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All In The Family

Marine Le Pen, new President of France's anti-semitic National Front

Marine Le Pen

Jean-Marie Le Pen,  the anti-semitic leader of France’s National Front party, has handed the party leadership over to his daughter.  In his farewell speech, Le Pen said he had no regrets for calling the Holocaust a “detail” in the history of World War II, nor for other comments that repeatedly cost him fines in court.

He suggested in his speech that Jews cry wolf, unduly claiming to be victims of anti-Semitism.  This was a reference to French journalist Mickael Szames, who had reported that he was  injured by security guards at a National Front event because he was Jewish.  Le Pen then joked about it:  “the person in question thought he could say that he was kicked out because he is Jewish; it didn’t show either on his (press) card or on his nose.”

His daughter, the newly elected leader of the National Front, is  less likely to use such overt Jew-baiting, but the rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: Marine Le Pen feels the same  disdain  for the Jewish community in France.  She has taken a hard line against French Muslims as well, comparing prayer in the street (outside overcrowded  mosques) to the Nazi occupation.
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A Good Laugh?

Hi.  I hope you get a kick out of this video:  The Bethlehem 2010 version of ‘Jingle Bells’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chanukah Firestorm

Fire in the Carmel Forest

Fire in the Carmel Forest

A fire raging out of control in the north of Israel has killed 43 people so far.  Most of the dead were prison guards whose bus was caught in the flames as they tried to reach a nearby jail to help evacuate it.  Five million trees have been destroyed in the Carmel National Forest — Israel’s only natural forest and an ecological treasure.  About a third of the forest has been destroyed.  Forest rangers have evacuated animals from the inferno.

All 1,400 Israeli firefighters (yes, every firefighter in the country) have been deployed near Carmel, and parts of Haifa have been evacuated.  The supplies of fire extinguishing agent have been exhausted.  Israel has asked for help from the international community.  So far, the following countries are helping:  Britain, France, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and Russia.  All are sending supplies.  It is particularly touching that financially impoverished Greece and recently cool Turkey are helping. Read the rest of this entry »

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UNESCO Narrowly Avoids Anti-Semite as Leader

Farouk Hosny: Egypt, UNESCO, antisemite

Farouk Hosny

Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosny, who last year said that he would burn all Hebrew books in Egyptian libraries, only narrowly lost the election to become head of the U.N. culture-and-education body.   Hosny blamed a “group of the world’s Jews” for the defeat.   Read the rest of this entry »

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