Thursday, September 29, 2016

Denmark: 4 acquitted in synagogue attack

Via JTA:
Four Danish citizens accused of assisting the gunman in two deadly attacks in Copenhagen last year, including one outside a synagogue that left a Jewish security guard dead, were acquitted.

On Tuesday, a Danish court found that the actions of the four men were “not of such a character that the actions can lead to a conviction for complicity,” according to the verdict, the French news agency AFP reported.

Bhostan Khan Hossein, Liban Ahmed Saleban Elmi, Ibrahim Khalil Abbas and Mahmoud Rabea were accused of helping Omar El-Hussein carry out the attack against Copenhagen’s main synagogue on Feb. 15, 2015. They had faced life in prison if convicted.

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UK: 87% of Jews think Labour party is too tolerant of anti-Semitism

Via JNS:
A majority of British Jews believe the Labour party is too tolerant of anti-Semites amongst their own party, according to a new study by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA).

CAA's Anti-Semitism Barometer study, in cooperation with Jewish community groups, surveyed 1,864 British Jewish adults about their feelings toward political parties’ tolerance of anti-Semitism among parliament leaders and members and supporters.

Among British Jews 87 percent believe the Labour party is too tolerant of anti-Semitism compared to its rival, the Conservative party at 18 percent. Other parties, including the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Greens and SNP parties, ranged from 37 to 49 percent of British Jews saying they were too tolerant of anti-Semitism.

CAA said the comparison is important because left-wing parties are traditionally known for fighting racism. But now British Jews consider them to be strongly lacking in their stance against anti-Semitism.

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Belgium: Thief defecates on kippahs

Via La Capitale:

The car of Christophe Goossens, a Jewish lawyer from Uccle was broken into Monday night.  Besides stealing various items, the thief took out two kippah, turned them over and defecated on them.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

UK: Leading Labour activist questions whether Jews really need special security

This took place at a session for training activists to challenge anti-Semitism.

Via Huffington Post (h/t glykosymoritis):
A leading Labour activist was heckled at an anti-Semitism meeting on Monday after she wrongly criticised Holocaust Memorial Day for not including non-Jewish genocide victims.

In secret footage obtained by HuffPostUK Jackie Walker also stirred anger as she questioned the need for security at Jewish schools, and said she hadn’t heard an anti-Semitism definition she could “work with”.

To jeers, the Momentum vice-chair said “wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust day was open to all peoples who’ve experienced Holocaust?”

When told the day was indeed for all post- World War II genocides, she said “in practice it is not circulated and advertised as such.”

Speaking at a Labour conference fringe, which was set up to train activists to challenge anti-Semitism, Walker also said extra security measures in Jewish schools in the UK were not due to fear of anti-Semitic attacks.

“I was a bit concerned... at your suggestions that the Jewish community is under such threat that they have to use security in all its buildings”, she said.

“I have a grandson, he is a year old. There is security in his nursery and every school has security now. It’s not because I’m frightened or his parents are frightened that he is going to be attacked.”

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Germany: Man pushed onto train tracks because he 'smelled like a Jew'

Nuremberg - Nuremberg subway station “Langwasser”: A 49 years old man pushed another passenger on the tracks and claimed, that he has smelled, that the victim was Jewish. He used hate speech against Jews and obtained the victim from reentering the platform by booting his fingers.

An employee of the Nuremberg transport company stopped the subway traffic and rescued the victim’s life. It is not clear, if the victim was really Jewish.
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Netherlands:Airbnb banishes Amsterdam-based host for discriminating against Israelis

This European woman is subjected to a constant barrage of anti-Israel criticism in the media,  NGOs, from academics, politicians etc. and obviously she trusts and believes them.  That's why she doesn't want her lodgings to be defiled by Israeli Jews, but welcomes all other human beings.

From the Algemeiner:

The discriminatory email from a former Airbnb host to an Israeli customer. Photo: Screenshot.
Online vacation rental giant Airbnb acted quickly to ban a vendor after it came to light that she was refusing service to Israeli customers, The Algemeiner learned Tuesday.

The company removed the Amsterdam-based host named “Maria” from the website after she rejected a request by four Israeli tourists with the following explanation: “I support the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement and will therefore not accept guests of Israeli citizenship until there has been a significant change in the question of Palestine. So unless you are well documented activists who work for a peaceful solution to the problem (for whom I will be very happy to make an exception) you will have to look elsewhere.”

An Airbnb representative told The Algemeiner that, “Discrimination like this has no place on the Airbnb platform and our policies prohibit hosts from declining a guest because of who they are, where they come from, how they worship or whom they love,” adding that the company “acted to permanently ban this host from our community approximately two hours after we learned of this incident.”
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Spain: Police tell Jew targeted for harassment to be 'less visibly Jewish'

The following was posted by a Spanish Jew:
So this morning I found this in the corner of my garage door. When I called the police they just told me it were probably just a random act of kids but just in case I should try to be “less visibly jewish” (not wearing a magen David/ hamsa, not having my name in the mailbox) and not tell people that I’m Jewish…

“Do your neighbours know you’re Jewish?”

UK: Jewish Labour member heckled while speaking on anti-Semitism

Via Times of Israel:
A Jewish member of UK Labour addressing a party conference Tuesday on his concerns over rising anti-Semitism in the party was heckled during his speech, with a protester reportedly dismissing his claims as unfounded.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has faced allegations that his pro-Palestinian politics and endorsement of anti-Semites has encouraged hate speech against Jews. He has been accused of doing too little to curb anti-Semitism among party members and lawmakers, some of whom have been suspended for making racist and anti-Semitic statements in public or on social media.

As Mike Katz, vice chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement, called on delegates to adopt tougher laws to deal with anti-Semitic incidents, a man began to heckle from the audience.

“It makes me weep,” Katz said. “The party…that has done more than any other to promote tolerance and inequality, the party to which the Jewish Labour Movement has been affiliated since 1920, is not seen as a welcoming home for Jews.”

According to the Daily Mail, the man shouted at Katz that he was not speaking for all Jews, and that his claims of an increase in expressions of hate were “rubbish.”
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Europe: Ex-CIA Officer on Islamic antisemitism in Europe (video)

From Daphne Anson blog:

Former CIA operative Clare Lopez (full biography here) is a strategic policy and intelligence expert specialising on such issues as the Middle East, national defense, waepons of mass destruction, and counterterrorism.  Vice President of the non-profit forum the Intelligence Summit,  she teaches courses at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre) on the Iranian Intelligence Services, and the expanding influence of Jihad and Sharia in Europe and the U.S. She's co-author of two published books on Iran.

At the current OCSE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Conference in Warsaw regarding Human Rights she pulled no punches in attributing the "resurgent and savage waves of antisemitism" in Europe, especially France, to Muslims and cites as a driver "scriptural writing of the Islamic canon".

more on the conference here

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Poland: "We don’t want to kill them, we just don’t want them to have a big influence on the country"

Via The Star:
Instead, blatantly anti-migrant, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic marches have become regular phenomena throughout the country. Many are organized by the National Radical Camp — a party outlawed in 1934 for promoting hatred.

They often resemble military brigades, featuring marching men wearing armbands and waving Polish flags. Their slogan is “Poles for Poland.” One march last year included the burning of an effigy of a Hasidic Jew, and at another last April marchers burned a photo of the town’s mayor wearing a Jewish skull cap. (A march guard commander with the National Radical Camp, Szymon Mailian, says the person who burned both was not a party member. But he would not condemn the act. Asked if his group is anti-Semitic, he responded: “We are not Nazis. We don’t want eugenics. We don’t want to kill them. We just don’t want them to have a big influence on the country.”)

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UK: ‘Anti-Semitic, Racist’ Leaflets Distributed Outside Momentum Event

Via Huffington Post:
Leaflets distributed outside a meeting on religious hatred by the left-wing pressure group Momentum are “anti-Semitic and undeniably racist”, a Labour MP has said.

Wes Streeting, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group of British Jews, has criticised the literature which called for the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) to be disbanded.

The leaflets claimed that the JLM acted as “a representative of a foreign power, Israel” and called for it to be disaffiliated from the Labour party. They were issued by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and handed out to attendees at an alternative Labour conference by Momentum, running in tandem to the main event.

The leaflets also asked “why is there so much emphasis on anti-Semitism, rather than other much more prevalent forms of racism?” and suggested the issue was being “exploited for factional goals”.
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Ukraine: Man who participated in anti-Roma pogrom explains Jews deserved it too

Via Times of Israel:
When asked to compare Gypsy pogroms in today’s Ukraine to the Jewish pogroms that took place here 100 years ago, a 39-year old Loshchynivka resident who participated in the pogrom (he did not give his name because he feared for his safety), said that the pogroms against Jews and Gypsies “have a lot of similarities,” because “the problems were the same.”

According to him, that’s because the victims of the pogroms were not honest people.

“The reason for the pogroms was not ethnic but economic,” he alleged. “A person can’t live without working. It means that he is a thief.”
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France: Car of Jewish family vandalized with antisemitic, pro-Palestinian message

Via Le Monde Juif:

Dozens of cars in the Paris suburbs of Cachan were vandalized.  One car belonging to a Jewish family was hit really hard and left with the message "dirty Jew, free Palestine".

UK: Lib Dems says it's not racist to claim 'Jewish power' controls Labour

In short: the Lib Dems believe Jews and Israel control British politics, so they can't see what's wrong with saying so.

Via Jewish News:
By sharing an article about “Jewish power” in British politics, former Lib Dem peer Baroness Jenny Tonge was not being racist, according to the Liberal Democrats.

The ruling, from the party’s Regional Parties Committee, follows a complaint from Gary Spedding, a liberal activist in Northern Ireland, who took issue with Tonge sharing an article by Israeli musician Gilad Atzmon.

Tonge, who is a strong critic of Israel, is no longer a Lib Dem peer and sits in the House of Lords as a cross-bencher. While she remains a member of the party, she does not speak for it in an official capacity.

Relaying the decision, a Lib Dem spokeswoman says: “Having reviewed your complaint, our view is that an opinion can be controversial – and even offensive – but still fall short of being racist.”
She explained: “We are a liberal party that places immense value on freedom of speech… That includes the freedom to criticise in the strongest terms the actions of states and governments and the causal effects of their policies… Any desire not to offend also needs to be balanced against the right to criticise in the strongest terms the actions of states and governments.
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France: Archaelogy - historian slams Israel on France Culture radio

Véronique Chemla reported on her blog that during a programme, Concordances des temps on the subject of "the destruction of the memory of the other as a weapon of war", aired on France Culture on September 10, Israel was yet again slammed.  

The host Jean-Noël Jeanneney discussed with Maurice Sartre, a professor of ancient history at the University of Tours, the destruction of Palmyra by Daech.

Professor Maurice Sartre claimed, without citing a single example, that Israelis destroy the "Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank" to connvey the idea that there was no Palestinian presence in the West Bank, or that if there was one it only very marginal.   

Maurice Sartre further added that the State of Israel does not respect the Convention of The Hague of 1954. Archaological searches are carried out by Israeli teams on the "occupied" West Bank and in the "occupied" Syrian Golan - the latter for the last 30 to 40 years.  

He explained that a book published in Israel on the subject had elicited smiles from many archaeologists and historians.  It presented all ancient unidentified buildings in the villages as synagogues. The purpose was to show that in Antiquity the Golan was inhabited by Jews. Professor Sartre acknowled that this is partially true and that there were large Jewish communities in the Golan.  But the way things are presented is a political maneouvre to appropriate historically a territory which has been the object of conflicts between two countries at war for close to 70 years. 

Jean-Noël Jeanneney did not dispute this. 

Véronique Chemla points out that neither historian mentioned the destruction of Jewish archaeological remains by the Palestinian Authority, including the WAQF on the Mount Temple, nor the influence of Nazism on archaeological research in Germany and France nor the role of archaeology in scientific French diplomacy.

read the whole piece in French on Véronique Chemla's blog 

This gives a pretty good idea of how Israel is presented by academics in France.