Jersey massacre was “premeditated antisemitic hate crime” (& 1,000 Italian mayors march with threatened Holocaust survivor)

December 11, 2019

Above: Art. Banana stuck to wall. Tel Aviv supermarket. Bargain price.

Meanwhile in Miami, a comedian took the banana “art” that sold a few days ago for $120,000 and ate it: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZqdfUHtkk8

 

CONFIRMED: NEW JERSEY KOSHER DELI SHOOTING THAT KILLED 6 YESTERDAY, WAS ANTISEMITIC

[Notes by Tom Gross]

US media are now confirming that the two gunmen (one man, one woman) who targeted a kosher supermarket in Jersey City yesterday afternoon, were motivated by antisemitism.

The gunmen, who were African American rather than Middle Eastern or white supremacists, were killed in the shootout with police at the JC Kosher Supermarket.

Online social media postings by the gunmen contained antisemitic material.

Six people were killed, including a police officer and three orthodox Jews in the supermarket, during an hours-long shootout.

Jersey City is located just west of New York City across the Hudson River.

The Mayor of New York City has just confirmed that the Jersey City shooting was a “premeditated antisemitic hate crime”.

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Update: it has now been confirmed at least one of the gunman was a member of an anti-Semitic breakaway sect of a group called the Black Israelites.

More on them here: http://journal.quilliaminternational.com/2019/12/11/black-hebrew-israelites-turn-to-antisemitic-terrorism/

 

ISRAELI STUDENT BEATEN UNCONSCIOUS ON PARIS METRO IN ANTISEMITIC ATTACK

An Israeli student was severely beaten at the Château d’Eau station in Paris after he answered a phone call from his father. As he started speaking Hebrew, two men, described as tall and of African origin, then beat him on his head, body and face before he lost consciousness. He was taken to Lariboisière Hospital in Paris after a fellow passenger called for assistance. The attackers escaped.

Last week, the lower house of France’s parliament passed a resolution that confirmed that some forms of anti-Zionism were indeed a form of anti-Semitism.

The French government also said that it would establish a special hate crimes office after large swastikas were painted on more than 100 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery last week.

 

 

THOUSANDS MARCH IN SUPPORT OF ITALIAN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TARGETED WITH DEATH THREATS

This is follow-up to the November 7, dispatch titled: “Why the Democrats don’t have to go the way of Labour” (& Italian Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats)

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About 1,000 mayors from towns across Italy, each wearing ribbons in the colors of the Italian flag, marched through Milan yesterday in solidarity with, and alongside Liliana Segre. (Photo above.)

Segre is the 89-year old Italian senator and Holocaust survivor who has been targeted with antisemitic death threats.

Segre was 13 when she was deported to Auschwitz. Her father and grandparents were killed there, but she survived.

She has been under police guard since last month after receiving about 200 antisemitic hate messages and threats each day.

Thousands of ordinary Italians lined the streets alongside the mayors’ march in solidarity with Segre, according to the Associated Press

Meanwhile British Jewish lawmaker Ruth Smeeth – one of the few Jewish MPs to stay within Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party – has told a local newspaper that she is being bombarded with death threats, nearly half of them antisemitic. She says she now requires a security guard at all times.

 

FOR FIRST TIME, ANTISEMITISM IS A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE IN A BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION

A TV interview with me here from Monday:

https://youtu.be/_dOixxA7wYE

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In reply to a reader who wrote to me that “since the 1930s black shirts, there haven’t been any political manifestations of antisemitism in the UK.”

In fact, even after the Holocaust, there were anti-Jewish riots in the UK in 1947.

See, for example, here: https://www.jta.org/1947/08/06/archive/anti-semitic-attacks-in-britain-continue-into-fourth-day-700-riot-in-manchester

https://www.newstatesman.com/2012/05/britains-last-anti-jewish-riots

(There was a Labour government in 1947 and some accused certain senior Labour politicians of encouraging the riots.)

 

This advert was placed in several British newspapers today. 15 Labour MPs urge people not to vote Labour in tomorrow’s general election, such is the extremism of party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his allies.

 

ISRAEL SET FOR THIRD ELECTIONS IN LESS THAN A YEAR AS POLITICAL STALEMATE CONTINUES

An interview with me here from Monday on BBC Arabic TV:

https://youtu.be/oHSqRSufBKI

 

ALBANIA’S PRIME MINISTER THANKS ISRAELI SOLDIERS FOR HELP AFTER EARTHQUAKE

Albania’s prime minister publicly praised Israeli army engineers who have been at the forefront of rescue efforts since a deadly earthquake struck Albania two weeks ago.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Monday singled out Israeli army engineers for special praise as they continued to work house to house to make sure buildings were safe for residents to re-enter.

Rama sent a video message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to thank him for sending support:

“Bibi, shalom from [the Albanian town of] Durres. We’re here with your fantastic guys. They are doing a great job in calming the people and telling them how to be resilient,”

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck on November 26 killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000. Over 11,000 buildings were damaged, and 13,000 people were left homeless in this southern European country.

 

ISRAEL SENDING AID TO DISPLACED SYRIAN KURDS

As Turkey continues its bombardment and ethnic cleansing of Syrian Kurds from Syrian Kurdistan, Haaretz confirmed in a report today that the Israeli government has made good on its promise last month, and that Israel is sending displaced Syrian Kurds humanitarian aid, including coats for children and babies, as well as medicine, through various NGOs. As winter sets in, many homeless Kurds are now exposed to the elements.

 

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