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Swastikas, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found at UC Davis Apartment Complex

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

(JNi.media) Police are searching for individuals who carved anti-religious hate messages and large swastika on cars in a parking lot outside an apartment complex on the University of California Davis campus last Saturday. CBS interviewed Matthew Davidson, who snapped a picture of a large swastika keyed into the hood of 11 cars, along with the message “[Expletive] Jews.”

“It’s just shocking for me as a Jew to see such hatefulness right outside my doorstep,” Davidson said. His roommate’s tire was slashed, which she only discovered after getting onto the freeway. “It jeopardized her life,” he told CBS. “She was on the freeway and her car in danger, and everyone in the car in danger.”

“I am deeply troubled and disappointed that the campus community has experienced another incident that included damaged property and, even more grievously, offensive and disparaging slurs,” Chancellor Linda Katehi said in a statement. “This is conduct most unbecoming and completely against our principles of community.”

Last January, swastikas sprayed in red paint on the home of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi at UC Davis. A coalition of students and campus organizations condemned the act, declaring that “anti-Semitism, along with all other forms of hate, including, but not limited to, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, racism, and misogyny, still exist and are rampant trans-nationally and on our university campuses.” Since then there have been at least two more anti-Semitic acts, but no expressions of Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, racism, or misogyny.

Chancellor Linda Katehi also stated that “each of us has a responsibility to build and maintain a culture and climate based on mutual respect and caring. No matter what religious, political or personal beliefs we hold, as members of a university community we have an obligation to treat each other with respect and dignity.”

Still, it appears that of all the many religious, political and personal beliefs, so far only Jews have been targeted.

Ex-Pastor to Obama Says ‘Jesus Was a Palestinian’ at Farrakhan Rally [video]

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Jeremiah Wright, who was President Barack Obama’s pastor before it was too politically uncomfortable for him, bellowed that “Jesus was a Palestinian” at a Saturday rally featuring Islamic leader and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan ranted for more than two hours, telling tens of thousands of followers that he invokes the name of the Islamic prophet Mohammed in peace, although the rally was held under the intimidating slogan of “Justice of else.”

The “else” is as close to incitement as one can get without yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, excerpt that in the case of the United States today, the fire is not theoretical.

Wright took the stage and focused his 4-minute speech on “Palestinians” and compared black in Ferguson with Arabs in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Wright stated:

The same issue is being fought today and has been fought since 1948, and historians are carried back to the 19th century… when the original people, the Palestinians — and please remember, Jesus was a Palestinian — the Palestinian people had the Europeans come and take their country..

The youth in Ferguson and the youth in Palestine have united together to remind us that the dots need to be connected. And what Dr. King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, has implications for us as we stand beside our Palestinian brothers and sisters, who have been done one of the most egregious injustices in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Farrakhan, who spoke from behind a bullet-proof glass and with a bodyguard on each side of him, praised the Black Lives Matter movement, railed against abortion,.

He also condemned arrogance, and although this may sound like a very politically incorrect racist statement, the cliché is very apt:

Look who is calling the kettle black.

Farrakhan also lectured the masses against materialism. His net worth is estimated at more than $4 million, and he earns approximately $336,000 a year, according to the Richbutbroke.com website,

The video below is Wright’s speech, followed by a video of one of his Farrakhan’s faithful apologizing for missing the rally.

Muslim-Jewish Coalition Defeats European Attempt to Ban Circumcision

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

European anti-circumcision activists have lost their battle to ban the ritual that is sacred to Jews and is practiced by Muslims although it is not commanded in the Koran.

Several European countries have been campaigning for several years to ban circumcision based on claims that is violent and that it violates “children’s rights.”

The European Council voted against a proposal to ban circumcision, and opponents settled for a decision that requires those performing circumcisions to be experts and to inform parents of possible dangers.

Meretz Knesset Member Issawi Frej, an Israeli with Arab citizenship, joined the Muslim-Jewish Leadership Council, the Conference of European Rabbis, and Islamic groups who argued against the proposal.

He told the European Council that anyone who opposes circumcision should try to convince people through education and not by coercion.

Compare Obama’s Rosh HaShanah and Eid-ul-Fitr Messages [Video]

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

President Barack Obama laced his annual Rosh HaShanah greetings with political overtones, in stark contrast to his message to Muslims last July on their Eid-ul-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

President Obama reminded Jews that the “Book of Life is open.” Assuming a posture as a Jew, he added:

As millions of Jews ask God to inscribe their names in that Book we recognize how much lies beyond our control.

It was a pointed reminder to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that besides God, there also is President Obama who pulls the strings when it comes to world affairs, such as the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The President then preached peace, which he said is “hard, but right now the book is open.  Not just for God but for us.”

That is a theme that was totally absent from his speech to Muslims in July, when he noted:

The end of Ramadan is a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need. While Eid marks the end of Ramadan, it marks a new beginning for each individual – a reason to celebrate and express gratitude on this holiday.

President Obama then devoted nearly half of his greeting to talk about how millions of Muslims go to mosques for prayers and then have “festive gatherings, gift exchanges, and feasts among friends, neighbors and families.”

He emphasized how “the diversity of traditions paint the vibrant images we see from around the world capturing the spirit and excitement of Eid – colorful dresses or white garments decorating the masses of people standing in lines for prayer, lanterns and ornaments lighting up bazaars and neighborhoods, intricate henna designs painted on hands of young girls and women, and an abundance of delectable foods and aromatic cuisines.”

Then he boasted that Eid-ul-Fitr now is a an official holiday in New York City public schools, and he praised Muslims for helping to raise money “for  the churches burned in the wake of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina” by a white racist.

The greeting to Muslims was absent of any reference to radical Muslim violence, peace in the Middle East, or the nuclear threat from Iran. It was a typical patronizing greeting made by every leader to partisan groups.

Now let’s go back to 2009 for President Obama’s first Rosh HaShanah greetings:

I want to extend my warmest wishes for this New Year. L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu – may you have a good year, and may you be inscribed for blessing in the Book of Life….

At the dawn of this New Year, let us rededicate ourselves to that work. Let us reject the impulse to harden ourselves to others’ suffering, and instead make a habit of empathy – of recognizing ourselves in each other and extending our compassion to those in need.

Let us resist prejudice, intolerance, and indifference in whatever forms they may take — let us stand up strongly to the scourge of anti-Semitism, which is still prevalent in far too many corners of our world….

And let us work to achieve lasting peace and security for the state of Israel, so that the Jewish state is fully accepted by its neighbors, and its children can live their dreams free from fear.

All of that was absent from this year’s greeting, which also did not mention anti-Semitism and certainly not anti-Zionism, lest he prompt reminders that Iran’s idea of peace is a world without Israel.

President Obama was elected on a motto of “change.”

He has fulfilled his promise.

He indeed has changed.

European Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to ‘Fight Anti-Semitism’

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

European leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to fight anti-Semitism, according to Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the European Jewish Association (EJA), who received greetings from the heads of most countries in the EU.

Margolin was the recipient of holiday greetings from Europe’s leadership ahead of the upcoming Jewish high holy days, particularly Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, which begins next Sunday night.

The continent’s leaders are seeking to “reinforce with Europe’s historic Jewish communities and reaffirm their commitment to fighting the wave of anti-Semitic acts that have blighted cities across the European Union,” Margolin said.

Messages of support and solidarity were led by France’s Francois Hollande, who departed from the secular protocol of the French Republic to send his new year wishes to European Jewry. The French president offered a firm commitment to fight “against all words and acts of an anti-Semitic nature, and to allow everyone to live together, without exception, with the same values of freedom, tolerance and community”.

French Premier Manuels Valls added his “readiness to fight against anti-Semitism, and all forms of racism and intolerance, and to tirelessly support European initiatives designed to defend the values which shape our democracies”.

Austrian President Heinz K. Fischer spoke out in support of “the common interest of Jews in Europe.” Fischer said he sought to renew Austria’s ties with the Jewish State by way of its commitment to “the safeguarding of Israel.”

He added that Austria remains committed to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in Europe and the world, and to the “safeguarding of minorities including the Jewish community in Austria, which has always strongly influenced our country’s culture,” he added.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel also reaffirmed his “excellent relationship with the Jewish community in Belgium.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte recalled his country’s endorsement of a joint statement on anti-Semitism at an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly last January.

“I share your concern about rising anti-Semitism in Europe,” he said in his message to European Jewry. “This scourge affects Jewish communities first, but in essence it is a threat to society as a whole,” he added.

EJA General Director, Rabbi Margolin thanked the European leaders for their wishes and commitments.

“Rabbis and community leaders across Europe report that in light of the growing anti-Semitism and nationalist atmosphere there has been a significant decline in the number of Jews who take part in community activities,” he said.

“However, Jewish communities are working hard to help Jews attend Rosh Hashanah services. Major security measures are being taken and we can report that there is a relative increase in the number of Jews who have expressed their intention to attend synagogues over Rosh Hashanah with their families, compared to last year. “

In Manchester, England alone, anti-Semitic incidents rose by nearly 80 percent in 12 months, according to a report issued by the Community Security Trust earlier this year.

A 17-year-old boy was beaten unconscious in an attack by three men who attacked him and three other Jews this past Saturday night. The boy remains hospitalized with a suspected brain bleed. The three other victims, ages 17, 18 and 20, were also verbally and physically assaulted but did not require admission to hospital.

UNRWA Teacher in Jordan Promotes Hatred of Jews on Facebook

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

A teacher working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Jordan is actively promoting on his Facebook page a Palestinian Arab return to “Falastin,” a reference by Palestinian Authority leaders to all of the State of Israel as well as the current Palestinian Authority territories.

Among the photos posted by Nasreen Hammoud supporting the cause one can also find a rabidly anti-Semitic cartoon, apparently uploaded sometime last year.

It is worth noting that UNRWA requires all of its employees to sign neutrality agreements as a condition for employment.

The cartoon depicts a Jewish man (his face is not seen) wearing a blue-and-white shirt (the colors of the Israeli flag) emblazoned with a Magen David (Jewish star) on his chest, eating dinner.

It is an active promotion of the ancient blood libel that caused rivers of Jewish blood to flow in streets around the world.

The drinking glass is filled with what appears to be red blood – a blatant reference to the old blood libels that claim Jews drink the blood of their “victims” and also use it in ritual sacrifices, such as making matzos on Passover.

The back and tines of the fork are colored and adorned with the American flag. The blade of the knife bears Arabic writing (which this writer has been unable to translate, with apologies to the reader.)

The main course lying on the plate, which the Jewish diner is in the process of cutting, is a dead and bleeding Palestinian Arab child. The boy is wearing the black-and-white keffiyya (Arab scarf) of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah faction, led by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Although the cartoon garnered 13 “Likes” on Facebook, only one person wrote a guarded two-word comment in Arabic in response: “No comment.”

Relations between Israel and Jordan have been diplomatically firm but somewhat tense at the grassroots level. Jewish tourists to the Hashemite Kingdom are warned to remove any overt signs of their faith. A recent observant Jewish visitor to the country was bluntly told by one tour guide not to bring his tefillin (phylacteries) with him due to security issues.

Nevertheless, a number of hareidi-religious groups who are careful not to buy produce grown in fields located in the Land of Israel during the shemitta, or “seventh” year — when the Torah commands farmers to allow the Land to lie fallow and “rest” — instead import their produce weekly from farmers in Jordan for the duration.

The “Treaty of Peace Between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was signed between the two nations on October 26, 1994.

Although there have been many times in which tensions have since threatened that peace, particularly over problems at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, both sides have repeatedly reiterated their commitment to peace.

H/T Eldad Tzioni / Elder of Ziyon

Anti-Semitic Bank Card Emerges in Norway

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

An anti-Semitic caricature has appeared on a VISA debit / credit card issued by Norway’s largest banking institution, DNB.

A cartoon bearded Jewish man with a long hooked nose wearing yarmulka and a blue and white tallit (prayer shawl) is seen chuckling with hands held to his cheeks in mirth. The caricature is set against a background of golden coins gleaming like treasure on the entire rest of the card.

The message is very clear: Jews control money.

An Australian citizen living in Norway who ordered the card claims that when he received it, he was surprised to find that the design he ordered was not what he received.

The matter was brought to the attention of the Israeli Embassy in Oslo, which immediately contacted the management of the bank.

The bank promptly apologized to Israel’s Ambassador to Norway, but also explained in a letter to the Hallelu Israel Foundation (seen on the nonprofit organization’s Facebook page) that the bank allows clients to order personally designed cards.

The vice president of the bank wrote that he was surprised when the embassy told him the client received the offensive design without personally requesting it.

Cllose examination of a different photo of the card that was seen on the Internet reveals in the lower left corner the words “YOUR NAME” which may indicate this is a design sample available for ordering, possibly through VISA although that is not clear.

Anti-Semitic bank card 'erroneously' issued by DNB bank in Norway.

The bank official asked forgiveness from anyone who was offended and said the bank would issue an explanation and apology notice.

After the incident was publicized, the bank announced the offensive card would be canceled and a new one issued to its owner.

In the letter the bank said it has a mechanism to filter out “offensive images.” Somehow, the anti-Semitic caricature slipped past. The bank explained it issues a few million cards each year, said it was an isolated incident and that the offensive image was deleted from the database.

The bank added that it has strict guidelines about which images can be uploaded to that database, but the uploading and supervision are manual operations.

Unfortunately, personal supervision failed in this case and the card should not have been printed under any circumstance, the bank said.

Only some 1,500 Jews currently live in Norway. Kosher slaughter (shechita) is outlawed, so kosher meat must be imported for the families living there, at great expense due to high taxes. Circumcision is frowned upon, although Jews ignore the social atmosphere, obviously, and continue to bring their sons into the Covenant on the eighth day, as did our ancestors.

Overt anti-Semitism is rare, but as Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Shaul Wilhelm told Israel Hayom in October 2014: “There was a report here about a possible Al Qaida attack. Within a day people were demonstrating outside a mosque where a group of Bosnians were praying. They had nothing to do with anything.

“It reminded me of something that a Jew here once told me. His grandfather had survived the Holocaust, and he told him, ‘When they need to find us, they will find us within a day.'”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/anti-semitic-bank-card-emerges-in-norway/2015/09/02/

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