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White House-credentialed pundit says God sent coronavirus to kill Jews

Rick Wiles of the website TruNews has continued his far-right conspiracy theories around coronavirus, now saying that coronavirus is God’s way of “dealing with people who oppose his son, Jesus Christ.” That is, Jews.

Wiles was discussing how the government of Israel is considering a lockdown in order to stop the spread of the virus, a measure that many other countries have already taken, and telling people to stay away from places of worship where the virus can be easily spread, another measure that majority-Christian countries in Europe took weeks ago.

“This is a report from Israel,” Wiles said, waving his hands about how not-anti-Semitic he is. “That’s not an anti-Israel report!… They are admitting that the virus clusters are in the synagogues.”

Wiles made national headlines earlier this year when his website got White House press credentials, and Wiles has already blamed transgender children and gay activists for the spread of the virus in the U.S.

Now he’s blaming Jews.


That train ain't never late! -- Chris Rock
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:58 PM (11 replies)

(Jewish Group) Plagues Are Always a Wake-up Call

For European communities in the Fourteenth Century, the Black Death was devastating. But for the Jews of Europe, it was even worse, because in addition to the plague, there were four years of persecutions and massacres that resulted from being blamed for the spread of disease. As history has shown us time and again, those suffering are often quick to find a scapegoat for their problems, and the violence that befell the European Jews from 1348 to 1351 was one of history’s starkest lessons.

Jews have historically been blamed for diseases, and even recently that’s been the case. In an OpEd last year, I asked, “When did the measles become Jewish?” Campaigning for vaccinations at that time—as most physicians and rabbis were—was further necessitated to combat a media frenzy that focused on the measles outbreak in various observant communities. But what made the matter worse was when a tiny but disproportionately loud number of self-proclaimed spokespeople for the Jewish community joined the dangerous and ill-informed anti-vaxx movement.

More recently, when certain headlines proclaimed the novel coronavirus “the Chinese virus,” I shuddered. I knew full well that racial labeling could quickly lead to anti-Asian sentiments that might turn violent. I’ve been saddened to already read some of those stories.

Unfortunately, history has taught that it is only a matter of time before Jews are blamed, too, regardless of how farfetched those accusations might be. I recall saying, albeit half-seriously, “If the cure for COVID-19 comes from Israel, some will say Israelis spread the disease to sell a vaccine.” Consequently, it was a shocking non-surprise when Hollywood actress Rosanna Arquette tweeted that Israel “has been working on a [coronavirus] vaccine for a year already” and has put “lives at risk for profit.” While Arquette subsequently deleted the Tweet and apologized, one can imagine, in the age of social media, how many people read that sentiment, shared it, and believed it.

A story on March 4 in The Washington Post described how the first Coronavirus case in New York came from a Jew. It’s not hard to imagine how that story is retold by those who already hold antisemitic feelings.


There are those always looking to blame us and those who are so willing to ignore it (thankfully some of their best friends are Jewish, so they can tell us how things aren't what they seem). Of course, we can't forget those among our kind so willing to "kosher" the situation for those who aren't Jews.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Mar 24, 2020, 05:41 AM (0 replies)

Growing up the child of Holocaust survivors prepared me for this pandemic

I was born in Dzalalabad, Kyrgyzstan, to Polish Jews who had fled Warsaw following the Nazi onslaught in 1939. When they met up with the Russian forces and refused Russian citizenship, my parents, like thousands of others, were shipped off to Komi SSR, a Siberian work camp where they chopped down trees, froze and starved along with the local population.

I know how blessed my life has been: I’m a writer, teacher, daughter, mother, wife, sister, mother-in-law and now a joyful bubbe.

But today I realize how deeply I’ve absorbed the trauma of my Holocaust survivor parents. As echoes of past hatred are reverberating from many sides, somehow blaming Jews for the coronavirus’ creation, I find myself also fighting those debilitating inherited memories and fears.

My parents and two brothers survived Siberia, and, in 1942, as Polish citizens, they were resettled in Kyrgyzstan, where my sister was later born. Hunger had no borders and they followed the Kyrgyz example, gathering weeds to cook a kind of “stone soup” to fill their stomachs.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Mar 23, 2020, 04:17 PM (7 replies)

(Jewish Group) New survey indicates Jewish Americans will vote for any Democrat -- including Sanders


No matter who is running on the Democratic presidential ticket in 2020, he or she is likely to get the Jewish vote by a wide margin, according to a new survey.

The survey, released Friday by the Jewish Electorate Institute, found that two-thirds of Jewish voters said they would choose any Democratic candidate over President Donald Trump.

The survey was conducted Feb. 18 to 24, a period that included Sanders’ announcement that he would not attend AIPAC’s annual conference next week. After the announcement, some pundits suggested that nominating Sanders would result in Jews preferring the Republican candidate for the first time in contemporary American history. (Four years ago, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton received 70% of the Jewish vote.)

But the survey found that even though Jewish voters view Sanders more unfavorably than they his Democratic rivals, they disapprove of Trump far more. While 45% of Jewish voters said they had an unfavorable view of Sanders, who has tied or won the Democratic primary’s first three nominating contests, 61% said they strongly disapprove of Trump (down from a high of 71% in the survey group’s 2018 survey) and 65% would vote for him over the president in an election.


•A majority of Jewish voters identify as Democrats, and an overwhelming majority of Jewish voters disapprove of President Trump.
•Jewish voters support each of the leading Democratic candidates at essentially the same level in head-to-head match-ups against Donald Trump.
•A majority of Jewish voters view all of the leading Democratic candidates favorably.
•While Jewish voters remain strongly pro-Israel, Jewish voters prioritize domestic policy issues over Israel when asked which issues are most important to them in selecting a candidate.
•While nearly all respondents identify as “pro-Israel,” a majority also identify as critical of at least some of the current Israeli government’s policies.
•Jewish voters feel less secure than they did two years ago, and they hold President Trump responsible for their insecurity.
•A plurality of Jewish voters believe that the best way to improve the security of Jews in the United States is “helping people with the right values get elected.”

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Feb 29, 2020, 03:27 PM (2 replies)

226 bills target LGBTQ Americans this year. One organization is behind a lot of them.

The group Equality Federation is currently tracking 226 anti-LGBTQ bills being considered in state legislatures throughout the country, and one organization in particular is responsible for many of the bills.

Many of the bills are similar and target the transgender community, and specifically transgender youth.

“The targeting of kids is really unique this year,” Rose Saxe, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT and HIV Project, told NBC News. “It’s really shocking, the depth of attack on trans youth.”

In January alone, more than twelve states have introduced bills that target transgender youth. The Associated Press reported that legislation banning doctors from providing transition-related care to transgender young people has been proposed in Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina, and South Dakota.


Straight privilege (heterosexism), homophobia, and transphobia in action. Too many ignore the very real perils facing the LGBTQ community.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Feb 19, 2020, 01:33 AM (7 replies)

Uber driver told 2 dads their baby "needed his mother" & called the police on them

A man name James Moed says that on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, an Uber driver called the police on him and his husband. The driver had seen their crying child in his car and commented that the child needed to be cared for by its mother. Moed believes the driver contacted police after their ride together ended.

Police reportedly knocked on Moed’s hotel room door at the Marriott Marquis Marina in San Diego, California at around 1:30 a.m. and demanded identification to prove that he and his husband were the child’s legal parents. Uber says it’s investigating the incident.

In a series of tweets, Moed wrote, “It turns out the Uber driver who had taken us to the hotel had called the cops – accusing us of… child trafficking? endangerment?”

Moed said that after speaking with the officer, he himself “stayed awake freaking out” asking himself, “What if we hadn’t had his passport? [What if] the cops had been less agreeable? Where can my #Queerfamily travel safely?”


Just a reminder....gay men (and lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender men and women) are minorities and are victimized by homophobia and heterosexism. PRIVILEGE comes in ALL forms, as does OPPRESSION!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Feb 7, 2020, 06:55 AM (7 replies)

Bag with Star of David and soap left outside Swedish Holocaust day display

A bag emblazoned with a Star of David containing soap and anti-Semitic literature was left outside an exhibition about the Holocaust.

For many years after World War II, rumors persisted that the Nazis used Jewish bodies to produce soap. No evidence was found to support the claim.

The bag was left Monday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, outside the city museum of Norrköping, situated about 90 miles southwest of the capital Stockholm, the SVT broadcaster reported Thursday.

It was found one day after the opening of an exhibition titled “Nazism in Norrköping now and then.”

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Jan 31, 2020, 09:50 PM (5 replies)

(Jewish Group) n January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz. The date is now consecrated as


On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz. The date is now consecrated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as the world vowed never to allow murderous anti-Semitism to recur. Yet 75 years later, attacking Jews has once again become socially acceptable in many countries—across the left-right ideological spectrum, and among different groups that blame Jews for their grievances and oppression.

The recent eruptions of anti-Semitism in America have awakened us to a prejudice that has long resided, in quiet ways and in many forms, in this country. And the part of it that now disguises itself as anti-Zionism—hatred of the Jewish state that was established in the wake of the Holocaust as a refuge for Jews—has even seemed, to some, virtuous, a sentiment they believe puts them in humanity’s moral vanguard.

And anti-Semitism has returned, in part, because the general public’s knowledge about the Holocaust—of what exactly it was, who exactly was murdered in it, how many were killed, and how anti-Semitism spawned it—has diminished. For a time, that knowledge discredited anti-Semitism and those who indulged in it. But the passing of survivors who experienced the Holocaust and could testify to it, the denial and minimization of the Holocaust, and the hijacking of the word itself to advance numerous other causes, great and small, all combined to diminish its memory. The horrifying knowledge of where anti-Semitism can lead has been, in large measure, lost in a miasma of forgetting, ignorance, denial, confusion, appropriation, and obfuscation.

As a former director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, many of whose uncles, aunts, and cousins, and a grandmother, were murdered in the Holocaust; as a professor who has taught a generation of students about the memory of the Holocaust; as a psychiatrist who is well aware of humanity’s repertoire of hatred and brutality; as a professor of international affairs; and as a student of Jewish history who is deeply aware of the many times masses of Jews were murdered or expelled simply because they were Jews, I watch anti-Semitism’s global resurgence, so soon after the Holocaust, with alarm and foreboding. Could murderous anti-Semitism, on a large scale, resume in our time? Could “never again,” vowed so solemnly and so repeatedly after the Holocaust, revert to “yet again”?

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Jan 28, 2020, 01:40 AM (2 replies)

'I see it as a chance to finally say goodbye': Auschwitz survivors tell their stories

Five survivors of Auschwitz, one of whom is returning for the first time since her incarceration, have told their stories to the Guardian to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp, which is being commemorated on Monday.

Aged in their late 80s to mid-90s, they are among the last of a few hundred remaining survivors, and told their stories from their homes in Melbourne, Montreal, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Esslingen, Switzerland.

Catalina Adam: ‘I’m anxious about the trip, but I feel a responsibility beyond myself’

Catalina Adam, 88, from Piscolt, Romania, was deported to Auschwitz in May 1944. She was being held in Ober-Hohenelbe forced labour camp when it was liberated from the Nazis in May 1945. She lives in Berlin. It will be the first time she has returned to Auschwitz since her imprisonment.

I’m from a small village in Romania, where about four or five of the families were Jewish, a mix of Romanians and Hungarians. My parents had a mill, and we grew wheat and maize which we turned into flour, as well as sunflowers, which we turned into oil with a press, which was very popular in the area. There was four years of schooling offered for the girls, and 12 for the boys. I told my father when I was 13 that I wanted to study and rather than giving a dowry to my husband’s family, as was the practice, I wanted to invest it in education. My father was happy about it. In the meantime, I trained as a florist. I had dreamed of becoming a pianist or a doctor, but Auschwitz got in the way of all of that.

At home we spoke both Romanian and Hungarian. We weren’t orthodox Jews, but we did celebrate the festival days and enjoyed them, and went to the synagogue.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Jan 28, 2020, 01:27 AM (1 replies)

Anti-Semitic graffiti painted on door of Italian Holocaust survivor's home

Graffiti including a Star of David and the words “Juden Hier,” or Jews Here, were painted on the door of the son of an Italian Holocaust survivor in Italy.

Lidia Beccaria Rolfi, a resistance fighter and survivor of the Ravensbrueck concentration camp in Germany, lived in the home in Mondovi, in the northwest part of the country, until her death in 1996.

Her son, Aldo, currently lives in the home. The graffiti appeared after Aldo Rolfi published an article about anti-Semitism and remembering his mother in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, The Associated Press reported.

Hundreds of people carrying candles and some carrying yellow stars came out on Friday evening in support of Rolfi and to protest against anti-Semitism.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Jan 28, 2020, 01:14 AM (0 replies)
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