Von Triers nazi joke gets him listed as an anti-Semite

As a friend of Israel and the Jewish people, I think this is a stupid and unnecessary move on the part of the Simon Wiesenthal centre.

Out of their 2011 Top Ten Anti-Israel/Anti-Semitic Slur is ranked Lars Von Triers at at number 5 for his bad joke at Cannes.

He beats likes of  Tawfiq Okasha, a presidential candidate in post-Mubarak Egypt, who stated:

“Not all the Jews in the world are evil….The ratio is 60-40. Sixty percent are evil to varying degrees, all the way to a level that words cannot describe, while 40 percent are not evil.”

And even Syrian writer Osama Al-Malouhi who wrote:

“[Jews] want that sucker of Syrian blood to remain and continue to prey and suck blood. They not only want their security, but also to enjoy the sight of Syrian blood being spilled…. Asking myself why Jewish support of Bashar [Assad] increased after they saw the rivers of Syrian blood this mass-murderer spilled in Syrian towns, an old image leapt to my mind, of Jews bleeding people and using their blood to prepare matzas. Logic does not accept this, but the facts prove it.

It is obvious that Von Triers was joking. A bad joke, yes, but to brand him an anti-Semite and rank him with open Jew haters is silly.

It just flags the Simon Wiesenthal centre as being fanatical, and lends support to those that claim that the Jewish lobby silences its critics by intimidation and threat.

Via Politiken – Von Triers nazi-joke er den femte værste i verden – Politiken.dk.

Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011


Gutted to see that Christopher Hitches – “polemicist, literary critic, anti-theist,raconteur, is dead. Just read his last major piece in Vanity Fair. He looked very weak in the photo for that piece.

A truly brilliant man and great fighter for enlightenment.

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Where is the outrage, Twitter?

The Twitterverse was abuzz today over the court hearing for Emma West, the notorious “star” of the #mytramexperience  anti-immigration rant.

She pleased not guilty to the charge of racially aggravated Intentional harassment, alarm or distress .

She was remanded in custody until 3 January  2012 – so will spend Christmas in jail away from her children – for “her own protection”.  Its an obvious fiction and is designed to punish her for pleading “Not Guilty”.

Its especially unfair when on the very same day, a judge lets four non-white racists walk free after finding them guilty of a brutal assault.

The four women – three sisters and their cousin – were told the charge of actual bodily harm, which carries a maximum sentence of five years, against 22-year-old care worker Rhea Page would normally land them in custody.

However, the judge handed the women suspended sentences after hearing that they were not used to alcohol because their religion does not allow it.

Miss Page said Ambaro Maxamed, 24, Ayan Maxamed, 28, and Hibo Maxamed, 24, and their 28-year-old cousin Ifrah Nur screamed “Kill the white slag” while kicking her in the head as she lay motionless on the ground.

The support worker from Leicester was left “black and blue” with bruises and needed hospital treatment following the attack which came as she walked to a taxi rank with her boyfriend.

…”We were just minding our own business but they kept shouting ‘white bitch’ and ‘white slag’ at me.

“When I turned around one of them grabbed my hair – she literally wrapped her fingers in my hair – then threw me on the ground. That’s when they started kicking me.

“They were taking turns to kick me in the head and back over and over. I was lying on the ground the whole time, crying and screaming. It was terrifying. I thought they were going to kill me.

“Eventually the police came but it felt like ages. Afterwards I was covered in blood and hair. I had a bald patch on my head where they had yanked my hair out and I was black and blue all over.

“I honestly think they attacked me just because I was white. I can’t think of any other reason.

Muslim women not used to drinking walk free after attack on woman – The Daily Telegraph
Girl gang who kicked woman in the head while yelling ‘kill the white slag’ freed after judge hears ‘they weren’t used to drinking because they’re Muslims’ – The Daily Mail

So a non-violent white racist who speaks out on a tram goes to prison for Christmas, whilst these four active violent racists get no jail time.

As they keep asking on Twitter, where is the outrage now?