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London Neighborhood again Vandalized with Swastikas

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas.

The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood is home to as many as 20,000 Haredi Jews.

“There is a large Jewish community that lives here with Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust survivors, and to see swastikas is not a pleasant thing for them,” Meir Taub, a volunteer for Jewish neighborhood watch group Shomrim, told The Daily Mail. “People were shocked, scared and fearful.”

This incident comes just over a week after a primary school and private home in the same neighborhood were defaced with swastikas.

Anti-Semitic Vandalism in Chicago and Philadelphia

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Religious leaders, political officials and community members gathered in a Philadelphia suburb to denounce anti-Semitic vandalism at a Jewish family’s home, where “Move Jew” was spray painted on the home’s garage door.

“It was shocking,” Samantha Raker, who lives at the Yardley Pennsylvania home with her father, Michael, said at the rally.

In Chicago, a synagogue and more than 10 nearby residential garages were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Congregation Atereth Yehoshua and the garages in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park were defaced over the weekend with slurs that included a Star of David accompanied by the words “F**k U,” according to Fox 32, a Fox News affiliate.

On Monday, Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation painted over the graffiti.

Paris Suburb Honors Jailed Palestinian Terrorist Marwan Barghouti

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

The Paris suburb of Aubervilliers has honored jailed Palestinian terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti, who is serving several life sentences in an Israeli prison for murder, as an honorary citizen of the city.

Barghouti “symbolizes the Palestinian cause” and is a “man of peace and dialogue,” the Aubervilliers city council said in a statement.

In a letter to Aubervilliers Mayor Pascal Beaudet, Roger Cukierman—president of CRIF, an umbrella group representing the French Jewish community—said he is “shocked” by the decision, noting that Barghouti is a convicted terrorist serving several life sentences.

“Your resolution fails to mention that the Palestinian terrorist was indicted by a civil court for murder and attempted murder in a terrorist organization under his command. He was sentenced May 20, 2004 to five life imprisonment sentences for five murders and 40 years for attempted murder by a suicide bomber,” Cukierman wrote.

Located in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, Aubervilliers is home to a large immigrant population, comprising more than 41 percent of the city’s population, mainly from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

The move by Aubervilliers came as a French court ordered the city of Bezons, a northwestern suburb of Paris, to cancel the decision to give the honorary citizen designation to another Palestinian terrorist, Majdi Rahima al-Rimawi, who assassinated Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi in 200

Britain Vows to ‘Fight’ Anti-Semitism at Home

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The British government appears to have awakened – belatedly – from its complacent slumber and noticed there is a raging tide of anti-Semitism sweeping over the land. But for all of that, there still appears to be much more talking than doing about it. The doing still seems to be in the realm of support for those in favor of the very thing the government claims to abhor.

In response to rising statistics, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles warned Monday in an article published in The Daily Express that the “dark forces” of anti-Semitism have returned. He is, of course, correct, but anti-Semitism never really left in the first place.

Nevertheless, in summer 2014 – just in July and August alone – there were 543 reported anti-Semitic attacks, more than the total number for 2013. These included physical assaults on Jews, desecrated cemeteries and vandalized homes scrawled with “vile and offensive graffiti,” as journalist Martyn Brown reported in the Express.

The Secretary pledged to introduce measures to stamp out anti-Semitism on university campuses, and ensure that all schoolchildren are educated about the Holocaust. He also vowed to ‘kick anti-Semitism out of football’ (known as soccer in the United States), and said “irresponsible” behavior by other institutions would be censured.

That having been said, the British government patted itself on the back with a new report on the same topic released the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The report claims the government has made ‘significant progress’ in rooting out the evils of anti-Semitism in communities around the UK. It also claims incidence in the UK is significantly lower than in other western European nations.

Nevertheless, Secretary Pickles acknowledged “The irrational hatred of Jews is like cancer.. Once beaten it can come back… and in 2014 there has been a revolting relapse of this ancient evil. Sadly Britain has not been immune. We share in this shame. Institutions that should have stood up to this thuggish behavior did not. Like the Holborn branch of Sainsbury’s, clearing their shelves of kosher food to satisfy anti-Israeli yobs outside. This casual acceptance of anti-Semitism was outrageous.

“Even some councils have behaved irresponsibly… Like Tower Hamlets, engaging in their own municipal foreign policy by flying the Palestinian flag. These public bodies should be using their position of authority to actively reduce tensions, not stir them up… Anti-Semitism and hate crime are completely incompatible with traditional British values and totally unacceptable in our society.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has also discussed the issue in parliament as well, telling Mps, “Let me be clear, we must not tolerate this in our country. There can never be any excuse for anti-Semitism, and no disagreements on politics or policy should ever be allowed to justify racism, prejudice or extremism in any form.”

And yet, the British House of Commons passed a symbolic resolution backing creation of a Palestinian state and a two-state partition solution in October.

Ireland was right behind. In fact, Ireland came up from behind and then took the lead, with Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan saying earlier this month that his government was seriously considering early recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a new sovereign nation. Ireland’s lawmakers finally decided on December 11 to vote in favor of a non-binding resolution to recognize ‘Palestine’ instead – for now.

Numerous other European nations have done the same over the past year, as the levels of anti-Semitic incidents have risen accordingly.

This is the same ‘Palestine’ that encourages and fervently supports vicious terror attacks on Israelis and others who are not like them.

For example, take last week’s firebombing of a car driving in Samaria, critically injuring 11-year-old Ayala Shapira, who suffered third degree burns on nearly half of her body. The little girl is still fighting for her life while her father, who was driving the car at the time, is slowly recuperating from his own wounds.

Egypt Bans ‘Exodus’ as a ‘Zionist film’

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Egypt has banned the Hollywood Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” slamming the movies as a “Zionist film” and criticizing it for a number of historical inaccuracies.

The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale as Moses, retells the epic Biblical story from the “Book of Exodus” of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.

However, Egyptian Cultural Minister Gaber Asfour slammed the film, saying that it was filled with historic inaccuracies, including making the claim that “Moses and the Jews built the pyramids,” AFP reported.

“This totally contradicts proven historical facts,” Asfour said.

“It is a Zionist film,” he said. “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it.”

The film has also garnered controversy in the U.S. with some who have criticized Scott for taking too many liberties with the Biblical story and also for casting Western actors in Middle Eastern roles.

Morocco has also reportedly banned the film just days before it was slated to premiere, AFP reported.

The film has opened to negative reviews and took in a disappointing $24.5 million during its opening weekend. The film cost around $140 million to make.

BBC TV’s Director Fears for Future of Jews in Britain

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Danny Cohen, the director of television at the BBC, is usually in the news to talk about the next big thing in British television. He is known for helping commission popular British shows such as the coming-of-age sitcom “The Inbetweeners” and the BAFTA award-winning “Skins.” Now he oversees the BBC’s four main channels.

However, on Sunday, Cohen gave the discussion about anti-Semitism in Europe a potent jolt.

“I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months,” Cohen told Israeli television anchor Yonit Levi at a conference in Jerusalem. “And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually? Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before.”

Cohen is a native Londoner who has lived in the UK his entire life. A month and a half earlier, Parliament’s opposition leader, Ed Milliband, posted about the rise of British anti-Semitism on Facebook.

Amid spikes in anti-Semitism across Europe, anti-Semitic incidents in England skyrocketed during the war in Gaza this summer.

Cohen’s position near the top of the BBC, which took a lot of heat for its coverage of the Gaza war, has helped draw great attention to his comments, including from some who suggested he uses his position of influence to defend Jews.

The UK Jewish News laid the blame in part at the feet of the BBC, saying its coverage of this summer’s war was biased.

Tufts University Vandalized with Swastikas for Third Time in Two Years

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Swastikas were found spray-painted on a Tufts University building for the third time in nearly two years.

The latest swastikas were found Saturday morning on the back wall of the Lewis Hall dormitory on the Somerville, Mass., campus, Boston.com reported.

In June, swastikas were found on the university’s Granoff Family Hillel Center. In April 2013, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, swastikas and other anti-Semitic hate speech were found on Tufts athletic facilities and buildings in the neighboring town of Medford.

The university released a statement saying that campus and local police were investigating the incident.

“[S]uch deplorable acts, which are counter to the values of the Tufts community, are deeply concerning,” the statement read. “We are taking this incident extremely seriously.”

Nearby Northeastern University experienced a similar incident in November when Swastikas were drawn on fliers posted on campus to publicize a lecture by Eran Shamir-Borer, an Israeli army official.

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