Jews assaulted after lies about Covid & George Floyd (& Einstein, Jabotinsky spoke up for African-Americans) (& Israel saves Syrian baby)

June 15, 2020


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Quentin Tarantino emerges from Tel Aviv coronavirus lockdown

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1. Extremists in US and Europe continue to spread conspiracy theories about Jews over both coronavirus, and Blacks Lives Matter
2. Leading Zionists have long opposed American anti-Black racism
3. Rapper Ice Cube criticized for sharing anti-Semitic image in relation to George Floyd
4. Outrage over chants of "dirty Jews" at Saturday's mass anti-racist protest in Paris
5. Rabbi repeatedly stabbed by stranger in broad daylight in London

6. Outstanding contribution to improving and saving life
7. Ten-day-old Syrian baby flown to Israel for lifesaving heart surgery
8. Israeli government provides drive-through coronavirus testing to Congo
9. New German intelligence report says Iran continuing to execute homosexuals
10. Ontario police detain publisher of antisemitic Polish-language newspaper

11. Right-wing Polish journalist calls Holocaust "a myth" in new book
12. New York's prominent 92nd Street Y to host anti-Israel imam
13. Mira Awad becomes latest Israeli-Arab to criticize Rogers Waters and BDS
14. Associated Press slammed for firing Palestinian cameraman after he criticized Abbas
15. Israel named world's third best start-up ecosystem in new global report
16. Israeli-led team unveils mystery of 'Genghis Khan' Wall
17. Israeli government agrees to legalize Cannabis


[Notes below by Tom Gross]


As Facebook and twitter finally start to clamp down on some of the far right incitement against Jews, antisemites are increasingly using alternative social media such as Gab, BitChute, Dlive, vk and Telegram, to spread coronavirus conspiracy theories about Jews and Israel, according to a new report.

"It is not a Chinese virus like the Jew-lover Trump says," announced one popular far right site. "It is a 'Jew Virus' and we have to eradicate it at source just like we put down rats."

According to anti-racist watchdogs monitoring hate sites, 73 percent of far-right postings blame Jews for creating coronavirus "to serve Jewish interests".

For example, in one popular posting a far-right activist calling himself Adam Green, writes "Rothschild stepped down last year from his Rothschild investment company. Insider trading? They didn't wanna be responsible for this big collapse they knew, that was planned. I've heard the term "Plan-demic."

The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has also prompted a wave of antisemitic conspiracy theories in France, the US and elsewhere, both on the far right and far left.



One of the earliest outspoken foreign opponents of American racism was the leading pioneer of right-wing Zionism (and father figure of what became Israel's leading Likud party) Ze'ev Jabotinsky.

For example, in 1910, Jabotinsky wrote an article following a boxing match for the heavyweight champion of the world. After Jack Johnson, who was black, won against James Jeffries, who was white, racist mobs attacked blacks throughout America and at least 20 people were killed in riots.

Jabotinsky wrote: "Since it was the black man that won and there was a suspicion that other blacks in the land would feel proud, the white citizens of the great republic could not tolerate this. They sought to quash black pride and fell upon blacks in a proportion of 50-to-1, smashed heads, trampled people and acted cruelly even to women and children.

"In the United States, the most free republic on earth, there are ten million citizens suffering a shocking lack of rights simply because of the color of their skin."

Even though slavery had been abolished the previous century, the continuing inequality in the US was worse than "anywhere else in the cultured world," wrote Jabotinsky. "Theaters are closed to the black man, as are hotels, railway cars, and schools. He is assigned special railway cars and narrow, separate compartments on trains. Schools for black children are cheaply constructed, inadequate, and dirty. The political rights of the 'free and equal' black citizen are non-existent."

Jabotinsky added: "This system is fixed, permanently, and is practiced before the entire world. The president and congress know about this and no one would even think to shrug his shoulders, for such is the system, accepted as it is as part of matters of state."



Popular American rap singer and actor Ice Cube has been criticized for sharing an anti-Semitic image on twitter when posting about the death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd.

He posted a caricature of Jewish figures with the caption "All we have to do is stand up [against them] and their little game is over." The caricature is almost identical to one used by the Nazis in the 1930s to incite hatred that led to the massacre of millions of Jews.

Last week, Ice Cube also praised the notorious antisemite and Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan.



Last Saturday, French "anti-racism" protesters at a Black Lives Matter rallies chanted "dirty Jews" at counter-protesters in Paris's Place de la Republique.

The French police has sent video of the antisemitic chanting by French-Africans to magistrates, with a recommendation they press charges for incitement to racial hatred. There was also anti-Israel slogans chanted at the Black Lives Matter rally.

There was widespread criticism of the leader of the French far left, member of parliament Jean-Luc Melenchon, who denied that the mass chanting of "dirty Jews" was antisemitic.

"Perhaps Jean-Luc Melenchon is deaf and blind once again when faced with antisemitism which comes from his ranks?" the official body representing French Jews, CRIF, asked.

The European Jewish Congress said in statement:

"The people who claim to march against hate and racism while shouting violent antisemitic statements are hypocrites and acting against the worthy cause of the majority. They are trying to hijack and piggyback on the justifiable anger and hurt of anti-racist demonstrators. They have shown that they would rather sabotage an important rally with their own hate."

French-Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy commented, "Why the deafening silence of the organizers, the participants, the political forces [of the left who were] present?"

Levy added "Why are there anti-Israeli banners at this demonstration? What does this have to do with the fight against racism whose victims are black people?"

French-Jewish artist Ron Agam called on France's president to be more forceful against the growing left-wing antisemitism.

"Enough is enough is enough," he said. "President Macron, we have had enough of empty promises, we need action now against these barbaric antisemitic screams that often lead to the death of Jews. It's about the honor and dignity of the Republic."

(Many Jews have been murdered in antisemitic attacks in France in recent years.)

Last December, the British Labour Party led by the far left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn, lost a general election in part because he had encourage or allowed extreme anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial to flourish among some of his party's members. Since then, Corbyn has been ousted as leader. In his opening remarks as new British Labour party leader, Keir Starmer apologized on behalf of the Labour Party for the lies and hate directed against Jews by too many in the party, which drove many Jews to resign from the Labour Party.

Last week an American organization, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, spread a conspiracy theory that blamed the deaths of African-Americans on Israel, falsely claiming that the IDF trains American police offers on choke holds. The group tweeted: "The Israeli military trains US police to systematically target Black and Brown bodies," with a link to a 2016 Amnesty International report making the same fake claim.

Facebook has removed fake images showing Israelis choking George Floyd, but only after they were viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook.



I wrote on Facebook on Friday a few hours after it happened:

First a constant stream of utterly baseless conspiracy theories about Jews and coronavirus are spread online and in person, and next thing a rabbi is savagely stabbed in broad daylight on a London street today. Given how much the media is full of stories about racism at present, it is regrettable, though not surprising, that the BBC and most of the supposedly anti-racist liberal British media have so far barely mentioned today’s antisemitic attack. Why is it left to the conservative Daily Mail to cover it?

Photos and video here:

A man in his 40s and was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Rabbi Alter Yaakov Schlesinger sustained severe wounds and may have died had the assailant not been tackled by several brave local construction workers who pinned down the culprit until police arrived.

According to official figures there were a record 1,805 anti-Semitic incidents in Britain in 2019, the highest annual total since the 1940s. In relation to its size, no other religious group is the subject of more attacks than Jews are in the UK.



I should hardly need to point this out, but given the amount of antisemitism there is on and off the internet, including about "avoiding Jew Jabs" to fight Covid, and claims that Jews "create viruses to kill gentiles" (conspiracy theories that date back to long before the Black Death, almost to the advent of Christianity), people may not be aware of the full extent of Jewish Nobel Prize winners for medicine. Here is a partial list of some of the Jews who have helped improve the health of us all.

Of course, there could have been many more, had not over half the world's Jews been killed in pogroms and then in the Holocaust.

(This list does not include other outstanding Jewish scientists, such as Jonas Salk who discovered the Polio vaccine but was never awarded a Nobel Prize.)

-- Tom Gross

1908 Mechnikov, Elie, jointly for his work on immunity
1908 Ehrlich, Paul, jointly for his on immunity
1914 Barany, Robert, for work on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular apparatus
1922 Meyerhof, Otto Fritz, for his discovery of the fixed relationship between the consumption of oxygen and the metabolism of lactic acid in the muscle
1930 Landsteiner, Karl, for his discovery of human blood groups
1936 Loewi, Otto, for discoveries relating to chemical transmission of nerve impulses
1944 Erlanger, Joseph, for discoveries relating to the highly differentiated functions of single nerve fibres
1945 Chain, Ernst Boris, for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases
1946 Muller, Hermann J., for the discovery of the production of mutations by means of x-ray irradiation
1947 Cori, Gerty Theresa, Radnitz, for discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen
1950 Reichstein, Tadeus, for discoveries relating to the hormones of the adrenal cortex, their structure and biological effects
1952 Waksman, Selman A., for his discovery of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis
1953 Lipmann, Fritz Albert, for his discovery of co-enzyme a and its importance for intermediary metabolism
1953 Krebs, Hans Adolf, for his discovery of the citric acid cycle
1958 Lederberg, Joshua, for his discoveries concerning genetic recombination and the organization of the genetic material of bacteria
1959 Kornberg, Arthur, for discovery of the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of ribonucleic acid and deoxyribonucleic acid
1964 Bloch, Konrad, for discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of the cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism
1965 Jacob, Francois, for discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis
1965 Lwoff, Andre, for discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis
1967 Wald, George, for discoveries concerning the primary physiological and chemical visual processes in the eye
1968 Nirenberg, Marshall W., for interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis
1969 Luria, Salvador E., for discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses
1970 Katz, Bernard, for discoveries concerning the humoral transmitters in the nerve terminals and the mechanism, for their storage, release and inactivation
1970 Axelrod, Julius, for their discoveries concerning the humoral transmitters in the nerve terminals and the mechanism, for their storage, release and inactivation
1972 Edelman, Gerald M., for discoveries concerning the chemical structure of antibodies
1975 Temin, Howard M., for discoveries concerning the interaction between tumor viruses and the genetic material of the cell
1975 Baltimore, David, for their discoveries concerning the interaction between tumor viruses and the genetic material of the cell
1976 Blumberg, Baruch S., for their discoveries concerning new mechanisms for the origin and dissemination of infectious diseases
1977 Yalow, Rosalyn, for the development of radioimmunoassays of peptide hormones
1977 Schally, Andrew V., for their discoveries concerning the peptide hormone production of the brain
1978 Nathans, Daniel, for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to problems of molecular genetics
1980 Benacerraf, Baruj, for their discoveries concerning genetically determined structures on the cell surface that regulate immunological reactions
1984 Milstein, Cesar, for theories concerning the specificity in development and control of the immune system and the discovery of the principle for production of monoclonal antibodies
1985 Brown, Michael S., for discoveries concerning the regulation of cholesterol metabolism
1985 Goldstein, Joseph L., for discoveries concerning the regulation of cholesterol metabolism
1986 Cohen, Stanley, for discoveries of growth factors
1986 Levi-Montalcini, Rita, for discoveries of growth factors
1988 Elion, Gertrude B., for discoveries of important principles for drug treatment
1989 Varmus, Harold E., for discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes
1994 Rodbell, Martin, for Discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells
1994 Gilman, Alfred G., for discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells
1997 Prusiner, Stanley B., for discovery of prions - a new biological principle of infection
1998 Furchgott, Robert F., for discoveries concerning nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system
2000 Greengard, Paul, for discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system
2000 Kandel, Eric R., for discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system
2002 Brenner, Sydney, for discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death
2002 Horvitz, H. Robert, for discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death
2004 Axel, Richard, for Discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system
2006 Fire, Andrew Z. for their discovery of Rna Interference - Gene Silencing by double-stranded Rna
2011 Steinman, Ralph M. for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity
2011 Beutler, Bruce A. for discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity
2013 Schekman, Randy W. for discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells
2013 Rothman, James E., for discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells
2017 Rosbash, Michael, for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm


The Israeli Nobel prize winners for chemistry Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko discovered a protein that has helped lead to drugs for various diseases.

And Ada Yonath (of Israel's Weizmann Insitute) also won a chemistry Nobel Prize for 'ribosomes' which led to medical advances. Yonath was the first woman from the Middle East to win a Nobel prize in the sciences and the first woman in 45 years to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.



A 10-day-old Syrian baby was flown from Cyprus to Israel to receive life-saving medical treatment last Thursday. The baby was taken by emergency air ambulance for a heart operation at the Sheba Medical Center.

Israel waived coronavirus restrictions to allow the baby's father, a Syrian refugee, into Israel with the child. Israel has quietly assisted thousands of Syrian refugees throughout the nine-year bloody Syrian civil war.



Following a request by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Israel has helped established an Israeli-style coronavirus drive-through testing system in Congo.

Israel has also adapted Israel's coronavirus software testing system specifically for Congo, and prepared a training program for Congolese medical professionals.

Since the 1950s, Israel has helped build hospitals, airports, universities and roads in almost every African country.



A new German intelligence report says that the Islamic Republic of Iran is continuing to execute people for being gay. This is believed to be the first time a western intelligence agency has specifically dealt with the Iranian regime's attacks on gay people.

Wikileaks previously made public a secret 2008 British document that said the Iranian regime has executed between 4,000-6,000 gays and lesbians since the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution. To put that into context, Holocaust historians say the Nazis killed about 4500 gays for being gay during their rule from 1933-1945, so already by 2008 it appears that the Iranian regime had surpassed the Nazi total.

Last year, Donald Trump's then ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, wrote on Twitter after another Iranian gay was hanged: "Many of our European allies have embassies in Tehran. This barbaric act must not go unanswered. Speak up."

Grenell, who is the highest ranking openly gay appointee in US history, has since been appointed by Trump to be his director of National Intelligence, the first openly gay person to serve in an American cabinet. The Trump administration has launched an international campaign to decriminalize homosexuality across the globe.



Polish-Canadian Andrzej Kumor has been arrested by police in Ontario for publishing antisemitic articles in his Polish-language newspaper. Among other things, Kumor used the paper to accuse "Jews and Zionists" of undermining Canada, the United States and Poland.

Last year, Kumor ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Polish parliament with the far-right antisemitic Konfederacja ("Confederation") party.

It is not clear whether Ontario Police will press criminal charges against Kumor or merely wished to warn him to stop his racial hatred.



In Warsaw, a small Polish anti-racism group last week criticized Polish right-wing journalist Rafal Ziemkiewicz for his new book, in which calls Jews "ruthless" and says the Holocaust "a myth."

In 2018, Ziemkiewicz, who is also a popular science fiction author, canceled speaking events in Bristol, Cambridge and London after several British members of parliament urged his arrest under race-hate laws, after he made an anti-Muslim remark.



There is disappointment among many Jews and others that yet another left-wing New York Jewish institution is giving a platform to those who wish Israelis harm.

The 92nd Street Y, also known as 92Y, is scheduled to host a virtual event on June 18 featuring Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, who has defended the former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for Israel's destruction.

Even after expressing support for Ahmadinejad, Abdur-Rashid was then twice invited to visit the White House during Barack Obama's presidency.



During a podcast with a pro-peace group, Israeli Arab singer and actress Mira Awad criticized former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters for his continuing slurs against Israel.

Awad urged Waters to have the "courage" and "the balls" to visit Israel, perform in the country and share his thoughts while in Israel rather than tell untruths about Israel from aboard. She also criticized Waters' opposition to dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis.

"I would love to have a conversation with Roger Waters about what he's done -- if he would only speak to me. Roger Waters, call me!" Awad said, adding, "Don't sit there in London or wherever it is. I love you Roger Waters. I admire your work. But don't sit your ass there and tell me what to do with my Palestinianism and my Israeli-ism, OK?"

Awad, who is a popular performer in Israel, first came to prominence internationally after she represented Israel at the Eurovision Contest in 2009.

Waters, who is so viciously anti-Israel that on several occasions this has crossed over into outright anti-Semitism, has edited books with such anti-Zionists as Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, Ken Loach and Angela Davis.

For his campaigns against Jews Waters has been praised by the neo-Nazi newspaper 'The Daily Stormer,' as Haaretz noted last year.

American Express withdrew a $4-million sponsorship of Waters' 2017 tour in North America following Waters' renewed antisemitism.

Previously, at a concert in Belgium in 2013 (a country where many thousands of Jews were murdered), under pig-shaped balloons emblazoned with Jewish Stars of David, Waters wore a long black leather jacket with a red-and-white arm band, which concert goers said was reminiscent of a Nazi uniform.

Item 9 here.

He supports left-wing causes, and reportedly has an estimated wealth of $270 million, and homes in both the Hamptons and New York City.



(I posted this on Facebook two weeks ago.)

In the latest in a long line of anti-Israel incidents by the major western news agencies, the Associated Press news agency fired one of its leading Palestinian cameraman, apparently at the request of the Palestinian Authority after he expressed support for a fellow journalist the PA had jailed. Palestinian cameraman Eyad Hamad, 63, was fired by AP after working for them for the last 20 years.

Both Fatah and Hamas have a long record of harassing journalists, although western Middle East correspondents for networks such as CNN and the BBC hardly every mention this.



Israel climbed from fourth to third place in the 2020 rankings for the best country in the world for start-ups. The United States and the United Kingdom lead the rankings, but of course they are much bigger countries. The world's three leading cities are San Francisco, New York and London.



A team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been praised for new discoveries they made this month about the mysterious "Genghis Khan" Wall, part of the Great Wall of China.

Its findings mapping the structure were published last week in the academic journal 'Antiquity.' The team who have repeatedly made research trips to China but are now back in Israel because of coronavirus restrictions, revealed that the dating and purpose of the barrier were different from previously thought.

Located in the flat Mongolian steppe, the 737-kilometre-long section surveyed by the archaeologists was previously believed to have been built to defend the local population from Genghis Khan, who at the beginning of the 13th century established the Mongol Empire.

However, the Hebrew University team discovered that the construction of the wall pre-dated the period and might have not been a military installation at all. In the past, scholars thought that the wall was built to keep invading armies out.



Israel's governing Likud and Blue and White parties have issued a joint statement declaring their intention fully to decriminalize and eventually legalize marijuana.

The process of decriminalization began in March 2017, but at the time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it must be enacted "carefully" and in stages.

"We are open to the future, but we understand the danger, and we will try to balance the two," he said.


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