Here is another update from the antisemitism front which has unfortunately not gone away. In fact they don’t like even dead Jews as Hundreds of Jewish graves were vandalised in France:
France’s interior minister said Sunday several hundred tombs have been defaced at a Jewish cemetery in east of the country, in what he called “a despicable act”.
“The country will not tolerate this new injury which goes against the values that all French people share,” said Bernard Cazeneuve without giving further details of the incident in the town of Sarre-Union.
It is somewhat gratifying to note that the French authorities are taking this seriously as President Francois Hollande sought to reassure French Jews:
“I know some are asking if they can live in peace in their country, and ask who will protect them against those who wish them harm,” Hollande said at the ceremony in Sarres-Union in the eastern Alsace region.
“One more time, I want to give the Republic’s response – that it will protect you with all its force.”
He was speaking at a Jewish cemetery where some 300 tombs and graves were defaced and damaged last week.
“You get the impression that an army has passed through here,” said the chief rabbi of Strasbourg, Rene Gutman, as he visited the cemetery.
Five boys aged 15 to 17 have been taken into custody over the incident.
Prosecutors say there is no indication yet that they were specifically targeting the Jewish community, with one boy reportedly claiming they were unaware the cemetery was for Jews.
In a similar incident, Jewish graves vandalised in Germany over the weekend:
A Jewish cemetery in the northern German city of Oldenburg was desecrated over the weekend, the Oldenburger Online newspaper reported on Monday.
Police are investigating the incident which left swastikas splattered on the cemetery’s entrance, a wall as well as on two parked cars.
This is not the first time the burial ground was targeted in such a fashion. Right-wing extremists have vandalized the site a number of times. In a prior case, one man was successfully charged in a court of law, sentenced to two years’ probation for shooting paint-balls at a number of Jewish gravestones.
Here is the news (not) from 1942: Lithuanians fascists marched under the swastika:
Approximately 500 ultra nationalists, some bearing Nazi swastikas, marched through a Lithuanian city that during the Holocaust saw the region’s most effective massacre of Jews.
Monday’s march through Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city 60 miles from the capital of Vilnius, was the eighth annual event organized by the Lithuanian Nationalist Youth Union on Feb. 16 – one of their Baltic state’s two independence days.
As the marchers assembled at a local park, they were confronted by 20-odd protesters from the local Jewish community and anti-fascist groups who shadowed the marchers in a silent counter-demonstration.
“This march is particularly offensive because it is taking place where locals and Nazis murdered more than 10,000 Jews in one day,” said Dovid Katz, a U.S.-born Jewish scholar of Yiddish who settled in Vilnius 16 years ago and has led protests against the veneration of Nazis in the Baltic States.
Katz, editor of the website DefendingHistory.com, was referring to the Kaunas massacre in October 1941, in which more Jews were killed in a single day than any other killing spree against Jews in the Baltic region.
Tomas Skorupsis, an organizer of the march from the youth movement, said the event was not anti-Semitic. Repeating a popular view in far-right circles in the Baltic nations, he added: “There are many Lithuanians who find it hard to forgive Jews who, during Communism, killed nationalist freedom fighters. But I think we should leave it in the past and look ahead.”
Riiight. So it’s not an antisemitic march but they “find it hard to forgive Jews”. I’m not sure if they’re trying to kid themselves or us.
And in news (not) from 1936: British Fascists plan a march to protest “Jewification” (!!) of Stamford Hill, a neighbourhood with a large ultra-Orthodox population in North London:
Here is something rather different. NRG in English (I didn’t know they had English-language articles) brings us journalist Zvika Klein’s shocking report of his experience from 10 hours of walking around in Paris identifiably dressed as a Jew:
PARIS – “Go f*** from the front and the back,” “Viva Palestine,” “Hey you, with the kippa, what are you doing here?” these were only a few of the remarks sent my way as I was walking through the streets of Paris wearing a tzitzit and a kippa.
Walking into a public housing neighborhood, we came across a little boy and his hijab-clad mother, who were clearly shocked to see us. “What is he doing here Mommy? Doesn’t he know he will be killed?” the boy asked.Walking by a school in one of Paris’ neighborhoods, a boy shouted “Viva Palestine” at me. Moments later, passing by a group of teens, one of the girls remarked, “Look at that – it’s the first time I’ve ever seen such a thing.”
They made it clear to us that we had better get out of there, and we took their advice. “A few more minutes and this would have been a lynching,” the bodyguard told me as we were getting into the car. “Leave this area right now.”
Is this what life is like for Paris’ Jews? Is this what a Jew goes through, day in and day out, while walking to work or using public transportation? The majority of French Jews do not flaunt their religion, as the Jewish community leaders have urged them to wear hats as they walk to and from work, or go bareheaded. But what about nighttime? Well, Jews prefers to stay inside in the evening. It is safer at home.
Here is a video of the day’s walk, compressed into 1½ minutes:
I commend Zvika Klein on his bravery and initiative although I have great concerns for his personal safety.
Back to your common-or-garden antisemitism disguised as anti-Israelism, hundreds of British “artists” – the usual suspects – signed a letter published in the Guardian (how predictable) calling for a boycott of Israel.
The letter, part of a project dubbed ‘Artists for Palestine,’ was signed by 100 of the more well-known artists on the list, including Roger Waters, Peter Kosminsky, and Jeremy McGovern.
“Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today that we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel,” the artist said in a letter. “We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government.”
“Israel’s wars are fought on the cultural front too,” it continues. “Its army targets Palestinian cultural institutions for attack, and prevents the free movement of cultural workers.”
The artists also quoted the ‘apartheid’ misnomer.
“Its own theatre companies perform to settler audiences on the West Bank – and those same companies tour the globe as cultural diplomats, in support of “Brand Israel”. During South African apartheid, musicians announced they weren’t going to “play Sun City,” they said.
“Now we are saying, in Tel Aviv, Netanya, Ashkelon or Ariel, we won’t play music, accept awards, attend exhibitions, festivals or conferences, run masterclasses or workshops, until Israel respects international law and ends its colonial oppression of the Palestinians.”
Brendan O’Neill slams them for their hypocrisy in an excellent rebuttal (h/t Debi Z):
A quick glance at the list of 700 Israel-boycotters reveals numerous people who have built their careers on cash from the coffers of the Iraqi-killing, Afghanistan-repressing British government. There’s Ken Loach, recipient of monies from the government-backed UK Film Council, here chiming in with all the others to say he will ‘accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding from any institutions linked to its government’. So, Ken, why are you happy to accept money from institutions linked to a government that has killed way more people in the Middle East than Israel has?
There’s Mike Leigh, who’s also been funded by the UK Film Council, and who threw a massive hissy fit in 2010 when the Film Council was wound down in its current form and reorganised. Ladies and gentlemen, the principled film-directing doyen of decent Hampsteadites, who makes angry public statements over two things: his implacable, principled refusal to take blood money from the Israeli killing machine and his fury at having his bloody money from the British killing machine taken away from him! What a guy!
Film director Peter Kosminsky is here, too, blathering on about not doing any work with Israeli government-linked institutions, yet he’s happy to sit on the Board of Directors of the British Film Institute which has been subsidised by… you guessed it: the government that bombed the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
… why is it bad to have anything to do with institutions linked to the Israeli government because of that whole Gaza thing but fine and dandy to take money from institutions linked to the British government despite the Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya thing? Are Israel’s wars somehow worse than Britain’s? Is being killed by a solider from the Jewish State somehow worse than being killed by a soldier of the British state? Is Israel more evil than Britain? Is Israel’s money bloodier than British money?
Of course O’Neill’s questions unanswerable by the BDS bigots. Bravo to Mr. O’Neill for once again exposing the boycotters’ hypocrisy.
I shall give the last word on this sorry subject (via Honest Reporting) to journalist and Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson in the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News).: “We can no longer stay silent on Anti-Semitism“:
To call out anti-Semitism, unless blood has been spilt, is a hazardous enterprise in Britain. It draws the accusation of hypersensitivity. It attracts the opprobrium of other Jews who view themselves as less hysterical, and who consider it crying wolf or an attempt to silence fair criticism of Israel. And it plays to fears that lie buried deep in the British-Jewish psyche that to complain is to be ungrateful and, worse, that its only effect will be to call attention to a minority that has thrived by cultivating near-invisibility. “Keep shtum” was my father’s advice to me when I was growing up in Manchester in the 1950s. Don’t go in fear, but don’t be too conspicuous either.
I mean those attacks upon the very legitimacy and founding principles of Israel; that rhetoric of blame that inculpates the Israeli government and army at every turn, now accusing them of massacre, now of genocide, comparing them to the Nazis, and Gaza to the Warsaw ghetto; that assumption of willful sadism, of wallowing in slaughter, no matter that there is no evidence to support the charge or a motive to explain it; and those sinister little acts of wondering—just wondering: it’s all right to wonder isn’t it?—whether, say, the Israeli Defense Force only went to help the relief effort in Haiti in order to traffic in the organs of the dead. That implicit invocation, in other words, of the ancient figure of the Jew as malign being, pitiless adversary and, of course, child-killer.
It was courageous of France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls to point to fanatic anti-Zionism with its panoply of bans and boycotts, distortions and defamations, as contributory, in its passing on of the bacilli of blame, to the lethal attacks on Jews in Paris last month. […] Could the frightening nexus of classical European anti-Semitism and Muslim Jew-hating be dissolved at last by reason? Or must a Jew in Britain still keep shtum?
It’s not only the Jews in Britain. It’s the Jews in France, Germany, Denmark, all over Europe, who on the one hand are trying to stand up bravely to antisemitism and on the other hand are trying to keep a low profile, frantically shushing Prime Minister Netanyahu when he provides the solution to all of them: come home to Israel.