Thursday, March 26, 2009

German teens: Jews ‘deserved’ Holocaust

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More than 14 percent of German teenagers in a survey said Jews must have deserved to be persecuted in the Holocaust.

“Youth as Victims and Perpetrators of Violence,” a poll of 44,610 German students, also found that about one in every 20 German teenage boys belongs to a far-right group.

The survey, conducted by the Hanover-based Criminal Research Institute, found that far more German boys aged 15 belong to extremist groups than to mainstream political youth clubs. In some towns, membership in far-right groups is as high as 10 percent, while in others it is nonexistent.

Among boys of German background, 7 percent in former East German states showed clear signs of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, as opposed to 3 percent in western states. The institute’s director, Christian Pfeiffer, suggested it might be due to the decades of anti-Israel propaganda promoted in the former communist East Germany.

In all questions related to far-right identification and anti-Semitism, “boys are far above the girls,” Pfeiffer noted, adding that in general, the survey also found that girls who joined far-right groups usually were following a boyfriend.

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the survey made clear that more funding is needed for youth sports clubs in trouble spots around the country.

“It is important to get to these youngsters who feel there is nothing else out there for them,” said Juliane Wetzel, an expert on educational programs at the Berlin-based Center for Research on Anti-Semitism. (JWeekly)

Friday, March 20, 2009

U.S. nuclear submarine collides in strait near Iran

DUBAI (Reuters) – A nuclear-powered U.S. submarine and another U.S. vessel collided Friday in the Strait of Hormuz bordering Iran, but there was no damage to the atomic propulsion unit, the U.S. Navy said.

Fifteen sailors were slightly injured in the collision between the submarine USS Hartford and an amphibious vessel, USS New Orleans, the Navy said in a statement.

It was the second collision involving a U.S. nuclear submarine in the Strait of Hormuz in just over two years.

"There is no damage to the nuclear propulsion plant of the Hartford," U.S. Fifth Fleet spokesman Lieutenant Nathan Christensen told Reuters.

The Strait of Hormuz, a narrow stretch of water separating Oman and Iran, connects the biggest Gulf oil producers, such as Saudi Arabia, with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea.

Around 40 percent of globally traded oil leaves the region through the Strait, which borders Iran.

The collision coincided with intense diplomatic activity between the United States and Iran, whose relations have been strained by Tehran's nuclear program that the West fears is to make an atomic bomb -- an accusation Tehran denies.

U.S. President Barack Obama has made his warmest offer yet of a fresh start in relations with Iran, which cautiously welcomed the overture but said Friday it was waiting for "practical steps," not talk.

Relations have been almost deep-frozen for decades, and remain blighted by differences over Iran's nuclear program, Iraq, Israel and other issues.


Asked how the latest collision in the strait occurred, Christensen said:

"It was a night-time event and the submarine was submerged at the time.

"There is no disruption to shipping traffic in the Strait. Both ships are operating under their own power and have passed through the strait," he said.

In January, 2007, the U.S. nuclear submarine USS Newport News and a Japanese tanker collided in the Strait of Hormuz.

No one was hurt in that incident and the submarine commander was removed from his post due to "a lack of confidence in his ability to command."

The 15 injured in the latest collision in the early hours of Friday were aboard the submarine Hartford, and the accident caused an oil spill.

"New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in an oil spill of approximately 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel marine," the U.S. Navy statement read, adding the incident was being investigated.

"Both the submarine and the ship are currently on regularly scheduled deployments to the U.S. Navy Central Command area of responsibility conducting Maritime Security Operations," it added.

The collision pushed up oil prices, which subsequently hovered above a four-month high Friday at $52 a barrel.

In July 2008, the International Energy Agency estimated that more than 15 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude passed through the narrow strait on tankers.

(Editing by Charles Dick)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Muslim Protesters in Malmö Called for the Death of Jews

(From Samuel Danofsky website)

Swedish blogger Samuel Danofsky has delivered more information about the Muslim protesters demonstrating in the streets of Malmö last weekend. They were not just protesting against the Israeli tennis team’s participation in the Davis Cup. They were shouting:

“Khaybar Khaybar ya Yahoud, Jaish Mohammed SAUF ya’ud”

(meaning “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, Mohammed’s army will return.”)

This refers to an attack by Mohammad on Jews in the year 629, at the oasis of Khaybar, now located in Saudi Arabia. The battle ended with the Mohammed’s army killing 93 Jews and sending others into exile.