Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and anti-Christian incidents, reports, etc.

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The Obama administration recently declared that ISIS is commiting "genocide" against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/march/do-christians-face-genocide-isis-john-kerry-syria-iraq.html

At a recent UN congress in NYC, participants expressed frustration with the world's "thunderous silence" about what is happening. "We know of summary executions and mass beheadings, sexual violence, immolations, beheading and crucifixions,” explained Archbishop Auza (Roman Catholic; a permanent observer to the UN from the Philippines who presented at the event), who stated that Christians make up 80% of ISIS's victims.
Lars Adaktusson, a Swedish member of the European Parliament, gave an impassioned speech about his firsthand reporting of the plight of Christians in the Middle East and vented his frustration with his colleagues’ apathy.
“Every time I refer to the plight of Christians, I’m shouted down and told that I am using hate speech against Muslims,” he said. “They say I’m interested in igniting a crusade against Muslims in Europe. I’m not. I’m simply not doing that at all.
“The horrors experienced by the Christians there are also experienced by other ethnicities, including the Shiites. I cannot be silent about this, but I’m unsure how to proceed.”
Activists are using the Arabic letter for N to try to increase awareness.
This refers to the practice of Islamic militants who paint the letter on Christian homes they ransacked. The letter is the initial for Nasrane ― a slur common throughout the Muslim world. It refers to the city of Nazareth, Jesus’ birthplace ― the standard word for Christians used throughout the Muslim world.
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/where-is-the-outrage-un-event-highlights-isis-genocide-against-christians/

One thorny question is the low number of Christians among the Syrian refugees being admitted into the US. Christianity Today, which thinks that is defensible, acknowledges that the numbers themselves (53 Christians among 2184 Syrian refugees) are not disputed.
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/syrian-christians-are-greatest-peril-least-likely-be-admitted
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/november-web-only/why-only-53-christians-2184-syrian-refugees-resettlement.html


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In the USA, the FBI keeps hate crime stats. Jews are by far the leading targets of religious hate crimes in America. In 2014, 57% of religious hate crimes targeted Jews, 16% Muslims (the next most-targeted group) The proportion changed somewhat from 2012, when Jews made up an even higher percentage and Muslims an even lower one (62% and 12% respectively). However, the total number of anti-religious hate crimes decreased from 1340 to 1140 during that period.
https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2014/topic-pages/victims_final
https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2012/topic-pages/victims/victims_final

Globally, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) launched a massive survey of anti-Semitism in 2014, surveying 53,000 adults in 101 countries plus the West Bank/Gaza. They have a detailed executive summary with excellent graphics that make it easy to read; methodology is at the end. The report, called the ADL Global 100, asked respondents their opinion of 11 negative stereotypes about Jews and Israel, and judged that those calling 6 or more of the stereotypes "probably true" harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. They tabulated their findings by country, region, religion, age and gender, and extrapolated them to the total populations in the areas surveyed (ie the world). Some of the findings are surprising, others not so much (to me, anyway). I won't try to summarize all the findings, but here are some highlights:

-The overall global rate of anti-Semitism was 26%, or 1.09 billion people.
-35% of respondents had never heard of the Holocaust, only 33% had both heard of it AND believed historical accounts of it were accurate.
-Region tended to predict attitudes more than religion did. E.g., in MENA, Christians were not much less likely than Muslims to be anti-Semitic.
-In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), 74% held anti-Semitic views, corresponding to 200.000.000 people, but in Sub-Saharan Africa, only 22%, corresponding to 50,000,000 people.
-In Asia, 22% were anti-Semitic, but that corresponded to 540,000,000 people.
-In Eastern Europe, the rate was 34%, in Western Europe 23%, with significant country variations (e.g., Greece and Poland much higher than the Czech Republic).
-The regions with the lowest rates of anti-Semitism were Oceania (14%) and the Americas (19%; lower in North America).
-Education predicted anti-Semitism differently in the West than in MENA: in the West, more education corresponded with lower rates of anti-Semitism; in MENA more education corresponded with more anti-Semitism.
-49% of Muslims held anti-Semitic views, making Islam the most anti-Semitic religion in the survey. Buddhists were the least (17%), less than Christians (24%) and those not adhering to any religion (21%).

Lots more in here:
http://global100.adl.org/public/ADL-Global-100-Executive-Summary.pdf

The ADL did a 19-country followup last year, which found that anti-Semitic views declined significantly in France and other European countries following the terrorist attacks in France. It also looked at Muslim attitudes in 6 Western European countries for the first time, finding much higher rates of anti-Semitism among Muslims than in the general population.
http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/anti-semitism-international/new-adl-poll-anti-semitic-attitudes-19-countries.html

More to come in future posts, including specific incidents as well as studies.
 
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Two faces of the Christian persecution in the Middle East:

Father Douglas Bazi, a Chaldean priest in Iraq who was tortured by Al Qaeda and now runs a refugee camp in the Kurdish area of Iraq where his people are living in storage containers. He is currently on a US speaking tour; info about that in the link below.
http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2016/05/04/iraqi-priest-embodies-love-in-the-face-of-hate/

And Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minority Affairs in Pakistan, a Catholic who dedicated his life to combatting Islamic blasphemy laws and fighting for religious minority rights even though he knew it would get him killed. He was assassinated in March 2011. In the 1.5-min. video in the link below he talks about the choices he made. Santo subito! (May he be made a saint soon!)
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/marchweb-only/shahbazbhatti.html

Note: Although Pakistan's constitution is supposed to protect religious freedom, its blasphemy laws are used as pretexts for attacking Christians.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/life-is-miserable-in-pakistan-activist-and-friend-of-shahbaz-bhatti-says-blasphemy-laws-anti-west-sentiment-provoke-christian-persecution-135639/
 
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In a May 3 attack by Islamist militants (possibly a Ugandan group called Muslim Defense International), 20-40 villagers in a heavily Christian area of the Democratic Republic of Congo were slaughtered with axes and machetes. A local missionary says thousands have fled the ongoing violence.
In a letter released a year ago, the Bishops of the Province of Bukavu (eastern DRC) denounced a “climate of genocide” and the passivity of the Congolese State and international community.

"Does the situation have to deteriorate even more before the international community takes measures against jihadism?” asked the Bishops in May 2015, according to whom “a strategy of forced displacement of populations is taking place in order to gradually occupy the land and install outbreaks of religious fundamentalism and terrorist training bases”, the Catholic news agency Fides reported.
https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2016/05/4447899/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=DR+Congo+-+Christians+killed,+as+thousands+flee+continuing+Islamist+violence&utm_campaign=DR+Congo+-+Christians+killed,+as+thousands+flee+continuing+Islamist+violence
 
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In British politics: Big scandal in the Labour party. A Labour member of Parliament, a former mayor of London, and at least 50 Labour party members have been suspended for anti-Semitic remarks. A significant number of those suspended are Muslims who are highly critical of Israel and Zionism. The MP, Naz Shah, posted on Facebook that the population of Israel should be relocated to the USA. The ex-mayor, Ken Livingstone, called Hitler a Zionist, thus equating the state of Israel with the Nazis (as is frequently done today). Labour, the country's second-largest party, last September elected as its leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has called Hamas and Hazbollah friends and has attended gatherings hosted by a Holocaust-denier. Jewish support of the Labour party is collapsing in the wake of the scandal.

"During the 1930s—before the Holocaust—Hitler’s policy was to put severe economic and social pressure on German Jews to leave the country. The fact that some of those Jews went to British Mandatory Palestine did not mean Hitler was a ‘Zionist,’ and the fact that some of them went to the United States or England did not mean Hitler was pro-American or pro-British,” Dr. Rafael Medoff, founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, told JNS.org.
While some defenders of Livingstone have said that he had simply made a clumsily worded point, James Sorene—chief executive of the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (BICOM), an independent research organization focused on Israel and the Middle East that supports a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—told JNS.org he believes Livingstone ”knew exactly what he was doing.”

Sorene explained that Zionism is the movement for “the national liberation of the Jewish people…from hundreds of years of persecution,” whereas Livingstone’s remark was intended to twist the definition on its head by claiming, “the Zionists were so bad that Hitler even worked with them.”
It is a matter of record, which some commentators have said, that there is a problem of anti-Semitism in the [U.K.’s] Muslim community, that it isn’t challenged enough [and is] too freely expressed,” Sorene said. Additionally, there has been “a long process” on the far left in British society that has isolated Israel as “a unique evil in the world” due to a perspective that divides the world between imperialists/colonialists and the oppressed, he explained. Those who espouse this view cannot “believe that Jews could ever have been the victims, either throughout history or in the Arab-Israeli conflict,” he added.
http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2016/5/6/british-labour-party-engulfed-by-convergence-of-the-far-left-and-anti-semitism#.Vy4rktT3arU=

(Parenthetically, it is clear why the ADL study discussed above asked about the Holocaust and why it considered it important that so few people both know of it and believe it really happened.)

Keep in mind that the UK is one of the LEAST anti-Semitic countries in the world, according to the ADL Global 100. What is going on in the others??

This whole episode raises the controversial question of the connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, which I will address more in future posts.
 
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Thank you! very good recap. I doubt most of the world cares much about this, other than an obligatory lip service. Which is, in a way, good thing... means that after 2000+ of "all this" we still are not failing miserably and don't need pity.... :D
 

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I've been watching this thread too. Even though I am familiar with a few of the incidents, I find it helpful to have them all listed in one place.
Thank you! very good recap. I doubt most of the world cares much about this, other than an obligatory lip service
Not even lip service here on FSU. ;) Straight up not interested.
 

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I guess you are tougher than I am, @Tinami Amori. I worry a lot about another Holocaust. Israel is strong but it is very tiny and does not have many friends.
 
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I've been watching this thread too. Even though I am familiar with a few of the incidents, I find it helpful to have them all listed in one place.
Not even lip service here on FSU. ;) Straight up not interested.
Is this supposed to be a discussion thread? I thought it was an information thread, given the title.
 

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I've been watching this thread too. Even though I am familiar with a few of the incidents, I find it helpful to have them all listed in one place. Not even lip service here on FSU. ;) Straight up not interested.
FSU's PI is pretty much 30+ people, mostly liberals and few self-hating jews.... it's hardly even a "micro-group" to base world trends on or use for an "opinion check". it's for fun only, if you find it "fun"... :lol:

I guess you are tougher than I am, @Tinami Amori. I worry a lot another Holocaust. Israel is strong but it is very tiny and does not have many friends.
Very little of this is in the news, relatively little,
since most negotiations are behind close doors, and many issues are on the table, but....... this will result in a very critical alliance and more.. the articles below is just a tip of an iceberg..
http://atimes.com/2016/05/russia-seeks-bigger-middle-east-role-through-alliance-with-israel/
http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-russia-wants-share-in-israeli-gas-1001119921
http://atimes.com/2016/04/kurdish-question-brings-israel-russia-closer/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/24/russia-is-flying-israeli-drones-against-anti-assad-rebels-in-syria.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/close-contacts-with-israel-important-for-russia-putin-116042200087_1.html
http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-upgrade-to-ties-nato-accepts-israels-official-representative/
 

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Is this supposed to be a discussion thread? I thought it was an information thread, given the title.
Discuss away, as far as I am concerned. There is a lot of stuff out there to share so I personally may be mainly doing that.
 

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FSU's PI is pretty much 30+ people, mostly liberals and few self-hating jews.... it's hardly even a "micro-group" to base world trends on or use for an "opinion check". it's for fun only, if you find it "fun"... :lol:
Despite your links, I do think that this is somewhat representative of the world trend. Manuel Valls' speech was fiery and inspiring but the Jews are still leaving. Have you seen the real estate prices in Tel Aviv?
 

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Killing and discriminating against people is bad. Is there anything more to discuss about that? :shuffle:
 

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As one of the "self-hating Jews," I suppose, I will only note mildly that the ADL is a credible source. And the recent revelations of antisemitism in the UK Labour Party, for example, are sobering.

But David Horowitz is a dangerous extremist, described so by the Southern Poverty Law Center which also credibly tracks antisemitism, and his fulminations detract from the argument:

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/david-horowitz
 

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As one of the "self-hating Jews," I suppose, I will only note mildly that the ADL is a credible source. And the recent revelations of antisemitism in the UK Labour Party, for example, are sobering.

But David Horowitz is a dangerous extremist, described so by the Southern Poverty Law Center which also credibly tracks antisemitism, and his fulminations detract from the argument:

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/david-horowitz
David Horowitz (a red diaper baby and ex-Marxist) is controversial, no doubt, but whether he or his targets are dangerous extremists is in the eye of the beholder.

Camille Paglia: “I respect the astute and rigorously unsentimental David Horowitz as one of America’s most original and courageous political analysts. . . . As a scholar who regularly surveys archival material, I think that, a century from now, cultural historians will find David Horowitz’s spiritual and political odyssey paradigmatic for our time.”

Norman Podhoretz: “He differs from some of the other ‘second-thoughts’ generation in having pulled no punches and in having broken more decisively than some of them with left-wing pieties — whether liberal or socialist. . . . David Horowitz is hated by the Left because he is not only an apostate but has been even more relentless and aggressive in attacking his former political allies than some of us who preceded him in what I once called ‘breaking ranks’ with that world. He has also taken the polemical and organizational techniques he learned in his days on the left, and figured out how to use them against the Left,
whose vulnerabilities he knows in his bones. (That he is such a good writer and speaker doesn’t hurt, either.)”
http://www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org/david_horowitz

Jamie Glazov, National Review: "Anyone who has traced the arc of David Horowitz’s life cannot help thinking that, despite all the efforts to silence him, he will ultimately be vindicated by history and that the principles behind his work, to use William Faulkner’s famous words, will not only endure but prevail."
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/426812/life-and-work-david-horowitz-jamie-glazov

Anyway, if he is seen as a distraction, so be it. I will try to strengthen my case about anti-Semitism on college campuses tomorrow. BTW, the Southern Poverty Law Center is not uncontroversial either. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/16/southern-poverty-law-center-manufacturing-hate-for-fun-and-profit/
 

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If you are going to claim the SPLC is controversial, you're going to have to find a better source than Breitbart.
 

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If you are going to claim the SPLC is controversial, you're going to have to find a better source than Breitbart.
My point was that if PRLady was going to dismiss Horowitz, she was going to have to find a better source than the SPLC. Not everyone perceives these people/groups the same way.
 

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My point was that if PRLady was going to dismiss Horowitz, she was going to have to find a better source than the SPLC. Not everyone perceives these people/groups the same way.
So because some nutjobs don't like being called out on their nutjobbiness, the SPLC is not a credible source? I don't think so.
 

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Whether SPLC and David Horowitz are credible or not doesn't change any of the facts. I've been getting similar information from multiple credible sources wrt anti-Semitism on college campuses.
 

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Would the summation be so "short and sweet", from majority of posters here, if the issue was about Blacks, Muslims, Hispanics?
If they were all lumped together in one thread that consisted of lists of crimes and alleged crimes against them with no particular focus?

Yeah, I am pretty sure it would be the same.

As one of the "self-hating Jews," I suppose, I will only note mildly that the ADL is a credible source. And the recent revelations of antisemitism in the UK Labour Party, for example, are sobering.

But David Horowitz is a dangerous extremist, described so by the Southern Poverty Law Center which also credibly tracks antisemitism, and his fulminations detract from the argument:

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/david-horowitz
I can't be a self-hating Jew, so I will probably end up being a leftwing anti-Semite, but according to the ADL: it is important to note that these incidents [of anti-Semitism] are relatively rare, and the vast majority of Jewish students report feeling safe on their campuses. When such incidents do occur, they are generally condemned by administrators and the wider campus communities at their respective colleges.

I think it's unfair to cast the Arab-Israeli issue as "Jews stole the land from the Palestinians," but I can't take anyone seriously who sneers at students for that simplistic take on history while substituting this one as the "the truth": Like Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Israel was created on land that belonged to the Turks (who are not Arabs) for 400 years, which they lost as a result of their defeat in World War I.

The ADL also lists Horowitz and his group as a "like-minded cohort" of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, whom the ADL apparently consider hatemongers. But I am sure they are regarded differently by different groups as well. I can't think of anyone taking a stand on a controversial issue of any kind who wouldn't be regarded differently, depending on which side of the fence you are on.
 

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http://www.amchainitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Antisemitic-Activity-at-U.S.-Colleges-and-Universities-with-Jewish-Populations-2015-Full-Report.pdf
A survey of U.S. Jewish college students by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law revealed that 54% of surveyed students reported experiencing or witnessing instances of antisemitism on campus during the first six months of the 2013-2014 academic year.1 Another survey of campus antisemitism conducted by Brandeis University in the Spring of 2015 found that three-quarters of North American Jewish college student respondents had been exposed to antisemitic rhetoric, and one-third of students surveyed reported having been harassed because they were Jewish. 2 Both surveys found that anti-Israel expression, particularly expression related to anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, was a major factor in students’ reported experiences of anti-Jewish hostility.
From the 2015 Brandeis University report cited by the above study:
To the extent that anti-Israel hostility and antisemitism on college campuses intensifies, it threatens to make college campuses more problematic places for Jewish students.
 

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