French anti-Semites attack ‘degenerate’ art

This video from France says about itself:

7 September 2015

Vandals have damaged British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor’s ‘queen’s vagina’ installation at the Palace of Versailles near Paris. The graffiti appeared on Sunday and is the second such attack on the sculpture in three months. A series of sentences, some of which were anti-Semitic, were painted on Kapoor’s 60-metre steel and rock abstract sculpture

One of the slogans daubed by the vandals was: ‘A Versailles le Christ est roy’ [In Versailles, Christ is king; archaic spelling]. This alludes to nostalgia to the seventeenth-eighteenth century fanatically Roman Catholic absolute monarchy. And it alludes to twentieth century fascist slogans. In Spain, the Guerilleros de Cristo Rey, the Warriors of Christ the King, were a pro-dictator Franco terrorist group. In Belgium, nazi leader Léon Degrelle called his party, in Latin, ‘Christus Rex’, abbreviated to ‘Rex’.

After Adolf Hitler’s attacks on ‘degenerate’ art … after the recent Swedish neo-nazi attacks on ‘degenerate’ art … now, France.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Anish Kapoor’s ‘queen’s vagina’ vandals and the rise of cultural fascism in France

The ‘abominable’ antisemitic slogans graffitied on Kapoor’s sculpture linked to peak in support for the far-right Front National

Anish Kapoor’s ‘queen’s vagina’ sculpture vandalised again

Kim Willsher

Tuesday 8 September 2015 10.44 BST

Even before Anish Kapoor’s installation at the Château de Versailles was vandalised this weekend for the second time there were concerns that France was in the grip of a wave of “cultural fascism”.

The contemporary work – officially called Dirty Corner but nicknamed the queen’s vagina – had already been defaced this June and was cleaned. This weekend it was daubed with antisemitic slogans, which Kapoor has said will remain on the work as a witness to hatred.

The perpetrators may be, as everyone agrees, a minority in a country that places a high value on cultural and artistic expression, as epitomised by the French l’exception culturelle, but the recent targets have been high profile.

Last October, vandals deflated a American sculptor Paul McCarthy’s massive sex toy-shaped sculpture at Place Vendôme, the epicenter of Parisian luxury. The damaged work was removed.

The vandalism is reminiscent of attacks on Daniel Buren’s black-and-white striped columns, Les Deux Plateaux, which were controversial when they were installed at the Palais Royal in 1985. They have since become part of the Paris cultural landscape, but when they were installed, antisemitic slogans including “Out Socialist Jewish columns” were pasted over walls around the site. Then Socialist Party culture minister, Jack Lang, was accused of supporting “Jewish art”.

Fabrice Bousteau, editor-in-chief of Beaux Arts magazine and a commissioner of contemporary art exhibitions, said that each time a contemporary work was vandalised it could be linked to peaks in support for the far-right Front National (FN) in France. “We saw this vandalism at the end of the 80s with Daniel Buren’s columns in the Palais Royal. These were also the object of antisemitic inscriptions … Buren was shocked, saying it was the first time he had seen such inscriptions since the second world war,” Bousteau told the Guardian.

“There is a minor faction of the French population that is fascist about culture and especially about what it considers to be degenerate art. Most French people are respectful of contemporary art, but these people see it as an expression of France’s degeneration.

“Anish Kapoor has said he will keep the inscriptions, and in the sense that his work is a sociological statement, he is right to do so.”

Bousteau added: “The Palais Royal, Place Vendôme, the Château de Versailles: these are symbolic places in the French republic. The vandals reject contemporary art, which they see as a loss of values. Listen to the FN and you realise its only view of culture centres on the conservation of heritage.

“And each time the vandalism is against a contemporary work in a symbolic place open to the public. It doesn’t happen in a museum.”

Kapoor’s giant steel and rock sculpture, on display in the Versailles gardens facing the palace and measuring 200 feet long and 33 feet high, is a huge funnel, which the 61-year-old artist has admitted is “very sexual”. Shortly after it was unveiled in June, it was splattered with yellow paint. This was subsequently cleaned off.

This week, French president François Hollande condemned the latest attack and the antisemitic slogans sprayed on the sculpture as “hateful”. Culture minister Fleur Pellerin said she was “angry and shocked”.

“This nauseating act constitutes a further step towards obscurantism. Art can stimulate debate, even shock, but should never be subject to destruction,” Pellerin said.

Bousteau added: “What is even more abhorrent about this vandalism is that the Château de Versailles was, at the time it was built, a contemporary experiment.”

“I’m very happy with the government’s reaction to this. As the minister said it is cultural fascism, and she is exactly right. It ties in with images we have seen recently of Daesch’s destruction of heritage in Syria. It’s a war of images.”

In June, the magazine InRocks wrote: “These attacks have nothing to do with aesthetic disagreements; they are part of a long political strategy by the extreme right in France. For a long time, the Front National and its satellites (the family associations, the newspaper Minute, various websites …) have made contemporary art their chosen target. This strategy is wide and varied and uses a large range of actions: complaints and legal actions, public protests, diatribes, caricatures and, finally, vandalism.”

Catherine Pégard, president of the Palace of Versailles, said she was “scandalised” by those who had defaced a work of art by a great international artist with “the most abominable references”. …

2014: The town fountain at Hayange, in Moselle, created by Alain Mila and featuring a rock and an egg-shaped form, was painted blue on the orders of the Front National mayor.

Ukrainian nazi leader questioned as witness in murder of National Guardsmen

This video says about itself:

31 October 2012

Ukraine far-right Svoboda party anti-Semitism:

Ukraine’s far right-wing Svoboda party has secured nearly 12% of the vote in the country’s recent parliamentary election, provoking concern among European Jewish groups.

This is the first time in Ukraine’s brief history — the country only became independent in 1991 – that a far-right faction has entered parliament; the party received just 1 percent of votes cast at the previous election in 2007. Svoboda — which translates into English as “Freedom” – performed strongly in western Ukraine, which borders the European Union.

Member of the European Jewish Parliament Rabbi Levi Matusof implored people to “vigorously condemn, unambiguously isolate and unequivocally ostracize those seeking the revival of the darkest ideology of European history“.

The EU has witnessed a general rise in support for far-right parties since the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008, with parties such as Jobbik in Hungary and the Golden Dawn in Greece entering their respective national parliaments despite openly professing anti-Semitic views.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Fascist leader questioned over party’s role in riot

Saturday 5th September 2015

UKRAINIAN far-right leader Oleh Tyahnybok was questioned by police yesterday over his Svoboda party’s involvement in clashes that left three National Guard officers dead.

Sixteen members of the fascist group have been arrested on suspicion of orchestrating the riots, but Mr Tyahnybok was merely questioned as a witness.

Alongside the neonazi Right Sector group, Svoboda members have been behind attacks on socialists and trade unionists and have joined far-right paramilitary organisations fighting the anti-fascist resistance in the country’s east.

The party reveres nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera and Mr Tyahnybok, who famously posed with US senator John McCain when he visited Ukraine to show support for the Maidan movement, has praised the genocidal Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists he led for killing “Muscovites … Jews and other scum.”

He has also called in parliament for an official investigation into the “criminal activities of organised Jewry” in the country.

The party mobilised large numbers of thugs who attacked police with truncheons and planks with nails in them on Monday, while parliament was debating a constitutional proposal which would devolve more power to the regions.

Rumours that the far right are mobilising to seek to derail any negotiated solution to Ukraine’s civil war are rife in the country.

Armed fascists provided the muscle in the EU-backed overthrow of the Viktor Yanukovych government last year, and Kiev has since given them numerous political and security posts, making it difficult for the government to clamp down on their activities.

Jeremy Corbyn against nazi march in Liverpool, England

This video from England says about itself:

Neo-Nazis Vandalise Menorah in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

11 June 2015

Neo-Nazis from “National Action” have posted footage on YouTube of themselves vandalising the menorah in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. West Midlands Police are investigating. National Action has reportedly been viewed by Scotland Yard as a potential threat to national security. Its ‘official strategy’ documents feature photos of a smiling Adolf Hitler and masked activists performing Nazi salutes. The group has previously described itself as “the fascists your nan warned you about.” An investigation by the Daily Mirror reported that National Action was sending its members to paramilitary bootcamps, featuring knife fighting lessons.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Liverpool: Corbyn backs opposition to neonazi pride march

Tuesday 11th August 2015

JEREMY CORBYN joined former footballer Howard Gayle and a string of politicians and trade unionists yesterday to oppose a white pride march set to take place in Liverpool this weekend.

Along for the White Man March on Saturday will be the neonazi group National Action, which has already been sending threatening letters to the Mayor Joe Anderson.

In response to Labour politician’s attempts to cancel the event, the group issued a warning that the “city will go up in flames” if the march was stopped. But opposition to the protest grew stronger this week.

Mr Corbyn said he had no doubts that Liverpool would show its unity against racists.

And Unite Against Fascism spokesman Paul Jenkins said: “The best message we can give these fascists is for as many people as possible to join our mobilisation, to outnumber the fascists and to show them that there is no place for nazis in Liverpool.”

Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn set for landslide first-round victory with 53 per cent according to YouGov poll: here.

Anti-Semitic football supporters

This video from Germany says about itself:

Anti-Islamist Riots in Germany: Hooligans Against Salafists

17 December 2014

Demonstrations held by the far-right group Hooligans against Salafists — also known as HoGeSa — have recently gained momentum in Germany, as they organize marches in cities across the country. While the group claims to be protesting against Islamist extremism, the movement is widely accused of harnessing Islamophobia as a means of spreading racism.

VICE News followed the Hooligans against Salafists movement from its first full-blown demonstration-turned-riot in Cologne, which was attended by 4,800 people.

Yesterday, supporters of football club ADO marched in The Hague, the Netherlands. It was a protest against police officers striking for higher wages, which led to an ADO match being canceled.

According to witnesses, some of these fans shouted anti-Semitic slogans, like ‘cancer Jews’. Police are now investigating this.

There is an extreme right tradition among a minority of ADO supporters. When the club still played in their old stadium, in the Zuiderpark, these far right hooligans, calling themselves ‘North side nazis’ used to gather on the north side bleachers.

UPDATE: a 29-year-old man was arrested for anti-Semitic slogans this Saturday. Maybe more people will get arrested.

Will German army deal with refugees?

This video says about itself:

Lomazy, Poland: 1942 massacre of all 1800 Jewish residents

Lomazy, east Poland.

On 18 August 1942 Wehrmacht Battalion 101 together with its Ukrainian Auxiliary Company and local Polish collaborators executed 1,800 women, men, children, elderly people, the entire village Jewish population and refugees.

The massacre took place into pits in the nearby ‘Haly Forest’.

This was merely one of many genocide atrocities committed against European Jews.

This is the short 15m version of the 1h10m film.

Film was taken by Meir Garbarz Gover in 2005 depicting the last surviving Polish eyewitness to the massacre. He was aged 13 in 1942 and lived in the farm next to the massacre forest location.

Gover’s own great uncle and his family were among the 1,800 victims.

By Martin Kreikenbaum in Germany:

Calls for deployment of German army to deal with refugees

4 August 2015

Refugees in Germany face miserable living conditions, with many forced to reside in hastily and poorly built tent camps. In Bavaria, the first emergency camps for Balkan refugees have opened, and calls are growing for the deployment of the German army. The emergency situation created by the authorities is aimed at deterring refugees from seeking protection in Germany and preparing the way for a dramatic restriction of the right to asylum.

Although the increase in refugees has been predicted for several months, neither the federal government nor any state government made any serious preparations for the immigrants’ accommodation. Factories, schools and empty army barracks are being hurriedly turned into reception centres. There are neither sufficient sanitary facilities nor the possibility for private areas of any kind for the frequently traumatised refugees at these locations.

Terrible conditions exist in the temporary tent camps established in Hamburg, Eisenhüttenstadt (Brandenburg), Neuenstadt (Baden-Württemberg) and numerous other places. Up to 1,300 refugees have been crammed in together at these locations.

Conditions are particularly disastrous in the refugee camp in Dresden. When the first refugees were due to move into the camp established by the German Red Cross 10 days ago, a right-wing mob gathered in front of the camp and began attacking volunteers with bottles and stones. Police did nothing to protect the refugees or their helpers.

A few days later, the refugees protested the catastrophic conditions with a blockade. The tents at the Dresden site are jammed together side by side, sanitary facilities are totally inadequate and medical care and rubbish disposal facilities are virtually non-existent. It only took a few days for the first illnesses caused by the miserable conditions to make their appearance.

Authorities in Berlin have gone a step further and are leaving refugees homeless. According to the Berlin Council for Refugees, the state department for health care and social welfare is only giving out hostel vouchers to refugees, although just a third of the refugees find accommodation in hostels. Most hostels are filled with tourists or refuse to accept refugees, because the city of Berlin has failed to pay outstanding bills.

Refugees are compelled to sleep in parks or at the main train station in the open air. In violation of the law, they are given only €6 [$US6.56] per day, half the standard social security rate, to support themselves. If refugees then try to take action to help themselves, they are bullied. According to the Berlin state senate, begging in subways, on streets and in squares is “out of control”, resulting in its plan to ban begging by children.

In Ingolstadt, Bavaria, the Max Immelmann barracks are being refurbished to serve as a refugee camp for migrants from the Balkans. Up to 1,500 refugees will be accommodated there. Under the Bavarian government’s plan, a sped-up asylum procedure will see the applications processed within four weeks and the rejected refugees immediately deported. The Bavarian Refugee Council strongly criticised the planned reception centre and correctly described it as an “emergency camp with its own deportation airport”.

At the same time, calls are growing for the deployment of the army to intervene. German law excludes such a deployment in principle, because in the 20th century the Reichswehr—the army under the Weimar Republic—and the Wehrmacht—the armed forces under the Nazis—were used to brutalize the population. But this ban has been repeatedly watered down in recent years.

The German army was not only called on to assist during such natural disasters as the Elbe River flooding in 2002, but also at the G8 conference in Heiligendamm in 2007, when fighter jets and tanks were deployed to intimidate and suppress protests.

Now, the chairman of the committee on internal affairs in Saxony’s state parliament, Mario Pecher (Social Democratic Party, SPD), has called for the army to operate refugee reception centres. Saxony’s state premier Holger Stahlknecht (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) went even further, describing the number of refugees in Germany as an “international crisis resulting in conditions resembling the migration of entire peoples”. On this reactionary, hysterical basis, Stahlknecht raised the demand for “the current restriction of the German army to foreign deployments and disaster response” to be reconsidered.

Soldiers guarding camps of refugees from the Balkans recalls the Nazi concentration camps. In 1935, the Hitler government declared that Sinti and Roma were enemies of the Reich. More than 25,000 were registered in the German Reich and deported. In total, 500,000 fell victim to the Nazi butchery throughout Europe.

Today, relatives of the Roma make up the majority of the refugees from the Balkans. According to figures from the German government, 90 percent of asylum seekers from Serbia are Roma, 72 percent from Macedonia, 60 percent from Bosnia and 42 percent from Montenegro.

These refugees, in particular, are the target of scurrilous propaganda from the German media and politicians. Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer (Christian Social Union, CSU) has denounced them as “mass abusers of asylum”, while Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz (SPD) sounded a similar note by contemptuously saying that the immigrants were “refugees without any perspective of staying”.

Scholz also appealed for special reception centres to “arrive at quicker, non-bureaucratic decisions”. This means nothing less than the illegal curtailing of the asylum process and the swift deportation of refugees. Markus Ulbig (CDU) has also demanded the legal restriction of the right to asylum. He has begun reviewing “whether there is the possibility of curtailing the rights of obviously groundless asylum applications by reforming the basic law”.

Baden-Württemberg’s state premier Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) also called for additional anti-immigrant measures, including the cutting of the pocket money of €143 per month and the more decisive deportation of refugees. He also supports demands from SPD and CDU figures to declare Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro “secure” countries of origin, so asylum applications can be more quickly rejected and refugees more swiftly deported.

Roma in the Balkans, who already suffer from high unemployment and lack of prospects, are often discriminated against. They have virtually no chance of getting work, housing or education. Their settlements are regularly cleared by bulldozers and residents left homeless. Where settlements are tolerated, they are often located on or near rubbish dumps without electricity or water supply.

The German government is, in large part, responsible for the disastrous conditions in which the Roma live. In the early 1990s, Germany played a key role in the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the subsequent brutal civil war. In 1999, it actively intervened to devastate the Balkans with its participation in the war against Serbia. At that time, an estimated 100,000 Roma were forced to flee their homes and many remain homeless and stateless to this day.

Last year, a journalist described the situation of the Roma in Serbia for the Federal Agency for Civic Education: “They live in slums, which do not exist, in streets, which do not exist, in huts that have no numbers outside. Their children do not effectively exist because they were born in a place that does not exist, and this place does not exist, because it is not listed in any land registry office and officially does not exist.”

ProAsyl cites a legal opinion arguing that the inhumane conditions under which the Roma live in the Balkans, constitutes a “cumulative persecution” within the meaning of the right to asylum, which means that the Roma should be granted protection status.

Instead, the Roma in Germany are denounced as “social state spongers”, incarcerated in special camps, which are then guarded by German soldiers. This can only be described as cynical, racist policies. The official stigmatization of Roma as “social parasites” creates the climate for incitement and racist attacks against refugee facilities.

Dutch football club Utrecht fined for anti-Semitism

This video from the USA says about itself:

Dutch Soccer Fans Anti-Semitic Chant To Rivals

12 April 2015

“A Dutch football club has promised to investigate and punish a fan group that spent a recent game chanting anti-Semitic slurs against their rivals.

During a match between Amsterdam’s Ajax team and FC Utrecht on Sunday, members of a Utrecht fanbase, known as the Bunnikside and often described as hooligans, began insulting the Amsterdam fans by calling them Jews, in reference to the city’s prominent Jewish population.”

Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss.

Read more here.

NOS TV in the Netherlands reports today that the Dutch football association has fined football club Utrecht for anti-Semitism during the 5 April match against Ajax from Amsterdam.

Some Utrecht fans then sang songs about burning Jews. According to the Dutch football association, Utrecht did not do enough against that and now has to pay a 10,000 euros fine.