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 Antony Trepniak 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 Antony Trepniak 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 Antony Trepniak 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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