Friday, October 9, 2020

Greece: Jews celebrate outlawing of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party

Via Jewish News:

Greek Jews celebrated a court decision to outlaw the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, calling it a “landmark” ruling that protects democracy.

The ruling on Wednesday by the Athens Court of Appeals convicted seven of the party’s former lawmakers, including party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, of leading a criminal organisation, a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years, the Associated Press reported. The remaining 51 defendants were convicted of belonging to a criminal enterprise.

The court decision caps a trial that began in 2015 with prosecutors arguing that Golden Dawn leaders were criminally responsible for the fatal stabbing of rap singer Pavlos Fyssas by a party supporter. Other cases supporting the prosecution  were assaults on immigrants and left-wing activists.

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Leaders of Golden Dawn, which uses a Swastika-themed symbol, have a history of Holocaust denial and incitement against Jews.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Germany: Jewish student attacked with shovel in Hamburg

Via BBC:

A Jewish student has been badly injured in an attack by a man wielding a shovel as he entered a synagogue in the northern city of Hamburg.

The 26-year-old sustained severe head injuries and was taken to hospital, according to local media.

The suspected attacker was arrested and police confirmed they were investigating the case as attempted murder with anti-Semitic intent.

Last month Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of rising anti-Semitism.

The incident took place almost one year after a gunman attacked a synagogue in the city of Halle during Yom Kippur, killing two.

The victim of Sunday's attack was entering the synagogue when he was repeatedly hit on the head by the attacker.

The suspect, 29, was dressed in military clothes and had a hand-drawn swastika in his pocket, police said.

Police said the suspect was in a confused state when he was detained, reportedly by officers guarding the synagogue.

"The current assessment of the situation suggests this is an anti-Semitic motivated attack," a statement from police and prosecutors said. 

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Belgium: Antwerp Jews to lose army protection under new government’s plan


Via JTA:

Antwerp’s Jewish community will lose its military protection under a plan by Belgium’s new government to eliminate the presence of soldiers in urban centers.

Approximately 18,000 Jews live in the city in close proximity. Several troops protect its Jewish quarter.

A clause in the government’s plan, which was announced in the coalition agreement signed earlier this week, speaks of a “gradual withdrawal” of the military from urban centers.

“This plan is causing real alarm in the rank-and-file of the Jewish community of Antwerp,” Hans Knoop, a spokesman for the Forum of Jewish Organizations of the Flemish Region of Belgium, or FJO, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in an interview about the plan. “Neither the actual threat nor the government’s own assessment of it have diminished.”

Thousands of troops were deployed in Belgian cities in 2015 following deadly jihadist terrorist attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and at a kosher supermarket. Most have been reassigned.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Germany: Politicians part of 'Anti-Israel International', says expert

Via The Jerusalem Post:
Henryk Broder, Germany’s leading authority on contemporary antisemitism in the federal republic, wrote on Monday that scores of left-wing German politicians are anti-Israel because they signed a letter slamming Israel’s plan to exercise sovereignty over parts of the disputed West Bank territory.

Broder, who has testified in the Bundestag about new forms of Jew-hatred since the Holocaust, titled his article “The anti-Israel International” on the popular journalist website “The Axis of Good.” [...]

He mocked German politicians from the Left, Social Democratic and Green parties who signed the protest letter for not directing their letter to Turkey’s occupation of North Cyprus, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and China’s occupation of Tibet.

Critics have cited the European political preoccupation with the Jewish state as a form of double standard. Israel’s democracy is singled out while non-democratic nations who commit massive human rights crimes are not targeted.

The German politicians from the European parliament and the Bundestag, along with other politicians, wrote in their June 23 letter: “We, parliamentarians from across Europe committed to a rules-based global order, share serious concerns about President Trump’s plan for the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the imminent prospect of Israeli annexation of West Bank territory. We are deeply worried about the precedent this would set for international relations at large.”

A number of the German politicians who signed the letter promote the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign against Israel or have failed to take action against BDS-animated antisemitism within their party.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Belgium: Auschwitz is a "tourist attraction" according to newspaper

One of Belgian quality newspapers, La Libre Belgique, has "tactfully" designated the Auschwitz extermination camp as a "tourist attraction":

"Tourist attraction?"

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

UK: Jewish man 'scared to leave the house' after antisemitic attack

Via LancsLive:
A Jewish man was left unable to see out of one eye after three man battered him in an unprovoked attack.

Ashley Walne, from Burnley, was standing outside his home on March 16 when he was set upon by three assailants.

The 29-year-old shares the home with his mother Dawn, 51, who tried to stop the three attackers as they relentlessly beat her son.

The attackers called him a "filthy Jew" before assaulting him and leaving him with numerous injuries to the face and eye.

"The attack has affected me mentally a lot," Ashley told LancsLive.

"I keep reliving the incident over and over again, my GP thinks I may have a form of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

"I'm scared to go out of the house, I just keep thinking that someone else could come and attack me."

Ashley, who works as a funeral director, says that he is well known about the town for being proud of his Jewish heritage.

He was born in Burnley and has always been interested in his Jewish roots.

He said: "I'm quite well known about the town because I wear my Kippah (a traditional Jewish cap) all the time.

"I get a lot of verbal abuse on a daily basis but this was the first time I was physically attacked."
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Monday, June 29, 2020

Belgium: Two-year jail sentence for man who made antisemitic threats against MP

Via Jerusalem Post:
A man has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of €800 for carrying out an antisemitic death-threat campaign against a Jewish Belgian member of parliament.
Viviane Teitelbaum, a parliamentary representative for the capital of Brussels, was subjected to a stream of antisemitic insults over the Internet including death threats in 2018, by the unnamed man. The messages included antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories, such as a connection between Teitelbaum and the diamond trade in Antwerp, and issued the parliamentarian with a series of deadlines, threatening to kill her if she did not meet them, The Algemeiner has reported.

One message read: “After this deadline, Ms. Teitelbaum, I promise you that nothing will be left !!! Neither from your stalls, nor from your constructions made with our programs, nor from your network, nor therefore from your money, nor from your cities, nor from your diamonds…!”

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Belgians call for murder of Jews in public (video)

Belgians shout: "Khaybar ya Yahud"

Via EJP:
Around 500 people, some waving Palestinian flags, who rallied around Place du Trône to denounce plans to apply Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, called for a boycott of Israel and the implementation of international sanctions against the country. 
But a video shared on Twitter shows protesters shouting anti-Jewish slogans in Arabic and calling for the murder of Jews. The video led to angry reactions from readers. "Scandalous; It is an incitement to hatred." "It is incredible that this is allowed to be screamed in total impunity in the capital of Europe." "Under the pretext of anti-Zionism, they hate the Jews and call for their extermination." "Is Belgium still a country or a caliphate?"
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Portugal: Jews are always dirty and like being dirty

Today I was having coffee outside with my family in a small village in the Portuguese countryside when we heard a guy at a table next to us tell his friends that there are no poor Jews, that Jews are always dirty and like being dirty, that there were 12 banks in Belmonte (a village close by with the only remaining "native" Jewish community in Portugal)... It was pretty surreal...

UK: Labour politician sacked for tweeting actress's antisemitic conspiracy theory

Via Guardian:
Keir Starmer is facing a showdown with the left of Labour after his decisive sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey reignited the party’s internal turmoil over the issue of antisemitism.

In a swift move, Long-Bailey was summarily dismissed as shadow education secretary for sending an approving tweet about an interview in which the actor Maxine Peake said the US police tactic of kneeling on someone’s neck was taught by the Israeli secret service.

This was emphatically denied by Israel, and Peake later retracted the claim. By then, however, Long-Bailey had been fired.
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Germany: Celebrity chef accused of anti-Semitic social media posts

Via Times of Israel:
A German celebrity chef has upped his output of anti-Semitic social media posts, including one suggesting that Chancellor Angela Merkel was appointed by “Zionists,” according to a German fact-checking blog.

Attila Hildmann, a vegan chef and author, has been publishing material that is rife with anti-Semitic canards, Volksverpetzer said.

Hildmann is among a handful of German celebrities who have drawn attention recently for promoting conspiracy myths, some involving Jews. They often blame Germany’s strict coronavirus lockdown measures on Jews.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Portugal: Death of a Jew-hater (June 18, 2010)

"We can better understand their biblical god when we know his followers. Jehovah or Yaweh or whatever he is called, is a fierce and spiteful god, whom the Israelis always live up to." José Saramago
"What is happening in Palestine is a crime we can put on the same plane as what happened at Auschwitz... A sense of impunity characterises the Israeli people and its army. They have turned into rentiers of the Holocaust."

On the 10th anniversary of the death of José Saramago.

David Frum @ National Post:
Jose Saramago, Nobel laureate in literature and anti-Semite, died Friday aged 87 [2010].

Saramago won his prize in 1998. He put his new global fame to the service of a new cause: denunciations of Israel. But unlike other European anti-Zionists, Saramago explicitly connected his dislike of Israel to his feelings about Jews.

In a speech in Brazil on Oct. 13, 2003, Saramago reportedly unburdened himself of this thought about the world’s Jews: “Living under the shadows of the Holocaust and expecting to be forgiven for anything they do on behalf of what they have suffered seems abusive to me. They didn’t learn anything from he suffering of their parents and grandparents.”

It was Judaism itself that Saramago blamed for everything he disliked in Israel. He wrote in the Spanish newspaper El Pais on April 21, 2002:
“[C]ontaminated by the monstrous and rooted ‘certitude’ that in this catastrophic and absurd world there exists a people chosen by God … the Jews endlessly scratch their own wound to keep it bleeding, to make it incurable, and they show it to the world as if it were a banner. Israel seizes hold of the terrible words of God in Deuteronomy: ‘Vengeance is mine, and I will be repaid.’”
A few weeks previous, Saramago had visited Ramallah. The visit occurred shortly after the Passover 2002 suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in Netanya, Israel that killed 30 people and wounded 140 more. Saramago expressed no grief for these murdered innocents. Instead, he toured areas damaged during fighting between Israeli and Palestinian armed forces and pronounced to a Portuguese radio interviewer: “[I]n Palestine, there is a crime which we can stop. We may compare it with what happened at Auschwitz.”

Most European critics of Israel try to draw some kind of line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. The line may be half-hearted and unconvincing, but still — they try. Saramago ignored such niceties. He followed the example of Middle Eastern anti-Zionists: He hated Israel, he hated the Jews who lived there and he did not scruple to express his hatred bluntly.

In 2006, Saramago joined a group of other writers in a statement denouncing Israel’s campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon: Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Canada’s Naomi Klein. They accused Israel of plotting the “liquidation of the Palestinian nation.”
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Saramago wrote in the Madrid newspaper El Pais (as translated by Paul Berman in The Forward):
"Intoxicated mentally by the messianic dream of a Greater Israel which will finally achieve the expansionist dreams of the most radical Zionism; contaminated by the monstrous and rooted 'certitude' that in this catastrophic and absurd world there exists a people chosen by God and that, consequently, all the actions of an obsessive, psychological and pathologically exclusivist racism are justified; educated and trained in the idea that any suffering that has been inflicted, or is being inflicted, or will be inflicted on everyone else, especially the Palestinians, will always be inferior to that which they themselves suffered in the Holocaust, the Jews endlessly scratch their own wound to keep it bleeding, to make it incurable, and they show it to the world as if it were a banner."

Europe/Portugal: Anti-Semitism in Europe: ‘The devil that never dies’

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Belgium: Vote by Parliament of a resolution to recognize a "State of Palestine"

Via European Jewish Press:
The vote last week by a Belgian parliament committee of a motion of resolution to recognize a "State of Palestine" is "not a useful step", said Israel’s ambassador to Belgium, Emmanuel Nahshon.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the parliament, voted a motion for resolution calling on the Belgian government to recognize a "State of Palestine". The motion was presented by a Socialist MP and co-signed by the Greens, the French-speaking Christian Democrats and the far left. It was adopted by a small majority of 8 votes to 7. The Liberals, the Flemish Christian Democrats, the Flemish nationalist NV-An, the far right Vlaams Belang opposed the motion. [...]

The resolution must now be examined soon in the plenary of the House of Representatives.

Emmanuel Nahshon admits that this resolution risks complicating relations between Belgium and Israel.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

UK: Man makes Nazi salute in front of Jewish restaurants in North London

Via Shaul David:
This evening an idiot walked past a few jewish restaurants giving the Nazi salute in North London, a number of mostly girls and women outside. First time I witness this in my 17 years in London. This is going to be a long, difficult summer.

Belgium: Holocaust series claims Jews massacred and displaced Palestinians

Via Jerusalem Post:
A Belgian state broadcaster claimed in a Holocaust documentary that Jews repeatedly “massacred” and “systematically” displaced Palestinians.
The claim was aired on May 26 in a voiceover narration in the fifth episode of the Dutch-language television documentary series titled “Children of the Holocaust” produced by the VRT broadcaster.

After seven Arab armies declared war on and invaded Israel in May 1948, “Israel’s army systematically destroyed Palestinian villages, expulsed the population and destroyed their homes,” the narrator said about the days following the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.

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