Sunday, December 11, 2016

Germany: Chancellor Merkel's party labels BDS antisemitic

Via Jerusalem Post:
Germany’s Christian Democratic Union party on Wednesday passed a resolution opposing the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement because the anti-Israel action is antisemitic.

“Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse antisemitism,” the CDU said.

The CDU likened BDS to the National Socialists who boycotted Jews in the 1930s. BDS dresses up antisemitism in the “new clothes of the 21st century” as anti-Zionism, the party said.

“The German CDU declares with this motion its disapproval and rejection of every form of BDS activity and condemns these activities as antisemitic. The CDU will decisively oppose every hostile action that Israel faces. The CDU professes its deep friendship toward Israel and continues to work toward a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” the resolution read.

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Ukraine: Holocaust memorial vandalized

Uzhgorod - Saturday night (November 27) vandals threw red paint on the monument commemorating the Holocaust in Uzhgorod.

The vandals also left hundreds of leaflets with the words "Remember who were the ones who killed your people" ( "Помни, кто убивал твой народ") near the monument located next to the Transcarpathian Regional Philharmonic Hall, which once was a Jewish synagogue.

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UK: Top Scottish rabbi and family victims of anti-Semitic attack

Via Deadline (h/t CFCA):
ONE of Scotland’s leading rabbis has revealed he was the victim of a violent anti-Semitic attack in which his religious headwear was thrown on the ground.

Rabbi Yossi Bodenheim, the Jewish Chaplain for Scottish Universities, was with his children when his wife was shoved and his kippah pulled from his head.

The shocking incident happened in central Edinburgh less than half a mile from the Scottish Parliament.

Rabbi Bodenheim said the “hateful” attack in early November left his children distressed.

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Italy: Students at ten high schools list Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ among favorite books

Via The Algemeiner:
"La mia battaglia"
Students at ten Italian high schools included Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf in recently-compiled lists of their top ten favorite booksThe Local reported on Thursday.
Italian Education Ministry official Alessandro Fusacchia was quoted as calling the students’ choice a “particularly nasty case.” According to Fusacchia, students had been asked to pick from books by Italian authors that were published after 2000.
“We are looking into it, but we are convinced that it was not a bad interpretation of the request, but rather a free choice,” he said.
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Germany: Antisemitism in its most predatory incarnation is once again the norm on German streets

Via Quillette (written by Phillip Mark McGough):
Some of us are old enough to remember when refugees consisted almost entirely (and by definition) of the most vulnerable members of any given country in crisis: Women, children, the elderly, and so forth. Today, on the other hand, most of the Muslims arriving in Europe from the Near East seem to be young men of fighting age: Young men whose views regarding Jews, gays, and of course women are completely at odds with Europe’s liberal tradition as it’s evolved these past few centuries; a liberal tradition which Germany, for obvious reasons, has sought to reify in its approach to domestic and international affairs ever since the end of the war. 
But thanks in no small measure to mass Muslim immigration, antisemitism in its most predatory incarnation is once again the norm on German streets, while misogyny is more or less accepted, even expected. It is to choke on the irony of it all. 
In the name of a long-cherished tradition of tolerance, Germany is becoming savagely intolerant: Totally unsafe for Jews who dare to display their Judaism in public, and increasingly unsafe for women who dare even to go out in public at all after nightfall (or use a swimming pool; or attend a carnival; or do pretty much anything short of redacting their identity behind a hijab and never leaving the house again).
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Germany is a hotbed of academic antisemitism

Via The Algemeiner - author Clemens Heni:
Columbia University Iranian studies scholar Hamid Dabashi has become the darling of German academia. It’s no coincidence that he exemplifies academic hatred for Israel and the trivialization of German crimes and the Holocaust.
Columbia’s Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Dabashi has experienced a flurry of speaking engagements at German universities and organizationsIn May 2015, he was invited to speak at Freie Universität Berlin. On November 26, he spoke at the Institute for Foreign Affairs, which is financed by the German Foreign Ministry, the state of Baden-Württemberg, and the city of Stuttgart in the Southwest of Germany. The event was hosted by the Berlin Social Science Center. The day before, Dabashi spoke at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, associated with the Party of the Left, which has become known for several antisemitic scandals in recent years. In May 2016, Dabashi will be one of the keynote speakers at the “Third Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts.”
Germany is a hotbed of academic antisemitism, particularly in the fields of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. Germans are particularly pleased with non-European scholars, such as Dabashi, who will defame Israel and downplay the crimes of the Holocaust. French philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch analyzed this new antisemitism as early as 1971 in his piece, “Forgiving?” (“Pardonner?”), in which he noted the need of Germans to accuse Jews of being “like Nazis.” Turning their former victims, the Jews, into perpetrators diminishes the Germans’ unprecedented crimes. Scholarship labels this the “inversion of truth.” It can also be framed as “secondary anti-Semitism,” a form of post-Holocaust antisemitism. Denying Auschwitz is for beginners.
Dabashi calls his new book, Can Non-Europeans Think? (April 2015), part three of his “Intifada trilogy.” In it, Dabashi promotes the trope, popularized by anti-Israel activist Ilan Pappé, that Israel is committing an “incremental genocide“ of the Palestinians. Palestinian sources themselves admit that the populations of Gaza and the West Bank have grown in recent decades, rendering this definition of “genocide” particularly perfidious.
As I demonstrated in my 2013 book, Dabashi wants to destroy the Jewish state of Israel, which he calls a “racist Apartheid state.” He supported German former Waffen SS member and Nobel Prize Laureate Günter Grass after he’d written a nasty anti-Israel poem portraying Iran as a victim of Israeli aggression.  (...)
The government-sponsored German Institute for Foreign Affairs and other leading universities would never host a known neo-Nazi who claims that Israel is an “apartheid state,” that Auschwitz was a mere “crime” on par with the 2014 Gaza war, and that the Iranian threat does not exist. However, a non-European like the Iranian-born Dabashi is not only welcomed, but embraced by German audiences for two reasons: hatred of Israel and the distortion of German crimes and the Holocaust.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spain chooses city boycotting Israel to play Israel/Spain WC qualifier

A very cynical choice...

Via YNet News:
The Israel national team's World Cup qualifying game against Spain in Gijon has angered state officials because the city hosting the game has declared a boycott against Israel. Officials are also concerned that protests will accompany the game, which will be held on the 24th of March.
The Spanish national team holds games in many cities, so residents across the country have the opportunity to see the games.
In January 2016, the city council approved a boycott on Israel, which was initiated by extreme left-wing and socialist parties. Gijon Mayor Carmen Moriyón was opposed to the boycott, but her party and other centrist parties abstained and failed to overturn the decision. 

Pro-Israel activists appealed the decision to the Administrative Court, but the judge rejected the appeal on the grounds that the action had no real practical significance, but was only a political statement. (...)
In light of the city's attitude towards Israel, the Israel national team is not expecting a warm reception. "It makes us sick that the team has to come and play in a place that is boycotting the State of Israel, even if it is just a declaration," said state officials. "It is unclear to us why out of all places, Spain chose the hold the game in this city." 
The Israel Football Association said, "We have no information or explanation as to why Spain chose to hold the match in Gijon. They do not need our approval, of course. The relations between the associations are excellent. We play wherever is permitted, we don't mix sports with anything else."
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Switzerland: "Deeply antisemitic" sexual poster attacks Netanyahu in train stations, says Alex Feuerherdt

This was reported on Dec. 4.  Now Benjamin Weinthal helps us understand why the poster’s “symbolism is deeply antisemitic.”

Via The Jerusalem Post:

The largest city in Switzerland—Zurich—started last week to run in its main train station antisemitic posters, according to critics that sexually depict the European Union bowing to the dictates of Prime Minister Benjamin  Netanyahu.

The eleven posters show a woman with an EU logo on her white dress bowed on her knees before Netanyahu and apparently about to kiss his left foot. The words next to Netanyahu’s head read: “We violate international law by stealing land, expulsion and apartheid…Our Joker: Europe’s guilty conscience.”
The Swiss paper Tages-Anzeiger wrote on Tuesday that the Swiss People's Party politician Claudio Schmid views the poster as anti-Semitic.

Writing on the Swiss website Audiatur Online, the German journalist and expert in modern antisemitism Alex Feuerherdt said the poster’s “symbolism is deeply antisemitic.”
He wrote that the poster continues the “age-old antisemitic stereotypes“ that depict Jews as “powerful and lustful.”

The Nazis frequently showed Jewish men as sexually powerful who sought to exploit and contaminate innocent German women.

Feuerherdt noted that the section on Israel allegedly exploiting Europe’s guilt due to the Holocaust is an expression of antisemitism because the poster relies on typical stereotypes that Jews are only interested in "walking over corpses to gain personal advantage.” 

Feuerherdt argues that the posters also aim to dismantle the Jewish state because its message is to show Israel as an illegal enterprise.
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UK: Charity Commission criticised over inquiry into charity accused of antisemitism

Via The Jewish Chronicle:
Questions have been raised regarding the lack of proper action by the Charity Commission for England and Wales in regard to an organisation which has been accused of promoting antisemitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry, with a call for it to be stripped of its charitable status.
The “Islamic Education and Research Academy” group, which is a registered charity, was founded in 2009 with the aim of encouraging conversion to Islam. 
The inquiry by the charity commission was initiated in the wake of a report by the Council of Ex-Muslims in Britain, which alleged that a dozen individuals associated with IERA, whether as founding members, direct employees or associated speakers, were guilty of a wide range of antisemitic homophobic, and generally racist comments.
IERA’s founder and chairman, Abdurraheem Green, as reported by the Telegraph in 2014, was caught on camera at Hyde Park Corner asking for a Jewish man to be removed from his sight. “Why don’t you take the Yahoudi [Jew] over there, far away so his stench doesn’t disturb us,” he is heard to say on the video.
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Belarus: Monument to Nazi victims desecrated in Pinsk

Pinsk - A swastika was painted on the monument to the victims of the German occupation.

The police are currently looking for the perpetrators of the crime.

The vandalized memorial is on Pushkin Street in Pinsk, on the site of the former ghetto, where in 1941-1944 the Nazis carried out mass extermination of Jews, Gypsies, partisans and underground fighters.
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Russia: "If we talk about domestic anti-Semitism and attitudes in society in general, there is no decline there"

However, the conference's participants agreed that anti-Semitism still exists in Russia. "Open forms of anti-Semitism have weakened, but anti-Semitism has not disappeared," Gudkov said. "The entire structure of anti-Semitist sentiments has persisted. Anti-Semitism has simply entered a ‘dormant phase.'"
Monika-Yevgeniya Kuznetsova, 26, an ethnic Russian Jew, told RBTH that she often has to deal with anti-Semitism, which, for example, is expressed in people's reactions to Hebrew textbooks.

"Once I was in the metro, studying Hebrew," Monika-Yevgeniya recalled. "A guy spoke to me, seeking to get acquainted. After learning that I study Hebrew, he changed his expression and said angrily: 'Our grandfathers died because of those nasty Jews, how can you learn their language?'"

"If we talk about domestic anti-Semitism and attitudes in society in general, there is no decline there, the situation has not changed," Alexander Kargin, director of the office of the Likud World Organisation (Likud Olami) in Russia, told RBTH. "It's just a matter of degrees. Against the background of Europe, where anti-Semitic moods are growing, the situation in Russia is undoubtedly better."
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In post-coup Turkey, Jews plan their future abroad

Via JTA:
At a chic café overlooking the Bosphorus, two Turkish Jewish women are discussing their plans to emigrate when the call to Friday prayers blasts from the loudspeakers of a nearby mosque.

Unable to talk over the deafening singing that fills the café in the Bebek neighborhood of western Istanbul, the women turn to their smartphones to read the news. At least they try to.

Turkey’s government has jammed access to the internet on this November day, reportedly to prevent terrorists from communicating with each other. It spurs major traffic disruptions and overloads several cellular towers.

“This is Turkey,” said one of the women, a 42-year-old businesswoman and mother named Betty, who asks that her last name not be used for security reasons.

“If they don’t want you to communicate, you won’t,” adds her friend Suzette, who makes the same request about her surname.

Betty and Suzette are among the thousands of Turkish Jews seeking foreign passports this year amid growing religiosity in a society where civil rights activists and some ethnic minorities are feeling the weight of the increasingly authoritarian policies of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s Islamist president who has used anti-Israel rhetoric.

“Of course we’re thinking about emigrating,” said Betty while scanning the top floor of the café — a quiet place that she proposes for an interview because she does not want to be overheard speaking about Jews to a journalist. “Everyone in the Jewish community is because it is hard to imagine a future for ourselves here. Many Muslims are, too.”

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Netherlands: Jewish-owned car vandalized

Hilversum – in the night between Thursday and Friday a swastika was drawn on the car of a Jewish family.

The owner, a businesswoman who asked to remain anonymous lives on the outskirts of the city. She told us that she found the swastika on the hood in the morning when she wanted to get into her car. In addition to the swastika the car was scratched down the entire length on one side and tires were punctured.
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France: Jewish man attacked, called 'Dirty Jew', police unsure it's an antisemitic attack

Via Haaretz:
A Jewish man was beat up in a suburb south of Paris on Thursday by a group of men, at least one of whom shouted “Dirty Jew!”

“These local thugs hit the 30-year-old father from behind while he was returning home from work. They threw him on the ground and beat him. I don’t know how they identified him as Jewish since he wasn’t wearing any distinctive sign,” said Creteil’s Jewish community leader Albert Elharrar who has met with the victim and talked to police.

“The victim was brave enough to hit one of his aggressors back which allowed him to try to escape but they caught him,” said Elharrar.

Creteil is the home of one of France’s largest Jewish communities with about 22,000 people. They represent about 20 percent of the town’s workforce.

“The courthouse neighbourhood has been developed by Jewish businesses, including a big kosher supermarket in recent years, but it’s filled with petty criminals,” said Elharrar. “Police believe the same local thugs attacked a non-Jewish man the same day.”

Police are still investigating the assault, searching for suspects and trying to determine if the attack was anti-Semitic.
The case was handed to the local judiciary police.

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Poland: Culture minister denies involvement in antisemitic event

Via Jerusalem Post:
The Polish culture minister denied any involvement in an antisemitic event though its organizers said he helped put it together.

Piotr Glinski’s statement Friday was over a discussion in Lodz last week about a 2014 book titled “The Jewish Political Lobby in Poland.” Far-right activists advertised the discussion about the book, which features many antisemitic conspiracy theories, as having been co-organized by Glinski.

“We would like to clarify that Professor Piotr Glinski was not informed about the event with Marian Miszalski, author of the book,” his office wrote in a statement Friday night. The minister “does not identify with the theses of this author, which he demonstrated on numerous occasions by persistently denouncing all forms of antisemitism as a manifestation of evil in the social and political space.”

However, a spokesperson for Glinski, who is also the First Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, is quoted as telling the Gazeta Wyborcza daily that Glinski’s office had been in contact with the event’s organizers during the planning stages. He said this did not mean that Glinski endorses their worldview.

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