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It’s getting a bit scary when a Jew is not allowed to place a mezuzah on her condominium doorpost…
A new report shows an alarming rise on restrictions on religion around the world, and we’re not just talking 3rd world, primitive countries…
Also On Today’s Show:
The Israeli fashion industry…A new, ground-breaking Israeli law aimed at protecting fashion models is passed…it bans under-weight fashion models and requires disclosure of altered photos of them…
Plus…Naomi Campbell visits Israel…but no Jewish reporters allowed to cover her in Bethlehem…Israel gets a fashion channel…And…Israeli celebs are part of the Gc Swiss watch photo campaign…
The world’s largest mezuzah is hung on Israel’s Kaplan hospital…
Also…Mothering in Israel vs. the rest of the world…Israel’s most prestigious and popular professions…
(Hint: You should be good Jewish doctor, nu?)
And…Number two on the list are scientific positions…thereby explaining all the world-changing “stuff” coming out of Israel…like Ben-Landas nanographic printing method…
And the new, Israeli-made insulin pump…
Not to mention, the discovery in Israel of a “longevity gene”…the evasive fountain of youth???
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Another step designed to make Europe Judenrein (again)…this time, a bit more subtle, but no less effective in terms of the end result…
The ban may have been directed against Muslims, but the Jews will suffer…
Our Creator’s goal, as expressed in the Torah, is for the Jews to live in the Land of Israel.
Once, inheriting Israel was considered a gift…It was a PUNISHMENT for he Jews to have to live in foreign lands, outside of Israel.
Today, the punishment is over…time for the Jews to come home…If we do not get the message on our own, the Master of the Universe sometimes nudges us in the right direction…
Spoiler for my friends, the Dutch Jews: It’s REAL easy to get kosher meat in your REAL home, Israel…Hint, Hint…
Dutch approve ban on animal slaughter
Holland’s parliament votes in favor of move strongly opposed by Muslim and Jewish minorities, but leaves loophole that may let religious butchering continue
Reprinted from ynetnews.com
The Dutch parliament voted on Tuesday to ban ritual slaughter of animals, a move strongly opposed by the country’s Muslim and Jewish minorities, but left a loophole that might let religious butchering continue.
The bill by the small Animal Rights Party, the first such group in Europe to win seats in a national parliament, passed the lower house of parliament by 116 votes to 30. It must be approved by the upper house before becoming law.
It stipulates that livestock must be stunned before being slaughtered, contrary to the Muslim halal and Jewish kosher laws that require animals to be fully conscious.
“This way of killing causes unnecessary pain to animals. Religious freedom cannot be unlimited,” said Marianne Thieme, head of the Animal Rights Party, said before the vote. “For us religious freedom stops where human or animal suffering begins.”
In a rare show of unity, the Netherlands’ Muslim and Jewish communities – numbering about 1 million and 40,000 respectively in a total population of 16 million – have condemned the proposed ban as a violation of their religious freedom.
“The very fact that there is a discussion about this is very painful for the Jewish community,” Netherlands Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs told Reuters.
“Those who survived the (second world) war remember the very first law made by the Germans in Holland was the banning of schechita or the Jewish way of slaughtering animals.”
Uca Octay of Rotterdam’s Islamic University said: “We will have to import halal meat from neighboring countries or find another way to meet the needs of the Muslim population.”
Pain impossible to prove
The law said religious groups could continue ritual slaughter if they proved it was no more painful than stunning, but it was not clear how to do this. The Jewish community has challenged a study on animal pain used to support the ban.
“This is absolutely impossible to prove,” Jacobs said. “You can’t ask the animal how it feels afterwards.”
Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks visited the Netherlands last week to lobby against the law, arguing that pre-stunning failed in up to 10 percent of cases and that caused more pain than the swift cutting of the throat by a razor-sharp knife.
Philip Carmel, International Relations Director for the Conference of European Rabbis in Brussels, stressed the upper house of parliament could still reject the law. “We believe the Dutch parliament and people, who have a history of tolerance, will see sense and make the right decision,” he said.
Dutch Muslims, mostly of Turkish and Moroccan origin, have complained they felt stigmatized by the planned ban, debated amid growing support for anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders.
A court cleared Wilders last week of charges of hate speech against Muslims. His Freedom Party has supported the ban.
“There was no reason for passing this law,” said Imam Mahmut of the El Tawheed mosque in Amsterdam. “This is a political decision. Who has the authority to determine whether the way of killing animals is good or not?”
European Union regulations require animals to be stunned before killing but allow exceptions for ritual slaughter, which the European Court of Human Rights has ruled is a religious right. Animal rights activists insist this is inhuman.
Carmel said the European Parliament last week rejected a bid by animal rights advocates to have kosher and halal meat specially labeled as coming from unstunned animals.
Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland ban ritual slaughter. Swiss animal rights groups and far-right politicians have called for a ban on imported halal and kosher meat.
Of the 500 million animals slaughtered annually for food in the Netherlands, only 1.2 million animals are slaughtered according to Muslim or Jewish traditions, Dutch statistics show.
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I TOLD you that Israel and the Jews are just the canaries in the coal mine (placed there to warn the rest of the world)
And…ANOTHER Jewish Activist is Brutally Murdered in US Federal Prison…
Does anybody notice?…Does anybody care?…
Marty Says, “A Jewish Life is Worth More Than a Life-less Koran
in Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo Any Old Day”
Plus…A Plot to shoot down an El Al Airlines flight is foiled, and, Ted Kennedy, time to wake up and open your eyes!…
All this and MORE…
Tags: Abu Ghraib, Earl Krugel, guantanamo, intifada, Irv Rubin, israel, JDL, kahana, prison, Ted Kennedy
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America Takes over The Bank of Israel…But First, Stanley Fischer Became Israel’s Newest Citizen!!!
Also…Huge Strides Towards Woman’s Equality in the Middle East and Around the World…For Better or for Worse???-YOU Be the Judge!!!
A classic post and podcast from the archives!!!
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Israel’s Newest Citizen–Stanley Fischer
He takes the helm of The Bank of Israel today, after acquiring his Israeli identity card
Muslim Husband-Wife Suicide Team in Cairo
The family that blows up together grows up together???
How nice that the Islamic-Jihadist terrorist organizations are giving women every opportunity to participate in the carnage
If 70 virgins await the “shahid”-murderer in Muslim heaven, why do the women want to join them, anyway???
I’ve heard of a drink called a “Grasshopper”…
But a “Frog Love Potion”????
Where do you get those tickets to Lima, Peru???
Marty Roberts tells all!!!
Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better (including, unfortunately, rape)
So says the Norwegian feminist from her jail cell after being the first woman convicted of rape in that egalitarian country…
Bare-foot and pregnant no-more!!!!
Mazel Tov to the Happy Young(??) Couple(??)
Elton John and his fiance, David Furnish, plan on following in the footsteps of the “other” Royal couple…
Elton says he wants to make an honest man of his significant “other”…
The venue of the un-holy act remains uncertain…
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Why do the scientists always express such amazement when they ponder the magnitude and unpredictability of “natural” disasters? OF COURSE the powers of the universe are unimaginable, unfathomable, and, of course, unpredictable.
None of this is at all surprising to one who acknowledges a Supreme Power behind the forces of “nature”. Obviously, the universe has been set up by its Creator to follow a set of predetermined laws, which scientists like to think they can completely understand….
But the Jewish faith preaches that not one single minute goes by whereby the orderly functioning of the world-as-we-know-it does not depend upon the ACTIVE participation and supervision of G-d. Judaism teaches that, were G-d to remove his influence on the universe for even one millisecond, all would collapse…the world would return to its pre-Creation chaotic state…
King David expressed the idea beautifully in his Psalms…we Jews repeat it each time we recite the “hallel” prayer of praise and thanksgiving to our Creator…every holiday, the first day of every new month…
“This is From G-d, That Which is Wonderous in Our Eyes”
Book of Psalms, 118:23
Even scientists can learn something from King David …
The year of the earthquake has suddenly become the year of the volcano.
Reprinted from WashingtonPost.com Joel Achenbach
The eruption in Iceland is not large as volcanoes go, but the cloud over Europe has shed light on the awkward overlay of human commerce and a hot, churning, unpredictable Earth. It raises the question of what governments can do to prepare for — and adapt to — wild-card geological events that not only affect airliners but can also alter the planet’s climate for years at a stretch.
The volcano with the difficult name of Eyjafjallajokull is not powerful enough to change the climate — it has ejected material only as high as about 20,000 feet and would need to launch the ash to at least 33,000 feet to have global climatic effects, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Now airports are beginning to open again in Britain and the Netherlands, but no one can be entirely sure what will happen next in Iceland. Eyjafjallajokull could incite an eruption of its larger neighbor, Katla, which hasn’t erupted since 1918 and might be ready to rumble. In all three historically recorded eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull — in 920, 1612 and 1821 — Katla erupted soon thereafter.
“The eruption that’s going on right now is small in comparison to what we expect Katla would be like,” said Jay Miller, a volcanologist at Texas A&M University.
Events in recent days have demonstrated the inherent uncertainties of volcano science. Although volcanoes are far more predictable than earthquakes, they remain quirky, with each one having its own personality. Scientists rely primarily on past performance to predict future activity for any given location. The Iceland volcano initially produced little ash, but a new vent opened beneath a glacier and the situation turned explosive. What precisely happened is still being researched, but it appears that meltwater and magma produced steam quite suddenly and the volcano popped its top like a shaken soda bottle.
No one knows how much material will be ejected, or how high into the atmosphere it will travel. Scientists using computer models are frantically trying to track plumes of ash that become widely and chaotically dispersed even as new ones shoot up. No one knows whether the ash will reach the airspace over the United States and affect domestic travel, though that doesn’t seem to be an imminent threat. The ash has reached eastern Canada, however.
“I think there might be some nicer sunsets by the end of this week over North America,” said Stan Benjamin, director of the Forecast Research Branch of NOAA’s Global Systems Division.
One National Weather Service scientist, Gary Hufford, told reporters in a conference call Tuesday that it can be difficult to tell with satellite imagery how much ash is in the air and whether the airspace is safe for jetliners.
“The volcanic ash science still has many limitations,” he said.
Asked whether he would be comfortable flying in Europe, Hufford paused and said, “I would be cautious.”
The lengthy shutdown of many European airports continues to surprise travelers and scientists.
“It is kind of amazing. I imagined this in a big eruption. I didn’t imagine it in a small eruption,” said John Eichelberger, head of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program, who is stranded in Paris, where he had attended a meeting on volcanoes.
On Tuesday, the British Civil Aviation Authority revised its position to say that commercial jets could fly though areas that have low levels of ash. One top travel lobbyist said he suspected that officials had overreacted.
“Are we all certain that we’re using the best scientific evidence? Are we aware of the economic impact of these decisions?” said Geoff Freeman, senior vice president of the U.S. Travel Association.
Air travel is particularly vulnerable to these geological events because the shortest international routes in the Northern Hemisphere take planes near Iceland, which seethes with volcanoes, and near the many cauldrons that line the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” The booming economies of Asia are also putting more planes over volcanoes in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
“Volcanic risk is actually rising, not because we’re not doing our jobs, but because people are putting themselves nearer volcanoes, particularly with air travel,” said Marianne Guffanti, a geologist with the USGS.
Said volcanologist Michael Rampino of New York University: “We live under the constant threat of some geological hazard. The more we all become technologically dependent upon others in other parts of the world, the more the problem shows up.”
Chris Waythomas, a USGS volcanologist based in Alaska, said it is easy to detect when a volcano is active but much harder to know what it will ultimately do, how long an eruption will continue and how big it will be.
“There are surprises. Mount St. Helens, 1980: No one expected a major flank collapse to occur,” Waythomas said. That collapse depressurized the magma chamber below and caused the mountain to explode laterally.
The United States has 169 volcanoes, most of them in Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and in territories in the Pacific Ocean (scientists will brief the Congressional Hazards Caucus on Wednesday). Geologists warn that scenic Mount Rainier, near Seattle, is one of the most hazardous.
One of the planet’s largest volcanoes is the huge caldera that feeds the hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone. Although it has been restless in recent months with hundreds of small earthquakes, there is no sign of the kind of dramatic doming of the ground that would indicate a major surge of magma and a potential eruption. The caldera last had a full-blown, catastrophic explosion about 640,000 years ago. The last significant eruption, known as the Pitchstone Plateau lava flow, took place 70,000 years ago. Jacob Lowenstern, the scientist in charge at the USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, said tourists shouldn’t stay away for fear of what’s happening below.
Volcanoes can be mass killers. The relatively small eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia in 1985 created a mud flow that buried more than 23,000 people in the town of Armero. Hot gas and ash from Mount Pelée on the island of Montserrat rolled down the slopes and incinerated 30,000 people in 1902.
Vesuvius, the volcano that buried the Roman city of Pompeii, is widely viewed as another disaster waiting to happen. It erupts about every 400 years and hasn’t had a large eruption since 1641, Rampino said. Hundreds of thousands of people live beneath it and could be hit with what are known as pyroclastic flows — extremely fast-moving, dense clouds of hot ash and rock that flow down the mountain.
“They’d have 15 minutes’ warning,” Rampino said. “It would destroy everything in its path. It’s like an ash hurricane that’s 800 degrees Celsius.”
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So Swedish and Norwegian pension funds are just SO moral, SO ethical, that they have decided that they must not taint their hands nor their investment portfolios with investments in a company that builds and installs surveillance systems designed to stop terrorists from killing innocent civilians…REALLY, now!!!…Elbit builds drones and other monitoring gear designed to detect terrorists attempting to cross Israel’s security barrier…an event known to occur pretty much on a daily basis on the border between Israeli and palestinian controlled areas. What is immoral or unethical about PREVENTING terror?
Please feel free to open your humble servant’s eyes on this one…
Reprinted from AFP/Google News
Following the lead of Norway’s state oil fund, Foersta AP-Fonden said it had banned investment in Elbit because it had built and was operating a surveillance system for a controversial barrier between Israel and the West Bank.
“The Ethical Council recommended that Elbit Systems Ltd should be excluded from each portfolio because it deems that the company can be linked to violations of fundamental conventions and norms,” it said in a statement.
Israel says the barrier — a network of walls, fences and closed military roads — is designed to prevent attacks. The Palestinians view it as an “apartheid wall” that carves off key parts of their future state.
Israel has so far completed 413 kilometres (256 miles) of the planned 709-kilometre (435-mile) barrier, according to UN figures.
When completed, 85 percent of the wall will have been built inside the West Bank, taking land from villages like Bilin and Nilin.
The international community has condemned Israel’s decision to construct the barrier.
The Swedish fund, which only had small investments in Elbit according to its ethics council chairwoman Annika Andersson, said that Grupo Ferrovial, PetroChina, Thales and Yahoo had successfully addressed its concerns about ethics violations.
Last September, Norway’s state pension fund, one of the world’s biggest investors, also banned Elbit from its portfolio, prompting the Israeli foreign ministry to summon Norway’s ambassador in protest at the move.
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It must be those long, long winter nights in the frigid country of Denmark…
How else can you explain mom dressing her infant up as Hitler, swastika and all? Apparently a transvestite Nazi, since the baby is a girl. And, even weirder, the woman obviously has some Jewish roots. She mentions a Jewish aunt, however THAT connection works out, and the Danes themselves, weren’t they crushed by the Nazis? So where’s the art? Or is it humor?
Oh, well…I never could quite appreciate such “modern art” projects, anyway…
Mother dressed her baby as Hitler, other dictators for exhibit
Bored and confined to a wheelchair for months, Danish-Norwegian artist Nina Maria Kleivan saw inspiration in her newborn child and began to sew.
Reprinted from National Post Kathryn Blaze
Soon enough, her four-month-old daughter, Faustina, became both muse and model, adorned in miniature costumes replicating nine infamous men including Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler.
Crafting the latter costume, Ms. Kleivan, 50, said from her home in Denmark, was the most emotionally trying, “It was very difficult for me to sew the swastika on her little sleeve. I could never have done this to someone else’s child.”
Ms. Kleivan’s exhibit, Potency, also featured photos of her daughter dressed as Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Mao Zedong, Idi Amin, Augusto Pinochet and Slobodan Milosevic. In the 10th and final photo of the series, Faustina — depicted as a boy throughout — was naked, revealing her gender and, according to the artist, her innate innocence.
“We are all born as a blank slate, who knows who we will become,” Ms. Kleivan said. “I wanted people to think about where tremendous evil comes from.”
The art exhibit is so controversial and so startling that, nine years since it debuted in Sweden and long after Ms. Kleivan sold the series to a private collector for approximately US$11,000, Potency is again garnering headlines.
The Danish newspaper Politiken recently published the photos alongside a review about Ms. Kleivan’s new book, Enigma. It was not long before the images were again circulating the globe, and even became a lead story on the website of Israel’s Haaretz newspaper yesterday.
“I’m a bit nervous about how people will react now that it’s back out there again,” Ms. Kleivan said. “I know how angry my Jewish aunt was when she saw the exhibit a decade ago.”
For her part, the artist said she long harboured hatred toward Germany, and even became “a little obsessed with the war.” Her father was part of the Norwegian resistance movement, and was held captive in a German prison camp for years.
“As a little girl, I used to carry around a note with the name of the prison guard, and I swore I would someday kill him,” Ms. Kleivan said. “I had such great hatred toward the Nazis for what they had done. I felt like I had a right to work with this subject.”
Ralph Erber, professor of psychology at Chicago’s DePaul University and co-editor of the book Understanding Genocide: The Social Psychology of the Holocaust, said it is no wonder people have again been outraged: The image of a baby dressed as Hitler is wildly conflicting and therefore provocative, he said.
“The visual of Hitler — even just his moustache — instantly evokes an emotional reaction, one that most people would describe as repulsion,” Mr. Erber said.
“It is extremely difficult for most to conceive that Hitler was ever an innocent baby. People have limits on their ability to stomach something like this.”
However, Ms. Kleivan said she was “surprised” when, in 2001, staff at the Kulturhuset, a Stockholm cultural centre, threatened to strike if the image of Faustina as Hitler graced the gallery walls. And, after Potency travelled to Berlin, Germany and Italy, she was equally surprised by the slew of “angry letters” she
“I was a bit blindsided by the reaction — I expected people to laugh and then reflect on the concept of evil,” she said.
“People could not believe that I could dress my own daughter as these characters. Yes, it was strange to see her dressed as Hitler, but I thought of her as a doll.”
Bernie Farber, head of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said he recalls discussing the exhibit when it first gained notoriety 10 years ago, and said the issue has again become a talker in Jewish community.
“While I understand the artist’s intentions, I don’t agree with the way she went about it,” he said.
“I have a visceral reaction to using children to try to explain an adult concept like evil. Surely, there’s a better way to explore evil than to throw a swastika on a baby.”
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Looks like there is a lot more than NHL hockey players and tasty meatballs coming out of the Swedish city of Malmo…
It’s especially disturbing to see a country that helped SAVE Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust now ignorantly comparing the Jewish State to those self-same Nazis. It is very difficult for me to discern where the line is between just good (bad) old-fashioned ant-Semitism that has been with us for eternity, and mere ignorance of the reality on the ground in the Middle East. I guess the naive in me, believing in the inherent good of man, so WANTS to believe that the hatred cannot really run so deep…just give them the facts, and they will see the light!!
Unfortunately, reality does NOT seem to bear this out, at least in my experience…
Sweden: A new hotbed of hatred?
With the repugnantly named – and deliberately so – Israeli Apartheid Week behind us, it feels particularly correct to have taken a commentary pass on the annual hate-fest, since media focus is clearly one of the event’s objectives.
Reprinted from Thestar.com Rosie DiManno
This is always a difficult decision, whether to rise to the bait or leave those inclined to foment venom to their crude business, which is so palpably not as claimed – legitimate discussion of Israel’s policies in the Occupied Territories, some of which are notoriously anti-productive in getting a political resolution back on track. To wit: Last week’s ill-timed, embarrassing and quite harmful announcement, with U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden on the ground to hopefully kick-start “proximity talks,” of new settlement housing plans in contested East Jerusalem.
Yet ignoring the zealous fringe runs the risk of allowing odious cant, unchallenged, to take root in the fertile, manure-enriched low ground where the shoots of anti-Semitism thrive. That’s what has happened widely in Europe, where both the right and left fringe have so contaminated the centre on the issue of Israel that frightened Jews are aghast at the naked anti-Semitism now passing for acceptable criticism of the Jewish state.
This alarming phenomenon has recently been exposed in, of all places, the Swedish city of Malmo, heretofore known mostly as an incubator of NHL hockey players and an urban backdrop in the Kurt Wallander detective novels of Henning Mankell.
Sweden, for the love of God, has a history of offering sanctuary to European Jews during the Holocaust – as it has also, in recent decades, to Muslims fleeing conflict in Arab nations. It is the birthplace of Raoul Wallenberg, who helped save tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis. It has strong laws against Holocaust denial and defamation of minorities.
Yet it is also the country where the largest-circulation newspaper published a scandalously misleading report accusing the Israeli military of killing Palestinians to harvest their human organs – a modern-day repetition of the historical blood libel all too familiar to Jews. It is a country where the vice-chair for the Social Democratic Women in southern Sweden felt free to prattle: “I think Gaza is comparable to the Warsaw Ghetto … I’m surprised that Israel … can do the exact same things the Nazis did.”
Really? The exact same thing?
Here is the left-wing mayor of Malmo, Ilmar Reepalu, well-known for his outspoken pro-Palestinian bias, responding last month to a reporter’s straightforward question about whether he would state clearly that the city does not accept anti-Semitism: “We don’t accept anti-Semitism or Zionism. They (both) are extremists who want to set themselves over other groups and believe those others are worth less.”
Yes, the mayor of the third-largest city in Sweden blithely yoked anti-Semitism and Zionism as equally reprehensible – that would be Zionism, as the movement that brought forth Israel as a state; and Zionism, which the United Nations belatedly apologized for linking with racism by rescinding a shameful 1975 General Assembly resolution to that effect.
Reepalu added that Jews “have the possibility to affect the way they are seen by society” – a patently snide insinuation that Jews are responsible for the violence directed against them in such places as Malmo for their failure to denounce Israeli policies toward Palestinians, as if Jews the world over are to blame and thus rendering themselves targets. Would anybody claim that the diaspora of Muslims is responsible for the seething anti-Semitism of Hamas or Hezbollah and their charters calling for the outright elimination of Israel?
Malmo is a city of nearly 300,000 people. It has a tiny minority of 1,200 Jews. About a quarter of Malmo’s residents are immigrants, roughly 20 per cent of them Muslim, mostly of Arab origin. Hate crimes against Jews have spiked – 80 in 2009 reported to police, with cemeteries and synagogues desecrated, children taunted and at least 30 observant families moving to Israel in the last year to get away from harassment, according to recent stories in The Wall Street Journal and The Sunday Telegraph in London.
“I never thought I would see this hatred again in my lifetime, not in Sweden anyway,” Judith Popinski, a Holocaust survivor who arrived in Malmo 65 years ago, told the Telegraph.
When the issue of Jews now fleeing Malmo was raised with Reepalu, the mayor claimed: “There haven’t been any attacks on Jewish people, and if Jews from the city want to move to Israel, that is not a matter for Malmo.”
Interestingly, and significantly, Malmo’s Jews don’t blame Muslims for their predicament. It is fellow Swedes, not Arab immigrants, who are primarily making them feel unwanted and targeted – just as homegrown Christian and secular Swedes were behind a rock-throwing counter-demonstration against a pro-Israel rally last year, and the quarantining, under city council orders, of a Davis Cup tennis match between Israel and Sweden. A Stop the Match campaign, coalescing around Israel’s action in the Gaza war, successfully forced the best-of-five series (which Israel won) to be held in a near-empty stadium, with thousands of anti-Israel protesters turning violent outside the venue anyway. A Swedish appeals court just upheld the conviction and six-month prison sentence of one of those rioters.
Sweden’s players and the country’s tennis federation were furious at the council, which had banned spectators claiming the city couldn’t guarantee security. “It’s an unfortunate consequence of individual politicians trying to score political points,” said the federation chairman. “We thought the decision (by Malmo) was irresponsible and we still think so.”
Crowed Olof Holmberg, spokesman for Stop the Match: “We concluded that Malmo is Gaza. We were all Palestinians at the stadium.”
Mayor Reepalu made it quite clear he would have preferred if the matches were not played at all, a kind of sports disinvestment.
This is what happens when the demonization of Israel – Israelis, Jews – enters the populist mainstream, an asp at the breast of democracies that uphold, quite properly, the principles of free speech and freedom of assembly.
Righteous hate-mongers claim the win.
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