What Others Are Saying
Austria 2014. Right-wing fraternities march in Vienna
The Local– Austria’s news in English reports: A group of Austrian right-wing student fraternities known as the Burschenschaften will be marching in Vienna today. Several counter demonstrations are planned, and police are urging restraint. According to a report in the Heute newspaper, 500 members of the academic Burschenschaften of the Wiener Korporationsring (WKR) have registered with police to march a planned route on Wednesday, starting at 5pm at Josephsplatz. The theme of their march is to celebrate the Festival of Freedom (Fest der Freiheit), and will conclude with a panel discussion at the Palais Palffy at 7pm, with the specially-formed Society for Research into the Revolution of 1848. The Burschenschaften, while claiming to be politically neutral, have a long history of promoting a greater Germany based on language, culture, and democracy. The year 1848 is significant as a time of the March revolutions, which popularized notions of national unity, freedom, democracy and free speech in the German states, and which emphasized pan-Germanism.
Austria 1938. Members of the Nazi Youth participate in burning books, Buecherverbrennung, in Salzburg
Chicago 2014. Neo-Nazi Invades Chicago Synagogue Event
Israel National News reports: A masked man invaded a barbecue at a Chicago-area synagogue, shouting anti-Semitic slogans, visitors to the event told Kikar HaShabbat. The incident occurred Sunday at the Anshei Emet synagogue in Chicago, which was hosting a kosher food festival. Witnesses said that the man entered the area where the event was being held and starting cursing and yelling, saying that “all Jews must be exterminated,” and similar comments. He also waved a posted with swastika on it. Several off-duty police officers were on hand and tried to apprehend him, but were unable to. Police said they would open an investigation. If caught, the culprit could face hate crime charges. Chicago has long been a center of neo-Nazi activity. The most well-known event targeting Jews in the area was a 1977 march by the National Socialist Party of America in the city.
Italy 2014. Pasta store vandalized with antisemitic graffiti
CFCA report: The Jewish community in Colli Portuensi, Rome, [last week] expressed outrage after another antisemitic vandalism was reported on a pasta store. The incident happened late Monday night, sources told JP. Swastikas and words like ‘Jewish store’ and ‘no Jews in Coli’ were sprayed on the store front. Jews in Rome are used to seeing antisemitic graffiti once in a while, but this one was more shocking since it mentioned “No Jews at Colli” referring to the area of Colli Portuensi that is a few minutes walk from the Chabad center of Colli, Rabbi Menachem Lazar told JP.
The Netherlands 2014. Antisemitism. A cry for help
De Telegraaf, and other sources in the Netherlands, report: Jewish citizens and organizations have raised the alarm about the growing antisemitism in our country… Dennis Mok, Chairman of the Stichting Bij Leven en Welzijn (Foundation For Life and Welfare), who for forty years has worked for Jewish institutions and events said: “If the government does not act now, the attack in Belgium will be committed here.” Esther Voet, Director of the Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) received a huge amount of hate tweets on Twitter after the murders at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. She says that texts like “Cancer Jews killed in Belgium” originate from 12-16 year olds of “non-Western” origin. “Anti-Zionist” has become a fashionable honorary title in The Netherlands. Voet added that CIDI is extremely worried about the return of Jihadi fighters from Syria. CIDI also filed a police complaint against the foundation “Stop the Occupation” of Gretta Duisenberg, (the widow of the former president of the European Central Bank) who refuses to remove an article about “The Jewish Control of the World Media” from their website.
Latvia and Estonia 2014. Lawmakers mobilize support for Israel
WJC reports: The parliaments of Latvia and Estonia launched Israel Allies Caucuses this week, and Christian denominations in both countries rallied in support of Israel, thanks to the efforts of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC), the World Jewish Congress Israel (WJC) and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). “The World Jewish Congress is committed to strengthening ties between Israel and Christians around the world, and thanks Christians for their efforts to defend Israel against unfair attacks in their home countries,” said Shai Hermesh, Chairman of World Jewish Congress Israel. “The establishment of Israel Allies Caucuses in Latvia and Estonia represents an important extension of these ties and a recognition of the world influence of Baltic Christians.” Representatives of the three Israel-based organizations traveled to Riga and Tallinn this week for parliamentary meetings and to participate in the Christian gatherings, which drew more than 800 people each. The founding of the Estonian and Latvian Israel Allies Caucuses brings to 30 the number of Parliamentary caucuses in the Israel Allies Foundation global network. The Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, a non-partisan group, seeks to open formal and direct lines of communication between Knesset members and Christian leaders, organizations and political representatives around the world.
Ukraine 2014. Presidential election in Ukraine: Jewish candidate won more votes than both ultranationalist candidates
European Jewish Press reports: The President of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress Vadim Rabinovich, who was a candidate in Ukraine’s last Sunday’s presidential election, is one of the biggest sensations of the poll as he won across the country more votes than both Ukrainian ultranationalist leaders.The election saw the victory of pro-EU businessman Petro Poroshenko,who garnered 53,70 of the votes. About 2,5% of voters casted their votes for Rabinovich, which is in absolute terms equals to more than 400,000 people. Rabinovich came close to Mikhail Dobkin, the candidate of the recently ruling Party of Regions and outrun not only a very well-known activist of Maidan, Olga Bohomolets, but also the two main ultranationalists leaders, Oleg Tvagnybokof Swovoda and the leader of the Right Sector movement Oleg Yarosh. In total Rabinovich won more votes than both of them put together. ‘’Propagandists from the Russian media, who for months blew the trumpets about mass bursts of fascism, neo-Nazism in Ukraine and a total anti-Semitism”, went down in flames – because there is no better contradiction of their speculations and myths than a victory of a Jewish candidate over both leaders of the Ukrainian nationalist organizations,’’ political analysts said. ‘’Vadim Rabinovich managed to prove that Jewish origin of a talented candidate is no longer an insuperable obstacle to gain popularity among the masses of the Ukrainian voters.’’
Thank God there’s an Israel!
بفضل الله، هناك إسرائيل