Monday, September 22, 2014

Belgium: Jewish children insulted during football games

via Philosémitisme Blog (via Brussels Nieuws):

Interviewed by tvbrussel Roger De Lathouwer indicated that in his youth there were a few antisemitic incidents mostly due to the Far right, but in recent years there has been a marked increase in antisemitic acts.  His children play football for a Jewish club (Maccabi) and several times at the end of the matches both spectators and players hurled antisemitic insults.  Some of the incidents were so serious that he was asked to lodge a complaint with the police.

Charlotte Gutman is also aware of many cases of antisemitism.  She told that a few years ago she was at the cinema in Brussels with friend watching "Inglourious Basterds".  During the viewing a man with a strong arabic accent shouted that he was fed up with hearing all the time about the Jews, their victimization and their stories.

Roger De Lathouwer is not planning to leave Belgium but he understands why the younger generation is considering leaving Belgium as they are less willing to put up with growing antisemitism.

UK: "You are a f****** Jewish **** and a f****** Yid"


“A 53-year-old woman was walking along the pavement when a man, described as white between 30 and 40-years-old, drove past in a grey Vauxhall Astra car and aimed abuse at her. Words used are alleged to be: “You are a f****** Jewish **** and a f****** Yid.”
More: Jewish News, h/t CFCA

Israel: "Death to the Jews" etched into picnic table


Via CFCA:

At Ofer forest, next to the Carmel, somebody etched "death to the Jews" and a swastika in to a picnic table.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

France: Society seemingly apathetic to anti-Semitism, says chief rabbi


France's government has reacted strongly to a rising tide of anti-Semitic acts this year but French society seems indifferent to the threat they present, the country's newly elected chief rabbi said on Tuesday. 
Haim Korsia, who was elected in June, recalled the huge crowds that demonstrated in Paris in 1990 after a Jewish cemetery was desecrated in the southeastern town of Carpentras.
This summer, he told journalists, there was no similar reaction from civil society following attacks on synagogues and protests against Israel's offensive in Gaza, during which some marchers shouted "death to Jews" and "Jews out".

More: Jerusalem Post

UK: Jews upset at Hipster Hitler comic book



A ‘jokey’ comic strip book called Hipster Hitler which turns the murderous Nazi dictator into a trendy geek has sparked outrage among the Jewish community. 
The widely available book shows the former German Chancellor wearing black-rimmed glasses, eating cashew nuts, playing Pac-Man and riding a bike with a basket on the handlebars. 
A group of Jewish activists has pledged to shred all the copies of the comic strip, which it says is ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘sick’.
More: Daily Mail

Ukraine: "Uman pilgrims may bring Ebola"


A Ukrainian health official warned that Jewish pilgrims converging in Uman may bring with them the Ebola virus and other epidemics. 
Larissa Kachanova, who heads the local branch of the Ukrainian government’s Sanitary and Epidemiological Management Center, issued the warning Thursday ahead of the arrival of approximately 30,000 Jews expected to spend Rosh Hashana in the central city, near the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the 18th-century founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, 
Pilgrims will come from “the United States, New Mexico and Bolivia, where they have Lassa fever; Nigeria, where there is dengue fever; Mexico and India,” Kachanova said, according to a report by the Ukrainian UNN news agency.

More: JTA

Friday, September 19, 2014

Italy: Author of anti-Israel letter in the Lancet promote David Duke antisemitic video





Via NGO Monitor:
Two of the main authors of An Open Letter for the People of Gaza (July 23, 2014), which appeared in The Lancet medical journal in July 2014, promoted a video made by American white supremacist David Duke. The two are Drs. Paola Manduca and Swee Ang Chai. (The other authors are Drs. Mads Gilbert, Iain Chalmers and Derek Summerfield.) The Lancet is a UK-based medical journal. Richard Horton has served as Editor in Chief since 1995. 
(...) 
On August 14, 2014, Dr. Paola Manduca forwarded an email from Dr. Swee Ang with the subject line “CNN Goldman Sachs & the Zio Matrix” to the Italian Google group Sempre Contro la Guerra. The email contains a link to a Duke video of the same title. 

Serbia: Football fans hold antisemitic banner




UEFA are set to launch a formal investigation into the anti-Semitic banner that marred Tottenham's goalless draw against Partizan Belgrade.  
The banner displayed among the Serbian supporters during the Europa League tie which finished 0-0 read: ‘Only Jews and Pussies’ — an allusion to the TV comedy Only Fools and Horses. 
Delegates from European football’s governing body were made aware of the banner before half-time, yet no effort was made to take it down.
More: Daily Mail

Europe: 40% of Jews hide their identity


About forty percent of European Jews hide their identity, the Rabbinical Center of Europe and the European Jewish Association claimed on Monday. 
The organizations, both of which are run by Menachem Margolin, a Chabad rabbi from Brussels, stated that they had gathered their data from over 800 rabbis and RCE members across the continent but did not provide any detailed explanation of how they arrived at the 40% figure or of the study’s methodology.

More: Jerusalem Post

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Italy: Flyers against Festival of Jewish Culture




Via CFCA:

Antisemitic flyers posted around Milan as the International Festival of Jewish Culture kicks off.  The flyers, signed by the NSAB (National Social Workers' Movement), denounce the festival and accuses Jews of loansharking, conquest and hate.

UK: Man screams he's going to kill Jewish schoolchildren, police say he's just being anti-social


Rosa Doherty writes in the Jewish Chronicle (h/t Philosémitisme Blog)

When I boarded a packed 102 bus in Golders Green on Tuesday evening, the last thing I expected was to be confronted with a racist free to spout antisemitic abuse with no one prepared to stop him. 
On the top deck of my bus, which was full of Jewish school children, sat a grey-haired man screaming “get the Jews off the bus, all they do is f*** us”
I took my seat and looked around stunned at what I was hearing, desperate to catch the eyes of other outraged passengers. 
But all I saw was heads tilted, eyes down or firmly faced forward, as the man continued to shout: “I hate the Jews, burn them, I’m going to burn this bus.”


Rosa called the police.
When he pulled over at the next stop I gave him my phone and insisted he speak to the operator. 
“He’s just shouting things. It’s no problem. He is just nuts”, he told her. 
Even more disturbing was the emergency operator’s response. 
She told me: “If the driver doesn’t stop the bus we can’t send police to you. He said the man was just shouting abuse, which is only anti-social behaviour.”

Italy: New anti-Semitism hotline

A hotline to report anti-Semitic incidents has been launched in Italy. 
Renzo Gattegna, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, announced the creation of the anti-Semitism Antenna in a statement published Tuesday on his umbrella group’s information website. 
The hotline is an experimental project by the group and the Milan-based Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation Foundation, or CDEC, Italy’s main anti-Semitism monitoring institution. 
Victims of and witnesses to anti-Semitic acts can report the incidents to CDEC’s anti-Semitism monitor section by calling a Milan phone number – 0233103840 – or filling out a form on the CDEC website.

More: Times of Israel

UK: Jewish woman attacked by man screaming "we have to kill all the Jews as they kill Palestinians"


Shortly after 8:00 a.m., a vehicle stopped at the entrance of the Belz school and the driver asked one of the students for directions.  
He asked the boy to accompany him, but the boy refused and ran away. In the afternoon, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman was attacked. 
The suspect choked her while screaming: “We have to kill all the Jews as they kill Palestinians.” Police increased the number of patrols in the neighborhood.

More: YJNews, h/t CFCA

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Russia: Russian politician 'outs' Poroshenko as a Jew


Via IzRus:

Konstantin Zatulin is a politician leading the Russian national camp and the director of the Russian Institute for CIS Countries.  He recently spoke at an election meeting in Sevastopol, where he said that Ukraine is ruled by two Jews.

Ihor Kolomoyskyi, a Jewish oligarch, and the current President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.

Poroshenko does not identify as a Jew, but Zatulin said that Poroshenko is of Jewish descent, and is the son of  the Jewish Alexey Valtsman.   Zatulin therefore insists on referring to him as Poroshenko-Valtsman.

'Outing' Jews is a favorite pastime of Russian antisemites.



Germany: Town hit by neo-Nazi and antisemitic graffiti



Antisemitic graffiti by neo-Nazis in Lübbenau (eastern  Germany).   The vandals also defaced election posters and called to vote for the neo-Nazi NPD party.

Previously, neo-Nazis targeted the offices of the 'Lausitzer Rundschau' newspaper in nearby Spremberg.

More: Lausitzer Rundschau, h/t JFDA