Thursday, July 31, 2014

Greece: Greeks with soft spot for conspiracy theories are more likely to hold anti-Semitic views

Anti-Semitism in Greece is more common among people who are susceptible to the lure of conspiracy theories, a new survey has shown. 
The study, which was carried out by a group of Greek experts from local as well as international institutions and unveiled during a recent seminar in Berlin, was conducted before Israel's latest Gaza offensive. 
“The more a person feels weak and victimized, the more they participate in the political culture of the underdog, the more they are to believe in conspiracy theories and hold anti-Semitic views,” Giorgos Antoniou, a professor of European history at the International Hellenic University (IHU) in Thessaloniki, told Kathimerini English Edition.

More: Kathimerini, h/t glykosymoritis

France: Jew attacked with baseball bat

On Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath), a group of Jews leaving a synagogue in Paris were accosted by a man in a car who shouted at them "dirty Jew".   When a 47-year old Jew tried to intervene, he came at him with a baseball bat.  A suspect was arrested.

More: Le Parisien

Norway: NRK reports that "US media is controlled by Israel lobby"

Via Norway, Israel and the Jews:

Gro Holm is a senior news anchor for NRK, Norway's public broadcaster and is currently their correspondent in Washington.  She is married to Kai Eide, a former UN special envoy to Afghanistan and Kosovo.

In a recent article, Holm explained to the Norwegian public why the US supports Israel: the media is controlled by the Israeli lobby.  Despite that, some of them tried to show the Palestinian side.

Pay attention closely: the article claims the "Israeli lobby" controls the media, but then smoothly explains that Jews are over-represented in the US media market.  Holm does highlight the few who don't 'fall in line' with Israeli propaganda.

Because, obviously, there can be no other reason.  It must be Jewish mind-control.

That's right. Norwegian media resorts to antisemitic conspiracy theories to explain why Israel's ally supports Israel.

Holm is not an anti-Zionist, she is an antisemite.

Belgium: Doctor refuses to treat 90 year old Jewish woman, "send her to Gaza for a few hours"

A Flemish doctor refused to treat a 90 year old Jewish woman.  The doctor was on call when the woman's son called a medical hotline, as his mother suffered pain from a rib fracture.  The doctor quickly figured out the woman was Jewish, based on her name and address in Antwerp, as well as her son's American accent, said he won't come and hung up.  When the family called again, he said:  "Send her to Gaza for a few hours and than she won't feel any more pain".

The doctor confirmed the story, but said he was emotionally distraught at the time.

More: Joods Actueel, h/t Philosémitisme Blog

Netherlands: Man shows in clip how he'll kill Zionists "like Zombies"

Said C., the owner of a controversial driving school from the Hague, threatened to kill Zionists "like Zombies".  In a clip he posted to his business' Facebook page, Said said that Zionists are like Zombies.  "You know what you do with Zombies? You must kill them." He then fired his gun, emptying it.  Picking up his other gun he added, "But that's not enough, you have to make sure they're dead." After which he fired more bullets.

More: De Telegraaf (clip included)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Germany: Pro-Palestine protesters chase Jew shouting "Jew! We'll get you"

Police officers had to protect an Israeli tourist at the weekend after protesters spotted his yarmulke and reportedly charged towards him shouting ‘Jew! We’ll get you.’
More: European Jewish Press

Spain: 100 celebrities accuse Israel of genocide, targeting children

A letter accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza was endorsed by 100 Spanish celebrities, including Academy Award winners Pedro Almodovar, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. 
On Monday the actors, writers and directors endorsed a letter that Bardem published last week in the Barcelona-based El Periodico de Catalunya, the daily reported. 
This is a war of occupation and extermination against a whole people without means, confined to a miniscule territory without water and where hospitals, ambulances, and children are targeted and presumed to be terrorists,” Bardem, himself an Academy Award-winning actor, wrote.
More: JTA

Netherlands: Mayor says "no lines were crossed" in ISIS "Death to Jews" protest

Thousands of residents in The Hague are demanding that their city’s mayor Jozias van Aartsen be fired after his argued inaction over anti-Semitic comments outed at a demonstration. 
According to to the residents, at a demonstration last week Thursday in the Schilderswijk in The Hague, anti-Semitic slogans were shouted (‘Death to the Jews’), but no effort was made to reprimand the culprits. The police made no arrests, and Mayor Van Aartsen said in a statement after the incident that “no lines were crossed.”
More: NL Times

Hungary: Jobbik leader hopes EU nationalist parties didn't sell their souls "to the baby murderer Israeli state"

Hungary should cut diplomatic links with Israel until the state of Palestine becomes free, radical nationalist Jobbik leader Gabor Vona said at a demonstration in Budapest late on Thursday. 
Vona who had a keffiyeh in his neck said in front of the Israeli embassy that the party would submit a resolution to parliament about this before the end of the week. Jobbik will contact the leaders of “European national parties” in the next few days and ask them to support Palestinians. He said he was especially looking forward to reactions from the Freedom Party of Austria and the National Front of France that could prove wrong the rumours that they “sold their souls to the baby murderer Israeli state.”  
Vona reiterated his call for Hungarians to boycott products from Israel.

More: h/t glykosymoritis

Germany: Attempt to burn down synagogue

Attackers threw Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in the western city of Wuppertal in the early hours of Tuesday in an apparent attempt to burn it down. 
A neighbour alarmed police after spotting flames near the Bergische Synagogue in Gemarker Straße in the eastern district of Barmen at around 2.15 am.

Police said they believed three young arsonists had thrown several Molotov cocktails in the direction of the synagogue doors. Officers found broken bottles on the ground at the entrance, police said in a statement.
More: The Local

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UK: Rabbi attacked by Muslim youth

A rabbi was hospitalized after being beaten by four teens in an unprovoked anti-Semitic attack, police in the United Kingdom said. 
Gateshead Police said that they have charged the four teenagers in connection with the assault on the local rabbi.
19-year-old Qaiser Malik, and 18-year-old Balawal Sultan, both of Newcastle, and a 16 and 17-year-old man, were charged with racially aggravated assault.  

More: YJN, h/t CFCA

Germany: Frankfurt community threatened 30 Jews would be killed

Meanwhile, a rabbi in Frankfurt am Main received a phone call from a man who threatened to kill 30 Jews in the city if his family in Gaza was harmed. 
Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany told the Frankfurter Rundschau on Tuesday that the rabbi received the call last Friday from a Palestinian man. 
Graumann said the Jewish community was taking the threat seriously.

More: The Local

Spain: Op-ed supports Jewish expulsion from Spain

The Jewish community in Madrid said it would take legal measures against a well-known writer who used the Israeli operation in Gaza to justify the historic expulsion of Jews from Spain, in an editorial published July 23 in the Spanish daily El Mundo. 
Antonio Gala, an award-winning playwright and author, explained that “It’s not strange that they have been so frequently expelled,” adding: "What is surprising is that they persist. Either they are not good, or are being poisoned". He also wrote that he is "not a racist", according to the Times of Israel.
Gala begins with the assertion that “The Jewish People could have done much good for mankind” but “it is a thought they were not made to coexist.”

More: i24news h/t glykosymoritis

Italy: "Jews, your end is near" - Antisemitic posters, graffiti plastered around Rome

Slogans included: "Israel assassin", "Jews, your end is near", "dirty Jews", "Anne Frank sings fibs", "Every Palestinian is today like a comrade -- One enemy, one barricade".

Netherlands: Jews hire bodyguards after getting death threats, remove mezuzahs from door posts

At least 15-20 prominent Dutch Jews have hired bodyguards after being threatened and terrorized.

Roland Kahn, a businessman, says that not only had he been called "dirty Jew" and received death threats, but his shops are also targeted and he was threatened they'll be set on fire. His daughter in America also received threats, as well as his girlfriend, who's of Muslim origin.  A number of his Moroccan employees were threatened by their fellow Moroccans because they work for him and support him.

A source familiar with security in the Jewish community says that Jewish families have removed the mezuzah from their doorposts, to avoid being targeted.  In Amsterdam-South, cars were vandalized with swastikas.  Thousands of Jews have experience antisemitism in thier neighborhoods.

More: De Telegraaf

UK: MP says he'd fire a rocket at Israel

A British lawmaker was criticized Wednesday for tweeting that he would fire rockets at Israel if he lived in Palestinian territory. 
“The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes,” Liberal Democrat member of parliament David Ward tweeted. 
Ward has previously been suspended from the junior party in Britain’s coalition because of remarks about the Jewish state.
More: Times of Israel

France: Jewish activist assaulted at home

A French Jewish activist whose address was published in anti-Israel forums online was ambushed outside his home by several men who caused him minor injuries.

The attack Friday in Bobigny near Paris was one of several violent incidents and expressions of hate that occurred over the weekend across Europe. There has been a surge in such incidents since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge earlier this month in Gaza.

The 24-year-old activist’s name appeared last week on a page on Facebook that contained the names and photos of dozens of people, including some of their addresses. The Facebook page of  “Young French Revolutionaries” was taken offline, but a cached version of it shows the caption “Smile, you’re on camera” on the post containing the dozens of pictures and details.

More: JTA

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Turkey: Group of Arabs attack Jew in airport

An "Eda Chareidit" kashrut certifier was attacked in the Istanbul airport earlier this week.  A group of Arabs who saw him gathered round him, cursing and blocking his way.   A Turkish Airlines representative saved the man from the crowd.

In response the "Eda Chareidit" pulled all its kashrut certifiers from Turkey.

More: Hidabroot

Belgium: Turkish-owned cafe puts up ‘No Jews allowed’ sign

The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, filed the complaint Wednesday with the mayor of Saint-Nicolas against the parties responsible for hanging a Turkish- and French-language sign at a cafe in the Liege suburb. 
The Turkish text reads, “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” The French text replaces “Jews” with “Zionists.”

More: JTA

Austria: Turkish fans of French Lille attack Israeli football players

Maccabi Haifa's pre-season game against Lille in Austria was stopped when pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch.  
With Lille winning 2-0, supporters of reportedly Turkish origin entered the pitch and headed for the Maccabi players. 
One of the players is seen to trip a fan before punches were thrown. The Maccabi players - some of whom retaliated - managed to leave the field unhurt. 

More: Daily Mail

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NOMEDIA Day: Norwegian media yells 'genocide!' (but only for Israel)

NOMEDIA Day - Norwegian Media is Antisemitic Day.

Today I will review the Norwegian media's biased view of Israel and it's Jewish population.

NRK reporting on the "Israeli genocide in Gaza"

The Norway, Israel and the Jews blog interviewed Dr. Rachel Suissa, head of the local Center against Antisemitism:

In a late evening news report on Wednesday 9 July from the Norwegian state owned broadcaster NRK, summarizing earlier news reports, the NRK had only one message for the Norwegian people: Israel is perpetrating genocide! The ”witness” and source of this message was the leader of the terrorist organization Al-Fatah, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas. Despite the fact that the NRK does report and inform about the Palestinian rocket fire against civilian targets in Israel, the unconditional conclusion without any remonstrance whatsoever is that Israel commits genocide whenever the country defends its civil population against a widening attack from Palestinian terrorists.
Well, you say, Norwegian media is just looking for headlines.  Surely they call every war a genocide in that breathless tabloid manner that only sees the bottom line of making money off selling headlines and not news.

Nettavisen reports: Israel committing genocide in Gaza Strip
Neglecting to mention in headline that this is opinion of
Holocaust denier and Israel hater Mahmoud Abbas
NRK are not the only ones. Many Norwegian media outlets rushed out with headlines announcing the "Israeli genocide in Gaza".  Nettavisen's article, above, quoted Palestinian doctors who said that four Israeli attacks only killed women and children.  In fact, to believe the Palestinians, Israeli soldiers are fighting phantom fighters that do not exist, and are being killed by phantom bullets that are not being shot.

The article did not mention Gaza was firing rockets at civilian population centers in Israel.

I googled Google News Norway for 'Israel genocide'. I got 215 results.

Googling 'Syria genocide', on the other hand, gave me 4 results, three of which happened to be about Israel.
That's right. I found only one case in which Norwegian media called the ethnic cleansing going on in Syria right now a 'genocide'.

The English language Google News was still biased against Israel (11,000 of Syria vs. 27,000 of Israel), but there's no comparison.

To sum up: Norwegian Media thinks Israel is committing genocide. It does not think there's any genocide going on in neighboring Syria.  

Norwegian media gives its readers and viewers a biased portrayal of the Palestine-Israeli conflict. It does not employ any criticism when interviewing the Palestinian side. Any claim, no matter how far fetched, is reported as is. 

Norwegian criticism is only reserved for the Israeli side, if it's even reported.

The Norwegian media is ignoring Hamas war crimes. It is ignoring the context of this war - a context in which Hamas, a terrorist group intent on killing all Jews, stepped up firing rockets at Israeli civilians.  A context in which Israeli children within the 40km range from Gaza, grow up in bomb shelters, knowing they have 15 seconds to get there when Gaza's terrorist group fire rockets at them.

The Norwegian public doesn't hear a word about it.

The Norwegian media has taken sides. It is not reporting the news.  It is not giving the Norwegian population the tools with which to understand what is going on in the world.  Instead, it is intent on spreading lies, hatred and incitement against Israel and its Jewish population.

This is the last post for NOMEDIA Day, but it is by far not the last of Norwegian media antisemitism. Today I have tried to give you a taste, a really tiny sliver, of what passes for journalism in Norway.

I don't usually follow up on the Norwegian media. It is hard to keep up with antisemitism hidden behind insidious words like "Israel is committing genocide".

I'd like to thank the Norway, Israel and the Jews blog for it's painstaking work in following up on this issue.  It's a depressing, thankless task, since, as you may have gathered, the Norwegian media does not take criticism well and can be quite vindictive.

I'd also like to thank MIFF, the pro-Israel organization that Norwegian journalist Fredrik Græsvik thinks should be banned.  MIFF works tirelessly to represent the Israeli side to the Norwegian public.  The media, obviously, will not bother.

NOMEDIA Day: We never show pictures of dead children, but we make an exception for anti-Israel incitement

NOMEDIA Day - Norwegian Media is Antisemitic Day.

Today I will review the Norwegian media's biased view of Israel and it's Jewish population.

In 2009 Norwegian newspaper Aftenbladet published a picture of a child killed when her family's home was bombed was Israel during the Gaza war.

Aftenbladet felt the need to explain.  They don't usually print pictures of bodies and certainly not of dead children, but this time they felt they had to make an exception.  (h/t Norway, Israel and the Jews)

I think I can finish this article here.  Aftenbladet decided that of all the atrocities in the world, of all the children killed, of all the carnage and ethnic cleansing and honor murders and brutality this world can inflict on innocent children, the one picture that they wanted to show was a girl killed in an accidental bombing by Israel, during a war in which Israel tried to stop the constant firing of rockets from Gaza. (this last fact was not mentioned, btw).

So, how did Aftenbladet justify their one time exception?

Aftenbladet wanted to show its readers, the Norwegian people, what the Arab world is seeing.  Not that Aftenbladet bothered to give its readers a critical view of Arab antisemitism and incitement against Israel.  They decided to join in!  Of course, they're just printing this picture, but just that you know, dear reader, that the Arabs are flooded with them.

I'll just repeat this again, because I think it's mind-boggling: Aftenbladet justified anti-Israel incitement by saying that the Arab media does it too.

Now you know why Norwegians are antisemitic. Because Arabs are.  I am not making this up.  In Norway, this passes for journalistic logic.

Of course, Aftenbladet does posses a bit of healthy journalistic criticism.  Therefore they also tell use that while Israel says it's conducting a chirurgical operation, they know for a fact that it is a lie, because Gaza is one of the world's most populated region.

That's right, they justified their antisemitic incitement by resorting to lies that are quite easy to refute with simple googling.

Source: CIJA

As it happens, Copenhagen is denser than Gaza.  Anyway, Aftenbladet knows for a fact that a helicopter can't shoot at a building in a densely populated area and only hit a specific, targeted apartment.  They are experts in modern urban warfare and they have concluded it is impossible.

Aftenbladet didn't think it should report about Norwegian atrocities in Afghanistan either.  The only body of a child the Norwegian public can see is one they can pin on the Jews.

Anyway, this picture was used to illustrate the story about the bombing itself, and then again to illustrate the story of a 'school massacre' in Gaza.

In 2014, Aftenbladet published the picture again.  Though they did not add any new information, their site says the page was updated July 11th, 2014.

Norwegian media - the only western media in the world that declares it wants to give its readers a taste of Arab antisemitism.

NOMEDIA Day: Norwegian media spreads antisemitic conspiracy theories

NOMEDIA Day - Norwegian Media is Antisemitic Day.

Today I will review the Norwegian media's biased view of Israel and it's Jewish population.

Norwegian media's antisemitic slant did not start yesterday.  In 2004, Bjørn Stærk reported on his blog how NRK, Norway's public broadcaster, got back at Ester Kristoffer, who dared criticize the Norwegian media for being antisemitic (imagine that!).

Well, NRK showed her!  By reporting about an antisemitic conspiracy.  According to Norway's official broadcaster, the Israeli embassy, no less, was running a secret network of Christians to influence Norwegian public opinion.  How devious of those Jews!
On the Saturday evening news, NRK took revenge. 
I was there during part of the filming. The journalist was quite clear on the angle. He had begun to notice a strong anti-Israeli mood in Norway, bordering on hatred, had heard about Ester's criticism of NRK and other media, and wanted to give her a chance to present her case. Because of her involvement with the antisemitism meeting, they did some filming with other people in the project present. I didn't quite believe his story, but I have no reputation I care about losing, and didn't object to being filmed. 
I didn't catch the interview, and NRK hasn't put it online, but it appears that when it aired on Saturday, the friendly angle had been replaced by a conspiracy theory in which the Israeli embassy supports a secret network of Christians, through which it hopes to manipulate Norwegian opinion. This is utterly false, pure invention. It's the kind of lie that demonstrates the inspiration of antisemitic ideas on modern anti-Israelism. People don't just spontaneously come together to contradict what everyone agrees to be common sense. No, they form secret networks, with nameless and influential members. And at the center of it all, pulling the strings, there's always a Jew.

Don't believe it?  We all know that Norwegian journalists do not spread lies, hate or incitement. Definitely not against Jews.  So it must be true.

NOMEDIA Day: Norwegian media giving the stage to rabid antisemites

NOMEDIA Day - Norwegian Media is Antisemitic Day.

Today I will review the Norwegian media's biased view of Israel and it's Jewish population.

I don't think I can talk about Norwegian media antisemitism without talking about Mads Gilbert.

Mads Gilbert, wikipedia

Gilbert, better known as "the Norwegian doctor in Gaza", came to show his support for the terrorist Hamas group in 2009.  He reported from Gaza, saying that he's drowning in blood, and the Norwegian media (as well as other world media outlets) lapped it all up.

Dagbladet in 2009: -Many children and pregnant women among the injured.
-'we're washing in blood and dead,' says doctor Mads Gilbert in Gaza hospital.

After all, Gilbert was in Gaza.  If he reported that Israel was using banned weapons or killing innocent children, he must be telling the truth.  There's no way a radical leftists who blames Israel and Israel alone for all the troubles of the region would make such things up.

The Norwegian media did not bother applying the basic journalistic standards.  Gilbert was in an area ruled by a terrorist, dictator group.  A group that executed people they did not agree with.  Bodies were dragged in the streets to the cheers of the crowds.  This is a group whose leaders were hiding in the same Gaza hospital Gilbert was reporting from.  The Norwegian media knew this, but decided not to report it.

Instead, they did everything they could to portray Israel as the bloodthirsty aggressor and the Palestinians as innocent civilians, who were attacked for no good reason.

Given this unwavering support by the very people who should have taken a critical view at his reports, it is no wonder that the Norwegian government is now spreading the hate and has added Gilbert's reports to their official Norwegian exam.  Well done, Norwegian Media!  You have contributed to spreading the hate, lies and incitement of Mads Gilbert!

Mads Gilbert is so full of lies and incitement, that Honest Reporting has a special tag for his hateful claims.

NOMEDIA Day: Norwegian Media is Antisemitic Day

Fredrik Græsvik is a Norwegian journalist for TV2, currently reporting from Gaza.  When Norway's one and only pro-Israel group, MIFF, dared criticize him, Græsvik responded by demanding they be banned.

"When MIFF and Myrland [head of MIFF] spread lies about those of us who have been in Gaza and see what's happening. They shouldn't be allowed in the public arena to spread their hateful hate-campaign".

When asked if he's serious, Græsvik answered: "Yes, as long as they spread lies and hate".

Source: MIFF@Twitter
Turns out Norwegian journalists cannot accept criticism, at least - not Jewish criticism.  Any such criticism should be banned, so that the general public will not hear it.  Græsvik does not differentiate between criticism and hate, between truth and lies.  All of this, while he's reporting from Gaza and serving as the mouthpiece of the terrorist Hamas regime.

Græsvik did not file one report about Hamas war crimes.  He did not send one picture of Hamas warriors.  He sees dead children, but he does not see the terrorists hiding behind them.  Israeli soldiers report that Hamas shoots them while holding babies in their arms.  They say Hamas forces children to shoot at the soldiers.  But Græsvik and his credible journalist friends in Gaza do not report it.  They do not see it.  They do not see Hamas shooting rockets.  They do not see Hamas attacking Israeli towns and villages.  They do not see when Hamas publicly declares that they want to exterminate all Jews. All they see is Israel killing children.

And then he complains that MIFF is spreading lies, hate and incitement and should be banned.

Therefore, today I am going to focus on the role the Norwegian media plays in spreading hate and incitement against Israel, the Jewish state, and the Jews who live in it.  Today is NOMEDIA Day - Norwegian Media is Antisemitic Day.

This day was made possible with help from the excellent blog Norway, Israel and the Jews.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hungary: "Jews are rats" in kindergarten

Via CFCA, via FAA Hungary:

A parent repainting a kindergarten added his own statement to his newly painted wall: "Jews are rats".

UK: Synagogue windows smashed (twice in one week)

THE PSNI have launched an investigation into separate sectarian attacks on a synagogue in north Belfast at the weekend. 
Police said a window was smashed some time on Friday night or Saturday morning. 
A replacement window was then smashed on Saturday afternoon or evening.

More: Belfast Daily h/t CFCA

Netherlands: "They're not human"

A discreet police presence monitored the protest in Amsterdam, which included many demonstrators carrying Arab and Turkish flags and chanting "Free Palestine". 
"It's beyond words, they're not human, because normal people don't do this," said female protester Esra, 26. 
"Look at children's rights, at human rights, it's just outrageous. No respect for people, no respect for belief, no respect for us."
More: Expatica

Meanwhile, several counter-protesters were arrested at a pro-Israel demo.  Two people made the Hitler salute, and two others shouted "Nazi".

Just so we know who believes in respect.

Ireland: Sinn Fein shows support for Hamas, and other anti-Israel measures

Ireland is long known for its pro-Palestinian stance, but with the outbreak of Operation Protective Edge two weeks ago, some Irish politicians are becoming increasingly strident in their anti-Israel rhetoric and actions. 
In the final session of the Dáil, the lower house of the Irish legislature, before the summer recess last week, Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams pulled what critics have termed a pro-Palestinian “publicity stunt.” Adams asked his fellow parliamentarians to join him in standing for a minute of silence in solidarity with “the people of Gaza and the Middle East.” He made no specific mention of the citizens of Israel. 
As can be seen from a video filmed in the Dáil, members of the chamber acceded to Adam’s request. Some also held up small posters of the Palestinian flag.

I don't want to bring the entire article, but if you want to read more about how much Irish politicians hate Israel (and see nothing wrong with Hamas), it's right here: Times of Israel

Germany: "Hamas Hamas Jews to the gas!"

Earlier last week in Dortmund and Frankfurt anti-Israel protester chanted, “Hamas Hamas Juden ins gas!” (“Hamas Hamas Jews to the gas!”). On Friday, a 200-strong mob in Essen chimed in, “Scheiss Juden!” (“Jewish shit”) 
This week, similar mobs gathered in Kassel, Nuremberg, Mainz, and other cities throughout Germany. The crowds are largely young, with both immigrants and native Germans, many of Middle Eastern origin. Politically they span the spectrum, from German neo-Nazis to Marxist anti-Imperialists, from secular Palestinian nationalists to Islamic fundamentalists.
More: Times of Israel

Turkey: Foreign Minister says Turkey will "remove the colonialists from this region"

Turkey, which had colonized the Middle East for 400 years, now vows to fight the 'colonizers', that is, the Jews who live in their homeland.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has pledged to “work night and day to remove the colonialists” from the Middle East. 
“The main opposition party leader [Kemal Kiliçdaroglu] and some others call [the Middle East] a quagmire. But we will not let anyone call the Middle East a quagmire, as this place also includes the cave of Hira, which enlightens humanity. We will work night and day to remove the colonialists from this region. We will raise the light of civilizations in the Middle East,” Davutoglu said, speaking at a pre-dawn Ramadan meal organized by the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) youth branches in Istanbul’s Topkapi neighborhood. 

More: Hurriyet Daily News

Monday, July 21, 2014

UK: Israel has 'proved it's point', says deputy PM

Israel has only 'proved it's point' if you think it's bombing Gaza to make a point, and not actually trying to protect itself.

Terror tunnels are still being discovered inside Israel. Today a terror cell infiltrated Israel.  If he really believes Israel has a 'right to defend itself', Israel is far from finished and far from 'proving it's point'.

Israel's air strikes in Gaza have been "deliberately disproportionate" and amount to "collective punishment", said British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, in comments that are in stark contrast with Prime Minister David Cameron’s statements supporting Israel.  
"I really do think now the Israeli response appears to be deliberately disproportionate, it is amounting now to a disproportionate form of collective punishment," he told LBC radio station.  
Clegg is the leader of the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in the country's coalition. "I really would now call on the Israel government to stop. They've proved their point," he said, affirming his belief that Israel has a right to defend itself “in the face of violence.’’ 
"Regardless of which side you are on in this ancient bloody conflict, no one can feel indifferent to the spectacle of this overcrowded, desperate sliver of land in Gaza, where so many thousands of people are suffering” Clegg said.

Switzerland: Protesters call to 'throw the Jews into the sea'

Not surprising, since supporters called to exterminate the Jews when the protest was scheduled.

According to one eyewitness, the demo started with several dozen Palestinians, who shouted out slogans against Israel and Jews.  The demo later swelled up to about 3,000 people, most of whom continued shouting slogans against Israel and the Jews, calling to 'throw the Jews into the sea'.

More: The Post, h/t CFCA

UK: Journalist accuses British Jew of 'bombing women and children'

Via CiF Watch:

Mira Bar-Hillel, contributor for the Independent, argued with another British Jew on Twitter, accusing him of being directly responsible for 'bombing women and children'.

Germany: Protesters call "Jew, Jew,cowardly pig, come on out and fight" (+ video)

Following a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Berlin on Thursday at which participants chanted anti-Jewish slogans, the American Jewish Committee Berlin office filed a complaint with police. 
According to a press statement, marchers chanted, “Jew, Jew,cowardly pig, come on out and fight.”

More: JTA

Poland: Neo-Nazi protesters call to "bring Israeli flags back into the crematoria chimneys"

Dozens of neo-Nazis demonstrated in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday in front of the Israeli embassy, demanding an end to Operation Protective Edge to protect Israeli civilians from Hamas's rocket fire.  
The demonstrators called to "bring Israeli flags back into the crematoria chimneys."
More: Arutz 7

France: Protestesr torch synagogue, attack Jewish neighborhood (+ video)


Anti-Israel protesters hurled a firebomb at a synagogue during an unauthorized demonstration in a heavily Jewish suburb of Paris. 
The riot broke out on Sunday afternoon in Sarcelles after a few hundred people assembled at a local metro station to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza, as well as the decision by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazaneuve to ban rallies against Israel following the staging of riots last week outside several synagogues in the Paris region. 
The firebomb was hurled at the Synagogue of Garges-Les-Gonesse at a smaller rally that splintered off the main demonstration. It hit the building but did not cause serious damage, the daily online edition of Le Figaro reported.
More: JTA

The rioters also looted the nearby [Jewish] shops:
Looters then began raiding shops, wrecking a funeral home and destroying its front window as several protesters shouted: "F***k Israel!". 
Others raided a drugstore which caught fire. Young girls grabbed baby milk inside. 
"We're going to get the cash register," one person shouted, his voice drowned by the noise of a police helicopter overhead and the alarm of a nearby pizzeria.
More: AFP

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Germany: Berlin imam prays to destroy Zionist Jews 'to the very last one'

Via Memri  TV (h/t IdoDaniel):

A Berlin imam prays to Allah to destroy all Zionist Jews (ie, Jews).  While he's at it, he also engages in good, old antisemitic tropes.

Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews.
They are no challenge for you.
Count them and kill them to the very last one.
Don't spare a single one of them.
Shake the ground beneath their feet.
Make them suffer terribly.
Deflect their bullets.
Disperse them.
They behave tyrannically all over the world and spread corruption.
Oh Lord, bring torment upon them.

Italy: Anti-Israel sign posted on synagogue

Sign posted on synagogue in Vercelli (northern Italy): #stopbombinggaza, Israel murderers, free Palestine

More: Osservatorio Antisemitismo

Belgium: Euthanasia group plans 'inspiring' trip to Auschwitz

A controversial doctor who practises euthanasia has sparked outrage by organising a tour to Auschwitz because he says the Nazi death camp is ‘inspiring’.

Belgian doctor Wim Distelmans, who has been dubbed ‘Dr Death’ for administering lethal injections, claims the visit will ‘clarify confusion’ about dying as well as addressing the issue of euthanasia.

But Jewish and anti-euthanasia campaigners have reacted with horror, saying the trip, billed as a study tour, is ‘offensive and shocking’.

More: Daily Mail

France: "Get lost, dirty Jew" graffiti

Graffiti on a shop window in Pézenas (southern France) says "Get lost, dirty Jew" with a swastika.

Police say this does not reflect communitarian tensions, and was not aimed at any specific person.

More: Midi Libre

Belgium: Pro-Palestinian protest ends in riots, calls of "Death to the Jews"

A pro-Palestinian protest in Brussels ended with a small minority of youth rioting.

The rioters burned an American and Israeli flag, smashed shop and car windows and shouted "Death to the Jews".  A dozen people spotted a couple in their 30s and beat up the man with cries of "he's a Jew!". 

Jewish and Muslim organizations had asked to ban the protest, after a pro-Palestinian protest in Antwerp led to similar results.

More: HLN, LBCA 

Austria: Foreign Minister calls for peace, attacked with antisemitic postings

Austria’s foreign minister said he would file police complaints against people who posted anti-Semitic comments on his Facebook page after he called for peace between Israel and Hamas.

“We will submit a statement of facts to the prosecutor’s office to examine the hate postings,” said Sebastian Kurz, according to a report in the online edition of the Heute tabloid on Wednesday.

The daily did not repeat any of the reportedly anti-Semitic statements. Kurz, 27, is not Jewish.

Over the past few days, Kurz has appealed to both sides in the Gaza conflict to stop the violence in official statements and on Facebook.

More: JTA

Saturday, July 19, 2014

France: Pro-Palestinian rioters want to "hunt Jews and kill them"

Fourteen French police officers were wounded and 38 people were arrested at an unauthorized rally to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza.

The clashes in Paris occurred as approximately 3,000 protesters, who on Saturday defied a city-issued ban on their planned demonstration near the Gare Du Nord train station, began marching up Barbes Boulevard, a police source said. When riot police stopped them, they hurled bottles and other objects at the officers, resulting in minor injuries.

In London, approximately 10,000 people attended a protest rally that featured calls to destroy Israel.
Similar calls were heard in Paris, where protesters also burned Israeli flags as the crowd cheered them on. One group of a dozen men spoke loudly about “hunting Jews and killing them.”

Jewish shop owners closed down their businesses and stayed away from the area on Saturday, according to Victor Sofer, a Jewish barber. “They own the streets now,” he said of the protesters.

More: JTA

Denmark: "Unfortunately there are no dead Jews"

 Jews in Denmark have reported an increase in threatening messages since the recent escalation of violence in Gaza.

Following a TV appearance in which he debated the chairman of the Danish-Palestinian Friendship Association, the Danish Zionist Society’s (Dansk Zionistforbund) chairman Jonatan Møller Sousa has received  a handful of death threats via Facebook.

“I hope you and your Zionist friends burn in hell and experience even more painful deaths than all the small children who have been killed in Gaza,” one Facebook message obtained by Kristeligt Dagblad read.

“Unfortunately there are no dead Jews: We’ll be sure to take care of that in Denmark,” read another.

Sousa is not alone. The Jewish Community in Denmark (Det Jødiske Samfund) reports that of the 18 anti-Semitic incidents reported within the community this year, 13 of them took place in July as the conflict between Israel and Hamas flared up.

More: The Local

Turkey: "Turkish Jews will pay dearly"

As IDF forces entered Gaza on Thursday night in the latest phase of Israel’s ongoing Operation Protective Edge, violent riots broke out around Turkey threatening the local Jewish community and Israeli institutions. The head of the IHH terror-tied humanitarian NGO behind the infamous Mavi Marmara Flotilla, Bulent Yildirim, told local television station Haber Turk that “Turkish Jews will pay dearly” for Israel’s actions.

“Israel is acting like a spoiled child,” Yildirim said. “Jewish tourists, don’t dare come to Turkey. Tonight and tomorrow we are going to hold a different kind of protest, we do not have patience anymore.”

“The Zionists are putting the future of the Jews in danger, we can not hold back our youngsters anymore,” he said.

More: Algemeiner

Friday, July 18, 2014

Netherlands: Home of chief rabbi attacked twice in a week

A chief rabbi of the Netherlands said unidentified individuals hurled stones at his home in what he said was the second anti-Semitic attack on him in a week. 
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs said the latest attack took place at 5 a.m. Thursday, when two stones were hurled through a window of his home in Amersfoort.

An earlier incident outside his home on July 10 ended without damage, he said. Jacobs’ home has been targeted five times in recent years, he told JTA.
More: JTA

Italy: Professor's office vandalized after Israeli-Palestinian conflict op-ed

Via Osservatorio Antisemitismo:

Angelo Panebianco is professor of political science at the University of Bologna and columnist for the Corriere della Sera.

An anarchist group called "The Hobo Collective" did not like his recent op-ed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and vandalized his office.  The graffiti says: Stop the barons of war. #Free Palestine.

The Hobos posted a clip of themselves:

Panebianco's office was also vandalized by the Hobos this past January.  The group says they do not recognize freedom of speech for those who do not recognize the freedom of millions.

France: Jews attacked on metro

Two stories of Jews being attacked on the Paris metro.

First one via buzzfeuj (h/t CFCA): A Jewish family was verbally harassed, called 'dirty Jews' and threatened "I'll f**k you up". None of the passengers responded.

The second story comes via LDJ: Youths asked passengers exiting the metro "are you Jewish?"  Those who answered affirmatively were attacked.

Turkey: Jews should apologize for killing Muslims

Ynet's headline for this story is "Turkish Jews urged to apologize for 'Israeli killing of Muslims'".  But the quote in question doesn't mention Israel at all.  Rather, they're accused of killing Muslims themselves.

See also Elder of Ziyon's analysis here.

A Turkish daily affiliated with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the country's Jewish community to apologize for the Palestinian casualties of the Israeli operation in Gaza.

"You came here after being banished from Spain," Yeni Akit correspondent Faruk Köse wrote Wednesday in an open letter to Hakham Bashi, the chief rabbi of Turkey's Jewish community. "You have lived comfortably among us for 500 years and gotten rich at our expense. Is this your gratitude – killing Muslims? Erdogan, demand that the community leader apologize!"
More: Ynet

Switzerland: "We must exterminate the Jews" - Pro-Palestinian demo starts off antisemitic incitment

The Jewish community in Zurich is concerned over antisemitic incitement on social networks in connection with a pro-Palestinian demonstration today.

Some comments include: "A good Jew is a dead Jew", "the only medicine against Jews was Adolf Hitler" and "We must exterminate the Jews".  Some threatened to stone every Zionist in their neighborhoods.

More: Ticino Live

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Belgium: "We currently don't sell to Jews"

A Jewish woman from Antwerp says that she was told in one shop "we currently don't sell to Jews, out of protest".

The owner of the shop denies the story.  "On the contrary, we have many Jewish customers and also buy our products from a Jew. Why wouldn't we sell to Jews, we'll hurt ourselves by doing so."

Good question.

Jewish paper Joods Actueel sent a reporter to the shop and asked a salesperson there about the story.

Q: My friend came here to buy something, but she wasn't allowed to buy today
A: Yes
Q: What's the story?
A: Protesting, I think.  My boss was here... and he was protesting.
Q: And I can buy?
A: Yes
Q: And where's your boss, is he here?
A: Not at the moment
Q: So he doesn't sell to Jews?
A: He says so, yes
Q: Can I call or speak to him?
A: No
Q: You were here too?
A: No, I wasn't here, but I was told that

Turkey: Erdogan accuses Israel of murdering Muslims every Ramadan

"With utter disregard for international law, Israel continues to terrorize the region, and no country but us is telling it to stop," Erdogan told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) at a speech in parliament on Tuesday. 
He stated there is no explanation for Israel's recent acts and accused Israel of violating international law and acting as a "terrorist state." “It has sprayed bullets and caused deaths, as it does every Ramadan,” Erdogan said.

More: Today's Zaman

UK: "Ceasefire collapses as Israel army resumes attack"

Via Israellycool:

The Guardian on Twitter knew exactly who to blame when the so-called ceasefire collapsed.  Throughout the day Hamas continued firing rockets, until six hours later, Israel declared the ceasefire over.

The Guardian:

How about "Gaza ceasefire collapses as Hamas pounds Israeli cities relentlessly"?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Belgium: Hospital employee hopes Jews will die

Figen Erol is an intercultural facilitator at St. Francis hospital in Heusden-Zolder.  But some recent comments she posted online suggest she shouldn't be employed in a position which requires contact with people, and especially not with foreigners.

 For example:

"Hitler said" a day will come when you will curse me for leaving over a few heads

She later removed this comment, but another one is still online:

On the facebook page of Knack Magazine, a user named "Zafer Aksoy" posted a comment saying: 'When all Jews are dead... then there will be a ceasefire'.  Erol responded: "Quite right, and the rest can get lost. Or to Israel!! If it happens to still exist."

Those posts were made during work hours.

Sweden: Antisemitic storm after politician suggests Hamas should stop firing at Israel

Via Folkbladet:

Swedish politician Stefan Löfven, head of the Social Democratic Party, wrote on his Facebook page that Hamas should stop firing rockets at Israel, and that Israel should abide by international law.

For suggesting that Hamas should stop firing rockets he was criticized by various leftist politicians, as as Lars Ohly (MP and former Left Party leader) and Valter Mutt (Green Party).

The media also joined the party when they reported about the criticism against him and completely ignored the fact that this criticism was often simple antisemitism.

For example, the Local, an English-language paper reported that: "By the next morning the post had over 2,500 comments - most of them negative."

What does "negative" mean in this context?

As Folkbladet points out, those comments claim Hamas are freedom fighters and that Jews shouldn't be allowed to exist.  Phrases such as "Jew pigs" and "Jew bastards" appear often, as do various conspiracy theories (Jews control the world, Jews killed former Prime Minister Olof Palme).  Some comments accuse Jews of being the new Nazis and following in Hitler's footsteps, while others say Hitler didn't finish the job.

Germany: Synagogues desecrated with antisemitic graffiti

photo: CFCA

Reports via JFDA:

In Dresden (eastern Germany), a synagogue was spray-painted with the slogan "stop killing people" (in English).

In Frankfurt (western Germany), a synagogue was sprayed with "f**k the Jews".

In Detmold (western Germany), a memorial stone in front of a synagogue was desecrated with red paint, making it look as if it was bloodied.

Spain: Israeli fans attacked at Harry Styels concert, evicted by security

Via report on Instagram:

A group of female Israeli fans at the Harry Styles concert in Barcelona waved Israeli flags, at which point the crowd started pushing them, cursing at them and calling security to remove them.  Security showed up and evicted the Israeli fans, shouting at them to "go back to your country".

They found themselves at the corner of the stage, where one of the fans handed Styles a big, inflatable hammer with the Israeli flag. Styles waved it, and was then "accused" of supporting Israel.

UK: "f**king kill the Jews", attacks on Jews following pro-Palestinian rallys,

Via the CST:
In Manchester on 12 July, after a pro-Palestinian rally that included a “Drive for Justice” to the BBC, a group of four of five cars with occupants of south Asian ethnic appearance passed through the Jewish neighbourhood of Broughton Park. Some of the cars flew Palestinian flags, and occupants shouted and swore at Jewish pedestrians (including “Heil Hitler”). Cans and eggs were thrown at Jewish pedestrians from at least two of the cars.  
Similarly, that same day in Glasgow on the fringes of a demonstration, a man of south Asian appearance was heard shouting “f**king kill the Jews”. 

UK: Swastika on Jewish home

Vandals have painted antisemitic graffiti on a Jewish home in Hendon.
An image of a swastika was daubed above the front door of a property on Sunday night.
More: Jewish Chronicle h/t CFCA

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sweden: "Muhammad's murder set Gaza on fire"

Swedish paper SvD Nyheter headlined it's article on the current Gaza hostilities: "Muhammad's murder set Gaza on fire".

The article, written by Swedish journalist Catrin Ormestad, explains to Swedes that there is only one party to blame.  Israel.

Ormestad happens to be the partner of extreme-leftist Israeli journalist Gideon Levy.

The article's sub-heading explains that there are "bombs over Gaza and rockets against Israel".  Cause and effect.

It all started when three Israeli teenagers were abducted and their bodies were later found.  Ormestad has no idea who could possibly be responsible, so she doesn't mention it.  But she does know who murdered Muhammed Abu Khudair.  Extremist Jews.

After a long interview with Muhammed Abu Khudair's father, the article then remembers to mention that Gazan terrorists have shot 13,000 rockets at Israel since 2001.

Belgium: Anti-Semitism spurring Jewish exodus

Immigration from Belgium to Israel on the basis of Israel’s Law of Return for Jews and their relatives brought to Israel an annual average of 221 immigrants in the years 2010-2013.

That figure represents a 60-percent increase over the average of 133 new arrivals from Belgium in the years 2005-2009, according to data issued by the Jewish Agency for Israel.

“This is not just a reaction to the attack on the museum,” added Rubinfeld, a former president of the CCOJB umbrella group representing Belgium’s French-speaking Jewish communities. “Each year, hundreds of complaints on anti-Semitic acts are recorded and the real number of these acts is probably is much higher.”
More: Times of Israel

Sweden: Professor links "disproportionate attacks" to Biblical precepts

Swedish professor Sven-Eric Liedman tweeted as follows:

"If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold." - so it says in the Old Testament and the State of Israel lives by this.

Belgium: Threats against Jews in anti-Israel protest

Islamist flag at anti-Israel protest in Antwerp

Via Philosémitisme blog:

An anti-Israel protest attended by local politicians degenerated into shouts of "Khaybar, Khaybar, ya Yahud, Jaish Muhammad's Yaoud" (Oh Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Mohammed is returning").  

See clip here at around 6:45, as the crowd is led to antisemitic chants by the speaker on stage.

Belgian media ignored this event, as well as repeated calls of "Allah Akbar".

Meanwhile, Flemish broadcaster VRT is inciting against Jews and Israel by broadcasting a special documentary for Ramadan about Palestinian children in Israeli prisons.

France: Mob attacks synagogues shouting "Death to the Jews", politician justifies attack

JTA Reports:
Dozens of young men protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza briefly besieged a Paris synagogue and clashed with security.

At least three Jews were taken to the hospital as a result of the clashes that erupted Sunday between the protesters and young Jewish men who guarded the Don Isaac Abravanel Synagogue in Paris, a witness told JTA.

“The attackers splintered off an anti-Israel demonstration and advanced toward the synagogue when it was full,” Alain Azria, a French Jewish journalist who covered the event told JTA.

Azria said that when the demonstrators arrived at the central Paris synagogue, the five police officers on guard blocked the entrance as the protesters chanted anti-Semitic slogans and hurled objects at the synagogue and the guards. He said nearly 200 congregants were inside.

They were determined to enter and the police did not have enough forces,” he said.
Times of Israel says another synagogue was also attacked.

Business Insider reports:
There were also unconfirmed reports that some slogans among the demonstrators went beyond mere support of Palestinians.

"We had multiple witnesses who told us they heard cries of 'Death to Jews,'" Reingewirtz said according to Le Parisien. "I call on them to cease blaming Jews in France for the conflict, as they have nothing to do with it."  He added: "It is scandalous that these individuals would use the pretext of the conflict [in the Middle East] to attack Jews and call for the deaths of Jews." 

Meanwhile, a member of France's Ecologist Party is facing reprisals for tweeting Saturday evening an apparent justification of attacking synagogues. "When synagogues start acting like embassies, one cannot be surprised to see them attacked in the same way," Pierre Minnaert said. The head of the Ecologist Party swiftly rebuked him.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

UK: Netanyahu is a "rabid evil mass murderer; Hitler’s clone"

Photo: Reuters
According to the UK’s Daily Mail website, protesters jammed the British capital’s Kensington High Street, and some of the demonstrators stood on one of the city’s red double-decker buses. Signs held aloft by those gathered in protest read: “Gaza: End the Siege” and “Freedom for Palestine,” and one of the more than dozen protesters atop the bus held a sign which said, “Judaism rejects the Zionist state and condemns its criminal siege and occupation.” 
Others decried the “Palestinian Holocaust” and called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “rabid evil mass murderer; Hitler’s clone.”

More: Times of Israel

France: Calls to "Slaughter the Jews" in anti-Israel demo

In Belleville, an eastern suburb of Paris, a demonstration Saturday by a few dozen people against Israel’s attack on Hamas featured calls to “slaughter the Jews,” according to Alain Azria, a French Jewish photojournalist who covered the event. The crowd also chanted “death to the Jews,” he said.

More: Jewish Daily Forward

France: Synagogue firebombed

A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza. 
The firebomb went off Friday night at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported.