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Muslims Planning ‘Shadow Holocaust’ Event on Dutch Memorial Day

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

A Dutch Muslim group is planning to commemorate “the ethnic cleansing of Palestine” on Holland’s memorial day for victims of Nazism.

The Platform Bewust Muslim group is planning to hold the ceremony on Sunday at a mosque in Hilversum, near Amsterdam, under the banner “Palestine, the Shadow Holocaust,” the Jewish television channel Joods Omroep reported Monday on its website.

The event was advertised as a symposium offering “a review of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the passive attitude of the international community.”

May 4 is the Netherlands’ official day for Remembrance of the Dead, when commemorations are held for Dutch civilians and members of the armed forces killed by enemy forces in terrorist attacks or in combat. Many of the events are designed to commemorate victims of Nazism, often with an emphasis on Holocaust victims.

Hilversum has received 45 objections urging that the municipality prevent or postpone the event, Joods Omroep reported. Some complaints also were made to the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, a watchdog group based in The Hague.

Hilversum Mayor Pieter Broertjes told the Joods Omroep that he is discussing the relevant issues with organizers, “including the possibility of postponement.”

One of the complainants is Jack Justus, who was among the leaders of a campaign that ended with the issuing of an injunction in 2012 banning the town of Vorden from advancing plans to memorialize German soldiers on May 4 along with their victims. Memorial organizers had said it was a gesture meant to promote world peace and reconciliation.

But “the Hilversum commemoration tops it all,” Justus told the Joods Omroep. “It’s an enormous insult to victims, survivors and their descendants.”

Separately, Landerd canceled plans to unveil a memorial plaque on Sunday for a German pilot who was shot down over the eastern Dutch town during World War II, the Omroep Brabant reported Monday. The cancellation followed a complaint by Justus and Federative Jewish Netherlands, the Jewish group that had obtained the injunction in 2012.

JTA

California School District Cancels Lesson on Holocaust Denial

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Students at a school in California who were given an assignment to compare propaganda with actual evidence on the Holocaust have instead been told to abandon the project.

The order came following a firestorm of criticism and at least one death threat aimed at Southern California’s Rialto Unified School District, which assigned the homework.

According to a report published in The Daily Bulletin newspaper, the project was assigned in April to 2,000 13-and-14 year old eighth grade students, as follows:

Shen tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence. For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual historical event, but instead is a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain.  Based upon your research on this issue, write an argumentative essay, utilizing cited textual evidence, in which you explain whether or not you believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain. Remember to address counterclaims (rebuttals) to your stated claim. You are also required to use parenthetical (internal) citations and to provide a Works Cited page.”

It had first been reviewed by a committee of eighth grade teachers, and sent to middle school sites in February for comment prior to distribution to the students. No objections were raised at the time, according to the spokesperson.

But the district found itself under siege on Monday, with the switchboard lines ringing off the hook.

At least one person called police repeatedly threatening death to a district spokeswoman Syeda Jafri and the interim school superintendent Mohammad Z. Islam. The incident is under investigation.

But also among the critics was Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, who slammed the assignment as inappropriate.

Rabbi Cooper told FoxNews.com on Monday, “Whatever the motivation, it ends up elevating hate and history to the same level… We should train our kids to have critical thinking, but the problem here is the teacher confused teaching critical thinking with common sense, because common sense dictates you don’t comingle propaganda with common truth.”

The rabbi advised the district to instead assign students to research the issue of Holocaust denial and meet with local survivors of the Nazis.

The school district responded in a statement saying the interim superintendent will speak with its educational services department to “assure that any reference to the Holocaust ‘not occurring’ will be stricken from any current or future argumentative research assignments. The Holocaust is and should be taught in classrooms with sensitivity and profound consideration to the victims who endured the atrocities committed,” the statement continues. “We believe in the words of George Santayana, ‘Those who cannot learn from history are bound to repeat it.”

The Los Angeles office of the Anti-Defamation League said it was satisfied with the district’s actions by Monday. “It is ADL’s general position that an exercise asking students to question whether the Holocaust happened has no academic value; it only gives legitimacy to the hateful and anti-Semitic promoters of Holocaust denial,” Associate Regional Director Matthew Friedman was quoted as saying, after having spoken with the interim superintendent on Friday.

“ADL does not have any evidence that the assignment was given as part of a larger, insidious, agenda,” a blog post quoting Friedman continues. “Rather, the district seems to have given the assignment with an intent, although misguided, to meet Common Core standards relating to critical learning skills.”

In a number of European countries today — including Germany — Holocaust denial is a criminal offense for which one can be sentenced to prison. The Nazis exterminated six million Jews out of a total of some 11 million victims murdered between 1933 and 1945, in the Holocaust that took place prior to and during World War II. Some two-thirds of European Jewry was wiped out in the slaughter, which ended with the defeat of Nazi Germany by the U.S., UK and their Allies.

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Lawmakers Summon Foreign Minister over Holocaust Condemnation

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The foreign minister of Iran was summoned to a closed session of the country’s parliament to clarify public comments he made condemning the Holocaust.

Some 54 hard-line lawmakers signed the petition summoning Mohammad Javad Zarif to the session, Reuters reported, citing the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

The Holocaust was “tragically cruel and should not happen again,” Zarif said earlier this month at the Munich Security Conference.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad often practiced Holocaust denial in public speeches.

JTA

Pigs’ Heads Sent to Rome’s Synagogue, Jewish Museum

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Several pigs’ heads were mailed in boxes last week to Jewish institutions in Rome, including the city’s main synagogue and the Israeli embassy, according to a report in La Repubblica Saturday.

Police intercepted the package that was mailed to the embassy in the prestigious Parioli neighborhood of Rome, after similar “gifts” had been received by the synagogue and the Jewish Museum of Rome.

“Those who insult the Jewish community offend Rome,” said Rome’s mayor Ignazio Marino in a tweet. “We reject the intimidation outright.”

The synagogue’s parcel was delivered Friday moments after staff had received an anonymous phone call warning about a bomb delivered to them.

Bomb disposal experts were rushed to the scene, only to discover a pig’s head, which they believe came from a slaughterhouse.

According to La Repubblica, Rome has seen an unprecedented level of antisemitic intimidation, in anticipation of International Holocaust Memorial Day, Monday, January 27, which is the day of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Allies. The packages included bizarre references to Theodor Herzl, founder of the political Zionist movement, and Holocaust denial slogans, which police believe were intended to “scare the Jewish economy.”

Police are investigating fingerprints and DNA traces found on the packages, which had been secured with packing tape and delivered by the same postal company, TNT. The three parcels arrived at TNT on the evening of January 23 and shipped from a fulfillment center in the southern part of Rome.

On Saturday morning, swastikas and antisemitic slogans have appeared on the walls of buildings in Rome’s third sub-municipality. One of the inscriptions reads “The Holocaust is a lie,” and another is a slur against Anne Frank.

Yori Yanover

Turning a Blind Eye to Islam’s Long Standing Jew Hatred

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Being a son of a Holocaust survivor I am often drawn to matters that have to do with Antisemitism, and on occasion I surf the net looking for new answers to why the hate towards Jews has endured for so long. Several weeks ago, I chanced upon the web site of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. At the bottom of the page under ‘Learn About, Remember, and Confront,’ in bold red letters, there was the heading “Antisemitism.” A click of the mouse redirected me to a section entitled “The Longest Hatred,” which explores the history of Antisemitism from the early church days to the Nazi era. The section covers a period of almost 2000 years, and I was surprised to learn that there was not even a single mention of Jew hatred and Antisemitism in Islam.

In another section, devoted to Holocaust denial, there is a timeline of Holocaust denial that begins in 1942 and ends in 2010. Of 32 pivotal items, only two are concerned with Arab Holocaust denials. One has to do with a Moroccan-Swedish author Ahmed Rami, and the other with Iran’s ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The fact that the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, wrote his 1982 doctoral thesis “The Secret Connection between the Nazis and the Leaders of the Zionist Movement,” in which he denies the Holocaust, and claims that only one million Jews were killed, is not even mentioned.

When it comes to the origins of Antisemitism, the conventional finger often points in the direction of Christian Europeans and away from Islam. The overly exaggerated relative prosperity that some Jews enjoyed during the the so called “Golden Age” of Spain tends to divert attention from a long history of Islam’s Jew hatred. Muslim Antisemitism is well documented in the Geniza documents, in the Hadith and the Quran, all of which are painstakingly detailed in Andrew Bostom’s book “The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism.” A University of Haifa survey of 2009 revealed that 40.5 percent of Israeli Arabs claim the Holocaust never happened. According to the Washington Post, “Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia all promote Holocaust denial and protect Holocaust deniers.” Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, a co-founder of Hamas, insisted that the Holocaust never occurred, and that Zionists funded Nazism.

Denying the Holocaust is one thing, but inventing a whole new form of Antisemitism, and a race based hatred, the kind the Nazis practiced, is a whole lot different. After all, by the time the Nazis came on the scene, Antisemitism has been around for for almost 2000 years. Yet the prevailing wisdom is, and most scholars of Antisemitism agree, that racial Antisemitism was a Nazi original, a new twist in the old practice of Jew hatred. More recently, much has been written about Islamic Antisemitism and its Nazi roots, and the connection between the Arab world and Nazi Germany, but maybe the reverse is closer to the truth, and Nazi Antisemitism had it’s roots Islamic beliefs and practices.

The Quran is replete with comments about Jews. Many are positive and many are offensive, denigrating, and full of Jew hatred. When one considers the Islamic concept of abrogation (Naskh wa Mansukh), whereby the more recent of Muhammad’s revelations cancel out and replace the older ones, matters become much clearer and the seeming contradictions regarding attitudes towards Jews can be easily explained. It becomes evident that when he was militarily weak Muhammad’s pronouncement about Infidels were kindly and respectful, but as Muhammad became more powerful and confident his animosity and hatred of the Jews became more vitriolic. The genocidal beheading of all the men (some 600-900) of the Jewish tribe of Medina Banu Qurayza by Muhammad and his followers, serves as a model of treatment of infidels for Muslims to this very day.

Igal Zuravicky MD FACC

Hordes of Nazis Visiting the Jewish Press, Get Out the Good Kristall

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Last week I published here an article about an international committee that set out to establish, once and for all, what constitutes Holocaust denial. I wrote the story in near-deadpan delivery, believing in the power of the nonsensical assertions on the part of the government official making those pronouncements to provide its own tongue in cheek: the newly accepted definition of a holocaust denier is “anyone who doubts the number of Jews killed, who denies the existence of the gas chambers, as well as anyone who claims the Jews have brought on the holocaust intentionally, to serve their own ends, such as the establishment of the State of Israel, and also anyone who includes the 1939-1945 holocaust among other great tragedies in human history.”

The child of a Holocaust survivor, I’ve long since learned to own my father’s experience and my own consequent complex emotional ties with those dreadful years. I also believe I’ve earned the right to speak out on these issues honestly and fearlessly. There are no sacred cows in my Holocaust meadow.

I also believe the Holocaust is a purely Jewish issue, painfully intimate, like the destruction of two temples we mourn on Tisha B’Av. Who the heck cares what some gentile thinks about Tisha B’Av? In that same vain, who the heck cares if some gentile denies that my grandfather, Chanina Yanover, may God avenge his blood, was murdered in Auschwitz?

But I didn’t add that last paragraph, just relied on the deadpan delivery to deliver the message.

And then the Nazis showed up, at the comments section. I’m saying “Nazis” for shorthand. I’m sure many of them are not Nazis, not even remotely related to any Nazi or neo-Nazi group, but when there’s a wave happening, it tends to obscure the subtle differences between innocent commenters and dedicated followers of the Führer. For sure, my article was cited lavishly on neo-Nazi forums out there, and their readers took the link ride over to our own corner of the Web.

Here’s a chilling one, from Jonna Larsen, of Lyngby, Kobenhavn, Denmark:

“The time is not far away when Jews like Moshe Kantor, president of EJC, Abe Foxman, of the ADL and Zuroff and Cooper from the Wiesenthal Center, as well as a whole bunch of other prominent censorship promoting Jews, will fall victim to the laws they designed themselves. “

OK, very critical but still reasonable. Then she writes this:

“I seriously think of finding a good opportunity to put one or more of these people on trial for their endless slander and hate speech against white people, Christians, whole Nations and other groups and individuals who oppose the efforts of international Zionist Jewry to darken the world with their heinous proposals for censorship and state prescribed enforced history, thereby undermining the very corner stone of Western Civilization.”

Now, that’s Nazi talk, girl, don’t you know that? Don’t you know if you keep talking like that you’ll get a hairy, Chaplin style moustache growing right under your nose? Oh, but she goes on:

“The main part of organized Jewry is a threat to all other peoples on earth wherever it manifests itself politically. Always mongering for war, always (more or less legally) bribing their way in order to get the results they want. More special rights for Jews, including animal abuse and bodily mutilation of infants, more wars for Israel, mass immigration, censorship and hate speech laws for the Goyim.”

And she’s frothing at the mouth at this point, making it difficult to understand which specific Jew things she’s hating.

So that one was truly vile. At that point, our website boss, Steve, who had been fighting bravely to chop off those five-headed dragon messages, was getting a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome. The last time he had to work so hard to clean up the messages was when I suggested the Turkish head of Intelligence who sold out Israeli agents to Iran deserved a spanking, causing approximately half of Turkey to visit us and express their unintelligible indignation. And before that, he had to fight the anti-Turks, when we ran here a few items by Turkish Muslims who love Israel. man, that caused a stir.

Yori Yanover

International Forum Regulates Holocaust Denial

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

See a response to the comments in this article here: Hordes of Nazis Visiting the Jewish Press, Get Out the Good Kristall.

The International Alliance for Holocaust remembrance (IHRA), comprised of 31 member states, the UN and UNESCO have accepted a universal definition of holocaust denial. (Editor: You can see real, live examples of holocaust denial and antisemitism in the comments below).

According to Gideon Bachar, the head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry department for the fight against antisemitism, who represented Israel in the discussions, the newly accepted definition of a holocaust denier is anyone who doubts the number of Jews killed, who denies the existence of the gas chambers, as well as anyone who claims the Jews have brought on the holocaust intentionally, to serve their own ends, such as the establishment of the State of Israel, and also anyone who includes the 1939-1945 holocaust among other great tragedies in human history.

However, according to Wikipedia, In 2007 the IHRA expanded its thematic mandate to include the genocide of the Roma. This would seem to be in conflict with Bachar’s point about the holocaust remaining a distinctly Jewish event, incomparable with any other case of human suffering.

Bachar told Israel Radio that the new universal definition does not have a legal validity, but it may help in the fight against holocaust denial and antisemitism.

IHRA, which used to be called called the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF) until January 2013, is an inter-governmental organization established in 1998. The organization’s mandate is founded on the principles laid out by the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust.

On January 29, 2000, the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust was attended by 23 Heads of State or Prime Ministers, and 14 deputy Prime Ministers or Ministers from 46 governments. Yehuda Bauer headed the academic committee, and Elie Wiesel was the Honorary Chairman of the forum. A joint declaration was unanimously adopted, as follows:

1. The Holocaust (Shoah) fundamentally challenged the foundations of civilization. The unprecedented character of the Holocaust will always hold universal meaning. After half a century, it remains an event close enough in time that survivors can still bear witness to the horrors that engulfed the Jewish people. The terrible suffering of the many millions of other victims of the Nazis has left an indelible scar across Europe as well.

2. The magnitude of the Holocaust, planned and carried out by the Nazis, must be forever seared in our collective memory. The selfless sacrifices of those who defied the Nazis, and sometimes gave their own lives to protect or rescue the Holocaust’s victims, must also be inscribed in our hearts. The depths of that horror, and the heights of their heroism, can be touchstones in our understanding of the human capacity for evil and for good.

3. With humanity still scarred by genocide, ethnic cleansing, racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, the international community shares a solemn responsibility to fight those evils. Together we must uphold the terrible truth of the Holocaust against those who deny it. We must strengthen the moral commitment of our peoples, and the political commitment of our governments, to ensure that future generations can understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences.

4. We pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education, remembrance and research about the Holocaust, both in those of our countries that have already done much and those that choose to join this effort.

5. We share a commitment to encourage the study of the Holocaust in all its dimensions. We will promote education about the Holocaust in our schools and universities, in our communities and encourage it in other institutions.

6. We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honor those who stood against it. We will encourage appropriate forms of Holocaust remembrance, including an annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance, in our countries.

7. We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust. We will take all necessary steps to facilitate the opening of archives in order to ensure that all documents bearing on the Holocaust are available to researchers.

8. It is appropriate that this, the first major international conference of the new millenium, declares its commitment to plant the seeds of a better future amidst the soil of a bitter past. We empathize with the victims’ suffering and draw inspiration from their struggle. Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity’s common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.

The stated aims of the IHRA are to mobilize and coordinate political and social leaders’ support for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research at national and international levels.

Yori Yanover

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