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Poland Is Nothing But A Graveyard

“We are a graveyard for the Jews!” they chant

Is Poland doing enough to combat overt displays of anti-Semitism by rabid soccer spectators? A major American Jewish organization doesn’t think so.

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday called on the Polish authorities to reverse a decision by prosecutors not to bring forth charges against fans of the Lech Poznan soccer club who were heard making anti-Semitic chants during a September match against Widzew Lodz.

The ADL cited local media reports which claimed fans chanted “Move on, Jews!” and “Your home is at Auschwitz!” among other incendiary remarks.

Polish prosecutors declined to pursue criminal charges after determining that the chants were directed at Lodz players in the heat of a sporting battle, and were not intended to harm Jews in general.

“[Poznan municipal prosecutor Monika Rutkowska’s] twisted reasoning cannot stand,” said ADL chief Abe Foxman. “Anti-Semitic incitement is illegal in Poland, and these chants are clearly anti-Semitic.”

What a cesspool.

- Aggie

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Poland Asks Jews To Leave

Jewish ritual slaughter is illegal

The Polish parliament voted on Friday to uphold a ban on Kosher slaughter in the country. A government sponsored bill aimed at legalizing the practice of shechita, Hebrew for ritual slaughter, was shot down in the Sejm in a vote of 222 to 178.

The ban went into effect in January. Combined with a decline in meat exports due to Poland’s implication in the European-wide horse meat scandal, the end of local ritual slaughter has caused harm to the eastern European country’s cattle ranchers and exporters.

In 2012, Poland’s supreme court ruled that an exemption for religious Muslims and Jews in a law requiring the stunning of animals prior to slaughter was “unconstitutional.”

Lawmakers who opposed the bill said they did so because kosher slaughter is cruel to livestock.

“The completely untrue idea that such slaughter is cruel, or even intentionally cruel, has triumphed,” Piotr Kadl?ik, President of the Union of Jewish Communities of Poland, and Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich said in a statement.

The Polish ban, they lamented, is now the first in the European Union that is not the direct result of “Nazi-era regulations.”

Calling the ban a direct infringement on the religious liberties of Muslims and Jews, Schudrich and Kadl?ik said that followers of these two faiths will now “be forced to either buy more expensive imported meat, or endorse an enforced vegetarianism.”

Or leave Poland. Why are Jews living in Poland anyway?

- Aggie

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Poland Turning Nazi

Again

Two legal decisions have caused outrage among Jewish organizations and anti-fascists in Poland.

In the first case, a district prosecutor in the northern city of Bialystok announced that he does not intend to open an investigation after swastikas were discovered painted on electrical transformers, despite complaints lodged by locals. The prosecutor explained his decision saying that in different parts of the world, for example in parts of Asia, the swastika is not necessarily associated with fascism or the Nazi movement.

“Currently, in European countries and in the US, the swastika is associated almost exclusively with Adolf Hitler and Nazism, but in Asia it is widely used as a symbol for happiness and prosperity. In this case, it is difficult to see a painted swastika as a symbol promoting fascism,” the district prosecutor said in his statement.

The prosecutor’s decision provoked outrage in the Jewish community in Poland and among local residents.

Rafal Gawel, director of a theater in Bialystok who runs the campaign “Paint over evil,” in which activists remove anti-Semitic and racist graffiti painted on the city’s walls, called the prosecutor’s decision “bizarre.”

After the publication of the district prosecutor’s decision caused a storm in Poland, the case was transferred to the Bialystok’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office for reconsideration.

The Chief Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement that the decision not to open an investigation into the case was wrong.

“The claim that the swastika is not always associated with Nazism is not true. Placing such symbols in public places should be definitely regarded as promoting Nazism and fascism,” said Tadeusz Marek, Bilaystok’s chief prosecutor.

He announced that proceedings will start immediately.

So they know they have a problem and they’re trying to deal with it, but my issue is that they’ve had this problem for centuries. See what I mean?

Prof. Krzysztof Jasiewicz, from the Polish Academy of Sciences, who caused an international outrage after he blamed the Jews for participating in the killing of their own people during the Holocaust, will be dismissed from his position at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

Jasiewicz, 61, the head of the Department of Analysis of Eastern studies and a well known expert on Polish-Jewish relations, revealed his anti-Semitic views during an interview he gave in April to a special edition of the popular Polish magazine Focus – published on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

I, too, am an expert on Polish-Jewish relations. Poles suck.

A survey conducted in recent weeks among high school students in Warsaw, Poland, presented disturbing results on the extent of hatred towards Jews, with a shocking 44 percent saying they would not like to have a Jewish neighbor.

One thousand two hundred and fifty students, aged 17-18, were surveyed by a Homo Homini Institute of Public Opinion Research poll commissioned by the Jewish community in Poland. Of these, 40% said they would not like to have a Jewish classmate.

The survey found 60% of the respondents said they would not like to have a Jewish partner, while 45% said they “would not be happy” if they had a Jewish relative.

When asked about the Holocaust, the Polish students did not hide their anti-Semitic opinions and showed poor knowledge of Jewish history in Poland.

Most of the students believed that the percentage of Jews living in Warsaw before World War II was 18%, while the actual percentage of Warsaw’s Jews was 30%. The survey also showed that 44% believed that “Poles and Jews suffered equally during the Holocaust.”

The judicial system is riddled with anti-Semites, as is the university system.

In my calmest moments, I believe that hatred of groups is based on the intolerable guilt of the hater. It’s tough for kids to come to terms with the fact that most of their grandparents were savage murderers and that their culture supports that savagery. They love their parents and grandparents and the memory of their great grandparents, and they feel proud of their culture. They don’t want to face the fact that many of their relatives were willing to sell the family next door for a bit of flour, or for the opportunity to own that family’s home and property. Because that is exactly what their forebears did. They murdered people for furniture, houses, jewelry, etc. Kids would have a hard time facing that.

- Aggie

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Poland Wants Its Jews To Leave

They have outlawed ritual slaughter, and hurt their own economy as a result

Polish Jewry is set to run out of kosher meat within a month, Piotr Kadlcik, the Warsaw-based president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday. “We still have something in the deep freezers,” he said, “but this whole thing hurts.”

“Within a month we will have to import meat,” Kadlcik predicted, guessing that the most likely source of kosher meat would be Lithuania.

A Polish ban on religious ritual slaughter went into effect on January first. Combined with a decline in meat exports due to Poland’s implication in the European-wide horse meat scandal, the end of local ritual slaughter has caused harm to the eastern European country’s cattle ranchers and exporters.

In 2012, Poland’s supreme court ruled that an exemption for religious Muslims and Jews in a law requiring the stunning of animals prior to slaughter was “unconstitutional.”

The January ruling was implemented concurrently with the European Union which requires that animals do not experience “unnecessary suffering.”

Regulation 1099 provides exceptions for religious slaughter, though some level of discretion is reserved for individual states.

According to the Polish Meat Association, exports have declined by 30 percent since the beginning of the year, Polish Radio reported at the end of February, linking the decline to suspicions that locally sourced cuts were tainted with equine meat.

The ban, Kadlcik agreed, “has done terrible damage to the Polish breeders. For them it is a disaster.”

There will always be a Europe. Did you know that the Nazis practically invented PETA? Hitler was a vegetarian, and insisted on using anesthesia on all animals used in research – even earthworms. Not so much human beings.

Hard to understand why any Jew chooses to live in Europe.

- Aggie

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Nobel Laureates Please Use Service Entrance

Hey, at least His Holiness got inside!

The White House rejected Poland’s request that Lech Walesa receive the Medal of Honor on behalf of Polish World War II hero Jan Karski, according to the Wall Street Journal:

The mood soured a bit before Tuesday’s award ceremony. The Poles wanted Lech Walesa to receive the medal on Karski’s behalf, but the White House nixed the choice. Last year, during Mr. Obama’s visit to Poland, the hero of Solidarity refused to attend a large gathering to meet the younger leader. Mr. Walesa felt entitled to a tete-a-tete. Administration officials told Polish journalists that Mr. Walesa’s presence was too “political” for this week’s occasion. Poles read something else into it: Mr. Obama holds grudges. The counter-snub was the talk of Poland last week.

So, besides winning the Nobel Peace Prize, what else do the Dalai Lama and Lech Walesa have in common?

Oh yes! They both stood up to authoritarian Communist regimes! That couldn’t be the reason for their shameful treatment by the Obama regime, could it?

Meanwhile, one of the recipients of the Medal was Dolores Huerta, the honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. So socialist politics are acceptable, but not the politics of a man who stood up and fought socialism.

To be fair to Sra. Huerta, she serves in that capacity along with such other stalwarts as Barbara Ehrenreich, Frances Fox Piven, Gloria Steinem, and Cornel West. And while she may be a socialist, she’s a Latina socialist, so of much more use to Obama than a Polish rabble rouser or a Tibetan cult leader.

Of course, there’s one Nobel laureate who doesn’t have to use the back door. Though he might find it easier:

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He’s Played Too Much Golf Without a Helmet

I thought I would get in there early by comparing President Obama’s Polish gaffe with President Ford’s. (We’ve compared Obama to Carter, Bush, and Nixon, but we missed this one!)

But Aggie’s beloved Ann Althouse beat me to it:

What Obama said was “Polish death camps,” a terrible misstatement, carelessly referring to the geographic location of the camps without noticing the implication that that the Polish people ran those camps.

What Gerald Ford said, in a crucial debate with Jimmy Carter, was: “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, an [sic] there never will be under a Ford administration.

There are two points here, neither of which Obama would like to discuss. One is that the “death camps” were Nazi, not Polish. The other is the antisemitism of the Poles themselves.

Obama is being rightly roasted over the first point. Did any country suffer more under the Nazis than Poland?

Besides its Jews?

In “Fear,” Gross describes how many Jews who survived the Holocaust returned to their prewar homes only to face further persecution.

He argues that Polish postwar anti-Semitism was driven by guilt over collusion with the Nazi plunder and murder of Jews during the Holocaust, which largely played out in Nazi-run death camps in occupied Poland.

Few in Poland argue with the facts Gross presents in the book, but many dispute his interpretation — even some Polish Jews who lived through the trauma of the war and postwar years.

Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, has said the postwar violence against Jews was “not about anti-Semitism.”

“Murdering Jews was pure banditry, and I wouldn’t explain it as anti-Semitism,” Edelman said in an interview with the Gazeta Wyborcza daily. “It was contempt for man, for human life, plain meanness. A bandit doesn’t attack someone who is stronger, like military troops, but where he sees weakness.”

Gross’ accusations are especially painful for a country that suffered a brutal five-year Nazi occupation in which some six million Polish citizens — half of them Jews — were killed.

Some who attended the discussions complained that the suffering and death of the three million non-Jewish Poles, as well as the efforts of gentiles who tried to save Jews, received only scant international attention.

Gross’ previous book, “Neighbors,” also caused a sensation in Poland when it was published in 2001. That book told the story of Poles who burned their Jewish neighbors alive in a barn in northeastern Poland in July 1941, and spurred a lively national debate on Poland’s relations with Jews.

If you’d really care to discuss these troubling issues, Mr. President, we’re all ears. (And no, that’s not a personal insult.)

PS: As the title of this post recalls, liberal criticism tends to aim low. Playground taunts like “you’re stupid” pretty much sum up their opposition to Ford, Reagan, and the Bushes.

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He Came, Warsaw, But Did Not Conquer

You have to wonder why one labor agitator doesn’t feel the love for another:

Lech Walesa, Poland’s Solidarity-era leader, ex-president and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday he would not accept an invitation to meet fellow Nobel winner US President Barack Obama.

“I expect this meeting would only amount to a photo opportunity,” Walesa told AFP.

“I believe one day I will meet with Obama, but not this time,” Walesa said, adding he wished the US president “very well, but sometimes things just don’t work out.”

Maybe after meeting the Pope the Messiah is a letdown.

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Who Can Forget?

Good times…

26 October 1407
Jews are persecuted in the Cracow Accusations, one of the first blood libels to be recorded in Poland.

The Jews try to defend themselves and ultimately take refuge in the Church of St. Anne which is surrounded and then set afire.

Any children left alive are forcibly baptized.

Yeah, but the Jews had it coming. They were building settlements outside of their slums.

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Eww…

I don’t really know what to say. This picture comes from a soccer match in Poland.

What a world.

A little more:

Fans of Resovia Rzeszow at a May 8 match put up a large banner showing a caricatured hook-nosed Jew with a blue and white yarmulke — the colors of the opposing team — and the phrase “Death to the Crooked Noses.”

The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday called on Andrzej Rusko, president of the Ekstraklasa professional soccer league, to sanction the team.

“This sickening display of crude anti-Semitism is an alarming manifestation of a continuing problem in Polish society, where our opinion surveys and other polls have found disturbing levels of anti-Semitic sentiment,” said Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director. “We call on the league’s president to sanction Resovia Rzeszow and to apply the anti-racism practices of the European football authority, UEFA.”

An ADL letter to Rusko said, “An equally important measure of society is how authorities react to such incidents.”

“Only 700 of Rzeszow’s 15,000 Jews survived the Holocaust,” the letter said. “Jews were starved and executed in Rzeszow’s ghetto, which was later transformed into a concentration camp for the region. Some were sent to nearby death camps, while others were shot in the forest. Calling for death to Jews on the same spot cannot go unpunished.”

Sigh…

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Obama Putts While Poland Buries [UPDATED]

A Tale of Two Presidents:

A massive volcanic plume covering most of Europe forced President Obama to cancel a Sunday trip to Poland to attend the funeral of the nation’s president. But the last-minute change left an opening in his schedule, so the president headed to the links for a round of golf instead.

On a cool but sun-drenched day, the president and three golfing companions headed to Andrews Air Force Base to play 18 holes. It is the 32nd time Mr. Obama has played golf since taking office Jan. 20, 2009, according to CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller.

After canceling the Poland trip on Saturday, the White House announced that Mr. Obama had no public schedule for Sunday. He was to have arrived in Krakow in the morning, attend the 2 p.m. local time funeral, and leave for home by 5 p.m., arriving back at the White House after midnight.

I can’t exactly take President Obama to task for not messing with the ash cloud. A few tests have shown that planes can fly through the stuff, but no one’s willing to try it with passengers, let alone the POTUS.

And this map of closed airports doesn’t make alternative arrangements look easy:

So, while I wish an American President could look Mother Nature in the eye and make her cry, I can’t expect it. (Though what about our military bases—anyhting going in or out of Ramstein? No, not really.)

But if the American media could call a real turkey a plastic one when it was carried by President Bush, why can’t they call this real turkey a real turkey instead of carrying him on their shoulders?

Come on, guys, it looks terrible that President Obama was out on the links, body-Englishing putts this way and that, while Poland was suffering its worst day since Katyn. Awful. Shameful. Tone deaf. Callous. Heartless. I mean, the media made up half the bad PR about Bush, and they’re ignoring all bad PR about Obama—is that supposed to even things out?

In case I haven’t made my point:

Okay, fine. We’ll shut up. Like everyone else.

Well, just one more thing:

The plumes of volcanic ash that ruined travel plans throughout Europe last week kept other world leaders away from the funeral, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy – though there was no word as to whether they too had taken to the links.

Other world leaders found ways to attend the funeral, including Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who made an 18-hour drive, while Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus travelled by car and train. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych also attended.

The late president’s close friend, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, also managed to attend, flying in from Georgia through Rome.

And look which aviatrix managed to traverse the Atlantic, spitting on the ash cloud with contempt, laughing at the volcano with derision, but this modern day Amelia Earhart:

When Elin Nordegren boarded a private jet yesterday with kids in tow, Tiger Woods’ wife was heading home to Sweden, reports RadarOnline.com.

Nordegren arrived in Stockholm from Orlando at around 4:30 a.m. (local time) for a “vacation” planned to last somewhere between a short stay and an extended trip, a source told the entertainment website.

Her departure marks the fourth trip without Woods since the masters. The pair were reunited over the weekend in Orlando, Fla., but reported tensions between Woods and Nordegren fueled speculation that a split is on the horizon.

Doubt she played any golf, however.

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More Construction News

Following anti-Semitism, as we do here in Bloodthirstan, means becoming aware of the fact that certain groups wish to eradicate the Jewish people, and all traces of their history, from the face of the earth. Groups in the Arab world, aided by the political Left, would like to deny ancient Jewish history in Israel, as well as their modern right to exist. This core belief was the stated goal of the Holocaust. Holocaust Deniers deny that, that the Holocaust happened at all. I’ve even heard modern Leftists claim, quite seriously, that “there is no such thing as a Jew,” the denial of the very existence of the people.

It’s ugly out there

The effort to destroy physical remnants of ancient Jewish history in Israel is related to the burning of Torahs, synagogues and eventually human beings during WWII. Modern Jew haters in Poland have removed the symbol of Auschwitz, the sign that greeted prisoners at the gate.

A sign synonymous with the Nazi work camps of World War II was stolen overnight from the Auschwitz Concentration Camp memorial in Poland, police said Friday.

Police were “alerted at 5 a.m. local time on Friday by museum guards” that the infamous sign reading “Arbeit Macht Frei” — “Work Sets You Free” in German — was stolen, according to police spokeswoman Agnieszka Szczygiel.

The heavy iron sign “was removed by being unscrewed on one side and pulled off on the other,” Szczygiel said. “It is also believed that this was a planned event and that several people were involved as the sign was at remarkable height.”

Police have launched an investigation.

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Israeli deputy PM Silvan Shalom, seen here on April 21 2009, stands in front of the sign that was stolen from Auschwitz.

- Aggie

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Do You Know Me?

I just died at the ripe old age of 90. But my early life promised no such long life and prosperity. I was lucky to make it out of my 20s. Hell, I was lucky to make it into my 20s. You see, I and my people had the unlucky fortune to be both Jewish and Polish some 70 years ago.

Know where I’m going?

Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the ill-fated 1943 Warsaw ghetto revolt against the Nazis, died Friday at the age of 90.

Edelman died of old age at the family home of his friend Paula Sawicka, where he had lived for the past two years.

“He died at home, among friends, among his close people,” Sawicka told The Associated Press.

Most of Edelman’s adult life was dedicated to the defense of human life, dignity and freedom. He fought the Nazis in the doomed Warsaw ghetto revolt and later in the Warsaw city Uprising. And then for decades he fought communism in Poland.

His heroism earned him the French Legion of Honor and Poland’s highest civilian distinction, the Order of the White Eagle.

One of the few survivors of three weeks of uneven struggle in the Warsaw ghetto, Edelman felt obliged to preserve the memory of the fallen heroes of that first large-scale Jewish revolt against the Nazis. Each year, on the revolt’s anniversary, he laid flowers at Warsaw’s monument to the ghetto heroes, and called for tolerance.

“Remember them all – boys and girls – 220 altogether, not too many to remember their faces, their names,” he said of the young fighters in a 2008 interview with The Associated Press.

‘Man is evil, by nature man is a beast,” he said then. Therefore people “have to be educated from childhood, from kindergarten, that there should be no hatred.”

He also felt obliged to appeal repeatedly to the world for freedom and peace – even when it had to be won in a fight.

I subscribe to both those sentiments, but it’s nice to see them validated by someone who kind of knows what he’s talking about.

Oh, by the way, for those of you who feel uneasy about acknowledging Jewish suffering because of, you know, Israel, Edelman was your kind of Jew:

After the war Edelman served as the right-hand man of uprising leader Mordechai Anielewicz and was a long-time activist in the Bund, the General Jewish Labor Union. The organization was known in part for being anti-Zionist, believing that Jews must assert themselves as a part of the societies of the countries of origin.

Or is that just editorializing by Ha’artez, the anti-Zionist rag of the Zionist entity?

Because there’s also this version of his post-war life:

After the war, Edelman became a cardiologist in Lodz. He joined the democratic opposition and the Solidarity freedom movement, and was interned under the Dec.13, 1981, martial law aimed against Solidarity.

In the end, the Solidarity movement led to the ouster of communists from power in Poland in 1989.

Edelman’s wife, Alina Margolis-Edelman, worked as a nurse in the Warsaw ghetto and after the war became a pediatrician. With their son, Aleksander, and daughter, Anna, she left Poland for France following the communist-sponsored anti-Semitic purges of 1968. She died in Paris on March 23, 2008.

But Edelman never wanted to leave Poland.

“When you were responsible for the life of some 60,000 people, you don’t leave and abandon the memory of them,” he told the AP.

Heroism is never as simple as it seems. Under analysis it diffuses into translucent shades. But in its moment, heroism is clear, sharp, and never to be forgotten.

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