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Polish Court Orders German TV to Apologize for Claiming Shared Responsibility for Auschwitz

Monday, December 26th, 2016

A Polish court of appeal last week ruled that German public television network ZDF must apologize on its website to Karold Tendera, a Polish Auschwitz survivor, for using the term “Polish death camps” to describe Auschwitz and Majdanek, the Polish Press Agency PPA reported.

Tendera sued over the promotion for a ZDF documentary about the liberation of Majdanek and Auschwitz in occupied Poland. In the promotional material on the zdf.de website, the channel used the expression “Polish death camps.” The description was changed after the Polish authorities had protested.

In August 2016, the Polish cabinet of Prime Minister Beata Szydło and her Law and Justice party approved legislation that would outlaw the use of the phrase “Polish death camps.” It was expected to pass by wide margins in the Parliament, also dominated by Law and Justice. Under the law, a person who uses a phrase such as “Polish death camp” may be sentenced to up to three years in prison. This also includes anyone claiming that the Polish people or state were responsible for the crimes of the Nazis or collaborated with them or with other crimes against humanity or committed war crimes.

Anyone minimizing the role of those “truly responsible” for these crimes, meaning Nazi Germany, would be subject to the same punishment.

The punishment would apply equally to Polish citizens and foreign nationals and would include anyone who violated the law unintentionally, meaning without intending to harm Poland’s reputation. The legislation would also apply to anyone who deliberately or mistakenly refers to the Auschwitz extermination camp, which Nazi Germany built on occupied Polish soil, as a “Polish camp.”

Yad Vashem criticized the Polish bill, warning that its approval in parliament would be considered Holocaust denial and a regression in Poland’s efforts to face its dark past.

Many Jewish Holocaust survivors who grew up in Poland remember the vast majority of Poles as Nazi collaborators who turned-in their Jewish neighbors en mass. They point out that in a country with some three million Jews, fewer than 10,000 Poles risked their lives to save Jews, while most Poles expressed their tacit approval to the rounding up and murdering of their Jewish neighbors, and numerous Poles aided the Nazis in identifying the Jews in their midst.

Many Jewish survivors suggest that the reason the Nazis picked Poland for their hellish death camps was because they expected that Poles, whose government had instituted anti-Semitic racial laws several years before the 1939 invasion, would be hospitable to the death camp enterprise.

In fact after the war had ended, there were reports of pogroms by Poles against Jewish survivors who had returned home from the camps.

Polish journalist Jerzy Haszczyński wrote that when the phrase appears in foreign media, it “insidiously suggests that our state and our people were responsible for German crimes,” but confessed he wasn’t sure whom the law targets. “Almost every use of the phrase that I can recall ended with a profuse apology,” he noted.

The ruling by the court in Kraków overturned part of a verdict by a lower court which last April found that ZDF had damaged Tendera’s dignity as well as his national identity, but cited the fact that ZDF had apologized to the plaintiff in a personal letter as reason to dismiss his complaint.

JNi.Media

Senior Israeli TV Editor: I Will Not Let my Children Enlist [video]

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

On the Friday night Channel 2 news magazine Friday Studio, Arad Nir, who is foreign-news editor for Channel 2, declared: “I want a referendum! A referendum on who wants to send his children to enlist in this army. And I do not wish to send my children to this army. I would vote No in such a referendum.”

Arad Nir, who has a degree in veterinary medicine and speaks fluent Esperanto, used to co-host a sex-advice show with Dr. Ruth Westheimer. He is a familiar anchor on Channel 2 news shows.

The context for Nir’s confrontational statement was the issue of IDF soldiers being used to entertain American visitors as a way to solicit donations. A case in point was a recent visit of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to an IAF base, which was greeted with base soldiers forming the name Google with their bodies on the tarmac.

Nir said he couldn’t understand why the taxes Israelis pay are not enough to sustain IDF soldiers, and then declared he would not allow his own children to enlist.

Back in 2012, Channel 2 viewers ran a petition online calling for dismissing Arad Nir over a pro-Arab interview with a resident of Gaza during the 2012 war, an interview that offered no reference to the Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilians which spawned the war.

JNi.Media

Shiloh Musings: Holocaust Memorial Day, When Even Mourners May Watch TV in Israel

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

One of the big adjustments for me as a mourner of a parent, a status that lasts a Jewish Year, is that I’m not permitted to watch my usual entertainment on the television, or my favorite movies–mostly old musicals– on DVD. I’ve been listening to a lot of shiurim, Torah and Tanach (Bible) classes from the computer, mostly Matan where I study, and I have no problem with newscasts.

In Israel there are two days a year when all the television programs suit the restrictions of mourners. As according to Jewish Tradition, the day begins at night, so last night on the Eve of Holocaust Memorial Day there were all sorts of television shows about the Holocaust, survivors etc. One I found particularly annoying and political; it was on Israel’s Chanel 1. Their news editors do their best to turn even the weather into complaints about the government, and they had an “expose`” of sorts emphasizing the difficulties many elderly “survivors” have financially and how some sort of fall between the bureaucratic cracks, because they don’t fit the clerical and/or legal definition of “survivor.”  They may have been too young or escaped too early or stayed in Europe too long to get German reparations which helped so many people financially. And now they are decades past retirement age, and like many elderly, have serious financial problems which they hope the Israeli Government can solve.  I changed channels.

I caught another program with interviews and films of survivors returning to their “former homes/countries” where they had suffered. There was also a Holocaust movie with Daniel Craig that I watched a bit until they had a crazy scene that meshed together Jewish wedding music and a battle.

Everyday fewer and fewer survivors, witnesses to the atrocities of the Nazis and too many others remain alive and/or capable of telling their tales. Yad Vashem and the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive are rushing to film and tape everyone who can possibly tell a first person tale of the Holocaust and survival. A friend of mine and her siblings recently accompanied their father back to Europe on a trip filmed by one of these groups.

The Holocaust was a very black and evil time in World History, and we shouldn’t forget that it happened in advanced and cultured Europe. That’s a message we must take to heart, and that is why I consider the terrible anti-Israel/antisemitic rhetoric coming out of even the most respected, academic and “open/Liberal” universities all over the world so troubling. The distortions in their thinking, teaching and ideologies are even more dangerous than  Hitler’s rantings and Mein Kampf.

I see myself as a realist, a pragmatist. Do you agree?

Batya Medad

US Show Compares Israeli PM to Taliban

Monday, December 29th, 2014

An American television show has caused offense by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader.

The show Homeland aired an episode in which two characters discussed a fictional Taliban terrorist, with one saying the terrorist had “killed 36 Americans.” The other replied, “Menachem Begin killed 91 British soldiers at the King David hotel before he became prime minister.”

Decades before he was Israel’s prime minister, Begin ran the underground paramilitary group Irgun, which fought to free the fledgling Jewish state from British colonial rule and to defend it against its enemies.

In 1946, Irgun fighters planted bombs in the King David hotel. They then repeatedly called the hotel to warn that bombs had been planted – but the officers who took their call refused to evacuate. The bomb went off with the building still occupied, killing 91 people, 28 of them British citizens.

Begin was not a part of the attack, but accepted responsibility as the head of the group.

Staff at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center slammed Homeland for comparing Begin to a killer. The Irgun repeatedly made efforts to avoid casualties, they argued – a stark contrast to the Taliban.

Homeland recently caused offense in Pakistan due to its depiction of the country’s intelligence services as complicit with terrorism.

Jewish Press News Briefs

The Stars Keep Falling on Israel

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Efforts to bring Hollywood stars to Israel have extended to include Latin America, with a delegation of TV personalities and news executives arriving Monday from Central and South America as well as from the United States for a week-long visit.

The trip was announced by America’s Voices in Israel (AVI), part of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and is partly sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, David InterContinental Hotel, Inbal Jerusalem Hotel and El Al Israel Airlines.

The latest visitors will tour Israel’s burgeoning hi-tech and medical industries and listen to briefings with the IDF, Israeli diplomats and Knesset Members.

Among the personalities in the Latin-American delegation are superstar Mexican actress and comedienne Angelica Vale, best-selling author Teresa Rodriguez, who also is the first woman to anchor a national newscast in the United States, and media and [political strategist Alida Garcia, who orchestrated a large turnout of Latino voters for President Obama and now works for Mark Zuckerberg’s new advocacy organization.

Also in the group is Otto Padron, President and CEO of the Muruelo Media Holding, based in Los Angeles.

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

Cantor: Peace Progress Requires Palestinian ‘Cultural Mind-Shift’

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the House Majority Leader, said while leading a trip of 28 congressmen to Israel that he doesn’t envision progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict until there is a Palestinian “cultural mind-shift.”

“Until that point comes, I don’t think that there will be much progress,” Cantor said at a press conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the Jerusalem Post reported.

In the midst of renewed Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, the Facebook page of the Presidential Guard of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas recently featured a photo illustration with the PA flag superimposed on the Western Wall, Palestinian Media Watch reported. Additionally, Palestinian Authority TV (PA TV) recently offered $100 prizes in man-on-the-street interviews with Palestinians who identified Israeli territory as part of “Palestine.”

Regarding Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement on Monday that the U.S. views all Israeli communities located beyond the pre-1967 lines as “illegitimate,” Cantor said the “discussion of territory, lines, towns and settlements is predicated upon the Palestinians first agreeing” to Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

Cantor also criticized celebrations held by the PA for the first 26 terrorists released this week in the first phase of Israel’s prisoner release for Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.

“If there is a celebration of violence, reverence pointed toward terrorists, that is not something that can fit squarely with the notion of a lasting peace,” Cantor said.

JNS News Service

Video: Camp Jihad

Monday, August 5th, 2013

This film was shot on location in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) facilities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, by a TV crew hired by the Nahum Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research.


David Bedein

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