“Europe will be white” (& ‘Proud Anti-Semite’ bumper sticker ‘sign of the times’ in NY)

November 12, 2017

This ‘Proud Anti-Semite’ bumper sticker being openly displayed on a car in Long Island, is “a sign of the times” according to the ADL says, reports ABC7 TV. (Article below.)

 




Above: Tens of thousands of Polish extremists light flares during a rally in downtown Warsaw on Saturday night to coincide with several historical events, including the anniversary of Kristallnacht, one of the key events that led to the Holocaust. (Three million Jews were murdered in death camps on Polish territory.)

The largely young crowd shot chanted “fatherland” and carried banners that read “White Europe,” “Europe Will Be White” and “Clean Blood.” Some of the marchers flew in from Hungary, Slovakia and Spain and waved flags and symbols that those countries used during their wartime collaboration with Nazi Germany, reports the Wall Street Journal. Anti-Muslim and anti-gay slogans were also chanted.

The same Polish organizing group regularly holds events to celebrate a 1936 pogrom against Jews.

The numbers at this rally vastly outnumber the largest neo-Nazi type rally in recent times in the US, when about 220 far rightists attended a march in Charlottesville this summer.

A tiny group of about a dozen (possibly non-Jewish) counter protestors in Warsaw, heavily protected by police, held up signs on Saturday saying “We are all Jews.”

 


Hollywood actress Mila Kunis who tried to visit her childhood home in Ukraine with her husband Ashton Kutcher last month was refused entry by a local who shouted anti-Semitic slurs at them, she said in a new interview (Article below).

Kunis, who is Jewish, said her family left Ukraine in 1991 due to anti-Semitism there, and the other children in her class used to carve swastikas and write Jew on the back of her school chair when she was 7.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/589246/i-fled-the-ukraine-to-escape-hatred/

(In a separate interview, with Wired magazine, another prominent Ukrainian-born Jew, Jan Koum, said he also fled anti-Semitism in Ukraine aged 16. He moved to America and went on to found the highly successful communication app WhatsApp.)

(See also Haaretz’s report this weekend:
Ukraine’s Invented a ‘Jewish-Ukrainian Nationalist’ to Whitewash Its Nazi-era Past

And: Ukraine unveils statue honoring nationalist leader who killed up to 50,000 Jews

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.821871

 



Above, on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, fresh graffiti in Bulgaria reads “Kill the kike!”

Other graffiti read “6m lies” and “Bulgaria, under 100 years of Zionist occupation” (More photos here from The Sofia Globe.)

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/11/10/alyosha-soviet-soldier-monument-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-daubed-with-anti-semitic-anti-russian-graffitti/

 

An Indonesian museum that allowed visitors to take selfies with a life-size wax sculpture of Hitler against a backdrop of Auschwitz death camp has removed the exhibit following international outrage, the manager said on Saturday. It was particularly popular with schoolchildren, he said. Article below from AFP. Also more here from the (London) Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5074759/Museum-removes-waxwork-Hitler-posing-Auschwitz-gates.html

 

I attach a number of articles below concerning anti-Semitism and extreme nationalism. (Another dispatch concerning political developments in Saudi Arabia may follow later today or tomorrow.)

See also:

* Jewish woman, 70, attacked in London, has head smashed into a brick wall by assailant shouting ‘Jew’ in Polish

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Jewish-woman-70-attacked-in-London-by-assailant-shouting-Jew-in-Polish-513903

* British Labour Party shortlists as a potential candidate a woman who posted online:

“It’s such a shame that the history teachers in our school never taught us this but they are the first to start brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler. What have the Jews done good in this world?”

https://order-order.com/2017/11/10/labour-candidate-good-jews-done/

-- Tom Gross


CONTENTS

1. “‘Proud Anti-Semite’ bumper sticker a sign of the times” (ABC7 NY, Nov. 12, 2017)
2. UK police disperse 50 children aged 11-15 subjecting local Jewish residents to torrent of abuse (Echo-News, Essex, England)
3. “Mila Kunis says local refused to let her see childhood home in Ukraine” (The Forward, Nov. 10, 2017)
4. “Polish Nationalist youth march draws thousands in capital: Crowd of mostly young people carries banners that read ‘Europe Will Be White’ and ‘Clean Blood’” (Wall St Journal, Nov. 11, 2017)
5. “Indonesian museum removes Nazi-themed exhibit after outrage” (AFP, Nov. 11, 2017)

 

ARTICLES

“FOR MOST PEOPLE, A BUMPER STICKER READING ‘PROUD ANTI-SEMITE’ WOULD BE DISTURBING”

‘Proud Anti-Semite’ bumper sticker a sign of the times, ADL says
By Stacey Sager
ABC7 News
Sunday, November 12, 2017

http://abc7ny.com/society/adl-proud-anti-semite-bumper-sticker-a-sign-of-the-times/2623647/

FARMINGDALE, Long Island (WABC) -- A shocking display of hate on Long Island is just another example of the rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

For most people, a bumper sticker reading “Proud Anti-Semite” would be disturbing. But one driver in Farmingdale had no problem proclaiming his stance, after a woman snapped a photo while driving her children home from a Girls Scout event on Route 110.

Police say they are aware of who the driver is, but that there is often a fine line between hate speech and free speech.

The ADL reports a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents this year, and New York state now leads the nation with 267 “events” in 2017. That is an increase over the 199 incidents reported all last year across the state.

Most of these “events” involve vandalism and harassment, and on Long Island, District Attorney Madeline Singas has launched an innovative new program in which suspects are counseled by Holocaust survivors.

Eyewitness News spoke with 90-year-old Werner Reich, a survivor of Auschwitz, who so far has counseled two suspects about why it is wrong to scrawl swastikas on property. Reich knows the power of hate all too well.

“I ask them, ‘Do you know the meaning of a swastika?,’“ he said. “And they look at me as if I’m an idiot. And they say no.”

Reich also goes around lecturing about his experiences to high school children and really anybody who will listen.

“It’s really eye-opening,” Singas said. “Because once they’re educated to that, they’re ashamed and embarrassed.”

Thursday marks the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, in which Jews throughout Nazi Germany were rounded up and murdered in 1938. The windows of Jewish-owned stores and synagogues were smashed, leaving the streets littered with shards of glass.

“All the different horrors he talked about, they don’t teach us the different horrors in school,” one Manhasset student said.

The anniversary makes Reich’s words that much more meaningful, and the statistics are powerful to say the least. Reich is just hoping to somehow make a difference.

 

UK POLICE FORCED TO ISSUE DISPERSAL ORDER AFTER CROWD OF UP TO 50 CHILDREN AGED 11-15 SUBJECT LOCAL JEWISH RESIDENTS TO TORRENT OF ABUSE

Gang of youths are accused of Jewish slurs
By Kirsty Hough
Echo-News, Essex, England
November 2, 2017

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/15635902.Gang_of_youths_are_accused_of_Jewish_slurs/

A gang of youngsters have been accused of anti-Semitic behaviour directed at Canvey’s Jewish community over Halloween.

Police issued a dispersal order after several reports of youths in the town centre, while they also received a report of 30 to 50 teenagers gathering near the Jewish Centre in Meppell Avenue.

The young yobs, believed to be aged between 11 and 15, all wore black hoodies and masks.

One resident, Rebecca Vos, witnessed one member of the community try to disperse the teens, only to be met with a torrent of abuse.

The 36-year-old said: “It is a nightmare. I did go and apologise to the man because it was horrible. In all honesty, these children don’t even know what they are saying, they don’t understand, but they are creating a gang mentality where they feel safe to act this way.

“Their latest actions highlighted the issue, but it happens most nights on the island, and it is deeply concerning. We are developing a child gang problem in Canvey.”

A community of Chasidic Jews have been moving to the island over the past year from North London.

They chose Canvey due to the community spirit and have converted the former Castle View School into the Jewish Congregation of Canvey Island.

Despite a generally warm welcome, there have been some unpleasant anti-Semitic incidents, including a group of youths on bikes performing Nazi salutes in August.

Mrs Vos added: “Everyone has been so welcoming since they are arrived but now they are being abused and pushed away by these idiotic kids. It is a disgrace.”

Essex Police posted to Facebook: “On Canvey we have had a report of a large group congregating and intimidating local residents.

“As a result a dispersal order has been put in place for Canvey, this gives an officer in uniform the power to remove a young person to a place of safety. Children under 16 but over the age of ten will be taken home, if they return to the locality defined within the order and cause antisocial behaviour within 48 hours this will be considered a breach which is an arrestable offence.”

 

MILA KUNIS SAYS LOCAL REFUSED TO LET HER SEE CHILDHOOD HOME IN UKRAINE

Mila Kunis says local refused to let her see childhood home in Ukraine
The Forward / Haaretz / Times of Israel
November 10, 2017

https://www.timesofisrael.com/mila-kunis-says-local-refused-to-let-her-see-childhood-home-in-ukraine/

(JTA) – Mila Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher tried to visit the actress’ childhood home in Ukraine with her parents, but a local who opened the door would not let them in, she said in an interview.

Kunis, who is Jewish and in 2012 recalled experiencing anti-Semitism in her native Chernivtsi, recalled her August trip there with Kutcher in an interview published this month in the Net-a-Porter online magazine about fashion. The interview prompted angry and defensive reaction from locals, a Ukrainian news site reported.

Kunis, 34, was with Kutcher in Budapest, which is 375 miles west of Chernivtsi, for the filming of “The Spy Who Dumped Me.” Kutcher suggested she visit Chernivtsi during the trip for the first time since she left Ukraine with her family for the United States in 1991.

“But I was never going to go without my parents. So my parents came to Budapest, then onto Ukraine, and Ashton and I went for one day,” Kunis said. “It was trippy. There’s a part of you that wants to feel something” toward the place, she said in the interview, but “I had nothing.”

“We went to our [old] house and I knocked on the door because we really wanted to look inside. And [the owner] was like, ‘No!’ She did not care. I said, ‘I used to live here when I was little, my parents are here.’ … She wouldn’t even open the door. The whole experience was very humbling.”

In a 2012 interview with the British Sun tabloid, Kunis, whose parents named her Milena, said that she saw anti-Semitic graffiti in her school in Chernivtsi.

“One of my friends who grew up in Russia, she was in second grade. She came home one day crying,” Kunis recalled. “Her mother asked why and she said on the back of her seat there was a swastika. This is a country that obviously does not want you.”

When the actress was 7, her parents – Mark, a mechanical engineer, and Elvira, a physics teacher – decided to move to the United States with her and her brother, Michael.

Some residents of Chernivtsi, including people who knew the Kunis family, took offense at her unemotional description of the trip and at the 2012 interview, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

“We still have a large Jewish community, so talks of ‘anti-Semitism’ are nonsense and insulting,” one resident, Lyudmila Skidova, was quoted as saying.

Last year, the words “death to the Jews” were spray-painted on the city’s main synagogue.

 

BANNERS READ ‘EUROPE WILL BE WHITE’ AND ‘CLEAN BLOOD’

Polish Nationalist Youth March Draws Thousands in Capital
Crowd of mostly young people carries banners that read ‘Europe Will Be White’ and ‘Clean Blood’
By Drew Hinshaw
Wall Street Journal
Nov. 11, 2017

WARSAW – Tens of thousands of Poles marched across downtown Warsaw on Saturday, in an independence-day procession organized by a nationalist youth movement that seeks an ethnically pure Poland with fewer Jews or Muslims.

The largely young crowd shot off roman candles and many chanted “fatherland,” carrying banners that read “White Europe,” “Europe Will Be White” and “Clean Blood.” Some of the marchers flew in from Hungary, Slovakia and Spain and waved flags and symbols that those countries used during their wartime collaboration with Nazi Germany.

A number of people in the crowd said they didn’t belong to any neo-fascist or racist organization but didn’t see a problem with the overall tone of what has become Poland’s biggest independence day event.

“There are of course nationalists and fascists at this march,” said Mateusz, a 27-year-old wrapped in a Polish flag, “I’m fine with it. I’m just happy to be here.”

The march, organized by a group called the National Radical Camp, underscores the rightward politics of a growing section of Polish youth. The Radical Camp presents itself as the heir to a 1930s fascist movement of the same name, which fought to rid Poland of Jews in the years just before the Holocaust. A second group, All Polish Youth, also named after an anti-Jewish interwar movement, co-organized it.

Officials in the city government said they thought the march reflected poorly on Poland, but they said they had no choice but to approve the demonstration, as it fulfilled the legal requirements: It qualified as a celebration of Polish history. “This is not the type of event I would take my children to,” said Agnieszka Kłąb, spokesperson for the Warsaw City Council.

The Radical Camp has been holding independence-day marches since 2009. Until several years ago, it struggled to attract more than a few hundred people. In the past three years, it has become the largest independence-day occasion in Poland, and one of the largest nationalist marches of its kind anywhere in Europe. Saturday’s was expected to be the largest ever. Police estimated the crowd at 60,000.

“It’s getting more and more vicious,” said Jakub Skrzypek, 25, one of about a dozen counterprotesters standing behind a banner that read “We Are Polish Jews” and surrounded by police. “We are really in fear.”

The Radical Camp’s followers argue, on their social-media accounts and in their literature, that the influx of Syrian refugees into Europe is part of a conspiracy driven by Jewish financiers, who are working with Communists in the European Union to bring Muslims into Europe, and with them, Shariah law and homosexuality.

The group has regularly held events to mark a 1936 pogrom against Jews. Its symbols were displayed on a banner that appeared over a Warsaw bridge, reading: “Pray for Islamic Holocaust.”

People took part in a antifascist counterprotest held by an umbrella coalition for organizations and social movements that oppose nationalism in Poland.

This year, the group said it was adopting a new slogan, a quote from a July speech here by President Donald Trump : “We want God.”

“This march is just an expression of a bigger social phenomenon, which is definitely very troubling, and is the growing acceptance of extreme nationalism and xenophobia among young people in Poland,” said Rafal Pankowski, a political-science professor at private university Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. “It is a contrast: Polish parents and grandparents are paradoxically more liberal than their young.”

Richard Spencer, an American until recently banned from 26 European countries who wants to create a country just for white people in North America, was invited. The Polish government asked him to stay home, and he didn’t show up. Roberto Fiore, an Italian anti-immigration politician who describes himself as a fascist, was scheduled to appear.

Some Poles on Facebook and Twitter said they were staying away from the city center on their country’s independence day, to avoid potential violence. Three previous years’ marches devolved into tear-gas-clouded scuffles with police. Police detained at least 45 people Saturday.

The crowds drawn to Saturday’s march reflect the politics taking hold in the soccer clubs and youth hangouts where Radical Camp recruits. The group holds a staunch nativist standpoint, saying the European Union and Russia represent equal threats to Polish sovereignty. It argues that Polish people should nationalize the assets belonging to foreign corporations and distribute the profits across an ethnically homogenous state.

The nationalist parade was held under the slogan ‘We Want God,’ a quote from a July speech here by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Similar movements have taken hold – even captured seats in parliament – in Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Some of these countries are among Europe’s most prospering. Poland is the only country in the EU that didn’t experience a single quarter of economic contraction after the financial crisis.

Still, the fear that Poland is under siege by distant elites has captured the imagination of some here, as has the worry that hordes of immigrants could soon pour over the border. Government-controlled media broadcasts near-nightly reports on crimes committed by Muslims in Europe. On Saturday, Polish state television called the procession a “great march of patriots.

“It’s like this inner need we have,” said Lukasz, a 24-year-old protester. “We want a Poland that will be for Polish people.”

 

INDONESIAN MUSEUM REMOVES NAZI-THEMED EXHIBIT AFTER OUTRAGE

Indonesian museum removes Nazi-themed exhibit after outrage
Following international outrage, Indonesian museum removes Nazi exhibit after allowing visitors to take selfies with a life-size wax sculpture of Adolf Hitler.
AFP (Agence France Presse)
November 11, 2017

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5041370,00.html

An Indonesian museum that allowed visitors to take selfies with a life-size wax sculpture of Hitler against a backdrop of Auschwitz concentration camp has removed the exhibit following international outrage, the manager said Saturday.

De ARCA Statue Art Museum in the Javanese city of Jogjakarta drew swift condemnation from rights groups after details of the controversial display were published in foreign media.

The exhibit features a sure-footed Hitler standing in front of a huge photo of the gates of Auschwitz – the largest Nazi concentration camp where more than 1.1 million people were killed.

The museum’s operations manager, Jamie Misbah, said the wax sculpture had been removed after the building was alerted to criticism from Jewish organizations.

“We don’t want to attract outrage,” Misbah told AFP. “Our purpose to display the Hitler figure in the museum is to educate.”

The Hitler sculpture is one of about 80 figures, including world leaders and celebrities, at the wax and visual effects centre. The Nazi-themed exhibit was a popular attraction for visitors to take selfies, and photos circulating on social media show customers – including children – posing with Hitler and in some cases using the Nazi salute.

Misbah said he thought it was “normal’ for visitors to take photos in front of displays, but said the museum respected the exhibit had upset people from around the world.

Historians have blamed poor schooling for the lack of awareness and sensitivity about the Holocaust in Indonesia, which is home to the world’s biggest Muslim population and a small number of Jews.

In January, a controversial Nazi-themed cafe in the western Javanese city of Bandung closed. The venue, which featured swastika-bearing walls and photos of Hitler, sparked global uproar when reports about the unusual venue surfaced several years ago.

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Tom Gross adds:

More here from the (London) Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5074759/Museum-removes-waxwork-Hitler-posing-Auschwitz-gates.html

 

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