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Trend continues of German Jewish students being bullied out of state schools

Yet another Jewish student at a Berlin school has been left traumatised after antisemitic bullying.

A primary school student at the Paul-Simmel-Grundschule was told by a classmate that she should be beaten and killed after she revealed the fact that she is Jewish, her father said.

“Our daughter was accosted by Muslim students because she does not believe in Allah” he said, before describing how she was surrounded by a group of Muslim students who chanted “Jew” at her.

These incidents reportedly form a pattern of antisemitic bullying which has seen her threatened on several previous occasions.

Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said “if Jewish students can no longer go to school without fear of antisemitic abuse, there’s something wrong in this country”.

Last July we reported that teachers in Germany are increasingly concerned about antisemitism from Muslim students creating a hostile environment in schools. We also reported on several disturbing incidents of antisemitism, including a Jewish boy who was forced out of his school following 4 months of persistent antisemitic bullying. The antisemitism in German state schools has led to an explosion in applications to specialist Jewish schools, which provide a safe haven from the bullying, at least within school hours.

Writing in July, we warned that “unless the German government takes serious steps to ensuring that schools are tackling antisemitism, and giving assurances to teachers and parents that all complaints of antisemitism are taken seriously, regardless of the source, then the situation will be dire for Jewish students in the country”, emphasising that “action must be taken quickly before confidence is lost in the school system’s ability to protect Jewish students”. Whilst no such action has been forthcoming, finally German politicians seem to be ready to act on the national disgrace of widespread antisemitic bullying in schools. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who is currently on a state visit to Israel, condemned this latest incident, writing “when a child is threatened by antisemitism, it is both a shame and unbearable. We must stand against every form of antisemitism”.

The German Police Union has now demanded that it be provided with information on these incidents. Rainer Wendt, the Union’s head, has voiced concerns that the incidents are not being properly recorded, indicating a problem of a scale beyond what we have been able to report.

Only time will tell whether any meaningful action will be taken.

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Jewish man has his finger sawn off by antisemitic attackers in brutal attack on two brothers in Paris

The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism in France has released a report which claims that two Jewish men were briefly abducted, beaten and one had his finger sawn off in Paris. The Bureau’s report is based on several police reports.

The alleged attack occurred in Bondy, a suburb in Paris.  The two men, who are brothers, and who are the sons of a local Jewish leader were forced off the road by the assailant whilst driving. They are both visibly Jewish as they wear kippot.

The assailants shouted various antisemitic slurs at them, which included “Dirty Jews, you’re going to die!”

The two brothers were forced out of their car and several men of “Middle Eastern appearance” emerged from a “hookah café”.

The men proceeded to severely beat the two brothers. One attacker then allegedly sawed off one of the Jewish men’s fingers.

Both brothers were hospitalised and were reportedly in a state of shock after the attack.

This story comes against a backdrop of increasing antisemitism in France. Last year we reported that a 13-year-old Jewish boy has his kippah turn off and was beaten by attackers shouting “dirty Jew” in Paris. In December, another Jew was beaten by attackers also shouting “dirty Jew”, also in Paris. In Strasbourg last year, an Orthodox Jew was beaten by attackers shouting “dirty Jew, we will kill you”, and in a separate incident a Chabad Rabbi in the city was stabbed by an assailant shouting “Allahu Ackbar”, with the attacker having previously committed a similar crime. There have also been high profile terrorist attacks against Jews in France, including the 2012 massacre at a Jewish school and a shooter killing 4 shoppers and injuring nine at a Kosher supermarket. Though Jewish communities are heavily guarded in France, and indeed elsewhere, nobody can have their safety guaranteed at all times, and several incidents have called into question the provision of security, not least the assignment of a police officer who has links to multiple antisemites to the protection of a Jewish communal leader.

The situation in France is fast becoming intolerable. It is impossible for a minority community to flourish under constant threat of serious physical harm, which is evidenced by the sheer number of French Jews fleeing the country, with many making Aliyah whilst others find refuge in London.  Over half of French Jews have expressed a desire to move to Israel and the country has been described as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Jew.

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Holocaust survivor persistently targeted on Twitter by antisemitic trolls

Agnes Grunwald-Spier, a Holocaust survivor, author, historian and a former trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has been subjected to antisemitic abuse on Twitter.

Ms Grunwald-Spier, who was saved from deportation to Auschwitz as a young child by an “unknown official”, received the abuse after a follower tweeted about her new book “Who Betrayed the Jews?”.

One person replied to the tweet saying “no doubt you are lying about the Holohoax”, whilst another replied that “Jewish suffering is not special”, attempting to minimise the Holocaust because other people died during the war too.

One twitter user, who uses a picture of a Haredi Jew as a his picture also mocked her.

Many of the trolls fixated on her age, writing “These holohoax survivors get younger every year” to which another replied “Jews are always lying”. The first then tweeted a picture of her saying “look at her…she’s like 60 max…Liars”, met with the reply “the trauma was passed down”.

When the trolls were asked to desist one said that twitter was “not a liar Jew safe space” and that “Jews think that everything they don’t like should be illegal”.

One of the main commenters who posts under the name ‘AntiRacist Hitler’, and who directed all of his comments in the exchanges to Ms Grunwald-Spier, said that “the real Holocaust was the 100’s of millions of Europeans who died because of evil Jews”.

Other commenters said, referring to her age, “you’ve got it all wrong, goys; it’s her good Ashkenazi genetics”, simply called her “Agnes Grunwald-Liar”, or tweeted antisemitic pictures to her.

One user, called ‘Aus-Alt-Right’, tweeted “Unbelievable. 54 year old holohoax ‘survivor’ milking the goyem for all the shekels. It’s like a Nigerian scam”.

Another asked her if there was “any limit to this brainwashing industry”.

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Christopher Biggins apologises for Holocaust ‘joke’

Christopher Biggins has made an apology after having been removed from Celebrity Big Brother following a Holocaust ‘joke’ he made to a fellow housemate.

The 67-year-old actor told Katie Waissel, who is Jewish, “you better be careful or they’ll be putting you in a shower and taking you to a room”.

Channel 5 decided the comment was likely to cause “widespread offence” and removed Biggins from the Big Brother House.

Biggins’ apology was “tearful”. He said “I am mortified by what’s happened, really mortified. Most of my friends, in fact, are Jewish. I apologised to Big Brother and Katie”. Whilst his comments were not necessarily malicious, and may well have been a case of poor judgement, it is incredibly damaging for Jewish people to have the systematic extermination of 6 million Jews be treated as an appropriate topic for humour, especially when it is directed towards them.

Biggins, who is gay, has also attracted controversy having made comments deemed to be offensive to bisexuals. He said in a conversation that Bisexuals are the “worst type” and implied that they were just in denial about being homosexual, as well as linking them to the spread of HIV/AIDS

Biggins will be visiting Auschwitz in the near future, a trip that will hopefully give him some perspective on his comments. He claims to have been planning the trip since before the incident occurred,

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Elderly female cancer patient in France humiliated by bus driver who mistook her for a Jew

A lady from France sent in the following report:

My husband is a doctor in Roubaix, France, where there are very few Jews. On Friday, he walked into his waiting room to get the next patient, and he saw an elderly lady with a wig and modest clothes. He realised she was wearing the wig because of her chemotherapy treatments. When she got into his office, she burst into tears and cried all the way through her story: she had boarded a city bus, and given five euros to the driver, whom she described as a man of Arabic descent. He gave her her change all in pennies, laughing. She asked whether she could have some coins of a higher denomination, and he just laughed and said he was within his rights. She said she had never felt so humiliated, in front of all of the other passengers on the bus, and she could not stop crying. My husband is not Jewish but understood straight away. He explained to her that with the wig and the way she happened to be dressed, the bus driver had surely taken her for a Jew.

A common antisemitic trope is that Jews are miserly and ‘chase pennies’.

Source: Reported to Everyday Antisemitism