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The Daily TIP: Findings of European Survey on Anti-Semitism are “Frightening”

Posted by Tip Staff - November 27, 2018

Findings of European Survey on Anti-Semitism are "Frightening"
PM May: "I have no time for equivocation. Antisemitism is racism..."
“Totally Unacceptable”: EU Slams Iran’s Rouhani for Calling Israel a "Cancerous Tumor”
As Jews Prepare for Channukah, Israeli Bakeries Reinvent the Doughnut

Findings of European Survey on Anti-Semitism are "Frightening"

A leading scholar of the Holocaust termed the results of a recent survey of anti-Semitism in Europe "frightening," CNN reported Tuesday.

Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of history at Emory University and author of numerous books on the Holocaust, assessed the results of the poll of more than 7,000 Europeans in seven nations conducted on behalf of CNN.

Reacting to findings from the survey showing that more than 25% of those surveyed from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Sweden, believed that Jews had too much influence in business and that nearly one in four believed that Jews had too much influence in wars around the world, Lipstadt said, "it is imperative to note that anti-Semitism constitutes a conspiracy theory, i.e. an irrational evidence-free perspective that attributes to all Jews -- irrespective of their location, status, age, nationality, world view -- the same qualities and stereotypes."

She added, "Anti-Semitism makes as much sense as attributing to all left-handed people or all blonds similar attributes and behaviors."

The poll also found that one-third of those surveyed said that they "knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust," according to CNN.

Lipstadt found this result disturbing, saying, "This is not something that should so easily be forgotten. It should be something about which Europeans should still be grappling. Not because of guilt -- today's Europeans are clearly not guilty of anything -- but in terms of the society within which they live."

Some European officials expressed an interest in fighting the scourge of anti-Semitism.

Felix Klein, who was appointed in April to be the first German official in charge of fighting anti-Semitism, responded to the survey by saying that he would recommend that other European nations establish a position similar to his. He added that the European Union has urged all member states to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism as another step in fighting anti-Semitism.

Klein noted that Germany adopted the IHRA definition in 2017, but that "our biggest challenge, however, will be to change the views people hold about Jews." He explained further, "This is a task for all of us, and for the sake of society as a whole -- because anti-Semitism is a threat for any democratic, open society."

PM May: "I have no time for equivocation. Antisemitism is racism..."

UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered an impassioned speech condemning anti-Semitism and misogyny at the end of Monday’s Sara Conference on gendered anti-Jewish bigotry in Westminster, which explored the relationship between hatred of Jews and discrimination of women, Jewish News reported.

Addressing a reception in Downing Street, the Prime Minister said, “I have no time for equivocation. Antisemitism is racism – and any ‘equality’ movement that indulges or ignores it is not worthy of the name.”

May observed that it was "clear that in 2018 Jewish women are under dual attack.” The Prime Minister referenced the research produced by the conference and said it showed “that Jewish women politicians are more likely to attract the attentions of far-Right hate groups, was deeply disturbing. But I doubt it came as much of a surprise to those who have been on the receiving end.”

However, the Prime Minister clarified, anti-Semitism was not a phenomenon limited to the far-Right. In a thinly veiled attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, she noted that “As is so often the case with antisemitism, bigotry directed at Jewish women also comes from those who would never consider themselves to be racist, including within the women’s rights movement itself.”

The climate within the Labour Party is now so hostile that at a party conference in September a Jewish MP, Luciana Berger, required special police protection from violent anti-Semitic Labour members. In a different incident, a Jewish woman was kicked in the face outside a pro-Corbyn event in North London, where she demonstrated against the party’s handling of anti-Semitism charges.

The Prime Minister also mentioned Claire Kober, a former Council leader who had stepped down "after facing a torrent of abuse in which she said the only thing worse than the sexism was the antisemitism.”

“Totally Unacceptable”: EU Slams Iran’s Rouhani for Calling Israel a "Cancerous Tumor”

The European Union slammed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's reference to Israel as a "cancerous tumor," calling the description "totally unacceptable," The Times of Israel reported Monday.

“President Rouhani’s remarks bringing into question Israel’s legitimacy are totally unacceptable,” a spokesperson for the EU said in an official statement. “They are also incompatible with the need to address international disputes through dialogue and international law.”

The statement further said that the EU "reiterates its fundamental commitment to the security of Israel, including with regard to current and emerging threats in the region."

Rouhani had made the remarks in a speech Saturday addressing the 32nd annual International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran. Throughout the speech, the Iranian president inveighed against the United States and Israel, saying, "We will win against Zionism and the US if we become united."

In an early section of the speech, Rouhani said, "One of the most important effects of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumour in the region."

He then elaborated, "They deployed a power in the region that completely obeys the West in regional matters,” and added, “They formed the fake Israeli regime and killed and displaced the historical nation of Palestine."

Germany's Foreign Office also issued a statement rejecting Rouhani's remarks and condemned them "in the strongest possible terms." The statement further asserted that "Israel's right to exist cannot be called into question and is non-negotiable."

In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that Rouhani "has once again called for Israel's destruction." Referring to Rouhani's references to Israel as a "cancerous tumor," and a "fake regime," Pompeo charged that "such statements inflame tensions in the region by seemingly calling for war."

As Jews Prepare for Channukah, Israeli Bakeries Reinvent the Doughnut

We all love the classic Chanukkah sufganiya — a light and puffy fried donut made from yeasted enriched dough, filled with red jam and topped with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.

There are few greater joys than taking a bite and letting the jam squirt out the other end, while powdered sugar clings to your lips. That is, until you meet the modern Israeli donut.

Think of it as the souped-up monster truck version of the original.

Each year, Israeli bakeries just keep getting crazier and crazier. With their creatively delicious fillings, toppings, garnishes and extras, sufganiyot are now meant to be the most decadent treat you’ll eat all year.

Below are bakeries producing some of Israel’s most exciting sufganiyot, and our favorites among the zany flavor combinations they’re making this Chanukkah.

1. Roladin, nationwide

Always a power player in the sufganiyot game, Roladin is revered for its seemingly never-ending selection of flavors and over-the-top presentation, which often includes little syringe “shots” to inject into the center of the donut prior to eating.

Because Roladin is a national chain, it’s one of the best options for finding crazy-flavored Hanukkah sufganiyot in smaller cities and suburbs.

Our favorite flavors for 2018:

Baba Au Rhum. Sugar syrup-soaked, topped with whipped cream and a candied cherry. Served with a dark spiced rum shot.

Violet Cheesecake. Filled with cheesecake cream, topped with purple and white chocolate glaze, and garnished with violet flakes, whipped cream and fresh blueberries.

Royal Lindt. Stuffed with Lindt chocolate cream and garnished with cocoa-dusted almonds, a miniature cream puff, hazelnuts and a chocolate shot.

2. Metuka, Tel Aviv (2 locations), Holon

Using only the best ingredients, Miri and Shuki Arazi opened this bakery 20 years ago as a neighborhood coffee shop in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv.

Now at the top of the big city’s pastry game, they have teamed up with the Elite-Strauss brand to bring several collections of sufganiyot to customers this holiday season.

Metuka (“sweetie”) also is known for its sufganiya cake, reimagined each year, and made up of 11 baked brioche rolls filled with three kinds of chocolate cream.

Our favorite flavors for 2018:

Pezek Zman. Named after the Israeli candy bar comprised of wafer-encased nougat cream and a chocolate coating, this donut has Pezek Zman-flavored cream filling, ganache topping and chopped pieces of the candy bar as garnish.

Chunky. Banana cream filling, chocolate coating, and garnish of hazelnut slices, chocolate tuile and banana candy.

Vegan Sfinge. Moroccan-inspired Hanukkah donut similar to fried dough, sweetened with date honey and rolled in granulated sugar while warm.

(For the complete list and mouth-watering photographs see Israel21c)

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