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Venue swap doesn’t stop Naz Shah from speaking and apologising

The UK Labour Party’s Naz Shah, currently suspended from the party amid allegations of anti-Semitism, managed to meet and speak with local Jewish community members from Leeds and Bradford, despite an enforced change of venue. The event on Sunday evening – initiated by the Leeds Jewish Representative Council – was moved from the Orthodox Beit Hamidrash Hagadol to the Reform Sinai Synagogue following complaints about the gathering.

Naz Shah (centre)
Naz Shah (centre)

Shah admitted she was “ignorant about Judaism” when she made the anti-Semitic comments leading to her suspension. “It is my job in the Muslim Community to highlight the issues of anti-Semitism.”

“Going to Auschwitz is a fantastic idea but it won’t fix the problem. We need to educate the community.”

“It’s up to me to own the narrative,” she continued. “To have conversations with the Muslim community [about anti-Semitism] and that’s my responsibility.”

Shah explained that she came to this realisation after she was asked to apologize to the House of Commons and to the British Jewish community, something she described as a, “Politicians apology.”

“I looked at myself and asked whether I had prejudice against Jewish people. But I realised I was ignorant and I want to learn about the Jewish faith and culture. I do not have hatred for Jewish people.”

Despite her actions which led to her suspension, Shah insisted that she believes in Israel’s rights to exist and to self-defense, and that – contrary to former Bradford politician and rival George Galloway – she does not believe in Bradford being an ‘Israel-free zone.’

Sadiq Kahn’s visit to Yom Hashoah event sparks anti-Semitic vitriol and Holocaust denial – Perhaps Labour may start to understand now

The decision by the newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan, to attend a Yom Hashoah commemoration event as his first public engagement was met with anger by some Twitter users, who responded with virulently anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments as well as Holocaust denial.

After the event, Khan tweeted, “So important to reflect, remember and educate about the 6 million Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust.”

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As of Monday evening, the post had been widely ‘liked’ and shared. However, there were other responses which were not so kind and included blatant Holocaust denial, including a comment that “much of the so-called ‘holocaust’ has been faked, including the post-1945 Auschwitz construction,” suggesting that much of the Auschwitz site was built after World War II.

Others responded with the usual anti-Semitic conflation between supporting Israel and the “Jewish lobby”.

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While another Twitter user was more blatant in their hatred, despicably suggesting on Yom Hashoah, “Like who cares about Jewish suffering!”.

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Another commentator wrote, “Have you plucked that figure of 6 [million] out of thin air? What was the total population of Jews in 1940? Don’t distort history. Max 1 [million].”

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Khan received a warm welcome from London’s Jewish community at the end of Sunday’s Yom Hashoah ceremony, which brought together thousands from London’s Jewish community, including more than 150 Holocaust survivors and a combined choir from five Jewish elementary schools.

Now it has happened to one of their own, perhaps Labour will now start to properly comprehend the reality of anti-Semitism in society and, therefore, take the necessary action to address it within their own party?

Let us know what you think by commenting below or emailing us via secretary@antisemitismwatch.com

 

Nazi propaganda on YouTube – Male charged

An 18-year-old Potsdam resident, until just recently a local school student, has been charged over his anti-Semitic postings on YouTube.

Names only partially by local newspaper, Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten as Morten E., his postings included Holocaust denial, and glorification of the Nazi regime.

He drew much of his diatribe from revisionist information found on the Internet. He suggested this was material not taught in schools. His ‘role models’ included Horst Mahler, Bernhard Schaub and Ursula Haverbeck – all convicted Holocaust deniers.

He also displayed right-wing extremist tendencies in school, questioning the credibility of eyewitness reports from the concentration camps during history lessons according to some of his classmates.

The school management had taken some action in the summer of 2015 because of videos plastered onto YouTube by Morton. Multiple meetings between the school administration and Morton were held, but he remained unrepentant. This remained the case even following visits to former concentration camps or the location of the Wannsee Conference.

youtubeIn February this year another YouTuber,  “Julien”, had ended up in court for posting a video of trains with people and an empty gas chamber in relation to a recent railway strike and commenting: “Gasifying these bastards. Do you remember how the Jews were transported on trains to Auschwitz? ”

He received an eight month prison sentence, suspended for three years on probation. In addition, the YouTuber had to pay a fine of EUR 15,000.

Nazi hunter refuses to give up the hunt

Undeterred by dwindling numbers of living suspects, Germany’s top Nazi hunter is determined to keep tracking down criminals involved in Hitler’s murder machine for another decade.

As a handful of new Auschwitz-related trials get underway, Jens Rommel says his work is getting more difficult every year and yields only modest results. But it still matters.

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“We help to make sure these crimes don’t disappear into history and that they have a relevance today … There is still a lot of work to do,” said Rommel, no relation to Hitler’s Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Aging suspects, most of whom deny guilt, are growing frail, making the race to prosecute them all the more pressing.

Germany’s state justice ministers last year gave Rommel’s Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes up to 10 more years to continue its investigative work, before it is turned into a documentation center.

The 2011 conviction of Sobibor death camp guard John Demjanjuk also gave it new legal territory to explore – it was the first time that involvement in a death camp was seen as sufficient grounds for culpability even without proof of a specific crime.

“Even with no hard proof of a specific deed, being a wheel in the machinery of a camp is now punishable,” said Rommel.

Demjanjuk’s conviction 70 years after the crimes did not come too late for Dutch Jew David van Huiden whose parents and sister died in Sobibor’s gas chambers.

“It’s never too late because the crimes committed are so overwhelmingly heavy that even today nobody could understand how this could happen in a civilized society,” said the 84-year-old who sat through some of the trial.

The case widened the net of possible suspects and triggered a wave of new investigations into guards, medics and other camp workers which has led to the current trials.

The same legal argument was used to convict Oskar Groening, the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” last year and to charge camp guard Reinhold Hanning, on trial in Detmold.

Auschwitz guard Ernst Tremmel is to go on trial near Frankfurt in April while a case against Auschwitz medic, Hubert Zafke, this month stalled due to his frail health. Both are over 90.

Read more here.

Read more: http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/336090/germanys-top-nazi-hunter-to-keep-up-chase-for-another-decade/#ixzz4359Enh3o

More football related anti-Semitic abuse – Spurs v Arsenal

Mobile phone video footage has emerged of  football fans bursting into a racist chant as they travelled on the London Underground to a match against their arch-rivals.

The Arsenal supporters were caught on camera shouting anti-Semitic abuse on Saturday as they made their way to the North London derby at White Hart Lane, the home of Tottenham Hotspur.

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The footage was filmed by a disgusted fellow passenger and in it the group of men and one woman, wearing a red Arsenal scarf, can be heard chanting: ‘I’ve got foreskin [muffled] f*** the Jews.’

The video was shot as fans of the rival teams clashed violently before the match.

The Tottenham fan who filmed the clip, who did not want to be named, told the Daily MailOnline: ‘I was on my way to the game on Saturday and it was about 11.45am.

‘There was a certain group of people who were chanting and shouting.

‘I got off at Seven Sisters and spoke to the police about it but they didn’t really do anything about it.

‘The video I shot isn’t the half of it – they were singing about the Holocaust and Auschwitz – I’ve heard that kind of thing before but it doesn’t normally happen with Arsenal.

‘There weren’t really any other Spurs fans on the train, but there were normal commuters. No one seemed shocked, some people were actually laughing.

‘I was really offended by it.’

Baton wielding police were forced to act as fans walking towards White Hart Lane in advance of the crunch Premier League match began jostling one another.

At least one fan suffered a cut head outside Tottenham’s ground despite the heavy police presence.

Mounted police intervened as fans tried to make their way into the ground for Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff.

Traditionally, Arsenal fans are escorted into White Hart Lane by the Metropolitan Police to reduce the chance of any incidents.

The Metropolitan Police said on Saturday: ‘Two men were arrested in connection with public order offences ahead of the Arsenal/Tottenham Hotspur football match taking place at White Hart Lane today.

‘The two individuals were detained separately, in unconnected incidents, around 12:30hrs at the junction of High Road and Park Lane.

‘They have been taken to north London police station where they currently remain. An appropriate policing plan is in place for the event.’

Last time Arsenal met Tottenham at White Hart Lane, the away fans were accused of ripping off hoardings at the ground, which is due to be demolished in the near future.

Tottenham fans in response destroyed some toilets at The Emirates.

Shocking anti-Semitism….. over a film!

Some Hungarians have responded with anti-Semitic abuse to the news that “Son of Saul,” a film set during the Holocaust, directed by Laszlo Nemes, may win this year’s Academy Award for best foreign film. The film has already won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival last summer and a Golden Globe this month, for its portrayal of a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz who is trying to give a dignified burial to the body of a boy he believes is his son.

But, according to The Age, some Hungarians are calling it “Holokamu” (Holocaust con or hoax). And one Holocaust-denier described it as “Science fiction!” on his Facebook page.

“Jewish propaganda!” and “For Jews, about Jews,” went some of the responses on social media. Others were too vile to repeat on a decent website.

“So many anti-Semitic comments have been made; it’s a disgrace,” a member of the Budapest Jewish community told The Age, adding, “I wonder if the West is aware of how people here think.”

In the 21st century, antisemitism in Hungary has evolved and received an institutional framework, in the popular Hungarian party Jobbik, which received 17 percent of the vote in the April 2010 national election — this while verbal and physical aggression against Jews has escalated.

The far-right subculture in Hungary, which ranges from nationalist shops to radical-nationalist and neo-Nazi festivals and events, plays a major role in the institutionalization of modern Hungarian antisemitism. The contemporary antisemitic rhetoric has been updated and expanded, but is still based on the old antisemitic notions. The traditional accusations and motifs include such phrases as Jewish occupation, international Jewish conspiracy, Judeo-Bolshevism, and good, old-fashioned blood libels as well as accusations against “Jewish bankers” who have caused Hungary’s monetary crisis. There’s also the quaint the Palestinization of the Hungarian people conspiracy theory, suggesting the Zionists plan to take over Hungary as soon as they’re done with the Arabs.

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