Hungarian government awards anti-Semite Knight’s Cross


Hungarian Knight's Cross

From Hungarian Spectrum blog:

Zsolt Bayer, the purveyor of hate, in his own words

Decent, democratic Hungarians are stunned. The hate-filled, racist, anti-Semitic journalistic hack, Zsolt Bayer, on the recommendation of Zoltán Balog, received the third highest decoration the government can bestow on people of great achievement. János Lázár presented Bayer with the “Hungarian Middle Cross.”

The independent media could scarcely find words to display its disgust with the government, but some headline writers rose to the occasion. One headline read “By mistake Zsolt Bayer received the cross of the knight [lovagkereszt] instead of the Swastika.” Swastika in Hungarian is “horogkereszt.” A blog writer at Népszabadság titled his piece “The knight of the Godfather” since Viktor Orbán and Bayer are old friends and fellow founders of Fidesz [the right-wing governing party in Hungary].

Instead of trying to describe Bayer’s “literary output,” I think it’s best to let Bayer speak for himself. I will be only his English voice. In the past, every time I wrote about Bayer I always said how difficult it is to translate his prose. For starters, Hungarian obscenity beats American obscenity by a mile. Moreover, I hate to repeat this smut.

The first time I discussed Bayer at some length was in January 2011 shortly after András Schiff, the world-renowned pianist, wrote a letter to the editor of The Washington Post. Bayer retorted with an article titled “The same stench.” Here are a few lines from that piece.

A stinking excrement called something like Cohen from somewhere in England writes that ‘foul stench wafts’ from Hungary. Cohen, and Cohn-Bendit, and Schiff. Népszava appears with the red figure of the man with the hammer and demands freedom of the press. Most people think that this is something new and that war like that didn’t take place before. Nonsense. There is nothing new under the sun. Unfortunately, they were not all buried up to their necks in the forest of Orgovány.

A brief explanation. Orgovány, a small village on the Great Plains, was the site of massacres committed by the leaders of the Hungarian White Terror in 1919-1920. Most of the victims were Jewish. In plain language, Bayer is expressing his sorrow that not all the Jews were killed in those days.

A year later he got angry because Ulrike Lunacek, an Austrian MP in the European Parliament, criticized Hungary. Bayer, who at the time had a program on Echo TVhad the following to say about Lunacek in the company of two other right-wingers:

Then comes a half-witted [The Germans translated it as ‘brain amputeed’] impetiginous lying idiot, Ulrike Lunacek, and I expressed myself delicately … The whole rotten filthy lie from the mouth of a rotten filth bag.” In choice Hungarian: “Csak jön egy olyan agyament ótvar hazug idióta, Ulrike Lunacek, és milyen finoman fejeztem ki magam. … Az egész egy rohadt szemét hazugság egy rohadt szemét szájából.”

In 2013 Bayer wrote another hateful piece in which, although he didn’t use the word “Jew” or “Jewish,” anyone who is familiar with Bayer’s style and way of thinking knows whom he has in mind when he talks about those who have been doing their best to ruin the white Christian race ever since the 1919 Soviet Republic, which in far-right circles is considered to be a “Jewish affair.” Those who are antagonistic toward Hungary organize themselves “in packs and attack their victims like loathsome drooling hyenas.” And he continues: “For you only death is the proper punishment. Because you believe in death, in public executions while your victims are left alone, go bankrupt, their friends deny them, they lose their jobs, and come to a sorry end. This is your goal.” Their sins are immeasurable and they will be punished. Because these mysterious people don’t realize “what monster [they] are trying to resuscitate. In fact, [they] woke him up already.” All that sounds pretty threatening, but then comes the twist:

You don’t foresee yet that it will be only we who raise our voices in your defense. We, the marked victims. We are the only ones to whom you can turn for help. It will be only we who will hide you. Because we are good to the point of ruining ourselves. And take this all very seriously. You miserable ones.

In January 2013, in Berlin, Zoltán Balog proudly outlined the accomplishments of the Orbán government as far as its Roma strategy was concerned. Bayer wrote that

a significant portion of the Gypsies are unfit for coexistence. Not fit to live among human beings. These people are animals and behave like animals. … If he finds resistance, he kills. He voids where and when it occurs to him. … He wants what he sees. If he doesn’t get it, he takes it and he kills…. From his animal skull only inarticulate sounds come out and the only thing he understands is brute force… There shouldn’t be animals. No way. This must be solved, immediately and in any way. [In Hungarian: “Ezt meg kell oldani–de azonnal és bárhogyan.”]

This particular article was deemed to be racist, and the state media authority fined Magyar Hírlap, where it appeared, 200,000 forints. Since then Magyar Hírlap had to pay another fine, this time 250,000 forints, because he called all refugee boys over the age of 14 “potential terrorists.”

When it comes to the migrants, Bayer usually dwells on horror stories, like the IKEA murder in Sweden, which then gives him an opening to blame liberalism for being the source of all the trouble. For example, he expresses his sorrow that the two suspects cooperated with the police because otherwise “the police could have shot them as one does a mad dog.” Now the Swedes have two murderers from Eritrea and two dead white Swedes. “Surely, the exchange was worth it. Long live liberalism! Long live human rights! Except when we talk about the rights of the European, white, Christian race.” Here Bayer uses the word “rassz,” which is practically never used in this sense in modern Hungarian. Bayer’s conclusion is that Europe must be defended. “It must be freed from this horror. If necessary with arms in hand. If everything remains the same, there will be bloodshed. These hordes believe that only the blood of Europeans can be shed.”

Perhaps the most often quoted Bayer lines were written in 2006 after the tragedy that occurred in Olaszliszka when a Roma girl stepped in front of a car driven by a school teacher. The child wasn’t hurt. The man stopped when a group of about twenty men and women dragged him out of the car and beat him to death in the presence of his two young daughters. Bayer wrote at the time:

Anyone in this country who runs over a Gypsy kid acts wisely if he doesn’t for a minute contemplate stopping. In the case of driving over a Gypsy kid, we should step on the gas. If in the meantime Gypsies surround the car, we should step on the gas even harder. Those we run over are unlucky. Leaving the scene at the greatest speed, we should call the ambulance from the car and we should stop at the next police station and turn ourselves in. (Unfortunately, I know that this scenario cannot take place because if someone runs over someone, especially a child, one must stop. So, we will stop. But we will have to do something. It is a good idea to get a gun before leaving. If we hit a child, let’s stop, and if the animals begin to gather we should use our weapon without hesitation.)

I don’t always have the stomach to read Bayer’s articles that appear in Magyar Hírlap and lately on his own blog as well. I’m sure that others could come up with hundreds more quotations that would further demonstrate that this man’s decoration by the Orbán government is a disgrace.

As for the charge of anti-Semitism, analysts pussyfoot around when it comes to the Orbán government’s attitude toward the country’s Jewish citizens and their role in Hungary’s history. I don’t think that, with the decision to award Bayer this high honor, there can be any question where Viktor Orbán stands on this issue. Bayer’s decoration must have been cleared with Orbán himself, and he must have known that this move will be interpreted as the government’s approval of Bayer’s racism and anti-Semitism. It seems that Orbán doesn’t care what the world thinks of him and his regime. Bayer’s decoration strikes me as a purposeful provocation not only of the Jewish community at home and abroad but of democratic communities in Europe and the Americas.

August 19, 2016

Award Given to Writer Fined for Racism Sparks Furor in Hungary: here.

United States Democratic chair resigns in anti-Sanders sabotage scandal


This video from the USA says about itself:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns, Sanders Fans React

Cenk Uygur announces that Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned as the head of the Democratic National Committee at a TYT meet up in Philadelphia.

From United States Representative Alan Grayson from Florida:

Weaponizing religion

A couple of weeks ago, my Communications Director asked me whether I had dual citizenship with Israel. I told him no. And I well recalled that a few months ago, Democratic Party operatives spread the same rumor about Bernie Sanders – and had it sprung on Sen. Sanders, without warning, on national TV.

Your party dollars, at work. Those flaks and hacks have no clue about how to defeat Republicans, but they sure do love that blue-on-blue action.

Blue is the colour of the Democratic party.

They even go so far as to weaponize religion. Like asking whether Bernie Sanders and I are dual citizens with Israel, because we are Jewish. Or planting a question to try to make it seem that Sanders is an atheist, as we found out that they did from WikiLeaks yesterday.

Oy gevalt. God forbid that we should ever have a debate on what’s best for the American people.

Don’t let these scummy party flaks and hacks get away with it. Contribute to our campaign so that we can blow past these cheap attacks, and put another good progressive in the US Senate.

Here’s another example from Wikileaks: Democratic Party operatives tried to plant the story that the Sanders campaign was falling apart. And – lo and behold! – we had exactly the same story planted against us last year, because two campaign staffers left the campaign and one shifted to part-time – over the course of four months!

One reporter told me that he was getting five calls a day from my “Democratic” opponent’s staff, dishing dirt on me. Starting a year ago. (The word “Democratic” is in scare quotes because my primary opponent is really a Republican masquerading as a Democrat – a fact that our corrupt party Establishment actually embraces.)

Of course, the party’s brutal interference in our race isn’t limited to disseminating lies. They’re spending a cool million dollars to try to defeat us – even though we’re doing better in the November polls than the callow tool who they’re desperately trying to drag across the finish line.

It comes down to this – whose party is it? I say that it’s Ours, not Theirs. Are you with me?

Our primary is barely a month away. Please contribute to our “It’s Our Party” fund, and help us to victory.

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

Louisiana, USA, sheriff threatens to murder Jewish prosecutor


This video from the USA says about itself:

Racist Sheriff On Trial Threatens To Murder Jewish Prosecutor

2 July 2016

Louisiana Sheriff Louis Ackal is on trial for allegedly ordering the beatings of prisoners in a chapel. He recently made anti-semitic comments and threats that aren’t helping his case. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“A Louisiana sheriff who was indicted on civil rights charges allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks to and about a Justice Department lawyer during an investigation. The comments were reportedly made during conversations that were secretly recorded.

Louis Ackal, Sheriff of Iberia Parish, was being investigated before ultimately being indicted for directing the beatings of inmates in the parish jail’s chapel. A transcript of a recorded conversation that was filed in court by the U.S. Attorney’s office shows Ackal referring to a federal prosecutor as “this sorry son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard in Washington.” In that same conversation, Ackal allegedly made reference to threatening the attorney to his face. Referring to a discussion with prosecutors who wanted him to give them information on others, Ackal reportedly recalled, “I said the only thing I’m gonna give you — f*****g shoot you right between your g*******d Jewish-eyes.’”

Prosecutors are looking to use these comments as grounds for seeking tougher restrictions to be placed on him before his trial. Ackal is not being held in jail, and the only condition of his release at the moment is that he not possess a firearm.”

Read more here.

See also here.

Hitler’s Holocaust, a survivor speaks


This video says about itself:

7 June 2016

In Part I of this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Holocaust survivor Lola Mozes. Lola recounts her harrowing experience living in Nazi-occupied Poland.

This video is the sequel.

Scottish Blairite Murphy’s anti-Semitic witchhunt


This video from Britain says about itself:

The Henry Jackson Society and the Degeneration of British Neoconservatism

21 June 2015

The Henry Jackson Society and the Degeneration of British Neoconservatism: Liberal Interventionism, Islamophobia and the ‘War On Terror‘.

The reports examines the history, activities and politics of the Henry Jackson Society, a leading exponent of neoconservatism in the UK that is grounded in a transatlantic tradition deeply influenced by Islamophobia and an open embrace of the ‘War on Terror‘.

By Charley Allan in Britain:

Labour can’t listen to Jim Murphy – he’s a law unto himself

Monday 6th June 2016

Rightwingers’ false claims of anti-semitism just hurt Jews and bring the party into disrepute, argues CHARLEY ALLAN

BRITAIN’S relationship to Europe is far too complex to reduce to a single binary question — and however we vote on June 23, our political landscape is set to transform radically.

Boris Johnson and the Tory Outers increasingly act and look like a government in waiting, ready to claim a mandate from their party’s members, no matter the referendum result.

The possibility of a snap general election is one of many good reasons for Labour to differentiate itself from the Tories during the current campaign.

Jeremy Corbyn is quite right to refuse a platform with David Cameron. After all, they have completely different views about the kind of Europe they want to live in.

And as John McDonnell said of the Tories on Tuesday: “Sharing a platform with them discredits us. It demotivates the very people we are trying to mobilise.”

This wouldn’t apply to a traditional single-issue campaign such as opposing Heathrow expansion, for example.

Johnson’s support was welcomed last May when he promised McDonnell to “lie down with you in front of those bulldozers and stop the building, stop the construction of that third runway.”

As London mayor, Sadiq Khan can get away with campaigning alongside the PM, though this probably only serves to boost Brexit outside London if the immediate “Establishment stitch-up” social media memes are anything to go by.

Khan at least seemed statesmanlike — and Cameron further eroded his pitiful credibility by standing shoulder to shoulder with someone he denounced a month ago as being in bed with extremists.

But Corbyn should ignore the advice of has-beens such as David Miliband and wannabes like Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips to “dig deep” and cosy up to Cameron, if only to avoid a repeat of Labour’s dramatic collapse in Scotland.

The architect of that popularity apocalypse was Jim Murphy, an arch-Blairite and leading member of the militarist Henry Jackson Society.

The Henry Jackson Society, like the United States senator after which they are named, are not only militarist; but also pro-corruption, pro-torture and racist.

As figurehead of the party’s indy referendum campaign in 2014, he was more interested in teaming up with top Tories than making the case for a socialist Britain.

Sneering at pro-independence Labour supporters simply served to destroy the party’s base north of the border — and by leaving the political space left of Scottish Labour wide open after becoming its leader, Murphy allowed the SNP to park its tanks on Labour’s lawn.

Scottish Labour’s chickens came home to roost when it was wiped out at the general election, losing all but one of its MPs — including Murphy in Glasgow’s suburban Eastwood constituency.

The lesson to learn couldn’t be more obvious. Just as Tory MPs and members have free rein to support either side of the EU debate, so Labour must respect its own Lexiteers — not just because the party is a broad church but because it doesn’t want to drive millions of voters into Ukip’s arms.

In short, Labour must reject Murphy’s united-front strategy [with the Conservatives] and put the interests of the party ahead of those of its Euro-extremists.

Murphy himself was back in the news last week after leading a successful attempt to block a candidate for Labour’s powerful National Executive Committee (NEC).

Rhea Wolfson is a rising star on the party’s left wing — women’s officer for Scottish Young Labour, co-chair of the Young Socialists, former Jewish Society chair — and is standing for one of the six NEC seats representing local constituency Labour Parties (CLPs).

Wolfson replaced Ken Livingstone on the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) slate after his recent suspension and has been nominated by over 30 CLPs so far, but according to the party’s arcane constitution, all candidates must secure the support of their own local branch — which for her is Eastwood CLP.

Eastwood members met on Tuesday night and decided to hold a straight vote for or against Wolfson’s nomination.

After she made her case and answered questions from the floor, she was asked to leave the room.

Once she was out the door, Murphy — in his first CLP appearance for months, according to an eye-witness report — allegedly spoke strongly against Wolfson’s nomination, claiming that Momentum, the Corbynista group which backs the CLGA slate, has a problem with anti-semitism.

Members then voted not to nominate Wolfson, before inviting her back into the room and informing her of their decision.

Now, there are so many things wrong with this it’s hard to know where to start.

First of all, there is no anti-semitism problem in Momentum. The group’s chair, Jon Lansman, is Jewish — and in fact joined in the condemnation of Livingstone’s remarks about Hitler and zionism.

Murphy might have been referring to its vice-chair Jackie Walker, who was suspended from Labour last month for suspected anti-semitism after writing that “many Jews (my ancestors too) were the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade.”

Disgracefully the Jewish Chronicle was informed of her suspension, according to Walker, before she was — an example of the party witch-hunters’ fondness for publicly humiliating outspoken left-wing Jewish members, as they did by leaking Tony Greenstein’s suspension to the Daily Telegraph back in March.

But the lifelong anti-racist fought her corner and was readmitted within a couple of weeks.

“The fear in my CLP is palpable,” Walker warned afterwards, adding: “McCarthyism lives and with the same purpose — the destruction of the left.”

The baseless accusation that Wolfson accepted the support of known anti-semites is deeply offensive.

But worse is that she was given no opportunity to challenge this smear, a clear breach of natural justice.

And by not allowing her to vote on her CLP’s nominations, Wolfson was unfairly disenfranchised.

It’s ironic that Murphy dishonestly raised the spectre of anti-semitism to block the only Jewish candidate for NEC — yet another example of non-Jews on Labour’s right wing cynically exploiting Jewish suffering to attack Jews and others on the party’s left.

As well as bringing the Labour Party into disrepute, deliberately false claims of anti-semitism for personal political gain are themselves anti-semitic.

They intentionally hurt Jews because they undermine the credibility of all accusations of anti-semitism, thereby emboldening other anti-semites.

The NEC needs to intervene and declare Eastwood’s decision unconstitutional as quickly as possible, otherwise the factional infighting will get worse as the right becomes more desperate and the left is forced to stoop to the same level just to defend itself.

On Saturday nameless Labour MPs accused Corbyn of “sabotaging” the EU referendum campaign, claiming to the Mirror that an Out vote would trigger a coup attempt — meaning leadership contests in both major parties this summer.

This “Bitterite” blackmail is pure bluff, of course, but non-stop sniping still undermines the leadership and brings the party into disrepute.

The NEC should name, shame and suspend the true saboteurs before their poison spreads throughout the whole party. After all, public humiliation is the only language these people understand.

Chat to Charley on Twitter: @charleyallan and sign the petition for Rhea Wolfson: mstar.link/Wolfson_petition.

Racist Blairite smears Scottish Jewish Labour woman


Rhea Wolfson

By Rhea Wolfson in Scotland:

How a party faction is preventing party members voting for me for Labour’s NEC

1 June 2016

Over the past few weeks, I have been delighted to receive support for my candidacy for Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) from a broad spectrum of opinion within the party, including nominations from dozens of Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs). It is clear that many members want to see me elected to the NEC.

However, I am now concerned that a faction of the party are trying to take that option away from the membership. To appear on the ballot I needed to secure, amongst other things, the nomination of my home CLP.

Last night Eastwood CLP, where my family home is, met to nominate candidates for the NEC. It was proposed that, given I am currently a member of the CLP, there would be a straight vote for or against my nomination. I made my case and answered questions from the room. I was then asked to leave the room while they discussed my nomination further. Once I had left, the ex-leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy,

Blairite Murphy lost not only his own seat at the elections, but also the seats of all other Scottish Labour MPs save one. With a little help from some other Blairites, but mainly single-handedly, Murphy managed to make Labour from the biggest party for decades into the third party in Scotland now.

Jim Murphy cartoon

appealed to the CLP to not nominate me. He argued that it would not be appropriate to nominate me due to my endorsement by Momentum, which he claimed has a problem with antisemitism.

Jim Murphy is a member of the extreme right Henry Jackson Society.

In the twentieth century, there was the late United States senator and failed presidential candidate Henry ‘Scoop’ Jackson. Mr Jackson was corrupt, Jackson’s nickname was “the gentleman from Boeing“. Boeing being a military contractor getting lots of taxpayers’ money for killing and torturing people. Jackson was also a major supporter of wars, like in Vietnam.

Jackson was a strong supporter of the racist internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry into concentration camps because of their ethnicity during World War II.

The 21st century ‘Henry Jackson Society‘ seems to have substituted Muslims for Japanese-Americans in their racism. This society includes hard-line politicians from the USA. And from Britain: right-wing Conservatives, like David Cameron’s minister Michael Gove. And right-wing ‘new’ Labour Blairites. Like Denis MacShane, convicted for, and kicked out of the Labour party for, corruption. So, really similar to Henry Jackson. Also similar in being a warmonger, supporting war in Iraq, Afghanistan, wherever.

So is Jim Murphy, an enthusiastic lover of nuclear weapons.

Murphy’s Henry Jackson Society makes propaganda for CIA torture.

And now this Murphy smears candidate Rhea Wolfson behind her back, spuriously linking her to anti-Semitism by association with the non-anti-Semitic Momentum movement, one of many organisations endorsing her. Who is the anti-Semite here: non-Jewish hatemonger Murphy or Jewish woman Ms Wolfson?

The constituency has a large Jewish population. The CLP then voted to not endorse me, before re-inviting me back into the room.

Needless to say, this is hugely disappointing. It is disappointing because I am the only Jewish candidate in this election, because the wide range of organisations endorsing me includes the Jewish Labour Movement, and because I have a long record of challenging antisemitism and have in fact faced it on a daily basis since my candidacy was announced. But above all, it is disappointing because I know there are many members who want to vote for me, who could now have lost that opportunity. I am considering my options going forward.

British neonazis at Buchenwald concentration camp


British National action nazis at Buchenwald

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Germany: Police probe nazi Buchenwald picture

Friday 27th May 2016

GERMAN authorities are investigating British neonazis that took twisted holiday snaps at Buchenwald concentration camp, the Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday night.

Openly neonazi National Action — whose handful of members include Zack Davies, currently serving 14 years for a racially motivated attempted murder, and Garron Helm who was jailed for sending anti-semitic tweets to an MP — posted the photo on its north-west region Twitter account last week.

The blurred, pixelated image shows the shadowy figures of two members standing in a basement execution room at the camp, holding up their banner and sieg heiling, with the sickening caption: “Oy Vey, such horrors.”

A spokeswoman for the Buchenwald Memorial site said the room was once used to store corpses, but the nazis also strangled over 1,000 people on metal hooks there.

She said officials filed a criminal complaint to police on Wednesday after being informed of the picture.