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“Hitler was right” Republican wins Missouri House primary against two opponents

Steve West, an antisemitic conspiracy theorist who claimed that Hitler was right, has won a Republican state primary in Missouri against two other candidates.

West has said that “looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it”.

He has also ranted about “Jewish cabals” that are “harvesting baby parts” from Planned Parenthood, and runs a YouTube channel when he spouts all manner of far right conspiracy theories.

Missouri Republican Party denounced West’s “shocking and vile” comments, but this is of little comfort when he has defeated other candidates despite his blatant support for Nazism. They also stated that “to our knowledge, no member of the Missouri Republican Party, the House Republican Campaign Committee, or sitting member of the General Assembly recruited Mr. West to run for office; we find his statements to be vile, offensive, and out of line with our Party’s values”.

When asked about Jews in Missouri, West simply said “well, maybe they shouldn’t vote for me”

 

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Louis Farrakhan, darling of Women’s March leaders, decries “Satanic Jews” who “infected the whole world”

Nation Of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has once again used his position to spread antisemitic myths.

Farrakhan, who has made multiple antisemitic comments throughout his career, warned his audience about “Satanic Jews who have infected the whole world with poison and deceit”, claiming that Judaism is a “system of tricks and lies” designed only to “dominate” non-Jews.

He also blamed Jews for social ills ranging from sexual assault to police brutality, as well as spinning a narrative about “Jewish power”, saying “the false Jew will lead you to filth and indecency. That’s who runs show business. That’s who runs the record industry. That’s who runs television”, before claiming that Obama was “under Jewish influence”.

Yet for all his antisemitic rants, Farrakhan cannot be dismissed as an irrelevant figure. He has drawn support from the leaders of the popular Women’s March, who have repeatedly declined to condemn his blatant antisemitism. One of the movement’s leaders attended one of Farrakhan’s antisemitic speeches, and pressure has been mounting from others on the American left for the four leaders of the movement who have openly associated with the antisemitic preacher to step down. Of the four leaders who have associated with him, four, Mallory, Perez and Sarsour, have explicitly praised him.

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Palestinian advocacy group calls representative body of Dutch Jews a “pro-occupation lobby”

Jan Keulen, director of The Rights Forum, a Dutch pro-Palestinian advocacy group that was founded by PM Dries van Agt, has made a disgraceful antisemitic statement about the mainstream representative body of the Dutch Jewish community.

The Central Jewish Board had previously made a complaint about antisemitic social media post. Keulen referred to the complaint as a “political smear campaign”, a classic antisemitic canard which paints Jewish complaints of antisemitism as disingenuous and portrays Jews as manipulative and dissembling.

She then said that the “cat is out of the bag”, claiming the Jewish group was a “a pro-occupation lobby that will not rest until the definition of antisemitism is stretched and politicized”.

Despite her disgraceful comments, several of the comments that the Central Jewish Board complained of didn’t even make any reference to Israel. One of the comments complained of read “not so strange that the Jews throughout the centuries were stigmatized as thieves and cheats”, whereas others bordered on blood libel.

Little better can be expected from the Rights Forum, however. Van Agt who founded the group, who is the PM of the country, is on record saying that his party is “is good for the Palestinians despite the strong Jewish lobby” present in it.

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Republican who called for America to be “free of Jews” polls at 18%, may be Feinstein’s challenger

Patrick Little, a California Republican with hardline antisemitic views, may be the Republican challenger to Dianne Feinstein in the Senate race.

Little polled at 18% last week, 10% above his nearest Republican challenger, indicating that he could well become the challenger to Feinstein in the Senate race.

He has called for an American “free of Jews”, as well as endorsing “counter-semitism” – a term occasionally used by right wing extremists which essentially amounts to an endorsement of blatant antisemitism under another name, designed to frame the far right as a resistance against purported Jewish influence.

Little is so far gone that he has described the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer as being too Jewish. Writing on Gab, a social networking site which has been accused of intentionally providing a haven for the alt right, he said “I propose a government that makes counter-semitism central to all aims of the state…all immigration except of biological kin, where no person of Jewish origin may live, vacation or traverse”.

Whilst it seems unlikely that Little could actually win an election against Feinstein in California, it is deeply worrying to see that he has been able to gain any traction whatsoever. Some have speculated that Californians are simply not aware of any of his views, in which case it may reasonably be expected that the extra exposure of them to public scrutiny will ensure that he will be beaten by more moderate Republicans.

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Poland blocks award ceremony for antisemitic writer in unexpected move

The Polish government has intervened to prevent an antisemitic author from receiving an award at a consular event in the United States.

A private charity was due to award Ewa Kurek a prize at the Polish consulate in the US. The event was reportedly not a government initiative, but the government has prevented it taking place, according to Andrzej Pawluszek, an advisor to the Polish PM.

Kurek has said that Jews “had fun” in the ghettoes during the Holocaust, a view that is grossly offensive and antisemitic, which either amounts to Holocaust denial or to making light of the Holocaust.

Matthew Tyrmand, a right wing journalist who was also due to be recognised at the event, has expressed relief that it was blocked, writing that “nobody wanted to be in a room with her, including me”.

Whilst the Polish government has drawn justified, fierce criticism for the controversial Holocaust law and increasing antisemitism in the country, including within the ruling Law and Justice Party’s own ranks, they are to be commended for intervening here.

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Antisemitic candidate who openly peddles far right conspiracy theories running for GOP in Oregon

Joshua Powell, a virulent antisemite and anti-Muslim bigot, is standing as a Republican in local elections in Eugene, despite opposition from some Republicans.

Powell frequently peddles antisemitic conspiracy theories, including suggesting that “Jewish liberals are opening up the borders, and innocent bystanders are subjected to this aggressive agenda. And then they wonder why there’s antisemitism”.

A common theme in White Nationalist conspiracy theories is that Jews seek to open the borders of western nations to undermine the position of white people. Powell predictably denies being a racist, instead insisting that he merely wants to “preserve the Western cultural heritage”, yet is peddling virulent antisemitism that portrays Jews as the enemies of civilisation.

In a post in which he referred to “f*cking Jews”, Powell accused the “Jew York Times” of “trying to spin the narrative” about the 2014 Bundy standoff trial, making use of classic antisemitic canards about Jews controlling the media and being dissembling and politically manipulative.

In response to the allegations of antisemitism he responded “if the majority of corruption is done by Jews, then they will suffer the consequences as anyone else would equally under the law”.

He is also deeply bigoted towards Muslims, writing that “Washington (state) is crawling with Muslim rats” and equating the presence of Muslims in Eugene with “ISIS right under out noses”.

Republicans in Eugene have disavowed Powell, with Preston Mann calling on him to withdraw. This is at least the second time in the last few weeks that a virulent antisemite has been able to stand as a Republican, with neo-Nazi winning a nomination in Illinois by default.

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Virginia GOP leader disciplined for saying he wouldn’t vote for a Jewish candidate

Fredy Burgos, a GOP leader in Virginia, has been removed from the State Central Committee after he said he would not vote for a Jewish candidate.

Burgos had intimated in a Facebook post that he would never vote for a Jewish candidate, sharing a post which urged Christians to “to select and prefer Christians for their rulers”. Burgos had been supporting Tim Hannigan who was running against Jewish Republican Mike Ginsberg.

He has claimed his comments were taken out of context. However, it is difficult to see any context in which supporting a Christian over a Jew following a belief that only Christians are fit for office is not antisemitic.

Burgos has previously had to apologise for posting anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media.

Rep Barbara Comstock condemned the “bigoted, backwards views” which have “no place in the Republican Party — the party of Lincoln and Reagan”.

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DC lawmaker offers sincere apology after blaming bad weather on “Rothschilds controlling the climate”

D.C. council member Trayon White Sr. has been pressured into apologising after suggesting that “Rothschilds” control the weather.

White wrote that “t just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation” before continuing to say “that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful”.

Rabbi Daniel Zemel of Temple Micah in Northwest Washington, responding to the comments, wrote “This kind of anti-Semitism is unacceptable in any public official. This so diminishes what America is about and adds to the oppressive feeling going on in the country right now. We all have to be better. Public officials have to learn not to say the first ignorant thing that comes into their head”.

The Rothschilds are a family of Jewish financiers who often feature in antisemitic conspiracy theories, which attribute to them an unrealistic, and sometimes near-comical, amount of influence. Despite the ridiculous nature of many of these Rothschild family conspiracy theories, they are often near-identical to conspiracy theories that explicitly claim that Jews as a collective wield such power. As is clear from White’s comments, whilst the claims about the Rothschilds are often ridiculous and seem comical, they are not trifling, harmless ideas that should be written off as silly and humourous; White clearly attributes real malice to the Rothschilds, who want to harm others for their own gain. Such attitudes are far from harmless, and form a part of a culture in which Jews are blamed for all of society’s woes.

White thankfully quickly apologised for the comments, writing “I work hard everyday to combat racism and prejudices of all kinds. I want to apologize to the Jewish Community and anyone I have offended. The Jewish community have been allies with me in my journey to help people. I did not intend to be anti-Semitic, and I see I should not have said that after learning from my colleagues”. White appears to have been contacted by Jews United for Justice, claiming that the had helped him to “understand the history of comments made against Jews”.

White’s comments indicate that he has engaged in genuine dialogue with Jews United for Justice and is showing genuine remorse for having propagated these ideas, stating that he is “committed” to finding ways “to be allies with them and others”.

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Ann Coulter seemingly uses “globalist” as an ethnic slur for Jews before discussing “globalists” involved in sexual harassment

Ann Coulter, the controversial American right wing political commentator, has seemingly stepped beyond the insensitive comments about Jews she has made in the past in favour of explicit antisemitism in a series of tweets in which she described various Jewish figures as “globalists” in what is, at best, an extremely poor attempt at satire.

The term “globalist” is a political term which is commonly used in conspiracy theories. Whilst it is not inherently antisemitic, it is often used to allude to Jews with accusations similar to those of classic antisemitic conspiracy theories.

Donald Trump had recently referred to outgoing staff member Gary Cohn as a “globalist”, a statement that the Washington Post described as antisemitic. Commenting on the headline, Coulter then singled out a series of Jews as “globalists”.

She first tweeted that “Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is also a Globalist”. Koufax is a Jewish baseball player who famously declined to play on Yom Kippur.

Whilst identifying a Jewish athlete who is not known for his political views as a “globalist” is a clear indication that the term is simply being used as a stand-in for Jew, Coulter then uses it as an ethnic designator, tweeting “Paul Newman is only half Globalist”, and that “Jake Tapper is also half Globalist”. Jack Tapper’s parents are both Jewish, but his mother converted to Judaism. In this case it appears that the terms is being turned into a racialised proxy for “Jew”.

Whilst it may appear at first that Coulter is satirising the idea that Globalist is an antisemitic term, this position is seemingly weakened by Coulter applying the term to another antisemitic canard. After repeatedly using “globalist” as an explicitly ethnic designator for Jews, she muses “Boy, a lot of Globalists popped up in the scandals!”. Some have said that Coulter is portraying Jews as sexually licentious and predatory, which is a classic antisemitic canard that has its roots in early Christian antisemitism. Using the term in this context seems like an excuse to repeat another antisemitic canard. Furthermore, according to the Definition of Antisemitism, antisemitic ideas are ‘often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong”’. That is why some commentators have said that this tweet seems to take what may have started as an attempt at satire and turn it into what appears to be a more sinister expression of antisemitic ideas.

Regardless of Coulter’s intentions, she was met with thousands of likes and retweets from the far right. Her tweets were widely circulated by far right sources. One commenter branded several of those involved in the #MeToo scandal as Jews, with a chart purporting to given an ethnic breakdown of all those accused. Others replied with antisemitic caricatures or peddled antisemitic conspiracy theories about Jews controlling the media.

Coulter has made comments which have been insensitive to the point of antisemitism in the past, previously claiming that Jews need to become Christian “to be perfected”. Tweeting about the Republican Presidential debates, she wrote “How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?”.

 

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Putin invokes antisemitic conspiracy theories in suggesting that Jews meddled with American election

Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn criticism from Jewish groups for the second time in as many weeks after he suggested that Jews had meddled with the 2016 American Presidential election.

Critics of Donald Trump have suggested that Russian involvement could have played a part in his rise to power. In an interview with NBC, Putin said that anyone involved in tampering in US elections does not represent the Russian state, suggesting that “maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship, even that needs to be checked”.

Whilst the accusation is defamatory and dangerous with respect to every group named, the suggestion that Jews were to blame in particular evokes classic antisemitic conspiracy theories, particularly the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a Russian hoax which claimed that Jews were conspiring to achieve world domination.

Beyond this, Putin’s comments draw dangerously close to labelling Jews and other minorities Russians in name only, who are subjected to the double indignity of being accused of infiltrating the government of a foreign power, whilst having their own loyalties and citizenship to Russian questioned.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, commented that “as the Russian government faces expanding evidence and new questions about possible meddling in US elections, President Putin bizarrely has resorted to the blame game by pointing the finger at Jews and other minorities in his country”, criticising Putin for “giving new life to classic anti-Semitic stereotypes that have plagued his country for hundreds of years, with a comment that sounds as if it was ripped from the pages of the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion'”.

 

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500 far right extremists march in Berlin and are addressed by mainstream German politicians

A far-right contingent of 500 extremists have marched in Berlin under the slogan “No to the Great Coalition”. The march was organised by a group called “We are for Germany”, who have frequently held marches in which racist activity has occurred.

Attendees at the march shouted “National Socialism Now” and “Glory and Honour to the German Nation”, quite explicitly the language of Nazism. As well as those from explicitly far-right movements, the march was also attended by members of Alternative for Germany (AfD), a right wing populist party that is increasingly showing itself up as a far right movement. AfD is in the ascendancy in German politics, and polling places them either 2nd or 3rd in the country.

Alexander Kurth, a neo-Nazi from Saxony, spoke alongside  Utta Nürnberger and Roland Ulbrich, both members of AfD.

Multiple attendees allegedly performed Nazi salutes and shouted “Heil Hitler”. Explicit displays of Nazi imagery and expressions of support for Nazism are a criminal offence in Germany. Other attendees displayed antisemitic cartoons, including one with an antisemitic caricature of a Jew which said “goyim know”, an antisemitic internet meme that originated on the far right. The meme is used to imply that there is a Jewish conspiracy that Jews are attempting to cover up.

There was also widespread harassment and abuse of journalists at the march.

Footage of the march can be viewed here.

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Putin praises author who said Jews were “hastening a second Holocaust”

Vladimir Putin has praised the antisemitic Russian author Alexander Prokhanov in a birthday message.

Putin praised the “social, literary and journalistic activities” of Prokhanov, who edits an ultra-nationalist newspaper that has called for a new cold war, on the occasion of Prokhanov’s 80th birthday.

“You have taken a great professional path, you have found your calling in your columns and in your social, literary and journalistic activities. You have always remained committed to your civic principles and ideals… I wish you good health and hope that your plans will be realized”, Putin wrote.

Prokhanov has said that Jews who protested against Russia’s actions in Ukraine were “hastening a second Holocaust”. He then claimed that Jews also “brought about the first”. Blaming Jews for the Holocaust is amongst the most profoundly antisemitic statements that one can conceivably make.

At the same time he said to the New York Times: “I am afraid that I am interested in a Cold War with the West”. More recently he wrote that he “worked day and night” towards such a conflict.

A character in one of his books, “Mr Hexogen”, claimed that Russian Jews were harvesting organs to sell to Israel, a claim that mirrors medieval blood libel, and which is frequently voiced as a conspiracy theory about contemporary Jews.

 

 

 

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Polish PM faces criticism for claiming there were “Jewish perpetrators” of Holocaust when defending controversial Holocaust law

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has attracted ire from commentators around the globe for his claim that there were “Jewish perpetrators” of the Holocaust yesterday.

Morawiecki, of Poland’s ruling far-right Law and Justice party, a growing number of senior members of which have now made antisemitic comments, was fielding questions at the Munich Security Conference.

Ronen Bergman, an Israeli journalist, described how his mother’s family escaped from the Nazis after overhearing Polish neighbours discussing how they would report the family’s whereabouts to the Nazis. Bergman continued “If I understand correctly, after this law is legislated, I will be considered a criminal in your country for saying this”.

Morawiecki claimed, somewhat disingenuously, that claims of Polish perpetration would not be punished, saying that he acknowledged “as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian perpetrators – not only German perpetrators”.

Claiming that there were “Jewish perpetrators” of the Holocaust, particularly claiming so alongside German perpetrators, is an outrageous attempt to downplay the fact that the Holocaust was an attempt to exterminate the entirety of the European Jewry. Whilst some Jews were involved in administering the ghettos, their position is one of academic controversy, and many acted out of a sense of necessity, often not knowing the extent of the Nazi’s plans. Invoking this to defend a law which has serious implications for study and debate about the Holocaust is unconscionable, particularly from the leader of a blatantly antisemitic party that is yet to discipline scores of members who have openly voiced antisemitic ideas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his statement as “outrageous” saying that “there is a problem here of a misunderstanding of history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people. I plan to talk to him soon”.

Avi Gabbay, the chairman of the Zionist Union, accused Morawiecki of speaking in the same terms of a Holocaust denier, saying that “the blood of millions of Jews cries out from Polish soil about the distortion of history and the escape from guilt. Jews were murdered in the Holocaust and Poles took an active part in their murder. The government of Israel must be the voice of the millions of those murdered and strongly condemn the words of the Polish prime minister.”

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Adviser to Polish President says Jews “fighting to keep the monopoly on the Holocaust”, blaming Jews for “collaboration”

Andrzej Zybertowicz, professor of Sociology at Nicolaus Copernicus University who also serves as an adviser to the Polish President, is the latest Polish official to make grossly antisemitic comments.

He said that Jewish opposition to Poland’s controversial new Holocaust law was based on “feeling of shame at the passivity of the Jews during the Holocaust”.

He described Israeli opposition to the law as “anti-Polish”, claiming that Jews  are”clearly fighting to keep the monopoly on the Holocaust”.

Accusing Jews of using or manipulating the Holocaust is antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism.

He also claimed that “Many Jews engaged in denunciation, collaboration during the war. I think Israel has still not worked it through”. Whilst many Jews were forced by the Nazis to assist their captors, his suggestions are clearly an attempt to shift blame for the Holocaust onto Jewish victims, which is deeply ironic given the passage of the law makes discussion of Polish collaboration an at-best legally precarious activity.

The passage of the law has already triggered a wave of antisemitism in Poland, and other senior figures in the ruling Law and Justice party, which is increasingly appearing to be an outright antisemitic and far right party, have already used it as an opportunity to frame their blatant antisemitism.

 

 

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Politicians from Poland’s ruling party yet again openly express their antisemitism following Holocaust bill

Opposition from Jewish groups around the world to Poland’s controversial new Holocaust law, which criminalises any mention of Polish involvement in the Holocaust, has led to further outbursts of antisemitism, this time from various officials of the country’s far right Law and Justice Party. Last week we reported that the law’s passage had led to a spike in antisemitism.

Beata Mazurek, a spokeswoman for Law and Justice, tweeted a quote from a Catholic Priest saying that Jewish opposition to the bill “made it hard for me to look at Jews with sympathy and kindness”.

Jerzy Czerwinski, a Law and Justice party senator, said that the opposition was based on a “hidden agenda”, a comment made against the background of various commentators claiming that Jewish organisations wanted to extract money from Poland. After all, we know that Jewish circles, including American, but mostly the state of Israel, are trying to get restitution of property or at least compensation”, he continued.

A politician from the party has previously claimed that the antisemitic hoax the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a factual document. A lawmaker for the party wrote “I wonder why there are so many Jews among those performing abortions, despite the Holocaust”, in a claim eerily close to blood libel. A banner at one of the parties rallies demanded the “immediate liquidation of masonic Jewish life in Poland”. Another march organised by the party was  attended by thousands shouting white supremacists slogans, including calling for a “Jew-free Poland”.

 

 

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Holocaust denying neo-Nazi set to win GOP nomination for Illinois

A neo-Nazi and a Holocaust denier is on course to secure the Republican nomination for Illinois in the upcoming congressional election.

Art Jones has been filmed at a neo-Nazi retreat in Kentucky ranting about how Donald Trump has “surrounded himself with hordes of Jews including a Jew in his own family, that punk named Jared Kushner”, claiming that he was sorry that he “voted for the son of a bitch, pardon my English”.

His past activities include organising a protest against a Holocaust museum, staging birthday parties for Hitler in which he appeared in Nazi uniform, and he has been documented attending several neo-Nazi events.

Jones has described the Holocaust as an “international extortion racket” an called Donald Trump a “Jew-loving fool”.  He has blamed America’s involvement in wars in the Middle East on Jewish influence upon Donald Trump, attributing it to “one reason why: Israel…the Jewish lobby… He’s nothing but a puppet in their hands… this Jew-loving fool”.

He has previously led the Australian Nazi Party.

Jones is now the sole runner for the third district of Illinois. He has made multiple failed attempts at public office.

After going several days without comment, the Illinois Republican Party’s Timothy Schneider commented that “we strongly oppose [Jones’] racist views and his candidacy for any public office. The Illinois Republican party and our country have no place for Nazis”.

Whilst it is possible to remove him from the ticket, this is yet to happen. If the Republican Party are serious about tackling antisemitism they must act swiftly and prevent a neo-Nazi from having any role in their party.

 

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Wave of antisemitism in Poland following passage of controversial Holocaust bill

The passage of the controversial law that criminalises suggestions of Polish complicity in the Holocaust has been followed by a wave of antisemitism in Poland, a country which already is amongst the most antisemitic in Europe.

The Israeli Embassy has reported that it has been sent a large number of antisemitic messages, issuing a statement in which they said “in the last few days we could not help ut notice a wave of antisemitic statements, reading the Embassy through all channels of communication”.

The Embassy has also voiced concerns of growing antisemitism throughout Polish society, including antisemitic statements made in the media, following the passage of the law.

The Embassy stated its support for the spirit of the law, emphasising that concentration camps in Poland should be referred to as “German Nazi camps”. However, the outpouring of antisemitism demonstrates ingrained problems in Polish society. The governing party of Poland, Law and Justice, have faced a string of controversies involving antisemitic members.

A few days ago barriers were put up around the Embassy following security concerns.

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Florida Congressman invites alt right Holocaust denier to be his guest for Trump’s State of the Union address

Matt Gaetz, the Republican Congressman for Florida, has invited an alt right Holocaust denier to be his guest for Trump’s State of the Union address.

Chuck Johnson was spotted in the congressional chamber at President Trump’s address on Tuesday. He purports to be an “investigative journalist” but espouses a myriad of white supremacist views.

Johnson was permanently banned from Twitter in 2015 after denying the Holocaust and for calling to “take out” Deray McKesson, a figurehead in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Gaetz claimed that Johnson was given the ticket after he “showed up at my office”, having initially planned to give the ticket to his own father who later fell ill.

Johnson commented “let’s just say that I was down to be supportive of the President and I enjoyed being there”, but suggested that other Republicans had also invited him.

Gaetz may claim ignorance as to Johnson’s positions, but he has lent respectability to a Holocaust denying white supremacist at an event viewed by millions of people. More worrying still are reports that writing by Johnson has found its way onto the President’s desk. Both of these facts indicate a growing acceptance of the far right in America’s corridors of power, an influence which must be expunged if Trump’s America is to maintain even a veneer of tolerance.

 

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Republican House candidate peddles antisemitic white nationalist conspiracy theory on Twitter

Paul Nehlen, a GOP candidate seeking to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan, has outed himself as holding white nationalist beliefs in a series of tweets to a Jewish activist.

Nehlen tweeted “Just admit you are a (((bigot))) @aricohn and I’ll pretend you didn’t pretend you were white for the purposes of starting a race war w me” before commenting that “It’s okay to be white. It’s not okay to pretend to be for purposes of undermining whites. But you knew that”.

Nehlen’s word are unambiguously those of a far-right antisemite. White Nationalists and neo-Nazis often accuse Jews of attempting to subvert what they perceive to be the interests of the “white race”.

According to the Definition of Antisemitism, Antisemites often ‘blame Jews for “why things go wrong”‘. The Definition also states that “making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions” is antisemitic, as is blaming Jews “for real or imagined wrongdoing”.

Nehlen has also used “echoes”, the use of triple parentheses, which was originally developed by the alt-right to covertly refer to Jews. Putting the parentheses around the word “bigot” is used to associate purported bigotry with Jewishness, itself a long-standing antisemitic canard.

The phrase “it’s okay to be white”, whilst perhaps not seeming inherently worrying, was popularised by former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke and is frequently parroted by White Nationalists.

Nehlen has clearly stepped up his rhetoric since last year, apparently emboldened by the Trump Presidency and the growing acceptability of antisemitism in American public life. Nehlen has repeatedly refused to say whether or not he is indeed a White Nationalist, but this rhetoric makes his allegiances clear for all to see.

The ADL commented that Nehlen has “on numerous occasions in recent months demonstrated associations or affiliations with white supremacist concepts and entities, including appearing on a white supremacist podcast, ‘Fash the Nation’; sharing racist and anti-Semitic graphics on social media; and following a number of white supremacists on Twitter”.

Following Nehlen’s antisemitic comments, Ari Cohn, the activist against whom they were directed, received hundreds of antisemitic messages on Twitter from white supremacists.

Everyday Antisemitism will be following coming events with keen interest. Electoral success by any measure for a man who has openly cast his lot with far-right extremists would demonstrate that American society is taking a distinct and worrying turn for the worse.

 

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Linda Sarsour blames “Jewish media” for her unpopularity

Linda Sarsour, the prominent American-Palestinian activist who rose to prominence following her role in organising the Women’s March against Donald Trump, has suggested that the “Jewish media” is to blame for her unpopularity.

Sarsour, who supports BDS and has claimed that Zionists cannot be feminists, has attempted to position herself as an ally to Jews, raising large amounts of money to repair a Jewish cemetery, money which reportedly mysteriously failed to materialise.

Speaking at an event on Antisemitism at the New School, Sarsour said “If what you’re reading all day long, morning and night, in the Jewish media is that Linda Sarsour and Minister Farrakhan are the existential threats to the Jewish community, something really bad is gonna happen and we gonna miss the mark on it”.

Yet Farrakhan, alongside whom she mentions herself, once described Hitler as a “very good man”. Whilst Sarsour has managed to avoid praising Nazism, she has accused “right wing Zionists” of undermining her alongside the alt right. In 2012 she said “nothing is creepier than Zionism”. In April, she shared a platform with Rasmea Odeh, a convicted terrorist who participated in two terrorist attacks against Israelis; Sarsour described appearing alongside Odeh as an honour.

Whilst many Jews on the left have voiced support for Sarsour, her words and actions in the past offer a far more plausible explanation for why she may struggle for popularity, particularly among Jews, than the lazy repetition of long-standing Antisemitic canards about the “Jewish media” manipulating the perceptions of the public. Perhaps Sarsour should familiarise herself with the intersection between contemporary antisemitism and anti-Israel discourse before she again presumes herself to be competent to speak on behalf of Jews at an event devoted to antisemitism.

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Hard right German MP accused of making antisemitic videos for extremist group over 2 year period

Peter Felser, a member of the Bundestag for the hard right party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD), is facing accusations of being responsible for producing extremist material, some of which has been banned by a German court.

Felser is the owner of wk&f Kommunikation, a production company that between 2001 and 2003 made several campaign videos for an extreme right party called the Republikaner, a party that has been monitored by the authorities for its extremist activities.

One video was banned by a Court for “endorsing, denying or downplaying the Holocaust”, whilst another was described as “clearly of antisemitic character”.

Felser has expressed his regret and stated “indeed, they could be understood as a denial of the Holocaust”. However, this apparent contrition offers little comfort. AfD has faced a string of antisemitism scandals. One of their candidates appeared to face little-to-no action from the Party despite having shared an image of Hitler captioned “Missed since 1945 … Adolf, please get in touch! Germany needs you! The German people!” in a private Whatsapp group. Another infamously described a Holocaust memorial as a “monument of shame”. A member of the Party’s board also promoted a slew of antisemitic conspiracy theories. There is little to suggest that the antisemitism present at the top of the Party isn’t also common amongst its rank and file members, with antisemitic material sometimes being displayed by members at its events, such as here.

The prevalence of antisemitism within AfD’s political establishment casts an unfavourable light on Felser’s business activities. Worse still is the fact that the arrangement wk&f Kommunikation had with the Republikaner was clearly an ongoing business relationship, not just a one-off transaction. The nature of the work clearly required wk&f Kommunikation staff to become familiar with the sort of organisation they were working with, as they were producing content for them. This means that in a business owned by Felser, at best, there were those who thought it acceptable to profit off antisemitism.

Unfortunately, Felser simply expressing his regret leaves a lot to be desired, and leaves many questions to be answered about the nature and extent of his personal dealings with these far-right extremists. At a time when Germany experiences increasing antisemitism and a political culture that many Jews perceive as drifting worryingly to the right, the prevalence of antisemitism in a Party that recently polled over 12% in Federal elections will only contribute further to a growing sense of unease among the country’s Jews.

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UN drops Palestinian “Supermom” who claims Jews drink Arab blood, yet Amnesty International fail to act

Crowned a “Supermom” by the Arab press, Manal Tamimi, 45, a pro-terrorist Palestinian activist, has recently lost her status as a UN “human rights defender” because of antisemitic tweets that accuse Jews of drinking Palestinian blood.

On September, 2015, this post appeared on Tamimi’s Twitter feed: “Vampire zionist celebrating their Kebore Day [Yom Kippur] by drinking Palestinian bloods, yes our blood is pure and delicious but it will kill u at the end” (September, 2015).

Tamimi’s tweet promotes the classic blood libel, which goes back centuries, that Jews murder non-Jews, especially children, so that Jews can use their blood to bake matzos for Passover, and re-enact the crucifixion of Christ.

The tweet is part of a series of antisemitic tweets that Tamimi posted starting in 2015. The married mother of four calls for both violence against Jews, “Zio roaches”, and the destruction of Israel. The tweets are accompanied by vile drawings that pay tribute to Nazi era political cartoons.

“I do hate Israel, i do hate zionism, i wish a third Intefada  [Intifada] coming soon and people rais [raise] up and kills all these zionist settlers everywhere”. (August 1, 2015)

“…I have a very good Jew friends, I hate Zionists & I’m not denying that, Zionism, KKK and ISIS R all the same to me” (August 20, 2017)

“The much needed button–delete Israel” [referring to nuclear holocaust] (October 5, 2015)

“You will never make peace with vampires because the taste of your blood will always attract them” (March 31, 2016)

However, it is significant that Tamimi, who is constantly calling for the expulsion of Jews from Israel, only lost her honored title because of an official complaint about her tweets that was filed by the NGO Monitor, Jerusalem, a watchdog that tracks the activities of human rights groups. A letter of protest was delivered to the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.

In response to NGO Monitor’s complaint, Tamimi, the leader of the Popular Resistance Organization Committee, was removed from the list of “human rights defenders” that had been compiled by S. Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the disputed territories.

Earlier this year, Tamimi, who runs an online news service, the Tamimi Press, spoke at a  EU financed conference that was held in Barcelona, Spain. The topic was “preventing violent extremism”.

Her participation in that conference strains the boundaries of reason. Every Friday, for the past 7 1/2 years, Tamimi, her husband, Bilal, and their followers, have marched from their  village of Nabi Saleh, to the Jewish community of Halamish, where the group hurls rocks at the Israeli soldiers, who are guarding the town. On July 21, 2017, in Halamish, three members of the Salomon family were stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorists while they were having their Shabbat dinner.

It is important to note that Tamimi has not publicly condemned the murders, and, in fact,  sees nothing wrong with stone throwing. According to a report in the Algemeiner, “the Tamimi’s contend that the soldiers’ arrests of rock throwers constitutes persecution of the residents of Nabi Saleh”.

It is a given, however, that a thrown stone is as dangerous as a gun. In recent years at least 15 Israelis have been murdered as a result of stone throwing, and countless others have been injured. Given Tamimi’s mindset, it is deeply troubling that she was invited to appear at a conference that condemns violence.

And the fact that this conference was funded by the European Union is of great concern. NGO Monitor President Gerald Steinberg told the Algemeiner, “There is no excuse for funding Jew hatred in the guise of promoting peace…or for giving antisemites such as Tamimi the status of ‘human rights defenders'”.

Steinberg is highly critical of the actions of both the UN and the EU: “the disconnect between noble objectives and immoral actions has been clear for many years”. Steinberg believes that “full transparency and oversight for the massive sums [of money] going to radical NGOs is crucial so that this behavior is halted”.

However, unlike the UN, Amnesty International, has embraced Tamimi’s cause, despite her blatant antisemitism. According to the Algemeiner, “Amnesty has declared that Tamimi’s village, Nabi Saleh, is a “community-at-risk”.

Amnesty researcher, Saleh Hijazi, who has worked in the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Ministry of Planning has publicly stated: “We need to tell the Israeli authorities: enough – you are no longer facing a tiny village on a small hill. You now have the entire Amnesty movement to reckon with”.

According to the Algemeiner, in an undated essay published in the Huffington Post, Edith Garwood, Amnesty International USA’s specialist on Israel, the disputed territories and the PA, wrote that Tamimi’s group from Nabi Saleh “face frequent violent repression from the Israeli army just for practicing their human rights to peacefully expression their opposition” to Israel.

Garwood believes that “even in cases where the protesters have thrown stones…these have posed little or no serious risk” to the targeted Israelis.

The fact that Garwood, a prominent Amnesty International official, can so easily disregard Tamimi’s virulent antisemitic tweets, while downplaying the connection between stone throwing and fatal traumatic brain injuries, should send up a red flag to the international community.

Amnesty International fails on all levels, as a social justice organization, when its contempt  for Israel is so great, that it whitewashes stone throwing as a form of legitimate peaceful protest.

What Amnesty International’s position regarding Tamimi’s remark that Jews are blood-drinking vampires is unknown.

However, what is known is that, in 2016, government officials banned Tamimi from entering the UK. The British Home Office  has refused to explain why Tamimi was denied a visa.

 

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Czech politician says that Jews, homosexuals and Roma should be gassed

Jaroslav Staník, the secretary of the far right Freedom and Direct Democracy party, has called for Jews and Roma to be gassed.

Stanik exclaimed “Jews, gays and Roma should be gassed” in Parliament, causing a confrontation with other parties. This occurred in a private restaurant that is part of the Parliament complex and which is not accessible to the public.

One eyewitness, Marek Černoch, claims that Stanik said that Jewish and Roma babies should be shot, commenting that he “demanded that all homosexuals, Roma, and Jews should be shot immediately after they have been born. He also verbally attacked the women that were present with gross insults”.

His calls to gas Jews, homosexuals and Roma have been confirmed by several eyewitnesses.

Stanik is reportedly a close ally of the party leader,  Tomio Okamura.

The far right party holds 22 out of 200 seats in the country’s lower house.

Such comments obviously represent some of the worst verbal displays of antisemitism we see in contemporary Europe, a fact made all the more disturbing by the fact that they originate from an elected official. We will report on any action taken against Stanik, either by the authorities or by his own party.

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Georgia council candidate compares Jews to Nazis, calls Zionists “cockroaches”

Suwanee City Council candidate Joe Briggs has defended antisemitic tweets he made, which have recently come to light.

Briggs said CNN was run by “white supremacists” for firing Jeffrey Lord for tweeting “Sieg Heil”, claiming “Zionists in Israel far worse than anything described in Mein Kampf. Get over it”.

In September, he called for Trump to “get the Jews out of the White House and out of POTUS’ ear”.

Later in September, he wrote: “At least the Nazis assimilated and contributed to US society. The problem is that Jews don’t care about racism — because they are racist. They only care about racism directed towards them. Square that”.

In a statement, Briggs said “I’m absolutely not racist in the very least”, claiming that someone “unscrupulously dug up the ultimate ‘antisemitic’ dirt” on him to halt discussion about traffic zoning.

Briggs has thankfully dropped out of the race following public pressure.

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New York Republicans produce antisemitic leaflet depicting Jewish Democrat as a “puppet master”

The New York Republican State Committee have attracted fierce criticism after producing an antisemitic leaflet which depicts Susan Siegel as a “puppet master” controlling three other Democrats.

The flyer alleges that Siegel is controlling these other candidates to turn Yorktown, New York, into a “safehaven for illegal immigrants”, asking “how can we trust them to protect us, when all they want is to protect them?”

Depicting Jews as controlling political affairs is a long-established antisemitic canard which borders on conspiracy theory. People who make use of these antisemitic canards often claim that Jews are using their supposed influence to undermine certain groups.

Local Democrats described the flyer as “racist, nativist, bigoted, intolerant, immigrant-bashing”, facts they claimed were “not lost on its Republican authors or publishers”.

Local Republicans described the accusations as “disingenuous” and have not apologised.

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German Left Party local chair calls his party leader a “sneaky Jew” on social media

Mekan Kolasinac, the Chairman of the German Left Party in the City of Saarlouis, has called an MP from his own party a “sneaky Jew” on Facebook.

Kolasinac called the head of the federal party,  Bernd Riexinger, a “sneaky Jew”. Describing Jews with pejoratives such as “sneaky” ties in with long-standing antisemitic canards; antisemites often accuse Jews of being duplicitous and manipulative, pulling the strings behind events. Kolasinac’s comment is not just an off-hand insult, but an expression of an insidious form of antisemitism.

Kolasinac admitted making the comment, but said that he regretted having done so, addressing his “Jewish friends” in the statement.

The Left Party is a populist left wing party that often takes an anti-Israel stance. In 2010, neo-Nazis praised members of the party, including MPs, who refused to stand for Shimon Peres. At least one MP from the Left Party, Christine Buchhloz, has supported terrorist organisations Hamas and Hezbollah as organs of “legitimate resistance”.

The post can be viewed below.

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Canadian councillor appears to say “Johnny Jew from New York”, claims he really said “Choo”, in statement perceived as antisemitic

Ward Sutherland, a councillor in Ward 1 of Calgary, Canada, has drawn criticism from the Jewish community after he appeared to say “Johnny Jew from New York” in a debate.

Sutherland was talking about the funding of the Arts, and claimed that panels of artist would select artwork from “Johnny Jew from New York” without even looking at it.

His comments have been interpreted as antisemitic. New York has a famously large Jewish community, and there are indeed many Jews in the art world, which could be what the slur is attempting to reference.

However, Sutherland has claimed that he actually said “Choo”, despite it sounding far more like the word “Jew”, as local Rabbi Mark Glickman pointed out.

Rabbi Glickman remarked that the comments have “no place in civilised political discourse”.

He may have been referring to Jimmy Choo, who is a well known designer.

Sutherland apparently called Rabbi Glickman to speak of his disappointment at how the phrase had been interpreted and to restate his opposition to racism. However, he has since said that the accusations are “political and there’s an ulterior motive behind this”, due to the fact that elections are three days away. In doing so, he is painting may Jews who have complained as dissembling and attempting to manipulate Antisemitism for their own gain, something which is itself an antisemitic statement. Such statements have been frequently made against the Jewish community in the UK when Jews have voiced their legitimate concerns about Antisemitism in the Labour Party.

A video of the phrase, along with Sutherland’s statement denying the accusation, can be viewed here.

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Japanese Minister Taro Aso says Hitler had the “right motives”, later retracts

Japanese Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has drawn criticism from Jewish groups for seemingly praising Hitler.

Aso said that “Hitler, who killed millions of people, was no good even if his motive was right” when addressing a faction within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center voiced its “distress and disappointment” at the comments.

Aso has previously hinted at an admiration for Nazism, saying in 2013 that proposed constitutional reform in Japan should use Nazi Germany as an example.

Aso retracted his latest comments, saying “it is clear from my overall remarks that I regard Hitler in extremely negative terms, and it’s clear that his motives were also wrong”, claiming that he only wished to highlight how it is important that politicians “get things done”. Nonetheless, the flippant use of Nazism as an example, and his history, will make such an apology look rather half-hearted.

Earlier this week Katsuya Takasu, a celebrity and plastic surgeon, appears to have praised the Nazis for advances in medicine and science, appearing to deny the Holocaust by stating “there is no doubt that the Jews were persecuted. But we only know it from hearsay and all of it is based on information from the Allies”. He also spoke of “how great” Nazism was.

The Guardian’s report also notes several Japanese cultural figures who have used Nazi imagery. This is in fact a common issue in Japanese youth culture which is visible throughout the East.

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Leader of left-leaning South African Party makes light of the Holocaust in disgusting tweet, calls Jewish people “evil”

Andile Mngxitama, the leader of the South African “Black First Land First” Party, a revolutionary Socialist and pan-African group, has drawn criticism for a disgusting tweet in which he makes light of the Holocaust.

In the tweet he says “for those claiming the legacy of the holocaust is ONLY negative think about the lampshades and Jewish soap”, referencing the fact that household products were manufactured from the remains of the murdered Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

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Wendy Kahn, the Director of the South African Board of Jewish Deputies, released a statement criticising the tweet:

“With this ugly‚ jeering remark‚ Mngxitama has portrayed not just the deliberate murder of Jewish people but even the supposed reduction of their remains to everyday objects as something to be treated as a joke. “It is deeply distressing that anyone could so casually and publicly dehumanise an entire people in this way. How much more outrageous it is when emanating from a public figure who heads up a political voice.”

Dishearteningly, Mngxitama didn’t even bother to apologise for the tweet, instead stating that he was successful in his aim to expose the systematic anti-blackness of the white community, including the Jewish people. They don’t care for the oppression of black people and so they are deeply unethical and evil”.

What, if anything, such a tweet does to expose any racism other than Mngxitama’s own virulent antisemitism escapes us. Describing Jews collectively as “deeply unethical and evil” is so obviously antisemitic that it needs no further explanation. However, beyond this, the fact that he describes Jews as “white” is also distasteful. Whilst some Ashkenazim consider themselves white, to flat out describe Jews as white erases hundreds of years of Jewish suffering at the hands of white Europeans. What is perhaps even more inflammatory is the attempt to exploit the memory of the Holocaust in order to defame Jews as not caring about other forms of oppression. It appears that this left wing figure advocating for racial justice doesn’t believe that this racial justice should extend to Jews.

 

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Czech Nationalists “blame the Jews” for country’s problems, as rising far-right party stands Holocaust denier in regional elections

The Olanška Hotel in Prague hosted a conference on 3 July named “Are you safe, Czech Republic?”, organized by the  far right “Safety, Responsibility, Solidarity” movement (Bezpečnost Odpovědnost Solidarita).

Anti-immigration, BOS has ties to the Order of the Nation party, which has growing support in the poorest regions and a presence on Facebook as Rad Naroda. About 150 people attended the conference, former army personnel present among them. Although anti-Muslim and anti-immigration activities are on the BOS agenda, there were cries of  “We blame the Jews, we had a bad experience with the Jews here. Why do they bring them over here? We want the Czechs only over here.” This was reported in the Czech online daily newspaper Aktualne.cz.

Standing for Rad Naroda in this year’s regional elections is former actor and Holocaust denier Jiří Maria Sieber, whose CV includes baiting Roma people resident in the Czech Republic

Headquarters of Rad Naroda are located in a Prague villa, which belongs to the Russian Embassy. Joseph Zickler, leader of the nationalist party, says this is merely coincidental.

 

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Former Democrat Congresswoman spreads antisemitic conspiracy on her Facebook

Cynthia McKinney, a former Democratic Party Congresswoman for Georgia who was elected five times before being defeated at a Primary in 2002, has posted an antisemitic conspiracy theory on her Facebook.

McKinney has made antisemitic statements in the past, blaming “Zionists” for “kicking [her]…out of Congress” and has ties to antisemitic groups.

In the Facebook post, McKinney urges her followers to “wake up” before peddling a conspiracy theory about international finance which singles out Jewish individuals as pulling the strings behind the control of world banking. She linked to an article on the website Global Research.

However, perhaps more worryingly, she included her own image (below) which depicts an Octopus bearing the Star of David enveloping the White House. IN the backgrond is an image of Barack Obama speaking at AIPAC, the pro-Israel pressure group, and the tentacles have the names of various Jewish groups such as the ADL on them. This is a typical antisemitic conspiracy theory. Such conspiracy theories have been common as a form of antisemitism for well over 100 years, but contemporary incarnations often attempt to evade the accusation of Antisemitism by making the target “Zionism”, or by referring to financial institutions or wealthy Jewish individuals as a proxy. In this way, they refer to the traditional target, Jews worldwide, merely through association and innuendo. However, identifying several Jewish groups in the image she shared makes McKinney’s antisemitism far more obvious than that in the article she shared.

The Octopus itself is a classic antisemitic image, which was used by the Nazis and many others.

According to the Definition of Antisemitism, “using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis” is antisemitic.

In the comments several of her supporters, some with profiles bearing the flag of Terrorist organisation Hezbollah, delighted in the post, However, many who had previously supported her called her out on her antisemitism.

McKinney left the Democratic Party in 2006, but ran for the Green Party in the 2008 Presidential Election.

The full text of her post reads as follows:

“Hey folks, wake up! Free Yo Mind and the rest will follow: Ten banks control all twelve Federal Reserve Bank branches. N.M. Rothschild of London, Rothschild Bank of Berlin, Warburg Bank of Hamburg, Warburg Bank of Amsterdam, Lehman Brothers of New York, Lazard Brothers of Paris, Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York, Israel Moses Seif Bank of Italy, Goldman Sachs of New York and JP Morgan Chase Bank of New York. William Rockefeller, Paul Warburg, Jacob Schiff and James Stillman own large shares of the Fed as individual”

 

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Italian MP bemoans “Zionist influence” on Press, calls Zionism “synonymous with racism”

Manlio Di Stefano, the 36-year-old head of the Five Star Movement’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has made antisemitic comments about “Zionist influence” on the media.

Di Stefano posted the comments on his Facebook page, protesting Italy’s vote in favour of Israel at UNESCO.

The Five Star Movement is a populist and anti-establish political party in Italy.

Di Stefano claimed that in supporting Israel, Italy “became a partner of the damage that  Israel is causing to ancient monuments that UNESCO cannot protect because of the Israeli occupation and the blockade of Gaza that UNESCO has asked to remove”. He continued to say that Zionism is “synonymous with racism”. According to the Definition of Antisemitism, “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour” is antisemitic.

In his comments, he then listed the names of several Jewish journalists, citing them as being sources of “Zionist Influence in Italian Media”. The idea of “Zionists” influencing the media is an unapologetic use of a common antisemitic canard of Jews controlling the media, which is common in antisemitic conspiracy theories. According to the Definition of Antisemitism, it is antisemitic to use “the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis”. However, beyond this, the targeting of individual Jewish journalists, as opposed to the general statement, is somewhat more insidious and more worrying, and provides an illustration of how the harbouring antisemitic views spills over into direct attacks against individual Jews.

Parliamentary sources have reportedly confirmed that this incident is likely to spoil Di Stefano’s chances of securing a more senior position.

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Hague politician calls group of Israeli students “future child killers”

Abdoe Khoulani, a politician in an Islamic Interest Party in the Hague, Netherlands, has attracted criticism for antisemitic comments made about Israeli students.

The students were visiting another Party’s Parliamentary faction. Reacting to the visit on his Facebook, Khoulani described the students as “future child killers and Zionist terrorists in the making”.

Whilst he insisted that the accusations of antisemitism made towards him were “defamatory” and that he was merely “talking about Zionism”, according to the Definition of Antisemitism, “using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis” is antisemitic. Clearly, accusing Israeli students of being future child killers constitutes a barely-updated modern form of blood libel and is inherently antisemitic.

The CJO, a federation of Jewish communal bodies in the country, described Khoulani as a “man of criminal opinions” and condemned his post.

Khoulani is also facing legal action for politician Anneke Brons over misogynistic comments he allegedly made about her.

 

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Democrat Candidate for NY City Council can’t stop talking about “greedy Jewish landlords”

Thomas Lopes-Pierre, a fringe candidate for New York City Council, has posted a plethora of antisemitic statements about “greedy Jewish landlords” on social media.

Lopez-Pierre’s Twitter bio reads “Jewish landlords OWN 80% of private rental buildings in Upper Manhattan; GUILTY of GREED for pushing Black/Hispanic tenants out. Democrat: 7th Council District.”

He appears to have written many tweets centred around “greedy Jewish landlords”, which is inherently antisemitic as it draws on the antisemitic canard of Jews being obsessed with money. Moreover, he published a “List of Greedy Jewish Landlords that gave $1,000+ political contributions to NYC Council Mark Levine”, which seems to hint at an antisemitic conspiracy in which Jews are alleged to have used their money to subvert the political process.

Similarly, he has accused Jewish landlords of conspiring against Hispanic and Black residents, which appears to be an accusation of Jewish supremacism and an allegation that Jews are attempting to oppress other minority groups and create division, an idea that is a mainstay of contemporary antisemitism.

He has also shared various negative news articles about Jews, which whilst not being antisemitic on their own, when coupled with his deeply antisemitic language elsewhere clearly demonstrate an underlying antisemitism, despite his insistence that he has no problems with most Jews.

He describes himself as a “Christian manof Dominican, Puerto Rican and Haitian descent” who supports “economic and social justice”. Despite his claim to care about social justice, his social media clearly shows that he has a borderline obsession with Jewish people.

 

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Ukrainian national hero says she doesn’t “like ‘k*kes'”, suggests that a Jewish elite runs the country

Nadiya Savchenko was Ukraine’s first female combat pilot, a 2009 graduate of the Air Force University in Kharkiv. In 2014 she was captured by pro-Russian separatists whilst serving in eastern Ukraine, after having volunteered to fight in the conflict in the Donbas region that followed Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

In protest, Savchenko went on hunger strike for 83 days and, in May 2016, was released in a prisoner exchange. She was awarded the Hero of the Ukraine medal and has been feted as Ukraine’s Joan of Arc , yet vilified by others, “a killing machine in a skirt”.

Nadiya Savchenko, although a controversial figure, is clearly brave and stoic in the face of aggression and her experiences; she is a formidable opponent. She has impressed in interviews, displaying a steely determination, as she does in this interview with Kirsty Wark for Newsnight. Further, her family were labelled Kulaks and her mother’s family had suffered under Stalin’s Holodomor, the enforced famine of 1932-33, which resulted in death by starvation for c.3million Ukrainians.

Against this full and chequered past, it is all the more disappointing that Savchenko embroiled herself in accusations of antisemitism. As a Ukrainian Parliamentarian, in an interview on the Ukrainian 112 station radio, she seemed to agree with a caller’s remarks who had spoken of a “Jewish takeover of the Ukraine”, but has denied being antisemitic. She said “I have nothing against Jews. I do not like ‘kikes’.” and further said Jews possess “80 percent of the power when they only account for 2 percent of the population.”

She first used the term  “evreiv,” which for speakers of both Ukrainian and Russian is a neutral designation for Jew. However, later she used the term “zhidiv,” which in Russian is a pejorative for Jews, akin to “kike” in English.

It also seemed important to her to mention the supposed Jewish roots of Volodymyr Groysman, (Ukraine’s Prime Minister); Petro Poroshenko, (Ukraine’s President) and Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and a leader of the nation’s Orange Revolution.

In her radio interview, she replied to the caller, “Indeed, part of the ruling establishment in Ukraine does not possess distinctly Ukrainian blood and we need to talk about it and act.” What does “act” mean? With the often tragic history and current day trials of Ukraine’s Jewry, talking is one matter, what she means by “act” is another. From someone with a reputation for forthrightness, it’s not unreasonable for Jewry to interpret this as veiled and threatening.

Despite Savchenko’s denials, it appears that pejoratives and insinuation are so entrenched within her use of language that the tone of antisemitism is not even recognised by her as such. The comments about various politicians, and the fact that this is even a source of speculation to begin with, reeks of antisemitic conspiracy theories and demonstrates an underlying antisemitic sentiment.

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Antisemitic alt-right banner at Trump rally in California peddles Jewish conspiracy

Pro-Trump supporters at a rally in California displayed an antisemitic banner over the weekend.

The rally, which eventually descended into a violent clash between Trump supporters and protesters, was initially peaceful. Footage shows several Donald Trump supporters being aggressive before violence breaks out.

One of the signs at the protest says “da goyim know”. This is an antisemitic meme popular with the alt-right, which is often followed by the phrase “shut it down” and coupled with pictures of people who are visibly Jewish. “Goy” (plural “goyim”) is a Hebrew word that simply means “nation”, but has often been used to mean non-Jew, often with negative undertones. The meme is used to imply that Jews are in control of various events in world politics and culture and will “shut down” any dissent. It is thus intrinsically linked to antisemitic conspiracy theories. However, here it has been repackaged, almost as a badge of honour, whereby those brandishing the sign seem to be parading their belief that they are somehow knowledgeable about this alleged Jewish conspiracy. In far right circles, antisemites often approving refer to themselves as “goys”.

This is, of course, merely the latest in a long line of antisemitic incidents from Trump supporters, of which the President has offered only a very weak condemnation.

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“A Monument of Shame”? German far-right leader belittles Holocaust memorial

Alternativ für Deutschland’s alternative take on Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial.

Björn Höcke, the leader of anti-immigration AfD in the eastern German state of Thuringia, said that German history was being made “appalling and laughable.” Höcke added: “These stupid politics of coming to grips with the past cripple us – we need nothing other than a 180-degree reversal on the politics of remembrance.”

 

Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial.

The Holocaust(hólos, “whole” and kaustós, “burnt”), meaning to completely consume by fire, is the most profound genocidal event etched in modern European history. So profound in the European experience, The Holocaust has become the conduit by which we remember and try to understand genocides and mass murders across the globe; encapsulated in World Holocaust Memorial Day.  Understanding goes far beyond trying to shame various groups. It is about what can happen to humanity at its worse, even somewhere like Germany which was considered one of the most civilised nations on earth.

Björn Höcke, may well be reflecting the anger and helplessness felt by individuals who are overwhelmed when confronted by the enormity of genocide and their reaction to some people’s attempts to blame and shame others, who were not present in 1938-45 and can do nothing to change or rectify what has happened.

It is incumbent on us all to commemorate, but not wallow; to act and prevent, not shame and blame; to listen more and speak less; to not make a new generation bear the unbearable. However, Björn Höcke is neither right to start with, and diminish, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, nor to reinforce a message which is not the true intent of memorialisation. Indeed, for Jews in particular, commemorating those who were murdered in the Holocaust and understanding the Holocaust as an event in our national memory is a moral imperative. Speaking of attempts to memorialise the Holocaust as a campaign of shame belittles the experiences and memories of the Jewish people, and makes this moral imperative out to be a cynical tool of manipulation, an insinuation which is inherently antisemitic.

Josef Schuster,, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany commented: “It is deeply outrageous and completely unacceptable to describe the Berlin Holocaust Memorial as Björn Höcke did as a ‘monument of shame. With these antisemitic and extremely misanthropic remarks, the AfD is showing its true face. I would not have believed that it was possible for a politician in Germany to say such things 70 years after the Shoah“.

 

Please note that this speech was made in January 2017.

 

 

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13-year-old Trump supporter says Jews should “go back to her country” at pro-Trump rally

Footage has emerged of a 13-year-old Trump supporter saying that a Jewish girl should “go back to her country”.

The footage was taken at a pro-Trump march in Phoenix, Arizona on March 4th, and shared on Facebook.

The boy, referring to a girl in the crowd, says “if she really is that Jewish, she should go back to her country”.

Another attendee at the rally called for a “genocide” of liberals, whereas one of the speakers said “we need to wipe them out”, about the Democratic Party.

 

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Neo-Nazis litter Milan with antisemitic posters claiming a Jewish conspiracy “enslaves the population”

A small Italian neo-Nazi group called NSAB-MLNS has littered the streets of Milan with antisemitic posters, the CFCA reports.

The posters appeared in Garbagnate Milanese earlier this week.

One of the posters shows an antisemitic caricature of a Jewish man in a kippah counting a large amount of cash, and is captioned “blood against gold” and beseeches the reader to “wake up”, accusing Jews of “printing cash from nothing and lending it to the state”, which they call a “crime” that “enslaves the population”.

The accusation that Jews control the monetary system is a common antisemitic conspiracy theory, which predates but was perhaps most widely promoted in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It is a particularly virulent accusation, which is often used to use Jews as a scapegoat for all kinds of social ills.

Another showed two images of Rubik’s cubes, one solved and the other solved. Next to the unsolved one is said “multinational ideal” and next to the unsolved one it said “socio-nationalist ideal”, adding that “the savage invasion that Europe is suffering is not the result of spontaneous migration…but is part of a designed plan many years ago by those who wanted to destroy every race and every culture”. A common contemporary variant of antisemitic conspiracy theories involve the idea that Jews are somehow behind mass migration, with conspiracy theories often referencing “globalists”, as well as mentioning Jews or “Zionists” explicitly.

Another poster has two quotations, one from Voltaire saying “”to learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise”, and another from Ezra Pound saying “to learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise”. Again, the idea that Jews control the media is a common antisemitic conspiracy theory.

Whilst the last two posters are far from explicitly antisemitic, the fact that one of them has a clearly antisemitic depiction of a Jew and all of them references conspiracy theories which are frequently used to defame Jews, as well as the fact that NSAB-MLNS is an explicitly neo-Nazi group, should leave no doubts as to the true intent behind them. Unfortunately, these are symptomatic of a growing far-right in Europe, which is contributing to Jews feeling less and less welcome.

The contents of the posters were translated for us by Hannah Monk.

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Trump reportedly planning to axe counter-Antisemitism post in what has been described as a “disaster” for American Jews

Ira Forman, the former Special Envoy to Counter Antisemitism, has described President Trump’s reported plans to abolish the post as a “disaster” for Jewish communities in the US.

It was reported yesterday that the position, which was created in 2004, is at risk of being abolished in a series of budget cuts being undertaken by the new President.

Forman commented:

“I can’t believe someone at the White House won’t have better sense… This is a disaster. I just can’t believe that they would even think of this given the relatively small budget needed to run this office.”

“This is as bipartisan as an issue as you can get, and I just hope folks at the White House come to their sense”

Whilst difficult calls must be made when it comes to cutting Government budgets, the envoy has a “relatively small” budget according to Forman. Beyond this, America stands in the midst of a rising antisemitism problem. With dozens of hoax bomb threats being made to Jewish institutions, a resurgent far right, and a huge problem with antisemitism coming from the far left and from Islamists on American University campuses, now is the worst time imaginable to be cutting the funding to this office.

Sadly, Trump has form in this area; despite some signs that he wishes to work closely with the Jewish community, including his stated intention to investigate campus antisemitism, President Trump has often been slow to condemn antisemitism, and appeared to berate a Jewish reporter who asked him about antisemitism, describing the question as “insulting”, going on to say “so, here’s the story folks. Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’re ever seen in your entire life…Number two, racism. The least racist person”.

America is at a point at which it needs leadership on the question of antisemitism, which must necessarily involve its President answering questions about the increased threats to Jewish communities with more satisfactorily than simply getting offended and saying that he isn’t personally antisemitic.

With antisemitism becoming a greater concern across America, and becoming more visible, President Trump must commit himself to ensuring the security of American Jews, and to fund bodies which can help to tackle antisemitism. Abolishing the special envoy is a very worrying step in the opposite direction, and will only add to the concerns of American Jews.

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German Parliamentary candidate appears to call for Hitler’s return, apparently faces no discipline from her Party

Elena Roon, a Parliamentary candidate for the far right “Alternative for Germany” party, has posted an image of Hitler with the caption “Missed since 1945”.

She is a party Chairwoman in Nuremberg, and will be running for Parliament in the area.

She allegedly shared the image in a private Whatsapp group.

The full caption stated “Missed since 1945 … Adolf, please get in touch! Germany needs you! The German people!”

Roon did not deny sending the images, but publicly stated that she  repudiates “right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism”.

She also denied wishing for Hitler to return, saying “whoever wishes to draw the conclusion that I condone what it says in the images is twisting the truth round completely”.

Such denial will be of little comfort to Jews and other minority groups within Germany, who see a far right party whose members will put on a respectable face when facing the public, but who are clearly happy to glorify Nazism and to hold antisemitic and racist attitudes privately.

The Party’s regional head said that the allegations were “most probably unfounded”, having said that there would be consequences if she had harmed the party. The fact that consequences were only cited in relation to the Party’s reputation, as opposed to the fact that she has called for Hitler’s return, shows how little a problem the party’s establishment has with antisemitism.

 

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Politician from Putin’s Party: Jews “boiled us in cauldrons”

Vitaly Milonov, a Russian lawmaker in Vladamir Putin’s party has drawn criticism for claiming that the ancestor’s of two Jewish opponents “boiled” Christians “in cauldrons”.

Milonov said that “Christians survived despite the fact that the ancestors of Boris Vishnevsky and Maksim Reznik boiled us in cauldrons and fed us to animals”.

The statements, which invoke images of Jews being involved in witchcraft, are a classic form of blood libel.

Rabbi Boruch Gorin, a spokesman for the Jewish community in Russia, said that “for a State Duma deputy, it is unacceptable to make such irresponsible statements”.

In 2014, Milonov also claimed that the Jews killed Jesus. Claims such as this one and the one made in 2014 have frequently been used to incite violence against Jews.

Milonov has also described criticism levelled at commemoration of  John of Kronstadt, who was the member of an explicitly antisemitic group which supported pogroms against Jews, “complete lies, a modern neo-liberal fable with a sulfuric, deep history of Satanism”.

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White Nationalist Richard Spencer hails White House’s “de-Judaification” of the Holocaust

Richard Spencer, the prominent White Nationalist and “alt right” figurehead who has been the centre of several antisemitic controversies, particularly following the election of Donald Trump, has hailed the White House’s decision not to explicitly mention Jews in its Holocaust Memorial Day statement.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has also left Jews out of his Holocaust address in the past.

Spencer wrote that Jewish activists had made the Holocaust “all about their meta-narrative of suffering” in order to “undergird their peculiar position in American society”.

He asserts that Jews have essentially used the Holocaust for political ends, not just in generating sympathy for themselves, but also to influence other policy, writing:

“We can’t limit immigration, because Hitler. We can’t can’t be proud of ourselves as a Europeans, because Holocaust. White people can be Christian, but not too Christian, because Auschwitz,

Effectively, any policy, idea, or belief that is markedly right-wing and traditional — that evokes identity, power, hierarchy, and dominance — must be regulated by the possibility that it could potentially lead back to the German Führer”

This is a typical antisemitic conspiracy theory dressed up as political discourse about how we are to remember the Holocaust. In fact, the Holocaust is the ultimate expression of the potential dangers of excessively valuing such things as mentioned by spencer, and is something from which it is imperative to learn.

According to the definition of antisemitism, “accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust” is antisemitic, and his statements could easily be seen as falling into line with this definition.

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People tweet “light that Jew on fire” at Trump inauguration Rabbi, call Trump a “puppet for the Jews”

Rabbi Marvin Hier made history at Trump’s inauguration by becoming the first Orthodox Rabbi to speak at a President’s inauguration.

Rabbi Hier has met with various Presidents, and is the founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an organisation named after the famous Nazi hunter, and which fights against antisemitism, terrorism and racism, as well helping to educate about the Holocaust.

The fact that Rabbi Hier was asked to speak at Trump’s inauguration, after a divisive campaign which caused many Jewish leaders to express concern, could be seen as a sincere positive step from the Trump camp. Unfortunately, his appearance was marred by torrents of antisemitic abuse.

Some tweets include the following:

“Why is there a Jew on my screen”

“He escaped from the camp! Gas him before its too late”

“someone light that Jew on fire”

“MY EARS ARE BEING RAPED BY JEW INCANTATIONS OMG PUSH THIS RABBI WITCH OFF THE STAGE”

“What the hell is some Jew rabbi doing at the inauguration? They are the enemies of America !”

“not down with that false pig religion of the devil”

“Guys, the Jew put a spell on us!”

“The Jew disappeared soon after his speech. Holding human form takes a lot of energy” – this tweet, which suggests Jews are not really human, but also plays on conspiracy theories about Jews (who are often referred to in more obscure conspiracy theories as “shapeshifters”) controlling the world.

“crazy how they let a Jew speak after their attacks on 9/11”

“Trump is just a puppet for the Jews”

“bruh this is why we need Hitler. who the fuck let the jew out the chamber”

“DON THERES A FUCKIN JEW ON THE SAGE KILL IT”

In the photo displayed above, someone photoshopped an antisemitic caricature of a Jew, and wrote that they were “wearing my ‘they live’ glasses”. They live is a film in which special glasses make the protagonist able to see the propaganda behind everyday advertising and media. However, the creator of the film has recently disavowed its popularity with neo-Nazis, insisting that the film is about consumer capitalism and has nothing to do with antisemitism.

Some in the Jewish community criticised Rabbi Hier for appearing at Trump’s inauguration, as many believe the President employed antisemitic tropes during his campaign. However, it is extremely worrying to see such vitriol being directed towards a Rabbi who was chosen to speak by the President. If these people are Trump supporters, it indicates that some of Trump supporters do not merely engage in antisemitic discourse, but will refuse to accept a Jewish person even when they have some form of personal endorsement from the candidate they support. However, of the hundreds of tweets that Rabbi Hier received, though they tended to have the general character of far right antisemitism, that some would have come from opponents of Trump.

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Right wing Swedish Democrat Party may expel members for “Camp Auschwitz” flag

The right wing Swedish Democrats Party has expelled two local politicians after they shared a photograph of a man brandishing a “Camp Auschwitz” flag.

Monica and Peter Evertson, a married couple, represent the small town of Sävsjö.

Monica shared the photograph of the man, who the couple apparently camped with, on her Facebook page.

There were a string of racist comments on the image, in which commenters joked about a “negro” stealing one’s wallet. At one point a commenter said “Everything becomes so much worse when a negro is involved”, to which Monica replied “too right”.

Party Press representative Henrik Vinge said The local party organisation has been requested to invite these people to leave the party. If this call is not heeded, the issue will be brought up in the party’s membership committee on Monday. This procedure could lead to people getting their membership cancelled”.

However, firmer action would be ideal, when the couple seem to have revelled in meeting someone who was mocking the Holocaust, jovially posting about it on Facebook.

 

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Neo-Nazis plan armed march against Jewish community in Montana, invite speaker from Hamas and from Nazi organisations worldwide

An armed demonstration by neo-Nazis against the Jewish community of Whitefish, Montana is planned for Monday, January 16, between 4-7 p.m. on Martin Luther King Day, according to ABC Fox Montana News. The neo-Nazis are planning to carry high powered rifles on the march, in a gratuitous attempt to intimidate the Jewish community.

Andrew Anglin, 32,  a neo-Nazi  from Worthington, Ohio, who owns the popular neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, is organizing the march. The protest is in “defence” of  local Whitefish resident, Sherry Spencer, the mother of white nationalist, Richard Spencer, who is a part-time Whitefish resident.

Spencer, who is credited with coining the controversial term, “alt-right”, believes in “peaceful ethnic cleansing”. In November, at the annual convention of Spencer’s “think tank”, The National Policy Institute, a  media firestorm  was ignited when his followers responded to Spencer’s remark, “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” with Nazi salutes.

Sherry Spencer told the press that public criticism of her son, Richard, whose toxic political rhetoric she and her husband, Rand, a doctor, “unequivocally” reject, has damaged her real estate business.

This was enough ammunition for Anglin to mount an attack on the Jews of Whitefish, since many prominent Jews have argued that Whitefish should not be associated with white supremacy. Public records in Virginia state that the official address of Spencer’s National Policy Institute is located in a building in Whitefish that his mother owns.

Top elected Montana officials, including Montana governor, Steve Bullock, have condemned the march: “We say to those few who seek to publicize antisemitic views that they shall have no safe haven here”.

This warning has clearly been ignored by Anglin. The march is being held against “Jews, Jewish businesses, and everyone who supports either”. Despite Anglin’s belief that Jews are a “vicious, evil race of hate-filled psychopaths”, he claims that violence will not be tolerated

ABC Fox Montana News reported that Chuck Stearns, the Whitefish City Manager, received an incomplete application for the march from Anglin on January 9. The application must be completed before the city can respond.

Whitefish is a ski resort town located in northwestern Montana near the Canadian border. The population of 6,000 people includes 100 families and individuals who are Jewish. The town has one rabbi, who heads an independent synagogue without walls. Whitefish police, in cooperation with the FBI, have stepped up patrols due to threats against the Jewish community that were generated by Anglin’s campaign.

Anglin urged followers to mount an attack against the Whitefish Jewish community. And while Anglin recommended that followers hang up Nazi flags and hold storybook hours, where neighborhood kids are read Hitler’s, Mein Kampf, Rachel Caroll-Rivas, a co-director of the  Montana Human Rights Network, told Slate that she received online and telephone death threats. She quoted an example: “All of you deserve a bullet through your skull. Choke on a shotgun and die.”

Anglin is calling the demonstration the “James Earl Ray Day Extravaganza”, On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray murdered 39 year old  Martin Luther King Jr. while he was standing on the second-floor balcony of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

The fact that Anglin, a known racist, deliberately set the march to coincide with Martin Luther King Day is no surprise. A comment posted by Anglin on the Washington Post explains what he wishes to accomplish as “Alt-Right neo-Nazi”: “The goal is to ethnically cleanse white nations of non-whites and set up an authoritarian government. Many people also believe that the Jews should be exterminated“. This leaves the obvious question: how many of those marching through the streets with riles, in a deliberate attempt to intimidate the Jewish community, can be counted among the “many people” who believe that “the Jews should be exterminated”.

ABC Fox Montana News reports that, due to a large donation, Anglin says that he now has the financial clout to bring in “nationalists groups from the UK, Sweden, France and Greece” and maybe even “someone from Hamas”.

Hamas has declared in their charter that they aim to murder every Jew in Israel. And, in order to intimidate the Jewish community, Anglin intends to bring Hamas’s celebration of murder to Whitefish. He states: “they [the Jews] will rue the day, as they see two hundred skinhead Alt-Right Nazis marching with a guy from Hamas carrying machine guns through the center of their town.”

According to The Missoulian, the Whitefish police chief, Bill Dial, has told the understandably anxious Jewish community, that while Anglin has the legal right to protest, the law also gives him the right to demand that the rifles are unloaded.

Dial, who along with the FBI, believes that the march will never happen is still not taking any chances. Dial told the press that he’s “hoping for the best and planning for the worst.”

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Wiesenthal Center raises concerns over new Venezuelan Vice President’s ties to Hizbollah

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has raised concerns over Tareck El Aissami’s, the newly made up Vice President of Venezuela’s, ties to Hezbollah, as well as Islamic regimes in the Middle East.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center released a report which expresses concerns that El Aissami “is closely identified with Shiite Iran, the Hizbollah terrorist organization and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s family, whom he apparently hosted in Caracas”.

El-Aissami is also linked by the report, through his links to Iran, to involvement with the 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish Centre bombing, which killed 85 people and injured over 300, as well as to drug and weapon trafficking between Latin America and the Middle East.

The leader of Hizbollah famously said that that “the Jews will gather from all parts of the world into occupied Palestine, not in order to bring about the anti-Christ and the end of the world, but rather that Allah the Glorified and Most High wants to save you from having to go to the ends of the world, for they have gathered in one place–they have gathered in one place–and there the final and decisive battle will take place“.

Despite claims from various people within Hizbollah that the organisation is merely anti-Zionist, and in fact supports the religious rights of Jews, Robert Wistrich’s book “The Fatal Obsession” details how their ideology fuses both political anti-Zionism with historically common, and far more vitriolic, Islamic antisemitism. This includes, but is not limited to, prominent figures within Hizbollah describing Jews as “the grandsons of apes and pigs”, with one official saying “”If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew. Notice, I do not say the Israeli”. Jews being described as “weak” or “cowardly” is a common strand of thought in Islamic antisemitism.

Hizbollah has also imported various elements of Western antisemitism into its ideology, with Hassan Nasrallah allegedly claiming that “Jews invented the legend of the Nazi atrocities”, and saying that it is evident from the Quran “what they did to the prophets”, invoking the common Christian claim that the Jews are collectively responsible for killing Jesus. Both of these claims are those which we may more readily associate with the far right than with far left or Islamic antisemitism.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is thus rightly concerned that the promotion of an individual with close ties to such a group could lead to a worsening situation for the country’s Jews. Hugo Chavez had a long record of making antisemitic statements, and whilst some of these were clearly related to his ideological opposition to Zionism, some demonstrated the characteristics of traditional antisemitism, with him at one point describing Jews as “the descendants of the same ones that crucified Christ”. When challenged about his antisemitism, Chavez went so far as to say that such claims were “part of an imperialist campaign”.

The relationship between Socialist Venezuela and Islamic antisemitism in the Middle East is a complex one. The country may well feel that, in a part of the world in which left wing governments are particularly concerned about the possibility of opposition or interference from America, they must form alliances elsewhere in the world. Unfortunately, in this case it clearly has led to what CAA Chairman Gideon Falter has described as a combining of “the strains of far-right antisemitism, far-left antisemitism and Islamist antisemitism into one super-resistant antisemitic ideology that is almost invulnerable to the usual social immune defences of reason and opprobrium”.

There is a clear risk that El-Aissami may, as  Dr. Ariel Gelblung of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre says “transform antisemitism into state policy and further the transplantation of the Middle East conflict to South America”. Though there have been efforts to protect Venezuela’s Jewish Community, with El-Aissami having been Justice Minister when the Government was forced to reassure the Jewish community following the desecration of Synagogues in 2009, his links to extremism, and to the 1994 attack in Buenos Aires in particular, are extremely worrying for the Jewish community in the country and must be addressed by the Government to convince international observers that Venezuela will be provide safety for its Jews.

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Muslim Public Affairs Committee founder writes “Zionists taught society to hate Muslims”, supports antisemitism of Malaysian ex-PM

Ashgar Bukhari, a founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, who reportedly resigned from the organisation in September 2015, has recently defended the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, after he was given a dressing down by fellow Muslim Mehdi Hasan on the topic of several antisemitic comments he had made.

Mahathir Mohamed had said that “the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them”. He wrote in 2012 that he was “glad to be labelled as antisemitic” and described sympathy with Jewish victims of the Holocaust as “wasted and misplaced”.

Astonishly, Bukhari defended the comments, bizzarely suggesting that the “whole argument revolved around the…use of the word Jew”, which he contended could either be used positively or negatively. This is clearly factually incorrect, and a brazen misreading of the conversation. Hasan contended that Jews should not be collectively held responsible for Israel, and described the comments as antisemitic.

Saying that sympathy for victims of the Holocaust is “wasted and misplaced” is not a disagreement over the usage of the word “Jew”, but is a shameless attempt to delegitimise the irrefutable historical facts of the Holocaust and to dehumanise its victims. Indeed, when read alongside statements, which he refused to retract in the interview, that Jews “rule the world by proxy”, such a comment could easily be taken as him expressing the view that the Holocaust was somehow justified. Yet Ashgar Bukhari says that it is “wrong to call the Former Prime Minister of Malaysia antisemitic”.

Similarly, claims that Jews control world affairs are antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism which states that it is antisemitic to make “mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions”. The claim that Jews “get others to fight and die for them” is particularly pernicious, and borders on blood libel, as well as suggesting a belief that Jews cause many of the world’s wars, a belief that Campaign Against Antisemitism research found to be held by 26% of British Muslims. These are not comments a Muslim community figurehead in the UK should be defending.

When researching this, we discovered that Bukhari had announced his resignation from MPAC in a Facebook post on September 11th 2015. In the post, he wrote that Muslims send money abroad to help war torn Islamic countries “never realising that the bombs only fell because the Government and Zionists taught society to hate Muslims right here”. According to the International Definition of Antisemitism, it is antisemitic to use “the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism”, amongst which the canard of Jews controlling world affairs could be considered, to speak about Zionists. This is an example of a leader in the Muslim community, who even styles himself as a “reformer”, using his last act as a figurehead of a Muslim communal organisation to spread an antisemitic canard, providing Muslims in the UK with an easy scapegoat for their problems, and the actions of Western governments.

Bukhari has been no stranger to antisemitism. Several years ago he was forced to repudiate David Irving, the British Holocaust denier, to whom he had sent £6000, which he claims he did under the belief that he was merely an “anti-Zionist” who had been smeared as something much worse. He also famously accused Mossad of breaking into his house and stealing one of his shoes and claimed that “any Muslim who fights and dies against Israel and dies is a martyr and will be granted paradise”. Despite this, he has been allowed to speak for British Muslims on numerous occasions, both in his capacity as a founder of MPAC UK and independently, including appearances on BBC News, The James O’Brien Show, LBC, Sky News and The Big Questions.

 

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LBC and the Daily Mail must deal firmly with Katie Hopkins after her latest publicity-craving provocation

Katie Hopkins has built her career as a publicity-craving ‘provocateur’ but yesterday she crossed a line.

Some celebrities who thrive on outrage make genuine mistakes, but often they will deliberately wound and then apologise just to generate headlines. We cannot imagine that her latest move is a mistake.

Ms Hopkins has retweeted an American neo-Nazi called “AntiJuden” whose profile includes a swastika and the emblem of Hitler’s SS. The American neo-Nazi had cheered her support for racial profiling, tweeting: “Now that is the way it should be told”.  Even without examining its timeline, the virulently antisemitic nature of the account, which now appears to have been closed down by its owner, should have been immediately apparent to Ms Hopkins.

When the inevitable Twitter backlash arrived, Ms Hopkins could have taken the opportunity to redeem herself by issuing a full and genuine apology. Instead, she tweeted a mealy-mouthed apology which trivialised the account’s extremist antisemitic views by referring to it as merely “dodgy” and was accompanied by a photo of Ms Hopkins striking a forthright pose but with a teardrop photoshopped onto her cheek, leaving little doubt as to the insincerity of her words.

Ms Hopkins has prior form in this area. In the run-up to the last General Election, she attracted opprobrium and scorn for making a Holocaust joke about the then Labour leader, Ed Milliband, who is Jewish, and his wife Justine.

If yesterday’s episode was indeed an accident, Ms Hopkins has made herself accident prone. Having built her career on trolling the airwaves, she has developed quite a following amongst neo-Nazis like “AntiJuden”, which cannot come as any surprise to the LBC producers and Daily Mail editors who decided to give her a platform as a presenter and columnist. LBC thrives on debate, but having taken Ken Livingstone off air after his claim that Hitler supported Zionism, if they retain Katie Hopkins then their cover as a responsible broadcaster sometimes caught in the crossfire will be well and truly blown. The Daily Mail likewise.

LBC and the Daily Mail may decide to fire Katie Hopkins, and we would applaud them if they do. If they decided to reprimand her instead, she should, at the very least, be required to visit a Nazi concentration camp and for once make a positive contribution to a debate, perhaps by presenting a show and devoting a column to explaining how irresponsible demagogues are fueling the resurgence of Nazi propaganda online.

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Corbyn’s hypocrisy exposed yet again by Labour’s latest stealthy readmission of suspended antisemite

Three weeks ago, on 12th December, Jeremy Corbyn publicly stated that he and the Labour Party accepted the International Definition of Antisemitism, as adopted by the government.

Yet it has now been reported that Labour has quietly allowed the virulently antisemitic Labour councillor Ilyas Aziz back into the Labour Party after gross breaches of that same definition. Mr Aziz announced he had been readmitted on 31st December.

Mr Aziz has explicitly compared the actions of Israel to that of the Nazis.The International Definition states: “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic. He has also stated the Jews in Israel should be forcibly relocated to America. The International Definition states that: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” is antisemitic. He shared a post invoking the blood libel: the International Definition states that: “Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis” is antisemitic.

Mr Aziz’s disciplinary process has taken place in secret, with all the lack of transparency that Shami Chakrabarti, supposedly once an advocate of justice and human rights, enshrined in her whitewash report into antisemitism in the Labour Party: not only was it conducted in secret, but the reasons for the lifting of his suspension have not been explained.

Mr Corbyn has now been exposed as a hypocrite. He and the Party have dissembled on the matter of the Labour Party’s adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The report he commissioned from Baroness Chakrabarti has now once again been shown to be a whitewash. It has allowed cover for the quiet lifting of an antisemite’s suspension, and failed to adhere to the definition the Party claims subsequently to have adopted, despite Tom Watson also declaring on 29th November in relation to antisemitism that: “I know there are still some outstanding issues that cannot be ignored. They won’t be ignored. Action is being taken now.”

The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is, as the Labour MP Ruth Smeeth stated: “Not a safe space for Jews”. With its first action in relation to antisemitism in 2017, Labour have quietly but clearly demonstrated that the current leadership are determined to do nothing to cleanse the Party of antisemites. In doing so they have nakedly exposed their stated acceptance of the International Definition of Antisemitism as nothing more than a PR stunt, a declaration made hastily in response to the government’s adoption of the definition that Jeremy Corbyn never had any intention of making good on.

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Protesters in Kiev chant “Jews out” to celebrate birthday of Nazi collaborator

Ukrainian far right Nationalists marched in Kiev on New Years Day to celebrate the birthday of Stepan Bandera, a Nazi collaborator.

As we noted in December 2015 in a report on support for Bandera coming from a Mayor in Ukraine, the Nationalist figure has been gaining popularity.

Bandera led Ukrainian troops who fought alongside the Nazis.

Marchers were filmed chanting “Jews out” in German. Whilst Bandera was admired by some for standing up to Communism and for aspiring to an independent Ukraine after the world, the use of German chants explicitly linking their support of Bandera to his association with the Nazis, and not just as a poorly chosen figurehead for Ukrainian Nationalism, the supporters are clearly throwing their lot in with the Nazis and the slaughter of Europe’s Jews during the Holocaust.

According to Oleksandr Feldman, President of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee and a Ukrainian lawmaker, the Svoboda party who appear to be responsible for the march have often engaged in antisemitic rhetoric.

He also added “I still can’t get over hearing it at the rally in honor of Stepan Bandera’s birthday. I admit, I’m choking up with tears. I love Ukraine, love the Ukrainians”.

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“Anti-Zionists” release “United Against Jews” poster

So-called Anti-Zionists have reportedly released an extremely antisemitic poster in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The image shows a Star of David with a cross through it, a handshake, and the words “United Against Jews, and was reported by Jews News.

It also features the caption “Rotterdam and Palestine”.

This extremely worrying incident points to the connection between anti-Zionism and antisemitism, with Israel being singled out as the Jew amongst nations.

Jews News believe that BDS activists are behind the image. We await more information.

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Fascist salutes in Spain as Fascists commemorate Franco

Video has emerged of Spanish Fascists giving Fascist salutes in pro-Franco rallies across the country.

The Dictator, who ruled Spain from 1939 until 1975, and who came to power directly aided by Nazi forces in the Spanish Civil War, is experiencing a resurgence in popularity in Spain. The rallies appear to coincide with the 31st anniversary of his death, November 20th.

The right handed “Roman salute” is almost exclusively associated with Nazism, and was adopted by Franco in 1937 for the Fascist movement in spain, doubtless inspired by his supporter Adolf Hitler. The use of the salute today, even if those performing it claim to merely be supporting Franco’s traditionalist Catholic Fascism as opposed to German Nazism, is directly reminiscent of Nazi Germany, and it is hard to see how anyone could fail to grasp how performing the salute constitutes antisemitism.

The crowd make chants directed against Spanish Muslims. It is clear that Jews would not be far behind on the list of targets if Spanish Muslims are allowed to become victims of Fascism.

The video also shows an anti-Fascist being beaten up by the crowd.

 

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Canada: Muslim students and SJP block Holocaust Education Week, intimidate Jewish student attempting to attend vote

Students from the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine have blocked a student motion which would allow for a week of Holocaust education on campus at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

According to reports received by Campaign Against Antisemitism and Everyday Antisemitism, a motion which aimed to institute a Holocaust Education Week was blocked by the groups.

Not only did the groups oppose the motion, but they also attempted to prevent others attending, essentially preventing Jewish students from having their voices heard. According to a report from a Muslim student*, who condemned the MSA and SJP, members from the two groups blocked hallways and seemingly intimidated Jewish students attempting to attend the meeting, telling one that she wasn’t welcome.

In the Facebook post from the Muslim student, she decries the antisemitism in the Muslim community, saying “we’re literally a step away from Holocaust denial”. She put up a video shortly after, in which she says explicitly “they intimidated Jewish students”.

This is an incredibly worrying event. The attempt by Students for Justice in Palestine to block Holocaust education is sadly not surprising, but it is disgraceful and blatantly antisemitic nonetheless. For an organisation which claims to merely campaign against Israeli policy to then prevent students from learning about the Holocaust, an event which convinced many of the need for a Jewish state, and which predates the existence of Israel, is clearly antisemitic, and a cynical attempt to delegitimise the state of Israel by ‘going after’ the collective Jewish experience of persecution of the worst kind. The fact that Muslim students, who may themselves be worried about rising Islamophobia, have blocked such a motion is equally dismaying.

Not only is the intimidation of Jewish students on University campuses clearly on the rise, but there is also cause for concern in that a University campus, a space reserved for education and to develop those within it, now finds itself unable to undertake a educational program examining one of the defining events of human history. The Holocaust, the attempt to systematically eradicate the entire Jewish people, as well as homosexuals, the disabled, Socialists, Romani people, and others, based on the pseudo-scientific ideas of racial supremacy, and through the use of modern technology to turn genocide into an exercise in efficiency, was a uniquely evil event in history. The ability to confront events like the Holocaust and to attempt to understand how mankind could be driven to such a horrifying moral depth is at the heart of why education is valuable. These are issues which any educated person must be able to consider, and they are issues which do not simply vanish by virtue of discussion about them having been silenced. Students at this University are now being cheated out of a hugely important learning opportunity by antisemitic campus activism, and unfortunately Jewish students must now be feeling incredibly isolated and vulnerable.

We await to see what action the University will take. As of yet, it seems that no official statement has been released by the University.

 

*the student in question does not attend Ryerson, but we have since corroborated the facts of the story with students who were present.

 

 

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French Embassy reinstates “Hitler didn’t finish the job” employee

The French embassy in Tunisia has allowed a worker to resume their duties after antisemitic comments were posted on their Facebook page.

Selim Dakhlaoui was suspended in August after comments surfaced that had been made in his name.

These comments included “Hitler didn’t finish the job”, said in the context of a discussion about Israel. He also allegedly posted “Soon it will be the end of Israel” with a missile emoji and “Go to hell, Israel”.

He later claimed that his account had been compromised. The JTA has just revealed that he was reinstated after an investigation.

Online antisemitism is absolutely rampant, and Dakhlaoui’s claim that his account has been compromised will seem like a get out of jail free card to Jewish communities in France, and the tiny number left in Tunisia, who are unlikely to be convinced by such a defence.

The CRIF, which represents Jewish communities in France, commented on the initial allegations: “This is a hateful comment, just like the ones we see too often on social media…except this one was authored by an employee of the embassy of France in Tunisia. We anxiously await their reaction!”

We cannot help but think that many Jewish communities will be saddened and disappointed, albeit not necessarily surprised by such a reaction. Employers and states must start to find ways to deal with online antisemitism of this sort, as unless they do so, almost anyone will be able to avoid disciplinary action simply by denying authorship of a post on their own account.

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Russian spokeswoman claims that “the Jews” are behind Trump’s win

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, seems to have suggested that Jewish money won the election for Donald Trump.

Zakharova told a Russian TV channel “If you want to know what will happen in America, who do you have to talk to? You have to talk to the Jews, naturally. But of course”.

“They told me: ‘Marochka (a Russian diminutive for Maria), you understand, of course, we’ll donate to Clinton. But we’ll donate twice as much to the Republicans.’ That was it! The matter was settled, for me personally”.

In fact, a majority of American Jews opposed Donald Trump.

She then said that people should ask residents of Brighton Beach, a New York area with a large Jewish population, with a particularly large Russian-Jewish community.

Throughout the comments she allegedly put on a “cartoonish Jewish accent”.

Accusing Jews of pulling the strings of political events, and in particular funding both parties simultaneously, is inherently antisemitic and draws upon antisemitic conspiracy theories such as Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which originated in Russia itself.

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After Trump victory, child tells classmates that now “all the Jews have to leave this country”

The day after Trump was elected President of the United States, a student at Burns Park Elementary school in Ann Harbor, Michigan reportedly said that “Now that Trump is president, all the Jews have to leave this country”.

This is one of a number of reports of alleged antisemitic activity that have occurred as a result of Trump’s victory.

The Principal of the school appears to be taking the issue seriously, and has circulated a short letter to the students and parents which calls for calm in the light of unrealistic claims about Trump’s presidency, as well as restating the school’s commitment to ensuring that nobody is excluded.

We will be reporting on any further information relating to this incident.

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Signs at Athens far-right rally call for opposition to “any Zionist ideology”

Supporters of the Golden Dawn, the far right part in Greece, have been photographed with signs with antisemitic slogans at a rally.

Supporters at the rally in Syntagma Square were photographed with signs urging people to “sign for freedom” and to oppose “any Zionist ideology”.

They contrasted this Zionist ideology with “Greek values”. The idea of Jews or “Zionists” undermining the values or culture of a host nation is a common antisemitic canard, which has unsurprisingly found expression in this group.

In the past, party figures had described Hitler as a “great social reformer” and “military genius” and one of their members quoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the Greek Parliament.

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Academic with ties to antisemitic extremism one of Trump’s prominent academic supporters

Dr. Boyd Cathey, a North Carolina archivist, who is an active member of The Institute Of The Historical Review, the world’s leading Holocaust denial organization, is one of the chief organizers of a “Scholars for Trump” list.

The international definition of antisemitism clearly states that “Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust)” is antisemitic.

The list of more than 50 scholars, some from such prestigious American universities as Yale, Duke, and Emory, was created with the aim of boosting Donald Trump’s intellectual profile. The Daily Caller stated that the academics wanted to challenge the idea that Trump supporters were “limited to the badly educated and the ill-informed’.

A comment from the signed statement revealed that “those who have attached their signatories are accredited scholars, mostly with PHDs, who are endorsing Trump as a credible candidate for the presidency and as the only barrier now standing between us and Heaven [forbid] the election of Hillary Clinton”.

In an article in the Daily Caller, Cathey, along with his associates, Dr. Paul Gottfried and   Dr. Walter Block, explained that “we are fully aware that signing this statement will not bring the signatory the same professional rewards as speaking at a conference on why Trump is a ‘fascist’ or on why he reminds one of the late German Fuhrer”.

An article in the Forward states that Cathey is aware of his dark reputation. Cathey explained that “dealing with Wagner, Judaism, and Germany, whether reasonable or not, would probably get me exiled even deeper into the realms of the prejudiced unwashed”.

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Cathey as having had a long and troubling relationship with extremists and extremism, with links to not only to Holocaust denial, but also the neo-Confederate Movement (post American Civil War) and ‘radical traditionalist Catholicism’. He has ties to Catholic groups who were excised from the Catholic Church for having rejected attempts to reconcile and normalise relations with Judaism.

Cathey is also a supporter of the controversial retired California State University, Long Beach, psychology professor, Kevin MacDonald. MacDonald, an American who’s a member of the White Nationalist Party, believes that Jews, because of their genetic make-up, have an innate drive to bring down Western society.

A spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not respond to questions from the press about the Cathey’s scholars list.

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Jewish Democrat portrayed as the Devil in antisemitic flyer

A picture has emerged of a flyer which portrays Jewish Congressional challenger, Josh Gottheimer, as a devil.

Gottheimer is running as a Democrat for Congress in New Jersey.

The flyers depict Gottheimer with devil horns. Jews having horns, and Jews being devils, are both antisemitic canards which were common in Christian Europe from the Middle Ages onwards.

The flyers also make a series of other allegations, such as Gottheimer wishing to legalise “11th hour partial birth abortions”.

The image of Gottheimer  has a speech bubble saying “But big media owns me”. Accusing Jewish politicians of being in league with “big media” plays on antisemitic stereotypes and should be avoided.

His opponent Rep. Scott Garrett has publicly condemned the flyers, and their origin is unknown.

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Trump supporter: Zionists control “all the money”, are “brainwashing” people

Footage has been released of a Trump supporter spewing antisemitic canards under the guise of criticising “Zionism”.

In an interview he states that he hopes Trump will stop two things: immigration and “Zionism”.

He describes Zionism as the “biggest problem in America today and around the globe”. He describes it as “A few people controlling pretty much everything…all the money, all the business…brainwashing all the people from the education system…it’s controlled by a few people at the top”.

When challenged on what he means by “Zionism” he says “it’s not just a religion, it’s a political ideology”.

He also says that Zionists are “a few people at the top from a particular religious group”.

Though he denies he is talking about Judaism or Jews, his comments employ a vast number of ideas which we would consider antisemitic, many of which come straight from antisemitic conspiracy theories. The International Definition of Antisemitism explicitly states that it is antisemitic to use “the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis”

 

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Trump supporter shouts “Jew-S-A”, other antisemitic abuse at journalists

The Trump campaign has condemned a supporter who shouted antisemitic abuse at journalists.

The supporter, who was wearing a “Hillary for Prison” t-shirt, shouted “Jew-S-A” at journalists at a Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday.

He went on to shout “we know who you are. You’re the enemy. You’re going down”.

Such statements clearly echo antisemitic conspiracy theories. The slogan “Jew-S-A” unequivocally shows a belief that Jews control the American government, and targeting journalists similarly betrays such a belief about the media. The words are also, of course, extremely sinister and threatening, and unfortunately demonstrate the sort of antisemitism that the Trump campaign has emboldened. Identifying Jewish people as “the enemy” is a sad representation of the resurgence of right wing antisemitism following the rise of the “Alt Right”.

Hope Hicks, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, condemned the behaviour, saying “it is not acceptable at our rallies or elsewhere”.

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Report says Chakrabati knew she was being offered a peerage before her whitewash inquiry into antisemitism

An exposé in The Telegraph appears to confirm our suspicions that Shami Chakrabarti’s peerage was a reward for her whitewash report into antisemitism in the Labour Party. Baroness Chakrabarti was then named Shadow Attorney General.

Shami Chakrabarti’s inquiry into antisemitism was suspected of being a fraud from the moment she promised to conduct it in Labour’s interests. Sure enough, she delivered a whitewash which failed to deal with Labour’s antisemitism problem in any meaningful way. She did not tackle allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party or their woeful handling by Jeremy Corbyn, and she even refused to adopt a definition of antisemitism.

According to The Telegraph, “Jeremy Corbyn discussed giving Shami Chakrabarti a peerage with his team in March, it has emerged, amid claims she was aware her name was listed before agreeing to conduct a Labour report into antisemitism…The Shadow Attorney General’s name was added [to the honours list] before she was approached to conduct a report into antisemitism and Labour sources have claimed that the peer was told this prior to the announcement on 29th April that she would chair an independent inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism in the Labour party.”

Shami Chakrabarti, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have all repeatedly denied that the offer of a peerage was made before Baroness Chakrabarti concluded her report into antisemitism.

The failure of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party to stamp out antisemitism in its ranks was exacerbated by Shami Chakrabarti’s report into antisemitism and contributed to an institutional failure to address antisemitism which has made the Labour Party unsafe for British Jews.

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President of UJS tells President of NUS to fight antisemitism or step down

Writing in The Times, the President of the Union of Jewish Students, Josh Seitler, has called on the President of the National Union of Students, Malia Bouattia, to fight antisemitism head on, or step down. In a scathing article, Seitler told Bouattia: “you have failed to act and so I am forced to say that the time for action is fast running out; it’s time to act now or it might be time for you to step down.”

Bouattia has previously called Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost in higher education” because it has “the largest Jsoc [Jewish student society] in the country.” She has railed against “Zionist-led media outlets”, defended Palestinian terrorism as “resistance” and voted against condemning ISIS. When called on by Campaign Against Antisemitism and countless student leaders to retract her comments, she penned anarticle in The Guardian claiming that her accusers were simply sexists and racists. Bouattia then drew further condemnation in July when sheused her casting vote to strip Jewish students of their ability to elect their own representative. Student leaders have even gone so far as to write open letters expressing embarrassment and apologising to Jewish students for the actions of Bouattia and the National Union of Students.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s report into the rise of antisemitism in the UK released two weeks ago said that Bouattia “does not appear to take sufficiently seriously the issue of antisemitism on campus, and has responded to Jewish students’ concerns about her previous language with defensiveness and an apparent unwillingness to listen to their concerns…Referring to Birmingham University as a ‘Zionist outpost’ (and similar comments) smacks of outright racism.” In response, members of the National Union of Students’ Executive Committee joined an open letter claiming that the Home Affairs Committee was on a mission to “delegitimise NUS, and discredit Malia Bouattia”.

Bouattia continues to rebut both criticism and attempts at dialogue, including from Campaign Against Antisemitism.

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Senior Labour Activist Claims Israel has “inflicted” and “exploited” the Holocaust

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, Vice Chair of the Chingford branch of the Chingford and Woodford Green Constituency Labour Party, and the founder of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, has taken to the airwaves to say that Israel has “inflicted” the Holocaust on other people and “they use and exploit” the Holocaust for political ends.

She said: “When it comes to the Holocaust, of course, there must never be any minimisation of that horror. It’s inflicted on other people in the sense that apologists for Israel use the suffering of Jews to excuse the suffering of Palestinians. I hear it all the time: ‘Oh, they’ve suffered so much, let them get on with it.’ I’m not saying that Israel is committing a Holocaust. I’m saying they use and exploit the fact of the Holocaust to justify what are, in some cases, crimes against humanity…So the mass slaughter of Jews in Europe should never be inflicted on others. That’s my view and that includes Palestinians. But for that, I’m called a self-hating Jew.”

Her statement is antisemitic according to the international definition of antisemitism which the Home Affairs Select Committee on Sunday unanimously recommended that all parties should use, in accordance with Campaign Against Antisemitism’s manifesto for fighting antisemitism in political parties.

The definition says that “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

Wimborne-Idrissi’s latest tirade came less than three weeks since she last appeard on LBC and moved a Labour MP to tears by accusing Ruth Smeeth, a Jewish Labour MP, of having staged an antisemitic incident as a means to attack Jeremy Corbyn. At the time, she claimed that Smeeth “is against Corbyn, against his whole Socialist vision”. Referring to the whitewash Chakrabarti inquiry, she added: “The Chakrabarti Commission has been undermined at every turn by people like Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman [another Jewish Labour MP] and others like them who have a political agenda. The question of antisemitism is being used as a weapon in a political battle.”

We are not aware of any disciplinary action having been taken against Wimborne-Idrissi, but in any case the Labour Party has refused to revealwhether it is disciplining members accused of antisemitism.

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Labour activist says “the Jews ran slavery”, rants at news reporter

Self-described “Labour activist” Kevine Walcott has subjected a Channel 4 interviewer and the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust to a tirade on Twitter, claiming that Jews should apologise for the slave trade.

The incident took place as Channel 4’s Cathy Newman interviewed disgraced Corbyn ally Jackie Walker over remarks she had made about Jews and the Holocaust, including that Jews were the “chief financiers” of the slave trade, a proposition described by the Legacies of British Slave Ownership project at University College, London as based on “no evidence whatsoever.”

Walcott assumed that Newman was Jewish and demanded in tweets that Newman personally apologise for the slave trade, writing: “you and jewish community has never apologise for your well documented role in the slave trade and its the greatest holocaust [all sic]”.

Walcott followed up with an unsolicited tweet to the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock, calling her a “slave trade denyer [sic]” and “the greatest racist in world” and demanding that she “apologise for the slave trade”.

Various Twitter users said that they would be reporting Walcott to the Labour Party, however the Party now keeps the outcome of its disciplinary process secret, so it is unlikely that we will find out whether Walcott in fact suffers any consequences for her comments.

According to the definition of antisemitism, “accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews” is antisemitic.

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Corbyn ally criticises Holocaust Memorial Day, suggests Jewish schools don’t need guards

Jackie Walker, an ally of Jeremy Corbyn from the hard left group ‘Momentum’ has sparked outrage after criticising Holocaust Memorial Day at a “training session” at Labour Party Conference on antisemitism.

Walker attracted jeers from others in the room when she said of Holocaust Memorial Day “wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust day was open to all peoples who’ve experienced Holocaust?”

Several in the audience pointed out that HMD does indeed commemorate all genocides, to which she responded “in practice it is not circulated and advertised as such”.

She also stated that she was yet to find a definition of antisemitism she could “work with”.

Finally, she suggested that security measures at Jewish schools are unnecessary:

“I was a bit concerned… at your suggestions that the Jewish community is under such threat that they have to use security in all its buildings”, she said.

“I have a grandson, he is a year old. There is security in his nursery and every school has security now. It’s not because I’m frightened or his parents are frightened that he is going to be attacked.”

Jeremy Newmark, chair of Jewish Labour Movement, reacted to Walker’s comments:

“To denigrate security provision at Jewish schools, make false claims about the universality of National Holocaust Memorial Day and to challenge recognised definitions of anti-Semitism is provocative, offensive and a stark example of the problem facing the Labour party today.”

Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust Karen Pollock also reacted:

“The Holocaust was a defining episode in history where 6 million men women and children were brutally murdered simply for being Jewish, the very epitome of man’s inhumanity to man.

“Whilst Holocaust Memorial Day rightly and proudly commemorates the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, one has to wonder why Ms Walker takes issue with commemorating the mass extermination of Jews in its own right. The deliberate use of term ‘HolocaustS’ – plural – undermines and belittles the distinct nature of the tragedy itself, ignores that genocides are the result of diverse and unique factors, and also deprives the Jewish community of their collective memory.”

Finally, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have stated that they are “are extremely shocked and saddened that Jackie Walker has questioned the aims and basis of Holocaust Memorial Day, a day when people of all backgrounds come together to remember the Holocaust, all victims of Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides which have taken place in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Commemoration of the Holocaust should be a universal responsibility and does not prevent or undermine commemoration of other genocides.

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Flyers at Labour Conference demand expulsion of Jewish Labour Movement

Flyers distributed at the Labour Party Conference have called for the expulsion of the Jewish Labour Movement from the Party. The flyers charge that the Jewish affiliate of the Labour Party is using trumped up accusations of antisemitism as a cynical ploy to attack Jeremy Corbyn, motivated by an overriding loyalty to “a foreign power, Israel.” The flyers end a call for the Jewish Labour Movement to be expelled from the Party.

According to the definition of antisemitism, it is antisemitic to allege that Jews are engaged in a conspiracy to subvert political processes, and to accuse Jews of an overriding loyalty to Israel which causes them to act against the interests of their countrymen.

The flyer was circulated by a group calling itself the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, whose UK chapter is primarily engaged in trying to stop the UK Jewish Film Festival from taking place, according to its website.

The Jewish Labour Movement has also held an event against antisemitism in a pub next to the Labour Party Conference at which Baroness Shami Chakrabarti was invited to speak.

 

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Labour Party Conference delegate rants about “Jewish plot” against Corbyn

A delegate to the Labour Party Conference has allegedly ranted about a “Jewish plot” to oust Jeremy Corbyn.

“Delegates” are sent to represent each constituency Labour party at the party’s annual conference, which is in Liverpool this year.

The man approached the Labour Friends of Israel stand at the conference, spoke for two minutes and then asked “but wasn’t there a Jewish plot to oust Jeremy Corbyn?”

He then continued “But it was organised by Jewish MPs, wasn’t it? And that Jewish millionaire took Corbyn to court”

He went on to speculate “But Kezia Dugdale in Scotland. She organised it and she’s Jewish”, before going on to say “That Eagle, Angela, who ran against Corbyn. Her husband is Jewish, isn’t he?”

Accusing Jews of operating a “plot” to oust Corbyn is antisemitic in two key ways. Firstly, it plays on the antisemitic canard of Jews manipulating political events for their own benefit. Secondly, it attempts to deny Jews of the ability of stand up for themselves by portraying their attempts to do so as political manipulation. The Campaign Against Antisemitism’s disciplinary complaint to the Labour Party about Jeremy Corbyn’s recent ad which appears discusses the issues surrounding this in greater detail.

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Labour refuses to discipline councillor who shared antisemitic video

Birmingham Councillor Zafar Iqbal Said apologised for sharing an antisemitic video produced by Klu Klux Klan leader, David Duke on his Facebook account;  reports Jonathan Walker in the online Birmingham Mail on 21 September 2016. Said is reported to have denied any acknowledgment of how the video got posted and shared on his Facebook page. Walker states that the video entitled “CNN , Goldman Sachs and the Zio Matrix”,  was accompanied by the posting; ..”this video reveals how the Zionist Matrix of Power controls Media, Politics and Banking” , which may have appeared automatically with the video posting.

The term “Zio” has caused much controversy, after having been branded as antisemitic following its routine use against Jewish students. Its use here in a video espousing a classical example of a “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”-type conspiracy theory, which is blatantly antisemitic in its suggestion of Jewish or “Zionist” control over banking, demonstrates unambigiously that the term is used to defame and humiliate Jews. According to the EUMC definition of antisemitism, it is antisemitic to use conspiracy theories previously targeted towards Jews and instead simply shift the blame onto Israel, or in this case “Zionism”.

Said was reportedly appointed Justice of Peace in Solihull Magistrates Court in 2007 and awarded  an MBE in 2008 for services to education and  the community. He  is quoted as saying there is no place for anti-semitism in Labour or society and that he will continue to work with groups in Birmingham of different faiths against racism and prejudice. The  article cites a West Midlands Labour spokesman who said Labour takes all allegations of antisemitism seriously and will investigate any such evidence and take relevant action.

However, the Jewish Chronicle has reported that no action will be taken by the Labour Party against Said. A spokesmen said:

“Councillor Iqbal has apologised, we accept his explanation of what happened and we have reminded him of his responsibilities as a Labour councillor.”

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Corbynite “Momentum” activists targeted Jewish MP for deselection

Louise Ellman has called for “immediate action” after it was revealed that Momentum activists had specifically targeted the MP for deselection.

Momentum is a faction on the hard left of the party who were instrumental in Corbyn’s election.

Ellman, who is Jewish, has been critical of Corbyn’s treatment of the antisemitism scandal and has spoken on television on the issue frequently.

One activist wrote “Louise Ellman is ready for it to come up at every CLP and has that martyred/victim look on her face whenever it’s mentioned”, continuing “I think it’s suiting her, shoring up her strategy to displace the Left”. Accusing Jews of using antisemitism as a political strategy is inherently antisemitic, as it plays upon antisemitic canards of Jews manipulating politics, whilst simultaneously denying legitimacy to the Jewish experience of oppression.

Another said of Ellman’s view on Israel and Palestine that “it doesn’t require too much empathy to understand why a Jewish woman born in 1945 might have a major blind spot on this issue”.

Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle, Ellman said:

“The antisemitic remarks that have come to light in this report on Momentum in Liverpool Riverside CLP are disturbing – but sadly unsurprising given the nature of recent party meetings”

“In the past year the Israel-Palestine conflict has been raised at meetings with increasing regularity with the intention of stoking up divisions within the CLP. It is clear in this report that figures within Liverpool Momentum have an almost obsessive focus on the state of Israel.”

“Several party members, under investigation by Labour for their remarks at a recent CLP meeting, far from showing remorse for their appalling statements, have privately reinforced their views.”

“The Labour Party should have a zero-tolerance approach to such appalling behaviour.”

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Labour candidate dismisses community’s fear of antisemitism as a “witch hunt”

Noah Tucker, who is a prominent figure within the Haringey  branch of Momentum, has dismissed fears of antisemitism as a “witch hunt” in a Facebook group.

Momentum is a far left faction in the party which is closely linked to Corbyn.

In a July Facebook he condemned the series of suspensions of members for antisemitism and called for all the suspensions to be lifted.

His post claims that the antisemitism row has been the result of the right of the Labour Party trying to undermine Corbyn, as well as Zionist groups in Israel, in an attempt to “shut down” debate on the Middle East.

Rabbi David Mason commented on Tucker’s nomination “While enjoying a positive and growing relationship with our local Labour council and MP, many of my members would be worried about the sentiments supported here by Mr Tucker. One would hope that he would consider on election the views of the many Jewish constituents of Haringey and their worries regarding Momentum’s problematic view of Israel and the Jewish community”.

An Anonymous activity stated: “These views are becoming increasingly commonplace in Tottenham Labour Party. As the Chakrabati inquiry makes clear these views have no place in the party. The selection of this gentleman is deeply upsetting. It is giving legitimacy to hostility to the Jewish Community and gives it .the official stamp of the Labour Party”.

 

 

 

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“Thousands” to be suspended for Antisemitism in the Labour Party

“Thousands” could be acted against by the Labour Party for antisemitism, a leaked report has revealed.

Around 6000 members have been reported to the National Executive Committee.

Terms of abuse such as “Zio”  and claims that Jews “own the media” have been common themes in the suspension.

One case that has been made public is that of Labour Party member Terence Flanagan, who has been suspended from the party after a dossier of 17 individual antisemitic incidents was submitted to Labour.

The remarks referenced Jews, Nazis and Mossad, and many were “in no way connected to Israel”, according to Jewish News.

Phil Rosenberg, a Jewish Labour councillor in Hampstead where Flanagan is a member, complained that Flanagan had referred to him as “Goebbels”, a remark for which he refused to apologise. Rosenberg said “Terence Flanagan has been repeatedly abusive to me, other councillors and other Labour Party members – sometimes through the media. Too often, his language crossed the line in to clear anti-Semitism”.

Flanagan circulated a petition calling for the removal of Michael Foster from the party after he described Corbyn’s allies as “Nazi stormtroopers”, referring to Foster as “the Jewish millionaire”. Referring to a Jewish man not by his name, but instead simply as “the Jewish millionaire” is both dehumanising and plays on the antisemitic canard of rich and/or powerful Jews controlling public affairs from behind the scenes.

He has also espoused conspiracy theories, being weary of “the Mossad organised collection orchestrating the attack upon the members choice Jeremy Corbyn”. Accusing “Mossad” of orchestrating the criticisms of Corbyn, a man who members of the Jewish community have legitimate concerns about, of being the result of a conspiracy in Israel is antisemitic and draws upon a deep current of antisemitic conspiracy theories. Similarly, writing off the concerns of many British Jews, who are “abandoning” Labour due to fears about antisemitism in the party, as being a “Mossad” conspiracy minimises the concerns of the Jewish community and provides a convenient excuse to not address concerns raised by British Jews.

 

 

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“Anti-Zionist” Facebook page blames Israel for ISIS, denies Holocaust

A Facebook page called “Israel is a war criminal” has posted antisemitic content.

The “anti-Zionist” page is fierce in its criticism of Israel, yet at certain points slips into outright antisemitism.

For example, it has blamed Israel for ISIS, an antisemitic conspiracy theory which is increasingly common. The post implies that Israel is using ISIS to attack Muslims, a claim which borders on blood libel.

In another post it suggests that Gaza is the “real Holocaust”. The effect of such a statement is essentially to deny the Holocaust, given that the number of casualties in the Arab-Israel conflict is infinitesimal compared to the number of Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust. It is also defined as antisemitic to compare Israel to Nazi Germany in such a way, according to the EUMC definition of antisemitism.

The comments are also extremely worrying. Many of them involve antisemitic images such as a shrouded figure marked with a Star of David holding the globe in bloodied hands, and a picture of a Haredi Jew with a Palestinian child being held by the neck in one hand and a menorah in the other.

They have also shared a post with the debunked claimed that Israel intentionally cut off water supply to Palestinian areas. Some commentators have seen this as a modern iteration of medieval blood libels.

 

 

 

 

 

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Antisemitic guest to speak at Newcastle PSC

A guest who has compared Netanyahu to Hitler is to speak at Newcastle Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Iyad Burnat is due to speak to Newcastle PSC in the next month to promote his book “on occupation and resistance in Palestine”.

He has previously posted a picture of Benjamin Netanyahu with a Hitler moustache doctored to look like he is performing a Nazi salute and superimposed on a Nazi flag. He posted it with the caption “Three aspects of modern organized terrorism in which many similarities emerged and is Nazism and Zionism and (ISIS) Daash”. Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany is defined as antisemitic by the EUMC definition of antisemitism.

He has also claimed that “Zionists” control U.S. elections, advising Americans: “To the American people do not bother to vote in the elections. The Zionists had identified the next president”. Claiming that “Zionists” control elections is a direct reference to antisemitic conspiracy theories that allege Jews control world affairs.

The CST have said “this seems to be another example of supposed anti-Zionism that is in fact antisemitic. PSC say they oppose such attitudes, so let us see what action they now take”.

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Corbynites abuse NEC member with references to the Holocaust

Johanna Baxter, a Labour National Executive Committee member and Trade Union official, has been bombarded with abuse in Twitter for her role in deciding who can and cannot vote in the upcoming Leadership election.

The NEC has recently voted to exclude certain “entryists”, people who are joining as affiliated supporters in order to vote in the leadership election, from voting. Such voters disproportionately tipped the previous election in Corbyn’s favour.

Baxter was tweeted ‘”putting members first” eh? first in the gas chambers ?’

Another reply suggested that Labour members felt “like the Jews did in Nazi Germany”. Such a comparison is vastly irresponsible and downplays the extermination of six million European Jews who were murdered for nothing other than being Jewish; on the other hand, people are well within their rights to question the rise of antisemitism and intimidation within a political party without being subject to such hyperbole.

Another replied “your electoral rigging is particularly offensive to Palestinians because they know why”.

She also drew comparisons to Stalin’s purges.

Baxter had previously spoken of being pressured and harassed to support Corbyn’s automatic inclusion on the leadership ballot.

 

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Antisemitic Christian writer hopes Trump will exterminate the Jews

Texe Marrs is a Christian fundamentalist and conspiracy theorist who has rallied behind Donald Trump.

In the past he has authored books with titles such as “Holy Serpent of the Jews: The Rabbis’ Secret Plan for Satan to Crush Their Enemies and Vault the Jews to Global Dominion” and “Conspiracies of the Six Pointed Star”.

On a podcast with another far-right extremist, Mike Rense, Marrs declared that Donald Trump could be an “instrument of God” to destroy the Jews. He had suggested that Stalin had been planning to exterminate the Jews of the Soviet Union, but was assassinated before he could, and that Hitler is unfairly criticised. Whilst he goes on to talk about “Israel” being destroyed, his past writings in which he frequently speaks of “Jewish” conspiracies, which he references in the last paragraph quoted here, as well as the context in which he defends the murder of Jews, demonstrate that Marrs is not talking about political opposition to Israel. He goes on to say:
Israel is going to be destroyed and it is going to happen so fast we’ll all be shocked about it. It’s going to happen and I’ve been wondering if maybe, let me just say something here, could Trump be the instrument of God in this? He doesn’t have to be a Hitler, he doesn’t have to be a Stalin, he can simply be a good guy.”

“He’s going to have to move very fast against these people”

“[Trump] may be so smart though, and intelligent that he outwits them…he’s their friend, he’s their pal, he’s their buddy and then it’s suddenly, wow. He takes the woman, the whore, so to speak, Mystery Babylon the Great and suddenly he destroys her, in one single hour she will be destroyed

“I pray they get what’s coming to them”

“These people who have done such horrible things over the years and who, right now, are plotting such horrible deeds against gentiles and others, I hope they get what they deserve. I hope they do and I hope maybe Trump could be the instrument of it.”

In his other work, he has accused George Bush of attending a Black Mass in the Great Pyramid of Giza and claimed that the Clintons are “deep into Egyptian occultism and Masonic magic”.

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Edinburgh Shalom festival attendees met with Nazi salutes from Palestinian protestors

Attendees at the Shalom Festival, which took part over the course of the Edinburgh Festival, were met with taunts and Nazi salutes, the Jewish Chronicle has reported.

The festival was a full day celebration of Israel, which featured Jewish, Arab and other performers and, as the name suggests, was staged in the spirit of peace and co-operation. It attracted around 800 visitors.

A crowd of 150 protesters stood outside the event, shouting things such as “racist scum” and “shame on you”.

According to the JC, most of the crowd were members of Scottish Palestine Solidarity campaign. They also shouted “your tickets are covered in Palestinian blood” and “boycott and isolate Israel”. The definition of antisemitism states that it is antisemitic to  use “the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis”. Describing the tickets to a peace event, which features Jewish and Arab performers, as “covered in Palestinian blood” borders on blood libel, as it twists even actions taken in the spirit of peace and co-operation as evidence of Jewish, or in this case Israeli, brutality

Apparently at one point the protesters crossed the line into unambiguous antisemitism, taunting the visitors with Nazi salutes.

According to Nigel Goodrich, one of the event’s organisers, many mothers complained that their children had been called racist.

Attendee Susie Kelpie said that such a response was commonplace: “it’s vile, intimidating and quite normal for any Israeli-flavoured event in this city.”

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Sadiq Khan target of antisemitic abuse for attacking Corbyn

Sadiq Khan, the recently-elected Labour Mayor of London who enjoys one of the largest mandates in British political history, has been the target of antisemitic comments after he backed Owen Smith against Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party’s leadership race.

Khan has been a critic of how Corbyn handled the EU referendum, and has expressed his concerns about antisemitism within Labour under Corbyn, describing the increase in antisemitism as “deeply distressing and upsetting”.

After Khan’s rejection of Corbyn, several people responded on social media, with one Corbynite tweeting a picture of Sadiq Khan wearing a Kippah and eating matzah at a Pesach event with Jewish communal leaders. The man tweeted “who owns you @sadiqkhan?”

Another suggested that he wanted to “help his masters in Tel Aviv”. Such a comment implies an antisemitic belief in a Jewish conspiracy controlling world politics to some degree.

Sadiq Khan has often been proactive in working alongside and listening to the Jewish community which he now serves. His first act as Mayor of London was to attend a Holocaust memorial event. As a part of his campaign he pledged to help protect Jewish Londoners from Islamic extremism.

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Jews were “to blame” for the Holocaust, says video shared by Czech MP

An MP in the Czech Republic, Stanislav Huml, has shared a Holocaust denial on his Facebook page.

Huml describes the video as “brutal and [politically] incorrect” but “inspiring”, and says that it runs contrary to the supposed “ethnomasochism” of Western nations, which he sees as overburdened with guilt.

The video describes the Holocaust as “alleged” and call on Europe to “stop apologizing” for the Holocaust.

Shockingly, the video says that the Jews were “to blame” for the Holocaust.

The video appears to suggest that Elie Wiesel was never help in a concentration camp.

The YouTube Channel from which Huml shared the video also has videos that promote what it sees as the “healthy lifestyle” of the Third Reich.

When confronted about the post, Huml says that he “does not concern himself with those details” and that “the video has an actual basis in history extending back to the 15th century”.

 

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Venezuelan publication accuses “Rabbis” of manipulating economy

On August 12th, a Venezuelan weekly magazine called “The Truths of Miguel” published an antisemitic cover story.

The popular magazine’s cover featured an image of a Haredi Jewish man with a Star of David made from a banknote, titled “The Rabbis of Cadavi”, which references the government institution which deals with currency exchange, which implicitly accuses Jewish leaders of economic collusion. At a time of economic uncertainty for Venezuela, this amounts to using Jews as a scapegoat for economic troubles.

The editor of the magazine also writes that currencies are being manipulated by companies “that belong to citizens of Israelite origin”.

The head of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt writes:

“For several years, we have seen anti-Semitic accusations and themes appear in Venezuelan public discourse,”

“This shockingly graphic manifestation of anti-Semitic imagery on full display on Venezuelan newsstands is unacceptable and repulsive.”

“At a time when all of Venezuela feels the impact of a serious economic hardship, this magazine cover not only feeds into base, age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and unscrupulous behavior towards money, but dangerously points the finger at Jews for taking advantage of this crisis and deepening the economic instability for their benefit”

 

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Anti-Trump organiser contacts the FBI over antisemitic abuse

According to a report by Politico dated 15th August 2016, Andrew Weinstein, an organiser of an anti-Trump petition to the Republican National Committee, has contacted the FBI over  an alleged “torrent of antisemitic abuse” online.

For example, one commenter wrote “It’s time to put the SMACK DOWN on these filthy Jew rats!”

One far right runs a story on Weinstein calling him a “Filthy Anti-Trump K*ke”

Weinstein had organised a petition signed by 75 prominent Republicans which called on Reince Priebus to cut off support of Trump’s Presidential race from the RNC.

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Daily Mail calls Temple Mount “Islamic Holy Site”, smears Jewish worshippers

Agence France Press has produced an article on an incident at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem which was published by the Daily Mail with the headline “Jordan slams Israel after radical Jews visit Islamic Holy Site”.

The Temple Mount is a sacred site for Jews, Christians and Muslims, but it is the holiest site in the world for Jews, and at the centre of much Jewish liturgy. Whilst it is the third holiest site in Islam, to describe it as an “Islamic Holy Site” which has somehow been intruded upon by Jews is to erase Jewish connections to the Temple Mount.

Moreover, to call Jews who wish to visit the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning for the destruction of the First and Second Temples, “radical Jews” is simply untrue.

Whilst the Daily Mail does acknowledge later in the article that the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, it does not challenge the idea that Jews who wish to visit it are “extremists”

Jordan’s Minister of Islamic Affairs and Awqaf (religious property) Wael Arabiyat described allowing Jews to visit their holiest site as “tyranny” and ominously said that it could provoke a religious war.

The current ‘status quo’ arrangement is that only Muslims are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. Jews who pray or show signs of being emotional on the Temple Mount are often arrested by Jordanian religious police.

UK Media Watch has challenged the Daily Mail over the headline, which remains as of yet unchanged.

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NY City Council candidate references “Greedy Jewish Landlords” in email

Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a candidate for New York’s city council has been criticised after making an antisemitic comment in an email.

He sent out a fundraising email saying that he would “SAVE HARLEM from Greedy Jewish Landlords”.

He claimed that these landlords were trying to “push Black and Hispanic tenants out of Harlem”.

Various figures on the City Council penned Lopez-Pierre an open letter demanding an apology.

He has previously described Mark Levine as a “white Jewish candidate” who wants to “sneak into office like a thief in the night” and also used the n-word.

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Corbyn supporters suggest Jewish judge’s decision can’t be trusted

Supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have taken to twitter to condemn Lord Justice Jack Beatson after the judge ruled in the Court of Appeal that the National Executive Committee has the right to block new members from voting in the leadership election.

The decision affects approximately 130,000 new Labour members, most of whom are expected to support Corbyn’s leadership.

Twitter users suggested that Lord Justice Beatson’s decision was due to the fact that he was “born in Israel”, a “Zionist” and referred to him as a “Zio”, an abusive term often used against Jewish students.

Another tweet referred to “cuckoos in the nest Israel lobby”.

One user noted that Lord Justice Beatson “went to a Jewish boarding school”.

Another user noted that he was “was born in Haifa- Israeli occupied Palestine” (Haifa is within Israel’s original borders), and later went on to tweet that the ruling was “more evidence legal system is Zionist and of the lengths they will go to to stifle an opponent”. Suggesting that the legal system “is Zionist” is clearly antisemitic, playing upon the canard of Jewish domination of law, politics and business.

 

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Edinburgh student calls Zionists “sub human”, says they should be subjected to the “worst torture”

A student at the University of Edinburgh and NUS delegate has allegedly posted horrific antisemitic incitement on his Facebook account.

The student described an Israeli footballer, Nir Bitton who plays for Celtic, as “a filthy Zionist rat”. Describing Jews in animalistic terms, particularly describing them as vermin, is a recurring antisemitic trope, and replacing the word ‘Jew’ with the word ‘Zionist’ does not make it any less antisemitic.

He also writes that “Zionists are sub human” and believes that Nir Bitton should in “a jail cell for supporting the apartheid regime”. The use of the term subhuman unambiguously and directly draws upon the terminology used by the Nazis to describe their victims, particularly Jews.

Another commenter replies “gas him”, to which the student replies that it would be “too good for him”, instead suggesting that he should be exposed “to the worst torture” – a direct act of incitement of violence towards a man whose only ‘crime’ is to have been born a Jew in Israel.

The incident has been reported to the police and is being investigated as a hate crime.

The Union of Jewish Students commented:

“We are aware of the offensive and hate-filled social media posts made by a student at the University of Edinburgh. There is no place for such reprehensible comments in society.

The matter is being dealt with by EUSA and the Police Hate Crimes Unit.

As always, any concerned students of the University of Edinburgh should feel free to be in touch with UJS.”

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Egyptian media: Saudis are “Talmudic secret agents”

The blog Elder of Ziyon has reported that El-Shamal News, a prominent Egyptian media outlet, has published a bizarre antisemitic conspiracy theory that describes the Saudi royal family as “Talmudic secret agents”.

El-Shamal write:

“Global Talmudic Zionism has succeeded in planting a Talmudic Zionist gang who are staunch enemies of Islam and Muslims in the very land of Muhammad, since the 284-year-old when Zionism succeeded and convinced Britain to install the Mordechai family whose lineage started with the Jews of Khaybar to take the name of the Al-Saud and (Britain) enabled them and international Zionism to British colonial occupation of the Hijaz led by the name of Muhammad ibn Saud and Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab who have committed the most heinous crimes against the people of Hijaz and the people of Iraq…
The Talmudic family killed more than 10 million Muslims because of the Talmudic motto that everyone who kills a lot of non-Jews will enter Paradise, and 10 million dead Muslims would ensure the highest levels of Paradise.”

The article accuses “Talmudic Jews” of using stolen money “to finance all Western colonial wars of Zionism” and claims that they kill those “hostile to Jews and their associates”. This is claimed despite the fact that it is against Saudi law to carry out any Jewish services. Jews are rarely allowed to even enter the country and people wishing to enter the country must sign a statement confirming they are not Jewish.

The article goes on to claim that the Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein were also “Talmudic” Jews, whilst praising Hezbollah and the current Iranian regime. EoZ takes this to suggest that the writer is likely affiliated with the Iranian regime in some way.

Whilst attempting to place blame on Jews for events or political figures that one dislikes is blatantly antisemitic, both in appealing to the idea of a Jewish conspiracy and in using Jews as a scapegoat, the ADL has also produced a report exploring how references to the Talmud have frequently been used in antisemitic material.

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Former Corbyn adviser claims that staffer referred to “Jewish conspiracy”, faced “inquisition” into Jewish background

Josh Simons, a former adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, has further fueled the Labour Party’s antisemitism row by making further claims of antisemitism to the Sunday Times

Mr Simons claims that Seumas Milne, Corbyn’s director of strategy, subjected him to a “rant” about Israel, as well as an “inquisition” into Simons’ Jewish background and views about Israel. The EUMC definition of antisemitism states that it is antisemitic to hold Jews “collectively responsible for the actions of the State of Israel”.

Milne has previously justified Hamas terrorism by saying “it isn’t terrorism to fight back”.

Mr Simons also claims that Mr Corbyn prepared for his meeting with the Board of Deputies of British Jews with “flippant disdain”.

He claims that another member of Mr Corbyn’s team referred to a “Jewish conspiracy”.

Mr Simons adds that Corbyn’s staff have “at least a blind spot with anti-semitism and at worst a willful disregard for it”.

A friend of Mr Simons adds that he was “bitterly disappointed” that evidence he gave to the Chakrabati was not included in her report.

A Corbyn spokesman has dismissed Mr Simons as a “disgruntled former member of staff”.

The Guardian has also revealed that Mr Corbyn’s campaign allegedly took a £10,000 donation from Friends of Al-Aqsa, an organisation whose founder has expressed support for the proscribed terrorist group Hamas. The revelation has prompted condemnation both from within the Labour party and from counter-terrorism watchdogs.

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Canada: Government-funded event will promote antisemitic ideas

B’nai Brith has revealed that the World Social Forum (WSF), a state-backed event due to take place in Montreal, will be promoting antisemitic ideas.

The event takes up various causes, such as “workers against Neoliberalism”, “facing the Capitalist crisis” and “decolonization”. According to B’nai Brith, one talk is titled “Terrorizm, Wahabbism, Zionism” (sic.) and featured a picture of a Wahabbist terrorist emerging from from the mouth of “Uncle Sam”, with Uncle Sam emerging from the mouth of a caricature of a Charedi Jewish man. The use of such an image, which implies that Jews are responsible both for American policy and Wahabbism, is clearly antisemitic, but appears to have been removed since B’nai Brith drew attention to it. The title also seems to suggest a connection between “Zionism” and terrorism, a common trope in antisemitic conspiracy theories.

One of the speakers at the event Diana Ralph, is a conspiracy theorist who, among other things, accused Israel of being behind the 9/11 attacks.

The event also features Sabine Freisinger, former President of Concordia Student Union, who was apparently involved in a riot that forced Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel a speech and in which a Rabbi and his wife were assaulted and a Holocaust survivor was kicked in the groin. Freisinger’s activities have since included targeting a local shoe shop for selling a small number of Israeli shoes.

B’nai Brith notes also that the conference features a dozen workshops devoted to a total boycott of Israel, a policy which the Canadian Parliament has committed to resisting.

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Candidate for Washington Governor denies Holocaust, believes a “Jewish mafia” controls business, politics and the media

David Blomstrom, a fringe candidate in the race for Governor in Washington, runs an antisemitic website which accuses Jews of operating a “Jewish mafia”.

On Blomstrom’s website, titled “Jewarchy”, he writes about a “Jewish mafia” which operates across politics, banking and the media, and who “prefer to keep it that way” by not sharing any power with non-Jews – all this in an article titled “Logic vs JewSpeak”. In another article he states that “some of the most sinister Jew rumours are indeed true”, going on to say that both World Wars were part of a plot by the “international Jewry” to create the State of Israel.

The website’s logo features a crossed-out Star of David.

He has demonstrated a willingness to blame anything and everything on Jews, stating that “Jews have played an enormous role in screwing Latin America” and asking “Did you know Christopher Columbus was probably a Jew?”

He also penned an article on a website dedicated to the defamation of Elie Wiesel, where he wrote of “Elie Wiesel’s connections to Bernie Madoff”, implying that the two were in league with one another, despite the fact that Madoff stole millions from the Elie Wiesel Foundation. He also describes Elie Wiesel as “perhaps the most popular poster boy for the Holohoax camp”. Elsewhere he states his annoyance at “Obama giving millions to wealthy alleged Holocaust survivors” (my italics).

 

 

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Leaked report into Oxford University Labour Club antisemitism seems designed to be unremarkable

The Labour Party’s inquiry into allegations of antisemitism in the Oxford University Labour Club has today been leaked. Carried out by Baroness Jan Royall, the report was commissioned after Alex Chalmers, Co-Chair of the club, resigned in February 2016 stating rampant levels of antisemitism as his reason for doing so. The incident brought antisemitism in the Labour Party into the public spotlight, and Campaign Against Antisemitism met Baroness Royall to assist her inquiry.

The full version of Baroness Royall’s report was originally kept secret, with only the executive summary being published in May. It was then expected to be published in full alongside the wider-ranging Chakrabarti Inquiry report into antisemitism in the Labour Party last month, but instead Baroness Royall was brought into the Chakrabarti Inquiry as a Co-Vice Chair, perhaps as a means of keeping her quiet. Baroness Royall’s report remained unpublished and the report issued by the Chakrabarti Inquiry was a total whitewash. The JC has now published a leaked copy of Baroness Royall’s full report.

Baroness Royall finds “no evidence that the Club is itself institutionally antisemitic” but notes a “cultural problem in which behaviour and language that would once have been intolerable is now tolerated. Some Jewish members do not feel comfortable attending the meetings, let alone participating.”

Looking at the wider issue of antisemitism, she also explains that “a pervading discourse now is that Jews are neither weak, nor poor, neither workers, nor have-nots. In short, Jews cannot be victims and cannot be discriminated against.” She goes on to say that “being anti-Zionist…is often used deliberately as a tool of antisemitism”.

Baroness Royall further notes “an environment in which Jews cannot debate, or feel safe to do so, unless their every remark is prefaced by a criticism of the Israeli government”. While she explains that a clear definition of what is antisemitic “can provide useful tools for helping consider what may, or may not, constitute antisemitic discourse” and urges the Chakrabarti Inquiry “to consider this carefully”, the Chakrabarti enquiry conspicuously avoided defining antisemitism.

The full text of Baroness Royall’s report does not change Campaign Against Antisemitism’s opinion following the publication of the partial report. The full report tells us nothing new, except that Baroness Royall thinks that Alex Chalmers was wrong when he resigned as Co-Chair of Oxford University Labour Club over rampant institutional antisemitism.

The leaking of Baroness Royall’s report has revealed that it too fails to identify individuals who are guilty of antisemitism within the Labour Party. It now seems that this reluctance to name those responsible may be a reflection of Labour’s inner conflicts.

The Young Labour conference at Scarborough followed shortly after Young Labour’s own suppressed investigation. It became clear at that Scarborough conference that some of the individuals alleged to be guilty of antisemitism at Oxford are the same young politicians with important roles in Momentum, the movement that help engineer the election of Jeremy Corbyn.

The fact that they are under suspicion lends greater urgency to the task of providing transparency on this issue, which the Labour party refuses to do.

Yet again, it seems that the needs for political expediency outranks the desire of the Labour Party’s leadership to confront the antisemitism in its ranks.

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‘Anonymous’ video attempts to redefine antisemitism as “anti-racism”

A video which purportedly originated with the ill-defined group Anonymous attempts to redefine antisemitism, construing it as an opposition to alleged favour shown towards Jews.

The video was shared by a page called “no racism no war”, and has been shared hundreds of times from that source.

It starts from the assumption that no race should be given special privileges, yet complains that the U.S. Department of State website lists special envoys for Holocaust issues and for combating antisemitism, as well as a special advisor for Holocaust issues and “one page dedicated to the definition of antisemitism”. The video draws attention to what is perceived as a similar issue with the European Commission, which has “combatting antisemitism” as a distinct category of issues pertaining to racism and xenophobia. A conclusion drawn from this is that “there must be more to antisemitism” than just being a certain type of racism.

In an attempt to establish what is different about antisemitism, the maker of the video appeals to two definitions of the word “Semitism”.  Referring to Merriam-Webster dictionary, he describes Semitism as a “policy or predisposition favourable to Jews”. However, in doing so the creator deliberately blurs out the other definitions, “a :  Semitic character or qualities” and “b :  a characteristic feature of a Semitic language occurring in another language”. The speaker nonetheless concludes that Semitism is “a kind of favouritism towards Jews” and that what is described as antisemitism is mere opposition to this. The speaker also references Arabs also being a Semitic people, in an attempt to demonstrate that the connotation of hatred of Jews is inaccurate.

Firstly, such a conclusion is clearly dishonest; it evades the common-sense meaning of antisemitism in favour of constructing a new meaning from one use of the word ‘semitism’, whilst both ignoring and outright obscuring the more obvious and common connotations of the word. Secondly, it deliberately ignores and attempts to minimalise the actual meaning of the term ‘antisemitism’ as it is used. Antisemitism as a term originates in nineteenth-century Germany, where it was employed as opposed to the older term “Jew hatred” as authors developed a concept of hatred of Jews which, although strongly linked to the phenomenon of religious antisemitism, was a distinct, total concept that viewed the Jews as an inferior race. Nonetheless, today antisemitism unambiguously refers to prejudice towards Jews which manifests in various forms. The attempt to obscure the true meaning of antisemitism and pose a new definition is itself antisemitic, as it minimises the real prejudice, marginalisation and violence which Jewish people face at an alarming frequency. Finally, in insinuating that when Jews make complaints of antisemitism, that they are really complaining about anti-racist activities is extremely demonizing towards Jews.

Attempting to link this new ‘definition’ of antisemitism to slavery and racism, the speaker refers to the curse of Canaan, in which Noah curses his son Ham and grandson Canaan, claiming that within Jewish thought, Shem’s descendants (the Semitic peoples) are “basically regarded nobler than other peoples, and are to be served and respected”. The definition of antisemitism states that “stereotypical allegations about Jews” are anti-Semitic; insinuating that Jews have an elitist attitude and demand to be “served and respected” above others clearly fits this description. Linking this to slavery involves the assertion that black people are descended from Ham. This is despite the fact that this interpretation of the ‘Sons of Ham’ gathered much of its momentum in 7th century through Christian and Islamic writings and never appears in any Hebrew Biblical canon. However, this line of reasoning leads to the attempt to suggest heavy Jewish involvement in the slave trade, allegedly motivated by the belief that “Ham’s descendants must be enslaved eternally”. Theorists such as David Goldenberg have examined the case for “Rabbinic racism” and found that any justification for this rests on a “mass of incompetent misreadings and misunderstandings”, whereas a closer examination finds “positive perception of Blacks running throughout the rabbinic corpus”. Similarly, the insinuation that Jews were heavily involved in the Atlantic slave trade is a tactic which has been debunked and described as antisemitic by, among others, the American Historical Association.

Finally, the video goes beyond the suggestion that religious Jews found justification for slavery from their religion by describing “Semitism” as the “true culprit” for racism and slavery. The definition of antisemitism states that it is antisemitic to “blame Jews for why things go wrong”. It also suggests that “this way of thinking” is “interwoven” with the government, clearly playing on the antisemitic canard of Jewish control over politics.

One of the last images in the video proclaims “anti-semitism=anti-racism”, which disturbingly appears to provide a justification for antisemitic acts as ‘anti-racist’ activity.

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Swedish Politician Denies Systematic Murder of Jews at Auschwitz

At a council meeting in Alvesta, Sweden in March, Swedish Democrat, Lennart Johansson, stated that it was not Jews, but patriotic heroes of Poland who died in Auschwitz. “They died because they would defend Poland from foreign fascist invaders…I have read in Polish encyclopedias that it was so.” Johansson cited himself as a credible and knowledgable source due to the time he spent living in Poland. 

Another Swedish politician, Thomas Hedevik, of the Social Democratic party, called Johansson out for being a historical revisionist. In regard to Johansson’s attempt to undermine the tragedy of the Jews in Auschwitz and focus on ‘national Polish heroes,’ Hedevik says, “It proves that the Swedish Democrats are a purely Nazi and undemocratic party. It must be handled as such.”

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SNP Activist Sidelined Over Antisemitic Posts

A dispute about antisemitism broke out after an SNP party activist had been discovered sharing offensive anti-Israel material

According to The Scotsman the dispute involves Amjed Hussain who has been pictured with Nicola Sturgeon and other leading SNP figures at the party’s manifesto launch. He also has been campaigning with Nationalist candidates and parliamentarians, but most concerning is that he is a Facebook friend of several government ministers.

Many were therefore angered by what Mr Hussain was sharing and the SNP instructed its campaign teams to ensure Mr Hussain was no longer part of the election after his online activity was discovered.

Mr Hussain shared a photo, which stated “Israel has no history – only a criminal record”. He also shared a video claiming that the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks were an operation carried out by Mossad, the Israel national intelligence agency. Another post shared by Mr Hussain linked Islamic State to Israel stated, “ISIS is the only terrorist organisation that will travel 2,000 miles to attack Brussels, but can’t travel 52 miles to attack Israel – because the dog does not bite its own tail.”

Such conspiracy theories involving the Jewish state are a form of paranoid antisemitism that is similar to the 20th Century conspiracies that Jews were behind the First World War for their own gain.

Mr Hussain is a party activist but not a Party member, yet this did not stop him campaigning with prominent politicians. In April he was campaigning with Alyn Smith MEP, Jim Eadie, the candidate for the Edinburgh Southern seat, and the Catalan foreign minister Raul Romeva.

Criticism came from the co-founder of Glasgow Friends of Israel who said, “I have seen some pretty grotesque material from him plus quite a few photographs of him with prominent people from the SNP… I find the two together quite disturbing.” Also the Conservative politician Murdo Fraser stated, “This is quite clearly antisemitic. Why the party would want to be associated with highly offensive individuals is a mystery.”
The SNP issued a response, “Mr Hussain is not an SNP member. These views are not acceptable, and certainly don’t reflect those of the SNP, and we have instructed local campaign teams to ensure this individual takes no further part in the election campaign.”

Mr Hussain seemed completely unrepentant, “I want people to have a discussion. I am questioning things.” He also claimed, “They are somebody else’s posts. I am just sharing them.”

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Green Party Candidate for Councillor spreads Antisemitism online

Christopher J. Eddie the Green party’s candidate for Hartlepool & Victoria Ward has repeatedly spread antisemitism online following a patten of incitement by Green Party members

 

Eddie has claimed via Twitter that the “Israel lobby manufactured Labour antisemitism crisis”. He also wrote that there is evidence that ISIS is a US-Israel army proxy. Such clear attempts to state that racism is invented by a supposed “lobby” instead of concerned members of the British Jewish community, including Labour Party members, is antisemtic. If that was not enough Mr Eddie thinks that the Jewish state and US, who are bombing ISIS, are secretly actually behind it. Antisemitism has a unique factor which is that it is often linked with conspiracy theories. The Green Party have continued to fail with issues with antisemitism in their own ranks.

This follows disturbing comments made by the Green’s Deputy leader, Dr Shahrar Ali, who said “just because you observe the niceties of Holocaust Memorial Day, doesn’t mean you’ve learnt the lessons of history”. He called an unnamed general group “warmongorers” and sings a song threatening this group’s children. Mr Ali remains in his post.

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Regional lawmaker in Spain calls Jewish community leader ‘a foreign agent’

A Jewish group in Barcelona threaten legal action against Benet Salellas for comments made during a debate in Catalonia’s Parliament

On 12th May Benet Salellas accused Uriel Benguigui, president of the Jewish Community of Barcelona, of being a “foreign agent” and part of the “Zionist lobby”. Salellas, a member of Popular Unity Candidacy party, objected to Benguigui’s attendance of a meeting of the parliament’s foreign relations committee. In response the Jewish group the FCJE stated that Salellas espoused, “the most repugnant form of anti-Semitism” and used speech that “is wholly illegitimate in diplomatic discourse”. The FCJE may charge Salellas with hate speech as he repeated “the most revolting anti-Semitic clichés that circulated in Europe during its dark days” and “tarnished the parliament’s image”.

The fact that antisemitic statements can be made about a Jewish community leader at such a high level in a European political institution shows the scale of the rise of antisemitism in Europe.

 

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UK Labour Party refuses to discipline MEP over “Nazi” tweet

Investigators from Campaign Against Antisemitism have discovered an antisemitic tweet by British Labour politician Afzal Khan. On 2nd August 2014, Khan tweeted a link to an article from which he quoted, “The Israeli Government are [sic] acting like Nazi’s [sic] in Gaza.”

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Khan is a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North West and sits on various European Parliament committees including the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Budget Committee and the Security and Defence Committee, of which he is Vice Chair.

According to the definition of antisemitism that was first adopted by the European Union itself, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is antisemitic.

His use of the Nazi slur is surprising given Khan’s prominence in interfaith dialogue work. He is co-founder of The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester and was awarded a CBE for his community and interfaith work in 2008.

However the Labour Party has declined to investigate or discipline Khan, instead issuing a short statement: “These views are not shared by the Labour Party and Afzal Khan MEP has been reminded of his responsibilities as a Labour representative.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism has responded critically, saying: “This is yet another signal sent to the Jewish community that the Labour Party is not taking its antisemitism problem seriously. We have seen repeated signs that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party operates a zero tolerance policy against racism, but only when convenient. When it costs the party politically, antisemites go unpunished, whether it’s Father of the House, Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, or now Afzal Khan MEP. Suspending Khan would cost Labour politically in the European Parliament, so presumably that is why he has been reminded not to be antisemitic instead of being suspended and investigated.”

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London Labour fundraiser thinks Israel is behind ISIS and supports Naz Shah

David Watson is the fundraising coordinator for Walthamstow Labour’s Executive Committee, but he has also been revealed to hold very disturbing views.

Watson’s Facebook posts suggest that he believes that Israel is mimicking the Nazis, that the Jewish state is secretly behind ISIS and that disgraced Labour MP Naz Shah did nothing wrong, even after she admitted having posted antisemitic material online.

He has been photographed with Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan, Ken Livingston, Tom Watson and John McDonnell, raising fresh concerns over whether Labour vets its members.
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Another Bradford Councillor connected to Naz Shah tweets antisemitic abuse

Disgraced MP Naz Shah’s friend, parliamentary aide and Labour Party Councillor, Mohammed Shabbir has been discovered by Campaign Against Antisemitism investigators to have repeatedly tweeted the antisemitic conspiracy theory that a conspiracy led by the Jewish state created ISIS. On 24th July 2014 he tweeted: “I find isis vile and repulsive as much as Zionism. Don’t forget baghdadi trained by mossad.” On 8th August, 2014, he tweeted: “Here is a question. Is #isis serving a purpose to create a pretext for Israel to invade Syria and Iraq. Has quest for greater Israel started”.

Shabbir routinely uses the antisemitic epithet “Zio” and accuses Jews of “playing the Holocaust card”. Political blog Guido Fawkes has also found a tweet in which he wrote: “Every Palestinian who survives the ongoing genocide in Gaza is a holocaust survivor”.

According to Shabbir, there might be a “Zionist lobby in the press”. He has even claimed that the BBC is run by a “BBC Hasbara Media Cartel”. Hasbara is a Hebrew word meaning “to explain” and in this context alleges a conspiracy to influence the media.

In addition to his role as Labour Councillor for Heaton Ward in Bradford, Shabbir is also Chief Executive of Sharing Voices, a mental health charity which Labour MP Naz Shah chaired. Shah yesterday stood down as private secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after it was revealed she had been posting opinions and articles offensive to many Jewish people. Another Councillor accused of antisemitism also works for the charity.

Shabbir’s political stance is that Israel has no right to exist, which is antisemitic according to the EUMC definition of antisemitism. On 30th July 2014, he tweeted that “Zionism has usurped Judaism” and that “the Occupation started in 1948”. That is the year that Israeli statehood was recognised. He goes on to quote that “resistance is only there because of occupation”.  This logic effectively justifies terrorism against the only Jewish State until it ceases to exist.

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Bradford Councillor connected to disgraced Naz Shah tweets Nazi propaganda

Campaign Against Antisemitism investigators have discovered a tweet by Bradford Councillor Ishtiaq Ahmed in which he reposts a link to the notorious antisemitic Nazi propaganda film, The Eternal Jew. Councillor Ahmed has a working relationship with disgraced Labour MP, Naz Shah and is employed by a charity which Shah chaired. It was yesterday revealed that Shah had posted opinions and links which proposed the “relocation” of the entire population of the Jewish state, as well as a comment about the “Jewish question”.

Councillor Ahmed was originally a Councillor for George Galloway’s Respect Party in Bradford’s Manningham Ward. In 2013, Respect suspended him and he remained in office as an independent councillor. He is stepping down at May’s Bradford Council elections. He has said that he has rejoined the Labour Party and is backing Labour’s candidate for Manningham Ward, Sarfraz Nazir.

Councillor Ahmed tweeted a link to Nazi film, “The Eternal Jew” on 10th May, 2014. The film was commissioned by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels with the purpose of winning public support for antisemitic violence. The opening segment, posted by Councillor Ahmed from the “HitlerMyFührer” Youtube channel, begins “One of the most illuminating customs of the Jews’ so-called religion, is the slaughter of animals…” He has also posted an Israel conspiracy theory video alleging that Israel is behind the Islamic State and caused the Iraq War.

Councillor Ahmed is employed by the Sharing Voices charity, which Labour MP Naz Shah chaired. Shah yesterday stood down as private secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after it was revealed she had been posting opinions and articles offensive to many Jewish people. The CEO of the charity is Labour Councillor, Mohammed Shabbir, who has also been accused of antisemitic social media posts.

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Labour defends “Jewish question” MP playing pivotal role in antisemitism inquiry

Social media posts from 2014 by Labour MP Naz Shah have been discovered proposing that the Jewish state should be “relocated” to America, suggesting that she would “tweet Barack Obama and David Cameron and put this idea to them”. In August 2014 Shah tweeted a link to an article claiming that Zionism used “religious symbolism…to groom other modernised men and women of Jewish descent to exert political influence at the highest levels of public office by using the guilt of the pogroms and offered a solution to the ‘Jewish Question’ in Europe.” In July 2014, she posted a link on Facebook to a newspaper poll asking whether Israel had committed war crimes in Gaza, commenting: “The Jews are rallying to the poll.”

Naz Shah currently sits as one of only 11MPs on the Home Affairs Committee about to launch an inquiry into antisemitism, despite openly and publicly expressing these views.

Earlier this month Naz Shah alleged in a letter to the Prime Minister that Abdul Zaman, the deputy chairman of the Bradford Conservative Association, had made antisemitic comments in a public speech made in the Mirpuri dialect.

Shah shot to prominence int he Labour Party when she beat George Galloway in the last General Election.

In response, the Labour Party has issued a statement from Naz Shah saying: “This post from two years ago was made before I was an MP, does not reflect my views and I apologise for any offence it has caused.”

 

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UK Labour Party suspends member who said Holocaust is used as “financial racket”

The Labour Party has suspended a party member who called the Holocaust a “financial racket” and “a useful political tool”. John McAuliffe, a self-described “foreign affairs heavyweight” who is believed to be based in Dublin, was suspended after posting on his Facebook page: “The Holocaust has been the most useful political tool of the Zionist government in Israel to establish a financial racket in the West, whereby Israel receives an unlimited sum for the duration of its existence. The large level of poverty in Israel among Holocaust survivors shows they don’t care about the emotional impact they are trying to generate. It is about money and military technology. This further paints a clearer picture of the divide between Zionism and Judaism, and their incompatibility.”

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UK Jewish students raise concerns over candidate for national student president

This week, hundreds of students from British universities, signed a letter questioning statements made by Malia Bouattia, a candidate for the presidency of the National Union of Students in the UK.

Bouattia has referred to Birmingham University as a “Zionist outpost”  and referred to the fact that it has the “largest [Jewish Society] in the country” when describing the challenges she was facing at the time. These views have offended Jewish students and divided the national student body. For Jewish students, the prospect of the President of the National Union of Students (NUS) holding such views about Jewish students is quite obviously disconcerting. Should a person who uses such rhetoric become the President of NUS, it is likely that this would create a deep rift between NUS and Jewish students.

Just recently, Bouattia explained at an event at SOAS that the government’s Prevent counter-extremism strategy is the product of a so called “Zionist lobby”.

Bouattia’s response to the letter denounced the allegations as “false”. The President of Birmingham’s Jewish Society has answered.

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Confusion over suspension of ‘antisemitic’ Conservative Councillor

Abdul Zaman, the deputy chairman of the Bradford Conservative Association, has been suspended after making ‘antisemitic’ comments in support of local Conservative council candidate Sajid Akhtar.

Bradford politics has been heavily affected by the Biradri clan-based system of politics under which the selection and election of candidates and politicians can be influenced by their belonging or promises to a particular clan. The Biradri has been implicated in George Galloway’s election as MP for Bradford West for the Respect Party, leading the Labour Party to remove the local party’s ability to select its own candidates.

Zaman delivered a speech in the Mirpuri dialect which defended the Biradri system, ending in a statement about Jews and Christians. The speech ends with a call for the whole community to talk to their neighbours and friends and tell them to vote for Akhtar “so that the Jews and Christians know that we are one Biradri.”

This has been interpreted as either a message of unity, or as one of division, telling the local community to show Jews and Christians that they will adhere to the Biradri system and not be divided. Interpretation is made more difficult by the fact that Mirpuri is a purely oral dialect, and various phrases used in the speech can have different literal translations.

Local Labour MP Naz Shah has complained about the speech in a letter to the Prime Minister.

Zaman was immediately suspended pending investigations by the local Conservative Party as well as the national Conservative Party.

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Labour Councillor’s Twitter account praises “my man Hitler” for Holocaust

Aysegul Gurbuz is the youngest ever Councillor in Luton, representing High Town Ward for the Labour Party since 7th May 2015. She also sits on a panel supervising Bedfordshire Police. Her support for Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to lead the Labour Party was published on his campaign website.

But tweets on her Twitter account also show strong support for Adolf Hitler who is referred to as “my man Hitler” and the “greatest man in history”. Another tweet hoped that Iran would use a “nuclear weapon” to “wipe Israel off the map”. Other tweets expressed “disgust” that “Jews are so powerful”, and one even stated “Ed Miliband is Jewish. He will never become prime minister of Britain.”

One tweet said: “If it wasn’t for my man Hitler these Jews would’ve wiped Palestine years ago. Sorry but it’s a fact.” The tweet’s author added “Not hating on Jews btw”, presumably concerned that someone might think they had some kind of problem with Jews. Among the most shocking tweets was one that began: “Jews cannot expect us to sympathise with their history under Hitler”.

Gurbuz was also a candidate for Warwick Student Union’s Ethnic Minorities Officer, listing in her manifesto a commitment to “Increase awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day”, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the Warwick Friends of Palestine Society.

When Campaign Against Antisemitism approached Gurbuz for comment, she said that her sister had probably tweeted the tweets, and that she had no recollection of them.

Campaign Against Antisemitism has reported the matter to the Labour Party, the University of Warwick, the University of Warwick Students’ Union and the police. They also provided details of the story to the media.

It is understood that she has been suspended by the Labour Party and has deleted her Twitter account.

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UK Labour Party activist reported to party and police over antisemitic tweets

Campaign Against Antisemitism has written to the Labour Party and the police to report antisemitic activist Choudhry Shahzad.

On 14th July 2014, Shahzad tweeted a fabricated Adolf Hitler quotation which has become an antisemitic meme “I could have annihilated all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was annihilated them. – Aldof Hitler #GazaUnderAttack”. He then returned to Twitter 35 minutes later to correct his grammar and spelling, writing a second tweet saying “I could have annihilated all the Jews, but I left some of them to let the World know why I was annihilating them. – Hitler”.

On 2nd August 2014, Shahzad tweeted the meme again, writing: “Hitler Well Said: I could have annihilated all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was annihilated them. – Adolf Hitler”. He returned to Twitter five hours later to tweet photographs of Gaza captioned: “I could have annihilated all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was annihilated them. Hitler”.

On other occasions, Shahzad has tweeted quotations from Hitler, despite styling himself as a “progressive” patriot whose Twitter profile photo is overlaid with a Union Jack and whose cover photo shows the Houses of Parliament by night.

Shahzad is a keen supporter of the Labour Party, appears to be on good terms with Ruth Cadbury MP, and has recently campaigned for Sadiq Khan MP, however there is no evidence that they were aware of his admiration for Adolf Hitler, or that he occupied any official position.

Following Campaign Against Antisemitism’s complaint, the Labour Party suspended Shahzad pending investigation, but would not comment on the duration of the suspension or what would result in expulsion.

The Labour Party has been dogged by daily revelations of antisemitism amongst its activists, but has yet to take meaningful action.

Last year, teacher Mahmudhul Choudhury was convicted after tweeting the same fabricated Hitler quotation. Choudhury was also banned from teaching for life by the Secretary of State for Education after Campaign Against Antisemitism instigated professional misconduct proceedings against him.

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UKIP expels senior official after ‘antisemitic abuse’ at Christmas party

The London chairman of the UK Independence Party has been expelled after he allegedly called one-time parliamentary candidate Nigel Sussman a “North London Jewish c***” at a UKIP Christmas party in December.

Mr Sussman, UKIP’s chairman for Enfield and Haringey, reported John Hellings to the party after the incident took place at the Civil Service Club in London. After an investigation UKIP has formally expelled Mr Hellings from the party.

Mr Sussman, who said that he was pleased that the party had acted swiftly, has stated that he had only met Mr Hellings twice, for less than a minute each time.

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Germany bans neo-Nazi “White Wolves Terror Crew”

Germany has banned neo-Nazi group “White Wolves Terror Crew”. There has been a rise in right-wing sentiment in Germany following the arrival of over a million migrants last year. Police raided 15 properties in Berlin on properties where far-right groups were suspected of operating.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has said there is no place in Germany for groups like the White Wolves which advocates the creation of a dictatorship based on Nazism. He said: “It spreads a xenophobic and inhuman ideology, it brings right wing extremist incitement onto the street and is not scared of committing violence.”

German intelligence reported last year that White Wolves was originally a fan club of a right-wing radical skinhead band where members had been seen shouting “Sieg Heil” and performning Nazi salutes, which are banned in Germany.

 

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Neo-Nazi party makes significant gains in Slovakian elections 

A neo-Nazi party made significant gains in Slovakia’s recent general election, winning parliamentary seats for the first time.

The LS-Nase Slovensko (Our Slovakia) party, led by Marian Kotleba, gained 14 parliamentary seats on 6th March after picking up 8 per cent of the vote in an election that failed to produce a majority result.

The party is known for defending Slovakia’s WWII role as a puppet state of Nazi Germany. Another extreme-right party, the Slovak National Party (SNS), returned to the parliament, or National Council, after a four-year absence, winning 15 seats.

Slovakia’s Social Democrat Prime Minister Robert Fico lost his parliamentary majority in what has been termed a “big earthquake” in the country’s politics.

Fico’s governing coalition won 49 seats in the 150-seat Parliament after adopting one of the one of the toughest positions on the migration crisis among EU leaders. He said: “We’ll never bring even a single Muslim to Slovakia: we won’t create any Muslim communities here because they pose a serious security risk.”

The following day Jewish groups spoke out over the electoral successes of neo-Nazi parties in Europe, citing Svoboda in Ukraine and Golden Dawn in Greece.

“Once again we see hate-groups disguised as democratic parties enter European national parliaments,” said European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor. “This is an extremely worrying trend and something that all moderate parties and politicians from the Left and Right should work against.”

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) highlighted the fact that Marian Kotleba and others in his party have expressed support for the Hlinka Guard, which helped deport Slovakia’s Jews to death camps.

“An openly neo-Nazi party will now have a national platform, at the heart of Slovakia’s democracy, to spread its hate,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s chief executive. “All of the democratic parties which will sit with Kotleba and his fellow bigots must counter them at every turn.”

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Donald Trump compares Jewish charities to Ku Klax Klan

US presidential candidate Donald Trump has compared white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan to Jewish charities, a claim that the Anti-Defamation League called “obscene”.

Trump’s comments came on the MSNBC television station’s Morning Joe programme, after he had been criticised for not rejecting white supremacists’ support. “I don’t like to disavow groups if I don’t know who they are,” Trump said. “I mean, you could have Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in groups.”

The ADL criticised Trump’s comparison, noting that white power groups refer to black people as “mud people” and call Jews “Satanic”.

“It is obscene to even mention a Jewish organisation in the same breath as these white supremacist groups,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL. “Mr Trump needs to acknowledge that the rhetoric of these hate groups is appalling and does not belong in any political discussion.”

Having been previously condemned for rejecting the chance to distance himself from the Ku Klax Klan in an earlier interview — which Trump blamed on a faulty earpiece — Trump used the Morning Joe interview to try to do so. On Thursday, he called Duke a “bad person”. “I disavowed him,” Trump said. “I disavowed the K.K.K.”

Greenblatt said it was hard to understand why Trump seemed to find it difficult to make a clear-cut denunciation of the white supremacist group.

“It is hard to fathom how we can have a candidate who can be so verbose when it comes to denigrating other candidates, yet he finds himself tongue tied when it comes to the most racist and antisemitic group in the history of this country,” Greenblatt said.

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Senator Ted Cruz refuses to condemn supporter who says God sent Hitler to hunt Jews

Senator Ted Cruz has said that his campaign “Welcomes the support” of various religious leaders, including that of Mike Bickle, an evangelist founder of the Kansas City Ministry International House of Prayer. Bickle claims that God sent Hitler to hunt Jews. Furthermore, Bickle has said that he predicts another death camp era, explaining that Jews who do not convert to Christianity by the time of the Second Coming will either die, or be sent to concentration and prison camps.

The National Jewish Democratic Council demanded that Cruz state his position on the beliefs of Bickle. Rather than firmly speaking out against Bickle and his beliefs, Cruz merely attempted to downplay the role of Bickle as an endorser.

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Mayor of German city criticises awarding tolerance prize to antisemitic group

Brigitte Merk-Erbe, mayor of the German city of Bayreuth, has taken a stand against antisemitism. The Bayreuth city’s tolerance prize was to be awarded to the controversial group Code Pink, participated in a conference in 2014 among Holocaust deniers. Furthermore, the organisation protested at an AIPAC conference in 2015 by calling for the elimination of the State of Israel, furthering their disqualification for an award that is granted based on outstanding “tolerance.”

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American politician receives antisemitic abuse for her gun control bill

Phyllis Kahn, a Minneapolis Democrat and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, is currently proposing a new bill under which anyone who is on the FBI terrorist watch list would be barred from buying firearms in Minnesota. In response, Kahn has received numerous antisemitic e-mails and voicemails, some of which Kahn has published, including the following voicemail:  “Skank,” begins the message, “you [expletive] Jews from New York think you can [expletive] over law-abiding citizens because you are something special. Not! The reason the government black list is unconstitutional is there is no due process involved, dumb [expletive]. It won’t become law and would never be enforceable you ugly [expletive] bitch.  But you bottom-feeding scum don’t care about that! Go back to New York with all the other kikes!”

Source: City Pages

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Growing German far-right increasingly blaming immigration on Jews