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‘No Jews Allowed’ Sign Removed from Belgian Cafe Following Complaint

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

(JTA) — Police removed a sign from a Belgian cafe saying that Jews were not allowed following a complaint by an anti-Semitism watchdog.

The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, filed the complaint Wednesday with the mayor of Saint-Nicolas against the parties responsible for hanging a Turkish- and French-language sign at a cafe in the Liege suburb.

The Turkish text reads, “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” The French text replaces “Jews” with “Zionists.”

Following the LBCA complaint, Saint-Nicolas Mayor Jacques Heleven dispatched police to the cafe, who had the sign removed and confirmed the LBCA report.

The window display also included a Palestinian flag, an Israeli flag crossed out with a red “X” sign and a kaffiyeh, or Palestinian shawl, draped around it.

“LBCA will file in the coming hours a criminal complaint with the Liege prosecutor over the actions of those responsible for this violation of the July 30 law against racism and xenophobia of 1981,” LBCA said in a statement.

Last week, the Belgian Jewish newspaper Joods Actueel reported that a shop owner in Antwerp had refused to sell an Orthodox Jewish woman clothes “out of protest.” An employee confirmed that the shop had temporarily adopted a policy of not selling to Jews.

Western Europe has seen a significant rise in anti-Semitic hate speech and attacks — including against nine synagogues in France — since Israel launched its Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza on July 8 following a barrage of rockets from Gaza into Israeli cities and towns.

Palestinian Protesters Aren’t ‘anti-Semitic.’ They Just Hate Jews.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Perhaps the most common phrase heard from supposedly “pro-Palestinian” activists around the world is the claim that opposition to Israel is not necessarily anti-Semitic. They point to Jewish academics such as Noam Chomsky and groups such as the Jewish Voice for Peace (a radical campus organization that encourages the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel and lists Denial of the (Palestinian) Right of Return as one of the “Ten Plagues of the Israeli Occupation”) to insist that the worldwide anti-Israel movement isn’t actually focused “anti-Israel,” but rather “pro-Palestinian”. 

But aside from the fact that only Israeli defensive actions seem to spur the “humanitarian activists” to action (formal second-class status for Palestinians in Jordan and Lebanon, and the 250,000 deaths and 2 million refugees from Syria’s three-year-old civil war have been little more than a footnote to the non-anti-Semitic pro-Palestinian activists), isn’t it fascinating that demonstrations around the world supposedly on behalf of Palestinians can’t quite seem to break free of… well, bashing Jews.

The most recent example of this phenomenon surfaced in Paris over the past week, when one group Jews had to barricade inside a synagogue to escape an angry mob, and more recently when rioters looted and ransacked Jewish-owned businesses in Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris.

In Antwerp, home to a large Haredi community, non-anti-Semitic protesters suggested a peaceful solution to the Palestinian conflict with Israel: Slaughter the Jews. In Malmö, Sweden, long a home for non-anti-Semitic violence against local Jews by peaceful pro-Palestinian activists,  a local rabbi said the city is no longer safe for Jews after a man was savagely beaten in the city for the crime of displaying the Israeli flag.

In Berlin, non-anti-Semitic protesters chanted, “Jew,Jew, cowardly pig, come on our and fight.

In Great Britain, the Jerusalem Post cited the Jewish community’s Community Security Trust, which said that “approximately 60 recorded incidents, ranging from verbal abuse to physical attacks, on buildings and people over the first two weeks of July and over half of which were attributable to the current situation.”

The Post also cited an incident last Tuesday, when a Jewish shopper in northeast London was surrounded and harangued by dozens of anti-Israel activists who had just completed a vigil outside the new BBC Headquarters protesting at what they claimed was bias in the BBC’s coverage of the Gaza conflict. She had been shopping when the demonstrators came marching down the road shouting “Free Palestine” and “Zionist murderers.”

“They surrounded me, pushing and yelling ‘Jew/Zionist/murderer/thief,” she said, while in the northern English city of Manchester, a group of pro-Palestinians drove through the Broughton Park area shouting “Heil Hitler.”

Further to the north, a man of South- Asian appearance was seen following an anti-Israel march in Glasgow, Scotland reportedly shouted “f***ing kill the Jews.”

Across the pond, a Jewish student in Boston and his Israeli partner were assaulted with non- anti-Semitic shouts such as “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores,” while across the country, protesters in Seattle said Jews kill Christian children to use their blood for ritual purposes, including Passover matzah.

Down Under, an Israeli man in Melbourne was attacked and beaten by a non-anti-Semitic gang for the crime of wearing a t-shirt with Hebrew writing on it. The attack came several days after non-anti-Semitic, pro-Palestinian demonstrators told a Jewish blogger

We don’t want jews in Australia go back to Europe so another Hitler can appear and finish you scums off. I don’t blame him for burning 6 million of you scums alive. You wanna know why youre the most hated religion on this planet? because god has labelled you as the prophet killers. He favoured jews over all his creation and all he asked for in return was their submission, but instead they boycotted and killed every prophet he sent them. You even killed Jesus (peace be upon him) you mutts!!!! so God sent down a verse saying “Become apes: Despised and Disgraced!”  

In Malaysia, one Islamic authority said “Hitler may have been right” to exterminate the Jews.

Are Turkey’s Jews in Trouble?

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Are the Jews of Turkey – Israel’s former ally in the region — in danger?

On Friday, the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed alarm at the increasingly hostile environment towards Israel in Turkey that has extended itself towards that country’s Jews.

The ADL called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reject the targeting of Turkish Jews over Israel’s counter terrorist Operation Protective Edge — launched to silence the rocket fire aimed by Hamas at Israeli civilians – and to publicly assert that the Jewish community has the full support and protection of the state.

Instead, Erdogan issued an additional condemnation of Israel the next day, telling supporters in a speech at the Black Sea resort city of Ordu, “[Israelis] have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism.” According to the Reuters news service, the Turkish leader repeatedly likened Israel to the Nazi murderers over the Jewish State’s current counter terrorist Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas rulers of Gaza.

But Erdogan was apparently persuaded by senior members of his Islamic AKP party to lower the heat against the Jews in his own country, if only a trifle. “I don’t approve of any [bad} attitude towards our Jewish citizens in Turkey despite all this. Why? They are the citizens of this country,” he said.

Approximately 17,000 Jews remain in the country. But the rising anti-Semitism combined with increasing difficulty for young Jews in finding a spouse is prompting families to emigrate at a much faster rate than they have in past years. Istanbul's Sephardic synagogue, the magnificent Neve Shalom, has been attacked by Palestinian Arab terrorists three times since 1986 -- most recently in 2003.

Neve Shalom Synagogue of Istanbul, June 2013.

Neve Shalom Synagogue of Istanbul, June 2013.

As recently as June 2013, in order to enter the building, a visitor had find the small nonedescript entrance alley off to the side, then surrender one’s passport, walk through a metal detector and undergo a search carried out by grim Turkish security personnel. Some visitors were not allowed in anyway, depending upon the whim of the security guards.

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Street view of Neve Shalom synagogue, Istanbul, June 2013.

Street view of Neve Shalom synagogue, Istanbul, June 2013.

The Sephardic Jewish Center was also well hidden, away on a side street in the center of Istanbul in a posh neighborhood filled with upscale restaurants. One would not know it was there, unless you knew what to look for. Even then, the entrance is hidden.

To find it, one enters a building and is greeting immediately by a friendly security man at the door who asks your business. An upscale shop is located on the ground floor, across the from desk.

If you know what to ask, and where you are going, you are passed through to the location of a small elevator, well protected with metal grating and heavy steel bars and locks. Several other security measures later, all with heavy reinforcements, and eventually one emerges into the offices of the Jewish news weekly, the Salom Gazette, housed in the Sephardic Jewish Center, the nerve center of Turkish Jewry. The Istanbul-based Center, which is struggling for resources — and survival — at this point, produces the only Ladino newspaper in the world. It is probably the only spot in the country where Jews can find materials in Hebrew, Ladino, and other languages about Israel and Judaism.

Swastikas at Oregon Frat House

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Swastikas were painted on mailboxes in front of a Jewish fraternity at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

The swastikas were painted on mailboxes in front of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house, according to a report filed with the Eugene Police on Monday night, the Daily Emerald student newspaper reported.

The fraternity also informed the Dean of Students of the attack.

The police do not have any leads in the case, a police spokeswoman told the Register-Guard newspaper.

Anti-Semitic or other discriminatory graffiti “hasn’t happened a lot” in Eugene in recent years, the spokeswoman told the newspaper.

Swastikas were painted on the back door of the fraternity house several years ago, a student told local television station KMTR.

The city of Eugene’s human rights commission “strongly condemns these types of hateful actions,” commission member Phil Carrasco said in a statement, the Register Guard reported. “This symbol comes from a place of hate and is used to promote hate,” he said.

Andy Gitelson, executive director of  Oregon Hillel, said that there is a heightened sensitivity to the graffiti due to Israel’s current military operation in Gaza.

Anti-Semitism is the New “Black” in California Public Schools

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Teaching in the public school system in Southern California has taught me a lot of things. However, the most important thing that I learned through my several years as a public educator in California is that teaching “tolerance” means anti-Semitism is just fine. In public schools, anti-Semitism is the new “Black,” just like the Netflix popular series Orange is the New Black. In other words, anti-Semitism is cool.

If you are a gay student, you are protected. If you are Hispanic, the public school system will make sure anybody who even hints that you are inferior will be severely punished. If you are Black, you are a protected minority as well. But no matter how many times supposedly open-minded teachers teach “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a Jewish student isn’t protected. The public education doesn’t really consider Jews minorities. Some think it’s because of their light skin color, while others think it’s because many come from families who just happen to work hard and make a good living. However, the seething hatred of Israel from most liberal educators is what causes most of their apathy towards Jewish students in the present day.

Discussions about how the Holocaust never happened are common in California public schools. Just ask “Jazzy,” a Southern California high school student who was interviewed by Martin Hill from Libertyfight.com. The clip, which went viral, has been erased but not before receiving thousands of “likes” when it first aired. In the video, Jazzy cites that there has been no proof Jews died from being gassed to death. She mentions that not a single body was found with any signs of being gassed. The most disgusting part about this ignorance: Jazzy received an “A” on a homework assignment she submitted based on her research.

The truth is that in California’s public education system, one can earn an “A” on an assignment that has several spelling errors, contains shady research, and is completely incoherent. Teachers believe giving students high grades increases their confidence, even if the high grade hasn’t truly been earned. However, can you imagine a student turning in an assignment that denies slavery existed? Can you imagine a student turning in a paper that hints the suicide of Tyler Clementi had nothing to do with his sexuality? You can bet that student would be yelled at, suspended, and viciously taunted by the school staff. Imagine what would happen with the teacher who gave that student an A!

My first professional experience with anti-Semitism came when teaching in Glendale, a middle class city that is just a couple minutes north of Los Angeles. A majority of the population is Armenian and I was shocked to learn just how much a significant percent of Armenians in Glendale hates Jews. This shocked me, especially since studying how Armenians, like Jews, faced inhumane genocide. Even the best and most intelligent Armenian students were taught to hate Jews. Things turned pretty brutal when a Jewish student of mine named Stacey was severely bullied and physically attacked by other Armenian students, who received an after-school detention something their parents actually thought was too harsh.

Our administration had us attend several conferences on “diversity” and “tolerance.” However, my complaints about anti-Semitism coming from students and even other teachers were virtually ignored. But hey our school was required to teach “The Diary of Anne Frank,” even if one teacher told me she wouldn’t spend much time on the book since a lot of it was fiction. Some parents even requested that their child be offered an alternative assignment. Oh, and the teacher that called Anne Frank a spoiled princess is still teaching at the same exact school!

“Disproportionate Response,” Anti-Semitism’s Latest Keyword

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The latest argument, one that has no semblance of logic or decency, is that Israel’s response is disproportionate.  Not because they are not being attacked, but because the majority of the recent attacks have not been successful. Jews have sat back and waited before.  So now when a Jewish government refuses to sit back and wait for more Jews to die,  many in the world throw out the term “disproportionate response.”   For those who are unclear as to why the term “disproportionate response” is simply the latest catchphrase for the vehement anti-Semite, I offer you the following analogy.

Imagine you live with your family in a rough neighborhood.  You know it is dangerous but since it is the house where your parents and grandparents grew up, and it is a beautiful house and one you call home,  you have no desire to leave.  Now imagine you are a law enforcement officer with a license to use a gun (this should take the politics of gun control out of this discussion) and that you have the ability and strength to defend your family by any means necessary.  The neighbor right across the street takes shots at your family with whatever object they can find, rocks, stones, crude Molotov Cocktails, etc.,  and throws it at them at random times just because they want you to leave the neighborhood.  Somehow you show restraint because you just want to live quietly and peacefully.  But one day when being dropped off by the school bus your son gets attacked by the neighbor and gets critically injured.  Mind you, this is not the first time actual damage has been done to your family, just the most recent time. Now, even though you have finally had enough, you don’t just rain bullets on the neighbor’s house, you take your guns and fire a shot at the neighbor’s house with a warning, a warning that leaves no margin for misunderstanding.  You very simply say, “leave my family alone or I will destroy your home and anyone helping you.”  What does the neighbor do?   The neighbor gets more of whatever crude weaponry it can find and increases its attacks on your home and family.  This time making it so bad that it limits your movement.  You bring out the heavier artillery, know where they are attacking from and fire on that part of the neighbor’s house.  What is the neighbor’s next move?  A sick one.   They put their kids in the room where they keep the weapons and then run to the police, incidentally police with no real jurisdiction in your neighborhood, just police they have a connection with,  claiming they are being brutalized, you are targeting their children,  and that they are being unjustifiably attacked by you.  Here is where it gets totally bizarre.  The police ask you to stop saying that it is unfair for you to attack them with such force because all they are doing is throwing stones and Molotov Cocktails that usually miss your home.  They ask you to have a meeting with the neighbor, fully knowing you’ve made every attempt to speak with them already.  The press comes out to report the ongoing situation, showing burning Molotov Cocktails on your front lawn and bullet holes in the neighbors bedrooms.  They don’t tell the story, they just show what looks like one side having a burning lawn, and another side having a bullet ridden bedroom.  Naturally they cause the public to feel sympathy for your neighbor since they very irresponsibly don’t state the facts leading up to what is seen on the screen.   Sounds crazy doesn’t it? What makes it even crazier is that you are the best hope to keep the neighborhood safe, while your angry neighbor and his friends really just want to take it over, destroy it and then do the same to other neighborhoods.

NY Beachgoers Burned Up at Swastika ‘Peace Sign’ in the Air

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Long Island, New York beachgoers were furious over the weekend as a plane towed a banner with a swastika, a peace sign and the Star of David.

The “Raelian Movement,” which every year tries to convince people that the swastika was an honorable and ancient Hindu symbol before Hitler rose to power.

The same movement also thinks that you and I and all other human beings actually were created by extraterrestrials.

ABC reported, “Some beachgoers say there’s just no way to rehabilitate a symbol that provokes such strong feelings.”

However, the Raelian Movement does raise an interesting possibility that maybe extraterrestrial created Nazis and terrorists. If so, why does anyone want to find life on Mars?

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