Ohio man planned deadly synagogue attack, Twitter CEO slammed, Corbyn endorses Zionism, & God violates MeToo

December 11, 2018

Above: Finnish neo-Nazis mark Finland’s Independence Day by flying swastikas in Helsinki last week (December 6, 2018)

This dispatch contains a variety of items, many concerning anti-Semitism. Dispatches about Middle East politics will follow in a few days.

 

CONTENTS

1. Hannukah terror attack underreported by international media
2. Ohio man arrested for planning deadly synagogue attack
3. Twitter CEO slammed for ignoring Rohingya as he praises ‘joyful’ Myanmar
4. Ninety percent of European Jews say anti-Semitism getting worse, EU report finds
5. Johannesburg renames major road after Palestinian airline hijacker
6. MeToo hasn’t reached the UN
7. Anti-Semitic hate crimes up 60 percent in Canada
8. International chess championship moved from Saudi Arabia after Israelis barred
9. International media covering anti-Semitism in special reports
10. Israel requests Germany to “end funding of anti-Israel groups”

11. NYC ‘Fame’ high school bans Nazi symbols from ‘Sound of Music’
12. Holocaust cobblestone memorials stolen from Rome street
13. New British play about anti-Semitism is targeted by anti-Semites
14. Pelosi says Democrats remain sympathetic to Israel
15. Representatives-elect Tlaib, Omar effectively call for an end to Israel
16. This year, White House invites Jewish Democrats to Hanukkah Party
17. Video: When George H.W. Bush spun a dreidel at the White House
18. Corbyn “accidentally endorses Zionism and the Jewish connection to Jerusalem”
19. Argentina reveals Israeli technology prevented attacks at G-20 Summit
20. Another Jew in the Kushner family, and she speaks some Hebrew
21. God violates MeToo

 

 

HANNUKAH TERROR ATTACK UNDERREPORTED BY INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

[Notes below by Tom Gross]

I mention this news because it has received little international media coverage:

A 30-weeks pregnant woman, two 16-year-old girls and two 16-year-old boys, were among nine Israelis shot and injured by terrorists at a bus stop on Sunday evening. The victims were on their way home from Hannukah celebrations. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas refused to condemn the shooting. Hamas welcomed it.

The pregnant woman (Shira Ish-Ran above with her husband Amichai, who was also shot in the terror attack) suffered serious life-threatening injuries but it looks as though she will now survive. Doctors delivered her baby prematurely, but the baby is still fighting for his life and his condition is critical.

 

 

OHIO MAN ARRESTED FOR PLANNING DEADLY SYNAGOGUE ATTACK

Damon Joseph (above) was charged yesterday in a U.S. District Court in Toledo, Ohio, with planning to shoot people dead in a synagogue and with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. The FBI said he was also planning to assassinate a local rabbi. Joseph, who converted to a radical form of Islam, told an undercover FBI agent that he was inspired by the gunman who shot dead 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue in October.

Joseph sent a plan for his intended attack on the Toledo synagogue to the undercover agent earlier this month with a request for two AR-15 rifles and ammunition. He took possession of the weapons from the agent last Friday and was then arrested in a sting operation, according to the Toledo Blade newspaper.

The FBI said that law enforcement became aware of Joseph earlier this year through his activities on social media. Joseph’s plans were said to be “highly calculated and inspired by hatred of Jews.”

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On Saturday, anti-Semitic fliers were found scattered around Squirrel Hill, the Pittsburgh neighborhood that was the site of the October synagogue attack, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said “Such hate-filled material will not be tolerated in Pittsburgh – not by residents, city officials nor law enforcement. We will follow every investigative avenue to find the perpetrator or perpetrators.”

***

For background, please see these dispatches:

* The funeral of David and Cecil Rosenthal
* In Pittsburgh, Jewish doctors treated Bowers for his injuries
* Pittsburgh synagogue massacre: “For some, the only real culprit here is Donald Trump”

https://wp.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/

 

TWITTER CEO SLAMMED FOR IGNORING ROHINGYA MASSACRES AS HE PRAISES ‘JOYFUL’ MYANMAR

Jack Dorsey is being criticized by human rights groups for ignoring the plight of Rohingya in a series of tweets he sent out last week.

The Twitter CEO encouraged his 4 million twitter followers to visit Myanmar and enjoy a 10-day silent meditation retreat there. “The people are full of joy and the food is amazing,” he told his followers, making no reference to the hundreds of thousands of refugees that have fled in the last two years.

Dorsey told his millions of followers that he had travelled to northern Myanmar last month for meditation, encouraging them to visit and do the same. Nearby, the UN says crimes against humanity -- including torture, rape, sexual slavery, other forms of enslavement, and mass extermination -- have been occurring.

A journalist for al-Jazeera said Dorsey’s tweets had left him “utterly speechless”.

Critics have noted that both Twitter and Facebook played a prominent role in spreading misinformation on behalf of the Myanmar authorities in the Rohingya crisis.

Last month, Facebook apologized after a report found it had failed to prevent its Burmese language platform being used to incite violence in Myanmar.

* Among related dispatches, please see:

The Rohingya: Mass murder under the gaze of a Nobel peace laureate

 

90 PERCENT OF EUROPEAN JEWS SAY ANTI-SEMITISM GETTING WORSE, EU REPORT FINDS

The European Union yesterday published its most widespread report ever on anti-Semitism.

The EU polled 16,395 Jews in 12 member states (including Britain). About one third of Jews said they have considered emigrating in the past five years because they did not feel safe as Jews.

More than 80 percent of respondents said anti-Semitism was “the most pressing problem” facing them. Nearly 40 percent said they had experienced an anti-Semitic incident over the past five years, and of those, 79 percent said they didn’t report it because they thought doing so would be a waste of time. The last such survey was in 2012.

Vera Jourova, the EU commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality, called the poll’s data “shocking” in an address she delivered yesterday in Brussels during the presentation of the 86 page report.

An overwhelming Mmajority of European Jews said that hatred of Israel was anti-Semitic, and was not being expressed in a normal terms as criticism of other states is, but in thinly disguised anti-Semitic terms. (Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France will “not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is merely a reinvention of anti-Semitism.”)

More than 80 percent of respondents said they had heard statements comparing Israel with Nazi Germany during the past 12 months.

Over 60 percent of Jewish respondents had been told in the last year that the Holocaust was exaggerated or did not happen.

Those who say anti-Semitism is ‘a very big’ or ‘a fairly big’ problem rose significantly in the UK from 48 percent in 2012 to 75 percent in 2018, in Germany from 62 percent to 85 percent, and in Sweden from 60 percent to 82 percent.

The report said “anti-Semitism is most problematic on the internet and social networks (89 per cent), followed by public spaces (73 percent), the traditional media (71 percent) and politics (70 percent).”

In the two countries with the largest Jewish populations from among those that were surveyed – France and Britain – 34 percent and 32 percent respectively said during the past year they had heard the claim from someone they know that Israel should cease to exist.

The 12 member states included in the survey were Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. According to the report, 96 percent of the European Union’s Jews live in these countries.

Yesterday’s EU report, described as “the biggest survey of Jewish people ever conducted worldwide,” comes nearly two weeks after CNN issued its own poll of 7,000 non-Jewish Europeans revealing one in four respondents were anti-Semitic.

However, CNN also reported that significantly more people said they had a favorable opinion of Jews than an unfavorable one.

 

JOHANNESBURG RENAMES MAJOR ROAD AFTER PALESTINIAN AIRLINE HIJACKER

The South African city of Johannesburg has renamed one of its major roads, “Leila Khaled Drive.”

The Johannesburg City Council passed the motion to rename Sandton Drive – which runs through one of the city’s most prominent Jewish neighborhoods – after Khaled at the behest of the ruling ANC.

Khaled is a notorious Palestinian terrorist who helped pioneer airline hijacking, leading to many of the security measures we now face today at airports around the world.

Among the airline hijackings she was involved in was a TWA flight from Rome in 1969, and then the hijacking of a flight from Amsterdam the following year. She was captured at London’s Heathrow airport in 1970, but in a move that outraged her victims, the British government (giving in to threats of violence from the PLO) released her a short time later. She now lives in Jordan.

South African Jewish organizations described the move “as extremely divisive, inflammatory and polarizing, one that detracts considerably from South African values of social cohesion and nation-building.”

The United States consulate is also located on the newly renamed “Leila Khaled Drive.”

(I’ve previously criticized the Guardian’s now editor Katharine Viner for appearing to glamorize Khaled: “The gun held in fragile hands, the shiny hair wrapped in a keffiah, the delicate Audrey Hepburn face.”)

 

METOO HASN’T REACHED THE UN

The New York Post reports (December 8) that Youssef Amrouche used his wife’s diplomatic immunity to escape a domestic violence charge, after he beat his wife, a British diplomat, at their home on East 47th Street near Second Avenue. The police came to arrest him but were forced to release him because he holds a diplomatic passport.

The NY Post adds:

In October 2017, Sudanese attache Hassan Salih allegedly groped a young woman at an East Village bar. Police had to let him go.

In July 2017, Afghan diplomat Mohammad Yama Aini was protected after he allegedly beat his wife so badly she was hospitalized.

In January 2017, Sudanese diplomat Abdalla Ali was released after being arrested for grinding his crotch on a woman on a subway train.

 

ANTI-SEMITIC HATE CRIMES UP 60 PERCENT IN CANADA

Canadian media have reported that, with 360 registered incidents in 2017, Jews remain the most targeted minority group in the country, even more than they were in 2016.

“It is disturbing to think an anti-Semitic hate crime takes place every 24 hours in our country,” Shimon Koffler, a Canadian Jewish leader, said. “History demonstrates that those who target Jews and other minorities pose a threat to society as a whole. All Canadians should be vigilant in standing against hate.”

 

INTERNATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP MOVED FROM SAUDI ARABIA AFTER ISRAELIS BARRED

Under threat of legal action from the US, international chess’s governing body has been forced to move one of its most prominent tournaments from Saudi Arabia just a few weeks before it was to be held there for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Saudis refused to issue visas for Israeli players (among them some of the world’s best chess players) and it looked as though the Israeli players would again be refused entry.

The international chess body, the Fédération Internationale des Échecs, said the tournament would be held in Russia instead.

Last year, the chess body was accused of failing to enforce its own policies that reject “discriminatory treatment against players on national, political, racial, social or religious reasons or on account of gender”.

Other Gulf Arab countries have recently begun allowing in Israeli athletes, as I have noted in recent dispatches, for example, here.

 

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA COVERING ANTI-SEMITISM IN SPECIAL REPORTS

According to this extensive CNN poll across Europe, a shocking 18% of Europeans blame Jews themselves for being attacked, and a third of Europeans know little or nothing about the Holocaust:

http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2018/11/europe/antisemitism-poll-2018-intl/

The Guardian’s “Long Read” feature had a special report on French anti-Semitism:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/27/how-the-murders-of-two-elderly-jewish-women-shook-france-antisemitism-mireille-knoll-sarah-halimi

“Inside Higher Education” reports on the rise in anti-Semitism on American college campuses:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/12/05/anti-semitic-incidents-surge-college-campuses-after-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting

 

ISRAEL REQUESTS GERMANY TO “END FUNDING OF ANTI-ISRAEL GROUPS”

In a leaked document obtained by the German newspaper Tageszeitung, Israel has asked the German government to stop publically funding dozens of political, cultural and religious organizations that according to the Israeli government agitate hatred against Israel.

The Israeli government also criticized the German government-funded Berlin Jewish Museum over its current temporary exhibition on the city of Jerusalem, which they say includes untrue anti-Israeli propaganda, some of it produced by anti-Zionist Jews such as Neturei Karta, as well as for “regularly hosting events with prominent supporters of the BDS movement.”

Germany’s international “Berlinale” film festival was also singled out for inciting against the state of Israel in a number of its featured films.

 

NYC ‘FAME’ HIGH SCHOOL BANS NAZI SYMBOLS FROM ‘SOUND OF MUSIC’

Some Holocaust educators are unhappy that the Nazi symbols at the end of “The Sound of Music,” a musical about a singing family who defy Austria’s Nazis, have been removed from a production of the musical at one of New York’s most prominent high schools.

The New York Daily News reports that the principal of LaGuardia High said she believes Nazi symbols and flags have no place in her performing arts school. (The school was made famous after the musical “Fame” was based on it.) In the film of “The Sound of Music,” the Third Reich symbols appear in the context of the von Trapp family opposing the Nazis.

“This is a very liberal school, we’re all against Nazis,” one sophomore performer told the Daily News. “But to take out the symbol is to try to erase history. Obviously the symbols are offensive. But in context, they are supposed to be.”

 

NEW BRITISH PLAY ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM IS TARGETED BY ANTI-SEMITES

A play scheduled to open in London this evening about rising anti-Semitism in Britain has become the target of a torrent of anti-Semitic abuse on social media.

The play, “One Jewish Boy,” by Stephen Laughton, concerns the hatred and abuse experienced by a Jewish man and his non-Jewish partner.

Laughton, who is a Jewish far-left critic of Israel, said he was taken back by the level of hate against the play by other left-wingers.

This despite the fact that at the end of each performance there will be a collection for Medical Aid for Palestinians, a charity that campaigns against Israel.

 

HOLOCAUST COBBLESTONE MEMORIALS STOLEN FROM ROME STREET

Over 20 Stolpersteine (“Stumbling Stones”) – small bronze cobblestones that commemorate some individual Holocaust victims – were uprooted and stolen in downtown Rome over the weekend, report Italian media.

With rising anti-Semitism in Italy, Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi said there would be no tolerance for anti-Semitism or desecration of Holocaust memorials and that they would make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators.

The Stolpersteine memorial project was begun in Germany in the 1990s. Brass “cobblestones” are placed in front of the homes of people from where they were deported to their deaths during the Holocaust.

 

PELOSI SAYS DEMOCRATS REMAIN SYMPATHETIC TO ISRAEL

Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat who will be the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, made clear her party remained fundamentally sympathetic to Israel.

“We have people very well placed to share our values [with Israel],” Pelosi said last week, while standing close to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader in the Senate, who is also trying to push back against reports in the New York Times that Democrats have drifted away from Israel.

Pelosi advised people not to pay “attention to a few people who may want to go their own way,” apparently referring to newly elected Congress members Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, both of whom have expressed anti-Israel sentiments.

 

REPRESENTATIVES-ELECT TLAIB, OMAR EFFECTIVELY CALL FOR AN END TO ISRAEL

Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib told the online leftist publication The Intercept last week that one of her first priorities in Congress will be to form and lead a Congressional Delegation to the West Bank, which will not meet with any Israelis.

She also told the Intercept that she continues to support the BDS movement, even though some among its leadership seek an end to Israel.

Before Tlaib won her primary in August, her campaign represented her as opposing BDS and supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

But since her primary victory, she has explicitly endorsed a one-state solution that would see the end of the state of Israel. This led the left wing lobby group J Street to withdraw its support for her.

She said she was for a single Palestinian state, and “This whole idea of a two-state solution doesn’t work.”

Representative-elect Ilhan Omar has also drawn past criticism for calling Israel an “apartheid regime.

She added: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

In November, Tlaib and Omar became the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

 

THIS YEAR, WHITE HOUSE INVITES JEWISH DEMOCRATS TO HANUKKAH PARTY

Last year, the Trump White House was strongly criticized for holding its annual Hannukah party without inviting any congressional Democrats. In response, this year it invited all 29 Jewish Democratic members of Congress and many of them came to the event last Thursday. The White House Hanukkah party is a tradition that was started by President George W. Bush and continued by his successor, Barack Obama.

In recent years other countries, such as Britain, have followed suit, with Prime Minister Theresa May hosting a Hannukah party at Downing Street, and also issuing annual greetings (as she does for Muslim, Hindu and other holidays too).

 

VIDEO: WHEN PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH SPUN A DREIDEL AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Here is a video (which is amusing in part) of the late President George H.W. Bush playing dreidel with a young visitor to the White House during Hanukkah. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is seen on the far left.

https://youtu.be/4_ht9FMGXZQ

The 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, was memorialized in a service in Washington, DC, last Wednesday.

 

CORBYN “ACCIDENTALLY ENDORSES ZIONISM AND THE JEWISH CONNECTION TO JERUSALEM”

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been much criticized for allowing anti-Semitism to flourish in sections of his party, has also issued his annual Hannukah message.

However, it has come in for a certain amount of parody:

https://www.facebook.com/israeladvocacymovement/videos/914648452063502/

 

ARGENTINA REVEALS ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY PREVENTED ATTACKS AT G-20 SUMMIT

An Israeli company using special Israeli-developed technology, and hired by the Argentina Defense Ministry, detected and prevented several potential attacks by drone at the recent G-20 summit, according to a report in Argentina’s Clarin newspaper.

These included an unauthorized drone that was neutralized after it flew near a group of world leaders entering a gala at the famous Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires.

 

ANOTHER JEW IN THE KUSHNER FAMILY, AND SHE SPEAKS SOME HEBREW

The New York Post reports:

Karlie Kloss ‘clearly knows her stuff’ after converting to Judaism
December 3, 2018

Supermodel Karlie Kloss spent Shabbat with husband Josh Kushner at an event for Britain’s former chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Kloss, who converted to Judaism, was reading in Hebrew and “clearly knows her stuff,” according to onlookers.

A source added: “They blended in.” Referring to Kushner’s brother Jared, President Trump’s son-in-law, the source said: “Someone asked Sacks about politics, and he said that religion is a unifier and is separate from politics … It didn’t seem pointed at Josh. They seemed like a very down-to-earth, very tall couple.”

 

GOD VIOLATES METOO

Another professor reveals why many people think some academics are unnecessarily provocative.

Newsweek reports:

God Wrongfully Impregnated Teenage Mary Without Consent Says Minnesota Professor

 

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