Monday, August 31, 2015

Israel: Jordan desecrated Jewish graves, Ha'aretz justifies it

 Ha'aretz reports about a discovery of desecrated Jewish graves in Jerusalem:
Smashed headstones from Jewish graves dating back about a century were discovered in a salvage dig in East Jerusalem.

The gravestones were apparently taken from the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, and repurposed for construction, during the 1960s, when Jordan controlled east Jerusalem. postulates the archaeologist handling the salvage dig, Ya'acov Billig for the Israel Antiquities Authority. Jordan wanted to expand the road and build a gas station on the mountain, he explains – though the project ultimately fell through because of the Six-Day War.

Note that Ha'aretz rushes to justify this desecration:

Nor is it rare for ancient gravestones, and other building materials, to be repurposed over the thousands of years people have been building in the region.

Jewish graves have been 're-purposed' by the Nazis and by the Soviets as well.  These governments didn't need the building materials.  They did it in order to insult and abuse the memory of dead Jews.

Why is Ha'aretz justifying antisemitism?

Hungary: Teacher investigated for antisemitic Facebook posts

Via CFCA: news channel noted already on Tuesday wrote that the educator in question likes to post in public portal, along with information about textbooks purchases, also Nazi jokes, with illustration using Hitler’s image.  more

Austria: Vienna Jews: City ignoring Muslim anti-Semitic incitement

The Times of Israel reports:

The Jewish Community of Vienna has accused the city’s prosecutor’s office of ignoring anti-Semitic incitement by pro-Palestinian activists.

The incitement took the form of a caricature published last month on the Facebook page of organizers of the Vienna march of International Quds Day — an annual event held in cities across the world since it was initiated in Iran as an expression of solidarity with Palestinians and rejection of Zionism and Israel. 

The caricature showed men wearing Middle Eastern garb and one child pouring water into a hole, at the bottom of which stands a worried-looking, drowning Orthodox Jew holding an Israeli flag. The caricature contained a Turkish-language quote attributed to Ruhollah Khomeini, the late spiritual leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran: “If every Muslim poured a glass of water on Israel, it would drown.”

The organizers of the march on July 11 removed the caricature after the Jewish Community of Vienna complained about it in Austrian media. Politicians from across the spectrum condemned the caricature as anti-Semitic and several parties filed a criminal complaint for incitement, but the Vienna Prosecutor’s Office recently decided to close the case without charging anyone.  Read more.

France: Calls for boycott of Israel on a police van

Europe Israel posted a photo of a police van with what looks like two green T-shirts hanging on the back windows with the inscriptions "Palestine forever" and "Boycott Israel". The message on the yellow sticker reads "I refuse to buy products made by war criminals. Boycott Israel".

It looks like hatred of Israel has now permeated  all aspects of life in France.  One just cannot escape it.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Turkey: Newspaper Accuses ‘Jewish Businessman’ Murdoch of Spreading Kurdish Terrorist Propaganda

Via Algemeiner (h/t CFCA)
An Islamist newspaper in Turkey accused the Wall Street Journal and its “Jewish businessman” owner Rupert Murdoch over the weekend of spreading “propaganda” for Kurdish terrorism.

Newspaper Yeni Akit, which is closely aligned with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist AKP party, based its accusation on an article in the WSJ also over the weekend that discussed a rapidly growing youth organization belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK: a designated terrorist outfit by Turkey but also the U.S.


Yeni Akit has become notorious for publishing hate speech against Jews, the LGBT community, Armenians, Greeks, Yazidis and secularists, among others. While Murdoch has often expressed support for Israel, the paper’s claim that he is Jewish is false.  more

Germany: Gov't wants Facebook to clamp down on Holocaust denial

Via Jerusalem Post:
Facebook will have to abide by German laws banning racist sentiment even if it might be allowed in the United States under freedom of speech, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Reuters.

Maas, who has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist and hate posts on its social media platform, said that Germany has zero tolerance for such expression and expects the US-based company to be more vigilant.

"One thing is clear: if Facebook wants to do business in Germany, then it must abide by German laws," Maas told Reuters. "It doesn't matter that we, because of historical reasons, have a stricter interpretation of freedom of speech than the United States does."

"Holocaust denial and inciting racial hatred are crimes in Germany and it doesn't matter if they're posted on Facebook or uttered out in the public on the market square," he added.  more

Russia: Christians attack Jewish artist's exhibition

Via Moscow Times:
Police have detained two people suspected of staging a second anti-Semitic attack in as many weeks against an art exhibition at Moscow's Manezh exhibition hall, news reports said.

The suspects, a man and a woman, ripped a work by artist Vadim Sidur from the wall, before proceeding to shout that "that the whole exhibition will now be subjected to a pogrom,” Manezh's spokeswoman Alyona Karneyeva was quoted as saying by state TASS news agency Wednesday.

Before the alleged attack, the pair had been “calmly walking around the exhibition,” she said.

Four of Sidur's works were targeted by vandals during a previous attack on Aug. 14, Karneyeva said. The attack was staged by Orthodox activists from the ultraconservative God's Will movement.

The leader of the movement, Dmitry Tsorionov, denied any involvement in the latest attack but voiced his solidarity with the vandals.

UK: British-Jewish watchdog group takes legal action against ‘antisemitic’ Council’s BDS campaign

Algemeiner reports:

A Jewish group in the U.K. has petitioned the High Court to review a local council’s decision to boycott Israeli goods, the Express reported on Tuesday.

Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) was outraged after England’s Leicester City Council agreed to a motion last November to boycott items produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, on the grounds it was showing solidarity with the Palestinians.

JHRW director Jonathan Neumann accused the City Council of taking “steps down an antisemitic path,” and said the embargo “amounts to a get-out-of-town order” for Jewish people in Leicester, a city in the East Midlands of England.   He believes the boycott was put into effect “under the guise of helping community relations” in the city.

“Leicester City Council has started a campaign against the Jewish community that has to be stopped,” he said. “Our solicitors have tried to persuade the council at least to engage with us and they have refused. They have left us with no choice but to seek legal redress.”

A decision on whether or not the judicial review will be granted is expected in September, Neumann told the Express.

A spokesperson for the Leicester City Council said the motion is not a boycott of Israel, but rather a decision that specifically relates to the council’s “procurement policy and produce originating from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.”

Switzerland: Swiss ambassodor shows doves defecating on Israel PM cartoon

This will boost Ambassador Giulio Haas' and Switzerland's popularity in Iran.  That's precisely what they wanted.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Israel hits back at Swiss envoy's 'ugly act' in showing Netanyahu bird droppings cartoon

The Swiss ambassador to Iran's display of a cartoon depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being defecated upon by two doves was condemned as "an ugly act" by the Foreign Ministry late Friday.  Switzerland expressed regret earlier Friday after Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the cartoon at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities.

Haas spoke to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the "questionable cartoon" was used without its knowledge. "The FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless," it said in a statement.

Israel also took issue with Haas' upbeat characterization of Iran.

"What happened (in Zurich) proves that the nuclear deal ... created an unbridled incentive to pour billions of dollars into Iran without it being required to changes its policy of terror and belligerence," said Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.

"Greed begets attempts to grovel before the Iranian regime, with attendant loss of basic sense and self-respect."

Haas' address came as Europeans race back to Iran, whose markets and major reserves of oil and gas will be much easier to tap once sanctions are lifted under a global deal struck last month.

In his speech, Haas called Iran the "pole of stability in a very, very unsafe region." He urged Swiss businesses not to delay their endeavors in Iran, a potentially lucrative market with a population of 80 million.

"Ambassador Haas did not intend to insult anybody with the cartoon," the FDFA said. "If that is the case, however, he regrets it and seeks the pardon of everyone who could have felt insulted."

The cartoon, a commentary on responses to the deal Tehran struck on July 14 with world powers to limit its nuclear work in return for sanctions relief, shows a pair of doves with US and Iranian flags on their chests atop Netanyahu's head.

Netanyahu opposes the pact, saying it will be ineffective and allow Israel's enemy to expand its regional influence.

At Thursday's event, Haas displayed the image of the cartoon on an enormous screen, under the title "Iran: now or never."

"What this picture shows is, I think now is really the opportunity to assess the market," he said.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Game is Up: How BDS is the Face of Modern Anti-Semitism

From Arutz Sheva:

To understand how BDS embodies modern-day anti-Semitism in the West (the Arab/Muslim world is another kettle of fish), we must first consider the very nature of this peculiar subspecies of bigotry. Like a virus, anti-Semitism tends to morph and evolve by tapping into the prevailing fashions and discourses in society, to remain resistant to the kind of "progress" which inevitably ejects other forms of bigotry from the mainstream discourse.

So, when Christian fundamentalism was all the rage, Jews were "Christ-killers." When theories of racial supremacy were considered mainstream, Jews were "polluting/subverting/working against the white race." In the context of communism, Jews are part of the "bourgeois/elite/global bankers" - in contrast to in fascist regimes, where we work hand-in-hand with the communists.

It can be dizzying to follow such a confusing mix of often diametrically-opposed accusations - but such is the nature of anti-Semitism.

It, like other forms of bigotry, is irrational. Like other forms of bigotry, there will always be those who subscribe to it, and even commit heinous crimes in its name. But unlike other forms of bigotry, it is resistant to "progress"; its proponents will always find a way to not only justify it for themselves but, crucially, to keep it "acceptable" and "justified" even within the mainstream discourse.
To even recognize contemporary anti-Semitism then, it is crucial to first step outside of the previous paradigms within which it once operated but has since abandoned. Operating within such outdated paradigms - looking for evidence of race- or religious-based bigotry for example - actually empowers contemporary anti-Semites to promote their new version of hatred, by noting the genuine differences between them and their predecessors as proof that they are "not like them." And yet, it's a mistake we make over and over again.
BDS and other anti-Israel groups in the west do not, as a movement, believe that all Jews should be killed or converted (though many individuals within the movement may hold such beliefs, and while the movement itself does openly support other genocidal groups such as Hamas). That is not the specific form of anti-Semitism to which they subscribe. They are, however, very open about the version of anti-Semitism they do subscribe to, though they typically deny it is such: anti-Zionism.

While it comes in many hues, Zionism in its most basic sense is simply the belief in the Jewish people's right to freedom and political independence in their ancient, historic, ancestral homeland, Eretz Israel. Anti-Zionism or being "anti-Israel", then, is the belief that - whereas every other nation has that right - we Jews do not, or should at the very least be held to a different standard once we attain it, scrutinized and hounded mercilessly, with our every flaw (whether real or imagined) placed under a microscope.

Deeper still, this belief is based on the perverse notion of the Jew as a "noble victim."
That is why so many anti-Israel types stress that they condemn the holocaust (very gracious of them, of course), or go out of their way to say that they feel great sympathy for the experience of the Jews who went through it. In most cases they genuinely do - because holocaust victims are precisely the kind of tragically beautiful, "pure," persecuted Jew they can live with. Jewish weakness is "attractive" to contemporary anti-Semites, whereas any manifestation of Jewish strength whatsoever is automatically deemed a "provocation."


Whereas other nations are free, even encouraged and supported, to struggle for their national rights, Jews are actively discouraged and maligned for doing so. Whereas in any other context, an indigenous people seeking to both physically liberate its ancestral homeland while reclaiming place-names changed by conquering imperialist powers - no matter how long after it was taken from them and colonized - would garner sympathy, Jews who do so are ridiculed and condemned, accused of "harping on about ancient history."

Astonishingly enough, we Jews are simultaneously accused of oppressing the "ancient" Palestinian nation - whose supposedly "ancient" history is inexplicably more relevant and less absurd to evoke than our own - via our modern nation-state. This bare-faced logical inconsistency serves as a graphic illustration of the slipperiness of anti-Semitism, and its ability to change its stripes even within a contemporary context - sometimes even the same breath.

That is why boycotting Matisyahu was entirely in-line with BDS's positions. It doesn't matter that he isn't Israeli, the point is he is a Jewish "troublemaker," because - while never making political statements on stage - he is clearly pro-Israel, and not ashamed of it.  more

UK: Channel 5 announces Nazi sympathiser Big Brother housemate who claims to be “Hitler reborn”

Via Everyday Antisemitism:

Channel 5 has announced the participation of Nazi sympathiser in its latest series of Big Brother. “Tila Tequila” (real name Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen) claims to be “Hitler Reborn” and is a virulent antisemite.    more

Germany unmoved by Israel's effort to prevent conductor Barenboim from playing in Iran

Daniel Barenboim, who obviously enjoys all the attention and celebrity-status,  is a hero in Europe - he is constantly being interviewed by the media, praised by the establishment and many European Jews.  There is no other conductor who receives as much attention in Europe as Barenboim.  One wonders why!

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Daniel Barenboim
Germany is supporting Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim’s efforts to bring the Berlin State Opera (Staatskapelle) to Iran for a special performance.

Responding to a query from The Jerusalem Post, the Staatskapelle released a statement indicating that talks are indeed continuing between cultural officials in Germany and their counterparts in Iran about a possible performance.

“German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has taken on the patronage of this concert and supports Daniel Barenboim’s commitment to make music accessible to people beyond any national, religious or ethnic boundaries,” the Staatskapelle said.

Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev demanded on Wednesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel cancel the discussions about a performance.  [...]  When word of the possible event reached the local press, Regev reacted angrily on her Facebook page.

“The conductor, Daniel Barenboim, a citizen of Israel, will perform in Iran together with the Berlin Philharmonic,” Regev wrote. “Barenboim has taken an anti-Israel stance and he slanders Israel while using culture as leverage in order to state his political opinions against the State of Israel. This is a mistake by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.”

Regev said she intends to write a letter to the German government, urging it to intervene in the matter.

“Daniel Barenboim’s concert in Iran hurts Israel’s efforts to prevent the nuclear agreement and boosts the delegitimization efforts against Israel,” Regev wrote.

“Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism,” she continued. “It supports Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas, and its leaders have blood on their hands. I believe that Germany would do the right thing if it would cancel the performance.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

UK: 21st-century Britain’s racial sensitivities seem to fly out the window whenever Jews are involved

Brendan O’Neill, Editor, Spiked Online writes @ Jewish News:

Brendan O'Neill
[...] Yet what has been the left’s response to revelations that Corbyn rubbed shoulders with anti-Semites? In a nutshell: “Chill out. Stop making a fuss over nothing.”

All of 21st-century Britain’s racial sensitivities seem to fly out the window whenever Jews are involved. Corbyn, far from facing expulsion from the dinner-party set for having mixed with racists, is being protected from criticism by the dinner-party set. They’ve erected a moral forcefield around him.

So Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, who frequently frets about Islamophobia and the white observers who apologise for it, described the criticisms of Corbyn as “political trickery”. She even peddled a dodgy-sounding theory for why Corbyn is facing attack. An “unholy alliance” of “the right, Blairites and hard Zionists” has clearly set out to besmirch his good name, she wailed. Those bloody Zionists and their pesky alliances. All this from an observer who normally treats shoulder-rubbing with racists as a scourge.

A blood-stained Israeli flag at
a pro-Palestinian protest.
Labour MP Diane Abbott, never normally shy to call out racism, also sought to cover Corbyn’s back. MPs are too busy to check the backgrounds of everyone they share a platform with, she said, before accusing Corbyn’s critics of “plucking incidents out of a very long career”.

A writer for Electronic Intifada said the “organised supporters of Israel” – sounds sinister – are throwing mud at Corbyn because they don’t like his criticism of Israeli militarism.  It is striking that for some pro-Corbyn, anti-Israel types, the really wicked people are not the Jew-haters Corbyn has shaken hands with, but the super-organised alliances of hard Zionists who use their power to smear anyone who stands in their way.

So, not content with guarding Corbyn from questions about some of the people he’s hung out with, the Corbynites push prejudices of their own, resuscitating the ugly view that a certain section of society uses its considerable clout to hush criticism. “People who hate Israel aren’t prejudiced”, they say, before talking darkly of strange groups seeking to control the British politics. [...]

What’s behind this extraordinary double standard among those who pose as loathers of prejudice?  It springs from that phrase “anti State of Israel”. Sadly, today’s anti-Zionists are not as different from anti-Semities as they like to believe. What both sides share in common is an urge to find one thing in the world on to which they might pin the blame for every global, political and social problem.

The anti-Semite blames the Jew; the anti-Zionist blames Israel, seeing it and its Western backers as the cause of conflict, the sinister influencers of the media, and, as the Corbyn fuss makes clear, as aspiring controllers of the fate of British politics.

The left’s notable lack of genuine agitation over anti-Semitism springs from the fact that there is, however vaguely, a common link here. The modern left thinks dark forces control every aspect of our lives. So do anti-Semites.  The left can’t convincingly condemn anti-Semitism because, terrifyingly, it sees a little bit of itself in it. Read more.

Israel: Controversy erupts over German backed Holocaust-Nakba event planned at Jerusalem think-tank

Via Jerusalem Post (h/t Honestly Concerned):
The right-wing Im Tirtzu organization and the liberal think tank known as the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute have exchanged letters over a planned institute promotion of a book that commemorates together the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba.

The book, titled The Holocaust and the Nakba: Memory, National Identity, and Jewish- Arab Partnership, is set to be promoted at the institute on September 7. The institute is also listed as one of two publishers of the book.

“The book invites the readers to think of ways to remember and discuss the Holocaust and the Nakba together, and investigate the possibility of such combined thought – not because the events are identical or even similar, but because they are both traumatic and identity- constructing,” stated the Van Leer website.

Segev Israel Afriat, CEO of the NGO Shorashim Shel Netina (Roots of Giving), which supports Holocaust survivors in Israel, wrote a letter on Tuesday to Motzkin, urging him to think twice about holding the event.

The event would be “the first nail in the coffin of the memory of the Holocaust,” said Afriat.

He said that he would be happy to refer him to “thousands of Holocaust survivors that would tell him how such an evening is a cancellation of our history.” 

UK: 'Why does ISIS never attack Israel', media wonders

Robert Fisk in his article "Isis blinds journalists with its barbarity, but we must continue to report" brings up the old conspiracy theory.   h/t The Debate Link
Why does Isis never attack Israel – indeed, why does its hatred of Crusaders and Shias and Christians and sometimes Jews rarely if ever mention the very word “Israel”? And why do Israel’s air raids on Syria always target Syrian government or pro-Syrian Iranian forces, but never Isis?

The problem with this theory?   ISIS did threaten Israel:
The ISIS spokesperson directed several threats towards Jews and Christians, saying they faced two options: "Convert to Islam or pay the ultimate price when your armies are expelled from Muhammad's peninsula, from Jerusalem, and all Muslim lands."

Just a couple of months ago, they threatened Israel as part of their showdown with Hamas. 
"We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes," said a masked Islamic State member in the message addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas".
And then they attacked Israel.

Of course, Robert Fisk might not be aware of this, because like most Western journalists he ignores the rockets that Palestinians fire at Israel.   They don't exist, therefore Israel is not threatened by ISIS.  QED.

 Here's what Israel's Prime Minister has to say about ISIS:
“Terrorism is knocking at our borders,” the prime minister said during a visit to Hadassah Hospital at Ein Karem, where he met with a female soldier injured when attacked by a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint earlier in the week.

ISIS is not just opposite the Golan Heights. At the moment it is also in Egypt, opposite Rafah, facing our borders, and we are joined with Egypt and with many other countries in the Middle East and the world in the struggle against the extremist Islamic terrorism that is guided by two elements – Iran and the Shiite extremists, and ISIS and the Sunni extremists — as well as other factions such as Hamas,” he said, using one of the acronyms for the Islamic State group.
 Oooh.  Obviously a Zionist-ISIS conspiracy is afoot.

According to Israel's National Security Council’s Counter- Terrorism Bureau:
One of the main threats is plots against Israeli and Jewish targets in northern and Western Europe by ISIS operatives who have returned from fighting in Iraq and Syria. That said, they see Israel as a sort of “secondary target” for these potential terrorists, who are believed to be more likely to attack targets identified with the establishment in their own countries in the West.
It is true that ISIS is not attacking Israel head-on.   But that has to do with their strategy and their options of starting a war just now, rather than some top-secret Zionist-Islamist plot to take over the Middle East.

Islamic State has attacked Jews outside of Israel, most famously at the Hyper-Cacher in Paris.  Robert Fisk wants us to think that Israel is arming ISIS so it would attack Jews.

So why isn't Israel joining the Coalition against ISIS, you might wonder.  Well, there's this thing called Arab antisemitism.
Highlighting Israel’s contributions could be problematic in terms of complicating efforts to enlist Muslim allies in this effort,” said Michael Eisenstadt, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “[It] would also provide propaganda ammunition for the very jihadis that we are trying to fight.”

But Israel supports the Coalition.  "These groups must be fought, they must be rolled back, and they must ultimately be defeated. That’s why Israel fully supports President Obama’s call for united action against ISIS.”

As for why ISIS never mentions the very word "Israel"?   Maybe he should ask Iran why they never mention that word.   This must be beyond Fisk's comprehension, but not calling somebody by name does not usually show that you are lifelong friends.

Robert Fisk is engaging here in the most vile antisemitic tropes.   Jews are being terrorized by Islamic State and he's accusing them of supporting it.  Try Googling "Islamic State and Israel".  You will find mostly vile antisemitic sites pushing the same canard: Israel is partnering with ISIS, Israel is evil, Jews should be exterminated.

This is what passes for proper British media these days.