New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is asking the U.S. State Department to look into the arrest and assault on a Brooklyn resident by policemen in Krakow, Poland. Yaakov Gluck was arrested and beaten in the courtyard of a synagogue in front of witnesses, then taken to the police station where a uniformed officer Sieg Heiled him.
“Regardless of what Mr. Gluck has been charged with, a policeman in Poland giving him a Hail Hitler salute is beyond outrageous!” said Hikind. “This action alone must be looked into and should certainly say something about the nature of these charges and how this man was beaten.”
Yaakov Gluck, age 40, the son of Rabbi Edgar Gluck, a respected rabbi from Brooklyn who is also recognized as the Chief Rabbi of Galicia, is a frequent traveler to Krakow. “There’s a tiny Jewish population that still exists here,” said Gluck, “but Israelis visit and I often bring them around. That’s what happened yesterday – I was showing a visiting couple the Kupa Synagogue when I was arrested.” Gluck said he visits the Kupa Synagogue frequently but on this occasion, the caretaker summoned the police.
“We were in the synagogue’s courtyard when the police arrived and I was thrown down on the concrete, cuffed, and beaten,” said Gluck. Gluck was then taken into custody and detained for 8 hours. While in custody, he said a uniformed policeman taunted him with the Sieg Heil salute. Although there were witnesses and security camera footage, which Gluck says will exonerate him, Gluck was charged with assaulting a police officer. “In addition to calling on the State Department to look into this, I will certainly stay on top of this issue and continue to report back on it,” said Hikind. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)
WARSAW POLAND: Israeli students targeted by explosive.
Israeli students targeted while visiting Warsaw orphanage. Education Ministry: 'No question' incident was intentional. An explosive was thrown at Israeli students visiting Janusz Korczak's orphanage in Warsaw, Poland, Maariv reported. The explosive was thrown on Wednesday from a neighboring building at students of Arad's Ort School who were touring Poland on their annual trip. arutzsheva
GERMANY, AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, and SWITZERLAND
(commentary from a reader:) Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic consider a Nazi Salute to be a criminal offense. But not the Swiss.
Swiss court rules that Nazi salute may be ‘personal statement’, not racism. Switzerland’s federal tribunal argues that gesture made in public is a crime only if it is being used to spread racist ideology
Associated Press in Geneva.
A Nazi salute is not illegal racial discrimination provided that it is intended as a personal statement, Switzerland’s top court ruled.
The federal tribunal’s ruling, entitled Hitler salute in public not always punishable, said on Wednesday that the gesture was a crime only if someone was using it to spread racist ideology, not simply declaring one’s own conviction.
The ruling by the Lausanne-based court overturned the conviction last year by a lower court of a man who was charged with racial discrimination after he took part in an August 2010 demonstration with 150 participants.
The demonstration took place a week after Swiss National Day was marked on the Rütli meadow above Lake Lucerne where, according to legend, the Swiss Confederation was born in 1291.
The court said the man substituted the Swiss oath with a 20-second Nazi salute. But it said the gesture was only punishable if it was being used to spread, advertise or propagate racist ideology with the intention of influencing others.
The gesture is a criminal offence in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. A Swiss law in 1995 forbids racist symbols to be displayed to promote racist ideologies.
For more than a decade, the Swiss have grappled with right-wing extremists disrupting Swiss National Day celebrations on Rütli with Nazi symbols.
The August 2010 incident occurred two months after the Swiss federal council of seven ministers, including the president, decided not to ban the Nazi salute and swastika symbol in Switzerland. A federal anti-racism commission called that a bad decision that would have “serious consequences”.
REMEMBER THE SWISS GUARD WHO SLAPPED A JEWISH CHILD IN HEVRON?
By the way, SWEDEN is on fire, just like California, and what was in Greece. Looks like punishment to me.