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Old-new German Anti-Semitism

Current figures from the German government show that the number of crimes linked to anti-Semitism in Germany, such as Scrawling swastikas on synagogues, Jew-baiting during demonstrations and desecration of Jewish cemeteries, increased dramatically over the past year. While 788 cases were registered in 2013, there were 864 cases registered in 2014 – a 10 percent increase.

 

Also found that the badgering of Jewish students, primarily by Arab children, has caused some students to leave regular schools and transfer to Jewish or private institutions.

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According to Deidre Berger, director of the American Jewish Committee in Berlin, “anti-Semitic incidents occur every day in Germany, on the streets, in schoolyards, in train stations, on the soccer field, and throughout social media.”

 

Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, also said that in some areas of German cities, wearing a yarmulke or a necklace with a Star of David is seen as a provocation and might be the reason for attacks.

 

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Anti-Semitic chants on the London Underground

On the way to Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane, fans of West Ham United have chanted anti-Semitic songs on the London Underground. The group, was filmed on a video that appeared on social media, chanting: “I’ve got a foreskin, how about you? Fucking Jew”.

The club claims to possess zero tolerance policy towards any form of discriminatory behavior and any fan found to be acting inappropriately will be punished to the full extent of the law and banned for life from attending matches.

The anti-discrimination group Kick It Out contacted police after video footage surfaced, and in addition reported to the police of a number of anti-Semitic tweets.

 

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Back to 1933?

Worries among European Jews that have been stoked by recent attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, led Germany’s top Jewish leader to suggest that Jews shouldn’t wear the traditional skullcap, or Kippa.

Although Jews in Germany generally feel safe, security measures need to be evaluated frequently, said Josef Schuster, the head of the Central Council of Jews.

He explains that hiding isn’t the right approach to counter anti-Semitism, but suggested they take the security measures in areas with large Muslim populations.

Schuster also said he didn’t expect for this development five years ago, adding that Muslim groups should do more to counter anti-Semitism among young people.

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By: Natalie Vainer.

 

A Display of Insult in California

Citizens of Sacramento were enraged to discover a display of poster-size swastikas outside a Sacramento house at the end of the month (26.02.2015).

 

The display includes Palestinian flag and a statue of a figure raising its arms and dressed in army green. Also symbols used by German Nazis in World War II replace stars in one American and two Israeli flags.

 

The chair of the Jewish Caucus, Marty Block, called the display “an insult” to the American soldiers who fought against the Nazi army and to the millions who died in German concentration camps.

 

The police, in response, say there is nothing they can do.

 

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By: Natalie Vaine

Case of Vandalism – Hate crime in NDG, Montreal

Four cars in the neighborhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, normally a peaceful neighborhood in Montreal, were spray-painted with swastikas last week (23.02.2015).

The cars, which parked in a garage in a probably random building in NDG, had envelopes placed under the windshield wipers with notes inside that threatened the owners and contained a single bullet. One windshield was also smashed.

Despite claims by some media that the cars targeted only belong to members of the Jewish community, this is not entirely accurate. Two of them are owned by Jews, while the other two are not.

 

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Shame on Sky News!

The British TV network Sky News, decided to draw a link between the Holocaust and this summer’s IDF operation “Protective Edge” against Hamas in Gaza.

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Philippines stamp to remember the Holocaust.

The Philippines and Israel reaffirmed their enduring friendly relations when the governments of the two states issued on 29 January 2015 a joint stamp commemorating the Philippine rescue of Jews during the Holocaust.

 

The launching ceremony, held at the Community Hall of Rishon LeZion, came two days after the International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2015 — a significant event for all Jews around the world in tribute to those who suffered and lost their lives during the Holocaust.

 

The Philippine version of the stamp was unveiled by Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial, Post Master General and CEO of Philippine Postal Corporation (PHILPOST) Maria Josefina M. Dela Cruz and PHILPOST Business Lines Department Manager Enrique V. Tagle. On the other hand, the Israeli version of the stamp was unveiled by Israel Post CEO and President Haim Elmozino, Rishon LeZion Mayor Dov Zur and Israel Philatelic Service Director Yaron Razon.

 

The joint commemorative stamp features the national flags of the Philippines and Israel and the Open Doors Monument. The monument, which was unveiled on 21 June 2009 at Holocaust Memorial Park in Rishon LeZion, honors the humanitarian act of President Manuel L. Quezon in saving the lives of Jews fleeing the Holocaust from 1939-1942 through the issuance of around 10,000 visas. Only about 1,300 Jews reached the Philippines.

 

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Imperial said, “This humanitarian act not only resulted in saving the lives of a large number of Jews and their succeeding generations; it no doubt influenced as well the Philippine vote in favor of United Nations Resolution 181 in 1947, which helped create the State of Israel. These two acts, almost a decade apart and pursued by two different Philippine governments, had one common denominator: a consistent commitment to provide a home for the persecuted Jews.”

 

During the ceremony, an excerpt of the documentary film “Rescue in the Philippines” was shown to the guests. The documentary tells the story of the effort of President Quezon, US High Commissioner Paul McNutt, the five Frieder brothers, and then Army Colonel Dwight Eisenhower in helping European Jews fleeing the Holocaust to immigrate to the Philippines.

 

Rishon LeZion, which hosted the launching ceremony, is Israel’s fourth largest city and one of the country’s central and leading cities, especially in terms of commerce and industry. The city is also a host to a large number of Filipino caregivers

 

(Article and photos taken from the Philippines Embassy website.)

“A good Jew is a dead Jew” signs posted in Argentina.

In the neighborhood of Villa Crespo, which is populated by many Jews in Buenos Aires, the citizens woke up this morning to find the streets covered with signs saying “A good Jew is a dead Jew – Nisman is a good Jew”.
Alberto Nisman is the former prosecutor in the AMIA case, who was found dead in his apartment a couple of weeks ago, after he blamed Argentina’s president and its foreign minister of allegedly reaching a settlement with Iran to end the Argentinian investigation of its terrorist attack in the country on July 18, 1994, in exchange for oil and for Iranian investments in Argentina.

Nisman was found dead hours before his planned arrival to the state’s congress in order to present the findings of his investigation. The first to report on the alleged murder is a Jewish-Argentinian journalist, who quickly fled the country and immigrated to Israel after, according to him, Argentinian intelligence agencies started tracing him.

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WATCH: Antisemitism on the rise around the world

CBN News Reporter/Anchor Mark Martin spoke with Ira Forman, U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, about the growing threat.

 

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Charlie Hebdo and Jewish conspiracy theories

On Wednesday, the western world experienced yet again the Islamic terror’s attempts to shut down all forms of freedom of speech. Three Islamist gunmen stormed the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris  and opened fire, killing at least 12 people. France, as well as the rest of the world, vowed to always protect freedom of speech and fight terror, and for a day, we were all Charlie Hebdo.

This moment of unity, however, did not last long, as the anti-Semite conspiracy theories began to surface. International online magazine, “International Business Times” posted a story reporting on conspiracy theorists who allege a link between Israeli intelligence and the Paris shootings. The article attempted to claim that the attack was Israel’s doing, in response to Fracne’s parliament support for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Several hours later they apologized, stating it  “should never have been published and we have therefore removed it from our site. The story was beneath our standards and we apologize for this basic lapse in judgement.” The article was also taken down, but we all know by now that hatred fuels fast, and this false story had already caused its damage.