Breaking News: Labour Bradford councillor suspended over anti-Semitism allegations resigns

On 24th March AntiSemitismWatch reported on the suspension by the Labour Party of Councillor Khadim Hussain, who serves the Keighley Central ward in Bradford. The suspension followed allegations of anti-Semitic postings on Facebook.

images-4-1-1The former Lord Mayor of Bradford has now resigned from the party, saying he would stand as an independent candidate in the May elections.

In a statement issued tonight, he said the allegations of anti-Semitism were “unfounded”.

He said he had been left “disappointed and saddened” that the Party had not responded to a letter he had sent last week.

“I wrote  to the Labour Party on March 24th, outlining my position in response to the unfounded allegations of anti-Semitism.

“I am both disappointed and saddened that I did not receive any response or indeed any form of contact from the Labour Party despite my repeated attempts.”

Cllr Hussain added: “I have served the people of Keighley and the Bradford district with dignity and respect. I will continue to play my role.

“With this in mind I today announce my decision to stand as an independent candidate in Keighley’s central ward in  the forthcoming May elections.”

Yorkshire Islamic school caught promoting anti-Semitic conspiracies

A private Muslim school in Yorkshire has been exposed for teaching an extreme form of Islam, promoting classic anti-Semitic conspiracies that Jews are engaged in a global conspiracy to take over the world and that adopting British customs is forbidden.

Madrassa-657212The Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury teaches 140 primary school children in an after-school madrasa and runs full-time classes for over-16s and adults.

Mufti Zubair Dudha, the centre’s founder and head, is a respected cleric from the orthodox Deobandi sect which is thought to control half of all mosques and madrasas in the UK.

In one leaflet Mr Dudha quotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an early 20th Century anti-Semitic forgery, which claims to prove Jewish people are engaged in a global conspiracy.

He claims that colourful pictures, films, magazines and sporting celebrities are part of the conspiracy to “poison the thinking and minds” of young Muslim people.The-Islamic-Tarbiyah-Academy-502276

“The various forms of distractions have been successful to considerable extent in achieving their objectives,” he wrote.

Other leaflets and newsletters, some of which are distributed to Deobandi mosques, say all mixed-sex institutions are evil, warn Muslims not to adopt British customs, ban the watching of TV, and tell women not to go out to work and to be fully covered before leaving the house.

In a section on jihad he tells Muslims they should be prepared to “expend … even life” to create a world organised “according to Allah’s just order”.

The school website says its aim is to “create a sense of discipline, based upon an enlightened comprehension of moral and ethical values, as is the crying need of the hour all over the world.”

The Dewsbury area has a recent history of disaffected youth becoming radicalised, being home to Britain’s youngest suicide bomber, its youngest convicted terrorist, and one of the 7/7 bombers.

Keith Vaz, who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, told Sky News he believes the centre’s teachings are dangerous.

“After what we have seen in Paris and in Brussels and the way in which the Muslim community has come out so strongly in favour of peace and tolerance, I think these kinds of leaflets serve no purpose but to divide in a poisonous and totally reckless way,” he said.

The Department of Education confirmed it is investigating what it described as “serious allegations”.

A spokesman said: “While it would be inappropriate to comment on the specific investigations of these institutions, we are clear that extremism has no place in our society and we are determined to protect children from it.”

The school said it was “astonished” by the allegations, adding its focus is on spiritual activities, and “political activities are not of primary concern.”

A statement said: “Rather than promoting extreme views, the Islamic Tarbiyah Academy has, and will, continue to work within the community, along with others, including the local authorities, to try and counter extremism. Any suggestions to the contrary are unfounded to say the least.”

Belgian terror hotline ‘only recognise Palestine’

In an episode that barely beggars belief, an operator in Belgium’s Federal hotline for the terrorist attacks in Brussels told a Jewish caller that Israel does not exist, and is in fact called Palestine.

images-3The call to the Belgian Interior Ministry’s hotline, which followed the terrorist attacks on Brussels airport, was recorded and the audio file posted on the website of Joods Actueel, a Belgian Jewish monthly.

The transcript is as follows:

Jewish Coordination Committee Volunteer: Good morning. I’m a volunteer for the Jewish Coordination Counsel in Antwerp. We have two Jews who were injured in the attack at the airport.

Belgian Federal Emergency Hotline: Yes, go ahead.

Jewish Coordination Committee Volunteer: They are ready to be transported to Israel. Our volunteers are making sure that everything is in place, but we received information from the hospital that we need a special permit from the police to get them released from the hospital. Whom do we need to speak with in order to get this permit?

Belgian Federal Emergency Hotline: Let me check. They need to go to Palestine.

Jewish Coordination Committee Volunteer: (Pause) Not Palestine. Israel.

Belgian Federal Emergency Hotline: Yes, but it was Palestine before, of course.

Jewish Coordination Committee Volunteer: Can you repeat that for me? What’s your name?

Belgian Federal Emergency Hotline: It’s Palestine.

Jewish Coordination Committee Volunteer: Can I get your name please?

Belgian Federal Emergency Hotline: Of course. It’s Zachariah.

Jewish Coordination Committee Volunteer: And you only recognize Palestine?

Belgian Federal Emergency Hotline: Sorry?

Jewish Coordination Committee Volunteer: You don’t recognize Israel, correct? Only Palestine?

Belgian Federal Emergency Hotline: I only know that the Jews went to live there, that Palestine accepted them, and that there is a war between Israel and Palestine, of course. And the occupation. That what’s always on the news.

Jewish Coordination Committee Volunteer: Are you able to assist me with my request?

Belgian Federal Emergency Hotline: Yes, of course. They are returning to Palestine and they asked if they can receive a permit. Of course. Here it is.

Michael Freilich, editor-in-chief of Joods Actueel, said it “defies imagination” that a Belgian state employee would display the anti-Israeli behavior that is commonplace in Arab countries. He also called for punishing the operator instead of issuing the “standard apology.”

A spokesperson for the crisis center told Joods Actueel that it deeply deplores the “isolated case” and will take “necessary actions” against the staffer in question, which the center said was not a civil servant, but a call center employee.

The recording’s release follows at least four recorded cases in which people who either spoke Arabic or were clothed in Muslim traditional garb, destroyed, concealed or removed Israeli flags at an impromptu memorial space set up for the attacks’ victims at Place de la Bourse in Brussels. It features many flags, including those of Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority.

Is it any wonder that the Jewish community in Belgium has questioned the future viability of a continued long-term future?

Let us know what you think by using the comments section below or by emailing us at secretary@antisemitismwatch.com

Kosher cafe in Warsaw vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

The Tel Aviv Cafe in Warsaw, Poland is not what you might expect to find on a visit to the city. A Kosher vegetarian restaurant serving Israeli style cuisine and exceptionally popular according the myriad of reviews found online. A nice surprise all in all.

tel aviv 1However, unfortunately, the restaurant received a recent nasty surprise in the form of anti-Semitic graffiti being spray-painted  across the entire frontage.

The translation of these slogans read, “Free Palestine,” “Zionism is Racism,” and “The wall is your shame.”

The identity of the perpetrators is not yet known. However, the owners confirmed via their Facebook page that the matter had been reported to police. They tried to make light of the situation asking whether there was, “Enough water to wash it all” off? They finished their post with the slogan, “MAKE HUMMUS NOT WALL!!!!”tel aviv 2

Anti-Semitic vandalism in Poland is not a new problem. In February, anti-Semitic graffiti was spray painted on monuments at a Jewish cemetery in the city of Sochaczew (pronounced: Sokhatchev) in central Poland. The text included the statement, “Holocaust never happened”.

Despite appeals by the Sochaczew museum to have the graffiti removed, at the end of February it was still in place.

 

anti-Semitic threats found in New York university

Jewish students at the University at Buffalo in New York were threatened by anti-Semitic scrawls discovered on a wall in one of the men’s bathrooms on campus. The vandalism “threatened violence against Jewish people and used a derogatory slur,” according to the campus newspaper, The Spectrum.

In response, the university’s police force increased patrols near the Hillel of Buffalo as a precaution, and patrolled campus locations where students were celebrating Purim last week.

buffaloThe university’s Deputy Police Chief Joshua Sticht called it was an “isolated” incident, according to The Spectrum, but students say anti-Semitism on the campus has happened before, albeit less severe.

“I”ve never seen any form of anti-Semitism like that before,” Jewish Student Union (JSU) president Andrew Meyer told The Spectrum, but noted “I’ve seen swastikas in the past.” However, he added, “that is nothing compared to this.”

Meyer said what was found on the wall is “the most horrific and derogatory term” used against Jews.

It has already been removed, and photos are not available to media.

The newspaper did not print the threats nor did it publish the photos that were sent to The Spectrum. The school’s maintenance staff and the students apparently did nothing about the vandalism for at least two weeks, according to the report, which cited grave concerns of apathy.

 

University at Buffalo spokesperson John Della Contrada said in a statement that racist and discriminatory conduct would not be tolerated.

“When acts motivated by hatred or discrimination occur, the university will respond promptly to protect the safety and well-being of the entire university community. Diversity, inclusion and mutual respect are strongly held values of our university. We are committed to upholding these values at all times.”

Read more here.

Anti-Semitic graffiti found in Toms River a microcosm for wider anti-Semitism

Arguably the most important contemporary question in respect to the increase in anti-Semitism is what lies behind it? Many theories abound but AntiSemitismWatch is convinced, through its worldwide network and monitoring, that all too often instances of anti-Semitism are derived from the atmosphere created when those with political or social agendas seek to impose their will on others.

This is most powerfully experienced across university campuses when those pushing their Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) viewpoint create a poisonous environment for anyone not persuaded or supportive of their cause.

AntiSemitismWatch has extensively covered the effects felt by Jewish and pro-Israel students and staff, for example, at Oxford University, City University of New York and King’s College London.

This is a point entirely lost by BDS supporters, conveniently or deliberately ignoring the reality. AntiSemitismWatch believes there are distinct parallels between this description and what is currently being experienced in Toms River.

Readers may already be familiar with the news that Toms River has implemented a law aimed at putting an end to what many of its residents and leaders labeled overly aggressive tactics by realtors. Some observers suggest the measure is part of a campaign to block an increasing migration by members of the neighboring Orthodox community of Lakewood. Against this backdrop, tensions have simmered over comments made by Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher.Thomas Kelaher

In an interview with Bloomberg News Service regarding the recent influx and his town’s reaction to it, Kelaher was quoted as saying, “It’s like an invasion. It’s the old throwback to the 1960s, when blockbusting happened in Philadelphia and Chicago with the African-American community — ‘I want to buy your house. You’ll be sorry if you don’t [sell it to me].”

Representatives of the Chabad Jewish Center have also filed a suit in federal court against Toms River and its Zoning Board of Adjustment alleging its refusal to allow small weekly prayer services in Rabbi Moshe Gourarie’s home is a civil rights violation spurred by a “rising tide of anti-Semitism” in the community.

In the latest incident that appears to have resulted from this cancerous environment, “Go back to Lakewood, Jew,” has been found carved into a picnic table in the local Riverwood Park.

The table was removed by the local authorities after they learned of the graffiti, according to Community Affairs Officer Ralph Stocco.

A police detective was assigned and the incident is being treated as a hate crime, according to Stocco. They are working to determine if this is related to an incident at the same park earlier this month where “Burn the Jews” was carved into playground equipment.

A number of social media statements regarding Chabad and ultra-Orthodox Jews have also been noted since the issue originally flared, describing them as “cockroaches,” “trash,” a “cult,” “he-brews and she-brews,” a “Jewish conspiracy,” “disgusting phonies,” a “joo school,” “damn jews,” “dirty,” and a “disease.”

AntiSemitismWatch believes on the basis of this analogy it is essential that individuals, groups, organisations, colleges and universities, governments and agencies begin taking the action necessary to prevent the further spread of anti-Semitism. It is clear one of the most effective tactics is standing against and preventing the poisonous and cancerous environments created by BDS and its associated acolytes like Israeli Apartheid Week.

It is also a powerful argument to be put to those communities and societies who, for whatever reason, like Toms River, seek to maintain an artificial status quo.

The sad irony! Anti-Semitism protest cancelled over anti-Semitism fears

In an ironic but sad twist, organisers of a demonstration against anti-Semitism in Sweden have been forced to cancel the event amid fears of violence and public disorder generated by the very societal elements they were looking to protest against.

images-6The demonstration was supposed to take place in the city of Gothenburg on Thursday. However, with apparent minimal police support or protection on offer, the organisers were forced into a decision:

“At the last minute we learned that many Jews are afraid to come, and that there were rumors that people will come and try to destroy the demonstration and crash it to spread political messages,” the organisers Elin Schwartz and Kaino Nordgren wrote on Facebook to announce the cancellation.

They added they could not verify the rumors but, said “we are two individuals and as organizers dare not take upon ourselves the responsibility of ensuring everyone’s safety.”

They also wrote: “Had we had more time, we could find out more about the threat, but now we feel that we need to postpone.”

Presently, no new time or venue has been set for the alternative holding of the event.

On the Thursday, a well-known Swedish hip-hop music artist, Jacques Mattar, wrote on Instagram that Zionists created the ISIS jihadist group.

Posting a picture of dead bodies, he wrote: “The media aren’t there. Why? The same people who created ISIS control the media: Senior Zionists.”

Mattar, who is known by his stage name Jacco and who is a member of the popular band Labyrint, removed the remark about Zionists from his Instagram account shortly after posting it, the Dagens Nyheter Daily reported.

Rabbi attacked in Brussels

A young rabbi from the Netherlands said unidentified individuals threw stones at him at a park in Brussels in a suspected anti-Semitic incident.

images-3The rabbi asked for anonymity, citing a desire to have his name only,  “associated with positive issues, and not anti-Semitism.”

He said he was walking through the park in Brussels’ southern district of Forest with a friend when “stones were thrown at us. For one reason only: being visibly Jewish.” No one was hurt in the incident, he said. He did not see the people who threw the stones at him and his conversation partner.

The rabbi, who is in Brussels to visit family, said that he has had anti-Semitic insults hurled at him sometimes in the Netherlands, but never stones.

Commenting on his assault in Brussels, the young Dutch rabbi said: “I hope and pray that the leaders of the Muslim communities in Europe … stop their unhealthy obsession with Israel and the Jewish communities and they should start taking responsibility for their youth.”

Read more here.

More anti-Semitic graffiti at Goldsmiths, University of London

For the second time this academic year, antisemitic graffiti was found on the campus of Goldsmiths, University of London.

2016-03-27-13-12-32-1664525921Goldsmiths student Benjamin Gilbert, president of university’s Jewish Society, posted on his Facebook page Tuesday a photo of the scrawled slogan — “Goldsmiths it’s the symbol of world Jewry!” (with the word “gold” underlined) — on the bathroom wall of a campus building. Calling it “unacceptable,” Gilbert said this “creates a hostile environment toward Jews and other minorities on campus.”

In the earlier incident a swastika and demand to “burn down” a college building were etched on a poster for the campus. Gilbert said, “I am disappointed they haven’t made more effort to find those responsible.”

The Jewish Society at Goldsmiths also condemned the graffiti on Facebook, and demanded a review of the university’s security procedures.2016-03-27-13-12-36-504660636

AntiSemitismWatch is not surprised by this anti-Semitic activity, since the University’s student union is one that has officially voted to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. In our special report into the subject we found a clear correlation between the BDS movement and a rise in anti-Semitism on university and college campuses.

Gilbert confirmed to The Algemeiner, “Casual micro-aggression towards minority students, including Jews, is frequent.” 

On Wednesday, the Goldsmiths Student Union issued a statement on what it called “recurring incidents of antisemitic graffiti,” and condemning “all forms of racism.” It said that it had not issued a public statement the last time such an instance was reported, “so as to not give a spotlight to the perpetrators.” However, it asserted, “We cannot allow instances such as these to continue and to become a stain on the student culture of this campus.”

A Goldsmiths spokesperson commented: “Goldsmiths treats any incidents of racism and hate crimes with the utmost seriousness. We have zero tolerance of such behavior and will take the strongest possible action against those who carry out these acts … We are conducting an investigation into this incident and as part of this will meet with the Jewish Society and Goldsmiths Students’ Union to discuss these issues … We will take every possible step to identify those responsible and take appropriate action against them.”

BREAKING NEWS: Turkey warns ISIS plan synagogue attacks tomorrow

Turkey – Security agencies in Turkey have issued a warning that the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization plans to attack synagogues and churches during the Christian holiday of Easter on Sunday.

images-5In the warning, reported by the local Anatolia and cited by Channel 2, police say Jews and Christians are likely to be targets of attacks.

Turkish police warn that ISIS jihadists in recent days have been searching for attack targets including consuls and embassies, but primarily churches and synagogues in the capital city of Ankara.

Adding weight to the warning is the fact that just a week ago on Saturday, an ISIS suicide bomber tracked Israeli tourists and detonated an explosive among them, murdering three Israelis as well as an Iranian, and wounding 39 others including 11 Israelis.

Read more here.