Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Netherlands: "Hi, I am from ISIS and I would like to cut off the heads of Jews"

A Dutch high school student was suspended after posting a video in which he said he belonged to ISIS and wanted to decapitate Jews. 
The De Spindel high school in Hengelo, a city in eastern Netherlands, suspended the 14-year-old in recent days, according to a report Saturday by the De Telegraaf daily. The student, who according to the newspaper is a Muslim boy of Balkan descent, was identified in the media only as Ilhan M. 
“Hi, I am from ISIS and I would like to cut off the heads of Jews,” he is seen as saying, followed by profanities about Jewish women.

More; Jerusalem Post.  Video available here.

Germany: Tourist attacked in Berlin park for wearing Star of David necklace


A tourist was attacked in Görlitzer Park in Berlin on Rosh Hashana (Sept 25th).  A man called antisemitic insults at him and snatched a pendant with a Star of David from around his neck.

France: "What they are doing over there in Palestine, we are doing here to the Jews"

French police opened a criminal investigation against a young man who spoke of killing Jews in a televised interview.

The young man, who was not named, is seen standing with friends on the street and answering the questions posed by a journalist for France 2.

“What they are doing over there in Palestine, we are doing here to the Jews. And if we get real angry, we might just kill them,” the man said.

The interview was part of a 46-minute special program on the Jewish community of Sarcelles, a poor suburb where 60,000 Jews live amid a heavily Muslim population.

“If I get angry, I will light up all of them, all the Jews,” the young man said.

Israel: Graves vandalized on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives cemetery

More than 40 graves were vandalized at the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. 
The vandalized graves were located in the Ger Hasidic section of the Jerusalem cemetery. Many headstones were toppled over or smashed, and brass lamps and other items were stolen. 
Residents of Maale Hazeitim, located across the street from the cemetery, said that masked Arab youths vandalized the cemetery and that police did not intervene for more than an hour, waiting until reinforcements arrived, according to the committee.

More: JTA

Belgium: Far-right party to push for ritual slaughter ban

Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party said it will submit a bill proposing a blanket ban on ritual slaughter.

The Vlaams Belang made the statement Monday in reaction to a Cabinet minister’s announcement on forbidding the slaughter of animals in temporary slaughterhouses as of next year throughout most of the federal monarchy.
More: JTA

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

France: "I’m not talking about the Jews here. I’m talking about Jews in general"

Later, near the grocery, a tall teenager pedaled his bicycle toward two journalists and shouted at them to leave, saying the media had lied about Sarcelles. The youth, Diakité Ismael, 19, the French-born son of Senegalese immigrants, soon calmed down and, like others, argued that there was no animosity in Sarcelles between local Muslims and Jews.

“Look,” he said, as a bearded Jewish man in a dark suit and skullcap walked by, “there’s one.”

But when asked about Gaza, Mr. Ismael became agitated, rambling and warning that the world was hurtling toward a catastrophe. He said he had seen video of an Israeli bomb hitting a funeral in Gaza. “Somehow, some Jews control politics, information, business and finance,” he said. “I’m not talking about the Jews here. I’m talking about Jews in general.” 

“Jews, in general,” he added, “only let you see what they want you to see.”

More: New York Times

Ukraine: Firebomb thrown at synagogue on Rosh Hashana

Kiev’s oldest synagogue was the target of a firebomb that burst into flames outside the building. 
The firebombing at the Great Choral Synagogue on September 24, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, did not cause damage, according to the news website, which belongs to the Jewish Kiev watchdog on anti-Semitism. 
Police suspect that an arsonist targeting the actual building hurled the firebomb — a glass bottle filled with a flammable substance.

More: Times of Israel

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Turkey: Turkish Airlines urged not to distribute daily over anti-Semitic bias

The Human Rights Association (IHD) has called on Turkish Airlines (THY) to exclude the pro-government daily Yeni Akit, which is highly favored by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, from the range of free newspapers offered on the company's passenger flights, because of the daily's anti-Semitic comments, Turkish media reported on Wednesday.

More: Today's Zaman

UK: Soccer club deletes Rosh Hashan tweet after anti-Semitic replies

Liverpool FC, the prestigious English Premier League soccer team with a worldwide following of supporters that numbers in the millions, deleted a tweet wishing its Jewish fans a happy new year on Thursday after the salutation elicited a torrent of anti-Semitic posts from other Twitter users.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Shana Tova!

I wish all my readers a Shana Tova - a happy, joyous and peaceful new year.

I will return to blogging next week.

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


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