JTA News: The High Commissioner of Palestine viewed the behavior of Jewish fighters as comparable to that of the Nazis, newly published records show. On April 30, 1948, Alan Cunningham wrote to his superiors that as the Jews celebrated military successes their “broadcasts, both in content and in manner of delivery, are remarkably like those of Nazi Germany.”
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In 2009, Parliamentarians from around the globe signed the London Declaration, a document which strongly condemned anti-Semitism. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard added her signature to the document effectively linking Australia with the existing signatories. She did not speak at the Sydney signing attended by community leaders, bu Prime Minister Gillard did prepare remarks read it here. – JWire
Ynet reports: A Jordanian parliament member was expelled from his faction this week after it was published he visited Israel during the Jewish State’s 65th Independence Day and shook President Shimon Peres’ hand.
Muhammad Esa al-Doima is a member of the Al-Wasat Al-Islamiy party, which is considered moderate but still has a clear Islamic agenda. Al-Dumia has denied the allegations, but media outlets in the Hashemite Kingdom reported Monday that his expulsion has been finalized. President Peres’ office did not respond to the report.
Dems and GOPers laugh when he apologizes
JTA Reports: A report released by the Council of Europe says that Greece could legally ban the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, which has been linked to a number of violent, racist attacks. The 32-page report by the France-based council was issued Tuesday by its human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, following a fact-finding mission to Greece earlier this year.
The report said Muiznieks was “seriously concerned by the increase in racist and other hate crimes in Greece,” and that “a number of the reported attacks have been linked to members or supporters, including MPs, of the neo-Nazi political party ‘Golden Dawn.’ ”
A Tweet from the Jewish Daily Forward linking to a recent article asked why the YU Alumni is ok with the YU Rabbi who used the term “Schvartzer” but is angry with Former President Jimmy Carter. The tweet was referring to YU’s Rabbi Schechter who said that a Jew in prison with ‘a Muslim a Shvartzer’ (African American) may be in trouble; a line for which he took a lot of heat.
As someone who has had more than four hundred of his Yiddish articles published in major Yiddish papers; as someone who analyzes daily political and business news on a major Yiddish Information line, I believe I can – without getting involved in the context of Rabbi Schechter’s speech - address with some authority the issue of whether the Yiddish term ‘Shvartzer’ is indeed racist:
NYDN Reports: The drug-addled suspect accused of torching a dozen mezuzahs during a two-day hate crime spree says he has no alibi — because he can’t remember a thing. “I’m nothing but a lost boy in a man’s body,” a tearful Ruben Ubiles told the Daily News during a rambling Rikers Island interview.
“I don’t hate nobody,” he said Saturday. “I don’t even remember. . . . It don’t make no sense.”
The JTA Reports: A Muslim Swedish politician who came under scrutiny for his sympathy for anti-Semitic preachers has resigned from the country’s largest party, the left-leaning Social Democrats.
Omar Mustafa, 28, was elected to the governing board of the left-of-center opposition party at last week’s party congress. In a statement released over the weekend, Mustafa, chairman of the Islamic Association in Sweden, announced his resignation in a statement in which he also wrote that the party’s leadership “has made it impossible to combine a party position and a position in Muslim civil society.”
Record Online Reports: Using donations collected from supporters last week, Assemblyman James Skoufis says he’s chartered a West Point Tours bus to take spectators to the site where Kiryas Joel is expected to resume construction of its controversial water pipeline following some court jousting on the issue Friday.
Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat elected in November, announced the arrangement Friday, saying constituents should park before 8 a.m. in the public lot behind Woodbury Town Hall.
An Orthodox Jewish plane passenger was seen wrapped in a plastic bag during a flight. It was believed the man is a Kohein, a religious descendant of the priests of ancient Israel, who are banned from flying over cemeteries. Fellow passengers strained to see the unusual sight and took pictures. Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz, and Ana Kasparian break it down. – Via The Young Turks
Medford Patch Reports: Local officials and clergy members gathered Monday on a South Medford basketball court hit by anti-Semitic graffiti over the weekend to reject the efforts of vandals to spread hate speech.
“The recent mezuzah burnings in Williamsburg are reprehensible. Mezuzot are symbols of protection for the Jewish people and these acts of hatred stripped them of their very significance. We cannot and will not tolerate an attack on any religious symbol or sacrament. This type of bigotry is a blow to progress toward peace and prosperity in New York City.” – Bill Thompson
JTA News: The U.S. Army said it had eliminated part of a presentation on extremist threats that lumped together haredi Orthodox Jews with the Ku Klux Klan and al-Qaida…
A statement provided to JTA by Pentagon spokesman George Wright said the presentation made a year ago to Army reservists was an “isolated incident” and that the slide was used once and then dropped. “The slide was not produced by the Army and certainly does not reflect our policy or doctrine,” Wright said.
Via the JTA: Anti-Semitic attacks in Russia have remained rare in 2011 and 2012, even as anti-Muslim vitriol spread, according to a new report by a Russian-Jewish group. “During the reviewed period, the number of attacks of anti-Semitic character in Russia has remained relatively low,” according to the report published last week by the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.
The report lists five physical assaults and 38 instances of anti-Semitic vandalism. The report’s authors wrote that the low level of anti-Semitic attacks correlates with an increase in anti-Muslim vitriol, connected to religious tensions in the country’s south.
WCBS Reports: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said Monday that he believes the burning of mezuzot in Brooklyn on Holocaust Remembrance Day was a hate crime.
Police said the 11 mezuzot were burned at 85 Taylor St. in South Williamsburg on Monday. The NYPD told WCBS 880 the vandalism had not been confirmed as a bias-motivated incident, and was under investigation as property damage.
VINNews Reports: The Pentagon is currently classifying ultra-Orthodox Jews as “Religious Extremists” in presentations being shown by U.S. Army Reserve recruiters to potential enlistees.
MAILONLINE is reporting that, in a slide entitled “Religious Extremism” taken directly from the presentation, ultra-Orthodox Jews are listed alongside Al Quaeda, the Nation of Islam, the Klu Klux Klan, Hamas, and a host of others, including Evangelical Christians, Catholics, and Mormons, as potential threats.
The presentation goes on to define “religious extremism” as “beliefs and actions” that are “far” removed from the “ordinary.”
EJP Reports: European Jewish Association (EJA) Director General, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, called upon EU leaders to strengthen Europe’s fight against anti-Semitism after a survey released on Sunday by the Center For the Study of Contemporary European Jewry showed that vandalism against Jews has increased by 30 percent last year.
“The findings of the survey are staggering” said Rabbi Margolin. “The EU efforts should focus not only on specific anti -Semitic incidents as horrific as they are, but rather on the increasing legitimacy hate groups are receiving from the European public and the rise of extreme-right wing parties throughout the continent,” he added.
Screen-Shot/Photo Below: Peggy Hatton is one of the half dozen vocal critics of the Hasidic-run Board of Education at the East Ramapo Central School District (ERCSD) and of Orthodox Jews in general. Hatton for example once protested on Public School steps in front of young students against local Hasidim for using a short-cut through school property. Hatton allegedly made a Hitler salute to a number of Jews out of anger when she lost a School Board election a few years ago.
Guardian Reports: Lord Ahmed, who has been suspended by the Labour party. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Labour has suspended one of its peers as it launched an investigation into allegations that he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his imprisonment for dangerous driving.
According to the Times, Lord Ahmed blamed his prison sentence – for sending text messages shortly before his car was involved in a fatal crash – on pressure placed on the courts by Jews “who own newspapers and TV channels”.
The Muslim peer allegedly told an Urdu-language broadcast in Pakistan that the judge who jailed him for 12 weeks was appointed to the high court after helping a “Jewish colleague” of Tony Blair during an important case.