Friday, January 30, 2015

UK: Church of England investigates vicar for posts linking Israel to 9/11 attack

Sizer with Arafat
A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks is being investigated by the Church of England.

Stephen Sizer, who has been warned in the past about sharing Holocaust denial and Zionist conspiracy articles, linked on Facebook to a page entitled ‘9-11/Israel did it,’ which alleges Israel was responsible for the terrorist assaults in 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people. Under the link to the page on conspiracy theory website Wikispooks, he wrote: “Is this antisemitic? If so no doubt I'll be asked to remove it. It raises so many questions.”

On Friday morning the Church responded, apologising for both the content and timing of the post, coming as it did during a week of Holocaust memorial services. The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to comments by the Rev. Stephen Sizer made earlier today on social media. In those comments Rev. Sizer linked to an article entitled ‘9/11 Israel did it’. “These comments would rightly be seen as unacceptable whenever they were posted. It is a matter of deep sorrow and shame that they have been posted in this week of all weeks. “The Diocese of Guildford, where the Rev Sizer is licensed, is taking immediate steps to investigate. The diocese is aware of the seriousness of the matter and are also in touch with the Board of Deputies of British Jews.”

The Board of Deputies has complained to the Church about previous posts by Rev Sizer, and in 2013 met with him to agree on an acceptable level of behaviour. Reacting to the latest post, Board vice president Jonathan Arkush accused the vicar of breaking this agreement. He said: "Posting a link and giving approval to an article which in effect accuses Jews of responsibility for the 9/11 atrocity is unquestionably antisemitic, just as it is beyond absurd. "I am extremely concerned that a Minister of the Church of England could possibly have considered it appropriate or becoming to his position to advertise such racist nonsense. "I regard Rev Sizer as having breached the terms of his undertakings given to the Board of Deputies as a result of the disciplinary complaint against him. This is a very serious matter and the Board will be taking further action."

Last year, Rev Sizer attended a conference in Iran where Israel was accused of plotting the attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre buildings in a session called ‘Zionist Fingerprints on the 9/11 Cover-up’.

Jewish Chronicle

Belgium: Former minister says (the lobby) foments hate of Arabs in the West to justify Israel politics

Philippe Moreaux, a former Belgian francophone socialist minister, told Maghreb Tv, based in Brussels, that there is a sort of contagion of the Israeli-Palestinian problem and that some [the Jewish lobby ?] have an interest in exacerbating animosites here to mirror what happens there.

He argued that it is obvious that in the West it [the Jewish lobby ?] works to spread hatred of Arabs in order to justify the politics of Israel.

More: Philosémitisme

In 2009,  Mr. Philippe Moureaux was senator and the mayor of the Molenbeek suburb of Brussels.  He told Le Vif/L'Express:

"It saddens me, today, that they [the Jews] deny the right of diversity to Muslims".

According to Joël Rubinfeld, chairman of the CCOJB (Umbrella Organization of Jewish Institutions of Belgium), the phrasing is vague, "but it's clear that he stigmatizes a community unnecessarily". He points out the the number of anti-Jewish acts has increased since 2000.

Rubinfeld says he doesn't understand what right to diversity the Jews have enjoyed. What privileges have they received that they would deny their fellow Muslims, he asks. And who among the representatives of the Jewish community denies this alleged right to diversity to the Muslim community in the country? The president of the CCOJB says that this statement is dangerous, since 'it instills in the minds of our fellow Muslims the treacherous idea that the Jews are their opponents on the way to successful integration, setting one community against another. Rubinfeld says that Philippe Moureaux has a lot of prestige among the Muslims, and they can now infer from his words that all their problems are the fault of the Jews.

More: Islam in Europe (2009)

Europe: Anti-lobby group highlights Israel as repressive regime

Corporate Europe Observatory is an organization claiming to expose the effects of corporate lobbying on EU policy making.

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.

In a recent report they decided instead to focus on lobbies supporting 'brutal regimes'.

Their report 'Spin doctors to the autocrats: how European PR firms whitewash repressive regimes', highlights such countries as Nigera, Russia, Kazakhstan etc.

And Israel.

Because we all know that Israel is a repressive regime.

The report states as follows:
During Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in the summer of 2014, ‘Operation Protective Edge’, the EFI held packed briefings in the European Parliament. Between 8 July and 27 August 2014, according to the UN over 2,100 Palestinians were killed by Israeli bombardment in Gaza, the majority civilian deaths, of which 495 were children. Seven Israeli civilians and 66 Israeli soldiers were killed in the conflict.   
EFI has been keen to reframe the image of the country as not just being defined by conflict, sometimes to the point of surrealism. A press release post ‘Operation Protective Edge’ full of “inspiring stuff” based on Israeli innovation says, “Whilst thousands of rockets rained down on the country during the latest conflict, Israelis have – between running to bomb shelters – been creating technologies and devising strategies to make the world a better place.” 
A recent EFI parliamentary event describes life for Israelis on the border with Gaza, who experienced “the worst of the recent war in Gaza, with quite literally thousands of rockets fired indiscriminately at the citizens of Sh’ar Hanegev”

How dare they.

Nowadays, you are not allowed to speak on behalf of Israel.  Because that's 'whitewashing a repressive regime'.

I wonder how Europeans reframe the damage they've caused and continue to cause in the Middle East.  How many EU-funded 'lobbies' work for the Palestinians cause and against Israel's right to exist.

Czech Republic: Jewish cemetery vandalized with satanic symbols

Krumlov - Satanic symbols were sprayed on the floor and internal wall of a prayer room.

UK: Councillor to undergo equalities training for anti-Jewish comments

Via Press & Journal:
An Inverness councillor who made allegedly anti-Semitic remarks is to undergo equalities training.

Norrie Donald, who represents Inverness Ness-side, will also step down as a member of a number of council committees.

The agreement comes after a meeting between the leader of the opposition, Carolyn Wilson, and senior figures in the administration, who raised concerns about Mr Donald’s reported comments.

He was said to have made derogatory comments in connection with Tesco axeing more than 40 planned UK stores, and allegedly referred to the grocery giant as being owned by a Jewish family who lived in “the lap of luxury in Switzerland”. He is also reported to have said he would not mind if the company collapsed.

Mr Donald later apologised for the comments.

Turkey: Holocaust remembrance cannot let us forget Israel’s Gaza massacres

Via Hurriyet Daily News:
Commemorating the tragedies of the past, particularly the Holocaust, does not mean the killings of more than 2,000 children and women by Israeli security forces should be ignored, Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek has said, calling on "all countries to fight against all sorts of extremism and discrimination."

“I hope the pain suffered during this war will never be repeated and will constitute a lesson for future generations. Humanity, unfortunately, was not able to prevent such an atrocity at that time. I believe everyone and every country will draw conscientious lessons from this and will exert efforts in order to not experience such inhumane tragedies again,” Çiçek said on Jan. 27.

He was speaking at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the capital Ankara, participated in by high-level governmental officials for the first time, including Culture Minister Ömer Çelik.

Day 67: Counting the Days till EU Condemns PA Incitement to Kill Jews

Following the murders in Jerusalem enabled by the constant Palestinian incitement to kill Jews, this blog will wait 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, January 29, 2015

France: Laughing at Dieudonné's anti-Semitic jokes in front of Jewish co-worker at business lunch

Mickael and Angélique Cohen moved with their three children a few months ago to Netanya, a small city north of Tel Aviv with a large French community. [...]"

She fiddles with her necklace, on which a Star of David is hanging. In France, she says, she used to hide it under her sweater. "We think that our children have a better future here," says her husband Mickael, 40. In France, he says, there is no economic recovery in sight and the tension is quick to turn into hostility. "People always think that, as Jews, you must have money," he says. Angélique Cohen says she always knew that she would live in Israel one day, in the country where both her religion and her people are from: the "home of her heart," as she says.

But the move was triggered by a business lunch in Paris [she "worked in a large IT company"]. She was sitting there with her colleagues, totally normal French people, and they were laughing at the anti-Semitic jokes of the comedian Dieudonné -- the same Dieudonné who was just arrested for posting "Je suis Charlie Coulibaly" on his Facebook page following the Jewish supermarket attack. The perpetrator of that attack was named Amedy Coulibaly.
Angélique Cohen placed her call to the Jewish Agency on the evening following that business lunch.

More: Spiegel ( Rising Anti-Semitism: Increasing Numbers of French Jews Moving to Israel)

Israel: Arabs Attack with Sticks in Haifa, Shout 'Slaughter the Jew'

Via Arutz 7:
Several young Arab assailants armed with rubber straps, sticks and rocks entered the Hadar neighborhood in Haifa on Sunday, where they began beating passersby with the sticks and shouting "slaughter the Jew" in Arabic.

According to one of the testimonies from the attack, at around 11 p.m. the Arab youths arrived at Michael Street in the neighborhood and started threatening haredi residents on the street, with the sticks in their hands.

Belgium: Holocaust memorial vandalized

Via EJP, h/t CFCA
Unknown vandals desecrated Holocaust ‘’memorial cobblestones’’ in Brussels fixed to the pavement outside the former home of a Jewish family whose members were deported and murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz.

An agency which broadcasts news on the Jewish community in Belgium reported the cobbelstones bearing the names of the members of the Kichka family were coverred with red concrete. The family was arrested in 1942, held in the Mechelen transit camp before being deported to Auschwitz.

Henri Kichka, the only survivor of the family, expressed ‘’deep shock’’ at the attack perpetrated against the memory of his parents and sisters.

Op-Ed: What can Jews in Greece and abroad expect?

Via Abravanel (h/t Glykosymoritis):
Syriza – and his predecessor Synaspismos – were consistently the least antisemitic political party in Greece. This dubious praise makes sense if one takes into account that Greece is the most antisemitic country in Europe, if not in the whole non-muslim world. Although after WW2 antisemitism never took the violent forms that plagued other countries like France, hate speech is rampant, omnipresent and totally unopposed. While seldomly having faced physical violence, Jews are forced into complete invisibility to avoid harassment and psychologically coerced into denying that what they experience is antisemitism. Still Syriza was the only party which consistently issued declarations against the periodical vandalisms of Jewish buildings, albeit weak ones. It also consistently gave homage to the Shoah and publicly opposed neo-nazis. Plus it always advocated the separation between State and the Orthodox Church which plays a major role in maintaining religious antisemitism. On the other hand Syriza heavily invested in a virulent anti-Israel retoric which in Greece regularly employs antisemitic tropes and often reverses into straightforward antisemitism against Greek who happen to profess the Jewish faith.

More at Abravanel's blog.

UK: Sky News reporter blames "Israeli policies" for antisemitism (special Holocaust edition)

Via CiF Watch:
Sky News reporter Adam Boulton asked Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, three times if Israel’s policies cause antisemitism, during an interview conducted on International Holocaust Memorial Day.  As Boulton was grilling Mirvis, images of Palestinians in the rubble of Gaza during the summer war were shown under the headline: “Auschwitz remembered”.

Clip and more at CiF Watch

Day 66: Counting the Days till EU Condemns PA Incitement to Kill Jews

Following the murders in Jerusalem enabled by the constant Palestinian incitement to kill Jews, this blog will wait 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, January 28, 2015

Belgium: Minister compares Islamic State fighters to Nazi-era Jews

The head of the regional government in Brussels compared on Wednesday the Belgian government’s plans to revoke foreign fighters’ citizenship to methods adopted by the Nazis.

Rudi Vervoort, the Francophone Socialist and Prime Minister of the Brussels region, told local Belgian media, "taking away nationality is a weapon used by several extremist regimes. One of the first measures adopted by the Nazis was to take German nationality away from the Jews. The Vichy regime in France did the same."

UK: Actress Maureen Lipman may leave Britain over attacks on Jews

Maureen Lipman, the actress, has said she is considering leaving Britain because of a “worrying” rise in attacks on Jews. The 71-year-old star said she could desert the UK to live abroad because of a rising tide of anti-Semitism.

Speaking to the LBC radio station, she said: "When the economy dries up, then they turn on the usual scapegoat. The usual suspect. The Jew.

"There is one school of thought that says it's because of Israeli policies in the West Bank, it isn't. There's been anti-Semitism for the past 4,000 years.

"When the going gets tough, the Jews get packing... it's crossed my mind that it's time to have a look around for another place to live. I've thought about going to New York, I've thought about going to Israel." 

Mrs Lipman said the Jewish community in Britain "give, give and give" and described the recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks as "very very depressing".

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, police patrols in Jewish areas have been stepped up amid fears of repeat anti-Semitic violence. A survey conducted after the attacks found more than one in ten Jews, and 17 per cent of young Jews, had considered leaving Britain due to prejudice against Jews. Another poll suggested a significant minority of British people harbour anti-Semitic views, including that Jews have too much power in the media, are greedy and dishonest in business. [...]

Last year Mrs Lipman announced she was ending five decades of support for the Labour Party, as she furiously denounced Ed Miliband’s stance on Israel. Mrs Lipman said she would vote for “almost any other party” until Labour is “once more led by mensches” – the Yiddish word for a person of integrity. The actress added Mr Miliband’s support for a motion recognising the state of Palestine “sucks” at a time of rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

More: Daily Telegraph