No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia

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MORE than 1000 Muslims have formed a human shield around Oslo’s synagogue, offering symbolic protection for the city’s Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend.

Chanting “No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia,” Norway’s Muslims formed what they called a ring of peace a week after Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killed two people at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen last weekend.

“Humanity is one and we are here to demonstrate that,” Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the protest’s organizers told a crowd of Muslim immigrants and ethnic Norwegians who filled the small street around Oslo’s only functioning synagogue.

“There are many more peace mongers than warmongers,” Abdullah said as organizers and Jewish community leaders stood side by side. “There’s still hope for humanity, for peace and love, across religious differences and backgrounds.”

Norway’s Jewish community is one of Europe’s smallest, numbering around 1000, and the Muslim population, which has been growing steadily through immigration, is 150,000 to 200,000. Norway has a population of about 5.2 million.

The debate over immigration in the country came to the forefront in 2011 when Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people and accused the government and the then-ruling Labor party of facilitating Muslim immigration and adulterating pure Norwegian blood.

Support for immigration has been rising steadily since those attacks, however, and an opinion poll late last year found that 77 percent of people thought immigrants made an important contribution to Norwegian society

MEANWHILE…WHAT WALKING FOR FIVE HOURS AS A MUSLIM THROUGH AN ITALIAN CITY LOOKS LIKE

“Taliban!” one woman shouted as Hamdy Mahisen walked past her on a Milan street.

“Shit, have you seen the ISIS?” asked another passer-by.

Mahisen, a student of Egyptian descent, walked around Milan as part of a “social experiment” conducted by Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Wearing a traditional Islamic outfit and holding a Quran, Mahisen silently strode around the Italian city for five hours as the reactions his presence elicited were surreptitiously filmed.

As the video below shows, Mahisen drew distrustful stares and nasty comments from people on the street.

“Look, he’s got the Quran,” said one man, according to a La Repubblica translation. “Think if he’s got a gun under his tunic.”

Anti-Muslim sentiment is reportedly on the rise in Italy following the deadly extremist attacks in France and Denmark. The country is also currently on edge over the threat of an ISIS invasion via Libya.

WHAT 10 HOURS WALKING IN PARIS AS A JEW LOOKS LIKE

Earlier this week, Jewish journalist Zvika Klein was recorded walking through Paris for 10 hours wearing a kippah, or yarmulke, to show what it’s like to be a Jew in the French capital.

“I got spit at, cursed and threatened,” Klein wrote on Twitter of the experience.
The video has garnered more than 1 million views since being posted to YouTube

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52 thoughts on “No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia

  1. Typical! Homosapiens with a vastly superior intelligence in a cognitive brain that can function in ‘scales’ beyond the universe itself to confer with The One True God of ALL the Universes deliberately sets itself up as a target,
    …and then bitches because some someone tales a potshot!
    Never mind half-witted wombats: the weeds in my backyard are smarter than that! 🙂

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      • I think you’ve spent far too long with the fairies, weed and wombats in your backyard, Get some real human friends. 🙂

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      • Yet again: ad hominem.Nothing to say on-topic?
        Wasn’t it Solomon (Job?) who said something to the effect that the tempter is as guilty as the temptee?
        …in fact, isn’t one of Satan’s name the Tempter.?
        Anyway, if you deliberately tempt a reaction in someone you have no right to complain if they react. Even your god knows that:-
        “Thou shalt not tempt the lord thy god”.

        As for the ‘real friend’ thing: if you were aware of a recent event you’d be as surprised as I was embarrassed.
        But I do make a point of avoiding ‘social’ friends ~ such as your friend Andrew Blot, whom I heard on TV this afternoon at his supercilious fascistic best. (Y’know what they say about dutchmen, don’t you?)

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      • Dabs,

        I’m glad some people bother to take a stand against hatred and bigotry. It’s funny that those who loudly criticise such stands never seem to do anything constructive for their fellow humans.

        There’s no point in arguing against your negativity. You infrequently read what or listen to other people say to you anyway.

        As for the ‘real friend’ thing: if you were aware of a recent event you’d be as surprised as I was embarrassed.

        Sorry. I have no idea what you’re talking about.

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      • “I’m glad some people bother to take a stand against hatred and bigotry.”
        As you would be; however, your god and I take the opposite view; We agree that hatred and bigotry (as defined by you) have a place and practical use in the scheme of things.

        “It’s funny that those who loudly criticise such stands never seem to do anything constructive for their fellow humans.”……………
        Not sure what you mean here, but I assume you mean godbotherers generally:- Like the white South African (and devout Born-Again-Fundie) of my acquaintance who bitched to me bitterly about not knowing where to look when the black beggar laying on the church steps impeded his access by persistently importuning him for a few Rand.
        I had two kids spend two nights here ~ and took the lock off the fridge !~ last week. You?

        I generally read right through what people go to the trouble of writing ~ even if often I can’t make much sense of it. That I may reject or question it for whatever reason is a cat of a different colour…….
        But I DO read it.
        Like when YOU wrote:- ” If you resent being called a liar (and I didn’t say that) I guess you should stop lying.” (note the words in brackets)
        ….and also as YOU wrote:-
        Bryan on February 20, 2015 at 14:06 said:
        “BUT I’ve never said that animals do not deserve compassion. That’s another Dabbles lie”

        Now…..where was I?….

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      • “BUT I’ve never said that animals do not deserve compassion. That’s another Dabbles lie”

        Yes, that was a Dabbles lie. I never said that.

        however, your god and I take the opposite view; We agree that hatred and bigotry (as defined by you) have a place and practical use in the scheme of things.

        No. That’s not God’s way. It may well be yours though.

        “It’s funny that those who loudly criticise such stands never seem to do anything constructive for their fellow humans.”……………
        Not sure what you mean here

        Ah the irony!!!

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      • As you wouldn’t have.
        But six VERY respectable people who don’t know each other but who have known me for many years and heard that I was to front Court rallied round and volunteered to come to support me/give helpful evidence. I’ve had friendly ongoing ‘working relationships’ with them, but never any more than that as far as I knew.
        The Magistrate’s Court doesn’t allow personal witnesses, so they wrote personal references ~ and they were such that for the first time in fifty years I blushed…and for the first time ever as far as I can recall, I felt humbled. Simple facts, no embellishment; it was that they remembered even things I’d never have have considered out of the ordinary and counted me among their friends that had an impact greater than the parting of the Red Sea (after all a trifling thing for the god of all the universes).
        And had that sort of impact on the prosecutor, too, on reading the first one ~from a dour and hard-nosed old sergeant with whom he’d worked ~ refused to believe it. Against the rules for one thing.
        A half-hour phone-call convinced him, and HE presented it to the Beak, who was equally impressed, particularly given the 20-odd pages of my priors.
        There’s an old saying to the effect that you don’t know who your friends are until the chips are down. I’d stack mine (and by association the wombat’s!) against anybody’s.

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      • That’s (“Well that’s good. Finally perhaps you have some respect for humanity.”) a non sequitur, non-correct and irrelevant in any case.
        Y’can’t extrapolate like that.

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  2. Isn’t it about time you stopped all this racist provocation?????
    “No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia”
    Next you’ll be demanding that only non-negroes be allowed to sit at the back of the bus!

    Try on a more relevant issue:- NO TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.
    That’s far more widely dispersed and MUCH more toxic. (and is no specific colour or breed)

    It’s due to political correctness that the morons discussed above are creating tension and strife and humiliation WHERE NON EXISTED BEFORE.
    ….and to NO useful purpose.

    In court the other day, after I’d been offered a better ” offer too good to refuse” than even the Godfather could hold out, and still declared an intention to stand on a matter of principle, the Beak advised me that in his 40-odd years on the bench those who did stand on principle invariably fell off and hurt themselves.

    When a lawyer I trusted agreed with the sentiment I thought to get Jesus’ view.
    He just pointed to the holes in his hands and feet, the scourge-welts and thorns stuck in his head, shrugged his shoulders in the classical jewish manner and said “w

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      • But it nevertheless takes two to tango. Don’t you recognise that if you pursue one side of an argument ~ for whatever reason ~ you entitle someone else to argue the toss.
        …… two sides to every coin as they say.
        If the issue isn’t raised then it isn’t an issue..
        Ever wonder how the world existed, flourished and evolved without the benefit of PC?
        Though a victim of racism myself (racism here was as bad as anything in South Africa, post-war) things sorted themselves out. However, it’s not possible to impose kindness. Trying to do so does little but create more issues of contention.
        eg. Flavour of the month just now is ‘domestic violence’; it’s rampant and out of control, I hear ~ institutionally enshrined. Never used to be an issue.
        And the same holds true for almost every point of human/social contact you can mention.

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      • ps…dunno if you noticed, but the jews ARE building a human chain around Gaza,
        ……….out of palestinians.
        Reminds me of the wall the soviets built to keep infiltrators and the like out of east germany

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      • When people go to the barricades to protect others; to show respect, they also show the bigots they have no real power except bluster. Thank God for them.

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      • Lost me entirely:-
        “When people go to the barricades to protect others; to show respect, they also show the bigots they have no real power except bluster. Thank God for them.”

        But I’ve always had a bigoted view of bullies.
        …….. and for years in Primary school used to get strapped by teachers and smacked around the ears by my mother for (rather violently for a little kid) defending a kid so chronically dejected (due to his home life) that he never even put his hands up while he was being beaten by (a growing band of ) bullies.
        He just didn’t care.
        He was never a ‘friend’ either. And there was no ‘respect’ either way; just a matter of doing what needed doing.

        But remember hearing he won a swag of medals in Vietnam.
        Now THAT’S ironic!

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  3. The current level of fear as measured by the current level of intolerance. I wonder if the authors of violence and terror would ever realise how many spiders die as a direct result of Arachnophobia.

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    • hm……Yet another example of the superiority of the human brain’s capacity for the abstract. No other animal suffers from arachnophobia.
      Nor do they destroy the environment as a consequence.

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      • Humans are unlike other animals because they have free moral agency: Unlike other animals, man can deviate from his course of thinking and living however he sees fit. Animals react through instinct—programming.

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      • I don’t quite agree with your terminology. Undefined.
        Therefore your ‘conclusions’ are no more than dogma.

        Too late at night to go into it all now; but will asseverate that the whole ” free moral agency” thing, including all its premises and conclusions and related tools are subjective, variable and artificial. That’s confirmed by the fact that they/their product cannot exist without enforcement. THAT’S precisely where the strife we ~ and no other species ~ create and confront begins.
        Don’t kid yourself: we’re as much slaves of our DNA/instincts as any dog or cockroach or gumtree. The only difference is that our needs and environments require different tools. Instead of growing a fur coat we manufacture one.
        One beer too many, one stray pheromone from a bitch on heat, one infringement of our territory (in any of its myriad manifestations) and we revert to killer mode instantly…..and, what’s more, the most brutal, vicious, bloodthirsty, unrelenting and unmerciful killer this planet has ever seen.
        We LIKE to kill. We invent ‘ abstract’ reasons why we should, may or must kill ~ like politics and religion, among others ~ and travel halfway around the world to butcher complete strangers in their own beds. And, you say, this is all a result of free-will and morality? Our conditioning into faiths like ‘god, country and apple-pie’, not to mention pretty flags and rousing music ~ as a confirming superstructure on top of our DNA- compulsions ~ plays no part in that ?

        I could persuasively argue we get that compulsion for mass-murder of the most horrendous kind from the very existential ‘abstract’ qualities that ‘prove’ our special-to-god status the subject of this discussion..
        And I could support my argument by pointing out that the same god both reflects and magnifies those very qualities.
        This is the provider of our ‘morality’, and we created him in our image.

        I’ve yet to respond to the other post a bit back down the track. Maybe tomorrow

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      • One beer too many, one stray pheromone from a bitch on heat, one infringement of our territory (in any of its myriad manifestations) and we revert to killer mode instantly
        We like to kill

        No, Not all of us.

        I could persuasively argue we get that compulsion for mass-murder of the most horrendous kind from the very existential ‘abstract’ qualities that ‘prove’ our special-to-god status the subject of this discussion..

        You might argue, but not persuasively.

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      • “No other animal suffers from arachnophobia.
        Nor do they destroy the environment as a consequence.”
        Not talking about animals Dabs. Fear provokes irrational behaviour, in Humans, just a fact of human nature.

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      • You’re wrong:- “You might argue, but not persuasively.”

        As Ardrey pointed out, perhaps the single greatest step in the evolution of the human ape was the invention of the bow-and-arrow. It allowed us to kill at a distance and en-masse!
        It gave reign to our most bloodthirsty fantasias…..’abstract’ thinking at its best!
        From there to Hiroshima was a walk in the park…..and inevitable.

        Or how about the , purely vengeful, gleeful, firebombing of Dresden? —>

        “It is not possible to describe! Explosion after explosion. It was beyond belief, worse than the blackest nightmare. So many people were horribly burnt and injured. It became more and more difficult to breathe. It was dark and all of us tried to leave this cellar with inconceivable panic. Dead and dying people were trampled upon, luggage was left or snatched up out of our hands by rescuers. The basket with our twins covered with wet cloths was snatched up out of my mother’s hands and we were pushed upstairs by the people behind us. We saw the burning street, the falling ruins and the terrible firestorm. My mother covered us with wet blankets and coats she found in a water tub.
        We saw terrible things: cremated adults shrunk to the size of small children, pieces of arms and legs, dead people, whole families burnt to death, burning people ran to and fro, burnt coaches filled with civilian refugees, dead rescuers and soldiers, many were calling and looking for their children and families, and fire everywhere, everywhere fire, and all the time the hot wind of the firestorm threw people back into the burning houses they were trying to escape from.
        I cannot forget these terrible details. I can never forget them.”
        — Lothar Metzger, survivor.

        “To my left I suddenly see a woman. I can see her to this day and shall never forget it. She carries a bundle in her arms. It is a baby. She runs, she falls, and the child flies in an arc into the fire.
        Suddenly, I saw people again, right in front of me. They scream and gesticulate with their hands, and then—to my utter horror and amazement—I see how one after the other they simply seem to let themselves drop to the ground. (Today I know that these unfortunate people were the victims of lack of oxygen). They fainted and then burnt to cinders.
        Insane fear grips me and from then on I repeat one simple sentence to myself continuously: “I don’t want to burn to death”. I do not know how many people I fell over. I know only one thing: that I must not burn.
        — Margaret Freyer, survivor

        Epitaph:-

        “SO GOD CREATED MANKIND IN HIS OWN IMAGE; IN THE IMAGE OF GOD CREATED HE THEM”

        …..yup!

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  4. I actually thought about putting this on the blog yesterday:

    FRENCH JEWS UNDER SIEGE!

    “The dramatic terror attacks in Paris in early January have served as a sobering wake-up call to the world about the dangerous resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. But for Jews in France and all across the continent, it was more a crushing reminder of the harsh reality they know has existed already for years now.

    Long before the terror assault on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and the deadly hostage stand-off at the Hyper Cache kosher supermarket in Paris left 17 people dead, one could visit Jewish communities anywhere in Europe and find a people under siege. Jewish synagogues, museums and community centers all have metal detectors and armed guards posted outside. Jewish schools and seminaries have become like fortresses.

    If anything, the terror attacks in Paris have shattered any remaining sense of security for much of European Jewry. The hope that their governments could somehow protect them is vanishing.

    But protect them from what?

    Even with the public outrage and the mass ‘unity’ rallies in the wake of the Paris attacks, most world leaders are still unwilling to identify the real menace now stalking the Jews of Europe – the scourge of Islamic jihadism.

    The rallies spoke out against both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia – as if they were equally terrorising scores of innocent lives at present.

    The rising threat now facing European Jewry is an extremely toxic mix. First, there is still much classical anti-Semitism among native Europeans which induces them to vilify Israel as a main cause of Muslim extremism. Add to that the youth violence among the growing Muslim immigrant communities from North Africa and the Middle East. And now home-grown jihadists are returning from battle in places like Yemen, Iraq and Syria as trained militiamen seeking to hunt down easy Jewish prey.

    No wonder then that Jews are starting to leave France in record numbers. French aliyah reached an all-time level in 2014 with nearly 7,000 Jewish people moving to Israel. It marked the first time in Israel’s modern history that the highest number of Jewish immigrants came from a Western country. Jewish Agency authorities were already anticipating that number to double in 2015 to around 15,000. And that was before the Paris terror attacks, which are now expected to accelerate French Jewish aliyah even more.

    Nearly three-fourths of the 550,000 Jews in France come from families that escaped to there from North Africa two generations ago and many still live in poorer neighbourhoods alongside Muslim immigrants that came from the same countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
    So they are the most vulnerable Jews at present, and the least able to afford the expenses of moving to another country. And according to the Jewish Agency, it is Sephardic Jews in France which feel the least secure.”

    http://int.icej.org/media/word-jerusalem —–Latest Edition: Jan-Feb 2015: Jihad Stalking French Jews!

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  5. Oh well back to the grind.

    80% of the anti-Muslim acts which occur in France are carried out against women a new report published last week by Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, has revealed.

    The commissioner, who produced the report after visiting France in September last year, warned of increasing attacks directed at homosexuals, Jews and Muslims and said that there should be more efforts to integrate and care for immigrants and asylum seekers.

    In the week following the attacks the CFCM reported that 26 separate mosques had been attacked across the country. In some cases the buildings were firebombed and in other grenades were thrown.

    Grenades used in attacks on Islamic buildings ! How did that not make the news ?

    http://muslimvillage.com/2015/02/22/63242/france-attacks-muslim-women/

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    • Same story: if you don’t make a target of yourself you’re much less likely to have someone take a shot at you.
      The several million post-war migrants ~ though they missed their homelands and extended families dreadfully ~ never ceased their efforts to integrate, become ‘Ozzies’.
      These days they want to force ‘ozzies’ to ‘integrate’ with them.
      I’m one of the post-war migrants ~ which, Bryan and PC aside ~ disqualifies me from accusations of religious/racial discrimination.
      On that basis I say the absolute rule should be Integrate or Emmigrate.
      Multi-culturalism has never worked anywhere, anytime.

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      • I’m one of the post-war migrants ~ which, Bryan and PC aside ~ disqualifies me from accusations of religious/racial discrimination.

        No it doesn’t.

        Multi-culturalism has never worked anywhere, anytime.

        That’s not true. Islamic Spain for example in periods from 711-1492 was a multi-cultural mix of Muslims, Christians and Jews. That lack of schooling shows up sometimes doesn’t it?

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      • “I’m one of the post-war migrants ~ which, Bryan and PC aside ~ disqualifies me from accusations of religious/racial discrimination.

        “No it doesn’t.”

        I repeat:- “Bryan and PC aside”. Do try not to be SO ‘abstract’! 😉

        I don’t need “schooling” to know that ” in periods from 711-1492 was a multi-cultural mix of Muslims, Christians and Jews.”
        YOU’VE TOLD US ABOUT IT OFTEN ENOUGH! And I add ‘ in periods between 1862 and 1862.5 Germany was a multi-cultural mix of Germans and Jews. Poland too, a couple of times as I recall.
        Ditto the Multi-Cultural mix in the Middle East which co-existed for thousands of years…..3 minutes at a time, and is an utter failure on every level.
        Not to mention the colonists and injuns and French and Spaniards in the ‘Home of the Free and the Land of the Brave.’

        Get the idea? What happened yesterday ~ or centuries ago ~ particularly “in periods”, can’t be said to ‘work’ if it failed. My happy-enough Sunday-school education can’t be said to have ‘worked’ if I’m an atheist.

        And, unlike others, what I lack in schooling I make up for with a few brains..

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      • Let me remind you of what you said…

        Multi-culturalism has never worked ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.

        Like I said, you don’t listen. Not even to yourself it seems.

        what I lack in schooling I make up for with a few brains

        You reckon? 🙂

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      • Sorry Dom,

        But what’s true for you and your family as post war migrants in Australia is certainly not true for me and my family. We received the same racist bullying in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s but we did not “stick to our own kind”. We happily integrated. This was a new beginning for my parents in a new country. They left everything and everyone they knew and loved behind in the old bombed-out country of their birth to start a new life here. Their attitude was always, as I remember very well, “We are Australians now and we are proud of it”. In fact, once my father turned his back on the old country, he never wanted to go back….and he didn’t, not even for a holiday. It has everything to do with ‘attitude’, not with circumstances.

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    • When you say integrating in are you talking about with the indigenous people or the new kids on the block ?

      The funny thing is that the Muslims centuries before the first fleet turned up; had no trouble with integrating in with the indigenous people here. A elder in Arnhem land told me they thought highly of those traders. The new kids on the block did not integrating in with the first Australian though and centuries later still refuse to.

      http://theconversation.com/long-history-with-islam-gives-indigenous-australians-pride-3521

      Actually my family was part of that post war migrants that you mentioned. We used to stick with our “own kind” back in the 60s and 70s because basically were not welcomed in the community. Wog go home and your food stinks was the call we received. So wog enclaves were set up. Then after a while the racists and bigots forgot about us and went after the “flood of Asians” that were coming in. We had a chance to integrate then. Now the Asian are forgotten about and the racists and bigots are now going after the Muslims. The Asians are starting to integrate into the community. People have trouble integrating in where they are not welcomed.

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    • Could’ve been more precise, probably.
      But can a thing be said to be working if the wheels fall off?….even down the road a bit?

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      • I think there is one easy way to fix it. Get rid of the common theme for the last 200 and so years that has held up integration firstly with the indigenous people and the people who are different that follows. Get rid of the racists and bigots.

        To all you racists and bigots out there.

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  6. A CLOSER LOOK AT THE JEWS OF FRANCE

    “With an estimated 550,000 members, France currently has Europe’s largest Jewish community and ranks third in the world behind Israel and the United States. The perception that most are native, well-off French Jews of Ashkenazi descent is wrong, as much of that community was wiped out or fled during the Holocaust.

    Rather, three-quarters of France’s Jews today are of Sephardic origin from North Africa. Their families moved to the safety of France mostly in the unstable period between Israel’s rebirth in 1948 and Algeria’s independence in 1962, as persecution and violence uprooted the once-huge Jewish communities in these former French possessions across the Mediterranean.

    Many came to France alongside Muslim refugees fleeing conflict and harassment in the same countries of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. These Jewish and Muslim refugees often settled in the same poor neighbourhoods of Paris, Marseille and elsewhere, and much of the recent upsurge of anti-Semitic violence in France has occurred in these struggling ‘immigrant’ towns.
    While the Hyper Cacher market attack has left all French Jews uneasy, fear runs deepest among those of North African origin, due to their proximity to large Muslim neighbourhoods and their haunting memories of forced exile.

    France’s history of anti-Semitism

    As with other European nations, France has a long history of anti-Semitism, including its fair share of blood libels, book burnings, forced conversions and expulsions. And even with the Enlightenment, one of its champions – the French philosopher Voltaire – wrote of the Jews: “You have surpassed all nations in impertinent fables, in bad conduct, and in barbarism. You deserve to be punished, for this is your destiny.”

    When the French emancipation of the 1800s promised “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité”, the Jews of France thought they would finally find acceptance. But then the “Dreyfus Affair” erupted in 1894 with its trumped-up charges against a Jewish military officer. The rigged court martial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in Paris was witnessed by Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl, prompting him to write a book calling for Jewish statehood which spawned the Zionist movement.

    During the Holocaust, a largely indifferent France saw one-fourth of its 300,000 Jews perish in Nazi death camps, while many more fled the country. They were soon replaced over the ensuing decades by Sephardic Jews fleeing conflict and Muslim anti-Semitism in the French colonies of North Africa.”

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    • A modern scourge

      “The vestiges of classical European anti-Semitism are still present among native French, as is often reflected in the media’s critical coverage of Israel and the government’s traditional pro-Arab stand in the post-De Gaulle era. But much of the anti-Semitic violence in France today is driven by youth gangs in the country’s swelling Muslim immigrant community – the largest in Europe.

      In the year 2001, the Second Palestinian Intifada sparked firestorms of Muslim youth violence against Jews in France that continue to smoulder and reignite during times of conflict in the Middle East. During this summer’s rocket war in Gaza, for instance, synagogues came under siege, kosher shops were burned, and Jews were attacked in the streets.

      Other prominent anti-Semitic incidents in recent years include:

      • The shooting spree by a Muslim terrorist at Jewish day school in Toulouse in 2012 which left a teacher and three students dead;

      • The shooting attack last May outside the Jewish museum in Brussels that claimed four lives and was carried out by a French Muslim terrorist who had returned from fighting in Syria; and

      • The shockingly brutal kidnapping, torture and slaying of French Jew Ilan Halimi in 2006 by a gang of Muslim criminals.

      The biggest concern now is over the increasing number of radicalised Muslims being recruited by jihadist groups to fight in the Middle East and then returning to France to carry out attacks against ‘soft’ Jewish targets. The jihadist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and the kosher supermarket in Paris are evidence that the threats to French Jews are only getting worse.”

      http://int.icej.org/media/word-jerusalem—–Latest Edition: Jan-Feb 2015: Jihad Stalking French Jews!

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      • All that stuff’s accurate ~ and not news, Mon……as are the anti-jewish sentiments around the world. In the Balkans you have millennia-long blood-feudists getting together to attack the jews.
        Britain was persecuting jews more than 1000 years ago ~ and more recently about 100 years ago ~ because they were seen as being linked to Germany !

        The question remains:- Why have the jews been attacked and ostracised by their neighbours throughout history, wherever they went. Even in ‘Little Israel’ (NYC) they’re not flavour of the month.

        The question remains:- WHY? Is it their own fault ~ or everybody else’s?
        Diagnosises before surgery is imperative.

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      • The Jewish people are being incorrectly blamed for the crimes committed by the Zionists. The Muslims of Norway realise this. There are some hotheads in France.

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      • I suspect you’re overlooking some realities, Dom.. Speaking from a lifetime of experience and personal interest, I’d suggest the problem isn’t so much a matter of ‘race’ as it is a matter of ‘culture’….which boils down to a form of territorialism. That’s something way beyond our capacity to ‘fix’ ~ it’s perhaps the most priveal instinct of any life-form.
        Back when migrants WANTED to be Australian they made the effort to fit in culturally; and it worked. Race was relatively insignificant. If all the different ‘cultures’ would keep their mouths shut there wouldn’t be a problem.
        And a few thousand industries/bureaucracies would go broke.

        Incidentally, somebody orta remind that culturally-confused Blackfella in the photo (I’d bet he’s not from Harlem, bro!) that his ancestors, too, were “strangers in a strange land.”
        Immigrants from asia, in fact.

        We just can’t help building barriers, can we?
        …and them killing each other over them.
        As I said elsewhere, our species LIKES to kill.
        Any excuse will do.

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      • You have one view point out of 20 million view points, no matter how long it is.

        My parents come here mainly because the Australian government chased Europeans to come here. They did not become Australian citizens until way after I was born. They identified themselves as Australian when they were allowed to fit in.

        Yes our species likes to kill that is why we have prisons. If a white guy kills he is a lone wolf, or it is a parking dispute or he is mentally insane. If a black guy kills, it is seen as being race related. If a Muslim kills it is a terrorist act and related to his religion.

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      • “If a Muslim kills it is a terrorist act and related to his religion.”

        Well doh! It seems to me that nine times out of ten, it is related to Islam. You have honour killings, you have terrorists, you have riots, you have Muslims rising up and killing their own dictators, etc., all in the name of Allahu Akbar!

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      • Who says it’s related to their religion, Mon? They do! Everyone who cries ‘JihadI Jihad!’ might be in the same boat as those who claim to be Christian and cry ‘Lord! Lord!’ but will not be entering the Kingdom of Heaven.

        Words are cheap – actions can tell a different story.

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      • Yes, you have a point there Strewth.

        I was wondering whether the Muslim men who throw acid on their women folk were doing it in the name of Allah too, but reasoned that it was probably more a cultural abomination, like female genital mutilation is (I think?), but then I go a read this:

        “Zealots on motorcycles are throwing acid at women whose veils are deemed too loose in the ancient city of Isfahan. Are they defying the law, or enforcing it?”

        http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/18/acid-attacks-on-women-spread-terror-in-iran.html

        But, of course, that is not true Islam. It seems to me that many Muslims in these countries need educating, and why aren’t the Imams doing something about it?

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      • Why?? –> ” That’s sadly true Dom.”
        It’s the inevitable, desired end of ‘multiculturalism’ : pointing up differences and coincidentally creating scapegoats.
        Once upon a time it was ‘declared’ witches whose ‘different culture’ made them targets for the flack.
        Or redheads.

        Here, by coincidence, is a clip about a news-report 5 minutes ago.Allow this partly religious, partly astrological ‘culture’ out here and there’d be bullets flying….even if that sort of un-PC amounts to illegal discrimination.

        “Holding this kind of ritual helps bring people together. Consolidation has been critical to an immigrant society like Taiwan over hundreds of years,” he said.
        http://www.bangkokpost.com/lite/topstories/482682/pig-slaughter-festivals-in-vietnam-taiwan-prompt-outrage

        or better:-
        https://www.google.com.au/search?q=vietnamese+pig-killing&biw=1217&bih=636&tbm=isch&imgil=krgPdU-aP4Hs1M%253A%253B_Qlrv8H5Bu1QoM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fobservers.france24.com%25252Fcontent%25252F20120206-vietnam-nem-thuong-new-year-annual-pig-slaughter-angers-animal-activists&source=iu&pf=m&fir=krgPdU-aP4Hs1M%253A%252C_Qlrv8H5Bu1QoM%252C_&usg=__2n1FOQrnOM-lMCbwqErunj8qi6w%3D&ved=0CCYQyjc&ei=af_sVNqUBobGmQXRwoGoDQ#imgdii=_&imgrc=krgPdU-aP4Hs1M%253A%3B_Qlrv8H5Bu1QoM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fobservers.france24.com%252Ffiles%252Fimagecache%252Fobservers_520_220%252Farticle_images%252Fvietnam-nem-thuong-doan-thuong-festival-splits-live-pig-05-560×427.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fobservers.france24.com%252Fcontent%252F20120206-vietnam-nem-thuong-new-year-annual-pig-slaughter-angers-animal-activists%3B520%3B220

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      • er…..Can I point out that “…but will not be entering the Kingdom of Heaven.” does absolutely NOTHING to help the victims of these mongrels in the here and now?
        Nor the spreading of their poison to following generations.

        Tell me again about “respect for humanity” !

        ….oh, and let’s not forget the bit about non ‘cultural discrimination’ against the perpetrators….. ‘Bigotry’ and all that.

        Why not import more of them, to spread the ‘multi’ -ness of our cultural-base?

        I say again: you can’t use PC to over-ride natural laws and processes billions of years in the making and not expect consequences.
        ….and ‘sadly’ is meaningless. Only taking a stand and acting on it counts.

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      • That’s OFFENSIVE!! ie Politically Incorrect! …and defames Grandpa Simpson
        Where’s the bloody censor when there’s some real need for him?

        …..And, anyway, it’s just another example of Bryan’s bigotry. (Not that there’s anything wrong with bigotry, I hasten to add!)
        …and his proclivity to skew the evidence, ignore the FACTS and manipulate the press to support his own hobby-horse.

        The old (oops: ageist!) bloke (double-oops: sexist!) isn’t shouting at the cloud at all.
        He’s merely having a less-than-subdued conversation with god, who’s taking advantage of its shady (oops! racist-style aspersion …or should that be ‘religiously discriminatory??) side to keep his beer cool. Y’could get a legal opinion if in doubt.

        Or ask Monica. I’m sure see can see Him from her location in the West. They’re three hours slower than we are over here
        (Can probably see up his unisex nightie from her angle!)

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