Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Italy: Nazis celebrate Hitler's birthday by warning against Jews

A sticker posted in Milan on Hitler's birthday by the Nazi movement NSAB shows the stereotype of a Jew holding money.  The caption says it's a wake-up call and that printing money for nothing and lending it for usurious rates is a crime that enslaves people.  It was posted on social networks with the German caption "Achtung Juden" (warning, Jews).

Hungary: "Kill the f**king Jews" graffiti

Via CFCA: Graffiti in Budapest says "Kill the f**king Jews".

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Netherlands: "Rotterdam & Palestine, United Against Jews"

Because there is no connection between anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

via twitter
A sign was posted at the central station in Utrecht saying "Rotterdam & Palestine united against Jews".  The JHK on the side is also an insult against Jews.  The sign was quickly removed by station personnel.

More: CIDI

Europe: Jewish Life 'Unsustainable' Due to Rising Anti-Semitism

President of the European Jewish Congress Dr. Moshe Kantor spoke Sunday about the fact that Jews feel less welcome and more insecure in large parts of Europe during the release of the findings regarding the situation of anti-Semitism worldwide in 2013. 
Kantor was speaking at a press conference where the annual findings for 2013 were released by The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry and the Moshe Kantor database for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress. 
Results from the 2013 survey show that anti-Semitic attacks are growing in their intensity and cruelty. The number and type of violent attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions is worsening.

More: Arutz 7

UK: Willian’s goal described by many as "Jew Goal"

A large number of football fans described Willian’s second goal for Chelsea at Liverpool on Sunday as a “Jew Goal”. 
The Urban Dictionary describes a “Jew Goal” as follows
“a term used to describe a type of footballing goal in which a player squares the ball when in a 2 on 1 with the goalkeeper. it originates from the game fifa and is still largely used within this game but can also be used in real life. a jew goal is frowned upon within the fifa community and often results with the scoring player being called a jew.”

More: Mus Bizu blog  h/t CFCA

Netherlands: Muslim group to hold conference on 'Shadow Holocaust'

May 4th is Dutch memorial day, commemorating those who died in WWII and in later wars and peacekeeping missions.  The Muslim group 'Bewust Moslim' intends to hold a conference on that day on the 'Shadow Holocaust' in order to examine the 'ethnic cleansing in Palestine and the passive stance of the international community'. Among the speakers are Islamist preachers Abou Hafs and Abdul-Jabbar van de Ven.

More: Katholiek Nieuwsblad

Monday, April 28, 2014

Yom Hashoa - Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today we remember the millions of Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.

Antisemitism, then and now

A lot has changed in the past 70 years. We now have our own country, which serves both to protect us from those who wish to harm us, and as a focal point of worldwide antisemitism.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Germany: Palestinian youths attack Israeli

A group of six  Palestinian youths punched an Israeli in the face on Friday in Berlin after they questioned him about citizenship.  
The 31-year-old Israeli filed a criminal complaint, according to the daily BZ newspaper. The paper titled its article ”Anti-Semitism: Punched in the face because he is Israeli.” 
The BZ reported that the Israeli left his apartment with his wife and was confronted by a group of six young men. The youths surrounded the man and his wife, and struck his face. His wife was not injured. According to the report, the youths insulted him.

More: Jerusalem Post

Croatia: Historic Jewish cemetery vandalized

pictures via CFCA
Vandals seriously damaged several graves in a more than 400-year-old Jewish cemetery in Split, Croatia. 
According to Ana Lebl, the president of the Jewish community in Split, unknown persons forced open three graves and also damaged their headstones and fences. In addition, they knocked over and broke a fourth headstone and damaged other tombstone decoration.
More: JTA

Czech Republic: Police raid mosque publishing racist, antisemitic book

Organized Crime Detection Unit (ÚOOZ) detectives raided the premises of a center belonging to the Islamic Foundation in Prague centre, situated on the eastern outskirts of the city, today on suspicion that it was publishing a book filled with hateful rhetoric, ÚOOZ spokesman Pavel Hanták has told the Czech News Agency (CTK). 
The book allegedly spreads racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and violence against "inferior" races, Hanták said. 
The police have not said how many people were detained, but media estimate the number to be between 10 and 20. 
The raid on the center lasted four and a half hours, and the reason for the action was reportedly a book titled The Bases of Tauhid: The Islamic concept of God.
More: Prague Post

France: “All the evil in the world originates from the Jews", says Swiss Muslim leader

A major conference on Islam in Paris featured anti-Semitic speeches, according to a sociologist who listened to the lectures.

The speeches were given “a place of honor” at Wednesday’s 31st congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations in France, or UOIF, sociologist Michele Tribalat wrote in the Le Figaro daily Thursday. He singled out a speech by Hasni Ramadan, a prominent Muslim leader from Geneva who spoke before thousands of congress participants.

According to the news site, Ramadan said during his address: “All the evil in the world originates from the Jews and the Zionist barbarism.”

More: JTA

Russia: RT news anchor believes "there is too much Jewish money in America"

RT sits on Freeview three channels away from the BBC, two from Sky News. For a while its audience figures in Britain were higher than Al Jazeera's. But if RT wants its viewers to question more, it also has a clear idea of what answers we should find. In recent interviews in Moscow with me and at RT's new studios in London, its reporters and producers revealed a view of the world, from conspiracy theories to other, more worrying beliefs, that should give cause for concern. 
According, for example, to Rory Suchet, RT's main news anchor, other news channels are controlled by "financiers" and "corporations". It is all, he told me, part of the "military-industrial complex" and he mused how some people believe "there is too much Jewish money in America". There is an argument, he suggested, that "Jewish money controls a huge amount of foreign policy in Washington".

More: The Guardian (Comment is Free)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Shabbat Shalom!

To all my readers: Shabbat Shalom!


Russia: 'Palestinians waging holy war against world evil'

Two Russian journalists were awarded  in Istanbul for their objective coverage of the Palestinian issue: Alexander Prokhanov and Maxim Shevchenko.

The journalists were honored by the Palestine International Forum for Media and Communication.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Shevchenko said the Palestinian people were waging holy war against world evil, injustice and oppression.  Shevchenko later gave a seminar on "Facing the Israeli lobby in the media".

More: The Palestinian Information Center (h/t izrus)

Spain: Blood libel retold in national newspaper

Via CFCA and Enlace Judío:

An article in Spanish daily ABC retells the stories of various crucifixions throughout history. One of the stories described is the that of Dominguito del Val, a choirboy who according to Spanish legend was ritually murdered by the Jews of Saragossa in the 13th century.

The article, whose writer is only identified as "IV", mentions that it's a disputed legend, but does not talk at all about the antisemitic or blood-libel aspects of the story.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spain: "Kill the Jews" toast

In parts of Spain, and especially in the north, locals use the term “killing Jews” (matar Judios) to describe the traditional drinking of lemonade spiked with alcohol
at festivals held in city squares at Easter, or drinking in general.

Leon will hold its “matar Judios” fiesta on Good Friday, April 18, where organizers estimate 40,000 gallons of lemonade will be sold.

The name originates from medieval times, when converted Jews would sometimes be publicly executed in show trials at around Easter, Maria Royo, a spokesperson for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain told JTA.

“Regrettably, this type of expression exists in Spain in ceremonies and parties,” she said, but added that “the people saying it are mostly unaware of the history. It is a complicated issue that is ingrained in local culture.”

More: Times of Israel

Norway: "Jew" graffiti among racist curses

A school and sports facility in Skien (eastern Norway) were sprayed with numerous swastikas and racist (anti-black) slogans last week.

Among the curses, also the word "Jew".

More: TA

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Israel: Jewish Easter conspiracy to kill Jesus

Via Izrus:

On Passover Eve, Christian missionaries in Haifa distributed pamphlets in Russian urging Jews to celebrate Easter.

The pamphlets, written in bad Russian, detail the Jewish Easter conspiracy to kill Jesus.  The Jewish high priest is shown bribing the Roman soldier.

Ukraine: Tombstone of Chabad Rebbe's brother desecrated

The tombstone of Dovber Schneerson, the brother of the last Rebbe, was desecrated with swastikas.  The tombstone marks a mass grave of Jews killed by the Nazis next to Dnipropetrovsk.

More: Chabad Online

Crimea: Holocaust Memorial vandalized with pro-Russian graffiti

The Holocaust Memorial in Sevastopol in the Crimean Peninsula was spray painted in red with a hammer and sickle and the letters USSR, and with what appeared to be other pro-Russian graffiti according to the Sevastopolskaya Gazeta.

Ukraine: Kansas shooter called donation hotline to threaten Ukrainian Jews

Frazier Glenn Cross, who has been indicted in the shootout at a Kansas Jewish community center last weekend in which three people were killed, threatened Jewish leaders in Ukraine last month, said Rabbi Dov Bleich, the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine. Speaking to haredi newspaper Hamevaser, Rabbi Bleich said that Cross made the threat through a toll-free phone number that was set up to collect donations for the Jewish community in Ukraine.

More: Arutz 7

Ukraine: Pro-Russian TV channel to combat ‘zombie Zionist broadcasting’

The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress has posted a video produced by the armed pro-Russian separatists who, aided by Russian military specialists, seized control in Slovyansk a week ago.  As reported, these militants have shown particular animosity towards journalists, many of whom have left the city.  On April 17 they seized the TV tower providing a signal to Slovyansk and other cities in the Donetsk oblast: Kramatorsk, Horlivka and Makiyivka.  Ukrainian channels were removed from air, with Russian propaganda channels given the frequencies.  
Motley anti-Semites have a tendency of making themselves heard on April 20 [Adolf Hitler’s birthday] and this, quite literally, is what the pro-Russian militants did by starting up their own TV channel.  Their presentation video can be seen here
The three activists’ boast about their imminent  “victory” with this described in overly anti-Semitic mode. “Here, from Slovyansk, we are inflicting a powerful information conceptual blow to the biblical matrix … to Zionist zombie broadcasting”.  They assert that a new page in history is beginning in Slovyansk and that they are “undermining the pillar of the totalitarian pyramid”.  They say that they have blocked the “enemy TV channel Inter, and that people will finally be able to hear the truth.
More: Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hungary: Jew attacked for wearing a kippah

Via FAA:

A Jew reports that on April 10th he was attacked by a group of nationalist youth in Budapest because he was wearing a kippah.  The youth cursed him, then spit on him and punched him, breaking his nose.

Celebrating Hitler's birthday

April 20th was Hitler's 125 birthday, and in some places Nazis celebrated the event with swastikas.

In Bulgaria, a Nazi flag was raised over Sevlievo Municipality.  Swastikas were painted all over town.

In northern Sweden, a Nazi flag was raised over the municipality in Luleå and in nearby Piteå a "Heil Hitler" sign was hung up.  Similar vandalism occurred in town earlier this week.

UK: Store favored by neo-Nazis opens in heavily Jewish neighborhood

The sale of clothes in a heavily Jewish neighborhood of London that are popular with neo-Nazis has spurred protests from a British watchdog on anti-Semitism. 
The Thor Viking store opened recently in North Finchley yards away from the office of the chief rabbi of Britain, The Jewish Chronicle of London reported Thursday, and is selling the Thor Steinar brand that is favored by  neo-Nazis in Europe and beyond.
More: JTA

Belgium: ''Dirty Jew" shouted at Israeli football coach

From clip of attack. h/t JSS
Anti-Semitic remarks were uttered against the Israeli coach of the Belgian football team Standard Liege by a group of around twenty supporters disgruntled by the outcome of their team’s play against the club of Lokeren Thursday night. The incidents erupted at the end of the game when fans rampaging tried to enter the stadium’s official buildings and the press room while calling for the resignation of Israeli coach Guy Luzon. The hooligans, who tried to enter the players’ locker room, also shouted anti-Semitic comments.'' Dirty Jew, go back to your mother’’, was notably heard in a video released by the Belgian public broadcaster RTBF .
More: European Jew Press

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ukraine: Synagogue firebombed

More pictures via Rotter
Via Rotter:

A synagogue in Nikolaev (Mykolaiv), in southern Ukraine, was firebombed Saturday night.  CCTV cameras show the perpetrator coming to the synagogue at about 2AM, set fire to the front door and then throw two Molotov cocktails through one of the windows.  A passer-by helped extinguish the flames.

Russia: Antisemitic graffiti against Jewish concert

On April 9, graffiti with swastikas and "Death to the Jews!" was discovered on the Regional Musical Theatre in Kaliningrad (Baltic Sea Russian exclave).  The graffiti was found under a poster advertising a Jewish concert that day led by Viennese Chief Cantor Shmuel Barzilai.


Italy: 7 associated with anti-Semitic "Holywar" website charged with racial discrimination

The site is still online, urging Christian holy war against Jews
After a lengthy investigation, seven people associated with the anti-Semitic website Holywar were charged this week with racial discrimination and defamation against a long list of public figures including Pope Francis. 
The suspects “depicted the pontiff in photoshopped images dressed as a bearded Orthodox Jew waving the Israeli flag with a swastika at the center of the Star of David,” said the Italian news agency ANSA. Other targeted figures included Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and the actor Roberto Benigni, who won an Oscar for his film “Life Is Beautiful,” set during the Holocaust.

More: JTA

UK: MP Galloway compares Gaza to Warsaw Ghetto

British MP George Galloway recently compared Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto, saying that while the people of the ghetto uprising were hailed as heroes, "the Palestinians, when they rise up out of their Warsaw Ghetto, are called terrorists." Galloway, speaking on his weekly show on the Iranian English-language Press TV channel on April 12, 2014, also said that the Egyptian "junta" was "doing Israel's work" in murdering nearly two million Palestinians in Gaza.
More: MEMRI, via CFCA

UK: Jewish student told by teacher she'll be sent to "one of your gas chambers"

A Jewish teenager at one of Britain’s top public schools was left distraught after a teacher said she would be sent to ‘one of your gas chambers’ because she had jumped the lunch queue.

The astonishing outburst happened at girls-only North London Collegiate School, whose former pupils include actress Rachel Weisz, ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

The teacher has apologised privately to the girl for the horrifying remark, but the school refuses to identify the woman or explain what, if any, disciplinary action has been taken against her. 

The girl’s father said: ‘A teacher was passing by and she rushed up to my daughter and said, “Don’t do that or I’ll have to send you to the back of the queue or to one of your gas chambers.” ’  
The teacher, who has worked at the school for several years, was not one of the student’s subject tutors and there had been virtually no previous contact between the two.

More: The Daily Mail

Friday, April 18, 2014

Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Shalom to all my readers.

Julie Geller with "Raise Your Hand":

Greece: Golden Dawn MP praises Hitler as a 'great personality'

German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was a "great personality" who did what had to be done, a leading neonazi Golden Dawn MP has told Australian television. 
In an interview with 60 Minutes newsmagazine, which aired on Nine Network on April 10, Ilias Panagiotaros said Hitler was a "great personality, like Stalin", adding that "in every period of time, there must be, there are some people who are doing the dirty job".
More: EnetEnglish

Ukraine: Fliers in Donetsk call on Jews to register or risk deportation

Photo via CFCA

Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine denied any involvement in the circulation of fliers calling on Jews to register with separatists and pay special taxes. 
On Tuesday, the news website reported that the fliers were handed out that day by three unidentified men in balaclava masks carrying a flag of the Russian Federation. According to the report, the men distributed the fliers next to a local synagogue. The website quoted unnamed sources from the local Jewish community as saying that the fliers were an attempt to provoke a conflict and blame the attack on the separatists.

The flyers in Donetsk said all Jews who are 16 years old and above should register at the government building, which separatist protesters are occupying, and pay a registration fee of $50 by May 3. 
“Jews supported the nationalistic gang of [Stepan] Bandera in Kiev,” the authors wrote in reference to the Ukrainian Nationalist leader who in the 1940s fought with Nazi Germany against Soviet troops before he and his men took up arms against the German occupation. 
The fliers also said Jews were hostile to the Donetsk Republic.
More: JTA

France: Terrorist's sister says that "Jews are all about massacring the Muslims"

In December, police interrogated Souad Merah
in Paris after she was filmed saying she was proud of her younger brother “for how he fought till the end.” Filmed without her knowledge, she added, “The Jews are all about massacring the Muslims. I detest them. I think well of bin Laden. I told that to the cops. I am proud of my brother, proud, proud, proud.” She later issued a statement saying she condemned his actions.
More: JTA

Belgium: Jewish shop targeted with antisemitic graffiti

A Jewish-owned computer repair shop was targeted with antisemitic graffiti on Tuesday night in Saint-Gilles, near Brussels. The front of the shop was spray painted with "dirty Jew".

The owner, Phillipe Lachman, says he has been in the neighborhood for 16 years, and this is the first time he's been targeted.  He was notified of the vandalism by a neighbor.

More: sudinfo, via Brabosh

Italy: Jewish community upset at Holocaust parody

Photo from Grillo's blog

An anti-Semitic post by a comedian who founded the Italian parliament’s third-largest party has sparked outrage in Italy’s tiny Jewish community. 
Comedian Beppe Grillo’s blog on Monday featured a photo of Auschwitz’s gate with the words changed to sarcastically refer to a shadowy organization of Italian business and political figures. It also played with the title of a work by Primo Levi, a now deceased Italian writer who survived deportation to a Nazi death camp.
More: The Washington Post, via CFCA

Friday, April 11, 2014

Shabbat Shalom and Pesach Same'ach

To all my readers, have a peaceful Shabbat and a happy Passover holiday.

I will be taking a blogging vacation until after Pesach. I might post sporadically throughout the holiday, but will resume serious blogging April 22-23.

In this song, Yonatan Razel and Yaakov Shwekey sing Vehi Sheamda, said during the Seder ceremony:
In every generation arises those who would destroy us, but the holy one saves us from their hands.

Ukraine: Parents warned of Passover Jewish blood rituals

Via Jewish Ukraine:

In Volodymyr-Volynskyi (north-western Ukraine) an article appeared in the local paper "Місто вечірнє" (Evening City), both online and in print, warning of the Jewish Passover ritual of killing children for their blood in order to bake Matzoh.

The article looks at Jewish children-killing history in Ukraine by starting with the Beilis case in 1913, the murder of two girls in Sevastopol in 2011 (blamed by some Ukrainians and Russian media on the blood-thirsty Jews), and up to a recent case the writer claims happened in the city.

Hungary: Jews harassed with shouts of "Jews, go home"

Describing the life of Hungary's Jews today, Tal says: "I won’t tell you that people are afraid of going out on the street, but you do see anti-Semitism, you feel it, and it is present almost everywhere, both in drawings and in graffiti.

"We have friends who are not-Jewish but have dark hair, and when they got on the tram they were verbally attacked by radical rightists, who shouted at them, 'Jews, go away.' The children don't feel the anti-Semitism in the educational institutions, because it raises its head mainly in political protests on main streets."

Rabbi Vero adds that "there are no physical assaults of Jews, but people who walk around Budapest's streets with a skullcap are sometimes verbally attacked with shouts such as 'Jews, go home' or 'this is not your place.' There are drawings of swastikas and the Jews are afraid of being harassed."

More: YNet

Ireland: "There is a common view that rich Zionists have captured US policy on the Middle East"

There are many "common views".   There's a common view, which this episode will reinforce, that the Irish are extremely antisemitic.  I don't need to bring facts or figures, btw, because real journalists don't bother with them either.

Via CiF Watch, Irish Times journalist Eamonn McCann writes:
There is a common view which this episode will reinforce that rich Zionists have captured US policy on the Middle East and use their financial clout to deliver uncritical support from the political elite for Israeli outrages against dispossessed Palestinians. There may be truth in this, but not the whole truth.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Turkey: "Zionist takeover" plot on TV

Kind of ironic that a man whose stated goal is to make Turkey into an empire accuses "the Jews" of trying to do the same.

the "Red Apple" series, which has become a tremendous success among millions of viewers in Turkey and around the world, devoutly presents the ruler's worldview.

In the episode aired over the weekend, the Israelis – led by a female Mossad agent, a blond one of course – are trying to thwart Turkey's ambitions to become an empire. The agent gets an order not to hesitate to murder "the enemies," and a young man wearing a skullcap, who is presented as "Aharon Feller, a member of a Golan Heights kibbutz and an offspring of the Maccabees," lights a Hanukkah menorah before going out to fulfill her orders.


But the Israelis in the series have plans of their own: To establish the "Sons of Zion Kingdom" in Turkey in collaboration with the Kurd separatist movement and members of the Armenian minority, and to extend it from the Egyptian Nile to the Euphrates River in Iraq.

More: Ynet

Austria: Holocaust memorial stones desecrated


Stumbling stones in Salzburg, in memory of Jewish Holocaust victims, were vandalized.  The stones were painted over with black paint.

Hungary: 20% of votes to antisemitic Jobbik party

Sweeping gains by Hungary’s neo-Nazi Jobbik party provoked concern across Europe after the anti-Semitic organisation won one in five votes in a general election which returned the maverick right-wing Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, to power. 
Results showed that far-right Jobbik, which wants detention camps for Roma “deviants” and has argued that Jews are a “national security risk”, had upped its share of support by five per cent and had secured 20.86 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s election. 
However, its success at the polls caused alarm in much of Europe. Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, described Jobbik as an “unashamedly neo-Nazi party” and said its electoral success should serve as a “wake up call”. “This is a party that feeds on hate,” he said.

Poland: "F**k the Jews" graffiti in Auschwitz


Graffiti "F**k the Jews" in Oświęcim (Auschwitz)

Monday, April 7, 2014

UK: "Israeli tail is being allowed to wag the US dog"

Via CiF Watch:
The blurring of ‘professional’ journalism with political advocacy was on full display recently in a “serious” journal known as the Financial Times - the British equivalent of the U.S.-based Wall Street Journal, which largely focuses on international business and economic news.  The April 3 report by David Gardner descends to hyperbole in the very strap line of the story by employing a trope – suggesting that Israel controls the United States

More: CiF Watch

Norway: Jewish leader says circumcision ban will wipe out Jewish community

The Norwegian Liberal Party's national congress rejected a proposal to support a minimum age of 15 for male circumcision.  A large minority supported the measure.

Prior to the vote, Ervin Kohn, head of Oslo's Jewish community, told the delegates that passing such a measure will wipe out the Jewish community.  That is to say, Jews won't get on the first plane out, but it will be impossible to bring in rabbis, and many young Jewish Norwegians will consider moving.

More: Dagbladet, Aftenposten

Update: A third of the delegates supported the measure.

Poland: Pawnshop hangs Jews poster

It should be noted that the local attitudes stereotyping Jews as money-makers is a well known issue in Poland.


A pawnshop in Slubice (Western Poland) hung a poster of a Jew holding money.  The shop's owner claims this is not antisemitism, but rather complimenting the Jewish tradition of trade.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Denmark: MP compares Israel to South African Apartheid regime

Jakob Engel-Schmidt, MP for the Danish Liberal Party, wrote an op-ed in Danish newspaper Berlingske, in which he compared Israel's policies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to South Africa's Apartheid regime.  Engel-Schmidt also said that Israel's security concerns cannot excuse the lack of fundamental rights for Palestinians.

The article led to much criticism among Danish politicians.  Today he says he stands by the essence of his article, though he maybe should have reworded it so as to focus on the issue.

More: JydskeVestkysten

Poland: Party in Majdanek extermination camp

Three polish men in their 30s had a party in the Majdanek extermination camp.  The three entered the former prisoner barracks and photographed themselves smoking, drinking and eating.

They uploaded the photos to Facebook.  After the issue was reported to the police, the men claimed they were not neo-Nazi or antisemitic and did not realize the severity of their deeds.

More: Ynet

France: "The Jews are rich and they buy properties to throw people out of their homes"

 Ido Daniel, on the visit of Israeli students in French universities (in translation):
In the university of Lyon, I met Nicolas.  When he saw Israelis on campus, he came up to me and politely asked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the peace process.  When we finished, he paused for a moment, and said he had a simpler solution to the Middle East conflict.  "You just need to wipe out Israel," he said with a smile.  I smiled back at his cynical joke.  "Why?" I asked.  "You understand," he said, "what's happening in the Middle East is exactly what's happening here in France.  The Jews are rich and they buy properties to throw people out of their homes.  How do you have so much money?"

Nicolas continued smiling, but the smile was wiped off my face.  He wasn't cynical, he wasn't joking. He meant everything he said.

See more reports on the trip here and here.

France: Anelka says Jewish wife controls French PM

Soccer star Nicolas Anelka said the Jewish wife of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls influenced the politician to oppose the quenelle salute. 
Anelka, who was fired last week from his British soccer team for performing the gesture in December, made the charges in an interview published  Friday by the French edition of the Metronews daily. 
“He’s not so bad,” Anelka told Metronews of Valls. “I think he was under the influence of his wife on this quenelle issue.”

More: JTA

Friday, April 4, 2014

Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Shalom to all my readers!

Matti Caspi singing about getting ready for Shabbat ("Shir Am Naki"):


Hungary: Jews are 'tumor' in Hungarian body

The Hungarian Dawn candidate in Vas (Western Hungary), Radányi-Kovács Tamással, did not hide his anti-Roma and anti-Jewish views in a recent interview.  He said the 'racist Zionist Jews' have no place in Hungary and that like the Gypsy criminals, they are a tumor in the Hungarian body.

More: TEV

Poland: Jewish gravestones used in home construction

Seven Jewish gravestones were discovered to have been used in the construction of a home in Poland. 
The gravestones were used to build the ceiling of the basement of a home in Golina, TV Konin reported. 
It is believed that the headstones came from the destroyed Jewish cemetery in the town. No gravestones remain in the cemetery, according to the report.
 More: JTA

France: Man claims synagogue, Hitler quenelles are 'anti-Zionism', not anti-semitism

The correctional tribunal of Bordeaux on Wednesday convicted the defendant, a 28-year-old Moroccan native, of incitement to racial hatred for performing the quenelle in front of a synagogue, and fined him the equivalent of $4,130.


The defendant, who was arrested, interrogated and then released pending trial on January 17, said he is not an anti-Semite. “On my Facebook account I try not to confuse anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism,” he reportedly said during his trial.

His Facebook account also features a photo of a man performing a quenelle in front of a portrait of Adolf Hitler, with the caption: “I committed suicide but nowadays I’d get the Nobel Peace Prize.”

More: Times of Israel

Sweden: Neo-Nazi charged for antisemitic tweets

The head of the neo-Nazi Swedish Resistance Movement in Dalarna (central Sweden) was charged with incitement to racial hatred.  The 34-year-old man posted a caricature of a Jew and other hate messages on Twitter.  The man said the account wasn't personal and that he hadn't posted the material.

More: DT

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Europe: Jews 'taxed' with exorbitant security costs

In an Arutz Sheva interview Sunday, Rabbi Michoel Rosenblum, Director of EU Jewish Buildings, summed up the financial effects of the newly emergent European anti-Semitism by saying that “it's not cheap to be a Jew in Europe.” 
"The exorbitant costs of security, besides the regular functions of a Jewish organization today – you're taxed with another 30-40% of just wasting time with security and financing and all of that,” Rabbi Rosenblum explained.

More: Artuz 7

Austria: Freedom Party politician fingered as antisemitic and racist writer

The Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance says it has found proof that Andreas Mölzer, a leading member of the Austrian Freedom Party has published racist and antisemitic articles.

For years articles written by the pseudonym "F. X. Seltsam" featured racist views.  "Seltsam" referred to Jews as "degenerate people" and questioned the ban on Holocaust denial.  In 2012 he wrote against Black Austrian footballer David Alaba.

Until now Mölzer denied being the writer behind F. X. Seltsam.  However Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance has found that in 1990 the same article was published under both names.  It appeared with the F.X. Seltsam byline in Die Aula, and under Mölzer's byline in Kärntner Nachrichten.

More: Da Standard

Op-Ed: "Jews left [Spain] in 1492 — but the anti-Semitism stayed behind"

Ilan Stavans writes in the New York Times:
Spain finds itself still mired in the worst financial crisis in memory. Inviting Jews to settle in times of economic trouble is a strategy employed before, including in the Hispanic world. At the end of the 19th century, Jewish immigrants were courted as harbingers of modernity by Argentina and Mexico. And in the 20th century, the region of Sosúa on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic was allocated for Jewish refugees from the Holocaust — in hopes that they would push the underdeveloped region forward.

Spain’s latter-day conversion to philo-Semitism, however, is more apparent than real. The truth is that the Jews left in 1492 — but the anti-Semitism stayed behind. The country is a prime example of a nation that fosters “anti-Semitism without Jews,” a phenomenon often marked by dualist attitudes. Take the dictatorship of General Franco, from 1939 until 1975: Some Jewish refugees were saved by various consuls and other diplomatic administrators, with Franco taking credit, yet his fascist forces regularly used anti-Semitic motifs in their propaganda. Even in 1982, on my first visit to Spain, I recall seeing swastikas, copies of Mein Kampf in translation and Nazi paraphernalia for sale.

Russia: Ex-Deputy PM harassed online by antisemites

Via IzRus:

Alfred Koch, former Russian Deputy PM, says he's been targeted by antisemitic harassment on Facebook. Koch himself is not Jewish, but has previously written a book on the Holocaust.

Ireland: Antisemitic picture sent to Jewish minister

Similar material has been sent to the justice department.

THIS IS A photograph of a picture sent to the home of the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter this morning.
The image of Nazi soldiers at a rally was contained in a package, along with white powder, arrived to the Minister’s home in Ballinteer, south Dublin earlier today.

The package caused a massive security alert at the south Dublin estate with the Army Bomb Disposal Team called to the scene along with several gardaí.

More: The Journal

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Russia: "Hitler financed by Jewish capital"

Via Magnus Ljunggren in Expressen:

Following the discussion on Russia 24 on how Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves, Russian broadcasters RTR and NTV continued on with the theme.

In one they discussed how Hitler was financed by "Jewish capital".  In the other they declared that the two Ukrainian leaders: presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko and PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk - were of "Jewish ancestry".

Both Tymoshenko and Yatsenyuk  have long been 'accused' of being Jewish.  In the previous elections in the Ukraine, Tymoshenko's rivals spread flyers warning "Don't vote for a Jew!"

Update: See also report in the Jewish Daily Forward

Ukraine: Pro-Russian protesters pose as "Jewish rebel army"

Several media (in particular and Odessa media) reported about several thousands of activists that gathered up on the 23rd March in Kulikovo field in Odessa for a demonstration against “political repressions” 
Livejournal user avmalgin states that people there were chanting ““Russia and “Free Anton Davidchenko””. He claims that they were using Jewish symbolism. Provocateurs on behalf of the “Jewish rebel army” were using Israeli flags with “Russia, protect us” written on them. According to the source JewishNet in Odessa, when an activist from a Jewish community in Odessa tried to speak to the provocatiors in Hebrew, the only answer he heard was “f…cking Jew”.

France: Jews met with quenelle, then attacked

I've already reported several times that the quenelle gesture is being used to harass and intimidate Jews.  Add this one to the list.

Via JSS News:

On Saturday a father and son were attacked on their way home from the synagogue in Sarcelles, near Paris.

The Jews, who were wearing distinctive Jewish clothing, were met by a group of four Black men, who made the quenelle gesture at them.  When the father responded with a gesture of his own, the two were attacked.  The father was lightly injured.

Hungary: Campaign poster vandalized with Jewish stars

Via FAA Hungary:
As the 2014 #hungarianelection campaign coming close to its end someone drew jewish symbol on opposition's ad

UK: Footballers charged by FA over support for antisemitic quenelle

The two voiced support for the quenelle after the FA decided it's an antisemitic gesture.

Benoît Assou-Ekotto and Yannick Sagbo are facing bans for tweeting their support for Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle goal celebration. 
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri and Liverpool defender Mamadou Sahko escaped with a rap on the knuckles for being photographed performing the quenelle gesture itself prior to Anelka using it to celebrate a goal in West Bromwich Albion’s Premier League game at West Ham United on December 28. 
But Assou-Ekotto, on loan at QPR from Tottenham Hotspur, and Sagbo were both charged with improper conduct for postings made on Twitter in the wake of Anelka’s celebration. 
With Anelka having been found guilty of an anti-Semitic act just over a month ago – something which saw him banned for five matches and his West Brom contract terminated – the FA was free to pursue others caught up in the *quenelle* scandal. 
They included Assou-Ekotto, who tweeted in French in response to Anelka’s celebration: “I congratulate you on the beautiful quenelle.” 
Sagbo tweeted a picture of the celebration alongside the word: “Legend.”

More: Daily Telegraph

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ukraine: Pogrom monument desecrated with Nazi graffiti


In Khmelnytskyi, the only monument in Ukraine to the victims of the March 1919 pogrom was desecrated with Nazi graffiti.

France: Antisemitic voting ballot

Via Europe-Israel (h/t CFCA):

Antisemitic ballots were found in the polls in the recent municipal elections.

In Saint-Mandé, near Paris, a ballot saying "Front National, too many Jews in Saint-Mandé".

In Montpellier, in southern France, one of the voting envelopes had a picture of an imam and a man doing the Quenelle.

Sweden: Anti-Jewish group tries to force its way into Jewish community building

Swedish news reports do not tell us who or why.

Police in Malmo arrested two people who tried to break into a Jewish community building during a demonstration that featured anti-Semitic slogans.

Five people gathered outside the Jewish community center on Kamrergatan Street in Malmo’s center on March 27 and tried to force their way inside past security,  the Sydsvenskan regional daily newspaper reported.

The intruders stopped at the gate, where they voiced insults against Judaism, police officer Linda Pleym told the newspaper.

More: JTA, h/t SMA Norway

Switzerland: 22 antisemitic incidents in German-speaking cantons

According to the GRA (Foundation against Racism and Antisemitism) and SIG (Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities) there were 22 antisemitic incidents in the German-speaking cantons last year.

The organizations did not count antisemitic content online.  Most incidents involved letters sent by mail or email.  There were no physical attacks.

More: Watson