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Kristallnacht Redux: Israeli soccer fans rampage in shopping centre and attack Arabs - but no arrests


Soccer fans chant 'Death to Arabs' in Jerusalem mall riot. Youtube.

Buoyed by a home win, Jewish fans of football club Beitar Jerusalem this week rampaged through a nearby shopping centre following an evening match, attacking Arab workers and shoppers in one of the worst racial brawls seen in the city in recent years.

The entire episode, which occurred at Jerusalem's Malha Mall on Monday night, was captured on closed-circuit television, but Israeli police made no arrests, and the incident received no media attention until yesterday, prompting fury in Israel's blogosphere.

Comment: From Wikipedia:
Kristallnacht, also referred to as the Night of Broken Glass, and also Reichskristallnacht, Pogromnacht, and Novemberpogrome, was a pogrom or series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9 - 10 November 1938, carried out by SA stormtroopers and civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening.[1] The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues.[2]

At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and a further 30,000 arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.[2] Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers.[3] Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone), and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.[4][5]

Martin Gilbert writes that no event in the history of German Jews between 1933 and 1945 was so widely reported as it was happening, and the accounts from the foreign journalists working in Germany sent shock waves around the world.[3] The Times wrote at the time: "No foreign propagandist bent upon blackening Germany before the world could outdo the tale of burnings and beatings, of blackguardly assaults on defenseless and innocent people, which disgraced that country yesterday."[6]

The pretext for the attacks was the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew in Paris, France. Kristallnacht was followed by further economic and political persecution of Jews, and is viewed by historians as part of Nazi Germany's broader racial policy, and the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.[7]



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Bus driver sacked for eating a grape

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Coventry, UK bus driver Michael Shephard says he has been sacked - for eating a grape.

Michael Shephard was given the boot by bosses morning after he was spotted popping a grape into his mouth on CCTV.

The grandad from Coventry was in his cab at the time but he says he was not driving.

The 66-year-old said: "I am so angry. I thought I would be given a disciplinary for eating a grape, but not sacked.''

Mr Shephard, of Ravensdale Road, Wyken, who has been driving buses for National Express for more than five years, was suspended after the incident was captured by CCTV on the bus two weeks ago.

He said: "I don't eat or drink while I am driving but I was just sat stationary at the bus terminus in Bedworth for a few minutes and took a grape to wet my mouth a bit.

Heart - Black

Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

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The war in Afghanistan - where the enemy is elusive and rarely seen, where the cultural and linguistic disconnect makes every trip outside the wire a visit to hostile territory, where it is clear that you are losing despite the vast industrial killing machine at your disposal - feeds the culture of atrocity. The fear and stress, the anger and hatred, reduce all Afghans to the enemy, and this includes women, children and the elderly. Civilians and combatants merge into one detested nameless, faceless mass. The psychological leap to murder is short. And murder happens every day in Afghanistan. It happens in drone strikes, artillery bombardments, airstrikes, missile attacks and the withering suppressing fire unleashed in villages from belt-fed machine guns.

Military attacks like these in civilian areas make discussions of human rights an absurdity. Robert Bales, a U.S. Army staff sergeant who allegedly killed 16 civilians in two Afghan villages, including nine children, is not an anomaly. To decry the butchery of this case and to defend the wars of occupation we wage is to know nothing about combat. We kill children nearly every day in Afghanistan. We do not usually kill them outside the structure of a military unit. If an American soldier had killed or wounded scores of civilians after the ignition of an improvised explosive device against his convoy, it would not have made the news. Units do not stick around to count their "collateral damage." But the Afghans know. They hate us for the murderous rampages. They hate us for our hypocrisy

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Who Is Gilad Atzmon and Who Are We? A Review of The Wandering Who?

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A review of The Wandering Who, by Gilad Atzmon. Zero Books, Alresford, UK, 2011

Caution! Do not enter this book unless you are prepared for serious self-examination, self-dialogue, and a dialectic with an astute listener, challenger, provocateur and wit. Leave notions, assumptions, biases - positive and negative - at the doors of your perception - which are about to be vigorously cleansed! Be prepared for topic sentences like this: "My grandfather was a charismatic, poetic, veteran Zionist terrorist."

The author of such disarming prose, the grandson of that "veteran Zionist," is internationally-acclaimed musician and composer, Gilad Atzmon. Born and raised in Israel-- a Sabra - Atzmon, like his peers, "didn't see the Palestinians" around him. "Supremacy," he writes, "was brewed into our souls."

And then a strange thing happened. "On a very late-night jazz programme, I heard Bird (Charlie Parker) with Strings. I was knocked down. The music was more organic, poetic, sentimental and wilder than anything I had ever heard. ..." And the most extraordinary thing about Atzmon's first encounter with the iconic American saxophonist? "I realized that Parker was actually a black man. ... In my world, it was only Jews who were associated with anything good. Bird was the beginning of a journey."

2 + 2 = 4

Not Since Hitler! Children 'Forced to Shout Long Live Sarkozy!'

The French president has caused an outcry after dozens of infant school children were forced to chant 'Long Live Sarkozy!' when he visited their school.

Parents complained about the youngsters being used as 'propaganda tools' after they were made to treat Nicolas Sarkozy as a hero, waving Tricolour flags and constantly shouting his name.

Some were even kissed by Mr Sarkozy, who is hugely unpopular and widely expected to lose the presidential election being held in France in the Spring.

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Controversy: Nicolas Sarkozy (centre) with Mayor of Lavaur Bernard Carayon (second left) at a visit to a day-care centre in Lavaur. At a nearby infant school children were forced to chant 'Long Live Sarkozy' when he visited.

Comment: Seems Sarko is quite comfortable with manipulating any situation to further his agenda. After pulling off an American Style False Flag Attack in Toulouse, he must be feeling pretty comfortable; only Hitler went this far.

For more information, see these Exclusive Sott articles:

Toulouse Attacks: The Official Story of the Death of Mohamed Merah is a Lie

Sarkozy's Backers To Use Toulouse Attacks To Steal French Election - UPDATE!

Unfortunately it seems that some have bought into these lies and woe to anyone who dares to speak out as shown in this recent article:

French Teacher Urges Minute's Silence For Murdered Patsy

As always in these situations, the question of "Who benefits?" must be asked. For some, it would seem that the ends always justifies the means.


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Laundered Money

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Under cover of its multiplicity of fabricated wars on drugs, terror, tax evasion, and organized crime, the US government has long been waging a hidden war on cash. One symptom of the war is that the largest denomination of US currency is the $100 note, whose ever-eroding purchasing power is far below the purchasing power of the €500 note. US currency used to be issued in denominations running up to $10,000 (including also $500; $1,000; $5,000 notes). There was even a $100,000 note issued for transactions among Federal Reserve banks. The United States stopped printing large denomination notes in 1945 and officially discontinued their issuance in 1969, when the Fed began removing them from circulation. Since then the largest currency note available to the general public has a face value of $100. But since 1969, the inflationary monetary policy of the Fed has caused the US dollar to depreciate by over 80 percent, so that a $100 note in 2010 possessed a purchasing power of only $16.83 in 1969 dollars. That is less purchasing power than a $20 bill in 1969!

Despite this enormous depreciation, the Federal Reserve has steadfastly refused to issue notes of larger denomination. This has made large cash transactions extremely inconvenient and has forced the American public to make much greater use than is optimal of electronic-payment methods. Of course, this is precisely the intent of the US government. The purpose of its ongoing breach of long-established laws regarding financial privacy is to make it easier to monitor the economic affairs and abrogate the financial privacy of its citizens, ostensibly to secure their safety from Colombian drug lords, Al Qaeda operatives, and tax cheats and other nefarious white-collar criminals.

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Abortion: What Children are Being Told in Schools

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A vigil outside a branch of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service abortion clinic
Anti-abortion campaigners in Britain are making controversial claims that abortions are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, in a presentation to children in school which has been obtained by the Guardian.

Pupils were told that abortion can cause infertility and result in the death of the mother, and were shown a video by a Christian campaigner from the US who calls for abortion to be made "unthinkable".

Conceiving a child after rape is the "ultimate unplanned pregnancy", but to have an abortion at this stage can be a "second trauma," children at a secondary school in Cambridgeshire were told.

"For some people who've been raped and had the baby, even if they don't keep it, something positive comes out of that whole rape experience," pupils aged 14 and 15 were told.

The presentation, by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, also refers to a teenage girl who died after an abortion and a young woman who committed suicide after aborting twins.

Britain's biggest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, warned recently that it is facing "a new era" in anti-abortion protest after women were filmed arriving at and leaving its London clinic.

Alarm Clock

British People Are Committing Suicide to Escape Poverty.

In the last few months of his life, Craig Monk attempted several overdoses and was described as 'vulnerable' by his family.

An accident a few years before had resulted in the partial amputation of his leg and he had suffered unnecessary, and anxiety-inducing, obstructions in receiving state assistance - even though his disability was clear for all see.

Over time he slipped further into poverty, the ends could no longer meet.

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Like Craig Monk, Helen and Mark Mullins ended their lives through suicide because they could not face the prospect of living in dire poverty.

Briefcase

Shell in court over Nigeria oil spill compensation

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Ogoni people say their land has been devastated by pollution from the oil industry over many years
Lawyers representing a Nigerian fishing community are taking the oil firm Shell to court in London over alleged unpaid compensation for recent oil spills.

Shell has accepted responsibility for the spillage of about 4,000 barrels in Ogoniland in the Niger Delta.

But Bodo community representatives say they are having to resort to legal action after negotiations broke down.

The head of Shell Nigeria said that with different lawyers representing claimants it was difficult to resolve.

Nigeria is one of the world's major oil producers, but the oil-producing Niger Delta region remains one of the country's poorest and least developed regions.

Bad Guys

Serbian Gangsters Killed Rival, Ate Him for Lunch in a Stew and Disposed of Body Using a Meat Grinder

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Luka Bojovic tortured and killed Milan Jurisic, 37.
Sadistic mafia bosses tortured and killed a treacherous gang member then turned him into a stew, police believe.

Serbian gangsters beat Milan Jurisic, 37, to death with a hammer, skinned and boned him with a sharp knife then put him through a meat grinder at a flat in Madrid.

They made a macabre face mask from his skin, cooked his flesh and ate him for lunch.