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Warsaw ghetto vandal to speak at Momentum's Corbyn festival

A woman who spray-painted graffiti “tainted with anti-semitism” on one of the last surviving walls of the Warsaw ghetto will speak at a Momentum event alongside the Labour Party conference this month.

Ewa Jasiewicz, a British anti-Israel activist, caused outrage with her “desecration” of the site, where an estimated 92,000 Jews died and 300,000 more were held before being transported to death camps.

Jasiewicz will speak from the platform at Momentum’s politics and arts festival, The World Transformed, which will take place in parallel with Labour’s conference in Liverpool. Other speakers will include Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor.

The ghetto was almost razed by the Germans in 1943, but in 2010 Jasiewicz and another activist, Yonatan Shapira, sprayed the words “Liberate all ghettos” and “Free Gaza and Palestine” on one of the few original walls.

Describing themselves as “civilians with little else in our hands aside from our solidarity and a spray can”, Jasiewicz and Shapira said it was a “small act of unarmed resistance” against how Israel had “co-opted” the Holocaust to serve “agendas of colonisation and repression”.

At the time, Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance centre in Jerusalem, described the graffiti as “tainted with anti-semitism”.


Labour suspends councillor Jim Sheridan after anti-Semitism rant

The Labour Party has suspended councillor and former MP Jim Sheridan after an outburst on Facebook over the anti-Semitism row.

The 65-year-old, who has not commented since his social media rant, had written:

"For all my adult life I have had the utmost respect and empathy for the Jewish community and their historic suffering. No longer due to what they and their Blairite plotters are doing to my party and the long-suffering people of Britain who need a radical Labour government."

The Facebook post has since been removed.


I cannot tolerate antisemitism so I'm leaving Labour

Being a member of the Labour Party, as well as a lifelong Labour voter, has been agony this week. There have been many such weeks: I have made no secret of my concern at Corbyn’s politics since he became leader nearly three years ago.


I cannot support a party which does not accept the internationally recognised definition of antisemitism, which allows — by omission from this international definition — a member to call a Jewish person a Nazi, or to accuse a Jewish person of being more loyal to Israel than to their home country, or to claim that Israel’s very existence is a racist endeavour.

At a time when the far right is creeping back into Eastern Europe, when Facebook permits Holocaust denial, when authorities in Austria draw up plans to register Jews to buy kosher meat, surely the Labour Party, with its long record of fighting racism and social injustice, should be at the vanguard of fighting rising antisemitism, not enabling it?

Not Corbyn’s Labour Party, it seems. The refusal to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition has understandably caused consternation in the Jewish community, including the Chief Rabbi.


10 arrested in Germany for beating Jewish man wearing Star of David necklace

Ten people were arrested in Berlin after an anti-Semitic attack in the heart of the German capital, police announced Sunday. The victim, a 25-year-old Jewish man of Syrian descent, said he was beaten by a group of men and women when they noticed he was wearing a Star of David necklace.

The attack occurred Friday night in a park in the city center. The young man told the police that he approached the group to ask for a light for his cigarette. One man gave it to him, but then began to argue with the victim and apparently took the cigarette out of the victim’s mouth.

According to the victim’s account, when the man noticed that he was wearing a necklace with a Star of David pendant, he ripped off the necklace and sounded anti-Semitic slurs towards the victim.

“This dog star won’t help you now,” he allegedly shouted, among other things, according to media reports. The victim also told the police that the assailant punched him several times until he fell to the ground. He tried to run away but fell down again, and the group members that had chased him then punched and kicked him again.

Only when passersby tried to intervene did the attackers finally stop and attempted to flee the scene. Police officers nearby apprehended the group — three women and seven men, between the ages of 15 and 25 and of Syrian and German nationalities.

Groups are demanding state funding to 'honestly' dealing with anti-Semitism among the Muslim community


George Webb employee seriously injured after attack from man who went behind counter

Milwaukee police are looking for the man who went behind the counter of a south side George Webb Restaurant and punched an employee in the face.

It happened Friday, June 29 -- just after 1 a.m. at the restaurant near S. 21st and Mitchell.

Police say the woman was seriously injured and was transported to an area hospital. Police say they are now searching for a known suspect.

Near the end of the video, a George Webb co-worker is seen pointing a gun at the suspect to get him away from the victim.


Posted by grossproffit | Sat Jul 7, 2018, 08:17 AM (1 replies)

Uber Driver Suspended After Kicking Lesbian Couple Out Of Car

A New York Uber and cab driver has found himself out of work after kicking a lesbian couple out of his car in the middle of a trip, reports CNBC.

Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl hailed an Uber in Brooklyn for a ride to Manhattan.

"We were sitting in the two window seats with the middle seat between us," Iovine told CNBC. "At one point we turned to each other and pecked on the lips."

That was when the driver, Ahmad El Boutari, stopped the car and asked the couple to get out. They thought he was joking, but realized he was serious when he got out of the car, opened the back door, and repeated his request. They got out, and then Iovine started recording on her cell phone.


Renowned British writer, a virulent anti-Semite, being considered for sainthood

G.K. Chesterton, a journalist, author and dramatist whose works remain popular in the UK more than 80 years after his death, is the subject of an initial investigation by the Catholic church which will be published next month.

Commissioned in 2013 by the Bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, the report is the first step in the process of canonization.


Chesterton repeatedly advanced the notion that British Jews were disloyal to their country.

At the end of World War I, he wrote to the Lord Chief Justice of England, Rufus Isaacs (then Viscount Reading), suggesting that he should not be involved in peace talks with Germany. “Is there any man who doubts that you will be sympathetic with the Jewish International,” Chesterton asked.

Three years later, Chesterton’s book, “The New Jerusalem,” advocated that Jews should be allowed to hold high office but should wear Oriental dress. “The point is that we should know where we are; and he would know where he is, which is in a foreign land,” he wrote.


Jews Get To Define Anti-Semitism Not Shaun King

Shaun King is an example of a very public failure to live up to anti-oppression values in the social justice movement. When Jewish-Americans expressed anger that King’s friend, Tamika Mallory, attended events and partnered with Louis Farrakhan, his response was deeply inappropriate. He accused Jews who were angered by her behavior of being liars. When he was gently called in by Jewish supporters who expressed both admiration and disappointment, he said he “would not allow” Tamika Mallory to be accused of anti-Semitism. When Jewish musician Regina Spektor, who performed at the Women’s March in L.A. and had supported King’s efforts in the past, expressed her frustration and pain at the situation, he blocked her. He then proceeded to show us the kinder, gentler side of the Nation of Islam by tweeting pictures of Farrakhan hugging a young man who says he saved his life.

Shaun King should have stopped and listened to Jewish voices, instead of trying to use his enormous platform to try and shut us up. He doesn’t get to decide what anti-Semitism is, how it shows up in our lives, or when and how we get to talk about it. Farrakhan has called us satanic and evil, and claimed that we are not even truly Jews. Yet King’s friend called Farrakhan the “greatest of all time” and refused to condemn his virulent and well-documented anti-Semitism. Shaun King doesn’t get to decide how we feel about her actions.

When leaders fail to live up to their values, there must be space to apologize, learn, and earn redemption. But if we are going to fight oppression and create a more just world we need to name oppression and hatreds, and be honest about the complex systems that keep historically marginalized groups down. That becomes more difficult when an oppression falls outside of your realm of experience and relationships.

I have great respect for King’s work identifying white supremacists in Charlottesville and holding them accountable. This is dangerous, difficult, and commendable work. But sometimes the hardest work is calling in our friends and asking them to change. King centers on himself, his feelings, and his own friendships . When faced with hatred in his own circle, he fails to live up to the moral standard he has helped to set. He claims to stand with the Jewish community, but turns on us and calls us liars when we want accountability from progressive leaders. If he is the bridge builder he claims to be, he should be facilitating dialogue, amplifying our voices and de-centering himself. When we are hurt, angry and in need of allies, he is shutting us down instead of lending a hand.

King does not face the consequences of the rising anti-Semitism he dismisses and excuses. We live it every day, as do our children. Jewish parents in the United States and globally are deeply concerned with the safety of our children within Jewish institutions, especially since synagogues, JCCs, and Jewish schools have been targeted by bomb threats, graffiti, and violent attacks. Because anti-Semitism is intersectional, and layers with other forms of oppression, these intersecting oppressions can have devastating impacts, such as the case of Nora Nissenbaum, who has suffered anti-Semitic and misogynistic threats at school so severe she is suffering from PTSD. While parents across the country fear for their kids’ safety at school, the intersecting identities of being female and Jewish put Nora at additional risk.


Poland's Holocaust law triggers tide of abuse against Auschwitz museum

Officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum have described how they were subjected to a wave of “hate, fake news and manipulations” as a result of the controversy surrounding a contentious Holocaust speech law passed by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party earlier this year.

The campaign of disinformation and abuse at the hands of Polish nationalists has raised concerns about pressure being exerted on official guides at the site in southern Poland, after the home of one foreign guide was attacked and supporters of a convicted antisemite filmed themselves repeatedly hectoring their guide during a visit to the camp in March.

Conceived in part as a means to prevent facilities established by Poland’s German occupiers from being described as “Polish death camps”, the legislation, which criminalises the false attribution to the Polish state or nation of complicity in the crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, prompted a furious reaction in Israel and elsewhere amid concerns it could be used to restrict open discussion of Poland’s wartime history.

This in turn provoked an angry backlash from nationalist and pro-government media in Poland, many of whom accused the museum – which administers the site, conducts historical research, and trains and licenses official guides – of deliberately downplaying the fate of the approximately 74,000 non-Jewish Polish prisoners who perished in the camp, by focusing exclusively on its Jewish victims.


Posted by grossproffit | Mon May 7, 2018, 09:56 PM (3 replies)

Report: Millions of tweets spread anti-Semitic messages

Millions of anti-Semitic messages on Twitter have spread negative stereotypes and conspiracy theories about Jews across the social media platform, according to a report Monday by the Anti-Defamation League.

ADL national director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said the data showed many used Twitter as a “megaphone to harass and intimidate Jews.”

An earlier report from the Jewish civil rights group said anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. last year had reached the highest tally it has counted in more than two decades. That increase appeared to be fueled by emboldened far-right extremists as well as the “divisive state of our national discourse,” Greenblatt said in February.

In the new report, the group estimated that about 3 million Twitter users posted or re-posted at least 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets in English over a 12-month period ending Jan. 28. The finding is based on a reviewed sample of 55,000 tweets and had a 3 percent margin of error, the report said.

Posted by grossproffit | Mon May 7, 2018, 12:38 PM (1 replies)
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