Category: News

Natorious David Duke Tweets Antisemitic Content Once Again

On Saturday, Yair Netanyahu posted on social media a meme with obvious antisemitic characteristics. The meme suggests that Jewish billionaire George Soros controls the world, and implies that Soros was behind accusations that his mother Sara purchased prepared meals with public funds. This meme posted by Yair Netanyahu is linked directly to the most antesemitic sites. We condemn the use of such cartoons regardless of who posted them and in what context.

David Duke, notorious white supremacist and alt-right group leader shared a link to the post and wrote: “Netanyahu’s son posts a meme suggesting (((Soros))) is controlling the world,” using the triple parentheses that some antisemites utilize to signify an individual’s Jewishness. Duke is also famous for being a well-known holocaust denier.

Many antisemitic websites have shared and picked up on this meme as well.

The cartoon shows Jewish-Hungarian- American millionaire George Soros is depicted dangling a fishing rod with planet Earth on the hook as his bait. This captures the attention of a reptilian-like figure that, in turn, dangles a fishing rod with the occult symbol of a triangle containing a square with a circle, which attracts a character that is meant to be a Freemason, or a Illuminati member. That person holds up a fishing rod with cash on its hook, which catches the attention of former prime minister and noted Benjamin Netanyahu-critic Ehud Barak. Barak dangles  a fishing rod with a ballot for Eretz Hadasha, a political party that sought to rid Israeli politics of corruption and was headed by Eldad Yaniv. Yaniv is presented as being drawn to the ballot held by Barak, and is dangling a fishing rod of his own – this one with a tray full of food. To this new bait, a new character is attracted. Meni Naftali, the former caretaker of the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, gazes at it intently.
The whole image is titled “The Food Chain.”

The original version of the cartoon is different, showing an antisemitic drawing of a Jew dangling the globe, then the lizard and Freemason, who dangles money in front of another antisemitic symbol of a Jew, who finally hangs a hamburger before a character apparently representing Americans.

 

Source: Facebook

Image: Mark Israel Sellem

By: Hadassah Schwarz

Billy Joel Wears a Yellow Star of David

In his last concert at Madison Square Garden on August 21, Billy Joel took the courage and wore a yellow star of David badge on his jacket. He has done so due to his daughter and ex-wife pressure, convincing him to take a public stance after the Charlottesville events and the unsatisfying response by the US president. It seems as though racism and Antisemitism has raised their head in the United States, and someone has to remind them where those opinions may lead.

Joel is a famous and successful musician in America and around the world. He is of Jewish origin, and his father’s family escaped Germany at 1939, his mother’s family left England. Joel testifies he is not used to mix politics with his career, but this time his daughter, which is also a famous singer, called him into action. Afterwards she posted his picture from the concert on her twitter page, being very proud of him and calls Americans to learn from him.

His ex-wife also tweeted poetically in the caption of his picture: “And on the day of the Solar Eclipse a yellow star appeared on the jacket of another kind of star with a clinched fist that seemed to be gripping painful, no excruciating, memories of loved ones who wore that star to their death, May that star also remind you today of the gold stars pinned to the jackets of soldiers for their bravery and valor for fighting an evil so hideous even the gold stars in the sky were afraid to shine. Thank you, Billy for reminding people what was …so it may never ever be again.”

 

Source: CNN

Image: Getty Images

By: Roni Zedek

Boston Holocaust Memorial Site Shattered Again

Two months after the last incident, two people were arrested for allegedly harming the memorial again.

As reported, in 28.6 James Isaac was caught for throwing a stone on the memorial and breaking one glass. Recently he was released after trial.

The second hit occurred on the 15th of August. A young man threw a stone, and was caught by an off-duty city firefighter and a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and held until the police arrived. The suspect was seen on Monday night by witnesses throwing a rock on the monument’s glass parts. The mayor of Malden (six miles north of Boston), his origin town, condemned the act. The suspect received an order to stay away from the memorial, comply with mental health treatment and return court on October 10th.

Police commissioner, William B. Evans, spoke:  “Clearly, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in our city. in light of the recent events and unrest in Charlottesville, it’s sad to see a young person choose to engage in such senseless and shameful behavior.”

Authorities managed to catch another felon, who damaged the flowers at the place. They caught him thanks to a witness who took photos of the ruined memorial, and the suspect was caught in act at the picture. His name is Said Bouzit, 37 and he was taken into custody on vandalism charges. He received a bail of $5,000.

The reactions to this event combined with the Charlottesville riots made people very worried. Nazi ideology “was a precursor to the eventual murderous policy,” Israel’s official Holocaust memorial warned, so reported The Associated Press.

Two days after the event, at August 17th, as 300 people gathered at the place to express support. The vigil was organized by IfNotNow Boston, a Jewish group who seeks to unite Israelis and Palestinians for peaceful life. They protested against white supremacy, Antisemitism and Islamophobia.

 

Sources: NY times, Boston globe

Image: picture by ADL new England, twitter

By: Roni Zedek

 

Garments with a Yellow Star of David Sold in Toronto

An alert costumer just happened to notice and report a bad fashion choice from the designer house of the Italian Miu Miu company, a subsidiary of Prada. The store Holt Renfrew in the Yorkdale shopping mall sold Jeans jackets, shirts and skirts in black and white, with a yellow Star of David attached with the word “John”.

The shape, position, color and word starting with J are too similar to the dressing code enforced by the Nazis. The timing as well is very sensitive, considering latest events at Charlottesville which expressed white supremacy and antisemitism. Other events in America are the vandalism of the Holocaust memorial in Boston the second time this summer, and the use of Swastika over T-shirts by KA designers and using Hitler references. Therefore, the use of a symbol with that kind of connotation at this time arises more concern than it would have usually.

Nicole Plener, vice president of marketing for Holt Renfrew said in a statement: “It was brought to our attention today that a garment being sold at Holt Renfrew caused offence. Based on customer feedback we have removed the garment from store windows and floors. We apologize for any upset that this may have caused and want to reassure customers that this was not our intention.”

Although repeating requests by civil society, the company did not rush to take down the product from the shelves. They agreed only when The World Zionist Congress stepped in, asking Prada directly to remove the garments.

WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer called out: “The World Jewish Congress commends Miu Miu and its parent company Prada on its swift attention and action to the concerns we raised regarding the use of the yellow star on its clothing items. At this critical time, when anti-Semitism and bigotry are rearing their heads in the public sphere, we must continue to exercise caution and show sensitivity in every sphere and sector.”

Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Miu Miu, Preia Narendra reacted  “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It was not Miu Miu’s intent in any way to make any political or religious statement, and we apologize for any offence that may have been taken. Kindly note that effective immediately these items will be removed from the collection.”

Yellow badges were used to symbol the difference between different religions since middle ages, and was used to mark out Jews in the diaspora- both in Christian and Islamic areas. By the Nazi government it was decided in 1939 to force this mark upon Polish Jews in the first Nazi invasion, and the same in the Netherlands and France when possible. Since the second world war, usage of the yellow David star had been done in order to create a provocation.

 

Source: Toronto sun

Image: Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

By: Roni Zedek

 

Internet Company GoDaddy Blocks “The Daily Stormer” Domain

GoDaddy server has decided to end the service to one of the largest Neo Nazi website, The Daily Stormer. The site provided The Daily Stormer a domain name for four years, but after last week’s post GoDaddy decided to block it.

The white supremacist site decided to mock a woman who was killed at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last week. The 32 year old woman was run over by a white supremacist. GoDaddy said that the neo-Nazi site had been given “24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service”.

According to Reuters, less than 24 hours later, The Daily Stormer registered with Goggle Domains, Alphabet Inc, but was revoked again few hours later.

In light of the “pro white” website celebration of the car attack, email newsletter services provider Sendgrid and SaaS suite provider Zoho said they terminated their contact with The Daily Stormer’s account.

Tucows, a Canadian internet company followed GoDaddy and decided to disclose the domain registration information of Andrew Anglin, founder of The Daily Stormer as they did not stand in the terms and services.

A strong movement is seen in the tech industry to stand against online hate speech and incitement towards violence.  Social networks are struggling to balance between the freedom of speech and incitement. Facebook for example, allows users to organize protests and rallies until it becomes a threat to the public or it contains a hate factor. Airbnb blocked accounts that were associated with the Charlottesville rally and a provider of a voice chat platform Discord closed accounts associated with far right organizations.

Source: The Daily Beast, Techcrunch, Reuters

Image: Mike Blake

By: Yael Soffer

Antisemitism Towards Jewish Guests in Swiss Hotel

Israeli Jewish tourists who chose to stay in “Aparthaus Paradies”, a hotel which is located in a small town named Arosa in Switzerland, were astonished to see antisemitic signs hanged around the hotel. One of the sighs required the Jewish guests to take a shower before entering the swimming pool.

Many Haredi Jewish families choose to stay at the hotel during their summer vacation and it’s unfortunate that this is what they had to bump into. The Jewish couple who reported about the discriminating signs said that there were no other signs directed to other religions.

Another guest who claimed that he isn’t Jewish called the sign “racism” and wrote a comment next to it- “the sign in disgusting”.

At the hotel kitchen another sign was hanged which was directed to Jews only. The sign limited the time which Jewish guests were allowed to take food out of the refrigerator because the “staff don’t like when you disturb every time”.

“We were shocked, our feeling is that Jews and especially non Jewish people who have a religious look have no reason to visit Europe, you can feel the hate” a Jewish guests said. Another Jewish couple said “It influenced our trip in a negative way, we felt unwanted, this place is called paradise but it is definitely not a paradise for Jews, it has an antisemitic scent”.

The hotel staff apologized for the offensive signs and promised to take them down: “there was no intention to hurt anyone. We are far from anything that relates to antisemitism. Most of our guests are religious Jews and we respect them and happy to host them. The sign at the kitchen was aimed to Jewish guests who used the staff fridge to store kosher food and the signs at the pool where hanged as a result of past incident. We apologize if anyone was hurt”.

 

Source: Israel Hayom

Image: Israel Hayom

By: Yael Soffer

White Supremacist Demonstration Gets Violent in Charlottesville

A climax in Charlottesville, Virginia: the extreme-right demonstration grew violent and reached its dangerous breaking-point as a 20 year old man plowed with his car into the counter demonstrators. The car attack took the life of a 32 year old woman and injured 19 others.  Two troopers of Virginia State were killed as their police helicopter crashed while responding to clashes between the protesters.

Recently, a legal battle was managed by rightist groups and the country. It evolved around the attempt to replace some historical confederation symbols and names, which some see as offensive nowadays as they commemorate slavery and violence towards the African- Americans. The nationalist resistance did not bear fruits, and Virginia, which led to war in the past and today, was to change its symbols.

“Unite the Right 2017” demonstration meant to unite all these groups, in order to show that the right is alive and kicking. Within its organizers one can find David Duke, former leader of the KKK, Richard Spencer, a Neo- Nazi activist which imprinted the term “alt-right” and Mike Enoch.

On Friday night, 11.8, hundreds marched within Virginia University grounds in Charlottesville. Protesters held fire torches and Nazi flags, in a way resembling rallies of the KKK. They shouted “blood, soil” as the Nazi slogan, “you will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us”.

On Saturday the central rally took place at the controversial “emancipation park”, whose name was to be changed due to the legal battle. In front of them gathered few groups for counter protest. After a few clashes, Virginia’s Governor Terri McAullife declared a state of emergency and marked the gathering as illegal.

Events escalated quickly as a man plowed into the counter-demonstrators’ crowd and ran over Heather Heyer to death, injuring 19 others. The youngster, James Alex Fields, 20, from Kentucky is now arrested.

The rally exposed a lot of antisemitism to the open. Firstly, the use of Nazi symbols in this context implies right away a hard issue, by either not understanding completely the Holocaust severances, or justifying it. Another horrifying homage was the men dressed all in black with army boots and helmets- like the Nazi outfit.

Protesters also carried signs that say “Goyim know!” and “Jews are Satan’s children.” Furthermore, they called “Jew, Jew, Jew” every time the Jewish mayor name, Michael Signer was reminded. Signer who stood against the demonstration reported receiving life threats.

The felon was described by his high-school teacher as one who always had extremist and Nazi views. A school friend tells that when they walked into the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, on a school trip two years ago James told a classmate he was “where the magic happened.” Other classmates described him as an angry person who spoke admiringly about the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. “He would read excerpts from Mein Kampf, and listen to Nazi propaganda music at night,” the classmate told Reuters.

Many Americans were disappointed by the President’s reaction. With the beginning of violent situation, Trump tweeted: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!” After the car attack Trump faced the cameras and called: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred bigotry and violence, on many sides.”

Today Trump gave some more unsatisfying answers about the issue in a press conference. He had a verbal fight with a reporter, in which he tried to defend the right groups, saying not all of them are white supremacists or Neo- Nazis, but they only came to protest the replacement of the confederation symbols. He also said there are good people among the rightist group, and violent among the “alt-left”.

Trump also noted that Washington and Jefferson were slave owners, yet we respect their legacy. The important difference which he did not mention was their action towards the slaves, whereas General E. Lee was violent to his slaves and Washington and Jefferson were not.

It is enough to say that David Duke, one of the rally organizers retweeted: “Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/ Antifa.”

On the other hand, many politicians and even republicans stand strongly against the hate actions. Hillary Clinton called the people: “We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let’s prove it.”

Ivanka Trump reacted: “There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazis.

We must all come together as Americans — and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville.”

Sources: Forward, CNN, The Huffington Post, Twitter

Image: Getty Images

By: Roni Zedek

 

Israeli Soccer Team Attacked in Poland

As Israel tries to gain its legitimate place in the international arena, it faces more difficulties than other nationalities do. A proof to that may be found in the case that occurred on the 2nd of August, as an Israeli soccer team (Hapoel Petah Tikva) were attacked after a practice in Sochocin, Poland.

The Israeli team were playing a practice game against the local Polish club MKS Ciechanow in a field 45 miles from Warsaw, near the woods. Out of past experience, they demanded the presence of local Police on the place. Yet at the second the practice ended, the police left. A few minutes later, 25 skin headed men, some of them masked, cracked out of the woods. Seeing the players left, the men, identified first as team Legia Warsaw fans, attacked three personnel men.

The team’s store man was hurt by three men who attacked him with feasts to his face, causing a lip injury. Two other staff members were injured. Someone yelled and all of the team rushed to help; the assailants fled back to the woods, and only one was caught. The hotel manager called the police, and as they arrived, they arrested one man, familiar to the police.

Doron Galant, the team owner, reported of the event to “ONE” sports channel, and ordered his group not to leave the hotel until the flight back tomorrow. A player of the team added: “It was very scary, reminded of movies we sometimes see on TV. The players proved responsibility when they protected their friends. We returned to the hotel, but no one has any will to do anything whatsoever. By miracle it ended just in bleeding face, but it could have ended much worse. An Israeli group abroad is always a target.”

An Israeli Member-Knesset name Yoel Razbozov asked the Polish ambassador to Israel to act in order to make the Poland leadership condemn the grave case. “The violence in sports is a global problem, but it appears as this attack was antisemitic, and racism is a problem we expect your government to condemn and act against.” He concludes: “Poland and Israel have built a positive relationship in the last years, and in this spirit we expect the Polish police to find those incharge.”
Polish Government spokesman did respond, saying that “legia Warsaw fans attack players of opponent groups without connection to their ethnicity”. Even assuming this statement is correct, it does not mend the situation and only alerts to act upon this violent group.

The story was not over. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the world’s largest Jewish rights organizations, called for disciplinary measures against Legia Warsaw for the assumed connection to the case. Legia Warsaw declared that their fans had nothing to do with the attack, furthermore, they were busy on another town. Assumingly out of lack of evidence the Simon center apologized and withdrew its accusation. The case is being investigated.

It is a familiar phenomenon that sports group fans attribute to the game national meanings, as their home team represents national pride. Therefore racist chants and symbols are common in those scenes, yet it does not make it just. This case of intended violence only shows the true consequences of tolerance toward exaggerated nationalism, bordering with fascism, neo-Nazism and antisemitism. The right immediate act should include at least condemnation coming out of the Polish government and enforcement against the committing of hate crimes.

 

 

Sources: Ynet, Washington Post, radio Poland

Image: AP

By: Roni Zedek

French Jewish Community Outraged A Woman’s Murder Case Treatment

Dr. Sarah Halimi was brutally murdered by a 27 year old African Muslim man last April. The murderer broke into Halimi’s apartment, beat her brutally in the face and scull while she was sleeping and threw her off the third floor balcony while shouting “Allahy akhber”. The police, who took time to arrive to the murder scene, arrested the murderer and sent him to a psychiatric detention facility after being diagnosed as mentally unstable by their psychiatrist.

William Attal, Halimi’s sister said: “The murderer knew my sister was Jewish and was from a haredi family. He came to her apartment ready to kill… It’s terrifying”.

Four months later, the murderer already admitted for killing Halimi but it seems that the prosecutors weren’t convinced that he had antisemitic intentions while executing the crime and decided not to pursue hate crime charges against the murderer.

CRIP, the umbrella group who represents Jews in France said that they were “astonished that the antisemitic character of the murderer was omitted. The personality of the criminal, who shouted ‘Allahu akbar’, his modus operandi, and his choice of a victim he knew was Jewish affirm our thesis and certitude: This crime is incontestably antisemitic”

CRIP accused the local authorities in “covering up” the antisemitic nature of the murderer and criticized them for the time it took the police to sue the murderer.

The criminal was charged with manslaughter.

Attal said that Antisemitism in France is escalating and that French Jews live in existential fear. Halimi’s family decided to make Aliyah and they are due to arrive in Israel in August. Sarah’s dream was to move to Israel, their tragedy urged them to finally move, but unfortunately it will be without their beloved.

 

Source: Israel Hayom

Image: Israel Hayom

By: Yael Soffer

 

Inciting Demonstration in Sweden Investigated

Police in Helsinborg, a city in southern Sweden, is investigating a demonstration for alleged incitement and antisemitism. The demonstration was initiated by the Swedish- Palestinian Center in light of the recent tension in Temple Mount, Jerusalem. Last July the conflict grew violent due to Arab terror attack on 2 police officers on Temple mount, in which the officers were killed by stabbing, and the three terrorists were shot. The incident led to the disposition of metal detectors on the entrance to find weapon, which irritated the Muslim leadership due to alleged violation of sovereignty.

The Swedish center initiated the demonstration, where Jews were called the offspring of apes and pigs (as treated in the Koran) and more antisemitic chants were sung, and gone viral online. The center is spreading anti-Israel, hatred and antisemitic propaganda through social media including a Facebook account which was recently blocked. A post of this page became viral and removed after intervention by the Israeli ambassador to Sweden, who called Facebook and its users to act against it.

The ambassador Yizhak Bachman said in response: “I’m glad to see a practical proof that the combat against antisemitism, hate crimes and pure hatred online is something that often bears practical results. After less than 24 hours and countless protests, the shocking, violent, antisemitic and preaching to murder post was removed.” Furthermore he called to continue the fight against antisemitism in all its forms.

The investigation began after the Jewish community in Skåne filed a complaint against the center. The chairperson Josefin Thorell told to SVT, the Swedish news media: “We can see that there are elements in these protests that are worrying and serious because they contain anti-Semitic insults and anti-Semitic claims in combination with a violent rhetoric, in a really unfortunate way.” The police commanded to address the issue and is currently looking for evidences on the Swedish Palestinian Center activities.

 

Sources: The Local, Ynet

Image: FB

By: Roni Zedek