Donald Trump and anti-Semitism


This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Keeps Getting Anti-Semitism Questions, Keeps Giving Horrible Answers

16 February 2017

Trump was asked about anti-Semitism for the second day in a row. His answer was nonsense. Again. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Mr. Trump’s abominable answer to the anti-Semitism question on Wednesday drew considerable criticism in the Israeli press and elsewhere, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise when a different reporter reprised it at another news conference on Thursday.

Mr. Trump ordered the reporter to sit down before the question was even finished. “No. 1: I’m the least anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life,” Mr. Trump insisted and “No. 2: Racism. The least racist person.”

Mr. Trump derided the question as “very insulting.” Then he played his ace card by invoking Mr. Netanyahu, who one day earlier awarded Mr. Trump his personal imprimatur and political cover by declaring “there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state” than the new American president.”

Read more here.

From e News Park Forest in the USA:

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect: Mr. President, Your Too Little, Too Late Acknowledgement of #Antisemitism Today is Not Enough

February 21, 2017

NEW YORK—(ENEWSPF)—February 21, 2017. Statement of Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, on President Trump’s acknowledgment of Antisemitism today:

“The President’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration. His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record.

Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration. The White House repeatedly refused to mention Jews in its Holocaust remembrance, and had the audacity to take offense when the world pointed out the ramifications of Holocaust denial. And it was only yesterday, Presidents’ Day, that Jewish Community Centers across the nation received bomb threats, and the President said absolutely nothing. When President Trump responds to Antisemitism proactively and in real time, and without pleas and pressure, that’s when we’ll be able to say this President has turned a corner. This is not that moment.”

Anti-Roma racism, new book


This video says about itself:

‘United For Dignity’ – Young Roma And The Fight Against Multiple Discrimination

27 June 2014

Key speakers, contributors and the rap group De La Negra are featured in this report on the Council of Europe conference ‘United For Dignity’ which took place earlier this week at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg.

More information here.

Go deeper on this topic … listen to the podcast on how young Roma people cope with ‘Romaphobia‘ and the prejudice they face because of their gender, migrant status or sexual orientation.

By Tina Carr in Britain:

Hatred of the Roma challenged

Monday 20th February 2017

The Roma need to be seen in all their colours and engaged with on every level to be fully understood, asserts TINA CARR

Romaphobia: The Last Acceptable Form Of Racism by Aiden McGarry (Zed Books, £14.99)

THE ROMA are believed to have arrived in Europe from northern India in waves of migration from the ninth to the 14th centuries.

Found in every country on the continent, it would be difficult to find a more diverse group.

They number 10-12 million, yet are one of its most marginalised minorities, with anti-Roma attitudes on the rise along similar lines to both Islamophobia and anti-semitism.

Although they have traditionally been called “Gypsies,” today many prefer to be called Rom or Roma — men or women in their language, Romanes — because the term “Gypsy” has a pejorative meaning in many societies.

Equally, many Roma prefer to adhere to the term Gypsy or tribal names such as Romungro, Olah, Sinti or Tsigane, having identified as such for many generations.

British Gypsies and Travellers do not use the umbrella term Roma to define themselves, although they may share the same ethnic or linguistic origins as the Roma in Europe.

However, the term Roma is a useful and widely accepted coverall since the umbrella group do have a shared ethnicity, with the exception of Irish Travellers.

It’s said that where the tarmac ends, the Roma settlement begins.

The majority live in dire poverty, are ghettoised behind walls built to segregate them from the majority, are unemployed and, until relatively recently, have received little or no education.

As Aiden McGarry says in his new book: “Romaphobia is the hate or fear of those individuals perceived as being Roma, Gypsy or Traveller; it involves the negative ascription of group identity and can result in marginalisation, persecution and violence. Romaphobia is a manifestation of racism: it is cut from the same cloth.”

Racism is on the rise and, although Romaphobia is no different in form or content to Islamophobia and anti-semitism, its causes can be particularised — there is something specific about Romaphobia even if its racist core is familiar.

And this is what McGarry’s book sets out to explore through the early history of the European nation state and the ways in which the Roma, as “landless nomads,” have been excluded from national communities founded upon a notion of “belonging” to a particular territory.

It uncovers the causes of racism towards Roma communities and points to constructive ways to combat Romaphobia.

The addition of “phobia” to the word Roma is a great idea — to ally Romaphobia to the other more long-lived phobias of homosexuality and Islam gives it immediate parity with the great campaigns that have risen to defend the rights of these minority groups.

As Romani studies gains traction in academia and begins to come out of what McGarry describes as its “splendid isolation” by drawing on concepts and ideas from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including politics, sociology, public policy, humanities and urban geography, the more the under-researched and misunderstood phenomena of the Roma will emerge into the light.

The Roma need to be seen in all their colours and engaged with on every level to be fully understood.

Enlightened, sensitively written and always positive, this book making a valuable contribution to that coming about.

Tina Carr is co-author with Annemarie Schone of From the Horse’s Mouth: A Roma, Gypsy, Traveller Landscape, available from simply-solar.co.uk.

Geert Wilders’ anti-Moroccan racism


Wilders cartoon

In this Dutch Geert Wilders cartoon, the signposts say ‘To the right’, ‘Further to the right’, and, finally as he falls into the abyss ‘FPÖ‘ (the Austrian far-right party, founded by ex-members of Hitler’s nazi party, with which Wilders cooperates now).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Muslims condemn Wilders for calling Moroccans ‘scum’

Monday 20th February 2017

MUSLIM groups in the Netherlands slammed far-right leader Geert Wilders’s latest racist outburst against Moroccan immigrants yesterday.

The Party for Freedom leader, who hopes to become prime minister in the March 15 general election, made the comments at his first campaign rally in the town of Spijkenisse on Saturday.

He promised to crack down on “Moroccan scum,” whom he claimed the authorities allowed to “run riot.” “

Not all are scum, but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe,” Mr Wilders said, surrounded by a heavy police escort.

“If you want to regain your country, if you want to make the Netherlands for the people of the Netherlands, your own home, again, then you can only vote for one party.”

Umbrella group Contact Organ Muslims and Government director Ebubekir Ozture called Mr Wilders’s comments “reprehensible,” but added Moroccans and Muslims were used to his racist rhetoric.

Mr Wilders was convicted in absentia last year of hate speech for a talk he gave before the 2014 local elections.

He asked the audience if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the country, to which they chanted “Fewer!” — and he replied “I’ll take care of it.”

Abdou Menebhi of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Migration and Development, who made one of many complaints about the 2014 speech, said: “Wilders is not going to stop.

“He is still spreading hate and discriminating against Moroccans and Muslims.”

Dutch racists vandalize Moluccan mosque


Moluccan mosque in Waalwijk

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Moluccan mosque in Waalwijk daubed

Today, 13:19

Strangers have tonight daubed the Moluccan [from the Maluku islands in the Malay archipelago] An-Nur mosque in Waalwijk with slogans. “Fuck Allah” and “Fuck Isis“, it says on walls and windows.

Visitors to the mosque speak of “a cowardly act”. “We have nothing to do with ISIS and we do not want to have anything to do with it,” said one of them to Omroep Brabant broadcasting organisation. The mosque people would like to get in touch with the perpetrators to talk.

Also an apartment building near the mosque was daubed.

United States racist planned massacre of Jews


This video from the USA says about itself:

FBI Arrests Nazi Terrorist Planning Synagogue Mass Shooting

16 February 2017

The alleged would-be shooter was inspired by the Charleston church massacre. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“The FBI has arrested a white supremacist who allegedly planned to carry out a Dylann Roof-style massacre against a South Carolina synagogue.

Local news station WMBF reports that law enforcement officials on Wednesday apprehended a 29-year-old man named Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, who bought a gun from an undercover FBI agent that he allegedly planned to use in an attack against the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

According to the FBI, McDowell telegraphed his intentions to attack the synagogue during a series of anti-Semitic Facebook posts in which he expressed his desire to carry out a massacre against it “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.”

In January, McDowell told the undercover FBI agent that he wanted to attack a synagogue, but worried that he didn’t have the proper training to handle it as efficiently as Roof did when he murdered nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

“I got the heart to do that sh*t, but I don’t have to the good training,” he allegedly said. “If I could do something on a f*cking big scale and write on the f*cking building or whatever, ‘In the spirit of Dylann Roof.’”

While McDowell didn’t tell the agent about any specific building that he wanted to attack, he did post a link to the synagogue’s website on Facebook in late December, which led officers to believe that it was a prime potential target.

On Wednesday, agents arrested McDowell after spotting him “holding a bag in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn in Myrtle Beach.” Agents found him in possession of the handgun and ammo sold to him by the undercover agent, as well as a marijuana cigarette and a cell phone.”

Read more here.

From RT.com:

White supremacist arrested for planned attack ‘in the spirit of Dylann Roof’

16 Feb, 2017 22:09

A South Carolina man arrested after buying a gun from an undercover FBI agent wanted to execute a racially motivated attack in the spirit of the 2015 massacre at an African-American church in Charleston, authorities say.

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, was arrested Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and charged with felony in possession of a firearm or ammunition. After a Thursday hearing in a federal courtroom, he is being held at the Florence County Detention Center.

McDowell has spent multiple years in prison for a variety of crimes, including assault and battery and second-degree burglary, WMBF reported. He became involved with white supremacists while serving time in a South Carolina prison, Horry County Police told the FBI.

McDowell first made contact with the undercover FBI agent after he posted on Facebook in early January an anti-Semitic rant that referenced Dylann Roof. Roof was sentenced to death in January for fatally shooting nine people in June 2015 at a South Carolina church targeted specifically for its African-American parishioners.

On January 5, McDowell wrote on Facebook that “they should be Feasting on the enemy that stole their Heritage and their bloodline and trying to run us off of this Earth you can post pictures of f****** Viking and swords all the s*** you want to post if you ain’t got the heart to fight for Yahweh like dylann roof did you need to shut the f*** up…,” WMBF reported, citing the federal complaint.

The undercover agent first met with McDowell on January 12, at a Myrtle Beach hotel, according to court documents, which stated that McDowell believed the agent “handled problems for the Aryan Nations.”

“McDowell indicated he sought a way to conduct an attack on non-whites without getting caught,” according to the complaint. A previous Facebook post identified his potential target as Temple Emanu-El, a conservative synagogue in Myrtle Beach.

During the meeting, McDowell discussed obtaining a gun that couldn’t be traced back to him. McDowell said he wanted to be “scot-free” and avoid further jail time.

“I seen what Dylann Roof did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred and I..I want to do that s***. Like, I got desire, not for nobody else…it just…I want something where i can say, ‘I f****** did that’…me personally.”

He also told the agent about his hate for non-whites and his belief in white supremacy, the complaint states. “If I could do something on a f****** big scale and write on the f****** building or whatever, ‘In the spirit of Dylann Roof’.”

On February 15, McDowell met with the agent and purchased a .40 caliber Glock with hollow point ammunition, WMBF reported. He was arrested in a Myrtle Beach hotel shortly after the exchange, according to court documents. At the time of arrest, McDowell was carrying the gun, ammunition, a marijuana cigarette and a cell phone.

Following Thursday’s hearing, McDowell is scheduled to reappear in the federal courtroom in Florence on February 21. He has yet to hire an attorney.

A Twitter comment on this says:

Gee, I wonder which of those 7 (Muslim) banned countries [of Donald Trump’s ‘anti-terrorist’ Muslim ban] Benjamin McDowell comes from?

Will the Trump-supporting Rupert Murdoch media call Benjamin McDowell a ‘terrorist‘? Or would they only have done so if he would have been Muslim or African American? Or would they have falsely blamed a Muslim, as they did reporting on the recent massacre of Muslims in Quebec, Canada, by a supporter of Donald Trump and French racist fuehrer Marine Le Pen?

Man Arrested in South Carolina Has Ties to Many White Supremacist Groups: here.

‘They’re all terrorists’: Outrage in France after restaurant owner kicks out Muslim women: here.

German corporate racist fake news


This video from Germany says about itself:

New Year Festival at [river] Main bank, Frankfurt city, 2017. Everything was very peaceful but very cold because of snowing.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Bild article on mass rape in Frankfurt turns out to be fake news

Today, 15:25

Was this New Year’s night in Frankfurt similar to the one in Cologne, a year earlier? The newspaper Bild reported last week that dozens of young men of “Arab” descent in a café in Frankfurt had harassed visitors and groped women. Hundreds of others were said to have caused problems in an entertainment area. Now is certain: it was fake news.

Police in Frankfurt are investigating two sources of the story, a landlord and an alleged customer of his. This Irina A. told Bild that her breasts and pubic area were groped. Yesterday the Public Prosecutor in the German city reported that A. during New Year was not at all in Frankfurt and that her story thus could not be true.

Pub boss Jan M. is said to sympathize with the [racist] Pegida movement and the right-wing populist

How often will I have to repeat on this blog that journalists should stop using ‘populist’ as an euphemism for racist?

party Alternative for Germany. Which oppose the arrival of refugees in Germany. The police called M.’s allegations nonsense and says they “lack any foundation.”

Questions and amazement

The publication in Bild immediately caused many questions. With one exception, operators of other catering facilities did not recognize themselves in the stories of M. and A. They spoke of a normal New Year. Also police were surprised. Police had not received on January 1 and in the days after any report that pointed to large-scale assaults.

Bild has now retracted the story and apologized. “The editors apologize emphatically for inaccurate reporting and the accusations against those involved,” according to a statement. The newspaper is now figuring out how things could come so far.

Bild with a circulation of 1.7 million is the largest newspaper in Germany. Also online the paper is influential. The story therefore also appeared in other countries.

Bild is part of the Axel Springer corporation; with a far-right tradition. In the 1960s they were the inspiration for a firearm attempt on the life of leftist Berlin student leader Rudi Dutschke.

German police say major newspaper’s story about a rampaging Arab ‘sex mob’ was wrong: here.

Neonazi threat in Britain


This 2009 video from Britain is called EDL BNP COMBAT 18 MarchForEngland SIOE: Fascist groups EXPOSED.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Hope Not Hate warns of growing neonazi threat

Tuesday 14th February 2017

VIOLENCE from British neonazi groups is an increasing threat, campaign group Hope Not Hate warned yesterday.

A new generation of far-right activists as part of the white nationalist “alt-right” scene are exploiting websites such as YouTube and Facebook to spread their hate, the anti-fascist group said.

The State of the Nation report said that as the “alt-right” groups are on the political margins, they posed an increasing threat of violence and cruelty to the public.

It also said that the flames of fascism had been fanned by international events, including the election of Donald Trump, growing racist parties in western Europe and authoritarian states in central and eastern Europe.

The resurgence of the far-right terrorist group Combat 18 in Britain and across Europe was a concern, as last year the group expanded in Hungary, and in Sweden, where it has been inactive for many years. Last year, in Switzerland, a nazi concert was attended by 6,000 people, the largest of its kind.

Hope Not Hate chief executive Nick Lowles said: “We are living in very dangerous and uncertain times.

“The British far right remains a small player in this wider picture, but in its many garbs it still poses a growing threat, with the potential for violence and even, possibly, terrorism.”

A Hope Not Hate poll carried out, in conjunction with YouGov, revealed that half of Britons surveyed said that they thought Islam posed a threat to the West.

But 69 per cent of those polled said they thought it is wrong to blame a whole religion for the actions of a minority of extremists.