The plot had parallels with Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who set off a bomb in Oslo last year and then went on a gun rampage on a nearby island, killing a total of 77 people.
“The would-be bomber did not hide his fascination with Breivik. This should not be ignored,” Tusk told a news conference.
The prime minister said that investigators had found practical connections to Breivik too: the Norwegian bought bomb components in Poland, he said, and an analysis of his contacts helped lead Polish intelligence to the suspect.
Authorities in Norway said they had been in touch with their Polish counterparts but gave no details.
Briefing reporters in the Polish capital, prosecutors said the suspect had assembled a small arsenal of explosive material, guns and remote-controlled detonators and was trying to recruit others to help him.
A video recording taken from the suspect, who has not been publicly identified, showed what prosecutors said was a test explosion he conducted, sending up a huge cloud of dust and leaving a large crater in the ground.
“He claims that he was acting on nationalistic, anti-Semitic and xenophobic motives,” prosecutor Mariusz Krason said.
“He believed the situation in the country is going in the wrong direction, described the people ruling Poland as foreign and said they were not true Poles.”
“He carried out reconnaissance in the neighborhood of the Sejm (parliament). This building was to be the target of the attack,” Krason said.
Is this satire? As God is my witness, I can’t tell anymore.
Under water grottos, caverns
Filled with apes
That eat figs.
Stepping on the figs
That the apes
Eat, they crunch.
The apes howl, bare
Their fangs, dance,
Tumble in the
Musty, wet pelts
Glistening in the blue.
One friendly critic described the poem as a “vivid if obscurely symbolic description of a tribe of submarine primates.” I countered, “Although arguably the best poem ever written about submarine primates, most of Obama’s literary acolytes have largely — and charitably — chosen not to notice it.”
O’Hagan, however, chose to notice. He points out that both of the poem’s most conspicuous symbols, apes and figs, are mentioned in the Qur’an. Middle Eastern scholar Bernard Lewis has argued that although Muslims were relatively tolerant of Jews, there are at least three passages in the Qur’an in which Jews are denounced as “apes.” In sura 5.60, for instance, the Quran reads, “[Worse is he] whom Allah has cursed and brought His wrath upon, and of whom He made apes and swine.” “Swine” is apparently the epithet of choice for Christians, but “Underground” is not about swine. It is about apes — belligerent, boastful apes at that.
Read more: americanthinker.com
Lithuania’s central elections committee is reportedly probing two nationalist politicians for using allegedly anti-Semitic and Nazi imagery in elections material.
Marius Galinis’ campaign material for the Oct. 14 parliamentary elections features a black shirt and a Hindu swastika, according to the news site Delfi.
Unlike the Nazi symbol, the earlier Hindu sign faces right instead of left. Galinis denied the symbol was related to Nazism.
He is running for parliament as a candidate for the Coalition for Lithuania in Lithuania, a political movement made up of four nationalist parties.
In its Oct. 3 report, Delfi said that Julius Panka, another Coalition candidate, distributed leaflets featuring a caricature of a smiling ultra-Orthodox Jew boasting about receiving money from the Lithuanian government.
Delfi quotes Justinas Zilinskas, a member of the elections committee, as saying that the committee may demand that the Nationalists cease distribution of the materials, or else “refer the matter to law enforcement on grounds of ethnic persecution.”
I agree with Mark Potok, the FRC clearly is a hate group - there’s little difference between their hate diatribes against gays and muslims and those of Terry Jones or Fred Phelps. They cannot use the bible to shield them from justifiable criticism for the bile, fear, and libelous hate they propagate.
Editor’s Note: The ongoing religious right attack on the SPLC, originally framed last month to suggest that the SPLC bore responsibility for a shooting at the Family Research Council because it had earlier named the FRC a “hate group,” has continued to expand to the point of absurdity. That was shown again last Friday, when Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel said on a radio show that any media that cited the SPLC’s hate group listings “will also have blood on its hands.” What follows is a response to the original criticism launched by the FRC.
Do words have consequences?
For years, we at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have argued that they do. When conspiracy-minded Islamophobes claim that Muslims have a secret plan to force America into a medieval-style caliphate, Muslims in the streets get hurt. When angry nativists assert that Mexicans are plotting to “reconquer” the Southwest, some Americans respond by attacking Latinos.
And when the religious right spreads false and defamatory propaganda like the completely baseless notion that gay men molest children at rates far higher than their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT people end up, much more frequently than most people realize, at the wrong end of a baseball bat.
For the last three weeks, the SPLC has been under attack by a number of groups that fit into that last category. After an apparently politically motivated man wounded a guard at the Family Resource Council (FRC) in Washington, these groups launched a coordinated assault on the SPLC, accusing it of responsibility in the attack because it had earlier named the FRC a “hate group.”
At a well-attended press conference the day after the Aug. 15 shooting, FRC President Tony Perkins said that the alleged attacker, Floyd Corkins, “was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center.” He added, “I believe the Southern Poverty Law should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.”
A day later, Islam-basher and Obama-hater Jerry Boykin, Perkin’s recently hired deputy at FRC, took his boss’ rhetoric a few steps further. The SPLC, Boykin said, is an “anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, Marxist organization” staffed by “an evil group of people” who are “dangerous.”
The idea seemed to be that the SPLC was hypocritical — that after years of suggesting that organizations that demonize minority groups are ultimately contributing to violence against those groups, the SPLC had been caught doing exactly what it criticized in others. We had “recklessly” labeled the FRC as a hate group merely, as Perkins told Fox News, “because we defend the family and stand for traditional, orthodox Christianity.”
Did Perkins have a point? Was the SPLC’s criticism morally or functionally equivalent to the conduct we criticized, admittedly in harsh terms, coming from the FRC and like groups?
The question of whether to try to ban the far-right NPD party is one of the most controversial issues in German politics. Now the authorities have compiled a dossier of over a thousand pages in an attempt to prove that the NPD is anti-democratic. The file, which SPIEGEL has seen, provides a shocking exposé of an anti-Semitic and racist party whose members glorify the Nazis.
The stack of paper is thicker than a brick and heavier than the Berlin phone book. It contains 3,051 exhibits and 1,147 pages of classified information.
These pages could soon form the basis for a decision to make a new attempt to ban Germany’s far-right National Democratic Party (NPD). Only a little over a week ago, on Aug. 28, German President Joachim Gauck urged such bold action against neo-Nazis during his speech to mark the 20th anniversary of racist riots in the northeastern city of Rostock. Gauck spoke of a state that “is able to defend itself.”
Now, this dossier, which has been in its final version since late last week, is supposed to be the weapon in that fight. It is the weapon of a democracy that defends itself against its enemies — a democracy that is vigilant and alert, not frail and weak.
Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer, who heads the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), wants to deploy this weapon at all costs. He is determined to show decisiveness in the fight against right-wing extremism, and thus add momentum to his campaign ahead of the Bavarian state election in the fall of 2013 — “if necessary, single-handedly,” as he says. By contrast, his fellow party member, Hans-Peter Friedrich, who bears responsibility for the initiative as German interior minister, is afraid that the bid to ban the NPD will be rejected by the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, as happened with a previous attempt to ban the party in 2003. Typically, German Chancellor Angela Merkel remains noncommittal. She is merely observing.
In the 1,147-page dossier, which SPIEGEL has analyzed, the interior ministries of the German states and officials from Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, have compiled a catalogue of speeches, acts of violence and public appeals that could prove that the far-right NPD not only disdains the German state, but is also aggressively combating it.
This collection is currently the most explosive dossier in German domestic politics. It forms the basis for one of the major domestic policy debates of this fall — and it promises to be a major issue during 2013 when both national and a number of state elections will be held.
The authorities in Germany banned three known neo-Nazi groups and raided dozens of members’ homes and meeting places in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Thursday, in an effort to break up an aggressive network of far-right extremists.
About 900 officers carried out the raids across the state, confiscating weapons, computers and other materials, including posters from the far-right National Democratic Party, officials said. No arrests were made, but the authorities said they could follow once the materials are examined. The authorities say the extremists spread anti-Semitic, fascist and racist propaganda.
“These groups are dangerous,” Burkhard Freier, who leads the state’s domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said at a news conference in Düsseldorf. “We have noticed they are attracting ever more young people to their ideals.” The decision to ban the groups comes against the backdrop of an investigation by a parliamentary committee into a far-right underground cell that had evaded the authorities for years, killing at least 10 people, most of them immigrant businessmen. The move prohibits the neo-Nazis from gathering and gives the authorities a legal basis to arrest and press charges against them.
A Monterey man who’s serving a five- to seven-year prison sentence for beating and threatening to kill a woman in June 2010 is accused of sending threatening letters to her and her sister.
Gerald V. Field appeared on Wednesday in Berkshire Sup erior Court and pleaded not guilty to two counts of witness intimidation for allegedly sending anonymous anti-Semitic hate mail to the two women.
Prosecutors say the hate mail was sent to the women between Aug. 15, 2011, and Jan. 10 of this year, dates that overlap with Field’s trial.
According to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, recently uncovered DNA evidence found on the letters link them to Field.
In January, Field was found guilty in a jury trial of two counts of assault and battery and single counts of threat to commit murder, witness intimidation and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was found not guilty of the most serious charges he was facing, which included rape and kidnapping.
‘God is great, death to America, death to Israel, damned are the Jews, victory to Islam’ the poster says. ‘This is good, this is good’ a guy shouts enthusiastically, pointing to the poster. What on earth is good about it, I want to ask. But I don’t, because I know any questions or discussion will lead us nowhere.
In the newspaper Akhbar Aljom a sportsman was openly praised for refusing to play against an Israeli opponent. On Facebook, a friend of mine published a photo of Palestinian refugees with the text ‘Only Hitler can help us’. This can be published, nobody cares.
Us and them
The problem starts when you question the wisdom - to put it mildly - of such statements. I did it with the Facebook-acquaintance. I told him I had unfriended him for his remark. He wrote back that he understood because ‘you always stand behind them’. “You” are the West, “them” are the Jews. End of discussion.
I find it very frustrating. Not because I stand behind ‘them’, that is not the case nor the point. It is because it confronts me with a side of the Yemenis I very much dislike, whereas I like the Yemenis very much. I understand their anger about the Palestinian issue, but I do not understand the pig-headedness of their reactions.
The Yemenis are not historically anti-Semitic. Yemen has a 2000-year old Jewish history and had a thriving Jewish community. They were living as dhimmis, non-Muslim protected subjects. True, this meant they were second-class subjects, but they were nonetheless accepted and appreciated for their craftsmanship.
If you visit the silver market of Old Sana’a the salesmen will tell you that it is such a pity the Jews all left, for they made such beautiful things. Indeed, the old Jewish earrings are the best. It is also what the tourists want to hear. They don’t like to encounter anti-Semitism on their holidays. Which is why it is better keep the schoolbooks away from them.
Haaretz carries an article today with the sadly amusing headline, “Israel has a tough time finding a Hungarian leader not identified with anti-Semites.” The reason for Israel’s search is the commemoration, tomorrow, of the centenary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest during the Holocaust. As I wrote last month, the Knesset speaker, Reuven Rivlin, was forced to disinvite his Hungarian counterpart, Laszlo Kover, over the latter’s attendance at a ceremony in honor of a deceased ethnic Hungarian fascist writer, Josef Nyiro, in May.
In Kover’s place, Hungary decided to send its newly elected president, Janos Ader. But it turns out that Ader, too, has something of a soft spot for dead fascists. According to Haaretz:
… Ader also expressed support for a controversial figure from the Holocaust, Albert Wass, a nationalistic anti-Semitic writer found guilty of murdering jews. In 2008, when he served as the Vice Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary, Ader unveiled a statue of the popular author, and said words of praise.
In 1946, Wass was tried in absentia in Romania, sentenced to death and branded a war crminial. Among other charges, Wass was found guilty of involvement in the murder of two Jewish sisters in Romania in September of 1940, as Hungarian forces reached northern Transylvania. The sisters were murdered while they attempted to escape from Wass’ ranch.
Responding to Haaretz, Rivlin’s office wrote that “following consultation with Yad Vashem, which will also take part in the important event commemorating Raoul Wallenberg, it was determined that the historical information in question has not been completely confirmed.”
Plans for a full-size replica of the Western Wall in Jerusalem are being drawn up in Wichita, Kan. But women who have had abortions — rather than Jews — are the target audience.
The proposed replica is part of a monumental ‘International Pro-Life Memorial and National Life Center’ being planned by evangelical activists in Wichita’s anti-abortion community. The envisioned shrine is meant to promote and solidify Wichita’s reputation as the city in America that is most hostile to abortion, say the activists. The project planners have decided that the most vivid way to invoke the scale of the abortion tragedy, as they see it, is to reference Jewish suffering — embodied in their minds by the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The ‘Wailing Wall,’ as the activists refer to it, and the accompanying center, will be fronted by 60 crosses, each one representing 1 million aborted fetuses.
‘[The Western Wall] is a place that memorializes what happened during the Holocaust,’ said Pastor Mark Holick, the spokesman for the anti-abortion project. ‘Since Roe v. Wade,’ he said, referring to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that struck down state bans on abortion, ‘60 million baby boys and girls have been murdered, and that is a holocaust unprecedented in the history of mankind.’
For the past 20 years, Wichita has served as ground zero for the national abortion wars, which reached a crescendo in 2009 when late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in his Lutheran church.
Members of Wichita’s tiny Jewish community reached by the Forward by phone seemed largely unaware of the project. But the idea of using the Western Wall — the sole remaining section of the retaining wall that surrounded the Jewish Second Temple — to symbolize the Holocaust struck some as odd. ‘I have never seen it as a place that you go to remember the Holocaust,’ said Dale Marcus, a retired psychologist and a member of Ahavath-Achim Hebrew Congregation, a nondenominational traditional synagogue in Wichita. ‘It has nothing to do with abortion.’
Others took issue with what they saw as an appropriation of Jewish history. ‘People are talking about it in a very dismissive, funny way,’ said Rabbi Michael Davis of Congregation Emanu-El, a Reform synagogue. Davis, one of the few Jews aware of the project, said, ‘I see it as another example of a non-Jewish group taking a Jewish symbol and reinterpreting it for their own private use and thereby bastardizing it.’
Read more: forward.com
I think what they really wanted todo was build a little “Auschwitz” replica, but somebody must have told them that “those people” might be offended.