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A leading member of Germany's Jewish community had to point to a gun he was carrying to ward off a young man shouting anti-Semitic comments - the latest in a string of racist incidents in Berlin that has shocked Jews and city authorities.

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Alexa R (319)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 9:50 pm
I quote from the article: "Bild quoted the man as having said to Mr. Kramer: “What are you doing here? Go back to where you came from.”

Mr. Kramer and his adversary are pressing charges against each other, German media said.

Last month, Daniel Alter – one of the first rabbis ordained in Germany since the Holocaust – was beaten up on a Berlin street in front of his young daughter by four attackers, prompting a seminary to advise its students to avoid wearing skullcaps in public."


It is all soooo wrong .. imagine advising students to avoid wearing hijab in public .. yet this is EXACTLY the advise given to Jewish students ..

This German attacker said he wanted Mr Kramer to return to Israel, yet soooo many care2 dhimmis et al want Jews to leave Israel .. does not take a genius to figure their true intentions out ..


Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 1:50 am
Things have become very extreme all over the world, hate and intolerence have grown and so has violence. What are we heading towards?

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 2:48 am

Stan B (123)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 3:56 am
I hope we aren't going to see history repeat itself in Germany.

Carol H (229)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 5:49 am
noted, thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 6:05 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 6:48 am
noted, thx

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 6:48 am
noted, thx

Christine Linley (12)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 3:34 pm
It is the same ALL over the world, people beating people purely becouse of their ethnicity
" A ferocious attack by a gang of Jewish youths on several Palestinian Israelis that left one 17-year-old Palestinian close to death has shocked Israel.

On Tuesday, nine of the youth involved in the attack that left Jamal Julani in critical condition were charged with assault and incitement to racism and violence.

The incident began when a girl alleged that she had been sexually assaulted by an Arab, and called on the youths gathered around her to find and attack Arabs. The girl and others made racist remarks, such as “Mohammad is dead”. Dozens of youths set off, chanting, “Death to Arabs”.

When they reached Zion Square, at least 15 began severely beating Julani, a resident of East Jerusalem, and his friends. Julani’s life was only saved by the prompt action of a paramedic at the scene.

According to Ha’aretz, dozens of Israelis watched the attack “without lifting a finger”. “Their apathy is only slightly less grave than the behaviour of those who perpetrated the lynching,” the newspaper said.

Of the nine youths who were charged, eight are minors. The accused who allegedly delivered the blow that caused Julani’s heart to stop beating justified himself in court, saying, “He’s an Arab, and he cursed my mother, so he should die”.

Lawyers speaking for the accused painted a picture of aimless, disaffected and damaged youths, some with severe behavioural problems, alienated from their religious upbringing and with few social outlets.

This brutal racist attack is not an aberration, however, or due to the youths’ alienation from their religious upbringing. It flows inexorably from the racism whipped up by the government and across the spectrum of official politics, often in a religious guise, and from Israel’s constant war-mongering against the Palestinians and its neighbours in the region.

This has been accompanied by decades of reactionary social policies that have gutted education and other essential public services, for which Israeli Arabs have become a convenient scapegoat.

Just hours earlier, six Palestinians were hospitalised with serious burns after their vehicle was firebombed in the occupied West Bank, where settler attacks on Palestinians and their property are a frequent occurrence. In this incident too, the alleged perpetrators are youth. Three boys, aged 12 to 13, from a religious Jewish settlement at Bat Ayn, have been charged with carrying out the attack.

Many more incidents take place almost daily and go unreported, amid a broader culture of formal and informal discrimination. Israeli Arabs have long been treated as second-class citizens in terms of access to public services, due to far lower budgetary allocations to their towns and villages. They undergo harsher security checks at the hands of the police and security forces, with many jobs barred to them.

The number of racist attacks has increased sharply in recent years, with Jerusalem reporting the highest number of incidents. The Mossawa Advocacy Centre for Arab Citizens attributes the spike to Israel’s leaders, saying, “These attacks are not the hand of fate, but a direct result of incitement against the Arab citizens of this country by religious, public, and elected officials.”

Israeli leaders have lined up to hypocritically denounce the attacks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, “This is something we cannot accept—not as Jews, not as Israelis”.

Reuven Rivlin, Knesset speaker, visited Julani in hospital to apologise, acknowledging that the attack was “a microcosmos of a national problem that could endanger Israeli democracy.”

In reality, the political establishment has nothing but contempt for the well being of the Arabs in Israel or the occupied territories. Their policies have moreover brutalised and damaged a layer of youth, whose disaffection is channelled along racist lines.

At the heart of the problem are two myths promoted by Israel’s founders. The first was that the Zionist state could be established as a homeland for the Jews on a peaceful basis, without the expulsion and subjugation of its non-Jewish inhabitants. The second was that such a state could develop into a democratic and progressive society that could live at peace with its neighbours.

Instead, Israel’s mainstream parties have joined forces to reproduce within Israel and the occupied territories the ghettos, repression and civil war from which earlier generations of Jews had fled.

Politicians of the extreme right, such as Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, are opposed to any Palestinian state alongside Israel. But he is joined by many others, of the so-called left, in advocating a “transfer” of Arab citizens and the incorporation of some of Israel’s Arab towns and villages adjacent to the West Bank into the Palestinian Authority—whether or not it is granted statehood.

The advocacy of communalism and ethno-religious politics, up to and including ethnic cleansing, has engendered countless attacks on Palestinians over the years.

On the West Bank, the settlers are allowed to murder, firebomb and destroy Palestinian homes and farms with impunity. They constitute a vital strong-arm for the ruling elite, because their social interests are intimately bound up with Israeli rule of the captured territories and the perpetuation of the country’s military machine.

They have been reinforced by waves of immigrants, first from the United States and later Russia, attracted on the basis of the explicitly anti-socialist and chauvinist perspective projected by Israel ever more openly since the 1967 war.

Over the past three decades, social and political tensions have grown due to the widening gap between rich and poor. To the extent that the majority of people became alienated from official politics, the state increased its reliance on right-wing settlers and extreme nationalist religious zealots. No party can today form a government without their support.

The settlers and ultra-religious provide the social and political bedrock for the emergence of semi-fascist tendencies within the political establishment. Their presence is felt by ever-broader layers within Israeli society, as discrimination is extended to Jews of Middle East and North African origin. Last May, racist attacks injured dozens of asylum seekers, following a rally where leading members of the ruling Likud party made inflammatory remarks against African migrants.

Racism against Arabs and others serves the vital role of dividing the working class and diverting the growing anger over declining living standards and rising social problems along reactionary channels. It encourages nationalism by focusing on demands to preserve the Jewish identity of the State of Israel, at a time when war against Iran and possibly Lebanon and Gaza is on the agenda.

The answer to such a development can be found only on a socialist perspective. It means advancing the unity of Arabs and Jews within Israel and of all the region’s diverse ethnic and religious groups against their oppressors—the Israeli and Arab bourgeoisie and the imperialist powers they serve.

. (0)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 4:17 pm
Was Israel in existence when Hitler was conducting his putsches or Stalin his pogroms? I think not. No matter if you could settle the Israeli/Arab problem it wouldn't matter. The hatred goes back over 3800 years. When will we realize that there is only one race; the human race and that our political, religious and financial leaders have been lying to us since day one to preserve their control; their power and their wealth at our expense. They count on our hatred of each other; our propensity to violence and overall our covetousness. A house divided against it self will not stand let alone survive and neither will we as a species if we don't change starting now.

Ira Herson (13)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 5:56 pm
Gee Christine, I guess it is all the Jews fault that they are attacked in Germany. It is alright that there is Antisemitism because some Jews in Israel hate Arabs.

You will also note that the Jews that assaulted the Arab youths in Israel were condemned by all quarters of the Israeli community. They were arrested and charged and I hope convicted.

The picture was a little different when a pair of Arab Cousins sneaked into the home of a sleeping family and slit their throats. The children that had their throats cut were little babies.

The President of the West Bank praised the cousins as heroes. I guess that is alright with you they only killed Jews.

Alexa R (319)
Monday October 1, 2012, 2:03 pm
By Susan Cornwell

WASHINGTON | Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:44am EDT

(Reuters) - Anti-Semitism, including government-promoted hatred toward Jews and prejudice couched as criticism of Israel, has risen globally over the last decade, the State Department said on Thursday.

"Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history, it is a current event," it said in a report to Congress.

U.S. embassies have noted an increase in attacks on Jewish people, property, institutions, and religious facilities in the last decade, the report said.

The report, titled "Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism," did not give comprehensive statistics, and said that in any case such statistics were skewed against Western democratic countries more likely to report the incidents. But it said other governments and institutions had documented similar trends.

For example, Tel Aviv University's Stephen Roth Institute listed 593 cases of major anti-Semitic incidents in 2006, the highest number since 2000, the report said. Of these, 277 were physical attacks on Jews; 105 synagogues were damaged. Over half the incidents took place in Western Europe.

One attack in 2006 took the life of a young French Jew, Ilan Halimi. The 23-year-old was found naked, handcuffed and covered with burns near railway tracks outside Paris in February 2006, and died of his injuries soon afterward.

While traditional anti-Jewish prejudice, a centuries-old phenomenon, persists, new forms have evolved, the report said.

"The distinguishing feature of the new anti-Semitism is criticism of Zionism or Israeli policy that -- whether intentionally or unintentionally -- has the effect of promoting prejudice against all Jews by demonizing Israel and Israelis and attributing Israel's perceived faults to its Jewish character," it said.

This was common throughout the Middle East and in Muslim communities in Europe, but was even encouraged by some activity at the United Nations, the report said.

Various U.N. agencies are asked each year to investigate what are often "sensationalized reports of alleged atrocities and other violations of human rights by Israel," the document said.

Such unremitting criticism of Israel "intentionally or not encourages anti-Semitism." This hostility can translate into physical violence, as in the surge in anti-Semitic incidents worldwide during the 2006 war between Israel and the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the report said.

The report, released by the State Department's Office of the Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism, follows up on a 2005 document. It was dedicated to the memory of U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos of California, the only Holocaust survivor to have served in Congress. The Hungarian-born Lantos died last month of cancer at age 80.

The State Department document also listed examples of some governments and leaders it said "fan the flames of anti-Semitic hatred within their own societies and even beyond their borders."

It cited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has questioned whether the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis took place, and Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, who the State Department said had "publicly demonized" Israel.

Syria's government "routinely demonizes Jews through public statements and official propaganda," while in Belarus, "state enterprises freely produce and distribute anti-Semitic material."

State-sponsored media were vehicles for anti-Semitic discourse in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. There were also blatantly anti-Semitic private media venues such as the conservative Catholic radio station Radio Maryja in Poland, the report said.

Traditional anti-Semitism remained a problem in Central and Eastern European countries such as Russia and Ukraine. Anti-Semitic violence was a significant concern in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and the report noted increases in anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.

(Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 9:58 pm
The assault of israeli youngsters gang on an Arab got universal condemnation in Israel, and the perpetrators - 12-17 years olds - are in jail.

In comparison, West Bankers or Gazans would make such gangsters as National Heros, and Islamist Lobbyists on Care2 would publish articles to their defense.

Ira Herson (13)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:44 am
Actually Bob when Arab cousins were convicted for killing the Fogel family in their sleep, slitting the throats of little babies the murderers were hailed as heroes by the President of the PA.

Christine Linley (12)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 3:15 am
The Israeli occupation army and paramilitary Jewish settlers have killed 545 Palestinian children and minors since the outbreak of the al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000.

Among these victims, 266 children were 14 or younger while the ages of the remaining 279 ranged from 15 to 18. Moreover, as many as 20,000 Palestinian children were injured, with nearly 1500 sustaining life-long disabilities.

The total number of Palestinians killed by Israel during the current Intifada is around 2700, the vast majority of them civilians.

On the other hand, the number of Israelis killed by Palestinians during the same period is around 840 soldiers, settlers and civilians, including about 100 Israeli children and minors.

Nearly 2500 Israelis were injured, mostly suffering from light wounds and shock. Many of the Israeli victims died in bombings inside Israel.

In 2003, a total of 130 Palestinian children and minors were killed by Israeli troops and a further 22 have been killed in the first three months of this year.

One of the latest Palestinian children to be killed by the Israeli army was six-year-old Khalid Mahir Walwil from the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

He was shot in the back as he turned away from the window on the second floor of his house.

Khalid had reportedly stayed at home that day, too frightened to go to school because Israeli soldiers were “operating” in the area.
Targeting denied

Despite the facts, Israeli officials continue to vehemently deny that their army targets Palestinian children.

Amira Dotan, a spokeswoman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, told it was inconceivable that the Israeli army targeted Palestinian civilians, let alone children.

Photo of a Palestinian boy's body before his burial.
Khalid Walwil was the latest victim of Israel’s killings.

“We are a democratic state, our government would be toppled if it was proven that our defence forces had indulged in targeting Palestinian civilians and children,” she says.

“This sort of thing just doesn’t happen in Israel.”

When asked to explain the death of nearly 550 Palestinian children and minors by the Israeli army during the past 44 months, Dotan said the deaths were “accidental, collateral but not deliberate”.

However, when further pressed to explain how the Israeli army decided to drop one-tonne bombs on apartment buildings in Gaza and carry out devastating air strikes targeting markets and crowded streets, killing scores of children and women, Dotan invoked the mantra of terror.

“Yes, we knew there were children, but we had to kill the terrorists.”

Like other Israeli officials and spokespersons, Dotan believe that these actions were justified so as to protect Israeli lives.

“If we hadn’t killed those Palestinian children, then the terrorist would have killed three or four times as many Israelis.”
‘Macabre reasoning’

Palestinian officials, including jurists and human rights activists, strongly reject and condemn this “macabre reasoning”.

“Killing knowingly is killing deliberately and premeditatedly. It is a war crime which no amount of verbal juggling can extenuate,” said Hanna Issa, a prominent Palestinian legal expert and Director-General of the Palestinian Ministry of Justice.

“They know in advance that children are sleeping in the targeted building, none the less, they carry out the killing without batting an eyelash ... and then they shed the crocodile tears and claim that the killing was accidental or happened by mistake”

Hanna Issa,
director-general, Palestinian Justice Ministry

“They are killing with malice aforethought ... they know in advance that children are sleeping in the targeted building, none the less, they carry out the killing without batting an eyelash ... and then they shed the crocodile tears and claim that the killing was accidental or happened by mistake ...there is no such thing as killing deliberately by mistake.”

Stressing his point, Issa argued that Israel would never even contemplate bombing a building or a market or a crowded street if it knew that Israeli Jews were in the vicinity of the target.

He gave as an example an Israeli decision to call off an operation to assassinate Hamas founder and spiritual leader Shaikh Ahmad Yasin last year after it was found out that Israeli journalists were interviewing him.

“My question is would the Israeli army have cancelled the operation if the journalists had been Palestinians, not Israelis?”

Yasin was assassinated by Israel along with 10 other Palestinian civilians outside a Gaza mosque on 22 March.

Issa condemned all attacks on civilians, Israeli and Palestinian alike. “Murder is murder, period.”

However, he added: “I don’t believe that Israel stands on a higher moral ground just because Israeli soldiers are dressed in khaki and use F-16s, apache helicopters and flechette shells (deadly dart bombs) to kill and maim Palestinian children while Israeli civilians are killed by suicide bombers.”
‘Deliberate killings’

Since the outbreak of the Intifada, several human rights organisations have thoroughly investigated the circumstances of thousands of Palestinian civilian deaths, reaching the conclusion that the Israeli army “kills civilians knowingly and deliberately”.

One of these organisations is Physicians for Human Rights-USA, which investigated the number of Palestinian deaths and injuries in the fist months of the Intifada.

Photo of 3 small Palestinian children looking through a door.
A total of 266 children killed were 14 or younger.

It concluded that “the pattern of injuries seen in many victims did not reflect IDF use of firearms in life-threatening situations but rather indicated targeting solely for the purpose of wounding or killing”.

In some cases, the killing of Palestinian youths by Israel assumes a brazen and dastardly nature.

Nearly two years ago, Chris Hedges, a Western journalist covering events in Gaza reported how Israeli soldiers lured Palestinian kids to walk towards them for the purpose of hunting them down with their machineguns.

What is more shocking though is that virtually none of these killings has been investigated by the Israeli army or justice system, underscoring the striking ease with which the Israeli army kills Palestinians.
Twelve and up

Some Israeli soldiers have admitted that the army gives them “carte blanche” to shoot and kill Palestinian above the age of 12.

The noted Israeli award-wining journalist Amira Hass interviewed an Israeli sniper nearly two years ago in which the soldier described the commands he received from his superiors:

“The blood of their children is not more precious than that of our children. Let them stop killing our civilians, and we will stop killing theirs”

Abd al-Aziz al-Rantisi,
Hamas leader in Gaza (recently assassinated)

“Twelve and up, you are allowed to shoot. That’s what they tell us,” he said. “So,” responded the reporter, “according to the IDF, the appropriate minimum age group at which to shoot is 12.”

The soldier replied: “This is according to what the IDF says to its soldiers. I do not know if this is what the IDF says to the media.”

Many Palestinians are convinced that these atrocities fuel the fire of further attacks against Israel.

“The blood of their children is not more precious than that of our children,” said the new Hamas leader in Gaza, Abd al-Aziz al-Rantisi. “Let them stop killing our civilians, and we will stop killing theirs.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 3:19 am
Christine, I admire your passion, but what does your tome have to do at all with anti-semitism in EUROPE? You can't possibly be suggesting that one persecution is justified as one leads to the other, or do you? You are linking non-related situations for whatever purpose. You could post your own good articles on the situation you speak of.

Christine Linley (12)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:01 am
No that was the exact futility I was trying to show Ira and Bob
Untill all peoples treat all peoples with respect and stand up when they see/hear of incidents of their own people persacuting others these sort of atrocities will continue.

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:33 pm
Christine, statistics may lie and lie convincingly. The vast majority of killed Arabs are militants. The vast majority killed Israelis are civilians.

Mind you, when Arab civilians killed Israel investigates and punishes for the mistakes.

West Bank Arabs are deliberately targeting ALL Israelis when bombing pizza or disco. Then the names of these murderers are used to name streets, squares or schools.

When Arab Islamists sew hate, they will raise exactly that, not "respect" you are referring to. Palestinian Arabs even beheaded ISM activist Vittorio Arrigoni who came to help them for no other reason than being "infidel".

IF Islamists tried to raise respect for Israelis (and also for Kurds, Druze, Copts and others) the life in the Middle East would be different. Unfortunately, they do not and the atrocities will continue.

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:50 pm
I don't know where you get those quotes, Christine. Probably, some Islamist web site.

The number of killed Israelis is well over a thousand, vast majority are civilians with very few soldiers.

The numbers of Arab casualties include Arab victims of "friendly fire" and those who stepped on mines set by Islamic Jihad people, as well as youngsters assisting militants and serving as their human shields.

You really got the wrong side to defend. Especially after Arab Islamists in Libya beheaded US Ambassador who was helping them the most and trusting them with his life.

Raping and killing such a guys is a shame and a disgrace, you must admit it.

Christine Linley (12)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:00 pm
I really didn't want to enter into a who's hands are the bloodiest , I just wanted people to realise that the situation can only change when we all start watching and asking what "we" are doing.
Bob, I think you will agree that these figures (only to 2007 I'm afraid) released by The United NationsOffice for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (Not "some Islamist web site" )make harrowing reading for any person who has ever loved a child and one that we should all be finding the solution to NOT pointing fingers at each other.
A total of 971 children have been killed in Israeli-Palestinian conflict violence, representing 18% of the total number of conflict deaths. Children are protected, in a number of legal instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, against arbitrary loss of life, even in armed conflict.

Of the overall number of children killed, 88% were Palestinian and 12 % were Israeli.The trend of child deaths mirrors the total rate: the number of Israeli children killed has declined markedly while that of Palestinian children remains high.

Palestinian children make up 20% of the total Palestinian deaths while Israeli children represent 12% of total Israeli deaths.

since 2000 "A total of 971 children have been killed in Israeli-Palestinian conflict violence, representing 18% of the total number of conflict deaths. Children are protected, in a number of legal instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, against arbitrary loss of life, even in armed conflict.

Of the overall number of children killed, 88% were Palestinian and 12 % were Israeli.The trend of child deaths mirrors the total rate: the number of Israeli children killed has declined markedly while that of Palestinian children remains high.

Palestinian children make up 20% of the total Palestinian deaths while Israeli children represent 12% of total Israeli deaths.

In 2006, 31% of the Palestinian children killed were 12 years or younger. 8/ The vast majority of children died as a result of injuries sustained either to the head, chest or to more than one place of their bodies."
971 children berayed by the adults.


Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 6:14 pm
Christine, would you be kind to provide a link to the document you quoted?

As of now, I have a hard time believing these numbers for an obvious reason: Islamic militancy currently permeates all Arab states, and the number of victims in inter-Arab conflicts greatly exceeds the number of Arab victims of the ongoing Arab-Israeli war.

Considering rape and killing Ambassador Stevens, beheading of Nick Berg, killing a Christian lady who over 18 years was providing humanitarian aid to Iraqi Arabs (who also married an Iraqi Arab) and also was killed for just being infidels, the question of whose hands are more bloody for me is not a question.

After all, Arab victims of the Arab-Israeli war happened because the Arab states refuse to recognize Israel and contribute anything to peace. The only thing coming from them is BDS, diplomatic war and support for Islamic terrorists of all stripes.

I am surprised that someone who like children and is looking to advance humanitarian concepts into the Middle East does not reflect the reality on the ground to simply understand that even his/her physical well-being would be much better protected by Israelis, rather than Arabs!

Didn't you hear about Christians being robbed and beaten in Egypt or Gaza (same Muslim Brotherhood in charge)? Don't you know that Christians are becoming refugees in places like Iraq and West Bank? That Islamists fighting Assad are imposing special tax on them? That a Christian journalist was left naked in the market by "Egyptian rage" people?

Don't you think that Israelis have a right to defend themselves, because they can't expect any mercy?

Alexa R (319)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 1:23 am
Exactly Bob, I concur.

Christine Linley (12)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 7:18 am
then in search put.......................................Israeli /Palestinian fatilities- children.
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