Thursday, October 20, 2016

Germany: 'Critical edition' of Mein Kampf justifies Hitler's antisemitism by quoting Bible, Talmud

Jeremy Adler @ The Times Literary supplement (with thanks to Sam Schulman):
Their typographer, in an essay included in the new edition, has the perversity to claim that his design follows the classic layout of the Talmud, and what he condescendingly refers to as the “Jewish” Bible. The editors seem to be unaware of the insult to Judaism that this involves. There could hardly be anything more inappropriate as an editorial strategy than to adopt the arrangement of the Bible for the layout of Mein Kampf, and thereby to misappropriate the methods of the Rabbis for a book which led to the Holocaust.

While these are largely editorial technicalities, the treatment of Judaism is quite another matter. In some places, contrary to their hermeneutically incoherent precept to “quarantine” the original (“umzingeln”), the editors, however unwittingly, cross the line that divides explication from endorsement. For example, when treating the book’s assertion that the Jews are seeking world domination, a calumny derived from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1903), the editorial note simply repeats this well-known libel, and has the temerity to adduce the Bible and Talmud as evidence. Thus the team, speaking collectively with the Director of the Institute, maintains that the Jews aim to control the world. This is to treat one of the most egregious examples of anti-Semitic defamation as if it were a matter of proven fact. That such a book should be number one on the Spiegel bestseller list for some weeks (and not just number two, as your reviewer has it) is little short of scandalous. This baneful publication should be withdrawn forthwith. 

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UK: Senior Labour activist claims Israel has “inflicted” and “exploited” the Holocaust

Via Campaign Against Antisemitism:
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, Vice Chair of the Chingford branch of the Chingford and Woodford Green Constituency Labour Party, and the founder of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, has taken to the airwaves to say that Israel has “inflicted” the Holocaust on other people and “they use and exploit” the Holocaust for political ends.

She said: “When it comes to the Holocaust, of course, there must never be any minimisation of that horror. It’s inflicted on other people in the sense that apologists for Israel use the suffering of Jews to excuse the suffering of Palestinians. I hear it all the time: ‘Oh, they’ve suffered so much, let them get on with it.’ I’m not saying that Israel is committing a Holocaust. I’m saying they use and exploit the fact of the Holocaust to justify what are, in some cases, crimes against humanity…So the mass slaughter of Jews in Europe should never be inflicted on others. That’s my view and that includes Palestinians. But for that, I’m called a self-hating Jew.”

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UK: Student leaders reject “partisan” anti-Semitism report

Via Electronic Intifada:
Hundreds of officers and activists in the UK’s National Union of Students are defending their president, Malia Bouattia.

In an open letter, the student leaders condemn an influential parliamentary committee’s “selective and partisan” report on anti-Semitism in the UK, which was published on Sunday.

The NUS itself has also criticized the report’s politicized approach to anti-Semitism.

The student leaders say that the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report is an attempt “to delegitimize NUS and discredit Malia Bouattia as its president.”

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European Parliament bungles shipment of Nazi artifacts on loan from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

This beggars belief...  Why does the 'vanity' Europe Museum needs the headphones?   Is it because the EU boasts that it safeguards European citizens from war, nazism and other calamities?  And then ships the headphones mistakenly to an art collecter in the Netherlands... 

From Politico:
Nuremberg trial (1946)
The European Parliament mistakenly shipped rare artifacts from the post-World War II Nuremberg trials — on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — to the doorstep of a private art collector in the Netherlands.

Four sets of headphones used for translation by Nazi defendants in the 1945-1946 trials were intended for display in the House of European History, a museum the Parliament is preparing to open in Brussels after long delays. But according to Parliament officials the items were briefly misplaced last month when they were mistakenly sent to the art collector, who was expecting to receive a shipment of his own materials from the museum.

The headsets have since been recovered by the Parliament and will be part of the new museum’s permanent display, though a date for its opening has been put off indefinitely over construction and security concerns.

The bungle happened after the collector, who declined to be identified because of concerns about his reputation in the art world, demanded the return of 25 protective folders he had sent along with 6,500 posters he sold to the Parliament. The posters, part of a collection depicting European solidarity and integration, will be exhibited in the House of European History.

After a year of demands from the collector to return the folders, worth €5,000, the Parliament agreed to send them via an art handling service that has been storing items purchased and loaned from various museums around the globe for the museum.

But instead of sending the folders, the service accidentally shipped a wooden crate marked with the label “Holocaust Museum” to the dealer’s studio in an Amsterdam suburb. The collector’s business partner opened the container to find four headsets used by Nazis Alfred Rosenberg, Baldur von Schirach, Albert Speer and Walther Funk, when they were on trial for war crimes in Nuremberg. The box also included ration cards, whistles, letters, ID tags and other artifacts from concentration camps.

The items were on loan to the European Parliament from the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The private art collector said he immediately called the Holocaust Museum’s curator about the mix-up.

“It’s a devastating article,” the dealer said of the headsets. “Through these phones, the horrors had been going through the brain of those perpetrators. It doesn’t get more tangible than this. They are priceless.”

The art collector said the mixup reflected the Parliament’s mismanagement of the museum project. [...]

Some critics have called the museum a “vanity project,” and have accused the Parliament of being ill-equipped to manage a museum. Others are fearful that the exhibits will tell a revisionist and pro-EU story of European history.

Europeans ignoring antisemitism at their peril, says EU human rights commissioner

As usual, the warning is couched in vague terms and fails to pinpoint who the perpetrators are.

From the Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):

Two victims of the massacre at the
Jewish museum in Brussels perpetrated
by Mehdi Nemmouche (2014)
The Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights Nils Muižnieks delivered an urgent call on Tuesday for the EU to fight antisemitism seriously and remember the Holocaust with a view toward informing the present.

“Europeans ignore the evidence of rising antisemitic hate speech, violence and Holocaust denial at their peril. The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews. Antisemitism is a threat to our European continent built on freedom and the rule of law," said Muižnieks on the council’s website.  [...]

Contemporary antisemitism also revolves around the Holocaust, with some blaming the Holocaust on Jews or suggesting that Jews focus on this tragedy to gain advantage," said Muižnieks.

In response to Muižnieks’s remarks, Dr. Richard Landes, the Jerusalem-based chair of the Council of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, told The Jerusalem Post, “The statement does not even address the fact that all the deadly cases of anti-semitism in Europe today come from Muslims – a sign of timidity which does not bode well for opposing the phenomenon. Indeed, one might argue that real, exterminationist antisemitism like that of the Nazis is primarily found in the European Muslim community (and among Muslims around the world), while milder forms of Jew-hatred revive at an alarming rate among others (including ‘progressive’ Jews).”

Landes, an expert on European antisemitism, added, “In Europe, it’s as if the elites quaff the wine and beer of their distaste for Jews (especially for free Jews like Israelis), while holding an open bar for the Muslims to drink all the hard alcohol of real Jew-hatred they want. It’s hard to imagine a more self-destructive indulgence in an ancient and poisonous addiction.”
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Antwerp (1980) and Toulouse (2012) shootings by Muslims against Jews

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Germany: Restaurant employee says he doesn't serve Jews

Via Berliner Morgenpost:

Two antisemitic incidents against Israeli tourists in Berlin.

1. Two security guards for the S-Bahn were checking an Israeli tourist on Tuesday morning. When they saw his ID, they made antisemitic comments to him.  The security guards were described as 'Mediterranean'.

2. An Israeli tourist ordered coffee at a fast-food restaurant in the Mitte borough.  A restaurant employee refused to take his order saying "I don't serve Jews" (In English).  The employee finished his shift before police arrived.

Germany: The influx of Middle Eastern refugees from anti-Israel countries and anti-Semitic cultures

[...] The question has arisen today as to whether Germans now over-identify with the Holocaust, causing them to see Jews only as spectral victims, instead of fellow Germans living among them. It’s been suggested that there has been an over-saturation of Holocaust education, and that it might be time to stop the ever-present discussion.

Then again, it may not at all be time to stop.

“Germans & Jews” was completed before the current influx of more than a million Middle Eastern refugees into Germany. One cannot wonder what a future sequel to this film might be like, taking into account that a significant percentage of Germany’s foreign-born population now comes from anti-Israel countries and anti-Semitic cultures.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

France: Paris regional council vows to strip funding from BDS promoters

Via Jerusalem Post:
A regional council in France that includes Paris passed a precedent-setting amendment that excludes funding from promoters of boycotts against Israel.

The council of the Ile-de-France region, where right-wing parties have a majority, adopted the amendment Thursday, the Le Monde Juif website reported the following day.

The report said the council’s president, Valérie Pécresse of the UMP party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, led the vote in keeping with her campaign promises to pursue vigorous measures against the BDS movement – an acronym for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

“In accordance with the law, I will not tolerate any form of boycotts against Israel in the Ile-de-France region,” she said while campaigning for the top executive political position of the region, which is home to most of France’s 500,000 Jews.

Robert Ejnes, deputy president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, in a Twitter post congratulated the council for its amendment, whose final text was not yet published. Ariel Goldmann, another CRIF vice president, wrote on Twitter about the measure: “Thank you and bravo.”

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UK: MPs report says Jeremy Corbyn has helped create 'safe space' for anti-Semites in Britain

Via Telegraph:
Jeremy Corbyn has helped create a “safe space” for anti-Semites in Britain, a cross-party parliamentary report says in a damning indictment of his leadership.

In conclusions endorsed by Labour and Tory MPs, it is claimed Mr Corbyn does not fully understand the nature of modern-day racism against Jews.

Baroness Chakrabarti, who took a peerage offered by Mr Corbyn weeks after overseeing an inquiry into Labour anti-Semitism, is also singled out for severe criticism.
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Her decision to join the House of Lords “completely undermines” attempts to hold the party to account and her recommendations are “ultimately compromised”, the report says. She is criticised for “absolving the Labour leader of any responsibility” and suggesting allegations should only be investigated if they occurred in the last two years.

The report concludes that repeated failures to tackle claims will increase fears that parts of the Labour movement are “institutionally anti-Semitic”.

The findings were made by Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee, which has carried out a six-month investigation into anti-Semitism, in Labour and elsewhere.

Last night, however, Mr Corbyn hit back, accusing committee members of “politicising anti-Semitism” and “using it as a weapon” to attack Labour. He said MPs had taken evidence from “too narrow a pool of opinion” and claimed the report “violates natural justice” by criticising individuals without giving them a “right to be heard”. 

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UK: Liberal Democrats party leader welcomes back antisemitic ex-MP

Via Jerusalem Post:
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has welcomed back former MP David Ward into the party, saying it is "appropriate" for him to serve as a local counselor following his suspension for antisemitic remarks.

Farron told the Commons Home Affairs Committee's antisemitism inquiry that the former representative of Bradford East, who was suspended in 2013 after he called into question the continued existence of the State of Israel, had "served his time."

In the offending tweet, Ward wrote “Am I wrong or are am I right? At long last the #Zionists are losing the battle - how long can the #apartheid State of #Israel last?”

Ward has a long history of inflammatory comments, and they seem to be solely directed against Jews and/or Israel.
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France: Le Pen vows to ban 'all religious symbols,' including Jewish skull caps

Via i24 News:
The leader of the far-right French party National Front, Marine Le Pen, said on Sunday she would ban "all religious symbols” including Jewish skull caps, if elected president, seeing it as a "sacrifice" necessary to fight against radical Islam.

"I will prohibit overt signs in the public space," Le Pen said in an interview Sunday with France’s BFMTV station. She said she would extend a 2004 law banning religious symbols in schools to all public spaces.

"I know it's a sacrifice, but I think the situation is too serious these days (...) I think every French person, including our Jewish compatriots, can understand that if we ask them for a sacrifice in order to help fight against the advance of this Islamic extremism (...) they will make the effort, they will understand, I am absolutely convinced because it will be in the best interests of the nation," she explained.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Belgium: Portuguese man threatens to kill Jews

This story has not been picked up by the Portuguese media!

The Belgian daily DH reported that the Belgian League against Antisemitism received two emails from Marco da Torre, a Portuguese national, threatening to kill Jews.

Both emails were ill-written in French and read:  "I demand that you stop bothering me, if you persist I'll start killing Jews and will write your name with their blood, you son of a bitch".  The other stated: "From now on every time a Jew is killed it's because of animals like you [...] A world without Jews will be a clean and happy world".

Joël Rubinfeld, head of the LBCA indicated that the judicial authorities have been informed of the threats.

E-mails from the same address were sent to several members of the Jewish community.

Joël Rubinfeld first thought that the menaces were issue by someone with a mental disorder.  But Marco da Torre was contacted by phone and he stands by what he wrote.  He also said that the LBCA represents the Jewish community of Belgium. The threats are deliberate and carefully thought out.

Marco da Torre claims to have been swindled out of one million euros by a Belgian-Israeli. He added that he wants to cut him and those of his race in small pieces.  

Da Torre also accused the alleged swindler of having fled to Israel to avoid prosecution where he lives under a false identity and that he keeps taunting him by email.

What are we to make of this?   Marco da Torre says that he has a problem with a Jew and as result he blames the entire Jewish community. 

Joël Rubinfeld considers that he is the archetypal anti-Semite and that he could act on his threats.  The same situation has happened a few times in the past two years in several European countries, with individuals having stabbed Jews because they felt they had a grudge against "all Jews".

Da Torre's Facebook account also contains anti-Semitic material:

Italy: Israel/Jew-bashing Dario Fo, Nobel-winning playwright, died aged 90

Italian playwright and main ideologue of the Five Star Movement, the anti-establishment party led by Beppe Grillo, Dario Fo died on October 13.

Giulio Meotti wrote about Fo's anti-Israel/Jewish obsession @ Gatestone Institute (March 26, 2016):
Dario Fo
[...] An Italian writer, Dario Fo, a laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature, just gave an interview to the newspaper, La Repubblica. Fo, talking about the Jewish patriarch, Moses, said: "Moses was killing women and children because they worshiped idols." Mr. Fo went on blaming "the Jews' brutality against those who follow other religions, as it happens today." Excuse me? Is it the Jews who are burning people alive, drowning them in cages, slitting throats or crucifying anyone for following a different religion?
Mr. Fo's comparison is as wrong as it is ghastly. It is not the Jews who suicide-bomb Palestinian buses, cafes, wedding halls and discotheques. It is not the Jews who now try to mow down Palestinians with cars or stab them in the street. It is the reverse -- and has been for years.

The daily newspaper La Stampa charged Dario Fo with "recycling anti-Semitic stereotypes." Fo is not new at this. In the 1970s, in one of his theatrical operas, "Resistance: Italian and Palestinian people speak," the future Nobel Prize laureate compared Nazism to Zionism and the Palestinian fedayeen terrorists to the anti-Fascist partisans.

A few days after the 9/11 attacks, Fo also said that,
"the great speculators wallow in an economy that every year kills tens of millions of people with poverty -- so what is 20,000 dead in New York? Regardless of who carried out the massacre, this violence is the legitimate daughter of the culture of violence, hunger and inhumane exploitation."
Who gave this famous writer the right to defame, earlier, not only Israel's name but also 9/11's victims?
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Europe: 600,000 Jews have left Europe in last 25 years

From the European Parliament:

First Vice-President
of the European Parliament,Antonio Tajani.
The current situation in Europe of Anti-Semitism and future prospects for Europe’s Jewish communities were debated at a conference hosted by EP President Martin Schulz and First Vice-President Antonio Tajani on Tuesday.

“When we see that every fifth Jew in Europe has experienced verbal or physical violence, when these aggressions are getting more and more numerous, and when we see that the Jewish population in Europe has decreased from almost four million in 1945 to barely more than one million today, then we know that it is high time not only to make a clear political statement, but to take effective action as soon as possible. Europe has to be a better home for its Jewish citizens”, said the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz in his closing remarks.

“Some of us still have not understood that what makes us European is not our blood or religion but our strong adherence to our most fundamental values of tolerance, respect and liberty”, he added.

Opening the conference, Mr Tajani (EPP, IT), who is responsible for inter-religious dialogue for the Parliament, said “According to the Jewish Agency, almost ten thousand Jews moved to Israel in 2015, including eight thousand from France alone. This was double the 2014 figure. This, sadly, is the result of a persistent climate of hatred towards Jews: their numbers fell substantially from two million in Europe in 1991 to one million four hundred thousand in 2010. Yet Europe without Jews would no longer be Europe."
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How serious is the European Parliament (and Mr Schulz in particular) about tackling anti-Semitism?
- The European Parliament rewards hate
- Anything the PA does, no matter how murderous, never elicits anything but the mildest form of vague condemnation, if any, from the EU

Israel and ISIS, the genesis of a new antisemitic motif

Manfred Gerstenfeld, Leah Hagelberg @ Jerusalem Post:
In Europe one of those who spread the hate message early was non-practicing Dutch Muslim Yasmina Haifi, an employee of the Dutch counter-terrorism agency NCTV. Haifi had been a candidate for the Labor Party in the 2012 parliamentary elections, although of very low rank. In August 2014, she tweeted, “IS has nothing to do with Islam... it is a plan of Zionists who want to blacken Islam.” Haifi thus attempted not only to whiten the Islamic character of the world’s most extreme Islamist movement, but in addition, to spread a conspiracy theory about Jews. A Facebook site supporting her went up that has 11,000 likes and is active to this day.

In the same month Mohammad Shabbir, aide to MP Naz Shah of Labour, tweeted the question: “Is IS serving a purpose to create a pretext for Israel to invade Syria and Iraq? Has quest for greater Israel started?” Another member of the Labour Party to make such assertions was Salim Mulla, former mayor of Blackburn. As is so often the case among Muslim anti-Semites around the world, in addition to attacking Israel he also incited against Jews, writing, “Zionist Jews are a disgrace to humanity.” Beinazir Lasharie, a Labour councilor in Kensington posted a Facebook message saying: “Many people know about who was behind 9/11 and also who is behind IS. I’ve nothing against Jews... just sharing it!” On the extreme Right of the political spectrum, David Duke, former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan whose anti-Semitic slurs frequently involve conspiracy theories, wrote an article titled “Horrors of IS created by Zionist Supremacy.” It lists a “series of planned deliberate actions, all initiated by Zio-Supremacist fanatics who seek to spread disunity infighting and turmoil among all non-Jews, and particularly those neighboring their international headquarters of Israel.”

Allegations are not only being spread across the political spectrum, but also across the world. A top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexander Prokhanov, claimed in 2014 that the Mossad was training ISIS to undermine Russian interests in the Middle East. A Polish nationalist website called Justice4Poland posted a widely-circulated article by Makia Freeman that opens with the sentence: “IS is a US-Israeli creation, a fact as clear as the sky is blue.” This same article has been posted on left-wing and free-press sites such as GlobalResearch and that of Paul Craig Roberts, former associate editor of The Wall Street Journal and author of The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

This is a preliminary selection of the charges made by those connecting Israel with ISIS and represent only some of the antisemitic smears linking the two. Others include that Israel is the main buyer of ISIS oil, that ISIS’s rise is due to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and that the tactics of Israel and ISIS are the same. As time passes on more will develop.

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