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Past ‘Hitler’ talk dogs Duterte’s Israel trip

September 2, 2018

When President Duterte makes the first visit to Israel by a Philippine President next week, officials on both sides will try to play down his record of jarring invective while promoting commercial and military ties.

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Israel sees the four-day tour by Mr. Duterte and his top ministers as a chance to thank Manila for taking in Jews during the Holocaust and backing the Israeli independence campaign that followed.

Defense, labor and tourism deals are also on the agenda, cementing relationships between the Asian power and booming Israel, both historical US allies.

Yet Israel’s Government Press Office has said most of the visit will be closed to the media, an apparent precaution against faux pas by a President whose two-fisted crime-fighting tactics and rhetoric have raised hackles at home and abroad.

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Some Israeli pundits have recoiled at his planned attendance at Holocaust commemorations.

Mr. Duterte is set to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and attend an event of the Filipino community in Israel during his four-day visit that begins on Sunday.

“We assign great importance to this visit, which symbolizes the strong, warm ties between our two peoples, as well as the enormous potential for developing and strengthening the relations. Cooperation between the two countries is thriving,” Israel’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

‘Happy to slaughter’

In 2016, in a bungled reference to an opponent’s remark that his rise could be like that of Adolf Hitler, Mr. Duterte said he himself would be “happy to slaughter” drug addicts on the scale of the Nazi leader’s Jewish genocide.

While Mr. Duterte apologized for that, he has been dogged by accusations from activists that thousands of killings in his ongoing war on drugs were executions, which he rejects, and is rebuked by women’s groups for remarks that make light of rape.

Mr. Duterte has lashed out repeatedly at the Catholic Church, deeming it hypocritical. His visit will include sightseeing in Jerusalem’s walled Old City, which houses major Christian, Jewish and Muslim shrines.

Aides say Mr. Duterte hopes to regulate labor relations with Israel, where between 24,000 and 28,000 Filipinos work, mostly as caregivers, and to promote Holy Land tourism from the predominantly Catholic Asian country, which has been growing by 30 percent to 50 percent annually in recent years.

Security cooperation

Establishing a direct air connection between Israel and the Philippines is in discussion.

Mr. Duterte also wants to improve security cooperation with Israel, which has sold the Philippines three radar systems and upgraded 100 armored vehicles, and which Manila is now eyeing for an aircraft deal.

Mr. Duterte makes no secret of his personal disdain for Washington and its foreign policy. He has pivoted the Philippines away from its former colonial master, the United States, and toward warmer diplomatic and business ties with China and Russia.

Still, he shares Netanyahu’s rapport with US President Donald Trump. That has stirred modest hope in Israel that the maverick Asian leader might use his visit to announce recognition of Jerusalem as the country’s capital, as Trump did last December, outraging the Palestinians.

Hardware deals

The United States and Canada have both had military hardware deals fall apart with the Philippines due to concerns over Mr. Duterte’s drug war. But so far sales with Israel have gone smoothly.

“[The visit] is for President Duterte to look for an alternative market for … weapons for our Armed Forces as well as for the police,” Henelito Sevilla, an international relations expert at the University of the Philippines, told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Israel is among the world’s top arms dealers, with nearly 60 percent of its defense exports going to the Asia-Pacific region, according to Israeli defense ministry data.

Accompanied by an entourage including retiring military and police officials, Mr. Duterte is set to leave Manila at 1 p.m. on Sunday. From Israel, he heads to Jordan on Sept. 5, where he is expected to meet with King Abdullah II. —REPORTS FROM AFP AND AP

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Philippine President Duterte Heads to Israel: Compared Himself to Hitler, Likes Rape Jokes, No Friend of Human Rights, Global Leader in Extrajudicial Killings

September 1, 2018

When Rodrigo Duterte makes the first visit to Israel by a president of the Philippines next week, officials on both sides will try to play down his record of jarring invective while promoting commercial and military ties.

Israel sees the four-day tour by Duterte and his top ministers as a chance to thank Manila for taking in Jews during the Holocaust and backing the Israeli independence campaign that followed.

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte  (AP Photo/File)

Tourism, labour and defence deals are also on the agenda, cementing relationships between the Asian power and booming Israel, both historical U.S. allies.

Yet Israel’s Government Press Office has said most of the visit will be closed to the media, an apparent precaution against faux pas by a president whose two-fisted crime-fighting tactics and rhetoric have raised hackles at home and abroad.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Davao City, in the southern island of Mindanao on February 9, 2018. (AFP)

Some Israeli pundits have recoiled at his planned attendance at Holocaust commemorations.

In 2016, in a bungled reference to an opponent’s remark that his rise could be like that of Adolf Hitler, Duterte said he himself would be “happy to slaughter” drug addicts on the scale of the Nazi leader’s Jewish genocide.

    While Duterte apologised for that, he has been dogged by accusations from activists that thousands of killings in his ongoing war on drugs were executions, which he rejects, and is rebuked by women’s groups for remarks that make light of rape.

In June, Duterte called God “stupid” and has lashed out repeatedly at the Catholic church, deeming it hypocritical. His visit will include sight-seeing in Jerusalem’s walled Old City, which houses major Christian, Jewish and Muslim shrines.

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“There’s just no knowing what he will say from one moment to the next, so both sides want to keep this (Israel) visit as low-key as possible,” one official involved in the planning, and who asked not to be identified by name or nationality, told Reuters.

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Aides say Duterte hopes to regulate labour relations with Israel, where between 24,000 and 28,000 Filipinos work, mostly as care-givers, and to promote Holy Land tourism from the predominantly Catholic Asian country which has been growing by 30 percent to 50 percent annually in recent years.

Establishing a direct air connection between Israel and the Philippines is in discussion.

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In this December 8, 2016 photo, An empty shell of a pistol lies near the body of a woman, later identified by her husband as that of Nora Acielo, after she was shot by still unidentified men while about to bring her two children to school at a poor neighborhood in Manila. Credit AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Duterte also wants to improve security cooperation with Israel, which has sold the Philippines three radar systems and 100 armoured vehicles, and which Manila is now eyeing for an aircraft deal. According to Israeli government data, exports to the Philippines were worth $143 million last year.

Duterte, who has kept domestic opinion on edge by hankering for retirement before his term ends in 2022, makes no secret of his personal disdain for Washington and its foreign policy.

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Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines have become commonplace

Still, he shares Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rapport with U.S. President Donald Trump. That has stirred modest hope in Israel that the maverick Asian leader might use his visit to announce recognition of Jerusalem as the country’s capital, as Trump did last December, outraging the Palestinians.

“We have been encouraging the Philippines on this (Jerusalem recognition), as we do with all countries,” one Israeli diplomat said. “We don’t know that Duterte will do it – but neither do we know that he won’t.”

Ernesto Abella, an official with the Foreign Ministry in Manila and a former Duterte spokesman, said the issue of moving the Philippine embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as the United States did in May, had not been discussed.

Abella said the controversy around Duterte’s Hitler comments had been settled “way back”.

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said in a statement that Israel “assign(s) great importance to this visit, which symbolises the strong, warm ties between our peoples as well as the enormous potential for developing and strengthening the relations”.

Duterte arrives in Israel on Sunday and on Wednesday departs for neighbouring Jordan.

(Editing by Kim Coghill)

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Cohen flipped after dad said didn’t survive Holocaust for Trump to ‘sully’ name

August 23, 2018

Wall Street Journal reports conversation with attorney’s father was turning point, frustration began after Trump family stopped paying his legal fees

 

Michael Cohen, former lawyer to US President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP)

Michael Cohen, former lawyer to US President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP)

Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen turned on his former boss after a conversation with his father in which the elder Cohen told his son that he did not survive the Holocaust to have his name tarnished by the US president, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The longtime lawyer and fixer pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight counts, including violations of campaign finance rules during the 2016 presidential race — and implicated his former boss in the process.

Questioned by the federal judge, Cohen said he had paid sums of $130,000 and $150,000 each to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, acting at his boss’s request, in a bid to buy their silence “with the purpose of influencing the election.”

Cohen said the first payment was “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” and the second was made “under direction of the same candidate.” The payments were made to prevent publication of information that would have harmed that candidate’s campaign.

The payments, apparently made using campaign funds, would be a violation of campaign finance laws.

Cohen’s explosive assertion — which suggests Trump may have committed a crime — was all the more spectacular coming from a man who once declared he was so loyal he would “take a bullet for the president.”

But as federal prosecutors began progressing in their case against Cohen, the attorney’s once close relationship began to be tested.

Following April 9 raids of Cohen’s office, home and hotel, Trump stood by his then attorney calling the measures against him a “disgrace” and a “witch hunt.”

But the Journal reported that the rupture began soon after when the Trump family stopped paying for part of Cohen’s legal fees, which the attorney had claimed were driving him into bankruptcy.

Cohen told associates that he felt the president “didn’t have his back,” the WSJ reported.

US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a rally Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in Charleston, West Virginia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As the attorney’s legal woes expanded, Cohen eventually turned on Trump for good.

However, the “turning point,” as the Journal referred to it, was a conversation that the former Trump confidant had with his father, Maurice Cohen, a Polish Holocaust survivor.

The elder Cohen told his son that he did not survive the Holocaust to have his name “sullied” by Trump, WSJ reported.

The younger Cohen went on to reference his father’s history when he publicly broke with the president on June 20.

Then, the attorney tweeted (and later deleted), “as the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, the images and sounds of this family separation policy [are] heart wrenching.”

Since the guilty pleas this week, Trump has hit back at Cohen, accusing him of making up “stories” in order to get a plea deal.

He went on to claim Wednesday that hush payments made by his former lawyer before the 2016 election did not breach campaign finance rules.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/cohen-flipped-after-dad-said-didnt-survive-holocaust-for-trump-to-sully-name/

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Mr. Cohen’s father urged him not to protect the president, saying he didn’t survive the Holocaust to have his name sullied by Mr. Trump, according to a person who was told about the conversation. The elder Mr. Cohen couldn’t be reached for comment.

Facebook: Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitic Talks Do Not Violate Hate Speech Rules — Isn’t This Racism?

August 8, 2018
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s official Facebook page seems rife with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and other hateful speech, which have not been censored by Facebook content monitors….
  • Facebook has allowed Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to espouse anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on its platform
  • Facebook deleted right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ page on Monday for violating rules against hate speech
  • Videos on Farrakhan’s page show him accusing Jews of secretly controlling government agencies and “weaponizing” marijuana to “feminize” black men

Videos posted to Farrakhan’s Facebook page show the Nation of Islam leader claiming that Jews are secretly controlling government agencies to suppress black Americans and blaming Jews for “weaponizing” marijuana with “chemicals” to “feminize” black men.

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Neither of those videos violate Facebook’s rules prohibiting hate speech, a Facebook spokeswoman told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone interview Tuesday.

Another video that showed Farrakhan warning against interracial marriage — which he blames on “the enemy” in Hollywood — to keep the black race “from being any further mongrelized,” was originally ruled not to violate hate speech rules, according to the Facebook spokeswoman.

After this article was published, the spokeswoman called back and said that a closer review by the company’s content monitors determined Farrakhan’s use of the word “mongrelized” did violate Facebook’s rules, and that the video would be deleted.

Facebook and other tech giants, including Spotify, YouTube and Apple, banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms Monday for violating prohibitions against hate speech.

Here’s how Facebook defines hate speech:

a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation.

Farrakhan has repeatedly advanced anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his Facebook page.

“The FBI has been the worst enemy of black advancement. See the Jews have control over those agencies of government,” Farrakhan said in a March 7 video clipped from his annual Saviour’s Day speech.

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“This enemy, he’s so angry with Farrakhan that now if you like me, you have to either hide it, especially if you want advancement in the white man’s world. Now if you go to work tomorrow and Jews are your boss, don’t tell em where you been,” Farrakhan said to laughs from the audience.

Farrakhan claims in another video that the U.S. government and Jews are working together to “weaponize” marijuana “with chemicals that perform lobotomies.” (RELATED: Twitter Finally De-Verifies Farrakhan After ‘Satanic Jew’ Rant)

“Minister Farrakhan talks about the role of the U.S. government and the Jewish community in the weaponization of marijuana that is feminizing and killing Black men,” the video’s description reads.

“Now God don’t want you inter-marrying with them,” Farrakhan said of white people in a November 2016 video. Farrakhan claimed that: “God wanted us to be to ourselves, us with our women. He respected white people who wanted to keep their race white, because we sure want to keep ours from being any further mongrelized.”

The Nation of Islam leader blamed Hollywood — which he has repeatedly and unapologetically said is under Jewish control — for promoting interracial marriage. After this article was published, a Facebook spokeswoman said that that video was, upon closer examination, determined to be in violation of Facebook policy.

One February 2017 video posted to Farrakhan’s page shows him telling a Nation of Islam audience, “Your fathers built civilization while the white man was crawling around the hills and cave sides of Europe. Stand up, black man and woman, and be yourself, and stop copying this freak of a human.”

This article has been updated to note Facebook’s reversal on Farrakhan’s video warning against interracial marriage  

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http://dailycaller.com/2018/08/07/louis-farrakhan-anti-semitism-facebook-hate-speech/

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The soft bigotry of the New York Times — Identity politics and racism

Gatekeepers or Censors? How Tech Manages Online Speech

August 8, 2018

The rules that Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter follow in their roles as arbiters of online speech are often vague. Critics say they are arbitrary.

Apple, Google and Facebook this week erased from their services many — but not all — videos, podcasts and posts from the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars site. And Twitter left Mr. Jones’s posts untouched.

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The differing approaches to Mr. Jones exposed how unevenly tech companies enforce their rules on hate speech and offensive content. There are only a few cases in which the companies appear to consistently apply their policies, such as their ban on child pornography and instances in which the law required them to remove content, like Nazi imagery in Germany.

When left to make their own decisions, the tech companies often struggle with their roles as the arbiters of speech and leave false information, upset users and confusing decisions in their wake. Here is a look at what the companies, which control the world’s most popular public forums, allow and ban.

Facebook at the Center of the Storm

Of all the tech companies, Facebook has faced the biggest public outcry over what it allows on its platform.

Whenever the social media company has been pressed to explain its decision-making, it has referred to its community standards, a public document that outlines Facebook’s rules for users. The company has outright bans against violent content, nudity and terrorist recruitment propaganda. The rules on other types of content, including hate speech and false news, are more ambiguous.

When asked about Infowars last month, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said he wouldn’t remove pages hosting popular conspiracy theories of the type Mr. Jones is known for sharing. Mr. Zuckerberg then turned the conversation to the subject of the Holocaust, defending Facebook users who deny the Holocaust occurred.

His awkward explanation prompted outrage, and less than a day later, Mr. Zuckerberg offered a public apology.

Now, less than a month later, Facebook has banned Mr. Jones and removed four pages belonging to him — including one with nearly 1.7 million followers — for violating its policies. The ban means that while Mr. Jones still has an account and can view content on Facebook, he is suspended from posting anything to the platform, including to his personal page or any pages on which he is an administrator.

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Holocaust experts want to help Zuckerberg solve Facebook’s denial dilemma — Anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial is racism

August 8, 2018

After Facebook chief told interviewer he doesn’t think Holocaust deniers were ‘intentionally getting it wrong,’ 6,000 individuals and institutions call for content’s removal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Idaho, July 14, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/via JTA)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Idaho, July 14, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/via JTA)

Holocaust experts want to meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the social network’s unwillingness to automatically remove anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial material.

The heads of organizations and experts involved in Holocaust and genocide education offered to meet with Zuckerberg and help raise Holocaust awareness within the Facebook community.

In late July, Zuckerberg said in an interview published online that he would not automatically remove Holocaust-denying posts from the social network he founded.

“Facebook must not allow complete and utter falsehoods about the Holocaust, and about the Jewish people, to go systematically unchecked,” the letter dated Tuesday to Zuckerberg says. “Virulent antisemitism is a proven pathway that leads from rhetorical hatred to actions of violence. Freedom of speech laws are not a reason to do nothing — inaction is always the opportunity for evil to flourish. All genocide starts with distortion of the truth and prejudice.”

The experts later say: “We offer you tangible, rapidly executable steps towards Facebook becoming part of the solution. We can deliver proven educational resources in multiple languages, ready for digital deployment with Facebook — important as you may wish to break the task down by different jurisdictions with different laws.”

They also offer “cost-free professional development programs for educators on Facebook to give them resources, skills and confidence to tackle hate and prejudice, and to teach empathy, understanding and respect.”

Among the signers are Simon Bentley, head of Yad Vashem UK; Peter Schafer of the Jewish Museum Berlin; Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation; Laura Marks, chairwoman of the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Trust; and Diane Lee, director general of the Imperial War Museum in London.

In an interview published on the Recode website, Zuckerberg had told tech journalist Kara Swisher: “I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened. I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong.” He said, “I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong.”

Zuckerberg later clarified his comments, saying “I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.”

Meanwhile, some 6,000 educational institutions, museums and individuals from around the world signed a Change.org petition started by the New York-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect along with the Association of Holocaust Organizations, and Holocaust Learning and Education Fund calling on Zuckerberg and Facebook to stop hosting Holocaust denial on the social network.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-holocaust-experts-want-to-help-zuckerberg-solve-facebooks-denial-dilemma/

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Zuckerberg’s stance on Holocaust denial is ‘dangerous,’ Trump appointee says

July 31, 2018

Chairman of US Commission to Preserve America’s Heritage Abroad pens letter to Facebook head slamming policy not to remove ‘abhorrent’ posts from social media platform

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB)

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB)

The chairman of the US Commission to Preserve America’s Heritage Abroad has said Mark Zuckerberg’s stance on not removing Holocaust-denial posts from Facebook is “dangerous.”

Paul Packer, who was appointed to the independent government agency by President Donald Trump, sent a letter to Zuckerberg a day after the Facebook founder and CEO told Recode, a tech news website, that he would not automatically delete Holocaust-denying posts.

In the interview earlier this month, Zuckerberg said that while Facebook would not remove a post denying the Holocaust, the social network would push it down the News Feed to make sure the post did not go viral.

“(At) the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong,” he said.

Packer’s letter in response, dated July 19, was first obtained and published by Axios.

“By attempting to rationalize Holocaust denial and by enabling anti-Semites to publish their abhorrent views freely on your platform, you have failed your users and the world at large,” he said. “Furthermore, you have failed to uphold Facebook’s own mission to ‘give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.’

“Your comments were not only divisive — they were dangerous. Through your words and Facebook’s policies, you have empowered those who would deny the undeniable,” he wrote.

Packer called on Zuckerberg to “meet your ethical obligation not to allow the further destruction and endangerment of our history by changing Facebook’s policy immediately so that historical denial of the kind you defended is no longer allowed.”

He invited Zuckerberg to join him on one of the commission’s “many trips to countries impacted by Nazi brutality.”

Packer, a former New York hedge fund manager, told Axios that he met with senior Facebook executive Joel Kaplan this week in Washington, DC, to raise his concerns in the wake of the letter. Multiple Facebook executives joined the meeting via video conference, Axios reported.

Kaplan told Axios that Facebook agrees that Holocaust denial is “abhorrent and offensive.”

“That said,” he added, “we do not remove content simply for being factually inaccurate, whether it’s about the Holocaust, any other world event or anything else.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/zuckerbergs-stance-on-holocaust-denial-is-dangerous-trump-appointee-says/

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Anti-Semitism on the rise? Western European Jews think so

July 31, 2018

A study of five countries has found that while the picture of anti-Semitic attitudes is complex, Jews feel under threat. However, the researchers point out that no single group is more clearly anti-Semitic than another.

    
A Muslim man and a Jewish man ride a tandem bicycle in Berlin in a demonstration against religious discrimination (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Schreiber)A Muslim man and a Jewish man ride a tandem bicycle in Berlin in a demonstration against religious discrimination

The report entitled “Anti-Semitism and Immigration in Western Europe Today: Is there a connection?” presented findings and recommendations from a 2016-17 project involving five separate national reports from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The research was commissioned by the Berlin-based “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” Foundation (EVZ) and led by the Pears Institute for the study of Anti-Semitism, Birkbeck, University of London.

The study examined various indicators of societal change, including increased immigration from predominantly Muslim countries in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). However, rather than measuring the number of anti-Semitic verbal or physical attacks, the team of researchers measured perceptions of anti-Semitism held by individuals from various religious, social and ethnic groups.

Read more: Anti-bullying commissioners tackle anti-Semitism in German schools 

Fear leading to emigration

Notably, the report’s findings indicated rising fear among Jews in every country studied. In Germany, for instance, 78 percent of German Jews noticed an increasing threat, according to a 2017 study.

Just shy of half (48 percent) of the readers of the Dutch Jewish weekly Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad said last year they were concerned about security and anti-Semitism. In 2016, about two out of three (63 percent) French Jews had the impression that there was “a lot” of anti-Jewish sentiment in their country. In fact, Jewish people in France take the threat so seriously that quite a few have left: while about 1,900 French Jews emigrated to Israel in 2012, the number rose to 7,800 in 2015 and 5,000 a year later — still more than double the number just a few years earlier.

Belgian Jews are also worried, with authorities in Brussels advising people in more than one case to no longer publicly show their religious affiliation. Jewish parents have also increasingly warned their children not to wear the Star of David since the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

Read more: Berlin rabbis, imams bike ride against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia

Fear and concern a ‘cross-border phenomenon’

While the question mark in the title indicates that the study’s authors are far from being alarmist, the 13 researchers who studied anti-Semitic phenomena in the above-mentioned countries did come to an alarming conclusion: fear and concern among Jews in Western Europe are a “cross-border phenomenon.”

The EVZ researchers were cautious, however, when addressing the question of how far these feelings are related to immigration from MENA countries. They said the surveys they evaluated portrayed the current MENA migrants as a “current or potential source of anti-Semitism,” but the team made it clear that “opinion polls have different results depending on the questions asked.”

Read more: How should Germany deal with anti-Semitism among Muslims?

‘Islamic State’ flags

However, the authors of the study spoke of “tendencies” noticeable in the surveys from the five Western European countries. “If we look at the tendencies in the number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded, we see that in all five countries the Second Intifada, which began in October 2000 and lasted until February 2005, represented a significant turning point. Since 2000, certain events in Israel, Gaza and the Occupied Territories have repeatedly provoked reactions in Western Europe, including anti-Semitic incidents.”

According to the study, anti-Semitism is not an across-the-board sentiment, and it is limited among Muslims. A 2014-15 study showed that although about 66 percent of young Muslims have a negative attitude towards Zionists — Jews committed to the preservation of Israel as a Jewish nation in Palestine — significantly fewer (just 12 percent) expressed hostility towards Jews themselves.

On the other hand, Moroccan Dutch, and more recently Turkish Dutch, youths have been involved in harassing Jews on the streets. Dutch citizens with a Muslim background were clearly present in anti-Semitic incidents in the summer of 2014, with supporters of the so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization waving black flags and chanting “Death to the Jews” in Arabic.

Read more: Extremist crimes in Germany down, number of fanatics up

Complex results

“Anti-Semitic attitudes and/or behavior are disproportionately present among Muslim minorities as well as among people with sympathy for extreme right-wing groups,” the researchers said in their summary of findings.

Yet in examining such a multifaceted topic across a wide geographic area, it is difficult to make accurate generalizations.

For example, the authors note “that anti-Semitic attitudes are widely diffused among MENA refugees, as are positive attitudes to democracy, equal rights and peaceful coexistence among Muslims, Christians and Jews.”

They further concluded: “There is no evidence that MENA migrants make any significant contribution to anti-Semitism at a societal level.”

https://www.dw.com/en/anti-semitism-on-the-rise-western-european-jews-think-so/a-44884904

China’s War On Muslims

July 27, 2018

Xinjiang Arrests Account for 21% of Total in China in 2017 (Most are Muslims)

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Amid a long-running anti-terrorism campaign in , the use of harassmentintimidationreligious discrimination, cutting edge surveillance technology, and political reeducation camps has steadily increased. This has turned the region into what the European School of Culture and Theology’s Adrian Zenz has described as “perhaps the most heavily policed region on the planet.”

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new report from Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) looks at official arrest data from 2017, which shows a substantial increase in  in the region, and notes that over 20% of total  in China last year happened in Xinjiang, which is home to only 1.5% of the country’s population:

At The Guardian, Lily Kuo excerpts from and summarizes the report, providing context on the situation in Xinjiang amid the terror crackdown:

Analysing publicly available government data, the advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), found 21% of all arrests in China in 2017 were in Xinjiang, which accounts for about 1.5% of China’s population. Indictments in Xinjiang, accounted for 13% of all charges handed down in the country last year.

“For both arrests and indictments, the sudden increases in 2017 from 2016 are staggering,” the organisation said in its report, released jointly with a Chinese group, the Equal Rights Initiative, on Wednesday. “Given that China’s conviction rate is 99.9%, nearly every individual indicted is likely to be convicted.”

[…] Human rights groups say the crackdown has gone too far. Controls over religious and cultural expression have increased under hardline communist party secretary, Chen Quanguo, drafted to Xinjiang in 2016. Those under the age of 17 are forbidden to enter mosques or make unauthorised pilgrimages to Mecca. Islamic names, beards, face veils, and long skirts have reportedly been outlawed.

Advocates and researchers say at least tens of thousands of minorities, mainly ethnic Uighurs, have been detained in “re-education” camps where they can be held indefinitely. In April, a group of US lawmakers called the camps, “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.” […] [Source]

On Twitter, BuzzFeed’s Megha Rajagopalan notes that the many ethnic Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz being detained in the reeducation camps are not represented in the data CHRD analyzed, as these camps are extra-legal:

The conditions inside these political re-education camps—whose existence authorities continue to deny despite a mounting collection of evidence—have been described in detail by Dr. Zenz and the AP’s Gerry Shih. At The Conversation, Australia National University’s Michael Clarke puts the camps into the context of Beijing’s wider goals for the region and for national ideological work:

[…R]e-education camps have emerged as a repugnant but depressingly logical extension of this process. The government calls them “transformation through education” centres, which harks back to the institutions of “thought reform” established under Mao Zedong in the 1950s.

Those camps sought to “transform” and “rehabilitate” prisoners through such tactics as patriotic indoctrination, self-criticism sessions and forced labour. A similar theme can be seen in the current re-education camps in Xinjiang, where detainees are forced to sing patriotic songs, take part in self-criticism sessions and sit through lectures on Xi Jinping “thought”, Chinese language, Chinese law and the dangers of Islam.

The objective is to dilute Uyghur cultural identity and, in Xi’s words:

enhance their sense of identity with the motherland, the Chinese nation, Chinese culture, the CCP and socialism with Chinese characteristics.

These camps are an extreme symptom of Xi’s commitment to return Communist ideology to centre stage in China.

This began shortly after Xi assumed the presidency in 2013 when he launched the “Seven Perils” campaign to combat so-called subversive ideas. This targeted things like Western constitutional democracy, universal values of human rights and press freedom. […] [Source]

Chinese legal expert Jerome Cohen this week posted his recommendations for external actions towards ending “Xinjiang’s horrific detentions.” On his list was the American use of Global Magnitsky Act sanctions against responsible parties, a topic covered in greater detail by CDT earlier this week. Ranking members of the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China in April called on Ambassador to China Branstad to gather information in consideration of levying Magnitsky sanctions.

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CHRD’s report, as well as mounting criticism from abroad of the ongoing detention of ethnic minorities in the reeducation camps, comes ahead of a U.N. review of China’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which will begin on August 10. Human Rights Watch last month published relevant context and recommendations ahead of the review.

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Abbas Apologizes to ‘Jewish People’ for Offensive Comments, Condemning Holocaust and anti-Semitism

May 4, 2018

‘Abbas is a pathetic Holocaust denier – his apology is not accepted,’ Lieberman fires back ■ Palestinian president suggested historical persecution of Jews in Europe was caused by involvement in money-lending

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FILE PHOTO -  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads a Palestinian cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Issam Rimawi/Pool/File Photo
FILE PHOTO – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads a Palestinian cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Issam Rimawi/Pool/File Photo\ POOL/ REUTERS

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas apologized Friday for comments he made last week which were widely decried as anti-Semitic.

“If people were offended by my statement, especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them. I would like to assure everyone that it was not my intention to do so, and to reiterate my full respect for the Jewish faith, as well as other monotheistic faiths.

 “I would also like to reiterate our long held condemnation of the Holocaust, as the most heinous crime in history, and express our sympathy with its victims,” he said.

“Likewise, we condemn anti- Semitism in all its forms, and confirm our commitment to the two- state solution, and to live side by side in peace and security,” a statement released in English, Hebrew and Arabic said.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman rejected the apology by the Palestinian leader, saying “Abbas is a pathetic Holocaust denier who wrote his doctorate thesis about Holocaust denial and afterwards even published a book about Holocaust denial. That’s the way he should be treated and his apology is not accepted.”

Israel’s Holocaust museum and memorial denounced Monday’s address by Abbas Wednesday as “replete with anti-Semitic tropes and distortions of historical facts.”

>> What Abbas really said about the Jews | Analysis

The European Union and the United Nations’ Mideast envoy on Wednesday condemned Abbas’ remarks as “unacceptable” after he suggested in a speech that Jews were historically persecuted because of their involvement in money-lending and banking.

Citing books written by various authors, Abbas argued: “They say hatred against Jews was not because of their religion, it was because of their social profession. So the Jewish issue that had spread against the Jews across Europe was not because of their religion, it was because of usury and banks.”

The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, condemned Abbas’ statement, saying his speech “repeated some of the most contemptuous anti-Semitic slurs, including the suggestion that the social behavior of Jews was the cause for the Holocaust.”

The UN envoy said that “such statements are unacceptable, deeply disturbing and do not serve the interests of the Palestinian people or peace in the Middle East. Denying the historic and religious connection of the Jewish people to the land and their holy sites in Jerusalem stands in contrast to reality.

“The Holocaust did not occur in a vacuum, it was the result of thousands of years of persecution. This is why attempts to rewrite, downplay or deny it are dangerous. Leaders have an obligation to confront anti-Semitism everywhere and always, not perpetuate the conspiracy theories that fuel it.”

In unusually blunt language from Brussels, the European External Action Service said in a statement: “The speech Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered on 30 April contained unacceptable remarks concerning the origins of the Holocaust and Israel’s legitimacy.

“Such rhetoric will only play into the hands of those who do not want a two-state solution, which President Abbas has repeatedly advocated.”

The EEAS added: “Antisemitism is not only a threat for Jews but a fundamental menace to our open and liberal societies.

“The European Union remains committed to combat any form of anti-Semitism and any attempt to condone, justify or grossly trivialize the Holocaust.”

Also Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Abbas’s remarks, writing on his Twitter account: “It would appear that, once a Holocaust denier, always a Holocaust denier.”

Former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry also criticized the remarks, writing on Twitter: “These comments are wrong, ugly, and unacceptable – anywhere from anyone – but particularly from anyone who says he wants to be a peacemaker. No excuses for antisemitism: words to be condemned, not explained away.”

On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Abbas had “reached a new low,” adding that “all those who think Israel is the reason that we don’t have peace, think again.”

Trump’s special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Jason Greenblatt, also condemned Abbas’s speech: “President Abbas’ remarks yesterday in Ramallah at the opening of the Palestinian National Congress must be unconditionally condemned by all. They are very unfortunate, very distressing and terribly disheartening. Peace cannot be built on this kind of foundation.”

Abbas stirred controversy in his doctoral thesis written decades ago at Moscow University, in which he examined connections between the Zionist leadership in Israel and the Nazi regime in the 1930s. In it he dealt with the claims of Holocaust deniers such as Roger Garaudy regarding the correct number of Jewish deaths in the Holocaust. Israeli officials have dubbed Abbas a Holocaust denier, but he has refuted the accusation.