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Official anti-semitism erupts in Venezuela February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionist, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Hugo, Jew, Jewish, Jewish Cultural Centre, Jewish population, Jews, Racism, Racist, Religious Hatred, socialist, Venezuela anti-semitism, Venezuelan.
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Armed police raided the Jewish elementary and high school at the Jewish Cultural Centre in Caracas on 29 November 2004 implementing a court order that alleged that materials of a criminal nature, such as electronic equipment, arms and explosive devices were concealed in the building.The swoop started at 6.30 am, when school buses and parents had already started to bringing children to the school, but, after rooting through the building for three hours, the police left having found zilch. The court order, it has since been revealed, had been issued three days earlier but the police waited until Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, arrived in Teheran for a state visit to Iran.

That was two years ago, but things have only got worse in the intervening period. Indeed, since election of the left-wing populist Chavez in 1998, Venezuela has witnessed a proliferation of virulently anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda, frequently entwined with nakedly anti-Jewish slogans.

The Jewish population in Venezuela numbers only around 25,000 out of a total population of close to twenty-seven million. So, why does the official media of a government that claims to be socialist, devote its energy to poisonous attacks on a very small Jewish community?
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Principal Deems Jesus Chant Offensive February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Anti-Defamation League, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Semitism, basketball, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, Card, Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, cultural diversity club, Dennis G. Manning, Dennis W. Price, Discriminate, Discrimination, Jesus Chant Offensive, Jew, Jewish, Jews, Norfolk Academy, sensitivity training, Sullivan, tolerant, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, We love Jesus.
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A Catholic school principal has organized sensitivity training for students who shouted “We love Jesus” during a basketball game against a school with Jewish students.

The word “Jew” also was painted on a gym wall behind the seats of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School students attending the Feb. 2 game at Norfolk Academy, said Dennis W. Price, principal of the Virginia Beach school.

Price who also watched the game, said the rivals exchanged chants, “Then, at some point, our students were chanting, ‘We love Jesus.'”

“It was obviously in reference to the Jewish population of Norfolk Academy; that’s the only way you can take that,” he added. (more…)

Unlikely source of racism spurs Jews January 28, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, ADL, ANSWER, Anti-Defamation League, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Semitism, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Israel, Israel's human rights, Jew, Jewish, Jews, Jonathan Bernstein, Lebanon, Nazi, nazis, Racism, Racist, Zionism, Zionist.
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Growing complaints about Israel-bashing, plus Jews being increasingly compared to Nazis during political rallies, has spurred the Anti-Defamation League to hold its first-ever conference on how people can protect themselves against anti-Semitism — from the liberal left.

Anti-Semitism is increasingly seen and heard at liberal events, organizers say, including at anti-war rallies, at labor meetings and even on college campuses. It’s making participation uncomfortable for Jews, who have historically been Democrats.

“We heard from so many people who feel ostracized and alone and don’t really know what to do with this problem,” said Jonathan Bernstein, director of the ADL regional office in San Francisco. People shouldn’t “have to pick between being Jewish and whatever worthwhile cause.”

Sunday’s conference in San Francisco focuses on the problem and teaches coping strategies. The event, which is expected to sell out, will offer talks ranging from “Emphasizing What’s Right in Israel” to “On the Spot Responses to Hurtful Language.”

However, while hateful speech is odious, some critics say groups like ADL are muffling debate by branding almost all criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic.

“It’s like saying anyone who attacks U.S. foreign policy is un-American,” said Saul Kanowitz, an activist with ANSWER, which organizes anti-war rallies. ANSWER stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.

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Racist and Violent anti-Australian YouTube Videos Get Another Look January 24, 2007

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[Update] Related Story: Racist Lebanese Rappers Sing About Killing Australians

A YouTube video that glorifies notorious gang rapist Bilal Skaf shows there’s a small, antagonistic sub-section within the Lebanese Muslim community, Prime Minister John Howard says.

Mr Howard today described the video as a “shocking exercise”.

“It’s a reminder that there is undoubtedly within a section, a small section, of the Lebanese Muslim community a group of people who are antagonistic to the values and the way of life in this country,” Mr Howard told the Nine Network.

A YouTube user today removed from the website several of the controversial videos, including the Skaf one, called lebo thugs, and another that shows a man being bashed by a gang.

The NSW Premier, Morris Iemma, said this morning that police and the Education Department would investigate whether lebo thugs included images of any current Sydney school students.

A police spokesman said the video will be sent to the NSW Police Legal Services Unit, which will establish if there are any charges arising out of the footage.

He also said the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad and the Counter Terrorist Unit had been informed and police would be making inquiries with the Department of Education.

The three-minute video is backed by a rap song and includes an image of Skaf with a rifle on his lap, footage of a Cronulla riot revenge attack, a photo montage of a group referred to as the “Soldiers of Granville Boys”, and a map of Australia in the colours of the Lebanese flag with the words “under new management” scrawled above it.

Another scene shows a Granville Boys High School shirt with a knife placed on it.

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Fighting racism in Israel November 10, 2006

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Susan Nathan, author of “The Other Side: My Journey across the Arab/Jewish Divide,” argued that Israeli Arabs suffer from a culture of systematic discrimination and called for change in the talk “One Woman’s Attempt to Challenge Segregation and Racism” held last night.

A British-born Jew, Nathan moved to Israel to escape the discrimination she experienced in Britain. Her parents were refuges from World War II, and Nathan was raised as a minority, being the only Jew in her entire school of 400 students.

“Growing up, I always felt I was living on the outside of society,” Nathan said. “It was as if the shadow of the Holocaust was constantly hanging over my family.”

Nathan said she even experienced anti-Semitism first hand.

“When I was 16, I passed complex exams to attend a prestigious public university in Britain, only to be told that though my scores were satisfactory, I could not be admitted to attend the university because the Jewish quota had already been met,” she said.

Israel had always been ingrained within her mind as a land of safety to which she could escape in case things in Europe ever took a turn for the worse.

Once she moved to Israel, Nathan found that her new country also suffered from discrimination. However, this time, Jews, rather than being discriminated against, were the ones discriminating. she said. The Arabs of Israel suffered from severe segregation comparable to the plight during South Africa’s apartheid, she argued.

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Blog Entry: Is Borat racist? November 6, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Anti-Semitism, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Jewish, Racism, Sexist.
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Like most of the other people who have been swept up in the avalanche of hype surrounding it, I am really looking forward to Sasha Baron Cohen’s Borat movie. Or, to give it its magnificent full title, Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan. But one thing has troubled me as I’ve visited his hilarious website and read the enormous number of news stories with no real point other than to Make Benefit Glorious Box Office Of Borat Film. I’m starting to suspect that Borat’s appeal is more than a little bit racist. Oh, I know, what a brow-wringingly politically correct objection to make. Where’s my sense of humour? It’s a joke. It’s satire. And so on.

But I think it’s problematic. It’s just that Baron Cohen is mocking an ethnic group whose feelings we don’t particularly care about. We’re used to the perception of Eastern Europe as being dour and backwards – we were fed it throughout the Cold War. Very few people have travelled there – I certainly haven’t. The Working Dog team’s excellent Molvania book also spun comedy gold out of the same vodka-soaked stereotypes.

The Kazakh government hasn’t exactly helped the country’s image with its bumbling overreaction. Rather than laughing along and then saying “that’s funny, but of course, Kazakhstan is actually nothing like that”, their actions in banning Borat from their internet space and criticising him have only made themselves look bad and given him free publicity. And the plan to release an alternative film based on Kazakh national hero Mansur, an 18th century warrior, isn’t exactly going to make the country look all 21st century and groovy.

Let’s just imagine we weren’t talking about Kazakhstan here. Let’s say someone instead had invented a comedic character called Reuben, who went around in Orthodox dress trying to screw people out of their money, drinking the blood of Christian babies (a particularly insidious myth, that one) and trying to take over the world through some kind of vast global finance conspiracy. He’d speak in a hilarious parody Yiddish accent, say “Oy vey” a lot, and otherwise make himself the fool in a way that gave non-Jews a sense of smug superiority. You can imagine the outrage a comedy character like that would create. And I certainly can’t i imagine anyone eagerly awaiting the film. But isn’t that exactly what Borat is, for Eastern Europe?

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Mel Gibson Deserves Pity, Not Pillory August 13, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Alcoholic, Alcoholics Anonymous, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Semitism, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Drunk, Gibson, Israel, Isreal, Jew, Jewish, Jews, Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world, Mel, Mel Gibson, Middle East, Pity, Police, Racist.
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A Scottish actor who worked on Braveheart once told a director friend of mine what it was like working with Mel Gibson. “He’s off his head,” alleged the actor. “We’d all be standing there in kilts and with blue woad painted on our faces, ready to do a shot, when suddenly Mel would announce to the Alcoholics Anonymous members among us – a healthy number – that we had to have a meeting. So there we would be, behind the catering van with painted faces, reading from the Big Book and sharing our experience. You know, ‘My name’s Mel and I’m an alcoholic,’ then we’d all go back to the set and get stuck into the English.”

Recovering alcoholics like to say that they’re sober one day at a time, and it can’t be easy knowing that you’re always just one drink away from your former self. Gibson went spectacularly off the rails last Friday and reportedly did what many alcoholics do – he allegedly drove his car at nearly 90mph, drank from a bottle of tequila, got stopped and arrested, and verbally abused the officers in charge. As situations go, it wasn’t very striking, except that the drunk was a Hollywood star. It certainly wasn’t unusual that the arrested person issued a stream of abuse at the police, racist, misogynist or otherwise. All police will tell you this is standard. Gibson reportedly said: “F—ing Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

Silly man – pathetic, even. There isn’t an ounce of reason in what Gibson said, but then, who could expect there to be? Well, the entire Western world, apparently, which imagines that what a drunk Catholic actor says in the extremity of his cups might represent a threat to civilisation.

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