Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Germany: Jewish history exhibit defaced in Munich


 Via JTA:

Police in Munich are investigating a graffiti attack on an outdoor exhibit about local Jewish history.

The exhibit is located in front of the Jewish museum and community center on Jakobsplatz, called the new Jewish center, in central Munich.

The graffiti, which was discovered Monday, includes Hitler mustaches burned on photographs of rabbis and politicians. The department for politically motivated crimes is investigating, according to local reports.  more

Is France betraying Israel in favor of Qatar?

Guy Bechor writes @ Ynet News:

Is the strange French initiative to impose a Security Council resolution on a Palestinian state some kind of secret payment to the Gulf emirate, which has turned France into its playground?

While both former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and incumbent President François Hollande present themselves as "friends of Israel," evidence is growing that behind the scenes they are actually betraying Israel, under an influence that smells very bad.

A thick book titled "Une France sous influence: Quand le Qatar fait de notre pays son terrain de jeu" (A France under influence: How Qatar turned out country into its playground") exposed last year the very personal relations between the French and Qatari regimes during these two presidents' terms, and asserted that since 2007, France has in fact become a satellite of Qatar, which has bought it and its discretion. In an attempt to save its sinking economy, France provided its foreign policy as a guarantee to an Arab dictatorship in the Persian Gulf, which is the most hostile Arab state towards Israel and one of the supporters of terror in Syria and Iraq. Qatar invests some $50 billion in France, and the book exposes how it funded Sarkozy's personal divorce settlement with his wife Cecilia, at a total of €3 billion, when he chose to marry Carla Bruni.

Was Israel a price demanded by the Qataris? Sarkozy pretended to be a true friend of Israel, but the WikiLeaks documents exposed this week reveal that during his presidential term he threatened the White House and pressured it not to support Israel on the Palestinian state issue – a delusion which has been preoccupying Qatar for years, as a project. This French hypocrisy is both amazing and disappointing. That's not what we expected from this country.

Sarkozy is now busy trying to promote a Qatari representative as the next United Nations secretary-general after Ban Ki-moon's term ends. According to media reports, Sarkozy was also one of those who supported Qatar's ambition to host the World Cup, a hosting which is now unlikely due to corruption suspicions on a global scale. Was Sarkozy's support for Palestine's admission into UNESCO in 2011 also part of some hidden payment? France's stance at the time seemed extremely puzzling.

And Hollande, the most unpopular president in his country for decades, has been seen visiting Persian Gulf states, surrounded by giggling sheikhs. The book asserts that he is also operating under Qatar's influence, and only last month he signed a €6.3-billion deal with Qatar for the sale of French fighter jets.

And again, is Israel part of the payment to Qatar? Is France's strange initiative at the UN Security Council, to impose the establishment of a Palestinian state, also some kind of secret payment to Qatar or Saudi Arabia? This initiative landed like an alien, and no one understands it. Why now? And what is it driven by? We have already learned from the WikiLeaks documents that what we see from the presidential palace in Paris is not necessarily what is going on. 

Therefore, from now on, we should not believe a word coming from Paris until proven otherwise. And France, which is immersed in petrodollars with a suspicious odor, should be the last one allowed to meddle in our affairs. More.
Just compare President Obama's dignity to Sarkozy's attitude towards  P.M. Netanyahu: "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told US President Barack Obama during a frank exchange where the US president took him to task for backing a Palestinian request for membership of the UN cultural heritage agency UNESCO."

Movie tracks anti-Semitism in France

Taken from Greenwich Times

The Greenwich JCC will screen '24 Days,' a film that sparked a national debate about anti-Semitism in France, in Greenwich Monday.

The movie “24 Days” was set in 2006, but Pam Ehrenkranz, CEO of the Greenwich Jewish Community Center, said it continues to be relevant.

“Until you feel something, identify with someone, it’s just a news story, it’s just a piece of history. I think the movie sensitizes us to the fact that when there are incidents like this, we need to respond quickly and to take it seriously,” Ehrenkranz said.

The Greenwich JCC plans to screen the movie at 7 p.m. Monday at Bow-Tie Criterion Cinemas, 2 Railroad Ave. Tickets cost $12.

In “24 Days,” a Jewish cellphone vendor is kidnapped and eventually murdered. The movie is based on a memoir written by Ruth Halimi, and recounts the true story of the death of her son, Ilan Halimi. His murder was largely considered an anti-Semitic hate crime and sparked a national debate about anti-Semitism in France.

“I think that when hatred and racism occur in your community, the community has to respond. … All of a sudden everyone is a victim. When people who pray get killed in a church, targeted because of their race, I don’t have the right to say to myself that could never be me,” Ehrenkranz said, referring to the recent killings of nine members of a black church in Charleston, S.C.

“I think we see lone incidents of hatred or racism, as we have seen in our country very recently, and we think it’s an isolated incident and we don’t do anything. We don’t respond with as much force or as loudly as we can,” Ehrenkranz said.

“If we look back at that incident in 2006 and added up all the anti-Semitic incidents since then in France, we have to ask ourselves, could we have been more vigilant? Is there something we could have done?” she said.

Germany: Jewish cemetery vandalized

Via Bild, CFCA:

The Jewish cemetery in Stuttgart was vandalized with Nazi graffiti: swastika, 'Hitler', and a sign pointing to the "bank of Jews".

Greece: "They want to crush Greece"

Via Business Insider:
The queue at the machine wasn't actually too long - there were probably about 30 people. There were longer, snaking queues at other machines we drove past in the city. This was past 11 p.m, but the place is still buzzing at that time.

The one man that approached me said that the situation was the result of "Zionists." My phone was out of battery by the time I got to the ATM, so I wasn't able to record the conversation (though I'm not sure he would have liked that much anyway).

He blamed "Rothschilds" for the crisis, adding "we Greeks are Hellenic, the people of light. Now we only have a little light, not like in ancient times. They are trying to put us out."

"It's not the fault of German people, it's not the fault of European people. You have to get to the source... they want to crush Greece."  more

Germany: public 'unconcerned' over anti-Semitism

Via i24 News:
Germans more worried about Islamophobic attacks, climate; Jewish body calls to raise awareness of Holocaust

Germans worry more about anti-Muslim racism than anti-Semitism. According to a new survey, the number of Germans who express concern over crimes and discrimination against Muslims is double the number of those worried about violent acts targeting Jews. The survey, conducted last week for the European Jewish Association (EJA), also found that only a quarter of the German public believes that the EU should intensify the measures taken to eradicate anti-Semitism.

The European Research Institute YouGov, which surveyed online a representative sample of 1,991 adults, found that the German public ranks the problem of anti-Semitism only in ninth place out of ten challenges that European society needs deal with it.

Most Germans viewed immigration (53%), climate change and the environment (44%), and terrorism (42%) as the biggest problems facing Germany. Only seven percent of the surveyed Germans mentioned anti-Semitism as a problem of importance, while 15 percent of them named anti-Muslim racism as such.

"This survey draws a realistic picture of the mood in Germany," President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Josef Schuster told i24news following the publication of the survey. "Due to the terror attacks by Islamic fundamentalists at the beginning of this year, a lot of people feel threatened. Unfortunately, most of the anti-Semitic crimes receive less attention."

"We need sustained efforts to struggle against anti-Semitism," he continued. "The German public must be aware of the danger of these extremists, who are fanatic anti-Semites."  more

France: "If you're pro-Israel in France, you're finished!"

Ynet News reports:

If locating synagogues in the alleyways of Paris used to be a complicated navigational task, lately it has become easy to spot them by the soldiers stationed outside. Outside La Tournelle Synagogue in Paris there were no less than seven armed soldiers, who were questioning passersby and asking them to take pictures only from a distance. At the Place des Vosges Synagogue, seven armed soldiers were providing security to a bar mitzvah celebration taking place there.

The young Jews we met outside the synagogue told us that at the beginning of prayer services there were no less than 20 armed soldiers outside. This is also the situation at Jewish schools.

There is a big question mark hanging over the future of France's large Jewish community, numbering about half a million, with the rise of radical Islam in the country and the recently added threat of terror attacks.
The young Jews we met paint a complex picture: They are more careful about displaying their Jewish identity, and fear anti-Semitic incidents and terror attacks. Some believe that immigration to Israel or the United States is the solution. Others believe that this would only reward the terrorists. [...]

Solel Sabah, 21, a Jewish student who lives in Paris, told Ynet that other than some safe areas in the center of Paris, which he describes as a "bubble," there are many places where it is not advisable to walk around wearing a kippah. There are areas in Paris and in its suburbs where you cannot show that you are a Jew. If you enter the Metro with a kippah, you will have a problem. It has always been like that for us. For our parents, maybe not."

Yaakov Ben-Said 25, a Jew who lives in Paris and works in hotel management, claims that the areas where you can still walk around with a kippah are becoming more and more scarce. 

"I disagree with the term 'bubble' - it is in fact a 'mini-bubble.' 500 meters from where we are standing right now I would not walk around with a kippah. Even at 2 am I wouldn't not wear a kippah, and I will not tell anyone I'm a Jew."

Nathan Sabah, 23, a high-tech entrepreneur, says that hiding one's Judaism does not just mean not wearing Jewish symbols, but also fearing to show solidarity with Israel. 

"When there is war, as there was last summer, you cannot say you are against the Palestinians or pro-Israel in the streets," he says. "You do not want to explain to someone why Israel has to do what it does and why people die in war. If you start explaining something and they think you are pro-Israel – you are finished! You can not say such things in the Metro or in place with a lot of people. If you are at a café talking about the situation in Israel with the Palestinians, you cannot raise your voice." 

Sabah adds that the terrorist attacks in Toulouse and Paris were a turning point.

"The situation was always difficult but now we see it every day. Things have changed - Toulouse, Hyper Cacher, Charlie Hebdo - and look what happened yesterday (the Grenoble attack). What will we do in a year if something like what happened at Hyper Cacher happens again? Friends of mine say that when they go to a kosher supermarket to buy something and see someone suspicious, they do not go in. There are Jews afraid to go to any kosher places."  More.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Russia is still being seized by the “Jewish question”

Walter Laqueur writes @ the Mosaic Magazine:

Vladimir Putin’s steely nationalist rule has raised fears in the West of a return to Soviet-style dictatorship in Russia. But what many outsiders fail to understand is that the country is still in a period of ideological transition, with a new national idea gradually emerging from the Marxism-Leninism of old. Among the more noteworthy aspects of this new “Russian idea” is the explanation it provides for the upheavals of the 20th century and the country’s perceived current decline. Unfortunately, as is often the case with such overarching narratives, Jews play a disproportionately significant role.

Home to a prominent anti-Semitic tradition under the tsars, and again under the Communist regime that replaced them, Russia has long been seized by the “Jewish question.” During the Soviet Union’s first two decades, many among its key leaders were themselves Jewish—and Marx himself, of course, was of Jewish origin—but within the party apparatus, though less strong at the top than in the middle and lower echelons, there was a great deal of animosity toward Jews.

Today, thanks in part to still-lingering consciousness of the Holocaust, open anti-Semitism is démodé. It is unthinkable, for example, to regret publicly that Hitler killed too few Jews, or to deny that he killed any at all. But underlying anti-Jewish sentiments persist and have found alternate means of expression, notably through the simple replacement of “Jews” and “Judaism” with “Zionists” and “Zionism.” Yesterday’s accusations of bloodthirstiness, perfidy, and licentiousness have, for the most part, given way to revisionist accounts of the satanic “Zionist” influence on Russia’s historical path.

The content of these works ranges from the relatively sane to the utterly bizarre and lunatic. Their quantity, however, has lately reached an all-time high, even as the number of actual Jews living in Russia is at a historic low. (Émigré Jewish speakers of Russian in greater New York may now equal or outnumber Jews currently living in Russia itself.) What explains this recent surge?

One partial answer lies in the enduring Russian fascination with para- and metapolitics, especially conspiracy theories, the appetite for which has never been met by any homegrown tradition of detective fiction; there is no Russian Sherlock Holmes or Jules Maigret, for instance. Another answer lies in the more or less complicit attitude of Russia’s current political and intellectual elites, some of whom support the anti-Semitic campaign and would even see it intensified (though others caution against overdoing it). But really to understand the phenomenon’s sources and aims, one has to delve into its inner logic. That anti-Semitic paranoia should flourish under today’s circumstances speaks volumes about the contemporary Russian mindset, and demands attention.  More.

Italy: Former model's mission at the most ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

The Jewish Press reports:

Vandalism and garbage throwing is not a new phenomenon at the most ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Amid the thousands of tombstones, some of which have been defaced or smashed into pieces, there are areas full of trash and litter left by local Palestinian youth from neighborhoods nearby.

One woman in particular is extremely agitated by the current situation.  Mirella Petteni Haggiag, a former Italian model from Rome, makes her way through the tombstones with a garbage bag in her hand several times of year when she visits Israel. She comes ready to clean around the tombstone of her late husband, Robert Haggiag, the legendary Italian-American film producer.

“This is a holy place. It’s shocking to see what happens here” Mirella Haggiag told Tazpit News Agency in an exclusive interview recently. “The Arabs hold parties and leave behind a mess. For the past five years, I come here and clean up.” “I want this place to be perfect for my husband, may he rest in peace. But look at all this,” says Mirella Haggiag, picking up the garbage and red coke cans strewn around. “These must be the result of parties. It’s not nice.”

Because Mirella lives in Rome, she also sends someone to clean Robert Haggiag’s gravestone or one of their children when she cannot be in Jerusalem. “This isn’t actually as bad as other parts of the cemetery,” she comments. “Over there, you can see the graves have been burnt and some completely smashed up,” she says, pointing to the section where the Afghanistan Jewish community is located. “They haven’t been able to destroy my husband’s tomb,” she told Tazpit.

“My husband would have been 102 years old today. I can’t imagine what he would say about this. People need to know what is happening to this cemetery,” she says.  More.

Ukraine: Jewish ambulance torched

Via Rotter:

An ambulance of the Jewish volunteer group Hatzalah was torched last night, apparently by antisemites.

Last year the head of the organization was attacked in Kiev.

France, Israel to hold anti-Semitism meeting in Paris

From the Times of Israel

A policeman stands guards, on January 21, 2015, in front the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket where jihadist gunman Amedy Coulibaly killed four Jewish men on January 9, 2015 in Paris. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

            Israel and France will hold a bilateral “experts dialogue” focused on taking greater action in the fight against resurgent anti-Semitism in Europe. 
Legislative and social media experts will join diplomats from both states in Paris on Sunday, to discuss effective methods and tools for combating the recent wave of hatred, following up on the 5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, which was held in May in Jerusalem. 

The meeting comes amid a rise in incidents of anti-Semitism across Europe, including a deadly attack the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris in January.

The gathering, planned to be the first in a series of binational summits, is supported by the Israeli and French foreign Ministries.
“Anti-Semitism, unfortunately on the rise, is an international problem and a threat to democracy and the shared values of the civilized world,” Gideon Bachar, the director of the Department for Combating Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Remembrance in the Foreign Ministry, said in a statement.
“Time has come to move from words to actions in the struggle against this phenomenon,” he added.
An April report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry found a 38 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents from 2013 to 2014, including a doubling in the number of armed attacks.
Speaking at a World War II memorial ceremony last month, French President Francois Hollande warned of resurgent anti-Semitism, and linked Nazi hatred to the the Paris attacks.
The haters have “different faces and under different circumstances, but always with the same words, and the same intentions. They target innocents, journalists, Jews and policemen,” Hollande said.
Earlier this month, 15 members of radical Islamic group Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) went on trial in Paris after French prosecutors alleged they had planned terror attacks similar to the January attacks, and were holding a target list of kosher supermarkets.

The French 'peace initiative' is not a benevolent gesture meant to help the Palestinians.

Bassam Tawil, a scholar based in the Middle East, writes @ The Gatestone Institute:

The latest missile to split the skies over the Middle East is not a rocket; it is the French "peace" initiative.  No one in the Middle East has the slightest doubt that whatever its objective may be, it will not promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. It is a desperate attempt by the French government to buy a few more days of quiet from its Muslim community, especially from the members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the terrorist organizations to which it gave birth -- all waiting for the order to run riot through the streets of France.

We, the Palestinians, have suffered, and continue to suffer, from the creation of the Islamist terrorist organizations within the Palestinian Authority territory; it is they who keep us from reaching a peace agreement with the Jews.

One has to be deaf, dumb and blind -- or genuinely desperate, which is more likely -- to present a unilateral peace agreement like the French one. If it succeeds, may Allah prevent it, it will lead to an ISIS and Hamas takeover of every inch of Palestinian soil from which Israel withdraws if coerced by the initiative.

One also has to be simply ignorant not to understand that the Middle East is going up in flames and that the Arab states are disintegrating. There is no logical reason, therefore, to construct a new state, which will be both unstable and prey to local and regional subversion. It will also be subject to a quick takeover, and the first people who will suffer will be the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

The Israelis know how to look out for themselves, but we will be left to the tender mercies of Hamas and ISIS mujahedeen. Just as they have done in Iraq and Syria, they will slaughter us without thinking twice, on the grounds that as we did not all become shaheeds ["martyrs" for Islam] trying to kill the Zionists, and even tried to reach a peace agreement with them, we are not sufficiently Muslim.

The French initiative is not a benevolent gesture meant to help the Palestinians. Without a doubt, the French government and its intelligence services know full well that the secret of the Palestinian Authority's existence today -- and its ability to function as a sovereign entity, demilitarized and de facto recognizing the State of Israel -- is its security collaboration with the Israelis. It serves the interests of both sides. When, therefore, a Palestinian state is declared unilaterally, as the French propose, Israel will stop collaborating with it and the state, not even fully formed, will almost instantly fall prey to Islamist extremists. That is obvious to us: even our institutions of higher learning are ruled by Hamas today, as can be seen by Hamas's landslide victory in the recent student elections in Bir Zeit University.  [...]

The Arabs always felt that the Europeans had a soft spot in their hearts for them. They always secretly believed that anyone who hated their mutual enemies, the Jews, as deeply as the Europeans did, and who actually tried to achieve their total physical destruction during the Second World War, would be their ally and help to expel them from occupied Palestine. Apparently, the commonly-held hatred between the Europeans and the Arabs was not enough to halt the Jews, so now the Arabs pay huge sums to bribe the leaders of Europe to help them get rid of the Jews now.  More.

Germany: Poll findings on Gaza naval blockade reveal ‘double standard’ regarding national security concerns

EIPA (Europe Israel Press Associationà reports

52% of Germans would support their country imposing a sea blockade on a threatening neighbouring country, but only 30% support Israel’s right to do so.

These findings, in a YouGov poll commissioned by Brussels leading pro-Israel advocacy group Europe Israel Public Affairs/Press association (EIPA) reveal an apparent double standard when it comes to national security concerns.

The poll comes as another flotilla of European ships is seeking to challenge Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza, echoing previous attempts which saw Israeli soldiers stabbed and thrown overboard when they boarded the Mavi Marmara ship in 2010.

The poll also found that 44% of Germans oppose the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, 17% strongly oppose it.  30% of Germans believe that humanitarian aid should be allowed into Gaza without inspection and supervision by Israel or any other monitoring body.  Only 13% support Israel’s right to monitor the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza.  But when Germans were asked the same questions regarding a hypothetical situation in which a neighbouring country was taken over by a terrorist organisation who began firing missiles on Berlin and other parts of Germany, 52% of those polled supported a naval blockade.

“It appears that Germans feel there is one rule for them and another for Israel when it comes to national security concerns. This is a bizarre discrepancy to say the least,” commented EIPA founder Rabbi Menachem Margolin. 

“It is clear that there are significant gaps in what Germans perceive as their own moral and security rights compared to how they view Israel’s. We gave the German public a hypothetical situation which exactly mirrored what is happening in Israel today. Alarmingly they chose to unambiguously protect themselves whilst not affording Israel the same right,” Margolin said. More.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Germany: Media antisemites come crawling over Kirill Petrenko

Via  CFCA:
Berlin - Two responses in German media to the election of Kirill Petrenko as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic have been decidedly hostile, verging on racist.

Sabine Lange on NDR Kultur drew an unfavourable comparison between the rejected candidate Christian Thielemann, ‘a world acclaimed expert in the German sound’, and the Russian-born Petrenko, ‘ the tiny gnome, the Jewish caricature of Alberich’ who threatens to seize power.

If that’s not bad enough, Manuel Brug in Die Welt points out that three leading conductors in Berlin are now Jews – Barenboim and Ivan Fischer are the others. Unhelpful and unnecessary, the more so since the three are so different in almost every aspect of character.

France: Beheading suspect previously attacked Jewish teen

He got a six month suspended jail sentence.

Via Times of Israel:
Yassin Salhi, suspected of carrying out an attack at a French industrial gas factory on Friday, was also allegedly involved in an anti-Semitic attack in 2012.

Salhi, 35, a married father of three, is known to have ties to Salafist radicals in France, and was under surveillance from 2006 to 2008.

Three years ago, Salhi and another man allegedly hit a Jewish teenager and Salhi allegedly hurled anti-Semitic abuse at him while they were traveling on a train from Toulouse to Lyon.  more

France: Gaza flotilla NGO generously funded by French Government

But neither François Hollande nor Manuel Valls nor Laurent Fabius will say a single word about this.  Neither will French Jewish journalists or  intellectuals like Bernard-Henri Levy and Alain Finkielkraut...  Europe is definitely not America.

Arutz Sheva reports:

Key 'Freedom Flotilla III' organizers received roughly half a million euros from French government aid agency. One of the NGOs behind the latest anti-Israel flotilla to Gaza is funded by the French government, Arutz Sheva has learned.

The Platform of French NGOs for Palestine (Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine) is among the groups supporting the Freedom Flotilla III, which seeks to directly defy the Israeli government's blockade of the Hamas-ruled enclave.

On Friday the Platform announced that the latest boat to join the flotilla, The Marianne of Gothenburg, had set sail from Sicily and was set to join four other vessels carrying some 70 anti-Zionist activists en route for Gaza.  Among those on board will be former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki, Spanish MEP Ana Maria Miranda Paza and Arab-Israeli MK Basel Ghattas (Joint List), whose planned presence has triggered widespread controversy in Israel.

But another potentially controversial aspect of the flotilla that has been largely overlooked is the role played by European government-funded NGOs.  The Platform of French NGOs for Palestine is an umbrella organization for more than 40 anti-Israel groups, and is very active in the so-called BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel. Among other things, the Platform demands an end to all agreements and relations between the European Union and Israel.

It is also a regular recipient of French taxpayers' money, via the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement or AFD), a public aid agency which works on behalf of the French government to carry out "sustainable development programs" around the world.

Although much of the AFD's resources are devoted to projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, it also invests millions elsewhere, including the Middle East.

As recently as March 2014, the AFD approved a three-year grant of 225,000 euros to The Platform of French NGOs for Palestine.

This was not the first such grant by the AFD to the Platform; between 2010-2011 the agency donated a total of €261,200 to the group.   The Platform has also received thousands of euros in donations from French parliamentarians, according to a 2014 report by the NGO Monitor watchdog.

Neither is the Platform the only radical anti-Israel NGO to receive French government funding. For example, the Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS) received a grant  of €139,550 from the AFD between 2012-2014. 

The single-biggest Palestinian recipient of French Development Agency is the NGO Development Center (NDC), which in 2010 received a €5,000,000 AFD grant over the course of three and a half years. 

Among other things, the NDC actively works against "normalization" with Israel, and published the "Palestinian NGO Code of Conduct," which calls on Palestinian NGOs to reject "any normalization activities with the occupier, neither at the political-security nor the cultural or developmental levels." It also published "A Strategic Framework to Strengthen the Palestinian NGO Sector, 2013-2017," which "aims to provide a strategic direction to NGOs," including an "Anti-apartheid wall campaign" and "Anti-normalization campaign."  More.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Spain: Newspaper columnist wonders why Hitler didn't finish the job

A columnist for the Spanish newspaper "eldiario.es", called "Barbijaputa", claims on her blog that all Jews are anti-women, as well as having tweets admiring Hitler and lamenting on how he "didn't finish off the job".   Her Twitter account has close to 180,000 followers who obviously approve of what she writes.

"Barbijaputa" declares that she has drawn her "knowledge" of Jews from the time when she worked for Iberia as a flight attendant on the Madrid-Tel Aviv route - she realised that "the Jew" is generally a very macho passenger.  Her outrage was such that she wrote: 

"Before working on the flights to Tel Aviv, I was a normal person.   But now I am more inclined to read "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" to cheer me up". 

And this:

"What would be more appropriate? To eradicate the whole of Israel or only the Jews?" 

To someone who criticised her, "Barbijaputa" replied: 

"It's obvious that you never worked in an airplane full of Jews.  IT'S OBVIOUS". 

In turn Astrid made the compelling point: 

"How would we rate someone who told us 'You have never driven a bus loaded with Arabs' in order justify his/her prejudices?" 

Indeed, but "Barbijaputa" like many high-minded Europeans would never write anything derogatory about Arabs, only about Jews.  They know they would instantly lose their jobs in the media or elsewhere.  The newspaper she writes in hasn't expressed a single thing over the subject.  Instead of recanting, she's doubling down.

A few years ago "Barbijaputa" considered that Hitler had "screwed up" the job by not "finishing off" with the Jews.  On another tweet she proclaims she is a fan of dead Jews, etc:

Unsurprisingly, "Barbijaputa" also seems to believe that there is some sort of a right wing conspiracy against her because the PP is reeling following the electoral gains made by the Left and is worried about the next elections later this year.  They are therefore engaged in smearing campaigns against her and Guillermo Zapata, the Madrid councillor in charge of culture who joked about the extermination and burning of Jews.  She pretends that the Right is always sympathetic to Israel despite the extermination Jews are carrying out in Palestine. 

You will find more about this story @ Greenshines (in Spanish).

France: Jewish family targeted with swastikas

Via CFCA, Le Parisien:

Swastikas were painted on the local château in Montceaux-lès-Meaux.  The owners, who are Jewish, say they were the target, and blame the mayor for inciting against them.  The family is involved in a local battle over building rights in the château.

Why anti-Semitism is part of European culture

From the Jerusalem Post

AEK Athens' Giorgos Katidis (C) celebrates a goal during a Super League soccer match by making a Nazi salute

Anti-Semitism is not only part of European history but also an ingredient of its culture. The lengthy anti-Semitic history of Europe is rife with defamation, discrimination, double standards, pogroms, expulsions and other persecutions. It reached its profoundly low point with the Holocaust. The genocide was implemented not only by Germans and Austrians, but also by many of their collaborators, not necessarily all pro-Nazi, in the occupied countries.

As far as Holocaust history is concerned, almost all occupied countries eventually admitted the truth of their failure and of their varying degrees of collaboration with the Nazis. Most of them apologized. A few weeks ago, Luxemburg became the most recent country to do so. The one major exception is the Netherlands. The current prime minister, Mark Rutte (Liberal Party), recently gave, for the second time, a non-relevant answer to parliamentary questions in order to avoid admitting the scandalous failure of the wartime Dutch government. While in exile in London, it showed no interest in the mass murder taking place – the annihilation of three-quarters of the Netherlands’ 140,000 Jews by the German occupiers. The Jewish community had been present in the Netherlands for centuries.

While there is little debate about the anti-Semitic history of Europe, a more detailed explanation is required regarding anti-Semitism being an ingredient of European culture, and arguably a dominant part in regard to its Jews. To avoid any misunderstanding, this does not mean that nowadays most Europeans are anti-Semites.

The recently deceased leading academic scholar of anti-Semitism, Robert Wistrich, has provided much of the infrastructure for understanding and proving that anti-Semitism is an integral part of European culture.  more

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ukraine: Swastikas on Babi Yar memorial

Via Ynet, CFCA:

Jews from the local Kiev community discovered the Babi Yar memorial has been defaced once again.

Some of the previous cases were reported here, here and here.

Austria: "Where are the expressions of outrage from the government, media, religious leaders and NGOs?"

Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein @ Newsweek:
Now comes word that a landlord in Vienna is "offended" by the display of an Israeli flag inside a window of an apartment first placed there in celebration of Israel's participation in the Eurovision songfest. The landlord also informed the Jewish tenant that to avoid eviction he must not only take down the flag but also remove his mezuzah (the small case holding Biblical verses) affixed his doorposts.
Balancing the rights of one person in a democracy to display his pride in a member state of the U.N. with another citizen's right to hate ought to be fairly easy to sort out for the authorities. But this is 2015 Europe, where the rights of Jewish citizens are not always protected.

It is true that Austria deserves credit for some positive aspects of its treatment of post-war Jews. When the former Soviet Union began releasing some of the Jews it had essentially held captive for decades, Austria agreed, at least for a while, to be the neutral transit point for the Jewish émigrés, most of whom would reach Israel. Austria also absorbed many Iranian Jews who fled the Ayatollah Khomeini's rise to power.

But Austria has never come to terms with its role in the Holocaust, leaving it with a trifecta of Jew hatred: traditional anti-Semitism, the new virulent anti-Israelism and the so-called secondary anti-Semitism caused by the Holocaust itself.  

In Der Ewige Antisemit (The Eternal Anti-Semite), Henryk Broder first introduced us to a startling reality of contemporary anti-Semitism: "The Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz." And some Austrians it seems still have trouble dealing with pesky live Jews who dare to hold their heads high above gutter level.
There are several ways in which Vienna's mezuzah-gate can play out, but only one will be morally satisfactory. Forget the landlord, where are the expressions of outrage from the government, media, religious leaders and NGOs? 

Europe: Governments are tacitly acquiescing in this silent exodus by making life more difficult for Jews

Daniel Johnson @ Standpoint: Europe Must Never Again Betray Its Jews

The Belgian politician Karel De Gucht
claimed Jews have a “belief that they
are right” (photo: European Union)
Anti-Semitism is a very ancient and a thoroughly modern phenomenon: it was as common among ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as it is among their present-day successor states. It constantly mutates: Christian anti-Judaism became right-wing anti-Semitism and now left-wing anti-Zionism. Those who wish to resist and if possible destroy its roots must also adapt to the moving target.

Take, for example, the case of Karel De Gucht. He is a leading Belgian liberal politician, who served as foreign minister and then as a European Union commissioner from 2009 to 2014, responsible for aid and trade. Two of the Belgian prime ministers under whom he served, Guy Verhofstadt and Herman Van Rompuy, also became high EU officials and it is fair to assume that De Gucht’s outlook is typical of the European political elite.

Yet in 2010, this supposedly liberal representative of this supposedly liberal union of supposedly liberal nations told Belgian radio: “Don’t underestimate the opinion . . . of the average Jew outside Israel. There is indeed a belief — it’s difficult to describe it otherwise — among most Jews that they are right. And a belief is something that’s difficult to counter with rational arguments. And it’s not so much whether these are religious Jews or not. Lay Jews also share the same belief that they are right. So it is not easy to have, even with moderate Jews, a rational discussion about what is actually happening in the Middle East.” Washington was controlled by Jews, De Gucht declared, even in the Obama era: “Do not underestimate the Jewish lobby on Capitol Hill. That is the best organised lobby, you shouldn’t underestimate the grip it has on American politics — no matter whether it’s Republicans or Democrats.”

It is revealing that De Gucht not only got away with this public outburst, but that it is not even mentioned in his Wikipedia entry under the heading “Controversies”. Such views are indeed seen as uncontroversial by many Europeans who consider themselves liberal. To utter them in public is a breach of diplomatic etiquette, but certainly not a resigning matter, and De Gucht in fact faced no serious consequences. At a public event just after the De Gucht incident I asked Peter Mandelson, a former EU commissioner who happens to be Jewish on his father’s side, what he thought about it. Lord Mandelson looked uncomfortable with the question and gave a non-committal reply, but later in private he made it clear that he was indeed disgusted by De Gucht’s conduct. Should the commissioner resign? “That is for him to decide,” was the reply. The fact that De Gucht came under no pressure to resign suggests that his brand of “soft” anti-Semitism is ubiquitous in Continental corridors of power.  [Note:  it is perfectly acceptable in Belgium for a schoolteacher, Pierre Piccinin, to complain of the "Zionist mafia" (he also worked for the European School) or for someone like Abu Jahjah to be a columnist at one of the most respected Flemish newspapers (De Standaard) and a frequent guest at TV and radio programmes.]

Yet the greatest danger to Jews today comes from a different quarter. Anti-Semitism has mutated again and is now a particular problem among Muslim communities in Western Europe. According to the study by Günther Jikeli, “Antisemitic Attitudes among Muslims in Europe”, Muslims show consistently higher levels of anti-Semitism than the general population in every country that has been surveyed. In the UK, for example, a Pew survey in 2006 showed that 46 per cent of the Muslim population had an unfavourable view of Jews compared to 7 per cent of the population as a whole. A 2008 survey comparing Christians and Muslims found that in Austria — historically one of the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe — 10.7 per cent of Christians agreed with the statement: “Jews cannot be trusted.” Among Muslims, the figure was 64.1 per cent.  [...]
Because the attempt to exterminate the whole Jewish people took place in Europe, the post-war nations of our continent made a collective vow never to allow such a thing to happen again. Yet today, 70 years later, anti-Semitism has redoubled its strength and has returned to Europe with a vengeance. Jews are leaving in record numbers. Governments are tacitly acquiescing in this silent exodus by making life more difficult for Jews — restricting kosher slaughter or circumcision, for example — and by failing to take adequate steps to ensure their security. Jewish Europe is vanishing before our eyes, as the Dia-spora goes into reverse.

Does all this matter? As a Catholic, as an Englishman, as a civilised human being, I feel a profound sense of responsibility towards the Jewish people as a whole, but towards my Jewish compatriots in particular. Preserving the Jewish presence in our midst is as much a solemn duty for our generation as it was for our parents and grandparents, who fought to defeat the Nazis. As the last survivors of the Holocaust and the last exiles and émigrés pass away, we must take over their role as witnesses to the truth and guardians of that moral obligation. Never again should Jews have to live in fear among us. Never again should Jews feel that their loyalty is distrusted. Never again should they lack a state that is theirs, living in peace and security within recognised borders. Britain’s commitment to defend Israel’s right, not merely to exist, but to flourish, should be especially strong: it was, after all, the Balfour Declaration that brought the Jewish homeland back to life. Britain did not cover itself with glory during the Mandate period, but we do have a chance to redeem ourselves today by standing up for Israel at the UN and other international bodies, as our Anglophone cousins in Canada, Australia and the United States generally do. When Israel responded to attacks from Gaza last year by destroying the ability of Hamas to launch missiles and use tunnels to infiltrate Israel, the Prime Minister refused to join in the chorus of condemnation. Like Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, David Cameron has proved himself a friend of Israel. If only the rest of Europe could say the same.

“Never again” must be our watchword. Never again shall we betray the people whom St John Paul — the Polish Pope and righteous gentile who himself saved Edith Zierer, a Jewish concentration camp survivor — called our “elder brothers”.

Germany: Schoolbooks biased against Israel

Via the Jerusalem Post (h/t Watch Project):
German schoolbooks present a one-sided view of Israel as an aggressive, warlike country while ignoring that the Jewish state is the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, according to a new study by a joint Israeli-German commission reported on Monday by the daily Tagesspiegel paper.

“Pupils connect Israel with a warmongering society,” said Simone Lässig, director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.

The institute sponsored the work of the commission, made up of German and Israeli academics and pedagogical experts. The Tagesspiegel reported the results of the analysis from 1,200 history, geography and social studies textbooks covering five German states – Bavaria, Berlin, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony.

The study examined 94 articles relating to the depiction of Israel and 25 chapters from history books addressing the Holocaust. The commission also analyzed 44 Israeli schoolbooks.

The commission said Europe’s influence in the region should be part of the curriculum, as well as the role of the Arab League.

“One can hardly find anything about the socialist kibbutz experiment” in German schoolbooks, noted the authors of the report. more

Greece: Rightist MP trivializes (once again) the Holocaust

Via Against Antisemitism:

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) expressed today in a statement the outrage and the repudiation of the Greek Jewry at the recent photo posted on facebook and on twitter by Dimitris Kammenos, MP of the Independent Greeks party, the coalition partner of Syriza. In the photo posted, the nazi slogan «Arbeit macht frei», which was incorporated in the front gate of Auschwitz, has been replaced with the “We stay in Europe” moto of a Pro-Europe rally that has been recently held in Athens.  more

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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France: Catholics chant "Israel assassin" during rally in support of persecuted Christians

Many Europeans are still being taught that the United States, Israel and the Jews (their lobby and the Jewish mafia) control the world.

The Times of Israel (in French) reports that during a demonstration held in Paris on 20 June at the initiative of a catholic institution, CIVITAS, to protest the way Christian minorities are mistreated in Syria, Irak, Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State, anti-semitic slogans were proffered.

Alain Escada, the head of CIVITAS, criticized the hypocrisy of politicians, both on the right and on the left, who do nothing.  He went on to accuse Washington and Israel of forming an axis intent on "imposing a new and destructive world order".  When they heard the accusation, demonstrators shouted "Israel assassin".

Anne-Laure Joly who was at the rally posted an article on Riposte Laïque.  She was appalled that an initiative meant to draw attention to the terrible situation of Christians in Muslim countries had been turned into an antisemitic event.  She alerted the organizers and the police but to no avail.  She left the rally.

France: Heavily armed soldiers photographed guarding Jewish wedding in Paris

Scenes of daily life in France...  No wonder Jews are leaving France.

The Algemeiner reports:

Soldiers stood on guard outside a Jewish
wedding in Paris. Photo: Twitter.
Heavily armed soldiers stood guard outside a Jewish wedding in Paris over the weekend, photos posted Sunday on Twitter showed.

Journalist Greg Dyett, of SBS World News in Australia, uploaded two images showing armed police and security officials lined up on the street with weaponry on hand in case of a possible attack.  Dyett said the Jewish wedding took place in Paris’ La Marais area.

France has mobilized thousands of troops to protect Jewish targets since a kosher supermarket was targeted by an Islamist militant in January. Four Jewish shoppers were killed in that attack.

French antisemitism watchdog the Bureau National de Vigilance Contre l’Antisemitisme announced in May that an average of three antisemitic attacks are committed against Jews in France every day, The Algemeiner reported. The figure was confirmed by Gilles Clavreul, the head of France’s department to combat racism and antisemitism.

Netherlands: Anti-Semitic graffiti in playground

Via De Gelderlander:

A slide in a playground in Nijmegen was daubed with antisemitic graffiti, including: swastika, Jewish star, the Illuminati symbol, various words relating to cancer (the Dutch equivalents of 'fuck') and the Nazi slogan 'Arbeit macht frei' (work makes you free).

The graffiti also included the date July 14th, 2015.  On July 14th, 1938 the Nazi Party declared itself the only legal party and Nazi dictatorship officially began.

Italy: "Jews out" graffiti

Via Documenting Anti-Semitism:
Druento - unknown vandals smeared a wall at the entrance of the Italian town of Druento, with the words “Juden Rauss” and the Star of David. “These words evoke periods and actions, obviously, the stupid hand that wrote them does not know,” said Mayor Sergio Bussone.   more

UK:The bigotry of our time: to make Israeli and Jewish culture "forbidden."

Douglas Murray is spot on when he notes that these people want, above all, "give themselves both a little puff of publicity and simultaneously signal their loyalty to all modern virtues". They do not write letters about the terrible predicament of the Roma people in Europe, or the atrocities perpetrated against Christians in the Muslim world - such causes are not taken up by them because they don't just make it to the newspapers.

Douglas Murray writes @ The Gatestone Institute:

Ken Loach and Miriam Margolyes
The letters page of The Guardian in the UK is regularly filled with letters, jointly signed by "correct-thinking" people who hope that in so doing, they will give themselves both a little puff of publicity and simultaneously signal their loyalty to all modern virtues. The pecking order can be rough. Ordinarily the paper selects the headline names to put under the letter and then adds "and 57 others" or some such. So if you're the Guardian's idea of a household name, your name will get in print. But if you are one of the space-filler "C-list" celebrities, people will have to guess whether you are among the "others."

The letter that went into the Guardian this week was unusual in having almost nobody sign it who is a household name. The letter was a demand from a group of "artists, producers and concerned citizens," who, it said, "are disappointed and saddened to see that Curzon, Odeon, Bafta and other cinemas are hosting the London Israeli Film and Television Festival." It takes a particular type of ego to think their "sadness" should be the subject of a public declaration; however, these saddened signatories warned that, "This comes at a time when the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is gaining unprecedented momentum, and the Israeli government is finding itself increasingly isolated for its systematic violation of Palestinian human rights, the Geneva conventions, and international law."  [...]

Anyhow, their interminable letter continues to declare that the screening of Israeli films in these circumstances makes the cinemas "silent accomplices" to violence. For a profession so obsessed with glorifying violence, you would think that the signatories would be more careful about throwing around such charges, but almost none of the signatories seems to have anything much to do with film. Of the more than forty signatories, only Ken Loach and Mike Leigh could have any claim to prominence in their field. Some people may remember Miriam Margolyes -- another signatory -- for a bit-part in one of the Harry Potter films, but these days she is best known for signing anti-Israel joint letters "as a Jew." The other signatories include as their occupation "activist," a "Theatre Maker," a schoolteacher and a university lecturer from Bournemouth. [...]

The letter -- and the surrounding furore -- is simply the latest in a series of attempts to make Israeli and indeed Jewish culture "forbidden." In London, we have had Israeli orchestras, theatre companies and even string quartets howled down by mobs during performances, and Israeli-performed shows cancelled because the venues hosting them just do not want the bother. Last year, the Tricycle Theatre in London refused to proceed with a festival of "Jewish" culture because a tiny proportion of the festival's funding was coming from the Israeli embassy in London.

The campaign is obviously organized. The same names crop up again and again. Little, if any, rigour is paid to whether the signatories of such letters even do what they say do, or have opinions worthy of any note. Beneath the barely-built veneer of "professionals objecting to something in their own profession," is just the same tiny number of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish obsessives. A sprinkling of "as a Jew" Jews, like Margolyes, help, of course. But the aim is clear. These people, step by step, want to make every expression of Israeli and Jewish cultural life subject to their idea of how a nation under constant threat of terrorist bombardment should behave. They denounce Israel as a militaristic society and then attempt to outlaw every non-militaristic cultural and artistic expression from that society.

It is the bigotry of our time. And if unchecked, it will lead in the same direction as it historically has done. Thankfully, although few people have seen the films of those self-important Guardian letter signatories, we have all seen this larger, historical film -- and it is not one that decent people would like to see repeated.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Netherlands: Another Labour government official spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories

Last year we reported about a top Dutch official of the Justice Ministry, Yasmina Haifi, who tweeted that ISIS is a Zionist conspiracy.  Haifi, a member of the Labour Party, managed to keep her job.

Turns out she wasn't the only one.

Likud.nl and journalist Carel Brendel report that Aissa Zanzen, another official of the Justice ministry and member of the Labour party, is an antisemite who holds antisemitic conspiracy theories.

The tweet in question, posted in July 2014, says "Snowden confirms that Al Baghdadi [head of Islamic State] was created by the MOSSAD".

Zanzen is active in various Moroccan organzations and in Amsterdam local politics.  On his LinkedIn profile he claims to be a top official in the Justice Ministry, but apparently he's 'just' an official.

For this tweet Zanzen relies on the ever-reliable croah.fr site, the (former) site of the antisemitic cartoonist Jo Le Corbeau.  For more on Le Corbeau's antisemitic activities see here and here.
 Zanzen also posted the following photo, which says that Issam al-Bashir, top man in the Muslim Broterhood, is his "favorite scholar".

Will the Labour Party finally reject its antisemitic members, who spew hatred against Jews and Israel? 

Belgium: The obsessive Belgian anti-Israel bias

Our readers should be aware that Joël Kotek is one of the leaders of the Israel-bashing organisation CCLJ.  Joël Kotek wrote in 2004 a scathing report, published by the French CRIF, on anti-Zionism and anti-Judaism - things have deteriorated since and the coments are the same. It would be interesting to find out why all anti-anti-semitism campaigns have failed.  For instance, there was a festival at the Brussels Jewish museum, where a massacre took place a year ago, and two of the guests were Israel-bashers and pro-BDS, Anya Topolsky and Nadia Fadil - Joël Kotek was a speaker at the festival...  It has also to be noted that Jewish organisations are at loggerheads with one another - it defenitely doesn't help.

Manfred Gerstenfeld interviews Joël Kotek @ Arutz Sheva

“The obsessive Belgian anti-Israelism originates from three easily identifiable factors, as I pointed out years ago.

The first one combines the Christian anti-Semitic belief with the progressive tradition which identifies ‘the Jewish spirit’ with capitalism.  A second factor is the neurotic memory of the Shoah and its associated feelings of guilt. This is prevalent in Flanders due to their major war-time collaboration with the German occupiers.  A third factor is the anti-Semitism imported with the Muslim immigration. To obtain the votes of these newcomers and their descendants, Belgian politicians accommodate them by promoting anti-Israel policies.

"Anti-Zionism has become a civil religion in Belgium. Its credo is that the Palestinians are always right and that the Israelis are always wrong. Its bible could read that everything that happens in the Middle East is the fault of Israel.”

Prof. Joël Kotek, a political scientist, teaches at the Free University of Brussels and at Sciences Po in Paris, France’s leading university of Social Sciences. The Coordination Committee of the Belgian Jewish Organizations (CCOJB) recently published his analysis of how Israel is portrayed in the French-speaking Belgian media.[1]

“Society’s anti-Zionism is reinforced in the media by additional factors. The correspondents in Israel of the French-speaking Belgian press are only paid if their articles are published. So why should they waste their time and energy writing about positive events, such as an Israeli scientific discovery? The article will be rejected by the editors and they will not receive any payment. 

“The media’s treatment of Israel’s 2014 Protective Edge Campaign has once again proven its bias. The Palestinian-Israeli conflicts are presented by many reporters as attacks on innocent Palestinian civilians – and children in particular -- by bloodthirsty Israeli soldiers.

“One among many examples of major bias was a broadcast of August 4, 2014, by RBTF, the public television station of French speaking Belgium. It began by showing the dead bodies of Palestinian children. Thereafter it presented, out of context, unrelated pictures of Israeli soldiers singing and dancing.  “This is propaganda using an old cinema trick of editing pictures and creating new meaning by placing unrelated frames in sequence. This is known as the Kuleshov effect, after the Soviet Russian moviemaker Lev Kuleshov, whose work became known at the beginning of the twentieth century.

“However, when these same media report about some of the (real) mass murders taking place elsewhere in the Middle East, their approach is always ‘chaste’ and ‘responsible.’ The frequent murders of Muslims by other Muslims are cleaned up and sanitized. The media show air bombardments or combat scenes, but rarely any victims, be they combatants or civilians. One might define it as ‘Muslim barbarianism remains blurred’.

“The excessive media attention given to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been researched by Belgian communications expert Professor Marc Lits. He found that in 2002, the RTBF and another French speaking station, RTL-TV1, devoted 24% of their news broadcasts to the Middle East. No other region of the world reached even 10%. Within the Middle East region, reports on Israel represented almost 88%, thus many times the amount of all other Middle East countries put together. Israel alone thus represented more than 20% of all the stations’ newscasts. More.

UK: Schoolboys plotting terrorist attack expressed hatred of Jews

Via the Daily Mail:
Two schoolboys bought bomb-making gear from the internet and plotted to blow up Parliament and Buckingham Palace - before a worried mother of one of the teens contacted police.

The 15-year-olds, from North Tyneside, have been jailed after it was revealed they planned suicide bombings at public buildings and purchased components to build an explosive device.

Chilling Skype exchanges between the two revealed a desire to target a school and a shopping centre and their hopes to die a wanted man like killer Raoul Moat, a court heard.

One boy expressed hatred of Jews and black people while the other boy had a collection of photographs of weapons including knives and a replica gun.  more

Ukraine: Pagan soldiers say Jews are parasites controlling puppet regime

Norwegian paper Dagens Næringsliv interviewed various Ukrainian right-wing extremists.

In the Svarog Battalion, a group of pagan soldiers, one Ukrainian, Vitali Brednev, tells the Norwegian journalists that the world is being ruled by the US, British Queen and Ukrainian Jews.  He divides the world into Slavs and the 'parasites' who exploit them and control the puppets (such as the Ukrainian government).

Another soldier, Sergei Kravsyenko says that the government is made up of 90% Jews, or at the least non-Jews married to Jews.  In Western Ukraine a lot of people have Jewish blood because they're descended from farmers who raped their maids.

Monday, June 22, 2015

France: "Jews Out" graffiti

Via L'Alsace:

A memorial commemorating the French resistance in Alsace was desecrated with the words "Juden Raus" (Jews out, in German), and the letters "EL". 

According to the local mayor, vandals had also replaced the French flag with the Alsatian flag a couple of times over the past two weeks.

Germany: Man punched in antisemitic attack

Via MDR h/t Netz Gegen Nazis:

A 36-yaer old harassed a group of people in Halle, calling them "Fucking Jews".   He then followed the group and punched one of them in the face.  The attacker was arrested.

Germany said to ‘indirectly fund’ anti-Israel church group (10 million € over the past 2 years)

The Times of Israel reports:

The German government indirectly provides millions of dollars in funding to a Christian organization which is highly critical of Israel and which pro-Israeli groups have accused of anti-Israeli bias and actions, according to a report on Channel 2 news on Sunday.

Germany, the report stated, helps finance the Bread for the World organization, a Christian group that is chiefly concerned with combating world hunger, but which is also a major contributor to the World Council of Churches. 

The WCC is an ecumenical umbrella group of hundreds of churches spread across over a hundred nations, and claims to represent over 500 million Christians. It is also an organization that has spoken out harshly against Israeli policy vis a vis the Palestinians and which has come out in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy against Israeli settlements and companies which support Israeli settlements.
The WCC runs several programs in support of Palestinians in the West Bank, among them the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel and the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum.

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has called the group “hostile” to Israel, while the Anti-Defamation League has accused it of biased, one-sided attitudes towards the Jewish state.

According to Channel 2, Germany’s indirect support for the group has totalled 10 million euros over the past two years.

The German government responded to the report in a statement, saying: “The German government opposes calls for boycotting Israel and does not directly or indirectly fund the World Council of Churches. The German government supports projects to eliminate poverty as well as non-governmental organizations in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”

A long history of Israel-baiting:

Lifted from Norway, Israel and the Jews blog (2013)
Norwegian leader of the World Council of Churches pooh-poohs persecution of Christians in the ME, obsesses about Palestinians 
2008:  World Council of Churches leader: the Israel/South Africa apartheid analogy again

Greece: Holocaust memorial in Kavala desecrated

Via Against Antisemitism:

The Holocaust memorial in Kavala, dedicated just two weeks ago, was now desecrated with white paint.

The memorial has already led to a lot of antisemitic sentiment.  The mayor first wanted the star of david removed from the monument, and later suggested any opponets were working for the Jews.  The Church and other local politicians also came out against the monument, for religious reasons.  and at the unveiling ceremony the government representative said Jews are the new Nazis.

UK: Israeli reporter harassed during broadcast with calls to destroy Israel

Via Algemeiner:
Anti-Israel activists interrupted a live television broadcast from London with chants calling for the destruction of the Jewish state as Channel 10 correspondent Miri Michaeli attempted to report on a conference in London late last week.

As Michaeli updated viewers on a speech from Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Friday, two protesters stood up close alongside her holding up large Palestinian flags and aggressively chanting “free free Palestine” and “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free.”  more

Video of the incident here.