June 28, 2022

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02/12 Links Pt2: Song proclaiming the "slaughter" of Jews uploaded in 11,200 versions on social network TikTok; Holy sites in the land of Israel are doomed to be profaned by Palestinians


From Ian:

PMW: Song proclaiming the “slaughter” of Jews uploaded in 11,200 versions on social network TikTok
TikTok is a social network app popular with teenagers and children on which users create and share videos up to 60 seconds long.

Palestinian Media Watch has discovered a song whose Arabic lyrics celebrate that Palestinians/Muslims/Arabs are “dread for the Jews,” and proclaim their “slaughter.” The song has been uploaded 11,200 times by different users, making their own videos (according to the app’s records.)

PMW has made a short video compilation from parts of 14 of these TikTok videos.
Lyrics: “Advance, for you are the symbol of resolve,
For your being in the world is dread for the Jews,
With blows and slaughter on land and sea,
The era of weakness will not return,
Say this in my land
and in the land of the ancestors, [which has] the history of glory
Until eternity”

[Compilation from following 14 TikTok accounts,
khlawy.xd, ????????18, ayhamqarqash, mennahany98, omarrmdan, sabahsame, mohamedelashrey, marwanmedhat42, wadeadweikat, 2961278soso, abouds.shaar, khaledrimawii, odii.mohamed, amjed.z, Feb. 10, 2020]

The message of the Arabic song is that Arabs, Muslims, or Palestinians constitute dread for Jews and will slaughter them.

Last week, PMW exposed an animated video on TikTok that showed reenactments of four real terror attacks against Israelis. Following PMW’s exposure, TikTok promptly removed the video and suspended the account on which it had been uploaded.

PMW calls on TikTok to once again do the right thing and remove the 11,200 songs proclaiming the slaughter of Jews.

Barry Shaw: Replacement theologist antisemitism

Anti-Semitism takes varied forms. One of the under-reported forms of Jew hatred is that perpetrated by Replacement Theologians.

Jews have been persecuted down the ages by Christians who express the view that God has replaced the Jews as His Chosen People for not adopting Christ as our savior.

To this end, Jews have been tortured, banishe and, burnt at the stake by Christians who have used religion as an expression of their Jew hatred.

This continues to this day.

One example is Rick Wiles, who has wrongly been described as a Far-Right anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorist. He is not. He is a Replacement Theologian.

– Wiles ridiculously accused Jews of being behind the vote-counting disaster at the Democratic caucus in Iowa.
– He accused Israel as being “the people who crucified Christ.”
– He accused Israel of funding the first openly homosexual presidential candidate, despite this candidate having a jaundiced view about Israel. In his rantings,
– Wiles accused Israel as being a “foreign power that is anti-Christ,” and, to rub in his anti-Semitism, he accused Israel of operating “a Jewish coup” in America.

These are the ravings of a replacement theologian. We have seen this played out in Bethlehem where replacement theologians cohort with the very people who have driven out Christians from a once-Christian town, by foolishly labeling Jesus as “a Palestinian messenger,” in a place where Palestinian Arab hoodlums and terrorists have persecuted once prosperous Bethlehem Christians.

Being Fired by Trump Does Not Make You a Holocaust Victim

Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes, one of the media’s favorite Donald Trump antagonists, took to Twitter this weekend to pen a transcendently nonsensical thread comparing the firing of a handful of bureaucrats to the rounding up of political undesirables in the lead-up to the Holocaust.

It’s wouldn’t be a huge deal, except that this kind of hysterical reaction has now been normalized in American discourse, illustrating that once-rational people have either lost all sense of history or are willing to belittle the past for short-term political gain. My bet is on the latter.

Here’s how Wittes begins his updated version of Martin Niemöller’s famous poem:

When fellow Hungarians came for my grandfather — he was one of the first to be deported from the country — they sent him to sweep mines on the Eastern Front before handing him over to the Germans at Mauthausen and then Gunskirchen.

At some point he perished, no doubt, in a vile and undignified manner, perhaps succumbing to starvation or typhoid or dysentery, or maybe he was shot in the head and left in a shallow unmarked grave. We don’t know. His wife and son, the latter of whom he would never meet, would never find out how he died, despite decades of trying. His loss, like the deaths of millions of other powerless and now anonymous victims of that age, would have repercussions that reverberate today.

When “they” came for James Comey, on the other hand, he landed a massive book deal, made millions on the speaking circuit, wagged his finger at his former boss through social media to his million followers, and spent some quality time with family. He never once had to worry about state-sanctioned violence. Comey, a man powerful enough to oversee a cooked-up investigation into a presidential candidate, merely lost a job.

Like Comey, all the alleged victims on Wittes’s ludicrous list served at the pleasure of the president and could be fired by Donald Trump for almost any reason he desired, just as they could have been fired by Barack Obama or Jimmy Carter or FDR. Many of the people on the list, in fact, have been investigated by the inspector general, who found that they acted either incompetently or potentially illegally.

Government bureaucrats aren’t endowed with a God-given right to work in the executive branch of the United States government. Most of these “victims” will find lucrative work elsewhere. None, I confidently say, are going to be thrown into camps. If you don’t like who Trump fires, or how he fires them, you can always vote for another candidate. (h/t FAILexa for FAILosi)

Bari Weiss Discusses Campus Anti-Semitism, 2020 Election

New York Times opinion editor and columnist Bari Weiss discussed anti-Semitism on college campuses and the 2020 presidential election in a Feb. 9 interview with the Journal.

Weiss, who was scheduled to speak on a panel at the Alums for Campus Fairness conference the same evening, told the Journal her Zionist activism began when she was a student at Columbia University, which she attended from 2003-2007.

She said at the school’s Middle Eastern studies department “there was an environment of intellectual orthodoxy on the question of Israel. The doctrine was very much the Soviet propaganda line: that Zionism was racism. Zionists were treated as racists, with all of the attendant shaming and bullying you would expect.”

She added that at the time, many in the Jewish community dismissed such treatment of Jewish and pro-Israel students at Columbia as an outlier on college campuses. But the opposite has proven to be true, Weiss said.

“What began, or at least what was first observable, at Columbia has now swept not just American college campuses but increasingly high schools and even middle schools,” she said. “I hear regularly from teenagers that they are being told they are baby killers, apartheid enablers, colonialists, racists and so on. All because they are Jewish.”

Holy sites in the land of Israel are doomed to be profaned by Palestinians

Peace in the Middle East has been historically elusive because Arab hatred of Israel and the Jews is as deep and wide as the universe itself. It’s almost on par with the maniacal hatred the Democrats and the liberal media have for US President Donald Trump.

Less than 30 days ago, the world held its collective breath as the US and Iran seemed on the brink of a major conflict. Trump gave the green light for a targeted, deadly drone attack against an Iranian military commander who was a known terrorist mastermind. Iran threatened retaliation and promised the United States would pay a heavy price.

In response, Trump warned that if even one American, or American asset, were to suffer harm by Iran, then America would attack Iranian cultural sites. This sent the world into a rage. Trump was tried and convicted in the court of public opinion of everything from violating international treaties to committing war crimes. Threatening to attack an Iranian cultural site was akin to setting off an atomic bomb, yet Israel’s cultural and religious sites are physically attacked and desecrated almost daily. It’s a mystery that the world remains silent.

Sanders Wins New Hampshire, Klobuchar Only Pro-Israel Candidate to Win Delegates

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won Tuesday’s The New Hampshire primary, followed by former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Both Sanders and Buttigieg won nine delegates, Klobuchar won six.

All three leading Democratic candidates have opposed President Donald Trump’s peace plan, but of the three, Senator Klobuchar is fully supportive of US military aid to Israel, regardless of her belief in the two-state solution. In a January 15 interview with the NY Times, she stressed her vote “for funding for Israel security. I still think that they are in a really tough neighborhood in a really dangerous position. And made worse by what Trump just did with Syria (his withdrawal of US troops) because now Iran has a foothold there.”

On November 13, 2019, Klobuchar tweeted: “Rocket attacks on Israel continue. My thoughts are with those living in fear and terror because of these attacks. The United States must continue to support Israel’s security.”

On September 25, 2019, a Klobuchar campaign spokesperson told VICE: “As President, Senator Klobuchar will get back to a meaningful peace process that combines—not separates—the political and economic tracks, has buy-in from Israelis, Palestinians, and the Arab world, and ultimately leads to direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians themselves that can lead to a two-state solution.”

In short, Klobuchar’s position on Israel is the traditional, Moderate-Democrat position of President Clinton’s administration.

Mike Bloomberg: How I’ll fight antisemitism from both left and right

2. A number of Democratic lawmakers have recently critiqued Israel in ways that some have characterized as anti-Semitic. What is the line between legitimate criticism of Israel and antisemitism to you?

Israel is the closest and most reliable U.S. ally in the Middle East. And I believe guaranteeing the survival of a democratic, Jewish state in the Holy Land is a solemn obligation of the United States, as it has been for more than half a century. That doesn’t mean an Israeli government is above criticism. And I am quick to tell them when I believe they’ve done something wrong.

That said, there’s a difference between objecting to specific policies of Israel’s government and attempting to delegitimize Israel altogether — as some on the left have done. When I have differences with Israeli policies, I will work directly with the Israeli government to address my concerns. I will do so in a manner that befits the close relationship between our countries.

Let me be clear: I strongly oppose the BDS movement. And I vehemently disagree with everyone who fails to see why the Jewish people deserve a permanent Jewish state.

Too many people seem to have forgotten the long and painful history of Jews being persecuted around the globe. And too many have overlooked the continued hatred Jews face today.

As president, I will always call out anti-Semitism, no matter which side of the aisle it’s coming from.

Since the very beginning, America’s support for Israel has been strong and broadly bipartisan.

But in the past few years, we have begun to see troubling cracks in that bipartisanship.

And yet: Instead of repairing the cracks, the President has pulled them apart — by trying to use Israel as a wedge issue for his own electoral purposes.
That is a disgrace.

We must never let Israel be a football that American politicians kick around in an effort to score points.

The relationship between our two countries has been so strong because it transcends partisan politics here and in Israel. And it is built on our shared values: freedom and democracy, law and justice, integrity and compassion.

Those are just hollow words to our president. But to me, they are everything.

Google Provides Six-Figure Sum to Liberal Outlet With History of Genocide Denial

Google gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Young Turks as others have distanced themselves from the progressive YouTube series over its founder’s denials of the Armenian genocide and other offensive comments.

Axios first reported Tuesday that Google invested “in the mid-six figures range” in the left-wing outlet as part of the Google News Initiative to support local journalism. Google decided to partner with the Young Turks despite ongoing controversies surrounding its founder, Cenk Uygur. Uygur has drawn criticism for offensive comments about women and Jews, as well as his denials of the Armenian genocide.

The Young Turks told Axios that the outlet was “not interested in cranking out journalists who share our political viewpoint,” adding that the Google-funded “TYT Academy” videos starring Uygur do not have any evident political bias.

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), one of the leading U.S. organizations lobbying for Armenian genocide awareness and recognition, expressed displeasure with Google’s decision to fund the Young Turks. ANCA said that those who deny the historic slaughter of more than 1 million people should not be recognized in journalism circles.

“A talk show founded by an Armenian Genocide denier, named after Armenian Genocide perpetrators, is a poor platform for teaching responsible journalism,” Executive Director Aram Hamparian said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was forced to retract his endorsement of Uygur’s California congressional campaign in December due to the pundit’s comments about women and Jews. Uygur was ousted two years earlier from Justice Democrats, a group he helped found, for the same comments.

AOC Praises Middle Eastern Leader Yasser Ben-Gurion (satire)

Looking to tout her expertise on Middle Eastern political expertise, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cited “famed leader Yasser Ben-Gurion” in an Instagram post.

“I was just reading about how famed leader Yasser Ben-Gurion predicted decades ago that President Trump would ruin things between the Israelis and Palestinians,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Instagram, confusing David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, and Palestinian Liberation Organization founder Yasser Arafat. “I don’t remember what he said, but I think it was something about falafel.”

The gaffe was Ocasio-Cortez’s second of the week, just days after the economics major confused economist John Maynard Keynes with free market economist Milton Friedman. While the freshman congresswomen soon acknowledged her mistake, she explained that her larger point is that peace in the Middle East is possible.

“If President Jimmy Reagan can help seal a peace treaty between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Egypt,” she said, “then there’s no reason President Bernie Trump can’t bring Mahmoud Netanyahu and Benjamin Abbas together to end this conflict.”

Poll shows nearly three quarters of Labour members think antisemitism in the Party was invented or wildly exaggerated but still thought leadership should have handled it better

Nearly three quarters of Labour members said that the issue of antisemitism in the Party was “invented or wildly exaggerated by the right-wing media and opponents of Jeremy Corbyn”, according to a new poll by Lord Ashcroft. That number rose to over 90% among members of the pro-Corbyn Momentum group.

Nevertheless, most of those Labour members who held this view also thought that the Party’s leadership “should have done a better job of dealing with the issue.”

According to the report, only about one in five Labour members – and only 6% of those who voted for Jeremy Corbyn in the second Labour leadership contest in 2016 – agreed that “antisemitism was a real problem in the Labour Party, and that is why it got so much attention.” Conversely, one in four of those who backed Mr Corbyn in 2016 believed that the right-wing media and opponents of Mr Corbyn are to blame for the amount of attention that the antisemitism crisis received.

This view was echoed by members in focus groups, who made comments such as: “The antisemitism stuff was rubbish. There may have been the odd incident, but it was hyped, weaponised. Other parties didn’t get the same scrutiny.” Others noted: “[Mr Corbyn] should have said there’s no room for prejudice in the Labour Party, it’s not what we stand for, we’re going to have a really open, visible investigation and we’ll stamp it out – not do it all behind closed doors.”

Former Labour voters in the focus groups also apparently often raised the subject of antisemitism spontaneously.

Press release – New EU Project Invites Photographers to “Occupied Palestinian Territory”

A new project by the European Union offers European photographers an all-expenses-paid trip to “occupied Palestinian territory” in order to “tour areas across the West Bank to capture different aspects of Palestinian life.”

“Do you want to be part of the EU Photo Marathon in Palestine?” reads the EU flyer that depicts three empty chairs against the backdrop of a concrete and graffitied portion of Israel’s security fence.

“Apply before 20 February 2020!” the flyer concludes along with the hashtag “#EU4PALESTINE” and a photo of the EU and Palestine Liberation Organization flag side-by-side.

According to the advertisement, the photo marathon will take place from March 22 to March 28 and “priority will be given to photographers who did not visit the occupied Palestinian territory previously.”

After the marathon, the photos will be exhibited in “Palestine and Europe.”

Matan Peleg, CEO of the pro-Israel watchdog organization Im Tirtzu, blasted the EU and called it to end its “sick obsession” with Israel.

Jewish Groups Call on SXSW Festival to Remove Roger Waters From Lineup

Jewish and pro-Israel groups have called on music, film and media festival South by Southwest (SXSW) to remove an interview with former Pink Floyd frontman and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters from its events schedule.

Waters is listed as one of the festival’s keynote speakers and is scheduled to give a sit-down interview with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.

“Waters is an avowed antisemite with a long history of demonizing Jews and Israel, which he refers to as a ‘racist apartheid regime’ and a ‘theocracy,’ ” said B’nai B’rith International in a statement on Tuesday. “He is a prominent advocate of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and blames ‘the Jewish lobby’ for objecting to his views. His shows have featured an inflatable pig marked with a Star of David, which he refused to apologize for.”

“By cloaking his antisemitic beliefs in anti-Israel invective, Waters apparently believes he has carte blanche to spew anti-Jewish tropes,” continued the group. “It is unconscionable that Waters be given any platform to air his antisemitic views, much less the chance to be a keynote speaker at a major music festival. SXSW should remove him from its lineup immediately.”

The Zionist Organization of America called for SXSW to cancel Waters’ appearance “immediately.”

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) organization has also called on SXSW to revoke its invitation to the longtime musician.

AP Errs on Georgia’s Law Against Anti-Israel Boycott

Second, contrary to the report, the law does not require signing a pledge “in order to do business in the state” of Georgia. Rather, it much more narrowly requires signing a pledge in order to do business with the state. This is a very significant distinction. In no way does the law require adherence to an anti-boycott pledge for business operators to simply hang a shingle in the state. The law explains that it is to “prohibit the state from entering into certain contracts with an individual or company unless such contracts contain a certification that such individual or company does not presently conduct a boycott of Israel and will not conduct such a boycott for the duration of such contract.”

As of this writing, AP has failed to address these substantive factual errors. In contrast, Times of Israel, which had published the AP story, did commendably correct its copy. The amended Times of Israel story now accurately reports:

A Georgia law passed in 2016 requires some people to sign an oath pledging not to boycott Israel in order to do business with the state.

Who Is Abby Martin?
Martin, producer of the film “Gaza Fights for Freedom,” is aided in her lawsuit by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Georgia. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2009 Holy Land Foundation retrial, the largest terrorism financing case in U.S. history. That Martin, a conspiracy theorist, would align herself with this organization is not a surprise. A 9/11 Truther, she has alleged that Al Qaeda’s attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were an inside job.

More recently, she has completely rewritten events in order to defend violent rioting against Israel, falsely claiming that Hamas has “nothing to do with the [Right of Return] march” at the Gaza-Israel border, and that Israel is engaging in war crimes, including “directly targeting and assassinating by Israeli snipers of disabled people, of children, press and medics.” As reported by CAMERA on Campus Cornell Fellow Josh Eibelman, Martin has “also accused Israel of using “Hitler’s methods,” an antisemitic attack against the Jewish state, and has been repeatedly praised in the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.“

Dutch town decides to keep streets that place Jerusalem, Tiberias in ‘Palestine’

A Dutch city has decided to postpone a decision to change street signs that identify Israeli cities as Palestinian, JTA reported on Sunday.

A spokesperson of the municipality of Eindhoven in the eastern Netherlands on Friday wrote on Twitter that the signs that recognize the cities as being located in Palestine would be changed, “but in the framework of regular replacement, which is now not on the table.”

The cities referred to on the street signs include Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tiberias.

In 2014, the municipality agreed to change the signs following a push by Dutch Jews and Israel advocates to do so. Likoed Nederland, a local association supportive of Israel’s Likud ruling party, complained that the current designation was politicized, and that Palestinians intend to “wipe Israel off the map.”

Criticism of the signs have again started on social media, particularly in the wake of the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan.

In response, the municipal’s spokesperson tried to appease the situation by saying on Friday that the reference to Palestine was to “biblical Palestine,” even though neither the New Testament nor the Hebrew Bible make mention of a “Palestine.”

U. of Illinois: Pro-Israel organizations condemn vote on BDS resolution

The student government at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) will vote today, February 12, on a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution calling on the university to divest from “companies that profit from human-rights violations in Palestine and other communities globally,” JNS reported.

Members of the University’s Student for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter participated in drafting the resolution.

The resolution would target companies such as Elbit Systems Ltd, saying that they are “involved in human-rights violations and violations of international law, including the confiscation and destruction of Palestinian lands, criminalization of immigrants and communities of color, and other human rights violations,” and would “make UIUC complicit in these crimes,” says JNS who obtained a copy of the resolution.

The vote sparked reactions from several pro-Israel organizations, including UIUC Hillel.

“The divisive BDS resolution that was proposed by Students for Justice in Palestine is a clear attempt to emotionally blackmail student senators and create a hostile environment for Jewish students on our campus,” said Erez Cohen, Director of Hillel. “The resolution refers to Israel 11 times more than any other country mentioned. This is a continued attack on our growing community of Israeli and Jewish students at the University of Illinois.”

“The intended consequence of this resolution, and all BDS resolutions, is to purposely incite hatred and divisiveness on campus,” said AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, who continued that “while these votes carry zero weight in the eyes of the university, they are invariably linked to the harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus and pose a serious threat to their safety.”

UC Berkeley Jewish Leaders Urge Action After Being ‘Harassed and Threatened’ at Two Student Gov’t Meetings

Jewish student leaders at the University of California, Berkeley, are calling for action after allegedly being “harassed and threatened” twice in less than a year during student government meetings.

The letter, published Monday and addressed to UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ, accused the administration and the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), an independent student association, of “continually” failing to protect Jewish students.

The signatories — who include the Hillel and Chabad student boards, two pro-Israel clubs, and Jewish ASUC senators Shelby Weiss and Milton Zerman — pointed to recent tensions surrounding a resolution condemning the anti-Zionist student group Bears for Palestine for displaying photos of Palestinians who were involved in hijackings and bombing attacks. They include Fatima Bernawi, a Palestinian woman who planted an explosive in a Jerusalem cinema, as well as Rasmea Odeh and Leila Khaled, both members of the US-designated terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has carried out multiple suicide bombings targeting civilians.

The resolution was ultimately rejected by a 4-1 vote at an ASUC committee this Monday, with Weiss — the only member who supported the measure — saying she heard “a lot of rhetoric and discourse steeped in historic antisemitic tropes” during the meeting, and encouraged Jewish students to stay away. “There were two [Jewish] students who showed up who were told, ‘You feel so safe behind your camera, wait until we catch you outside,’” she told The Algemeiner on Tuesday. “It was very reflective of the kind of sentiments we heard last week,” Weiss added.

BBC Radio 4 promotes a redundant comparison

The February 5th edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘The World Tonight’, presented by Shaun Ley, included a pre-recorded interview with David Miliband, president and CEO of the NGO the International Rescue Committee.

During that interview (from 24:42 here) Miliband spoke about the humanitarian crisis in Idlib, Syria, which is under attack from the Assad regime and its Russian allies along with Iranian militias. He noted that hospitals and health centres are being bombed and that vehicles “carrying displaced people are also being targeted”. Ley raised the topic of war crimes in relation to ambulances being targeted and Miliband referred to “international humanitarian law” and “war crimes”.

However in the course of that interview, Miliband also made the following statement (from 26:43):
Miliband: “I want to say to your listeners, we already have one Gaza in the Middle East, in Gaza itself, with about two million people crammed in. There’s a new Gaza being created in the west of Syria with three and a half million people, with terrorist groups in control and with civilian life at daily risk from bombardment and other fighting.”

One can of course find several points on which to take issue with Miliband’s simplistic, if not sensationalist, comparison of Idlib to the Gaza Strip. For example, in that province in Syria hospitals have – as the BBC knows – been deliberately bombed by Russian jets. In the Gaza Strip, not only is that not the case but hospitals receive medical supplies transferred by Israel (139 tons in the week in which this programme was aired alone) and additional products such as food and building materials are also supplied.

White Supremacists Target University Campuses as Propaganda Distribution Surges Across US, Says New ADL Report

The targeting of university campuses by American white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups surged in 2019, a new report by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) disclosed on Wednesday.

Approximately 630 incidents were reported on college and university campuses, nearly double the 320 campus incidents reported nationwide in 2018, the ADL said. Campus incidents accounted for one-quarter of the total incidents of white supremacist propaganda distribution nationwide.

During the 2019 fall semester, ADL counted 410 incidents on campus — according to the report, more than double any proceeding semester.

The steep rise in campus activity reflected a broader boost in the distribution of white supremacist propaganda in the US.

“The 2019 propaganda touched every state except Hawaii, with the highest levels of activity in the states of California, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Washington and Florida,” the ADL said.

Over the course of 2019, dozens of white supremacist groups distributed propaganda, but three groups — Patriot Front, American Identity Movement and the New Jersey European Heritage Association — were responsible for approximately 90 percent of the activity, the ADL said.

Chelsea fans caught on video singing antisemitic songs, making gas chamber noises and performing Nazi salutes

Undercover footage taken for a BBC documentary reportedly shows supporters of Chelsea Football Club singing antisemitic songs, making gas chamber noises and performing Nazi salutes.

The incidents reportedly took place in France in October 2019 on the day that Chelsea beat Lille in the Champions League.

The group of fans were chanting: “We hate Tottenham – Yids! We hate Tottenham – Yids!”. Two members of the group appeared to be making Nazi salutes.

In another segment, a supporter is seen on a train leading a different song about the Tottenham player, Martin Chivers: “Chivers was a Jew. The thing between his eyes was twice the normal size. Yiddo, Yiddo, Yiddo.”

Also on a train in Lille on the same day, fans are heard in the video hissing, apparently to imitate the noise of a gas chamber.

The clips were filmed in the making of a documentary titled Shame In The Game, which explores the persistence of racism in football.

Westminster local council opposes Holocaust Memorial in proposed site

On Tuesday night, the City of Westminster local council, in central London, formally opposed proposals to establish a national Holocaust memorial in a prominent park adjacent to the Houses of Parliament.

The council said that it “fully supports the principle of a memorial and learning center in central London,” but said that the proposed location of Victoria Tower Gardens, abutting the Palace of Westminster, was problematic.

The UK secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, however, will have the final say.

The project has long been hampered by controversy because of the proposed location, with some in the Jewish community also opposed to situating the memorial in the Victoria Tower Gardens.

Promising ‘Never Again,’ Maryland High School Apologizes for Nazi Flag Display

A public school in Maryland has apologized after a Nazi swastika flag was seen hanging in a window.

A photo of the flag went viral after it was posted on Facebook by Nicole Hopkins, who had arrived for a basketball game at the Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in the city of Frederick last Friday night when she spotted the swastika on display in classroom window.

“I looked at it and I thought wait a minute. I looked at it again, I looked at my boyfriend and I was like ‘is that what I think it is?” Hopkins told local outlet the Frederick News-Post.

She then snapped a picture because she felt no one would believe the flag had been there without proof.

According to an email sent to the school community from principal Daniel Lippy, the flag was used in a class studying World War II and was left hanging in the classroom.

“We immediately responded to the concern and removed the flag,” Lippy said in the email. “We share the concerns in the community about the feelings of hatred and intolerance that the flag represents. We pride ourselves on accepting all members of our society and this message is central to who we are as Patriots.”

The email went on to say that the photo captured “certainly gives a different impression” and that the school sent its apologies to the community at large.

“We have taken steps to ensure that this never occurs again,” Lippy said in the email.

Las Vegas Man Pleads Guilty to Plotting Attacks on ADL, Messianic Jewish Synagogue and Gay Bar in City

A Las Vegas man had pled guilty to charges related to his plans to commit a series of hate-motivated attacks in the city.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the guilty plea on federal weapons charges entered by 24-year-old Conor Climo on Monday was the result of an agreement with authorities concluded last month.

The deal, filed in US District Court, said Climo “expressed biases and hatred against various racial and religious groups.”

“Defendant stated that he wanted to do more against the groups he hated by carrying out violent attacks against them,” it said.

According to the document, Climo intended to target the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Lev HaShem Messianic Synagogue and a Fremont Street LGBT bar.

Climo was caught after he sent satellite images of the site to an undercover FBI agent and pointed out a possible escape route.

World’s Largest Beer Company AB InBev Partners With Israeli Startup Foundry Team8

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, which provides approximately 30% of all beer consumed globally, has signed a partnership agreement with Israeli cybersecurity startup foundry Team8 LLC, the latter announced Tuesday. As part of the agreement, Team8 will facilitate collaboration between Israeli cyber companies and AB InBev.

The partnership is separate from the cyber-focused technology hub the brewery established in Tel Aviv last year.

AB InBev also has an Israeli research and development center employing around 140 people, which is based on its 2018 acquisition of Tel Aviv-based beverage analytics startup WeissBeerger Ltd. Founded by CEO Omer Agiv and Ori Fingerer, the center develops tools for monitoring bar operations and consumer behavior. AB InBev is currently recruiting 50 additional developers for this center, according to the announcement.

Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, AB InBev owns around 500 brands, including Beck’s, Budweiser, Corona, Stella, and Leffe. The company employs over 100,000 people worldwide and reported revenues of almost $55 billion for 2018.

Founded in 2014 and based in Tel Aviv and New York, Team8 is a cybersecurity think tank and startup foundry headed by Nadav Zafrir, a former chief of Unit 8200, the Israeli military’s NSA equivalent. Team8 identifies industry cybersecurity needs and develops related technologies, establishing, staffing, funding, and leading funding rounds for the companies that go on to operate under Team8’s umbrella.

‘We need to welcome’ investors from Israel, UAE wealth fund’s venture chief says

The United Arab Emirates needs to start welcoming Israeli investors, the chief of the venture wing at the country’s sovereign wealth fund said Wednesday at a panel discussion in Abu Dhabi.

Ibrahim Ajami, the head of ventures for Abu Dhabi wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company, stressed the need for the company to “up its game” to draw more international investors.

“We are open for business in the region and we need to welcome all sorts of investors,” Ajami said. He then directed his comments to fellow panelist Avi Eyal, co-founder of Entree Capital, a venture firm focused on Israel with additional operations in the U.S. and U.K.

“We need to welcome investors, Avi, even investors that are very active in Israel, and Israeli investors, that would ultimately come and see opportunity in the region. I don’t see why we should not do that.”

“We as Mubadala invest in Europe and in the U.S., and there are exceptional Israeli management teams as part of these companies we invest in,” Ajami continued. “So that’s the game that we need to play — if we want to be serious about tech, that’s what we have to do.”

Ajami told the audience that he and Eyal have invested together in the past and have worked together “for a couple of years.”

The comments come amid warming ties between the UAE and Israel, who do not have official diplomatic or trade relations. The UAE, as with many Arab countries, has had an economic boycott against Israel since its founding and does not formally recognize it. But cooperation between the two on issues like security and the increasing frequency of unofficial meetings by leaders, often aided by Washington, have been widely reported for some time. (h/t Zvi)

Former US Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley to receive Emet Award

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been chosen to receive the Emet Award given annually by CAMERA.

Haley, also a former governor of South Carolina, served at the United Nations from January 2017 until December 2018.

She will received the honor at the organization’s gala in New York City on May 3.

Last year, the award was presented to Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer for his record articulating the case for Israel in the media. In 2018, the Republic of Guatemala was recognized for its decision to relocate its embassy to Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem, shortly after the United States moved its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

This marks the 31st year since CAMERA first initiated the award.

As U.N. ambassador, Haley championed human rights, challenging violators worldwide and, when the United States held presidency at the U.N. Security Council, hosted the first-ever session devoted solely to promoting human rights. She also stood up to oppressive regimes in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Russia.

During her tenure, the United States took a strong stand against chronic anti-Israel bias at the United Nations. In the U.N. Security Council, Haley issued the first American veto in six years defending America’s sovereign right to move its embassy to Israel’s capital of Jerusalem.

Orthodox Jewish group in Brooklyn donates $47,000 to family of slain Jersey City officer

An Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, touched by the heroism of Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals on the day of the deadly kosher market attack, on Tuesday donated $47,000 to his widow and children.

The check was given to his family at an event at City Hall in Jersey City, where Carmine Disbrow, president of the Jersey City Policemen’s Benevolent Association, accepted on behalf of the Seals family.

The fundraising was led by leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community based in Brooklyn’s Flatbush section, including Chaskel Bennett, Leon Goldenberg and Moshe Wulliger.

Bennett, co-founder of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition, said before the event that the donations came from people not just in New Jersey and New York, but as far away as Israel.

Chaskel Bennett co founder of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition presents a check to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and POBA President Carmine Disbrow. The $47,000 check is for the family of the family of slain Jersey City police officer Joseph Seals who was killed in December.

“The check, and what the check represents, means more to me than anything else,” Bennett said. “People came together in grief and in horror, and responded in a way that is deeply emotional and really the best of humanity in the worst of moments.”

Bennett and several members of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community, along with members of Jersey City’s Orthodox Jewish community, were on hand to present the check.

Bennett said Seals’ death in Jersey City affected him and others in the Jewish community outside the city so deeply that it prompted the fundraising.

For the first time, volunteers from Shalva join Border Police

For the first time in the Israeli police force, volunteers with disabilities from the Shalva organization have graduated as Border Police.

The graduation ceremony was held on Monday night at the base of the Border Red Fort of Jerusalem at the conclusion of their training. Border Police chief, Shalva founder and president Kalman Samuels and friends and family were in attendance.

The graduates came to Shalva at a young age with the goal of one day volunteering in the IDF, especially in the Border Police.

During their training, the volunteers underwent physical and combat fitness classes, and workshops to develop teamwork and setting and achieving goals. They also received other classes, such as police conduct and medical training.

The graduates will serve as regular Border Patrol volunteers and serve as combat supporters in various positions at the base, in the Border Police’s K9 unit, the police’s cavalry unit and in various other branches.

“I have to say that Shalva is made up of a lot of dreams” said founder and president of Shalva Kalman Samuels.

“The dream of having our graduates serving in the army and our desire to belong to the army found delay after delay, until we got the chance to meet Kobi, commander of the Border Police. It is not to be overlooked that Commander Kobi instigated this process, as we are seeing the results in graduates who finished the course today to join the Border Police family.”

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