30 years and 111 lashes for posting on social media (& Berlin’s “anti-Jewish museum”?)

June 13, 2019

Brave Iranian human rights lawyer Amirsalar Davoudi is unlikely to still be alive at the end, if he is subjected to 111 lashes

 

CONTENTS

1. 30 years in prison and 111 lashes for Iranian human rights advocate
2. Iran-backed Houthis attack Saudi airport with cruise missile, injuring 26 travelers
3. Iran introduces 2,000 new morality police units in response to women’s hijab protests
4. India votes with Israel at UN for first time
5. British online store selling products with Auschwitz poison ‘Zyklon B’ logo
6. Belgian prosecutors drop case against cafe owner who welcomed “dogs, but not Jews”
7. “Understanding Hamas/Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive”
8. German anti-Semitism commissioner slams Berlin’s pro-BDS ‘Anti-Jewish Museum’

 

I attach a variety of items – Tom Gross

30 YEARS IN PRISON AND 111 LASHES FOR IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE

Iranian human rights lawyer Amirsalar Davoudi has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and 111 lashes for his human rights work, which includes publicizing human rights cases on the Telegram mobile messaging app and giving media interviews.

Amnesty International said in a statement:

“Amirsalar Davoudi is the latest victim of a vicious crackdown waged by the Iranian authorities against human rights lawyers over the past two years, which has seen Iranian courts hand out increasingly harsh sentences to stop them from being able to carry out their work.”

“On 1 June 2019… he was convicted by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on multiple charges and sentenced to 30 years in prison and 111 lashes. The punishment of flogging violates the prohibition on torture and other ill-treatment under international law.

“The charges on which he has been convicted include ‘insulting the Supreme Leader’… Amirsalar Davoudi is well known for representing human rights activists and other individuals detained for their social and political activities…

“Another lawyer, Mohammad Najafi, was sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison and 74 lashes in three separate cases. Other lawyers who have either been arrested or have faced prosecution since January 2018 include Arash Keykhosravi, Ghassem Sholeh-Sa’di, Farokh Forouzan, Mostafa Daneshjoo, Mostafa Tork Hamadani, Payam Derafshan and Zeynab Taheri…”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/06/iran-sentencing-of-human-rights-lawyer-to-30-years-in-prison-and-111-lashes-a-shocking-injustice

Tom Gross adds: As opponents of the widely-criticized “appeasement” deal with the Iranian regime crafted by Barack Obama, John Kerry and the EU have repeatedly pointed out, the deal has (as predicted) emboldened the Iranian regime and encouraged it to greatly increase repression both at home and abroad, particularly in Syria.

https://www.facebook.com/TomGrossMedia/posts/2228901937147313

 

IRAN-BACKED HOUTHIS ATTACK SAUDI AIRPORT WITH CRUISE MISSILE INJURING 26 TRAVELERS

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Yemen’s Iranian-armed and backed Houthi militia launched a cruise missile at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, injuring 26 people.

A missile struck the arrival hall of Abha’s airport in the southern part of the kingdom near its border with Yemen. Among those injured are three women and two children.

Houthis officials claimed responsibility for the cruise missile attack.

Saudi Arabia, which has been at war against the Iranian-allied Houthis in Yemen since 2015, has also been responsible for many deaths and injuries.

The fighting between Iranian and Saudi-backed forces in Yemen has left an estimated 24 million people malnourished, including many who are starving.

For related dispatches please see: Why some wars get more attention than others

 

IRAN INTRODUCES 2,000 NEW MORALITY POLICE UNITS IN RESPONSE TO WOMEN’S HIJAB PROTESTS

The (London) Daily Telegraph reports (June 7, 2019) that:

Iran has introduced 2,000 new morality police units in reaction to what officials call an “increasing defiance” of the compulsory wearing of hijabs… They are each made up of six women who have the power to arrest and detain those they deem to be flouting the country’s strict veiling laws.

The move comes amid a growing backlash by women in the Islamic Republic, hundreds of whom have been arrested for taking off their head coverings in public in protest at the law…

While Iran has had various forms of “morality police” since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the decision to increase their numbers as well as introduce all-female brigades, is a sign that authorities are adopting a tougher approach…

Nasrin Sotoudeh, prominent human rights lawyer, was sentenced last May to seven years in prison after defending women who had removed their hijab…

A recent study showed that up to 70 per cent of the female population would like to see the relaxing of laws on the mandatory wearing of headscarves, while 30 per cent accepted it as part of the national culture.

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See also this video of Iranian women bravely removing their hijabs

Also scroll down this page to see: Arrested in Teheran for dancing to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy”.

 

INDIA VOTES WITH ISRAEL AT UN FOR FIRST TIME

For the first, time India has voted in favor of Israel at a UN forum. The vote was against admitting a Palestinian human rights group called Shahed which is actually a front for the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Other countries voting with Israel included the US, France, Germany, the UK, Japan, South Korea and Canada.

https://theprint.in/diplomacy/in-a-first-india-votes-in-favour-of-israel-at-un-against-palestine-human-rights-body/248543/

See also: Bibi and Modi frolic in the Med, as the Indian-Israeli love affair deepens

 

BRITISH ONLINE STORE SELLING PRODUCTS WITH AUSCHWITZ POISON ‘ZYKLON B’ LOGO

The British-based online Redbubble – which recently removed the sale of Auschwitz-printed mini-skirts – is now selling products with the logo of the chemical used by the Nazis to murder millions in its death camp gas chambers.

The Berliner Zeitung newspaper broke the story, which was then picked up by the (London) Daily Mail, which has mounted a campaign to have Redbubble stop selling this repulsive item.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7125037/British-designer-blasted-selling-Nazi-products-themed-gas-killed-millions-Jews.html

Miniskirts and handbags printed with images of the Auschwitz death camp were removed after official complaints from the Auschwitz museum in Poland.

Redbubble’s website said it offers “awesome products designed by independent artists”.

Update: Under pressure from the Daily Mail, Redbubble have removed the ‘Zyklon B’ items.

See also:

Jews denounced as being “in the gutter with rats” at Corbyn-endorsed London rally (& Auschwitz miniskirt scandal)

 

BELGIAN PROSECUTORS DROP CASE AGAINST CAFE OWNER WHO WELCOMED DOGS, BUT NOT JEWS

Jewish organizations have strongly criticized the decision by prosecutors in Belgium to drop criminal complaints against a Turkish-Belgium cafe owner in the town of Saint-Nicolas, who put up a large sign saying dogs are welcome, but not Jews.

The La Dernière Heure newspaper reported that the Prosecutor’s Office in Liege dropped discrimination charges filed in 2014 against the owner.

Joel Rubinfeld, the president of the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism told the paper that he was “disgusted and deeply disappointed” by the decision, which a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office confirmed to the newspaper but declined to explain.

The case’s closing shows that “the fight against racism, including anti-Semitism, remains in the rhetorical realm only,” said Rubinfeld.

 

“UNDERSTANDING HAMAS/HEZBOLLAH AS SOCIAL MOVEMENTS THAT ARE PROGRESSIVE”

I attach a piece below published in the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday for which I gave the following quote:

British journalist Tom Gross told the Post: “I was recently invited by the Berlin Jewish Museum director’s office to tour the museum’s current ‘Jerusalem’ exhibition. I was shocked by the prevalence of the anti-Zionist, often anti-Semitic, fringe Neturei Karta movement in the Jewish part of the exhibit. The hateful placards of this group (who have supported Holocaust deniers in Iran) were on display without any contrary explanation for museum goers of who they are.”

He added: “When I expressed my dismay to the museum director’s office, even though they had invited me to the museum, they failed to respond. The Jerusalem exhibit presently dominates the museum since the permanent exhibition is closed for over a year while it is completely re-done. I just hope that when it reopens it will give an honest assessment of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, and not some distorted version.”

... The museum previously hosted a propagandist diplomat from the Iranian embassy, and the pro-BDS academic Judith Butler. Butler, who promoted BDS at the museum, previously expressed support for the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas in 2006: “Understanding Hamas/Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is extremely important,” said Butler.

 

ARTICLE

GERMAN ANTI-SEMITISM COMMISSIONER SLAMS BERLIN’S PRO-BDS ‘ANTI-JEWISH MUSEUM’

German anti-Semitism commissioner slams Berlin’s Pro-BDS ‘Anti-Jewish Museum’
By Benjamin Weinthal
Jerusalem Post
June 10, 2019

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/German-antisemitism-combatant-slams-Berlins-pro-BDS-anti-Jewish-Museum-592044

Uwe Becker, commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against anti-Semitism, has blasted Berlin’s Jewish Museum for stoking an anti-Semitic boycott of the Jewish state.

In a written statement to The Jerusalem Post, Becker said on Sunday that “The Jewish Museum in Berlin obviously sees as its task to take a stand against Jewish life in our country and especially against Israel. The recent support for BDS is a disgrace! After a total single-sided exhibition about Jerusalem now another scandal. This is not a Jewish but an anti-Jewish Museum.”

The Post obtained a letter from Charles O. Kaufman, president of B’nai B’rith International, to Peter Schäfer, the controversial director of the museum in Berlin.

“It appears that the German propaganda machine of the 1930s lives,” Kaufman wrote on Sunday in the letter. “I became aware of your anti-Israel mission with your recent ‘Welcome to Jerusalem’ exhibit, an utter distortion of the capital of the Jewish State. Now with its pro-BDS message to Twitter followers, the Jewish Berlin Museum becomes the leading contender to be renamed the Insult to Injury Museum. This latest action from the ‘Jewish Berlin Museum’ is ridiculous if not shameful. BDS is an anti-Semitic movement that demonizes Israel, Jews and seeks to challenge the legitimacy of the State of Israel. Economic data shows that the BDS movement actually harms, not helps, the plight of the Palestinian people. It’s sad that this museum so miserably misses the mark time and again in telling the story of the Jewish people. Its work not only serves as an insult to Jews; it’s an insult to the intelligence of the German people.”

The intense criticism directed at Schäfer’s alleged anti-Israel and anti-Jewish direction of the museum comes in response to a pro-BDS Tweet from the publicly-funded Jewish Museum on Thursday. The museum appeared to endorse an article in favor of reversing an anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) resolution passed by the German parliament last month.

The museum tweeted to its 7,510 followers: “must read. The [anti-BDS resolution recently passed by Bundestag] decision of the parliamentarians does not continue to help in the fight against anti-Semitism: @tazgezwitscher on the accusation of 240 Jewish and Israeli academics to the Bundestag.”

The museum’s tweet linked to an article sympathetic to the BDS movement that appeared in the left-wing paper taz, a paper that has been engulfed in anti-Semitism scandals over the years.

Professor Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, tweeted on Sunday in response to a Post story about the BDS activity at the museum: “Demonization campaigns singling out Israel (BDS) are immoral, and propaganda promoted by jmberlin [Berlin Jewish Museum] from tazgezwitscher and 200 ‘intellectuals’ does not change that.”

Steinberg first coined the phrase the “anti-Jewish Museum” in 2012 in connection with the museum hosting the pro-BDS academic Judith Butler. Butler promoted BDS at the museum in 2012, and expressed support for the terrorist entities Hezbollah and Hamas in 2006: “Understanding Hamas/Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is extremely important,” said Butler.

BRITISH JOURNALIST Tom Gross told the Post: “I was recently invited by the Berlin Jewish Museum director’s office to tour the museum’s current ‘Jerusalem’ exhibition. I was shocked by the prevalence of the anti-Zionist, often anti-Semitic, fringe Neturei Karta movement in the Jewish part of the exhibit. The hateful placards of this group (who have supported Holocaust deniers in Iran) were on display without any contrary explanation for museum goers of who they are.”

He added: “When I expressed my dismay to the museum director’s office, even though they had invited me to the museum, they failed to respond. The Jerusalem exhibit presently dominates the museum since the permanent exhibition is closed for over a year while it is completely re-done. I just hope that when it reopens it will give an honest assessment of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, and not some distorted version.”

In March, Prof. Peter Schäfer, the non-Jewish director of the Jewish Museum, hosted a diplomat from the Islamic Republic of Iran, sparking widespread criticism for mainstreaming the Iranian regime’s genocidal anti-Semitism.

“With the invitation, the Jewish Museum gives the Iranian Embassy the opportunity to make its anti-Semitic anti-Zionism part of the public debate,” said Stop The Bomb spokeswoman Ulrike Becker at the time.

Katharina Schmidt-Narischkin, a spokeswoman for the museum, did not immediately respond to a Post query regarding the new wave of criticism facing the museum. Schmidt-Narischkin told the Post on Sunday that the museum rejects BDS.

 

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