Friday, March 6, 2015

Netherlands: Sale of ‘Holocaust soap’ allegedly made from Jewish bodies for 220 dollars

Report: Dutch Police Investigating Sale of ‘Holocaust Soap’ Allegedly Made From Jewish Bodies
Soap reportedly from Holocaust being sold online and presented as a very rare item.
Ynet reports:

The Dutch newspaper NRC reported Wednesday that police in north Holland are investigating an antiquities vendor who reportedly attempted to sell soap that had been made during the Holocaust, which he claimed was made from bodies of Jewish victims killed in Nazi extermination camps.  The vendor reportedly attempted to sell the soap for 199 euro.

The troubling news came from historian Arthur Haraf, who said the vendor offered to sell objects that he found near a concentration camp, from which Dutch Jews were sent to extermination camps.  The historian told the Dutch newspaper that the vendor was selling dentures, tooth brushes and glasses, which he claimed were taken from the Jews at the concentration campMore.

UK: School asks kids to justify Palestinian terrorism

Note that the worksheet doesn't bother about the Israeli side of things.  There is only one side and that is the only one the students have to care about.

Luckily, Palestinian groups were upset as well, for their own reasons.  Otherwise I doubt anybody would care.

Last year I reported a similar story about a Swedish textbook which asked students to justify suicide bombers.  That time as well, it was Palestinians who felt the question was Islamophobic and implied all Arabs were terrorists.

The problem with the Jew-hating pro-Palestinians is that they don't realize how racist they are when they justify terrorism against Israelis and Jews.  It's the European Arabs and Palestinians who have to set them straight.

Via BBC (h/t Elder of Ziyon):
The first page of the worksheet states:
"Another example of separatist terrorism is in Israel. Palestinians who live in Israel believe that it is THEIR land which is being occupied by the Israelis. Wars between Israel and Palestinians over this always ended in their defeat and so they have turned to terrorist methods for over 30 years.

"In 1972 Palestinian terrorists held nine Israeli athletes hostage at the Olympic Games in Munich. All of the hostages were killed. Most recently, terrorist have carried out many SUICIDE BOMBINGS on buses and public places. They are respected by their own community as MARTYRS. A solution to this extremism is hard to find."

The other side of the worksheet asks students to complete the follow questions:

Palestinians feel they have the RIGHT to use terrorism against the Israelis.Give TWO reasons why they feel this. Use the information to help you

Describe TWO examples of Palestinian terrorist activities.

A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in London said the homework task was "abhorrent". 
He added: "It is deeply hurtful to Israelis affected by terrorist attacks, a betrayal of Palestinians who stand up against terrorist groups, and above all an educational and moral abuse of the young students themselves."

What the Israeli embassy actually said is "A homework task which asks children to justify Palestinian terrorism is abhorrent".  For some obscure reason the BBC dropped the 'justifying Palestinian terrorism' part.  I guess it didn't fit with their article about Islamophobia.

UK: Watchdog warned Quaker charity about 'Cage' attitude to antisemitism

Also on this topic and further evidence of the type of partners European NGOs, like Amnesty, have: 'Terror apologists' group Cage expected to lose support of Amnesty International

Jewish Chronicle:

Mohammed Emwazi wearing
a mask in a video of a killing
Concerns about the campaign group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi were raised with a prominent charity by the Community Security Trust two years ago. CST alerted the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) to antisemitic material on the website of Cage in July 2013.  JRCT was a leading funder of Cage’s work at the time, giving the group more than £300,000.

The Jewish group warned JRCT about Cage’s attitude to antisemitism, links to Abu Qatada, and articles on the Cage website which claimed the September 11 attacks in New York were an insurance scam organised by a Zionist billionaire.

The revelation last week that Emwazi was “Jihadi John”, the St John’s Wood-raised graduate thought to be responsible for beheadings and other attacks in Syria, brought Cage’s work to prominence.  Cage director Asim Qureshi described Emwazi as a “beautiful young man” and revealed that the organisation had been in contact with him before he left Britain to fight for IS.

In 2013, CST had told JRCT that it was “deeply offensive and utterly baffling” that the trust was funding Qureshi’s organisation, which was then known as Cageprisoners.  A Quaker trust, JRCT supports groups working on cases of injustice and around conflict areas.

The trust’s initial response to CST accused the Jewish security group of “unfairly associating Cageprisoners with extreme antisemitism” and said a number of offensive articles on Cage’s website had been removed.  JRCT said that it was “proud to support Cageprisoners” in its “important work”. [...]

The Times revealed today that the Charity Commission has spent 18 months monitoring the trust’s financial backing of Cage. The Commission’s opened a case in September 2013, two months after CST contacted JRCT.  JRCT did not respond directly to the JC’s questions about its correspondence with CST and its continued support of Cage. More.

Futher reading:
- Amnesty Partner, CagePrisoners, Lynches Obama
- The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s statement on Cage
- Cage: the extremists peddling lies to British Muslims to turn them into supporters of terror

UK: Ad banned for showing Jerusalem as part of Israel

Via Times of Israel:
Britain’s advertising watchdog banned an Israeli government tourism advertisement for suggesting that the Old City of Jerusalem is part of Israel on Wednesday.

The newspaper brochure showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text “Israel has it all”, and was ruled misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which said it implied the UNESCO World Heritage Site was part of Israel.

Israel, which has controlled all of Jerusalem since 1967, considers the Old City as part of its capital, which the international community mostly rejects.

Italy: Jewish merchant attacked and threatened

Rome - "Jew S... we'll be back". Threats and insults against a merchant within a short distance from Piazza di Spagna. Three youths who wore the hoods of their shirts up to their eyes stopped in Wednesday morning in front of a shoe store window on Della Vite street, spat on the floor and verbally attacked the store owner, and then fled away. The man felt ill due to anxiety.

Germany: Holocaust-denial material pretending to come from Jewish newspaper

Via WZ-Newsline:

Residents of Krefeld received in their mailboxes a pamphlet denying the Holocaust.  The pamphlet came in an envelope purporting to be from a a local Jewish newspaper.  The newspaper in question has moved to Berlin 16 years ago.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Belgium: Jewish students humiliated at the Free University of Brussels

La Libre Belgique reported that a violent anti-semitic incident occurred yesterday at the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB). 

Members of the university official BDS Society humiliated Jewish students by calling them terrorists and Zionists (for many a code-word for Jew) at the university campus in Brussels. 

Pierre Galand, of the ULB and a prominent member of the Belgian francophone establishment and a humanist, has been leading a major BDS campaign in Belgium and in Europe against Israel.  He heads the Belgian-Palestinian Association Wallonia-Brussels. Mr. Galand is also behind, among other, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, and other outfits designed to demonize Israel.

ULB apartheid week.
Anti-Israel campaigning is a permanent feature at the ULB. NGO Monitor reported this:

  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) law professor François Dubuisson wrote a report on the purported legal basis of Made in Illegality’s claims.
  • Dubuisson helped to bring the International Court of Justice case against Israel on the “Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” The non-binding ICJ opinion has been exploited for anti-Israel campaigns by NGOs since the 2005 decision.
    • In June 2002, Israel announced its decision to erect a barrier in order to prevent terrorists from entering Israel.  The decision was made in the wake of a virulent campaign of suicide bombings targeting restaurants, cafes, buses, and shopping malls, and killing hundreds of Israelis, including scores of children, and wounding thousands. Shortly after construction began on the barrier, Palestinian officials, followed by NGOs, issued statements calling for the barrier’s dismantling, accusing Israel of international crimes and human rights violations. These statements decried the alleged infringement on the Palestinian “right to movement” and the “right to work,” while rarely acknowledging the Palestinian terror campaign explicitly directed against Israeli civilians, Israel’s legitimate security concerns, or Israelis’ “right to life.”
  • Dubuisson also appeared before the RToP in Cape Town to discuss “third party responsibility and possible legal remedies if Israel was proven in breach of the prohibition on Apartheid under International Law.”
  • France: Handicapped woman attacked by mob for displaying Israeli flag

    Via LeMedia05 (h/t LDJ)

    Five people were arrested recently in Gap (south-eastern France) for an antisemitic attack this past July.

    Céciliane, a handicapped woman, is not Jewish, but she supports the Jewish people and therefore hung an Israeli flag in her apartment.  The flag was visible from the street.

    On July 21st, after a pro-Palestinian demonstration in the town, a dozen people gathered outside her building and started throwing stones and firecrackers and yelling antisemitic slurs.  The next day the scene repeated, with 20-30 people attacking the apartment.  The crowd also attacked the police officers who showed up.

    One of the assailants was identified by his DNA, which was found on a stone inside the victim's apartment.

    UK: BBC editor says Netanyahu 'played the Holocaust card'

    Many politicians and pundits responded negatively to Netanyahu's speech.  I saw two main types of responses, and they signify the difference between 'criticism' and 'antisemitism'.

    People can be critical of Netanyahu and his attitude.  They can say that his solution won't work or isn't viable.  They can say that despite everything, Iran is an ally in the fight against ISIS.  All of that falls under 'criticism'.

    But saying that Jews are paranoid and are pretending that Iran wants to wipe out Israel as the Jewish State goes beyond 'criticism'.  It is antisemitic.  Jeremy Bowen crossed that line.

    Via The Jewish Chronicle (h/t BBC Watch):
    On Tuesday, with the Israeli Prime Minister still on his feet addressing a joint session of Congress, the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen, lip curled, tweeted “#NetanyahuSpeech He acknowledges Elie Wiesel in audience. Once again Netanyahu plays the Holocaust card. Don’t repeat mistakes of the past”.

    Mr Bowen’s idea is that when an Israeli leader mentions the Holocaust he is being tricksy, manipulative, acting in bad faith, “playing a card” to get narrow advantage in contemporary politics, not really expressing a genuine thought about the Holocaust itself or a genuine fear about a second, nuclear, Holocaust.

    And that idea, of the Bad Faith Jew, is unmistakably dripping in the assumptions and myths of classic antisemitism.

    Mr Bowen did what only the antisemitic extremists used to do, reduce the invocation of the Holocaust to a common sense indicator of ‘Zionist’ bad faith and something to disdain.

    Well, the Holocaust happened. It happened to the Jews. And now the Jews are threatened again by a genocidal regime. These are facts.

    See BBC Watch for more on Jeremy Bowen' thoughs about Netanyahu's speech

    France: Dieudonne gives Ahmadinejad gold ‘quenelle’ statue

    Times of Israel:
    Dieudonné and Ahmadinejad holding the golden quenelle
    Iranian ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Dieudonne M’bala M’bala a “great artist” during a meeting in Tehran with the French comic who is a repeat inciter of hate against Jews.

    Dieudonne visited the Islamic Republic last week, the news site reported, and presented Ahmadinejad with a golden statue of a man performing the quenelle a gesture reminiscent of the Nazi salute that Dieudonne is promoting as a sign of discontent with the establishment but that French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called a gesture of “anti-Semitic hate.” 

    Dieudonne calls the statue a “golden quenelle” and has presented a number of them to personalities he defines as anti-Zionist.

    Dieudonne performing the anti-Semitic quenelle gesture
    Ahmadinejad is a noted Holocaust denier who during his presidency expressed his wish that Israel would disappear.  On his official Twitter account, Ahmadinejad wrote about the encounter: “Visiting an old friend, a great artist. #Dieudonne #all4Palestine.”

    During his eight years in office through 2013, Ahmadinejad ran competitions of cartoons on the Holocaust, soliciting drawings that suggested the genocide never happened or is happening to the Palestinians. Dieudonne has more than 10 convictions for inciting hatred against the Jews, including through ridiculing the Holocaust and suggesting it is fabricated. 

    Dieudonne, whose shows are regularly banned in France and who is facing accusations of tax evasion in addition to ongoing probes into anti-Semitic speech, is the inventor of the word “shaonanas.”  A mash up of the Hebrew word for the Holocaust and French for pineapple, it is widely understood to be a code word suggesting the Holocaust never happened without violating France’s laws against denying it.

    More on Dieudonné HERE.

    Lithuania: Harassment campaign against people who speak out against the legitimization of Nazism

    Via JTA:
    For Katz, 58, who moved to Lithuania in 1999 to take a professorship at Vilnius University, the incident was just the latest expression of hate he has endured since 2008, when he began to speak out against the country’s creeping legitimization of fascism.

    “I came here in the euphoric post-independence years, when world peace was around the corner,” Katz said. “My own euphoria diminished with every neo-Nazi march after 2008 and attempt to justify and explain away the Holocaust, events that are becoming even more common and acceptable responses to Russian aggression.


    Since he began denouncing these phenomena, Katz, the author of numerous books in the field of Yiddish, lost his position at the Yiddish institute he founded at Vilnius University. He says it was political retribution, but his former bosses deny the claim.

    Far-right activists often denounce Katz as a Russian agent. Some have published insulting caricatures of him and posted photographs of Katz at a cafe with a woman to the Facebook page of a far-right activist. Katz understands the latter move to be a reminder that he is being watched.

    “I found out that anyone who will speak out against the legitimization of Nazism will be marginalized or threatened, or both,” said Katz, who now makes a living by lecturing internationally and from seminars in Vilnius for visiting groups from around the world. “Especially if they are single, a bit eccentric and of a certain weight and appearance.”

    Katz is not the only anti-fascist activist complaining about persecution in the Baltics. In Latvia, authorities last year refused to renew the residency permit of Valery Engel, a Russian Jew with dual Israeli citizenship who lives in Riga with his Latvian wife and child. Earlier this month, Latvian officials considering his appeal to remain in the country demanded Engel prove that he informed Russian authorities of his Israeli citizenship.

    “Since when does Latvia enforce Russia’s laws on nationality?” asked Joseph Koren, a Latvia-born Jew who with Engel runs the Latvian branch of the World Without Nazism group. “It’s an attempt to harass and to silence our opposition to the far right and the government’s support of it.”

    France: Hyper Cacher Terrorist Kill Shopper After Victim Revealed He Was Jewish

    Via Algemeiner:
    Footage filmed by Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly during his killing spree inside the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in January shows him asking a customer his nationality before shooting him dead after the victim replies that he is Jewish, the BBC reported on Thursday, citing a transcript of the video obtained by the French website Le Nouvel Observateur.

    In the 7-minute clip, Coulibaly asks the hostage what his origin is and when the man replies “Jewish,” Coulibaly kills him instantly. The gunman also shouts “Nobody move” before grabbing another customer, asking his name and then shooting him dead.

    “So you know why I am here then. Allahu Akbar,” he yells in the footage, according to Le Nouvel Observateur.

    Coulibaly goes on an antisemitic rant in the video and screams “Stand up or I’ll kill you” at the hostages. He also makes further antisemitic remarks in response to one woman who tries telling him the hostages are innocent, according to a transcript of the clip.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Germany: Israeli ambassador reading some of the many hate-mails he gets

    The Israeli embassy in Berlin gets 20 hate mails a day.  In a clip prepared by the Berliner Morgenpost, Israeli Ambassador Yakov Hadas-Handelsman reads a few of them out.

    "It's the truth that the Jews are resting on the Holocaust, and they are just too lazy to work."

    "Child murderer, I hope a rocket will fly up your ass."

    "Israel, you are murderers and everybody hates you.  May God punish you and your families."

    "Mankind will only live in peace when the last rat-Jew has bitten the dust."


    Russia: Murder of activist revives ghosts of anti-Semitism

    Via Times of Israel:
    To many Russian Jews, the murder of Nemtsov — a physicist turned liberal politician, born to a Jewish mother but baptized in the Orthodox Church — is a troubling reminder of vulnerability as members of a relatively affluent minority with a history of being scapegoated, strong ties to the West and a deep attachment to cosmopolitan values and human rights.

    The murder hit Russia’s sizable Jewish intelligentsia particularly hard because “nearly all the leaders of the liberal opposition are either fully Jewish or have Jewish background,” said Michael Edelstein, a lecturer at Moscow State University and a writer for the Jewish monthly magazine L’chaim. “His murder is the low point in a process that started about two years ago which has left the Jewish intelligentsia and its milieu feeling more uneasy than ever before in post-communist Russia.”

    “Nemtsov was on every list of traitors published on the Internet and aired on state TV,” the Russian-Jewish journalist Leonid Bershidsky wrote on Bloomberg View after the murder.

    Bershidsky added, “It did not help that he was Jewish. There was a strong undercurrent of anti-Semitism in the smear campaign.” 
    Edelstein noted that “there may have been anti-Semitic incitement online and in far-right circles,” but “Nemtsov wasn’t perceived as a Jew and wasn’t attacked as such.”

    Anti-Semitism spreading across Europe, says study

    From France 24:

    Jews were the target of harassment in more countries across the globe in 2013 than at any time in past seven years, a study released Friday showed, with hostility towards the religious group higher in Europe than any other world region.

    The report by the US-based Pew Research Center combined the results of two separate indexes – one measuring government actions that curb religious beliefs and practices and another measuring acts of social religious hostility by private individuals or organisations.
    It found that harassment and hostility against Jews, either by the government or members of the public, were recorded in 77 of 198 countries surveyed in 2013, up from 71 in 2012 and the highest number since Pew first began recording figures in 2007.
    It was in Europe, however, that levels of social harassment were most alarming. The study found that Jews faced this type of harassment in 34 of the continent’s 45 countries (76 percent) – a higher share than in any other region and against a global average of 25 percent.
    “In France, three men attacked a teenager who was wearing a kippah in Vitry-Sur-Seine in March, threatening, ‘We will kill all of you Jews’,” said the report. “In Spain, vandals painted a large swastika on the walls of a bull ring in the city of Pinto in August, along with the words “Hitler was right.”
    “And in Norway, the newspaper Dagbladet published a controversial cartoon in May that appeared to be mocking the practice of circumcision.”
    The report comes at a time when fears over growing anti-Semitism are causing concerns across Europe.
    France in particular has faced a worrying rise in anti-Jewish acts in recent months, with a deadly January 9 attack on a Paris kosher supermarket, just days after Islamic extremists shot dead 12 people at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, further fuelling religious tensions.
    A rise in anti-Semitism as been cited as one of the reasons for 7,000 Jews leaving France for Israel in 2014, according to Israeli government figures, twice as many as in the previous year.
    Christians and Muslims face most harassment
    The situation for Muslims in Europe was not much better, the study found, with harassment recorded in 32 countries, or 71 percent – again much higher than the global average of 34 percent.
    The report cited examples such as bloody pigs’ heads being placed at a site of a planned mosque in Germany and threatening letters sent to several mosques and Muslim cultural centres in Ireland.
    When all religions were taken into account, two-thirds of European countries saw instances of harassment by organised groups. In a case in Italy, for example, four men were sent to prison after they published lists of Jewish residents and businesses on neo-Nazi websites.
    And in four out of ten European countries, there were reported incidents of individuals being assaulted or forced from their homes or places of worship in retaliation for religious activities.
    In Poland, arsonists set fire to the door of a mosque in Gdansk, while in Greece several Jehovah’s Witnesses’ houses of worship and mosques were set ablaze in multiple cities throughout the year.
    The Pew report combined the results of two separate indexes – one measuring government actions that curb religious beliefs and practices and another measuring acts of social religious hostility by private individuals or organisations.
    It found that overall restrictions on religion, whether social of governmental, were high or very high in 39 percent of countries, down from 43 percent the year before.
    Christians and Muslims, the worlds’ two largest religions making up more than half of the global population, faced harassment in the highest number of countries, at 52 percent and 50 percent respectively.
    Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, the highest overall levels of restrictions were found in Burma, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Russia.
    China had the highest level of government restrictions of 25 most populous countries in 2013, while India had the highest level of social hostilities.