Anti-Semitism increasing in Germany

This 14 September 2018 video says about itself:

Germany: Chemnitz restaurateur recounts horrifying anti-Semitic attack

The owner of Chemnitz’s Schalom restaurant Uwe Dziuballa recounted how a recent anti-Semitic attack on his establishment unfolded during an interview on Friday.

Dziuballa recalled how a group of right-wing protesters, wearing black, attacked the restaurant on the evening of August 27 while the city was experiencing a series of violent anti-immigrant demonstrations.

Translated from DutcS TV today:

In Germany, the special government envoy engaged in the fight against anti-Semitism has advised Jews not to go out into the streets with a kippah on. This is due to increasing societal rudeness. A year ago, the Central Jewish Council also issued such a warning. …

He [the envoy] says that anti-Semitic violations in nine out of ten cases come from far right-wing circles.


Neonazi bloodbath in California, USA synagogue

This 27 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

The Poway Synagogue Shooting and the Long History of Right-wing Neo-Nazi Violence in America

Kathleen Belew is a professor of history at the University of Chicago and the author of the new book Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America. Belew explains white supremacy is a cultural, social and political problem rather than just the pathology of a relatively small number of people, what “white power” really means, and how white supremacist and other right-wing foot soldiers, activists, and enablers are engaging in and preparing for various forms of “race war” against their “enemies”. Professor Belew also locates the recent New Zealand neo-Nazi terrorist attacks in New Zealand are part of a much larger and older pattern of right-wing violence.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Fascist gunman attacks California synagogue

29 April 2019

An anti-Semitic gunman killed a woman at the Chabad of Poway synagogue Saturday morning. A full-scale massacre was avoided only because the shooter’s AR-15 semi-automatic weapon apparently jammed before he could carry out his intention of slaughtering dozens of Jewish worshippers attending a service on the final day of Passover. The victim, 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye, was a shopkeeper married to a doctor.

The attacker, 19-year-old John T. Earnest of San Diego, fled the scene but called 911 soon afterwards to report the attack and surrendered to police without resistance. Only hours before the shooting, he posted an anti-Semitic declaration on the internet in which he revealed that he had also carried out an arson attack March 24 on a mosque in San Diego, damaging the building but causing no injuries.

While the media and the political establishment will dismiss Earnest with the label “lone gunman”, he emerges from a definite social and political milieu, responding to political appeals to nationalism and racism of which the current occupant of the White House is the most notorious purveyor.

Trump sought to distance himself from the killer in a perfunctory statement condemning anti-Semitism as he boarded his helicopter on the White House lawn, headed for a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. But less than 24 hours before the synagogue attack, Trump was defending the political co-thinkers of Earnest, the neo-Nazis who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. He reiterated his declaration at the time that there were “very fine people” among those who marched with torches and chanted “Jews will not replace us.” He had not been mistaken, Trump said, but had “answered perfectly.”

The Poway murderer paid tribute in his internet statement to those he identified as his heroes, particularly Brenton Tarrant, the gunman who slaughtered 50 Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month, and Robert Bowers, who killed 12 elderly Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania exactly six months before Saturday’s atrocity.

Earnest’s statement was posted to 8chan, the same message board that carried the 74-page manifesto by Tarrant. Tarrant’s name is cited 10 times in the seven-page screed, in which Earnest declares it was the New Zealand massacre that triggered his own decision to act.

Like Tarrant, Earnest links his hatred of Jews to his abhorrence of socialism, a connection that is the hallmark of fascist ideology and demonstrates its class function—to mobilize deranged and desperate elements against the working class. Earnest’s online statement specifically condemns Jews “for their role in cultural Marxism and communism”. He combines this with a diatribe against Arabs, blacks and Hispanics.

It is, of course, no coincidence that hatred of immigrants and fear of socialism are the two principal themes of Trump’s reelection campaign. Earnest, like Tarrant and Bowers, claims to scorn Trump for his Jewish son-in-law and because he is not sufficiently vicious in his efforts to promote white supremacy and destroy socialism. But he nonetheless is the product of the same social and political process that brought Trump into the White House.

Despite the media portrayal of Islamic extremists as the main perpetrators of terrorism, the vast majority of such violence in America in recent years has been carried out by white supremacists, who have targeted immigrants, African-Americans and other minorities, as well as Jews and Muslims.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents have been rising since 2013, with the biggest increase ever recorded during 2018, the first full year of the Trump presidency, when the total number rose 57 percent to 1,986. There were 163 bomb threats, 852 other acts of harassment, 952 cases of vandalism, and 19 physical assaults, including the bloodiest act of anti-Semitic violence in American history, the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue.

There have been similar attacks prepared against political opponents of Trump, including the mail bombings against prominent Democrats carried out by Trump supporter Cesar Sayoc, and the plans by Coast Guard officer Christopher Hasson to assassinate selected Democrats, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the Democratic Socialists of America. Hasson was released on bail last week by a Maryland court.

In carrying out attacks such as the assault on Chabad of Poway, fascists like Earnest demonstrate their political isolation. They are committing crimes that replicate those of Hitler and his storm troopers, but they lack popular support. Their actions are, however, symptoms of a serious danger that working people must not ignore.

The deliberate promotion of far-right and fascistic forces by the ruling classes and traditional bourgeois parties the world over is a response to the growth of working-class struggle and the increasing interest in socialism among workers and young people internationally.

Trump is not a political aberration, but rather the expression in American political life of an international process. In country after country, from the Philippines to India to Brazil, right-wing presidents and prime ministers are encouraging death squads or glorifying military atrocities against the working class. Openly fascist tendencies are reviving in Europe. The Francoite Vox party won over 10 percent in the Spanish elections over the weekend.

The Italian government is under the political control of Matteo Salvini, an open admirer of Mussolini who has been embraced by Trump’s former top political strategist, Steve Bannon. Even during a recent trip to Israel, Salvini refused to specifically condemn Mussolini and fascism. In Germany itself, neo-Nazi forces are now playing a major political role, with the elevation of the Alternative for Germany as the official opposition party, setting the tone for the anti-immigrant chauvinism of the entire political establishment.

Such forces are growing because there is no outlet within any section of the political establishment for the immense anger and militancy of the working class to find expression. In the US, the Democratic Party plays the key role by working to divert and derail popular opposition to Trump’s pro-corporate, anti-immigrant and militarist policies. It agrees with Trump’s program of social counterrevolution at home and opposes him on the right-wing basis that he is too soft on Russia and insufficiently aggressive in conducting the US wars in the Middle East.

The fight against fascism is inseparable from the fight to mobilize the working class against capitalism and for socialism.

MOLOTOV COCKTAILS THROWN AT SYNAGOGUE Police are searching for someone who threw Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in Chicago on Sunday. Authorities are also investigating reports of car windows being smashed outside at least three other synagogues roughly five miles north of the Lakeview East congregation. [HuffPost]

NEO-NAZIS KEEP WINNING IN COURT A federal judge this week cited the First Amendment in tossing charges against three members of a neo-Nazi organization accused of conspiring to assault their ideological opponents, handing the government another defeat in its struggle to curtail white supremacist violence. [HuffPost]

American racist murders, injures Jews

This 27 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Authorities say John Earnest, a 19-year-old white male, stormed the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California, on April 27 killing one person and injuring three.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

In a manifesto published online Saturday under the name John Earnest, the writer described plans to kill Jews, referring to himself as an “anti-Semite” and “white supremacist”. It referenced the alleged shooters at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue and the New Zealand mosques, Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler as role models. The writer expressed no remorse for his impending actions.

The Post article mentions that a Democratic party politician and presidential candidate, Hickenlooper, reacted to this terrorist act:

It is a combination of President Trump’s leadership at the top but tied into some of the real challenges we have around issues of mental health.

This 27 April 2019 video by another Democratic party presidential candidate, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, says about itself

Six months since the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh & on the last day of Passover, a gunman opened fire at Chabad of Poway synagogue. We must stand united & condemn this anti-Semitism & all religious bigotry. An attack against one of us for our religion is an attack against all of us‬.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 27 April 2019:

Dead and wounded in attack on synagogue in California

An attack on a California synagogue killed one woman and injured three people, including a girl and the rabbi. …

The perpetrator opened fire with an automatic rifle in the prayer house of Poway city, north of San Diego. The attack came on the last day of the Jewish Passover. About a hundred people had gathered in the synagogue. …

US American media report that the perpetrator before the attack put a manifesto full of racist language and quotes from the Bible online. He also confessed to having set fire to a mosque in the city last month. Graffiti was found there about the attack on a mosque in New Zealand.

The incident takes place exactly six months after the attack on the synagogue in Pittsburgh. On October 27, eleven people were killed in that synagogue. That was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.

A car barreled into eight people in California. Police say the driver was targeting Muslims: here.

Neo-nazi anti-Jewish murder plot in the USA

This 16 December 2018 video says about itself:

The Origins Of Anti-Semitism In America | AJ+

Anti-Semitism, or hatred of Jews, has a long and often violent history in the U.S. It’s also frequently used by white nationalists and others on the right wing to rally against social change.

By Aiden Pink in Jewish daily The Forward in the USA:

Washington Man Charged In Terror Plot: ‘I’m Shooting For 30 Jews’

April 9, 2019

A man in Washington state was charged Monday with two felonies after allegedly writing posts on social media threatening to conduct a mass shooting targeting Jews.

Dakota Reed, 20, allegedly wrote about “pulling a Dylann Roof”, referring to the white supremacist who killed nine black people praying in a South Carolina church, the Everett Herald reported.

Reed wrote that his plot would take place in 2025.

“I’m shooting for 30 Jews,” he posted in November. “No pun needed. Long ways away anyways. See you Goys.”

Reed was arrested in December, a month after the Anti-Defamation League alerted the FBI after researchers uncovered Reed’s posts, many of which were made under online aliases. Twelve guns were recovered from his home, as well as military helmets, gas masks and fascist symbols, all of which matched those that he featured in videos posted on social media.

Reed is being charged with two counts of threats to bomb or injure property. He is not being charged with a hate crime.

Apparently, Reed is also not charged with terrorism. Apparently, Reed would have to be African American or Muslim for that …

Nazis vandalize Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, USA

Defaced graves in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA (photo: Fall River Police Dept)

By Kate Randall in the USA:

Fall River, Massachusetts: Jewish cemetery vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

23 March 2019

On Sunday afternoon, March 17, police in Fall River responded to a report of vandalism at the Hebrew cemetery on McMahon Street in the southeastern Massachusetts city. The discovery was made by a cemetery maintenance worker. It is believed the vandalism occurred either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

Police originally reported that “approximately 25 gravestones” were defaced. But following a row-by-row examination of the cemetery on Tuesday, they announced on Wednesday that 59 gravestones had been defaced with anti-Semitic language and swastikas. Some had also been toppled over.

Gravestones were defaced with black magic marker. In addition to swastikas, anti-Semitic phrases included, “Heil Hitler”, “Expel the Jews” and “Oy vey! This is MAGA country”, a reference to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”.

According to the Fall River-based Herald News, the phrase “The Day of the Rope” was written on at least two gravestones. This appears to refer to a book of fiction about a white nationalist uprising against the United States government.

The anti-Semitic incident in Fall River took place just days after the March 15 fascist terror attack on two Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 50 dead. It also occurred less than six months after the October, 27, 2018 mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11.

The Fall River attack, while claiming no lives, was inspired by the same white nationalist, fascistic views propounded by the Trump administration and right-wing governments in France, Italy, Brazil and elsewhere. These ideologies are openly promoted to incite violence against immigrants and others.

In the wake of the New Zealand atrocity, the President Trump was asked by a reporter whether he saw white nationalism as a “rising threat around the world.” He responded. “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. … If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case.”

The facts tell another story, however. The shooter, Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant, hailed Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity”. His lengthy manifesto called for violence and civil war to force non-European “invaders” from Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Tarrant was in fact part of an international network of far-right organizations and had been radicalized in Europe, including in Britain. In the days following the Christchurch massacre, a number of far-right attacks on Muslims have taken place in the UK, pointing to the example provided by the horrific event in New Zealand to those inspired by white supremacist and Islamophobic views.

In Fall River, the Jewish community has long history. During the 19th century, the city was famous as the leading textile manufacturing center the US. It has always been a city attracting immigrants, many working in the textile mills or providing services supporting the industry.

“Spindle City,” as it was known, was second in the world in textile manufacturing only to Manchester, England. Thousands of workers, mainly of Irish and French-Canadian descent, came to Fall River in the 1860s and 1870s to work in the mills. German Jewish settlers came to Fall River beginning in this same period; Russian Jewish immigrants arrived in the 1880s and 1890s.

While World War I provided a general increase in demand for textiles, many mills in Fall River subsequently shut down as a result of the Great Depression, and by the mid-20th century the city was no longer a textile center. The city shrank in population from a high of about 120,000 in the 1920s to about 88,930 today.

The Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River is among the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the state, having been established in the late 19th century. Many of the German and Russian Jewish settlers who immigrated to the US in that period are likely buried there.

Fall River is still a city of many ethnicities. About half of residents are Luso-American, having their origins somewhere in the former Portuguese Empire. Recent immigrants include those from Cambodia and India. The Jewish population is now under 1,000, down from about 4,000 in 2008, as people have left to seek other livelihoods.

Friends and family of those interred at 300-plot cemetery in Fall River came Wednesday to survey the anti-Semitic vandalism and the check on whether the headstone of one of their loved ones had been damaged. The Herald News reported on Louis Gitlan, who walked through the graveyard row by row with a list of names, taking an occasional photo of a headstone. Seven of his relatives are buried there.

The Herald News wrote: “Gazing at the headstone of a man who died in 1939, he said every person buried in the Hebrew cemetery faced persecution at one time or had family members who did.”

Referring to those who had fled Nazi persecution, he told the newspaper, “What did they go through to get to this place, and finally be free? Then realize that they can’t escape it.” Even in death, they have been slandered by anti-Semitic filth.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, there were 90 anti-Jewish hate crimes reported in Massachusetts in 2017, a nearly 50 percent increase compared to 2016.

A Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts that was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti last week received a $5,000 donation from a Muslim charity to help repair the damage: here.

US Jewish cemetery vandalized, Hitler, Trump slogans

This 21 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Jewish cemetery vandalized: ‘Oy vey, this is MAGA Country

MAGA=Make America Great Again=Donald Trump‘s slogan.

Expel the Jew,” “Heil Hitler“, and other Hitler salutes were among the anti-Semitic slurs found defacing dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts. Fall River Police said they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Sgt. Thomas Mauretti, with the Fall River Police Department’s major crimes division, confirmed the graffiti found at Hebrew Cemetery over the weekend, including phrases such “Oy vey! This is MAGA country.”

Mauretti told … the anti-Semitic phrases and swastikas were found scrawled in black marker on 59 gravestones and some stones were knocked over as well. Police said the gravestones were vandalized sometime Saturday or early Sunday. Investigators said the damage was first discovered by a cemetery maintenance worker who described to police what he had found.

Fall River Police said they were contacted by the Anti-Defamation League of New England. The organization is offering a $1500 reward in addition to a reward offered by the Fall River Police Department for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.

The regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of New England, Robert Trestan, went to the cemetery Tuesday to survey the damage and spoke with people who have relatives buried there. …

According to the spokeswoman for the New England chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, there were 177 anti-Semitic incidents reported in Massachusetts in 2017, which is the last available data. She said that represents a 42 percent increase in reports, compared to the year before.