Friday, October 24, 2014

Greece: Youth vote for Golden Dawn for racist/supremacist reasons, study finds

Young people who voted for Golden Dawn in 2012 did so out of ideological conviction and not for reasons stemming from the economic crisis, a new study from a leading Athens university shows.

Conducted by researchers at the Panteion University, the study also found that the level of identification among Golden Dawn’s young voters with its aims was higher than for youth who backed other parties. These voters generally view Golden Dawn as a “nationalist party”, rejecting as “despicable” its description as “fascist” or “neonazi” even though they recognise that there are ideological affinities between it and fascism.

“The majority insists on the cultural and biological superiority of the Greeks and the corresponding inferiority of other ethnicities. However, this pride is accompanied by feelings of national humiliation, resentment and self-pity when faced with the decline that the country is experiencing,” said Koronaiou. 

UK: Ukip defends link to extremist Polish party

Ukip has defended its European Parliament alliance with a member of a party whose leader questions the Holocaust and makes racist slurs.

The British party admitted Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz was an "odd bedfellow" following his recruitment this week, but said it was necessary to work with him.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he had found "nothing in this guy's background to suggest he is a political extremist at all" and dismissed comments Mr Iwaszkiewicz reportedly made about wife-beating as "a joke".

Mr Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Congress of the New Right, whose leader, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, is reported to have said that Hitler was unaware of the Holocaust.

Korwin-Mikke has previously spoken of a "Holocaust industry" and made offensive remarks about black Americans and rape. He also called Jews "our worst enemies".

More: The Jewish Chronicle

France: Jewish leader indicted for calling a convicted anti-Semite an anti-Semite

Roger Cukierman, president of France’s largest Jewish group, was indicted for calling the comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala a “professional anti-Semite.”

Cukierman, who heads the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities and organizations, announced the indictment on Monday in a video that appeared on the CRIF website.

“So I am being indicted for having stated on Europe 1 that Dieudonne is a professional anti-Semite. Isn’t that funny? For once, Dieudonne is actually comical,” Cukierman said.

Dieudonne has 10 convictions for inciting racial hatred against Jews, according to CRIF. He also invented the quenelle salute, which French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said was an inverted Nazi gesture of anti-Semitic hate, and the term “shoananas,” a mashup of the Hebrew word for the Holocaust and the French word for pineapple, which is used to suggest the genocide never happened without explicitly violating France’s laws against doing so.

More: Times of Israel

Belgium: Maccabi Brussels football club getting police protection

Newspaper La Capitale reports that police are stepping up protection measures towards Maccabi football club.  Since the killings at the Brussels Jewish Museum the club, which has 400 members, is under permanent protection.

All community buildings (synagogues, nurseries, schools, nursing homes etc) are provided with security measures.

Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reported that anti-Semitism in Europe is increasing and that children in Brussels hide their Jewishness.

Via: Belgium stand with Israel (Facebook)

UK: HuffPo article blames Jews for murder & kidnapping of Jewish kids

Neil Gibb, in an article on the Huffington Post UK site, proves he knows nothing about Israel, Gaza or recent history.  I'm sure there are many such people, they just don't usually flaunt their ignorance.
In Gaza recently nearly three thousand people, mainly women and children, were killed by precision shelling because of a conflict that was triggered by one young man being beaten to death as he was 'an Arab', and then a tit-for-tat killing of some other young men because they were 'Jews'.
According to Gibb, the chain of events is as follows:
1. Arab boy beaten to death  (Jewish aggression)
2. Jewish boys killed (Arab 'tit-for-tat')
3. Precision shelling of nearly 3,000 people, mainly women and children

Now, let's review what really happened:
1. Jewish boys were killed (Arab aggression)
2. Israeli army targets Hamas in the West Bank
3. Arab boy beaten to death (Jewish 'tit-for-tat')
4. As a result of #2, Hamas in Gaza attacks Israel (Arab aggression)
5. Israel responds  (Jewish 'tit-for-tat').  Israel employed 'precision shelling' in order to avoid killing civilians, and not, as Gibb portrays it, in order to target women and children.

And (of course) he gets his numbers wrong.  He claims 3,000 Gazans were killed, most of which were women and children.

According to the UN (via Wikipedia): 2,189 Gazans died during the Gaza war.  1,486 are believed to be civilians  513 were children, 269 were women.   So, about 2,000 killed, a third of which were women and children.

This is what the Huffington Post considers professional journalism.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Austria: Man says anger at Israel was reason for "Jews should disappear" post

I posted about this story back when Kurz complained he was getting antisemitic abuse, but I think it's interesting to look at the attacker's defense: he was upset at Israel. And that is why he wrote that "Jews should disappear" and that "Hitler didn't do enough".  Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, pure and simple.

A 25-year-old man from Lower Austria has been ordered to do community service after posting hate speech on Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz’s Facebook page.

The man, an industrial engineer, said that “in principle” he regretted posting anti-Semitic comments, but said in his defence that he had been “very upset” after Israel launched air strikes on Gaza. 
Kurz received dozens of anti-Semitic posts on his personal Facebook page after he posted an appeal for peace in the Middle East in July. He then submitted screenshots from his Facebook page to the state prosecutor. 
Lower Austrian prosecutor Thomas Ernst read out the following post in court: "Peace will exist only when the Jews completely disappear! In 1950 they did not have a place and now they are in Palestine and murdering people there to get more space! Hitler clearly didn’t do enough!" 

In his defence the man said that he only meant that “Jews should disappear from the Gaza strip”. However the judge said that his reference to Hitler would suggest that this was indeed hate speech. “It was the wrong choice of words. I wrote them out of a sense of frustration,” the accused said.

More: The Local

Demark: 75% support ban on male circumcision

The Danish Parliament is set to once again debate the legality of male circumcision today, with the Red-Green Alliance and the Liberal Alliance teaming up to push for a ban on the practice. The other parliamentary parties are in internal disagreement on the matter.

A survey of 1,000 Danes polled in the last few days found that the Danish people overwhelmingly support a ban, with nearly three in four backing either a full or partial ban, whilst only ten percent supported the rights of parents to circumcise their sons. The debate will once again raise fears that anti-Semitism is gripping the region.

More: Breitbart News

France: Dieudonné to form a political party named 'National Reconciliation'

Dieudonné's previous poitical party,
Liste antisioniste - "for the
liberation of Europe"
Dieudonne has 10 convictions for inciting racial hatred against Jews, according to CRIF. He also invented the quenelle, a Nazi-like gesture that many have deemed anti-Semitic, and the term “shoananas,” a mash-up of the Hebrew word for the Holocaust and the French word for pineapple that is used to suggest that the genocide never happened without explicitly violating French laws.

Earlier this year, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls — then the interior minister — advised mayors to ban Dieudonne’s shows, leading to their cancellation. The comedian’s replacement routine featured less anti-Semitic material.

Dieudonne and the far-right Holocaust denier Alain Soral recently decided to form a political party, the news site reported Tuesday.

Last week, Dieudonne was indicted for fraud, money laundering and abuse of public funds, Le Monde reported. It is believed that Dieudonne, who declared he had no money to pay fines he received for his hate speech, transferred more than $500,000 to Cameroon while he declared himself to be insolvent.

More: JTA and Europe-Israël (French)

Switzerland: Retailer Migros apologizes over Hitler and Mussolini Hitler coffee cream pots

Swiss retailer Migros apologized on Wednesday for what it said was a string of errors which put coffee cream with the faces of Hitler and Mussolini in cafes in the Alpine country.

Migros said it "offered its excuses for this unforgivable incident" and that it was in the process of withdrawing the small pots of cream from cafes to which they had been delivered.

Labels from mini cream pots have cult following in Switzerland, with manufacturers feeding the passion of collectors by releasing regular new editions. The plastic pots were not on sale in the Migros supermarket network, but served to customers who ordered white coffee at about a hundred restaurants and cafes among retail giant's business clients.

Migros said one of its subsidiaries, milk company ELSA, had been responsible for supplying the cream and that its internal control procedures had been "insufficient". The designs were developed by Karo, a firm which specializes in cream pots, and were part of a 55-label series based on vintage cigar bands. Among them were cigar bands from the pre-World War II era which showed the faces of Nazi German dictator Adolf Hitler and his Italian Fascist counterpart Benito Mussolini.

Source: The Local

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UK.: West Brom boss reveals why he had to sack Anelka

Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle gesture embarrassed and damaged West Bromwich Albion, the club’s chairman has said. Speaking for the first time about the affair, Jeremy Pearce said it had been a “huge issue in terms of our standing”.

West Brom terminated the player’s contract after he had made the gesture – a form of Nazi salute – during a Premier League match in December 2013. The move came after the Football Association banned Anelka for five matches and fined him £80,000. Mr Peace told the Express and Star newspaper that attempts to make the player apologise failed. He said: “We got Nicolas in here with his advisers.

Richard Garlick (Albion’s technical director at the time) was dealing with him. “I was in my office in the room next door. I said I want him to say ‘I am sorry to all these people’. “They tried to draw up a statement. There was a mealy-mouthed paragraph and I said (to Garlick): ‘He hasn’t apologised, get him to apologise.’ “It was quite clear he wasn’t going to so, bang – out. Right, sever the contract, cut it. It was gross misconduct, because of the damage he’d done. Mr Peace added that he felt “extremely strongly” that Anelka should have apologised, “because of the damage (he caused) to everyone, to the community he affected, the embarrassment he caused to the club”.

More:  Jewish Chronicle

Hungary: Holocaust survivors sue for restitution in US, say anti-Semitism prevents justice

On Tuesday, that court heard lawyers for Hungarian survivors say that increasing anti-Semitism in Hungary makes it impossible for their clients to win their Holocaust restitution case there.

“A virulent strain of anti-Semitism has been spreading at an alarming rate within Hungary … and these dangerous sentiments have found increased acceptance among mainstream Hungarian politicians and parliamentarians,” lawyers for nearly 100 Hungarian survivors said in court papers filed ahead of their arguments to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

More: Jewish Week

UK: Man jailed for anti-Semitic tweet

Photo: Times of Israel

A 21-year-old man who sent a “grossly offensive” anti-Semitic message to Liverpool MP Luciana Berger has been jailed.

Ms Berger was said to be “deeply shocked” by the tweet, sent by Garron Helm of Thomson Road, Litherland, which showed a Holocaust-era star on the MP’s head with the hashtag ‘Hitler was right’.


The tweet then called the MP a “communist Jewess” and read: “You can always trust a Jew to show their true colours eventually.”

More: Liverpool Echo

Belgium: Physicist says Holocaust is lucrative business and global religion

Jean Bricmont is a Professor of physics at the Catholic University of Louvain and a member of the prestigious Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium and is well-known for his obsessive interest in Jews, Zionism, Israel, the "lobby", the "zionisation of the American mind" etc. He relentlessly posts on his Facebook page and gives lectures about these pet subjects.  His prestigious posts and high standing in Belgian society and academic world give the lie to all those who pretend that nobody is allowed to criticize Jews, Zionism, Israel, the lobby etc. without suffering dire consequences.  Such is the power of intimidation that ... he is never criticised - well nobody dares to criticize him to be precise.  On the contrary he is honoured, praised and feted.

The amount of anti-Israel/Jew/Zionist stuff he comes up with and in turn churns out is absolutely amazing.  Phenomenal.  A couple of days ago, Jean Bricmont spotted a very moving speech given by former French P.M. François Fillon in Israel in January 2014.  Bricmont immediately jumped to the conclusion that there must be something fishy behind Mr. Fillon's sympathy for Israel and quoted excerpts of the speech adding his personal comment: 'Don't tell me that this religion [the Holocaust] is not "useful'".

By way of explanation, Prof. Bricmont linked to an absolutely disgusting article by an Algerian (Chems Eddine Chitour) entitled: The Holocaust: cash pump and global religion.

More: Philosémitisme blog

UK: Journalist compares "Zionist terrorists" to Hamas, Taliban

Michael Portillo, a BBC journalist and former Conservative politicians, compared Hamas and Taliban terrorists to the "Zionist terrorists who formed the State of Israel", on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Moral Maze’ (via BBC Watch).  Luckily, Islamic State did 'terrible things' which sets them apart from those hateful Zionists.

“So you wouldn’t say then that the terrible things they’ve [ISIS] done – Michael Buerk listed some of them at the beginning – you wouldn’t say that that uniquely sets them apart, let’s say from Zionist terrorists…eh….who formed the State of Israel, Hamas with whom we want Israel now to speak, the Taliban with whom we have all spoken – so it doesn’t set them apart?” 
“But might it also be an interesting paradox that as we come under such pressure from Islamic State that we’ll want to settle whatever we can in the region, so actually we’ll probably be pressuring Israelis to talk to the formerly demonised Hamas?” [emphasis added]

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Belgium: University initiation asks students to pretend they're Palestinians, avoid "big bad Jew"

invitation to the event, via 7sur7
the picture shows a Jewish woman (note the kippah),
with red eyes saying "you shall not pass!"

Invitation to event couched in anti-Semitic language, reading 'your goal is to avoid the big bad Jew'

Belgian philosophy students have chosen a mock reenactment of this summer's war between Israel and Gaza as the initiation ritual for newcomers, the country's media reported.

An invitation for the party, scheduled for Tuesday, issued by the student association of Liege University's philosophy department, was couched in blatantly anti-Semitic language.

The Belgian daily La Meuse quoted the invitation as reading "You'll be walking in the shoes of a little Palestinian. The goal of your evening is to avoid the big bad Jew and reclaim your home."

More: i24News