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Happy New Year, 5778! L'Shana Tova! (Happy Rosh Hashana!)

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Thu Sep 21, 2017, 03:32 AM (21 replies)

Everyone says it could never happen here

Kill the Jews,” “Heil Hitler,” SS lightning bolts, swastikas, and other epithets were found by employees spray-painted all over the outside of the Airport Diner in Wantage early Sunday morning.

The graffiti also included the acronym “WPWW,” which stands for White Power World Wide and “14/88” — well-known in white supremacist circles as a reference to the 14-word skinhead slogan, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” and 88 is a representation for “Heil Hitler” because H is the eighth letter in the alphabet.

A refrigerator inside the diner was also vandalized.

Local and regional Jewish leaders reacted with surprise, in part because, as one rabbi put it, “There’s not even a shul in that area.”


The real issue is will people finally start to understand that anti-Semitism is a real form of bigotry and Jews are worthy of being defending against it?!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Sep 20, 2017, 04:42 AM (15 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) Root Out Insidious Hate


They were both blood red. One was a little smeared; the other had cleaner lines. These were the second and third swastikas found on campus this semester, and this is the second time I have had to start an article for The Hoya by describing swastikas on campus. Hate at Georgetown is not a subject I wish to return to, but I must. These swastikas, and the selective outrage they have triggered, reveal uncomfortable truths about our community. We condemn anti-Semitism only when it is both flagrant and right-wing. Most of the time however, we ignore it. By ignoring it, we perpetuate it.

Within a week of the beginning of classes, a swastika was found scratched into the wall of a Village C West elevator. The next day, two more were daubed in red paint in an LXR Hall elevator. These are the latest incidents in a pattern of anti-Semitic graffiti at Georgetown, which last semester saw swastikas scratched into elevators and “kill Jews” written in a bathroom stall across from Makóm, the Jewish gathering space. Last spring, numerous fliers for the Georgetown Israel Alliance, a group of which I am the vice president, were defaced and torn down. More incidents go unreported, as when someone drew a swastika on my whiteboard just an hour after I hung it on my freshman dorm door last year. Of course, only a tiny fraction of students is responsible for these hate crimes, and Georgetown as a whole is an accepting and pluralistic community. So why not just ignore these graffiti as a nuisance?

I wish I could dismiss it all, but I simply cannot. I have toured Auschwitz with a childhood survivor of Josef Mengele’s experiments. I have seen mass graves in the forests of Belarus with Fr. Patrick Desbois, who has identified thousands of such grave sites across Eastern Europe. My great-grandparents survived the extermination of Hungarian Jewry — much of their family did not. “Kill Jews” is never an empty threat. A swastika at my school is someone telling me that I do not belong at Georgetown and that I perhaps do not belong among the living. One swastika whispers that to me — three shout it.

I was heartened to see dozens of non-Jewish students, in addition to senior administrators, at Friday night Shabbat services the week the swastikas were found. Both the Georgetown University College Democrats and College Republicans denounced the graffiti; the Georgetown University Student Association did too, and scheduled a speech and expression forum for Tuesday, Sept. 26. These are all positive steps, but deeper problems remain unaddressed.



How familiar! "They worship at the bank!" "Of course, what do you expect from Senator (((Jew))) (D-Tel-Aviv)!" "Where is the condemnation from (((so and so)))?!"
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Sep 20, 2017, 04:38 AM (1 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) What Anti-Semitism in America Looks Like From Israel


TEL AVIV — The first meeting between an Israeli prime minister and a German chancellor took place in 1960 in New York. At this meeting, David Ben-Gurion of Israel explained to Konrad Adenauer of West Germany that there were three types of Jews in the world before Israel was established: the Jews who lived among Muslims, who adopted Muslim customs; the Jews of Europe, who never considered themselves a part of the society in which they lived; and the Jews of America, who live in a country of immigrants and so see themselves as Americans like all other Americans.

Ben-Gurion, who was born in modern-day Poland, understood European Jews. But he never really understood the Jews of the Arab world or the Jews of America. The truth is, even now many of us Israelis still don’t. And nowhere is this clearer than in how Israel responds to anti-Semitism in America today.

Generally, Jewish Israelis are not personally familiar with anti-Semitism. When they hear “anti-Semitism” they think about Jewish history — the Nazis’ Holocaust, the pogroms in czarist Russia — not our own experiences. At the same time, after looking at history, Jewish Israelis never fully believe that it’s possible for a non-Jewish country to be free of anti-Semitism. A 2016 poll found that 99 percent of Israelis believe that anti-Semitism is “very” or “somewhat common” around the world. Thus, for many Israelis the next disaster in the diaspora is just a matter of time.

Jewish Israelis are also not acquainted with Jewish assertiveness outside of Israel. The story they know — the Zionist narrative — is of powerless Jews in the diaspora who became politically assertive only in the Jewish state. This is, to use Ben-Gurion’s formulation, the story of European Jews.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Sep 15, 2017, 05:37 AM (3 replies)

Racist fliers target Sandpoint mayor (Idaho)

SANDPOINT – Of the caches of racist fliers that have littered Sandpoint neighborhoods since April, the city’s mayor, Shelby Rognstad, has been the primary target.

A Photoshopped depiction of Rognstad in a gas chamber – a Nazi-clad cartoon frog, Pepe, manning the switch – was the most recent on-paper assault by what he believes is a tiny faction of white supremacists.

Other fliers had broader hate-filled messages, including “Keep Idaho safe…Keep Idaho clean …Keep Idaho white,” words draped over racist caricatures of three men, Hispanic, African-American and Jewish.

But since the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, Rognstad said, there has been an uptick in distribution.

“It’s almost been on a daily basis the last couple of weeks,” said Rognstad, a white man who believes he struck the ire of the hate group because of his support for low-income housing projects and a false rumor he is Jewish.

“My hunch is that it’s just one or two people trying to get as much attention as possible,” he said. “Intially, the attitude was to ignore them. But now, since Charlottesville and these fliers now being distributed every day, it‘s time to speak up.”


Also see: Hate Literature in E-mail Flyers Hits Sandpoint, Idaho
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Sep 15, 2017, 02:18 AM (15 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) Netanyahu depicted as Hitler in Argentina posters ahead of key visit


Pro-Palestinian protestors hung posters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dressed in a Nazi uniform in Buenos Aries prior to the Israeli leader’s arrival in Argentina later in the day.

One of the posters shows Netanyahu in an SS uniform looking like Adolf Hitler and states: “Get out Zionists from Palestine. Get out Netanyahu,” according to the World Zionist Organization which sent copies of the posters to the media.

Another poster in the form of a wanted sign charged Netanyahu with “human rights crimes” and the “genocide of the Palestinian people.”

Netanyahu left Sunday evening for Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, the first sitting Israeli prime minister to ever visit Latin America.



Oh the fucking irony! First, the fact it is Argentina, one of the premier destinations for fleeing Nazis. Second, because, once again, people whine all the time about "Jews and the Holocaust", or more to the point, that we dare to mention it as part of our history, but they have no problem using Nazi Germany and such images in regards to Jews, especially Israel. And, third, these are usually the same people who screech about "Godwin's Law" and yet, never seem to remember that "law" when they use Nazi imagery in regards to Israel and Jews.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Sep 11, 2017, 05:21 AM (0 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) Netanyahu's son sparks outrage after posting antisemitic-themed meme


On the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Latin America, his son Yair Netanyahu posted a meme on Facebook depicting space lizards and Freemasons – invoking antisemitic imagery.

Yair Netanyahu, who goes by Yair Hun on Facebook, grabbed the image from a Facebook page that uses crude – and often hateful – humor to combat the Israeli Left. The page incorporates Pepe the frog, who has become a symbol of the alt-right.

In one of the pages, Pepe is shown making cookies of his own excrement, which he serves to a supporter of the left-leaning Jewish movement Zehut.

In Yair Netanyahu’s post, Jewish-Hungarian- American millionaire George Soros is depicted holding a fishing rod with planet Earth on the hook as his bait. This captures the attention of a reptilian-like figure who, in turn, holds up a fishing rod with the occult symbol of a triangle containing a square with a circle, which attracts a character that is meant to be a Freemason, or Illuminati member of some sort.

That person holds up a fishing rod with cash on its hook, which catches the attention of former prime minister and noted Benjamin Netanyahu-critic Ehud Barak.



Disgusting! Even worse, this gives the Israel hating assholes, as well as anti-Semitic fucks, a "see, they do it too! So my anti-Semitism is OK!" card to play. Anti-Semitism is not acceptable, even if it is being used by a Jew!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:59 AM (0 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) Human Rights Watch Tweet Exposes Decades-Old Anti Israel Bias


A few weeks ago, Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), tweeted about Israel. “Many rights activists condemn Israeli abuse & anti-Semitism,” wrote Roth. “Some white supremacists embrace Israel & anti-Semitism.” The tweet then included a link to an article boasting an image of Israeli and Confederate flags on the same flagpole. The article, “Birds of a Feather” by Nada Elia, equates Zionism to white supremacy, referencing Richard Spencer’s claim that both movements rely upon the “exclusion” of others.

It’s a weak argument at best. Far from a white supremacist haven, Israel’s population is 25 percent non-Jewish, including 20 percent Arab non-Jews who have equal rights to the Jewish majority. Citizens of all races live in Israel, which flies in individuals from other countries and continents with the explicit intent of absorbing them into Israeli society. The country has offered, or accepted, peace and sharing of the land with the local Arabs multiple times, before and after 1948 - all offers rejected, some with violence - and has permitted over 130,000 Palestinians to officially move into Israel from the territories under family reunification rules between 1967 and 2004. Arab non-Jews sit in non-Arab as well as Arab parties in the Knesset; they serve as justices, IDF officers, and ambassadors.

In other words, Israel is far removed from white supremacy and the movement’s bigoted exclusions. The article’s other points, claiming “similarities between fascism and Zionism” and that “Israel [is a] model for ethnic exclusion,” cleverly and maliciously allude to 1930s Germany in order to besmirch the Jewish-majority state and its supporters. Roth, a trained attorney and son to a German Jew who fled Germany in 1938, knows this. His tweeting of the article is irresponsible at best and egregious at worst. Nevertheless, aside from a mild Twitter rebuke by the Anti-Defamation League’s Jonathan Greenblatt, the tweet went unchallenged.

But those of us who have followed Roth and Human Rights Watch throughout these past years are not surprised. His animus towards Israel and its supporters is expressed regularly and assertively. Indeed, this tweet is not an anomaly. It is rather of a piece with Roth’s leadership of HRW. For the past two decades, Roth has used his organization to support Israel’s opponents. Consider his defense of Hamas’s tunnels:

Read more: http://forward.com/opinion/382213/human-rights-watch-tweet-exposes-decades-old-anti-israel-bias/
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:52 AM (0 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) Swastikas and Silence


As always, they came for the Jews.

I’m watching TV after the riots in Charlottesville. I hear that a girl died after a neo-Nazi hit her with his car, I watch Klansmen perform Nazi salutes, and I listen to reporters talk about the growing “alt-right.” I pick up my phone and scroll down social media. Everyone is talking about protecting people of color and the statements Black Lives Matter activists have made in response to the weekend’s events. As always, none of my friends are talking about anti-Semitism. I have long since stopped being surprised.

See, I’m not afraid of the neo-Nazis. There aren’t enough of them for me to feel like they pose a real threat to my well-being and everyone laughs at them anyway. What I am really, genuinely terrified of is the left’s utter refusal to acknowledge any anti-Semitism, especially when it comes from within their own ranks.

I’m Jewish. As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I know the importance of standing up to anti-Semitism. People seem to accept history, acknowledging that my people were the subject of hatred and genocide, but they think that’s all over. Nobody sees Jews as victims of discrimination anymore. Instead, stereotypes portray us as powerful, money-hungry, and manipulative. They say our sons are weak-willed and our daughters are indulged. People believe these claims and argue— look at all their money. How can they be oppressed? That, in itself, feeds into the oppression. If nobody stands up to oppressors, what would make them stop?

As a matter of fact, Jews experience violence at exorbitant rates. In 2015, the FBI reported that more than half of religiously-motivated hate crimes in the U.S. were committed against Jews— two and half times more than were committed against Muslims. Just last year, babies were being rushed out of Jewish Community Centers in their cots for fear of bombs. I became scared to visit my hometown because of its high Jewish population.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:45 AM (0 replies)

Antisemitic robbers target Jewish family near Paris

Source: The Guardian

A Jewish family was beaten, held hostage and robbed in their home near Paris because of their religion, French authorities and anti-hate groups said on Sunday.

Three attackers burst into the house in the Paris suburb of Livry-Gargan late on Thursday, cut off the electricity and confined three members of a Jewish family, beating them and threatening to kill them, until one of them managed to escape and alert the police, said antisemitism watchdog BNVCA.

It said the assailants told the three victims: “You are Jews, you have money. We take money from Jews to give to the poor.”

One of the victims was Roger Pinto, the 78-year-old head of Siona, an association “defending the Jewish people and the state of Israel,” Pinto’s lawyer, Marc Bensimon, said.

Pinto was kicked several times in the head and throat, Bensimon said. The other two victims were Pinto’s wife, who managed to sound the alarm, and Pinto’s son.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/11/antisemitic-robbers-target-jewish-family-near-paris

Gee, attacking Jews because "they have money", it is almost as if people think there is a link to Jews and money, which is why we hear "their religion is money" is an acceptable form of attack for certain Jews.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:44 AM (19 replies)
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