successful Jewish athletes who were persecuted by the Nazis from 1933 onwards.

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UK: UKIP candidate Philip Rose tweeted David Icke’s conspiracy myth about “Rothschild Zionists”

Via CAA:
It has been discovered that Philip Rose, the UKIP parliamentary candidate for Amber Valley, in Derbyshire, in the general election that has just closed, has tweeted the views of David Icke, and his theories about what he calls “Rothschild Zionism”. Mr Icke claims that a secret cabal of “Rothschild Zionists” has subverted democracy and secretly runs the world, writing in his book: “I strongly believe that a small Jewish clique which has contempt for the mass of Jewish people worked with non-Jews to create the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the Second World War. This Jewish elite used the First World War to secure the Balfour Declaration and the principle of the Jewish State of Israel (for which, given the genetic history of most Jewish people, there is absolutely no justification on historical grounds or any other).”

Mr Rose has repeatedly voiced his support for Mr Icke’s various theories on Twitter and Facebook, including claiming that: “Fabians a part of the elite communitarian agenda – Rothschild-Zionist clean sweep. Perhaps real division = liberty or [New World Order]?”

It is disturbing that UKIP should have selected a parliamentary candidate who subscribes to antisemitic conspiracy myths. Recently we discovered that another UKIP candidate, Captain Paddy Singh had tweeted: “At times I ask myself were the Nazis right in herding the Jews into concentration camps”.
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Austria: Half of Muslim youth hold antisemitic views

Via Jerusalem Post:
A study published by the University of Teacher Education in Vienna released on Saturday showed that almost 50% of young Austrian Muslims maintain an antisemitic attitude. The systematic delegitimization of Israel in Muslim-majority countries helps explain “imported antisemitism” into Europe, wrote the Austrian daily Der Standard in their report on the poll.

The poll asked Austrian Muslim students if they felt that “Jews have too much influence in Austria,” and 48% agreed with the statement.

The students aged between 16 through 19 have migrant backgrounds from a diverse set of Muslim-majority countries and some non-Muslim nations, including Bosnia, Turkey, Albania and Bulgaria. The students study at apprentice schools while working in the restaurant and hotel industry.

The authors of the study, Georg Lauss and Stefan Schmid-Heher, told Der Standard, in which the study was first reported, that “educational and prevention efforts against antisemitism need to be strengthened.”

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Belgium: Media more interested in Palestine than war-torn former colony Congo (millions have died)

Via Camera:
"Tragic Inaction on Congo" 
An Op-Ed in the International New York Times today discusses, as its headline puts it, "The U.N.'s tragic inaction on Congo." 
The piece focuses on the tragic killing of two Westerners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The pair were working for the United Nations, which, the authors protest, has failed to investigate the killings. The authors link the incident to a wider phenomenon: "their deaths are a reminder of how little attention is paid to the killings of hundreds of Congolese in the Kasai region since last August," they say, noting the recent discovery of dozens of mass graves in the region.  
The passive voice here — "little attention is paid" — means readers aren't told who, exactly, isn't paying attention. But if history is any indication, the same newspaper publishing this Op-Ed is a prominent example of those guilty of paying relatively little attention to violence in Congo.  
The book Stealth Conflicts: How the World's Worst Violence is Ignored, by Virgil Hawkins, shows that The New York Times largely overlooked the deaths of nearly two million people during the first two years of fighting in the DRC.  
The discrepancy between how the newspaper covered that violence and the fighting between Palestinians and Israel starting in 2000 is highlighted by a striking graphic in Hawkins' book:

The graphic above shows Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir is much more interested in Israel-bashing than in covering the ordeal of the people of Congo, their former colony, where millions have died.  Le Monde (France) isn't interested either.

Monday, June 19, 2017

UK: BBC piece: 'Zionists stole foods from Palestinians'

Via Point of No Return: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries blog:
Travellers to Israel will find it hard to find 'Jewish food', alleges journalist Sarah Treleaven for BBC Travel (article not visible if you are in the UK). That's because the Zionists appropriated 'Palestinian' dishes in order to construct an 'authentic' national narrative! Mizrahim and Sephardim who have been eating these foods for millennia are, not for the first time, invisible in the BBC's world view. 
“One of the biggest shocks for many foreign visitors to Israel is the lack of familiar Jewish cuisine. Where are the smoked salmon, bagels and cream cheese at breakfast? What about the delis that define Jewish cuisine from Montreal to Los Angeles? Or the kugel (a casserole made from egg noodles or potato), gefilte fish (an appetizer made from poached fish) and matzoh ball soup served at Jewish tables around the world? 
“The early Zionists eagerly adopted Palestinian dishes, such as falafel, hummus, and shawarma, while in recent years Israelis have developed a more diversified palate. Still, ‘Jewish food’ remains scarce. But very few visitors know the reasons behind the dearth of it in Israel: despite the fact that the early settlers were mostly Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe, they forsook traditional Jewish food both because of scarcity but also in deliberate service to the formation of a new national narrative.” 
“Early adherents to the Zionist project, committed to creating a Jewish state in the territory now known as Israel, sought to abandon vestiges of their past. Just as the European settlers favoured Hebrew over Yiddish and khakis over frock coats and homburgs, they also purposefully chose to eat indigenous foods over Ashkenazi ones. 
“The adoption of indigenous food lent the early European implants an air of authenticity. The production of local ingredients – the things that grew well in the desert and along the Mediterranean coastline, and the many dishes adapted from Arab kitchens – became part of the Zionist narrative.”
Edward Solomon has given Point of No Return permission to quote his rebuttal:   
"This article is replete with out-and-out lies and falsehoods. Based on Sarah Treleaven's limited and blinkered view of Jewish history and cuisine, Israeli food should consist of lokshen, bagels, gefilte fish, matzah ball soup, kugel, chopped liver and cholent. 
The rich and varied panoply of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish foods, such as sabikh, tagine, tbit, kubbah, loubiah, kahi, and countless other dishes of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Indian, and Iraqi origins documented by writers such as Linda Dangoor and Claudia Roden, cooked and eaten in Israel, are completely glossed over in the interest of presenting a one-sided, politicised narrative that paints the Zionist Jews as Ashkenazic interlopers who stole Palestinian dishes to claim for their own. 
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BBC Travel politicises food to promote a narrative

UK: Al-Quds Day speaker blames Grenfell Tower fire on 'Zionists' (London)

Via The Jewish Chronicle:

Organisers of the annual Al-Quds Day parade in central London have sparked fury after attempting to blame the Grenfell Tower tragedy on "Zionists". 
Around 1,000 people joined the anti-Israel march - with numerous men, women and children openly waving the flag of proscribed terrorist organisation Hezbollah in full view of dozens of Metropolitan Police officers on duty for the event. 
But the march - a pro-Palestinian event first started in Iran in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeni and calling for Israel's demise - left many onlookers in London's Regent Street stunned when a link was made to last week's fire. 
Speaking through a loudspeaker at the front of the demonstration, a man said: "This demonstration calls on justice for Grenfell. 
"Some of the biggest supporters of the Conservative Party are Zionists."They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell. 
“The Zionist supporters of the Tory Party. Free, Free, Palestine!" 
One female shopper shouted "disgusting remarks". 
When the JC asked why one of the march leaders was able to express such an opinion openly, a female police officer said: "It's just an opinion." 
As the demonstration left its starting point outside the BBC building in Duchess Street, supporters held up banners stating: "Zionism is Racism" and "We are all Hezbollah". 
Chants from the crowd included the slogan "From the river to the sea - Palestine will be free”. 
But they also shouted: "Zionists/ISIS are the same. Only difference is the name". 
But also noticeable were the hundreds of smaller paper flags bearing the machine gun logo of the Hezbollah movement. 
One large Hezbollah flag was also flown next to a large Palestinian flag at the front of the march.
Note: Hezbollah is not a "proscribed terrorist organisation" in the UK and in Europe.  As Colonel Richard Kemp points out: "UK only designates part of Hizballah as terrorist yet whole organization is one, led by same terrorist leaders. Time to follow US & ban all." A completely spurious distinction is made between the supposed political and military wings of the movement. That's why demonstrators pinned this message on their flags: "This flag is to show my support for the political wing of Hizbullah".

Sunday, June 18, 2017

France/Switzerland: Academic makes up non-existent ‘Gaza invasions’

Via Honest Reporting:
All of the academic qualifications in the world aren’t enough to prevent the publication of abysmal articles. 

Such is the case of Dr. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, a former minister of Foreign Affairs for Mauritania, a former postdoc researcher at Harvard University, a lecturer at SciencesPo, Paris, and a Professor of International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. 
His curriculum vitae is certainly pretty impressive. 
Despite this however, Mohamedou makes up complete falsehoods in an article published in the Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps’s blog section “Les temps du Moyen-Orient” (The Times of the Middle East). 
In his articled titled “State of stasis in Palestine”, Mohamedou tries to explain why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict still has not been solved and writes the following sentence:

[Highlighted text translated as: “or the invasions of Gaza (evacuated in 2005 but still besieged) by the Israeli army in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014 will not change the deal and the structural nature of this deadlock.”] 
We learn that Israel “invaded” the Gaza Strip four times in the last 10 years.Surprising news, given that the IDF only entered Gaza during Operations Cast Lead & Protective Edge in 2008-2009 and 2014 respectively. (...)
It is also interesting to note that the article fails to mention Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis or Hamas’ indiscriminate rocket fire. Mohamedou tries to put the blame entirely on Israel for the situation of the Palestinians. 
The question remains: What does Mohamedou teach his students in SciencesPo or at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies? Does he also make up “alternative facts” in his classes? 
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Germany: Jewish cemetery vandalized with Nazi slogans (Gotha, Thüringen)

Via Watch Antisemitim in Europe:

In 2008 two men put a pig's head on the Magen David which decorates the entrance door 
of the cemetery,  displayed an anti-Semtic banner and threw bottles of pig blood onto the graves.

The local news website Thüringen24 reported that 20 tombstones at the Jewish cemetery in Gotha were daubed with Nazi slogans on June 7. Amongst others Nazi swastikas and SS signs were painted onto the tombstones with black paint. 
The Jewish cemetery in Gotha has been vandalized several times in the past. In 2004 a total of 14 tombstones were kicked over and 2 tombstones were damaged. 
In 2008 two men put a pig's head on the Magen David which decorates the entrance door of the cemetery, displayed an anti-Semtic banner and threw bottles of pig blood onto the graves. The two man were convicted in 2010. On the contrary to other cemeteries in Gotha the Jewish cemetery has to remain locked and can only be visited after making an appointment with the municipality.

Friday, June 16, 2017

France: Robbery with a possible antisemitic connotation

Via Le Parisien:

The facts took place on Tuesday afternoon, in the 20th district of Paris.

A robber had spotted his victim.  He knew that the nanny took the babies to a park every day at 3 p.m. in a double stroller. He followed them and waited for them to go back home.

The man, who was wearing a see-through stocking over his face, forced his way into the flat.  He threw the nanny and the babies, aged 7 and 18 months, to the floor.  Then pointed his pistol at her temple. The babies shouted and he also took aim at them.

The nightmare had began and would last for twenty minutes. The nanny, 27, tried to defend herself. He hit her, locked her up in one of the rooms, pulled the curtains, tied her to the foot of a bed. He took her phone away and threatened to kill and rape her.

Valuables estimated at 120,000 euros were stolen.

The investigation for assault with a weapon and robbery was entrusted to the Parisian judicial police. The nanny is said to be "very traumatized" by their ordeal. Neighbors have been auditioned.

Questions have been raised about whether this premeditated crime has an antisemitic connotation - a Mezuzah hung at the entrance of the flat.

Article in French here.

Ukraine: Desecration of the grave of the daughter of Rebbe Nachman in Kremenchug


In Kremenchug, Poltava region,  vandals again desecrated the grave of the eldest daughter of the Holy tzaddik, Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav – Sary.  (...) 
It is noted that the house on the burial site of the daughter of the Holy tzaddik – Sary in Kremenchug has been defiled for the fourth time. 
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Europe: Pro-Palestinian lobbies are very active in the European Parliament

Via European Jewish Press - interview of Belgian pro-Israel Member of the European Parliament Frédérique Ries:
Frédérique Ries (R)
EJP: Do you think that today Europe and in particular the European Parliament understands better Israel’s security constraints in light of terror attacks in France, UK and Germany? Today, the conference you hosted highlighted Israel’s innovation, can this help?
F.R. :  I certainly hope it does, that’s why I am doing it… The room was full, it was a great satisfaction for me. I wish it would have been a greater room with even more people attending. Do I think that the world’s look on Israel has changed because unfortunately the whole world is sharing what has been the fate of Israel for 60 years, terrorism and terror attacks?  Of course ministers, foreign affairs ministers and experts from across the world have been flying to Israel to know  about their know-how, their expertise because as I said they know how to tackle terrorism… So certainly the experts from member states they must know better than they used to. I am not sure that here in the European Parliament, parliamentarians really realize that… All of them care about their districts, they have to be elected, some of them are populist, so I think that luckily the eyes of some of them have opened, others don’t really want to open their eyes… They don’t want to see the reality…. So they might be aware of it but they don’t want to see… while others don’t really care about it… Would it be a positive collateral effect of the terror attacks on the EU-Israel relations?    I am not sure I can say that… Israel is a partner more than ever but up to here I didn’t see any reaction from some of my colleagues. 
EJP: An MEP from Hungary told us that the pro-Palestinian lobby in the European parliament is stronger than the pro-Israel lobby. Do you agree with this assessment? 
F.R : Yes it is. But I don’t think ‘stronger’ is the most appropriate word… It is more present. There are many pro-Palestinian organisations. I mean it’s legitimate. I am not going to say it is not legitimate… Everybody has the right to be heard as long as it is in the democratic field. They never approached me so I can’t tell you exactly what they do inside the European Parliament. They never approached me, I never received any request for a meeting or whatsoever… But I know that they are very activeFor the resolution on anti-Semitism that was voted two weeks ago in the plenary in Brussels they were present… They had circulated hundreds of emails questioning the internationally-accepted definition of anti-Semitism. The speeches of some of my colleagues MEPs in the hemicycle echoed precisely the emails coming from the pro-Palestinian lobbies which didn’t want the definition of anti-Semitism because it included a reference to Israel, the hatred of Israel. (...) People have the right to criticize the Israeli government policies, there is no mistake to be  made between the criticism of some policies and anti-Semitism.. but for them it was completely outraged to include Israel and the hatred of Israel in the definition of anti-Semitism. That came exactly from the emails of the pro-Palestinian lobby… Regarding the Israeli counterpart, what is called  a ‘lobby’, I know only the embassy, unless you consider for example that the European Jewish Congress to be a lobby for Israel, which it is not, it is an organization that fighting racism and anti-Semitism... I mean one cannot make confusion.. So there is the Israeli embassy and all the NGOs and different organisations that work for the Palestinians… It’s a bit uneven if you ask me… 
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UK: British Jews - a wake up call

Via The Jerusalem Post (Isi Leibler):
It is a horrifying prospect that a man who publicly praises Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends,” who attended a ceremony in Tunis commemorating the murderer of Israeli Olympic athletes, was employed by the state-controlled Iranian TV to present programs, and tolerated the proliferation of overt antisemitism in his party was so close to being elected prime minister. 
The recent spate of brutal terrorist attacks in London and Manchester must have stunned those British Jews who have been insisting that Islamic terrorism would never impact on the UK to the same extent as the rest of Europe. 
The recent waves of antisemitism emanating from a combination of left-wing, liberal, Muslim and traditional antisemites, and the indifference of a substantial proportion of the electorate who voted for an overtly antisemitic leader, must surely switch on a clear red light for British Jews. 
Since the return of Jews to Britain in 1656 in the Oliver Cromwell era, many claim that Jews have fared better in Britain than in any other European country. Yet the late Robert Wistrich, the greatest scholar of antisemitism, who was himself brought up in England, considered it to be the most anti-Jewish country in Europe. (...) 
Corbyn’s supporters were not fussed that he had led rallies with vicious antisemites, including Holocaust deniers and terrorists, as well as calling for a boycott against the Jewish state. At an anti-Israeli demonstration addressed by Corbyn, some of the participants were dressed as suicide bombers and others chanted “gas, gas, Tel Aviv.” Alas, many Labour voters were supportive of Corbyn’s love of Hamas, Hezbollah and the IRA.  (...) 
That Jews, representing only 0.5% of the population (and whose votes in four key constituencies probably saved May from outright defeat), voted against Corbyn is indicative of the indifference to much of the electorate to antisemitism. 
British Jews have long argued that the antisemitic prejudice they faced was benign and that England was different from Europe. But, had Corbyn been elected, it would have been far worse for the Jewish community than had Marie Le Pen become head of state in France.
The time has come to speak plainly and face reality. 
As far as British Jews are concerned these elections, which almost brought to power an outright antisemite and friend of terrorists, means that the red line has now been crossed.  
Jews in the UK are considered pariahs by a substantial proportion of the nation. The anti-Israel rhetoric has reached unprecedented levels both in street demonstrations and at the universities, where many Jewish students seek to disguise their Jewish identity and in some cases even display hostility to Israel to curry favor. 
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Germany's largest paper posts 'censored' antisemitism film on line

Obviously French media are keeping quiet about this.

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):

The Bild paper on Tuesday posted on its website a film believed to be have been censored by the Franco-German TV outlet ARTE because it show Islamic-animated antisemitism and Jew-hatred in all walks of European life. 
Writing on the website – one of the largest news outlets in Europe – Julian Reichelt, the Bild’s online editor-in-chief, said, “The TV documentary proves the rampant, in part [socially] acceptable Jew-hatred, for which there are only two words: disgusting and shameful.” 
Reichelt added, “It is suspected that the documentary is not being shown [on television] because it is politically unsuitable and because the film shows an antisemitic worldview in wide parts of society that is disturbing.” (...) 
Historians and journalists with an expertise in contemporary antisemitism lauded Chosen and Excluded as a masterpiece for its expose on lethal antisemitism, European NGOs that finance hatred of Israel, and the growth of the BDS movement. 
The Times of London wrote on Sunday: “TV film on migrant Muslims’ hate of Europe’s Jews axed.” 
Bild slammed ARTE for failing to show the film, denying viewers the right to form their own opinions. German viewers pay a public fee to finance ARTE and WDR.
Michael Wolffsohn, a prominent German-Jewish historian, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung the film is “by far the best, smartest and historically deepest documentary on this topic, while at the same time being very much up to date and true.”
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TV film on migrant Muslims’ hate of Europe’s Jews axed

France/Germany: Arte TV channel censors documentary on antisemitism

UK: Pro-Israel group harassed by in Brighton by Holocaust denier

Via CAA:
Jewish activists from Sussex Friends of Israel were told by members of the public in Brighton at the weekend that the “gas chambers in Auschwitz were mock-ups like Disneyland” and that Jews were responsible for the African slave trade.

The exchanges were captured on video and posted to Facebook.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sweden: The Left Spreads the Right’s Hatred

Via Marxist-Humanist Initiative:
Originally published in Expressen (May 10, 2017, at 2:18 pm) as “Vänstern sprider högerns hat.” Translated by Erik Olofsson.

Two weeks ago, Arbetet [The Work] published an editorial text about the Nazi presence at the annual Book Fair[1] and at the Almedalen Week.[2] The title was “Six million Jews apparently weren’t enough,” and it aimed at the remarkable blindness of the organizers of these events to the anti-democratic intentions of the Nazis.

As expected, during the days that followed, the inbox was filled with comments—not, as expected, primarily from the right, but from the left. They all had the same general content, that not only the Jews fell victim to the Nazis.

“Why do mainstream media conceal Communism’s victims under Nazism? Why are you only mentioning Jews?,” one of the posts asked.

“You’re running errands for the Jewish and Israeli cause when you deny the communists who were killed,” another said.

And then the direct attacks:

“You contribute to the confusion of facts” … “cowardly ducking the issue” … “hypocrisy” … “infantile” … “only the Jews are of importance—you can’t handle anything else”.

The comments became so numerous and so similar that there could only be one explanation: they must be orchestrated.

With the help of a reader, the source could be located. In the April 2017 issue of FiB Kulturfront,[3] the left-wing paradigm-publication of the 1970s, diminishing for a long time and now growing again, the old ideologue Jan Myrdal writes a frustrated chronicle against the allegedly false history that the Jews succeeded in creating around the Holocaust. “The prevailing lie” is, as he says, “to falsely make the Jews the main victims.”

Several passages are similar to those that appear in the comments to the editorial in Arbetet. The past household-god of the left,[4] Jan Myrdal, thus writes a text that relativizes the Holocaust, totally in line with the historical writings of the extreme right.

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UK: Man at polling station arrested after threatening to kill Jewish voter

Via CAA:
A man has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a Jewish man at a polling station at approximate 17:20 today.

A Jewish man arriving at a polling station on the Webb Estate near Clapton Common in north London allegedly heard a man shouting from a window above: “F***ing Jews, kill all the Jews. What are you doing here?”. The Jewish man entered the polling station, cast his vote and then asked to be escorted away from the polling station by one of the volunteers there. As he left, the suspect allegedly started shouting antisemitic abuse again, at which point the Jewish victim called Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.

Shomrim attended within minutes and called the police. Whilst waiting for the police to arrive, the suspect allegedly threatened Shomrim volunteers with a crowbar, but they stood their ground until police arrived to make an arrest.

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UK: Police grades ongoing attack on Jewish man as “low priority” because victim could not understand Arabic

Via CAA:
A Jewish man has been left shaken after a Metropolitan Police Service operator graded an ongoing antisemitic attack as a “low priority” because he did not speak Arabic.

The man was running in Finsbury Park at approximately 6:00 this morning when another man described only as having “dark skin” allegedly started shouting at him aggressively in Arabic. The victim asked the man who had shouted what he was saying, to which he reportedly responded “I was saying ‘Good morning’ in Arabic.”

Shortly afterwards, as the Jewish man continued to run, he allegedly saw the same man running towards him, shouting wildly in Arabic. The Jewish man ran towards his car with aggressor in pursuit. He drove a short way up the road and called 999, asking that police come immediately as the suspect was still in the area.

According to Stamford Hill Shomrim, which is assisting the victim, he was told by the police operator that they were giving the incident a “low priority” grading because the victim could not understand Arabic and therefore could not confirm that the abuse was antisemitic in nature. The victim pointed out that he was recognisable as Jewish from his clothing, and that the suspect had not shouted at anybody else, but this was not good enough for the police operator.

The Jewish man waited in his car until he saw the suspect running towards him again, at which point he drove away.

Having spent years exercising in Finsbury Park, the victim no longer feels that it is safe to go there as he expects that he might come across the suspect again, and if he is attacked, he cannot rely on the Metropolitan Police Service to defend him.

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Switzerland: Parliament ends funding for antisemitic NGOs

Via NGO Monitor:
The resolution passed today in the Swiss Council of States will have a dramatic effect on government funding to non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The final vote today follows three years of NGO Monitor publications and presentations documenting the issue of unchecked and unaccountable NGO funding by Switzerland. The resolution directs the government to “amend the laws, ordinances and regulations” to prevent funding to NGOs “involved in racist, antisemitic or hate incitement actions.”

“This decision marks a fundamental change – when we first approached Swiss government officials, including the Foreign Ministry, their response was denial,” said Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president at NGO Monitor. “For the first time, a European country has passed legislation to end funding for NGOs that are vehicles for incitement and hate speech, specifically including antisemitism.”

The resolution before the Council of States, the upper house of the Parliament, is a slightly modified version of a bill, initiated by Swiss MP Christian Imark, approved by the lower house of the Swiss Parliament (111 to 78, 4 abstentions) in March. The Swiss media has also covered the issues extensively.

NGO Monitor notes that a primary channel for Swiss funding to NGOs in the Arab-Israeli conflict is the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (“Secretariat”), a joint funding mechanism of Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The Secretariat has funded over 40 Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, including groups that engage in “lawfare” against Israeli officials and companies that do business with Israel, promote BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns, exploit the false “apartheid” analogy to demonize Israel, and/or promote antisemitic propaganda.

NGO Monitor has extensively documented numerous concerns relating to the Secretariat, which disbursed over $14 million to NGOs in 2014-16. For instance, 15 out of 24 core funding recipients and 11 of 20 project funding grantees in this period support BDS. $7.3 million in core funding went to the groups involved in BDS.

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France: Israel hatred on display at Grenoble popular festival

Via Dreuz:

A Palestine-themed car featuring the logo of an BDS organisation was invited to parade at the Festival of the Tuiles held on Saturday at the city of Grenoble.  A man wore a T-shirt calling for the boycott of Israel.   When asked about the presence of the BDS promoting organisation,  Council representatives said they were "surprised"... The mayor Eric Piolle expressed great satisfaction at the festival, which drew a crowd of 100,000.

In theory it is unlawful to promote the boycott of Israel.   But only "in theory".

Palestine is now part of French local folk culture... 

Romania: Large anti-Semitic tags found at historic Cluj synagogue

Via The Times of Israel:
Members of Romania’s Jewish community filed a complaint with police Monday after anti-Semitic graffiti and Holocaust-denying messages were discovered on the facade of a synagogue in the of Cluj-Napoca. 
“It is the desecration of a historical monument, we notified the police, the gendarmes and the town hall,” said Robert Schwartz, president of the Jewish community of Cluj. 
He said the wall of the building had been defaced with graffiti of a Star of David crossed out with an ‘X’ and a message written in English “The Holocaust never happened.”
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Spain: Police arrest Arab Hamas supporter accused of inciting violence against Jews

Via JTA:
Police in Spain arrested a young Arab woman whom they said called for violence against Jews online and was flagged gathering intelligence about Israel’s embassy in Madrid. 
The 23-year-old woman, who is a Moroccan citizen of Syrian and Palestinian descent, was arrested this week in Zaragoza, 170 miles northeast of the capital, for hate speech and incitement to violence, police sources told the ABC newspaper. The paper’s article Wednesday about the arrest did not identify the suspect by name. 
According to ABC, police flagged the woman in 2016 after noticing her several times near the embassy in Madrid, including in the presence of unidentified men. Police reportedly followed the woman and discovered her identity, leading counterterrorist researchers to monitor her activities online. 
On Facebook, where the woman moderated one anti-Israel group with more than 2,000 subscribers, the researchers documented the suspect praising Hamas and speaking favorably about the murder of Jews, leading to her arrest. 
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UK: When did British voters start rewarding anti-Semitism?

Douglas Murray @ The Spectator:
One of the interesting things about ‘diversity’ is that it allows almost anything to happen.
Consider Naz Shah, the MP for Bradford West. As I have said before, there is something strange about Bradford, because the city has managed in recent years to elect representatives of three parties. These include the Labour party (Naz Shah), the Liberal Democrat party (David Ward) and the Respect party (George Galloway). Fascinatingly all seem interested in similar themes. Why might that be? 
But back to Naz Shah. In the last Parliament it was this Labour MP who plunged her party into crisis. The public exposure of her anti-Semitic, racist comments on social media led Ken Livingstone to run to her rescue and promptly self-immolate. And it was this that caused Shami Chakrabarti to ruin her reputation by whitewashing the Labour party’s anti-Semitism problem, then taking a peerage. Of course after her disgrace, Shah made a pro-forma apology, was reintroduced to the fold and got on with her other interests, such as campaigning against ‘Islamophobia’. 
Being a traditionally liberal and anti-racist country, someone who had a reputation for anti-Semitic outbursts would once have been punished for their stance by the public at the ballot box. Not today. And not in Bradford. This week Naz Shah managed to actually increase her share of the vote. By 10,000 votes. It is true that at a hustings she managed to say that she thought the Jews of the Middle East had a right to exist. And it is true that for this massive concession on her part, some of her potential voters accused her of being a Jew. But this is all just a demonstration of the rich diversity that Bradford now represents – a city where a person made most famous in the last Parliament for her anti-Semitism actually increases their vote when next putting themselves in front of the public.
The reactions to Douglas Murray's article are well worth reading.  Here.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Netherlands: Muslim council politician calls Israeli school children future child murderers

Via BNFTN and
Abdoe Khoulani, a Muslim member of the Hague Municipal Council, has called Israeli school children future child murderers. The Israeli children were visiting the Protestant SGP Party.  The youth section of the SGP has put forward a complaint to the police.   
In 2014 he supported ISIS and wrote on Facebook ‘long live ISIS and let’s go to Baghdad to attack the scum there.’   
After much criticism, he apologized.
More about Abdoe Khoulani: Defender of Israel harassed by Dutch-Muslim politician

France: Israel not mentioned on Agence France Presse Mideast map

Agence France Presse (AFP), one of the world major press agencies, apparently deleted Israel in a map of the Middle East on its Twitter and Facebook page. 
The map on the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf following the decision of Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region to sever ties with Qatar, mentions only the West Bank and Gaza but not Israel. 
Shimon Samuels, Director for international relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Paris, denounced the deletion in a letter to Agence France-Presse Chairman and CEO Emmanuel Hoog. 
"Our members are horrified at the AFP map of the Middle East appearing on Twitter and your Facebook page," he wrote. 
He continued, "when Iran first wiped the State of Israel off the map, this was defined by many as 'genocidal intent'". 
The letter argued "that AFP - an important global news agency - appears to sink so low as to commit the same outrage, we can only hope that this was the act of an anti-Semitic lone-wolf or a budding Jihadist employee".

Friday, June 9, 2017

Italy: Lawmaker speaks of 'Zionist influence in Italian media' and 'Zionism is synonymous with racism'

Via The European Jewish Press:
36-year-old Manlio Di Stefano, who is the head of the Italian Five Star Movement's Foreign Affairs Committee, has raised a lot of controversy for publishing a comment on his Facebook page against the Italian vote at UNESCO in favor of Israel. 
Last May, UNESCO passed a resolution (20 votes in favor, 10 abstentions and 23 abstentions) that questions Israel’s sovereignty over the entire city and not just on its eastern side. Italy has been among the few countries to vote against the resolution. 
For Di Stefano, with this vote Italy "became a partner of the damage that  Israel is causing to ancient monuments that UNESCO cannot protect because of the Israeli occupation and the blockade of Gaza that UNESCO has asked to remove." Moreover Di Stefano writes that "Zionism is synonymous with racism". 
In his comments, the parliamentarian, who declared that ''Islamist terrorism doesn't exist'' also published a list of Jewish  journalists, actors and personalities titled "Zionist Influenza in Italian Media", including the names of Roberto Saviano, Paolo Mieli, Enrico Mentana, Gad Lerner, and others.

Italy: Israel/Jew-bashing Dario Fo, Nobel-winning playwright (Five Star Movement ideologue), died aged 90

UK elections: 'Antisemitism seems to have done Corbyn no harm'

Via David Hirsh:
Our experience in the University and College Union was that there were 120,000 members who chose not to care - not enough to intervene - about the institutional antisemitism which took root in the union.  
Now we know that Corbyn's career-long support for a worldview which positions Israel as a central evil on the planet did him no harm. 
Corbyn said Hamas and Hezbollah were dedicated to peace and justice; he jumped to the defence of blood libeller Raed Salah and conspiracist Steven Sizer; he supported the exclusion of Israelis from the global community; he was a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which sought to boycott and to destroy Israel and which tolerated antisemitism. 
Corbyn thinks that the system of capitalism and imperialism is primarily responsible for aggression, suffering and killing across the world and he thinks that movements - including terrorist movements - against America, Europe and imperialism, however distasteful, are fundamentally defensive and should be understood as blowback for Western aggression.  
We learn that either the electorate doesn't really mind all this; or it doesn't want to know about this; or it chooses not to believe this; or those who do mind are balanced by those who are excited and attracted by it. 
Antisemitism seems to have done Corbyn no harm.  
And the standard response to accusations of antisemitism, which says that they are basically bad faith attempts by Jews to smear the left - The Livingstone Formulation (1)- works just fine.
 (1) As a student of contemporary antisemitism, Hirsh is known for coining the term "Livingstone Formulation," after its effective use by the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. In Hirsh's formulation, when an individual like Livingstone, with alleged antisemitic attitudes is confronted with this allegation, he immediately reverses the charge, accusing his accuser of "playing the antisemitic card" to stifle debate. (Wikipedia)