Vile ‘Miss Hitler’ beauty contest held; Vienna Holocaust exhibit defiled for third time this month

May 28, 2019

 

CONTENTS

1. International Miss Hitler contest held for second year, complete with Nazi salutes
2. Vienna Holocaust exhibit defiled for third time this month
3. German newspaper urges readers to wear cut-out kippah in solidarity with Jews
4. ‘Imagine the outcry’
5. Argentinean Jewish cantor beaten, has hand broken by man shouting anti-Semitic slurs
6. 23-year-old Jewish woman murdered in Moscow
7. Kiev synagogue evacuated following bomb threat
8. Chicago synagogue is target of arson attacks
9. Threat of legal action forces British supplements firm to apologize
10. British Neo-Nazi who told rally to ‘exterminate’ Jews jailed over plot to murder MP
11. British government orders universities to crack down on anti-Semites
12. Australian planned to kill Jewish students at University of Sydney

 

INTERNATIONAL MISS HITLER CONTEST HELD FOR SECOND YEAR, COMPLETE WITH NAZI SALUTES

[Notes below by Tom Gross]

A horrible ‘Miss Hitler’ beauty contest is being held for the second year in a row, even after its webpage was blocked last year by its Russian internet service provider, Vkontacte (VK).

Last year, competitors from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and the United States participated. They sent photos of themselves giving the Nazi salute, and some posed with a copy of Mein Kampf.

According to contest rules, participants are “required to be white women of pure blood” and “respect Hitler.”

 

VIENNA HOLOCAUST EXHIBIT DEFILED FOR THIRD TIME THIS MONTH

A public art exhibit on Vienna’s central Ringstrasse comprising of portraits of Holocaust survivors, was badly damaged late on Sunday night. Holocaust survivors’ faces were cut or slashed in two. It is the third such attack since it was installed in late April.

Pictured above, the Italian photographer Luigi Toscano standing yesterday next to his vandalized installation, titled “Against Forgetting”.

 

In a previous attack a few days earlier, the portraits of Holocaust survivors were defiled with swastikas and slogans such as “1 Jesus = 6,000,000 Jews.”

Austria’s president Alexander Van der Bellen said yesterday that he was “deeply concerned” by the “brutal destruction.” “‘Never again’ cannot become mere empty words,” he said in a statement. “It is something we have to live out daily.”

He has instructed Austria’s security services to investigate this and other threats against Jewish institutions in Austria.

A group of about 50 people in Austria said they would mount a 24-hour guard in shifts for the rest of this week to try and prevent Toscano’s installation being attacked again.

 

GERMAN NEWSPAPER URGES READERS TO WEAR CUT-OUT KIPPAH IN SOLIDARITY WITH JEWS

Germany’s highest circulation newspaper, Bild, published a cut-out kippah (skullcap) on its front page yesterday, while urging readers to show their solidarity with the country’s Jewish community.

The move comes a day after German authorities recommended that German Jews stop wearing skullcaps in public for fear of attack, in the face of rising anti-Semitism in Germany.

Bild – which is owned by the traditionally philo-Semitic Axel Springer media group – also posted a video on its website showing how to make the kippah.

“Wear it, so that your friends and neighbors can see it. Explain to your children what the kippah is,” wrote editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt.

“Post a photograph with the kippah on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Go out onto the streets with it.”

“If even one person in our country cannot wear the kippah without putting themselves in danger, then the only answer must be that we all wear the kippah,” wrote Reichelt.

“If Jews are not safe wearing skullcaps, then we have failed in the face of our history.”

Among recent attacks in Germany, as German-Israeli political commentator Melody Sucharewicz points out in the Times of Israel, include “a rabbi’s crushed jaw, a kippa-wearing guy hit with a belt, dozens of Jewish kids mobbed at school.”

 

‘IMAGINE THE OUTCRY’

From today’s Jerusalem Post editorial:

British political and media commentator Tom Gross posted on Facebook [two days ago], “Imagine the outcry if the German authorities had to warn Muslims not to wear hijabs in public for their own safety, or said that it was dangerous for Christians to wear crosses.”

(The whole editorial is worth reading, of course, not just the above quote.)

The Jerusalem Post also reports that:

The US government’s most high-profile ambassador in Europe, Richard Grenell, said Jews in Germany should not conceal their religious identity, and urged them to wear kippot in defiance of a statement from Germany’s commissioner to combat anti-Semitism that Jews should avoid wearing kippot in public.

“The opposite is true,” tweeted Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany. “Wear your kippa. Wear your friend’s kippa. Borrow a kippa and wear it for our Jewish neighbors. Educate people that we are a diverse society.”

 

ARGENTINEAN JEWISH CANTOR BEATEN, HAS HAND BROKEN BY MAN SHOUTING ANTI-SEMITIC SLURS

A Jewish cantor was brutally attacked in Buenos Aires last week, suffering injuries to his face and a broken hand. However, he said the most hurtful thing was the fact no one helped him after the attack.

The victim, 34-year-old Jewish cantor Eliyahu Chamen, was assaulted last Friday while leaving the synagogue after traditional Shabbat prayers.

“Even though the assailant was screaming, ‘the Jews,’ ‘the Jews.’ and voicing various anti-Semitic slurs,” Chamen said. “No one came forward. Then he came at me again, chasing after me and broke my hand, but I just kept running.”

Chamen said several passersby witnessed the incident but neither stepped in nor offered help when the event was over. He said this hurt him even more than the attack itself.

Last month, a group of around a dozen Jews were attacked by assailants as they left the same synagogue. In February, the chief rabbi of Argentina, Gabriel Davidovich, was severely beaten at his Buenos Aires home in the middle of the night.

All three incidents remain under investigation by Argentinean security officials.

 

JEWISH WOMAN MURDERED IN MOSCOW

23-year-old Irina Rivka Tsipisheva was murdered a day after returning from a trip organized by the local Chabad Jewish community, the news website Jewish.ru reported last Wednesday.

She was a member of the Yachad youth group. Police say she was brutally beaten and murdered but have not yet concluded whether the motivations were anti-Semitic.

 

KIEV SYNAGOGUE EVACUATED FOLLOWING BOMB THREAT

The Brodsky Synagogue in the Ukrainian capital Kiev was yesterday evacuated and searched by sniffer dogs for explosives following a bomb threat. A warning that a bomb had been hidden in the synagogue with a timing device, was sent yesterday from an Estonian-domain email address containing the number 1488, a neo-Nazi code for Hitler and the phrase: “We must secure the existence of a future for white children.”

 

CHICAGO SYNAGOGUE IS TARGET OF ARSON ATTACKS

Arsonists twice attempted to set fire to the Anshei Sholom B’nei Israel synagogue in the Lakeview neighborhood of downtown Chicago on May 19. The remains of several Molotov cocktails were also found outside the synagogue building.

In a separate incident, vandals smashed the windows of cars parked outside another synagogue, in the West Rogers Park neighborhood on the north side of Chicago.

Chicago Police Deputy Superintendent Anthony Ricci has ordered that synagogues, Jewish schools and Jewish-owned businesses receive stepped up security while the suspected hate crimes are investigated.

 

THREAT OF LEGAL ACTION FORCES BRITISH SUPPLEMENTS FIRM TO APOLOGIZE

Israeli citizen Hilton Licht placed an order from natural supplements firm Tribestan UK whose policy is take orders from around the globe. Its website says “Remember we ship worldwide daily.”

In response, Licht received the email above.

After Tribestan initially refused to apologize to Licht, faced with a threat of legal action for discrimination from an Israeli human rights organization yesterday, Tribestan UK have now apologized. It is forbidden under British law to discriminate based on religion or race.

 

BRITISH NEO-NAZI WHO TOLD RALLY TO ‘EXTERMINATE’ JEWS JAILED OVER PLOT TO MURDER MP

A neo-Nazi from Lancashire in the north of England, who said killing Jews was the same as “exterminating vermin,” has been jailed for life for plotting to murder a British MP with a 19-inch machete.

Jack Renshaw, 23, performed the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute in court as he was led away last week after being told he would serve at least 20 years in prison.

He had previously told a far-right rally in the northern English town of Blackpool that Jews were “parasites,” and needed to be “eradicated”.

He also said that Britain chose the wrong side in the Second World War because it didn’t pursue Hitler’s final solution.

One of the neo-Nazi activists is his group turned whistle-blower, and reported him to the anti-fascist organization “Hope Not Hate” who in turn informed the police.

 

BRITISH GOVERNMENT ORDERS UNIVERSITIES TO CRACK DOWN ON ANTI-SEMITES AFTER ‘APPALLING’ SPATE OF ATTACKS ON JEWISH STUDENTS

British Government Minister Chris Skidmore has ordered campuses to crack down on anti-Semites after an “appalling spate of attacks” on Jewish students, reports the (London) Daily Mail.

Skidmore, who was appointed Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, by outgoing Conservative Party prime minister Theresa May last December, said it is ‘unacceptable’ that Jewish university societies have to pay up to £2,000 for security at Jewish society events because they are often gate-crashed by thugs.

University authorities say most of the attacks targeting Jewish groups on campus come from organized hard-Left groups and that Jewish students say they are being made to feel unwelcome at UK universities. (This is increasingly the case at some US universities too.)

In a letter sent to all universities, he has urged them to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism to help clamp down on incidents.

 

AUSTRALIAN PLANNED TO KILL JEWISH STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

The Australian Jewish News reports that an Australian university student who stabbed his neighbor in 2016, revealed last Thursday that he had originally planned to kill Jewish students at the University of Sydney.

Ihsas Khan was found guilty of carrying out attempted murder with his machete attack on 57-year-old Wayne Greenhalgh.

Greenhalgh, who was hospitalized in critical condition but has since recovered, was attacked by Khan, who was then a pharmacy student, as well as being a self-proclaimed supporter of the Islamic State. Khan is due to be sentenced next month.

 

EXTRA NOTE:

BELGIAN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT ELECTS FIRST ORTHODOX JEWISH LAWMAKER

Even though there has been a worldwide increase in anti-Semitism recently, many Jews are being welcomed by the wider society.

For example, Michael Freilich was elected on Sunday to Belgium’s federal parliament. He was number 5 on the ticket of the New Flemish Alliance party, and is reported to be the first skullcap-wearing orthodox Jew ever to be elected to the federal parliament.

Freilich, 38, previously edited the Antwerp-based Jewish newspaper “Joods Actueel” for 12 years before entering politics last year.

-- Tom Gross

 

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