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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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Europe still prefers its Jews dead and quaint

Via Mosaic Magazine:
Recent articles in Jewish and Israeli publications have noted the new fad of mock-Jewish weddings. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein comments:
Apparently, some villages in Poland are holding Jewish weddings without any Jews. These include a ḥuppah, people dressed up in “Jewish garb,” and a fiddler-on-the-roof-style atmosphere, and the participants mimic Jewish life in almost every aspect, apart from the pork-heavy menu. After reading up on this phenomenon, I learned that such events are taking place all over Europe, from Krakow to Seville, and that they are most common in countries that once had vibrant Jewish populations. 
Having traveled some, of course I have encountered the vaguely anti-Semitic knickknacks sold on the streets of Poland, Hungary, and other East European countries, but I never knew of this intricate playacting.  (...) 
Living Jews, [meanwhile], are being turned away, persecuted, and driven out of Europe once again, and very little is being done to prevent this. In 50 or 100 years, the descendants of the people now holding the pitchforks will probably hold parties in our honor. They will wear clothes they know from pictures, perform rituals they learned from movies and songs, and desecrate the celebrations with foods we do not allow. They will call this a tribute, but I see it as absurd. (...) 
The worst part of it all, the thing that really gets me, is that I think they prefer us that way. It seems they can only love and accept us when we are a memory, rather than a living people. After we are gone, they adopt our customs with teary-eyed nostalgia, and celebrate us. It is only after our death that they can embrace our traditions, because it is only then that they can do so on their terms.
read more @ Israel Hayom

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sweden: Anti-Semitic demonstration in the town of Helsingborg

Via Ynet News (Noah Klieger):

Anti-Israel protest in Helsingborg
Why am I not surprised by the anti-Jewish protest held last week in the town of Helsingborg in southern Sweden? I wrote "anti-Jewish" and not "anti-Israel" because the main slogans that were shouted there—such as "the Jews are offspring of apes and pigs"—have nothing to do with the Middle East. This is blatant anti-Semitism of the ugliest kind.  
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So why am I not surprised? Because in this Scandinavian country, with a prime minister like Stefan Löfven, and a foreign minister like Margot Wallström, anti-Semitic displays, all the more so anti-Israel, are not supposed to "knock us off our feet."  Sweden was the first country to recognize "Palestine," it contributes great sums of money to the Palestinian Authority, and its government is hostile towards Israel. Wallström herself makes no effort to hide the fact she loathes us. Two small reminders: In November 2015 she tied the ISIS terror attacks in Paris to "Palestinian desperation," and shortly after that—at the height of the wave of terrorism—she called for an investigation into allegations Israel carries out "extrajudicial killings" of Palestinians. (...) 
Another factor that undoubtedly affects the level of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiments in Sweden is the massive, ever-growing Muslim population in the country, whose positions on Jews in general and Israel in particular are no secret.  It's enough to mention that Gothenburg, the second largest city in the country, has been used for years as one of ISIS' largest recruitment centers in Europe, while in Malmö, the third largest city, some 40 percent of the population is Muslim, and they essentially "control" the city.

Italy: Rome suspends calling a park after Yasir Arafat

Via Elder of Ziyon:
The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, reversed the city's decision to name one of the city's parks after arch-terrorist Yasir Arafat.

The original plan was for a street to also be named after the late chief rabbi of Rome, Rabbi Elio Toaff, for "balance." Toaff died in 2015.

The Jewish community of Rome protested bitterly against the decision. The chair of the Jewish Community of Rome, Ruth Dureghello, wrote an open letter to the mayor, saying "We remember Arafat, for those who obviously do not know the story, as the moral force behind the anti-Semitic attack on the Synagogue of October 9, 1982, in which Stefano Gaj Taché was killed, a Jewish, Roman and Italian child. Choosing to dedicate to Arafat a park is unacceptable... The city of Rome must choose: to remember the terrorists or their victims. Both things are not possible."

The letter also called Arafat the "forerunner, if not the creator, of modern terrorism."

Here is what happened in 1982:
The attack took place at the Great Synagogue of Rome in the historic district of Rome on Saturday morning, at 11:55 a.m., at the conclusion of Sabbath services. As the families of the local Jewish community began leaving the synagogue with their children from the back entrance to the synagogue, five elegantly dressed armed Palestinian attackers walked calmly up to the back entrance of the synagogue and threw at least three hand grenades at the crowd, and afterwards sprayed the crowd with sub-machine gun fire. Eyewitnesses at the scene stated that the hand grenades bounced off the steps and exploded in the street.
A 2-year-old toddler, Stefano Gaj Taché, was killed in the attack after being hit by shrapnel. In addition, 37 civilians were injured, among them Stefano's brother, 4-year-old Gadiel Taché, who was shot in the head and chest.
Reaction in the Italian press to the initial decision was mixed. (...) 
Strade Online remembers not only the Great synagogue attack but also the 1973 attack by Palestinians at Fiumicino International Airport that killed dozens and the 1985 attack at the same airport that killed 16.
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Spain: Israel performing human 'experiments' in Gaza - newspaper article

Isaac Querub Caro, head of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, has written a letter of complaint to Ana Pardo de Vera, Director of the mainstream newspaper daily Público, concerning an article by blogger Nazanin Armanian published on the paper's on-line edition. The piece peddles all the lies and distortions about Israel's treatment of Gaza.

Mr Querub points out that the text contains statements that are false, absurd, deplorable, nauseating which turn the article into a genuine libel reminiscent of the Middle Ages when Jews were blamed for macabre rituals and crimes made up to justify their extermination. In this case, the author substitutes "Jew" for "Israel". Nazanin Armanian affirms that Israel exterminates the population of Gaza thus comparing it with the most terrible of the monsters of the twentieth century: Nazism. The writer claims that Israel enforces apartheid politics thus demonstrating that she has no idea of what were predominantly white South Africa's policies. She forgets to mention that Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East where Arabs are integrated and enjoy parliamentary representation.

Público has published the Jewish leader' letter which also asked for the article to be removed, but unsurprisingly it's still there...

Translation with the help of Google of Nazanin Armanian's article titled "Is Israel carrying out a new "experiment" with human beings in Gaza?" (¿Está realizando Israel un nuevo ‘experimento’ con seres humanos en Gaza?) Note that Público was careful to "only" ask the question and to put "experiment" in inverted commas... but the body of the text demonstrates Armanian's thesis very clearly.
Imagine a concentration camp with two million people, with no possibility of leaving. Think of jailers who among other objectives study human behavior in extreme conditions resorting for this purpose to the use of terror, torture and isolation on a daily basis and for a long period of time, to deprivation of food and medicines; the destruction of homes (...); the destruction of the fruits of their very hard work (by perpetrating systematic 'Ecocide' and by uprooting some 2,000,000 fruit trees after beating and murdering dozens of peasant women and men); by preventing them from benefiting from sufficient water and light, from work, from enjoying leisure time, from relaxing by subjecting them to different levels of stress; by throwing tons of bombs, missiles and chemical substances such as white phosphorus, not only to eliminate the remaining population on the ground, but also to analyze the state of shock and the complex feelings of pain and suffering of the survivors when they see the shattered bodies of their children and of their loved ones before their eyes.   
Similar to a macabre Reality Show, these experiments began 10 years ago in Gaza. Israelis have now added a new test: they simulate the Stone Age by cutting electricity from 2.5 to 7 hours a day, to see how blood banks are preserved or how newborns in incubators, cancer patients or patients on dialysis are kept alive; how they will withstand the suffocating heat this summer without fans or keep food without a refrigerator, or how they will purify the water to wash, cook, irrigate their crops, etc. 
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Related:
Spain: El País newspaper's "unapologetic hatred for Israel"

Monday, August 14, 2017

Italy: Would Italy approve of a park in Jerusalem named for a mafia boss?

Via Aroutz Sheva 7 (Giuliu Meotti):
A park named after Yasser Arafat and a square named for Elio Toaff. It was decided by the Virginia Raggi administration of Rome. The mayor wants to celebrate the Palestinian leader and the late chief rabbi, with a park at Centocelle for the first and a slider at Colle Oppio for the second. 
The decision to venerate the former spiritual leader of Italian Judaism is a blessing.  But it is a pity to name a park in Rome after the Fatah's leader, the head of the Palestinian Autonomy, the man who wished “one million shahid”  would conquer Jerusalem and then sat at the UN to deal with all world leaders. 
In the early '80s, Rabbi Toaff attacked then President of the Republic, Sandro Pertini, for having received Arafat on his first visit to Italy, while the Senate's President Giovanni Spadolini refused to meet with the PLO leader. The secretaries of the three main political parties welcomed the Palestinian leader with the honors of a head of government. At the time, the Palestinian leader and his followers had shed the blood of many Jews in Europe as in the Middle East. His actions had horrified the world and Arafat came to Italy in search of advertising at a time when the PLO was openly pursuing the destruction of all Israel (now they do it a bit more covertly). (...)
How would the Italians react if Israel would name a park in Jerusalem after some mafia killer?  
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

France: Oddity, only the insane murder Jews (not terrorists)

Related:
France's psychiatrization of radical Islamic anti-Semitic murder

Via Israel News (Giulio Meotti):
A Muslim suspect rammed six police officers with his car in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Two French officers sustained severe injuries. The French media and authorities had no doubt. “Terror returned to Paris”. “A voluntary act”. Nobody questioned the motive of the Algerian terrorist who tried to shed the policemen's blood. No one called him a lunatic. 
“What do you think, should this insane person be put in a psych ward while we contemplate the reasons for his actions?” the Crif, the central organization of French Jewry, posted on Facebook about the attacker in Levallois-Perret. It was a provocative but brave reference to the French establishment for its dealing with the slaying of a Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, by a Muslim man, Kobili Traore, who was sent to observation as per his insanity plea even though he has no record of mental illness. He shouted “Allah Akbar” while killing Halimi and throwing her from the window. The judiciary’s omission of the aggravated element of a hate crime caused by anti-Semitism, according with CRIF President Francis Kalifat, is a “cover up” of the anti-Semitic character of the crime. 
The French media only covered Halimi’s death two months after it happened.
We have seen this mechanism before with another Halimi, Ilan, a beautiful Jewish boy kidnapped at the outskirts of Paris, held prisoner for 24 days, tortured to death just because he was a Jew. The brave French journalist Guy Millière wrote that “Ilan 's screams were heard by neighbors because they were especially atrocious: the killers disfigured the flesh of the young man, broke his fingers, burned him with acid and eventually with fire”. 
As in the case of Sarah Halimi, anti-Semitism was denied by the political authorities, the police and the media in the death of Ilan. As Francis Szpiner, the lawyer for the family of this boy, said, "the silence killed Ilan Halimi and justice has helped to perpetuate this conspiracy of silence, because the public was not told why he was killed”.
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Friday, August 11, 2017

France: Jews demand extradition of suspects in deadly 1982 Paris Deli terror attack

Via The Algemeiner:
Thirty-five years after a deadly terrorist attack at a Jewish deli in Paris, French Jews are calling for the three suspects still at large to be extradited to France. 
The Chez Jo Goldenberg attack was the deadliest atrocity committed against French Jews since the Holocaust. On August 9, 1982, a group of terrorists burst into the restaurant, threw a grenade, and began randomly firing at the patrons. Six were killed, including two American citizens. 
All the attackers escaped, but as a statement on the matter from the French-Jewish umbrella organization CRIF relates, the investigating judge at the time, Jean-Louis Bruguière, found that the attack was planned and carried out by followers of Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal. 
The investigation was stalled completely until 2007, when a new probe was launched by Judge Marc Trévidic, eventually leading to the identification of two of the suspects. In 2015, this finally resulted in international arrest warrants being issued for three individuals — two for involvement in the attack and one for organizing it. 
The current locations of the suspects are known: Mohamed Souhair al-Abassi, the suspected mastermind, resides in Jordan; Mahmoud Khader Abed lives in the West Bank city of Ramallah; and Walid Abdulrahman is in Norway.
In June 2015, al-Abassi was arrested and held by Jordanian authorities in connection with the matter. At the time, Judge Trévidic stated, “In all likelihood, there will be a trial.” Thus far, however, Jordan has refused to extradite al-Abassi to France. 
Norway has steadfastly refused to extradite Abdulrahman.

Germany: Antisemitism and anti-Zionism in the 1970s: lessons for today

Via Fathom:
In this provocative analysis of discourse about Israel in West Germany in the 1970s, Martin Jander claims that far-Left and far-Right groups were encouraged, and in some cases even organised by the radical Arab nationalists in their midst, to spread an ideology of radical anti-Zionism that included elements of antisemitism. The Federal Republic of Germany failed to respond robustly, meeting a wave of incitement and political violence with intellectual incuriosity, an appeasing spirit, and rationalist naivete. Jander argues that what made this anti-Zionist discourse possible, along with the participation of German left-wing and right-wing terrorists in the war against Israel, was the superficiality of postwar Germany’s confrontation with its National Socialist past. In contrast to the way this is often explained in current German historical writing, Jander argues that the encounter with the Nazi past had not struck roots as deep or as broad as had been hoped.
Martin Jander:
In the 1970s, a new breed of West German terrorists fabricated a parallel world out of ideology. The US was portrayed as the greatest enemy of the world with assistance from two main helpers, Germany and Israel. All three were depicted as fighting against the revolutionaries and those nations struggling for freedom. German fascism and Zionism appeared as the same thing. The terrorists that hijacked the Lufthansa airplane ‘Landshut’ on 13 October 1977, dominated by that ideology, informed the world that: 
This operation aims at liberating our comrades from the jails of the imperialist-reactionary-Zionist alliance … revolutionary and freedom fighters all over the world are confronted with the monster of global imperialism – this barbaric war under the hegemony of the US against the nations of the world. In this war imperialist sub-centres like Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany fulfill the executive function of the suppression and liquidation of each and any revolutionary movement in and on their specific territories. In our occupied land the Imperialist-Zionist-reactionary enemy demonstrates the highest level of its bloody hostility and aggressiveness against our people and our revolution, against all the Arab masses and their patriotic and progressive forces. The expansionist and racist nature of Israel is – with Menachem Begin at the head of this product of imperialist interests – clearer than ever before. West Germany was set up on the same imperialistic foundation in 1945 as a US base.[1] 
The statement mixed nationalism with anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. And while the terrorists rejected the idea that they were anti-Semites they aimed to destroy Israel.[2] (...)  
But a series of developments in West GermanyChancellors Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt, both members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), started to follow a policy in the Middle East they described as ‘neutral’ and began to have good relations with Yasser Arafat while sections of West German society, including terrorists on both the left and right, joined the PLO’s battle to destroy Israel – were very unexpected.
In the 1950s, the West German SPD had pushed for good relations between the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and Israel. Without the SPD, the German Parliament would not have passed the 1953 ‘Luxembourg Treaty,’ the first agreement between Israel and Germany after the Shoah. Yet during the 1973 Yom Kippur war the FRG under Willy Brandt did not allow American armed forces to use their military bases in the country to supply Israel with weapons. Israeli ships were forbidden to come to the harbor of Bremerhaven to collect weapons from American Naval ships. While the FRG government saw its refusal as a policy of ‘neutrality,’ most Israelis viewed this as support for adversaries committed to its destruction.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Spain: El País newspaper's "unapologetic hatred for Israel”

Via CAMERA:

El País cartoon depicting an orthodox Jew, to illustrate an op-ed article by Mario Vargas Llosa, claiming 
that Breaking the Silence, Gideon Levy, Amira Hass are some of “The Righteous of Israel.”
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is “moderate” and “pragmatic,” while Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu leads a “radical” and "extremist" government.
PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) member Leyla Khaled, who hijacked two passenger planes in the late 1960s, is someone who “comes from a traumatic life experience: the occupation that as a child, in 1948, expelled her and her family from Haifa,” along with “millions of refugees who were forced to leave their homes.”
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict “emanates from the occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank” and “the subsequent blockade of the Gaza Strip.” “After the 1967 war, Israel hasn't stopped colonizing.”
These descriptions are all from the news pages of the largest and most influential newspaper of the Spanish-speaking world, El País, and represent its approach to reporting on the region. 
For years, El País advanced an anti-Israeli narrative, at times even toying with overt anti-Semitism, to the point where, in 2009, fourteen US congressmen sent a letter to then-Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to express their concern about El País'  systematic publication of “articles and cartoons conveying crude anti-Semitic canards and stereotypes.” 
That same year, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (a notoriously harsh critic of the Israeli government) published Yoav Sivan's article “Bias in black and white” which noted that “Even in minor stories unrelated to the conflict, El Pais displays a unique combination of sloppiness and unapologetic hatred for Israel.”
The year 2009 marked a turning point. The newspaper changed its approach to the region with more balanced reporting. Tel Aviv ceased to be incorrectly identified as the capital of Israel and articles from the Middle East began to include viewpoints from both sides of the conflict. 
Over the past year, however, El País has drifted back to its previous pattern, disregarding the voice of one of the parties in the conflict. (...)
An Op-Ed by the lawyer Jerónimo Paez (“Unreason and Tragedy”), published on February 9, 2017, deserves a special mention. It insinuated that all the problems in the region originated with the Jewish state, which was blamed for rejecting peace from the beginning of Zionism. Zionists attacked “their British allies.” They were responsible for political Islam. For dislocating Lebanon. For the rise of an Iranian theocracy. For exacerbating the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. For fomenting “hatred of the West,” “jihadist madness,” 9/11, the Syrian civil war, “Erdogan despotism,” and the“end the Kurdish people...”  
And if Israel is the root of all evil, then Palestinian terrorism in reaction is perfectly acceptable. And so the piece went on to justify Palestinian violence: 
One wonders, especially if he is Andalusian, what would have been our response had the heirs of the Syrian Umayyads decided, following the tragedy they are suffering, to settle in Andalusia, the homeland of their ancestors. It is not necessary to go very far to predict the violent rejection that this would have generated. 
Of course, Andalusia was never the homeland of the Umayyads. But at El País, truth is apparently expendable in the pursuit of demonizing Israel.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Germany: BDS activists investigated by specialized unit for political extremism

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
A criminal complaint filed against three BDS activists who allegedly launched physical and verbal tirades at MK Aliza Lavie and an Israeli survivor of the Holocaust at a June event in Berlin has been sent to a police division responsible for political extremism, a spokeswoman for the authorities told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday. 
The criminal allegations were leveled against Ronnie Barkan, Majed Abusalama and Stavit Sinai, who face charges of trespassing for their activity at the Humboldt University event with Lavie. 
A spokesman for Yesh Atid’s Lavie told the Post on Wednesday that the MK “expects there will be some sanction against them, not only because of the offending behavior in this case, but mainly as a message against this type of violent discourse, whose consequences may be dangerous.” 
According to the complaint, a female BDS activist, who is believed to be Sinai, “swung [her fists] wildly around her and attendees” as she was escorted from the university room for disrupting the event. She “continuously attempted to reenter the lecture hall and pounded on the door.” 
Barkan runs a group called “Boycott from Within” in Israel and has been barred from delivering BDS talks in municipal buildings in the northern German city of Oldenburg. 
The Post obtained a June 20 letter from Humboldt University president Dr. Sabine Kunst to Lavie in which she wrote: “You came to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on June 20th to talk about ‘Life in Israel – Terror, Bias and the Chances for Peace.’ Unfortunately, you were harassed by three individuals on that occasion. Please accept my heartfelt apologies for the incident at your talk with the German- lsraeli Society in rooms of our university.” 
Kunst added: “Criminal charges for trespassing have been filed against the three disturbers. lt is a matter of particular interest at Humboldt-Universität to prevent incidents like this from happening again.”
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Germany: Court dismisses soldier for denying Israel's existence and support for Hamas

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
A court in Hanover in the state of Lower Saxony affirmed in June the German armed forces’ decision to discharge a soldier because of his rejection of Israel’s right to exist and support for the US- and EU-classified terrorist organization Hamas. 
The soldier of Afghan background lashed out at Israel, Jews and the United States during questioning by Germany’s military counter-intelligence service (MAD) in 2016. 
According to the legal decision obtained by The Jerusalem Post on Friday, the unnamed soldier said “F***... the Jews and the USA” and justified support for Hamas and Fatah.
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