Antisemitic incidents from around the world, January-June 2012 a partial list.
Plainville, NY, January 3: State and Nassau County public officials, along with local religious leaders, will stand on a lawn in Plainview and denounce hatred and antisemitism. The office of state assemblyman Charles Lavine, D-Glen Cove, along with Nassau County legislator Judy Jacobs, D-Woodbury, will join Plainview-area clergy members and other community leaders at the home of Burton Radish, a retired school administrator whose outdoor menorah was desecrated by vandals during Hanukkah. "This desecration of a religious symbol under the cover of darkness is a cowardly act," Lavine said. "An attack on any religion is an attack against every religion. Prejudice is un-American and must neither be tolerated nor enabled." "Vandals in the dead of night" destroyed the five- foot-high menorah that stood at Radish's front yard on Gerhard Road," Lavine's office said in a statement. "The ancient symbol of Judaism and the emblem of the State of Israel ... was ripped from his yard, thrown into the street, run over and destroyed." Nassau County police are investigating the vandalism. There have been no arrests.
"You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey. You go to LA and they own all the Rolex and diamond places. Walk down a part of LA where we live and it is so rich it smells. You ever smell rich? They are all Jews, hallelujah. Amen."
--Minister Keith Hudson, estranged father of U.S. pop singer Katy Perry
Santiago, Chile, January 5: Antisemitic conspiracy theories have appeared on Chilean Web sites following the arrest of an Israeli tourist in connection with a devastating forest fire. Rotem Singer, 23, has been questioned by police for allegedly starting the blaze at the Torres del Paine National Park (Patagonia) by failing to extinguish burning toilet paper. He has denied any involvement, but has been ordered to remain in Chile while the investigation is carried out. If convicted, he could face a fine and up to 60 days in jail. His arrest has been fruit for conspiracy theorists, who are blaming Israel for this fire and a wave of similar ones that swept Chile over the last week. According to the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, Chilean Web sites have suggested that Israel and the Jews deliberately started the fire. The hate monitor said that users had posted "hate-filled comments," linking the fires to an old antisemitic trope known as the "Andinia Plan." The "plan" is based on the idea that Jews want to create a state in Patagonia by any means possible. A Chilean congressman, Fuad Chahin, asked his Twitter followers to consider the possibility that Singer had been sent to Argentina by Israel after "killing Palestinian children."
Great Neck, NY, January 4: Nassau County police are investigating swastikas on a 1998 Mercedes-Benz parked at the Babylonian Jewish Center in Great Neck. "This is not just an act of hatred. It's an act of violence against Jews," said mayor Dan Levy of the village of Saddle Rock. "It's a symbol of many years of torture, killing, of eradication of the human race, and it goes beyond the violation of the car." Police say they believe the two swastikas were scratched into the car sometime between 4:30 p.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. Saturday. "It's horrible. It's horrible," said village resident Gloria Guerra. "Whoever did it should be disciplined." According to detectives, a 39-year-old male victim left the car parked last night before attending services; his 16-year-old son made the discovery. Rabbi Nir Shalom says the owner is unnerved, as is his congregation. "He's very religious and it hurts him," he said. "Sometimes people, they harm other people and they don't know who they are. They think they are an enemy." "We remain strong and that our community can grow as a result of this and become even stronger," said village resident Nathan Yadgar. Detectives are urging anyone with any information on this to call police.
Rome, January 9: Police in Turin are investigating a high school teacher who threatened in a Facebook post to massacre Jews and go "target shooting" against African immigrants. Police searched the home of Renato Pallavidini January 6 and seized computers, a flash drive, and CDs; he could be charged with racial hatred. Five years ago, Pallavidini was penalized for Holocaust denial. The Italian media last week reported that on December 29, Pallavidini posted a picture of Adolf Hitler and Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini shaking hands, with a post reading "Warning to dirty bastard Jews who control us from the land of s-- and fags called California. If you remove this picture, I will go to the synagogue very near to my house, with my pistol, and gun down some parasite Jews." He also reportedly published a post on December 23 asking who would join him in "target shooting" against African immigrant street vendors near his home.
Budapest, January 9: According to a recent survey, antisemitism is on the rise, and, as a result of "Jobbik's influence," antisemitic rhetoric has become more and more legitimate in public discourse. This is understandable, as without brainwashing no political support is possible. Andras Kovacs, a sociologist in Central European University, systematically studies the rise and consolidation of anti-Jewish prejudice in Hungary. The Jewish-Hungarian magazine Szombat had featured his recent survey, from November 2011, on the front page. Based on a sample of 1,200 individuals, 24% of all adult Hungarians find Jewish people repugnant, despite the fact that between 1993 and 2006 this number ranged between 10 to 14 percent. The relative rate of antisemitic prejudices had lowered somewhat during that period, compared to last year, though, according to Kovacs, this may have been affected by a large number of incidental daily events. "The number of Hungarians who find Jews repugnant had significantly increased prior to the election years, a fact indicating that political endeavors augment anti-Jewish sentiment--namely, that the 'Jewish Question,' becomes a regular component of some political campaigns," says Kovacs.
New Jersey, January 9: Rabbi Nosson Schuman suffered minor burns in an incident at Beth El Synagogue in Rutherford. It was the fourth antisemitic incident in the past month in Bergen County. On January 4, a Paramus synagogue was hit by an arson attack, and in December, two temples were vandalized. No arrests have been made. "We don't know if we're looking at one person or a group of people," said Bryan Travers of the FBI's Newark division. In November, vandals smashed windows at five stores owned by Jewish merchants in Middlesex County.
New York, January 11: The sale of swastika earrings at a Brooklyn jewelry store is the latest example of antisemitism in New York and New Jersey, politicians and advocates told FoxNews.com. Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer demanded that the store--Bejeweled, on Manhattan Avenue in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn--immediately remove the earrings. "Let me be clear--a swastika is not a fashion statement," Stringer said in a statement to FoxNews.com. "It is the most hateful symbol in our culture, and an insult to any civilized person." But the store's manager, Young Kim, defended the $5.99 earrings, saying the swastika is a symbol of eternity in Tibetan Buddhism, not just a symbol popularized by Nazi Germany.
London, January 16: London School of Economics students are facing disciplinary action after participating in a Nazi- themed drinking game during the Athletics Union's ski trip, held at a French mountainside resort in December 2011. Later that night, two students were involved in an altercation; one of them sustained a broken nose from the incident. Nazi Ring of Fire involved arranging cards on the table in the shape of a swastika, and required players to "Salute the Fuhrer." A video featuring students making antisemitic comments was uploaded to Facebook, but has since been removed. "LSE Students' Union Jewish Society (J-Soc) and the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) are appalled by a reported antisemitic assault that occurred after a Jewish student objected to a Nazi-themed drinking game that was being played by his fellow students on a recent LSE ski trip in France."
London, January 17: Less than a month after Britain's biggest bookstore chain, Waterstones, had to apologize because branches in Yorkshire, Manchester, Liverpool, and Cheshire "pushed Adolf Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf as the 'perfect' Christmas present" (as reported in the Guardian), the book is back in the news with yet another British company promoting it. According to a report in the Telegraph by Matthew Day, London-based publishing house Albertas Press has decided to publish the book in Germany--even though it's been effectively banned there by the copyright holder--by exploiting what it thinks is a loophole in German copy-right law.
Vilnius, Lithuania, January 17: The Lietuvos rytas Web site (Lrytas.lt) published an article by veteran Holocaust denier Petras Stankeras--who was forced out of his Interior Ministry post in November 2010--which was a republication of an article by Stankeras that had appeared earlier in KultUros barai, considered to be an elitist magazine. Geoff Vasil, a senior analyst for the Holocaust watchdog Web site DefendingHistory.com, reported December 27, 2011, on a similar sequence where a fascism-friendly article by Stankeras was reprinted in the mainstream daily on December 26, 2011, after being premiered earlier in Kultwos barai. After the turn of the year, on January 12, an antisemitic article written by another author, also published in Lietuvos rytas, drew the rapid attention of a Facebook thread and was pulled.
New York, January 19: Vandals slapped swastikas and the words "Die Jews" on four Midwood properties in a new wave of antisemitic attacks over the weekend but, in a bizarre twist, cops say the perpetrator may be Jewish! Police arrested David Haddad of Manhattan on Monday on tips from neighbors and family that he had made threatening, antisemitic phone calls and scribbled racist symbols on doors in both Brooklyn and Manhattan between December 11 and January 12. The police say he's a suspect in last weekend's Midwood hate spree, but have yet to arrest him for the crime. Multiple properties in the quiet neighborhood were disfigured by the repulsive messages, sending waves of agitation through a community all too familiar with bias attacks: according to the FBI's latest hate crime statistics of the 922 bias attacks committed across the country in 2011, 887--or more than two thirds--were directed at Jews. "It's just the latest in a series of ongoing antisemitic occurrences in Brooklyn," said Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park). "People are justifiably very concerned and upset."
Berlin, January 23: A group of experts commissioned by the German parliament concluded that antisemitism could be found "right at the heart of society." "Antisemitism in our society is based on widespread prejudices, deeply rooted cliches, and sheer ignorance about Jews and Judaism," one of the experts, historian Peter Longerich, said at the launch of the report in Berlin. One of the places where antisemitic utterances are most frequently heard is on the football field. Chants such as "Jews belong in the gas chambers," "Auschwitz is here again," and "Synagogues must burn," are often heard during lower league games. And in many schools "You Jew!" is used as a general insult. Overall, the report found, latent antisemitism is to be found in around 20 percent of the population.... 90 percent of antisemitic crimes are carried out by far-right members.... there are about 26,000 neo-Nazis in Germany. Hatred of Jews is also found among different Islamist groups. The domestic intelligence agency estimates that there are 29 Islamist groups in Germany, with around 37,400 members. And antisemitism is also a "constituent element of their ideology."
London, February 1: Four British men pleaded guilty to involvement in an alQaeda-inspired terror cell that was planning attacks on the London School of Economics and the American Embassy, as well as hits on London's mayor and two rabbis. The men were among nine defendants facing trial in London over an alleged plot to attack the exchange and several other high-profile targets in December 2010. All had initially pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them. But on Wednesday, four of the defendants pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to involvement in the Stock Exchange plot, and the five other British citizens to lesser charges. The suspects, aged between 20 and 30, were arrested in London, Cardiff, and Stoke-on-Trent in central England, in what police called the biggest anti-terror raid for two years.
Manchester, UK, February 2: Nearly half of the 586 antisemitic crimes reported in the UK were in Greater Manchester, the Community Security Trust (CST) said. The overall UK figure was the fourth highest since records began in 1984. Greater Manchester police said the increase reflected a greater reporting of incidents. There were 244 reported antisemitic crimes in Greater Manchester--including street attacks, threats, vandalism, and the desecration of Jewish property--with 201 in London. London's Jewish population stands at 149,800 compared with Greater Manchester's 21,700, the researchers said. One incident of "extreme violence" took place when a Jewish family was filling up their car at a gas station. "As one of the family members crossed the forecourt in order to make payment, a car containing two white women reversed sharply into her, knocking her to the ground," the CST report said. "The occupants then got out of their car, shouted 'Dirty Jew,' and spat at the injured woman lying on the ground, before getting back into the car and driving away."
Budapest, February 2: Around 300 people gathered outside Budapest's New Theater to protest its new director, an actor with links to far-right parties. Dozens of members of extreme-right groups seeking to disrupt the protest, some wearing face masks and shouting racist slogans, were kept nearly a block away from the theater by police in riot gear. A few were detained by police, state news wire MTI reported. Gyorgy Dorner became head of the theater Wednesday after being named by Budapest mayor Istvan Tarlos; Tarlos picked Dorner over the theater's previous director, Istvan Marta. Dorner initially named far-right playwright and politician Istvan Csurka, also known for his antisemitic articles, as the theater's artistic director, but Tarlos blocked the plan. Dorner has described himself as a "national radical" and has taken part in rallies of the far right party Jobbik, which won nearly 17 percent of the votes in the 2010 elections. Dorner is also known in Hungary as the voice of Eddie Murphy and Bruce Willis in dubbed films.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, February 2: Police are investigating after several vehicles and houses in Dundas were marred by a variety of hateful messages, including "Kill the Jews," "Hitler," and at least six swastikas. Vandals wielding spray paint and markers struck at 12 homes on four streets early on the morning of February 2, Hamilton Police Service detective sergeant Tom Andrew said. The worst messages were both antisemitic and racist: a swastika and "Hitler" on a rear deck, two swastikas and "I hate niggers" on the doors of a double garage, and a swastika and "Kill the Jews" on a different garage door. Swastikas were also painted on two vehicles. Other messages did not have racial or genocidal overtones, but many made liberal use of profanity.
Kaunas, Lithuania, February 16: With attention focused on the central Vilnius neo Nazi march, which received government permission, slated for Lithuania's Independence Day March 11--now the subject of an international petition on Change.org--there was minimal foreign interest in today's Independence Day neoNazi march and demonstration in central Kaunas, Lithuania's second city. The March 11 independence day marks the date in 1990 when Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union. Today's holiday is on the date of the 1918 declaration of independence, which heralded the rise of the modern Lithuanian state in the twentieth century. Both dates are revered by the country's diverse minorities and factions.
Paris, February 16: The year 2011 saw a 16.5% drop in antisemitism in France, according to a study released by the French Service for the Protection of the Jewish Community (SPCJ) together with the French Interior Ministry. The study, released late January to accompany International Holocaust Remembrance Day and now in its sixth year, recorded 389 incidents of antisemitism in 2011, compared to 466 in 2010, making it the lowest number in ten years. The number of violent anti-Semitic incidents, however, remained the same as those recorded in 2010, and there was even a rise in the severity of the level of violence. The main source of the drop in recorded antisemitic incidents was the decline in malicious graffiti and slanderous letters. The number of recorded attacks stood at 127, mainly comprising damage to property, vandalism, and direct violent attacks. The report also recorded 144 cases of malicious threats, threatening actions and curses, and 46 antisemitic publications. About 50% of the total number of antisemitic incidents occurred in greater Paris.
Paris, February 27: A Paris university has been forced to close for two days because of the "public order" threat posed by a group of anti-Israel activists. The group, called Collectif Palestine Paris-8, was initially given permission to hold a conference on the campus of Paris-8 University to examine Israel's "apartheid" practices. The event was billed as a chance to explore the "new sociological, historical and legal methods of internationally boycotting Israel."
Munich, February 27: The German police opened an investigation following an outbreak of antiemitism and racism incidents during the training of the Bundesleage 1. FC Kaiserslautern on Sunday, German public broadcasting corporation SWR reported Monday. Israeli FCK soccer player Itay Shechter was targeted with antisemitic statements, and two stadium visitors reportedly welcomed the FCK soccer players with a Hitler salute. A police spokesman said the elements of the offense probably fall under the category of incitement to hate, according to the report. The soccer club asked the authorities and police to strongly pursue the matter and evaluate the criminal aspects, and called on the approximately 300 participants who were present on Sunday to help with the investigation. The police, who were at the game, did not eject the participants due to "deescalation reasons."
London, March 2: Nick Clegg asked Lady Tonge to apologize and withdraw her comments earlier this week, but the peer refused and has now been required to withdraw the party whip. During a talk at Middlesex University, she claimed Israel would "reap what it has sown" if the United States decided to withdraw its support, telling students the country 'would not be there forever." Asked if Clegg has been too quick to disown her on BBC Radio 4's Today program, she replied: "I think very hastily and I think ill advisedly. He's going to have a lot of flak about it, I do know that. Of course, I always have an enormous amount of flak and I am quite used to that. But I have also had an enormous amount of support." Lady Tonge refused to back down over the comments and stood by them on the program.
Prague, March 7: A Hungarian government official rejected charges of antisemitism in the asylum case of Hungarian- Jewish writer Akos Kertesz. Following Kertesz's political asylum request last week to Canada, the head of the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance in Hungary denied the charges. Zoltan Nemeth said the stripping of Kertesz's honorary citizenship by the Budapest City Council had nothing to do with the author's religion or ethnicity, the Hungarian News Agency reported. The incident arose from an article by Kertesz in a Hungarian language American newspaper in which he referred to Hungarians as "genetically subservient" in being unable to accept responsibility for crimes against Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust. Though Kertesz later removed the offending phrase, the city government still withdrew the honorary citizenship.
Berlin, March 14: A Dutch public broadcasting network last month offered its viewers a board game featuring Israeli settlers who use "Jewish stinginess" and "the Anne Frank card" to colonize the West Bank. Organizations combating antisemitism have called on the Dutch government to persuade the network, VPRO, to halt the downloading of the board game. A VPRO representative said the game was not antisemitic, but rather a thought-provoking satire. The game, called "The Settlers of the West Bank," is based on the multiplayer hit "The Settlers of Catan," first released in Germany in 1995. The Dutch variant appeared in 2010 on the VPRO Web site--a self-described "liberal-Protestant network." In the game, the user is a settler trying to expand his community and mine diamonds and Dead Sea mud while producing textiles and bulldozers. Players can use the "Jewish stinginess" card to force competitors to hand over resources. The instructions refer three times to the "nation's typical mercantile spirit." Terrorist attacks are described as a natural result of settlement expansion. "Saw wood, and you get wood chips: Not everyone's happy with the Israeli settlements. Least of all the terrorist," the instructions explain. One day later, VPRO removed from its Web site a game decried by human rights groups as antisemitic.
Rome, March 15: Police in northern Italy have arrested a Morocco-born man suspected of planning terrorist attacks on a Milan synagogue and other targets. Mohamed Jarmoune, 20, who has lived in Italy since childhood, was arrested in the province of Brescia, according to Italian news reports. Investigators reportedly found a document on his computer analyzing the security measures of Milan's main synagogue.
Toulouse, March 19: At least two people were also injured in the attack outside the Ozar Hatorah school in the northeast part of the city. Police are hunting for the gunman, who witnesses said was riding a black scooter. The attack comes days after three soldiers were shot dead by a man on a scooter in the same part of France. President Nicolas Sarkozy, his education minister, and his interior minister are traveling to Toulouse, in southwest France. The grand rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, who is also on his way to the city, said he was "horrified" and "stunned" by what had happened.
New York, March 21: A new report by the U.S.-based NGO Anti-Defamation League shows that antisemitic attitudes in 10 European countries, including Poland, remain at "disturbingly high levels." Released one day after a tragic shooting at a Jewish day school in Toulouse, France, that left three children and a teacher dead, the ADL study reveals that antisemitic attitudes are stronger in Europe than in the United States. The results are based on a survey of 5,000 adults in January 2012, in 10 EU countries: Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In comparison to the previous study, which was conducted in 2009, Hungary saw the greatest increase in overall antisemitic sentiment--rising from 47 to 63 percent. Hungary (63 percent), Spain (53 percent) and Poland (48 percent) were the three countries where surveyed individuals expressed the highest levels of antisemitic attitudes (Austria 28%; France 24%; Germany 21%; UK 17%; Italy 35%; Holland 10%; Norway 16%).
Berlin, March 26: Ilmar Reepalu, the Swedish social democratic mayor of Malmo, said on Thursday in an NEO magazine interview that the Swedish Democratic party has infiltrated the town's Jewish community to spread hate of Muslims. Reepalu's comments triggered outrage from Sweden's central council of Jews last week. Lena Posner Korosi, the chairwoman of the central Jewish council in Sweden and the Jewish community in Stockholm, termed Reepalu an "antisemite" in the Swedish Christian daily Varlden idag because of his hate directed at Jews. In 2010, a group of Swedish Muslims in Malmo, a city of 290,000 now constituted approximately 20 percent of Muslim immigrants, shouted "Sieg Heil" and "Hitler, Hitler" and threw rocks and bottles at a small group of Jews who were peacefully demonstrating in support of Israel. Reepalu said at the time that Sweden's Jews were largely culpable for the violence inflicted on them because they didn't "distance" themselves from Israel and the IDF operation during the Gaza War. "The community chose to hold a pro-Israel demonstration," he added.
Chicago, March 29: A local Jewish leader called the spray-painting of the words "Jews murder" outside a synagogue in the Lake View neighborhood "a sad reminder of the persistence of antisemitism." Police said they were notified of the graffiti on the Anshe Emet synagogue in the 3700 block of North Broadway about 6 a.m. March 28. "Today, we have received yet another sad reminder of the persistence of antisemitism," Dan Elbaum, Chicago director of the American Jewish Committee, said in a statement: "The words 'Jews murder' and 'Jews kill' are particularly galling given last week's murder of four French Jews by an attacker claiming to be motivated by events in the Middle East."
Toronto, March 30: For the first time in the country's history, the Canadian Jewish community has decided to establish a citizen security service, in light of the growing antisemitism in the country and around the world. The security service will be run by the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, a Canadian Jewish lobby, to protect Jewish citizens and locations frequented by members of the community. The program, called "Community Security Network," will operate parallel to, and in coordination with, local security services. The pilot program will take place in Toronto, home to the largest Jewish community in Canada of about 200,000 people. Following that, the program will be replicated in all Jewish communities around the country.
Cairo, April 1: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has reversed its pledge not to contest Egypt's presidential elections in May, nominating one of its deputy leaders, Khairat al-Shater. The endorsement guarantees al-Shatar a place among the frontrunners after the group initially said it would not field a candidate. The Islamist group said it had reversed its decision not to contest the presidency to ensure the success of Egypt's revolution and the transfer from military to civilian rule. The Brotherhood already dominates Egypt's newly elected parliament and the panel that has been set up to draft a new constitution.
Stockholm, April 1: An art exhibition called "The Holy Land--The Holey Land" in Immanuelskyrkan, a church in Stockholm, is astounding. Anti-Israel propaganda is common, but this is something else; the artist accuses Judaism of being inherently destructive. The organizer of the exhibition is the Swedish Christian Study Center, a nongovernmental organization with an office in Jerusalem. Before the event, the Simon Wiesenthal Center protested the Christian organization's publicity poster, which portrays Israelis as rats and the West Bank as cheese. The painting Golden Parachute alludes to both greed and dishonest covenants; with his black hat as his parachute, the huge dark Jew is descending toward land. In other pictures, the effect of the influence of the mythical Jew is all too apparent: Jesus weeps tears of blood over the riches of Israel, and the trees of Palestine are dead. A bank note cast in concrete--the wall again--carries the words "Bank of Sweden," "false," and "wallet." Another black hat covers one of Jerusalem's city gates. The stone face has soulless eyes and the gate is its mouth. The Jew shown in The Jew has devoured the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the only colorful object in the picture. As a more materialist sort of gangster, this personification of the stereotypical Jew appears in a black hat, black sunglasses, a gun belt, and a Magen David instead of a sheriff's star--or the yellow star ... On the walls of this Stockholm church are Israeli flags without Stars of David. The white field is clean; it is Judenrein and "Zionistenrein." As though all this were not enough, an image of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus as Palestinian refugees perpetuates the myths of deicide and child-killing. A sad, long line of refugees marches alongside a wall with barbed wire and a watchtower, a reminder of concentration camps. Graffiti on the wall behind the holy family says, "Refugees since [no date]." It is as though human beings, perhaps humanity, have been running away from the Jews since Jesus was born.
Budapest, April 4: A far-right Hungarian lawmaker was urged to resign after making a speech in Parliament that was widely criticized as antisemitic. In his speech, Zsolt Barath criticized the verdict in a well-known, 19th-century court case that had found several Jews innocent of murdering a Hungarian peasant girl. That verdict stoked antisemitism in Hungary at the time and led to disturbances in cities across the country. On Tuesday, Barath, of the far-right Jobbik party, commemorated the case by claiming the judge had proof of the defendants' guilt but succumbed to pressure to acquit them to avoid seeing Hungary bankrupted by international financiers.
And on the gentiles God will pour The boundless riches of His grace. What the Jews foolishly foreswore He makes of us--a chosen race.
--National Icelandic Broadcasting Service, April 9, 2012
Kiev, April 10: Israel's ambassador to Ukraine, Reuven Daniel, visited the Kiev hospital where a 25-year-old yeshiva student, Aharon Alexander, has been hospitalized in critical condition. Alexander was assaulted in what some are saying was an antisemitic attack as he left a local synagogue on the Passover holiday.
Paris, April 12: French comedian Dieudonne is a well-established provocateur a Jew-baiter whose most recent show was called Mahmoud, after Iran's Holocaust-denying president. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the performer's next movie is titled L'Antisemite (The Antisemite) and features dialogue such as "It's clear the Jews control everything--the media, finance, politics. We no longer have a choice. We must"--here's the ostensible punch line--"exterminate them." New Yorker movie critic Richard Brody reports that Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson appears for several minutes in the movie, which Le Monde says was co-produced by Iran. The film is in the news because France's League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism is fighting to get it banned for being antisemitic and denying the Nazi genocide. Denying the Holocaust is a crime in France. A lawyer for Dieudonne argues that his client is just kidding around.
Carrickfergus, North Ireland, April 25: A Northern Irish schoolboy has suffered antisemitic abuse and a physical attack after a chance remark during a Holocaust history lesson, his family has claimed. The mother of Matthew Lough, 14, says he has had to take time off from Carrickfergus College on the East Antrim coast after being taunted as a "Jew boy," having swastikas daubed on his schoolbooks and finally undergoing a physical assault. The Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed that it was investigating the Lough family's allegations of antisemitism. The family said that after a lesson on the Shoah and Matthew's revelation that his maternal great-great-grandmother was Jewish, bullies started a campaign against him. "It started last year with the swastikas drawn on his books, he was called 'Jew boy'; and one fellow pupil even told Matthew: 'It's a pity that the gas chambers were not still open, so we could deal with you.' This was before the physical assault," Sharon Lough told the Guardian.
New York, April 27: Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young has been arrested on a hate crime assault charge after police say he attacked a group of men and yelled antisemitic epithets. According to the police, Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York, not far from Times Square. A group of about four Chicago tourists staying there were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke. As the group walked up to the hotel doors, Young started yelling antisemitic epithets. Police say it's not clear who he was yelling at, but he got into a tussle with one of the Chicago group, who sustained scratches to his elbows. Police were called, and Young was arrested. He was first hospitalized because he was believed to be intoxicated.
Tunis, April 28: Tunisian president Al-Muncef Al-Marzouki was to attend this year's conference for Palestinians in Europe, held in Denmark. Adel Abdullah, the secretary general of the Palestinians in Europe conference, told Quds Press on Saturday after meeting with the Tunisian president that he experienced absolute solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people. He said that Marzouki's stand was not a surprise, as he is well known for his human rights activity and constant support for the Palestine cause.
Montreal/Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, May 1: A few weeks after thugs vandalized several Jewish-owned summer cottages in the Laurentians, a human rights organization says antisemitic incidents were on the rise in Montreal last year. There were 303 incidents reported in Montreal, a 9.4 percent increase from the 277 cases documented in 2010, according to the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada, which released its annual audit of antisemitic incidents across Canada. Vandalism against Montreal's Jewish community jumped from 51 cases in 2010 to 75 in 2011. A third of all hate crimes reported to Montreal police in 2011 were against Jews, Montreal lawyer Steven Slimovitch noted. In Manitoba, there were three separate cases, including an incident at Oak Park High School, where a Jewish student's hair was set on fire with a lighter. In the same month, the second case of antisemitic violence in Manitoba involved a male student at the University of Winnipeg. According to the student's report to B'nai Brith Canada, he was "accosted by another male student and told to 'get that disgusting Zionist star [Star of David necklace] off.' Then he flipped out and came to me and basically threatened to kill me, calling me 'a dirty Zionist fascist.' Then he grabbed the necklace and pulled it." In the third case, a 70-year-old man in Gimli was targeted for repeated harassment by a condo neighbor, said Alan Yusim, Midwest regional director of B'nai Brith Canada. "The neighbor got drunk one night ... and grabbed the elderly man and pushed him," Yusim said. Police were called and a restraining order was placed against the neighbor. Nationally, there were 1,297 reports to B'nai Brith Canada of acts motivated by hate, including harassment, vandalism, and violence. In Manitoba, there were 78 such cases last year, compared to 60 in 2010.
London, May 2: Is it possible to measure antisemitism and to influence its spread in society? Two German researchers who specialize in cultural economics claim that it can. Nico Voigtlander and Hans-Joachim Voth combined historical data with current statistics. The results of their research, entitled "Hatred Transformed: How Germans Changed Their Minds about Jews 1890-2006," were published this week on the research portal of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, based in London. A significant finding: Your place of birth has a great influence on your level of hatred toward Jews (and foreigners in general). In some areas, for example, 87 percent of the respondents were convinced that the Jews brought persecution onto themselves; in contrast, in other places the number of respondents who agreed with this belief was 38 percent of the population. At the top of the list, however, is Lower Bavaria, where the study found the highest rate of antisemitism. The result was clear: The young can be manipulated by massive indoctrination, but only to the extent that the new, radical beliefs are not completely at variance with preexisting norms.
Paris, May 6: The French Finance Ministry froze the assets of a radical imam from Tunisia who is under the threat of expulsion for antisemitism, an official announcement said. Mohammed Hammami, 76, who has lived in France for decades, was accused in January by interior minister Claude Geant of making "violently antisemitic remarks" as well as calling for women to be "whipped to death" for adultery. Hammami was hospitalized in February for what his lawyer said was psychological and physical shock from the accusations, and was unable to attend an expulsion hearing.
Athens, May 8: Jewish leaders in Greece expressed concern and disappointment after the Fascist Golden Dawn party was poised to enter the Greek parliament for the first time. With most of the ballots counted, Golden Dawn received nearly 7 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections, as Greeks punished the mainstream parties they blame for the country's financial crisis and accepting harsh European austerity measures. "It is very disappointing that in a country like Greece, where so many were killed fighting the Germans, that a neo-Nazi party is now in parliament," David Saltiel, president of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. It was a major victory for Golden Dawn, whose flag closely resembles the Nazi swastika.
Toronto, May 9: A Toronto Islamic school under police investigation over its "antisemitic" curriculum has apologized to the Jewish community and promised to review its teaching materials. The East End Madrassah acknowledged in a press release that passages of its texts that refer to "crafty" and "treacherous Jews," and contrast Islam with "the Jews and the Nazis," were a mistake. "We unreservedly apologize to the Jewish community for the unintentional offense that the item has caused," it said. "Our team of scholars has already undertaken to review all texts and material being used in the curriculum to ensure that our teachings are conveying the right message."
Los Angeles, May 9: Vidal Sassoon has died. Too young to serve in the Second World War, at age 17 Sassoon joined the 43 Group--an underground Jewish veterans' organization that fought antisemitism by breaking up Fascist meetings in East London. In 1948, at the age of 20, Sassoon joined the Haganah and fought in Israel's War for Independence. In 1982, he established the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Berlin, May 13: An Italian court moved forward with its decision to compel an Italian journalist to pay a 25,000-euro fine because he satirized a cartoon by Vauro Senesi that depicted the Jewish Italian politician Fiamma Nirenstein in classic antisemitic terms, according to critics in Italy and the U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League.
Glasgow, May 16: Police in Glasgow have charged six people over the creation of an antisemitic Facebook page that mocked the Jewish community of Giffnock. The page, which attracted nearly 1,000 "Likes" while it remained live, was called "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock." The page's profile picture was a photograph of the late Rev. Ernest Levy, a Holocaust survivor and prominent Glasgow communal leader. The page's creator joked: "They have a Gaelic translation in the train station; Hebrew would have been more appropriate." Fans of the page posted comments ranging from "Jewish scum" to "F--the Jewish Zionist," while another person wrote: "Hebrew is not needed in the train station [because] all the Jews are f--ing rich c-- they have gold plated Bentleys." Five adults and a child have now been charged with a breach of the peace with "religious and racial aggravations." Police made the arrests on Friday after searching homes in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire and seizing computers.
London, May 17: A BBC public opinion survey on 22 countries places Israel in the company of North Korea, ahead only of Iran and Pakistan.
Warsaw, June 1: With the European Football Championships just around the corner, the public debate on antisemitism and racism in general is gaining momentum in Poland, out of a fear about disruptions by extremists during the games. Security authorities across the country have been put on alert ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012, which is set to begin in Poland and Ukraine on June 8. In Warsaw alone, 10,000 police will be deployed to ensure appropriate audience conduct among the hundreds of thousands of soccer fans arriving from everywhere. In addition, the Polish press has given much focus over the past few days to condemning any form of hostility to minorities, including Jews. Newsweek even devoted its entire last issue to the matter: Jesus and Mary appear on the front cover, with Stars of David on their clothes, accompanied by the headline "Jesus, Maria, Jews! How contemporary Poland handles the shame of anti-Semitism."
Villeurbanne, France, June 3: The Interior Ministry says an attack by 10 assailants on three people in southeast France was antisemitic and has called for the assailants to be brought to justice. The office of interior minister Manuel Valls said that police were mobilized to arrest those behind the attack a night earlier in Villeurbanne, near the city of Lyon. The ministry said the assailants wielded a hammer and an iron bar. One victim sustained an open wound to the head, and another suffered a neck injury; two of the victims were hospitalized. Both men wore Jewish skullcaps.
Budapest, June 8: About 120 Hungarians donned paper yellow stars with the word "Jude" ("Jew" in German) written on them and lined up on the bank of the Danube in downtown Budapest to protest recent antisemitic and racist incidents in Hungary. Local media said the demonstration was a Flashmob organized on Facebook. The protesters staged the demonstration outside the building hosting the offices of members of Parliament. The state news agency MTI said several demonstrators told its correspondent that even though the Hungarian government had stated that it intends to protect Jewish Hungarians, concrete actions, rather than words, were needed. One example, they were quoted as saying, would be for the government to back down on including openly antisemitic authors in the national school curriculum.
May it [Israel] be destroyed. May it be colonized. May it be wiped off the map. May a wall fall on it. May it disappear from the universe. God, please have it banished.
--Egypt's Amr El Masry's hit song "I Love Israel" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC5czUoiK08
London, June 12: The Tories' organizational grouping in Europe is facing an embarrassing split after a controversial Polish priest who runs a radio station that broadcasts antisemitic views was invited to the European parliament by one of its MEPs. Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, whose Radio Maryja has been condemned by Jewish organizations and the Vatican for its extreme views, was invited last week to Brussels by a Polish MEP from the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), the anti-federalist group. The invitation has angered some Tory MEPs, including one who has written to Polish colleagues demanding that members of the group never again invite someone with antisemitic views to Brussels. The split is an embarrassment for the Tories because the ECR, which was formed two years ago, is closely associated with David Cameron. It comes as Poland's attitude toward racism is being scrutinized during the Euro 2012 Football Championship, which the country is co-hosting with Ukraine.
The Hague, June 18: Inadequate registration of antisemitic crimes by European Union countries makes it impossible to accurately assess its prevalence, the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights said. The Vienna-based EU made the claim in a working paper titled "Anti-Semitism--Summary Overview of the Situation in the European Union 2001-2011." The 55-page report states that "A small minority of member states operate official data collection mechanisms robust enough to provide a picture of the situation," listing France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and, "to a lesser extent," Belgium. The report notes that Hungary, Latvia, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, and Cyprus do not collect data on antisemitism specifically. Data from Estonia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia were "not available." Denmark and Lithuania can offer "little" and "scarce" information, respectively, on the phenomenon. "No clear-cut conclusions can be drawn on the situation of anti-Semitism in the EU on the basis of the data that are currently available," the report states. Poland, according to official data, reported 25 antisemitic cases. Greece reported three cases and Ireland two cases. France's government watchdog registered 389 cases in 2011, 466 incidents in 2010, and 815 instances in 2009. The Community Security Trust of Britain's Jewish community counted 585 antisemitic incidents in 2011. Germany's "political crimes" police unit recorded 1,188 antisemitic incidents in 2011 and 1,192 cases in 2010.
Buenos Aires, June 20: Jewish soldiers will be recognized for their service during the Falklands War, and the antisemitism they suffered will be acknowledged. DAIA, the Jewish political umbrella in Argentina, will host the ceremony for the soldiers who fought in the war 30 years ago. "I was insulted as a Jew," said Silvio Katz, an Argentina army veteran. "Our superiors told the other soldiers that the Jewish soldiers would betray them in combat. I was tortured. I was forced to put my hands, legs, and sometimes my head in cold water in the cold climate of the islands. They told me that this punishment was because I was a Jew."
Cairo, June 24: The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi has been declared Egypt's first post-revolutionary president, bringing an end to days of feverish speculation amid increased divisions and polarization. Morsi won with 51% of the vote. Second-place Ahmed Shafik, Mubarak's final prime minister, took 48%.
New York, June 26: A man in an Elmo costume was ejected from Central Park and hospitalized after going on an antisemitic rant in the middle of the New York landmark. While the man's name was not released because he was not arrested, police said that Monday's incident was not the first time he had dressed as the Sesame Street character and gone on a racial rant. Videos of the costumed Elmo's antisemitic comments began to circulate Sunday and show him directing bystanders to read The International Jew by Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer who was known for his antisemitic views. "I'm not making money because the Jewish costume company is harassing me," said the man, caught on video. "That's why I'm doing it and that's why I want people to read The International Jew, because if you start your business in this city, Jews will harass you." The man also complained that he wasn't making any money because of "Jewish cops and company."
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|Publication:||Journal for the Study of Antisemitism|
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