Tuesday, August 22, 2017

German Jews irate over art comparing Holocaust ("Auschwitz" and "Zyklon B") and immigrant crisis

The trivialization of the Holocaust has become a common form of protest in Europe.  French-speakers call it the "banalization" of the Holocaust - it now serves to criticize anyone you don't agree with and to affirm your (the accuser's) moral superiority.

Via Israel Hayom (Eldad Beck):

A planned performance art installation titled "Auschwitz on the Beach" has sparked the ire of the German Jewish community for comparing Europe's current immigration crisis to the Holocaust.  
 The installation will begin on August 24 in the German city of Kassel as part of the Documenta 14 exhibit, an international modern art exhibition considered one of the most important in the world. The performance installation will be presented by Italian and Brazilian artists and is based in a poem written by the Italian Marxist philosopher Franco "Bifo" Berardi, a known radical leftist. (...)  
According to Berardi's explanation of the performance, which will be presented in English on Thursday and Saturday and in Italian on Friday, "Europeans are building concentration camps on their own territory, and are paying their Gauleiter [the ruler of a Nazi province] of Turkey, Libya, and Egypt to do the dirty work on the coast of the Mediterranean where saltwater has replaced Zyklon B." 
"Extermination is the word accurately defining the sentiment and behavior of the majority of the European people and the political action of the European governments," Berardi claims. "Rather than facing our historical responsibility," he warns, "we reject people who are trying to escape misery and wars and unchain themselves from our colonization. We made crossing the sea from North Africa to the southern European coasts perilous. By making migration illegal we have put migrants who asked for our help in the hands of criminal traffickers. We are drowning countless children, women, and men on a daily basis." (...)  
Leaders in the German Jewish community say the exhibit harms the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and relativizes Nazi war crimes. Charlotte Knobloch, former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and a Holocaust survivor, called the exhibit "grotesque" and demanded its performance be prevented. Ilana Katz, a Jewish community leader, described the exhibit as "tasteless and hurtful" to the victims of the Holocaust. She condemned the use of the terms "Auschwitz" and "Zyklon B" as part of an artistic and political event and called on visitors to the exhibit to take a stand. "The issue of remembering the Holocaust and the terms associated with it, and how we pass this inconceivable crime to future generations, affects all of us," she said.
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Poland: Barcelona Attack Should Be Wake up Call to EU on Mass Migration

Senior members of the Polish government have warned the European Union that the Islamist terror attack in Barcelona is further proof that encouraging millions of migrants to settle in its territory has undermined public safety.

Polish Minister of the Interior Mariusz Błaszczak reminded listeners that “Poland is safe” — at least relative to Western and Northern European countries — because it has resistedattempts by the bloc to impose compulsory migrant quotas on it.
He explained that, unlike Spain, his country has “no enclaves where people do not integrate to the country where they emigrated”.
For the continent at large, however, he warned that the Barcelona atrocity was simply the “tragic end” of policies “inciting millions of people to cross the sea to come to Europe”.
He added: “We are dealing with a clash of civilizations, it must be said openly and this is the problem of all Europe.”
Polish Deputy Minister of Defence Michał Dworczyk echoed the interior minister’s sentiments, saying the attack on the Catalan capital was “another proof that migration policy and security policy must be conducted in a very thoughtful and responsible way”.
He also credited the relatively superior security situation in Poland as “among other things, the result of the government’s consistent policy” of opposition to mass immigration.
Dworczyk urged EU leaders to “review their ideas on migration policy” in light of the attack.
“We are all shaken by the information that comes to us from Spain, and we share the pain of the families of the victims.
“However, we cannot ignore the fact that we have a serious problem in Europe with the influx of illegal immigrants. It is a very bad idea to invite people who can not be controlled [and can] be said to pose a threat to EU citizens.”
Photo published for Kaczynski: EU Will Not 'Impose a Social Catastrophe' on Poland
Underlining the fact that “we do not accept and we will not accept that enclaves [are established] with people who do not assimilate, who do not want to belong to the society”, the defence minister reiterated his government’s opposition to migrant quotas.
“I hope that these dramatic events will also be an occasion for reflection for certain officials of the European Commission and some EU political leaders,” he said.

He suggested Barcelona might provide these individuals with “the opportunity to review their ideas on migration policy and the forced relocation of people whose identity can not be established with certainty”.

UK lawyer: 'Zionists should all be shot, Jewish refugees bombed'

A partner at a British law office has been fined after calling for the murder of Jewish refugees and “Israeli Zionists”. Forty-year-old Majid Mahmood, director of Liberty Law Solicitors and a partner at the City Law Chambers in Luton was fined 25,000 pounds ($32,100) by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over several social media comments he made in 2015 and 2016. In addition, Mahmood was given a suspended sentence of 12 months, barring him from performing legal services if he commits a similar offense, and was required to pay 9,595 pounds ($12,322) in legal fees as a result of the complaint against his offensive comments. The complaint against Mahmood was filed by the Campaign Against Antisemitism, a watchdog group which monitors and combats anti-Jewish bigotry in the UK. The CAA’s complaints against the Luton-based attorney centered on comments made via Facebook in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Mahmood called for “all the Israeli Zionists” to be shot dead, adding that he hoped their bodies would be sent as a gift to then-President Obama. “Someone needs to shoot all the Israeli Zionists dead then send their bodies to America as a present for Obama and his Zionist pals.” A year later, Mahmood commented on a video story regarding Jewish refugees being flown to safety, writing “The[y] aint gods chosen people they’re Satans love child’s and it’s a shame e the plane carrying them didn’t blow up mid air.”Despite the outrageous comments, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal accepted Mahmood’s claim that his remarks were made merely with regard to “Zionists”, and in no way suggested he was anti-Semitic. The tribunal did note that Mahmood’s 2016 post, referencing “God’s chosen people” was “a trigger phrase for the Jewish people”. Nevertheless, the tribunal refused to disbar Mahmood. “Whilst we do not agree with the decision to allow Mr. Mahmood, who has repeatedly made vile statements calling for death and destruction, to remain in practice, we nonetheless welcome this decision,” a CAA spokesperson said following the ruling.

Leaked photo ends Amsterdam Police cover up; names Khalid Karmaoui as man ramming car through crowd, wounding eight

The Dutch weblog GeenStijl has just obtained and published the identity of the man who on Saturday, June 10th, wounded eight people (including three Israelis) when he ploughed his car through a crowd at the Station Square, right in front of Amsterdam Central station.
The Amsterdam Police force has thus far been reluctant to publish the perpetrator’s name, and had released him after four days of detention. The police also made the highly unlikely claim that there was no camera footage of the incident because all 15 camera’s surrounding the area had been in “pre-set modus”, which meant that they weren’t recording anything.
About the picture they published, GeenStijl writes:
“This picture has been taken from a screen which is showing the police system called Bluespot. It concerns the file of the so called “blood sugar driver” at the Station square. The file belongs to Khalid Karmaoui, born on 9 September in Casablanca, Morocco. The date, June 10, checks out. The licence plate, 04-XL-NN, checks out. And the police’s explanation that the driver was suffering from low blood sugar seems to be compatible with that day’s warm weather and his possible observance of the Ramadan.”


Syrian Accused of Sexually Molesting Ten-Year-Old In Vienna Swimming Pool

A 42-year-old Syrian man has been accused of sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl at a swimming pool in Vienna after the child complained the man had grabbed her inappropriately.

Police say the incident occurred on Saturday at the Hütteldorfer Bad swimming pool in the Austrian capital. The 42-year-old Syrian is said to have grabbed the buttocks of the 10-year-old as she and her friend were about to go on one of the pool’s water slides. The mother of the girl called the police who confirmed on Monday that the asylum seeker had been reported for sexual harassment, Die Presse reports.
The mother of the young girl said that the man had approached her daughter and her daughter’s friend at the water slide and the man’s groping panicked the young girls who fell down the slide as a result.
The mother attempted to speak to the head of the swimming pool who told her that there was no point in calling the police because it was her word against that of the asylum seeker who denied the assault.
“My daughter, her friend and the friend’s family left the pool, so I did not know about the incident and waited for my daughter at the parking lot,” the mother told Die Presse.
“Just as I came, the man went out of the pool and my daughter recognised him,” she added.
The asylum seeker was taken into custody by police. But so far, police have been unable to interrogate him as he does not speak any German and no interpreter was available on the weekend. Prosecutors say they will be bringing charges of sexual harassment against the man.
The alleged assault is just the latest sex attack to occur at swimming pools in Austria. The most well-known case occurred in late 2015 in Vienna when 20-year-old Iraqi Amir A. brutally raped a 10-year-old boy at the Theresienbad swimming pool saying the incident had been a “sexual emergency”.
Austrian swimming pools have tried a variety of tactics to combat the problem of the sex attacks. One swimming pool in Mödling attempted to ban asylum seekers from the facility altogether but was met with heavy resistance from pro-migrant activists and left wing supporters.
Another pool in Perchtoldsdorf posted signs in Arabic telling migrants about the appropriate way to behave.
In Switzerland, a pool attempted to limit the number of asylum seekers in a pool at one time, but this was also slammed by left wing supporters who said the policy was like “apartheid”.