Monday, November 20, 2017

Belgium participates in the inauguration of a new Palestinian school despite announcement it was freezing all projects

Background:
Is Belgium misleading the international community, continuing to support PA schools?

Via European Jewish Press:
The Belgian government recently announced that it would put on hold any projects related to the construction or equipment of Palestinian schools following after learning that financial aid it gave for the construction of a school after was renamed after a notorious Palestinian terrorist. 
The Beit Awaa Elementary Girls School, located in southern West Bank’s Hebron region, was built with Belgian government funds and through the Belgian Development Agency in 2012-2013. The plaque mentioning Belgium's funding on the wall of the Dalal Mughrabi School reads in English and Arabic: "Through a fund from the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium and through the Belgian Development Agency BTC constructed and furnished, Beit Awaa Basic Girls School." 
The school was later renamed the Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School by the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Education. Dalal Mughrabi took part in the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre, in which she and several other Palestinian terrorists landed on a beach near Tel Aviv, hijacked a bus on Israel’s coastal road and killed 38 civilians, 13 of them children, and wounded over 70. 
However, according to Donia Al-Watan, an independent Palestinian news agency, one week after the announcement by Belgium, Eric De Muynck, a representative of the Belgian Development Cooperation Institution participated in the inauguration of a new PA school. 
PMW said the Belgian Embassy in Israel didn’t respond to repeated requests for clarification of the issue. 
In September, PMW was the first to expose that a PA school built using money from the Belgium government was named after Dalal Mughrabi. 
Shortly after,  Didier Vanderhasselt, a spokesperson for the Belgian foreign ministry, responded that Belgium "unequivocally condemns the glorification of terrorist attacks," and "will not allow itself to be associated with the names of terrorists in any way." 
He added that "in the meantime Belgium will put on hold any projects related to the construction or equipment of Palestinian schools."
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Germany: Banks close accounts for Marxist-Leninist Party with ties to Palestinian terrorists

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany announced on Thursday that the Deutsche Bank and the Postbank shut down all of the party's bank accounts in Germany. 

The anti-Israel Marxist-Leninist Party has been engulfed in an election scandal alleging it campaigned during the federal election with The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)--an EU and US designated terrorist organization.

In a statement released on its German-language website, Gabi Fechtner, the Marxist-Leninist Party (MLPD) chairwoman, said the termination of the accounts "is a massive attack on the management of the MLPD." She added that that the closure of the accounts "means a new high point in the criminalization campaign against the MLPD and a politically motivated bank boycott."
 
The Marxist-Leninist Party lashed out at The Jerusalem Post for its investigative series on the party's connection with the PFLP prior to the September, 24 federal election. 

The party, which adheres to the line of the late Soviet Union dictator Josef Stalin, wrote that negative press coverage is related to its support for the "Palestinian liberation struggle." The Marxist-Leninist Party campaigned on a joint list with the PFLP and its supporters, according to German media reports. 

The Marxist-Leninist Party did not secure the required 5% of the vote to enter the Bundestag. Germany’s domestic intelligence agency monitors the Marxist Leninist Party and its 1,800 members because the party is deemed a threat to the country’s constitutional democracy.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Italy: Good news from Italy - presented by Israel-haters

Via Elder of Ziyon:
Reading about Israeli political victories through the eyes of Israel-haters who are not used to having the tide turned against them is a lot of fun.

From Scoop.nz: 
Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara is Winning in Italy

By Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud
A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, the Left is as implicated as the Right in the rush to please Israel, at the expense of Palestinian rights.

The sad reality is this: Italy is moving to the Israeli camp. This is not only pertinent to political alignment, but in the reconfiguration of discourse as well. Israeli priorities, as articulated in Zionist hasbara (official propaganda) have now become part of our everyday lexicon of Italian media and politics. As a result, the Zionist agenda is now part and parcel of Italian political agenda as well.

Italy’s anti-Fascist, anti-military occupation and revolutionary past is being overlooked by self-serving politicians, growingly beholden to the pressures of a burgeoning pro-Israel lobby.

The pro-Israel trend has been in motion for years. In a famous interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot in 2008, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga declared: “Dear Italian Jews, we sold you out”.

Cossiga was referring to the so-called “Lodo Moro”, an unofficial agreement, which was allegedly signed in the 1970’s by Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro and the leaders of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP). Its understanding supposedly allowed the Palestinian group to coordinate its actions throughout the Italian territory, in exchange for the PLFP keeping Italy out of its field of operation.

The “Lodo Moro” is often used in Israeli hasbara to highlight Italy’s supposed failures in the past, and to continue associating Palestinians with terrorism.
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Europe: The EU violates international law, steals Palestinian land, and then demands compensation from Israel

Via Mosaic Magazine:
Last month, the eight European countries that make up the West Bank Protection Consortium sent a formal letter demanding €30,000 in compensation for two classrooms with solar panels that Israel dismantled in August. The letter, as Ruthie Blum explains, ignores the fact that the structures, located in part of the West Bank called Area C, were built in violation of international law:
[The 1995 agreement known as] Oslo II, which created the Palestinian Authority (PA), divides the West Bank into three geographical sections—Areas A, B, and C—and specifies which government controls each. Area C is under the military and civil jurisdiction of Israel alone. . . . Yet, for years, there has been non-stop building in Area C, . . . in a transparent effort to populate Area C with Palestinians. . . . 
[The] Middle East analyst Bassam Tawil [has] noted massive “behind-the-scenes” Palestinian construction, the goal of which is “to create irreversible facts on the ground” and completely encircle Jerusalem. He points out that while Israel is condemned for any and every attempt to build housing in the West Bank and Jerusalem [which it never does in Area A, assigned by Oslo to the sole jurisdiction of the Ramallah], the Palestinian Authority has been undertaking, with impunity, a “colossal” construction project that is “illegal in every respect.” . . . 
On a recent tour of the area, [another] Arab affairs expert, Khaled Abu Toameh, explained that this ongoing construction, funded mainly by the EU and Qatar, is made possible through the “confiscation” of privately owned tracts of Palestinian land by unlicensed contractors whose interest is solely financial. . . All they want, he said, is to line their pockets at the expense of helpless landowners, who are told that they must sacrifice their property to help the Palestinian Authority populate the area for political gain against Israel. . . . 
It takes particular gall for European Union representatives to express “humanitarian” outrage at Israel for razing illegal structures in the West Bank—while the EU is in league with Palestinian criminals who have been brazenly stealing Arab-owned land.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers

Commenting the ruling on Twitter are:

Clemens Wergin : A German court just decided it is ok for Kuwait Airways to discriminate against Israelis, even when offering flights from Germany.

Adam Milstein : In controversial ruling & dangerous president German court approved discrimination based on nationality by allowing Kuwait Airways to refuse flying Israelis, because the company risked repercussions in Kuwait, ignoring that it operates internationally.

Benjamin Weinthal : Germany's judicial system in 2017: 1) German courts justify argument of Palestinians for torching a synagogue in Germany.  2) Today, a German court said Kuwait Airways can discriminate against Israelis.

Via Ynet News:
A German court ruled Thursday that Kuwait's national airline didn't have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did.

The Frankfurt state court noted in its decision that Kuwait Airways is not allowed to have contracts with Israelis under Kuwaiti law because of the Middle Eastern country's boycott of Israel.

The court said it didn't evaluate whether "this law make sense," but that the airline risked repercussions that were "not reasonable" for violating it, such as fines or prison time for employees.

An Israeli citizen, identified in court papers as Adar M., a student living in Germany, sued Kuwait Airways after it canceled his booking for a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok that included a stop-over in Kuwait City. 
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Germany: Non-Jewish teen honored for standing up to neo-Nazis


Via Times of Israel:

A non-Jewish German teenager from Dresden has been honored by the Jewish community for standing up to neo-Nazis at her school.

The 15-year-old, known as Emilia S., received the Prize for Civic Courage against Right-wing Radicalism, Anti-Semitism and Racism on Tuesday from the Jewish community of Berlin and the Association for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

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She told reporters she had been afraid to stand up to her classmate alone, but changed her mind after he started circulating anti-Semitic images via cellphone chats.

“The most horrible one was a picture of smoke with the caption ‘Jewish family photo.’ I reacted and said they should cut out the Nazi stuff,’” Emilia recalled.

Her classmates laughed at her, and then the person who had shared the images started sending texts about how Emilia “wanted to emigrate to Poland” and how she had “inhaled too many dead Jews.”

Emilia said she planned to share the prize money of 2000 euros, about $2,300, with a 14-year-old Jewish boy in Berlin whose family moved him to another public school earlier this year after classmates harassed him physically and verbally.

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UK: 'Gay Times' editor suspended over string of anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist tweets


Via Sun:
THE newly-appointed editor of Gay Times has been suspended over a shocking series of anti-Semitic, racist and disability-mocking tweets.

Josh Rivers was handed the role less than a month ago after being promoted from marketing manager of the magazine.

He has now apologised for the tweets - which have since been deleted - but has been suspended pending an investigation.

One tweet read: "I wonder if they cast that guy as 'The Jew' because of that f****** ridiculously larger honker of a nose. It must be prosthetic. Must be."

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Europe: K. von Schnurbein: In Brussels "you know that something is Jewish because there is a military in front and there is no sign on the house"

Via European Jewish Press:
(...) As [the EU] Coordinator in the fight against anti-Semitism, she has to address all the various forms of this phenomenon: right-wing extremism, left-wing anti-Semitism, anti-Semitism within the Muslim community but also increasingly from the centre of the society. She also deals with the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Desinvestment and Sanctions) actions on university campuses and their  consequences on Jewish students. 
Katharina von Schnurbein also stresses the importance of raising the awareness about anti-Semitism among the general population. "In Germany, for example, 78% of the general population thinks that anti-Semitism is not a problem… while 77% of German Jews, almost the same percentage,  think that anti-Semitism is a worrying phenomenon on the rise." (...)

"We know that anti-Semitism is on the rise. Figures in every country don’t necessarily show that it went up but there is a large under-reporting and especially what I have noticed from travelling and talking to the Jewish communities across Europe, is the amount of fear. People are afraid even to go out on the street, of course it differs among member states. In some member states you will still have some Jewish infrastructures that do not need security. But if you look for example here in Brussels, you know that something is Jewish because there is a military in front and there is no sign on the house. Also particularly worrying is the fact that Jews are thinking about leaving Europe… It is very shocking."

The EU will conduct in May next year a large survey of the perceptions of the Jewish community about anti-Semitism and about their general situation. It will be done by the Fundamental Rights Agency which made a similar survey in 2015. "We will reach out to all the Jewish communities across the member states to make sure that we have a good sample and that we take the correct measure of how the situation is," says von Schnurbein. (...)

For Katharina von Schnurbein, however, the ultimate goal must be "normality" for the Jewish communities. "While we have security measures, in the end we must come to a situation where Jews, either observant or secular, can  live the lives they want to live, including when they send their kids to schools, whether Jewish schools or public schools. When they are in Jewish schools they don’t  have to go through security measures and when they are in public schools they shouldn’t be harassed for being Jewish. It is our benchmark and our compass..."

"When I go to a church there is no security. No need. It shouldn’t be needed in front of a synagogue but of course for the moment it is needed. I think it is sad. It is good that governments have stepped up security, it is absolutely necessary, but if we want to fight anti-Semitism, I think we should have high goals."
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

France: Parisian teacher fined 1,500 euros for saying 'Jews organized the Holocaust'

Via Jerusalem Post:
 A French court fined a teacher from a Parisian high school €1,500 last week for making anti-Semitic remarks including that the Jews “planned and organized the Holocaust.”

The ruling was welcomed by the World Zionist Organization on Tuesday.

According to an AFP report, the English teacher from the Lycée Janson de Sailly school made the anti-Semitic comments in 2016 on her Facebook account, which is accessible to students.

The court found her guilty of denying crimes against humanity and of racial defamation. She was also ordered to pay 500 Euros in damages to several organizations who brought the civil action, including SOS Racisme and the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism.
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Czech Republic: "Jews, homosexuals and Roma should be gassed," said an influential extreme right wing politician


Via Britské listy:
"Jews, gays and Roma should be gassed," said Jaroslav Staník, the secretary of the ultra-right wing Czech populist party "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) and a close collaborator of the party leader Tomio Okamura, in parliament. Because of such statements, Staník got embroiled in a verbal conflict with the Czech Social Democratic Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Marksová-Tominová and some other MPs. The conflict took place in one of the restaurants in the Czech Parliament, which are not accessible to the public.

"As I entered the restaurant, he said 'You are that Marx-Engels minister. You support homosexuals.' He added that they should be gassed and liquidated. I remonstrated with him verbally," said the minister, adding that Staník was heavily drunk.

Marek Černoch, MP for Úsvit, said that Staník's statements were even worse. "He demanded that all homosexuals, Roma, and Jews should be shot immediately after they have been born. He also verbally attacked the women that were present with gross insults."

Several other witnesses have confirmed that Staník demanded the gassing of Jews and Roma.

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Europe: Palestinian diplomat shocks European Parliament with outrageous Holocaust reference

Via European Jewish Press (Yossi Lempkowicz, Editor-in-Chief):
British MEP David Campbell-Bannerman hosted Wednesday an event in the European Parliament in Brussels marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, in cooperation with the AJC Transatlantic Institute and the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Among the speakers were Israel’s EU ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar, Gillian Merron, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Isaac Jacobson of the American Jewish Committee and Toby Greene of BICOM.

During the event, pro-Palestinian activists sitting in the room, expressed their displeasure of the conference by deploying a large banner bearing Palestinian flags, by shouting "Free Palestine" and by calling for Britain to apologize for the Declaration. This led other people in the audience to respond "long life Israel". Security agents brought the demonstrators out of the room.

But when a Palestinian representative in Brussels took the floor during the Q/A session to describe the Balfour Declaration as the "Holocaust of the Palestinians", this was too much…

To compare the Balfour Declaration which was issued in a time of growing anti-Semitism in Europe and in the context of the collapse of empires, to the systematic extermination of six million Jews, is simply outrageous and unacceptable as Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, rightly stated.

Yes, the European Parliament is the place for democratic debates about various world issues. But it can’t be used to make such statements which are tantamount to denying the  importance of the Shoah. Isn’t this pure anti-Semitism?

Some weeks ago, in the same European Parliament, former Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled used a platform to praise extremist violence and demonize Jews.  She glorified terrorism and trivialized the Holocaust.  "Don’t you see a similarity between Nazi actions and Zionist actions in Gaza?," she declared. "While the Nazis were tried in Nuremberg, no one has ever tried the Zionists," she said. How can this be allowed without sanctions?
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Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, responds to the outrageous Holocaust reference made by Adel Atieh, Deputy Chief of the Palestinian Mission to the EU. The incident occurred on 8 November 2017, the eve of Kristallnacht, at a Balfour Centenary symposium in the European Parliament in Brussels.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

France: Flyers handed out calling for the killing of Jews at Paris suburb of Clichy


Rémi Muzeau, the mayor (Les Républicains) of the Paris suburb of Clichy, revealed that he has in his possession leaflets calling for the killing of Jews.  

They were found on the streets and state: "If you meet a Jew, kill him". 

Rémi Muzeau organised a protest against the illegal muslim 'prayers' in the street attended by about 100 mayors was interviewed by LCI.

Video of the mayor interview with English subtitles here.

Background: 
French mayor leads protest to stop Muslim worshippers praying in street 

Poland: 60,000 participate in nationalist march amid shouts of ‘Jews out’

Via JTA:
Far-right marchers shouted “Jews out” and other racist slogans at Independence Day events in Poland, drawing condemnation from Jewish groups.

At the March of Independence in Warsaw on Saturday, participants held signs with racist slogans, including “White Europe, Europe must be white.” Some shouted “Sieg Heil” and “Remove Jewry from power.” Among the marchers were individuals who wore masks, waved red-and-white Polish flags and burned flares.

Police estimated that 60,000 people participated in the annual march, which is organized by nationalist groups and marked 99 years of Polish independence. A small minority of the marchers came from outside of Poland.

Poland’s interior minister expressed pride in the event.

“It was a beautiful sight,” Mariusz Błaszczak said. “We are proud that so many Poles have decided to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday.”

Culture Minister Piotr Gliński condemned the slogans and banners that mentioned race without referring to anti-Semitism.

“We do not support such slogans,” he said, referencing what he termed “use of ethnic and racist terminology to describe the concept of the Polish nation.”

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Germany: Karl Lagerfeld says Germany 'cannot kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place"

Via The Daily Mail:
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has sparked outrage by evoking the Holocaust as he attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for opening the country's borders to migrants.

The 84-year-old German said his country 'cannot - even if there are decades between them - kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place'. He added while speaking on a French television show: 'I know someone in Germany who took a young Syrian and after four days said, "The greatest thing Germany invented was the Holocaust"'.

Several hundred people lodged official complaints about Lagerfeld's comments, the French media regulator said Monday after he appeared on the 'Salut les terriens!' (Hello Earthlings!) talkshow on the C8 channel on Saturday.

The veteran Chanel designer, who was born in Hamburg just as Adolf Hitler came to power, had earlier lambasted Merkel for taking more than one million asylum seekers since the migrant crisis of 2015.  
'Merkel had already millions and millions (of immigrants) who are well integrated and who work and all is well... she had no need to take another million to improve her image as the wicked stepmother after the Greek crisis,' said Lagerfeld.

'Suddenly we see the pastor's daughter,' he said in reference to Merkel's father, who was a Protestant minister in the former East Germany.

Lagerfeld, who is rarely afraid of controversy, said he was going to 'say something horrific' before criticising the chancellor for the 'huge error' of accepting so many refugees from war-torn Syria and elsewhere.

'Look at France, the land of human rights, which has taken, I don't know, 10,000 or 20,000,' he added.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Sweden: Islamist-inspired antisemitism is spiraling out of control

Via The Jerusalem Post (Ilya Meyer):
(...) For instance, Sweden is probably the only Western, nominally democratic country that is currently engaged in multiple wars, all financed by an extremist government that freely uses Swedish tax revenues to further its political agenda at home and abroad.

The Swedish government’s first war is against Israel. The day after it took office in 2014, the government announced its recognition of something called “Palestine,” with absolutely no strings attached.

No demands for a stop to the Palestinian Authority’s antisemitism, genocidal violence against Jews, indoctrination of vulnerable young Arab children, and abuse of sporting, educational and cultural contexts to vilify the Jewish State of Israel.

Sweden could have stopped all this by conditioning its financial and diplomatic aid on an end to such activities. Instead, the Swedish government actively chose not to impose any such conditions on the use of Swedish tax revenues.

The Swedish government’s second war is against all measures that have any chance of bringing about coexistence or peace for Israel. Sweden actively supports efforts to encourage Palestinian Arab intransigence, including massive funding of educational and cultural activities that condemn new generations of Arab children to an upbringing steeped in hatred and racism.

The Freedom Theatre is just one way in which Sweden ensures that future generations of Arab children remain firmly stuck in the moral morass of antisemitism, hatred, violence and rejection of peaceful coexistence.

The Swedish government’s third war is against its own Jewish citizens and their indelible links to their families in Israel.

This can be seen perhaps most clearly in the actions of former Swedish housing minister Mehmet Kaplan, who announced his first policy decision back in autumn 2014 as – I quote – the “liberation of Jerusalem.” The Jewish city of Jerusalem – all of Jerusalem, was to be liberated from Jews, by Muslims. As the official foreign policy of the Swedish government. On its first day in power. (...)
Islamist-inspired antisemitism in Sweden is spiraling out of control, including public calls in some mosques to – I quote – “kill the Jews wherever they are found.”

This kind of rabid antisemitism from a sizable Islamist minority has been routinely ignored as just “the jargon of that culture,” while identical antisemitic sentiments uttered by a tiny, idiotic neo-Nazi minority have attracted loud government condemnation. The discrepancy in responses is remarkable. Yet despite Sweden’s ongoing domestic social implosion, the only consistent government policy does not even relate to domestic issues but to a foreign one – namely criticism of Israel.
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