Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Germany: Man receives suspended sentence for inciting against Jews, leftists


Via netz-gegen-nazis, thueringen-rechtsaussen.net:

A man was sentenced to a suspended sentence of five and a half months and a fine of 1800 euro for Facebook incitement, more than the prosecution demanded.

The man, from Nordhausen, incited against Jews and leftists and posted an image saying "The government exalted us as Nazis, now we're going to act like it".  The man wrote about Antifa, ISIS and Jews that they must be eradicated.

Germany: Culture minister reverses decision, will add Jewish member to commission on stolen Nazi art


Via Jerusalem Post:
Monika Grütters, Germany’s minister of culture, reversed her opposition to including a Jewish member on a commission set up to return cultural property stolen by the Nazis.

Speaking Sunday to The Jerusalem Post from New York City, Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal confirmed the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician’s decision. He said “she is strongly considering including a Jewish member. She is personally for it. The final decision has to be an agreement with the 16 German states for the Limbach commission.”

Teichtal, a rabbi in the Berlin Jewish community, met with Grütters on Tuesday and is on his way back to Berlin.

The commission to assess the restitution of stolen property during the Holocaust is named after Jutta Limbach, the former head of the German Federal Constitutional Court. According to a March New York Times report, Grütters justified the exclusion of Jews from the panel, saying: “We did not do this, and for good reason,” because a Jewish committee member “would be the only voice who would be prejudiced.”
Teichtal told the Post that he asked her about the Times interview. He said that Grütters claimed it was a “misunderstanding” and the she did not wish to express “such a meaning.”

He also said: “I do not know what happened during the interview. She never had that intention to be biased.”

He added: “the way she described it in the New York Times did not express how she felt. She was never against it from the beginning.”

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Germany: Borussia Dortmund fans chant antisemitic songs after German Cup loss


Via Die Welt:

Various antisemitic incidents took place on a train of Borussia Dortmund fans after the championship game in which their team lost in the German Cup finals.

Thirty hooligans sang antisemitic songs.  The train entered the station next to the Berlin Zoo with cants of "Jewish pigs".   The fans also vandalized the train.

UK: British men perform Nazi salute at Buchenwald concentration camp



Via Metro:
Two British men allegedly performed a Nazi salute at a German concentration camp where 56,000 people were killed during the Second World War.

Police in Germany are investigating. It is thought the men are believed to be members of British neo-Nazi group National Action.

The group posted a blurry image of two people holding a National Action flag and raising their arms in salute at the former Buchenwald concentration camp, Bild reported.

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UK: 40% support boycotting Israel, 50% think it's antisemitism



65% of British Jews think boycotting Israel is antisemitic.

Via Globes:
The survey, carried out by Ipsos among 1,100 respondents in the US, finds that 33% of the population of the US think that a boycott of Israel is a justifiable measure. A similar survey in the UK found that an even greater proportion, 40%, agree that boycotting of Israel is a legitimate act.

Nevertheless, 62% of respondents in the US and 50% in the UK consider the BDS movement to be a modern form of antisemitism.
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Turkey; Jewish wedding draws anti-Semitism clamor


Via Arutz 7:
The small Jewish community in Edirne, in northwest Turkey, has waited patiently since 1976 for a wedding in its local synagogue – and when it finally occurred yesterday, the response it drew from other Turks was less than celebratory.

The wedding was set to be such a significant and joyous event that it was decided to broadcast it via Periscope and Twitter – a particularly popular social medium in Turkey. However, it drew the attention of anti-Semites in the country, and the bride, groom and Jewish community in general were told, "Too bad Hitler didn't finish the job" and the like.

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Then began the upswing. In 2013, the synagogue was renovated, and last year it was opened to the public. Its first wedding, yesterday, drew many members of the budding Jewish community, and the joy was great. Community leader Yitzchak Ibrahimzadeh even decided that it should be shared with the public at large, via Twitter. The happiness turned to consternation, however, as the responses began tweeting in: "Kill the Jews!" "Get out of occupied Palestine!" etc.

Ibrahimzadeh did not lose heart. "Many anti-Semites expressed their hatred on the Periscope broadcast," he tweeted back. "Together, hand in hand, we will overcome them." He proudly included pictures of a synagogue, church, mosque and Turkish flag, symbolizing his hope that unity would win the day.

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France: Jews’ situation worst since 1945

Ilan Halimi
The problem is that we have been hearing for years that the fight against antisemitism is a priority - all sorts of organisations etc fight antisemitism but the situation keeps deteriorating, as is acknowledged by Mr Kalifat and his predecessorss Roger Cukierman and Gérard Prasquier.  Jews are leaving France in large numbers.

In an attempt to fight antisemitism, three films have been released in the space of a few weeks: Yvan Attal's comedy about anti-Semitism "They Are Everywhere", Richard Berry's "Tout, Tout de Suite" ("Everything now") a fiction based on the murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006, and Elie Chouraqui's "The Origin of Violence"

JTA reports:
French Jews are experiencing the most difficult situation they have encountered since the end of World War II, the newly-elected president of France’s umbrella of Jewish communities said.

Francis Kalifat, 64, said Sunday that his first priority as president of CRIF is to fight against the anti-Semitism that he said was responsible for the situation he described.

“The fight against anti-Semitism is our main cause because French Jews are in the most difficult situation they have experience since World War II,” Kalifat said during an interview with Radio J shortly after his unanimous election to succeed Roger Cukierman as president.  [...]

His presidency, which will become effective next month, comes at a time of record emigration by Jews from France, partly because of anti-Semitic violence that included hundreds of anti-Semitic incidents annually in recent years, and dozens of physical assaults. Since 2012, attacks on Jewish targets by French Islamists in France and Belgium claimed the lives of 12 people. Last year, roughly 8,000 French Jews left for Israel — the highest number on record for any year, which made France for the second year straight Israel’s largest provider of newcomers.

“I think all of our force needs to be united to fight against this anti-Semitism in all its forms, because we see this new anti-Semitism advancing under the guise of anti-Zionism,” added Kalifat, a businessman and longtime activist for Zionist and Jewish causes who is CRIF’s 11th president.

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Belgium: 'Palestine' used as a rallying cry against discrimination, Western oppression


Europeans see that groups like Islamic State and al-Qaeda use the Palsestinian issue as a recruiting tool.  Their conclusion is that if they only solve the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, they will solve the underlying cause of all Middle-East unrest.

But the Israeli/Palsetian conflict is not the reason why Muslim youth feel oppressed in Europe.  It is not the reason why European Muslims heads to Iraq or Syria to wage Jihad against what they see as Western oppression.

The Jews, as always, are just an excuse.  

Via Haaretz:
Divided ethnically from Belgian society, these largely Salafist groups created an alternative rhetoric of Muslim unity as their rallying call. “The question of Palestine was the decisive element in convincing my son Anis, aged 18, to leave Belgium to fight with ISIS in the battlefields of Syria,” says Geraldine, a mother of a terrorist from Molenbeek. “With the heavy police presence in the area, young people often compare the constant identity checks they conduct to living under occupation in Palestine,” confirms the deputy mayor. Karim Amezian, a manager of an independent association aiming to deradicalize youth in the area, says that there is nothing like Israeli checkpoints when it comes to upsetting young people in disadvantaged areas of Brussels and Belgium as a whole.

“My son, like many others, remained unemployed, afflicted by an implicit rejection from society by being unable to enter the labor market,” explains Geraldine. The same story is repeated by other mothers of jihadi fighters from Belgium, who know these men and their journey to radicalization best. Annalisa Gadaleta, a local official working in education for the municipality, adds how “the youth here in Molenbeek are frustrated in both identity and socio-economic terms."
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Serbia: At rehabilitation trial, historian claims that Nazi-puppet Leader ‘Did Not Kill Jews’


90% of Serbia's 16,000 Jews were killed between August 1941 and May 1942.




Via Balkan Insight:
Historian Bojan Dimitrijevic told the Belgrade-based Higher Court on Monday that the Nazi backed WWII-era puppet government led by Nedic never physically murdered any Jews, as killings were only carried out by German occupation troops in the country at the time.

The Jewish question was not within the competence of Nedic’s government, but rather the German forces. In implementing this policy, Nedic’s government merely made statistical records of the Jews in Serbia,” Dimitrijevic said.

“All the activities of arresting [people], putting [them] in concentration camps and killings were carried out exclusively by German forces,” he added.

Asked by the judge whether the Nedic government published anti-Semitic posters, Dimitrijevic admitted that it did use propaganda against Serbia’s Jewish community.

“There were some elements of that, but that is not the same as killing people,” Dimitrijevic said.

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Nedic, who was prime minister from 1941 to 1944, was declared a war criminal by the Yugoslav Communist authorities after the Nazi occupation of the country ended, but his great-grandson and his allies are hoping that the court will posthumously clear his name.
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Germany: Bremen city-owned facilities used to wage BDS

Via Jerusalem Post:
A group conducting an aggressive anti-Israel boycott campaign has its headquarters in Bremen city-owned property that has received federal funding, an investigation by The Jerusalem Post found.

“The Bremen Peace Forum has already publicly supported the BDS movement for some time. This [BDS] is nothing other than an anti-Israel, yes, anti-Semitic idea. It intolerable when such institutions are still publicly supported,” Gitta Connemann, a leading Bundestag deputy and a member of the German-Israel parliamentary group, told the Post on Thursday.

According to the Bremen Peace Forum’s website, “it is the time to boycott merchandise from Israel, some of which is produced in Israeli settlements, but also other goods that come directly from Israel.”
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In an email to the Post, André Städler, the spokesman for the Social Democratic Mayor Carsten Sieling, said, “The City of Bremen, as the owner of the Villa Ichon [where the Bremen Peace Forum has its headquarters], agreed to a leasehold contract with the management company of the Villa Ichon.”

Städler said that the agreement expires in 2031 and cannot be cut short. He declined to send the Post a copy of the agreement. The spokesman said the City of Bremen condemns calls to boycott Israel.
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In 2013, the Villa Ichon was embroiled in a scandal because it barred Jewish music teacher Noemi Köster and Israeli student Maor Shani from attending a lecture on anti-Semitism.

The event was organized by various peace activists and a local Left Party group.

The doorman at the event insulted Shani, who was wearing a kippa, and Köster, saying “Everything belongs to you already anyway, also the media,” the Bild newspaper reported.

Bremen is the center of anti-Israel activity in Germany.

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Germany: 'Jew' used as an insult


Via RIAS:



A passer-by reported he saw several men argue in Arabic in Berlin, and one of them used the phrase "you fucking Jew" (in German) as an insult. 

Though it was most probably not aimed at a Jew and shows how the word 'Jew' is used as an insult.

Poland: Warsaw Ghetto memorial vandalized with swastika


Via CFCA:

A swastika was drawn on a memorial sign to the Warsaw Ghetto, at Mirowski park in Warsaw.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

UK: Anti-Israel speech wins charity's regional contest


Speakers Trust, who run the competition, decided against sending Mohamad to the Grand Final.



Via Edgar Davidson's Blog:
How do you win an award with a British Charity whose mission statement is

    To enable young people (aged 11 – 25 years in London and Essex), to achieve their potential by inspiring, investing in, developing and promoting activities that increase their personal, social, emotional and physical development.  

Obviously, you make a hate speech containing nothing but blood libels against the State of Israel (a speech that also includes the statement "Islam is perfect" and ends with the raising of the Palestine flag and the call to "Free Palestine" which is wildly applauded).
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Italy: "Burn the banks" graffiti on Holocaust memorial



Via CFCA:
Red spray paint reads, “Burn the bank” on a Holocaust memorial opened just this year in Bologna. This happened just one month after the monument’s debut.

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Greece: Nazis claim refugee activist is Mossad agent working to destabilize Europe


Zougla.gr allows readers to post whatever they wish on their blog.

Via Against Antisemitism, Get The Trolls Out:
Greek pro-Nazi Hellenic National Socialist Found blog has reposted an article from the popular news website Zougla.gr claiming that Achilles M. Peklaris, a well-known activist supporting and helping refugees in Greece, is an agent trained by Mossad, the Israeli secret services, to destabilize Europe by encouraging the arrival of refugees. Zougla.gr has meanwhile removed the article.
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