Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sweden: Second synagogue firebombed

Via European Jewish Congress:
A second synagogue in Sweden was firebombed, this time in Malmö. An attempt was also made to set light to a funeral chapel at a Jewish cemetery in the city. This comes after a synagogue was firebombed in Gothenburg on Saturday. According to reports in the Swedish press, two firebombs were found at the site and had burned out on the spot.  
No injuries were reported. Police were investigating the incident as a suspected hate crime. Sveriges Radio reported that on Friday, demonstrators at a rally in Malmö against the US declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Jerusalem chanted: “We have announced the intifada from Malmö. We want our freedom back, and we will shoot the Jews.”  
Protests held in other European cities also involved antisemitic chants. In London, protesters shouted the Jihadi chant ‘Khaybar, Khaybar’ outside the US Embassy. This “can only be interpreted as a call to incite violence against Jewish people,” said British Jewish leaders in a statement released on Monday.

Sweden: Outpouring of anti-Semitism for which officials blame Israel

Via Mosaic Magazine:
Following the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, there have been anti-Semitic demonstrations in many European countries. Particularly severe is the situation in Sweden: crowds walk through the streets threatening violence against “the Jews,” and both a synagogue and a Jewish funeral home have been firebombed. Bruce Bawer examines the reactions:
Svante Weyler, head of the Swedish Committee against Anti-Semitism, told the daily Aftonbladet that . . . anti-Semitism is, indeed, quite severe and on the rise in Europe—especially in Sweden—but, unless Aftonbladet cut something out, he was careful not to mention Islam. (That is par for the course.) . . .
Weyler [also] pointed out that “those young people who were gathered together in the synagogue [at the time of the attack] have no direct connection to what is happening in the Middle East or to what Trump does.” Rarely does a European Jewish leader—or anyone, for that matter—simply stand up and defend Israel.
It is not just European Jewish leaders who, in such cases, feel driven to draw a sharp distinction between European Jews and the Jewish state. In an interview with [another Swedish paper], a member of the city council in Gothenburg, [where the attack on the synagogue took place], lamented the fact that “Jews in Sweden are held responsible for what Israel thinks is right or wrong.” Such remarks, of course, imply, [first of all], that Swedish Jews, being Swedes, are surely too sensible and humane to agree in any large numbers with Israeli (or pro-Israeli) policies or actions, and [second], that Israel, by virtue of its supposedly provocative behavior, is at least indirectly responsible for anti-Jewish attacks in Europe. . . .
The attack on the Gothenburg synagogue may have been immediately triggered by Trump’s recognition of Israel’s capital, but it is part of a pattern of persecution and savagery that has [long] been in place, and that has been systematically ignored, denied, or played down by the news media and public officials.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Czech President says EU’s anti-Israel stance on Jerusalem is ‘cowardice,’

Via The Jerusalem Post:
 “The European Union, cowards, are doing all they can so a pro-Palestinian terrorist movement can have supremacy over a pro-Israeli movement,” Zeman said, according to the AFP news agency.
He spoke Saturday at an event of the far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy Party.

Zeman and the Czech Republic are known for their strong support of Israel. Immediately after Trump’s speech on Wednesday, the Czech Foreign Ministry announced its recognition of west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In September, Zeman also spoke of international cowardice regarding Israel and cited as an example the refusal by almost all the world’s nations to recognize Israel as a Jewish state or acknowledge Jerusalem as its capital.

He went even further during a speech in New York given at an event sponsored by the The Algemeiner newspaper, in which he called for all embassies in Tel Aviv to be moved to Jerusalem.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Poland appoints ex-banker with Jewish roots as prime minister

Via Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
A politician with Jewish roots who said that both of his aunts were rescued by non-Jews during the Holocaust was appointed the country’s prime minister amid a Cabinet reshuffle.

Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a former bank chairman in the Santander Group, was tapped Thursday to take charge of the Polish government as it gears up for parliamentary elections in 2019, the ruling Law and Justice party announced. He succeeds Beata Maria Szydło, also of the right-wing party, who has served in the post since 2015.

Morawiecki, 49, who was not even a member of Law and Justice two years ago, joined the government as minister for economic development in 2015 before adding the post of finance minister last year.

His Jewish roots were known in Poland. Morawiecki spoke about it in some detail earlier this year at a ceremony at the Warsaw Zoo honoring a former zoo director and his wife, Jan and Antonina Żabiński, who saved hundreds of Jews there, and other rescuers.

“Always at such ceremonies I begin reflecting on my family’s own story,” Morawiecki said. “My aunt Irena was a Jew, she survived the war and as a child of 10. Until she was 16, she stayed with a Polish family who rescued her” with help from a few dozen other non-Jewish Poles who risked their lives to hide her, he said.

Another aunt, named Roma, now lives in Israel, he said. She survived the Holocaust because she escaped eastward, Morawiecki said, presumably to Russian-held territories, while the rest of her family died.
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UK: Shouts of 'Khayber, Khayber ya Yahud' outside US embassy

Via Harry's Place:
Tonight outside the US embassy in London; "Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud" or "Jews, remember Khaybar the army of Muhammad is returning". They mean Zionists tho...@PSCupdates are they your banners they're holding?

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Sweden: Firebombs hurled at synagogue after protest march about Jerusalem

The Local has a photo of Swedes burning the Israeli flag.  Have a look.

Via Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
More than a dozen men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg in southern Sweden hours after locals marched in the city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 
No one was injured in the attack Saturday night, which ended without major damage to property, the online edition of the Expressen daily reported.

Dvir Maoz, the World Bnei Akiva youth movement’s emissary in Gothenburg, told JTA that the attack happened a little after 10 p.m. while youths from the local Jewish community were attending a party inside the synagogue complex. Looking outside from inside the synagogue lobby area, he said he saw in the corner of his eye “a ball of fire” approaching the building. “The guards saw it in the security cameras and called police right away. The children were stressed, it was the first time they had ever experienced a terrorist attack near them.” (...)

Hours before the attack, which police are investigating, several hundred people marched through the city’s center in protest of President Donald Trump’s declaration on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, George Braun, the head of the community, told JTA. Police do not have suspects in custody.

“It is unconscionable that Jews are under attack on the streets of Europe, whether by terrorists hurling Molotov cocktails or openly and brazenly calling for the mass murder of Jews in Malmo, Vienna and Paris,” European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor said in a statement. 
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Danish MEP: 'Europe has decided to live in total ignorance of what is the situation on the ground, that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish State of Israel'

Via European Jewish Press:
"It seems that Europe has just decided to live in total ignorance of what is the situation on the ground, that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish State of Israel." said Anders Vistisen, Danish Member of the European Parliament, in remarks about the EU negative reaction to US President Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

"It is a fact," said Vistisen, who is first Vice Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), as he addressed the General Assembly of the European Jewish Parliament in the premises of the EU assembly.

He found it a "paradox" that the people who are threatening to use violence and terrorism are seen as the "victims" while the people who are offering peace and offering to everyone to come to Jerusalem for worship are considered the "aggressors."

"I don’t think you'll find such an example elsewhere in the world," he said.

"I say as I can that I believe that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish People and of the Jewish state of Israel.  I strongly believe that the only way as Christian to go their and worship in peace is if it is secured by the State of Israel," Vistisen said.

He deplored that Israel’s existence is challenged in the European Parliament, recalling that despite his efforts "we couldn’t get a majority within the parliament for a resolution saying that Hamas is a terrorist organization."
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Arabs, Europe, UN reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Via The Jerusalem Post: 
European countries, Egypt and Russia are slated to rail against US President Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, when the United Nations Security Council holds a meeting on the matter in New York on Friday.

PLO Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour called on the council “to act swiftly” to avoid “this extremely dangerous situation, which constitutes a threat to international peace and security,” according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA. (...)  
It’s expected that the US, one of five Security Council countries with veto power, would block any action against Israel.

The request for the meeting was put forward by Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

It’s expected that Mansour, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Israel’s Ambassador Danny Danon will also speak before the 15-member body. (...)

Earlier this year Russia recognized that west Jerusalem was Israel’s capital – it was the first country to do so. On Wednesday the Czech Republic also stated that west Jerusalem was Israel’s capital.

Trump did not geographically define territory when issuing his declaration, but rather, left the definition vague, so that it would be possible to presume he was not referring to all of the city.
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Germany: Merkel condemns Trump decision on Jerusalem

Via PJ Media (Michael van der Galien):
President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's official capital and his announcement that he would move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to that city has sparked outrage not only in the Middle East, but also in Europe. 
One European leader who has condemned Trump's announcement is Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. Although you'd expect her to tread extremely carefully when talking about Israel -- considering her country's horrible record regarding the treatment of Jews -- nothing could be further from the truth. (...)

Her foreign secretary, Sigmar Gabriel, agrees with Merkel's position. "I believe that it carries the risk that an already difficult situation in the Middle East and in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians will escalate even further," he added to Merkel's statement. He also complained that Trump's announcement supposedly ignores the Palestinians' interests and marks a 180-degree turn from the previous U.S. policy. "And that worries us," Gabriel said. "We hope that this concern can be taken away, but this turnaround is already a big problem." (...)

Of course, both Merkel and Gabriel forgot to mention that the Palestinians haven't given "peace a chance" for decades — not even when Israel was willing to make serious concessions when the United States still considered Tel Aviv Israel's capital. It's difficult to imagine what more they could do to undermine the peace process than purposefully blowing them up time and again.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Netherlands: Man holding Palestinian flag smashes windows of Amsterdam kosher restaurant

Watch video here.

Via Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Police are investigating the smashing of a window of a kosher restaurant in a heavily-Jewish part of the Dutch capital by a man wearing a Palestinian flag. 
The incident at HaCarmel restaurant occurred Thursday morning, hours after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The AT5 television station showed a video of the incident, in which a man holding a large stick while holding a Palestinian flag and wearing a Palestinian keffiyah, or shal, on his head proceeds to smash the windows and kick down the restaurant’s doors as passersby and two police officers look on. The officers wait until he breaks into the restaurant. They pause as he returns out to the street from the restaurant’s interior holding an Israeli flag that he took from there. He throws it at their feet. Then they overpower the man and arrest him. 
Contacted by JTA, an employee at HaCarmel declined to comment on the circumstances of the incident, which the Federative Jewish Netherlands group reported online with a pictures of a Dutch police officer kneeling in front of a shattered glass window, with a Star of David hanging on the restaurant’s wall in the background. 
“Jerusalem is recognized as the capital by the United States of America, so the windows of an Israeli restaurant in Amsterdam are smashed.  Only logical. The Palestinian shall complete the story,” Federative Jewish Netherlands wrote on Twitter.
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German Foreign Minister unironically calls for ‘solution to the Jerusalem problem’

Via Free Beacon (Matthew Continetti):
German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel does not support President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to the Washington Post. "We all know the far-reaching impact this move would have," he said in an interview.  
"Germany's position on this issue remains unchanged: A solution to the Jerusalem problem can only be found through direct negotiations between both parties. Everything which worsens the crisis is counterproductive." 
Leaving aside Gabriel's conventional pro-Palestinian policy analysis, maybe he could have chosen his words more carefully? 
And maybe European governments might want to sit this one out? The Washington Post goes on to say that word of President Trump's announcement "dominated European news coverage Wednesday, especially in countries such as Germany, France, and Britain where anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise in recent years—partially due to an escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestinians." 
That's one way of looking at it, we suppose. Reporters never waste an opportunity to blame Israel for Europe's troubles. Another way of looking at it is that rising European anti-Semitism has coincided with rising European Islamism, rising European secularism hostile to Jewish particularity and ritual, and rising European nationalism of the kind that led to the murder of six million European Jews less than a century ago. The Boycott Divest Sanctions movement, the spearhead of global efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel, is also strong on the continent, where goods made in Jewish communities in the West Bank are required to carry a warning label. Little surprise that Jews are leaving places like France in record numbers.
Jewish migration from Germany is relatively stable, but that may be because there are so few Jews left in Germany to begin with. Still, Josef Schuster, president of Germany's Central Council of Jews, told Bild last July that "In some districts in major cities, I'd advise people not to identify themselves as Jews."
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Europe: "EU people believe that the way to Israelis’ hearts is by spitting in their faces"

Via European Jewish Press:
"For reasons unknown, the EU people believe that the way to Israelis’ hearts is by spitting in their faces," said Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon as he reacted to the decision  of the new EU ambassador in Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, to  mark International Human Rights Day on Thursday together with the human rights organization B’Tselem.

The event will feature an exhibition of photographs marking "50 years of Israeli occupation" and sparked a fierce condemnation from Israel.

In his comments, the Israeli spokesperson said "we are again seeing the same patronizing approach of preaching hypocritical, condescending morality, that just pushes away rather than bringing closer. It is sad and superfluous."

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said that Israel has "been threatened by Palestinian terror for over 100 years" and that "unfortunately, the EU has not investigated the Palestinian Authority’s education system, which raises children to be ready to kill innocent civilians." She further added that "whoever wants to look into human rights should begin with the Palestinian education system."

Minister of Education Naftali Bennet, leader of the Habayit Hayeudi party, slammed the European Union which, he said, "loses no opportunity to needle the State of Israel and persists in its unilateral ways." "This attitude makes the EU a less relevant player by the day."

The comments by Israeli officials came ahead of a visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Brussels next Monday for a rare meeting with the 28 EU Foreign Ministers. (...)

Israel’s government accuses groups such as B’Tselem of unfairly tarnishing the country’s image for political reasons.

In April, Netanyahu cancelled talks with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, after the visiting diplomat declined to call off meetings with rights groups critical of Israel’s government, including B’Tselem.

In February, the Belgian Ambassador to Israel was summoned for a dressing down in the Foreign Ministry over a visit by his country’s Prime Minister, Charles Michel, with representatives of two left-wing Israeli rights organizations, including B’Tselem, despite a direct appeal by Prime Minister Netanyahu to Belgium to end its support to groups damaging the reputation of Israel.
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UK: Rapper Lowkey 'uses Jewish slur' in performance on BBC

Via The Jewish Chronicle:
The BBC are facing a fresh Jew-hatred controversy after a rap artist performed a track on a popular Radio 1 show which appeared to contain the lyric: "Power to victims of this globalised kosher nostra". 
Lowkey - who is a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign - also ranted against "zombies and Zionists" during his live appearance on the station's Charlie Sloth show on Saturday night. 
After performing his "freestyle" 15-minute rap on the show, Mr Sloth hailed the content of the song, saying: "I feel like I've just been to university for five years". 
"Kosher nostra" has typically been used as an antisemitic term to describe an alleged Jewish ruling elite.
However a Radio 1 spokesperson told the JC that Lowkey insisted he had used the term ‘cosa nostra’ which he said "is commonly meant as a general reference to ‘the Mafia’." 
Lowkey's reference to "zombies and Zionists" also came during his appearance on Saturday's show in lyrics which attacked an alleged powerful elite of "neo-cons". 
The rapper declined to comment on his use of the word 'Zionists' in the rap.  
Footage of the performance has been shared on YouTube with the lyrics being praised by pro-Jeremy Corbyn website The Skwawkbox.
Lowkey, whose real name is Kareem Dennis, has previously made his anti-Zionist stance public on tracks such as Long Live Palestine, in which he sings: "You say you know about the Zionist lobby. But you put money in their pocket when you're buying their coffee. Talking about revolution, sitting in Starbucks." 
In 2009 Lowkey, whose mother is Iraqi and father English. was questioned at Tel Aviv airport as he entered Israel.  He said at the time he had received a "miniscule fraction of the degradation Palestinian people are subjected to on a daily basis”.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Greece: Holocaust Memorial vandalized in Athens, not the first time

Via European Jewish Press:
Unknown vandals stripped the inscription in Elie Wiesel's words at the Holocaust Memorial in Athens on Saturday.

The meaningful inscriptions in Greek and French calling on passer-by to remember the victims of the Holocaust disappeared in two of memorial tracks.

Minor Moisis, President of the Jewish community of Athens declared: "Elie Wiesel's appeal to the passer-by to stand, to remember, to honor the victims of the Holocaust was turned into an act of vandalism, disrespect, insult." 
He denounced the fact that this was not the first time the memorial was desecrated. "It won’t be the last either," he said. 
He said the city of Athens to which the monument belongs "hopefully will restore the pieces that have been removed." 
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Bulgaria: Israelis told to remove Western Wall photo at charity event

Via Israel Hayom:
Israel has filed an official complaint with Bulgaria after Israeli representatives at a charity fair in the country's capital were asked to remove a photograph of the Western Wall from their stall, which organizers claimed was offensive to Palestinians.
The incident occurred at a charity event hosted by the International Women's Club in Sofia, where various countries were represented. The incident began when representatives from the Israeli booth learned the Palestinian booth was displaying a map of Israel with the caption "Palestine," as well as posters calling for the United Kingdom to apologize for the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 declaration by the British government favoring the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish "national home."  
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