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I'm an Irish Girl, A Dubliner, with the 'Gift of the Gab' ... I like to talk & to tell you things. In Celtic times news, views and comment were carried from place to place by wandering Seanachaí ~ Storytellers ~ who relied on their host's hospitality and appreciation. I will need that from you too, as I venture to share Politics, Poetry, Laughter, Love, Life & everything in-between ... from Bog to Blog!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Branded a Jew ......

The above is a cellphone photograph detailing burns a student with a  Jewish father sustained at a school barbecue this week in Norway.  A  red-hot coin that was grilled at a school barbecue was placed on the teenagers neck to Brand him a Jew.  Even worse for the Jewish community in Norway was the reaction from the school  ~ Silence!!!!

The only response to the fire branding at the barbecue was by one teacher, who told the Norwegian-born attacker,  “You’re mad.”  Despite the gravity of the fire branding and this photograph that showed the burns on the neck of the victim, the school did not contact the mother after the incident.  The unidentified boy’s father is Jewish,  Israeli,  to where he has returned because of the atmosphere of hatred of Jews in Norway.  The mother said that after constant harassment of her son two years ago, the school did not intervene either.   So, the boy previously had been the target of anti-Semitic harassment at the Oslo school??


“I see this avoidance as a dangerous development among both ethnic Norwegian and immigrant groups.  And that nobody, neither teachers nor principals, intervene in this matter,”  the boys mother told the country’s NRK broadcasting system in 2010.  There is a refusal to address this issue ~ it is too sensitive,” she claimed.  She said students freely uttered death threats and used expressions such as “Jewish pigs” and “Jewish Satan.”  Nothing new in this latest attack then??

Her son lives in fear,  avoids Muslin and 'native' Norwegian children  (what is a 'native norwegian'  does this mean all 'European' non-Jews??? ... a good case could be made for this actually), and he has to hide the fact that his father is Israeli  and Jewish.  WHY????   This is not the way to defeat bullies or anti semites.  His mother is apparently worried what will happen when he begins high school ... Why is she content to remain in the Anti-Semitic bastion that is Norway, or Europe???  

“I think very often about how it was during the war, when even persons with only one Jewish grandparent were apprehended,” she was quoted as saying by the Miff website  ~ MIFF = With Israel for Peace ~ a Norwegian website.   The irony is this boy is not even halachically Jewish,  ~ it is his father,  not his mother who is Jewish.  However,  that didn't stop Hitler and his Nazi cohorts from being widely supported in Europe,  his Mom is correct there in her comment & It won't stop the slaughter to come either ....   Europe is intrinsically Anti Semitic.   And this is not the first time that Jews have been branded in Europe & Elsewhere  .....   

 Tattooing and branding of slaves and captives were widespread in the ancient world.   Jews have usually been  required to wear distinctive marks in public,  such as metal seals fixed around their necks even from earliest times.    Being the favoured of Ha'Shem and recipients of Torah has always incited the goyim to absolute hatred.   The identifying mark varied from one country to another, and from period to period.   Physically branding Jews began in early medieval Baghdad and continued for centuries.   Then the yellow badge was first introduced by a caliph in Baghdad in the 9th century,  and spread to the West in Medieval times.  In 1005 the Jews of Egypt were ordered to wear bells on their garments. In Europe, the Fourth Council of the Lateran of 1215 ~ an xtian body ~ ruled that Jews  must be distinguishable by their dress (Latin "habitus")", and the yellow badge in Europe dates from this time.  An Alliance of xtian & muslim interest against Jews ..... hmmmmm.  Historical.  Contemporary.

 There were special Jew Hats in Europe.  Then, apart from the hat, there were also attempts to enforce the wearing of full-length robes, which in late 14th century Rome were supposed to be red. The most common form of a branding badge was the "rota" (Latin for "wheel"), which looked like a ring, of white or yellow.  The shape and colour of the patch also varied, although the colour was usually white or yellow.  Married women were often required to wear two bands of blue on their mantilla, tichel or head-scarf.  Edward I of England in his 'Statute of Jewry'  prescribed  "the form of two Tables joined, of yellow felt of the length of six inches and of the breadth of three inches". This shape ~ two separate strips or two joined round-topped rectangles ~ was particular to England.  In Portugal  a red 'Star of David' was used. Louis IX of France ordered French Jews to wear oval rouelle, a version of the "rota". 

The yellow badge,  also referred to as a Jewish badge,  was a cloth patch that Jews were ordered to sew on their outer garments to mark them as Jews in public.   To Brand them as Jews ....... It was intended to be a badge of shame associated with antisemitism.  In both xtian and islamic countries,  Jewish persons  were intermittently compelled by sumptuary laws to wear badges, hats, bells or other items of clothing that distinguished them from the Goyim.   Oh! that we would distinguish ourselves by Torah Observance as Ha'Shem intended and has commanded.  

The yellow badge that was compulsory in the Middle Ages in European & islamic lands was revived by the German Nazis.  After the German invasion of Poland in 1939 there were initially different local decrees forcing Jews to wear a distinctive sign, during the General Government period. The sign was a white armband with a blue Star of David on it,  in the Warthegau,  a yellow badge in the form of a Star of David on the left side of the breast and on the back.  The requirement to wear the Star of David with the word Jude (German for Jew) inscribed was then extended to all Jews over the age of six in the third reich and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (by a decree issued on September 1, 1941, signed by Reinhard Heydrich),   and was gradually introduced in other German-occupied areas ..... continuing the long tradition in Europe.    At first Jews brought to camps  would be branded by sewing numbers onto their uniforms, but as Auschwitz and other death factories expanded the tattooing started .... and branding for Jews was re-introduced to Modern Europe.

This horrific event in Oslo this week follows a study by an Oslo Holocaust centre that claims that anti-Semitism in Norway is not as prevalent as previously suggested. The report by the Oslo Centre for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities found that 8% of Norwegians do not want Jews as neighbours or friends, with 11% claiming they feel antipathy towards Jews and 12.5% of the population admitting to being prejudiced against Jews.   When further delved into, the statistics yielded by the survey show that 38%of those polled equate Israel’s treatment of 'palestinians' to Nazi treatment of Jews during the Holocaust, emulating an emerging phenomenon in Europe of anti-Semitic sentiment.   And I'm not going to say too much about it here as this 'study' actually warrants a blog to itself!!!

What I will say is this .......  This is just the latest incarceration of Jew Hatred in Norway and the wider European continent as a whole.  It is not a new innovation or phenomonen.  It is intrinsic to the goy psyche  in Europe and worldwide.   Norway, Nazi, Nasty ..... Europe is not place for Jews.  America is not place for Jews.  It is time to come home for Jews.  To Eretz Yisrael ~ the land Ha'Shem has bequeathed B'nei Yisrael.   For this boy (who although not halacically Jewish may have residency rights in Israel under the law of return).  
For All Jews.  Aliyah is the Answer!!!!

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