Category Archives: Anti-Semitism

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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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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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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Swastikas Targeting Jewish Fraternity at Atlanta’s Emory U Spark Outrage & Resolve

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Atlanta, Georgia-based Emory University has initiated an investigation to discover the identity of an anti-Semitic vandal who painted a number of swastikas on a Jewish fraternity house early Sunday, the day after Yom Kippur the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

The symbols of Nazi oppression were found spray-painted in black on an outer wall and a pillar of Alpha Epsilon Pi, a traditionally Jewish fraternity at Emory University. The college’s president, James Wagner, blasted the criminal act, describing the “crude, offensive graffiti” as no less than “an attack against everything for which Emory stands.

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Reform Movement Adds Voice to Communal Protest of Met’s Anti-Semitic Klinghoffer Opera

Met opera klinghofferLate this past week, the movement of Reform Judaism finally joined the numerous Jewish organizations that have been loudly protesting an upcoming Metropolitan Opera production widely considered to be anti-Semitic, as well  as presenting some justification for the murderous acts of terrorists.

“We join with other Jewish leaders in expressing our disappointment and dismay about the staging by the Metropolitan Opera of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer,’” the movement’s leaders stated in a letter addressed to Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager.

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Vienna, Austria – Neo-Nazi Biker Arrested After Waving Knife Outside Synagogue

via OE24

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Another anti-Semitic attack against jews was reported in Europe, this time in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

A neo-Nazi biker stopped in front of a synagogue in the “Bermuda Triangle” shortly after Yom Kippur where he began to shout out anti-Semitic epithets and curses while waving a knife, Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio) reported on Monday. Read more »

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Toronto – Mayoral Hopefuls Continue to Clash Over Racist Comments

Toronto Mayoral hopefuls Ford Tory debateToronto voters are heading to the polls in less than 20 days, on October 27, which means that the race will only heat up, after two debates in recent days sparked the candidates asking each other for apologies over controversial remarks.

On Sunday evening, Doug Ford, who’s running to replace his retiring brother Rob, was attacked by a Jewish opponent for failing to apologize after his brother, Mayor Ford, once used an anti-Semitic slur. Read more »

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Bushwick Coffee Shop Owner Apologizes For Ant-Semitic Social Media Rant

bushwick coffee shopMichael Avila, the owner of The Bushwick Coffee Shop, who called Jews “greedy infiltrators” in an Instagram post last week has deleted all the store’s social media accounts and has apologized for saying that Jews “function via greed and dominance,” DNAInfo NY reported Monday.

In an Instagram post, first reported by brokelyn.com, the owner of the shop wrote that he despises Jewish customers because the Jews “function via “greed and dominance.” Read more »

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Authorities Investigating Anti-Semitic Graffiti on Jewish Fraternity House at Emory University

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Via/WSB-TV

Just hours after the end of one of the Holiest days in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on a Jewish fraternity house at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia.

“Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house, an historically Jewish fraternity here at Emory, was the target of crude, offensive graffiti, including swastikas, early Sunday morning, October 5” Emory University confirmed in a statement. Read more »

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Spokane Synagogue Defaced With Swastika On Yom Kippur

spokane beth shalom(AP). A swastika was painted on a wall at Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane over the weekend.

The Spokesman-Review reports the graffiti was discovered during Saturday’s Yom Kippur services. It was painted on the concrete wall in the synagogue’s enclosed courtyard. Read more »

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