Monday, December 22, 2014

Europe: MEPs reject taskforce on antisemitism but have 28 'intergroups' for issues such as wine and fishing

Campaigners working to combat antisemitism have attacked the European Parliament's decision not to form a special group to tackle Jew-hatred across the continent.

Despite forming groups to deal with issues including wine, fishing and animal conservation, a proposal for a dedicated antisemitism taskforce was rejected by MEPs in Brussels last Thursday.  There are 28 new "intergroups" which contain politicians from all parties and are used for informal discussions and meetings with charities, think-tanks and members of the public. One group will consider "anti-racism and diversity" but there will be no specialist body dealing with antisemitism.

The JC understands more than 100 MEPs had pledged their support for a working group to tackle the rise of Jew-hatred across the continent. All of the European parliament's political groupings had also backed the plan. Jardena Lande, director of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA), said: "We had some amazing support from individual MEPs but when it came to the groups voting, they did not go for it. They accepted one on general racism because it is not exclusive to any one group. But given the climate and the year we have had, it's very disappointing." Ms Lande said the European Parliament had "special responsibility" for combating antisemitism given the continent's history and the current rise in incidents. "It's hugely questionable why they would not let us have a separate group on this issue right now," she said.

More: Jewish Chronicle

UK: BBC chief: Anti-Semitism makes me question Jews’ future in UK

The director of BBC Television said rising anti-Semitism has made him question the long-term future for Jews in the UK.

Speaking at a conference in Jerusalem on Sunday, Danny Cohen said the past year had been the most difficult for him as a Jew living in the United Kingdom. “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually. Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before actually,” he said in a conversation with Channel 2’s anchor Yonit Levi.

Cohen went on: “And you’ve seen the number of attacks rise. You’ve seen murders in France. You’ve seen murders in Belgium. It’s been pretty grim actually. And having lived all my life in the UK, I’ve never felt as I do now about anti-Semitism in Europe.”

More: Times of Israel

France: comedian Dany Boon gets insults and threats when he defends Israel (video)

What Dany Boon tells about the ferocity of anti-Israel sentiment in France helps to explain why so few prominent French Jews dare to defend Israel in public.

More: I24news

"In France, I get plenty of insults and threats when I defend Israel," said popular French comedian, director and actor Dany Boon, in an interview with i24news while in Israel on a visit to his wife's family.

He is planning to visit Israel more often and is concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism in France and elsewhere in Europe.

Boon, whose real name is Daniel Hamidou, born of an Algerian Kabyle father and a French Catholic mother, was raised as a Catholic.  He converted to Judaism about twelve years ago and is married to a French Jew.  He said that anti-Semitic stereotypes in France are deeply entrenched. "People make shortcuts, amalgams and often tell me 'now that you're Jewish you have become very rich,'" He replies "I was already rich when I was a Catholic, and I know poor Jews."

Dany Boon refuses to be drawn on his political views, but indicated that he is shaken by the level of violence in the region. His way to engage is to participate in humanitarian actions, such as "Hadassah", a Jewish charity, for which he has given many raise-funding performances.

Ukraine: "No to the Zhid Junta!" graffiti




Via CFCA:

Graffiti in Odessa: "A shame on the volunteers [to the Ukrainian army]. No to the Zhid Junta!"

Day 28: 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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Italy: "You are doomed like the blacks, the Jews and the gays"




Via CFCA:

Pontebba - threating letter against the Mayor of Pontebba, Ivano Buzzi:

"Mayor, you will burn alive like all black people that you want to bring to our home, you are doomed like the blacks, the Jews and the gays, you should finish in the stove and burn! You do not deserve to represent us, you who want to mix our race with inferior races. You and the Communists are destroying our country. Shame on you. You are not worthy to exist. We'll wait for you under your house. Long live the Duce ".

Turkey: Minister hints at Israeli links to Turkey’s ‘graft plot’



The so-called “parallel state,” which the Turkish government accuses of organizing a plot in last year’s corruption probe, started illegally gathering information on the government after two major crises with Israel, Interior Minister Efkan Ala has said, saying the “mind of the plot is abroad.”

“The Dec. 17 graft probe is only one phase of a process that started much earlier,” Ala was quoted as saying by Sabah, a daily newspaper close to the government, on the first anniversary of the corruption investigation, which embroiled Cabinet ministers, their relatives and a number of bureaucrats.

“We should considering the process from the ‘one minute’ incident. Everything starts at that point,” he said, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s storming out of a World Economic Forum panel with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Jan. 29, 2009, after angrily protesting against the moderator and repeatedly shouting “one minute” in English.

“The hands of this plot attempt are inside the country while its mind is abroad,” Ala added, also highlighting the Mavi Marmara incident that occurred more than a year after Erdogan stormed out of Davos.

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In a Dec. 17 speech in the Central Anatolian province of Konya, President Erdogan also slammed “dirty international powers” and the “parallel state.”

“Those who are under protection in Pennsylvania cannot come here,” Erdogan said, referring to Gülen, who lives on a ranch in the U.S. state.

“Let them move together with the enemies of Turkey, with the Turkey-enemy media, with dirty international powers, and with their beloved country in the south,” he added, using a phrase he had previously used in apparent reference to Israel.

More: Hurriyet Daily News

Israel: Jews afraid to bury kin at Mount of Olives


Mount of Olives Cemetery in Jerusalem is one of the most ancient Jewish burial grounds in the world, not far from the Temple Mount, but recently some Jews have not wanted to bury relatives there.

The security situation, Palestinian vandalism, and stone throwing along the routes leading to the mountain have contributed to the decline. Leaders from the "Chevra Kadisha" organization in Jerusalem met with President Reuven Rivlin, whose parents are both buried at the Mount of Olives, and requested his help to encourage the public to return to the mountain.

More: Ynet news

Israel: Islamic State 'leader' says caliphate will rule over Jews


The supposed leader of Islamic State supporters in Israel told Channel 10 News on Wednesday he believed the group would one day rule Israel, and said Jews would only be allowed to remain under Islamic caliphate rule if they adhered to the Islamic way of life.

The man, identified only by the moniker “Abu Kassem,” said he believed IS could have a presence in Jerusalem “within eight years.”

“I don’t think Israel can do anything (about it),” he added. “This is bigger. Islamic State is big. Everyone wants to take part.”

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Asked how Jews would be treated in his vision of an Islamic State-controlled Israel, Kassem said they would allowed to live here “but you will live like I want you to. You will live here as a Muslim. If you don’t oppose me there’s no problem.”

More: Times of Israel

Netherlands: Utrecht rabbi tells of constant antisemtitic harassment


Rabbi Aryeh Heintz of Utrecht says that he himself is often cursed on the street, and even threatened.  A swastika was drawn on his door.  His son was once attacked because he wore a kippah.

Day 27: 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.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Norway: Antisemite voted "Person of the Year", donates award to American BDS org




Mads Gilbert, antisemitic doctor from Norway, was named "Person of the Year" by the media site VG.

More than 28,000 people voted for Gilbert.

Gilber won 50,000 kroner, to donate to a charity of his choice.

His choice? The American organization "Students for Justice in Palestine"

Gilbert explains: The US is a 'game changer' in changing the situation in occupied Palestine.  This organization works extremely well and they've doubled their membership the last year.  Half of the new members are young Jewish students who no longer believe in the occupation.  They do an important job and I believe they should get the money."


Needless to say, "Students for Justice in Palestine" only speak against Jews.  They don't really care if Hamas murders people in the streets or the Palestinian Authority intimidates journalists into silence.

More: VG


Day 26: 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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

France: "Obscene" proposal made to the Jewish community

The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) has described as "obscene" the proposal by the Fimalac Group to offer profits generated by Dieudonné's nationwide tour titled "The Impure Beast" to anti racist organizations.

CRIF argues that we are faced with a "financial issue".  The issue is to stop he spread of hatemongering by Dieudonné which violates public morals.

Roger Cukierman, President of the CRIF, issued a statement declaring that it would be obscene if anti racist organizations were to receive funds generated by Dieudonné's tour who is a repeat offender convicted of incitement to racial hatred and whose place is not in entertainment halls subsidised by the government.

The anti-Semitic comedian asked on Friday for a meeting with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, the interministerial delegate to the fight against racism and anti-Semitism Gilles Clavreul and representatives of the Jewish community in order to reach an "agreement". Neither the authorities nor the CRIF have so far ruled on the answer to be given to Mr Dieudonné.

More: Le Monde Juif

UK: Robert Fisk wonders why Gaza war wasn't called "massacre of the innocents"


David Gosling, who was the principal of Edwardes College for four years until his return to Britain in 2010, believes that while individuals in the Pakistani army may wish for revenge after the Peshawar schoolchildren atrocity, the military may well now “soft-peddle their activities in Waziristan”. The Taliban, he says, “has always reacted to the army’s campaigns in Swat and Waziristan with bombs. 
(...) 
It may well be that the Taliban, knowing the dates of the American withdrawal in Afghanistan, now wishes to extend its power in Pakistan. More seriously, the greater the extension of Islamist rule in the Muslim Middle East – in Algeria and Libya, as well as in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, even in Lebanon – the more encouraged the Taliban becomes. As Sunni Muslims, they have often inflicted enormous carnage on their fellow Shia citizens in Pakistan – although without the headlines devoted to yesterday’s massacre. 
“You must remember,” Gosling says, “how enraged people were with the Israeli attacks on Gaza this year. People in Pakistan were furious at the casualty toll – more than 2,000 people, many of them children.” 
Needless to say, the phrase “massacre of the innocents” was not used about those children.


No.  Not one journalist or politician referred to Israel's retaliatory attacks as a 'massacre'.  Certainly not one of innocents.