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Paris Jews Beaten, Hospitalized After More Anti-Semitic Violence

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Anti-Semitic violence is continuing in France, where two Jews were attacked last week in separate incidents that led to both being rushed to hospitals. One was a teen.

Both attacks occurred in the Paris area.

Last Friday four Middle Eastern-appearing attackers ages 17 to 20 attacked a 16-year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippah in central Paris.

The boy was jumped as he left his home, according to a report by the BNVCA – the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism.

A fifth person, also of Middle Eastern appearance, joined the group and urged the attackers to “break” the victim, calling him a “coward.”

An Asian woman who saw what was happening stopped the beating by threatening to call police.

The victim was taken to Rothschild Hospital, where he underwent emergency eye surgery and other treatment for mild to moderate wounds. He later filed a criminal complaint with police.

Earlier in the week, a Jewish mother was assaulted by three African women after she complained about the behavior of children she thought were theirs.

The children hurled a soccer ball at the Jewish woman’s daughter.

According to the BNVCA this incident took place three days prior to the attack in Paris on the Jewish teen, May 13, on a street in Sarcelles – a Paris suburb.

“Hitler didn’t finish the job!” the women shouted, witnesses said. Jews are “a filthy race,” they continued. “You need some more beatings.”

The beating she got was severe enough to hospitalize the woman, identified in the BNVCA report as L.D. She also filed a criminal complaint with police who were called to the scene.

The northern suburb of Paris has been the scene of other attacks as well, and is home to some 60,000 Jews. Muslim immigrants from Africa and the Middle East also make their home in Sarcelles.

Earlier this year, in January, terrorists from Al Qaeda and Da’esh – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – carried out a series of attacks in Paris. A number were aimed specifically at Jews, according to a “hit list” later recovered by police.

French President Francois Hollande vowed to protect Jews in his nation from such violence after those attacks. During a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation from the Auschwitz Nazi death camp, Hollande told French Jews: “Your place is here, France is your country.

Hollande was good to his word: Some 10,000 French military personnel were deployed around the country following the wave of terror attacks that struck the nation on January 7, 8 and 9. Subsequently, a number of French troops were faced with death threats as a result.

“Hitler Didn’t Finish the Job” – Jewish Mother Assaulted in France

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Published in European Jewish Press

PARIS (EJP)— The National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA), a watchdog monitoring anti-Semitic incidents in France, has condemned a violent anti-Semitic assault against a Jewish woman last Wednesday in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb.

The incident occurred around 6 pm when the Jewish woman and her child were sitting on a bench next to the children of three young women of African origin who were playing with a ball.

The ball then struck the Jewish boy’s head.

The Jewish woman identified only by the initials L.D reminded the children that ball games are not allowed on the site as the signage indicated.

A fight then broke out between the mother and the three young women who violently assaulted her and shouted “Hitler did not finish his work” and “you’re a dirty race”, the watchdog group said.

The victim filed a complaint with local police shortly after the assault.

Because the attack was so violent, it was recommended that the woman take a 15-day furlough from work to recuperate, said the BNVCA.

Sarcelles has a large Jewish community. Last summer, violent attacks against local synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses took place in the midst of Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza.

“We demand that the police investigation clarifies the facts and that the justice punishes severely any anti-Semitic violence,” said the BNCA who decided to support the victim and and file a complaint. The BNVCA noted that more and more often a banal incident degenerates into an anti-Semitic attack. “Anti-Jewish speech as anti-Jewish acts have been liberated in particular among citizens belonging to communities who suffered from racism or discrimination,” said the BNCVA, urging the authorities to make a distinction between anti-Semitism and racism.

Lauder at 70th Bergen-Belsen Liberation Ceremony: ‘Silence Emboldens Tyrants’

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

A ceremony was held today, April 26, in Lohheide, Germany, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen Nazi death camp which took place on April 15, 1945.

More than fifty thousand people perished in the Bergen-Belsen camp, which was really several connected camps that housed and killed Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and others considered “undesirable” by the Nazi regime. Anne Frank and her sister Margot were among the tens of thousands who died at Bergen-Belsen.

Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, gave an impassioned speech to the gathered crowd.

Lauder spoke not only of the specifics of the horrors visited upon the world and, in particular, the Jewish people, during World War II, but he also made pointed references to the dangers of similar horrors lurking on the horizons at the present time.

Lauder reminds everyone that it was not only the Nazis, and not only the German people and not only the rest of Europe which were complicit in this horror, but everyone who was silent and failed to act.

Lauder also points out that there was a voice that was silent, but not because they chose to look elsewhere, but because they were silenced: the Jews. And he points out that the Jews need not be silent ever again in the face of threats to their existence, because there is a Jewish homeland whose purpose is to ensure the continuance of the Jewish people.

No doubt he is talking about Iran.

Lauder also speaks at length about the resilience and self-reliance of the Jewish people in the aftermath of the Holocaust. How the Jews left the Displaced Persons camps and never looked back.

“They refused to be victims,” Lauder said. “Jews all over the world helped their fellow Jews get back on their feet. They were never used as political pawns.”

Do you have any doubt to whom he is referring?

The following is Lauder’s speech in its entirety. It is worth your while to read the whole thing.

We come here today to remember. We remember the evil of this terrible place. We also remember that world silence led to this evil.

And we gather with an uncomfortable awareness that anti-Semitism has returned to Europe once again.

Seventy years ago, as Nazi Germany was collapsing, and the greatest war in history was coming to an end. The saddest irony was that Jews, the people who should have been happiest about Hitler’s defeat, were not to be heard.

There were no Jewish victory celebrations like those in New York or Trafalgar Square or Moscow. There was no jubilation. The reason is all around you. For Jews, the awful realization of loss suddenly set in. Mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends, over one million children – all gone. Half of the world’s Jews murdered.

Right now, we stand on one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world. But there are no gravestones. There are no markers. The victims buried here lost not just their lives; the Nazis took their identities as well.

When British troops entered the gates here at Bergen-Belsen they took pictures and, for the first time, the world finally understood the extent of the Nazi horror.

We saw the bulldozers pushing naked bodies into open pits. The walking skeletons. The unbelievable sadness and loss. It has always struck me that battle-hardened soldiers, who saw some of the worst combat in Europe, became emotional years later when they talked about entering Bergen-Belsen.

Seventy years on, we all know about the crime. We know the perpetrators – but they were not just Germans and Austrians. There was complicity in practically every country in Europe. My own country, the United States – the beacon of liberty – shut its doors to Jews desperately trying to leave.

Israeli Reporter Describes Personal Experience with Anti-Semitism in Paris

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Israel’s Channel 10 television correspondent Miri Michaeli Schwartz has been harassed in the past in Europe because she is a Jew, but for some reason this time it felt different, and she wrote about the experience in a post on Facebook.

It was surprising to find her first-person narrative there, because so few journalists are ever really willing to discuss what happens behind the scenes. It’s not considered “good form,” especially when one is trying to be objective in reporting. But this is no longer only about objective reporting: it’s also about sharing the personal details of what the experience can FEEL like from the victim’s perspective, in a manner most others are incapable of describing it. It is fortunate that she has done so, for this story must be told.

“I was not going to upload this video; you can’t really understand exactly what happened in this short clip,” Schwartz begins, explaining why she uploaded a very brief video on to Facebook, showing her fending off a hostile pro-Palestinian attacker. “But after the report that was published yesterday presenting the problem of anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe, I got some questions from viewers and friends who claimed that the media (and I, as part of it) exacerbated the situation.

“So yes, if you walk through the streets of Paris you may not feel anything,” she continues. “But if you’ll wear a yarmulke, or a necklace with a Star of David, or hold a microphone that reads in Hebrew, “Channel 10,” there are reasonable grounds to believe that sooner or later, you will realize the reality is worse than what the report showcased,” she goes on. “These comments I’m talking about are not being taken into consideration in reports, no one reports them. It happens here, every day and everywhere and it happened to me.

“This was not the first time these type of comments were directed at me as I stood in the street in one of the capitals of Europe and reported. Usually it’s something to do with Israel.

“This time I went Eurostar (the train from London to central Paris) on my way from the Alps to report on the crash of the German Wings flight, just b efore reporting this happened. What you see here was just the beginning, the man whose face you can not see in the video sees Hebrew writing on the microphone and informs his friends. They started to harass me.

“What happened next was much more stressful: they surrounded me,” she continues. “Four or five men and began to swear at me, the word “Jew” was repeated. My hands are shaking three weeks after, when I think of the things they said. I stood in the street, I did not bother anyone and I got curses, threatening gestures and actual threats. I looked around, the street was crowded with people who paid attention to what happened, viewing from the sidelines. A person who filmed what happened [with a] smartphone, but no one came to my aid. I felt threatened when I ran (yes, the right word) to the train station; there were soldiers. Only then they left me.

“Anti-Semitism in central Paris, just because my microphone had Hebrew writing on it.

“So no, no we aren’t exaggerating when we say anti-Semitism is real. That’s the reality. Now we have to fight it.”

Earlier this year, a series of terror attacks by Da’esh (ISIS) and Al Qaeda were aimed at the Charlie Hebdo satiric magazine and numerous Jewish targets, including a Jewish school and a kosher grocery. At least 17 people were killed and more were wounded in the week-long blood bath. In 2012, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist attacked a Jewish school in Toulouse, murdering a rabbi and three young children.

Liberman Suggests EU Print ‘Made in the West Bank’ Label on Yellow Star

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Published in Jewish Business News by Ilan Shavit Speaking to Israel Radio, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman suggested the EU print its warning labels of products made in the West Bank on a background of a Yellow Star.

The Hebrew term for the item is “Tlai Tzahov,” or yellow patch.

Sixteen European Union (EU) foreign ministers have signed a letter calling on the EU’s foreign policy chief to label Israeli products made beyond the 1949 armistice line as “Made in the West Bank.”

In the letter to EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, the foreign ministers said that the proposal would help consumers from being “misled by false information.”

“European consumers must indeed have confidence in knowing the origin of goods they are purchasing,” the ministers wrote. “Green Line Israel and Palestinian producers will benefit from this.”

The initiative was led by Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and was supported by ministers from the U.K., France, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Croatia, Malta, the Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Luxembourg, Finland, and Austria.

EU ministers from a number of strong Israeli allies, mainly in Eastern Europe—including Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Cypress, Romania—did not sign the letter.

The letter cites a previous one advocating the same labeling measure that was sent to Mogherini’s predecessor, Catherine Ashton, in 2013. At the time, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Ashton to put the initiative on hold while he pursued peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Lieberman told Israel Radio repairing Israel’s relations with the U.S. should be the prime goal of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s next government, because only the U.S. will be able to quash economic boycotts against the Jewish State.

Lieberman questioned the sincerity of the EU, which, while thousands are being slaughtered in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, makes no mention of those crimes against humanity, but find ample times to attack Israeli commerce.

Netanyahu is meeting on Friday with his two most loyal coalition partners, Lieberman and Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett. Both have expressed some apprehension at the manner with which the PM has been treating them in the coalition talks, as compared with other potential partners, i.e. the Haredi parties.

Terror Plot to Bomb Jewish Bookstore Foiled in Spain

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Seven suspected Islamist terrorists have been arrested and detained in Spain in connection with a plot to bomb a Jewish bookstore in Barcelona.

According to a report posted by the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism, the would-be terrorists were among 11 people arrested last Wednesday in a sting operation.

Spanish authorities have been investigating reports of a plot to attack a number of Jewish sites, officials said. It is not clear whether a specific terrorist group was behind the plot or not — and if so, which one it was.

All seven were placed under formal investigation – a step short of arraignment on charges – and are being held pending trial.

The investigating magistrate said Friday the group had planned to target a number of synagogues, the Catalan parliament, police forces and public shops in the Catalonia region, according to the report he received from prosecutors.

More than 30 people have been arrested so far this year in a crackdown on terror networks by Spain since a week-long series of terror attacks in Paris by Al Qaeda and ISIS-linked operatives this past January left 17 dead.

Six of the seven suspects being held in Catalonia are suspected of belonging to a terror group with a profile similar to that of ISIS (also known as Da’esh, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.) The seventh member of the cell is additionally suspected of aiding the terror group and possessing weapons and explosives.

A detainee described as the cell’s founder told members he had been “about to attack a Jewish bookshop in Barcelona,” the magistrate said in the report. According to the plot described therein, the terrorist leader suggested attackers hide in a van armed with hand grenades and guns. Synagogues, police forces and the Catalan parliament were suggested as good targets and a bank branch manager was suggested as a kidnap hostage.

Among the items discovered during a search by security officials were 25 empty bags that contained traces of chemicals that could be used to make explosives, according to the report.

Three people who were initially detained were granted a conditional release. A fourth is reportedly a minor and has been sentenced to six months in a youth reform center.

Israeli Murder Victim ‘Never Made It’ to Chabad Seder in Berlin

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in Berlin had already arranged for a place to sleep, and a place at the seder table.

But the 22-year-old Israeli man never arrived.

That Friday night, there was a lot of excitement and chaos as usual in managing a public seder. It wasn’t until early Sunday morning that Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, community rabbi of Berlin and the director of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Education Center found out why the young man didn’t show up.

Teichtal told the Associated Press, “A man in his early 20s came to us during the day last Friday and didn’t have a place to sleep, and didn’t have anything to eat… We arranged everything for him,” Teichtal continued, “but then he didn’t show up again.”

A fellow rabbi had indeed arranged for the young man to sleep at a community center, located near the Alexanderplatz public square in the central Mitte district of Berlin.

The location is less than a mile from where the young man’s body was found by passersby early Sunday morning, in a ruined Franciscan monastery in the central Alexanderplatz area next to a well-used exit from a subway station.

Identification was difficult to establish due to “massive injuries to his head” and severe injuries to the body, police said. But when they found a passport in the back pocket of the victim’s sweatpants, police contacted the Israeli Embassy.

Berlin police have also told journalists that three people so far have come forward and provided information in the case.

The Israel Embassy said in a statement that its Consul, Eyal Siso, received confirmation of the victim’s identity, but declined to release the details at the request of the victim’s family.

Anti-Semitism — and Israeli Immigration — Rising in Germany Between 20,000 to 30,000 Israelis have moved to Berlin over the past few years, despite the rise in anti-Semitism in Europe in general and also in Germany.

Berlin is known for its vibrant Jewish community, which has grown with the influx of Jews from Israel and elsewhere around the world.

But in 2013, there were 1,275 anti-Semitic offenses recorded in Germany, including 1,218 perpetrated by members of the extreme Right. Thirty-one incidents were attributed to foreigners, and 26 were carried out by others, according to the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism.

The number and frequency of anti-Semitic incidents across Europe is rising, in Germany as well.

Anti-Semitic Incidents Grow in 2015 In March 2015 alone, there were seven reported anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, among the many others reported elsewhere as well. Following are brief descriptions of what happened just last month in Germany:

In Offenbach, Germany, a Turkish soccer club published an ad in Turkish that included the slogan, “Don’t give your money to Jewish insurance company Allianz.” The club has since renounced the ad.

Also in March, the gate to the Jewish cemetery in the German community of Osterburg was destroyed. Vandals broke the locks so the gate cannot be closed, with a swastika carved into the metal on a Star of David. The wall was also cracked. Vehicle marks are visible on the road as well.

The same day, German neo-Nazis in “The Right” political group sent one-way flight boarding passes to Jewish organizations as a means of joining the international discussion about the security of European Jewry.

Also that day: In Murnau am Staffelsee, a vandal sprayed a swastika and the words “Arbeit macht frei” (the famous death camp slogan ‘Work sets one free”) on the ceiling of the recess hall at the city high school.

In Stralsund, an obscene form of grafitti was found scrawled on the “Haus der Gewerkschaften” (Unions House) and aimed at a picture of a Star of David. Below, the symbol for Anarchist was scrawled as well, but in different handwriting.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-murder-victim-never-made-it-to-chabad-seder-in-berlin/2015/04/08/

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