Category Archives: Anti-Semitism

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Suspect in Kansas Jewish Shootings

Frazier Glenn Cross-MillerDefense attorneys for a Missouri man accused of killing three people outside of two Jewish centers in Kansas City say prosecutors are planning to seek the death penalty against him.

Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit attorney Ron Evans says in a motion for a continuance filed Tuesday that Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe recently told him of his decision to seek the death penalty against 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. Read more »

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Rise of Anti-Immigrant Party in Parliament Alarms British Jewry

UKIP_logoThe anti-immigration and Eurosceptic United Kingdom Independence Party appears to have transformed from a party dismissed by the mainstream as extremist and fanatic in its views to one that is poised to receive the third highest-number of votes in England’s general elections in May- and it may quite conceivably hold the balance of power in a hung parliament. Earlier in October, UKIP won its first election and now has an elected member of parliament. The party plans to field candidates in each of the 650 constituencies.

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ADL Report: Anti-Israel Events at US College Campuses Doubled After Summer Gaza War

anti israel protest nyA new report by the Anti-Defamation League has revealed that anti-Israel events on American college campuses have doubled over the same time period as last year. More than 75 such events were reported at universities across the country this fall. The ADL report – entitled “Anti-Israel Activity on Campus after Operation Protective Edge” – explains that the egregious activity spiked in the wake of Israel’s extensive military operation against Hamas in Gaza over the summer.

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British-Jewish ‘Harry Potter’ Actress: Israel ‘Stupid’ For Allowing Post-Gaza War Anti-Semitism

Miriam MargolyesThe British Jewish actress who was featured in the extremely popular series of Harry Potter movies has called Israel “stupid” for allowing people to “vent” anti-Semitism. Miriam Margolyes stated that there has been a “troubling backlash” against Jews in response to this past summer’s defensive Israeli military effort against Hamas in Gaza.

“I loathe Hamas, but they were democratically elected and Israel’s behavior is not acceptable,” the actress contended. “There’s been a troubling backlash.”

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European Rabbis Call For Law Targeting Anti-Semitic Hate Speech

Photo credit: Serge Weinber/WJC

Photo credit: Serge Weinber/WJC

European rabbis have called on governments throughout the continent to pass laws targeting hate speech against Jews.

The call was made in a resolution passed by the standing committee of the WJC affiliated Conference of European Rabbis, or CER, which convened last week in Tbilisi, Georgia.“We call on additional countries to follow the example set by France and Germany, and devise legislation that targets hate speech against Jews specifically,” said CER President and WJC vice-President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt. Read more »

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Belgium University Seeks Student Racial Sensitivity In Wake of Canceled ‘Gaza Game’

University_of_Liege_armsIn the wake of the cancellation of a Gaza-themed students’ game that contained anti-Semitic overtones, the University of Liege in Belgium has established a pedagogic team with the mission to sensitize students to racial issues.

The game, which had been scheduled for Oct. 18, was an initiation ceremony for students of the Belgian university’s philosophy and literature faculty. Planned with a theme centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the pamphlet describing the ceremony cautioned the students who were attempting to be initiated – described by the invitation as “little Palestinians” – to “watch out for the big, mean Jew and to settle in safely and happily, if possible.”

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NYS AG Eric Schneiderman Urges Orthodox Jewish Community To Unite In Combating Antisemtism

2014-10-26 12.00.44Leading his opponent by over 20 points, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman touted his effort to protect religious rights and vowed to combat antisemitism, in a reelection campaign pitch to the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn on Sunday.

Acknowledging there’s a race, Schneiderman told some 50 leaders of the Jewish community, gathered at the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition legislative forum, that “it’s good that I have a race, because you remind people the thing you have done. In this era of Twitter of Facebook, and everybody being distracted all the time, people forget.” Read more »

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Illinois Man Charged With Hate Crime For Vandalizing Synagogue

Courtesy ABC7

Courtesy ABC7

An Illinois man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly vandalizing a synagogue.

John White, of Westmont, Ill., 40, was charged Friday with a hate crime for allegedly vandalizing Congregation Etz Chaim, in Lombard, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, Police said. Read more »

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister: No Anti-Semitism in Our Country

Pavlo Klimkin UkrainePavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, said that despite the rise of anti-Semitism across the globe in recent months, his country hasn’t seen any significant incidents.

Speaking with Israel’s i24 News ahead of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections set to be held this Sunday, Foreign Minister Klimkin said that anti-Semitism in his country is so low that it doesn’t cause a significant threat to the Jewish community. Read more »

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Director Defends Screening ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Opera Despite Protests

Via/Met Opera

Via/Met Opera

In a wide ranging interview, Tom Morris, the english director of the controversial opera “The Death of Klinghoffer,” defends screening the opera, despite resistance from Klinghoffer’s two daughters and many public officials.

The opera is based on the 1985 killing of passenger Leon Klinghoffer on the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship hijacked by four members of the Palestinian Liberation Front. The 69-year-old was shot in his wheelchair and pushed overboard. Read more »

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Abbas Adviser Lauds Arab Murderer of Jewish Baby as ‘Heroic Martyr’

chaya ziselThe adviser to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has glorified the terrorist who murdered a three-month-old infant, Israeli-American Chaya Zissel-Brown, and injured eight others yesterday, when he purposely drove his car into a crowd of people waiting for a train in Jerusalem. Sultan Abu Al-Einein lauded the terrorist, describing him as a “heroic Martyr” on his official Facebook page. Read more »

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NJ College Jewish Student Leader Feels Threatened After Swastika Drawn Outside Dorm Room

A prominent Jewish student at Kean University in New Jersey has become somewhat traumatized as a result of a recent incident wherein images resembling swastikas were drawn outside his dorm room door.

Nathaniel Sietz was returning to his room on the Kean campus one night earlier this month, when he saw the apparent symbols of anti-Semitic hate smeared into the text on the whiteboard that hangs next to the door.

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Two ECU Students Appear in Court for Spray Painting Swastika on Apartment Door

swastika ecuTwo students from the East Carolina University appeared in court on Wednesday for charges that they spray painted a swastika on an apartment door. Authorities said the apartment was targeted due to the religious beliefs of a resident.

Back in September the two suspects, Timothy Scott Gill Jr., 21, of Greenville, and Brandon Daniel Friedhoff, 20, of Greenville, were charged with ethnic intimidation, injury to property, and first degree trespassing. Read more »

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Montgomery GOP Drops Support of County Council Candidate Over Anti-Semitic Email

Jim KirklandJim Kirkland who’s running on the Republican line against incumbent Roger Berliner (D), for County Council in the 1st District, has lost his support from the official Republican Party after they reviewed an ant-Semitic email he sent.

In an email sent to the Washington Post back in February, Kirkland was complaining about a fine his elderly mother received from the County, for failing to repair her roof over the Christmas Holiday. Read more »

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England: Independence Party Members Rationalize Alliance With MP From Anti-Semite-Led Party

UKIP_logoLeading Jewish members of the UK Independence Party in England have made statements backing up the party’s defense of its alliance with a member of Parliament whose party leader has been known to utter racial slurs and express doubts about the Holocaust.

The group in the European Parliament known as Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy recruited Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz, who is a member of the Congress of the New Right led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke.

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Thousands Gather to Protest Anti-Semitism in Manchester

Manchester rally against anti-semitismThousands of people rallied on Sunday evening to protest the recent uptick of anti-Semitic incidents in Manchester, UK.

Containing the second-largest population of Jews in Britain, the northern city of Manchester was beset with multiple protests against Israel during the war, a number of which took place outside a shop in the city center that sells Israeli-manufactured beauty products. The vicious expressions of hatred voiced at those protests often prompted police to respond and restore order between protesters and pro-Israel protesters. Read more »

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Man Jailed for Tweeting Anti-Semitic Imagery to Jewish Labour MP

Luciana Berger21-year-old Garron Helm admitted to sending a hateful tweet addressed to Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger, and on Monday he was sentenced with a fine and four weeks behind bars.

UK’s Crown Police Service said Helm tweeted on August 7 an image of Berger’s head with a yellow star on it, in reference to the infamous Jewish symbol during the Holocaust. Read more »

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Rabbi Avi Weiss Leads Vigil Outside Met To Protest Anti-Semitic Opera

2014-09-22 17.29.16(AP). A prominent New York rabbi has led a prayer vigil outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest an opera that opponents say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.

Teenagers from Jewish faith-based schools joined Rabbi Avi Weiss on Monday in a makeshift prayer spot opposite the Met. They discussed Hebrew scriptures in shifts of about a dozen throughout the day. Read more »

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SHOCK: Mayor De Blasio Defends Showing Of Anti-Semitic Opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

Met opera klinghofferAs many jewish leaders and elected officials plan to protest the opening of the highly controversial Met opera outside the Lincoln center in Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio actually defended the Metropolitan Opera’s right to show “The Death of Klinghoffer,” and criticized former Mayor Rudy Giuliani for headlining a protest against the controversial opera.

“I really think we have to be very careful in a free society to respect that cultural institutions will portray works of art – put on operas, plays, that there will be art exhibits in museum,” Mayor de Blasio said Monday at an unrelated press conference. Read more »

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Klinghoffer Daughters Release Letter in Protest of Met Opera’s ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Via/Met Opera

Via/Met Opera

Despite repeated requests to the Metropolitan Opera not to show the highly controversial opera “The Death of Klinghoffer,” the Met Opera has decided to go forward with the screening.

The opera, which will open tomorrow, relates the documented story of Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old wheelchair-bound New Yorker, who was shot to death by Palestinian terrorists aboard a cruise ship. After his death, they threw him overboard together with his wheelchair. Read more »

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Ex-French Minister Kouchner: ‘Racist’ Public Hated Former Prez Sarkozy Due to Jewishness

Nicolas SarkozyFrance’s former Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Bernard Kouchner has charged that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was widely disliked because of his Jewish origins, the result of France being a “racist” country.

In actual fact, Sarkozy’s paternal grandfather was of Greek Jewish extraction, meaning that Sarkozy was not truly Jewish according to Jewish law, which only recognizes the validity of the mother’s side to establish legitimate Jewish heritage. Kouchner – whose own father was Jewish – contends that these details were of no interest to the prejudiced French public.

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Israel – Police Investigating Swastikas Painted On The Temple Mount Steps

Photo/Tom Nisani

Photo/Tom Nisani

Three Swastikas equals to Star of David graffiti were found Sunday morning spray painted on a step in the eastern part of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Police opened an investigation into the incident. Read more »

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Man Suspected Of Punching Jewish Leader Outside Barclays Center Arrested

barclays center suspectThe man suspected of attacking a leader of Jewish organization outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn has been arrested.

Police in St. Louis, Missouri picked up 25-year-old Shawn Schraeder on Thursday. He is now back in Brooklyn awaiting arraignment, according to ABC News. Read more »

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Anti-Semitic Drawings Left On Wall During Jewish Home Robbery In Miami Beach

miami beach swastikasMiami Beach Police are investigating a home invasion and robbery in Miami Beach, Florida, last week, where the perpetrators left anti-Semitic graffiti painted on the walls.

Miami Beach police responding to a silent alarm triggered by robbers in a private residence, owned by Orthodox Jews, reportedly found that swastikas surrounded by Stars of David painted on the home’s interior walls. Read more »

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Giuliani To Headline Press Conference At Opening of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

Rudy GiulianiFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is expected to headline a  press conference the at Lincoln Center on Monday evening to protest the first evening that “The Death of Klinghoffer” will be shown at the Metropolitan Opera.

Additional confirmed participants include Congressman Peter King, Former NY Governor David Paterson, Criminal Defense Attorney Ben Brafman, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik. Read more »

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