Category Archives: Anti-Semitism
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution, authored by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX), condemning the rising tide of anti-Semitism abroad.
The resolution condemns “all forms of anti-Semitism … as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere.” Read more »
A barely known candidate who’s running for US Senate in Kentucky as a write-in, has infamously made his campaign slogan all about his anti-Jewish views.
Robert Ransdell, who’s running to unseat Republican minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell admitted that he knows winning is not an option, but he’s using the campaign to spread his anti-Semitic views. Read more »
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Members, statewide elected officials and community leaders on Thursday gathered on the steps of City Hall to denounce the sharp increase in anti-Semitic attacks across New York City and demand increased enforcement, in particular in time of the high holiday season.
Councilman David Greenfield, who organized the press conference, said more has to be done – by vocal condemnation and enforcement – than what is already being done to stop the spike in anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community.
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With the current crisis in the Middle-East and the recently ended war in Israel, Jews around the world have been targeted in sometimes violent attacks. Many Jewish institutions have been vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti, and with the Jewish High Holiday’s season just days away, authorities are warning Jewish institutions to stay vigilant on the current threats.
Noting that there are no specific threats, Acting Union County, NJ Sheriff Joseph Cryan urged members of the Jewish community to “Always think security and stay vigilant.” Read more »
With the recent uptick of anti-Semitic attacks across the globe, Italy’s top Jewish leader launched a hotline on Monday where victims of anti-Semitic attacks and witnesses can report the incident.
Renzo Gattegna, the President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, said in a statement to Haaretz that “The goal of the initiative is to nullify any threat of hatred and discrimination. It is a concrete effort for the benefit of the entire community especially now that old biases are back even in the most advanced and democratic societies.” Read more »
An Orthodox Jew, a resident of Flatbush, claims he was a victim of a possible hate crime in Manhattan on Wednesday.
The man was walking on the street at 2nd avenue and E14th street, when a guy came up to him, at around 3:30p.m., and said, “I F…in hate you and I should punch you in the mouth because you’re a Jew,” a source told JP.
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Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday apologized for using the word “shylocks” in a speech Tuesday, saying he made a “poor choice of words.”
In a speech at the Legal Services Corporation conference on Tuesday, Biden was trying to describe bankers that target servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks,” a term that some see as offensive to Jews. Read more »
An NYPD Hate Crime Task Force official admitted on Wednesday that anti-Semitic incidents against the Jewish community has dramatically increased by 40 percent, particular since since July 1st, 2014. The reason: Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip and the insurgence of ISIS terrorist group in the middle East.
Addressing Jewish community leaders ahead of the high holiday season at one Police Plaza Wednesday morning, Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, head of the Special Victims Division and Hate Crimes Task Force, said that the fact that the Gaza war dominated the headlines on a daily basis created the “emotional surge” in hate crimes. Read more »
The contested and heavily nation-watched campaign for Senate in Kentucky has prompted an anti-Semitic individual to launch a campaign by placing anti-Jewish yard signs in the streets of Kentucky.
The signs with the words “With Jews We Lose” were placed at US 25 and Mount Zion Road in Florence, Northern Kentucky, when they caught the attention of several commuters. Read more »
Vice President Biden, known for his gaffes, is being criticized by the Anti-Defamation League for using a stereotype that has been described as anti-Semitic.
In a speech at the Legal Services Corporation conference, Biden was trying to describe bankers that target servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks,” a term that some see as offensive to Jews. Read more »
Margolin said that a half-million Jews will attend prayer services on Rosh Hashana this year at 1,353 synagogues throughout Europe. “Half-a-million Jews will participate in prayers, but 1.5 million Jews hide their Jewishness,” the RCE and EJA commented, according to the Jerusalem Post, adding that “there is 80% intermarriage among Europe’s Jewish communities, when compared with the total number of Jews.” At the same time, though, “the number of visitors in the synagogues increased by 17% compared to the same period last year.” Read more »
Three people were injured Tuesday morning by inhaling smoke from a fire at a Brussels synagogue, in what Belgian authorities suspect was a result of arson, Belga news agency reported.
The fire broke out on the second floor of the synagogue in the eastern suburb of Anderlecht and was first reported at around 6:30 am (0430 GMT), Belga wrote. Read more »
NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force detectives are currently patrolling the streets in Williamsburg, investigating the distribution of hateful fliers as a possible bias incident, sources told JP.
A Williamsburg Shomrim member, out on patrol, found Monday night – at around 9:00 p.m. – multiple fliers with a swastika and the word ‘UBER’ printed on it, along Bedford avenue in the Jewish neighborhood in Williamsburg. He immediately alerted a Shomrim dispatcher and the NYPD, who responded to the scene.
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A supposed name-change on a local bridge in Fort Myers, Florida, was scrapped from a city council vote after an uproar by many locals stated that the person behind the bridge’s new name was an avowed anti-Semite.
What was once known as he Caloosahatchee Bridge was changed to the Henry Ford Bridge, after a legislative bill took effect on July 1, naming the bridge after American industrialist Henry Ford.
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A large British retailer, Sports Direct apologized after one of its hired security guards told two 11-year-old Jewish boys that they may not enter the store, saying “no Jews, no Jews”.
A parent of one of the children, who is a student at Yeshivas Yavne, David Rosen, posted the story on social media which caused a large uproar and after reaching the company, they sincerely apologized. Read more »
(AP). German prosecutors say they’ve charged a 93-year-old man with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as a guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp.
The charges against Oskar Groening come as part of a nationwide push against former Auschwitz guards launched last year.
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Israel Police have arrested three teens for vandalizing vehicles from the city’s Improvement Division in the city of Sderot during the first week of August.
The gang painted green swastikas and smeared red Satanic symbols on several cars, while residents were under the threat of constant rocket fire from Gaza. Read more »
The offices of a German newspaper were vandalized over the weekend with neo-Nazi graffiti and anti-Semitic messages of hate because of its coverage of far-right groups.
The words “Jews” and “Sieg Heil” were spray-painted onto the office windows of the Lausitzer Rundschau newspaper, local media reported. The week before, four swastikas were drawn onto the windows as well as the messages “Jews, kill them” and “We’ll get you all”. Read more »
Following a call by many New Zealand politicians to divest funding from Israel that is stated to go towards the Superannuation fund, the Jewish Council calling the decision shocking.
The fund, known as the Cullen fund, was created in 2001 by the government to help fund a large aging population. Between 2003 and 2009, the Government contributed $14.88 billion to the Fund. Read more »
Almost four months after a shooting attack left four people dead, the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels reopened its doors on Sunday.
The reopening, which coincided with the 15th European Day of Jewish Culture, took place during an official event attended by several political, cultural, diplomatic and religious personalities, including Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo. Read more »
German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of the German government joined the several thousand people who gathered in Berlin to rally against the rise of antisemitism in Europe on Sunday.
Addressing the crowd at the Brandenburg Gate Merkel vowed to do everything she can “to ensure anti-Semitism doesn’t have a chance,” reminding Germans of their duty to stand up against anti-Semitism. Read more »
(AP). European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians, the leader of the World Jewish Congress warned Saturday ahead of a major rally against anti-Semitism.
WJC president Ronald Lauder also voiced concern that Islamic extremists are trying to “use all means,” particularly online, to stir hatred and pointed to the threat posed by radicalized Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq.
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Oceanside, New York – Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky released the following statement on Friday following news that anti-Semitic graffiti was sprayed on the side of a building in Oceanside, Long Island this weekend.
“Such a despicable act will not be tolerated by the people of Oceanside and Nassau County. Whenever anti-Semitism rears its ugly head, government must act swiftly to find those responsible and punish them to the full extent of the law. Cowards like these need to know that their hate will not remain anonymous, and that they will pay for their crime.” Read more »
Several Jewish groups are expected to protest the presentation of “The Death of Klinghoffer” opera at the Lincoln Center later this month.
The Coalition Against the Met Terror Opera (CATO) announced plans for the massive protest to be held at Lincoln Center on Monday evening, September 22, from 4:30-6 P.M., at Broadway and 65th Street in Manhattan, the night of the gala opening of the Metropolitan opera season. Read more »
Andrews College (Colégio Andrews) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil apologized to parents after a geography teacher presented students with a test that questioned them “who is worse? Nazis or Jews?”
The school fired the teacher after giving the students a test with the following text: “As is known, the Jews were persecuted by Hitler during the Nazi period. Currently certain people are seen as victims of Israel, having to live in settlements controlled by Israel”. Read more »