BERLIN (AP) — German police say a 50-year-old Israeli professor was set upon by a German man with Palestinian roots who hit the victim’s kippa off his head and shoved him while yelling, “No Jew in Germany.”
Police in the city of Bonn said the assault happened in a park on Wednesday afternoon. A police statement says the professor’s companion reported it, but the officers who arrived knocked the professor to the ground and hit him in the face, initially mistaking the victim for the perpetrator.
Bonn Police Chief Ursula Brohl-Sowa met with the professor on Thursday to apologize for the officers’ mistake.
JERUSALEM, July 9, 2018 — UN agencies, officials and experts tasked with combating racism are failing to act against hatred, incitement and violence against Jews, according to a major new report by UN Watch, the Geneva-based human rights monitoring group, which examined a decade of UN actions from 2008 through 2017.
The 40-page report, entitled “The United Nations and Antisemitism: 2008-2017 Report Card,” was presented today in the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, at a hearing chaired by Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party. Senior officials including Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked and Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog, as well as Irwin Cotler, the human rights lawyer and former Canadian justice minister, also addressed the meeting.
The party describes the document as “detailed and comprehensive”, but campaigners say it is an “insult” to the Jewish community.
Labour has approved a “detailed and comprehensive” code of conduct on anti-Semitism, but the guidelines have been labelled “toothless” by furious campaigners and community groups.
The code has been devised in the wake of a row that saw Jewish groups protest outside Parliament – and states explicitly that “anti-Semitism is racism. It is unacceptable in our party and in wider society”
From Sweden to Germany, Europe’s justice system fails its Jewish citizenry.
This past week, a Swedish court found two “Palestinians” and a Syrian guilty of attempting to set fire to Sweden’s second largest synagogue through use of petrol bombs. The terrorist attack occurred on December 9, 2017 in the city of Gothenburg, and though no one was hurt, some 20 people present in the synagogue at the time of the attack were briefly forced to seek shelter in the synagogue’s cellar.
Two of the perpetrators received two years in prison for their respective roles in the hate crime while a third was sentenced to one year and three months. The punishment meted out by the court represents a travesty of justice and is nothing short of farcical. In the United States, a similar crime would have resulted in far greater punishment.
The incident, which took place in the wake of protests against US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December, was carried out by a dozen men throwing firebombs at a Jewish house of worship.
“The posts show how easily radical anti-Israel sentiment can spill over into hateful slurs and threats against Jewish people in general,” the statement said. “We are being told that we are ‘scum,’ ‘rats,’ ‘bastards,’ ‘pigs,’ ‘swine’ and ‘fat-nosed f**ks. We are further being warned that ‘our time is coming’ and that ‘the Holocaust will be a picnic after we are done with you.’”
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Sustained anti-Semitism in UK Labour is driving young students away from the party with many directly blaming opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn for his lack of action on the matter.
The outgoing National Chair of Labour Students, Melantha Chittenden, told the BBC that her own party’s leadership is sadly lacking in any ability to protect Jewish students or guarantee them a future role in the left-wing party.
Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell has strenuously denied his picture, depicting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, UK PM Theresa May, and an image of murdered Palestinian medic Razan Al-Najjar burning in a fireplace, is anti-Semitic.
The cartoon was spiked by the Guardian’s editorial staff. After which Bell wrote an angrily-worded email to his boss and Guardian editor, Katharine Viner, after claims from colleagues that his cartoon played on anti-Semitic tropes, reports Buzzfeed.
Jonathan Arkush, the outgoing president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, has said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “has views which are anti-Semitic and problematic” in an interview for The Telegraph.
The Jewish leader and barrister of more than 30 years has been an outspoken critic of Corbyn since he became president of the board in 2015. In the interview he asks the Labour leader to offer “some clarity on his real views about Israel.”
Hatem Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Near East Studies Department at UC Berkeley and founder of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project in UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender. Bazian is also the founder of the Students for Justice in Palestine and head of the American Muslims for Palestine, both which have been defined as fronts for Hamas.
In November 2017, Bazian was caught on the Internet displaying anti-Semitic cartoons and accusations of organ theft by Jews. He proffered a non-apology apology by saying he could not be considered anti-Semitic because he willingly worked with some Jews opposed to a Jewish state.
This is by way of introduction to the Islamophobia Conference Bazian held April 27-29 at UC Berkeley. It was his ninth annual gathering, with attendees convened to discuss the threat from Islamophobia in all forms.