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Friday, 27 March 2015

Jewish-Ukrainian Doctor Beaten, Attackers Shouted “Jew Face, Get Out-of-Town!”

01 SS Division Galizien anti-semitic poster

Galician Anti-Semitic poster of the VOV period… the symbol is that of a Galician volunteer SS unit made up of fanatical Galician Uniate nationalists… who were (and are) fascist in ideology, who ally themselves with any powerful outsider ready to enable them to let loose their violent and nasty tendencies

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A Jewish-Ukrainian physician was severely beaten in what he said was an assault with anti-Semitic overtones. Aleksandr Dukhovskoi, a chief paediatric neurosurgeon in Kharkov, told 9 TV that he believed that competitors ordered Sunday’s assault, but he didn’t name a suspect. He said, “Three men on the street beat me up. They shouted at me, ‘Jew face, get out-of-town, and get out of the country’. This is blatant anti-Semitism. I told local journalists, but nobody wanted to mention this aspect of the attack.” The assailants fractured Dukhovskoi’s skull and ruptured at least one of his kidneys. He’ll remain in hospital for at least a month. He also said that he suffered hand injuries; he thinks that the beating would leave him partly disabled. 9 TV reported that he left the Ukraine for treatment in Jerusalem earlier this week. Aleksandr Feldman, a Jewish-Ukrainian lawmaker and founder of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, said that he’s following the investigation into the assault.

The attack followed several incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism in the Ukraine and Russia, where anti-Semitic rhetoric has proliferated amidst an armed conflict. The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress reported that on 22 March, vandals drew a swastika and the initials of the Nazi party on a monument for Holocaust victims in Nikolayev. It was the fifth defacement of the monument since its erection in 2011. Separately, the Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism reported on 18 March that unidentified individuals wrote “death to the Jewish rule” near the offices of the Hessed Jewish charity in Cherkassy. Volga Media reported that on 23 March, vandals painted Nazi symbols on a monument for Holocaust victims in Volgograd in the Russian Federation.

27 March 2015

Jewish Daily Forward

http://forward.com/articles/217557/ukrainian-jewish-doctor-beaten-claims-attackers-sh/

Editor:

The junta-occupied Ukraine is now a lawless hell, with all sorts of nationalist trash roaming the streets, seeking out victims (the more helpless, the better… we’re talking about the crème de la crème of asshats here). There is Anti-Semitism on both sides of the current conflict. However, the most feral sort is found amongst Galician Uniate nationalists… do remember their role in the Holocaust and as bully-boys for the fascist occupiers. Then, they smashed people’s faces for the Nazis… now, they do it for the Americans. Great folks, aren’t they?

Never forget… the Novorossiya patriots honour those who LIBERATED the Nazi death camps… the junta Uniate/schismatical fanatics honour those who RAN the Nazi death camps… I seem to find a difference in that. I’m not alone in thinking that way.

BMD

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Last Sobibór Death Camp Survivor Dies in Russia

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On Thursday, Lyudmila Zakharova, the head of the local Jewish cultural centre, said that the last-known living survivor of the Sobibór death camp died at the age of 92 in Ryazan (Ryazan Oblast. Central Federal District) RF. The burial of Aleksei Vaitsen, who lost all his family in Nazi death camps during World War II, will be on 16 January. Vaitsen took part in the uprising of Sobibór prisoners in 1943, one of the two successful revolts at Nazi death camps. After the war, he appeared as a witness at the trial of Sobibór officers. The Nazis murdered at least 250,000 people in Sobibór, in eastern Poland.

15 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/771328

Editor:

Russia honours the victims of the Nazi beasts… Ukrainian neofascists honour those who helped the Nazis push Jews in the ovens. Diaspora “Ukrainians” sheltered war criminals and whitewashed their legacy. I call that evil… I’m not alone. The commies brought a few of the Ukrainian guards who served at Sobibór to trial in the USSR. In April 1963, a court in Kiev found ten former Ukrainian guards guilty and sentenced them to death, one of the defendants received 15 years in prison. That’s a major reason the Ukie neofascists hate the USSR and communists… the Sovs hunted down Nazi collaborators who helped in the Holocaust and communists preached (and preach) against the racism of Nazism and neofascism (the Galician collaborators who aided the Holocaust were hardly philo-Semitic). If you support the present Ukrainian junta, you’re a Holocaust Denier… let’s not put too fine a face upon it.

Light a candle in Aleksei’s memory… the fact that he wasn’t a Christian doesn’t matter. You can commemorate whom you will when you light a candle in the church. Say a prayer for the rest of his soul… we’re Christians… that’s what we do.

BMD

Friday, 2 January 2015

“Last” Auschwitz Anniversary Is Reminder of Silence’s Danger

01 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Nazi Death Camps

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Ronald S Lauder, the President of the World Jewish Congress, said that next month’s 70th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of the Auschwitz death camp is a reminder, at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise again, of what happens when the world is silent about persecution. Lauder told Reuters in an interview that anti-Semitism is now at levels not seen since World War II, driven by Islamist extremists using hatred of Jews as a way to attack Israel, and by far-right nationalists in Europe. He said that the commemorations on 27 January to mark the day that the Red Army liberated Auschwitz in 1945 would be the last major anniversary when survivors would be able to attend in numbers. The youngest are now in their 70s.

Lauder said, “I believe it’s a good reminder to people of what happens when we remain silent, and the world was silent when Hitler was starting, the world was silent when Jews were taken away, the world was silent at Kristallnacht, and in many ways, although many people knew what was happening in the concentration camps, it wasn’t publicised. After World War II, into the 50s, 60s and 70s, the type of anti-Semitism we see today, nobody would ever have thought of happening. But as time went on and generations have passed, we see the rise of anti-Semitism. Hopefully, this commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the freeing of Auschwitz, and the ceremonies that’ll take place, may remind the world what happens when anti-Semitism is allowed to run wild, so to speak”.

At the Auschwitz camp, in southern Poland, the Nazis killed some 1.5 million people between 1940 and 1945, most of them Jews. Lauder, who helped fund conservation efforts to preserve artefacts at Auschwitz including inmates’ hair and shoes, said that the World Jewish Congress would this year bring about 100 survivors and their families to Poland to take part in the commemorations. Lauder said that Hungary, where Jobbik is now the second biggest political force, was one example of a European country where a political party was fanning anti-Semitism, noting, “The government will talk about ‘There’s no place for anti-Semitism in the world’, but that isn’t necessarily speeches being made inside Hungary. There’s a total disconnect between what they say for external consumption and internal consumption”. Magyar Minister-President Viktor Orbán called anti-Semitism intolerable and said that his government is a determined participant in the fight against it. Jobbik’s leaders deny being anti-Semitic.

29 December 2014

Christian Lowe

Reuters/Jewish Daily Forward

http://forward.com/articles/211769/last-auschwitz-anniversary-is-reminder-of-silences/

Editor:

Beware all “Holocaust Deniers”… there are all too many amongst the Vlasovtsy party in the ROCOR, amongst the “Ukrainian Catholic” hierarchy, and amongst the unrepentant neofascists in Bound Brook (lair of the “Ukrainian Orthodox” in the USA). They’re quick to inflate ANYTHING done in the USSR… but minimise anything done by the Nazis. Never forget… there are factions amongst the “Ukrainian Orthodox”, “Ukrainian Catholics”, and the ROCOR whose fathers and grandfathers collaborated willingly with the Nazis and helped them to destroy Eastern European Jewry (of them, the Galician Uniates were the worst and most vicious… as they remain, today… the war in Novorossiya is testament to that). Yes… Russians liberated the camps… but some Russian émigrés helped RUN the camps. So-called self-identified “Ukrainians” (and Balts) were even more zealous in their support of the Final Solution. Yes… we helped end the scourge… but we also had a hand in perpetuating it. Note well that the so-called “anti-communists” shoved Jews in the ovens, whilst the commies liberated the camps

Let History judge…

BMD

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Why Jews Will Vote Democrat Again: Preferring Donkeys Because They Have an Elephant’s Memory

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Milton Himmelfarb, essayist and thinker, once famously quipped, “Jews earn like Episcopalians, and vote like Puerto Ricans”. There’s some truth to this, and that’s why it prompts a laugh even from liberals.  However, what is this about? As the midterm elections approach, it’s worth contemplating why a resounding majority of us vote Democrat, almost reflexively. Jewish memory is responsible for the Jewish vote. Jews know what it is to be an outsider, and we know what it means when the town you live in turns on you, and would deprive your children of food or life because of your difference from the majority. We identify not with the overseers but with the slaves, not only because we were once slaves in Egypt, but also because we are, and will remain, a small vulnerable minority.

The explanation for our unseemly voting for the Democratic candidate lies not in our shopping habits or ZIP codes, but rather deep in our culture. We aren’t convinced that the poor deserve their fate. Our tradition teaches us to forgive debts in a scheduled way, and to leave enough at the margins of our fields so those without a harvest of their own can survive. Therefore, it’s hard for Jews to vote for a political party that suggests that if you don’t have medical care, it’s your own fault, and if you don’t have retirement funds, you’ve been guilty of sloth or stupidity and other sins that will do you in just as you deserve.

Many Jews went South in the early days of the civil rights movement, not because they faced lynching or restriction from lunch counters, but because Jews knew about restriction, prejudice, the calumny of the poisoned well, and the blood libels of Easter massacres. When the second or third generation of Jews learned that America accepted them, but rejected others, they understood in their deepest selves the insult and the pain that it brings. It was an old insult echoing the pogroms, yellow stars, and dunce hats of another place, as old as the Vienna ghetto and as recent as the “No Jews Need Apply” sign on the factory door, or the “No Jews” sign on the hotel lawn.

Nevertheless, what is it about Jewish memory that seems so long-lived, so unshakable? Our memory is our survival tool… a parachute that lands us safely on one continent or another. It’s part of all the forms of Judaism, and survives even in secular Jews, vivid, demanding, insisting on connections that go back centuries. You can avoid synagogue all that you like, but you still know the reason for the Seder, you still know that David was King, and that the crusaders murdered Jews along their route to the Holy Land. Jews know that exile, whether from Jerusalem to Babylon, from Madrid to Amsterdam, or England to Vienna, was their fate, and they told all those stories, mystical or factual, painful or shameful, generation to generation… in each telling, these memories carried a message to the future. This message places each Jewish child at some risk of life and limb, but also gives each Jewish child a collective story to carry into his or her own place in the world. That story leads to gratitude for the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, for the (not-so-sincere) pluralism of the founding fathers, whom Jews adopted as their own. Jewish political morals are about community, protection of the vulnerable, and the hardship of being a minority amongst a majority of others.

The differences between Democrats and Republicans lie in their basic assumptions about people. Democrats look at social and economic circumstances and want to improve schools and opportunity and offer child care or food stamps to those in need. Republicans look at those same circumstances and blame the poor; they want to guard the rewards of society for those deemed worthy because they already have these goods. This is the old Protestant ethic that sees proof of God’s love in one’s wealth… damning those who don’t manage to make it in the same way.

The Jewish neoconservatives are as American as hot dogs on the Fourth of July, but they wear shoes that will always pinch like Cinderella’s slipper on the foot of the wicked stepsister. Republicans think of military solutions when threatened. Democrats, at least some of them, think of allies, negotiations, and solutions that might end threats to all. The Democratic idea isn’t to grab your gun, but to sit down and talk (yes, yes, Vietnam, alas). Jews are good at talking. In the great rabbinic battle, Shammai didn’t take a knife and pierce Hillel’s aorta. If he had, we might be more eager to rush to the ramparts and release our drones. Republicans are for manning our borders with militias and for protecting our country from those wandering across deserts, in search of a better life. Jews are on the side of the wanderers.

Hence, of course, most Jews still vote Democratic, and will for the foreseeable future. It isn’t about our private bank accounts or our children who now have legacy admission advantages in the best universities across the land: It’s about the core of the community, the memory of the community, about the deep identification with those without power, those hungry and at the hard edge of American life. We may play golf and drive Mercedes-Benzes, or at least some of us may, but we all know how easy it is for the Jewish family to become the prey in a nasty Hobbesian world where compassion is in short supply. Then, there are the social issues. Jews… we aren’t all the same… aren’t necessarily more tolerant of private sexual behaviours than others are, but we have a stake in protecting the private from government intervention. That doesn’t mean that all Jews are especially pleased with same-sex marriage or abortion rights or the right to die when ill, or to smoke pot, or to have sex outside marriage, but when it comes to private behaviour, they understand that government, with its majority voice, needs to be very cautious when dealing with people’s personal choices… sexual, financial, religious.

There is a levee here that has to hold if Jews can be comfortable in a pluralistic America, and Democrats are ready to pile on the sandbags, whereas Republicans are the river itself coming to drown us in their own vision of the moral life. Consequently, Jews will vote blue again this November and for the foreseeable future. The official mascot of the Democratic Party is the donkey, but Jewish Democrats are more like elephants… we don’t forget.

24 October 2014

Anne Roiphe

The Jewish Daily Forward

http://forward.com/articles/207855/why-jews-will-vote-democrat-again/

Editor:

If you vote Republican, you vote for pigs that kicked Dede and Baba in the face for the sake of profit. If you vote Republican, you vote for pigs who hated and hate our separate culture and civilisation. If you vote Republican, you vote for pigs who believe that Anglo Americans are special, and that everyone else has the duty and obligation to kiss their collective ass constantly and without let-up. If you vote Republican, you repudiate His Holiness and all those who agree with him. If you vote Republican, you repudiate timeless Orthodox Truth and embrace expedient Evangelical heresy for the entire world to see. If you vote Republican, you repudiate Almighty God and bow down before the Almighty Dollar (For no man can have two masters).

Russian Orthodox people are like Jews… we’re a small minority in the USA and Canada, and will remain such. We should remember who and what we are… we are NOT Republican oppressors and aggressors. The konvertsy should take heed of that, change their tune, or leave us… that’s only truthful. The First Century equivalents of Republicans crucified Our Lord Christ… is that what you want? You can stand for Caiaphas or you can stand for Christ… if you vote Republican, you don’t stand for Christ and that’s that. What concord hath Christ with Belial? What concord hath Orthodox Christians with Radical Sectarians?

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition… remember Baba and Dede… don’t vote Republican… it’s the Luciferian choice!

BMD

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