Saturday, April 18, 2015

Greece: MP tweets about 'attacks of Jews against all of us"

Via glykosymoritis:

Dimitris Kammenos is MP for the right-wing Independent Greeks party, a coalition partner.

In a response to a Tweet by Russian news-site RT about antisemitism in Europe, Kammenos responded: 'Have you recorded the attacks of Jews against all of us?"

Germany: Israeli delegation boycotted at Bundestag event

Via Times of Israel:
Israelis participating in an international fellowship program hosted by the German parliament were recently victims of a boycott at the Bundestag, when Palestinian and Lebanese representatives refused to appear with them on stage, Channel 10 News reported Thursday night.

According to the report, no action has been taken against the boycotters by program leaders.


The IPS leadership at first warned the Arab representatives that they would be expelled from the program should they persist in their refusal, but eventually caved and allowed them to appear on stage with other Arab nations, while the Israelis were forced to appear alone.
One of the Israeli delegates, who spoke to Channel 10 anonymously, said, “I am ashamed in the name of my grandparents, who survived the Holocaust, that I am forced to suffer a boycott for being Israeli.

“The only reason we’ve stayed here is that certain parliament members have expressed their disgust with the matter,” he added.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Shabbat Shalom!

To all our readers, have a peaceful and enjoyable Shabbat.

European FMs urge policy chief to label West Bank, Golan Heights settlement products

Please note: Europe wants Israel to transfer the Golan Heights to Syria immediately.  They think this will encourage the prospects of a just and final peace agreement.  I suppose they also believe transferring Gaza to the Palestinians encouraged peace in the region.  

Via Haartez:
The foreign ministers from 16 out of 28 European Union countries on Thursday sent a letter to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini asking her to push forward the process of labeling goods produced in Israeli settlements that are sold in grocery chains across the continent.

The letter obtained by Haaretz (included below) is signed by the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Hungary, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Germany is the only one of the five big European states not to sign on to the letter.

"We would like to draw your attention to the letter dated 13th April 2013 sent to your predecessor on EU wide guidelines on the labeling of settlement produce/products," reads the letter obtained by Haaretz. "…We remain of the view that this is an important step in the full implementation of EU longstanding policy, in relation to the preservation of the two-state solution."

"[The] continued expansion of Israeli illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and other territories occupied by Israel since 1967, threatens the prospect of a just and final peace agreement," the letter reads.

Germany: Teacher marched students to Nazi party anthem

Via The Local:
Police in Berlin questioned a high school music teacher after she made her pupils march up and down a classroom singing a Nazi song, it was reported on Tuesday.

The song, the Horst-Wessel-Lied, was the anthem of the Nazi party and includes the lyrics 'Millions full of hope look up at the swastika' and 'Soon Hitler flags will fly over every street.'

The incident took place in March during an eleventh grade lesson, meaning the pupils were roughly 17 years old.

Police spokesperson Stefan Redlich told The Local that they had followed up on the case after it was reported by someone not present during the class.

European Media: Jews exploit Palestinian children

European media like to point out after every Muslim attack on European Jews that the poor offender just got confused between 'Jews' and 'Israelis'.

What the media forgets to mention is that they themselves aren't clear on that point.  In fact, many times, when reporting about those evil Israelis, they make it quite clear to their readers that the problem is not all Israelis, but very specifically the Jews.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently posted a report saying that Israeli settlers were using Palestinian child labor.  This report was widely reported by the European media. As UK Media Watch pointed out, the HRW report used a picture of a Palestinian child working on a Palestinian farm.  But the media aren't interested in Palestinian child labor, they are only interested in telling their readers that Israel is pure evil.  Their readers understand that, and that's reflected in the quite expected comments to every such article.

The report itself does not state the words "Jewish settlers".  That did not bother the European media from pointing out to their readers that it is indeed the Jews, and not just Israelis, that are persecuting the Palestinians.

It should also be noted that while the media positions Jews vs. Palestinians, they don't usually emphasize that Palestinians are Muslims.  We wouldn't want to incite against Muslims, right?

Belgium  - VRT Headline, "Jewish colonists put Palestinian children to work"

Germany - Zeit article (via AFP) "HRW condemned... the employment of Palestinian children in farms run by Jewish settlers".

Norway - NRK article:  "HRW calls Israel to stop using Palestinian child-laborers in Jewish settlements"  (this is followed by a quote from HRW that only mentions Israel, not Jews!)

Poland - Radio Poland headline: "HRW: Jewish settlers put Palestinian children to work"

United Kingdom - Telegraph article:  "Around 4,500 Jewish settlers and 60,000 Palestinians live in the Jordan Valley region, a 75-mile long strip of land abutting the River Jordan."

Sweden: Scared parents pull kids from Malmo school

Via the Jewish Chronicle:
More and more parents are taking their children out of Malmo's only Jewish pre-school following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen.

Currently, 32 children are enrolled in the pre-school but, by the autumn, only 17 are expected to remain, which means one of two departments within the school will need to close down, it has been reported.

Jehoshua Kaufman, president of the Malmo Jewish community in southern Sweden, told Sydsvenskan that security concerns were not the only reason why parents are taking their children out of the pre-school, but that at least four or five children are leaving solely for that reason.

"I'm very worried about the future," said Mr Kaufman. "We are devastated. The pre-school is the foundation of the community's activities. This is the future generation."

France: Israeli journalist harassed in Paris

Via Miri Michaeli Schwartz:

Israeli journalist Miri Michaeli Schwartz says that often when she reports from Europe, she is accosted by people who notice that she's reporting for an Israeli TV station.

In a clip she posted, a man stops her while she's trying to report about the GermanWings crash.  She says that soon she was surrounded by 4-5 men who insulted and threatened her and called her a Jew.  Nobody around her intervened.  She finally ran into the nearest train station where soldiers were stationed.

Michaeli Schwartz says she posted this only now due to the recent reports about antisemitic incidents in Europe.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Israel: Palestinian kills man, injures woman in car ramming attack

Via The Times of Israel:
Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino on Thursday said the car-ramming attack in Jerusalem late Wednesday night, in which 25-year-old Shalom Sherki was killed and a woman was seriously injured, was likely deliberate and nationalistically motivated.

Police have named Khaled Koutineh, 37, of the West Bank town of Anata northeast of Jerusalem, as the suspect in last night’s vehicular attack in the French Hill neighborhood, the Hebrew-language news site Ynet reports.

UK: "A non-Jewish MP... can’t be accused of any vested interest"

Via Jewish News:
It’s gloves off in Finchley and Golders Green as shock poll puts Conservative incumbent behind Jewish Labour rival

The race to be MP for Finchley and Golders Green moved into top gear this week after the Tory incumbent claimed he’s better placed to represent Jewish constituents – as a new poll gave his Jewish Labour rival a surprise lead, writes Justin Cohen.


Pointing to his extensive efforts on behalf of the Jewish community, including his campaign to help secure further funds for security at Jewish buildings and resignation as a ministerial aide to vote against the Palestine motion, Freer said his record on issues of concern to Anglo-Jewry was “unimpeachable”. And he added: “A non-Jewish MP is able to represent Jewish constituents more forcefully as I can’t be accused of any vested interest. People know if I’m arguing for the Jewish community, it’s what I believe and what constituents want.”

Norway: Labour youth leader says Jews use Old Testament to commit ethnic cleansing

h/t MIFFNorway, Israel and the Jews

Kai Steffen Østensen is a local leader for the AUF (Labour youth organisation) at Vest-Agder.

He recently came home from a trip to the West Bank and posted about his experiences.  I'll sum up: Jews are evil, they didn't learn from the Holocaust.

I won't repeat every piece of hate nonsense this guy has to say, but just a few choice quotes:
  • "The truth is that the Jews who were once ethnically cleaned by the Nazis - today many of them are responsible for the modern world's worst ethnic cleansing."
  • "I have looked evil in the eye and I've seen how Israel used the Old Testament for political, administrative and military colonization of what was once a holy place.  Now the country is Hell on earth for a few millions.  I can say it, because I've seen it, and because I'm pro-Palestine".

UK: Antisemitic emails sent to Bournemouth's Labour councillors.

Via The Daily Echo:
POLICE have questioned a man after a racist email was received by Bournemouth's Labour councillors.

A spokesman for the force said it was investigating the origin of the email, sent to cllrs Ben Grower, Dennis Gritt and Beryl Baxter, which comprised a short anti-semitic comment referring to Labour leader Ed Milliband, who is Jewish.

Cllr Grower, who is Jewish, told the Daily Echo he had reported the email, which he claimed originated with a supporter of political party Ukip.


Councillor Dennis Gritt said he had been "horrified" by the email, but had deleted it immediately believing it to be junk.

"I get a lot of junk mail and rubbish like that, I just deleted it and forgot all about it," he said.

"Many streets in our European cities have become hunting grounds for Jews"

Via The Jerusalem Post:
Anti-Semitic violence rose by nearly 40 percent in 2014 over the previous year, according to a report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University.

A total of 766 violent incidents were recorded worldwide, a “sharp increase” over the 554 tallied in 2013, according to the European Jewish Congress, which contributed to the report.

“Many streets in our European cities have become hunting grounds for Jews, and some Jews are now forced to avoid community institutions and synagogues as a result,” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor. “Some are choosing to leave the continent, many are afraid to walk the streets, and even more are retreating behind high walls and barbed wire. This has become the new reality of Jewish life in Europe.”

UK: BBC says Christians are threatened by Islamic State, extreme Islam – and Israel

Via BBC Watch:
The April 14th edition of BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme included an interview (available here for a limited period of time from 01:49:45) with Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the subject of his recent visit to displaced Christian communities in Iraq.Today 14 4

 Immediately after that interview, presenter Mishal Husain brought in Jeremy Bowen (from 01:54:35) for further analysis of the issue of the plight of Christian communities in Iraq as described by Cardinal Nichols and listeners heard an ‘interesting’ interpretation of the cause of Islamist violence against Christians in that country.

Following a question about the possibility of Iraqi Christians from the Nineveh Plains being able to return to their homes, Husain said: 
MH: “Perhaps we’ve only just recently woken up to the reality of what’s been happening to minority communities in this part of the world because of all the headlines and the attention that’s been grabbed by Islamic State. From what you’re saying, this is a much longer phenomenon.” 
JB: Well, Christians have been leaving the Middle East for an awfully long time. There are well-established groups of émigré Middle Eastern Christians in all sorts of countries – in South America for example; one region of the world. But…ehm…what has changed; the rise of extreme Islam – which of course has resulted in the killing of many Muslims – has also resulted over the last ten years or so in a lot of Christian communities being dislocated and it’s become particularly acute since the rise of Islamic State. And it’s not just Islamic State either: Christians in Egypt feel very threatened there by different kinds of religious extremism. There is still a large community of Christians in Egypt, also in Lebanon – they’re pretty well established in Lebanon and strong but they again feel pressure. And Palestinian Christians as well feel threatened from not just of course from extreme Islam, but they also feel threatened by what the Israeli government might be doing. So all round the place when you look at it, it’s difficult.” [emphasis added]

Bowen of course provided no fact-based support for his fallacious claim that Palestinian Christian communities are “threatened” by Israel and neither did he inform listeners that the Christian community in Israel is both safe and thriving. 
But no less remarkable is the fact that Bowen would clearly have listeners believe that, in terms of threats to Middle East Christian communities, “what the Israeli government might be doing” (whatever that bizarre phrase is supposed to mean) can and should be seen as being on a par with the religiously motivated persecution and slaughter of Christians (and of course other minorities) by Islamist extremists.   

Yom Ha'Shoa - Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today. Yom Ha'Shoa, the Jewish nation remembers our fellow Jews who were murdered by the Nazis.

Picture via Jews for Judaism.   Today, more than 70 years after the Holocaust, this picture offends some people.  Facebook agreed and marked it as 'insensitive'.