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The Daily TIP: Corbyn’s Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Offensive and Hurtful

Posted by Tip Staff - January 29, 2019

Corbyn's Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Offensive and Hurtful
Hezbollah's Nasrallah: In Future War All of Israel "Will Be Struck by Our Rockets"
Game of Thrones Actress Disables Comments on Instagram after Anti-Semitic Abuse
Israel Hosts International Judo Grand Prix Event and Dominates with Four Gold Medals

Corbyn's Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Offensive and Hurtful

Last week, people gathered across the country to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who joined 200 Holocaust survivors at a service in Westminster, shared a photo of himself on social media signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s book of commitment, saying: "Let us never allow antisemitism or any other form of racism to disfigure our society."

In that moment it felt as if the concept of mockery had been invented only to describe the absurdity of Corbyn’s PR stunt. His participation in the service was offensive as it was hurtful to victims of anti-Jewish discrimination. Here was a man pretending to fight a vicious disease he himself has helped to spread.

No other form of racism has disfigured the modern mainstream political landscape in Britain as has the rise of Corbynism – an ideology rooted in classic pre-war anti-Semitic language. Nurtured by Corbyn’s virulent anti-Western and, by extension, anti-Israel sentiments, this ideology has created a climate in which legitimate criticism of Israel has morphed into anti-Semitism – a targeting that no other nation endures.

The purpose of Holocaust Memorial Day is two-fold: to serve as a date for official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and to promote Holocaust education so that hatred of Jews can never again gain a foothold in our societies.

It is clear, however, that Corbyn is part of the problem, not the solution. Corbyn himself has sought to dilute the significance of adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism by having the Labour Party’s National Committee approve a statement declaring that it should not “be regarded as anti-Semitic to describe Israel, its policies or the circumstances around its foundation as racist.” His proposal found no support and was not voted on.

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Hezbollah's Nasrallah: In Future War All of Israel "Will Be Struck by Our Rockets"

In his first public statement since November, the leader of the Iran-backed terrorist group, Hezbollah, said that in a future war all of Israel "will be struck by our rockets," The Jerusalem Post reported Saturday.

In the interview with the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen television station, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah also dismissed Israel's success in locating and destroying the attack tunnels that Hezbollah had built.

"The uncovering of the tunnels does not affect by 10 percent our plans to take over the Galilee. If we decide to do it — even if they’ve destroyed the tunnels — can’t we rebuild them?” Nasrallah asked rhetorically as reported in the account of the interview in The Times of Israel. The terrorist chieftan also claimed that operation Northern Shield “has not ended, despite the Israelis having announced its completion. Digging is still going on.”

Nasrallah said that the tunnels would be a "helping factor" in facilitating a Hezbollah conquest of northern Israel, but that would help only in a "limited and partial manner."

The Hezbollah leader also said, "The Israelis discovered a number of tunnels after many years, and it’s not a surprise. The surprise is that these tunnels, they took some time to find.” He asserted that some of the tunnels had been around for 13 or 14 years. According to a news report earlier this month, Israel was aware that Hezbollah had been digging tunnels since its 2006 war with that terror group.

Nasrallah's interview appeared to confirm assessments by the IDF that Hezbollah, in its next war with Israel, plans to invade the Galilee and cut it off from the rest of Israel

Game of Thrones Actress Disables Comments on Instagram after Anti-Semitic Abuse

Game of Thrones star Laura Pradelska has disabled comments on her Instagram account after receiving a barrage of anti-Semitic abuse, for which her “skin wasn’t thick enough,” Jewish News reported on Monday.

Pradelska told BBC Radio 5 Live that most of the abuse relates to the Nazi Holocaust and her Jewish roots. The German-Jewish actress, who played Quaithe in the HBO series, said: “It’s completely uncalled for because I tend to post pretty pictures, or pictures of rehearsal or of work that I do.”

The Game of Thrones star explained that she was “outspoken, and I do work with organisations. That doesn’t mean I necessarily have to have a political opinion, and I’m not really equipped to go into major discussions.” Pradelska added that, “It’s usually also from people that hide behind some sort of strange name.”

Board of Deputies Vice President Amanda Bowman said: “That Laura Pradelska has had to disable comments on her Instagram account because of a profusion of antisemitic comments is terribly upsetting for her and worrying for all Jews.

“We call on social media networks to work to identify and banish racists and their disgusting comments.”

Dave Rich, head of policy at the Community Security Trust, added: “Sadly time and time again we see prominent Jewish people subjected to antisemitic abuse on social media, just because they are Jewish."

“It’s a disgrace that anybody has to put up with this and social media companies need to do more to support people who experience hate on their platforms.”

Pradelska is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors and has previously spoken about each of her four grandparents’ survival of the Nazi regime. On Monday, the actress paid tribute to paternal great-grandmother Klara Stern on Instagram by sharing a photo of a burning candle. Stern gave birth to her first child in a labor camp in Nowy Sacz, Poland. Captioning the post, she wrote: “In loving memory of my Omi, Klara Pradelski (geb Stern) liberated from Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. #holocaustmemorial #NeverAgain.”

Israel Hosts International Judo Grand Prix Event and Dominates with Four Gold Medals

Almost 400 competitors from 53 countries came to Tel Aviv last week to compete in Israel’s first-ever International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Prix event.

The two-day event was the season opener for the World Judo Tour consisting of five Grand Prix, part of the two-year qualification campaign for Tokyo 2020. The event attracted 214 male and 159 female competitors from five continents.

And as icing on the cake, Israel’s judokas came out on top with four gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal. Italy came in second with two golds, three silvers, and one bronze.

Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Or Sasson won a gold medal in the 100-plus kilo category. The other gold medalists for Israel were Shira Rishony (-48 kg. women), Timna Nelson Levy (-57 kg. women) and Sagi Muki (-81 kg. men). The silver medalists were Gili Cohen and Inbal Shemesh. Tohar Butbul won a bronze.

According to the IJF, “Judo has dominated the discussion on the news and on the streets in Israel this week as the country has been gripped with judo fever. The contract to stage the competition was only signed 88 days ago in Abu Dhabi but the IJF’s first event in Israel has been long anticipated and filled the Shlomo Arena to capacity on all three days.

“The patriotic home crowd created an electric atmosphere with a cauldron of noise meeting the entrance of every judoka into the field of play and especially those from the host nation.”

The hashtag #JudoTelAviv2019 was the No. 1 trend on Twitter during the event, said the IJF.

“Fans were as vocal online as they were in the venue with the sensational performances of their athletes driving the discussion and making sure that a bigger venue will be required in 2020.”

(via Israel21c)

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