Monday, May 29, 2006

Who attacked Poland’s Chief Rabbi?


The official line on the attack on Saturday, twenty four hours before the Pope’s visit to Auschwitz, was that it was a left wing ‘provocation’. Few are taking the claims seriously.

Chief Rabbi, Michael Schudrich, was attacked in the street at the weekend by a young man, who pushed him in the chest and sprayed him with what many think was pepper gas.

Rabbi Schundrich, a US citizen, told Radio Polonia:

'We were walking in the street and somebody just yelled out ‘Poland for Poles’, and when I hear that I am not inclined to let it go. So I confronted him and I said why do you say that, why do you believe that. He reacted by punching me in the chest and I was going to react in kind and I was going to respond in the same fashion. Before I was able to, he pulled out some pepper gas or mace and sprayed me in my face. And when he finished spraying, he took off and started running. I started running after him, but he ran faster and I didn't catch him.

Prime Minister Marcinkiewicz called me last night [Saturday] to ask what happened, how I was, I said O.K. He said that his government would be fighting very vigilantly against anti-Semitism.'

The assailant has not yet been identified or found by the police. But who was he? The most obvious suspect would be someone from a racist organization such as Młodzież Wszechpolska (All-Polish Youth), a bunch of thugs attached to one of the coalition government partners, the far-right League of Polish Families.

But the government is trying to get a rather weak conspiracy theory going about the attack. CNN reported that:

‘Schudrich was attacked in central Warsaw on Saturday in what the Interior Ministry said might have been a provocation meant to portray Poland as anti-Semitic during Pope Benedict's visit.’

Provocation? What they mean, possibly, is that someone from leftwing circles planned the attack to make Poland – and more particularly the current nationalist, populist government – look bad.

That the Interior Ministry, with very little evidence, should come out with such rubbish is shameful and ridiculous. If they want to show the world that they are a modern, civilized government then they should just get on with investigating the incident and let the far-right cranks develop their conspiracy theories where they belong – on far-right, cranky blogs.

More?
Jews in Poland Wary of Ruling Coalition, Forward.com, May 12
Organizing against the Radical Right in Poland, anarckismo, May 21

15 comments:

Aaron Fowles said...

And how does the Polish media handle it? I just checked onet.pl and gazeta.pl and found references to: The Sims 2, Benedict 16, preschool education...but nothing about this.

Of course, the Indonesian earthquake that has killed upwards of 4,900 people is there, but far far in the back seat after Bennie 16.

Michael Farris said...

You may have been late, news at wyborcza doesn't stay on the front page long as a rule, you need to go to wiadomości and scroll down. It was on the front page for some time (and on onet.pl IIRC).

Anonymous said...

If the word "provocation" did not exist Polish politics would cease overnight. It's also a very popular concept in the former Yugoslavia.

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sonia said...

If they want to show the world that they are a modern, civilized government then they should just...

You are making some very wild assumptions here. Why would they want to show the world that they are a modern, civilized government ? Maybe this is Polish government's strategy of discouraging Muslim terrorist attacks in Poland ('Don't blow up our skyscrapers, we hate Jews too!')...

Who would want to be a head of a 'modern, civilized government' anyway ? This way George Galloway won't call on terrorists to assassinate you, Iranian mobs won't burn your embassy and Cindy Sheehan won't call you a war criminal...

I am not trying to be provocative. I am just exposing the truly vile consequences of Western Left's unholy alliance with Muslim terrorism. As far as I am concerned, that young Polish punk who attacked Rabbi Schudrich should be sent to Abu Ghaib or Guantanamo and tortured alongside Galloway and company... But if he was, bleeding-heart leftists worlwide would probably made a martyr out of him...

Anonymous said...

Of course they would. Most leftists believe torture is wrong. Degenerates that they are...

Anonymous said...

I can imagine the potato-headed Irish redheads would be equally tolerant of Jewish people as they are of the Poles, had they ever by some mistake arrived onto this wet dumpy island that is a home to some of ugliest and most unhealthy looking women on the planet.

I am sure that the queen - just like the polish president went to see the rabi - rushed to the hospital to console the victim.

Renegade Eye said...

If has the look of a nativist type terror act.

The European left, doesn't beat up rabbis. Leftism itself is a Jewish conspiracy. We know Trotsky wasn't his real name.

Hopefully this makes as much, or more sense, than Sonia's post.

beatroot said...

When people comment as 'anonymous' can you give yourself a name because it can get very confusing when there are two or three anons commenting at one time, like now.

To the anonymous who said can imagine the potato-headed Irish redheads etc...then just grow up, will you?


As to who did it: it's obvious. It's one of the far right trogs. But I don't think it was planned, it was oppotunist. It was only when Schundrich verbally challenged him that the fascist got the pepper spray out.
Yid erotica: don't come here advertising your sordid little blog without commenting on what is in my posts first, OK?

Sonia: you are becoming obsessed with the left...:-)!

There are more people on the left that support the war in Iraq than against. Check out any of the 'left neo-cons' at Harry's Place, Normblog, etc. To identity left as only being anti-war is so very, very passe, darling!

sonia said...

Beatroot,

Sonia: you are becoming obsessed with the left...:-)!
There are more people on the left that support the war in Iraq than against. Check out any of the 'left neo-cons' at Harry's Place, Normblog, etc. To identity left as only being anti-war is so very, very passe, darling!


I am not 'becoming' obsessed. I've been obsessed for a very long time. And when I say 'leftist', I don't mean Hitchens and company, but Chomsky and company.

Ren,

European left, doesn't beat up rabbis

No, they just boycott Israeli universities, send money to the Hamas, and want Zarqawi to win in Iraq...

Anonymous said...

Beatroot,

The attacks in Northern Ireland on Polish and other people from central and eastern Europe are depressing - how much prejudice can you get into a small place?

On a smaller scale, the other anon of "potato headed" jibe is clearly an idiot.

John

beatroot said...
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beatroot said...

Renegade puts his finger on it: Jewery are seen by Polish trogs as being the same as communists. And commies and Jews are 'not Polish' (but trogs are!)

John: loyalist trogs are jealous of catholics because they think thet get the best housing, jobs etc. And they see Poles as catholics and foreigners who are taking their jobs and houses. The UK government has encouraged this process since the good friday agreement...the two communities are trying to out do each other for resources...and the best way to get more resources is to emphasise their victim status.

It's called multiculturalism!

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