Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kirstallnacht Commemoration: Jews not Invited?

Tova Dvorin reports on a "Scandal: Jews not invited to Swedish Kristallnacht commemoration" (Arutz Sheva 9, Israel National News, November 11, 2015):
[O]rganizers of an anti-Nazi event in Sweden face controversy . . . after declining to invite the Jewish community . . . . "Umeå against Nazism" will run in the city of Umeå, . . . . commemorating Kirstallnacht, or the "Night of Broken Glass," the massive 1938 pogrom against Austrian and German Jews . . . seen as marking the start of the holocaust . . . . Jews will not be invited . . . . [because] inviting the Jewish community presents a security risk, . . . citing anti-Semitic and anti-Israel protests present at past events . . . . "[We've] had a lot of Palestinian flags at these rallies, and even one banner where the Israeli flag was equated with a swastika," organizer and local Workers' Party member Jan Hägglund told locals. "The Jewish community wasn't invited because . . . they might be uncomfortable around that sort of thing" . . . . Hägglund's omission must be due to the crowd he invited to the event, implying that it could only be far-left or anti-Israel - thus creating . . . the "security risk."
Workers' Party? Oh. I see. Well what can one expect of such an old left. It's dying ideologically and is being proactive by inviting only its undertakers . . .



At 8:41 AM, Blogger Mikey_C said...

I'm appalled, but not surprised. The British SWP once went so far as to rewrite the history of the Holocaust to exclude any mention of Jews.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

That sort of old left has so little clout left that it turns to antisemitism on the right to regain some.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:15 AM, Blogger Mikey_C said...

Unfortunately, left-wing anti-Semitism is nothing new.

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, I wasn't aware of this book, though the American Left - at Berkeley, anyway - was already turning against Israel (I was friends with Chomsky's daughter) in the early 1980s.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:55 AM, Blogger Mikey_C said...

Chomsky's part of a long tradition. Proudhon wanted to have the Jews exterminated, which is something nobody mentioned back in the early 80's when my anarcho-punk friends were stencilling quotes from him onto their black leather jackets.

At 4:31 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

When we're young, we do stupid things. I once wore a Shining Path pin for a day or two because it was aesthetically pleasing . . . until some wiser soul explained the true nature of that Leftist group to me.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:12 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Good grief!

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yes, good grief!

Jeffery Hodges

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