Racism in the USA news


This 29 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

St. Louis Couple Points Guns at Peaceful Protesters | NowThis

A white couple in St. Louis is going viral for pointing guns at and threatening peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters.

In US news and current events today, a couple in St. Louis has gone viral for pointing guns at protesters. The Black Lives Matter protesters were on their way to the Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, Lydia Krewson, to demand her resignation, but en route they were accosted by this white couple pointing gun at protesters.

The couple pointing guns at protesters claimed they were protecting their property, though this doesn’t include the sidewalks and streets where the Black Live Matter protest was occurring. The couple, both wealthy lawyers, have become icons as the face of those who would resist the Black Lives Matter protests and George Floyd protests for reasons that merit further interrogation, but the picture is clear: This couple was willing to use violence to silence and intimidate peaceful protesters who are marching for equality and civil rights.

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Althea Bernstein, 18, Black and Jewish, burned in hate crime.

Swastika spray-painted outside Maine synagogue.

2 Ohio Little Caesars employees fired for making pepperoni-swastika pizza.

Anti-Semitic police in Ukraine


This 8 May 2020 Radio Free Europe video says about itself:

Not Tested, Not Protected, Badly Paid: Ukraine’s Medics Speak Out

The Ukrainian government promised that all medical personnel would be tested for COVID-19 once every five days, but doctors have told RFE/RL that has not happened. Medics also said that there were shortages of protective gear and that government promises of increased pay have not been met.

And big health care problems are unfortunately not the only problems in Ukraine.

This 27 April 2014 video says about itself:

USA: American Jews rally against anti-Semitism in Ukraine

W/S Jews stand behind barrier while police watches

M/S Memorial outside of Ukrainian embassy

C/U Ukrainian embassy sign

SOT Dov Hikind, New York Assemblyman (English): “And one of the things when I think about the Ukraine, and I’m sure there are a lot of wonderful people there, but let me tell you what my mother used to say, that the Ukrainians who worked with the Nazis were worse than the Nazis. That’s what my mother always told us in our home, in terms of brutality and so on.”

M/S Memorial outside of Ukrainian Embassy

C/U Ukrainian Holocaust survivors light memorial candles

SOT Ukrainian holocaust survivor, Vladimir Ripa (English): “My parents, my brother, are not coming today, because they are not alive today. I tell you, no holocaust, no, never again.”

C/U Cantor sings a prayer

M/S Ukrainian Jews sing prayer …

Members of the Jewish community, including Ukrainian holocaust survivors and US state politicians, protested outside of the Ukrainian and Iranian embassies Sunday morning, to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has been a leading figure in the lobby for deporting former Nazi citizens, warned attendees about “Ukrainians who worked with the Nazis“, saying they were “worse than the Nazis.”

Ukrainian holocaust survivor and president of the Holocaust Survivors Charity, Vladimir Ripa, lit candles during a solemn prayer that was accompanied by rabbinical prayers, and spoke about his brother and parents who were victims of the holocaust.

By Steve Sweeney, 13 May 2020:

Ukrainian Jewish groups warn of ‘open anti-semitism’ after police demand list of Jews in organised-crime probe

UKRAINIAN police have been accused of “open anti-semitism” after a high-ranking official demanded a list of all Jews in the western city of Kolomyya as part of investigations into organised crime.

The chilling request was made in February, according to a copy of the document posted on Twitter on Sunday by Ukrainian Jewish Committee director Eduard Dolinsky.

“Please provide us the following information regarding the Orthodox Jewish religious community of Kolomyya, namely: The organisation’s charter; list of members of the Jewish religious community, with indication of data, mobile phones and their places of residence,” the letter stated.

It was signed by Myhaylo Bank, a high-ranking official in Ukraine’s national police force with responsibility for organised crime, who did not explain why officers are interested in the city’s Jewish community.

Spokesman for the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Jacob Zalichker refused to supply the information requested by Mr Bank and said the community would only responded if presented with a court order.

“It’s a total disgrace and open anti-semitism,” Mr Dolinsky told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

“It’s especially dangerous when it comes from a law-enforcement agency that we have to fight the very thing it is perpetrating.”

The city of Kolomyya lies around 250 miles south-west of the Ukrainian capital Kiev and has a sizeable Jewish community.

The scourge of anti-semitism is on the rise in Ukraine. Shocking incidents and attacks on Jews led by far-right nationalist groups and politicians were revealed last year in a 23-page document published by the United Jewish Community of Ukraine.

It coincides with a rehabilitation of Nazis, including legislation making it a criminal offence to criticise World War II collaborator Stepan Bandera.

Earlier this year, Kiev city council announced a programme for a year of celebrations of the birthdays of individuals the Communist Party of Ukraine has described as “Nazi killers, thugs, executioners and anti-semites.”

This includes the centenary of the birth of Nazi collaborator and war criminal Vasyl Levkovych, who, as head of the Ukrainian auxiliary police in Dubno, organised anti-semitic pogroms and the murder of 5,000 Jews and thousands of Poles.

Also included in the celebrations is the 115th birthday of notorious anti-semite Ulas Samchuk, a member of the extremist Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists, who described the murder of the Jews of Kiev, including thousands of children, as “a great day.”

Bosnian Roman Catholic whitewashing of nazi criminals


This Associated Press video says about itself:

(18 May 2019) Thousands of Croatian far-right supporters gathered in a field in southern Austria on Saturday to commemorate the massacre of pro-Nazi Croats by communists at the end of World War II.

For Croatian nationalists, the controversial annual event near the village of Bleiburg symbolises their suffering under communism in the former Yugoslavia before they fought a war for independence in the 1990s.

However, Bleiburg’s mayor Stefan Visocnik has branded the event “a mask for the glorification of Nazism.”

Tens of thousands of Croatians, mostly pro-fascist soldiers and their families, fled to the region in May 1945 amid a Yugoslav army offensive, only to be turned back from Austria by the British military and into the hands of anti-fascists.

Tens of thousands [many hundreds of thousands, some estimate] of Jews, Serbs, Gypsies and anti-fascist Croats perished in [pro-Hitler Croatian party] Ustasha-run death camps during WWII and the Bleiburg massacre was seen by historians as revenge by the victorious communist partisan fighters.

Austria’s anti-fascist groups, waving the former Yugoslavia’s flags with the communist red star and signs “Death to Fascism”, held small protests during the event.

By David Ian Klein in Jewish daily the Forward in the USA, 13 May 2020:

Local Jewish community speaks out against Sarajevo Catholic Church’s nod to Nazi allies

Catholic leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina are planning to say what many observers see as a mass for the perpetrators of World War II atrocities against Jews, a decision that has outraged the Sarajevo Jewish community.

The Bishops Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna, which oversees the Catholic faithful in the eastern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, stoked the controversy last week when it announced its decision to host a mass on May 16 for the victims of the Bleiburg Repatriations.

“To learn that the Catholic Church, who are our friends these days, who are always present, especially the Cardinal, at Holocaust commemorations organized by the Jewish community, has made this decision is simply astonishing. It is not just against the Jews but all people who call this country their home,” said Jacob Finci, president of the Jewish Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After the allies declared victory in Europe on May 8, 1945, the political and military leadership of the Independent State of Croatia, a Nazi puppet ruled by the brutal Ustaše party, fled Zagreb to Austria, along with their families and other assorted loyalists. They were hoping to avoid capture by the Yugoslav partisans led by Josip Broz Tito and to surrender to the British.

The Ustaše, whose rule covered both modern-day Croatia as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, were never shy about contributing to the genocidal agenda of their German allies. It was the Ustaše and the NDH military which oversaw the Holocaust in Sarajevo, resulting in the murder of more than 7,000 of the city’s 10,000 Jews. The Ustaše then launched their own genocidal campaign against ethnic Serbs in the independent state.

“In Croatia were the only concentration camps in all of German-occupied Europe which were not established, run or even supervised by the Germans,” explained Dr. Eliezer Papo, a professor of Sephardic Studies and Balkan Jewish history at Ben Gurion University who was born and raised in Sarajevo. This included Jasenovac, the so-called Auschwitz of the Balkans, where more than 100,000 Serbs, Roma and Jews were killed.

“The Catholic Church Identified strongly with the Ustaša movement during the second world war,” said Papo. “In fact, one of the most notorious killers of the Jasenovac [camp], the Auschwitz of the Balkans, was Fra Majstorovic, a Franscsican monk.” Majstorovic was also known in Jasenovic as Fra Sotona, Brother Satan, due to his brutality.

When the Ustaše leadership arrived in Austria though, the British forces there were not as welcoming as they expected. Having made agreements with the Yugoslav partisans, they returned the NDH prisoners to them at a border town called Bleiburg. Though exact numbers vary, most experts agree that thousands were summarily executed by the partisans, while others were sent to forced labor camps in the newly founded Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Events honoring those killed at Bleiburg have in the past been held in Croatia and at Bleiburg itself in Austria, where they have often been criticized for displays of Ustaše, Fascist and ultra-nationalist symbols. However, they were canceled this year, due to the coronavirus fears and travel restrictions.

Instead the charge was given to Cardinal Vinko Puljic, the soon-to-be retired archbishop of Vrhbosna, to conduct the mass. Immediately the city erupted in controversy.

“For [the Jewish Community] this is a small disaster,” said Finci. “The Ustaše government during their rule of Sarajevo between 1941 and 1945 killed 10,000 Sarajevans including almost 8,000 Jews. Now to celebrate a holy mass for them as victims is something utterly ridiculous.”

In a strongly-worded open letter Jakob Finci, and Boris Kozemjakin, president of the Jewish community of Sarajevo condemned the church’s decision urging them to call off the mass.

“This mass is for criminals against the citizens of Sarajevo,” the letter states. “It commemorates the executioners of our mothers, fathers, grandfathers, our compatriots and all other innocent victims of the fascist parastate NDH.”

“I see no reason why the bishops of the Bishops’ Conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina would discuss a possible cancellation of that holy mass. The church has always prayed for and will pray for the deceased and that should not bother anyone who has goodwill,” Ivo Tomasevic, secretary-general of the Bishops’ Conference, told the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

Later that week, Finci and Tomasevic held a public debate on the Bosnian show Face to Face.

The two Jewish presidents did acknowledge that, among the Ustaše, innocents did die at Bleiburg. But they still felt that positive remembrance of fascism should be unwelcome in the city.

“We pay tribute to the innocent victims, but their husbands, fathers and other family members, who committed all manner of atrocities against innocent people in the infamous camps and massacres throughout our country, do not deserve to have their name mentioned in Sarajevo,” their letter stated.

The Israeli embassy in Tirana, Albania, which also serves Bosnia and Herzegovina, also condemned any attempt to equate the killings committed at Bleiburg with those of the Ustaše regime.

“A clear distinction has to be made between the victims who without any guilt on their part were forced to concentration camps like Jasenovac and Stara Gradiška and killed there, and those who are responsible for those crimes even if they did not have the opportunity to stand a fair trial for them,” the embassy said in a statement.

In addition to the Jewish community, leaders of Sarajevo’s other major faith communities as well as its political establishment have all spoken out against the Bleiburg mass.

“Bosnia and especially Sarajevo has always been an anti-fascist town. Both between 1941 and 1945 and again between 1992 and 1995 we have always been victims of fascism, of different types of Nazis, that is why the average person is strongly opposing this”, Finci said.

David Ian Klein is a journalist based in New York and doing a fellowship in Sarajevo, where he is now sheltering in place.

See also here.

Austria officially bans memorial for executed Nazi allies.

United States nazis attack Bernie Sanders


This 7 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Protester interrupts Sanders rally with Nazi flag

A protester unfurled a Nazi flag at an Arizona campaign rally for Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish.

From the Jewish Telegraph agency in the USA:

Bernie Sanders’ Florida campaign office vandalized with swastikas

March 29, 2020

By Marcy Oster

A Florida campaign office for Bernie Sanders was vandalized with swastikas.

A tweet Saturday from the Florida for Bernie account showed two large swastikas painted in black and the words “voting didn’t stop us last time.” ….

Referring to Trump being elected in 2016.

Earlier this month a protester identified as a known white supremacist unfurled a Nazi flag at a Sanders rally in Phoenix.

Sanders has been more open about his Jewish identity during the current Democratic primary contest.

Anti-Semitic Catholic painting in Italy


This video from the USA says about itself:

The Blood Libel Then and Now: The Enduring Impact of an Imaginary Event

October 9, 2017

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research | Co-sponsored by American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, Leo Baeck Institute, and Yeshiva University Museum

By Ben Cohen in the USA:

March 27, 2020 2:08 pm

Protests Greet ‘Repulsive’ Painting by Italian Catholic Artist Depicting Antisemitic Blood Libel

A new painting by an Italian Catholic artist that promotes the antisemitic blood libel of medieval times met with outrage on Friday, as Jewish and Catholic commentators condemned the work and called on the Vatican to do the same.

As reported by The Algemeiner on Thursday, the painting — titled “The Martyrdom of St. Simon of Trento in Accordance With Jewish Ritual Murder” — was revealed by its artist, Giovanni Gasparro, on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

The work shows an infant boy surrounded by a crowd of sinister Jewish men, variously wearing side-curls and religious items, who strangulate him, cut him open and drain his blood.

It is based on one of the worst episodes in the history of the “blood libel”, which falsely accused Jews of using the blood of Christians in their religious rituals — the March 1475 disappearance and death of a 2-year-old boy named Simon in the Italian town of Trento, whose fate was blamed on the local Jewish community.

Regarded as a “martyr” by the Catholic Church for centuries, Simon of Trento’s status was removed by Pope Paul VI in 1965 — the year that the Second Vatican Council issued its historic “Nostra Aetate” Declaration disavowing antisemitism.

The legacy of “Nostra Aetate” was cited by many of those who expressed disgust at the antisemitic imagery that dominates Gasparro’s painting.

“It’s repulsive to see so many classic antisemitic stereotypes stuffed into a single painting,” Sohrab Ahmari — the oped editor of the New York Post who converted to the Catholic faith — told The Algemeiner after seeing the photographs Gasparro’s canvas.

“It’s also a reminder of the wisdom and necessity of the Vatican Council’s ‘Nostra Aestate declaration,” Ahmari continued. “That clarified once and for all the Church’s opposition to antisemitism.”

Abraham Foxman — the former national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) who has actively promoted Jewish-Catholic dialogue — remarked that the appearance of the painting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic was itself instructive.

“Crisis times bring out the best and the worst,” Foxman told The Algemeiner on Friday. “So while we continue to be shocked by the classic antisemitism that’s surfaced during the coronavirus crisis, we shouldn’t be surprised.”

Foxman observed that the “blood libel is one of the oldest antisemitic conspiracy themes to have resurfaced in recent weeks.” He further noted that it was “sad that it should surface in Italy of all places,” given the terrible toll wreaked by the coronavirus in that country.

“One new virus fuels the ancient virus of antisemitism,” Foxman said.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), pointed out that the painting’s appearance also coincided with the holidays of Passover and Easter.

“Now, on the eve of the Passover and Easter holidays, this Italian artist decides to promote the original, vicious, lurid, and long-debunked blood libel against the Jewish people through his art?” Cooper stated. “We have contacted Facebook to demand that they not provide their powerful social media platform for a screed that has led to the killing and maiming of Jews for hundreds of years.”

Cooper added that the SWC was urging the Catholic Church to condemn the painting. “This isn’t art, its hate,” he said.

Emails sent by The Algemeiner to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York, seeking his comment had not been answered by press time.

On social media, the painting attracted a mix of shock and fury, with many users asking how an old and discredited libel could reappear in the 21st century.

United States nazis abuse coronavirus for anti-Semitism


Alt-right members prepare to enter Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, USA holding nazi, Confederate, and ‘Don't Tread on Me’ flags in 2017

This photo shows alt-right members preparing to enter Emancipation Park, Charlottesville, USA holding nazi, Confederate, and ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flags in 2017.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 23 March 2020:

US white supremacist groups target Jews over coronavirus

WHITE supremacist groups in the US are calling on supporters who contract coronavirus to pass it on to Jewish people … according to the FBI.

Intelligence reports from its New York office claimed: “Members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions.”

ABC News reported on Sunday that an FBI alert was sent to local police forces last week warning that the far-right groups were urging their members to use spray bottles.

So, the coronavirus crisis is not only abused for anti-Asian racism.

Hasidic man refused service by Toyota dealership ‘because you’re spreading the virus’.

Again anti-Semitism controversy at Aalst, Belgium carnival


Aalst, Belgium carnival float with 'gold Wailing Wall', EPA photo

This EPA photo shows a carnival group in Aalst, Belgium dressed as vermin and walking along today with a ‘golden’ ‘Wailing Wall‘ in this year’s parade.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Jewish caricatures again at carnival parade in Aalst, criticism of ‘hate festival’

Carnival celebrators in Aalst today have mocked the indignation about Jewish stereotypes during the annual carnival parade in the Belgian city. Last year there was a lot of criticism of a carnival float with dolls of stereotypical orthodox Jews with hook noses and money bags.

In this year’s parade, carnival society Lossendeirdeveirdeirdeir showed a ‘humour tribunal’ on its float, with a Jewish caricature with long toes at the front.

In Dutch, the expression ‘lange tenen’ (long toes) means that someone is easily offended by trivial things.

A group also walked with a ‘wailing wall’ of gold bars. Members of the group were dressed as insects and wore ringlets hair and shtreimels, fur hats worn by orthodox Jews.

“More painful than last year”

The parade immediately led to fierce criticism from the Jewish community. Eg, the European section of the American Jewish Committee calls on the European Unity to investigate Belgium because the country has allowed the “hate festival”.

Depicting Jews as vermin is reminiscent, according to the organization, of dehumanizing Jews, as happened in the Nazi era. “My stomach turns around”, Ronny Naftaniel, chairman of the Jewish Humanitarian Fund, tweeted about the procession in Aalst.

The Belgian Forum of Jewish Organizations called the caricatures in this year’s parade “even more painful” than last year’s. “At that time we could still think that it might not have been the intention to insult, but now they are doing a bit more. That really defies all imagination,” said a spokesperson for the umbrella organization to newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.

The controversial dolls with hooked noses and ringlets hair that last year led to the carnival in Aalst being scrapped from the UNESCO list of intangible heritage were on display again today. This year the dolls were on a car with other caricatures in a kind of shooting gallery.

[Mayor of Aalst] D’Haese [of the ‘centre-right’ N-VA party]: “I have not seen any manifestations of racism or anti-Semitism”.

Belgian parade features costumes of haredi Jews with insect bodies: here.

Carnival parade in Spain features Nazi uniforms, trains with crematoria. February 25, 2020. By Cnaan Liphshiz.

President Sanders, a blow to US anti-Semitism


In this 17 February 2020 video, a United States Jewish supporter of candidate Bernie Sanders says that if Sanders would be elected, that would be a blow to anti-Semitism in the USA; which has grown under Donald Trump’s presidency.

In the video, Bernie Sanders says:

I am very proud to be Jewish and I look forward to becoming the first Jewish president in the history of this country.

Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano interviewed


This 27 April 2018 video, in German with English subtitles, shows an interview with Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano.

From the World Socialist Web Site in Germany:

An interview with Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano

By the editorial board

27 January 2020

Seventy-five years ago, on 27 January 1945, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. The name has become synonymous with the greatest crimes against humanity in history. In the gas chambers and crematoriums of Auschwitz alone, the Nazis murdered some 1.5 million people between 1940 and 1945.

One of the few people to survive this living hell is the 95-year-old Esther Bejarano. Born on 15 December 1924 as the daughter of the [synagogue] musician and teacher Rudolf Loewy, she grew up in the Saarland. The family moved to Ulm in southern Germany in 1936. A planned emigration to Palestine in 1941 failed following the outbreak of war. The Nazis murdered her parents in modern-day Lithuania in 1941, and her sisters in Auschwitz in 1942. Esther was deported to Auschwitz in April 1943, where she survived the death camp as a member of the girls’ orchestra.

Despite her old age, Esther Bejarano remains very active. She talks about her experiences at meetings and in schools, performs with her band “Microphone Mafia” as a singer, and engages in the struggle against the rise of the far-right and in defence of refugees. She also opposes the right-wing policy of the government of Israel, where she lived between 1945 and 1960.

On 10 February 2018, the WSWS interviewed Esther Bejarano in Hamburg and recorded one of her public appearances. Sven Wurm, spokesman for the IYSSE in Germany, spoke with her extensively about her experiences and their significance for our contemporary period. The one-hour video resulting from this discussion is now available with English subtitles to make it accessible to an international audience.

Germany: Humboldt University students speak on the falsification of history and lessons from Auschwitz: here.

Corporate US Democrats smear Jewish Sanders


This 28 December 2019 video from the USA says about itself

Bad: Democratic Party Group Smears Bernie Sanders As Anti-Semitic, featuring Richard Wolff

The astroturfDemocrats Against Anti-Semitism” tweet thread is this week´s bad.

Richard Wolff is a United States Jewish left-wing professor of economics.

First, the media empire of anti-Semite Rupert Murdoch, and the British Conservative party, full of anti-Semites and other racists, smeared the Labour party as supposedly anti-Semitic.

Now, it is the turn of the United States co-thinkers of Boris Johnson´s British Conservatives: the Republican party of anti-Semite Donald Trump, scared of losing the 2020 presidential election to Bernie Sanders.

As the video shows, unfortunately it is not just the turn of Trump´s Republicans, but also of pro-Wall Street politicians in the Democratic party for which Sanders is campaigning for the presidential nomination, to smear Sanders.

Earlier, the Democratic party establishment used anti-Semitic smears against Sanders.

Now, they smear Jewish Bernie Sanders as a supposed anti-Semite.

Senator Bernie Sanders leads preliminary Democratic fundraising totals for the fourth quarter and all of 2019. By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2020. The support for Sanders shows that the American population is moving to the left, even as the Democrats move further to the right. … the five most common employers of Sanders contributors are Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target and the US Postal Service—with the first four among the largest employers of low-wage labor: here.