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Palestinian Unknowingly Sells Banksy Mural to Gaza Artist for $175

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

A 33-year-old Gazan who sold his bombed-out iron-and-brick doorway to a local artist for NIS 700 (about $175) says he was tricked.

He had no idea that the image of a goddess holding her head in her hand was spray-painted on the door to the remains of his two-story northern Gaza home by a British graffiti artist named Banksy.

Banksy, whose true identity has never been revealed, is from the western British city of Bristol. He is known for painting his murals in unexpected places – famous for it, in fact – and last summer apparently sneaked into Gaza, leaving behind at least four of his works. Banksy also painted a playful kitten and a scene of children swinging in play from a military watch tower. He allegedly entered the enclave via a tunnel from Egypt, according to his publicist, Jo Brooks.

Gaza artist Gelal Khaled says that he did not intend to dupe anyone, but instead bought the painting to protect its artistic value and preserve it from damage. He also said he hopes to display it in other places as well and claimed he has no monetary interest in the painting.

The Gaza artist added that he has been in touch with Banksy’s representatives, however, to request permission to display the mural at Gaza art exhibits.

Some of Banksy’s pieces have sold for more than half a million dollars; a mural painted in 2013 on a shop in London sold for $1.1 million at a private auction.

Rabea Darduna, a father of six whose door became the canvas on which Banksy chose to paint, told the Reuters news agency by telephone he had “no idea what the value of that painting was, or who this Banksy is.

“I heard it can be sold for millions. If I had known, I would never had sold the door so cheap. Now I want it back.”

Anti-Semitic Thugs Attack Stamford Hill Synagogue, Worshipers in London

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

A gang of around 20 young men in the Stamford Hill section of London stormed a synagogue in the neighborhood late Saturday night. The gang yelled obscenities and threats, beat worshipers and vandalized property according to IsraelHatzolah’s official Twitter account.

British police told media in a curt statement they were treating the incident as an anti-Semitic incident due to “a remark” made by one of a group of drunken men who tried to break into the synagogue after leaving a nearby party just after 1 am local time. Six were arrested, police confirmed, on charges of assault and disturbing public order.

The police statement hardly describes the siege that was underway before help arrived.


One member of the Ahavat Torah congregation who witnessed the attack said the mob shouted “We will kill you!” He also said they physically assaulted the worshipers inside the synagogue and tore apart prayer books.

One Jewish man was beaten about the face and had a tooth knocked out after he tried to apprehend one of the attackers on his own and haul him off to police, having spotted the scene while passing by.

Police said they have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the community – but if so, none were around when this attack took place.

A new Campaign Against Anti-Semitism hotline is about to be launched in response to the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain over the past two years. Prime Minister David Cameron was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner for the nation’s Community Security Trust (CST) last week. The organization monitors anti-Semitic activity in the country. In his speech, Cameron announced a series of financial measures totaling more than 11 million British pounds Sterling to support Jewish community security across the country.

“At a time when once again the Jewish communities of Europe feel vulnerable and when anti-Semitism is at record levels here in Britain I will not stand idly by,” Cameron vowed. “I will not turn a blind eye to the threats that the community faces. If the Jewish community does not feel secure then our whole national fabric is diminished… We are going to fight anti-Semitism with everything we have got,” he promised.

Al Qaeda-Linked Al-Shabaab Calls for Attacks on ‘Jewish-Owned’ Malls in UK, Canada & USA

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The Somali al-Shabaab terror group linked to Al Qaeda has called on Muslims in the West to “answer the call” and attack “American and Jewish-owned” shopping malls in the UK, US and Canada.

In the 77-minute video the speaker, whose face was covered, said, “We call upon our Muslim brothers, particularly those in the West, to answer the call of Allah and target the disbelievers wherever they are,” said a speaker wearing a military jacket, face covered.

Suggesting the Mall of America – the largest mall in the United States – the speaker displayed coordinates for the site on the screen. The “twin cities” of S. Paul and Minneapolis are home to the largest population of Somali immigrants in the U.S. More than a few are known to have traveled from there to the Mideast and Africa to fight with radical Islamist terrorists.

The threat has become a raison d’etre for America’s Department of Homeland Security, which was slated for shutdown this week.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday that the propaganda video released Saturday by al-Shabaab, made clear “why I need a budget.” The video also called for attacks on Oxford Street in London and two Westfield Malls in Stratford and White City as well as Canada’s West Edmonton Mall in Alberta – the largest shopping mall in North America.

In an interview over the weekend on CNN, Johnson said “It’s absurd that we’re even having this conversation about Congress’s inability to fund homeland security in these challenging times.”

Attack on London Kosher Restaurant Appears to be ‘Random’

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

London police said an attack on a kosher restaurant in London on Wednesday was not a terrorist attack and probably was not anti-Semitic

No customers were in the restaurant when the sound of gunshots was heard. Further investigation suggested that windows of the Orli kosher restaurant had been shattered, “possibly by marbles” or objects other than bullet.

No one was injured.

The Jewish Community Security Trust tweeted: “At this stage we believe it probably wasn’t anti-Semitic but police are investigating.”

Police told the London Jewish News that up to four other buildings and cars not owned by Jews also were targeted, apparently by the same source. “It appears to be completely random” and there “doesn’t appear to be any obvious motive,” officials added.

Anti-Semitism More Than Doubles in UK, Figures Show

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom has more than doubled over the past year, according to figures gathered by the Community Security Trust. (CST)

When the incidents were broken down by category, the highest spike was seen in abusive behavior, which nearly tripled since 2004, but which more than doubled from 2013 to 2014 – a total of 884 incidents last year alone.

In fact, incidents of damage and desecration nearly doubled; the number of assaults were up by 25 percent and the number of threats (92) increased by 142 percent. The highest spike was in anti-Semitic literature, which was six times higher in 2014 than in 2013.

The greatest rise in incidents recorded by the CST in its annual report occurred in London (583) and Manchester (309) in northern England. Included were 81 violent assaults. One case involved a baseball bat and a glass.

Odd, and sad: in 2013, the same organization recorded its lowest number of anti-Semitic incidents for eight years commented David Conn, a commentator for The Guardian.

Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May called the statistics “deeply concerning,” according to Reuters.

Prime Minister David Cameron had already told parliament last Wednesday, “We need to do everything we can to help this community feel safe and secure in our country… I would hate it for British Jews not to feel that they have a home here in Britain – safe, secure and a vital part of our community.”

Really? Seriously? How perfectly splendid. But perhaps Cameron should give this a teensy bit more consideration: after all, even his fellow MP Ed Miliband is being targeted. Where does it end?

British MP Ed Miliband is not excluded from being targeted on Twitter by local anti-Semites, regardless of his liberal views.  This post was uploaded quite recently.

British MP Ed Miliband is not excluded from being targeted on Twitter by local anti-Semites, regardless of his liberal views. This post was uploaded quite recently.

It is no surprise to any thinking individual that a survey last month found that 25 percent of Britain’s Jews have spent the past two years mulling the prospect of leaving the UK for good. The survey, conducted online by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, found that 56 percent of Jewish people in the UK believe anti-Semitism now “echoes the 1930s.” More to the point, 58 percent said they believe Jews have “no long-term future in Europe.”

Holocaust denial is not unusual among anti-Semites although some validate the genocide and in fact praise it, saying Hitler "didn't finish the job." In the case of this post to Twitter from the UK, it was the former.

Holocaust denial is not unusual among anti-Semites although some validate the genocide and in fact praise it, saying Hitler “didn’t finish the job.” In the case of this post to Twitter from the UK, it was the former.

As a matter of fact, students at a small Jewish elementary school in London were drilled on how to respond in case of a terror attack.

Perhaps that’s not a bad idea. Last week a far-right neo-Nazi group announced plans to hold a march under the banner, “Liberate Stamford Hill” next month to protest “Jewification of Great Britain.” Stamford Hill is an area of London that is home to the highest concentration of Orthodox Jews in the country.

The group, which also calls itself “Liberate Stamford Hill” has planned its rally for March 22 at 2pm local time in the Stamford Hill district. For obvious reasons, the CST has expressed concern.

Anti-Semitic Rally Opposing ‘Jewification’ of Britain

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

For anyone who believed the British government tripe claiming “significant progress has been made in partnership with the community in tackling anti-Semitism,” here’s a bit that ought to be a wake-up call – if the Paris attacks didn’t already do that for you.

A group called “Liberate Stamford Hill” has planned a rally for March 22 at 2pm local time to oppose what it calls the “Jewification of Great Britain.”

The rally is set to take place in a district of northern London that is home to the highest concentration of Orthodox Jews in Europe.

Last December (Dec. 29, 2014) Communities Secretary Eric Pickles issued a report claiming Britain had made “great strides” in fighting anti-Semitism, but acknowledged that England still had a long way to go.

“Anti-Semitism and hate crime are completely incompatible with traditional British values and totally unacceptable in our society,” he said.

“Britain is a country where different people get along… while this government has done much to enhance Britain’s status as a safe, tolerant place for Jewish people, it is not a case of job done.” He added that the summer’s spike in anti-Semitic incidents were a “depressing reminder” that hatred still exists and urged councils to “use their position of authority to actively reduce tensions, not stir them up.” Pickles added that the government has demonstrated that “people and groups that espouse extremist views are not welcome in Britain.”

But what about those who already live there?

A Facebook page for the group organizing the March 22 rally in Stamford Hill says “We are demonstrating against the illegal and unlawful Jewish Shomrim Police that are enforcing talmudic law on British streets… These armed thus are impersonating our police yet they have not been arrested in doing so, in fact, they are supported by the Metropolitan police. In Stamford Hill, White are openly spat at in the street and made to feel as if they are Second-Class citizens in their own country, we say ENOUGH White Man. It’s time we fight back!”

Another post by the group reads: “We certainly can’t promise a Nuremberg rally, the budget doesn’t cover that much just yet.”

A third post by the group claims: “The Jews are mobilising an Anti-White army against us. We welcome the opposition, any chance to show how both the Left-Wing and Jews are working hand-in-hand is an opportunity to be taken advantage of.”

And what has prompted this new blaze of irrationality?

A poster hung for modesty in the neighborhood for a one-time event, requesting “women should please walk along this side of the road only,” seems to have been one of the offenses.

The real truth is these people are being driven by plain old-fashioned paranoid crazy anti-Semitism of the same type that drove the Cossacks into their drunken pogroms in Russia a hundred years ago and more.

For example:

“We are demonstrating against the complete Jewification of the borough and by the term Jewification we mean: “Where Jewish culture has occupied white countries, rendering them unrecognisable”… Suffice to say, we have already made contact with the Metropolitan Police and on his website“>they are more than happy to facilitate our demonstration in the borough of Stamford Hill,” writes Joshua Bonehill, an organizer of the rally.

“It’s utter disbelief that the Jews of Stamford Hill have set up their own police force which enforces their own talmudic law on the streets of a White British city. In Stamford Hill, White people are openly spat at on the streets and viewed simply as “Goyim”, slave to the Jew. The Shomrim Police have placed signs around the borough that ask for Women to walk on the opposite side of the road to men, Jewish Paedophiles and grooming gangs go unreported to the police as the Shomrim police cover up for them.

Shomrim Yields Suspects in Wave of NE London Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

The Jewish volunteer police force in northeast London provided valuable assistance to the local police in the arrest of 4 suspects in a rash of anti-Semitic graffiti and vandalism which has terrorized a neighborhood of the Hackney borough of London known as Stoke Newington. The neighborhood is northeast of the center of London. The ages of those arrested are 32, 39, 40 and 43.

Anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas were graffitied onto vehicles, houses and a school. In just one night, up to 20 vehicles were vandalized. In November, over 100 car tires were slashed in an Orthodox Jewish community. Police described the attacks as “racially or religiously motivated.”

anti-semitic vandalism in north London neighborhood of Stoke Newington Dec. 28, 2014

anti-semitic vandalism in north London neighborhood of Stoke Newington Dec. 28, 2014

The Shomrim has been monitoring the situation closely. The coordinator, Barry Bird, said the vandalism was treated as a hate crime and expressed support for the speed and seriousness with which the local police responded.

In a separate incident, early in the morning of Jan. 1, members of the Shomrim noticed a suspect in an unlocked car, attempting to steal valuables. Hackney police were called to the scene and the suspect, a 32-year-old man, was arrested. A few hours later Shomrim members learned the suspect was wanted for three previous offenses in the area.

Other than age and gender, no identifying information about the suspects have been released.

UPDATE: The article has been revised to reflect that the suspect arrested this morning, with the assistance of the Shomrim, was not related to the series of anti-Semitic vandalism. Four suspects have been arrested, however, in connection with the ongoing racist attacks, and the Shomrim assisted with those arrests as well. 

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shomrim-yields-suspect-in-wave-of-ne-london-anti-semitic-vandalism/2015/01/01/

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