Tom Gross Mideast Media Analysis

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

May 13, 2019

The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum has called on online retailers to stop selling miniskirts, pillow cases, bags and other items printed with photos of the former Nazi death camp where over 1.1 million people were murdered, including more than 300,000 children. Australian and European online retailers have been selling skirts with various Auschwitz images for 35 euros, a pillow for 40.29 euros, and other items with photos of the railway tracks and gas chambers.

 

 

WIDESPREAD ANTI-SEMITISM AT A LONDON DEMONSTRATION ENDORSED BY CORBYN

[Notes below by Tom Gross]

There were brazen displays of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred in central London on Saturday at a “Pro-Palestine” demonstration (pictured above). The event had been endorsed in advance by British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who encouraged people to attend.

As has been the case at other similar events, the non-Jewish organizers (in an effort to try and pretend they aren’t bigots) chose an extreme-left wing Jewish speaker to address the participants and tell them that other Jews were a “fifth column” within the Labour Party. That speaker, Glyn Secker, also asked, “What on earth are Jews doing in the gutter with these rats?”

He also implied that American rabbis were to blame for “unleashing the extreme-right” that led to anti-Semitic violence such as the recent Poway synagogue shootings.

A statement from Corbyn himself which was read to the rally, was met by cheers of approval.

British Jewish groups denounced Corbyn for endorsing the march, which included an “unholy alliance” of Labour Party leftwing activists, trade union leaders, Islamists, and one of Britain’s most extreme right wing neo-Nazi leaders.

Demonstrators also claimed that the BBC was controlled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (In fact the BBC, along with many other media outlets, regularly demonize Netanyahu.)

The rally was attended by thousands of people, according to The Guardian. It took place at the same time as one of the biggest anti-Semitic rallies in Poland since the Holocaust was taking place on Saturday.

Scotland Yard sent dozens of police to protect a small group of pro-Israel counter-protestors in London.

 

FARRAKHAN SPEAKS OF “SATANIC JEWS’ IN TALK AT CATHOLIC CHURCH

Both Christians and Jews have strongly criticized the Rev. Michael Pfleger, for inviting Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, one of America’s most prominent anti-Semites, to address congregants at the St. Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago.

In his speech at the Chicago church on Thursday, Farrakhan first denied that he was anti-Semitic before going on to denounce “the satanic Jews” a few seconds later. “Don’t be angry with me if I stand up on God’s word,” he added.

Last week, Farrakhan was banned from Facebook along with some other purveyors of racist conspiracy theories.

Farrakhan, who has in the past has praised Hitler on several occasions, spoke about how some are angry with him because “he exposed the Jews’ hatred of Jesus”.

Farrakhan’s speech was met with applause and “standing ovations,” according to The Chicago Tribune.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum denounced Pfleger for inviting Farrakhan. “Why is Pfleger giving hatred a platform,” asked Susan Abrams, the museum’s CEO, at a news conference.

The Archdiocese of Chicago also criticized Pfleger’s decision to invite Farrakhan. “There is no place in American life for discriminatory rhetoric of any kind,” it said in a statement. “At a time when hate crimes are on the rise, when religious believers are murdered in their places of worship, we cannot countenance any speech that dehumanizes persons on the basis of ethnicity, religious belief, economic status or country of origin.”

 

ON DAY MARKING LIBERATION FROM THE NAZIS, DUTCH MOB PRAISE GAS CHAMBERS AND BEATS A JEW

A Jewish man was beaten by a mob who sang songs about gassing Jews on the Netherlands’ national holiday last week marking the country’s liberation from the Nazis.

The man, who the Dutch media are keeping anonymous at the request of the police to further protect him, was attacked by a group of about 50 men in a park near the Dutch parliament in the Hague on the Liberation Day national holiday.

The assailants sung a song, whose lyrics include: “My father was in the commandos, my mother was in the SS, together they burned Jews ’cause Jews burn the best.”

The hateful chant has become common among some soccer fans in the Netherlands and Belgium in recent years.

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See also this article from The Guardian: “Nazi rhetoric and Holocaust denial: Belgium's alarming rise in anti-Semitism”. The Guardian reports that, after France, “Jews do not experience as much hostility anywhere else on the streets in the EU as they do in Belgium”.

The Guardian adds:

“Nearly four years after the attack on the Jewish Museum, anti-Semitism has again been making headlines in Belgium, a country that symbolises Europe’s diversity. Not only is the capital, Brussels, home to the EU institutions and Nato, Belgium is made up of three linguistic groups (French, Dutch and German), making it something of a laboratory for European compromise.”

 

ANTI-ZIONIST IMAM DELIVERS OPENING PRAYERS IN THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

A controversial imam from Dallas, Texas, who has called for Israel to be destroyed and compared it to Nazi Germany, was invited to deliver the opening prayer at a session of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

Omar Suleiman, who avoided making any hate remarks to the House of Representatives, was invited by his congresswoman, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

He has on multiple occasions called for a third Palestinian Intifada .

He has also called Zionists “the enemies of God”.

Pelosi’s office said they are now looking into how Suleiman came to be invited.

As I pointed out in this article last month (“Democrat presidential candidates under pressure to turn on Israel”), Pelosi denounced anti-Semitism in her own party earlier this year.

 

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Israeli father of 4 killed; IDF: Western media gullibly repeating claims that Israel killed Palestinian mother and baby

May 05, 2019

 

ISRAELI FATHER OF 4 KILLED AT HOME

[Note by Tom Gross]

This is a follow-up to my dispatch from yesterday morning.

Moshe Agadi, 58, a father of four, was killed in his home (above) in the Israeli town of Ashkelon by a Hamas rocket.

An 80-year-old Israeli woman from Kiryat Gat is in critical condition with severe head injuries and shrapnel wounds, after she couldn’t reach a bus shelter in time to take cover as a rocket struck her in the street.

At least 430 Palestinian rockets have been fired since Saturday morning, aiming to kill and maim Israeli civilians.

At least 83 Israelis have received medical treatment for physical and severe psychological injuries in the past 24 hours, despite people cowering in bomb shelters and the iron dome shooting down countless rockets. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are traumatized.

Once again, Israeli PM Netanyahu has been criticized by the Israeli left, center and right, for Israel’s weak response as the IDF chooses mainly to bomb empty buildings rather than kill the terrorists launching the deadly rockets. No other country would put up with this, they say.

 

“FALSE REPORTS IN WESTERN MEDIA THAT ISRAEL KILLED MOTHER AND BABY”

The IDF yesterday accused Western media of gullibly repeating Palestinian claims that Israel killed a Palestinian mother and baby yesterday.

Last year, when Israel was also accused of killing a baby, Palestinian doctors later admitted that the baby had died of pre-existing causes and was not killed by Israel. This, after the New York Times, Financial Times and other prominent western media, ran front page stories about the baby they falsely claimed that Israel had killed:

http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001771.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/24/gaza-ministry-removes-baby-from-list-of-people-killed-by-israeli-army

 

Yesterday, the BBC and others again began reports that Israel killed a Palestinian mother and baby. Today, the New York Times says at the start of its article that Israel killed a Palestinian mother and baby. (Sunday May 5 New York print edition, page 8.)

News agencies such as AFP today highlight Israeli denials of these Palestinians claims but the BBC and New York Times do not.

 

“PLENTY OF WEALTH IN GAZA TOO”

Reminder: There is plenty of money in Gaza. It is Hamas’ decision to deliberately impoverish much of its population for propaganda purposes.

Watch -- AL JAZEERA ARABIC video of Gaza wealth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbH1nJf9ye0

Watch -- TURKISH TV video of Gaza abundance of food:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCJALrWB09A

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That is not to say that there isn’t significant hardship in Gaza too. There is.

 

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Southern Israel this morning (Saturday)

May 04, 2019

 

100 ROCKETS AIMED TO KILL

OVER ONE HUNDRED rockets have been fired from Gaza at towns, villages and kibbutzim in southern Israel in just the LAST THIRTY MINUTES, as Jews take cover in bomb shelters and children cry. And most of the international media and European governments that have de facto assisted Hamas, ignore it.

There is not one word about the bombardment on The Guardian or New York Times home page as I write (11.30 CET). Instead there is (yet) another piece criticizing Benjamin Netanyahu on The Guardian home page.

The missile bombardment is continuing as I write.

The truly brilliant, life-saving iron dome rocket system has intercepted dozens of Hamas rockets.

-- Tom Gross

 

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Cartoons through the ages

May 02, 2019




One of these cartoons is from Nazi Germany; one is from France at the time of The Dreyfus Affair; one is from a virulently anti-Semitic publication in Egypt; one is from Muslim Brotherhood media in Qatar; and one is from this week’s New York Times.

 

* See also: The largest decentralized memorial in the world

* See also: Cartoons from the Arab World (past post)

* See also: Anti-Israel cartoons cross into anti-Semitism (past post)

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The largest decentralized memorial in the world

May 01, 2019

The youngest is for Jiřina Pfefferova, who was just eight months old when she was deported to Terezin. My own grandmother’s parents were also deported to Terezin the same week as baby Jiřina — it was my great-grandfather’s 75th birthday — and later they were murdered in Treblinka...

By age 14, child prodigy Petr Ginz had written five novels and drew pictures to illustrate them. He was killed in Auschwitz aged 16. Petr dreamt of going to the moon, and a copy of his picture “Earth seen from the Moon” was taken by Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, whose mother and grandmother were Auschwitz survivors, onto the American space shuttle Columbia. The shuttle tragically broke apart while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003, destroying the copy of Petr’s drawing.

 

Kafka, born and raised in Prague’s historic Jewish ghetto shortly before it was dismantled, died before the war. However, his three sisters (Gabriele, Valerie and Ottilie) were all murdered in the gas chambers.

Milena Jesenska (Kafka’s lover), photo above, though not Jewish herself, refused to leave her circle of Jewish writers and editors, and was deported with them to Ravensbrück, where she died on May 17, 1944.

 

Anna Jaretzki was the non-Jewish great-granddaughter of a Prussian prince, whose portrait (right) hangs in the Wallace Collection in London. The Prince had a relationship with a 15-year-old called Emilie, which was disapproved of by the royal family. As a result their daughter Charlotte was registered under the family name of the prince’s Jewish tailor, Isadore Gottschalk. Although Charlotte was not Jewish, the Nazis presumed her granddaughter Anna was. So, 104 years after the “incorrect” registration, she was deported as a “part-Jew” to Terezin in July 1942, where she died of typhus. Some of Anna’s blood relatives were senior Nazis who participated in the genocide of European Jews. Such was the utter madness that was the Holocaust.

 

 

I attach an article of mine below, to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, which begins this evening.

-- Tom Gross

 

HONOURING THE DEAD, ONE STONE AT A TIME

Honouring the dead, one stone at a time

Prague has a regrettable public amnesia about the Holocaust, but tiny private memorials keep memories of the city’s Jewish culture alive

By Tom Gross
Standpoint magazine (London)
May 2019 edition

https://standpointmag.co.uk/issues/may-2019/honouring-the-dead-one-stone-at-a-time

Prague, as any visitor knows, is stunningly beautiful. Mercifully untouched by wartime bombing or communist destruction, it retains its historic architectural magnificence. Its curves and cobblestones, domes and spires, Art Nouveau adornments and Habsburg splendour lend it a fairytale quality. But for Franz Kafka, as Milan Kundera points out in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Prague is also a “city without memory”, where “nobody recalls anything”. This is particularly true, it seems to me, when it comes to the Holocaust.

At one point, Prague had proportionately the third-highest Jewish population in the world. Many of the most prominent cultural and commercial figures in what is now the Czech Republic were Jews; many of them or their relatives were killed in the Holocaust.

Kafka, who was born and raised in the city’s historic Jewish ghetto shortly before it was dismantled in the 1890s, died before the war. However, his three sisters (Gabriele, Valerie and Ottilie) were all murdered in the gas chambers.

Sigmund Freud, born in the Czech province of Moravia to a long line of rabbis, moved to Vienna to study medicine, and then escaped to London in 1938. But four of Freud’s five sisters died in the camps: Mitzi, aged 81, and Paula, 78, were transported to Theresienstadt (Terezin, in Czech), north of Prague, and taken from there to the Maly Trostinets extermination camp near Minsk. Dolfi, 80, died in Terezin of internal bleeding due to advanced starvation, and Rosa, 82, was killed in Treblinka.

The composer Gustav Mahler, born to a Jewish family in Bohemia, died before the war. But his niece Alma Rose, described as one of Europe’s most accomplished and least-known musicians, was forced to lead the women’s orchestra in Auschwitz, before being killed. She was deported there as a Jew, despite having converted to Catholicism.

Yet not many Czechs know this, or are aware of the fate of tens of thousands of other Czech Jews murdered in the Holocaust — often with the collaboration of Czechs. There is no official memorial anywhere in Prague: not even a plaque, let alone a museum or learning centre of the kind that most European capitals now have, together with cities in Argentina, the US, Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa and elsewhere.

There is a memorial wall in Prague’s Pinkas synagogue but this is not a public plaque, but a private initiative by the Jewish community, for which you have to pay an entry fee. There is also a statue in a railway station of Nicholas Winton, the Briton who helped rescue 669 Czech children in the Kindertransport. But this is no substitute for a proper memorial in the centre of Prague of the kind that is found in Berlin, Vienna and elsewhere. The only public memory of Holocaust victims in Prague are the stolpersteine (“stumbling stones”), cobble-sized, brass-plated stones which are embedded as part of the pavement outside the homes where victims lived. The stones are paid for by families or friends of the victims, and can cost up to 250 euros each, including local fees.

This project was started by the German artist Gunter Demnig in 1996 in Kreuzberg, Berlin, and has now spread throughout Europe. Every stone has the same format, giving the victim’s name, and years of birth, deportation and death. Each stolperstein is made by hand in Berlin by one man, Michael Friedrichs-Friedländer. He makes up to 450 every month. Today there are more than 70,000 stolpersteine installed in 2,000 towns and cities in 24 countries across Europe. Sweden and Denmark will be added later this year, bringing the total to 26 countries. It is the largest decentralised memorial in the world.

The stolpersteine are placed alone, or in couples and whole families. In one case, outside a former Jewish orphanage in Hamburg, 34 stones are placed together, paid for by a well-wisher to remember the children deported from there.

In Prague, there are 311 stolpersteine dotted around the city and 41 others will be added later this year. Only a small proportion of the city’s Jewish population have these memorials: according to the 1930 census, there were 117,551 Jews in what is now the Czech Republic. Some escaped, but the great majority were killed. Since there are no remains for the victims who were gassed and burned, the stolpersteine have become, in effect, a substitute for a grave or tombstone. Yet they are left in a grimy, sometimes filthy, condition by the city authorities, a fact I have often lamented when walking past them. This is the result, it seems, not of anti-Semitism — the Czechs are among the least anti-Semitic people in Europe — but of apathy.

So I was heartened to learn that Trevor Sage, a retired British man living in Prague, was so alarmed by their poor condition and the fact that some had gone missing that he decided to clean and look after them, one stolperstein at a time. Sage, 59, is not Jewish and has no personal or family connection to the Holocaust. But in recent months the stolpersteine have become his passion. Indeed, he tells me, he feels it his “duty to maintain their condition and preserve their memory” as many of the relatives who helped place them there are elderly and living abroad in America, Britain or Israel.

He makes sure each is kept particularly clean on the victim’s birthday, and this Yom HaShoah (the Jewish Holocaust memorial day, which this year falls on May 1-2), he has for the first time recruited a team of volunteers, mainly drawn from Prague’s foreign population, to clean all 311 stones. He says he was inspired by another man in Salzburg who is doing the same thing.

Trevor has set up a Facebook page, Stolpersteine Prague, where there are details and locations of each stolperstein in the city and photographs for 195 of the victims he managed to find with assistance from their families.

The youngest is for Jiřina Pfefferova, who was just eight months old when she was deported to Terezin on July 23, 1942, and two years, 11 months old when she was taken to Auschwitz and gassed on October 6, 1944. Her sister Alena, who was killed with her, was seven. My own grandmother’s parents, though not from Prague, were also deported to Terezin the same week as baby Jiřina — it was my great-grandfather’s 75th birthday — and later they were murdered in Treblinka. The oldest person remembered with a stone is Berta Krumpelesova, who was 83 when she was murdered in Terezin.

Among other stolpersteine I went to see were those for Petr Ginz, a very talented young boy — between the ages of eight and 14 he wrote five novels and drew pictures to illustrate them — who was deported to Terezin and later killed in Auschwitz.

His diary, written when he was 13 and 14, published in English as The Diary of Petr Ginz 1941-1942, has been compared to that of Anne Frank. Petr dreamt of going to the moon, and a copy of his picture Earth seen from the Moon was (with the permission of Yad Vashem) taken by Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, whose mother and grandmother were Auschwitz survivors, onto the American space shuttle Columbia. The shuttle tragically broke apart while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003, destroying the copy of Petr’s drawing.

Among other notable stolpersteine are those for Milena Jesenska (Kafka’s lover), and Gideon Klein, the young Czech composer. Klein was deported to Terezin in December 1941 along with two other gifted Jewish musicians, Pavel Haas (who was Janáček’s pupil) and Viktor Ullmann (Schoenberg’s pupil). In 1944, Klein was further deported to Auschwitz, where he was worked to death as a slave labourer, dying in January 1945. Milena Jesenska, though not Jewish herself, refused to leave her circle of Jewish writers and editors and was deported with some of them to Ravensbrück, where she died on May 17, 1944.

Perhaps the most remarkable stolperstein in Prague is for Anna Jaretzki. Anna was the non-Jewish great-granddaughter of a Prussian prince, Prince August, whose portrait hangs in the Wallace Collection in London. The Prince had a relationship with a 15-year-old called Emilie, which was disapproved of by the royal family. As a result and to avoid any possible claims on the royal family’s wealth — the prince was one of the richest men in Europe — their daughter Charlotte (born in 1838) was registered under the family name of the prince’s Jewish tailor, Isadore Gottschalk. Although Charlotte was not Jewish, the Nazis presumed her granddaughter Anna was. So, 104 years after the “incorrect” registration, she was deported as a “part-Jew” to Terezin in July 1942, and died there from typhus in August 1942. Some of Anna’s blood relatives were senior Nazis who participated in the genocide of European Jews. Such was the utter madness that was the Holocaust.

 

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