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New York senator Chuck Schumer (Kike) tells US lawmakers anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday in a speech on the Senate floor that anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism.

Schumer, the minority leader in the Senate and currently the highest-ranking Jewish person in government, added his remarks on anti-Zionism to a speech he was giving on health care, saying at the end of that speech that he wanted to thank French President Emmanuel Macron for making the same argument in a speech this weekend.

“Anti-Semitism is a word that has been used throughout history when Jewish people are judged and measured by one standard and the rest by another,” Schumer said.

“When everyone else was allowed to farm and Jews could not; when anyone else could live in Moscow and Jews could not; when others could become academics or tradesmen and Jews could not,” he said. “The word to describe all of these acts is anti-Semitism. So it is with anti-Zionism; the idea that all other peoples can seek and defend their right to self-determination but Jews cannot; that other nations have a right to exist, but the Jewish state of Israel does not.”

Emmanuel Macron speaking at a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv Holocaust roundup in Paris, July 16, 2017. (Kamil ZihnIoglu/AFP/Getty Images)

Schumer said a recent manifestation of anti-Jewish bias was the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel.

“The global BDS movement is a deeply biased campaign that I would say, in similar words to Mr. Macron, is a ‘reinvented form of anti-Semitism’ because it seeks to impose boycotts on Israel and not on any other nation,” Schumer said.

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Macron denounces anti-Zionism as a new form of anti-Semitism

French president Emmanuel Macron on Sunday condemned anti-Zionism as a new form of anti-Semitism, in what observers said was an unprecedented statement from the leader of France in support of the Jewish state.

“We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism,” Macron said an event in Paris marking the mass deportation of French Jews during World War II. He was directly addressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who attended the event.

During a lengthy and introspective speech commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup, a mass arrest of 13,152 French Jews in July 1942 that was part of the Nazi effort to eradicate the Jews of France, Macron forcefully denounced Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

Like several of his predecessors, Macron accepted France’s responsibility for the deportations, admitting that the Vichy regime actively organized them. “It is indeed France that organized” the roundup, Macron said. “Not a single German” took part, he added.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup in Paris on July 16, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kamil Zihnioglu)

“Time does its work,” the president said. “Archives open (and) the truth comes out. It’s stark, irrevocable. It imposes itself on us all.”

In 1995, then-president Jacques Chirac was the first French leader to admit his nation was guilty of having assisted in the mass murder of Jews.

Fewer than 100 of those who were detained at the so-called Vel d’Hiv and then sent to the Nazi death camps survived.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pays his respects after laying a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup in Paris on July 16, 2017. French President Emmanuel Macron on July 16 marked 75 years since the roundup of some 13,000 Jews to be sent to Nazi death camps, calling France's responsibility a "stark truth." (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kamil Zihnioglu)

In a clear reference to far-right leader Marine Le Pen, the rival he defeated in May, Macron denounced “politicians who are prepared to reverse the truth.”

France's far-right National Front (FN) leader and parliamentary candidate Marine Le Pen speaks (C) after the polls closed during the second round of the French parliamentary elections (elections legislatives in French) on June 18, 2017 in Henin-Beaumont, northern France. (Denis Charlet/AFP)

Le Pen had insisted during the campaign that today’s France could not be held accountable for the Vichy regime’s actions.

Netanyahu was the first Israeli leader to speak at the annual event in memory of the Vel d’Hiv roundup, which led to criticism by some leftist Jewish French groups, who argued that this event had nothing to do with Israel.

During his speech, delivered partially in French but mostly in English, Netanyahu hailed French citizens who protected Jews during World War II and vowed never to let Holocaust be repeated.

“Seventy-five years ago, a heavy darkness descended on this City of Lights,” he said adding that the Nazis and their collaborators in France “shattered the lives of thousands of French Jews at Vel’ d’Hiv.”

But he praised “Chirac and successive presidents” who deserved “much credit for telling the truth.”

A memorial to the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, on Quai de Grenelle in Paris. (CC BY-SA Leonieke Aalders, Wikimedia commons)

During the Holocaust, the values of the French Revolution – liberty, equality and fraternity – were brutally crushed “under the boot of anti-Semitism,” he went on. “Yet we must say, and we heard it today as well, we must say that not all was dark.”

Netanyahu then saluted “the noble French citizens” who risked their lives to rescue fellow Frenchmen, such as the residents of Chambon-sur-Lignon who saved thousands of Jews.

“This is a special heroism. We have known in Israel a lot of heroism, as have you here in France. This is different heroism,” Netanyahu said. “There is heroism in battle, in pitting one’s life to save others. But the heroism of the people who saved Jews involved putting their families at risk, putting their children, their wives, their husbands, at the risk of execution… We will never forget, never, these great, great human beings.”

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu at the Elysee palace in Paris, July 16, 2017 (Haim Tzach/GPO)

After the Holocaust, the State of Israel was established to guarantee that the Jewish people will never undergo a Holocaust again, Netanyahu said. “Never again. We will never let it happen again.”

Turning to the present, the prime minister spoke about a “war of civilization” between radical Islam and the West. “Militant Islam wants to destroy our common civilization. The militant Shiites led by Iran, the militant Sunnis led by ISIS – both seek to vanquish us,” he declared.

In the jihadists’ view Israel is merely the first Western target that stands in the way of their goal, he added. “Militant Islamists do not hate the West because of Israel. To the contrary, they hate Israel because of the West, because they rightly see in Israel a forward bastion of our common values of freedom, humanism, democracy. They try to destroy us, but also they try to destroy you.”

Netanyahu, who spoke ahead of Macron, praised the new president for condemning anti-Semitism and “this larger militancy that seeks to destroy our world.”

Israel identifies with France in its struggle against terrorism, the prime minister continued. “The zealots of militant Islam who seek to destroy you, seek to destroy us as well. We must stand against them together; we must remain strong against them together; and we must defeat them together.”

The event was also attended by famed French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld; Francis Kalifat, the head of French-Jewish umbrella group CRIF, and several leaders of organizations representing French Holocaust survivors.

After the ceremony, Netanyahu and Macron headed to the Elysee palace for their first formal working meeting.

U of California regents approve statements on anti-Semitism, ‘anti-Semitic forms of Zionism’

(JTA) — The University of California’s Board of Regents voted to adopt a statement condemning anti-Semitic behavior and an accompanying report that urges campus leaders to confront “anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism.”

Thursday’s vote, reported by San Francisco’s CBS Local, came a day after a committee of the governing board voted unanimously to send the “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance” and accompanying report to the full board.

The document had been in the works for months and drawn strongly divergent responses over plans to include anti-Zionism as a form of discrimination. Some pro-Israel groups said the inclusion was necessary to protect Jewish students, while others said it was wrong to declare criticism of a political ideology to be a form of discrimination.

In the end, the regents compromised by modifying the document to denounce only “anti-Semitic forms” of anti-Zionism. The original document, submitted in January, had declared both anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism to be unacceptable.

Still, the move was widely hailed by American Jewish groups.

“We commend the UC Regents for taking action against hostility toward Jewish students on UC campuses,” said Janna Weinstein Smith, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Los Angeles office, and Sarah Persitz, the AJC’s San Francisco director. “We also applaud the Regents for pointing out that some individuals and groups pursuing a virulently anti-Israel agenda on UC campuses have crossed a threshold into discrimination against Jewish students.”

In September, the regents convened a working group in response to allegations of rising anti-Semitism in the U.C. system, a network of 10 public universities. In January, it issued a report calling on the regents and university leaders “actively to challenge anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination when and wherever they emerge within the University community.”

The final statement approved by the committee Wednesday reads, in part: “Opposition to Zionism often is expressed in ways that are not simply statements of disagreement over politics and policy, but also assertions of prejudice and intolerance toward Jewish people and culture. Anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California.”

German museum’s ‘Jew against Zionism’ talk sparks outrage

BERLIN – A talk titled “Jew against Zionism” slated for Sunday in the municipal museum of Düren has triggered criticism because of the event’s planned anti-Semitic content.

The speaker, Lillian Rosengarten, who is a member of the International Anti-Zionist network, accused Israel on the museum’s website of “ethnic cleansing,” “racism” and “apartheid.”

“Zionism has been successful in activating a growth in anti-Semitism,” the New York-based Rosengarten said.

Dr. Robert Neugröschel, the head of the 1,000-member Jewish community in greater Aachen, which includes the town of Düren, told The Jerusalem Post by the telephone on Saturday that the planned event is a “disgrace and of course anti-Semitic.”

Düren has a population of 90,000 and is located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Dr. Nathan Warszawski, a prominent physician and member of the Aachen Jewish community, was the first to draw attention to the talk, in a letter on Friday to the Sparkasse Düren savings bank titled “Jew-hatred in the space of the Sparkasse Düren.” The bank provided a room for the museum in one if its former offices.

Warszawski wrote, “The lecture ‘Jew against Zionism’ has nothing to do with the history of Düren, but rather with spreading anti-Semitism under the cover of anti-Zionism (Israel hate, criticism of Israel).”

He noted that the Düren branch of Pax Christi, “the official international Catholic peace movement,” invited Rosengarten. “Pax Christi is known for rejecting everything associated with Israel and is rightly considered an anti-Semitic institution in Jewish circles,” Warszawski said.

Axel Holst, from the German-Israel Friendship Society in Aachen, one of the most energetic pro-Israel groups in Germany, told the Post that the event is “disguised anti-Semitism” and is a “form of a dumb mainstream” attack on the Jewish state.

“Anti-Semitism is anti-Zionism,” and the converse is also true, Holst added.

Post phone calls to the Christian Democratic Union mayor of Düren, Paul Larue, were not immediately returned. Larue, who is currently campaigning for reelection, is listed as chairman of the support association for the museum.

Bernd Hahne, the head of the museum’s executive board, told the Post he was aware of the criticism of the event. He said “he has dealt with the Jewish topic for 15 years and is anything but an anti-Semite.” Waiving the “anti-Semitism club is not helpful,” Hahne said. He expects 30 to 40 people to attend the talk.

Rolf Terkatz, another board member, told the Post the criticism of the event was “ridiculous.” He, like Hahne, stressed that when one “criticizes Israel it does not mean it is anti-Semitic.”

Hartmut Böllert, the treasurer of the museum board, said he was not aware of the controversy because he just returned from vacation. He said he disagrees with Rosengarten’s likening of Israel with apartheid.

The remaining board members, Dieter Fücker, Hans-Peter Höner and Helmut Krebs did not immediately respond to Post email and telephone queries.

Rosengarten was born in Frankfurt in 1935 and fled Nazi Germany in 1937. In 2010, she was aboard the Irene, a British catamaran that tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Israel seized the vessel.

Helga Dowe, a member of the local Pax Christi group, laughed on the phone when told that there were those who accused the planned event of spreading anti-Semitism. She said her Pax Christi group has not yet decided if it will boycott Israel. Pax Christi in the German state of Thuringia has called for a sweeping boycott of Israeli products