Blood libel continues

A Fatah party representative speaking on Palestinian Authority TV continued the disgraceful blood libel against the Jews by quoting from “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and referring to the content of that fabricated anti-Semitic document as true.

“According to Israel’s ideology, strategy, and policy from 1956 until now, Gaza is outside the Israeli ideological thinking. Even in their Protocols [of the Elders of Zion] and even in their bible [it says], ‘Don’t live in Gaza,’” Fatah spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi recently said, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported Wednesday.

The comment is the latest of many in official Palestinian Authority (PA) media reports that cite the Russian-published fabrication describing Jewish plans to subjugate the world as a legitimate source, according to PMW. Often, the “Protocols” document is used to legitimize the ancient blood libel claiming that Jews kill gentiles and use their blood to make matzah for Passover.

“We have nothing with which to speak to these Israeli murderers, who go too far with their crimes, and whose God, ‘Yahweh’, is called the Lord of Hosts and demands, according to ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ that they offer him sacrifices during Passover in the form of Matzah made from the blood of our children,” an editorial in the official PA daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, stated in July 2014.

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South African student leader praises Hitler

coollogo_com-23172872AntiSemitismWatch.com is growing increasingly concerned at the level of Antisemitism in South Africa, a topic it has previously covered. Much of this activity is tied to xenophobic violence and the insistence of some in the country to attempt to equate the Israeli-Palestinian issue with apartheid South Africa.

In a shocking latest and perverse twist the President of the Student Union of Wits University, Johannesburg, Mcebo Dlamini, has defended his admiration of Adolf Hitler.

Dlamini said, “I’m deciding to look at the good Hitler stood for. He rebuilt the country, the economy, the infrastructure, he uplifted the spirit of Germany.”

Unsurprisingly, such views generated an outcry from the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) who are calling for him to be removed as SRC president.

In response, Dlamini claimed,”I am puzzled and shocked by the response from the white community… If indeed the Israelites hate Hitler so much… why are they emulating Hitler in that they are subjecting the Palestinian children to discrimination, segregation and human indignity?

“The same thing Hitler was doing to the Jews, they are doing to the Palestinians,” he told News24 on Tuesday.

In what ASW.com considers a relatively weak response, Dlamini’s own Vice-Chancellor, Adam Habib, said, “I’ve come out fairly strongly against it. I think it’s an outrageous statement. I think it’s unacceptable that the SRC president would make a statement like this.”

In a more eloquent response a South African Jewish student has penned an open letter. In it the unnamed  student suggests to Dlamini, “I know you were not born to “Love Adolf Hitler”. Adolf Hitler hated many people including the Jewish people simply because “of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion”. By loving Adolf Hitler you align yourself with his value of hatred for another simply because of his religion.

All I ask is for you to love us – as Jews – for being South Africans and the many commonalities we share, rather than hating us for the few differences we possess.”

AntiSemitismWatch.com believes this latest troubling news requires the leaders and politicians of South Africans to strongly condemn Dlamini and to use this incident as a trigger to begin address the xenophobia and associated violence that the country is suffering from.

Moscow Limmud examines Antisemitism

MOSCOW – Hundreds of Jews from around the world flocked to Moscow this weekend for the Limmud Jewish learning conference, making it the second-largest event of its kind.

The three-day gig, which drew 1,500 participants to a resort just outside the Russian capital, was the largest Limmud event ever held outside Britain, Limmud International said in a statement.

Chaim Chesler, founder and chair of Limmud FSU, hailed the event as a “big success,” saying it was part of efforts to “raise awareness” to acampaign against anti-Semitism in Europe, spearheaded by the European Jewish Association and The Jerusalem Post.

The online campaign inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls on gentiles on the continent to don kippot and other Jewish items and film themselves walking down the street to show their opposition to rising anti-Semitism. The European Jewish organization has produced a series of videos in which young Jews, as well as key Jewish figures, urge both Jews and non-Jews to challenge five friends to post their videos on social media.

A third of participants this year were first-timers, according to Alexander Piatigorsky, co-founder of the first Moscow event in 2006 and senior executive at one of Russia’s largest cellular providers.

Among the speakers were Alexander Boroda, a senior Chabad rabbi, and Andrey Makarevich, a rock star.

“I came to Limmud FSU this year for the first time after a Jewish friend of mine, who is more religious than me, told me it has great content that broadens your horizons,” said Dennis Sher, who also volunteered at the event, which ended Sunday.

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Al Jezeera America sued over alleged Antisemitism

A former employee of Al Jazeera America is suing the network alleging he was wrongfully sacked after he had complained about anti-Semitic and sexist behaviour displayed by a senior executive of the media organisation.

Matthew Luke, who submitted the lawsuit on Tuesday, started working for Al Jazeera America in 2013 in New York City as the network’s supervisor of media and archive management. His complaint alleges that senior executive Osman Mahmud, who supervised him, used to take discriminatory actions against the company’s female employees. Mahmud was also said to have exhibited anti-Semitic behaviour when he desired to replace an Israeli cameraman with a Palestinian, the Washington Post reported.

“As an employee at AJAM, Mr. Mahmud’s discriminatory conduct included, but was not limited to, removing female employees from projects to which they had been previously assigned by other management level employees, excluding women from emails and meetings relevant to their assignments, and making discriminatory, anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks such as ‘whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell,’” the Post reported, citing the lawsuit.

The link to the original article here.

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Poland: The city of Olkusz in southern Poland has decided to set up security at its Jewish cemetery and build a high wall around the site after an Israel Hayom report exposed vandalism and anti-Semitic graffiti defacing some of the headstones.

Israel Hayom reported on April 7 that the old Jewish cemetery in Olkusz had been the target of vandalism. Dozens of headstones were smashed, some were burned, and others were sprayed with graffiti, including the Polish words for “Jews out.”

The report sparked a backlash in Poland, where many expressed anger that the cemetery was unprotected. When the criticism reached Olkusz Mayor Roman Piasnik, he announced that the situation was unacceptable and decided to take immediate action to protect the cemetery from anti-Semitic gangs.

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France: French police are investigating an attack on a 53-year-old Jewish man on his way out of synagogue Saturday afternoon, the French edition of The Local reported Monday.

One of three assailants pulled out a knife and the others urged him to stab the Jewish man, saying, “Go on, stab him, Jew,” the victim of the attack told Le Parisien. The incident took place as the man was leaving the Saint-Ouen synagogue in the Seine-Saint-Denis area, north of Paris.

The victim, who owns a supermarket and has lived in the area for 15 years, told the French media the first assailant went for the knife after repeatedly calling him a “dirty Jew” and spitting at him.

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Ukraine: The head of the European Jewish Congress donated $100,000 to strengthen Jewish communal security in Kiev, the country’s chief rabbi told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

Speaking by phone, Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich thanked EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor for the grant, which he said has allowed for constant coverage of institutions in the Ukrainian capital.

Kantor has done “great things,” Bleich said, explaining that since the 2013-2014 Euromaidan Revolution “there have been issues and problems, and he was forthcoming in helping the Jewish communities strengthen their security infrastructure and maintain round-the clock security for the schools and synagogues in Kiev.”

“We have gone from the height of insecurity after the [revolution] to a very calm and serene atmosphere where parents feel safe sending their children to school and where young people feel safe coming to synagogue because of the security that we have implemented,” he said.

 

 

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USA: As tension between religious groups grows throughout the world, one community in Southern Bronx is trying to bring more peace between the various faiths by joining together to renovate a synagogue.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim volunteers recently came together to restore the “Shul in the Mosque,” a synagogue housed inside of a mosque, located in an area of the Bronx that is home to an Islamic community, according to CBS News.

The doors between the communities opened when Young Israel Congregation was hosting a drive for needy families a few years back, and Masjid Al-Iman founder of Sheikh Moussa Drammeh offered a donation.

The Parkchester neighborhood was once Jewish, but over the years the dynamic has changed due to an influx of African immigrants. Drammeh is also originally from Gambia.

The synagogue and mosque were both in dire need of repair. This encouraged friend Rabbi Bob Kaplan, founder of the New York City Center and Coalition of the Jewish Community Relations, and Drammeh to unite the community. The goal was to teach volunteers and witnesses the value of shared space and working together with other religious cultures.

“We decided to bring together students from the Riverdale Y, from the synagogue, from the mosque here, and from Manhattan College to come together – Christians, Jews and Muslims coming together to make a more beautiful place for folks to pray in,” Kaplan said.

As one volunteer said to News 12, “We live in a time of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, and what today could be seen as ordinary becomes special because it’s against that horrific backdrop.”

 

 

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Far-right Swedish Democrats expel members for Antisemitism

Sweden’s far-right Sweden Democrats party on Monday said it had expelled seven members, including the head of the party’s youth wing, for having contacts with openly racist or anti-Semitic movements.

The anti-immigration party, which came in third in Sweden’s legislative elections in September, investigated 24 members suspected of straying from the party’s “zero tolerance” policy toward racist actions and affiliations.

Some of the 24 chose to resign and some were cleared in the investigation, but “we decided to expel seven people”, party secretary Richard Jomshof told reporters.

The members were accused of having contacts with parties such as the neo-Nazi movement Nordisk Ungdom (Nordic Youth), among others.

Some of the expelled members expressed “anti-Semitic opinions” or spoke in support of “a former dictator in Germany, namely Adolf Hitler,” Jomshof said.

The Sweden Democrats have been through several similar crises in recent years, as leaders struggle to bring the party’s strong xenophobic faction towards the mainstream.

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Breaking news – Conservative candidate suspended over Antisemitic post

The British Conservative Party has suspended one of their council election candidates after posting on social media that she would never support “the Jew” in an apparent reference to Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader.

ASW29AntiSemitismWatch.com had challenged Prime Minister David Cameron to respond to the matter via Twitter but had not received a reply. It would appear that now the party has ‘replied’ by suspending Gulzabeen Afsar, who was standing in Derby.

She had written on Facebook: “Just can’t take Mr Ed Miliband seriously!! DC has what it takes to be the future PM.”

When another user suggested she should show some respect “for the future PM”, Afsar replied: “Nah bro! never ever will I drop that low and support the al yahud [Arabic for Jew] lol.”

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It marks the first time Miliband’s religion had been raised by a candidate seeking office during this election campaign.

A Tory spokesman branded the comments “offensive and wrong”, adding that Afsar had removed them and apologised.

But as the CST’s Mark Gardner said: “She knew exactly what she was saying and thought it funny. It was all public on Facebook, making her doubly stupid.”

ASW.com commends JewishNews.co.uk who first highlighted the action of Afsar.

Another Iranian outrage

Hot on the heals of running a competition to find the ‘best’ Holocaust denial cartoon, Iran has now moved to ensure anyone born in Israel is banned from ever entering the country.

Iranian lawmakers are calling for a ban after a reporter from Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper visited the Islamic State earlier this month using her American passport.

While anyone with an Israeli passport is banned from entering Iran, reporter Orly Azouly, who serves as the Israeli newspaper’s correspondent in Washington, DC, obtained a visa from the Iranian Foreign Ministry and traveled to Iran as part of a delegation organized by the New York Times.

Azouly wrote several reports on her visit to Tehran, including on a synagogue in Isfahan and the Tomb of Queen Esther in Hamedan. Her trip sparked outrage in Iran, with a special parliamentary commission launched to investigate her visit and many accusing her of espionage.

While the investigation determined that Azoulay was not a spy, Mohammad Saleh Jokar, an Iranian lawmaker who was on the parliamentary commission, said that “we are asking for a ban on Israeli-born people from entering Iran in order to prevent such cases.”

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Shocking betrayal by Amnesty International

Despite the evidence of growing Antisemitism in the UK, mirroring the rise in Europe, Amnesty International have chosen to vote against fighting the evil of Antisemitism in this country.

ASW26The vote took place at their annual general meeting held in Warwick. On their website, Amnesty International describe the meeting as being, “Where Amnesty members from all over the UK come together to shape how we’re run.”

What was the precise wording of this ‘dreadful’ motion that Amnesty International members felt they could not support?

“This AGM CALLS On AIUK to:
• Campaign against anti-Semitism in the UK.
• Lobby the UK Government to do more to tackle the rise in
anti-Semitic attacks in Britain, whether physical or verbal,
online or in person. The UK Government should monitor
anti-semitism closely and periodically review the security of
Britain’s Jewish population.”

Is it not now clear why members voted this down? No? Neither is it to AntiSemitismWatch.com!

The motion was brought to the table by Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps, and was defeated by 468 votes to 461.

The motion was the only one to be defeated at the groups gathering.

What were some of the motions Amnesty International members felt they could vote in favour of?

  • Addressing impunity in Guatemala
  • Violation of the rights of Colombian activists
  • Asylum detention in the UK
  • Research into the wrongful detention of torture and trafficking victims in British detention

Following the defeat, an Amnesty spokesperson tried to down play the significance of the decision by claiming: ”After a really interesting debate where everyone condemned discrimination against all ethnic and religious groups, our membership decided not to pass this resolution calling for a campaign with a single focus.”

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, Amnesty has published numerous reports singling out other specific forms of discrimination, including a 123-page report on discrimination against Muslims in Europe.

Also, in an “overwhelming” approval it passed a 2010 resolution on discrimination towards the Sinti and Roma communities, stating “within the last year widespread discrimination and violence against Sinti and Roma communities has intensified in a number of European countries, which Amnesty International has published within respective country reports.”

The Jerusalem-based think tank NGO Monitor have suggested that there have been repeated anti-Semitic incidents “within the organization itself” which included an investigation into the conduct of a member of its own staff.

coollogo_com-23172872ASW.com says that ultimately, one can argue it comes down to a question of perception. Amnesty International were presented with a simple and clear opportunity to demonstrate their support for the Jewish community at this troubled time and they have chosen not to. The perception left is an unpalatable one.

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Czech Republic: Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Prague to protest the rising levels of anti-Semitism in Europe.

The 12th annual event, titled “A March of Good Will,” was held Sunday in the centre of the Czech capital. The demonstration was organized by the Czech branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a Christian Zionist group.

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France: The French government is allocating €100 million to battle racism, anti-Semitism and Muslim hate in the wake of recent hatred-driven violent attacks in the country.

Other new government measures include introducing a ban on hate speech in penal law, instead of the regulation of the press. Racist or anti-Semitic speech will be designated as an aggravating factor, leading to harsher punishments for other crimes. In addition to this, victims will be allowed to join forces in class action lawsuits for discrimination.

Another novelty will be the establishment of a national police unit to monitor and battle hate crimes online.

ASW7“Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred of Muslims, of foreigners and homophobia are growing in an insufferable manner in our country,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday as he unveiled his plans. With close to five million Muslims and around 600,000 Jews in the country, French people should not be “afraid of being Jewish” or “ashamed of being Muslims,” said Valls.

In addition particular emphasis is being placed on educational institutions, especially schools, where staff will be encouraged to report racist or discriminatory incidents. “It is through education, teaching skills and understanding of the other that we can counter the stereotypes and negative images,” said Valls.

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UK: Nazi sympathisers, Holocaust deniers and their supporters from across the world have held a sickening secret rally in Britain at which speakers unleashed anti-Semitic rants, referring to Jews as ‘the enemy’ and ‘children of darkness’.

The meeting of the shadowy organisation will fuel fears of a growing resurgence in hatred towards Jews across Europe. Held in London’s Victoria, the meeting was, said experts, the most significant gathering of Holocaust deniers Britain has ever seen, with speakers invited from Spain, Canada and the United States.

In a room draped with the Union Flag, as the event called the London Forum unfolded, the audience:

  • Sniggered at the mention of ‘ashes rising from the death camps’ crematoria’
  • Applauded as they were urged to ‘identify, counter and break … Jewish-Zionist domination’
  • Laughed at the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and as an African leader at the Paris memorial ceremony was described as ‘some Negro’
  • Cheered at the mention of a brigade of Spanish Fascists who fought for the Nazis
  • Heard gay parents branded ‘monster families’ and mixed race children described as ‘blackos’.

Last night, there were calls from Jewish community leaders for police to investigate the group for race hate crimes.

‘The material from this white supremacist group makes ugly reading,’ said barrister Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

‘On the face of it, their proceedings should be investigated to ascertain whether criminal offences have been committed, including incitement to racial hatred.’

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UK: Dave Hill writing in The Guardian reports on a Neo-Nazi protest in Stamford Hill over the weekend: “You don’t get many neo-Nazis assembling in my neck of the woods. So it came as a surprise to get a phone call early on Saturday afternoon alerting me to a bunch of Hitler freaks dragging their knuckles along a street ten minutes from my front door.

The call came from my wife who was walking home from a friend’s house when she chanced upon the scene: a small but menacing congregation of 20-odd fascists encased and heavily outnumbered by officers of the Metropolitan Police Service and pursued by a growing crowd of people objecting to their presence, with Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in the vanguard.

At first we were told the marchers were Polish. There certainly were Poles among the fascists on Saturday, as confirmed by two far more agreeable Polish people among those protesting against them. But it turns out these were a minority within the group, which was organized and led by a seasoned British fascist who, according to UAF and Hope Not Hate, has had connections with every collection of far right rabble and tinpot fuhrer-fancier since the British Movement. UAF also reports that former National Front leading light Martin Webster was present.

ASW12aAccording to advance publicity the event was aimed at the Orthodox Jewish Londoners up the road in Stamford Hill – the largest Haredi community in Europe – and in particular its street patrol organization or Shomrim. This is a sort of Neighbourhood Watch-plus, and has been operating against what it calls “quality-of-life nuisance crimes” since 2008. There’s another in Golders Green. Such citizen-run anti-crime initiatives, including this one, aren’t always welcomed by the police. But 18 months ago Hackney’s then borough commander spoke warmly of the local Shomrim. They seem to be getting along quite well.

The mini-march was, needless to say, a nasty little spectacle. It was also rather pitiful. The tiny pack of fascists managed to hang up a banner saying Equal Rights For Indigenous Whites but never poisoned the Jewish Sabbath by making it to Stamford Hill.

Iran: Over the past two weeks, many Iranian websites have reproduced a long article accusing Jews of murdering gentile children in their synagogues, draining their blood and mixing it in their matza for Passover.

Perhaps the most prominent site was news site Alef, under the title “What group has been the biggest criminals in the history of mankind?”

The article includes the most grotesque artwork of Jews as murderers, both medieval and modern,.

It goes through many countries and lists every Jewish blood libel. It claims that the reason Jews were expelled from Spain was because of their habits of murdering Christian babies.

The article even reproduces a cover of Der Sturmer from 1939 showing the Nazi paper accusing Jews of ritual murder as evidence that it must be true!

Beyond that, the article claims that rabbis mix human blood with wine and place it on the lips of the infant boy during circumcision. It claims that the Talmud says “Anyone who kills a non-Jew, his reward is in heaven.”

Other news sites that reproduced the article, verbatim, include Mashregh News, Asredena, Harfeakhar, Khabarist, Khabarkhoon, Habbe, and Ghatreh. From there it has spread to blogs and other secondary sites.

Most of the comments are virulently antisemitic as well.

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