Wednesday, April 25, 2018

This verdict shocks Germany: Migrant now receives a lighter sentence for "sensitivity to imprisonment"

This verdict shocks Germany: The Algerian intensive offender Adel S. committed six crimes in seven months, brutally slit one of his victims' faces with a knife. The flesh wound will have to carry the victim with it forever... After Adel S. was sentenced to three and a half years in prison at Zwickau District Court by Judge Stephan Z., he has now been tried again on appeal. The current incomprehensible verdict of the Zwickau Regional Court: two years and six months in prison. "As a foreigner you suffer from increased sensitivity", the other judge explained the shock judgement. "Confession led to a more moderate sentence than in the first instance," explained the mild judge. Among other things, robberies, burglaries and the brutal disfigurement of a 26-year-old man with a knife can be attributed to Adel S. In the first instance, the Algerian was convicted by the so-called "Hard-nosed judge" Stephan Z.. "We have enough German offenders, we don't need any foreign ones," Stephan Z. courageously told the intensive offender. But Adel S. appealed. According to the tabloid "Bild-Zeitung", he is now begging for mercy, and many German citizens have no sympathy for the shocking verdict. Courage judge Stephan Z., on the other hand, gained international approval. In another December ruling, he told an accused asylum seeker from Libya: "If it sucks here, why are you here?" The accused allegedly raged in his asylum and even threw bottles at a child: "You acted like a wild berserker. You live off our taxpayers' money", the courage judge accused the Libyan. "What would have happened if you had committed such crimes in Libya? You would probably no longer be alive," Stephan Z. explained his judgement.

Has Europe Even Tried to Fight Anti-Semitism?

by Yves Mamou
  • Each time an anti-Semitic attack in Europe receives media attention, politicians rush to condemn it. But verbal condemnations alone change nothing. Anti-Semitism just gets bigger.
  • The European Union has adopted anti-Israel policies out of fear of upsetting Muslims, but this fear of upsetting Muslims has been fueling Muslim anti-Semitism.
  • When European governments refuse to accept Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and when they urge "restraint" instead of affirming that Israel has the right to defend itself, they are indulging in appeasement. On one side, they condemn anti-Semitism but on other, they are just whipping it up.
On April 18, 2018, two young men, both wearing Jewish skullcaps, were insulted by a group of Muslims and whipped with a belt in a clearly anti-Semitic attack in Prenzlauer Berg, one Berlin's most fashionable neighborhoods. The violent assault, partly filmed by one of the victims, sparked national indignation in Germany. One of the attackers can be heard on the video clearly shouting "Yahudi" (Arabic for "Jew").
"It is intolerable for young men to be attacked here just because they are wearing a kippah," said Heiko Maas, the German Foreign Minister. "Jews must never again feel threatened here. It is our responsibility to protect Jewish life."
Pictured: A young Arab man attacks two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps in a Berlin street, on April 18, 2018. The attacker whipped the victims with a belt, while shouting "Yahudi" -- Arabic for "Jew". (Image source: CGTN video screenshot)
The incident echoes another case of anti-Semitism last December in Berlin. Then also, someone filmed a man, apparently born in Germany, insulting a Jewish restaurant owner, Yorai Feinberg, in the street. The aggressor made clear his understanding of the Holocaust and his compassion for the Palestinian cause. Although there was no violence, the case ignited public indignation.
On April 12, 2018, Kollegah and Farid Bang, two of Germany's most successful rappers, were given the award for best hip-hop/urban album at the ECHO Deutscher Muskikpreis -- Germany's biggest music awards ceremony. The two Muslim rappers, however, were under fire because of their song lyrics comparing their muscular physiques to the bodies of Auschwitz prisoners. Charlotte Knobloch, former head of Germany's Central Council of Jews, said that giving them an award for their album was a "devastating sign" amid growing signs of "anti-Semitism in our society, especially in schools." "The two rappers," she added, reach millions of mostly young people with their inhuman message."
These incidents reflect the complexity of the German situation in which imported Muslim anti-Semitism seems to be fueling a traditional German one.
In 2017, Germany saw an average of four anti-Semitic crimes per day, according to preliminary government data cited by Tagesspiegel. The final tally is expected to be higher. The Jewish German community is estimated at 150,000 people.
According to Tagesspiegel, police registered a total of 1,453 crimes that targeted Jews in 2017. This number consisted of 32 acts of violence, 160 cases of property damage and 898 cases of incitement. Among those crimes, 33 were attributed to foreign-born perpetrators, not including Islamists. In addition, 25 of the crimes were "religiously motivated," with some involving either foreign-born or German Muslims with extremist beliefs. Police were unable to determine a political motive in 17 of the cases, while one case of incitement was found to have a "left-wing" motive.
For Die Welt, this showed that "Germany is losing the battle against anti-Semitism, as [before that] France or Sweden".
In France, the battle against anti-Semitism was lost long ago. Between 2006 and 2017, fifteen French Jews were murdered by anti-Semitic Muslims. The stabbing and the burning of Mireille Knoll in March 2017 added one more victim to a list that goes through the murder of Sébastien Sellam in Paris (2003), the kidnapping and murder of Ilan Halimi (2006), the massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse (2012), the assault of a young Jewish couple in Créteil (2014), the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris (2015), the machete attack on a Jewish teacher in Marseille (2016), the murder of Sarah Halimi in Paris (April 2017), the hostage-taking of a Jewish family in Livry-Gargan (September 2017).
"The Jewish community represents less than 1% of the French population (approximately half a million people) but were victims of 40% of all racist crimes" says Fredéric Potier, France's interministerial delegate against racism and antisemitism.
According to the 2017 report of the Ministry of Interior, anti-Semitic threats decreased by 7.2% in 2017 compared to 2016. However, stabbings, assaults and other violent acts targeting Jews increased by 26%. In other words, attackers and murderers of Jews do not necessarily speak first; they just stab. According toNonna Mayer, Director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS):
"These figures reflect trends; they are not exhaustive. They largely underestimate ordinary anti-Semitism (spitting, insults, hostile looks) on a daily basis. Many victims do not file complaints. When they do, their complaint is not always recorded."
Great Britain: In 2017, hate incidents against Jews reached a record level, "with the Jewish community targeted at a rate of nearly four times a day," reports The Guardian.
In 2017, the Community Security Trust (CST), an NGO that monitors anti-Semitism in the UK, recorded 1,382 anti-Semitic incidents nationwide.
"This was the highest tally that the trust has registered for a calendar year since it began gathering such data in 1984. The figure rose by 3%, compared to a total, in 2016, of 1,346 incidents -- a tally that itself was a record annual total", according to The Guardian.
The CST report -- perhaps because the organization has developed educational programs with Muslim organizations -- avoids targeting any Muslim anti-Semitism, except for terrorist attacks.
The uniqueness of Britain is that anti-Semitism has also spread widely among the political class. Accusations from the national chair of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other members of his party have provoked a huge controversy.
Sweden: In December 2017, after an arson attack on a synagogue in Gothenburg and anti-Semitic chants at a demonstration in Malmö, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven admitted: "We have a problem in Swedish society with anti-Semitism."
According to the most recent figures from Sweden's National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå), an average of 228 anti-Semitic hate crimes against the tiny Swedish Jewish community (about 15,000 people) are reported each year. The figure has remained stable for the past decade, but has had a tendency to peak after heightened turmoil in Israel; in 2015, there were 277 reported anti-Semitic incidents compared to 182 the year after. Anti-Semitic hate crimes have occurred mainly in public places (24%) and online (20%).
Anti-Semitism in Sweden is apparently a multifaceted problem that cannot be reduced just to a problem of Muslim migrants. Right-wing groups spread hostility towards Jews, and "love to position anti-Semitism as a problem limited to Muslim groups and exploit the issue in order to cast suspicion on and stigmatize Muslims" according to Henrik Bachner, a historian and leading researcher on anti-Semitism in Sweden.
Two polls of attitudes toward Jews were carried by the Living History Forum, a Swedish public agency that works on issues of tolerance, democracy and human rights. Their most recent poll is from 2010 (the one before that was from 2005), and suggests that while 18% of Swedish high school students expressed anti-Semitic attitudes towards Jews, "that number increased to 55 percent among students who identified as Muslim" according to the website
Belgium: In 2017, "35 Anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in Belgium (64 in 2016). These figures confirm the decline observed in previous years compared to the record number of incidents in 2014 (109 incidents)," according to the "Anti-Semitism in Belgium" report for 2017, published by, a website supported by the Jewish Central Consistory of Belgium.
These "low figures" for 2017 can be explained by the fact that the 50,000 Jews of Belgium live mainly in Brussels and Antwerp and, as in France, their schools and synagogues are protected around the clock by the army and police. Also, as in France, many Jewish students have left public schools to avoid daily hostility from Muslims students. The report further states:
"Jews in general, and more specifically in Brussels, 'hide' their Jewishness (star of David, skullcaps...) in public, to diminish the likelihood of being harassed in public places" because "everyone knows they are Jewish."
Politicians Preoccupied with Islamophobia
Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany and President Emmanuel Macron in France regularly condemn anti-Semitic attacks in their respective countries. These reproofs have become frequent in Europe. Each time an anti-Semitic attack receives media attention, politicians rush to condemn it. But verbal condemnations alone change nothing. Anti-Semitism just gets bigger.
Worse, all plans, measures and laws go the same way: to protect anti-Semites. In Berlin, in December, 2017, Israeli flags were burned at the Brandenburg Gate after US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In response to chants of "Israel, murderer of children", the local police explained that flag-burning is protected by freedom of speech laws. In France, in 2017, a prosecutor appealed the acquittal of Georges Bensoussan, a prominent French scholar charged with being a "racist" for having publicly said that "in Muslim families, anti-Semitism is sucked with mother's milk".
The European Union has adopted anti-Israel policies out of fear of upsetting Muslims, but this fear has been fueling Muslim anti-Semitism. When European governments refuse to accept Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and when they urge "restraint" instead of affirming that Israel has the right to defend itself, they are indulging in appeasement. On one side, they condemn anti-Semitism but on other, they are just whipping it up.

Rights Watchdog Warns Voter I.D. Plans Discriminatory to Trans People, Minorities

The government has been told it should scrap plans to crack down on election fraud because requiring voters to show ID at the polling station could “disenfranchise” transgender people and other minority groups in Britain.

Rules set to be trialled across Watford, Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, and Woking at local elections in May, with a view to rolling them out countrywide to combat fraud, will see voters required to bring identification documents such as a driver’s licence if they do not bring their polling card.But the move is likely to hit “voters with protected characteristics”, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) warned, expressing concern that the precaution against election fraud could result in fewer votes from transgender individuals and non-whites.
In a letter reportedly leaked to the Observer, EHRC legal officer Claire Collier told the government that staff were “concerned” that “some voters will be disenfranchised as a result of restrictive identification requirement”.
“The requirement to produce identification at the given local elections will have a disproportionate impact on voters with protected characteristics, particularly older people, transgender people, people with disabilities and/or those from ethnic minority communities,” said the letter, which was sent to Cabinet Office minister David Lidington.
According to the public body, such groups would be less likely to have identification and so would effectively be prevented from voting under the new system, despite the pilot requiring ID only if an individual fails to bring their polling card when they show up to vote.
In addition to the ECHR, which was ahead of its time regarding gender ideology when it recommended in 2010 that schools ditch skirts so as not to trigger “dysphoria” amongst female pupils who “identify” as boys, more than 40 other NGOs have called for the new rules to be scrapped.
Ruth Hunt, who heads gay rights group Stonewall, echoed the EHRC’s claim that access to photo ID “can prove very difficult” for minority groups and added that the government’s crackdown on voter fraud would likely pose additional challenges to transgender people or those who claim to be neither male nor female.
“For trans and non-binary people in particular this has the potential to cause significant problems, as some may not have photo identification that accurately reflects their gender identity. It’s not hard to imagine the challenges and confusion that could result from that in a polling station,” she said.
“We’re urging the Government to reconsider the proposed pilots and instead take steps to engage communities in future schemes, to ensure that more people from more communities feel empowered to vote.”
A report by the Electoral Commission published in 2014 identified 16 local authority areas where it believed voter fraud to be particularly prevalent, the majority of which were Labour strongholds with large immigrant communities from outside Europe, but campaigners point to there having only been 28 accusations of voter fraud and only one conviction last year as evidence that changes to the system are unnecessary.
This fact “proves little, however, since it is hard to detect electoral fraud if there are almost no checks”, argues journalist Charles Moore in the Spectator, noting that he found it “worryingly easy” to commit fraud when he ‘voted’ twice in the 2016 EU referendum in order to expose security flaws in the electoral system.

Number of Swedes Opposing Mass Migration of Asylum Seekers Doubles

The number of Swedes who want to see far fewer asylum seekers enter the country has doubled since 2015 to nearly half of the voting population.

A poll conducted by Ipsos found that the general Swedish attitude toward taking in large numbers of asylum seekers had radically changed since the height of the 2015 migrant crisis when only two out of ten people were for reducing the number, Dagens Nyheterreports.“This is a dramatic change, not least because it has been so fast,” said professor of Political Science Marie Demker who teaches at the University of Gothenburg.
Along with the increase in the number of voters who wanted more restrictive asylum policies, the number of Swedes demanding more asylum seekers also greatly decreased from 26 per cent to only 12 per cent.
David Ahlin of Ipsos said that the results showed Swedish voters were becoming increasingly polarised, especially along political party lines.
Professor Demker said there was also a marked difference in attitudes toward asylum seekers from Swedes of different educational backgrounds with more university educated voters seeing themselves as being part of a globalised world while more working-class voters were less open to asylum seekers.
“The question of refugees becomes an exponent of this contradiction, its own ideological universe that puts these questions at its peak. And in this context, nationalism becomes a relevant ideology,” Demker said.
Many populist candidates in recent years have seen a surge in support from working-class voters dissatisfied with traditional left-wing social democratic parties.
In France, workers in Calais flocked to former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, while working-class Austrians were found to increasingly support Freedom Party (FPÖ) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer in 2016. Workers in both countries largely attributed the negative effects of globalisation to their new support for populist candidates.
The changing views on immigration are likely to give more support to the anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats (SD) which were firmly for more restrictive asylum policiesduring and after the migrant crisis. Recent polls show the SD polling in second place just behind the ruling Social Democrats ahead of the national election slated for later in the year.

Mother of 11-Year-Old Stockholm Terror Victim Confronts Alleged Terrorist at Trial

The mother of 11-year-old Ebba Åkerlund who was brutally murdered during last year’s Stockholm terror attack confronted suspected attacker Rakhmat Akilov during the failed asylum seeker’s trial this week.

Jeanette Åkerlund described the tragic and immense loss of her young daughter for the court saying: “I have been deprived of the life I had. It’s a shock to realise that I’ll never see Ebba grow, become a student, fall in love, marry, and have children. The pain cannot be described,” Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports.Young Ebba Åkerlund was one of the five victims of the Stockholm terror attack where a truck was driven into pedestrians in Stockholm’s famous Drottninggatan pedestrian-only shopping area last April.
Ebba’s father was also present to testify before the court and said of his daughter: “She was an amazing daughter. Ebba was an exceptional person, extremely positive, always happy, creative, and talented at school. It’s hard to see how you could have a brighter future than Ebba had.”
Both parents also described the aftermath of the attack with her father saying that “every minute there was such a terrible hell” until they were finally told of their daughter’s death by police.
Mrs. Åkerlund described being on the phone with her daughter moments before the attack saying: “It was such a sudden death, from talking to her one moment and her not being there the next. It’s a shock. I had a completely healthy, talented, and incredibly cute little girl that I did not expect to disappear.”The trial of failed Uzbek asylum seeker Rakhmat Akilov began in February with the prosecution in the case requesting a life sentence for the alleged terrorist.
There is a suspected radical Islamic extremist motive in the attack after alleged text messages appeared to link Akilov to the Islamic State terror group.
In February, Swedish police confirmed that Akilov had used the encrypted mobile messaging app Telegram to speak with and seek advice from Islamic State members in a private chat room affiliated with the terror group.