Sunday, April 23, 2017

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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Antisemitic Hate Crimes Thrive in Ukraine


Via Algemeiner:
Just before the last day of Passover, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch died in Israel. The well-known Chabad rabbi was injured in a brutal attack in October 2016 in Zhitomir, Ukraine, where he was savagely beaten by bunch of thugs. Rabbi Deitsch was only 64 years old. His death has become a tragic symbol of antisemitism in Ukraine — a phenomenon that the world prefers to ignore.

Antisemitism is thriving in Ukraine, as is ultra-nationalism and hatred against all minority groups. One needs only to watch Ukrainian television coverage praising neo-Nazi rallies to discover what the country has become. But the resurgence of antisemitism here has only been made possible by the world’s indifference and inaction.

During the last six months, there have been scores of hate crimes in Ukraine. When it comes to the Jewish community, these crimes include the desecration of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s grave in Uman, which was ‘crowned’ by a pig’s head with a swastika carved on it. This and other antisemitic attacks were documented with photos and detailed descriptions. All of them were reported to the Ukrainian police. The result? Nothing. And the world’s reaction? Nada.

The desecration of Jewish buildings and memorials has become quite common in Ukraine and, in some cases, the vandalism is repeated many times per year.

Simultaneously, there has been a disgusting attempt to rewrite history throughout the country. In a macabre-like episode, Ukrainian nationalists are trying to whitewash the Babi Yar massacre that took place during the Holocaust, and the country’s officials — including Kiev’s mayor — are allowing it. Ukraine is also erecting memorials and setting up exhibitions to honor the perpetrators of the most vicious antisemitic attacks that took place during the Holocaust.

One such exhibition honored the ‘exploits’ of Ivan Rohach, who was the editor of the Ukrainian ultra-nationalistic OUN newspaper; he also repeatedly called for the extermination of the Jews. A memorial was also established to honor Yelena Teliga, a fierce antisemite who demonized Jews and helped instigate the Babi Yar massacre.

Daily life in Ukraine is dangerous for Jews, and rabbis and community leaders are afraid to speak out about it — for fear of making the situation worse.

Amid all of this, the world has been silent.

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France: Fake Bernard-Henri Levy quote triggers anti-Semitic avalanche online

Via JTA:
A satirical article suggesting that the French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy plans to emigrate if a far-left politician is elected president triggered a slew of anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

In the fake interview published last week on the satirical website NordPresse, Levy, one of the country’s best-known celebrities, is quoted as saying, “If Melenchon is elected, I’m leaving France.”

Jean-Luc Melenchon, who is the presidential candidate of the French Communist Party and several other far-left groups, has made considerable gains in polls ahead of the first round of the presidential elections on April 23.

Using the hashtag #BHL — the Jewish philosopher’s initials — hundreds of Melenchon supporters circulated the fake interview on Twitter, adding anti-Semitic comments about it.

“Shove off to Israel or the States, you son of a bitch,” one Twitter user wrote in an apparent reference to the fact that Levy, who is a citizen neither of Israel nor of the United States, is Jewish. Another wrote, “If Melenchon wins BHL knows where he can return.” The latter added a banner advertising Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to tourists.

The L’Expresse daily accused the satirical website of encouraging anti-Semitic discourse by inventing a quote by Levy.

“I cannot agree to a 90-percent taxation of my revenues” in explaining his opposition to Melenchon. “The Jews, as we all know, are rich,” L’Expresse wrote sarcastically.

Levy has criticized Melenchon, whose policies he has called “dangerous.” This week, Levy wrote on Twitter: “A reminder on the deplorable remarks by Melenchon following 2014 rallies featuring chanting about death to Jews.”

The post included a link to an article about Melenchon that was published on the Levy-owned opinion website Le Regle du Jeu recalling Melenchon’s statement on Aug. 24 that protesters against Israel in Paris “remained dignified and embodied better than anyone the founding values of the French republic.”More than nine synagogues were attacked in July that year in the French capital by pro-Palestinian protesters, some using firebombs. In a July 2014 incident at one synagogue, a gang of 150 assailants besieged dozens of worshipers.

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Austria: Anti-Semitic incidents reach new record in 2016


Via Israel Hayom:
A record number of anti-Semitic incidents, ranging from verbal and online threats to physical assaults, was recorded in Austria last year, a non-governmental organization said in a report published on Thursday.

The number of cases rose to 477 in 2016 from 465 in 2015, when it jumped by about 200 from 2014, the Forum Against Anti-Semitism said.

The report follows a finding by Austria's BVT domestic intelligence service indicating that in 2016 incidents of xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism were on the rise in Austria. The small country has been swept up in Europe's migration crisis and the refugee influx has become a hot-button issue.

"It is of course alarming. We now have two consecutive years at a record level," said Oskar Deutsch, president of the Jewish Community of Vienna (IKG).

Deutsch said Austria's Jewish community numbers 13,000 to 15,000 people in an overall population of 8.8 million.

Growing concerns about jobs and security, often in connection with immigration, have fueled growing support for the far-right Freedom party, which was founded by former Nazis. It is now running first in opinion polls.

The Freedom party is strongly critical of Islam and denounces anti-Semitism, but its efforts to court Jewish voters have shown few signs of success. The IKG, the main body representing Austrian Jews, says the party is still xenophobic.

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France: Silence in Paris. What does it mean when no one talks about a brutal murder?

Via City Journal (Theodore Dalrymple):
As every married person knows, silences can be pregnant with meaning, even if the meaning is not immediately clear. The silence in the French press about a recent startling event in Paris is surely pregnant with meaning. On Monday, April 3, an Orthodox Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, a doctor aged 66, was thrown out of a window to her death by an African man aged 27. He was her neighbor in the flats where she lived. According to witnesses, whose testimony has yet to be confirmed, the man, who had been harassing her with insults for several days, shouted “Allahu akbar!” as he threw her.
Also, according to unconfirmed reports, neighbors had called the police because of the young man’s behavior. Three policemen came but did nothing, deciding that it was up to other authorities, presumably psychiatric, to act. At any rate, the young man was transferred to a psychiatric clinic almost immediately after his arrest. (...)
But it has been known for a long time that the delusions of madness take on the coloring of the culture of those who suffer them. (De Quincey says, in The Confessions of an English Opium Eater, that if a man thinks of oxen, his opium dreams will be of oxen.) It would be stretching credulity to suggest that the young man’s victim was chosen at random, that he might just as well have chosen someone else. If this is so, it reveals something unpleasant about the man’s cultural milieu.
But why the silence in the press? The case was certainly dramatic enough to be worthy of a mention under the rubric of faits divers. I happened to learn of it only through a Parisian neighbor, a Jewish shopowner. The story had appeared in La Tribune juive, and probably caused a shudder among French Jews, all the greater because of the silence of the press about it.
Was this silence commanded or coordinated from above? Perhaps no one wanted to raise the temperature in the runup to one of the most contested elections in recent French history, in which there is the possibility—an outside possibility, but still greater than ever before—of a victory for the far Right.
The afternoon that I learned about the case, I went to an exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of the trial for crimes against humanity of Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, who ran the Gestapo there during the Occupation. It was held at the Mémorial de la Shoah, a Parisian museum and study center devoted to the history of the Holocaust. If there is any small museum in the world more defended against car bombs and with tighter security, I do not know it. 
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Friday, April 21, 2017

France: Mélenchon a presidential candidate with a record of statements deemed anti-Semitic

Via The Times of Israel (Cnaan Liphshiz):
Even before the communist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon emerged as a serious contender for the presidency in France, the elections were shaping up to be a fateful moment for the country’s 500,000 Jews. 
Many of them are deeply worried about the rise in the polls of Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front party, with its xenophobic policies and anti-Semitic roots. Some French Jews vowed to leave France should Le Pen win — she was leading the polls for weeks ahead of the first round of the elections on April 23 and the final one on May 7. 
With the meteoric rise of Melenchon, an anti-Israel lawmaker with a record of statements deemed anti-Semitic, French Jews now feel caught in a vice between two extremes. Melenchon climbed to third place in the polls, with approximately 20 percent of the vote this month, from fifth with 9 percent in February. 
“I don’t see any significant difference between Melenchon and the National Front on many issues,” Joann Sfar, a well-known French-Jewish novelist and filmmaker who used to support communist causes, wrote last week on Facebook. Both are “surrounded by Germanophobes, nationalists and France firsters.” 
Sfar’s post triggered a torrent of anti-Semitic statements about him on social networks. (...) 
CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, has also equated Melenchon with Le Pen. 
“They both traffic in hatred, and they are both a danger to democracy,” CRIF President Francis Kalifat told JTA last month, adding that his group shuns all contact with both politicians. 
Melenchon, 65, a former Socialist deputy minister, was born to Spanish parents in what today is Morocco. He supports a blanket boycott of Israel. True to his populist oratory style, has said that allowing Israel to keep even some West Bank settlements “is like letting bank robbers keep the money.” (...) 
These policies and his remarks have alienated many Jews, as did Melenchon’s assertion in 2013 that a Jewish Socialist politician, Pierre Moscovici, “thinks in international finances, not in French” – a statement critics said was anti-Semitic. (Melenchon denied the charge.) But it was only after a speech that Melenchon delivered in August 2014 that leaders of French Jewry flagged him as a public enemy. 
Speaking in Grenoble less than a month after nine synagogues were attacked amid a wave of violent and unauthorized protests against Israel over its war with Hamas in Gaza that summer, Melenchon praised the protesters. He also condemned French Jews for expressing solidarity with Israel in a support rally in front of its embassy.“I want to congratulate the youth of my country who mobilized in defense of the miserable victims of war crimes in Gaza,” Melenchon said in the speech at a general assembly of his Left Party. “They did so with model discipline when they were pushed to extremes on all sides. They knew how to remain dignified and embodied better than anyone the founding values of the French republic.” 
Melenchon did not mention the synagogue attacks and the wave of anti-Semitic assaults that followed the protests. But he did go on to criticize thousands of French Jews over their support for Israel. 
“If we have anything to condemn, then it is the actions of citizens who decided to rally in front of the embassy of a foreign country or serve its flag, weapon in hand,” he said. 
Melenchon also said: “We do not believe that any people is superior to another” — a statement some of his critics took as an allusion to the Torah’s designation of Jews as the “chosen people.” 
He also accused CRIF of attempting to label him an anti-Semite in order to discredit his criticism of Israel. 
“We’ve had enough of CRIF,” Melenchon said, shouting. “France is the opposite of aggressive communities that lecture to the rest of country.”

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Switzerland: Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter is widely considered as unfriendly toward Israel

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):


Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter’s meetings with the Jihadist organization Hamas have catapulted his policies into a critical spotlight in the central European country. 
According to the Swiss daily Blick on Sunday: “The foreign ministry calls for Western dialogue with Hamas. For this reason, Bern helps make the terrorist organization [Hamas] respectable, say critics.” 
The conservative Swiss People’s Party deputy and foreign policy expert, Alfred Heer, told the daily it is “unbelievable that the Federal Council’s Burkhalter does not finally end support of Hamas from the EDA [Federal Department of Foreign Affairs].” 
Heer said the foreign minister should, on the holiday of Passover, give consideration as to why Switzerland supports an organization whose goal is the destruction of Israel.
Jacob Keidar, Israel’s ambassador to Switzerland, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday: “We have been conveying our views concerning Hamas to the Swiss government on a constant basis and we have been trying to persuade them to adopt our views.” 
Israel’s government, the European Union and the US classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Switzerland is not a member of the EU and has vehemently opposed adopting terrorist designations for Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah. (...) 
Burkhalter, who is from The Liberals party, is widely considered as unfriendly toward Israel. 
In December, the Swiss government and a Finnish NGO spent almost $85,000 to host a workshop in Geneva to unify Hamas with the Ramallah- based Palestinian Fatah party.
In 2012, the National Palace (Bundeshaus), which houses the Swiss parliament, hosted Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri. Speaking from Bern with the Post at the time, Ambassador ad interim (chargé d’affaires) Shalom Cohen said: “We were not happy with this development. We shared our view with the local authorities. (...) 
Burkhalter’s ministry has been embroiled in a separate anti-Israel scandal involving funds for NGOs that allegedly call for boycotts against Israel and express antisemitic aims. 
“Switzerland finances in different ways organizations in Israel and the Palestinian territories that call for the annihilation of Israel and for the death of Jews,” Basler Zeitung senior editor Dominik Feusi wrote in February. 
Since, 2013, the Swiss government has allegedly funneled nearly $700,000 to a human rights office in Ramallah that seeks to cover up the antisemitic work of its partner NGOs.
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UK: Imam sees a 'direct parallel' between Islamic State and Zionism

Via Harry's Place:
Many Salafi Muslims like to claim that their way is one of the best bulwarks against violent extremism. Usually the pitch is bakwas, to be multicultural about it. 
They may well oppose Islamic State, but the way they go about it only makes things worse. 
Alyas Karmani provides a lesson from this field in the clip below. The Bradford imam and old mate of George Galloway is addressing Muslims at the Green Lane Mosque, the Salafi centre in Birmingham of “Undercover Mosque” infamy.
He is speaking against Islamic State. To make his case, what does he turn to? Zionism, that’s what. There is a “direct parallel” between Islamic State and Zionism, you see, from militarism to ethnic cleansing.
Learn from the Jews of Neturei Karta, he advises, if you want to know the truth. Ah yes, the tiny, bizarre and deplorable cult which has long served as a fig leaf for the worst Israel haters in the land. They’re fond of the Holocaust deniers of Tehran and the loathsome far right nutters of Hungary’s Jobbik party. For starters. What great teachers. 
Elsewhere in this session and another at the Green Lane Mosque Karmani suggests Israel is funding Islamic State by buying its oil.
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Spain: Madrid deputy mayor hosts event in solidarity with Palestinian terrorists

As this event proves (yet again), there is a significant number of Europeans who support terrorists who call for the destruction of Israel.  It is not surprising that so many Jews keep leaving Europe (600,000 Jews have left Europe in the last 25 years).

Via JTA:
A deputy mayor of Madrid hosted an event in the Spanish capital honoring Palestinian terrorists from Hamas and other groups who are imprisoned in Israel. 
The International Day of Palestinian Prisoners was held Monday at the main municipal space of the Retiro district, in the southeastern part of the city, and drew harsh condemnations from representatives of the city’s Jewish community, the Libertad daily reported Tuesday. 
A poster advertising the event listed Deputy Mayor Mauricio Valiente of the Izquerda Unida far-left party first among four speakers, introducing him by his municipal title and as an expert on human rights. 
Another speaker, introduced as a “television journalist and Palestinian former political prisoner,” was Musab Muhammad Nimr Bashir, a 36-year-old Gaza native who had admitted to using his position in 2007 with Doctors Without Borders for planning to assassinate an Israeli official together with other terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. 
Another speaker, Ana Sanchez De Mera, was introduced as an activist for “the boycott on Israel.” 
In a statement, the Jewish Community of Madrid wrote that it “views with alarm and consternation” the use of public resources in support of “prisoners, many of whom are imprisoned and convicted in a viable and consolidated democracy of bloody acts of terrorism.” 
The statement also addressed the involvement of promoters of the boycott against Israel in the event, noting that several Spanish courts, including supreme ones, recently declared it discriminatory. 
“The support of the municipality of all the people of Madrid and the use of its space in support of people and organizations who promote the boycott,” the community wrote in its statement, is tantamount to “supporting hatred and the destruction of the only Jewish country in the world and its inhabitants.”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Berlin: Antisemitic attack in railway station



Via FOCUS:

A 38-year old woman threw a glass bottle at a group in the Berlin Ostbahnhof train station.  When one of the group approached her, she called him a 'dirty Jew'.  The police are investigating the woman for incitement to hatred and causing bodily harm.

Lithuania: Vilnius University to honor Jewish Holocaust victims — unless they fought Nazis


Via JTA:
Vilnius University in Lithuania said it would award academic degrees posthumously to Jewish students who were murdered in the Holocaust — unless they were partisans.

In a statement published Wednesday on its website announcing the initiative titled Recovering Memory, the university encouraged relatives of Holocaust victims to apply for recognition through a special procedure set up this year.

But in a twist connected to the Lithuanian state’s complicated attitude to its wartime history, the procedure excludes any Jewish student who fought with communist or pro-Soviet partisans against the Nazis. Diplomas will not be issued “if evidence of collaboration with political and police structures of totalitarian regimes is determined,” the procedure states.

Virtually all resistance movements in Lithuania during World War II were supported or otherwise linked to the Soviet Union.

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UK: Jews pelted with eggs outside synagogue in Golders Green


Via CAA:

Jewish worshippers performing the Kiddush Levanah ceremony outside a synagogue in Golders Green were pelted with eggs by the occupants of a passing Toyota Prius on Tuesday at approximately 23:40.

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Holland: Peaceful march for Israel prohibited in Rotterdam while Hamas-led conference authorized by Dutch authorities

Via European Jewish Press:
Belgian-Lebanese activist Dyab Abu Jahjah, who has publicly called for the radicalization of immigrants in Europe and for terror actions against Israel, participated

A peaceful silent march for Israel organized by a group of Dutch Christians in Rotterdam has not been authorized by the city’s mayor. The march was to protest against a Hamas conference of Palestinians in Europe on Saturday in the port city.
The city gave as reason for not authorizing the march the fact that police could not guarantee the security of the participants. The party for freedom led by Geert Wilders called on  Thursday in the parliament for the army to be mobilized to guarantee security. 
Roger van Oort, Director of Christenen voor Israël (Christians for Israel), rejected the reason given by the city. ''It's absurd. The march would only gather 150 people who wanted to deliver a petition to the city hall,'' he said. According to him, the request for a silent march was made in order to allow Jews to join. On Sabbath religious Jews are not allowed to demonstrate but they can just walk,'' he added.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and the Ministers of Interior and Justice have rejected calls from Jewish groups for the  conference, organized by the London-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), a group that is the regarded by western intelligence sources as a support group of Hamas, to be prohibited because such an event could encourage anti-Semitism and embolden terrorist groups among young people. Hamas is on the EU list of terrorist groups.
Aboutaleb, a politician from the anti-Israel Labor party who was born in Morocco to a Muslim family, explained his refusal to ban the public gathering by the fact that it was not absolutely proved that Hamas is involved in the organization of the conference. But he promised to the Jewish community that justice officials will be present at the April 15 event to "make sure nothing anti-Semitic will happen or will be said."
The Netherlands’s Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs has expressed his concern that the  conference "will incite anti-Semitism or pro-terrorist sentiment" in the country, particularly among the country’s rapidly growing community of ethnic Turks.
Dutch journalist Carel Brendel, who has written about the PRC’s activities, has said  that the evidence of the PRC’s connections to Hamas is “overwhelming.” Brendel noted that two of the organizers of the upcoming conference, Adel Abdallah and Amin Abou Rashed, have received awards from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.
According to German intelligence sources, the PRC was founded by Hamas in 1996 and is managed by  Zaher al-Birawi, Majed al-Zeer and Dr. Arafat Shoukri, well known Hamas activists who have ties to Hamas-Gaza and abroad and who are operating to promote the group's economical, organizational, conceptual and operational interests in Europe.  (...)
According to Manfred Gerstenfeld, a former chairman of the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs, the choice of Rotterdam as site of the conference "is far from arbitrary." "The town as a record of many years of anti-Israel initiatives," he said, recalling that las month also in Rotterdam Dutch Turkish hooligans shouted "cancer Jews" at the police in a confrontation that had nothing to do with the Jews.
Among the participants and speakers at the conference will be controversial Belgian-Lebanese activist Dyab Abu Jahjah, who has publicly called for the radicalization of immigrants in Europe and for terror actions against Israel. A former columnist, he was dismissed by Belgian Flemish daily De Standaard after having called for the "liberation of Palestine by all necessary means."
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

UK: Candidate for Vice President of NUS apologises for ‘stingy Jew’ tweet

Via CAA:
Ali Milani, a candidate for Vice President of Union Development of the National Union of Students (NUS), has apologised for a series of antisemitic tweets from 2012 and 2013. In one of the many antisemitic tweets, he calls someone a “Jew” for being stingy, writing: “Nah u won’t mate. It’ll cost you a pound #jew.” The stereotype of the miserly and cheap Jew is extremely offensive.

In a tweet to Piers Morgan, Milani wrote: “u are a zionist and a corperate [sic] jackass.” In a string of tweets about Israeli-US relations and the Israel-Palestine conflict, he commented: “Israel has no right to exist.”

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‘If antisemitic parties rise to power, we will call on European Jews to flee’

Via Jerusalem Post:
 A European Jewish leader said Monday that the rise of extremist parties in Europe could ultimately lead to an exodus of Jews from countries where antisemitism is becoming increasingly visible.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Rabbinical Center of Europe in Pomezia, Italy, the organization’s director, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, warned that it will not be long before extremist parties which now have a great deal of power become the ruling parties in Europe.

He warned that the “tolerant attitude” of European governments toward extremism in countries where there are many manifestations of antisemitism could lead to a mass exodus of Jews from those countries.

“It is superfluous to say that a country ruled by an antisemitic party is a red line, and if we reach that situation we will call on the Jews of Europe to flee from those countries,” Margolin said.


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Italy: "You are Jews, I'll kill you"


Via Arutz 7:
Police officers in the northern Italian city of Bologna were called to San Vitale Street after locals and passers-by complained about a man who was disorderly, cursing and harassing passers-by. A Tunisian citizen in his thirties went crazay when he saw the officers, pulled a knife from his bag, waved it around and threatened them, saying, "You are Jews, I will kill you."

The policemen quickly disarmed him and handcuffed him, but at one point he managed to wound two policemen who needed medical attention. The Tunisian, without a criminal record, was arrested on charges of wounding and resisting civil servants. A search of his belongings produced several grams of hashish in addition to the knife, which were confiscated by the police.

Belgium: Jewish Museum shooting investigation complete, 4th suspect not identified

Via Flanders Today:
Mehdi Nemmouche, accused of killing four people in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014, has been remanded in custody for a further two months. At the same time, the prosecutor’s office said the investigation into the attack was now complete, and Nemmouche (pictured) could expect to go to trial in the early part of next year.

The investigating magistrate has passed the dossier to the federal prosecutor’s office, which has authority over terrorism cases. The magistrate assigned to the case will prepare arguments for having Nemmouche committed for trial. (...) 
The attack on the museum was carried out by a single armed man; two volunteers and two visitors died either on site or later in hospital. Nemmouche, 32, was arrested in Marseilles in possession of weapons a week following the shooting.

He has not given any statements during his time in custody. His lawyers have said that he admits taking part in the attack but denies being the shooter.

Two other men are implicated in the planning of the operation and in Nemmouche’s escape to France. One of them, Nacer Bendrer, was in custody until last November, when he was released under conditions. He is now under house arrest in France. A fourth suspect has never been traced.
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Note: "If the suspect is proved to be the killer, this would be the first known case of a European volunteer with Islamic radicals in Syria to have carried out an attack upon his return to Europe." (The Telegraph)
Killing.

A fourth suspect has never been traced.

German State head gives BDS Bethlehem Lutheran hate preacher $32,000

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
The Green Party president of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, personally delivered in late March a check for €30,000 ($32,000) to a Lutheran pastor in the West Bank who advocates the destruction of Israel. 
“Mitri Raheb [the Bethlehem pastor] authored the ‘Kairos Palestine document of Christians in Palestine’... the German- Israel Friendship Society already criticized the paper at the time of its publication in 2010, because it calls for economic sanctions against Israel... and speaks out against its right to exist,” the friendship society’s Stuttgart chapter wrote in a public letter to Kretschmann on April 9. 
The Stuttgart chapter said the Kairos paper “engages in propaganda against Israel using bogus theological arguments.” (...)  
Prof. Gerald Steinberg of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor organization said: “We welcome the letter from the German-Israel Friendship Society in the Stuttgart region, and join in condemning the transfer of public money by state Gov. Kretschmann to Mitri Raheb. Raheb has a long history of immoral incitement against Israel and against the peace process, including his role as co-author of the infamous Kairos Palestine document, which promotes BDS and also glorifies violence against Israeli citizens. This document asserts that ‘Resistance is a right and a duty for Christians and all Palestinians.” 
Steinberg continued, “Raheb participates in events such as ‘Christ at the Checkpoint,’ promoting themes that echo theological antisemitism, including references to the DNA of Israeli Jews as coming from an ‘East European tribe who converted to Judaism in the Middle Ages.’ We join in urging Mr. Kretschmann to rescind his support for hate and violence.”
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Ireland: Trinity College Dublin to host conference on academic boycott of Israel

Here we go again!  Europeans just can't help themselves from engaging in Israel/Jew-bashing.

Via The Jerusalem Post:
Trinity College Dublin is slated to hold a conference in September in which academics will call for an active ban on Israel in the name of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, according to the Jewish Chronicle this week.  
The event, which is expected to take place in the Irish capital on September 12, is organized by a group named 'Academics for Palestine' and will feature academics who will speak in favor of boycotting educational institutions in the Jewish state. 
A website promoting the conference offers several strong statements in support of an academic shunning of Israel, such as: "Across the world, academics and students have responded to the Palestinian call for boycott by refusing to cooperate with Israeli higher education institutions on grounds of conscience."  
The slated anti-Israel event has drawn criticism, particularly due to Trinity College's strong, decades-long ties to Israel and to Judaism, which were expressed recently when the university's student union voted twice against the introduction of a BDS policy, with the last vote determined by a "significant majority" just last week. 
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Also:
Trinity College Dublin event involving Israeli ambassador cancelled (February 2017)

UK: Jewish students are sick of empty apologies

Via the Tab:
Over the past few years, Jewish students have felt increasingly alienated from the NUS. In a recent survey commissioned by Robbie Young in his capacity as NUS VP Society and Citizenship it was found that 49 per cent of Jewish students would not feel comfortable attending NUS events, 42 per cent would not feel comfortable engaging in NUS policymaking processes and an enormous 65 per cent either disagreed or strongly disagreed that NUS would respond appropriately to allegations of antisemitism if they arose. Incidents of antisemitism seem to emerge more and more and evidently, it’s pushing Jewish students away and we are sick of it. 
We are sick of our National Union not taking our concerns seriously. We are sick of antisemitism being used as a political football with apologies only being published when someone’s offensive comments are bad for their public profile. We are sick of antisemitism in the movement and the subsequent apologies being used as a way to showcase a manifesto in a national election. 
For those who have apologised for their comments, and Ali Milani in particular, thank you. Apologies are the first step to rectifying the damage that has been caused by your actions, but an apology is just the beginning and is definitely not the end. Jewish students and the Union of Jewish Students have repeatedly seen apologies being posted across social media with no follow up to even see what Jewish students think of these said apologies. Jewish students have every right to demand apologies and we also have every right not to forgive the offender until we feel that they are truly sorry. (...)
My point is that until an apology is carried through with actions, it appears to be empty words on a page. Even the most offensive antisemite can hide behind a computer screen and type out a few words that make them appear to be sorry, but someone who is truly sorry and wants to show that they no longer think that way will make every effort possible to speak with Jewish students face-to-face to show to those offended that they have changed. Jewish students need more allies than ever and perhaps next time there is a NUS antisemitism scandal, those who have made offensive comments in the past will stand side by side with Jewish students to take action on and condemn antisemitism and any other form of racism that is unfortunately still prevalent in our educational institutions and in our society.
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France’s political upheaval and what it portends for the Jews

Via Mosaic Magazine:
The campaign for France’s upcoming national elections—which occur on April 23 and May 7—has already made clear that the country is undergoing a political realignment as unexpected as those in the U.S. and UK, and perhaps with even more far-reaching consequences. In an in-depth and informative analysis of the current situation and its causes, Michel Gurfinkiel notes how Jews play into the current conversation:
(...) Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, who served as editor at Atlantico, a major conservative online magazine, recently remarked that Jews function in many countries as an advance-warning system. When Jews get anxious about their condition, it means that something wrong and ominous may be lurking for the nation at large. Can this Jewish standard be applied to the present situation of France? Maybe. Muslim anti-Semitism (with or without the excuse of anti-Zionism) has been a harbinger of more general Muslim antagonism to mainstream French culture. Repeated acts of anti-Jewish terrorism preceded the anti-French terrorism wave of 2015 and 2016. 
By this token, the 2017 presidential campaign is not entirely reassuring. Globalisation, the original sin according to both the far Left and far Right, is frequently associated with the United States, the West — and the Jews. Even with Trump in the White House. Trump may be an America Firster, but he is also a friend of Israel, the father of an Orthodox Jewish daughter and the “proud grandfather”, to quote him, “of Jewish grandchildren”. In a different order of things, French Muslims may support indiscriminately IS or Palestinian groups or Iran or Assad’s Syria as expressions of Muslim power, while many non-Muslim French may support Iran or Hezbollah or Assad’s Syria as allies against IS.
As for the rise of [the maverick, economically liberal candidate Emmanuel] Macron, it fits only too well many stereotypes about elites, bankers, cosmopolitanism, conspiracies, or what the Americans call “Manchurian candidates.” Again, these stereotypes tend to include Jews as well. A conservative website recently ran a caricature of Macron as a former Rothschild banker, [which he is], that exaggerated some of his facial features, clearly to suggest, against all the evidence, that he is Jewish. It was swiftly withdrawn, but the damage was done.
Read more at Standpoint

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Holland: Why is Holland unrolling the red carpet for a Hamas conference?

Via European Jewish Press (Yossi Lempkowicz, Editor-in-Chief):
A peaceful march for Israel by a group of Christians in The Netherlands is prohibited by the authorities of the city of Rotterdam because they claim that the security could not be guaranteed…. This is particularly scandalous because this march was planned to protest a conference of Palestinians in the same city organized by a group – the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) - that advocates and promotes the ideas of Hamas and in fact is an essential part of the Islamist group network in Europe where it is on the list of terror groups… The conference, contrary to the march, was authorized not ony by the city mayor but also by the Dutch government.  Despite calls to cancel it from Jewish groups and several Dutch politicians....
The Palestinian Return Centre hosts Hamas senior officials at their international conferences. It has the same objectives as the rulers of the Gaza Strip: it rejects the right of Israel to exist and openly calls for its annihilation. The PRC has also become an essential and dominant arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. It constantly challenges the Palestinian Authority in Europe.
At a time when Islamist terror attacks are regularly on the news in Europe, Rotterdam is contributing not to a peaceful solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but rather to encourage extremists to commit more suicide bombings, more car ramming attacks, more stabbings in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Stockholm, London or Jerusalem... On Friday in Jerusalem, a 21-year-old British exchange student, Hannah Bladon, died after being stabbed by a Palestinian...
Mr Prime Minister of Holland, Dear Mark Rutte, how can two of your ministers affirm that "from our known information it cannot be concluded that the conference in Rotterdam is organized by Hamas…". The Dutch government, as well as other EU countries, have received a report from the German intelligence  showing clearly the contrary that PRC is a Hamas entity.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Muslims, Jews faced social hostilities in seven-in-ten European countries in 2015


Via Pew:
Social hostilities toward Jews, meanwhile, remained at high levels in Europe: In 2015, 33 of the continent’s 45 countries (73%) had incidents of social hostilities aimed at Jews, a slight increase from 32 countries (71%) the previous year.

Social hostilities are defined as actions aimed at members of religious groups by private individuals and social groups. These actions can include hostile rhetoric, vandalism and physical assaults. They differ from government restrictions on religion, which also increased in Europe in 2015.

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In Russia in April, individuals fired at a synagogue that was under construction, breaking the windows and writing anti-Semitic graffiti. And in Italy, 25 members of the neo-Nazi movement Stormfront were ordered to stand trial in July for alleged anti-Semitic hate speech. In a separate incident in Italy in October, anti-Semitic graffiti was placed on a University of Teramo wall during the visit of the Israeli ambassador, who was there to launch a course on the Holocaust.

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, the Community Security Trust reported 86 violent anti-Semitic assaults. And in February 2015, a young Jewish man wearing a yarmulke was assaulted by two men in Belgium. The next month, attackers in Ukraine severely beat a Jewish surgeon, allegedly while shouting anti-Semitic rhetoric.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

France: Memorial for slain Jewish woman turns violent as questions linger

According J Forum, French MP Meyer Habib spoke with the victim's brother who told him that the alleged perpetrator and members of his family who are Muslim had for 20 years repeatedly insulted Sarah Halimi and her daughter Elisheva by calling them "filthy Jews".  One day Elisheva was pushed down the stairs by a sister of the attacker.  They lived in fear.  Mrs Halimi was beaten up and defenestrated. During the peaceful demonstration some youths in the neighborhood shouted that they had kalashnikovs.

Via The Times of Israel:
Some 1,000 members of France’s Jewish community gathered Sunday outside the home of Sarah Halimi in Paris to commemorate her murder last week.
A suspect was arrested Wednesday, but authorities have not yet declared whether the murder was racially motivated and community leaders have cautioned against reaching early conclusions. 
The Sunday demonstration was meant to be a quiet memorial but members of the far-right Jewish Defense League attempted to turn the event into a vocal protest against anti-Semitism in France, with several attendees clashing with neighbors in the buildings next to Sarah Halimi’s. 
Footage of the event showed JDL members throwing bottles at people leaning out of the windows who had allegedly shouting anti-Semitic slurs at the crowd. 
French police arrived to disperse the protest shortly thereafter, but not before the Jewish demonstrators sang both the French and Israeli national anthems. 
Halimi was found dead on the street in front of her apartment on Monday in the crime-ridden 11th district of the French capital. Her 27-year-old neighbor, reported by Israel Radio to be Muslim, was later arrested in connection with her death. He has been sent for psychiatric evaluation, according to reports. Relatives of Halimi said that she had previously experienced anti-Semitic harassment by a relative of the man under arrest. 
The woman was beaten before she fell from the third floor, Israel Radio also reported.(...) 
French parliamentarian Meyer Habib has called on state authorities to investigate the crime as an anti-Semitic attack, though. In a lengthy Facebook post, he said the suspect had routinely harassed Halimi, calling her and her daughter “dirty Jews.” 
On Thursday, hundreds arrived in Jerusalem to lay Halimi to rest. She is survived by her son who lives in Israel and two daughters who live in France.
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Marine Le Pen: French nation not responsible for deporting Jews to camps

Via JTA:
Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said that her country is not responsible for the deportation of thousands of Jews to death camps in 1942.

Le Pen is according to recent polls one of the two leading candidates ahead of the first round of the elections on April 23.

During an interview Sunday, she was asked about the roundup and deportation of 13,152 from the Vel d’Hiv stadium in Paris, which the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem defines on its website as “a symbol of the responsibility of the regime and the French nation for the Holocaust.”

Responding to a question on the subject during the interview in Paris for the RTL network and Le Figaro, Le Pen, who has a 24-percent approval rating according to a poll published Monday, said: ”I think France is not responsible for Vel d’Hiv.”

She added: “I think generally, and in very general terms indeed, if anyone is responsible, then it is those in power at the time, not France as such. It wasn’t France.”

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UK: Conservative council candidate kicked out over anti-Semitic tweets



Via Jewish News:
A candidate at the upcoming local elections has been kicked out of the Conservative Party for writing a series of anti-Semitic tweets.

Obaid Khan was due to stand as a councillor in the Hall Green by-election in Birmingham on 4 May.

However, it has now emerged he published a number of social media posts, in which he used the word “Jew” as an insult, in a Twitter exchange about Pakistani politics. In the debate he claimed some of the country’s politicians had been backed by ‘foreign Jew agents’.

The Birmingham Mail was made aware of the 2014 posts and sent them on to the Conservative Party.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

France: Bank said to have dropped major BDS account

"Asked about possible violations of New York State’s anti-BDS law" is the most likely explanation...

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
One of the world’s largest banks, the Paris-based BNP Paribas, may have closed the account last year of a French organization that advocates boycotting Israel. After the former president of the  Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) sent a letter to BNP in May 2016, the donation section on the organization’s CAPJPO-Europalestine website was scrubbed of the BNP account. 
Israeli journalist Jean Patrick Grumberg, a reporter for the French-language American website Dreuz.info, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that “CAPJPO removed the link to the page with their bank information...  It’s possible that BNP quietly closed the CAPJPO bank account after receiving the letter from CRIF.” (...) 
Asked about possible violations of New York State’s anti-BDS law because of BNP’s office in New York City, Cesaltine Gregorio, the head of BNP’s media relations in the US, declined to comment.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Europe: Winner of EU journalism award says Jews control the world

Top EU award for Aijaz Zaka Syed (2007)
European Union Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel on Thursday presented the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize for the Middle East to Khaleej Times journalist and columnist Aijaz Zaka Syed at a grand ceremony at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Louis Michel who presented the prestigious award on behalf of the EU is Belgian and is known for his Israel-bashing statements (European Commissioner Louis Michel: "Israel is ridiculing international humanitarian law" - 2009)  He is the father of the current Belgian P.M. Charles Michel (Israel prevents Belgian minister from entering Gaza - 2010).  Let's see if the EU will issue a rebuke and if the prize will be rescinded.  

Via Elder of Ziyon:
In 2007, Aijaz Zaka Syed won third place in the EU's Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for outstanding reporting on development and poverty eradication. 
Here's what he is writing today: 
The Western media narrative is indeed hopelessly flawed and skewed and is often dictated by its economic and political interests worldwide. It remains hostage to powerful lobbies – especially the all-powerful Israeli lobby.
Clearly, this is an impossibly one-sided, asymmetrical battle. The Muslims feel that they are faced with a giant propaganda machine and its awesome power that has for years controlled their world and dictated its agenda. And their claim and historic sense of perpetually being at the receiving-end is not entirely without basis. 
From the worldwide media empire of the likes of Rupert Murdoch – whose News Corp owns scores of newspapers, television channels and radio stations around the globe – to the stable of Time Warner – which owns some of the world’s most powerful newspapers, magazines and television networks – the lobby’s stranglehold over the global media industry is firm and complete. 
This control even extends to Hollywood, the mighty dream factory that plays a critical role in building and perpetuating stereotypes and age-old myths and biases about ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ in Hollywood-speak. 
Many of the major Hollywood studios and production companies are wholly or partly owned by the Zionist and pro-Israel groups and families. So it is little surprising then that Arabs and Muslims do not exactly come across as the friendliest and most likeable people on earth in films and television shows like ‘24’ and ‘Homeland. 
The fact that some of the top editors, columnists, writers and filmmakers in the US and elsewhere also happen to be pro-Israel also hasn’t helped our cause. Just look at the New York Times and the Washington Post – the two most formidable voices of the US establishment – and the proud line-up of their editors and columnists. From Tom Friedman to Charles Krauthammer, some of the biggest names in the business are staunch supporters of Israel and its divine claim over Arab lands.
If America as the sole superpower and the political and economic master of the free world controls our world, the Zionists, in turn, are seen as controlling Uncle Sam.
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Europe: Ignored by media recently discovered Himmler letter to Mufti

Ignored by the European media obsessed with Israel, Zionists and Jews.  Wondering why!

Via The Jerusalem Post:

Germany will stand firmly by the Arabs of Palestine in their fight against the "criminal" Balfour Declaration, was the main message conveyed in the telegram that was recently uncovered in the archives of Israel's National Library. The rare document, which the library assesses dates back to 1943, was written by infamous SS commander Heinrich Himmler and sent to Haj Amin al-Husseini, who served as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem between 1921 to 1937.  
The Nazi commander, who was one of the main masterminds behind the 'Final Solution' (the Nazi regime's term for their plan to exterminate all of Europe's Jews), wrote to the Muslim leader that "the joint recognition of the enemy, and the joint battle against him are what creates the firm allegiance between Germany and freedom-seeking Muslims all over the world. 
Himmler went on to tell the Mufti, who presided over the Palestinian territories during a particularly tumultuous period for the British Mandate ruling in the area, that his country was closely following the Palestinian resistance against the Balfour Declaration (the historic British document penned by Arthur James Balfour, the UK's Foreign Secretary at the time, which openly supported "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.")  
"The National-Socialist movement of the great Germany has made its fight against world Jewry a guiding principle since its very beginning," Himmler wrote. "For that reason it [the movement] has been closely following the battle of freedom-seeking Arabs- and especially in Palestine- against the Jewish invaders," the Nazi leader added.  
He finished his warm letter to the Mufti by writing: "In this spirit, I am happy to wish you on the first anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, warm wishes for the continuation of your battle until the big victory." 
This newly revealed document sheds more light on the strong connections historians have affirmed before between the Mufti and the top hierarchy of the Nazi regime. In 1937, the British Mandate sought to arrest al-Husseini due to his involvement in the Arab uprising. The Mufti fled to Lebanon and from there to Iraq, where he joined a pro-Nazi group that rebelled against the Iraqi regime and carried out a military coup in April 1941. When the coup failed, al-Husseini escaped to Nazi Germany, arriving in Berlin in November 1941.  
Upon witnessing Nazi Germany's streak of victories at the time, the Mufti decided that he had to gain the close support of Nazi Germany's leader Adolf Hitler. Al-Huseeini and the Fuhrer's 90-minutes-long meeting was especially cordial, with the Mufti presenting himself to Hitler not just as leader of the national Palestinian movement but also as the leader of all Arabs and the representative of Muslims worldwide, in an attempt to convince the Nazi leader of the natural allegiance he shared with Germany. 
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

France: Jewish woman found dead outside her Paris home

Via JTA:
Sarah Halimi
Police in Paris arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the death of his neighbor, a Jewish woman whose lifeless body was found outside their apartment building. 
Sarah Halimi, 66, died Monday night. Police have not said whether they have a theory as to what led to her death or whether she was pushed from her window on Vaucouleurs Street in the crime-ridden 11th district of the French capital, according to a report Wednesday by the Actualité Juive weekly. 
The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism watchdog, however, believes it may have been premeditated murder possibly aggravated by racial hatred, the watchdog’s president, Sammy Ghozlan, told JTA on Wednesday. 
Ghozlan, a retired police commissioner, said relatives of Halimi said that she had previously experienced anti-Semitic harassment by a relative of the man under arrest. 
“This tragedy may have been the result of a random violent crime by a thug, or maybe there was a background of racial hatred here, or hateful ideology — at this point it’s not known yet,” Ghozlan said. 
Halimi’s family wants to have her buried in Jerusalem. The body will undergo an autopsy.
Juif.org indicates that the attacker is a Muslim who screamed "Allah Akbar" while defenestrating Mrs. Halimi.  She will be buried today in Jerusalem.  Her son lives in Israel and her two daughters in France.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ireland to fly Palestinian flag over Dublin City Hall in display of solidarity

Via Truth Revolt:
Apparently, Ireland thinks the "plight of the Palestinians" is akin to its own struggle for independence, hence the country has called for the recognition of a Palestinian state and now, in another mindless display of "solidarity," will fly the Palestinian flag over City Hall in Dublin for a month beginning May 15. 
As usual, the entire motion is based on a number of false premises.  
"If the flag was to cause a bit of a debate amongst some people who are unsure of it flying over City Hall I think that's a welcome development," said People Before Profit Councilor John Lyons, the Dublin City Councilman who introduced the motion.  
"I think it's opening more people's eyes just to the actual reality of the daily life of Palestinians living under occupation which is a brutal life really," Lyons said, adding that the flag will fly "as a gesture of our solidarity with the people of Palestine living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, with the Palestinian citizens of Israel denied basic democratic rights and with the over 7 million displaced Palestinians denied the right of return to their homeland." Below is Councilman Lyons official motion
Noting recent reports of diplomatic developments by the Irish state toward full recognition of the state of Palestine, aware also that Ireland accorded the Palestinian delegation in Dublin diplomatic status in 2014, the same year that witnessed both Houses of the Oireachtas pass motions in support of Palestinian statehood, this city council will fly the flag of Palestine over City Hall for the month of May 2017 in support of the above diplomatic moves and as a gesture of our solidarity with the people of Palestine living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, with the Palestinian citizens of Israel denied basic democratic rights and with the over 7 million displaced Palestinians denied the right of return to their homeland.
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UK: Quarter of Jewish students 'fear anti-Semitic attacks on campus'


Via Independent:
More than a quarter of Jewish students are living in fear of an anti-Semitic attack, a new report has found.

Published by the National Union of Students (NUS), the study found 26 per cent of Jews in further or higher education were either fairly worried or very worried about being subjected to a physical attack, property damage,verbal abuse or theft as a result of their religion.

Almost two-thirds of Jewish students had not been the victim of crime at their place of study.

NUS presidential candidate claims far left have 'hijacked' the union

More than one in four Jewish students (28 per cent) have been subjected to personal abuse on social media or other communication channels.

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Reports of anti-Jewish sentiment within the NUS could help explain why fewer than half (49 per cent) of Jewish students said they would feel comfortable attending NUS events.

Two-thirds thought the union would not respond appropriately to allegations of anti-Semitism.

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UK: At Oxford, Education Proves No Barrier to Bigotry and anti-Semitism


Ilan Manor @ Haaretz:

I felt a similar sentiment last week when confronted with anti-Semitism at Oxford for the first time. I moved to the UK more than a year ago to begin my PhD studies. Although I had heard many times that anti-Semitism was rampant in Europe, and that anti-Israel activists were flourishing in UK universities, I encountered neither. Over the past year there have been no anti-Israel protests at Oxford and no calls to boycott Israeli products. Additionally, the BDS activists so often depicted as titans in the news in Israel were nowhere to be seen.

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But then it happened.

A close friend and fellow PhD student invited me to have drinks with his father. His father in question immediately asked if I was a Zionist. While this is a difficult question under any circumstances, it is even more complicated in the UK, given that it is a code word for "Israeli zealot". If you wear a Super-Jew t-shirt and dream of Naftali Bennett you are what the Brits consider a Zionist. I answered that I was a Zionist, and that Zionism as a movement originally recognized the religious and national rights of the Palestinians.

On hearing this my friend’s father embarked on a tirade. Like the hot-tempered Sonny Corleone he angrily remonstrated: “You went too far! You tried to buy the U.S. elections and the people wouldn’t have it”. When I asked who he was referring to, he explained, “the Zionists of course.”

Apparently, we Zionists had not only backed Hillary Clinton in the elections, but also used our financial leverage to ensure that she would go to war with Russia to increase the price of oil. “Your money also ensured that Russia would lose through your sanctions on Putin. But you lost!” he said, smiling.

By the end of the evening the extent of the Zionist plot against America became apparent. Anglo-Saxons, a code word for white people, had decided to back Donald Trump and avoid Hillary’s war. “But you were not content”, explained the father. According to his theory, this is why the leader of the plot, George Soros, orchestrated protests throughout the world against Trump. “Like most Zionists, Soros is a sore loser,” said the father.

I was not sure how to contend with these comments coming from a successful businessman who was himself a university graduate.

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Walking home I was baffled by my friend's reaction. Not only did he fail to counter his father's arguments, but he was actually inquisitive, asking how Soros made his money, how one could manipulate oil prices and why the Zionists had favored Clinton.

The following morning my friend came to apologize, stating that his father often drinks too much. “I’m really sorry," he said, "that my father forgot to pay for the drinks. But I could tell he really liked you. ”
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