Never Again? No so much anymore
Corrine Lestch writes:
Jew-hatred is on the rise around the world. More and more openly, a new Holocaust is being called for. And not just by the usual suspects in the usual places – the Middle East and France, where Jews are attacked on the streets with regularity. Yesterday, in the skies above the largest community of Holocaust survivors in the world in Brooklyn, an airplane was seen towing a chilling sign with a swastika (photo courtesy of the New York Daily News):
Corrine Lestch writes:
New Yorkers enjoying the sunny weather in Brighton Beach and Coney Island on Saturday got a nasty airborne surprise — a plane towing a banner bearing a swastika-themed message.
The streamer said in symbols that a swastika plus peace equals love. Then it read, in all capital letters, “Proswastika.”
We have the First Amendment in this country, so nothing can be done to prevent this. But the airplane that towed this hateful banner presumably carried a registration number. I hope that someone jotted it down, and the ownership can be traced, so that the person or persons behind this disgusting display can be identified and shamed (or at least condemned since they may be beyond shame).
Meanwhile, in Turkey, one of the country’s most popular singers has been calling for finishing off the job Hitler started. From the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News:
On the night of July 10, Yıldız Tilbe, who has been making folk-influenced hit pop albums since the 1990s, appeared to praise Hitler in the tweets and say the end of the Jews was near.
“If God allows, it will be again Muslims who will bring the end of those Jews, it is near, near,” she tweeted on her official account @YildizzTilbee.
“They (Jews) are hostile to Allah and all prophets including their own prophet Moses.”
In another tweet she appeared to praise Hitler for the mass extermination of Jews in the Holocaust, writing “May God bless Hitler.”
Turkey still has a significant Jewish community, whose leaders are horrified at this open call by one of the country’s pop culture leaders:
The comments also went viral on social media where a petition campaign was launched to convince the singer to offer an apology.
Former head of the Turkish Jewish Community, Silviyo Ovadya, also slammed the tweets.
“It’s completely a racist statement. It should be punished, but nobody intervenes. There’s nothing to do about it,” he said. “She is making such a racist statement, and she is a so-called artist. Those statements do not suit well to an artist. That is outrightracism and it is a crime all over the world.”
Tilbe gets support from outspoken Ankara mayor
Tilbe wrote after the criticism that she was not racist.
“There is oppression against Muslims everywhere in the world. Is there any singleAmerican or Jew being massacred, whose country is bombed or whose people are killed?”
While Tilbe is yet to issue an apology, she has received support from the mayor of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara, Melih Gökçek.
Gökçek, a senior member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), backed the singer’s Gaza tweets, retweeting most of her comments except the one on Hitler, calling them “full of intelligence.”
“I applaud you Yıldız Tilbe for the messages you deliver to many of your colleagues and especially to the Turkish nation,” he wrote.
If you think the Holocaust could never happen again, you are dreaming. An ancient evil stalks the world more and more openly.
Hat tip: Michael Haltman