Friday, April 28, 2017

Belgium: Lawmaker says Israel is the country of Belgian Jewish community leader


It is common in Europe to view Jews as Israelis and as "eternal" foreigners and immigrants.  At the same time, many also believe that Jews have no rights to Israel.  

The late Ulrich Beck, professor of sociology at the University of Munich, wrote in 2003 an article about antisemitism arguing that the majority of the Germans and of the Europeans do not accept the distinction between Jews and Israelis, although such a distinction is essential for German-Jewish reconciliation.   He relates that in the course of an informal chat after a talk by the President of Israel, Ignaz Bubis, the chairman of the German Council of Jewish Association, was told as a compliment that the address by "his" President had been excellent.  Ignaz Bubis replied that talks by Roman Herzog, the then President of Germany, were always excellent.  His interlocutor replied: "No, no, I'm referring to Mr. Weizman, your President".

Christian Laporte of La Libre Belgique reports that during a debate on the limitations of ritual slaughter of animals, Véronique Waroux a lawmaker of the Walloon regional Parliament told Philippe Markiewicz, president of the Consistoire organization of Belgian Jewry, that she had just returned from "his" country, i.e. Israel.  Thus implying that Jews are not Belgian citizens and that they are citizens of the State of Israel.  Unsurprisingly Waroux is a Israel-basher.

Again unsurprisingly, there were no protests.   

Challenged by a reader of this blog, she adamantly refused to apologize or express regrets, instead she was furious at his daring to make such a request. 

Mr Philippe Markiewicz is a Brussels-based lawyer and his family has lived in Belgium for six generations.  

Another prominent Belgian Pierre Galand, a notorious Israel-basher, explained in 2002 that Joël Rubinfeld, a Jewish leader, had not been invited to attend a conference because "it was either me or him.  That man is not like me he is an Israeli propaganda agent.  I am a Belgian, yes I am".


France: Marine Le Pen’s replacement as National Front leader questions use of Holocaust poison

Jean-François Jalkh has now been replaced by Steeve Bribois, the FN mayor of Hénin-Beaumont.

Via JTA:
The interim successor to Marine Le Pen at the helm of France’s far-right National Front party reportedly claimed in 2000 that the poison used by Nazis to kill Jews in the Holocaust could not have been applied in reality.
Jean-François Jalkh (pictured), who took Le Pen’s place this week as president on an interim basis while she campaigns for president ahead of the runoff vote May 7, made the remark about Zyklon B in an interview in which he advocated a distinction between “serious” Holocaust deniers and ones who deny the Holocaust or aspects of it as a provocation.
“Personally, I think that it is impossible from a technical point of view to use for mass extermination,” he said of the use of Zyklon B in gas chambers. “Why? Because it takes several days for a place where Zyklon B was used to be decontaminated.”
Laurent de Boissieu, a journalist for the La Croix Christian daily, found the interview while researching Jalkh, a relatively unknown figure within the National Front. They were republished in the Le Monde newspaper.
Jalkh told Le Monde that he did not recall the interview.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Germany's Social Democrats pivot towards PLO and Iran

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
German Foreign and Vice Chancellor Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s move to pick a fight with Benjamin Netanyahu come as no surprise to longterm observers of Gabriel and his Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) explicit pivot toward Fatah and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Netanyahu told Gabriel he was not prepared to meet with him if he went ahead with meetings with organizations (i.e. Breaking the Silence) that seek to delegitimize the Jewish state and the IDF. 
Gabriel refused to pull the plug on his meetings and the row mushroomed into a full-blown diplomatic crisis. 
“Gabriel’s deliberate uproar” was the title of Alex Feuerherdt’s article on the website of the Mena Watch think tank. Feuerherdt, a journalist and expert in German-Israel relations, hammered away at the SPD’s growing anti-Israel tendencies and the largely monolithic media and political criticism in Germany of Netanyahu’s cancellation. 
He noted the double standard in Germany: There was not a bleep of protest over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to punish Israel for construction of buildings in the disputed territories by canceling her May trip to Israel, noted Feuerherdt. 
Gabriel is, of course, no stranger to slashing language that assaults Israel’s raison d’être, namely, political Zionism. 
He termed Israel’s presence in Hebron an “apartheid regime.” His partisan views are clearly written on the wall. For Gabriel, Mahmoud Abbas is a “friend’ and his SPD party declared itself to be in a “strategic partnership” with Abbas’s Fatah party. 
Moreover, the SPD hosted a Breaking the Silence exhibit in 2012 at the party’s Willy Brandt headquarters in Berlin. 
The current president of Germany, the Social Democrat’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, waxed lyrical about the Breaking the Silence, a group that uses anonymous testimonies to claim Israel’s army commits war crimes. 
All of this helps to explain why Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, rejected just days ago a German mediation role (i.e, Gabriel) in the Israel-PLO conflict. 
The chairman and candidate for chancellor of the Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz, described Abbas’s speech to the European Parliament last year as “stimulating.” 
During the June 2016 speech, Abbas accused Israeli rabbis of urging the government to poison Palestinian water. The New York Times wrote at the time that Abbas’s claim about lethally contaminating water used by the Palestinians echoed “antisemitic claims that led to the mass killings of European Jews in medieval times.” 
Gabriel has scarce experience in the Middle East. The vice chancellor – his party sits in a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party – is a hardcore economic nationalist who prioritizes his country’s business interests over historical responsibility toward the Jewish people. 
He rushed to Iran with a large business delegation just days after the nuclear accord was reached in July 2015. Gabriel appears to not have met with any organizations critical of the Islamic Republic while in Tehran. He dashed off to Iran again in 2016 with another business group. 
Gabriel’s predecessor, Steinmeier, tagged Netanyahu as “very coarse” for his piercing criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. As a result of the atomic pact, German companies are expected to secure a multi-billion dollar windfall from trade deals with the mullah regime. 
And key leaders within the Social Democrats have been frothing at the mouth over Israel’s opposition to the Iran nuclear weapons deal and over Netanyahu’s opposition to concessions to the Palestinians.
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Romania: Ten Jewish tombstones smashed in capital


Via Times of Israel:
An anti-Semitism organization said Tuesday that vandals smashed 10 tombstones at a cemetery in the Romanian capital in “a premeditated act.”

The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism in Romania said the tombstones were broken into pieces at the Jewish cemetery in southern Bucharest overnight Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the millions of Jews killed by the Nazis are commemorated in Israel.

The center called for an investigation and for the perpetrators to face justice.
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Marine Le Pen: Ban halal and all ritual slaughter


Via JTA:

Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals if she is elected, along with any other method of ritual slaughter without stunning.

Le Pen, who finished second with 21.5 percent of the vote in the first round of the elections Sunday, made the statement Tuesday on halal slaughter during a campaign visit at a meat market near Paris. She did not mention shechitah, the kosher slaughter of animals, but did say she wanted to outlaw any slaughter of animals without stunning.

“Slaughter without stunning, I’m sorry, it should have special labels,” Le Pen said. “Furthermore, I think that slaughter without stunning should be prohibited.”

Her National Front party’s showing on Sunday was the best electoral result in its history and the second time it made it to the second and final round, which will be held May 7.

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UK: Anti-Zionist Malia Bouattia voted out of office at the NUS (Students Union) conference

Via Spiked (by Ieuan Joy, a writer and student):
Malia Bouattia has been voted out of office at the NUS conference. She’s no longer our president. Goodbye and good riddance. Over the past year she has given students nothing but a bad name. With her past comments on Zionism, viewed by many as crossing the line into anti-Semitism, and her constant running away from taking responsibility for her words and actions, she will not be missed. 
However, the NUS is still broken, and still crap. We should give credit to the new NUS president Shakira Martin for vowing to fight anti-Semitism — but she is still a standard student politician. She believes a BBC comedy skit called ‘The Real Housewives of ISIS’ was racist. She’s also fairly hysterical about Tory politicians, telling students they are ‘out to get every single one of us’. This kind of rhetoric, common in student politics, achieves very little. 
And post-Malia, the NUS will still involve itself in issues that have nothing to do with it. Does it really think Israel gives a crap what NUS officials think of it? 
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

European Governments funding NGOs linked to bloodthirsty terror group PFLP

European governments also fund European Israel-bashing organisations in spite of the fact that many terrorists operate in Europe.  That's one of the reasons why so many European citizens do not trust their politicians.

Via The Algemeiner:
European governments are funding Palestinian civic organizations with clear ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization, a leading Israeli research organization said on Monday. 
new report from the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor lists nearly a dozen organizations with PFLP affiliations that have nonetheless received funding from both the EU and European national governments. The PFLP has been designated as a terrorist organization by the US, the EU, Canada and Israel. All of the NGOs in the PFLP network are enthusiastic advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. 
The organizations include the Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC), whose co-founder, Dr. Rabah Muhanna, is a member of the political bureau of the PFLP and the leader of its Gaza branch. The UHWC received over 350,000 Euros from the European Commission between 2014 and 2016, in addition to undisclosed amounts from European regional governments and humanitarian foundations. 
The European Union is also a major funder of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR,) whose founder, Raji Sourani, was convicted in 1979 of membership in the PFLP. In 2012, Sourani was denied an entry visa into the United States. Despite these connections, the EU donated over 400,000 Euros to the PCHR in the two years prior to 2016, while the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) provided the group with a further $577,000. 
As well as European governments and the United Nations, the NGO Monitor report identifies a number of well-known funds, including the Open Society Foundations of liberal billionaire George Soros, that have provided support to PFLP-linked NGOs in the Palestinian territories.

UK: Lib Dems suspend election candidate over antisemitic social media posts

Via The Jewish Chronicle:
The Liberal Democrats have suspended a general election candidate who made a series of antisemitic posts on social media.
Ashuk Ahmed – who was given an award at the House of Lords for “inspirational role models for British Muslims” –  is no longer contesting the Luton South seat, a party spokesman confirmed.
Mr Ahmed, 51,  who was awarded an MBE for community work, was revealed to have posted a series of highly offensive messages including suggestions Zionists controlled “half the world” and another claim that Labour and the Conservatives were controlled by “Zionist paymasters”.
Among other posts he shared on social media were images of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, with blood pouring out of his mouth onto the bodies of Palestinian children, and another calling him a “blood sucking leech”.
Mr Ahmed also shared a video made by an extreme antisemitic group AshkeNazi, which claims to “expose… the current takeover of the United States by the Jewish Ashkenazi tribe”.
When contacted by MailOnline about Mr Ahmed’s postings, a Lib Dem spokesman said: “You sent us the email with the screenshots at 11:55 and we suspended Mr Ahmed at 11:56.
“Mr Ahmed's utterances have no place in the party. We believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united.”
Mr Ahmed declined to comment when asked by the MailOnline about his antisemitic posts.
The former parliamentary candidate confirmed he was interviewed under caution by Bedfordshire police in 2014 following a complaint about the posts, which were made before that date.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Germany is a hotbed of Iranian spy activity that targets Israel

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
The German Interior Ministry notified a Left Party deputy last week that agents from Iran have been some of the most active spies in the Federal Republic between 2007 and 2017, including assassination attempts on Israel advocates.
German authorities conducted criminal investigations into Iran for 22 cases of espionage, while Russia’s illicit spy activity led with 27 cases. China and Turkey both registered 15 spy cases. Syrian agents were involved in 8 espionage operations. According to the Interior Ministry letter sent to Left Party deputy Jan Korte, the federal government declared four Syrian agents persona non grata. (...) 
Last month, a Berlin court sentenced 31-year-old Pakistani citizen Mustufa Haidar Syed-Naqfi to four years and three months in prison for working for Iran’s intelligence service to spy “against Germany and another NATO member.”
According to German prosecutors, Haidar Syed-Naqfi was assigned to identify Israeli and Jewish institutions and Israel advocates in Germany, France and other unnamed Western European countries for possible attacks. He monitored a German-Jewish newspaper’s headquarters in Berlin and Reinhold Robbe, the former head of the German-Israel Friendship Society. 
Haidar Syed-Naqfi spied on French-Israeli business Prof. David Rouach, who teaches at the elite Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and served as head of the French-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, and, according to German authorities, his actions were “a clear indication of an assassination attempt.” 
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UK: National Union of Students in new anti-Semitism row after series of offensive tweets

Via Independent:
The National Union of Students (NUS) is embroiled in a fresh anti-Semitism row after three candidates holding or running for positions on its executive committee were revealed to have made offensive comments.

In online posts seen by The Independent, one current member of the union’s National Executive Council shared a video mocking Jews as having big noses and being tight with money, while another publicly suggested Jewish people are tight-fisted and said he wanted to destroy Israel.

A third, who is seeking a position on the union’s executive in elections being held this week, wrote an offensive Twitter message referring to Jews and using the phrase “Heil Hitler”.

The Independent can also reveal that, during her time as a student at York University, Malia Bouattia, the current NUS president, was involved in hosting a play called “Seven Jewish Children” that has been widely criticised as anti-Semitic.

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UK: Jeremy Corbyn just doesn't get it over antisemitism, says former aide

Via TheJC:
A former close aide to Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that the Labour leader has a crippling blind spot over antisemitism in the party.

Harry Fletcher, who was Mr Corbyn’s media and strategy adviser from 2015-16, said the Labour leadership had an “inability to understand why they’re perceived as antisemitic”.

In a piece written for the Sunday Times, he said: “Jeremy believes he is completely non-discriminatory. He would never be hostile to someone in the street. But he is, if you like, antisemitic along the institutionalised lines of the Metropolitan police in the 1990s, when they messed up the Stephen Lawrence investigation”.

He added that he had told Mr Corbyn “to say again and again” that he supported the Jewish community.

But “he just couldn’t see it at all", and became angry when attacked for his failure to deal with the issue.

Mr Fletcher, a Westminster insider with 25 years' experience, said some party activists believed the criticism of Mr Corbyn over antisemitism was sparked by his views on Israel.

“But it wasn’t,” the former aide said. “It was about discrimination. Jeremy did have an antipathy towards Israel. But the criticism he received was because of a pattern of behaviour that was perceived by the Jewish community as antisemitic.”

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Belgium: Abou Jahjah to create a political party

Readers of this blog are familiar with Dyab Abou Jahjah:
"I have only one phrase to all the Zionists invaders in Palestine: La valise ou le cercueil (either the suitcase or the coffin)."

Via The Algemeiner: Europe’s Rising Islam-Based Political Parties by Abigail R. Esman  


Abou Jahjah
(...) But it was Denk’s success, above all, that inspired Lebanese-Belgian activist Dyab Abou Jahjah to establish his newest political effort: a party (to date, unnamed) aimed at “Making Brussels Great Again, a la Bernie Sanders,” according to an interview in the Belgian newspaper de Morgen. 
This would be a third attempt at political relevance for Jahjah, who first came into the public eye in 2002 as the founder of the Brussels-based Arab-European League, a pan-European political group that aimed to create what he called a Europe-wide “sharocracy” — a sharia-based democracy.  
In 2003, the AEL organized a political party, RESIST, to run in the Brussels elections; it received a mere 10,000 votes. Now, Jahjah, who also runs an activist group called Movement X, hopes to run in Brussels’ 2018 elections. While his party has yet to declare a platform, his anti-American, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian and anti-European rants on Facebook and elsewhere give an indication of his plans. So, too, did a recent blog post in which he wrote: “we must defeat the forces of supremacy, the forces of sustained privileges, and the forces of the status-quo. We must defeat them in every possible arena.”  
And he is not alone. Days after Denk’s win, fellow Belgian Ahmet Koç announced his own initiative, the details of which are also yet to be determined. But some things are easy enough to predict on the basis of his past: the Turkish-Belgian politician was thrown out of Belgium’s socialist party in 2016 for supporting Erdogan’s efforts to censor Europeans who insulted him publicly. He also called for Belgian Turks to rise up against the “traitors” of the 2016 coup.  
Both Koç and Jahjah will have to reckon with the ISLAM party, which has already established itself in the Brussels area. Founded in 2012, ISLAM–  which is as an acronym for “Integrité, Solidarité, Liberté, Authenticité, Moralité” — is unapologetically religious. Its leaders pride themselves on following the koran, not party politics. With branches already in place in the Brussels districts of Anderlecht, Molenbeek (the center of Belgian radicalism) and Luik, the party now plans to expand throughout the Brussels region. 
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France: Jews have faced steady intimidation in northern Paris at least since 2002

Via City Journal (Christopher Caldwell):
The French, Coming Apart.  A social thinker illuminates his country’s populist divide.
(...) Christophe Guilluy calls himself a geographer. But he has spent decades as a housing consultant in various rapidly changing neighborhoods north of Paris, studying gentrification, among other things. And he has crafted a convincing narrative tying together France’s various social problems—immigration tensions, inequality, deindustrialization, economic decline, ethnic conflict, and the rise of populist parties. Such an analysis had previously eluded the Parisian caste of philosophers, political scientists, literary journalists, government-funded researchers, and party ideologues. (...)
Most places where migrant and native French cultures mix, Guilluy expects, will evolve as did the northern Paris suburbs where he works. Twenty years ago, these neighborhoods remained a hub of Parisian Jewish life; nowadays, they’re heavily Arab. The young men living in them feel a burning solidarity with their Muslim brethren in the Middle East and often a loathing for Israel. Jews have faced steady intimidation in northern Paris at least since 2002, when the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks overlapped with the Palestinian “second intifada.” Violence is rising. July 2014 saw a wave of attacks on Jewish businesses and synagogues in the suburb of Sarcelles. Jews have evacuated some municipalities north of Paris, where, until recently, they were an integral part: Saint-Denis, La Courneuve, Aubervilliers, Stains, Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Trappes, Aulnay-sous-Bois, and Le Blanc-Mesnil. Many Jews still live safely and well in France, of course, but they cluster together in a smaller number of secure neighborhoods, several of them on Paris’s western edge. Departures of French Jews to Israel run to about 7,000 a year, according to the Jewish Agency of France. Others go to the U.S. and Canada. The leavers are disproportionately young.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

UK: Terrorist accused of killing a British student will be paid £800 a month by the Palestinian government which receives £25m-a-year UK foreign aid

Also, on today's Mail, Ian Birrell writes: Why a UK woman's murder in Israel should boil your blood and make you rethink foreign aid, Mrs May

Via The Daily Mail:

  • - Palestinian Jamil Tamimi murdered British theology student Hannah Bladon
  • - He told police that he attacked Hannah in the hope a soldier would kill him 
  • - His family qualify for a 'salary' from the Palestinian Authority of £800 a month
  • - Palestine receives more than £25 million a year from the UK in foreign aid 
  • Hannah Bladon

  • A terrorist accused of murdering a British student in Jerusalem will be paid a salary of more than £800 a month by the Palestinian government – which receives more than £25 million a year from the UK in foreign aid.
  • Jamil Tamimi, who has a history of mental health issues, killed theology student Hannah Bladon in a frenzied knife attack on Good Friday after the 21-year-old gave up her seat on a tram to a woman with a baby. 
    The 57-year-old Palestinian told police that he attacked Hannah, a Birmingham University exchange student attached to Jerusalem's Hebrew University, in the hope that a soldier in the carriage would kill him.
    Instead Tamimi was arrested and is almost certain to be lauded as a resistance 'hero' by the Palestinian Authority (PA), like hundreds of others before him. 
    An Israeli court has already ruled, following a psychiatric evaluation, that he is fit to stand trial and should be treated as a terrorist by the justice system. 
    It means Tamimi or his family qualify for a 'salary' from the PA, according to Itamar Marcus, spokesman for the Israeli monitoring group Palestinian Media Watch.
     'According to PA law, everyone who is imprisoned for 'resisting the occupation' receives a PA salary,' he said. 'In PA practice, 100 per cent of the suicide bombers, stabbers, shooters and car rammers have been included in this category and do receive PA salaries.'
    Terrorists who have 'resisted the occupation' are paid a monthly amount by the PA and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on a sliding scale related to their sentence.

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    UK: Video shows vile Chelsea fans singing anti-Semitic song before their FA Cup clash against Tottenham

    Via Daily Mail:
    Chelsea fans have been filmed singing an anti-Semitic song just hours before their FA Cup semi-final clash with rivals Tottenham at Wembley.

    The group of supporters had gathered at the Green Man pub near the 90,000-seated stadium in London and some started singing the sick chant. 

    Many were stood on benches and shouted 'I've got a foreskin, haven't you?' in an apparent attempt to taunt the North London club because of their Jewish connections.

    At least 20 fans sang: 'We'll be running around Tottenham with our willies hanging out, singing I've got a foreskin, haven't you? Have you f***.'
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