- Europe: Israel has blocked 30 to 40 major attacks in Europe
- UK: Student union scraps election after president's 'Zionist' comment
- Russian priest denies blaming Jews for killing tsar
- UK: 'Hitler had best ovens' Jewish book store told
Posted: 01 Dec 2017 08:47 AM PST
Via The Jerusalem Post:
According to a senior diplomatic official, Netanyahu is expected to tell the European leaders that their obsessive focus on the settlements is "ridiculous."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to tell the 28 EU foreign ministers in Brussels next month that they should ask their people whether they want all that Israel has to offer – anti-terrorism expertise and technology – or Ramallah.
One Israeli diplomatic official said he was "surprised" that the Europeans agreed to host Netanyahu at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting.read more
Posted: 01 Dec 2017 05:49 AM PST
Via The Jewish Chronicle:
A university's students' union has cancelled an election for one of its offices after its president appeared to describe one of candidates as a "very Zionist type person" and urged people to vote for his opponent.
Candidates were standing for a role on the democratic procedures committee (DPC) at the University of the West of England (UWE).
The committee oversees the democratic process at the Bristol-based university and has five members responsible for voting on student ideas.
Voting in the election was due to close tomorrow. However, in screenshots of a message from a Whatsapp group, Zain Choudry, union president, sent what he described as "an urgent call out to all of you".
"Please vote for Alex to be a member of the DPC instead of this William Bates as he is a very Zionist type person who pushes for Israel flags to be put up outside of the SU [student union] and wants to end the BDS campaign," Mr Choudry wrote. (...)
Speaking to the JC, Mr Bates said that he was "surprised by Zain's comments"."They [the comments] are an obvious breach of the election rules and the position I was running for had nothing to do with Israel, and so it seems to me that it could be questioned what 'very zionist type of person' means to him here," he said.
He added that although he was not Jewish, his campaign "was supported by several Jewish students, which probably led to this.
"I have no idea where he got the claim regarding Israel flags outside the SU from, although UWE does have a flagpole that flies international flags for various national days and I wouldn't be opposed to that in that context."read more
Posted: 01 Dec 2017 03:05 AM PST
Via The Times of Israel:
The head of a Russian Orthodox Church panel looking into the 1918 killing of Russia's last tsar and his family said his statement that the church is investigating whether it was a ritual murder had no anti-Semitic connotations.
At an event in Moscow earlier this week, Shevkunov said that according to "the most rigorous approach to the version of ritual murder, a significant part of the church commission [on Nicholas II's killing during the Russian revolution of 1917] has no doubt that this murder was ritual."
That drew an angry response from Russia's largest Jewish group, which denounced the words as a revival of anti-Semitic myths.
Also at the conference, Marina Molodtsova, a senior investigator for a special ministerial committee on the 1917 slaying of Nicholas II of Russia, said her committee will conduct "a psycho-historical examination" to find out whether the execution of the royal family was a ritual murder, Ria Novosti reported.
Claims that Nicholas was killed by Jews for ritual purposes had been limited before the conference to a fringe of zealous anti-Semites and promoters of unsophisticated conspiracy theories.read more
Posted: 01 Dec 2017 02:40 AM PST
Via The Jewish Chronicle:
Staff at a Judaica store have been left "shocked" after an anonymous caller rang the shop and said "Hitler had the best ovens".
Brauns Judaica, in Stamford Hill, north London received the call at around 6pm yesterday.
The antisemitic comment was all that was said before the phone was put down. A member of staff at the shop told the JC: "It was very, very bad – it was very scary. If they start calling you, what's going to be next? It's really shocking."
The telephone call is the latest in a number of antisemitic incidents which have taken place in Stamford Hill, including swastikas being daubed on walls and roads and members of the area's Jewish community being subjected to verbal and physical abuse.read more
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