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.