Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Switzerland stops funds to Palestinian NGO due to terrorism connection

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
The Swiss Foreign Ministry announced that it suspended funds and support for the Ramallah-based Palestinian NGO Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat because the organization failed to cut ties to terrorism, according to a Sunday report in the Swiss newspaper Sonntags Zeitung. 
“This is an important first step in NGO funding accountability by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, and reflects the recent legislation on this issue,” Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the president of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. “In halting payment to WATC [Women Affairs Technical Committee], the Swiss follow similar moves by Denmark and Holland. 
The radical Palestinian NGO is one of many funded by these countries through the Ramallah-based Human Rights Secretariat, with an annual budget of $4 million,” he added. He asserted that “a number of the recipients are affiliated with the PFLP terror organization.
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UK: Antisemitic solicitor gets £25,000 fine

Via The Times UK:
A solicitor who wrote on Facebook that it was a shame that a plane carrying Jewish refugees had not blown up has been fined £25,000. 
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found the comments of Majid Mahmood, 40, a criminal defence solicitor and director of Liberty Law Solicitors in Luton, to be antisemitic, deeply unattractive and despicable. 
The tribunal said: “Causing offence to the public to the detriment of the collective reputation of the profession was unacceptable. The intemperate language used, the hatred manifested, including against Zionists as well as Jewish people, and wishing them dead by graphic means were terrible ideas for a solicitor to be promoting.” 
Mahmood had argued that it was Facebook’s fault for sparking controversial debate and that the posts were made in a private capacity, although his profile said he was a solicitor.  
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

German Jews irate over art comparing Holocaust ("Auschwitz" and "Zyklon B") and immigrant crisis

The trivialization of the Holocaust has become a common form of protest in Europe.  French-speakers call it the "banalization" of the Holocaust - it now serves to criticize anyone you don't agree with and to affirm your (the accuser's) moral superiority.

Via Israel Hayom (Eldad Beck):
A planned performance art installation titled "Auschwitz on the Beach" has sparked the ire of the German Jewish community for comparing Europe's current immigration crisis to the Holocaust.  
 The installation will begin on August 24 in the German city of Kassel as part of the Documenta 14 exhibit, an international modern art exhibition considered one of the most important in the world. The performance installation will be presented by Italian and Brazilian artists and is based in a poem written by the Italian Marxist philosopher Franco "Bifo" Berardi, a known radical leftist. (...)  
According to Berardi's explanation of the performance, which will be presented in English on Thursday and Saturday and in Italian on Friday, "Europeans are building concentration camps on their own territory, and are paying their Gauleiter [the ruler of a Nazi province] of Turkey, Libya, and Egypt to do the dirty work on the coast of the Mediterranean where saltwater has replaced Zyklon B." 
"Extermination is the word accurately defining the sentiment and behavior of the majority of the European people and the political action of the European governments," Berardi claims. "Rather than facing our historical responsibility," he warns, "we reject people who are trying to escape misery and wars and unchain themselves from our colonization. We made crossing the sea from North Africa to the southern European coasts perilous. By making migration illegal we have put migrants who asked for our help in the hands of criminal traffickers. We are drowning countless children, women, and men on a daily basis." (...)  
Leaders in the German Jewish community say the exhibit harms the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and relativizes Nazi war crimes. Charlotte Knobloch, former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and a Holocaust survivor, called the exhibit "grotesque" and demanded its performance be prevented. Ilana Katz, a Jewish community leader, described the exhibit as "tasteless and hurtful" to the victims of the Holocaust. She condemned the use of the terms "Auschwitz" and "Zyklon B" as part of an artistic and political event and called on visitors to the exhibit to take a stand. "The issue of remembering the Holocaust and the terms associated with it, and how we pass this inconceivable crime to future generations, affects all of us," she said.
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Bulgaria: Vandals scrawl anti-Israel graffiti on Bulgarian Jewish monument

Via JTA:
 
A monument put up by Jews in Bulgaria to thank the town of Vidin for preventing the deportation of its Jews during the Holocaust was vandalized
The Thanksgiving Monument, erected in 2003, was spray-painted with the words “Allah,” “Palestine,” “Hamas,” and the Islamic star and crescent moon symbol, the Shalom Organization of Jewish in Bulgaria said in a Facebook post Monday. 
The organization posted photos of the vandalism, which occurred Saturday, on its Facebook page.

Spain: Barcelona BDS chapter says Europe is ‘responsible’ for terror attack

It has to be emphasized that this view is shared by many European commentators, namely that European government's foreign policies towards Muslim countries and their alleged unconditional support for Israel are the root causes of domestic Islamist terrorism.

Via JTA:
Catalonia’s branch of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel suggested that European governments are “responsible” for terrorist attack in the Barcelona area. 
BDS Catalonia made the accusation on Friday, a day after the Islamic State terrorist group said its militants killed in the Spanish region 14 people and wounded another 100 in two incidents in and near its capital, Barcelona. 
Following a paragraph that states that BDS Catalonia “wishes to condemn the attacks committed” and to “express solidarity with the victims and their relatives,” the statement asserts that “we also condemn the responsibility of European governments in what they are doing with their foreign and domestic policies, and their complicity in human rights violations worldwide.” 
In the only reference to terrorism in the statement, the authors wrote: “We also do not forget the victims of military occupations, of wars and terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestina, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and many other places where what happened yesterday in Barcelona is a daily occurrence.”

Monday, August 21, 2017

UK: Man shouts death threat at Jewish passenger in “shocking” antisemitic attack on Tube train


Via TheJC:
Police are treating as a hate crime an incident in which a man threatened to kill a Jewish passenger during a “shocking” antisemitic tirade on a London Tube train.
The passenger, who did not wish to be named, said he feared for his life when the man shouted at him: “I am the next Hitler and I am going to kill you," gesturing with his hand to simulate a gun, and making a “bang” sound to indicate a bullet being fired.

The incident happened as the passenger, a solicitor who works in the City of London, was travelling home to Golders Green on the Northern Line

He told the JC that the man had got on the train at Old Street station and sat down opposite him.

The passenger said:  “The moment he sat down he stretched his legs out to me and started nudging me.

“He then removed his legs and starting swearing at me extremely loudly.

“After about a minute of non-stop abuse he got up and went towards the doors and came back to show me a picture on his phone which said something about ‘Jews killing babies.’”

The passenger, who was wearing a kippah, said: “It was clear to me and everybody in the carriage that he was targeting me because I am a Jew.

“I was extremely shocked at being spoken to like that and when he approached me with his phone I was extremely scared and expecting him to punch me at any moment.”

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Spain: Barcelona terrorist ranted against Israel, 'Jewish conspiracies'


Via Arutz 7:
One of the key suspects tied to Thursday’s deadly terror rampage in the streets of Barcelona launched a series of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic tirades on social media just days before the murderous attack.

Driss Oukabir who rented the white Fiat van used to run down hapless pedestrians outside of a popular tourist hotspot in Barcelona, Spain was arrested near the scene of the attack and is considered a prime suspect in the terror plot.

At least 13 people were killed during the attack, and another 80 injured.

The attack occurred near two kosher restaurants in the La Rambla outdoor mall in Barcelona: the Maccabi Restaurant, and Maoz Falafel.

While European Jewish leaders say the attack likely did not target the Jewish institutions, Oukabir did express anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views in the days leading up to Thursday’s attack, accusing Jews of murdering Arab children and engaging in a global conspiracy “to take over the world”.

A 28-year-old Moroccan-born legal resident of the European Union, Oukabir’s social media accounts were littered with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic material prior to the shutting down of his accounts after the attack.

On his Facebook page, Oukabir posted an image of a masked gunman clutching a screaming child.

Underneath the picture Oukabir wrote: “Alas! What has happened to our Arabism. Even the children haven't been rescued from the Israeli occupation. Post this video to be watched by the whole people in the world."

The post was made just hours after an Arab terrorist broke into the Salomon family home in Halamish (Neve Tzuf) on July 21st and murdered Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 46, and son Elad, 35.

Oukabir also shared a Spanish video on Facebook entitled “What is Zionism? A Brief Introduction”, Jewish Agency spokesman Avi Mayer reported.

The video includes classic anti-Semitic canards and accuses world Jewry of plotting to enslave all non-Jews.

“The non-Jews only serve to be slaves of the Jews, to kill a non-Jew is not a sin, it is like killing a dog,” the video claims leaders of the "international Jewish conspiracy" believe.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Is Europe's past antisemitism connected to the antisemitism today on the old continent?

Via The Jerusalem Post (Hen Mazzig and Emily Schrader):
(...) Nowhere is that more apparent than when it comes to hypocritically condemning the Jewish state. Europeans roundly condemn antisemitism in public and leaders throughout Europe have made efforts to protect their Jewish communities, but when Israel suffers car rammings and stabbing attacks from the West Bank, and barrages of rockets from Islamist terrorist organizations in Gaza, far too many Europeans can’t comprehend the connection that this is an assault on Israel because of Israel’s Jewishness. 
It isn’t about the well-being of the state of “Palestine” or the State of Israel or any other political issue. This is a conflict rooted in the Muslim denial of the right of the Jewish people to live in its historic homeland since long before the Islamic invasions of the Middle East and Africa in 750 CE. 
As long as Europeans continue to turn a blind eye to the egregious antisemitism that saturates Palestinian society – such as the Palestinian Authority’s payment of stipends to terrorists who murder civilians and their families – its explicitly antisemitic teachings proliferate. 
These include gems such as that Jews are descendants of “apes and pigs” that is ingrained in young Palestinian children from birth, the public embrace and praise of terrorists, the purposeful misinformation campaigns aimed at inciting violence against Jews, (note, not Israelis, but “Yahood”). As long as this continues and Europe ignores it, what evidence do we have that they’ve learned anything at all from the Holocaust? Many Germans, at least initially, wanted to see their country rise again after the disaster of WWI, possibly motivated not as much by racism as by the well-being of their country. They felt they had been given unfair treatment following the Treaty of Versailles and were taught the Jews were to blame. How is this different from what Palestinians teach their children? European governments continue to fund the PA, which utilizes many of the same dehumanizing tactics that the Nazis used. 
It is these same tactics which made it far too easy for an entire country to ignore the murder of an ethnic group of six million people. 
Why then should a Palestinian terrorist, who was raised to hate the same dehumanized group, have any hesitation about murdering them? Why shouldn’t he or she, when taught from birth that the Jews are to blame for all the terrible problems in Palestine? In German eyes, the country was unfairly treated following WWI and merely wanted to restore the “greatness” of Germany. How is that different from the mantra of “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free?” Why on Earth should Palestinians make peace with Israel when this is what they’re taught? The hypocrisy when it comes to condemning the only Jewish state is no different from the well-intentioned antisemitism that led to the Holocaust. Europeans ought to be the first to condemn Palestinian antisemitism and the last to provide international and political support as it follows the path of repeating the sins of Europe’s past.
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UK: Young boys give Jews Nazi salute

Via Echo News:

A RESIDENT has been left horrified after witnessing a group of youngsters give Nazi salutes to a group of Jewish people on Canvey.

The community of Chasidic Jews have started moving to the island from Stamford Hill after being forced out of London by high rents.

They chose Canvey, due to the community spirit and the former Castle View School site which they have bought and will turn into a Jewish school.

Despite a generally warm welcome, there have been some unpleasant anti-Semitic incidents, including a group of youths on bikes performing a Hitler salute. 


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Switzerland: Lawmaker raps Israel for tolerating haredim


Via Times of Israel:

Commenting on a public outcry over signs that urged Jews at a Swiss hotel to shower before entering the pool, a state lawmaker from Geneva said “Israel should apologize for its excessive tolerance of ultra-Orthodox Jews who prevent peace in Palestine.”

Roger Deneys, a Socialist representative at the Grand Council of Geneva, made the assertion Wednesday on Facebook.

Deneys deleted his comment shortly after posting it and apologized for having written “nonsense,” the online edition of the Swiss Le Matin daily reported Thursday.

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UK: 1 in 3 British Jews say they considered emigrating over anti-Semitism

Via JTA:
In interviews with thousands of British Jews, almost a third of them said they have considered leaving the United Kingdom over the past two years due to anti-Semitism. 
The findings are part of a report published Sunday by the Campaign Against Antisemitism watchdog group, which conducted since 2015 interviews with more than 10,000 British Jews together with the YouGov market research company. 
In interviews conducted in 2016 and 2017 with a combined sample population of 7,156 respondents, 37 percent of them said they have been concealing in public signs that would indicate that they are Jewish. 
Only 59 percent of the respondents since 2015 said they feel welcome in the United Kingdom and 17 percent said they feel unwelcome. 
Only 39 percent of respondents from 2015 onward said they trust justice authorities to prosecute perpetrators of anti-Semitic hate crimes. 
Three-quarters of the people interviewed said they feel that recent political events have resulted in increased hostility towards Jews. Since 2015, 80 percent of respondents said they believe that the Labour Party is harboring anti-Semites in its ranks.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Belgium: Virulent anti-Semite has sculpture and street named after him in Brussels

Edmond Picard
The recent events at Charlottesville, the fate of Confederate monuments in the United States and President Trump's reactions have drawn a lot of fire in Belgium - the media whose anti-US bias is no secret have commented very negatively about the events and Trump.  But how does francophone Belgium fare in this respect?  Take the case of the arch-antisemite and socialist Edmond Picard, "inventor of a so-called 'scientific and humanitarian' anti-Semitism".  For Picard Jews are disgusting, the absolute scum of the earth, with no redeeming features. Does it matter?  Not really.  He has a street named after him in Brussels and a statue at the Brussels Court House (see below).  Not only was he an anti-Semite but he was also a racist who compared blacks to apes.  All in the name of science and for the benefit of mankind.

Source: Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance  by Philip Mendes
In Belgium, Senator Edmond Picard, a famous socialist, developed at the end of the 19th century the theory of a so-called 'scientific and humanitarian' anti-Semitism. According to Picard, Jews were unproductive parasites who participated in usury and capitalist piracy through financial means.   
He accused Jews of inventing stock exchange speculation and dominating journalism and political, as well as social,  leadership throughout Europe.  He acknowledged that there some (perhaps many) poor Jews as well as wealthy Jews, but claimed this did not change the fact that Jews were an inferior race.   Picard's anti-Semitism also influenced some Belgian socialists, such as his disciples, Jules Destrée and Léon Hennebicq.  Destrée, a prominent member of the Belgian Labour Party, associated Jews with financial speculation.
Source: Encyclopedia of Judaism
PICARD, EDMOND (1836–1924), Belgian lawyer and antisemite. Picard became an active advocate of socialism, then of antisemitic racialism, and attempted to forge an alliance between the two ideologies. He fought for the socialist cause between 1866 and 1907, when he left the Socialist Party, although he continued to call himself a socialist. 
In 1888 Picard visited Morocco on a diplomatic mission and from then on turned his talents as a writer to outright racialist propaganda. Observing Arabs and Jews there, he concluded that Semites and Aryans were irreconcilable races
In the following years he wrote La Bible et le Coran (1888), Synthèse de l'antisémitisme (1892), which was reprinted during the German occupation of Belgium in World War II, and L'Aryano-Sémitisme (1899), a collection of 19 articles previously published in the socialist daily Le Peuple under the bizarre title L'Antisémitisme scientifique et humanitaire. 
Picard abhorred any intermingling of races and urged Aryans to protect themselves from the "Semitic invasion." He presented Jesus as an Aryan and the Jews as Asians
Seeing no contradiction between antisemitism and socialism, he believed that brotherhood of the oppressed did not necessarily imply equality between all races. He was influenced by Proudhon 's anti-Jewish ouvriérisme and by Gobineau , as well as by his Catholic education which provided a receptive ground for animosity toward the Jews. He succeeded in infecting the minds of leading socialists like Hennebicq (1871–1940) and Destrée (1863–1936); but thanks to the efforts of E. Vandervelde, L. De Brouckère, and C. Huysmans, the Socialist movement in Belgium officially proscribed antisemitism. Yet the Socialist Party newspaper, Le Peuple, never refused to print Picard's articles. 
BIBLIOGRAPHY: R.F. Byrnes, Anti-semitism in Modern France, 1 (1950), index; Silberner, in: HJ, 14 (1952), 106–18.
Source: Wikipedia (in French)
A bust of Edmond Picard is on display at the Court House in Brussels. In 1994, lawyer Michel Graindorge smashed Picard's bust invoking his anti-Semitism. Graindorge was sentenced in first instance. During the appeal proceedings, the Advocate General stated that "Is the act of overthrowing the bust of a bastard honorable? In that case, there would be so many other statues that could be knocked down at the Court House." On 27 November 1995 the Court of Appeal of Brussels granted him the suspension of the sentence. In 1998, the bust was replaced by the curator of the Palace. 
A Edmond Picard street was created as part of the "General Plan of alignment and expropriation by zones of the Berkendael district" (1902-1904), straddling the municipalities of Ixelles (1-43, 2-52) and Uccle, connecting the Georges Brugmann square with the Vanderkindere street.
If you can stomach the most vile anti-Semitic venom by Edmond Picard click HERE.

UK: British group banned from 4 US states for boycotting Israeli settlements

Via European Jewish Press:
A British retail group has has been banned from four US states, Florida, Illinois, New York and Arizona, because of it boycotts goods originating from West Bank communities, The Jewish Chronicle reported. 
The Co-operative Group, based in Manhester and founded in 1844, has businesses in food, banking, insurance, funerals and legal services. 
It operates what it calls "ethical" policies, meaning its stores have not stocked settlement products since 2009. Five years ago, members expanded the ban to include Israeli companies trading in the settlements. On its website, the Co-op said that "exceptional circumstances" meant it had withdrawn trade from "the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories". 
Arizona included the Co-op on a "prohibited investment lis" in March, alongside a series of financial firms and banks.  New York State’s office of general services listed it as one of more than a dozen "institutions or companies determined to participate in boycott, divestment or sanctions activity targeting Israel" in May, as did Illinois’ investment policy board. 
The State Board of Administration of Florida said it had scrutinised the Co-op after being directed to create a "list of companies that participate in a boycott of Israel, including actions that limit commercial relations with Israel or Israeli controlled territories". 
Luke Akehurst, director of the We Believe in Israel grassroots group which campaigns against boycotts, said: "The Co-op Group’s boycott of certain Israeli suppliers has done nothing to advance peace and coexistence or to help the Palestinians. 
"All it has achieved is to alienate Jewish and other pro-Israel customers from the Co-op and now to get them added to a list of BDS-supporting companies that several US states can’t invest in.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

France: Anti-Semitic (Jews as cockroaches) political cartoon on popular blog

"... the conspiracy libel supposes that the Jews act as one, in pursuit of goals inimical to the interests of non-Jews..." (Anthony Julius)

Via La Règle du Jeu (François Heilbronn):

This cartoon features on Alain Soral's blog Egalité et Réconciliation.  Alain Soral, who is a friend of Dieudonné, is known for his antisemitism.  Both Soral and Dieudonné are very popular in France.

"France!! beware... the cockroaches are on the go"
President Emmanuel Macron is represented as a cockroach and so are the other "cockroaches" who surround him and who are all Jewish: Jacques Attali (dubbed the "chief cockroach"), Bernard-Henri Levy, Jack Lang, Alain Finkielkraut and Julien Dray. To avoid any doubts about their Jewish origins, Attali is pictured with a Star of David medal pinned on a blue and white striped ribbon evocative of the garb deportees were made to wear.

Finally they all come out of a toilet bearing the initials of the CRIF (an umbrella organization of French Jewish organizations) and the LICRA (an anti-racist organisation targeted by anti-Semites who believe it is run by Jews for the benefit of Jews).  Next to it, stands a "French Republic" toilet with the door closed.

So what's the message?  France must be be watchful because the "cockroaches" are "on the go" (a reference to President Macron's party La République En Marche) and ready to control him.
The cartoonist is the author of this antisemitic drawing

France: Knife-wielding motorist threatened to ‘kill the Jew’

Via JTA:
A motorist with a knife threatened to “kill the Jew” after nearly hitting the man and his family in Cannes, according to a French anti-Semitism watchdog. 
The victim, identified by the Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism as B. Olivier, said the suspect assaulted him on Thursday morning while he was trying to cross a road with his wife and baby in the southern French city, the watchdog known as BNVCA said in a report Monday on the incident. Olivier reportedly said the man, who appeared to be of European heritage, failed to stop his car at the pedestrian crossing. 
Passers-by prevented the driver from continuing after he narrowly missed hitting Olivier and his family, the report said, and Olivier confronted the driver, who told him to “screw his mother.” 
The driver then reportedly got out of the car with a knife and advanced toward Olivier, who was wearing a Star of David pendant, shouting that he would “kill the Jew.” Olivier and his family fled the scene, the report said.
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