Friday, November 28, 2014

Germany: Holocaust memorial 'stumbling blocks' targeted for vandalism


Since they were installed in Saxony-Anhalt a decade ago, 37 Holocaust memorial 'stumbling blocks' were vandalized or stolen.  28 had swastikas painted on them.

More: Halle Spektrum

France: Islamists disrupt conference on Israel

The France Israël Dijon association had organised a conference on Sunday November 23, on "Islam and the Israel question".  Imam Hassen Chalgoumi, Elad Ratson of the Israel embassy and Pastor Jean Fauvel were scheduled to speak.

Islamists protesters disrupted the debate and in order to safeguard the securty of both the speakers and the audiance, were left with no choice other than stop the event.

Monique Thébautlt, who chairs the association said that it was intolerable that in France, the country of the rights of men and of the citizens, a conference had to be called off and tolerance censored to protect the friends of the French democracy and the Republic.

Day 4: Counting the Days till EU Condemns PA Incitement to Kill Jews

Counting the days until  one European country will step forward and condemn the PA for its incitement.

It is not enough to ask the PA to stop inciting.

It is not enough to condemn the terror attacks caused by such incitement.

European leaders must make it clear to the PA that incitement to kill Jews is unacceptable.  That such incitement will mean no support for Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

Until then, European leaders are encouraging Palestinians to kill Jews.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turkey: Hamas HQ moves to Istanbul


Israel has demanded that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) take action against one of its members, Turkey, after learning that the country allowed the Gaza-based Palestinian terror group Hamas to set up operational headquarters in Istanbul.

More: Algemeiner

Sweden: B'Tselem awarded Stockholm Human Rights Award

No award to organizations shining international light on Palestinian human-rights violations.

B'Tselem, the prominent Israeli human-rights advocate, was awarded the 2014 Stockholm Human Rights Award, the International Legal Assistance Consortium and two major bar associations said. 
"B’Tselem has shone international light on human-rights violations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, providing a voice to victims and calling for accountability," the ILAC, the Swedish Bar Association and the International Bar Association said in a statement.

"It is commendable that B’Tselem has so tirelessly fought to uphold human rights in an environment where its criticism has not always been welcome."

More: Haaretz

UK: the British government is reviewing arms export licenses to Israel... again

Honest Reporting:

For the second time this year, the British government is reviewing arms export licenses to Israel “to ensure equipment could not be used in a way that would breach international law.” Judging from this Reuters snippet, it may be a waste of time:
The earlier August review had found that the “vast majority” of exports licensed for Israel were not for items that could be used by Israeli forces in Gaza, [a government spokeswoman] added.

Norway: Jews expected to publicly disassociate from Israel


When the tiny Jewish community in Trondheim, Norway, arranged a Jewish culture festival recently, they felt the need to emphasize that the festival had nothing to do with Israel.
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For anyone with raised eyebrows, let me be clear: I may have made the same choice if I were in the program committee. Misperceptions of Jewish culture, religion, and history are widespread in Norway, and the Jewish community in Trondheim are housed in probably the most fortified building in the city. There is an urgent need to demystify Yiddishkeit, even if it means kowtowing to widespread BDS impulses in Norway and especially Trondheim. 
The separation between anti-Israeli and antisemitic tendencies in Norway is encapsulated in the often-repeated slogan that “Norwegian Jews should not be held accountable for Israel’s policies.” 
This slogan is rarely parsed for its true meaning: What would “accountable” mean in this case? Is there any case, ever, for collectively holding a minority group, in any way “accountable” for anything? Is the slogan supposed to suggest an act of tolerance, or charity, evidence of laudable but optional virtue? If someone decided to hold Norwegian Jews accountable for Israeli policies, what would that actually entail?

More: Times of Israel h/t Norway, Israel and the Jews

Day 3: Counting the Days till EU Condemns PA Incitement to Kill Jews

Palestinian officials, from both  Hamas and Fatah, regularly incite their populace to kill Jews.

As a rule, the West responds by pretending such incitement does not exist.

Incitement kills Jews.

Incitement by PA officials kills Jews worldwide.

European leaders speak strongly about antisemitic incitement in their own countries, but at the same time, European leaders support the PA.


I am therefore introducing a new feature on this blog.  I will count the days until  one European country will step forward and condemn the PA for its incitement.

It is not enough to ask the PA to stop inciting.

It is not enough to condemn the terror attacks caused by such incitement.

European leaders must make it clear to the PA that incitement to kill Jews is unacceptable.  That such incitement will mean no support for Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

Until then, European leaders are encouraging Palestinians to kill Jews.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Turkey: MP introduces "Israel as a terrorist state" bill

I wonder if the Western world will pay this half the attention they pay the "Israel as a Jewish State" bill.


Lütfü Türkkan, a Turkish deputy from the Nationalist Movement Party(MHP), introduced on Monday a bill to the Parliament of Turkey which proposes recognizing Israel as “a terrorist state.”
More: Jewish Press, h/t CFCA


Russia: "This is a Zionists' lair. Get out!" on Moscow center for Torah studies




Via CFCA:
The black inscription was discovered by the staff of the Limud Center for Torah Studies on their office building in Potapovsky side-street. A spokesperson for the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) said that the inscription read as follows: "This is a Zionists' lair. Get out!"

Norway: Aftenposten - Yes to Palestine, No to Israel




h/t Norway, Israel and the Jews:

"Aftenposten thinks: a serious mistake to make Israel into a Jewish State".

This is Aftenposten's headline for its editorial on the "Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People" law currently being debated in the Israeli parliament.

The editors say as follows: "If Israel constitutionalizes a distinction between Jewish and non-Jewish residents, it will mean that Israeli Arabs will have a formal status as second-class citizens in their own country".  It could even get to the point where Israel will have an apartheid regime.

I'll spare you the details, because the editors obviously haven't read the law or know what it's about. I suppose they really don't care.  

As long as they can blame Israel of discriminating against Arabs, all is good, right?

What Aftenposten doesn't realize is that Israel is already a Jewish state, just like Norway is (gasp) a Norwegian state.   The debate is not on whether to make Israel into a Jewish State, it's how to preserve it as one.

When Aftenposten say they're against Israel as a Jewish State, what they're saying is that they're against the two state solutions.  They're against one state for the Jews and one state for the Palestinians.

Since we know they favor a Palestinian state, I wonder what that leaves for the Jews.


Spain: Catalan independence advocate said that the Palestinian issue is marred by violence but the Catalan issue is characterized by civic lessons and pacifism

Barcelona High Court Judge Santiago Vidal said in the November-December edition of the local Delta magazine that the "facts indicates" that within three years a Catalan state could establish independence through "legal, political and peaceful means."

Without initial membership in the European Union, an independent Catalan state could not appeal to the Central Bank of Europe to finance its debts, said Vidal, a member of a pro-Catalan independence expert group. "But there is a solution for this," Vidal said in the interview adding that "another state with solvency, basically speaking of Israel and Germany, will serve as our temporary bank."

Vidal downplayed the interviewer's doubts over whether it was "risky" to believe Israel would back a country seeking independence, given the Palestinian issue. He stated that "the Palestinian issue is characterized by violence. Whereas, the Catalan issue is characterized by civic lessons, pacifism and the doing of good things that we are giving to the whole world. And this is something the Israelis like very much."

More: The Jerusalem Post

UK: Leicester City Council proposes boycott on Israeli settlement products


Leicester City Council is proposing to boycott Israel after a motion was put forward condemning it for “continuing to ignore and breach international law” and “continuing its occupation of Palestinian territories”.

Spinney Hills Councillor Mohammed Dawood, who travelled to the West Bank in September, proposed that the council boycott Israeli products deriving from the settlements “in so far as it is legal”.

Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby said: “The situation in the West Bank is not unlike that of apartheid in South Africa and nobody would argue we were not right to condemn that as an authority.”

More: Jewish News

Day 2: Counting the Days till EU Condemns PA Incitement to Kill Jews

Palestinian officials, from both  Hamas and Fatah, regularly incite their populace to kill Jews.

As a rule, the West responds by pretending such incitement does not exist.

Incitement kills Jews.

Incitement by PA officials kills Jews worldwide.

European leaders speak strongly about antisemitic incitement in their own countries, but at the same time, European leaders support the PA.


I am therefore introducing a new feature on this blog.  I will count the days until  one European country will step forward and condemn the PA for its incitement.

It is not enough to ask the PA to stop inciting.

It is not enough to condemn the terror attacks caused by such incitement.

European leaders must make it clear to the PA that incitement to kill Jews is unacceptable.  That such incitement will mean no support for Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

Until then, European leaders are encouraging Palestinians to kill Jews.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UK: Lord Mitchell attacks ‘hypocrisy’ of anti-Israel campaigners

Lord Mitchell
Jewish peers [Baroness Deech, Lord Mitchell, Lord Palmer, Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Lord Leigh] have highlighted what they said was the hypocrisy of singling out Israel for blame in the ongoing troubles of the Middle East. They voiced concerns over the focus on Israel’s actions in Gaza despite the growth of Islamic State, the continuing civil war in Syria, and Russian belligerence in Eastern Europe.

Labour’s Lord Mitchell led the defence of Israel during a four-and-a-half-hour debate in the Lords on Thursday. The session included repeated attacks by former Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Tonge on what she called the “dangerous pro-Israel lobby”.

Lord Mitchell said: “Around the world, atrocities are being committed and we all wring our hands and do precious little, but when Israel alone defends herself, everybody goes ballistic. At best it can be called hypocrisy, and at worst it is called something else.”

He said he agreed with actress Maureen Lipman’s criticisms of his own party and its leader Ed Miliband on foreign policy. “When we see demonstrations in the streets of London which are pro-Hamas with a nasty element of antisemitism thrown in, it beggars belief,” he said.

“When I see my good friend the MP Luciana Berger receive death threats from antisemitic Twitter trolls for her position on Israel, it shows where all this can lead.

“I ask this question: if the demonstrators are so concerned about countries that commit crimes against humanity, why do they not demonstrate against countries which make no secret of their barbarism?”

More: Jewish Chronicle Oct. 31, 2014)