In Europe, the targeting of Roma sets off alarm bells for Jews

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An Italian politician’s call for a registry of minority Roma reminds Jews of fascist antisemitism.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA June 25, 2018 04:42

When Italy’s interior minister recommended creating a “registry” of Roma, his remark was merely the latest addition to a long list of anti-Roma statements by senior European leaders.

In March, Janos Lazar, the right-hand man for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said: “Once we let them in, they will take over.”

In 2010, Traian Basescu, the president of Romania at the time, said at a news conference about the nomadic ethnic group also known as Gypsies that “very few of them want to work” and “traditionally many of them live off stealing.”

Yet the remark this week by the interior minister, Matteo Salvini, about a Roma database generated a far greater international outcry, especially from several Jewish groups across Europe. Both the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and the Board of Deputies of British Jews condemned it as reminiscent of the Nazi policies inspired by Italy’s fascist movement.

And whereas some Jewish leaders and groups in Italy and beyond rejected the comparison as exaggerated, the reaction nonetheless underlined once more the unofficial partnership that many European Jews feel toward Roma — perhaps the only ethnic minority that was persecuted by the Nazis during the Holocaust with a murderous tenacity that rivals the one they showed the Jews.

Salvini’s call for a “registry” resembles “the antisemitic legislation adopted by Italy’s fascist government on the eve of the Shoah,“ the British Board said in a statement Thursday. In its statement, the Italian Jewish group wrote that the proposal “reawakens memories of the racist measures taken just 80 years ago and, sadly, increasingly forgotten.”

The uproar in European Jewish circles over Salvini’s suggestion was the most intense since Marton Gyongyosi, a leading lawmaker for the far-right Jobbik party in Hungary, called during a speech in parliament for a list to be drawn up of Jewish politicians and government members who pose a “threat to national security.” (Gyongyosi later said he meant owners of a dual Israeli and Hungarian citizenship.)

To Adam Schoenberger, the director of the Marom Hungarian Jewish group that does outreach programs with the country’s large Roma minority, these expressions of solidarity by Jews are a testament to the “shared history and the shared fate” that connects Jews and Roma.

The Nazis murdered at least 200,000 Roma, often along with the Jews, according to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

“When a Roma person is targeted, I feel less safe because I know they will come for me next,” Schoenberger said.

In Italy, the reference by the country’s Jewish umbrella group to “forgetfulness” about the Holocaust may have been tied to the success in the general elections this year by Salvini’s right-wing populist Northern League party and the anti-migration Five Star Movement.

Fiamma Nirenstein, a conservative former lawmaker who is Jewish, said the connection is unwarranted.

The elections and Italy’s fascist past form a “context” that resulted in the international outcry over Salvini’s remark, said Nirenstein, who served in parliament for the center-right party of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. “If this were a left-wing government, there wouldn’t be so much attention to the issue.”

In 1992, Margherita Boniver, a Socialist and then the Italian minister in charge of immigration, proposed having a census of all “migratory people” in Italy – a euphemism for Roma residents.

To Nirenstein, this shows that the desire for a better oversight of Roma in Italy is not rooted in any fascist tendencies, but real social problems connected to Roma populations in Europe today.

“Like the fear of getting robbed,” she said in reference to the wide-held belief in Europe that some Roma encampments feature illegal activities. And there’s the issue of school enrollment. “Sadly, many Roma send children to beg or steal instead of sending them to school. That is the reality.”

Europe has about 12 million Gypsies, a colloquial term for members of the Roma and Sinti ethnicity that many reject as derogatory. Many of them are nomadic, although many have jobs and permanent homes. In Spain, where 750,000 Roma live, only 12 percent reside in substandard housing today, compared to 75 percent 40 years ago, according to the Fundació Secretariado Gitano Roma rights advocacy group.

And yet across the continent, children and women from Roma camps — often a collection of ramshackle huts or a trailer park in the urban outskirts – enter city centers each morning to beg for money. Some beggars pose as deaf. Some also pickpocket or pull street scams.

In January, one Roma man, Milo Pavlovic, delivered a rare first-person testimony on the NOS public broadcasting channel about how he was forced into begging and petty crime by his parents in the Netherlands. Born in France on the shoulders of a highway, he arrived in the Netherlands at 7 years old and was denied access to education. His mother told him to learn how to steal, he said. Pavlovic also said he experienced discrimination from Dutch society.

“My mother would kick me out of the house and was only happy if I came back with jewels or gold,” said Pavlovic, 41.

While the causes for non-enrollment by Roma children in schools are disputed – many Roma attribute it to bureaucratic inflexibility or discrimination – it is widely accepted that in central and southeastern Europe, only about 20 percent of Roma children complete primary school, and fewer still finish high school.

“There are real issues,” Nirenstein said, “and there’s nothing fascist about wanting to deal with it.”

Nirenstein, a former journalist who now lives in Israel and makes frequent trips to Italy, said the statements by the Jewish community in Italy were “a mistake.” But Nirenstein also said she found Salvini’s words “not careful enough because they singled out an ethnic minority at a time where there is already growing concern in a country with an immigration problem” from Africa and the Middle East.

Many of the Roma living in Italy are believed to be foreign and staying without a visa, Nirenstein said. And those who are legal “don’t pay taxes,” she said.

“I criticize Salvini’s remarks on the grounds of equality. Of course I feel solidarity with the Gypsies, a kinship even, between fellow victims of the Holocaust,” Nirenstein said. “But equality also means equal compliance to legal duties.”

Michel Thooris, a Jewish senior police officer in France and founder of a Jewish group that supports that country’s far-right National Front party, blasted allusions to the Holocaust as “a serious moral error.”

The Italian government, Thooris said, “simply wants to apply the Italian law” also “on immigration.”

Peter Feldmajer, a former leader of the Mazsihisz federation of Hungarian Jewish communities, said he saw “no connection between the Holocaust” and what Salvini said.

“I oppose what the Italian minister said not because of the Holocaust, or because I’m a Jew and they’re Gypsies, but simply because it goes against the values of human dignity to make lists according to race, color, origin and so on,” Feldmajer said. “In a democracy, that’s impossible.”

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Antisemitism/In-Europe-the-targeting-of-Roma-sets-off-alarm-bells-for-Jews-560786

European Jews Watch on in Fear as Italy Targets Roma People

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The Italian interior minister’s suggestion to create a registry of Roma sends shock waves across Europe: ‘When a Roma person is targeted I feel less safe, because I know they will come for me next’

JTA and Cnaan Liphshiz Jun 24, 2018 2:53 AM

When Italy’s interior minister recommended creating a “registry” of Roma, his remark was merely the latest addition to a long list of anti-Roma statements by senior European leaders.

In March, Janos Lazar, the right-hand man for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said: “Once we let them in, they will take over.”

In 2010, Traian Basescu, the president of Romania at the time, said at a news conference about the nomadic ethnic group also known as Gypsies that “very few of them want to work” and “traditionally many of them live off stealing.”

Yet the remark this week by the interior minister, Matteo Salvini, about a Roma database generated a far greater international outcry, especially from several Jewish groups across Europe. Both the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and the Board of Deputies of British Jews condemned it as reminiscent of the Nazi policies inspired by Italy’s fascist movement.

And whereas some Jewish leaders and groups in Italy and beyond rejected the comparison as exaggerated, the reaction nonetheless underlined once more the unofficial partnership that many European Jews feel toward Roma — perhaps the only ethnic minority that was persecuted by the Nazis during the Holocaust with a murderous tenacity that rivals the one they showed the Jews.

Salvini’s call for a “registry” resembles “the anti-Semitic legislation adopted by Italy’s fascist government on the eve of the Shoah,“ the British Board said in a statement Thursday. In its statement, the Italian Jewish group wrote that the proposal “reawakens memories of the racist measures taken just 80 years ago and, sadly, increasingly forgotten.”

The uproar in European Jewish circles over Salvini’s suggestion was the most intense since Marton Gyongyosi, a leading lawmaker for the far-right Jobbik party in Hungary, called during a speech in parliament for a list to be drawn up of Jewish politicians and government members who pose a “threat to national security.” (Gyongyosi later said he meant owners of a dual Israeli and Hungarian citizenship.)

To Adam Schoenberger, the director of the Marom Hungarian Jewish group that does outreach programs with the country’s large Roma minority, these expressions of solidarity by Jews are a testament to the “shared history and the shared fate” that connects Jews and Roma.

The Nazis murdered at least 200,000 Roma, often along with the Jews, according to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

“When a Roma person is targeted, I feel less safe because I know they will come for me next,” Schoenberger said.

In Italy, the reference by the country’s Jewish umbrella group to “forgetfulness” about the Holocaust may have been tied to the success in the general elections this year by Salvini’s right-wing populist Northern League party and the anti-migration Five Star Movement.

Fiamma Nirenstein, a conservative former lawmaker who is Jewish, said the connection is unwarranted.

The elections and Italy’s fascist past form a “context” that resulted in the international outcry over Salvini’s remark, said Nirenstein, who served in parliament for the center-right party of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. “If this were a left-wing government, there wouldn’t be so much attention to the issue.”

In 1992, Margherita Boniver, a Socialist and then the Italian minister in charge of immigration, proposed having a census of all “migratory people” in Italy – a euphemism for Roma residents.

To Nirenstein, this shows that the desire for a better oversight of Roma in Italy is not rooted in any fascist tendencies, but real social problems connected to Roma populations in Europe today.

“Like the fear of getting robbed,” she said in reference to the wide-held belief in Europe that some Roma encampments feature illegal activities. And there’s the issue of school enrollment. “Sadly, many Roma send children to beg or steal instead of sending them to school. That is the reality.”

Europe has about 12 million Gypsies, a colloquial term for members of the Roma and Sinti ethnicity that many reject as derogatory. Many of them are nomadic, although many have jobs and permanent homes. In Spain, where 750,000 Roma live, only 12 percent reside in substandard housing today, compared to 75 percent 40 years ago, according to the Fundació Secretariado Gitano Roma rights advocacy group.
And yet across the continent, children and women from Roma camps — often a collection of ramshackle huts or a trailer park in the urban outskirts – enter city centers each morning to beg for money. Some beggars pose as deaf. Some also pickpocket or pull street scams.

In January, one Roma man, Milo Pavlovic, delivered a rare first-person testimony on the NOS public broadcasting channel about how he was forced into begging and petty crime by his parents in the Netherlands. Born in France on the shoulders of a highway, he arrived in the Netherlands at 7 years old and was denied access to education. His mother told him to learn how to steal, he said. Pavlovic also said he experienced discrimination from Dutch society.

“My mother would kick me out of the house and was only happy if I came back with jewels or gold,” said Pavlovic, 41.

While the causes for non-enrollment by Roma children in schools are disputed – many Roma attribute it to bureaucratic inflexibility or discrimination – it is widely accepted that in central and southeastern Europe, only about 20 percent of Roma children complete primary school, and fewer still finish high school.

“There are real issues,” Nirenstein said, “and there’s nothing fascist about wanting to deal with it.”

Nirenstein, a former journalist who now lives in Israel and makes frequent trips to Italy, said the statements by the Jewish community in Italy were “a mistake.” But Nirenstein also said she found Salvini’s words “not careful enough because they singled out an ethnic minority at a time where there is already growing concern in a country with an immigration problem” from Africa and the Middle East.

Many of the Roma living in Italy are believed to be foreign and staying without a visa, Nirenstein said. And those who are legal “don’t pay taxes,” she said.

“I criticize Salvini’s remarks on the grounds of equality. Of course I feel solidarity with the Gypsies, a kinship even, between fellow victims of the Holocaust,” Nirenstein said. “But equality also means equal compliance to legal duties.”

Michel Thooris, a Jewish senior police officer in France and founder of a Jewish group that supports that country’s far-right National Front party, blasted allusions to the Holocaust as “a serious moral error.”

The Italian government, Thooris said, “simply wants to apply the Italian law” also “on immigration.”

Peter Feldmajer, a former leader of the Mazsihisz federation of Hungarian Jewish communities, said he saw “no connection between the Holocaust” and what Salvini said.
“I oppose what the Italian minister said not because of the Holocaust, or because I’m a Jew and they’re Gypsies, but simply because it goes against the values of human dignity to make lists according to race, color, origin and so on,” Feldmajer said. “In a democracy, that’s impossible.”

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/european-jews-watch-on-in-fear-as-italy-targets-roma-people-1.6200002

La Shoah à nouveau instrumentalisée pour défendre l’immigration clandestine

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Comparer l’appel de Matteo Salvini demandant le recensement des populations Roms et Tziganes à la politique fasciste de 1938 ayant conduit à l’Holocauste est une grave faute morale et politique de la part de l’Union des Communautés Juives Italiennes (UCEI).

Une telle comparaison est de nature à banaliser la réalité de l’horreur de la Shoah et son ampleur. Il s’agit là d’une grave distorsion de la réalité historique et temporelle.

Les Roms et Tsiganes ne sont pas recensés par le gouvernement italien pour être exterminés contrairement à ce qui s’est passé en 1938 pour les Juifs.

L’objectif du gouvernement italien est simplement de faire appliquer la loi italienne en matière d’immigration.

Faire un parallèle entre la politique du gouvernement italien, légitimement et démocratiquement élu, et le régime nazi, c’est insulter l’ensemble des italiens.

Il est important de dire que tous les Juifs italiens ne sont pas en accord avec la prise de position de l’UCEI et que de nombreux Juifs soutiennent la politique de Matteo Salvini en matière de lutte contre l’immigration irrégulière.

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Entre Israël et Palestine, le Front national balance

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Les violences au Proche-Orient ont réactivé des divisions à l’extrême droite.

Soutenir Israël contre les Palestiniens, ou défendre ces derniers contre l’État hébreu ? Cruel ­dilemme… Les violences survenues en début de semaine dernière à la frontière entre Israël et la bande de Gaza (60 morts et 2.500 blessés) ont réveillé un vieux clivage au Front national. « Clairement, les deux sensibilités cohabitent au sein du parti, entre pro-Israéliens et pro-Palestiniens. Il reste des antisionistes au parti », analyse un cadre du ­Rassemblement bleu Marine.

Marine Le Pen, elle, a défendu Israël. « Si chacun peut regretter le nombre important de morts palestiniens, on ne peut que constater qu’il y a là un message de la part d’Israël, un message que certains trouveront inutilement excessif, peut-être inutilement brutal, mais qui est un message clair : ils ne transigeront pas sur la sécurité de leurs frontières », a-t-elle déclaré mardi, sur LCP. Mais malgré cette position tranchée, des voix contraires se sont fait entendre au FN. Ainsi celle de David Rachline.

Marine Le Pen, « point d’équilibre » du parti

S’il rejoint Marine Le Pen lorsqu’elle fustige le déménagement de l’ambassade américaine à Jérusalem, le sénateur et maire de Fréjus sait aussi s’opposer à sa présidente. « Protéger sa frontière, ce n’est pas tuer plusieurs dizaines de personnes », lance-t-il avant de saluer la coexistence, au sein du FN, de plusieurs courants de pensée. « Effectivement, je ne partage pas la vision de Gilbert Collard sur cette question israélo-palestinienne. Le rôle de Marine [Le Pen], c’est d’être le point d’équilibre. »

Rachline n’est pas un cas isolé. Axel Loustau et Frédéric Chatillon, deux anciens du GUD très proches de la présidente du FN, ont rejeté sa ligne. « Qui peut raisonnablement parler de réponse proportionnée à une soi-disant violation de frontière? C’est un massacre auquel le monde entier assiste, impassible! », a tweeté le premier. Le second a ouvertement invectivé Jean Messiha, nouveau délégué national du FN pour les études et les argumentaires. « Le Hamas sacrifie ses femmes et ses enfants sur l’autel terroriste de son cynisme criminel », avait écrit mardi Messiha. « Un tweet digne du Crif [Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France] », a répliqué Chatillon.

« L’antisémitisme historique du FN a été remplacé par l’antisionisme », estime Michel Thooris, ex-membre du comité central du FN et président de l’Union des patriotes français juifs. « Des gens comme David Rachline, qui a longtemps été proche d’Alain Soral, ou Frédéric Chatillon, qui est un pro-Bachar El-Assad, influencent considérablement Marine Le Pen », poursuit un ex-conseiller de la présidente frontiste. Preuve que, si le parti veut se tourner vers le futur, son passé le rattrape inévitablement.

https://www.lejdd.fr/politique/entre-israel-et-palestine-le-front-national-balance-3658337

Le Président Trump annonce le retrait des Etats-Unis de l’accord sur le nucléaire iranien

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Nouvelle promesse de campagne tenue par le Président américain Donald Trump !

L’UPFJ salue une décision historique et courageuse des Etats-Unis.

Cette sortie américaine de l’accord sur le nucléaire iranien était absolument nécessaire pour protéger la planète de la folie destructrice du régime des Mollahs.

Tout doit être mis en œuvre pour empêcher l’Iran de se doter de l’arme nucléaire et l’accord signé en 2015 constituait une véritable offrande faite à ce régime, principal promoteur du terrorisme à l’échelle mondiale, pour lui permettre d’acquérir la technologie du nucléaire militaire.

Cet accord voulu par Barack Obama servait exclusivement les intérêts de quelques grands groupes financiers espérant faire du business et de juteux profits avec la République islamique, peu importe les conséquences sécuritaires, à l’instar de la collaboration du cimentier Lafarge avec l’Etat islamique.

La plus grande fermeté doit être de mise vis-à-vis du régime de Téhéran, y compris par l’application de sanctions.

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Manifeste contre le nouvel antisémitisme : abject pour le président turc Erdogan

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Dimanche, le ministre turc des affaires européennes, Ömer Celik, a accusé les 300 signataires du manifeste contre le nouvel antisémitisme d’être des barbares qui « n’auraient pas pu montrer plus ouvertement leur affinité idéologique avec Daesh ».

Pour le président turc Erdogan, « il n’y a aucune différence entre vous [les 300 signataires] et Daesh ».

« Qui êtes-vous pour utiliser pareil langage ? » a lancé Recep Tayyip Erdogan aux signataires, qualifiant le texte « d’abject ».

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Texte du manifeste :

« L’antisémitisme n’est pas l’affaire des Juifs, c’est l’affaire de tous. Les Français, dont on a mesuré la maturité démocratique après chaque attentat islamiste, vivent un paradoxe tragique. Leur pays est devenu le théâtre d’un antisémitisme meurtrier. Cette terreur se répand, provoquant à la fois la condamnation populaire et un silence médiatique que la récente marche blanche a contribué à rompre.

Lorsqu’un Premier ministre à la tribune de l’Assemblée nationale déclare, sous les applaudissements de tout le pays, que la France sans les Juifs, ce n’est plus la France, il ne s’agit pas d’une belle phrase consolatrice mais d’un avertissement solennel : notre histoire européenne, et singulièrement française, pour des raisons géographiques, religieuses, philosophiques, juridiques, est profondément liée à des cultures diverses parmi lesquelles la pensée juive est déterminante. Dans notre histoire récente, onze Juifs viennent d’être assassinés – et certains torturés – parce que Juifs, par des islamistes radicaux.

Pourtant, la dénonciation de l’islamophobie – qui n’est pas le racisme anti-Arabe à combattre – dissimule les chiffres du ministère de l’Intérieur : les Français juifs ont 25 fois plus de risques d’être agressés que leurs concitoyens musulmans. 10 % des citoyens juifs d’Ile-de-France – c’est-à-dire environ 50 000 personnes – ont récemment été contraints de déménager parce qu’ils n’étaient plus en sécurité dans certaines cités et parce que leurs enfants ne pouvaient plus fréquenter l’école de la République. Il s’agit d’une épuration ethnique à bas bruit au pays d’Émile Zola et de Clemenceau.

Pourquoi ce silence ? Parce que la radicalisation islamiste – et l’antisémitisme qu’il véhicule – est considérée exclusivement par une partie des élites françaises comme l’expression d’une révolte sociale, alors que le même phénomène s’observe dans des sociétés aussi différentes que le Danemark, l’Afghanistan, le Mali ou l’Allemagne… Parce qu’au vieil antisémitisme de l’extrême droite, s’ajoute l’antisémitisme d’une partie de la gauche radicale qui a trouvé dans l’antisionisme l’alibi pour transformer les bourreaux des Juifs en victimes de la société. Parce que la bassesse électorale calcule que le vote musulman est dix fois supérieur au vote juif.

Or à la marche blanche pour Mireille Knoll, il y avait des imams conscients que l’antisémitisme musulman est la plus grande menace qui pèse sur l’islam du XXIème siècle et sur le monde de paix et de liberté dans lequel ils ont choisi de vivre. Ils sont, pour la plupart, sous protection policière, ce qui en dit long sur la terreur que font régner les islamistes sur les musulmans de France.

En conséquence, nous demandons que les versets du Coran appelant au meurtre et au châtiment des juifs, des chrétiens et des incroyants soient frappés d’obsolescence par les autorités théologiques, comme le furent les incohérences de la Bible et l’antisémite catholique aboli par Vatican II, afin qu’aucun croyant ne puisse s’appuyer sur un texte sacré pour commettre un crime.

Nous attendons de l’islam de France qu’il ouvre la voie. Nous demandons que la lutte contre cette faillite démocratique qu’est l’antisémitisme devienne cause nationale avant qu’il ne soit trop tard. Avant que la France ne soit plus la France. »

L’UPFJ souligne la qualité de ce texte et salue le courage des signataires de ce manifeste contre le nouvel antisémitisme.

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