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Shocking incidents across the EU of genocidal Islamist chants, harassment campaign by a broadcaster, and COVID-19 conspiracy smears

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BBC Radio5 presenter Emma Barnett slammed the recent antisemitic outburst of rap artist Wiley, and was attacked and insulted afterwards by an anonymous Twitter account that is under investigation for being operated by a BBC colleague.

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Recently I reflected on the barrage of antisemitic incidents in the United States, a reporting exercise that was disturbing, dark and depressing.

This week, I turn my attention to Europe, starting with a follow-up to an item from our regular Round-up series. The end destination of this review is as bad as the States was – disturbing, dark and depressing. I want to make clear that unlike my sojourns to the USA, I have never been to the EU – but at this rate, I’m not going to be in any hurry.

Pretty much alone in the realm of Jewish journalism – and certainly among Canadian news platforms – TheJ.ca reported on the plan by BDS and anti-Israel radicals to harass and harangue the Israeli Tour de France Team.  Almost immediately, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre sprung to their defence in a strong letter to the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, citing threats made against the competitors. 

Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, urged Macron “to reinforce security for the Israeli team from its opening until the end of the Tour, to ensure that no one has illusions to repeat the Munich massacre.”

 “This hate-mongering across social networks includes calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli team and the event, led by anarchist-communist sites, such as <infolibertaire.net>.”

He described social media incitement for a “sniper to target the Tour, to slaughter the wild beasts and sewer rats”.  

 ”This is language that can incite lone wolves to act as in the 2013 Boston marathon bombing, or worse, for a scenario similar to the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre … Mr. President, you have taken firm positions against antisemitism and its camouflage anti-Zionism, terrorism, Holocaust denial and BDS…” The exponential growth of Jew hate-mongering in France, under the cover of the virus pandemic, requires firm steps from the Elysée Palace for rapid identification, arraignment and incarceration of the perpetrators,” concluded Samuels.

The August 27 correspondence laid out a parade of shameful incidents in August, including

– an attack on a young Jewish man working for the Strasbourg Municipality. While wearing a T-shirt that mentioned Israel he was shoved around and berated “you are a Jew, you have no right to be here!” The perpetrators then tagged “Forbidden to Jews!” on the ground.

–  graffiti denying the Holocaust defacing the Memorial Museum of Oradour-sur-Glane, where 642 men, women and children were burnt alive by the  Waffen SS in 1944. The men were locked in barns that were torched while the women and children were herded into a church and grenades were thrown through the windows.

– the arrest of Houssama Hatri in Algeria, on the run after being convicted with two accomplices for a 2014 antisemitic assault and rape in Créteil. Hatri and two accomplices invaded a young Jewish couple’s apartment, threatening to stab and gas them “for our brothers in Palestine.”

– France abstaining on a UN Security Council vote to extend the weapons embargo on Iran, noting that “Teheran remains the international patron of terrorism, Holocaust denial and genocidal intent – openly expressed – against Israel and the Jews.”

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Meanwhile in the UK, a controversy that started after the rapper Wiley was banned from Twitter has now ensnared a BBC “journalist” who allegedly used a fake account to harass a Jewish radio host.

After Radio5 host Emma Barnett, who is from an Orthodox upbringing, slammed Wiley on-air for his antisemitic tirade, an account named @botheredthat hounded Barnett for using “the same old ‘antisemitism’ excuse whenever people criticise Israel”. The account also said Israel was a “racist” and “white supremacist state” and circulated tweets supporting former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who Barnett had famously grilled in an interview in 2017.

However the case took an inside turn when a tweet by the account to another Twitter user was posted, asking “Are we ok to use your image for BBC World TV?”. The post was signed, “regards [email protected]”. 

Nimesh Thaker has worked for the BBC for two decades as a producer and news reporter, and with him apparently exposing his pseudonymous identity, the BBC launched an investigation.

The scandal broke on the same day that new director-general Tom Davie assumed control of the broadcaster, which he already said had to ”urgently champion and recommit to impartiality”. In a speech to a lunch gathering in Cardiff he warned, If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC.”

Islamists rioters in Malmo, Sweden chanted about the ancient slaughter of Jews, in a city vying to become the site of a Holocaust museum (Twitter)

Not only have anti-Semites in Europe attacked Jewish cyclists and broadcasters, in Germany the pandemic makes all Jews a convenient scapegoat for anti-government protesters – as TheJ.ca recently reported was happening in Argentina.

“For months, conspiracy theories with anti-Semitic tendencies have been deliberately stirred up in the coronavirus debate,” Council President Josef Schuster told German daily newspaper Bild. “If, for example, the Rothschilds are blamed for the pandemic, then this is a synonym for Jews,” said Shuster, while another official identified the source of the hate as right-wing groups “about to completely take over the movement,” using tactics that include brandishing the Reichskriegsflagge and comparing themselves to Holocaust victims.

“Nobody can say they are just a follower now. Anyone who stays with the movement must ask themselves whether they want to join forces with right-wing extremists and combine personal concerns in the coronavirus crisis with the extremists’ anti-democratic goals,” said GdP vice-chairman Jörg Radek.  

And the threat from far-right Jew-haters in Europe was augmented by Islamist rioters in Malmo, Sweden protesting an art performance in which a Koran was set ablaze.

According to journalist and author Annika H Rothstein, protestors marched through burning streets chanting “Allahu Akhbar – Jews, remember the khaybar, the sword of Muhammad returns“. She observed on Twitter, “It’s worth mentioning that Malmö is petitioning the government to be home to Sweden’s new holocaust museum. It seems Malmö wants the goodwill of caring for dead Jews while chasing the living ones’ out of town using pitchforks and Molotov cocktails”.

France, the UK, Germany, Sweden. 

Jews imperiled, smeared, threatened, harassed. 

Welcome to Europe, 2020. I won’t be seeing you there.

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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