Spanish village changing anti-Jewish name?


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Spain and the Holocaust

29 October 2008

Maureen Tobin Stanley, associate professor of Spanish language, literature, and culture at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, spoke at Vanderbilt University Oct. 23 as part of the Holocaust Lecture Series.

Maureen Tobin Stanley has spent her career examining Spanish voices of resistance, exile and deportation. Though 10,000 to 15,000 Spaniards were imprisoned in Nazi camps with the implicit endorsement of Francisco Franco’s regime, their experience in concentration camps has been largely suppressed. As part of contemporary Spain’s critical, literary, and current legislative drive to recover its democratic past and renounce Franco’s totalitarianism, Stanley’s research seeks to demonstrate the cultural relevance of these frightening realities. Supporting contribution by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Spanish village called ‘kill Jews’ mulling name change

Village of Castrillo Matajudios will convene its 60 families to vote on name dating back to Spanish Inquisition.

By JTA | Apr. 12, 2014 | 11:18 PM

A Spanish village is considering removing the phrase “kill Jews” from its name.

The village of Castrillo Matajudios near Leon in northern Spain will convene its 60 resident families at a town hall meeting next week to discuss and vote on the first formal proposal to change the village’s name, the regional daily Diario de Burgos reported Friday.

Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez, who submitted the proposal, suggested changing the village’s name to Castrillo Mota de Judios, which means “Castrillo Jews’ Hill.” He said this was the village’s original name, but it was changed during the Spanish Inquisition.

In parts of Spain, and especially in the north, locals use the term “killing Jews” (matar Judios) to describe the traditional drinking of lemonade spiked with alcohol at festivals held in city squares at Easter, or drinking in general.

Leon will hold its “matar Judios” fiesta on Good Friday, April 18, where organizers estimate 40,000 gallons of lemonade will be sold.

The name originates from medieval times, when converted Jews would sometimes be publicly executed in show trials at around Easter, Maria Royo, a spokesperson for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain told JTA.

“Regrettably, this type of expression exists in Spain in ceremonies and parties,” she said, but added that “the people saying it are mostly unaware of the history. It is a complicated issue that is ingrained in local culture.”

The federation is in contact on this issue with authorities, but given the popularity of the expression, “it is impossible to forbid this language” in that context, she added.

Last month, Ramon Benavides, the president of a local associations of hoteliers, told the news agency EFE: “When ‘killing Jews,’ it’s best to take it slow and keep track of how much you drink to avoid excesses and its consequences the next day.”

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French Marine Le Pen can be legally called a fascist


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Madonna Defends Use of Swastika on Marine Le Pen‘s Forehead: Front National Party Threatens Suit

27 July 2012

American pop singer Madonna is defending her use of an image depicting French far-right politician Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her forehead after Le Pen’s party threatened legal action. Madonna said the image was meant to highlight intolerance toward immigrants and religious minorities and she refused to remove it from a video played during her live performances.

A music video, no longer on YouTube, used to say about itself:

Madonna performed her song ‘Nobody Knows Me‘ in front of a giant screen showing Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.

Skip to 1:32 in the footage below to see Marine Le Pen in Madonna’s show.

Marine Le Pen then threatened to sue Madonna for this.

The truth evidently hurts for racist French politician Marine le Pen; who inherited her Front National party leadership from her holocaust-denying father Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Though that other video is gone, this one is still on YouTube.

It is called Madonna Stade de France (Nobody Knows Me Interlude). After 56 seconds, the video shows Marine Le Pen with swastika, leading to much sound from the audience.

From Radio France International:

Thursday 10 April 2014

Front National‘s Le Pen can be called fascist, court rules

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has failed in a bid to prevent political opponents called her a “fascist”. The Front National (FN) leader sued hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon for use of abusive language over remarks he made during the 2012 presidential campaign in which both were candidates.

“Why do you think that the French people would be the only people to want a fascist as leader?” was Mélenchon’s response to an opinion poll putting Le Pen in the lead in the first round of the presidential race.

The Paris court on Thursday threw out Le Pen’s case, ruling that this was fair comment in political debate.

“If the term ‘fascist’ can have insulting connotations when used outside of any political context or if accompanied by other demeaning terms, it has, on the other hand, no insulting character when employed between political opponents on a political subject,” it declared.

Mélenchon could “legitimately make his opinion known … without transgressing the limits permitted to freedom of expression on the question”, its judgement said.

“The whole FN policy of trying to silence journalists and political opponents … has failed,” commented Mélenchon’s lawyer, Raquel Garrido. “Madame Le Pen has today been condemned to put up with being called a fascist.” …

Le Pen, who is trying to clean up her party’s image, has threatened to sue anyone calling her “extreme”.

Last week she lost another legal battle with Mélenchon when she was fined 10,000 euros because her party distributed a fake leaflet in his name during a by-election in northern France.

Ms Le Pen herself had called Islam ‘green fascism’ and anti-National Front bankers ‘gold fascists’.

Marine Le Pen attacks British UKIP: here.

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German nazis abuse Sesame Street Cookie Monster


This video is called Modern Nazi Murderers in Germany (Full Documentary).

After British nazis abusing an anti-fascist song by the Manic Street Preachers … and abuse of Sesame Street music for torture in Guantanamo Bay … now this.

From NBC News in the USA:

Cookie Monster Corrupted by Neo-Nazis to Lure Kids

MAINZ, Germany — Cookie Monster is being used by two neo-Nazis in eastern Germany to spread right-wing ideology among students in a local high-school, according to police.

“After months of investigation, we were able to arrest a well-known right-wing extremist dressed in a Cookie Monster costume, while he and an accomplice were handing out leaflets that read “To Be German is Cool’ at a local school in Senftenberg,” Ines Filohn, a police spokeswoman in the state of Brandenburg, told NBC News.

Following the incident, police searched the homes of the two extremists in the cities of Cottbus and Schwarzheide and confiscated computers with other neo-Nazi material. Pending official charges and further investigations, the two men –– both in their thirties — were released by police.

According to reports in Britain’s Daily Mail, one image found on one of the suspect’s computers included a picture of the Sesame Street character Cookie Monster standing next to Adolf Hitler with the caption “Who ate my cookie?”

“We are presently trying to identify whether the two men can be linked to 20 other incidents that involved the Cookie Monster,” Filohn said.

Since the end of September, German police have been searching for the makers of short comic-like Internet videos showing the Cookie Monster and were investigating at least one case in which unknown suspects had plastered posters on school walls that read: “In 2030, the last Germans.”

Experts say that neo-Nazi groups and individual extremists have been searching for new ways to draw attention to racist ideologies and in particular are promoting their “Volkstod,” or “National Death” campaign, which is used by right-wing extremists to describe what they perceive as the degradation of the German race in a multicultural society.

The police spokeswoman in Cottbus expressed concern over the manipulation methods used by the neo-Nazi duo.

“These extremists are trying to trivialize their dangerous ideology by using simple language, by creating ironic cartoons and by increasingly using social media to reach adolescents,” Filohn said.

“The hardcore extremist scene is small, but very well connected,” Filohn added. “And, they are cleverly using this type of provocation to gain broader attention, especially in the media.”

- Andy Eckardt

First published April 8th 2014, 4:40 pm

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Racist murder of refugee in the Netherlands


This video is called Never Before Seen Footage – Somalia war.

In Somalia, there is bloody war. Not to promote human rights, like imperialists usually claim about their wars; but war about oil.

Many Somalis try to flee the bloodshed. Sometimes, they land in a torture jail in NATO’s ‘brave new’ Libya. Sometimes, they drown in the Meditteranean.

If Somali refugees manage to reach a country like the Netherlands, are their problems over then? No, they may be falsely accused of and arrested for terrorism.

They may become homeless.

They may be murdered.

Translated from NOS TV:

Suspect of killing Somali arrested

Wednesday 9 May 2014, 11:30 (Update: 09-04-14, 11:41)

Police have arrested a suspect in a deadly assault in Groningen. He is a 23-year-old resident of Leek.

A 40-year-old homeless Somali man this Monday was beaten up in Groningen. He was seriously injured and died yesterday from his injuries.

Information from witnesses who were in the vicinity of the assault led the police to the man from Leek. The police arrested him overnight in his house.

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English anti-fascists against nazi march plans


This video from Britain says about itself:

Many English Defence League (EDL) supporters have extreme views, and many have shown to support Nazism. Here is a compilation showing EDL supporters giving the Nazi salute.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Yorkshire anti-fascist network mobilizes against EDL march in Rotherham

Tuesday 8th April 2014

Sheffield-based group fights back against rising tide of far-right demonstrations and attacks on Muslims, immigrants and the left

Anti-fascists in South Yorkshire are mobilising to oppose a visit by the fascist English Defence League (EDL) in May.

The dwindling far-right street group plans to descend on Rotherham on Saturday May 10.

But Sheffield Anti-Fascist Network is readying a counter-demonstration.

The group said: “The last few years have seen a wave of demonstrations by far right groups, as well as an increase in attacks on Muslims.

“The new fascists primarily target Muslims but also expand their hatred to anyone who isn’t white, to immigrants, the left and trade unions.

“Their supporters have gone on the rampage and violently attacked Asian-owned businesses, students demonstrating against tuition fees and have been convicted of arson attacks on mosques.”

The EDL has carried out a number of assaults in South Yorkshire, including an attack on a Muslim stall and assaults on anti-fascists.

For more information on the counter-demonstration visit Twitter @SheffieldAFN or email sheffieldafn@riseup.net.

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Austrian racism scandal in Haider’s old party


This music video from Britain says about itself:

April 28, 2012

This is the brand new 7″ record by ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER´S BARNSTORMER.

The A-side gives us the studio version of the live classic “Haider Die!“. A great cover of Simon & Garfunkel´s classic “The Boxer”. The lyrics are about Austrian right-wing politician Joerg Haider who died in an accident. …remember´: “Nazis Shouldn´t Drive” (M.D.C.)

The extreme right FPÖ party used to be the party of Jörg Haider in Austria. Now that Haider is dead after his drunk driving, they have other leaders.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Andreas Mölzer this Tuesday has retired as the leader of the far-right Austrian FPÖ party in the European elections on 25 May. Mölzer recently said that the policies of Nazi Germany were liberal, compared to the overregulation of the European Union.

He also thought that the European Union threatens to become “a collection of Negroes“, lacking the work ethic of Germans and Austrians.

PVV

The FPÖ is one of the parties that the Freedom Party of Geert Wilders wants to cooperate with in the European Parliament. Mölzer was one of the two leading candidates of the party.

Raven black

In an article in a magazine Mölzer (61) complained that many Austrians look like the “raven black” footballer David Alaba of the national team. “You have to go to a nursing home to still meet ‘real Austrians’.”

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Greek government-Golden Dawn nazis secret contacts revealed


This video from Greece, with English subtitles, is called Baltakos Gate. It records secret talks between Greek government representative Panagiotis Baltakos and leading Golden Dawn nazi politician Ilias Kasidiaris.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 5 April 2014 Greek government – Golden Dawn contact man revealed!

THE Secretary of the Greek government, Panagiotis Baltakos, a close aide for decades of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, has been revealed as the go-between Samaras and the fascist party of Golden Dawn.

The number two of the fascist party, Ilias Kasidiaris, speaking in the Vouli (Greek parliament) last Wednesday morning against the prosecution and imprisonment of Golden Dawn parliamentary deputies, revealed that early this year he met up with Baltakos and demanded to know why the Golden Dawn deputies were not protected by the government.

Kasidiaris passed on to the media a high quality video of his discussion with Baltakos.

Two hours later Baltakos resigned, admitting the authenticity of the video as well as another meeting with the fascist deputy Kasidiaris.

As Baltakos drafted his resignation, his son, Dimitrios-Yeorghios Baltakos, an officer of the notorious strike-breaking Special Forces of the Greek Coast Guard, attacked and assaulted three Golden Dawn deputies inside their parliamentary office in the Vouli, along with police officers seconded to his father.

The Mercantile Marine Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, ordered an investigation into Baltakos’ son and suspended him from active service.

Two weeks ago Panagiotis Baltakos, well known for his sympathies for Golden Dawn and his close ties with Greek Orthodox Church bishops, stated in a radio interview: ‘Of course I am an anti-communist, I was born one and I will die one.’

Baltakos insisted that a law should be passed by the Vouli which would make refugees liable to prosecution and immediate expulsion if a complaint against Greek Coast Guards or Greek state officials proves to be false.

In the video, Baltakos states that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was absolutely furious last December when he was informed that half of the arrested Golden Dawn deputies, including Kasidiaris, were freed.

The reason for Samaras’ anger was due to the fact that the previous day he had delivered a speech at the Jewish American congress in New York where he stated that all Golden Dawn deputies involved in illegalities had been arrested; next day Samaras found out that half of Golden Dawn deputies were freed without being charged with any offence.

According to Baltakos, Samaras then telephoned the Greek Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias and the Justice Minister Kharalambos Athanasiou and shouted at them for not imprisoning all Golden Dawn’s arrested deputies.

The Golden Dawn leader, ten deputies and 15 members of the fascist party, were arrested following the murder of rap singer Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn gang in an Athens suburb on 18 September 2013.

The Golden Dawn leader and deputies have been accused of accessory to murder and for setting up a criminal gang.

It has been revealed that Golden Dawn was financed by ship-owners, night-club owners and by several bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church.

In the video, Baltakos states that the High Court investigator had no evidence against those Golden Dawn deputies that were freed.

Baltakos names both the Ministers N Dendias and Kh Athanasiou as the ones who telephoned the Greek High Court Director of Public Prosecutions, Efterpi Koutzamani, to pressure her to charge and imprison the Golden Dawn deputies.

Then Kasidiaris and Baltakos have the following dialogue as heard in the video.

Kasidiaris: ‘I had information that (High Court Director of Public Prosecutions) Koutzamani was a staunch right-winger.

Baltakos crosses himself.

Kasidaris: ‘A God-fearing woman?’

Baltakos: ‘Yes.’

Kasidiaris: ‘Then how come she did all these shameful things with Vourliotis (High Court’s investigator) concocting the investigation’s findings?’

Baltakos: ‘She was convinced by them (Ministers Dendias and Athanasiou) that they (Golden Dawn deputies) are paganists, idol-worshippers, Nazis and against Christianity.’

In separate, very brief statements last Wednesday, both Ministers N Dendias and Kh Athanasiou rejected Baltakos’ claims as ‘untrue’.

In the video, the Golden Dawnd eputy says to Baltakos: ‘Go to the Public Prosecutor and state those who set up this whole conspiracy (against Golden Dawn), that Athanasiou ordered Goutzamani, that Samaras had ordered Athanasiou and all of them must be tried; if you are a just man you must do this.’

To which Baltakos responds: ‘If I do this, a half-hour judiciary investigation would take place, which will then would be filed into the archives.’

Then Kasidiaris asks: ‘What Samaras says of all this? Is he aware of what is going on?’

Baltakos answers: ‘No, at the beginning he didn’t… now that he saw the opinion polls…he thought, as the high bourgeois he is, that what with all these terrible things (against Golden Dawn), “they would get just 2%” he said to me; but I said to him “I say they will get 20%”.’

In the video, Kasidiaris asks Baltakos: ‘who told Samaras to do all this?’

Baltakos replies that Samaras is afraid that Golden Dawn takes away voters from his party, and that leads to Opposition party SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) coming top in the opinion polls.

To this, Kasidiaris says: ‘And just because we take votes off him he is putting us in prison?’

Baltakos: ‘The ass-hole, unbelievable, unbelievable.’

Late on Wednesday, the office of the High Court Director of Public Prosecutions, that is Efterpi Koutzamani herself, charged Kasidiaris with ‘illegal tapping and use of video material.’

The Greek Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK leader Evagelos Venizelos stated that ‘all pockets adjacent ideologically or practically to the extreme right must be dealt a blow’.

The leader of the small right-wing party Independent Greeks, Panos Kammenos, called for the resignation of the Samaras government, while the DIMAR (Democratic Left) party deputy Yiannis Panousis called for an immediate general election.

But SYRIZA parliamentary leaders called for just a parliamentary debate on the issue.

Thus revealed and exposed stands capitalist Greek democracy and the collaboration of the highest state officials and the Prime Minister with the fascist party Golden Dawn.

See also here.

Left opposition party Syriza has overtaken main coalition party New Democracy in opinion polls following the resignation of Cabinet Secretary Panayiotis Baltakos over his claim the PM influenced a criminal probe into the fascist Golden Dawn group: here.

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