Category Archives: Anti-Semitism

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

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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’

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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

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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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Sears Apologizes For Selling Offensive ‘Swastika Ring’ For Men

sears swastika profileSears offered Tuesday an apology and pulled a sideways swastika ring for men  that was placed on Sears’ “marketplace” website, after coming under fire via Social Media.

The description for the ring reads: “This gothic jewelry item in particular features a Swastika ring that’s made of .925 Thai silver. Not for Neo Nazi or any Nazi implication. These jewelry items are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date.” Read more »

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Citywide Elected Officials, Interfaith Leaders Issue A Call To Action In Combating Anti-Semitic Attacks

2014-10-14 12.11.16Over a dozen interfaith leaders, elected officials and community organizations; heads rallied Tuesday in the rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall to denounce recent bias attacks against members and institutions of the Jewish community in Brooklyn,

The press conference, hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, was organized in light of a recent physical assault at a respected community leader outside the Barclays Center following an exhibition basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Read more »

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Conservative British MP Rails Against US Pro-Israel ‘Jewish Lobby’

A Conservative Member of the British Parliament unleashed a vitriolic verbal assault on United States-based pro-Israel groups on Monday. The incendiary comments came during a business debate in the House of Commons.

Andrew Bridgen – who had accusations of sexual assault lodged against him in 2011 – expressed his thoughts while indicating that he was set to support a motion, proposed by parliamentarians who are notably anti-Israel, that would recognize the State of Palestine. The vote passed by 274 to 12, with Bridgen’s comments widely viewed as thoroughly anti-Semitic in tone.

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Two Penn State Students Plead Guilty, Get Probation After Vandalizing Jewish Fraternity

(AP). Two Penn State students have been ordered to spend two years on probation after pleading guilty to spray-painting swastikas and other symbols near a Jewish fraternity last year.

Prosecutors in Centre County said 20-year-old Eric Hyland of Export entered the plea Monday to charges of ethnic intimidation and criminal mischief. Read more »

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Man Physically Assaulted By Pro-Palestinians After Nets-Maccabi Game Outside Barclays Center

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The NYPD hate Crime Task Force is investigating a bias attack, after a man was pyscially attacked by pro-Palestinian supporters in Brooklyn Tuesday night, following the Nets – Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball game at Barclay’s Center, according to a press release sent out by Kings Bay Y.

Leonard Petlakh, Executive Director of the Kings Bay Y, says he was physically attacked by anti-Israel protesters while exiting the Barclays Center arena with his children and friends. Read more »

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British Jews Rally Against Anti-Semitism in Wake of Summer Hate Spike

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In the wake of a summer wherein Israel’s strong retaliatory actions against Hamas rockets from Gaza generated frightening outbursts of anti-Israel – and anti-Jewish – sentiment around the world, Jewish communities in England are preparing to hold rallies against anti-Semitism in Manchester and London later this month.

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. Read more »

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Leading US Baptist Group Reaffirms Religious-Based Stance Against Anti-Semitism

Anti SemitismA United States-based Baptist organization has issued a resolution that reaffirms the “historic American Baptist stand against anti-Semitism.”

Sent out by American Baptist Churches USA’s (ABC USA) International Ministries (IM), the resolution emphatically declares anti-Semitism to be “wholly contrary to J___s’ teaching” and that it “demeans J____s and all people of Jewish ethnicity.” Read more »

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Spike in Anti-Semitism Spurs Increased Interest in Israeli Real Estate by European Jews

While many Israelis enjoy a nice vacation from work during the imminent and lengthy holiday of Sukkot, those who work in the real estate business as brokers and agents catering to foreign buyers will be as busy as ever.

Since the conclusion of this summer’s war with Hamas, property consultants and dealers in the Jewish state report a surge of interest from Jews overseas – especially from Europe and Australia – in making real estate investments in Israel.

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