THE ANTISEMITISM MONITORING
THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT
Report of Anti-Semitic Incidents - February
The arrest of the PKK leader Ocalan led to
violent popular protest, especially in Europe. The
incident in which four demonstrators were killed
in the Israeli consulate in Berlin and the claim
that Israeli elements were involved in extraditing
Ocalan generated tension and a fear of harassment
and attack against Jewish institutions throughout
the world. So far only a few incidents against
Jewish installations have been recorded.
Attacks and Incidents
France - A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the
entrance to the Jewish Hamam Café in the Jewish
Rue Des Rosiers quarter in Paris. A fire broke out
which caused only property damage but no
casualties. The Jewish Radio J radio station which
operates in Paris is located in the same building.
Skinheads entered the Tournefeuil synagogue in
Toulouse, damaged the contents and drew swastikas
and abusive slogans on the walls.
Belgium - A Molotov cocktail was thrown into
the yard of the Sephardi Pavillon synagogue in the
Schaerbeek neighbourhood in Brussels. The
synagogue was empty at the time. No damage was
The Holocaust memorial site in Brussels was
desecrated with anti-Semitic slogans and
Britain - A woman entered a Jewish shop in
Salford, Manchester, pursuing some Jewish girls
and shouting anti-Semitic remarks at them. The
woman continued the anti-Semitic cursing after she
was removed from the shop. She later passed the
Central North Manchester Synagogue and threatened
two other girls.
Russia - Unknown persons broke into the office
of the Hasdei Yerushalayim charity organization in
Saratov. The place was damaged and electrical
equipment was stolen.
Australia - A Molotov cocktail was thrown into
the yard of a synagogue in Melbourne. The fire was
extinguished and no damage was caused.
Two boys entered the premises of the Yeshivah
Gedolah rabbinical seminary in Sydney and harassed
some Yeshivah students. When they were asked to
leave they refused and violently attacked the
rabbi of the seminar. The rabbi suffered multiple
injuries and concussion and had to be
hospitalized. The attackers left the place but
returned to continue harassing the Yeshivah
students. The police arrested the attackers and
they will be put on trial.
The candelabra on the main synagogue in Perth
in Western Australia was damaged on the night
between Friday and the Sabbath. The candelabra
stands about two meters above the synagogue and
has covers for the lamps. All the covers, except
one, were stolen and some of the lamps were
Eggs were thrown at the front door of the
rabbis house in the Gold Coast.
Eggs were thrown from a passing car at a Jewish
boy who was on his way to a synagogue in Sydney.
A swastika was drawn on a synagogue wall in
Australia - A hate letter was left between the
doors of the Jewish community building in Perth.
The note threatened that the writer would return
to the synagogues of Satan. The intention was
Brazil - A threatening phonecall, including
anti-Semitic jokes, was received at the home of
the president of the Centro Israelita Brasileiro
in Rio de Janeiro.
Argentina - A threat of an imminent attack
against one of the Jewish organizations was
received through an organization which had
penetrated the Jewish community.
Anti-Semitic and Racist Propaganda
Britain - An anti-Semitic letter was received
at the Radlett and Bushey Reform synagogue in
A senior official of the Jewish community
received an anti-Semitic letter containing the
addresses of anti-Semitic sites on the Internet.
A Jew from London received an anti-Semitic
letter after he wrote a letter to the Times
editor. The letter said that it was a pity that
the British had fought in World War II for the
Jews and expressed the hope that the younger
generation would correct the mistake and heal the
white race. The letter ended with the sentence, We
will still fight the Jews, 88. (88 signifies the
initials of Heil Hitler).
An anti-Semitic letter was received in the
editorial offices of the JC newspaper. The writer
claimed his father and fathers friends had killed
thousands of Jews throughout Europe and called it
the work of God. The letter was replete with
The word Jew was scratched on a Jewish familys
car in London in one of the Hendon neighbourhood
France - The JNF offices in Paris received
letters containing anti-Semitic leaflets.
During a Kurdish demonstration opposite the
Great Synagogue in Bordeaux cries of Death to the
Jews and Death to Israel were heard. An additional
demonstration was held near the Jewish community
building in Toulouse.
Belgium - In the Brussels neighbourhood of
Anderlecht, unknown persons wrote abusive slogans,
a swastika and anti-Semitic Neo-Nazi slogans on
the walls of the memorial to Jewish victims who
had been sent to the death camps.
Italy - At a wayside inn in the Italian Alps
bottles of wine are being sold with pictures of
Hitler and the Italian dictator Mussolini on them.
The names of the wines are Ein Volk, Ein Reich,
Ein Fuehrer (one nation, one Reich, one leader) -
the official slogan of the Third Reich, Zeig Heil
- the Nazi greeting and other slogans and names
from the Nazi period in Germany.
Brazil - During the carnival in San Paolo 100
dancers from the Vai-Vai samba school appeared in
costumes bearing swastikas. The subject of the
school dancers performance was the Prophesies of
Nostradamus and their costumes were meant to
signify that Hitler was one of the fulfillments of
Anonymous anti-Semitic phonecalls were received
in the home of a Jewish historian in Rio de
Malaysia - Malaysian, Prime Minister, Dr.
Mahatir, strongly criticized the Jews at the
economic conference in Davos, Switzerland in early
February 1999. He used arguments reminiscent of
the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' and blamed
the Jewish connection for Asias economic problems.
This was not the first time that Mahatir had
expressed such opinions towards the Jews and their
influence on the worlds economy.
Australia - The Adelaide Institute continues to
publish anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial articles
and even sent such material to a Jewish
organization in Melbourne.
Accusing mail and anti-Semitic material were
sent to an organization in Sydney and referred to
the Synagogue of the Devil. An anti-Semitic
announcement was recorded at the Internet site of
a Jewish organization in Sydney and a drawing of a
swastika was added to the guest book of the Jewish
Museum in Sydney.
The Nexus magazine published a section from the
book The Money Makers: How International Bankers
Gained Control which describes the power of the
Rothschilds in the past and blames them and three
other Jewish families for causing wars and
A number of abusive letters in the same tone -
Death to the Jews, human vermin - were sent on
various occasions during the month to Jewish
private homes, businesses and organizations.
An announcement signed by Adolf Hitler was sent
to a Jewish organization by electronic mail 13
times this month. Pamphlets with a swastika and
the word soap were left on the steps of a
synagogue in Sydney.
Anti-Semitic messages continue to flow into new
Internet sites. Among other things, they justify
Hitlers actions, define Judaism as a blood-sucking
and obsolete religion and denounce Israel and the
In a Sydney book shop new editions are being
sold of Mein Kampf, 'Protocols of the Elders of
Zion' , Our Nordic Race by Kelly Hoskins and
Holocaust denial material.
The Exposure newspaper continues to publish
Holocaust denial material and advertisements for
the sale of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion'.
The Strategy newspaper also publicizes
Joe Chiappalones news magazine complains about
there being too many Zionists (Jews) in Australia
which, according to him, is more like Tel Aviv
today. He envisages Australia having the same fate
as Canada - complete surrender to Zionism. He
claims that the evil of the Zionist Jews will lead
to their destruction.
In the Diplomatic Panorama and the Antara News,
there appeared, among other things, Holocaust
denial articles and expressions like Talmudic
bankers from Wall Street and the Jewish lobby
which promotes the Holocaust.
U.S. - In Portland, Oregon, a teacher in the
Franklin high school found two anti-Semitic
abusive letters in her cubbyhole which also
included a threat on her life.
A third abusive note with a swastika had been
placed two weeks before on the car of a school
U.N. - The State Department published findings
that U.N.-run schools which are in charge of
Palestinian refugees in the Middle East use
anti-Semitic reference books. The books are
distributed by the governments of Syria, Lebanon,
Jordan and the PA.
Russia - At the convention of the DPA
organization (the movement supporting the army)
which was held in Rostov, Makashov stated that the
movement must be anti-Semitic since this is in
keeping with the interests of the entire (Russian)
people. Makashov proposed changing the name of the
movement to the Movement Against Jews.
At the founding convention of the new
Imperialist Party of Russia, derogative
anti-Semitic and racist remarks were heard.
Skinheads who participated in the convention wore
black uniforms like the Nazi parties.
Struggle Against Anti-Semitism
Russia - Russias Minister of Justice, Pavel
Krasheninnikov, called for increasing efforts in
the struggle against political radicalism after
radical nationalists wearing Nazi insignia marched
through the streets of Moscow. The minister called
for expanding the authority of the presidential
committee which was set up to fight the radicals
in order to apply the two-year plan to stop
political and religious fanaticism. The Ministry
of Justice also sent a warning to the Neo-Nazi RNE
party to stop its activity. The Moscow
municipality already passed a law prohibiting the
use of the movements symbols which resemble a
Canada - Valdimir Katriuk, a 77-year old
butcher from Montreal and former member of the
Ukrainian companies which collaborated with the
S.S. and which were responsible for the deaths of
thousands of Jews, will apparently be expelled
from Canada after a federal court decision that he
received Canadian citizenship under false
pretenses. His deportation is currently being made
conditional on the Cabinets approving the revoking
of his citizenship.
The Human Rights Tribunal in Vancouver fined a
journalist 2,000 dollars for a series of articles
which encourage anti-Semitism and Holocaust
denial. One of the members of the tribunal stated
that the articles supported the most radical
expressions of anti-Semitism. The journalist
denounced the decision claiming that it was
against freedom of speech and said he would
continue writing the same material.
U.S. - The American Jewish Congress called on
the national Republican committee to remove the
racist David Duke from the party for his radical
views. Duke represents New Orleans in the race for
a seat in Congress.
Britain - For the first time in Britain a full
trial of a Nazi war criminal has been opened,
including sending the jury to visit the site where
the crime was committed (Belarus). Anthony
Sawoniuk, a British pensioner who is of Polish
extraction and who served as a police officer in
1942, is accused of murdering four Jews in Belarus
and assisting the Nazis in the destruction of
Russia - The very first Center for Jewish
Studies was dedicated at the Moscow State
University. The new Center for Jewish Studies is
the product of cooperation between the Institute
of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, the Institute of Asian and African
countries at the Moscow State University and the
Jewish University of Moscow. The project is being
financed with the aid of funds from the Russian
Jewish Congress, the Israel government, an
American benefactor and other universities in
Latvia - On 14 February, 1999, a few dozen
members of the Latvian branch of the Russian
anti-Semitic Neo-Nazi organization Ruskoye
Natsionalnoye Edinstvo (The Russian National
Unity) which was founded by Barkashov, held a
parade in the streets of Liepaja (in south west
Latvia). This is a Neo-Nazi racist and
anti-Semitic organization whose symbol is an
inverted swastika and which greets its members
with the Nazi salute.
The leader of the Freedom and Homeland party
(TB), Marius Brinblatts, published an official
statement that his party is disassociating itself
and renouncing the anti-Semitic publication The
Terrible Year (Baigais Gads). The statement
confirms that the publication (which first
appeared in 1942) has indeed been republished by a
TB member but he did so as a private individual
and the book does not represent the partys
Ukraine - Three Jewish groups in Ukraine left
the umbrella organization The General Ukrainian
Jewish Congress that represents the Ukrainian
Jewish community which numbers some half a million
persons. The groups declared that they would set
up a new association - The Jewish Confederation of
Ukraine as the umbrella organization did not
succeed in meeting the needs of many Jews who
require financial assistance.
Hungary - A few hundred Neo-Nazis, most of them
German, took part in a memorial service in
Budapest in memory of German soldiers who fell in
Hungary in World War II. The opposition expressed
strong criticism in Parliament against the permit
granted for such a demonstration and the fact that
German radicals were not prevented from entering,
even though it was known beforehand that they were
coming. The opposition presented a draft amendment
which would enable the prevention of such
demonstrations. A protest rally was organized on
the initiative of members of parliament from the
opposition parties (the Social Party and Free
Democratic Party). The rally took place next to
the memorial for the Holocaust victims on the
banks of the Danube in which some 8000 persons
participated. These included members of parliament
of all factions, including the president of the
Socialist Party Laszlo Kovacs, heads of the Jewish
community of Hungary, writers, intellectuals and
many young people.
Morocco - The Even Danan synagogue in the
Mellah (the former Jewish quarter) in the old city
of Fez was renovated and dedicated in a
well-attended ceremony under the patronage of the
Crown Prince. Jews from various parts of the world
participated, as well as government officials,
army personnel and local police. The event was
accompanied by a seminar on the Cultural Heritage
of Moroccan Jewry. Since Jews do not live in that
area today, the synagogue will be used as a
tourist site and not for worship.
Israel/Britain - Israel announced that the
British citizen Frank Foley who saved thousands of
Jews during World War II, would be declared a
Righteous Gentile. During the thirties Foley
headed the branch of the British Intelligence
organization MI-6. He was in charge of issuing
entry permits for the U.K. and broke his countrys
immigration laws in order to issue visas to Jews.
Although he did not have diplomatic immunity, he
also hid Jews in his home and helped them to
acquire forged passports. Foley died in 1958.
Switzerland - In a research project conducted
by the Jewish weekly Israelische Wochenblatt it
was published that Josef Mengele, the Angel of
Death of the Auschwitz death camp returned many
times after the war to Europe and spent his
holidays in the Swiss Alps, apparently with the
knowledge of the local police. The newspaper
presented documents which trace the flight of the
Nazi criminal to South America, under the
protection of the International Red Cross, and the
frequent trips he took to Switzerland after the
war, among others, to visit his wife and son who
had remained in Europe. The spokesman of the
Ministry of Justice in Bern told the Le Monde
newspaper that this new information presents a
shocking and unbelievable story that the Swiss
government intends to completely investigate. The
International Red Cross spokesman has already
responded to the findings, stating that at the
time the organization had the task of assisting
people in distress as best it could. It issued
70,000 passports and could not always efficiently
check the identification of the applicants. They
were sorry for the pain caused the Holocaust
survivors and apologize to them. It is still
unclear whether the Ministry of Justice in Bern
will permit the opening of the archives from that
period, although it is clear that the documents
which the newspaper published were leaked from
them. The Association of Jews in Switzerland
demands that a commission of inquiry be
established on the subject.
Germany - On Sunday, 14 February, 1999, an
impressive ceremony was held at the Berlin Jewish
ceremony on the occasion of the renewal of the
gravestone over the grave of Heinz Galinski.
Galinski had been a distinguished citizen of
Berlin. He founded the Jewish community after
World War II and was its chairman until 1992. The
grave was desecrated on 19 December, 1998 and the
heavy granite stone covering the grave was
Poland/Germany - Germanys Defence Minister,
Rudolf Scharping, and 160 German soldiers honored
the victims of the Holocaust at the Auschwitz
concentration camp site in southern Poland.
Scharping, accompanied by the Polish Minister of
National Defence, Janusz Onyszkiewicz, laid a
wreath at the foot of the Wall of Death, the camps
execution site, and beside the memorial for the
victims of Fascism in the nearby Birkenau death
camp. This was the first time since the fall of
Nazi Germany and the end of World War II that
German soldiers visited Auschwitz-Birkenau.
International - Return of Jewish Property and
Compensation for Holocaust Victims
France - There is great embarrassment in
government circles in France following the
discovery of art treasures which are today hanging
in the Elysée Palace, the home of President
Jacques Chirac and at the Matignon Hotel, the
official residence of Prime Minister Lionel
Jospin, were stolen from their Jewish owners by
the Nazis. A decision has not yet been reached in
France on how to deal with the matter.
Austria - A committee of experts on restoring
art objects decided to return a collection of
pictures and art objects of the Rotschild family
to their owners. These are 250 pictures and works
of art which had been confiscated for the second
time, after the Holocaust, and most of them kept
in the Kunsthistorischen Museum, the art history
museum of Vienna. The committee of experts is
continuing its work and examining the return of
many works of art to their rightful owners.
Germany - The historian of the largest bank in
Germany, the Deutsche Bank, stated that the bank
loaned funds to companies involved in constructing
the Auschwitz concentration camp in World War II.
The bank is also contending with compensation
suits by Holocaust survivors in the U.S. The bank
announced in the past that it was not
participating in the settlement and owes some
billion and a half dollars for gold stolen from
Jews which it bought in World War II.
Twelve German companies who had employed slave
labourers during the Nazi period jointly declared
the establishment of two compensation funds. The
initiative of the companies is:
a. to provide an answer for the moral
responsibility of the German banks who were
involved in slave labour during the Nazi
b. to promote humanitarian projects out of an
understanding of the Nazi past.
c. the German industry's is interest in
reaching an American-German agreement which would
block further legal steps in the U.S.
The main purpose of the fund is to extend
immediate help to the victims of Nazism involved,
without bureaucracy due to the advanced age of
those involved. The participating companies are
Allianz, BASF, Bayer, BMW, Daimler-Chrysler,
Deutsche Bank, Degussa-Huels, Dresdner Bank,
Siemens, Friedrich Krupp Hoesch-Krupp, Hoechst and
Norway - The Legal Committee for Compensation
to the Jewish Community in Norway presented a
draft resolution for parliamentary ratification.
According to the resolution, a sum would be
allocated for collective compensation to be
divided among Jewish communities in Norway to
support thier future and Jewish culture, to
support communities outside Norway and to
establish a center for research of the Holocaust
and subjects pertaining to minorities. A sum will
also be set aside for personal compensation. If
the victims have already died, their direct
descendants will be entitled to receive
compensation. If the entire sum is not used for
personal compensation, the money will be
transferred to collective compensation.
Israel/Switzerland - The Yad Vashem institute
sent the first computerized list of more than one
million names of Holocaust victims to the
committee for examining dormant bank accounts in
Swiss banks. The committee will in the near future
cross-reference the list of victims with the list
of names of holders of accounts in the Swiss banks
which it has, in order to locate accounts that
belonged to Holocaust victims and to compensate