Thursday, October 27, 2016

France: Anti-semitic political website has over 8 million monthly visits

Grégory Chelli, aka Ulcan
Photo: Inglourious Basterds

Grégory Chelli, who operates under the pseudonym Ulcan, is a French-Israeli pro-Israel militant and hacktivist. Earlier this week,  Chelli hacked into the website 'Egalité et Réconciliation' run by veteran anti-semitic and conspiracy-theorist writer Alain Soral.

In June a French court fined Soral for saying that Hitler should have should have finished killing the Jews of Europe.

Chelli explained to Le Monde that he had extracted personal details of thousands of Soral's fans - some have already been disclosed - and undertook to contact their employers if Soral did not close his blog.  By supporting him they were complicit in spreading anti-semitic propaganda.

According to sociologist Antoine Bévort, 'Egalité et Réconciliation' is the political blog in France with the highest traffic topping a staggering 8.1 million monthly visits.

Quoting these figures, Grégory Chelli told Le Monde that "the most viewed French political website is operated by an extremist. I demand its closure".

The amazing success of Soral's blog - who is a friend of comedian Dieudonné - shows how widespread and attractive anti-Jewish discourse remains in France.  Equally worrying is the fact that anti-semitic propaganda keeps being 'exported' to other French-speaking countries in Europe and beyond.

Germany: Jewish cemetery in Strasburg vandalized

Via Neubrandenburg Police:

A tombstone was pushed down at the Jewish cemetery in Strasburg.

UK: Antisemitic graffiti near Jewish shops

Swastikas and the German “Fick euch” (Fuck you) was found on a fence near Jewish-owned shops and is believed to be fresh. The graffiti is thought to have appeared between 18:00 and midnight on Thursday night.
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UK: Speakers at Pro-Palestinian event in House of Lords blame Zionists for Holocaust

The whole post is worth reading, if you can stomach the hatred.

Via David Collier:
Yesterday there was an event at the House of Lords, put together by the Palestine Return Council (PRC). The evening was hosted by Jenny Tonge.


At a certain point in the evening, four ultra-orthodox Jews from the Neturei Karta showed up. As relevant to Judaism as some esoteric Christian sect is to Christianity, yet these same handful are at the front of every anti-Israeli action in the UK. When one came to talk, it is difficult to overstate the bile that came from his mouth.

First, he compared Israel to ISIS. “Isis is a perversion of Islam just as Zionism is a perversion of Judaism.” Then he continued:
One of the main Zionists in America, Rabbi Stephen Wise,  a reform, a heretic, so called Rabbi,  he spoke in the New York Times in 1905, there are six million, note the number, bleeding and suffering reasons to justify Zionism.

I cannot stress strongly enough the implication of the instruction to ‘note the number’. This is from a holocaust denial script. The suggestion used on neo-Nazi sites is that this quote is evidence that the Jews had already decided on the six million figure 40 years before the holocaust. Therefore, the holocaust is a hoax.  You can read an example here (NOT SAFE FOR WORK). Why else mention it?  If you Google Rabbi Stephen Wise and six million, almost every site on the page is one to avoid.

Not done with regurgitating the holocaust hoax argument, the man then continued:

 “And thirty years later, he made the boycott on Germany, the economic boycott on Germany which antagonised Hitler, over the edge, to then want to systematically kill Jews wherever he could find them. As opposed to ‘Judenrein’, to make Germany free of Jews, a Jew free land. Which is enough, but that is noted by one of our Rabbis, that is what pushed him over the edge. His personal secretary Ribbentrop was in Nuremberg trials, he said to Rabbi Wise(?), this is what, he became a madman after this boycott, Judea declares war on Germany. In Manhattan they had 100, 000 people marching in the economic boycott in 1935, it was the same heretic rabbi who caused that.”

This places the blame of the holocaust squarely onto the Zionists.  Unlike Livingstone, this isn’t even an accusation of a life-saving deal, this is saying that the Zionist actions caused Hitler to go mad and kill Jews.  Good Jews, bad Zionists.  If you want to read more of this type of thought, you can find it on neo-Nazi sites such as Rense or Stormfront.  The one other place where such thought is entertained is on the Satmar website.

Another comment from the audience:

 “Chaim Weizmann did a confidence trick back in 1917/1918. He made the British establishment think that world Jewry had power that it just didn’t have. The trouble is, 100 years on, I am not talking about world Jewry, I am talking about ‘that segment’ which we call the ‘Zionist movement’ has that power, and it has it over our own parliament”.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

German mayor’s Israel boycott anti-Semitic

From The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):

Mayor Albrecht Schröter
Leading German NGOs on Tuesday accused Social Democratic Mayor Albrecht Schröter, from the city of Jena in the state of Thuringia, of advocating a boycott of Israeli products that is so aggressive it recalls the Nazi-era campaign “Don’t buy from Jews” and contributes to the delegitimization of the Jewish state.
In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Kevin Zdiara, deputy representative of the German- Israeli friendship society in Erfurt, Thuringia’s capital city, wrote, “The campaign makes no distinctions; de facto, all Israeli products are to be boycotted, which does not contribute to peace. It also strongly recalls the Nazi slogan ‘Don’t buy from Jews.’” Zdiara added that “Schröter has been known for years for his attitude toward Israel. The mayor has participated in pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the West Bank and with a lecture at a pro-Hamas conference in Bad Boll. Schröter is an example of the classic Christian peace activist who only accuses Israel but closes his eyes to Palestinian crimes.”
Klaus Faber and Daniel Kilpert, two representatives of the  Coordinating Council of German Non-governmental Organizations against Anti-Semitism, told the Post on Tuesday in a statement that the mayor’s conduct “crosses the line into anti-Semitism and delegitimizes the state of Israel. Why does Mr. Schröter see no occasion to call for a boycott against products from the anti-Semitic Islamic Republic of Iran, or from North Sudan, which has engaged in many massacres?” Klaus Faber, a prominent member of the Social Democratic Party, served as a high level minister in the department for education, science, research, culture and religious communities in the East German state of Saxony-Anhalt.
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Germany: Teachers union apologizes for Israel boycott activity

From The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal): 

Despite the apology mixed messages continue from some of the union leaders.

 The president of Germany’s teachers’ union, Marlis Tepe, apologized in a letter to her Israeli counterpart Yossi Wassermann for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions initiative against the Jewish state that was spearheaded by German teachers in the northwest city of Oldenburg.
“I want to inform you, that GEW [Education and Science Workers’ Union] is being publicly confronted with allegations of supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel,” wrote Tepe in a late September letter obtained by The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. She added, ”I would like to apologize for the irritation and uncertainty caused by this  incident which is also disturbing for GEW members and damages the reputation of our union.”
The letter from the president of the nearly 281,000 member Education and Science Workers’ Union to Wassermann, the secretary-general of Histadrut Hamorim (teachers’ union), was a clear rebuke of the anti-Israel leadership of the local GEW in Oldenburg.
“As president of the GEW I would like to expressly emphasize that our union does not support any kind of BDS or anti-Israeli initiatives. On the contrary: For many years we have been supporting the cooperation between Israel and Germany, particularly youth exchanges, and we are committed to Holocaust education,” wrote Tepe.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

France: "Internal alyah", alyah to Israel and elsewhere

(...) there are two kinds of aliyah, Baccouche says. In addition to the well publicized departures to Israel, there is also movement within the country. Parts of Paris remain appealing, such as Neuilly sur Seine. It has experienced an “internal aliyah,” mostly of wealthier Jews who can afford the higher priced real estate. The 17th Arrondisement, home to a future Jewish community center, is experiencing a rise in the number of Jewish residents and, subsequently, kosher restaurants, Amsellem says.
Still, a number of areas that were once considered havens for Jews have since become “trenches of hatred,” Baccouche says. Besides Pantin, these include suburbs north of Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis, Stains and Sarcelles (where anti-Semitic riots occurred in July 2014), as well as Lyon and areas near Marseilles.
“A lot of Jews live there, very concentrated. There are a lot of conflicts,” says Baccouche, who resides in the 16th Arrondisement near the Eiffel Tower.
Terror contributes to the most visible changes in Parisian neighborhoods after the 2015 massacres at Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher. For visitors, armed sentries at synagogues and other public institutions are a sad landmark of Jewish presence. 
“The atmosphere socially and culturally is not good in general in all of France because there is a diminishing in the culture,” Baccouche says. 
The Great Synagogue of Paris, La Victoire, is relatively quiet, but it, too, is experiencing a slow attrition. The family of synagogue president Jacques Canet once owned a majority stake in Izod Lacoste and Yves Saint Laurent. 
Involved in the synagogue’s leadership in various capacities for more than 20 years, his adult children live abroad; his son in New York and his daughter in Switzerland. His son is a former president of the Union of French Jewish students who decided to move overseas when he witnessed the deterioration of ties between French Jewish university students and their Muslim counterparts.

Netherlands: Supermarket displays spells out "death to the Jews'

Via Documenting Anti-Semitism:

Somebody set up boxes of chocolates in a supermarket aisle to spell out "Death to the Jews".

Germany: Neo-Nazi cell 'spied on Berlin synagogue to plot attack'

Via The Local:
Statements from a police officer in 2000 reveal that the NSU terrorist group may also have been active in Berlin, and appeared to be scouting out a major synagogue to attack.

A lawyer told the court in an ongoing case against the last surviving member of a murderous neo-Nazi cell that a police officer saw its members scouting out Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin, Germany’s largest synagogue, according to Tagesspiegel.

The prosecutor, Yavuz Narin, was relying on a report that the officer made to the Berlin Office of Criminal Investigations.

In 2000, the police officer was guarding the synagogue when he saw the now deceased National Socialist Underground (NSU) member Uwe Mundlos at a cafe nearby, along with Beate Zschäpe, who is currently on trial for the ten murders committed by her three-person cell.

The two were joined by another man and a woman with two children, according to Narin. And the group was together looking at a city map. Later the police officer saw Zschäpe and Mundlos again by the synagogue.

Narin explained that it appeared Zschäpe and Mundlos were scoping out the synagogue for a possible attack.
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Russia: College Questionnaire Asks Students If Jews Are Responsible for the ‘National Crisis’

Via Moscow Times:
Students at the small Moscow State Education College were recently handed a questionnaire with six simple, increasingly bizarre questions. The first question simply asked individuals to identify themselves as a grade schooler, a college student, or a teacher. The next question was a bit more personal: “What’s your ethnicity?” And then: “How do you feel about persons of other ethnicities?”

Things started to go off the rails a bit with the fourth question: “How do you feel about the Jews who live in Moscow?” The final two questions were even stranger: “How willing are you to talk to them [Moscow’s Jews]?” and most shockingly “Are Jews involved in the nation’s current crisis?”

When news of these questions leaked to the public, those expecting to find a vicious anti-Semite behind the quiz were soon surprised to discover that the teacher responsible is Jewish herself. According to college administrators, she designed the questionnaire as part of her class curriculum in ecological studies, where one of the research focuses is ethnography. The teacher decided to put her own ethnicity at the center of a classroom exercise, distributing the questions to a room of 16-year-olds. 

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Ukraine: Facebook censors Jews over criticism of Holocaust collaborators

Via JNS:
A prominent Jewish figure in Kiev found his Facebook account suspended after a post detailing Ukrainian collaboration in the Holocaust was flagged as violating the social networking site’s terms of service.

Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, an advocacy group, told he found himself locked out of his account Oct. 20 after posting an old video of a Soviet trial of two members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), who participated in the murder of Jewish civilians during World War II.

Dolinsky is an outspoken critic of the Ukrainian government’s alleged support for revisionist history. This wasn’t the first time he was censored by Facebook after expressing his views online. Over the past several weeks, two other posts critical of Ukraine’s past politics have also been removed by the social media site.

I believe that this is an orchestrated attack of Holocaust deniers here in Ukraine, the post was absolutely correct,” Dolinsky said. He was careful to avoid foul language or any other objectionable content, which would have resulted in a prompt takedown, he added.
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UK: Is It Just Me or Was That Anti-Semitic? A British Jew’s Constant Question

Alona Ferber @ The Forward:
A few months ago, here in London, I was at a party talking to a man who worked in artificial intelligence. We were discussing what a robot-filled future might look like, but when he found out I was Jewish we got onto the subject of Jews.

The AI researcher admired Judaism because it was the truest religion, he said, and Jews really know how to look after their own. “Do you think,” he asked me, “That Israel could become the most powerful country in the world?” With its eight million inhabitants, the Jewish state was too small and not important enough, I said. “I do,” he replied, smiling slightly as if he were in on some sort of secret. “Where there is a will and a plan…”

One of the charges leveled against British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in a recent parliamentary report on anti-Semitism is that he “does not fully appreciate the distinct nature” of contemporary prejudice against Jews. Anti-Semitism in the post-World War II era, the report explains, is a slippery thing: “Unlike other forms of racism, anti-Semitic abuse often paints the victim as a malign and controlling force rather than as an inferior object of derision, making it perfectly possible for an ‘anti-racist campaigner’ to express anti-Semitic views.”

I moved back to London in January, after 10 years living in Mexico and Israel. Before my return to the United Kingdom, I steeled myself for “those conversations” about Israel, for arguments and moral disapproval, or for meeting uncritical advocates for whom the Jewish state can do no wrong. But those first months were punctuated by something that had never before been my experience of the country I think of as home. I didn’t really want to be thinking it, and I certainly didn’t want to say it out loud. Perhaps I was as confused as Corbyn. Was it actually, really, anti-Semitism?


For me as a Jew, this has all seemed personal, and I have felt caught between the news agenda and a number of uncomfortable personal interactions. There was an occasion when a man behind the counter of a café found out that my husband and I are Israeli, and seemed to immediately jump to the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” just like the AI researcher. “Do you know who else is a Jew? The guy who owns all the media, you know, what’s his name, the Australian.” He was referring, of course, to Rupert Murdoch, who happens not to be Jewish. I told him as much, but he insisted we stand there as he Googled the answer on his phone.

The reasons these encounters caused me discomfort were subtle. They weren’t like reports about Labour removing Hebrew from Corbyn’s Passover message lest it sound too “Zionist,” party members tweeting about Hitler and big-nosed Jews, or Jewish Labour MPs receiving vile abuse online. Like a woman sensing that a man’s eyes have lingered a little too long on her body, I wasn’t sure whether I was just being paranoid or difficult, or whether I had a point. Perhaps the AI researcher was just interested in Jews and I had mistaken curiosity for prejudice. Perhaps Rupert Murdoch happened to be the first name that popped into the mind of the man at the cafe.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Spain: In Melilla the shrinking Jewish community fears the radicalization of its Muslim neighbors.

From Israel Hayom:
In the small autonomous Spanish city of Melilla, in northern Morocco, the shrinking Jewish community fears the radicalization of its Muslim neighbors. 
The city is becoming a magnet for Islamic State group operatives on their way to Europe. (...) 
In addition to the issues of education and livelihood, the Jewish community of Melilla shares a problem with many other Jewish communities around the world. Cohen speaks openly and boldly about anti-Semitism.  
"Lately, there has been a new phenomenon in which parents are afraid to send their children to the mixed high school, and we are seeing more and more children who are home-schooled after elementary school because of how they are treated as Jews," he says. David: "There is serious violence in the schools. They yell 'Heil Hitler' in class and they hit the Jewish kids just because they're Jewish. This was true in my day too, only it has become more violent and aggressive. "  
When David Cohen visits Israel, he wears a kippah, but in Melilla, he wears a hat instead.
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

France: Right-wing candidate says Clinton’s ‘submission to Zionists’ a danger for Europe

From the JTA:

French Jews demanded the country’s Republican Party take disciplinary action against a primary candidate who said Hillary Clinton endangers Europe because she is controlled by Zionists.
The president of CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, made the demand in a statement Thursday about Jean Fréderic Poisson, a National Assembly lawmaker whose Christian Democratic Party is a right-wing outlier of the Republicans’ center-right coalition in the 2017 presidential election.
In an article published Wednesday by the Nice Matin newspaper, Poisson was quoted as saying about Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate in the United States, that her “closeness to the super funders of Wall Street and her submission to Zionist lobbies are dangerous for Europe and for France.”
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Jean-Frédéric Poisson is not the only French politician to complain about a dangerous Jewish/Zionist lobby/power:

Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas, under Mitterrand, accused current P.M. Manuel Valls, whose wife is Jewish, of being under "under Jewish influence".  

The late French President François Mitterrand complained about “the powerful and noxious influence of the Jewish lobby in France".

Général de Gaulle stated in a press conference (1967): "Some people even feared that the Jews, until then scattered about, but who were still what they had always been, that is an elite people, sure of themselves and domineering, would, once assembled again on the land of their ancient greatness, turn into a burning and conquering ambition".  De Gaulle also implied that the Jews were responsible for "the malevolences they arose in certain countries".  He said that twenty years after the Holocaust. 

Italy: Man screams at kippah-wearing Jew that Hitler should have exterminated all Jews

Via JTA:
An Italian passenger was arrested after yelling anti-Semitic slurs and making the Nazi salute to a kippah-wearing Brazilian Jewish man at an airport in Rio de Janeiro.

Fabrizio Trinchero was released after paying a $600 bail following his arrest Wednesday. He owns a food kiosk at a Rio beach, the G1 news service reported.

During the incident at Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport, which reportedly was witnessed by airport staff and several passengers, Trinchero accosted Leo Rabinovitsch, 20, who was accompanying his mother at the check-in counter to board an Alitalia flight to Rome and then Tel Aviv. Seeing Rabinovitsch’s kippah, Trinchero screamed that Hitler should have exterminated all the Jews.

“Such offensive and sudden aggression was totally unexpected,” Rabinovitsch told JTA. “He was fueled by much hatred. He said he didn’t like either Jews or Muslims, and that Jews owned the World Bank.”

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