Anger as Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews
(Reuters) - A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a "national security risk", stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust.
Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary's third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament.
Opponents have condemned frequent anti-Semitic slurs and tough rhetoric against the Roma minority by Gyongyosi's party as populist point scoring ahead of elections in 2014.
Jobbik has never called publicly for lists of Jews. ...
The government condemned the remarks.
"The government strictly rejects extremist, racist, anti-Semitic voices of any kind and does everything to suppress such voices," the government spokesman's office said.
Most live in urban areas, particularly Budapest. This may explain the shortage of people to care for cemeteries.Hungary was not an innocent victim of the Nazis (just as its former ruling partner, Austria, was not an innocent victim). The shift towards fascism began in 1932. Beginning in 1938, Hungary started passing anti-Jewish laws based upon the Nuremberg Laws. It joined the Axis Powers in 1940. Massacres of Hungarian Jews started in 1941. Hungary participated in Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union, just as it had earlier participated in the invasion of Yugoslavia.From 2009:[imgwidth=320]http://www.indymedia.org.uk/images/2009/05/429631.jpg[/imgwidth]Ex-police captain Sandor Kepiro, 97, was found not guilty of ordering the rounding up and execution of more than 30 Jews and Serbs in Serbia in 1942. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/hung-j28.shtml
About 500,000 to 600,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust, according to a memorial centre in Budapest. Some 100,000 Jews now live in Hungary.
Report: Attacks on Jews down, anti-Semitism up
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Violent attacks against Jews worldwide dropped in 2013, but anti-Semitism is becoming more widespread in Europe amid a rise in popularity of extremist parties, according to a report released Sunday.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University recorded 554 violent anti-Semitic acts in 2013, including attacks on people and vandalism against synagogues, cemeteries and other Jewish institutions.
The figures showed a 19 percent drop compared to 2012, when a deadly shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, sparked a series of copycat attacks.
Despite the decline, the number of attacks was similar to that recorded in 2011 and over the last 10 years - a much higher average than the 150-200 cases that occurred between 1994 and 2004.
Like last year, France had the highest number of incidents, 116. More than one third of attacks globally were directed at people.
Hungarians March Against Anti-Semitism After Far-Right Poll Gains
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Hungarians joined a protest march on Sunday against anti-Semitism, three weeks after the far-right Jobbik party won nearly a quarter of votes cast in a national election.
Budapest’s annual ‘March of the Living’ has drawn an increasing number of participants in recent years to commemorate the deaths of around half a million Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust in World War Two.
The marchers, many holding European Union and Israeli flags, attended the inauguration of a Holocaust monument on a bank of the Danube where Jews were executed during the war. They then marched in silence through the city to an old railway station from which trains departed 70 years ago for Nazi death camps.
More people are taking part because they fear anti-Semitism is again on the rise, said Miklos Deutsch, 64, a restaurant manager, after a shofar, a traditional Jewish instrument made from a ram’s horn, gave the signal for the march to start.
Man pleads guilty to bomb threats at Jewish synagogues
The phone message left at a Houston synagogue with a school was ominous: "If you don't stop and tell your students the truth, we will be forced to bomb your facility."
Nearly a year to the day after the threat to blow up two Jewish congregations here, Dante Phearse pleaded guilty in federal court Monday.
He faces up to 20 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole for obstructing persons from the exercise of their religious beliefs and using a phone to make his violent threat.
The April 30, 2013 message and others touched off a investigation by Houston police and the FBI to catch the culprit, as well as evacuate two local temples.
The calls were made by Phearse, 33, from a motel where the ex-convict, who had gotten out of prison a year earlier, was temporarily living.
Suspect in Jewish Museum Killings Went to Syria
PARIS (AP) — A Frenchman arrested over killings at a Belgian Jewish museum had traveled to Syria and claimed responsibility for the shootings in a video, prosecutors said Sunday.
Fears have been mounting in European countries that the hundreds of European radicals who are joining the fight in Syria against President Bashar Assad could stage attacks when they get home.
Police in the southeastern French city of Marseille arrested the suspect, Mehdi Nemmouche, on Friday after he arrived on a bus from Amsterdam, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters. The suspect had an automatic weapon like that used in the Brussels attack, and ballistics analyses were under way to determine if it is the same weapon, Molins said.
The suspect’s was wrapped up in a white sheet scrawled with the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an extremist group fighting in Syria, Molins said. He said the suspect had spent about a year in Syria. ...
The Brussels killings, which came on the eve of European parliament elections in which far right parties had a strong showing, led Belgian officials to boost their anti-terror measures, and raised fears of rising anti-Semitism.
A ‘new anti-Semitism’ rising in France
PARIS — “I am not an anti-Semite,” French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala says with a devilish grin near the start of his hit show at this city’s Théâtre de la Main d’Or.
Then come the Jew jokes. ...
Jewish leaders say Dieudonné is a symptom of a larger problem. Here and across the region, they are talking of the rise of a “new anti-Semitism” based on the convergence of four main factors. They cite classic scapegoating amid hard economic times, the growing strength of far-right nationalists, a deteriorating relationship between black Europeans and Jews, and, importantly, increasing tensions with Europe’s surging Muslim population.
In Western Europe, no nation has seen the climate for Jews deteriorate more than France.
Anti-Semitism has ebbed and flowed here and throughout the region since the end of World War II, with outbreaks of violence and international terrorism — particularly in the 1980s and early 2000s — often linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But Jewish leaders here are now warning of a recent and fundamental shift tied to a spurt of homegrown anti-Semitism. ...
Anti-Semitism, Jewish activists fear, is becoming more socially acceptable. In May, for instance, the far-right National Front — a party long rooted in anti-Semitism but which sought to portray itself as reformed — came in first in elections here for the European Parliament, winning a whopping 25 percent of the national vote. Yet last week, its patriarch, Jean-Marie Le Pen, suggested just how unreformed a segment of the party remains. In a video posted on the party’s Web site, he suggested that a Jewish folk singer should be thrown into an oven.
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"the hipsterification of the German neo-Nazi scene has begun to gain steam" rol.st/V2B7G9
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RT @KailiJoy: There is a Nazi vegan cooking show. || Special diet needed. They are everything-intolerant.
Heil Hipster: The Young Neo-Nazis Trying to Put a Stylish Face on Hate
Inside the tote-bag friendly, "Harlem Shake"-happy world of Germany's "nipsters"
By Thomas Rogers
June 23, 2014 10:00 AM ET
more: [/break1]rollingstone.com/culture/news/heil-hipster-the-young-neo-nazis-trying-to-put-a-stylish-face-on-hate-20140623]http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/new ... e-20140623
It's a rainy Sunday evening in May, in the town of Weiden, in northeastern Bavaria, and Patrick Schroeder, whom the German press has dubbed the "Nazi-hipster," is preparing for his big webcam entrance. As the opening sequence for his weekly Internet TV show, FSN.tv, plays silently in the background, he ties a bandana stitched with the slogan "H8" around his mouth and fiddles with his mouse. A map of Germany in 1937 hangs on the wall above him.
It's hard to get the timing for the intro "just right," he explains, and once the graphics stop playing, he strides into frame and raises his arm, curling his hand into a fist and wishing his viewers, a few hundred members of Germany's extreme right, a lovely evening. He calls this gesture his "professional wrestling entrance move," which he claims was inspired by WWE-style theatrics, though it also, not inconveniently, looks a bit like a heil Hitler Nazi salute.
Schroeder is 30 years old, about six feet tall, with the boxy musculature of an MMA fighter, his blond hair shaved except for a jaunty strip along the top of his head. He's dressed all in black, wearing armbands slightly reminiscent of those favored by vintage Avril Lavigne and speaks quickly and loudly, with a strong Bavarian lilt. When he laughs, his upper right lip rises up, making him look both threatening and insecure. "If the Third Reich was so bad, it would have been toppled," he argues, before the filming begins. "Every half-intelligent person knows there is no system where everything was bad."
He won't elaborate, for legal reasons, but he'll happily share his topline thoughts about everything from Obama (whom he grossly describes as America's "neger president") to why black people don't belong in Germany ("It's against nature — there's a reason we're not walking around in the sun, in Ghana, with our skin color"), to why American neo-Nazis are "primitive" ("It's like they're always dressing up for a costume party") and — because, just like many other Germans, he loves American TV — his strong feelings about the series finale of How I Met Your Mother ("The mother dying was a good reminder that the world isn't a great place").
Inane rhetoric notwithstanding, Schroeder comes across first and foremost as a dedicated self-promoter, and he clearly enjoys putting on a show: For the next two hours, he sits at the computer and chats with his remote co-host about the latest Nazi news — recently banned groups, European elections — and riffs on pop culture. He peppers his statements with self-deprecating asides and eye-rolls, and he occasionally interrupts the chatter to play Rechstrock, neo-Nazi rock songs.
It's a long read and I haven't finished it yet. Though what I have read makes me queasy.
The original post:
EXCLUSIVE: 'The policeman who arrested him never used the word n****r?': Gary Oldman urges people to 'get over' Mel Gibson's notorious rants in explosive Playboy interview
Brit star Oldman says 'We're all f***ing hypocrites'
'Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him'
'But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That f***ing kraut” or “F**k those Germans,” whatever it is?
Oldman makes comments in new July/August Playboy out on Friday
By Mike Larkin and Sara Nathan
Published: 08:35 EST, 23 June 2014 | Updated: 11:40 EST, 23 June 2014
[/break1]dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2665666/Gary-Oldman-urges-people-Mel-Gibsons-notorious-rants-explosive-Playboy-interview.html]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar ... rview.html
Yeah, that DailyMail post has pretty much all the comments. He said offensive things about Jews, Gays, Women, the Pope.
The Playboy Interview:
Playboy Interview: Gary Oldman
by David Hochman
Photography by Marius Bugge
June 25, 2014 : 17:06
[/break1]playboy.com/playground/view/gary-oldman-playboy-interview]http://www.playboy.com/playground/view/ ... -interview
Surprise, surprise: Gary Oldman apologizes
[/break1]washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/25/surprise-surprise-gary-oldman-apologizes/]http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morn ... pologizes/
After being roundly condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center for what they consider anti-Semitic comments defending Mel Gibson in a Playboy interview, Gary Oldman has apologized with a statement to both groups.
But for some reason, he did not apologize to other groups and people he insulted, including gays, African Americans and Nancy Pelosi.
In the Playboy interview, Oldman went on something of a tirade against what he called “hypocrisy,” and “political correctness,” defending comments made by Alec Baldwin and Gibson that were called homophobic, sexist and racist. The examples he used were on the graphic side.
Oldman also expressed an exasperation with being unable to use slurs for women, gays, blacks and Jews, asserting that everyone privately uses them but are condemned when they say them publicly.
Gary Oldman continues his apology tour — but does he mean it?
[/break1]washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/26/gary-oldman-continues-his-apology-tour-but-does-he-mean-it/]http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morn ... e-mean-it/
In what seemed to be a message to the ADL, Kimmel said, “I think it’s important, when somebody apologizes, to accept their apology.” The ADL earlier rejected Oldman’s letter in a statement from its president, Abraham H. Foxman, who accused Oldman of perpetuating the same stereotypes about Jewish people and Hollywood in his apology that landed Oldman in trouble in the first place. Said Foxman:
While his apology may be heartfelt, Mr. Oldman does not understand why his words about Jewish control were so damaging and offensive, and it is therefore insufficient.
His reference to the Neal Gabler book he was reading only reinforces the notion that Jewish directors, producers and financiers are there in Hollywood as Jews. They’re not, and the book does not draw that conclusion. They are there acting as individuals. They do not pursue a Jewish agenda or strategy. They are there acting as professionals and Americans with skills working alongside many other non-Jews who are also in show business for the same reasons. (emphasis ours)
Mr. Oldman needs to recognize that his words, not just as they were written, but as he uttered them, are deeply offensive. And he needs to be sensitive to the fact that other remarks for which he has yet to apologize — including his disparaging remarks about the Pope and about gay people — were also deeply troubling and hurtful to many.
There's also a video at that link of his appearance on Kimmel's show.
Sorry, but he's on my sh*tlist now.
Neo-Nazi Holocaust Denier Joins EU Parliament Civil Rights Committee
A neo-Nazi from Germany's ultra-conservative National Democratic Party joined the European Union's parliament in May and on Monday took a seat on the body's Civil Rights Committee, according to Jewish World News.
Udo Voigt has praised Adolf Hitler as "a great German statesman" and once claimed that "no more than 340,000" Jews died in the Holocaust, as opposed to the 6 million figure agreed on by historians, according to the Guardian.
Voigt led the NDP from 1996 to 2011, and during that time he led the party in an increasingly nationalist direction. In 2009, he was convicted of glorifying the Waffen SS. The German court unsuccessfully attempted to outlaw the party in 2006, and another attempt is currently underway.
Voigt in 2007 considered nominating Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy, for a Nobel Peace Prize. The Guardian has an extensive account of his incredibly controversial actions and statements [link]here,http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/meet-the-new-faces-in-the-european-parliament[/link].
Following outrage over Voigt's assignment to the Civil Rights Committee, EU President Martin Schulz denounced Voigt's beliefs.
Synagogue firebombed near Paris in renewed violence
A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza.
The firebomb went off Friday night at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported.
On July 8, the day that Israel launched Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza, a man described as having a Middle Eastern appearance assaulted a Jewish 17-year-old girl on a Paris street near the Gare du Nord train station by spraying pepper-spray on her face, BNVCA also reported.
The girl, identified by her initials, J.L., wrote in her complaint to police that the man, who was in his 20s, shouted: “Dirty Jewess, inshallah you will die.”
France and the Paris region in particular recently have seen an elevated level of anti-Semitic attacks. BNVCA President Ghozlan warned attacks may become even more frequent because of the fighting in Gaza.
[link]Times of Israel,http://www.timesofisrael.com/clashes-in-paris-as-thousands-march-against-israel-offensive/[/link]: Anti-Israel protesters trap hundreds in Paris synagogue
[link]JPUpdates,http://jpupdates.com/2014/07/13/moroccan-jewish-communitys-rabbi-badly-beaten-anti-semitic-attack-friday/[/link]: Moroccan Jewish Community’s Rabbi Badly Beaten In Anti-Semitic Attack on Friday
[link]Australian Jewish News,http://www.jewishnews.net.au/jewish-man-attacked-in-melbourne/36263[/link]: Jewish man attacked in Melbourne
[link]JWeekly,http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/72042/swedish-man-beaten-for-hanging-israeli-flag/[/link]: Swedish man beaten for hanging Israeli flag
[link]CPH Post,http://m.cphpost.dk/news/danish-jews-threatened-after-gaza-conflict.10259.html[/link]: Danish jews threatened after Gaza conflict Echoes of the Israel-Palestine crisis reaching Denmark
Do you think that beating up random Jews in Australia and Sweden is a rational response to the actions of the Israeli government?And if it isn't, then you agree with me that we are talking about irrational antisemites. I don't expect irrational haters to respond rationally to any change in Israeli policy.
Certainly not if he doesn't.
Further to this story:
City pols blast anti-Semitic banner flown above Brighton Beach and Coney Island
New Yorkers enjoying the sunny weather in Brighton Beach and Coney Island on Saturday got a nasty airborne surprise — a plane towing a banner bearing a swastika-themed message.
The streamer said in symbols that a swastika plus peace equals love. Then it read, in all capital letters, “Proswastika.”
Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) said he received several complaints over the anti-Semitic aerial display.
“It’s a very chilling image, in light of the fact that southern Brooklyn has the largest remaining number of World War II and Holocaust survivors,” Treyger said. “There is no place for this in New York City.”
Group flies pro-swastika banner over New York beaches
NEW YORK (CBS) -- A banner aiming to change people's minds about what swastikas stand for has stirred outrage after it flew over beaches in New York City and on Long Island.
Some beachgoers were appalled and officials fielded complaints after a plane toted the banner Saturday. The banner featured swastikas, a peace sign, a Star of David and a "pro-swastika" message.
It was arranged by the [highlight]International Raelian Movement[/highlight]. The group tries annually to remind people that before Adolf Hitler's rise, the swastika was an ancient symbol of well-being to Hindus and Buddhists, among others. The Raelians - who believe human beings were created by extraterrestrials - have faced controversy over similar swastika banners in summers past.
Where did you hear that they already knew the teens were dead? I haven't heard that.And I'm not seeing why that is a justification or even explanation for screaming at Jews in Europe and possibly burning synagogues. Israel is a fairly Multicultural society by Middle east standards and there are Muslims in the Israeli Army.Unless Palestinian propaganda against Jews is working really well, of course.
I don't think I'm anti-Semitic. I'm just confused about why Mr. Netanyahu and his government, who knew those poor teens were dead, didn't tell anyone during the 18 days they were being searched for and his people were getting more and more frantic. Do you think that was the act of a government intent on keeping the peace and protecting it's people?I don't think in terms of Jews and not Jews, maybe I should. I think in terms of responsible or not. That was not.It seems to those of us who don't understand and venture to comment that anyone who criticizes the Israeli government for any reason is labeled an anti-Semite.YMMV.
Criticism of the Israeli government hardly implies antisemitism. Most of the time, at least half of the Israeli population is critical of their government.
It seems to those of us who don't understand and venture to comment that anyone who criticizes the Israeli government for any reason is labeled an anti-Semite.
But beating up random Jews on the streets of Australia or France is antisemitism, and I strongly doubt that Netanyahu's policies have anything to do with that kind of violence, or that a change in Israeli policies will have any impact on the kind of people who perpetrate it.
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