Spanish Jews outraged at acquittal of neo-Nazis by High Court

06 June 2011

The Jewish Community Federation of Spain (FCJE) has strongly criticized the decision by the High Court to quash a lower court’s decision which had found four persons linked to the now-defunct Kalki bookshop in Barcelona (see former shop window on the right) guilty of incitement to hatred and anti-Semitism. The four were convicted in 2009 by a Barcelona court and sentenced to prison terms of up to three-and-a-half years. The High Court in Madrid now ruled that the men could be found guilty only if they had incited people to commit Nazi-type crimes. It said the Spainish Constitution did not prohibit ideologies, no matter how repulsive they might be.

“We Jews are very worried that the Spanish judiciary, which in certain situations shows a lot of sensitivity, does not consider the sale of books in which the Holocaust is denied and racism propagated an offense banned by our laws,” the umbrella body of Spanish Jewry said in a statement. CJE voiced its support for proposals to amend and clarify laws in order to prohibit any activities that incite to hatred based on religious, ethnic and related criteria - including the public denial of the Holocaust - as is required by a European Union directive which Spain has yet to implement.

Israel also strongly attacked the High Court ruling. Its Embassy in Madrid said in a statement: “Israel believes that this decision gives support to racist violence and shows a lack of historic knowledge.” It added that the ruling was reason for “sadness and concern.”

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Emily Wood

Mon, 19 Dec 2011

Any news about A defector's mystical disappearance?

Joseph Barnes

Fri, 24 Jun 2011

Hello, i noticed you "Jews" are vary sensitive. Please bear in mind what I have to say before disregarding this message/comment. Jews of the word today complain to much. You say "Anti-Semitic", "Racism" or even "discrimination". Yet you people as a whole don't look at yourselves the same way you look at Germans or anyone who dose not like your beliefs. Anyone who objects, insults or contradicts you, you people condone. But when any other race or religion do this same thing to you it is considered "wrong". Here where I live in the good old United States of America, it is illegal to discriminate against any "race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability". However though, in America there is a televised beauty contest in which is called "Mrs. Black America". It is legal for a black African Americans to have a television show about the most beautiful black woman in America that only Black African Americans my compete in. YET it is illegal to have a "Mrs. White America" for only White Americans. Is there any relationship between you and the USA constitution? Yes there is, you both contradict themselves. You say equality for all yet you treat you people with more respect and dignity. You people as a race ("Jews") are not more better or worse than what Germans were in WWII or in the modern world today.

Herman Vandormael

Tue, 07 Jun 2011

De vertaling is niets waard. Je moet Engels kennen om ze te begrijpen!