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Global anti-Semitism rises by 30 percent

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The Jarusalen Post: Study: Global anti-Semitism rises by 30 percent

Global violence and vandalism against Jews has increased by 30 percent, according to an annual survey released by The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, on Sunday.

For comparison’s sake, here is some US data:

According to the FBI: Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,318 offenses reported by law enforcement in 2011. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-biased offenses showed 62.2 percent were anti-Jewish.

Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,409 offenses reported by law enforcement in 2010. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-bias offenses showed 65.4 percent were anti-Jewish.

Law enforcement agencies reported 1,376 hate crimes motivated by religious bias in 2009. A breakdown of biases for these offenses showed 70.1 percent were anti-Jewish.

There were 1,606 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2008. A breakdown of these offenses shows 65.7 percent were anti-Jewish.

Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,477 offenses reported by law enforcement in 2007. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-biased offenses showed 68.4 percent were anti-Jewish.

In contrast to a relative decline in numbers of anti-Semitic acts over the past two years, the report noted that a “correlation was observed between the political strengthening of extreme right parties and the high level of anti-Semitic manifestations including incidents of violence and vandalism.”

“Extreme right” in this context means Fascists and Nazis, not Libertarians and Anarchists.  Outside the US they use this weird measure of the political spectrum based on where people sat during the French Revolution, rather than actual differences in political systems.  As a consequence, for them, the extreme left is totalitarianism while the extreme right is… totalitarianism.

“There are extremely worrying signs emanating from Hungary at the moment where barely a week passes without an attack on minorities or outrageous comments from far-Right politicians,” Kantor said at the anti-Semitism Press Conference held at Tel Aviv University Sunday.

Kantor also expressed concern for Greece and Ukraine, which experienced trends similar to those in Hungary of political advancement for neo-Nazi parties and the far-Right.

France was also regarded as troubling with a 58% increase of anti-Semitic occurrences following the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse last year.

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Written by BornLib

April 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Posted in Antisemitism

George Galloway: “I don’t debate with Israelis.”

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Legal Insurrection: British MP George Galloway storms out of debate when finds out opponent is Israeli

“I refused this evening to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the Apartheid state of Israel,” Galloway said in a statement late on Wednesday evening. “The reason is simple; No recognition, No normalization. Just Boycott, divestment and sanctions, until the Apartheid state is defeated.”

Aslan-Levy, 21, who has joint British-Israeli citizenship, described Galloway’s remarks as “appalling.”

“It’s deeply offensive to refuse to speak to someone because of their nationality. It’s pure racism,” he said in an interview to the Times. “The fact that a sitting member of Parliament could do this is all the more astonishing.”

This guy makes Hagel look like “Bibi” Netanyahu.

Written by BornLib

February 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

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This is what passes for intellectualism on the Left

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Disarming Jews in Nazi Germany Was a Good Thing!

The blogger at Allergic to Bull takes it apart but here is a sample of what he’s dealing with, from the Mother Jones article:

If Jews had been better armed, Spitzer says, it would only have hastened their demise.

Quite a far cry from, “It’s better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees” isn’t it?

Spitzer’s view is that to die fighting early would have been the same as, or worse than, dying later after degradation, enslavement, and torture in the camps.

And now for a bit of irony:

Gun policy “wasn’t the defining moment that marked the beginning of the end for Jewish people in Germany. It was because they were persecuted, were deprived of all of their rights, and they were a minority group.”

Deprived of their rights.  A right like, oh, the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” perhaps?

Written by BornLib

January 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

More on Turkey and Israel

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I know this is supposed to be a gun blog, but there is a possibility of a full blown war here, so it kind of has my attention.

Via Big Peace:

YnetNews: Turkish warplanes now able to fire at Israeli targets

Ankara’s Star Gazete says country’s new F-16 radar system modified to recategorize Israeli targets as hostile. Order said to come directly from PM Erdogan’s office; naval, submarine radar systems to be changed next

Yes that is the same Prime Minister Erdogan who is in the midst of an anti-Israel speaking tour of the Middle East.

JPost: Erdogan expected to lambast Israel on Cairo trip

Before going to Egypt, Erdogan fired off rhetorical broadsides against Israel, saying in an Al Jazeera interview taped last week and broadcast on Sunday night that the Mavi Marmara incident was a casus belli.

“The May 31, 2010, Mavi Marmara event, the attack that took place in international waters did not comply with any international law. In fact, it was a cause for war. However, befitting Turkey’s grandness, we decided to act with patience,” Erdogan said.

His interpretation is completely at odds with that of the UN Palmer Commission report, a commission the Turks pushed hard for, which said not only was Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza legal, but so was its interdiction of ships trying to break the blockade.

Erdogan also repeated what he said immediately after the Palmer Report was issued, that Turkey’s warships will be seen more often in the eastern Mediterranean.

And yes, that’s the same Prime Minister Erdogan who said Turkey is prepared for war.

One theory is that Erdogan’s saber-rattling is an attempt to distract from Turkey’s dire economic circumstances.  Blaming Israel for, well, everything, is a longstanding tradition of Muslim leaders, with a few exceptions.  Another theory is that Erdogan has aspirations towards reviving the Ottoman Empire by manipulating the “Arab Spring” (because the Arabs sure did love that old Ottoman social order /sarcasm).  It could be both, but whatever his motivation he might not actually be trying to provoke a war.  Simply put, Turkey can’t afford to lose any Turks.

Asia Times: Israel as the Dutch Republic in the Thirty Years War

Turkey’s economic problems are a discomfort; its ethnic problems, by contrast, present an existential threat in the long run. In a quarter of a century, Kurdish will be the cradle-tongue of nearly half of all Turkish children, as Kurds have four to five children per family while Turkish-speakers have just 1.5. At some point, Turkey in its present form will cease to exist. Kurdish nationalism is stronger than ever; as Omar Aspinar [1] of the Brookings Institution wrote on September 11 in Zaman Online:
Kurdish political aspirations have reached unprecedented levels in the last 10 years … Kurdish ethnic, cultural and political demands are fueled by a young and increasingly resentful generation of Kurds who are vocal and frustrated not only in Eastern Anatolia but also in Turkey’s large Western cities including Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin and Adana. Turkey’s nightmare scenario is Turkish-Kurdish ethnic violence in such western urban centers.
The Kurds know that the demographic future belongs to them, and that Erdogan’s frantic calls on Turkish women to have more babies will do nothing to change matters. “The Kurdish issue,” warns Aspinar,” remains Turkey’s Achilles’ heel.”

Of course, Turkey is also part of NATO now, so that muddies the waters too.

Written by BornLib

September 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Posted in Antisemitism

Israel updates

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A week ago I mentioned this:

Reuters: Biggest rally in Israel’s history presses PM

Netanyahu has warned he would not be able to satisfy all the protesters’ demands, ranging from tax cuts, to expansion of free education and bigger government housing budgets.

And I asked:

You want the government to spend a bunch of money on a load of new goody programs, and you want them to cut taxes. What, are you people stupid?  

Well J.E. Dyer over at The Optimistic Conservative did all the heavy lifting to put it all together.

Hot Air: Israel being Alinskyed?

What possessed NBC-Universal properties MSNBC and TWC to feature protests in Israel in their news coverage this morning? That’s an interesting question. It is not, shall we say, made less interesting by the report of Maariv’s Kalman Libeskind, referenced by Arutz Sheva on 3 September, that American Democratic strategist Stanley Greenberg orchestrated the protests in Israel’s major cities this weekend.

Greenburg is apparently responsible for “what happened in Bolivia in 2002, when a group of US consultants helped a candidate win the presidency only to see the country slide into near-total chaos.”

Why does this matter? Because it is of a piece with the manipulative, media-theme-building approach to politics Greenberg keeps being associated with. He doesn’t have a history of being anti-Zionist; that’s not the point here. Although he bills himself as a triangulating, “Third Way” centrist, his affiliations are very much with professional left-wing manipulators of public sentiment, and that is how he comes off in the latest instance with the protests in Israel.

To the question, “Why now? Why in the summer of 2011?” the obvious answer would be, “Because the UN vote on Palestinian statehood is coming up in September.” But I don’t assess Greenberg to be a mastermind here. He’s a hired strategist. His specialty is positioning politicians to be the turn-to guy. Something else is going on. As usual, the fact that GE-owned NBC networks are pointedly reporting faux “social ferment” as if it’s the real thing suggests a manufactured-news campaign. Rockets from Gaza aren’t the only thing coming at Israel as the UN vote nears.

Take the time to visit the link and read the whole thing.

And as long as we’re talking about Israel…

Hot Air: It begins: Egyptian mob breaks into Israeli embassy in Cairo

Egyptian police made no attempt to intervene during the day as crowds of hundreds tore down an embassy security wall with sledgehammers and their bare hands or after nightfall when about 30 protesters stormed into the Nile-side high-rise building where the embassy is located.

Back on August 18th PRC (Palestinian Popular Resistance Committee) terrorists wearing Egyptian uniforms staged a series of attacks on Israel.  During the Israeli counterattack targeting the PRC, a number of Egyptian soldiers were also killed.  Now, almost five weeks later, someone managed to work a group of Egyptian protesters into enough of a frenzy over the issue that they attacked the Israeli embassy.

I imagine these are the same sorts of people, if not in fact the same exact people, who burn down Egyptian Coptic churches and then turn around and blame that on Israel too.

Written by BornLib

September 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Not-so Subtle Antisemitism

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Zombie: Proof that S.F.’s circumcision ban Is anti-Semitic

It’s not like some Aryan superman is doing battle with sinister-looking Jews and rabbis referred to as monsters in the anti-circumcision campaign comic book. Oh, wait, it’s exactly that.

Saunders asked Hess if his comic is anti-Semitic. His answer: “A lot of people have said that, but we’re not trying to be anti-Semitic. We’re trying to be pro-human rights.”

He didn’t even have to try, it apparently just comes naturally to him. What’s his next project going to be, yet another graphic novel version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion?  I generally try to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume they are clueless dolts, but look at that thing!  You can’t make something like that by accident.

Written by BornLib

June 4, 2011 at 10:46 am

Posted in Antisemitism