Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sweden: Anti-Semitic demonstration in the town of Helsingborg

Via Ynet News (Noah Klieger):

Anti-Israel protest in Helsingborg
Why am I not surprised by the anti-Jewish protest held last week in the town of Helsingborg in southern Sweden? I wrote "anti-Jewish" and not "anti-Israel" because the main slogans that were shouted there—such as "the Jews are offspring of apes and pigs"—have nothing to do with the Middle East. This is blatant anti-Semitism of the ugliest kind.  
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So why am I not surprised? Because in this Scandinavian country, with a prime minister like Stefan Löfven, and a foreign minister like Margot Wallström, anti-Semitic displays, all the more so anti-Israel, are not supposed to "knock us off our feet."  Sweden was the first country to recognize "Palestine," it contributes great sums of money to the Palestinian Authority, and its government is hostile towards Israel. Wallström herself makes no effort to hide the fact she loathes us. Two small reminders: In November 2015 she tied the ISIS terror attacks in Paris to "Palestinian desperation," and shortly after that—at the height of the wave of terrorism—she called for an investigation into allegations Israel carries out "extrajudicial killings" of Palestinians. (...) 
Another factor that undoubtedly affects the level of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiments in Sweden is the massive, ever-growing Muslim population in the country, whose positions on Jews in general and Israel in particular are no secret.  It's enough to mention that Gothenburg, the second largest city in the country, has been used for years as one of ISIS' largest recruitment centers in Europe, while in Malmö, the third largest city, some 40 percent of the population is Muslim, and they essentially "control" the city.

Italy: Rome suspends calling a park after Yasir Arafat

Via Elder of Ziyon:
The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, reversed the city's decision to name one of the city's parks after arch-terrorist Yasir Arafat.

The original plan was for a street to also be named after the late chief rabbi of Rome, Rabbi Elio Toaff, for "balance." Toaff died in 2015.

The Jewish community of Rome protested bitterly against the decision. The chair of the Jewish Community of Rome, Ruth Dureghello, wrote an open letter to the mayor, saying "We remember Arafat, for those who obviously do not know the story, as the moral force behind the anti-Semitic attack on the Synagogue of October 9, 1982, in which Stefano Gaj Taché was killed, a Jewish, Roman and Italian child. Choosing to dedicate to Arafat a park is unacceptable... The city of Rome must choose: to remember the terrorists or their victims. Both things are not possible."

The letter also called Arafat the "forerunner, if not the creator, of modern terrorism."

Here is what happened in 1982:
The attack took place at the Great Synagogue of Rome in the historic district of Rome on Saturday morning, at 11:55 a.m., at the conclusion of Sabbath services. As the families of the local Jewish community began leaving the synagogue with their children from the back entrance to the synagogue, five elegantly dressed armed Palestinian attackers walked calmly up to the back entrance of the synagogue and threw at least three hand grenades at the crowd, and afterwards sprayed the crowd with sub-machine gun fire. Eyewitnesses at the scene stated that the hand grenades bounced off the steps and exploded in the street.
A 2-year-old toddler, Stefano Gaj Taché, was killed in the attack after being hit by shrapnel. In addition, 37 civilians were injured, among them Stefano's brother, 4-year-old Gadiel Taché, who was shot in the head and chest.
Reaction in the Italian press to the initial decision was mixed. (...) 
Strade Online remembers not only the Great synagogue attack but also the 1973 attack by Palestinians at Fiumicino International Airport that killed dozens and the 1985 attack at the same airport that killed 16.
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Spain: Israel performing human 'experiments' in Gaza - newspaper article

Isaac Querub Caro, head of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, has written a letter of complaint to Ana Pardo de Vera, Director of the mainstream newspaper daily Público, concerning an article by blogger Nazanin Armanian published on the paper's on-line edition. The piece peddles all the lies and distortions about Israel's treatment of Gaza.

Mr Querub points out that the text contains statements that are false, absurd, deplorable, nauseating which turn the article into a genuine libel reminiscent of the Middle Ages when Jews were blamed for macabre rituals and crimes made up to justify their extermination. In this case, the author substitutes "Jew" for "Israel". Nazanin Armanian affirms that Israel exterminates the population of Gaza thus comparing it with the most terrible of the monsters of the twentieth century: Nazism. The writer claims that Israel enforces apartheid politics thus demonstrating that she has no idea of what were predominantly white South Africa's policies. She forgets to mention that Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East where Arabs are integrated and enjoy parliamentary representation.

Público has published the Jewish leader' letter which also asked for the article to be removed, but unsurprisingly it's still there...

Translation with the help of Google of Nazanin Armanian's article titled "Is Israel carrying out a new "experiment" with human beings in Gaza?" (¿Está realizando Israel un nuevo ‘experimento’ con seres humanos en Gaza?) Note that Público was careful to "only" ask the question and to put "experiment" in inverted commas... but the body of the text demonstrates Armanian's thesis very clearly.
Imagine a concentration camp with two million people, with no possibility of leaving. Think of jailers who among other objectives study human behavior in extreme conditions resorting for this purpose to the use of terror, torture and isolation on a daily basis and for a long period of time, to deprivation of food and medicines; the destruction of homes (...); the destruction of the fruits of their very hard work (by perpetrating systematic 'Ecocide' and by uprooting some 2,000,000 fruit trees after beating and murdering dozens of peasant women and men); by preventing them from benefiting from sufficient water and light, from work, from enjoying leisure time, from relaxing by subjecting them to different levels of stress; by throwing tons of bombs, missiles and chemical substances such as white phosphorus, not only to eliminate the remaining population on the ground, but also to analyze the state of shock and the complex feelings of pain and suffering of the survivors when they see the shattered bodies of their children and of their loved ones before their eyes.   
Similar to a macabre Reality Show, these experiments began 10 years ago in Gaza. Israelis have now added a new test: they simulate the Stone Age by cutting electricity from 2.5 to 7 hours a day, to see how blood banks are preserved or how newborns in incubators, cancer patients or patients on dialysis are kept alive; how they will withstand the suffocating heat this summer without fans or keep food without a refrigerator, or how they will purify the water to wash, cook, irrigate their crops, etc. 
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Related:
Spain: El País newspaper's "unapologetic hatred for Israel"

Monday, August 14, 2017

Italy: Would Italy approve of a park in Jerusalem named for a mafia boss?

Via Aroutz Sheva 7 (Giuliu Meotti):
A park named after Yasser Arafat and a square named for Elio Toaff. It was decided by the Virginia Raggi administration of Rome. The mayor wants to celebrate the Palestinian leader and the late chief rabbi, with a park at Centocelle for the first and a slider at Colle Oppio for the second. 
The decision to venerate the former spiritual leader of Italian Judaism is a blessing.  But it is a pity to name a park in Rome after the Fatah's leader, the head of the Palestinian Autonomy, the man who wished “one million shahid”  would conquer Jerusalem and then sat at the UN to deal with all world leaders. 
In the early '80s, Rabbi Toaff attacked then President of the Republic, Sandro Pertini, for having received Arafat on his first visit to Italy, while the Senate's President Giovanni Spadolini refused to meet with the PLO leader. The secretaries of the three main political parties welcomed the Palestinian leader with the honors of a head of government. At the time, the Palestinian leader and his followers had shed the blood of many Jews in Europe as in the Middle East. His actions had horrified the world and Arafat came to Italy in search of advertising at a time when the PLO was openly pursuing the destruction of all Israel (now they do it a bit more covertly). (...)
How would the Italians react if Israel would name a park in Jerusalem after some mafia killer?  
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

France: Oddity, only the insane murder Jews (not terrorists)

Related:
France's psychiatrization of radical Islamic anti-Semitic murder

Via Israel News (Giulio Meotti):
A Muslim suspect rammed six police officers with his car in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Two French officers sustained severe injuries. The French media and authorities had no doubt. “Terror returned to Paris”. “A voluntary act”. Nobody questioned the motive of the Algerian terrorist who tried to shed the policemen's blood. No one called him a lunatic. 
“What do you think, should this insane person be put in a psych ward while we contemplate the reasons for his actions?” the Crif, the central organization of French Jewry, posted on Facebook about the attacker in Levallois-Perret. It was a provocative but brave reference to the French establishment for its dealing with the slaying of a Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, by a Muslim man, Kobili Traore, who was sent to observation as per his insanity plea even though he has no record of mental illness. He shouted “Allah Akbar” while killing Halimi and throwing her from the window. The judiciary’s omission of the aggravated element of a hate crime caused by anti-Semitism, according with CRIF President Francis Kalifat, is a “cover up” of the anti-Semitic character of the crime. 
The French media only covered Halimi’s death two months after it happened.
We have seen this mechanism before with another Halimi, Ilan, a beautiful Jewish boy kidnapped at the outskirts of Paris, held prisoner for 24 days, tortured to death just because he was a Jew. The brave French journalist Guy Millière wrote that “Ilan 's screams were heard by neighbors because they were especially atrocious: the killers disfigured the flesh of the young man, broke his fingers, burned him with acid and eventually with fire”. 
As in the case of Sarah Halimi, anti-Semitism was denied by the political authorities, the police and the media in the death of Ilan. As Francis Szpiner, the lawyer for the family of this boy, said, "the silence killed Ilan Halimi and justice has helped to perpetuate this conspiracy of silence, because the public was not told why he was killed”.
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Friday, August 11, 2017

France: Jews demand extradition of suspects in deadly 1982 Paris Deli terror attack

Via The Algemeiner:
Thirty-five years after a deadly terrorist attack at a Jewish deli in Paris, French Jews are calling for the three suspects still at large to be extradited to France. 
The Chez Jo Goldenberg attack was the deadliest atrocity committed against French Jews since the Holocaust. On August 9, 1982, a group of terrorists burst into the restaurant, threw a grenade, and began randomly firing at the patrons. Six were killed, including two American citizens. 
All the attackers escaped, but as a statement on the matter from the French-Jewish umbrella organization CRIF relates, the investigating judge at the time, Jean-Louis Bruguière, found that the attack was planned and carried out by followers of Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal. 
The investigation was stalled completely until 2007, when a new probe was launched by Judge Marc Trévidic, eventually leading to the identification of two of the suspects. In 2015, this finally resulted in international arrest warrants being issued for three individuals — two for involvement in the attack and one for organizing it. 
The current locations of the suspects are known: Mohamed Souhair al-Abassi, the suspected mastermind, resides in Jordan; Mahmoud Khader Abed lives in the West Bank city of Ramallah; and Walid Abdulrahman is in Norway.
In June 2015, al-Abassi was arrested and held by Jordanian authorities in connection with the matter. At the time, Judge Trévidic stated, “In all likelihood, there will be a trial.” Thus far, however, Jordan has refused to extradite al-Abassi to France. 
Norway has steadfastly refused to extradite Abdulrahman.

Germany: Antisemitism and anti-Zionism in the 1970s: lessons for today

Via Fathom:
In this provocative analysis of discourse about Israel in West Germany in the 1970s, Martin Jander claims that far-Left and far-Right groups were encouraged, and in some cases even organised by the radical Arab nationalists in their midst, to spread an ideology of radical anti-Zionism that included elements of antisemitism. The Federal Republic of Germany failed to respond robustly, meeting a wave of incitement and political violence with intellectual incuriosity, an appeasing spirit, and rationalist naivete. Jander argues that what made this anti-Zionist discourse possible, along with the participation of German left-wing and right-wing terrorists in the war against Israel, was the superficiality of postwar Germany’s confrontation with its National Socialist past. In contrast to the way this is often explained in current German historical writing, Jander argues that the encounter with the Nazi past had not struck roots as deep or as broad as had been hoped.
Martin Jander:
In the 1970s, a new breed of West German terrorists fabricated a parallel world out of ideology. The US was portrayed as the greatest enemy of the world with assistance from two main helpers, Germany and Israel. All three were depicted as fighting against the revolutionaries and those nations struggling for freedom. German fascism and Zionism appeared as the same thing. The terrorists that hijacked the Lufthansa airplane ‘Landshut’ on 13 October 1977, dominated by that ideology, informed the world that: 
This operation aims at liberating our comrades from the jails of the imperialist-reactionary-Zionist alliance … revolutionary and freedom fighters all over the world are confronted with the monster of global imperialism – this barbaric war under the hegemony of the US against the nations of the world. In this war imperialist sub-centres like Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany fulfill the executive function of the suppression and liquidation of each and any revolutionary movement in and on their specific territories. In our occupied land the Imperialist-Zionist-reactionary enemy demonstrates the highest level of its bloody hostility and aggressiveness against our people and our revolution, against all the Arab masses and their patriotic and progressive forces. The expansionist and racist nature of Israel is – with Menachem Begin at the head of this product of imperialist interests – clearer than ever before. West Germany was set up on the same imperialistic foundation in 1945 as a US base.[1] 
The statement mixed nationalism with anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. And while the terrorists rejected the idea that they were anti-Semites they aimed to destroy Israel.[2] (...)  
But a series of developments in West GermanyChancellors Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt, both members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), started to follow a policy in the Middle East they described as ‘neutral’ and began to have good relations with Yasser Arafat while sections of West German society, including terrorists on both the left and right, joined the PLO’s battle to destroy Israel – were very unexpected.
In the 1950s, the West German SPD had pushed for good relations between the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and Israel. Without the SPD, the German Parliament would not have passed the 1953 ‘Luxembourg Treaty,’ the first agreement between Israel and Germany after the Shoah. Yet during the 1973 Yom Kippur war the FRG under Willy Brandt did not allow American armed forces to use their military bases in the country to supply Israel with weapons. Israeli ships were forbidden to come to the harbor of Bremerhaven to collect weapons from American Naval ships. While the FRG government saw its refusal as a policy of ‘neutrality,’ most Israelis viewed this as support for adversaries committed to its destruction.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Spain: El País newspaper's "unapologetic hatred for Israel”

Via CAMERA:

El País cartoon depicting an orthodox Jew, to illustrate an op-ed article by Mario Vargas Llosa, claiming 
that Breaking the Silence, Gideon Levy, Amira Hass are some of “The Righteous of Israel.”
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is “moderate” and “pragmatic,” while Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu leads a “radical” and "extremist" government.
PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) member Leyla Khaled, who hijacked two passenger planes in the late 1960s, is someone who “comes from a traumatic life experience: the occupation that as a child, in 1948, expelled her and her family from Haifa,” along with “millions of refugees who were forced to leave their homes.”
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict “emanates from the occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank” and “the subsequent blockade of the Gaza Strip.” “After the 1967 war, Israel hasn't stopped colonizing.”
These descriptions are all from the news pages of the largest and most influential newspaper of the Spanish-speaking world, El País, and represent its approach to reporting on the region. 
For years, El País advanced an anti-Israeli narrative, at times even toying with overt anti-Semitism, to the point where, in 2009, fourteen US congressmen sent a letter to then-Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to express their concern about El País'  systematic publication of “articles and cartoons conveying crude anti-Semitic canards and stereotypes.” 
That same year, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (a notoriously harsh critic of the Israeli government) published Yoav Sivan's article “Bias in black and white” which noted that “Even in minor stories unrelated to the conflict, El Pais displays a unique combination of sloppiness and unapologetic hatred for Israel.”
The year 2009 marked a turning point. The newspaper changed its approach to the region with more balanced reporting. Tel Aviv ceased to be incorrectly identified as the capital of Israel and articles from the Middle East began to include viewpoints from both sides of the conflict. 
Over the past year, however, El País has drifted back to its previous pattern, disregarding the voice of one of the parties in the conflict. (...)
An Op-Ed by the lawyer Jerónimo Paez (“Unreason and Tragedy”), published on February 9, 2017, deserves a special mention. It insinuated that all the problems in the region originated with the Jewish state, which was blamed for rejecting peace from the beginning of Zionism. Zionists attacked “their British allies.” They were responsible for political Islam. For dislocating Lebanon. For the rise of an Iranian theocracy. For exacerbating the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. For fomenting “hatred of the West,” “jihadist madness,” 9/11, the Syrian civil war, “Erdogan despotism,” and the“end the Kurdish people...”  
And if Israel is the root of all evil, then Palestinian terrorism in reaction is perfectly acceptable. And so the piece went on to justify Palestinian violence: 
One wonders, especially if he is Andalusian, what would have been our response had the heirs of the Syrian Umayyads decided, following the tragedy they are suffering, to settle in Andalusia, the homeland of their ancestors. It is not necessary to go very far to predict the violent rejection that this would have generated. 
Of course, Andalusia was never the homeland of the Umayyads. But at El País, truth is apparently expendable in the pursuit of demonizing Israel.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Germany: BDS activists investigated by specialized unit for political extremism

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
A criminal complaint filed against three BDS activists who allegedly launched physical and verbal tirades at MK Aliza Lavie and an Israeli survivor of the Holocaust at a June event in Berlin has been sent to a police division responsible for political extremism, a spokeswoman for the authorities told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday. 
The criminal allegations were leveled against Ronnie Barkan, Majed Abusalama and Stavit Sinai, who face charges of trespassing for their activity at the Humboldt University event with Lavie. 
A spokesman for Yesh Atid’s Lavie told the Post on Wednesday that the MK “expects there will be some sanction against them, not only because of the offending behavior in this case, but mainly as a message against this type of violent discourse, whose consequences may be dangerous.” 
According to the complaint, a female BDS activist, who is believed to be Sinai, “swung [her fists] wildly around her and attendees” as she was escorted from the university room for disrupting the event. She “continuously attempted to reenter the lecture hall and pounded on the door.” 
Barkan runs a group called “Boycott from Within” in Israel and has been barred from delivering BDS talks in municipal buildings in the northern German city of Oldenburg. 
The Post obtained a June 20 letter from Humboldt University president Dr. Sabine Kunst to Lavie in which she wrote: “You came to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on June 20th to talk about ‘Life in Israel – Terror, Bias and the Chances for Peace.’ Unfortunately, you were harassed by three individuals on that occasion. Please accept my heartfelt apologies for the incident at your talk with the German- lsraeli Society in rooms of our university.” 
Kunst added: “Criminal charges for trespassing have been filed against the three disturbers. lt is a matter of particular interest at Humboldt-Universität to prevent incidents like this from happening again.”
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Germany: Court dismisses soldier for denying Israel's existence and support for Hamas

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
A court in Hanover in the state of Lower Saxony affirmed in June the German armed forces’ decision to discharge a soldier because of his rejection of Israel’s right to exist and support for the US- and EU-classified terrorist organization Hamas. 
The soldier of Afghan background lashed out at Israel, Jews and the United States during questioning by Germany’s military counter-intelligence service (MAD) in 2016. 
According to the legal decision obtained by The Jerusalem Post on Friday, the unnamed soldier said “F***... the Jews and the USA” and justified support for Hamas and Fatah.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

France: Memorial honoring deported Jewish children damaged

Via ABC News and Associate Press:

At the children's home in Izieu
France's President Emmanuel Macron has condemned the desecration of a memorial to the Jewish children of Izieu, in eastern France, deported to Nazi camps in 1944.  
In a statement Tuesday Macron denounced the "shameful and cowardly act that won't remain unpunished." The plaque bearing the names of the victims — 44 children and 7 adults — was broken and removed from its base in a public garden in the city of Lyon.  
On April 6, 1944, the Lyon Gestapo, headed by Klaus Barbie, searched the Children's Home of Izieu and arrested the children and their teachers. Most of them died in gas chambers at Auschwitz. Only one adult survived.  
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Germany: Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel dies aged 78

Via The Jerusalem Post:

Ernst Zündel in 1992
Ernst Zundel, a Holocaust denier who was jailed for inciting hatred against Jews, has died in Germany. 
Zundel died Sunday at his home in Baden-Wuerttemberg, reportedly of a heart attack. He was 78. 
He served a five-year prison sentence in Mannheim, Germany, after being found guilty in 2007 of inciting hatred against Jews and systematically denying the Nazi genocide against the Jews — in 14 specific instances — on his website and in a newsletter. His five-year sentence included two years in jail following his deportation from Canada in 2005. He left prison in 2010. (...) 
He was considered among the most active Holocaust deniers in the world (...) 
He co-wrote the book “The Hitler We Loved and Why” under the pseudonym Christof Friedrich.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Poland: Israeli soccer team attacked by skinheads after game




Via Jerusalem Post:
Two staff members of soccer club Hapoel Petah Tikva were slightly injured in Poland after being attacked by masked hooligans in what the Israeli Embassy said Thursday was an “anti-Semitic incident.” The attack occurred on Wednesday evening in Suchocin, a town near Warsaw, following a friendly between Petah Tikva and a local Polish club, MKS Ciechanow.

“After the match we went to the lobby of the hotel while a couple of our staff members were collecting the equipment. Around 15-20 skinheads came out of the woods and raced onto the field and began punching and kicking them,” said Petah Tikva coach Oren Krispin.

“One of the players in the lobby noticed this and we all ran out to help. Once the skinheads saw us they ran away.”

Club staff members Moshe Harel and Oz Batzon both suffered slight face injuries.

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UK: Park is vandalised with antisemitic and racist graffiti in Dovercourt




Via Harwich and Manningtree Standard
PARENTS are furious after vandals covered a children’s play area in anti-semitic and racist graffiti.

Families have spoken of their disgust at finding Mace Park in Dovercourt covered in coloured spray paint earlier this week.

The park, which is on Deepdale Road, had its swing, slides and climbing frames sprayed in black and red graffiti with offensive language. 

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Germany: Goethe University students say BDS continues Nazi boycott


Via Jerusalem Post (h/t glykosymoritis):

 The student parliament at the Goethe University in Frankfurt on Thursday condemned the BDS campaign for duplicating the Nazi-era movement’s boycotts of Jewish-owned businesses.

“The call by the BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] campaign to boycott products from the parts designated ‘occupied territories’ of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Golan Heights stands clearly in the tradition of the national socialist Jewish boycott and the slogan ‘Don’t buy from Jews!”’ the student council wrote in its resolution.

The Left List (LiLi) and the Democratic List (DL) introduced the anti-BDS resolution at the university named after the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the state of Hesse. The university’s student enrollment is roughly 46,000.

“The call for an academic boycott is a severe attack on academic freedom. Therefore the BDS campaign has no business here,” said Johannes Fechner, the deputy chairman of students committee.

The resolution calls for “the end of cooperation with the BDS campaign, including advertisements, events or stands at the university and at other locations.”

The anti-BDS document said a boycott of Israeli educational institutions will lead to “a massive restriction of research and teaching of the Shoah and national socialism.”

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Germany: Munich lawmakers declare boycott movement antisemitic

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
City Council members from the two largest parties in Munich – the capital of the German state of Bavaria – submitted a bill banning municipal funding and support for BDS activities in July. 
“The bill will pass because the CSU [Christian Social Union] and the SPD [Social Democratic Party] jointly govern and have the majority in the city council,” a spokesperson for the Jewish community told The Jerusalem Post. 
The legislation, titled “Against every form of antisemitism – No cooperation with the antisemitic BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement,” is expected to be enacted after the summer break. 
According to the bill, the municipality will “not provide city premises for BDS campaigns, events, exhibits or demonstrations that pursue the goals of BDS.”
In addition, the legislation states it will “not support events in the form of grants to groups” that advocate BDS. 
The lawmakers from the CDU and SPD said the bill is justified because of widespread modern antisemitism in Germany targeting the Jewish state. The council members noted that a recent federal government expert report on antisemitism said 40% of Germans hold Israel-related antisemitic views. 
“Neither the objective of the BDS campaign nor the antisemitic propaganda that it brings with it is compatible with a democratic, respectful city society,” wrote the nine city council representatives. 
The bill took to task the anti-Israel NGO “Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Group Munich” for antisemitism related to its support of the international BDS movement. The pro-BDS petition signed by the JPDG accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sweden: Anti-Israel protesters in Helsingborg call Jews "offspring of apes and pigs"



Via Local:
 Police in southern Sweden are investigating an anti-Israel protest where Jewish people were allegedly labelled the "offspring of apes and pigs".

Aside from the investigation the Jewish Community of Northwest Skåne (Judiska Församlingen i Nordvästra Skåne) is also preparing a report to submit to the police, SVT Helsingborg reports.

Several protests have been held by the Swedish-Palestinian Centre in Helsingborg following the unrest at Temple Mount in Jerusalem in July, and films of the demonstrations in the Swedish city have spread on social media.

"We can see that there are elements in these protests that are worrying and serious because they contain anti-Semitic insults and anti-Semitic claims in combination with a violent rhetoric, in a really unfortunate way," Jewish Community of Northwest Skåne chairperson Josefin Thorell told SVT.

Representatives of the Swedish-Palestinian Centre say however that the criticisms expressed in the protests were not aimed at Jews as a group but against the state of Israel. Police in Helsingborg are now attempting to establish what was said.

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Meanwhile, Facebook shut down the Facebook page of the Swedish-Palestinian Centre in Helsingborg after numerous complaints about their antisemitic posts.




Netherlands: Political activist incites against Jews




Via CIDI:

Dutch antisemitism watchdog CIDI has turned to the authorities against an antisemitic twitter user.  Jan van der Weiden regularly tweets antisemitic incitement, going back for at least the past couple of years.

His most recent tweets on the topic:





In 2015, Ven der Weiden tweeted: "I agree that #Jews can live in Amstelveen, but on ONE condition; THE SAME SECURITY FOR ALL PALESTINIANS".


Van der Weiden  was a candidate for the Socialist Party in the 2014 municipal elections.  He says he's not active in the party any longer, but he appeared on their website as a candidate until CIDI approached them on the issue.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Austria: Antisemitic remarks by Freedom Party's foreign policy spokesperson


Via Jewish News:
The Jewish Community Vienna (IKG) has called on the FPÖ (Freedom Party) to expel its foreign policy spokesperson, Johannes Hübner, from the party. The request refers to likely anti-Semitic remarks made by Hübner during a right-wing convention in Thuringia in June 2016, as reported by Der Standard on Wednesday.

“If the FPÖ is serious about having bid farewell to anti-Semitism, suspending Hübner would be imperative,” IKG – President Oskar Deutsch told Der Standard. The FPÖ would “remain among the sticks in the mud” should the party not react to Hübner’s comments or even defend them.”

For Federal Chancellor Christian Kern, too, the “anti-Semitic comments” are “absolutely unacceptable.” Hübner has mentioned him as the Friedrich Torberg awardee of the Jewish Community; Kern asserted that he is “proud” of this award.

Hübner, who works as an attorney in Vienna, used a 1930s denigration of the constitutional scholar Hans Kelsen as “Hans Kohn” – a widespread Jewish family name –in front of an audience.

Meanwhile, Hübner himself has addressed the accusations during a conversation with Der Standard. While he confirms to have made the statement, he cannot comment on its “specific historic background.” By all means, he does “absolutely not see any anti-Semitic background” regarding the statement. Asked about why his allusion did cause laughter in the audience, Hübner said that he “cannot remember.”

Deutsch rejects Hübner’s justifications: “those are stereotypes like we have formerly seen in Der Stürmer.” The IKG is now considering introducing a criminal exposition of the facts. “We are currently examining this option.”
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Greece: Holocaust monument in Larissa vandalized by alleged clergyman


VIA KIS (h/t Against Antisemitism):
In the evening of Monday July 17, 2017, an individual dressed as a monk who calls himself ‘father Kleomenis’ -a cult figure, popular for his bigot ideas and You tube posts- attacked and vandalized the Holocaust Monument in Larissa, situated in the central Jewish Martyrs Square of the city. In his video posted on You Tube, the alleged monk curses the Jews, denies the Holocaust and calls on the local patriots of Larissa to intervene and demolish the Monument. "Father" Kleomenis spits, kicks and throws eggs at the Monument. Some of his characteristic quotes: “Here, we read 6 million! Fairy tails… Shit on their faces, merely 600.000 Hitler wiped out!”. Kleomenis spits the Monument and says: “Satanic Jews”. He kicks the Monument and says: “Curse on your dirty Monuments” and continues: “Worms, Jewish bitches, this has to fall. The stinking Jewishness has to be taken down from Larissa. Rise up! Patriotic organizations of Larissa take it down, bring the bulldozer on!”.  Local police was notified and legal procedure was enacted. Investigation is ongoing. 

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UK: It's not just extremists who believe the anti-Semitic trope that Jews are good with money


The trope in this question is not that Jews are good with money, but that all Jews are rich.


Via Telegraph:
I remember it happening quite vividly. I was in a lecture theatre at university, waiting for a lesson to start, when I got into a conversation with an acquaintance of mine. The conversation turned towards finances, specifically student loans and tuition fees. The young man sitting next to me spoke about how he was looking forward to the latest instalment of his loan entering his bank account.

And then he ended his musings on the subject with the following line:

“Still, it’s not a problem for your lot, is it? You’ve all got tons of money.”

I was initially confused, trying to work out what he meant, before his full meaning slammed home. It was at this point, however, that the professor appeared to begin the lesson.
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France is the Western country with the largest number of Jews assassinated in the 21st century

In all fairness, it has to be stressed that quite a few Jews work in various capacities for the French mainstream media.  They go along with the Israel-bashing described in the article (some with great enthusiasm) or keep silent about it.

Via Gatestone Institute (Stefan Frank):
A Franco-German film that no one in Europe is legally allowed to see has become the source of a major scandal, and its creators the targets of unprecedented smear and hate campaigns from Germany's public broadcasters. 
At the center of the scandal is one of Europe's biggest media companies, the Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) -- with 4,500 employees and an annual budget of 1.4 billion euros -- and the Franco-German culture channel, ARTE.
The television documentary, "Chosen and Excluded – the Hate for Jews in Europe", will be shown in the United States for one night only, on August 9. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles announced that it would screen the film after the German and French networks tried "to bury the documentary, before it could contaminate the viewing public with the truth," according to the Center's Associate Dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, in an interview with Gatestone Institute. "It is a film that needs to be viewed by anyone concerned about anti-Semitism and anyone concerned about the democratic future of Europe. It is a truth-telling, and 'PC'-busting documentary", he said.(...) 
Would the station (ARTE) ever show a serious film about anti-Semitism?, Gatestone asked the journalist Jean Patrick Grumberg, of the French-language news site Dreuz. Grumberg replied: 
"France is also a country were communist mayors celebrate Palestinian Jew-killers as honorary citizens. Arte would never denounce a communist. They would instead introduce the Terrorists as "Freedom fighters"... the heads of Arte France would never - ever - be hired if they are suspected of being pro-Israelis or conservatives. As a matter of fact, being a radical is welcome." 
According to Grumberg, "nearly 100% of the French media are anti-Israel." Anyone who is pro-Israel must conceal it, or deal with the threat of repercussions. 
"And within this hard to believe environment, France Television and Arte are the worst among the 'islamo-lefties'.  
"To start with, France's Arte heads of program refused to produce a documentary about anti-semitism in Europe because they knew too well that it would underline the Muslim anti-semitism issue, and Muslim anti-semitism is taboo in France, most notably among the left and in the media. 
"One has to keep in mind that France is the Western country with the largest number of Jews assassinated during the 21st century (14 Jewish people killed because they were Jewish). All of them were killed by Muslims, not by the Far right. Arte would never want you to know that."
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The scandal surrounding the film shows how things really are in terms of the culture and freedom of expression in Europe. "The WDR ranks among those whom we criticize in this film," says Schroeder. "Up to that point, one could only speculate about this [anti-Semitism], but the way they dealt with this broadcast made it very clear." 
Anti-Semitism in Europe does not come from fringe groups. It is primarily left-wing liberals -- "intellectuals" -- who fuel the hatred. At the end of the film, retired Parisian police commissioner Sammy Ghozlan, a Jew who fled to France from Algeria, says: 
"I am convinced that the Arabs in France would never have turned to violence against the Jews if they had not been convinced by others that it was their duty to demonstrate their solidarity with their coreligionists in Palestine. Otherwise, they would never have done that. They were persuaded that this was necessary. And since some of those who hold power, mayors or ministers, took the liberty of doing such a thing, for them, it justified the attacks so they supported them." 
"That is one of the key messages of our film," Joachim Schroeder said to Gatestone. "Who was it that encouraged them to do this? It was not just their brothers and sisters; it was the French and German mainstream."
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Monday, July 31, 2017

France: Yet another vile anti-Israel demonstration in Paris



This happened in Paris at Place Saint-Michel on July 29. A few Islamists organized a demonstration.  Israeli-Zionists were assimilated to the Nazis and Palestinian terrorists to Jean Moulin who "was a high-profile member of the Resistance in France during World War II He is remembered today as an emblem of the Resistance, owing mainly to his role in unifying the French resistance under Charles de Gaulle and his death at the hands of the Gestapo"They do not hesitate to use their children, something the members of the French resistance against the Nazis would never do. Vociferations, flags ... Vile.

Via Catherine Pederzoli-Ventura:
Comparing French resistance hero Jean Moulin to Palestinian terrorists like Hamas's Sheikh Yassin
"Zionists of today are like the Nazis of yesterday"

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ireland: Sunday Times apologizes and removes article accusing Jews of being moneygrubbing

Update 2:
Sunday Times sacks antisemitic trope columnist

Update1:
The Sunday Times has apologized and the article has now been taken down.  Here.

Via UK Media Watch:
The Irish edition of The Times and The Sunday Times published an article today by Kevin Myers which actually accuses Jews of being money grubbing. As another journalist who tweeted accurately noted, this is simply vile.




"Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity. I wonder, who are their agents?"

UK: London’s Young Vic theatre is reviving Rachel Corrie

Via Harry's Place (Jonathan Hoffman):
London’s Young Vic theatre is reviving ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’. There will be 27 performances, starting with previews on Kol Nidre (29 September); press night is 4 October.  The theatre holds 70, so 1890 people will have the chance to see this play which incites hatred against Israel and therefore against its supporters, at a theatre which is supported by the taxpayer. 
Rachel Corrie was a young American (age 23). The play is extracts from her emails and diaries, selected by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner. She was idealistic but very naïve. She volunteered for the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a group that opposes Israel’s existence and whose members seek to prevent the Israeli army from acting against terrorists in Gaza and Judea/Samaria. The IDF’s ability to operate effectively in these areas against terrorists has been systematically and intentionally obstructed by groups of foreign volunteers for the ISM, used by the Palestinian Authority as “human shields”. By interfering with Israeli counter-terrorism operations, the ISM directly endangers the lives of Israeli civilians. 
In April 2003, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported: “ISM members take an active part in illegal and violent actions against IDF soldiers. At times, their activity in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip is under the auspices of Palestinian terrorist organisations.” In the past, ISM members have been arrested vandalising and destroying Israeli security fences and equipment. In March 2003, fugitive Islamic Jihad terrorist, Shadi Sukiya, was arrested in a house in Jenin rented by the ISM. 
Rachel Corrie was one of the “internationals” planted in Rafah, a town on the Egypt/Gaza border, in March 2003. There the IDF was demolishing tunnels used by the Palestinians to bring arms and explosives into Gaza to use against targets in Israel. The area of the IDF’s operation was clearly a military area and Corrie should not have entered it.  But she did and in the course of one such Israeli attempt to knock down a structure shielding one of the tunnels (16 March 2003), Corrie stood in front of an Israeli bulldozer. She slipped on a mound of dirt and was tragically killed. (...)
There is no mention in the play that the ISM met with the British suicide bombers Omar Khan Sharif and Asif Muhammad Hanif who, a few days later (30 April 2003), blew up Mike’s Place, a Tel Aviv pub, killing three and injuring dozens (see this piece by Tom Gross).  Or of the fact that in its mission statement the ISM said ‘armed struggle’ is a Palestinian ‘right’. Nor of the statement of the ISM ‘media co-ordinator’, Flo Rosovski, that “Israel is an illegal entity that should not exist!” Indeed Rachel Corrie did not think that the ‘terrorist’ word was appropriate for Palestinians. She suggests to her mother that she should update the local paper with her news and says ‘I think it’s smart that you’re wary of using the word ‘terrorism’ … you could be perpetuating the idea that the Israel-Palestinian conflict is a balanced conflict.’ Try telling that to the widow and children of Elad Salomon, murdered in Halamish while having Shabbat dinner last week, along with his father and sister
As for Corrie herself, inconveniently for those who have sought to portray her as a peaceful protester, photos of her burning a mock American flag and stirring up crowds in Gaza at a pro-Hamas rally were published by the Associated Press and on Yahoo News on 15 February 2003, a month before she died. Yet just three weeks earlier (on 25 January – the day she arrived in Israel) she wrote “I’m really new to talking about Israel-Palestine, so I don’t always know the political implications of my words”. (...) 
Corrie ripping Israel flag
Corrie ripping mock US flag
My Name Is Rachel Corrie is a sad play about a naïve young woman who is irresponsibly exploited by the ISM and tragically dies a painful and premature death.  But it fails to show the terrorism which was killing hundreds in Israel at that time and which Israel was combatting by its operations in Gaza; it whitewashes the ISM; and worst of all, Rickman and Viner falsely accuse the Israeli bulldozer driver of murdering Corrie. Under oath, he insisted that he had not seen her. 
At a time of heightened antisemitism, this season will foment hatred of Israel and thus of Jews in the UK who support Israel (which is the vast majority). That the Young Vic should stage it, is thoroughly irresponsible.  Presumably its decision-makers would not stage a play which demonises Muslims or blacks to the extent that this play demonises Israeli Jews – how, then, do they defend their decision? 
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France: Far-left Leader Slams Macron for Accepting French Complicity in Holocaust


Via Haaretz (h/t glykosymoritis):
Jean-Luc Melenchon, France's populist left-wing leader, blasted French President Emmanuel Macron for his admission that the Vichy government was indeed the French government during World War II, and that it – and not the Nazis – were responsible for deporting French Jews.

 In an angry 2,000-word blog, Melenchon took the newly-elected president to task for a range of policy missteps, but saved the bulk of his wrath for the remarks Macron made in the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

 Denying or hiding France's role in World War II is a disgrace, Macron had said on Sunday in the presence of visiting Netanyahu at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Paris. "We have a responsibility to realize where and when we have failed," Macron said. "There are those who say Vichy wasn't France," he noted. "It's true that Vichy wasn't all of France, but Vichy was the government of France and the French establishment It was responsible for deporting French Jews, and not the Germans."

 In his blog, Melenchon didn't deny the involvement of French citizens in rounding up Jews for deportation, but in an echo of remarks during this year's election campaign by the leader of the far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, Melenchon declared it "totally unacceptable" to say that "France, as a people, as a nation, is responsible for this crime." In April, during the French presidential campaign, Le Pen sparked controversy for saying: "I don't think France is responsible for the Vel d'Hiv,"– a reference to the Velodrome d'Hiver stadium where thousands of Jews were rounded up before being sent to Nazi death camps.
 
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Germany: Der Spiegel removes 'antisemitic' book from bestseller list


Via Guardian:
The influential German news magazine Der Spiegel has deleted from its bestseller list a book that one of its own editors had pushed up the rankings, after it was found to be “antisemitic and historically revisionist”.

Finis Germania, or The End of Germany, collects the thoughts of the late historian Rolf Peter Sieferle on the position of Germany, including how it deals with the Holocaust. The book is currently at the top of Amazon.de’s bestseller chart and this month it entered Der Spiegel’s bestseller list, which many bookshops use as a basis for promotional displays, in sixth place.

Finis Germania is missing from the list in this week’s issue of the magazine. Many bookshops have followed suit and are not displaying the title.

Susanne Beyer, Der Spiegel’s deputy editor, said Finis Germania had been omitted because the magazine considered the book – posthumously published by a small house, Antaios, known for its far-right leanings – to be “rightwing extremist, antisemitic and historically revisionist”.

Since Der Spiegel understood itself as “a medium of enlightenment even on historical subjects”, Beyer continued, the magazine had decided not to help advance the sales of such a book.

Beyer admitted that, in June, Finis Germania had made it on to a prestigious list of nonfiction books of the month, after her colleague Johannes Saltzwedel recommended the title.

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UK: The hard-core antisemitism of the Scottish PSC (SPSC)


Via David Collier:
My report on hard-core antisemitism inside the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) has just been released. It was commissioned and published by Jewish Human Rights Watch. One-hundred and sixty pages of rabid anti-Jewish hatred. Stripping away all of the pretence about sympathy for Palestinians, the report exposes frightening levels of raw and truly sickening antisemitism. A hatred that is openly prowling the streets of Scotland. Only two weeks ago, I was in Aberdeen myself and witnessed an activist, who shares posts about Holocaust denial, trying to persuade people to boycott a Jewish business.

(...)


The report uncovered endless hatred of Jews, in every city the SPSC operates in. At every SPSC stall, at every SPSC demonstration, at every event, antisemitism was significantly present. Not an antisemitism that can be explained away as a criticism of Israel, but hard core antisemitic tropes.

Some examples:




Friday, July 28, 2017

Germany: Major newspaper: media turning Palestinian terrorists into victims

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
The online editor-in-chief of the mass-circulation Bild published Sunday a column filled with blistering criticism over the anti-Israel media in Germany during the Temple Mount clashes. 
“No other country, which suffers under permanent terror, is reported on in Germany in the cynical, ice-cold and heartless manner like Israel is,” wrote Julian Reichelt. His commentary was at one point the second most read article on the popular website.  
The title of his column reads: “Middle East coverage in the German media: Perpetrators turned into victims.” 
Reichelt wrote that “Metal detectors at the entry to the Temple Mount are described as injuring religious feelings. And the German media briskly spreads this fairy tale from an Israeli attack on religious freedom.” 
He lambasted the German press for “routinely interchanging perpetrator and victim.” Reichelt cited the example of the German public news show Tagesschau’s rationale for terrorism against Israeli Jews. 
“The Taggeschau permitted the father of a young Palestinian, who slaughtered a Jewish family, to justify his son because the ‘honor of Muslims’ is endangered.” 
His media criticism took headline writers to task. “When terrorists attack soldiers, it reads: ‘Two Palestinians killed by Israeli military action.’ That is as if one would write about the terrorist from Nice: ‘Truck driver shot by police.’” 
Reichelt noted that “Israel is on the front line in the battle against a murderous ideology that envisions annihilation of us... we Germans should back the Israelis in this battle instead of expecting that they nicely allow themselves to be destroyed.” 
He said that it is forgotten that drastic security controls in front of shopping centers, airports and cafés in the entire world are not necessary because the Catholic Church became radicalized, but rather because the Islamic world clearly shows too much tolerance for those who in the name of their God blow themselves up.”

Thursday, July 27, 2017

France can acknowledge its past crimes against its Jews, but not present ones

Via Mosaic Magazine:
Children were not spared
July 16 saw the commemoration of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in Paris: the 1942 mass arrest, carried out by the French police on Nazi orders, of over 13,000 French Jews who were then shipped off to extermination camps. At the ceremony this year, French President Emmanuel Macron apologized for France’s actions and pledged to make France a country where the Jewish victims, among them over 4,000 children, would have wanted to live.  
But, writes Nidra Poller, the “tragic reality” is this: as shown most recently by the April murder of the sixty-five-year-old Sarah Halimi by a radicalized twenty-seven-year-old Muslim, France can’t and won’t fulfill that pledge:
If the descendants of those [murdered] children lived in France today, they might have to hide their kippot and Magen Davids, they might be harassed out of schools and neighborhoods, beaten up in the métro, accused of genocide against the Palestinians. If the descendants of those children lived in France today, the children hunted like animals by the French and exterminated by the Nazis, . . . they might be assassinated at a Jewish school in Toulouse [as in March 2012], their lives might be shattered by the savage murder of their grandmother in Paris in 2017. And who would be persecuting them? The descendants of immigrants and refugees from Arab-Muslim countries, the underprivileged victims of discrimination whom President Macron vows to protect [by means of the same] tender consideration that put a Kobili Traoré in the apartment downstairs of Sarah Halimi wthout first making sure he had integrated the values of the Republic. 
[Unlike the situation in 1942], the French police did not pound on the door and drag Sarah Halimi from her home in the middle of the night. The police stood down, waiting interminably for reinforcements, while Kobili Traoré beat, smashed, and exterminated a defenseless Jewish woman. 
The courage and lucidity to acknowledge the French crimes of the past falters in the face of French crimes of the present.
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UK: Record number of anti-Semitic hate incidents in first half of 2017

Via European Jewish Press:
767 anti-Semitic incidents have been recorded in Britain in the first six months of 2017, a rise of 30% from the same period last year , according to the latest report published by the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that protects British Jews from anti-Semitism and related threats. 
This is the highest total CST has ever recorded for the January-June period of any year. 
 “CST has again recorded an unprecedented number of antisemitic incidents, with figures now almost twice as bad as five years ago. Some of this may be down to improved reporting, but it is sadly clear that the overall situation has deteriorated. Anti-Semitism is having an increasing impact on the lives of British Jews and the hatred and anger that lies behind it is spreading,” said CST  Chief Executive David Delew. 
A further 483 reports were received by CST in the first six months of 2017, but were not deemed to be antisemitic and are not included in this total.  
CST saw over 100 anti-Semitic incidents recorded for every month so far this year.This continues an unprecedented pattern of monthly totals higher than 100 incidents for every month since April 2016. The average monthly incident totals recorded by CST are now roughly double the level they were at five years ago,’’ the report notes. 
It is likely that the incident totals recorded by CST reflect a general, sustained rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in an average month. Jewish communal concern about anti-Semitism and consequent better reporting, in addition to increased reporting from commercial security guards, may contribute partly to the rise in recorded incidents. However, these factors alone do not explain the scale and breadth of the increase.’’ 
The most common single type of incident recorded by CST in the first half of 2017 involved verbal abuse randomly directed at visibly Jewish people in public. In at least 203 incidents, the victims were visibly Jewish.
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UK: Momentum distances itself from Haringey antisemitism definition protest


Via JC:
Momentum says it has not received any complaints about its members being involved in a protest against a council’s adoption of a definition of antisemitism.

The pro-Jeremy Corbyn hard-left activism group said it would be willing to investigate and take action if necessary.

Labour councillors in Haringey were shouted down by protesters as they voted to support a motion to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of Jew-hatred at a meeting on Monday evening.

The definition was recognised by the government last year and is now widely used in the public sector.

A Momentum spokesman told the JC: “Momentum opposes antisemitism in all its forms.

“This council lobby was not organised by Momentum National. The local Momentum group in Haringey supported the lobby along with other organisations and some members attended.

“While we haven’t received any complaints about Momentum members present at the meeting, if we do we’ll investigate them and take the necessary, appropriate action.”

Two senior national Momentum members, Emine Ibrahim and Joseph Ejiofor, are councillors in Haringey and supported the motion.

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