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German YouTuber sentenced for hate speech

Controversial, German YouTube star ‘Julien’ has been found guilty of hate speech by Tecklenburg County Court in Germany, for a video he launched last year on his channel, JuliensBlog.

In the video, which received 800 000 hits over four months, Julien launched into a tirade against the striking train drivers’ union, Gewerkschaft der Lokführer. In the rant, Julien remarks that “those vermin [the union] should be gassed” and, “You know how Jews were transported to Auschwitz? That’s where these train drivers should be taken. I’ll drive the train. I’ll even do it for free. And without striking.” The YouTuber accompanied these statements with images of Auschwitz prisoners.

Julien received a 10 month prison sentence with two years’ probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of €15,000 and cover all court costs.

In December of last year, Berlin courts fined Danish imam Sheikh Abu Bilal Ismail €1,300 for incitement to hatred but did not sentence him, following his sermon at a Berlin mosque where he called for the audience to “destroy the Zionist Jews…,” and to “count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one…make them suffer.”

Source: Westfälische Nachrichten

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Antisemitic banner attached to residence in Germany for several months

An antisemitism watchdog in Kassel, Germany, has reported that a banner reading, “Israel are racists like the SS” was attached to the facade of a local residence for several months. Clearly visible to the public from a main road, the propaganda falsely equates Israel to Germany’s Schutzstaffel.

The Schutzstaffel was a group of ‘body guards’ founded by Adolf Hitler, that, by 1939, had amassed over 250,000 troops. It went on to form the foundation of the Nazi regime, which is estimated to have murdered 11-17 million people.

The hateful propaganda material is said to have caused the local Jewish community considerable distress.

Sources: Informationsstelle Antisemitismus Kassel, Wikipedia

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Berlin memorial to child refugees of Holocaust targeted again by far-right

The Refugee Children Movement memorial in the Friedrichstraße area of Berlin, Germany, continues to be targeted by the right-wing, anti-refugee group “Bürgerbewegung Pro Deutschland” (Civic Initiative for Germany).

The memorial commemorates the rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, when the United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig.

In a repeat of January’s hate campaign, the party once again placed their publicity flyers inside an open suitcase represented in the sculpture. In December, flyers from “B.Ä.R.G.I.D.A”, the Berlin branch of Pegida, were also found there.

In November, a woman received antisemitic abuse from a passerby for looking at the memorial.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Mezuzah torn from Jewish couple’s home in Berlin, Germany

RIAS have reported that a mezuzah (a parchment of Jewish scripture fixed within a casing to door frames in Jewish homes) was torn off the entrance to a Jewish couple’s home in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany last week.

The couple live in an apartment that is set back from the street and is only accessible to other residents and visitors to the block.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Growing German far-right increasingly blaming immigration on Jews

Two days ago, The Jewish Press published an interview with an anonymous German peace activist, who warned that the growing far-right in Germany was increasingly “starting to blame its migrant population on the Jews.”

As recently reported, there is an emerging far-right conspiracy theory that terrorism and multiculturalism are ‘Zionist inventions’,  designed to destroy the supposed racial purity of Europe and encourage Jews to emigrate to Israel.

Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “The political mood in our society is clearly drifting off to the right.”

Source: The Jewish Press

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Large-scale, antisemitic graffiti attack on cemetery in Germany still on display, three weeks later

Over forty graves at cemetery in Constance, Germany have been vandalised with graffiti. The desecration — which includes slogans sprayed onto gravestones such as “Jews to the gas” “I hate Germany” “Germany leave Syria” “Kill Christ” and “IS” — is still intact and in clear sight, three weeks on.

The cemetery’s management has said that some graves are listed, which has delayed their repair. The local Jewish community and other visitors to the cemetery, however, have expressed dismay at how the hateful messages continue to be left in clear sight.

A member of the local Jewish community, speaking to Südkurier, remarked that this is the worst antisemitic attack she has witnessed in the city in the forty years she has lived there. She added that she has frequently attempted to initiate discussions between local party and faith representatives, but that her efforts to encourage greater cohesion have been ignored.

Source: Südkurier

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Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf selling out across Germany

Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is proving so popular in Germany since its re-release, demand is outstripping supply and it is virtually impossible to find a copy.

Mein Kampf lays out Hitler’s ideological program by identifying — in lengthy, semi-coherent passages — Jews as racially and ideologically inferior to ‘politically progressive’ and ‘racially superior’ Germany.

Mein Kampf was republished earlier this year for the first time since 1945, following the expiry of its copyright. By 8th January, the book’s publishers, the Institute for Contemporary History,  had received some 15,000 pre-orders. It is currently Germany’s second-best selling non-fiction book.

There is concern within some quarters that many of the orders are from neo-Nazi admirers of Hitler, not academics seeking to study the Holocaust.

Jewish leaders in Germany have recently reported that Jews feel increasingly unsafe in Germany, amidst rising antisemitism and hostility.

Sources: Times of IsraelWikipediaJerusalem Post

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Continued campaign of antisemitic propaganda in Berlin, targeted at Jews and Israelis in their homes

RIAS have reported a sinister development in the campaign of antisemitic propaganda being distributed in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district since October of last year. New reports reveal that similar material has been targeted at Jews and Israelis directly in their homes in Berlin.

Since October, antisemitic propaganda material against “Jewish terror” and “potential attacks on Berlin’s citizens, streets and public libraries” has been attached to cars belonging to Jews and Israelis living in Charlottenburg. Police have advised that other cars were not affected and that this action appears to directly target Jews. In November, identical propaganda material was thrown onto Israelis’ balconies.

In December, the same material was found attached to a Jewish person’s car in Berlin’s Grunewald district, the first recording of such a targeting outside Charlottenburg.

One month later, another member of Charlottenburg’s Jewish community was targeted with material thrown on their balcony, which included a leaflet featuring the Anonymous logo. In the same month, identical leaflets were found attached to advertising displays, again in the Charlottenburg district.

At the end of January, again in Charlottenburg, new leaflets appeared, attached to traffic lights. These warned against “modern, Mossad dazzler attacks” and “TMS!”, possibly a reference to trans-cranial magnetic stimulation.

RIAS are appealing for further sightings and incidents to be reported immediately to www.report-antisemitism.de.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Austrian state prosecutor rules it is “plausible” that Holocaust survivors constituted a “plague” on residents near concentration camps

The prosecution service for the city of Graz, Austria has made a statement that far-right magazine Die Aula was justified in describing liberated prisoners from the Mauthausen Nazi concentration camp as a “plague”.

Over the summer, Die Aula wrote, “The fact that a non-negligible portion of freed prisoners became a plague on people is deemed by the judiciary to have been proven and is only disputed today by concentration camp fetishists.”

Mauthausen was one of the largest slave camp complexes in the German-controlled areas of Europe, with four main sub-camps at Mauthausen and nearby Gusen, and nearly 100 other sub-camps located throughout Austria and southern Germany. The death toll remains unknown, although most sources place it between 122,766 and 320,000 for the entire complex.

Prosecution services initiated legal proceedings against Die Aula on grounds of Holocaust denial and inciting hatred but later dropped the charges. In their statement on the decision, they wrote “It is plausible that the release of several thousand people from the Mauthausen concentration camp presented a burden to the affected areas of Austria.”

Last week, Graz was the location of an act of vandalism against a Holocaust memorial.

Sources: ReutersWikipedia

 

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Manager fails to tackle Holocaust-relativising antisemitism in Berlin, Germany

RIAS have reported an antisemitic incident that occurred at a workplace in Berlin-Mitte, Germany at the end of last year.

The victim was subjected to repeated claims by a colleague that Israel’s conduct in Gaza was equivalent to the Holocaust. When the person objected, the colleague in question began question the person’s “Jewish background”. When it emerged there was none, the colleague changed tack, accusing the affected person of being an “Islamophobe” and “anti-Islamic”.

Their manager requested that “political discussions” not be held in the workplace and granted the victim’s request to work in a different office. Under the EUMC working definition of antisemitism, “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is explicitly antisemitic. As RIAS point out in their report, the manager failed to recognise antisemitism and respond accordingly.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Jewish retirement home defaced with Nazi grafitti in Germany

A Jewish retirement home in the Bornheim neighbourhood of Frankfurt, Germany, was vandalised on Thursday night. The outside walls were daubed with swastikas and SS symbols. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Frankfurt was particularly badly hit by antisemitic graffiti over the summer of 2014, when hatred against Jews found a respectable outlet under the guise of protesting Israel’s defensive military action against attacks from Gaza. Over this period, a synagogue and Anne Frank learning centre in Frankfurt were both desecrated and a Jewish family’s home was sprayed with “Jews out!” messages.

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Source: Frankfurter Rundschau

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Further reports of vandalism against ‘Stolperstein’ Holocaust memorials in Austria

‘Stolperstein’ Holocaust memorials in Graz, Austria, have been vandalised. Police believe the memorials were desecrated with acid or abrasive paint. The matter is now under investigation.

This is the fourth report of vandalised Stolpersteine over the last five months, bringing the total of defaced or stolen Stolpersteine to 42 since October.

The incident in Austria also appears not to be a one-off. Stolpersteine were similarly attacked with an acidic substance in February and March of last year.

Hanno Wisiak, the deputy mayor of Graz, remarked that the political climate there was becoming toxic and the presence of the far-right threatening.

Source: CFCA/Steiermark

 

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German far-right candidate promotes slew of antisemitic conspiracy myths

A board member of the German, right-wing, populist party AfD (Alternative for Germanyhas been exposed as sharing antisemitic propaganda for several years over Facebook. 

Peter Schmalenbach, who sits on the party’s board in Neuwied, is the AfD candidate for state election later this year, but it has emerged that he shared conspiracy theories and antisemitic memes which include:

  • A status update from January of this year, where Schmalenbach writes, “Merkel will not back down [on immigration]. She was put into power by the occupiers, with help from the media and continues to be supported and propped up by that mischpoke today. That bunch have their own rules and regulations and do not abide by German law.” Mischpoke is a Yiddish word, meaning family or group of people, and is rarely used in Germany today.
  • A fabricated quotation by Henry Kissinger, credited as a “Zionist and former US foreign secretary”, stating, “We shall destroy the White race with multiculturalism, as they are too intelligent and therefore a threat to us.”
  • A cartoon suggesting Islamic terrorism is under the covert control of the USA and Jews. This is presumably a promotion of the emerging far-right conspiracy theory that terrorism is an American and Jewish invention designed to encourage Jews to emigrate to Israel and drive Muslims into Europe, thus destroying the supposed racial purity of the continent.
  • An image suggesting Barack Obama’s swearing in as US president, was an in-joke to a slew of prominent politicians and former presidents, all under the control of Israel.

Source: Friedensdemo-Watch

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Synagogues “not part of Germany” a popular response in German video surveying members of the public

German television network Norddeutscher Rundfunk, a Hamburg-based public radio and television broadcaster. has released a video in which German members of the public were asked to decide, from a selection, which subjects “belonged” to Germany and which did not.

The four-minute video shows people selecting between images. Austrian composer Mozart, American automobile firm Opel, the French-German consortium Airbus and sushi are popularly selected as belonging to Germany. People display ambivalence around the Qu’ran, headscarves and mosques. Synagogues are repeatedly selected as not belonging, with one person adding that she was “not in the mood to discuss why”.

Source: NDR.de

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“Jews are infidels and must be killed in a humane manner” not hate speech, according to Facebook

German politician Ismail Tipi shared a screenshot on Wednesday, showing Facebook’s woefully inadequate response to his flagging of another user’s antisemitic, genocidal hate speech.

Tipi flagged a status update by a Facebook user that stated in German: “Jews are infidels and, if needs be, must be killed in a humane manner. Regrettably, they shall spend the afterlife in the depths of hell. The same applies to Christians and members of all faiths except Islam.”

Tipi flagged the status update as containing hate speech. He received a response from Facebook advising the content did not violate their community standards.

Source: Ismail Tipi

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Highly aggressive gang reported on Berlin underground, making threats against “all Israelis”

RIAS have reported a gang traveling the Berlin underground on the evening of 15th January, making loud, aggressive, murderous declarations about “all Israelis”.

The person reporting the incident encountered the gang at Tempelhof underground and overground station. They remarked that the gang was so loud and aggressive, being in the vicinity felt physically threatening.

The gang continued their tirade against the people of Israel at volume, shouting, “I f*** Israel,” and “I f*** every Israeli.” One added, “I’ll push them onto the tracks.”

Increasingly, “Israeli” or “Zionist” is being substituted for “Jew” in violent attacks.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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35 Holocaust memorials vandalised overnight in Berlin, Germany

RIAS have reported that 35 “Stolperstein” Holocaust memorials were vandalised in the Friedenau district of Berlin, Germany on Tuesday night.

Stolpersteine (“stumbling blocks”) are small, cobblestone-sized, brass memorials created to commemorate victims of Nazi oppression. Stolpersteine are usually installed into the ground around the area a victim lived or worked and usually include details such as the victim’s name and dates of birth, deportation and murder.

The 35 Stolpersteine in Friedenau were vandalised with grey, aerosol paint. According to RIAS, Stolpersteine in the area have been regularly desecrated over recent years. Petra Fritsche, who runs the Stolpersteine initiative in Friedenau, regularly receives threats.

On the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht last year, a Stolperstein was stolen from the neighbouring district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.  A similar act of vandalism was carried out in Dresden, Germany, the month before.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

 

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Antisemitic banner at anti-immigration demonstration in Germany

Protesters reportedly displayed antisemitic signs at an anti-immigration demonstration by the right-wing populist party, AfD (Alternative for Germany) in Erfurt, Germany, two weeks ago.

A banner at the demonstration, featured Stars of David and the message: “Angela Muss Weg” (“Angela [Merkel] must go”). The demonstration was the party’s ninth in Erfurt over the past six months. Regional spokesman Björn Höcke addressed the 2000-strong crowd, stating that Angela Merkel is an “evil woman” and that the “multi-cultural revolution will be the end of the German people”.

An emerging conspiracy theory amongst the far-right in Germany is that Angela Merkel is a mentally-ill, covert Jew, seeking to plunge Germany into ruin.

Sources: Blick Nach Rechts, Twitter

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Jewish woman harassed by German man on OkCupid to declare position on Israel

RIAS have reported that a Berlin-based, Jewish woman was harassed on the dating site OkCupid to declare her “political position” on Israel when arranging a date.

The website asks users to respond to various questions to identify good matches. The Jewish woman’s details reportedly stated that she was Jewish, and in the multiple choice answers, she had selected “Jewish and it’s important”. The stranger demanded to know if that referred to “a political position”, adding that he does not support Israel and meeting would be pointless unless she accepts that. The man reportedly also felt uncomfortable that the woman mentioned she is bilingual, which he took as a sign of dual loyalty.

The woman broke off contact after complaining to him that he had demonstrated an obsessive preoccupation with Israel and demanded that she take a political position simply because she is Jewish.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Germany shuts down far-right website promoting antisemitism, Nazism and Holocaust denial

Germany has banned a far-right website, Altermedia Deutschland, reported to promote material of a “racist, xenophobic, homophobic, antisemitic and anti-Islamic” nature.

Raids were carried out on homes in four German states and a town in Spain. Two German people have been arrested on suspicion of incitement and founding a criminal organisation.

Material promoted by the site included Nazi slogans, Holocaust denial and incitement of violence towards foreigners.

The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence, Hans-Georg Maassen, told reporters, “There is the danger of a grey zone developing between far-right extremists, right-wing conservatives and citizen protesters with significant potential for violence.”

Source: Mail on Sunday

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Jewish cemetery in Germany vandalised on Holocaust Memorial Day

A Jewish cemetery in Kröpelin, Germany, was vandalised on Holocaust Memorial Day. Six gravestones were torn out. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Similar acts of vandalism were perpetrated at the same cemetery in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In past attacks, gravestones were desecrated with far-right graffiti, including images of swastikas. The perpetrators were never caught.

Source: Neues Deutschland

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German national radio claims Hamas “cannot be antisemitic”

Deutschlandfunk, part of Deutschlandradio, Germany’s national, public broadcasting institution, published an article yesterday stating that Hamas (which has a decisive majority in the Palestinian Authority legislature) was “almost” antisemtic.

Hamas’ charter calls for the destruction of Jews and is therefore genocidal in its antisemitism, stating: “Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said:The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”

Following a public outcry, Deutschlandfunk published a ‘clarification’ on their Facebook page, where they stated that the use of the term “antisemitism” to describe Jew-hatred is not representative of its original use. They go on to remark, “Arabs themselves are Semites and therefore can hardly be antisemitic themselves. This includes Hamas. But many Arabs, including Hamas supporters, do not refer to ‘the Israelis’ but rather ‘the Jews’ (Al Yehud), as it was Jews who came to Palestine as Zionists [sic]…Thus Arab delegitimisation and contempt towards Israelis is linguistically ‘almost’ identical to the Nazis’ antisemitism. But only ‘almost’. We apologise that this has lead to misunderstandings.”

Muddying Jew-hatred, by disingenuously claiming the term “antisemitism” must refer to opposition to those from the Semitic region, is a long-established method of denying Jews the ability to voice opposition to those who are persecuting them.

Sources: DeutschlandfunkWikipedia, Article Seven of the Hamas Charter

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German newspaper posts video showing reaction to Jewish visitor to migrant centre in Berlin, Germany

A video showing a Jewish man’s experience in a migrant center in Berlin was released yesterday by German newspaper Die Welt.

The man, who has experienced several antisemitic attacks within the last six months in Germany, encountered varying reactions within the center. While some expressed a wish for peace in Europe and empathy with Jews as another minority group, others were more hateful. One woman turned away in disgust on hearing he was Israeli. A boy said that all Jews should leave the Middle-East. The Jewish man also told the Jerusalem Post that he heard a group of men whispering “Jew” on seeing him but, when he confronted them, they assured him that he was mistaken.

There were also several instances of prominent, antisemitic graffiti found on the walls of the center: a swastika, a Star of David with the number 666 written below it, and an image of Israel entirely covered in the Palestinian Authority flag.

Having ignored warnings for months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that “Antisemitism is more widespread than we imagined. And that is why we must act intensively against it,” adding, “We must focus our efforts particularly among young people from countries where hatred of Israel and Jews is widespread.” In addition to antisemitism emanating from recent arrivals to Germany, there has been a marked increase in incidents in the country.

Source: Die Welt

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Anti-refugee flyers placed inside Berlin memorial to child refugees of WW2

RIAS report that a collection of publicity fliers for the right-wing, anti-refugee group “Bürgerbewegung Pro Deutschland” (Civic Initiative for Germany) were placed within the Refugee Children Movement memorial in the Friedrichstraße area of Berlin.

The memorial commemorates the rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, when the United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig.

The flyers were placed inside an open suitcase represented in the sculpture. In December, flyers from “B.Ä.R.G.I.D.A”, the Berlin branch of Pegida, were also found there.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

 

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Youth branch of the Swiss Socialist Democrat party publishes antisemitic cartoon

Reports have emerged of an antisemitic cartoon published by JUSO (Young Socialists of Switzerland), a youth branch of the Socialist Democrat Party of Switzerland.

The cartoon, published on the organisation’s Facebook page, shows Johann Schneider-Ammann, the Swiss president and minister of commerce, being forced to feed a stereotypical Shylock character, complete with locks, Orthodox Jewish dress and large, protruding nose. The president is saying “And one for the international financial lobby!” as he feeds the Shylock figure, while a small child goes ignored and hungry. The cartoon is entitled “The federal council [Swiss government] like its verdict,” implying the Swiss government is under control of a Jewish lobby.

Accusations that Jews control world financial and political systems are popular and powerful antisemtic canards.

JUSO’s Facebook page has over 6,000 followers. The group has since removed the cartoon and published an apology, stating their regret that the cartoon “is open to an interpretation that does not reflect the core values of JUSO” and that it was not their intention to perpetuate antisemitism.

Sources: The New Antisemite, Watson

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“Jews out!” graffiti campaign continues in Berlin

Berlin’s Alt-Mariendorf district continues to see a campaign of antisemitic graffiti, RIAS reports.

Following last year’s spate of antisemitic vandalism, the Jew-hating slogans have continued to appear in the area. At the beginning of January, the Alt-Mariendorf underground station and its surroundings were daubed with graffiti including, “Who is Rotschild [sic]? Western Terror Jews [sic] out!”, a swastika and several “Jews Out” and also the initials “JF”.

“JF” may be a reference to the Junge Front (Young Front). The Junge Front was the youth movement attached to the Volkssozialistische Bewegung Deutschlands/Partei der Arbeit (the VSBD/PdA), a far-right political party that was founded in Germany in 1971 and banned in 1982. The VSBD/PdA represented a socialist-leaning version of Nazism. After it was banned, many of its former members founded the Nationalist Front.

Sources: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus, Wikipedia

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Teachers indifferent to use of “Jew” as an insult in German schools, especially amongst Muslim pupils

German news platform Hessenschau has reported that “Jew” has become a common insult amongst pupils in schools across German.

One teacher and educational scientist, Türkan Kanbicak, notes that “You Jew”, “You spastic” and sexist insults are very common. She remarks that, while she determinedly challenges all such incidences, many of her colleagues appear indifferent and say nothing.

Arif Arslaner, founder of Kubi, an organisation that provides social work to seven schools in Frankfurt an Main, says the insults are particularly prevalent amounst Muslim students. He advises that it is important to distinguish between ideological hatred and students “merely” parroting hateful rhetoric to be provocative.

He notes the difference between Muslim and non-Muslim students is that the latter are less open, rather than less hateful. Kanbicak supports this view, noting that amongst students from more traditional German backgrounds, outright antisemitism is taboo and is more likely to be cloaked as criticism around Israel.

Source: Hessenschau

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Antisemitic campaign posters at Berlin university declare “Capitalist pigs are not kosher”

RIAS have reported antisemitic posters used in a campaign in student elections at the Freie Universität, one of Berlin’s major universities.

The left wing group “Liste 15/Tierbabys und Klassenkampf” [List 15/Baby Animals and Class War] posted up campaign posters featuring a piglet drinking from a Starbucks cup, together with the slogan “Kapitalistenschweinchen sind nicht koscher” [“Capitalist pigs are not kosher”].

The word “kosher” is used to denote food prepared in accordance with Jewish law. It has also found wider use in common parlance to describe legitimacy or genuineness.

Conflating Jews with capitalism, and leveraging anti-capitalist sentiment against the Jewish people, is a centuries-old phenomenon. Contributing factors include culturally ingrained resentment stemming from Christian and Muslim communities, who borrowed from Jews, both because their scriptures prevented them borrowing within their religions and because they had banned Jews from almost all other lines of business. Other factors include Marxist contempt of Jews (Marx wrote: “What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is the worldly God? Money.”) and Soviet courtship of militant Islam throughout the 20th Century, which sought to mobilise Arab nationalism and radical Islamism in its fight against the West.

Dehumanising Jews by depicting them as pigs has an equally lengthy legacy. Judensau (German for “Jew-sow”), is a derogatory and dehumanising image of Jews that appeared from around the 13th century in Germany. Its popularity has lasted over 600 years and was revived by the Nazis.

Starbucks, whose Chairman and CEO is Jewish, has long been the focus of anti-Israel campaigners. In 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2014 there were several calls to boycott Starbucks for ‘supporting Israel’.

RIAS report that, following criticism within the student group itself, List 15 withdrew its campaign material.

Sources: Recherche- und Informationsstelle AntisemitismusAntisemitism and the American Far Left, Wikipedia, “On the Jewish Question” by Karl Marx

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Man brazenly declares “Jews should be gassed!” in upmarket German bar

A journalist has reported that she was enjoying a drink in an upmarket bar in Hamburg’s Nobelviertel district on Saturday night, when a smartly-dressed fellow patron remarked that “Jews should be gassed.” She reports that she replied that she is Jewish and asked if he would therefore also like to murder her. He replied, “In that case, yes!”

In her blog entry on this incident, the journalist notes the confidence with which the person made his anti-Jewish remark. She remarked on the ease with which such genocidal statements become less and less controversial in polite German society.

Source: Tagesshau

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Molotov cocktail attack on synagogue in Germany “not antisemitic”, court retrial maintains

Two of the three people who firebombed a synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany in 2014 have been retried. Two men and one youth attacked the synagogue with Molotov cocktails in July 2014, claiming they were drunk following Ramadan. The three men live in Wuppertal but are said to originate from Gaza and Judea and Samaria.

The original trial, which took place in early 2015, provoked outrage from the Jewish community due to its leniency and verdict. The judge ruled that the attack was not motivated by antisemitism but was rather an act of “protest against the war in Gaza”. He issued the attackers a fine of €800.

The retrial has resulted in the two men, now 25 and 30 years old, merely receiving suspended prison sentences of 2 years and 1 year, 11 months, respectively, meaning that neither will go to prison unless they commit further offences. The youth is awaiting retrial in February, and will stand before a young offenders court.

Once again, the judge declined to declare this an antisemitic attack.

Source: Jüdische Allgemeine

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Second case of antisemitic abuse within two days in Berlin, Germany

RIAS have reported that a Jewish man wearing a kippah (Jewish skullcap) was verbally abused as he walked down the street in Berlin’s Neukölln district on Tuesday.

The Jewish man reports “Yahud” (Arabic for “Jew”) and “Sharmota” (Arabic for “Son of a bitch”) being shouted at him by an elderly man. The incident took place during the day on one of Berlin’s main streets. Passersby remained indifferent.

This is the second such reported incident to take place within two days, after a Jewish man was similarly harassed in Berlin on Sunday.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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“Jew, get over here!” shouted at Jewish man as he leaves Holocaust exhibition in Berlin

RIAS have reported that a Jewish man was subjected to antisemitic harassment in Berlin’s Schöneberg district last Sunday.

The man, who was wearing a kippah (Jewish skullcap), had been visiting the We Were Neighbours permanent exhibition, which documents biographies of local Jews who were murdered under National Socialism.

As he left the exhibition, a group of five people from a nearby restaurant shouted at him, “Jew, get over here!” The Jewish man swiftly left the scene and was able to avoid further confrontation.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Jewish cemetery in Germany vandalised for the third time in as many months

A Jewish cemetery in Hanover, Germany, has been vandalised for the third time in as many months.

The Hannoversche Allgemeine reported yesterday that vandals have ripped out two gravestones and smashed a window adjacent to a sermon hall. In December, the cemetery received similar treatment, when gravestones were pulled out and desecrated. The month before, a grave was graffitied with a swastika and the crowned glass windows of the sermon hall were destroyed.

Source: Hannoversche Allgemeine

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Apartment block in Berlin targeted with antisemitic grafitti

The entrance to an apartment block in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin, Germany, has been repeatedly targeted with antisemitic stickers and graffiti .

A sticker in the entrance to the building, featuring the message, “There aren’t too many refugees, there are too many racists,” had the words “and Zionists” added by hand. This was followed by the appearance of a piece of graffiti, equating a hammer and sickle (a communist symbol), a Star of David and a swastika, together with the words, “Shalom! Best Wishes.”

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Jewish man attacked and robbed by Syrian and Afghan men shouting “Jew” in German port town

A 49-year-old Jewish man was attacked and robbed by migrants at a train station in Puttgarden, Germany on Sunday, according to reports. Two men, a 19-year-old Syrian and a 30-year-old from Afghanistan, are said to have identified the Jewish man, who lives in France, by his kippah (Jewish skullcap). They began shouting abuse at him, “Yahud” (“Jew” in Arabic), then pushed him to the ground, stood on his hands and stole his bag.

The incident occurred in the early hours, in the station waiting room. Puttgarden is a harbour and village on the German island of Fehmarn, situated on the ferry route between Germany and Denmark. The two men had been denied entry to Denmark due to insufficient documentation, and were waiting for a train to Neumünster, Germany, where they were later arrested.

Source: Hamburger Abendblatt

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Property in Munich, Germany vandalised with Star of David graffiti

A block of apartments in Munich, Germany has been vandalised with spray-painted Stars of David.

Three entrances and two external walls were daubed. It has been confirmed that Jewish people live in the property.

Source: TZ

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Berlin neo-Nazi group posts antisemitic New Year message

RIAS have reported that a small, Berlin-based, neo-Nazi group has been active on Facebook recently, under the name “Berlin Autonomous Nationalists” (Autonome Nationalisten Berlin).

On New Year’s Eve the group posted a status update entitled “Guten Rutsch – NEIN Danke! meaning “Happy New Year – NO Thanks!”in reference to the customary “Guten Rutsch” New Year greeting in Germany and Austria.

The neo-Nazi group states at length that it is a “disgrace” that this phrase is being used in Germany to convey well wishes, as the expression “has Jewish origins and nothing to do with German culture” and its use must “finally be put a stop to”.

The theory that the phrase “Guten Rutsch” stems from the Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah is widely debunked.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Repeated case of antisemitic vandalism at student hall of residence in New Jersey

Yet again, antisemitic carvings have been discovered at the Chestnut Hall students’ residence at Rowan University in New Jersey. Swastikas have been found etched into the side of a stairwell. This follows a similar incident earlier this month, when several swastikas and other antisemitic symbols were discovered carved into doors at the student halls.

Chestnut Hall is a freshmen residence hall housing more than 350 students.

Investigations are ongoing.

Source: Jewish Exponent

 

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South African lawyer calls for extermination of “all the ‘Jews’ everywhere who support Israel”

A South African lawyer has reportedly called for Jews to be exterminated in hate-filled, genocidal anti-Jewish social media posts.

Jansen is reported to have posted remarks including, “Bloody Israelis should be exterminated along with all the ‘Jews’ everywhere who support Israel by action or silence,” and, “I have a new hobby – Zio [Zionist] hunting. They are easy to track on the internet.”

Jansen’s alleged statements are in violation of South Africa’s Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.

Source: Spotlighting

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School inspectors find “antisemitic material” in unregistered schools in England

School inspectors in England have found three unregistered schools, operating in Birmingham, teaching from books which include “antisemitic material”. The inspectors, from Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) found that the schools’s 94 pupils were being taught according to a narrow Islam-focused curriculum.

The discovery comes after Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools In England and head of Ofsted, announced in late 2015 that school inspectors had found 15 unregistered schools in England, of which all had a Christian or Muslim faith designation.

Ofsted is setting up a task force against unregistered schools operating in England.

Sources: The Telegraph, BBC

 

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Spate of antisemitic propaganda appears in Berlin, warning against “Jewish terror” from Great Britain

RIAS have reported an ongoing spate of antisemitic, conspiracy material being distributed in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district.

Flyers have been appearing in bus stops, office buildings and fixed to lamp posts. At least four have been discovered since the end of October.

The most recent material appeared in December. It includes cryptic messages warning against “Jewish terror” and potential attacks against Berlin’s citizens, streets and public libraries, supposedly committed to promoting the interests of “Jews from GB”.

The reverse of the flyers contains instructions on how to research online for information on “mind control” and warns of “secret attacks” enabled through technological equipment patented in the USA.

More recent flyers have included the logo of the “Anonymous” collective of activists and hackers.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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San Diego professor encourages students to wear yellow star labelled “Muslim”

Bahar Davary, a University of San Diego professor, has encouraged her students to wear yellow Stars of David inscribed with the word “Muslim”, in a crude imitation of the Judensterne markers Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis.

Davary and her students mimicked the badge Jews were forced to wear, under penalty of death, “to raise awareness against Islamophobia.”

The protest is being condemned as a vile act of false equivalence tantamount to Holocaust denial.

The Nazis’ action of forcing Jews to wear markers has a long legacy throughout Europe and the Middle East. The earliest recorded example of special markings is said to have been introduced by Umayyad Caliph Umar II in the early 8th century. A genizah document from 1121 gives the following description of decrees issued in Baghdad:

Two yellow badges [are to be displayed], one on the headgear and one on the neck. Furthermore, each Jew must hang round his neck a piece of lead with the word Dhimmi on it […] The women have to wear one red and one black shoe and have a small bell on their necks or shoes.

The bells Jewish women were forced to wear are understood to have been intended to serve as a warning to others of a nearby Jew.

At least 100 students and faculty members at the University of San Diego have been seen sporting yellow stars, according to local reports on the protest.

In the United States of America, where the the University of San Diego is based, antisemitic hate crime makes up, by far, the biggest percentage of religiously biased crime, with 59% of attacks targeted at Jews. The second largest group of victims of such hate crimes are Muslims, at 14%, followed by ‘other’ at 12% and Catholics at 6%.

Sources: Free BeaconForward, Wikipedia

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Saudi book fair promotes antisemitic literature, including Mein Kampf and book by former KKK leader

Jed­dah Inter­na­tional Book Fair in Saudi Ara­bia has reportedly offered several antisemitic books for sale. The fair, which took place 12th-22nd December hosted over 350 publishing houses from 21 countries. Included on its ‘book list’ were My Awak­en­ing: The Jew­ish Influ­ence in the United States by David Duke, White-nationalist, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, far-right politician and former ‘Grand Wizard’ of the Ku Klux Klan. His work was classified by the fair as “political science”.

Further featured works included Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf and a book entitled Free Masons, The Jews and The Torah by Dr Noman Al Sama­rayi, which pro­motes conspiracy the­o­ries about Jew­ish “world domination”.

The recent Doha Inter­na­tional Book Fair in Qatar also included antisemitic titles, such as the Arabic Jew­ish Encyclopaedia, which is described in its introduction as a book “to help learn about Jews and their wickedness, treason and deception, which they practiced with all nations, so not to be deceived by them and by their promises of false peace.”

Sources: ADL, Wikipedia

 

 

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Man charged with fire-bombing Islamic centre reported to hold antisemitic views and idolise far-right terrorist

It has been reported that Carl James Dial, 23, of Palm Desert in California, has been charged with a hate crime offence, arson, maliciously setting a fire and second-degree burglary, after the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley was fire-bombed with a Molotov-cocktail earlier this month.

Dial’s Facebook account is reported to show him making an antisemitic remark about a kosher market and suggests he has a fascination with Norwegian, far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. Behring Breivik killed eight people by setting off a van bomb in Oslo’s government quarter and then murdered 69 participants of a Workers’ Youth League (AUF) summer camp on the island of Utøya in 2011.

In an interview with NBC, Dial’s father, John Dial, appears to blame social media for his son, remarking, “Social media has produced people like my son, without person-to-person contact. I believe he was lacking in social skills.”

Coachella Mayor, Steven Hernandez, describes the fire-bombing as a “cowardly act of vandalism that we [will] not tolerate in our community.”

Source: Southern Poverty Law Center, Wikipedia

 

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Swedish presenter who equated Israel to Nazis given top Christmas television spot

One of Sweden’s most coveted television spots, hosting the annual Christmas schedule on Sweden’s state-owned SVT, was given to Gina Dirawi this year.

Dirawi, who will also host Eurovision in Stockholm in 2016, has previously claimed that “The Israeli government does the same thing as Hitler did to its people but with other means. They are racists, they oppress, and kill people who are not like them!”

In 2012 she posting an image on her blog of the book Är världen upp och ner? by Lasse Wilhelmson, under the title, Some bedtime reading…” The book’s back cover states, “Lasse writes that Israel is the greatest threat to world peace today and Zionism the greatest threat to humanity.”

Dirawi has also called on her blog for International Holocaust Remembrance Day to be turned into a memorial day for all,  including all Palestinians murdered by the Zionists in Israel”.

Source: Times of Israel

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Australian councillor suggests Jews are targeted because they “draw attention to themselves”

Oscar Lobo, a local councillor in Glen Eira, Australia, is reported to have claimed that Jewish people in Melbourne make themselves targets of attack by drawing attention to themselves.

During a debate about public security, discussing the issue of armed guards at Jewish public events, Lobo remarked, “Maybe people in that community wouldn’t have to worry about being attacked if they didn’t draw attention to themselves.”

The remark caused uproar and several colleagues condemned the statement as antisemitic. Amid calls to stand down and apologise, Lobo retracted his remark but failed to issue an apology. Instead, he reinforced his position a few days later, stating, “What I said was that they [Jewish people in Melbourne] were well protected by the Government and that all this extra security would only draw more attention to themselves.”

Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich has called on Lobo to “unreservedly apologise for his thoughtless and hurtful words.” Lobo has not responded.

Source: Herald Sun

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Jewish man hears spectators at imam’s trial threatening to kill him but court guards refuse to help

Last month it was reported that a Jewish man, who was attending the public hearing against Imam Abdallah I in Berlin, Germany, was called a “Jewish pig” by another member of the public during the hearing.

Reports have now emerged that the victim responded by remarking, “Shut up, you terrorist”. Following this response, the attacker and his group spoke amongst themselves in Arabic. The Jewish man was able to make out some words, including “kill” and “outside”.

The victim attempted to alert the judge, who did not react. He was then told by guards to stop disrupting the proceedings. This spurred on the attackers, who began kicking his chair. The victim left the courtroom in fear and approached two court security guards who told him, “If you’re scared, go to the police.”

The victim told Die Welt that he has not reported the incident to the police, as they have been unresponsive to a past attack he reported. Two months ago, he was verbally abused and spat at by a gang while travelling the Berlin underground system. This is the fourth such attack he has experienced in Germany and he reported the case to the police. The police advised him they would watch security camera footage and contact him. He did not hear from them again.

Source: Die Welt

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Prominent Greek bishop blames the “Zionist monster” for recent improvements in civil rights for same-sex couples

One of Greece’s leading bishops, Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus, has blamed the “Zionist monster” for recent changes in Greek law allowing same-sex couples increased access to civil rights.

Under the new cohabitation bill, same-sex couples who sign a cohabitation agreement will receive the same tax advantages as married, heterosexual couples. The new legislation has also improved inheritance rights for same-sex couples.

It is reported that the bill is extremely unpopular in Greece but is being passed to meet European Union anti-discrimination standards.

Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus has remarked that the increased rights for same-sex couples are the result of a “constant war against the true faith” being waged “by the international Zionist monster,” which he believes controls the Greek government.

In 2010, the bishop told a Greek TV channel that Jews had orchestrated the Holocaust and were to blame for Greece’s financial crisis.

Antisemitic stereotyping is widespread in Greece.  A recent Anti-Defamation League survey revealed that Greece has Europe’s highest rate of antisemitic attitudes, with 69% of Greeks espousing antisemitic views.

Source: Times of Israel

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Man in Germany physically assaulted, spat at and called “miserable Jew” by gang

It has been reported that a man in Kassel, Germany was attacked in October after a group of three people spotted a rainbow Star of David badge on his bag.

Two, tall, stocky middle-aged men and a woman, alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol, followed the victim as he tried to escape to a nearby bus stop. As they followed him, they shouted abuse at him such as “Spastic”.

The group cornered the man at the bus stop. The woman spat at him and called him a “miserable Jew”. The victim was pinned against the glass of the stop but managed to struggle free. This infuriated the group and they became increasingly agitated.

A passerby shouted that she had called the police and they were on their way. The attackers then moved on. It is not known if arrests were made.

Source: BGA-Kassel

 

 

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Commemorative sign to leader of local Spanish Jewish community torn down

A sign commemorating the founder of the local Jewish community in Torremolinos, Spain, has been torn down by vandals.

The sign, erected in memory of David Haim Melul, had only been in place for two months before being vandalised.

The vandalism coincided with recent, local controversy around the town’s decision to publicly celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication and lights. Local politicians had been debating the placement of a neon sign reading “Happy Chanukah,” which critics said violated the separation between religion and government. Critics from the center-right Popular Party were also dissatisfied by the absence of a town nativity scene to celebrate Christmas.

The Jewish population of  Torremolinos is around 800 people.

Source: CFCA/Diariosur

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UK Islamist cell targets young women by glorifying ISIS and accusing “filthy Jews” of killing innocents

A documentary, The British Women Supporters Unveiled, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK, shows how a secret cell of British Islamist women is spreading antisemitic propaganda and encouraging young female Muslims to join ISIS.

The group, who were filmed in a year-long undercover operation, holds highly secretive meetings called Islamic Talks for sisters or Islamic Circles for women. In these meetings, they tell young Muslim women that Britain is waging a war against them and that those who do not support ISIS will be destroyed by Allah.

Some of these meetings are held in Government-funded community centres and take place in front of children.

One of the leading members is a mother of four, Rubana, who lives in London. She is a well-known extremist and has been an instrumental member of several, now-banned organisations, including al-Muhajiroun, which is said to have been behind 50% of UK terror plots, including the 7/7 London bombings and the Lee Rigby murder.

In a two-hour, covertly-filmed lecture, Rubana states that the “good days have already begun [because an Islamic State has been established].”

In a reference to the attacks against ISIS, she adds: “It’s not the first time nations have plotted against the believers. It’s not the first time the alliance has been formed like they have now with this coalition against the Khilafah [Islamic State]. But Allah one by one he will destroy them.”

She goes on to accuse “filthy Jews” of killing innocent Muslim women and children.

Another of the group is Umm Saalihah, has lived at the same address as Mohammed Shamsuddin, who was arrested last year on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and being a member of al-Muhajiroun.

On Twitter, Saalihah has said it is “necessary” to live under the khilafah.

A third woman, under the name Umm Usmaan, has tweeted: “Go to Sham (Syria) for it is the best of Allahs [sic] lands on earth.”

Sources: The Telegraph, RT

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“F*** your Hanukkah and f*** your family” — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg receives slew of antisemitic abuse following Jewish holiday post

Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, received a slew of antisemitic hatred online when he posted a picture of his dog, Beast, dressed in a kippah and tallit, Jewish garments, for the Jewish festival of Chanukah.

Many of the insults, directed at Zuckerberg and the State of Israel, are stereotypical blood libels, or centre around money. They include statements such as “F*** Isreal” [sic], “Go to hell, you and baby killers. A message to all Israeli [sic] (F*** you)”, “Mark for the sake of money you got crazy. For your advirtisement [sic] your fame you [sic] gone mad mark this is not fair you just throw urine on faces of of [sic] poor Palestinians you just need your lie fame [sic]”, “F*** your hanukah [sic] and fu k yoyr [sic] family”.

Many Jews feel the treatment Zuckerberg received reflects the antisemitic abuse they regularly encounter online.

Three days after receiving the tirade of antisemitism, Mark Zuckerberg updated his status with a post directed at Facebook’s Muslim users. He wrote that, “As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world,” adding that Muslim users should expect Facebook to “fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”

Zuckerberg has declined to extend this sentiment to Facebook’s Jewish users. In the United States of America, where Facebook is headquartered, antisemitic hate crime makes up, by far, the biggest percentage of religiously biased crime, with 59% of attacks targeted at Jews. The second largest group of victims of such hate crimes are Muslims, at 14%, followed by ‘other’ at 12% and Catholics at 6%.

Sources: CFCA, The VergeForward

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Man physically and verbally assaulted on Berlin underground for wearing a ‘Gay Israel’ badge

RIAS has reported that a man was assaulted on the Berlin underground system after he was spotted wearing a ‘Gay Israel’ badge.

The man was travelling with a friend on the afternoon of 19th December when he passed a group of three people. One, aged around 25, noticed the ‘Gay Israel’ badge and began pushing and shoving the victim, shouting “F***ing Zionist” and “Are you a Zionist or what?”

The victim and his friend attempted to de-escalate the situation and walk away. The perpetrator ripped the badge from the victim and only then let them go.

Passers-by did not intervene throughout the loud altercation.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Jewish man attacked by bar staff in Germany, held in headlock and has kippah ripped off, told “This is a religion-free zone”

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation has reported that a Jewish man was attacked in a ‘left-wing and alternative’ bar in Bonn, Germany. As the man was ordering, a member of staff forced him into a headlock and ripped his kippah (Jewish skullcap) from his head.

When questioned, the member of staff replied, “I’d rip a headscarf off a Muslim, this is a religion-free zone!” The bar owner voiced his agreement and support of the member of staff.

The Jewish person left the bar and around fifteen people left with him in solidarity. He told the Amadeu Antonio Foundation that he has been threatened in the past by rightwing-extremists and Islamists.

Source: Amadeu Antonio Stiftung

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Notorious, Holocaust-undermining academic receiving rapturous support in Germany

It is reported that Columbia University Iranian studies scholar Hamid Dabashi, known for spreading anti-Israeli propaganda and relativising the Holocaust, is experiencing a surge in popularity in Germany.

In a 2012 article for Al Jazeera, Dabashi compares the Holocaust — unique in being the deliberate, planned and industrialized mass murder of an attempted, entire people — to atrocities such as colonialism and imperialism.  Paraphrasing the French post-colonialist poet Aimé Césaire, Dabashi writes, “[T]he Jewish Holocaust was not an aberration in European history. Rather, Europeans actually perpetrated similar crimes against humanity on the colonised world at large.”

Dabashi has also stated that Israel is committing “incremental genocide” and describes it as a “racist apartheid state”.

In May, Dabashi was invited to speak at Freie Universität Berlin. In November, he spoke at the Institute for Foreign Affairs, which is financed by the German Foreign Ministry, the state of Baden-Württemberg, and the city of Stuttgart. In the same month, he spoke at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, associated with Germany left-wing party Die Linke, themselves no strangers to antisemitic scandal.

Dabashi will be one of the keynote speakers at next year’s Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts in Bremen, Germany.

Regarded as a hotbed of BDS activity, Bremen has been in the news recently, after an editor at its only independent daily newspaper became the victim of threats and abuse for writing about “Jewish issues” and was subsequently fired. In November. Bremen again received attention after a vigilante group toured the city’s stores and market, labelling products it suspected as coming “from an illegal Israeli settlement.”

Sources: The Algemeiner, Al Jazeera, Times of Israel

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Antisemite who called Jews “demons personified” allowed to give lecture in Germany

It has been reported that martial arts expert Egor Gamajun gave a speech at the Bewusst in die Zukunft (Mindfully Going Forth) conference that took place in Hessen, Germany last month.

Billed as a researcher and teacher, Gamajun has made several racist remarks online about Jews, including that “Zhidy” [a pejorative Russian term for Jews] are “demons personified” who hate Christianity, freedom and all that is holy.

In another post, Gamajun refers to Jews as “devils” and claims they worship “Mammon” – an age-old antisemitic canard. Mammon appears in the New Testament and signifies money or material wealth and the greedy pursuit of gain.

Gamajun is also reported to have claimed that “Hebrews” are placed on Earth to demonstrate the “sickness of humanity” and that there are MI5 and CIA conspiracies underway to undermine Russia by convincing Russian Christians that they are sectarians of Judaism.

The conference’s website is alleged to be linked to neo-Nazi groups such as TrutzgauerBote.info, which deny the Holocaust and glorify Hitler.

Sources: Documenting Anti-SemitismThe Interpreter, Wikipedia

 

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Respected German political blog promotes “There’s No Business Like Shoah Business” article by 9/11 conspiracy theorist

One of Germany’s most respected political blogs, NachDenkSeiten, has been drawing negative attention for promotioning controversial conspiracy theorists, widely criticised as antisemtic.

The blog, which receives around 100,000 hits per day on average, recently gave a platform to a piece by prominent ‘9/11  Truther’ theorist Mathias Bröckers, entitled “There’s No Business Like Shoah Business”. Shoah is the Hebrew name for the Holocaust. In the article, Bröckers refers to “overcoming [the] ideological instrumentalisation of the Holocaust” and that “too much ‘Shoah-Business’ leads to tunnel vision.”

He goes on to complain that “the discourse in Germany around Jewish matters has become tragically absurd” and that it is not possible to “criticise the business dealings of billionaire Zuckerberg and banker Rothschild…or expose the scheming of the ‘financial elite’ or ‘Federal Reserve’ without being compared to Hilter.”

He also states that “Past and present, Jews are not the only victims of discrimination [such as racism and the hatred of others] and are more than capable of being ‘perpetrators’ themselves (be it in Gaza or matters of business ethics).”

Bröckers is the author of the widely read article, “The Kosher Conspiracy”, published in the aftermath of 9/11, in which he claims Israel knew about the attacks on the World Trade Centre before they occurred and deliberately withheld this information from the US government.

In October, NachDenkSeiten featured the work of controversial historian Daniele Ganser, who is also known for promoting antisemtic 9/11 theories. Ganser holds popular lectures in Germany, where he is reported to claim “New York Jew Larry Silverstein” ordered the demolition of World Trade Center Tower 7.

Sources: Dialog International, NachDenkSeitenMathias Broeckers, Telepolis, FrankfurterRundschau, Wikipedia

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Local politician suspected of displaying Holocaust-glorifying tattoo at German pool

It transpires that a man, reported last month for displaying a Holocaust-glorifying tattoo at a German swimming pool, is said to be a far-right politician who sits on the county council of an area just outside Berlin.

According to news sources, the 27-year-old in question is Marcel Zech, a member of the far-right National Democratic Party. He faces up to five years in prison, if convicted, for violating Germany’s prohibition on publicly displaying Nazi symbols.

As Everyday Antisemitism reported last month, staff and management at the swimming pool were initially indifferent to the display and only reacted when a shocked visitor and persistent journalist followed up the case.

The tattoo shows the gates to Auschwitz and beneath the image, in old German lettering often used by the Nazis, were the words “Jedem Das Seine” meaning “To each what they deserve”, an old German proverb that is displayed over the entrance to the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Source: Times of Israel

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Muslim woman called “Jewish whore“, receives death threats after calling out antisemitism on Facebook

RIAS reports that a Berlin-based, Muslim woman received death threats via Facebook earlier this month after criticising an antisemitic remark that appeared in the group “Ich liebe Ausländer Lounge” (“I Love Foreigners Lounge”).

One threat read, “Listen you little Jewish whore, what are you thinking attacking […] you Zionist slut you should be gassed like Hitler did you worthless piece of trash. Your whole Jewish generation should be gassed you have no honour you stinking stinking Jew.” [Punctuation as per original]

The woman, who often makes statements against antisemtism and salafism on her profile, told RIAS this is not the first time she has received threats.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

 

 

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German court fines but does not imprison imam who preached “destroy the Zionist Jews…don’t spare a single one”

Danish imam Sheikh Abu Bilal Ismail has been found guilty of incitement to hatred, after calling for the murder of Jews at a mosque in Berlin in 2014.

A German court fined Abu Bilal Ismail €1,300 for comments he made during a sermon to al-Nur mosque. Situated in Berlin’s Neukölln district, the al-Nur mosque is widely considered a hotbed of radical Islamism.

Ismail told the packed audience to “destroy the Zionist Jews…,” and to “count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one…make them suffer.”

The verdict found that Abu Bilal Ismail had delivered a “hostile and hate-filled view toward Jews as a population in Germany,” and that he considered Jews as “criminals who kill prophets and children,” “worse than wild beasts in the jungle” and that “Allah should kill Jews.”

Ismail defended his speech by insisting the remark “Zionist Jews” was directed at Israeli soldiers fighting in the Gaza Strip last year. He also remarked that he lives peacefully alongside all religious groups in Denmark.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Fired editor who was told to stop covering “Jewish issues” is accused of “playing the victim” by German newspaper

Daniel Killy, former Executive Managing Editor of Bremen’s Weser-Kurierwho became the victim of threats and abuse for writing about Jewish issues and Israel and was fired shortly after, has been accused of “playing the victim” by the German daily newspaper Junge Welt.

In November, Killy reported to Arutz Sheva that he discovered a Nazi-style denunciation of his life and work, written by a former editor at the paper (himself the son of a Nazi), had been circulated amongst Bremen’s politicians.

According to Killy’s account, he received a letter from his Chief Executive Officer at the paper’s publisher, Bremer Tageszeitungen AG, officially forbidding him from engaging in voluntary work for the Jewish Community. In a meeting with his CEO, Killy says that he was warned: “Mr. Killy, you need to understand that we as Bremen’s monopoly paper can’t afford to be considered pro-Jewish.” When Killy responded that this explanation was perhaps seventy years too late, he said that his CEO replied: “No, no, of course I didn’t mean it like that” and assured him that there was no longer a problem.

Six weeks later he was fired.

In an article on their website, Junge Welt describes Killy’s report to Arutz Sheva as being “clearly intended to incite controversy amongst an Israeli and international audience regarding how a Jewish editor is treated by a German newspaper.” Quoting Meedia, Germany’s largest news agency, they restate Bremer Tageszeitungen AG’position that, as an active member of Hamburg’s Jewish community, Killy’s lacked necessary journalistic neutrality.

In his interview with Arutz Sheva, Killy remarks that, “this instruction [to cease writing on Jewish and Israeli issues] went against Germany’s official state doctrine. Germany is a steadfast friend of Israel and protector of its Jewish population. To be forbidden, as a journalist, to take a stand for Jewish issues, is a demonstration of blunt anti-Semitism, and does not stem from media neutrality.”

Junge Welt reports that, in addition to Killy’s “neutrality” being questionable, he had also neglected to acquire written permission prior to engaging in voluntary work as press spokesperson for Hamburg’s Jewish community, thereby breaching the terms of his contract with the Weser-Kurier.

Junge Welt goes on to report the upset accusations of antisemitism caused at Weser-Kurier and writes that management called into question the quality of Killy’s journalism. Editor-in-chief Moritz Döbler stated, “We were forever arguing over the position of the paper,” and Ruth Gerbracht, chair of Bremer Tageszeitungen AG, is reported to have been “appalled at how Killy was damaging our paper.”

Junge Welt concludes by stating, “Criticism against Israel does not necessarily equal antisemitism and firing an editor with Jewish beliefs is not automatically motivated by antisemitism.”

Sources: Junge Welt, Arutz Sheva

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Israeli entry in “Path of World Visionaries” installation vandalised in Berlin on anniversary of Kristallnacht

RIAS has reported another incident of vandalism in Berlin on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Kreuzberg’s Mehringplatz is home to the „Pfad der Visionäre” (“Path of World Visionaries”) installation. This feautres panels set into the ground, quoting selected personalities from UN Nations. Each panel includes the flag of the country of the person’s origin.

Theodor Herzl represents Israel. On 9th November 2015, the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the glass covering the panel was destroyed and the Israeli flag scratched off. It was the only panel to receive such treatment.

Source: RIAS

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Memorial to Holocaust victim stolen in Berlin on anniversary of Kristallnacht

RIAS have reported the theft of a Stolperstein Jewish monument in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district of Berlin, Germany.

Stolpersteine (“stumbling blocks”) are small, cobblestone-sized, brass memorials created by artist Gunter Demnig to commemorate victims of Nazi oppression. Stolpersteine are usually installed into the ground around the area a victim lived or worked and usually include details such as the victim’’s name, date of birth, deportation and murder. Before the Holocaust, it used to be customary in Germany for non-Jews to say, on stumbling over a protruding stone, “There must be a Jew buried here.”

The stolen Stolperstein commemorates Heinrich Blumenthal, who was murdered in Auschwitz. It was installed in July 2013 and stolen on 9 November 2015, the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria, carried out by SA paramilitary forces and civilians.

This is the second case of vandalism of a Stolperstein in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf this year. In June a Stolperstein commemorating a victim, Nelly Friedberg, was so badly vandalized, it had to be replaced.

Sources: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus, Wikipedia

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Four Berlin men abuse and throw food at “Filthy Jews”

RIAS have reported that on the morning of Saturday 28th November, four drunk men entered an underground train at Berlin’s Senefelder Platz station. Once on the train, the men began making xenophobic remarks about two people speaking English in their vicinity.

One of the two being verbally attacked questioned the men in German, asking what the problem was. “You and your Jewish friend are the problem,” came the response.

As they were exiting the train, one of the two replied, “What would be the problem if we were Jewish?” The four men responded by approaching the two, who were already at the door, in an aggressive and threatening manner.

The English-speaker suggested they all exit the train together to calmly discuss the matter. As the doors closed, one of the four replied he did not owe any “filthy Jews” an answer and threw his kebab container at them.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Pegida discussion on Facebook claims Angela Merkel is Jewish and trying to “ruin” Germany

The North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) branch of the German movement Pegida (Patrioten gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes/Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) recently conducted a discussion on its Facebook page ‘confirming’ that Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, is Jewish.

The discussion was initiated by a user who asked, “How can we prove that Merkel is a Jew? How do we proceed???”, going on to demand that Merkel and “her whole crew” be arrested, for reasons unstated. The user went on to state that she intended to search the internet for Merkel’s birth certificate, in order to obtain the “next piece of evidence” of Merkel’s Jewishness.

Pegida NRW responded to the comment by stating, “Maybe you are hearing this news for the first time. But the majority of the population is already aware that Merkel had Jewish parents and that this woman’s parents weren’t quite right in the head.”

Pegida NRW went on to conclude in its response that “Merkel was definitely Hoenecker’s [Erich Honecker, leader of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), 1971-1989] last revenge against capitalism,” and that Merkel has been “striving to plunge Germany into ruin since the fall of the GDR.”

Pegida, is a German anti-Islamic political movement founded in Dresden, Germany in October 2014. It is widely criticised for being a far-right organisation. In January 2015, its Chair, Lutz Bachmann resigned after coming under fire for a number of Facebook posts classified as hate speech in Germany. Bachmann was reinstated the following month. Pegida has over 180,000 supporters on Facebook. Its demonstrations are reported to draw crowds of up to 25,000 people.

Sources: Vice, Wikipedia

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Turkish-Islamic Union in Germany posts slew of antisemitic statements

Screeenshots from the DITIB’s site for the city of Melsungen display a slew of anti-Jewish quotations, thirty in total, some from the Quran and the Prophet Muḥammad. These included statements such as: “[the Jews] lie and cheat,” “The Jews are cruel and malicious,” “the Jews are stingy,” “Jews violate contracts and promises,” and “they [the Jews] falsified the Torah.”

The posting led to a series of criticism from journalists and Volker Beck, MP for Germany’s Green Party. The Jersulam Post reports that the DITIB has since “distanced itself” from the remarks made on its website and that the person responsible has resigned.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Man displays Holocaust-glorifying tattoo at German pool, staff and management react with indifference

Reports have emerged of an ongoing incident regarding a man who openly displayed a Holocaust-glorifying tattoo at the TURM ErlebnisCity swimming pool in Oranienburg, Germany this summer.

The man, who is reported to be in his late twenties, was topless as he bathed with his young son. A large tattoo of the gates to Auschwitz was clearly visible on his lower back. Beneath the image, in old German lettering often used by the Nazis, were the words “Jedem Das Seine” meaning “To each what they deserve”, an old German proverb that is displayed over the entrance to the Buchenwald concentration camp.

A shocked eye-witness reported the man to a member of staff, who reacted with indifference and replied that he was unable to intervene. The witness, speaking to the Berlin daily newspaper BZ, reports that this reaction shocked him further, as did the other bathers’ nonplussed attitude to the tattoo.

The witness then sought out a second member of staff, who finally ordered the tattooed man to leave the facility.

When BZ followed up the incident, Kay Duberow, director of Stadtservice Oranienburg GmbH was unable to advise what measures had been taken. When pressed further, Duberow advised that Stadtservice Oranienburg’s policy is to report all cases of displayed or suspected hate symbols to the police. In this case, the procedure had not been followed. It is not clear why.

When BZ continued their investigation later that day, a police report had still not been filed.

After further pressure from BZ, state prosecution is now conducting criminal proceedings against the man in question. A police representative confirmed to BZ that the tattoo falls under the category of hate speech and is punishable by law.

Oranienburg, where the the TURM ErlebnisCity swimming pool is located, is itself home to a former concentration camp, Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg. Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg was used primarily for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945.

Sources: BZ, Wikipedia

 

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Berlin Jewish LGBT community’s Facebook page hacked with anti-Israel messages

Berlin Meschugge, a regular party night for Berlin’s Jewish LGBT community, had its Facebook page hacked with anti-Israel messages this morning.

The page’s cover image was replaced with a “Free Palestine” banner and their profile image with a crossed-out Israeli flag. The hacker(s) then posted “Death to Israel!!!” from the account and deleted records of past events. The page has a following of over 6,000 people.

This is not the first time that hackers have targeted Jewish organisations under the guise of protesting against Israel.

Source: Berlin Meschugge

 

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Spate of antisemitic graffiti in Berlin’s Alt-Miariendorf neighbourhood

The Berlin district of Alt-Mariendorf is seeing repeated incidents of antisemitic graffiti, reports RIAS. Anti-Jewish slogans have been appearing in the area around Alt-Mariendorf’s underground station since 24 October, including “Who is Rothschild – inform yourselves (Internet)”, and two occurrences each of “Juden rein” [sic], a Nazi phrase referring to a place from which all Jews had been forced out, and “Jews Out”.

Source: RIAS – Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Second kindergarten in Berlin reported to have antisemitic staff

RIAS, an antisemitism watchdog based in Germany, has received a report that several members of staff at a children’s daycare centre in Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin regularly make remarks, some extremist, against Jews, Muslims, Sinti and Roma.

The group of staff are alleged to have called circumcision “culturally archaic” and said that “that bunch of immigrants” should “adjust to the standards of a German kindergarten”. The staff were reported to be unmoved by the presence of swastika graffiti within the kindergarten. Antisemitic graffiti within the surrounding area is noted to be a regular occurrence.

This is the second kindergarten in Berlin reported as a site of antisemitism by RIAS in the last month.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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“F*** the Jews” and “Jews out” scrawled on anti-fascist posters at Berlin’s Humboldt University

A student at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany has reported antisemitic graffiti on university property.

Posters promoting left-wing and anti-fascist causes have been daubed with slogans such as “F*** the Jews”, “Merde Juifs!”, “Jews out!!!”, “Stupid Jews” and “Hamas”.

In 1933, the university’s nationalistic German Students Association infamously transported approximately 20,000 books, deemed ‘degenerate’, from the university library and other collections to Bebelplatz, a square in front of the university, and destroyed them in a mass book burning.

Sources: RIAS, Wikipedia

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Man in Germany finds his mail covered in antisemitic scrawl

It has been reported that a man living in Germany, who receives mail from organisations such as the German-Israeli Society, returned home to find his post covered in Jew-hating defacement, including swastikas and the words “Filth” and “Jew”.

Source: Watch: Antisemitism in Europe

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Berlin Football Association suspends players for antisemitic violence and death threats

The Berlin Football Association’s judicial review has found two FC Neukölln players guilty of antisemitic conduct against the Jewish team TuS Makkabi and has issued suspensions.

The review supported the decision to suspend a match that took place on 18th October 2015, when it emerged that an FC Neukölln player was threatening to commit murder by stabbing. The review noted that the player in question was likely referring to the recent wave of stabbings against Israeli Jews when he made his threats. The review also noted that the player was wearing an “I love Palestine” t-shirt at the time of the incident. He was suspended for ten matches.

A second member of FC Neukölln has been suspended for twelve games for punching a member of TuS Makkabi. He advised the review that he recognises his misconduct and apologises. The review did not consider it relevant that the same member of the Jewish team also received a headbutt from another FC Neukölln player.

The review fined FC Neukölln, issued penalty points and ordered it to cover the costs of the hearing.

This is the second time in recent months TuS Makkabi has been on the receiving end of antisemitic attacks from opposing teams. They received antisemitic verbal abuse from a player throughout their game against BFC Meteor 06 in August. The offending player had a history of racist conduct and was suspended until 2017.

Source: Jüdische Allgemeine

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Synagogue windows smashed by vandals on second attempt in Cottbus, Germany

Police report that two women, aged 21 and 36, vandalised the only synagogue in the German state of Brandenburg. According to the police report, the windows of the synagogue in Cottbus were smashed.

The alleged perpetrators are said to have first attempted an act of vandalism against the synagogue yesterday but were unsuccessful so they returned this morning. At the time of their arrest today, the women in question had blood alcohol content measuring 1.79 g/L and 1.52 g/L. Investigations into their motives are said to be “ongoing”.

Source: Märkische Allgemeine

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Woman receives antisemitic abuse for looking at child refugee memorial in Berlin

RIAS, an antisemitism watchdog based in Germany, has released details of an antisemitic verbal attack that was directed at a person looking at a memorial to the Refugee Children Movement in the Friedrichstraße area of Berlin this summer.

The memorial commemorates the rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, when the United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig.

A young man passing the memorial is said to have remarked loudly, “Hitler should have finished off the job!” The woman to whom the abuse was directed replied, “Hitler should have done no such thing, you f***ing antisemite!” This left the young man and observing passers-by speechless.

Sources: RIAS, Wikipedia

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“Unfortunately, Hitler didn’t finish off all the Jews” says Berlin kindergarten teacher

A disturbing account of comments by a kindergarten teacher has emerged from Berlin.

According to Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus (RIAS), in a morning group that took place on 19th October 2015, a five-year-old child remarked, “My mommy says that Hitler didn’t kill all the Jews. God is helping to destroy them.”
A second child asked, “How do you know what God wants?”

In a follow-up discussion between staff at the kindergarten, one teacher reportedly remarked, “Unfortunately, Hitler didn’t finish off all the Jews.”

Source: RIAS

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Holocaust survivor reports physical and verbal harassment from gang in Berlin

Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus (RIAS), a watchdog organisation based in Germany that tracks instances of antisemitism, released details on Thursday regarding information it received earlier this year. A Holocaust survivor, based in Berlin, reports receiving antisemitic physical and verbal harassment from a group of five youths as she returned home from attending synagogue in Berlin’s Charlottenburg in April 2015.

She reports that she was travelling on the underground train system, when one of the youths said “Shabbat shalom” to her in a loud, aggressive voice. She was then pushed, shoved and stared at in a threatening manner. The group made several remarks in Arabic, which she was unable to understand. She left the train prematurely, fearing further attack.

She remarks that the atmosphere in the area surrounding her synagogue has become palpably more hostile since summer 2014.

Source: RIAS

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Report of antisemitic abuse during hearing of Imam Abdallah I. in Berlin

A public hearing into the case against Imam Abdallah I. took place in Berlin’s district courts in Tiergarten on 12 November 2015. Imam Abdallah I. was found guilty of hate speech and fined €1,000 for a sermon he held at the Al-Nur mosque in Neukölln, Berlin the previous year, in which he declared that “Allah wants to kill the Zionist Jews”.

The courts have confirmed that unrest broke out in the public viewing area during the hearing. A man, who was wearing a kippah while viewing the hearing, reports being called a “Jewish pig” by another member of the public.

Source: BZ Berlin

 

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Football supporters chant notorious Auschwitz song in Dortmund

On Friday night, a group of six football supporters, aged 18-24, sang the infamous, antisemitic “U-Bahn Lied” [Underground Song] in front of Dortmund’s main train station in Germany. The song describes building an underground train line “from Jerusalem to Auschwitz.”

Police intervened at approximately 00:30 and demanded that the group desist. The group responded negatively and were taken in for questioning. They are now facing police investigation.

One member of the group, a Dortmund local aged 24, whose blood alcohol content measured 1.7 g/L, attacked an officer.  He now faces additional charges. The officer in question received injuries to his chest and arms.

Source: Der Westen

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German newspaper editor who was told to stop covering “Jewish issues” is fired

Daniel Killy, former Executive Managing Editor of the Weser-Kurier, the only independent daily in the major German port city of Bremen, became the victim of threats and abuse for writing about Jewish issues and Israel. Soon after he joined the paper, he discovered that a Nazi-style denunciation of his life and work written by a former editor at the paper (himself the son of a Nazi) had been circulated amongst Bremen’s politicians.

According to Killy’s account, he received a letter from his Chief Executive Officer at the paper’s publisher, Bremer Tageszeitungen AG, officially forbidding him from engaging in voluntary work for the Jewish Community. In a meeting with his CEO, Killy says that he was warned: “Mr. Killy, you need to understand that we as Bremen’s monopoly paper can’t afford to be considered pro-Jewish.” When Killy responded that this explanation was perhaps seventy years too late, he said that his CEO replied: “No, no, of course I didn’t mean it like that” and assured him that there was no longer a problem.

Six weeks later he was fired.

Source: Arutz Sheva

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Sickening slew of antisemitic incidents at Berlin Kristallnacht commemorations

Disturbing accounts are emerging of the Kristallnacht commemoration ceremonies on 9th November in Berlin. Kristallnacht was a pogrom across Germany and Austria during which Jews were murdered and beaten up and their property destroyed. Kristallnacht is often seen as the start of the Nazis’ Final Solution, and the Holocaust.

Moabit memorialsPolice report that a memorial in Moabit, Berlin, was vandalised with Holocaust denying and revisionist graffiti reading: “Ausc. .it. 1058”, “1058 is a lie and joke”, “learn the truth, read the revised lists” and “hear the truth from wherever it might come”. The memorial marks the railway station from which many of Berlin’s Jews were deported to concentration camps, and also commemorates the 36 synagogues destroyed by National Socialists. Nearby, another memorial was daubed with graffiti reading “Gas chamber liars”, “Holohoax – The Zionists Did It” and “9.11 – false flag” (a reference to the antisemitic conspiracy theory that Israel was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks). Yet another makeshift memorial to the victims of deportation that read “They were our neighbours” was vandalised with the words “All lies!”

Abuse at Kristallnacht march: The annual antifascist demonstration commemorating Kristallnacht repeatedly suffered verbal abuse from bystanders shouting: “Freedom for Palestine” and “Free Palestine”. One demonstrator reported hearing “F***ing Jews”. A 2-litre tetra-pak carton was also thrown at the procession.

Abuse on public transport: At around 16:45 on a train, an elderly person was reported to be shouting antisemitic, revisionist harassment, about “Lies about what our fathers and forefathers are alleged to have done” and using the term “Jew” as a term of abuse.

Buildings daubed: The Marzahn-Mitte community building and two further offices in Marzahn, Berlin, whose work includes refugee support were vandalised with antisemitic graffiti, including a “J” and a Star of David.

Far-right demonstrations: Three far-right demonstrations took place in central Berlin, including one within 100 meters of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, at which the NPD’s leader Sebastian Schmidtke described 9th November, the anniversary of Kristallnacht as “The day Germans made history.” The BÄRGIDA march included a speaker describing the German government as “well poisoners”. The 120-strong procession, holding Third Reich flags. included the Rykestraße Synagogue in its route, which was looted and vandalized 74 years prior.

Photo: Moabit

Source: RIAS

Additional details: Moabit, SpreemilieuVolkssolidarität, Berliner Register and Berlin rechtsaußen

Translation by: Chloe Zeegen

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Man urinates against Holocaust memorial in broad daylight in Berlin

RIAS have received a report that a man was seen urinating against a Holocaust memorial in Berlin, Germany, over the summer.

The man, said to be white, in his 30s, with short, shaved hair, was seen desecrating the memorial on a busy street, during the day.

The Deportationsmahnmal Putlitzbrücke memorial, commemorates the site of a train station in Moabit, where over 32,000 Jews were transported from Berlin to concentration camps during the Holocaust.

Since its unveiling in 1987, the monument has been subjected to repeated acts of vandalism. In 1992, it was badly damaged in an explosives attack and had to be rebuilt.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus, Wikipedia