US to deport Nazi to Germany, Italy to ban kissing, Bibi: ‘namaste’ instead handshakes

March 08, 2020

Tom Gross writes: Coronavirus is a problem, but so is the hysteria, overreaction, xenophobia and racism that seem to stem from it. Story here and here.

 

[Note by Tom Gross]

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EX-NAZI GUARD LIVING IN TENNESSEE TO BE DEPORTED TO GERMANY, JUDGE RULES

About 100,000 people were imprisoned in the Neuengamme slave labor camp on the outskirts of Hamburg, between 1938 and 1945, and at least 42,900 were tortured and then murdered there.

From NBC News (March 5):

https://nbcnews.trib.al/qZxb4eY

Tom Gross adds:

The camp is on the outskirts of Hamburg, surrounded by farms and small holdings many of which paid the SS for use of the prisoners as slave labor. The camp was notorious for the torture of prisoners before they were killed. All the guards were volunteers. Many were psychopaths. No one, to refute the antisemitic lie, was “just obeying orders”. “Medical” experiments were also conducted on inmates there.

Jews, Roma, Jehovah’s witnesses and others from Russia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Yugoslavia, Latvia Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg and elsewhere, were murdered there.

Thousands of prisoners from Auschwitz and other camps were brought there to be used as slave labor.

Among them was the world-renowned Czech-Jewish harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková (1927-2017) who I had the honor to meet several years ago in Prague. She was imprisoned in Terezin and then Auschwitz before being transported to be used as a slave laborer in Neuengamme and from there to Bergen-Belsen. About Belsen she later said “if ever there was Hell, this was the lowest part of Hell.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuzana_R%C5%AF%C5%BEi%C4%8Dkov%C3%A1

Among those murdered at Neuengamme was Friedrich Pfeffer, a German-Jewish dentist who hid with Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Pfeffer was given the pseudonym Albert Dussel in Anne Frank’s diary.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Pfeffer

Among those who survived Auschwitz and then Neuengamme was the Yiddish poet and novelist Chava Rosenfarb (1923 –2011) .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chava_Rosenfarb


The Washington Post adds: Tennessee resident and German citizen Friedrich Karl Berger, 94, acknowledged having served as a guard at a subcamp of the Neuengamme during World War II. After the war, Berger escaped from Germany to Canada with his wife and daughter, and came to the U.S. in 1959.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/nazi-concentration-camp-guard-in-united-states/2020/03/05/b906cdf8-5efc-11ea-9055-5fa12981bbbf_story.html

 

GOLDEN BEAR FILM WINNER MOHAMMAD RASOULOF SENTENCED TO JAIL IN IRAN

From the Associated Press (March 4):

Mohammad Rasoulof, the Iranian director who won the top award at last Saturday’s Berlin film festival, was yesterday ordered to serve a one-year prison sentence for his movies.

Rasoulof won the Golden Bear for his film “There Is No Evil,” which tells four stories loosely connected to the use of the death penalty in Iran and dealing with personal freedom under tyranny. Rasoulof could not go to Berlin to accept the award in person, because he is banned from travelling by Iranian authorities. Organizers left an empty chair and place sign for Rasoulof at the news conference for his entry.

More here:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/mar/04/golden-bear-winner-mohammad-rasoulof-sentenced-jail-iran

 



As the antisemitic incidents continued at her New Jersey high school and the school authorities refused to do anything to stem them, Paige found a rock placed behind her seat in English class that read “Hope” but also “adolf” when turned upside down -- part of an antisemitic meme on social media that translates as “Adolf is our last hope.” Paige reported it to the teacher who merely threw the rock outside.

 

SHE WAS EXCITED FOR A NEW SCHOOL. THEN THE ANTI-SEMITIC ‘JOKES’ STARTED

The New York Times reports (March 4):

The letters stretch over 30 feet, written into the sand on a beach in New Jersey. The teenager in the photo rests casually on his side above the words, smiling, his head propped up in his hand.

“I h8 Jews,” the words read.

The anti-Semitic picture, taken on a junior class trip and texted to a group of classmates at a high school on the Jersey Shore in 2018, was portrayed to the group as an edgy joke.

“Yearbook cover,” the boy in the picture texted.

“Oh yea,” responded one girl, active in the yearbook club, adding that she had already submitted the photo to the faculty adviser. “Its gonna be great.”

There had been other anti-Semitic slights at the high school, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, a competitive military-themed magnet school in the seaside borough of Highlands, but nothing as blatant as this…

She’d seen classmates doodling swastikas. A group of students had been reading “Mein Kampf,” Hitler’s autobiography, during free periods. And several students, Paige said, had been calling the SAT teacher an “obnoxious Jew.”

Rest of the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/04/nyregion/new-jersey-antisemitism-high-school.html

 

DUTCH-MUSLIM COMMUNITY LEADER ACCUSED OF WRITING THAT HITLER WAS JEWISH IN PRO-HAMAS EMAIL

JTA reports (March 6):

An email from 2014 bearing the signature of an influential leader of Dutch Muslims expressed support for Hamas and said that Adolf Hitler was Jewish.

The email carrying the signature of Yahia Bouyafa, chairman of the Association of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, said that the Holocaust, “perpetrated by the Jew Hitler,” according to a new article published by De Telegraaf daily.

 





 

NETANYAHU ASKS ISRAELIS TO DO ‘NAMASTE’ INSTEAD OF SHAKING HANDS AMID CORONAVIRUS FEARS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday encouraged his countrymen to adopt Namaste - the Indian way of greeting - instead of the normal handshake as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. He demonstrated at a press conference how the Indians do Namaste while greeting people.

More from the Press Trust of India:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pm-netanyahu-asks-israelis-to-do-namaste-instead-of-shaking-hands-amid-coronavirus-fears/story-K8wptYhL3G8ognS2CeQlqI.html


See also:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/hong-kong-warns-residents-not-to-kiss-pets-after-dog-contracts-coronavirus

https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/03/04/top-rabbis-in-israel-and-europe-urge-jews-not-to-kiss-mezuzot-due-to-coronavirus/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/has-covid-19-mutated-into-a-more-deadly-strain-busting-the-coronavirus-myths

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/06/the-coronavirus-challenge-how-not-to-not-touch-your-face

 

‘NO TIME TO DIE’ POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Tom Gross adds: Now there’s a headline.

The James Bond film is postponed.

More here from Variety (March 4):

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/james-bond-no-time-to-die-coronavirus-1203523859

 

ITALY PLANS KISSING BAN

Resulting from Coronavirus fears.

More here from the Daily Mail (March 4):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8073743/Italy-plans-ban-KISSING-stop-coronavirus-spread.html

 

CNN: TRUMP WILL ‘DUMP PENCE’ FOR HALEY ON DAY OF DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Tom Gross adds: The year-long Nikki Haley for VP rumors (which I have written about several times before ever since she stepped down as UN ambassador) are still swirling... Could be even more likely should Biden/Sanders choose a female VP candidate such as Amy Klobuchar.

More here from the Hill (March 3):

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/485562-cnns-begala-trump-will-dump-pence-for-haley-on-day-of-democratic-nominees

 

TRUMP NOMINATES FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF

President Trump has nominated Gen. Charles Brown Jr. to be the next Air Force chief of staff.

If Brown is confirmed by the Senate, he will be the Air Force’s first black service chief. Brown is currently commander of Pacific Air Forces, a role he has been in since 2018.

If confirmed, Brown, known as C.Q., would take over for Gen. David Goldfein, who has been Air Force chief of staff since July 2016 and is expected to retire this year.

More here from the Washington Examiner (March 3):

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/one-of-the-finest-warriors-trump-nominates-first-black-air-force-chief-of-staff

 

BILL CLINTON: MONICA LEWINSKY AFFAIR WAS TO ‘MANAGE MY ANXIETIES’

From the New York Post (March 5):

https://nypost.com/2020/03/05/bill-clinton-monica-lewinsky-affair-was-to-manage-my-anxieties

Tom Gross adds:

It’s funny to read that Bill Clinton is still only 73, younger than all the present candidates

I’m sure Monica Lewinsky and Clinton’s other victims are not thrilled to hear that the Monica Lewinsky affair was to “manage my anxieties”.

And no doubt his wife and daughter are not either...

 

AUSTRIAN PARLIAMENT CONDEMNS BDS MOVEMENT AS ANTISEMITIC

The resolution passed unanimously.

More here from the Jerusalem Post:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Antisemitism/Austrian-Parliament-condemns-BDS-movement-as-antisemitic-619108?

 

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