What in God’s name is happening in the world? Part II

by Alan Simons

There’s a well-known Yiddish expression. Di velt iz sheyn nor di mentshn makhn zi mies. The world is beautiful but people make it ugly.  This is Part II in a series that sees no end in site. Antisemitism, Holocaust denial, Islamophobia, hate towards the Roma, Nigerian children being kidnapped by perverted terrorist sick-os that go by their adopted name of the “Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad,”  Geert Wilders, the darling of many American Jews, until he announced his intention of joining the far-right bloc in the upcoming EU parliamentary elections. He’s now somewhat changed his mind! And then there’s Ukraine, South Sudan and the garbage being spewed from the lips of numerous Fatah officials. Hamas, who on TV have pleasure in enticing their children to kill the Jews and finally Canada, of all places, where many Jews wonder who is actually looking after their interests.  Need I say more?

The world is not only in kerfuffle it is ready to self-implode.  If you have any doubts just take a few minutes to read the following items recently published in various media. Their links are attached:

CANADA

A 6 Year old in Hiding in a Church, in Canada.  The Psuma family are Roma/Jewish. They were chased out of their home in Hungary after being set upon by neo-Nazi thugs. They have been threatened with death if they return. Yet Canada, compassionate understanding Canada under the present government want to do just that, deny their refugee claim for safety and return them to the clutches of racist hooligans.

FRANCE

Jewish mother, baby assaulted in Paris.  A woman assaulted a Jewish mother and her baby in Paris while shouting antisemitic slurs.  In Tuesday’s incident, the assailant shook the stroller belonging to a 27-year-old mother while her 6-month-old baby was inside, according to the Drancy-based National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. The mother described the attacker as being in her 50s with a European complexion and features, BNVCA said. The mother said the attacker shouted, “Dirty Jewess, enough with your children already, you Jews have too many children, screw you.” Identified by BNVCA by her initials, A.M., the mother said the assailant continued to hurl insults at her in front of onlookers at the Faubourg Monmartre bus stop in the 9th arrondissement, a district in central Paris. BNVCA founder Sammy Ghozlan said the mother has filed a complaint with police and can identify her attacker… He added, “The anti-Semitism which persists despite all the measures taken is causing great distress to many Jewish citizens, who are contemplating their future in our country.”

RUSSIA

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights group, on Monday demanded an apology from the directors of state-owned Russia Today Television for airing anti-Semitic programming that contravened Russia’s membership obligations under the 2004 Berlin Declaration on Anti-Semitism of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Known as RT, the outlet has long come under criticism for serving as a Kremlin mouthpiece and for vicious attacks on Israel. “In the very week that the Russian Federation criminalized the denial of the Holocaust and the State of Israel celebrated its 66th Independence Day, your channel apparently decided to trash both Jewish Holocaust victims and Jewish sovereignty…

HUNGARY

Hungary’s far-right party set to come second in EU vote…  Both the European Commission and the European Parliament have taken Budapest to task over questions of rule of law and media freedom. While Fidesz will undoubtedly win the EU elections, far-right party Jobbik is also set to do very well in the 25 May vote. “The surprise would be if they didn’t come in second,” says Csaba Toth of the Republikon Institute. He notes that Jobbik is continuing its push for the political centre, a strategy that already paid off at the polls in April. “Its strategic goal is to become an alternating party to Fidesz,” he adds.

THE NETHERLANDS

Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders is riding high ahead of this month’s European Parliament The best of Geert Wilderselections, hoping to destroy from within what he calls the ‘monster of Brussels’.  Despite an unprecedented backlash after he called for “fewer Moroccans” in the Netherlands, his Party for Freedom (PVV) looks set to make gains in the May 22 vote, including extra clout and cash by joining a pan-European populist alliance.  The platinum-haired Wilders in November announced “the start of the liberation of Europe” from the European Union after forming a partnership with French far-right party National Front (FN).  Like the FN’s leader Marine Le Pen, Wilders wants to take his country out of the EU and to abandon the euro. “Wilders is hunting for power in Europe. He wants to be part of a broader movement and wants more influence in the European Parliament,” says Adriaan Schout, senior researcher at the Clingendael Institute for International Relations. The latest Ipsos opinion poll on May 1 ranked Wilders’ PVV third in the Netherlands, just below the ruling coalition partner People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the pro-Europe D66.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Czech Cabinet will not pay for demolition of pig farm in Lety.  Over 1,300 Romanies were interned in Lety during the German Nazi occupation, 327 of whom perished in the camp and over 500 were sent to the extermination camp in Auschwitz where most of them died.  A memorial to the Romany Holocaust was set up at the former burial ground of the Lety concentration camp for Romanies. However, it is situated near a pig farm that is at the site now. Romanies and human rights activists have protested against it for years. Relatives of the Romany Holocaust victims along with the U.N. Human Rights Committee have demanded that the pig farm be abolished.

GREECE

Greece’s top court allows far-right party to contest EU vote.  Greece’s Supreme Court on Sunday allowed the far-right Golden Dawn party to run in European elections this month, despite calls to ban it as its leader waits in jail to be tried for membership of a criminal organization. The court routinely permits parties to take part in elections but a private citizen had asked it to exclude Golden Dawn this time because its leadership is under investigation over a string of attacks against immigrants and opponents…  The party is running between third and fifth in opinion polls, and a strong showing would pose a challenge to the fragile coalition government.

CANADA

Canadians more likely to be antisemitic than Americans, poll finds.  A new global poll reveals Canadians are more likely to be antisemitic than Americans.  The survey by the U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found 14% of Canadians harbour anti-Jewish attitudes, compared with only 9% of Americans…  Although many Canadians want to dismiss anti-Semitism as being a problem of the past, the survey makes it clear it persists. If anything, the modern form of anti-Semitism may be even more dangerous than it was in the past. In Canada, anti-Jewish bullying and abuse take place on campuses, in classrooms and workplaces…

USA

Twitter Is Platform of Choice for Antisemites as Hate Rises on Social Media.  Twitter is the “weapon of choice” for bigots and racists, according to a new report on digital hate and intolerance released by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The center surveyed hateful content on over 30,000 websites and found that online hatred rose more than 30% over the past year. The report also graded top social media platforms on their commitment to removing hateful posts and on whether the prevalence of these posts on their sites is increasing or decreasing. “If the world is going to effectively deal with the growing threat from lone wolf terrorists, the leading social media companies, including Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter must do more,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, assistant dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. But Cooper reserved special criticism for Twitter, which received a D grade in the report. He said Twitter has shown little inclination to work with his center or to seriously address hateful speech and even terrorist activity. “There are terrorist groups that use Twitter to communicate,” he said. “Twitter hasn’t shown us they have an institutional grasp or commitment of the issue, and that needs to change.”

SOUTH SUDAN

South Sudan violence leaves trail of bodies, starving children and destruction. Bodies stuffed in wells. Houses burned down. Children playing on military hardware. And infants showing the skeletal outlines of severe hunger. These are the scenes from a remote part of South Sudan – Leer – where Doctors Without Borders has just begun feeding severely malnourished children about three months after the aid group’s hospital was destroyed in violence that has been ripping apart the country since December. One child brought to the clinic by a mother hoping for life-saving aid instead died the next day. That and other scenes of desperation were recently filmed by an Associated Press journalist.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday that he visited South Sudan this month in order to “sound the alarm about the violence and the risk of catastrophic famine.” Ban warned that if the fighting continues, half of South Sudan’s 12 million people will be displaced, starving or dead by year’s end.

FRANCE

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French Jewish leader: ‘It’s not so pleasant living there as Jews.’ France’s flag has three stripes, and its motto promotes three values: liberty, equality and fraternity. Now, its Jewish community – Europe’s largest — faces three threats, according to Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish organizations and a vice president of the World Jewish Congress. In an appearance at New York’s French consulate, Cukierman laid out the trio of challenges: an increasingly radicalized Muslim immigrant population that scapegoats Jews, the growing popularity of the far-right National Front party headed by Marine Le Pen, and widespread anti-Israel sentiment among French leftists. “It’s not so pleasant living there as Jews in this period,” Cukierman said, adding that at a recent anti-government demonstration, “a crowd of 17,000 people was yelling, ‘Jews, France does not belong to you.’” (An audience member disputed his characterization later during a Q&A session, arguing that only about 500 demonstrators joined in the anti-Jewish chants.) Forty percent of violent hate crimes in France target Jews, Cukierman said.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

Israel’s creation is “greatest crime known to humanity,” writes official PA daily op-ed.  To coincide with Israel’s Independence Day, the official Palestinian Authority daily published an op-ed describing Israel’s creation – “the occupation of Palestine” – as “the greatest crime known to humanity.” Other terms of demonization used to refer to Israel’s creation were “a monstrosity was born” and “an despicable mission.” Jewish fighting forces in the War of Independence were referred to as “the Zionist gangs.”… Children in the PA are likewise taught in official education to reject Israel’s right to exist. A PA schoolbook uses some of the same terms that appeared in the op-ed when teaching 12th graders about the establishment of Israel. 

 (Text credit: Canada, Psuma family- Bernie Farber. Photo credit: Greece- universityobserver; South Sudan- sam-bronx photo; France- alliancefr)

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-Canadian Muslim group uses KKK video on their website.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING+ UPDATE

“It’s hard to believe that in 2011, there would be any credible or faith-based group that would embrace the most despicable neo-Nazi in North America, David Duke.” –Bernie Farber, CEO of Canadian Jewish Congress.

“Grounds to lodge a complaint to police over the website, which it said may be in violation of Canada’s hate laws.”

APRIL 12, 2011. From Canada’s National Post (April11) –  A Canadian Muslim group is making no apologies for its Internet site, which features a video address by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

In the 12-minute video on the Canadian Shia Muslims Organization website, Mr. Duke espouses conspiracy theories about what he calls “Zionist running dogs.”

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Asked about the video, the Markham, Ontario based Muslim group responded with an email saying it would not discuss the matter unless the press reported on “the Islamaphobic [Sic] hate propaganda going on here in Canada.”

The Canadian Shia Muslim Organization was incorporated in 2008 to “support multiculturalism” and “interfaith dialogue.” Federal records list the directors as Munir Hussain Syed, Riaz Husain and Syed Fayyaz Mehdi Rizvi…

The group’s address is a postal box in Markham. [Ontario] It has no phone listing. In its literature, it calls itself “a grassroots organization of Canadian Shia Muslims that operates above racial, gender and ethnicity considerations.” Its stated aim is to “represent all Canadian Shia Muslims to promote and ensure their participation in religious and political arenas of the Canadian society.”

The video can currently be seen at: http://casmo.ca/ or on You Tube

UPDATE

APRIL 13, 2011.

From Bernie Farber, CEO of Canadian Jewish Congress:

You may have read recently that a Canadian Shia group posted a number of videos on its site that were clearly in our view antisemitic. The videos in question featured David Duke notorious KKK leader and neo-Nazi.

Following the first National Post story a second article appeared in the National Post reporting that CJC had filed a formal hate crimes complaint to York Regional Police Services.

Today I am happy to report that the site in question has now removed the antisemitic videos as a result it seems of our complaint to the police. We are still working with the police in its investigation of our original complaint.

Success here, we believe, delivers a clear message that such hateful behaviour will simply not be tolerated.


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– FREE SPEECH for terrorist sympathisers?

COMMENT

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.

By Alan Simons

APRIL 3, 2009 –  In an editorial article published earlier this week in Canada’s National Post they stated that Canada should have allowed George Galloway to enter the country. “We disagree with George Galloway. Indeed, we think he’s a toxic clown who serves as a mouthpiece for some of the most dangerous people on Earth. But communicating ignorant opinions is not illegal. Nor should it be a reason for being turned away at a free country’s borders.” They add: “If free speech is to be upheld, it must be upheld for all.”

What the National Post fails to mention is that Galloway wasn’t turned away for what he was going to say, but because, as pointed out by one of our readers, “under Canadian law, it was illegal to admit him, since he gave money to a listed terrorist group. Lots of people are refused admission every day for some reason covered by the border laws, and of course, that means that all of them don’t get to do free speech from inside Canada.”

hfcanborderservice01As much as I might want to agree with the National Post’s substance of why Galloway should have been allowed to enter Canada, I am also equally proud of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), who for once didn’t follow the lead of their American colleagues. The Americans decided to allow entry to Galloway who spoke at various U.S. campus rallies.

As reported in jewishinfoNews, while visiting Gaza earlier this month, Galloway was interviewed by Motasem Dalloul, a correspondent for IslamOnline.net in Gaza. Dalloul’s interview appeared in the Palestine Chronicle news web site on March 13.

Dalloul pointed out in his article that Galloway had personally donated three cars and 35,000 dollars, a few hours before leaving Gaza. He also mentioned that Galloway referred to the Hamas leader Ismail Haniya as “the PM of all the free people, not only in Gaza, but also all over the world.” And as we all know, Haniya responded by giving honorary citizenship to Galloway by means of a passport. Galloway, by all accounts, accepted it readily. Is there not some credence, one would presume, into thinking that accepting a passport from a terrorist leader would make Galloway some sort of a ‘honorary’ terrorist accomplice?

Also, I really don’t agree with the National Post’s comment that the Canadian “government has now set a dangerous precedent.” I would suspect similar CBSA rulings applied to such “mouthpieces” as Sheikh Riyadh ul-Haq, a prominent cleric in England, Wajdi Ghunaim, who was also refused entry into Canada after it was discovered that he was a member of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, and more recently to William Ayers, the 1960s radical and current education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who earlier this year was turned away from Canada as he tried to enter the country for a series of educational events at the University of Toronto. Reports suggested Ayers was deemed not admissible after being pulled aside by Canadian immigration officials while trying to clear customs at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

In terms of a precedent being established, it wouldn’t at all surprise me if other countries will now follow Canada’s ruling as a means to refuse entry to Galloway. And that would surely be of a concern to the manhood of the member of parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow, who appeared on the British show Celebrity Big Brother, where he performed for the public by crawling around on all fours pretending to be a cat.

Today, Canada’s National Post reported that Galloway is suing Bernie Farber, the CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and CTV. “I have instructed my lawyers in Canada to bring an action for defamation against Bernie Farber … and CTV, for comments he made that they allowed him to make.”

Perhaps someone should tell George Galloway that it’s never too late to have a happy childhood.  But please, not in Canada!

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