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Israeli Labour Party Ponders Cutting Ties to British Labour Over Anti-Semitism

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Israeli Labour Party is considering cutting ties to its British counterpart amid an ongoing wave of British Labour officials dismissed due to anti-Semitic comments, including remarks advocating the deportation of Israel’s Jews and claims that Hitler supported Zionism.

MK Isaac Herzog, head of Israel’s Labour Party and Opposition leader, told Channel 10 News on Monday that he is “considering suspending relations” with British Labour and that “it’s possible there may be no other resort.” Herzog went on to explain that the majority of British Labour rejects these anti-Semitic views, which are held by “only a small and loud minority.”

Herzog’s announcement follows a letter by Labour MK Nachman Shai calling on Herzog to promptly sever ties with British Labour under its current chairman, Jeremy Corbyn.

“There is a toxic atmosphere of hatred and fanaticism in British Labour,” Shai wrote. “It is no longer a sister Party with which we can have close relations and coordinate policy.”

“When one of the Labour leaders creates a twisted connection between Adolf Hitler and Zionism this is no longer a warning sign – this is a moral collapse that requires immediate and unequivocal action,” Amir Peretz, another Israeli Labour MK and former Party chairman, wrote on his Facebook page.

Peretz was referring to comments made by former London Mayor and Labour Member Ken Livingstone last week, arguing that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism because he wanted to deport German Jews. Livingstone was suspended from Labour following the remarks, and the Party has said it will investigate anti-Semitism in its ranks.

Three more British Labour officials were suspended on Monday for anti-Semitic comments they had posted to Facebook, including comments referring to Israel “drinking Gaza blood” and accusing Israel of orchestrating last year’s ISIS terror attacks in Paris as punishment for a French UN vote in support of the Palestinians.

The scandal in British Labour comes at a sensitive time, with important local elections coming up in England on Thursday—including a contentious and racially-charged race for London mayor—which coincides with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Herzog sent a letter to British Labour head Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday inviting him to bring a delegation to visit Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem. “While Ken Livingstone is surely anti-Semitic beyond repair,” Herzog wrote, “I’m sure there remain many Labour Party activists with a willingness to engage and better understand the scourge of anti-Semitism.”

“Yad Vashem is open to all visitors,” said Simmy Allen, Yad Vashem’s director of international communications, in an interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “Our vast resources are at the disposal of anyone who would like to learn about the Holocaust and experience a visit to Yad Vashem.”

It appears unlikely, however, that Corbyn will take Herzog up on the offer, leading Israeli Labour members to openly ponder whether they must dissociate from their British counterpart.

“With sister Parties like this, who needs enemies?” tweeted Itzik Shmuli, a Knesset member with the Labour Party.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel Ambassador to UK Mark Regev Speaks Out on Labour’s Rising Anti-Semitism

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Israel’s new Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev has joined the fray over the rising anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Regev has jumped right in the middle between party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Jewish Labourites. Corbyn denies any anti-Semitism exists and says if it does, he will find it in an internal investigation he’s just launched and will root it out.  Jewish party members meanwhile have been threatening to leave over the rising number of anti-Semitic Labourites whose hate-filled remarks are being exposed by media since Corbyn became party leader.

In an interview published today on the front page of The Sunday Times, Regev said flatly, “I have no doubt that part of the Left is in denial. They say, ‘Anti-Semitism, that’s the Right, that’s the fascists.’

“That’s a copout. It doesn’t stand up to serious historical examination,” Regev said. “Anti-Semitism should concern everyone. When it does raise its ugly head, it should be condemned across the board, and failure to condemn it has to be in itself condemned,” he added. “If someone wouldn’t dream of sharing a platford with an anti-black racist or an anti-female sexist, shouldn’t one be equally concerned about sharing a platform with an anti-Jewish racist?” Regev asked.

The Sunday Times said Regev’s remarks would likely be interpreted as an attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose members have been cited for anti-Semitic remarks or activities, one after another.

Corbyn has defended most of them, but Friday finally himself called for an independent inquiry into the question of anti Semitism and racism within the party.

This past week two Labour members were suspended: MP Naz Shah, whose anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Facebook posts in 2014 were ‘outed’ by the Guido Fawkes political website, and former London mayor Ken Livingstone declared Adolf Hitler was a Zionist before he “went mad” and killed six million Jews in WWII.

The offensive language was deliberately calculated to provoke a maximum number of Jews, according to British journalist and historian Andrew Roberts. He wrote Thursday in an article on CapX that “the sole reason Ken Livingstone brought up the Fuhrer in his interview was to be as vicious and loathsome as he possibly could to any Jews listening, rather than genuinely intending to make some valid historical point about the migration policies of the putative Third Reich in the 1930s. He must know perfectly well that the very insertion of the word ‘Hitler’ in the context of a debate over anti-Semitism would create precisely the effect that it has.”

Livingstone claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had also pointed out last October that Hitler originally intended only to expel the Jews. Jerusalem Mufti Hajj Amin al-Husseini urged Hitler to murder them all instead, he noted during a meeting of the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu later clarified the point in a long Facebook post, noting that the concept of the “Final Solution” came from Hitler and the Nazis alone. “The Nazis saw in the mufti a collaborator, but they did not need him to decide on the systematic destruction of European Jewry, which began in June 1941,” Netanyahu wrote.

Hana Levi Julian

‘Hitler Rules’ Graffiti at University of Missouri

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

University of Missouri officials expressed anger Tuesday at a flyer that proclaimed “Hitler rules” found in Gateway Hall this week.

It’s the second time this school year an anti-Semitic message was found in the building, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Last October, someone drew a swastika on a restroom wall using feces. The incident ignited racial tensions on campus during protests that led to the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe.

In April 2015, student Bradley Becker pleaded guilty to property damage and was sentenced to probation after being charged with a hate crime for two incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti in the Mark Twain dormitory building.

Interim Chancellor Hank Foley and Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Chuck Henderson said in a statement, “Our core values – including that of Respect – must become more than words on paper or a banner.”

Missouri University Police Department Major Brian Weimer told the Tribune that he did not know when the graffiti was found or reported, but his department was investigating the incident together with the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX.

Hana Levi Julian

New Book Displays All the Art Göring Stole from Jews

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) While being questioned at Nuremberg, Göring was “humble” about having pulled off one of the most extensive theft of artwork in history with the comment, “everybody loots a little bit.” Now, a full list of the artworks confiscated by Hermann Göring, the highest ranking Nazi after Adolf Hitler, has been made available to the public. Every painting Göring ever stole for his private collection, as well as an exhaustive record of art he looted and sent elsewhere, will be displayed in a book due out in the spring.

The full catalog, which detailed the treasures, the original owners and where the works of art were sent, was kept in French archives, and for decades could be accessed only by scholars. For someone whose ultimate goal was to destroy a large chunk of humanity, Göring had a significant attraction to art, or at least, to confiscating collections belonging to Jews and other enemies of the Nazi regime. Göring decorated his retreat near Berlin, the Carinhall, with looted treasures. At the end of the war, when the Allies were closing in, Göring had the artwork loaded up on trains and sent to Bavaria with a plan to move it onward to Austria, but the Allies intercepted the trains and sent the items to Munich.

The book project was undertaken by Nancy Yeide, head of curatorial records at the National Gallery of Washington. The book is expected to be a substantial resource for museums, researchers and those looking for art stolen from their families. In addition, the book serves as a testament to the staggering extent of Nazi theft. Yeide told the Independent, “Göring was essentially a black hole. No one has ever really looked closely at the collection and tried to reconstruct everything that was ever in it. That has been my goal.” Robert Edsel, an expert on looted artwork, told the Independent, “Nancy (Yeide) has been digging and digging. There are families looking for stolen art. It was a very timely book. When works surface—which they will do—this book will be an invaluable tool.”

Many of the 2,000 paintings created by artists such as Renoir, Botticelli and Monet, along with hundreds of sculptures and tapestries in Göring’s private collection, were stolen from Jewish families. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, whose family of Jewish art dealers lost their collection to the Nazis, expressed satisfaction that the general public will finally have access to information of what art was stolen and from whom. Göring, like many high-profile Nazis, had extensive records kept of his activities, at least in part out of a bottomless need for self-aggrandizement. Now these detailed records have provided significant information to researchers. Göring’s original records showed entries handwritten by at least five different people detailing which paintings hung in which rooms on what walls at Carinhall. World War II historian Jean Marc Dreyfus told the Daily Telegraph, “This is the first time we have the complete catalog. My colleagues in other countries tried to reconstitute the list of works in this extraordinary collection, but there was uncertainty over 300 to 400 works because they didn’t have this catalog.”

In addition to thousands of items in Göring’s and Hitler’s private collections, the Nazi loot filled 26,000 railway cars in France alone. Last year, 1,400 works of art were found in a Munich apartment, including paintings by Chagall, Picasso, and Matisse. The apartment belonged to Cornelius Gurlitt, who helped Joseph Göbbels seize, store and sell art considered “degenerate” by Nazi censors. Gurlitt kept a large quantity for himself, including many works that belonged to the Jewish art dealer Alfred Flechtheim.

Hitler and Göring were planning to create a Nazi museum after the war, to display the looted treasures. Hitler planned to feature Bruges Madonna by Michelangelo and two of Vermeer’s greatest paintings. When the Allies won the war, these paintings were recovered from an Austrian salt mine. The mainstream Nazi view was that modern art was degenerate, but a faction declared that modernism had Nordic roots and was permissible. However, Hitler insisted that modern art was depraved and in 1937 held an exhibition he named Die Ausstellung Entartete Kunst— The Degenerate Art Exhibition, to show people just how bad it was. The exhibition featured the works of Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, and Chagall, to name a few. Categories included “Destruction of the Last Vestiges of Racial Consciousness,” and “Complete Madness.” The exhibition was one of the most popular in German history and drew two million viewers to Munich. Göring purchased many of these pieces, even as Hitler was saying the works were decadent.


Former Cop Sues NYPD for Anti-Semitism, Including Nazi and Oven Jokes

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Imagine having the job of your dreams: you become a New York City cop and you are stationed at the iconic World Trade Center command post.

But then, imagine having your dream dissolve in a cesspool of anti-Semitism, with messages like “Hail [sic] Hitler,” and “dirty f[expletive deleted] Jew” and Nazi salutes from fellow officers? 

And it gets worse: when you finally cannot take it anymore you present the problem to your superiors who ignore the problem, but tell your colleagues you ratted on them, and as a result, your squad mates ramp up the anti-Semitic vitriol?

That is what David Attali, an Israeli-American Orthodox Jew experienced, according to the Complaint he filed on January 20, in the federal district court in the Southern District of New York.

Attali brought his lawsuit against the City, several of his fellow police officers and four of his supervisors for racial and religious discrimination and for their retaliation against him after he raised an internal complaint.

The story outlined in Attali’s legal complaint would be awful, but not shocking, had it happened thirty or forty years ago.

But today? 

Attali’s Complaint is a catalog of ugliness. It includes posting of threats in and on his police locker, vicious texts, physical taunts, and Nazi salutes by police officers in full uniform, on the sidewalk in New York City.

Attali became a police officer in July of 2008. According to his Complaint, just about as soon as he joined the force he observed instances of anti-Semitism.

For example, one of his fellow officers referred to a group of Jewish schoolboys as “Christ killers,” and said he “bet they have horns” under their kippot. He also noticed that the ringtone of another police officer was a speech of Adolf Hitler’s.

But when Attali first joined the force his colleagues did not realize he was Jewish. It was not until they realized he was Jewish that the ugliness intensified and became directed at him.

The other police officers with whom he worked began referring to him as either “the Jew,” or “the dirty Jew,” or “dirty f[expletive deleted] Jew.”

These same officers vandalized his locker by placing anti-Semitic notes in and on his locker, carved swastikas on his locker and constantly made anti-Semitic remarks, including Nazi and concentration camp jokes and references.

All of this harassment took place in full view of their superiors, none of whom did anything to stop the wrongdoing.

One of the more egregious recurring incidents lasted for months. Several of the officers in his squad, during work hours – so while wearing NYPD uniforms – would give Attali the Nazi salute right on the street outside of the Command office.

Finally, in late May of 2014, Attali complained about the discriminatory harassment and religious and racial discrimination to the New York Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. In addition to laying out the many instances of harassment, officer Attali requested a transfer from the World Trade Center Command center.

But nothing changed.

According to Attali’s Complaint, on May 27, 2014, several different police officers made anti-Semitic comments to Attali. One said:

I want to push you into an oven and [expletive deleted] burn. I want to [expletive deleted] tattoo a number on you.

Attali’s father-in-law lived in Belgium under German occupation in World War II, and his wife’s grandfather died in a concentration camp.

Despite Attali’s repeated complaints, and despite the supervisors’ direct observation of the constant harassment, Attali alleges in his lawsuit, none of his supervisors did anything to rectify the situation.

Instead, his colleagues began calling him a rat and a “rat [expletive deleted], for complaining, while the anti-Semitic and racist comments and actions continued.

Attali began arriving extra early to work and leaving after the others left for the day, in order to avoid having to be confronted by his fellow officers in the locker room.

In mid-July, 2014, Attali learned that his transfer request was denied, although twelve other transfers were permitted during his service. 

After having his transfer request denied, Attali realized there was no hope for the situation to improve. In August, no longer able to tolerate the ceaseless harassment, Attali left the police force, claiming he had been “constructively discharged.”

Now Attali is waiting for the police officers to formally Answer his Complaint. The officers denied any wrongdoing at the OEEO stage. At this stage, however, Attali’s lawyer, Rocco Avallone, will submit evidence which include pictures, text messages and at least one videotape which reveal the discrimination inflicted upon him by his fellow police officers.

Avallone, of Avallone & Bellistri of Lake Success, New York, spoke with The Jewish Press. The lawyer said that, “the destruction of one man’s dream led to this lawsuit. The police department could have averted this terrible situation had those responsible paid any attention. Instead of taking it seriously, the supervisors just swept it under the rug. Now there is a lawsuit which we hope will begin to rectify the situation.”

The lawyer who represented the defendant officers at the internal hearing stage said Attali just wanted to get out of the job, so he made false claims against other officers and is now ‘“trying to get money on the way out the door.”

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Jewish Watchdog Group Sues Romanian Mayor for Hitler Hairdo in 2009

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The Hitler hairdo of a Romanian mayor, who in 2009 was photographed wearing a Nazi uniform, prompted a Jewish watchdog group to sue him for allegedly inciting hatred.

The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism, or MCA Romania, filed a criminal complaint last week against Radu Mazare, the mayor of the seaside resort town of Constanta, after he spoke to the media about his haircut, which resembles that of the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

MCA Romania’s complaint to the prosecutor’s office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, accused Mazare of inspiring pro-Nazi sentiment by celebrating the haircut. The complaint qualifies the mayor’s actions as an “outrageous, provocative and defiant” show of Nazi sympathies.

Mazare in 2009 attended a fashion show with his son while wearing a fake Nazi uniform, which he said he had bought because he liked how it looked. He said he did not see the swastikas on the uniform but critics disputed this as he climbed the stage with his son while marching in a military style typical of German soldiers.

In an interview published earlier this month in the Adevarul daily newspaper, Mazare said he was surprised to learn of the criminal complaint filed against him and claimed his new haircut — which he adopted shortly before the first round of Romania’s presidential elections — owed to his desire to keep up with current trends.

“I got the haircut to fit in to the hairstyles I see people wearing on the street,” he said.



‘Mein Kampf’ Signed by Adolf Hitler in LA Auction

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Two rare early editions of “Mein Kampf” signed by Adolf Hitler may for more than $20,000 at an online auction on Thursday, AP reports.

Nate Sanders, owner of Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, expects criticism for auctioning the 1925 and 1926 books up for bid. But he says that it’s a piece of history, so it’s cool.

Hitler dictated “Mein Kampf,” two volumes of autobiography and anti-Semitic manifesto, to Rudolf Hess while he was in jail for an attempted coup d’état, to raise money for his criminal defense.

Both volumes’ fly-leaves feature Hitler’s signature with best wishes to his friend for the Christmas season.

Ideal for weddings and bar mitzvahs.

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