Category Archives: Anti-Semitism

BBC Director: British Jewish Future In Question Due To Rising Antisemitism

danny cohen bbcDanny Cohen, the Jewish director of BBC Television, said Sunday that the rising anti-Semitism in Britian has made him question the long-term future for Jews in the UK.

“I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually. Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before actually,” Cohen said during a conversation at a two-day conference at the Jerusalem Cinemathequ. Read more »


French Jewish Org. Distributes Pill To Cure Growing Antisemitism

antisemitoxA French Jewish organization has begun distributing 10,000 boxes of “anti-Semitism first aid treatment” under the brand name “Antisémitox,” in an effort to tamp down the rising anti-Semitism in France, TV5 Monde reported.

Each box contains three honey candies, detox patches, and the text of the law stating the penalties that apply to people who express anti-Semitism publicly. Read more »


ADL ‘Appalled’ At Threatening Letter Sent To Legislator Aron Wieder

Ahron WiederThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Saturday said it was “shocked and appalled” by a threatening letter that was mailed earlier this week to Spring Valley legislator Aron Wieder, containing a photograph that superimposed his face on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded.

“We are shocked and appalled at the horrific letter mailed to Mr. Wieder,” Evan Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director, said in a statement. “This was a threatening and hateful act designed to intimidate a Jewish elected official as well as members of the broader community in Rockland County.” Read more »


Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder ‘In Shock’ After Receiving ISIS-style Threatening Letter

wieder isis 2Rockland County majority leader, Aron Wieder was a little shaken to discover that his tireless advocacy on behalf of his community in Rockland County has taken some to suggest the extreme, after receiving a threatening picture in which his face is was doctored on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded.

On Thursday, Spring Valley Legislator Aron Wieder revealed to local media that the chilling picture was sent to his county office on Monday in an envelope postmarked from Monsey and sent under the name of “Moshe Muhammad.”   Read more »


FA Suspends Liverpool Striker for One Game Over ‘Offensive’ Post

Mario Balotelli anti semitic instagram postEngland’s Football Association handed a one-game suspension to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli over an offensive Instagram post, which he deleted moments after being posted.

Balotelli posted on his Instagram page an image that depicted ‘Super Mario’ with the caption “Don’t be racist!” beneath the character were the words “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.” He later deleted the post and apologized the next day. Read more »


Prosecutors Ask For Death Penalty For White Supremacist In Kansas City Shootings Case

Frazier Glenn Cross-MillerA Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty for 74-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller, a white supremacist from Missouri, who is charged with killing three people at two Jewish centers in suburban Kansas City last April.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced his intention Thursday at a hearing where Miller was ruled competent to stand trial. Read more »


White supremacist Charged in Kansas Jewish Center Shootings To Appear For Competency Hearing

Frazier Glenn Cross-Miller(AP). A white supremacist who admits killing three people outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites is set to appear in court for a hearing on whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial.

Seventy-three-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, of Aurora, Missouri, is charged with capital murder in the April 13 shooting deaths of 69-year-old Dr. William Lewis Corporon, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and 53-year-old Terri LaManno. Read more »


Canada, Australia Boycott Geneva Convention Conference Over Concerns Of Anti-Israel Bias

Geneva Iran talks(JNS). Canada and Australia on Wednesday boycotted a conference in Switzerland discussing the Fourth Geneva Convention and the situation in the Palestinian territories due to concerns about the conference’s anti-Israel bias.

“Canada has conveyed its deep concerns and has communicated clearly that it will neither attend this conference nor lend it any credibility,” Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement earlier this week. Read more »


Teens Facing Hate Crime Charges After Assaulting Two Jewish Teens In Palisades Mall

palisades mall attack 1Two 17-year-old Weschester residents are facing hate crime charges after assaulting two Orthodox Jewish teens while shopping in the Palisades mall on Black Friday, Clarkstown Police spokesman, Peter Walker told JP.

According to Clarkstown detectives, the group, which included three people, attacked several mall shoppers in three separate incidents in the early morning hours on November 28th at the Palisades Center Mall. Five people were injured during the attacks, with most suffering from bumps and bruises to stitches and a broken wrist, Walker said. Read more »


Avowed Supremacist Accused in Kansas Shooting: I’m Fit to Stand Trial

Frazier Glenn Cross-MillerAn avowed white supremacist charged with the killing of three people outside a Jewish facility on the eve of Passover, said he has been found fit to stand trial.

73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller said that he was informed by his attorney that a court-ordered competency evaluation found he is mentally sound, and fit to stand trial. Read more »


ADL Lists 10 Top Issues Affecting Jews in 2014

ADL no place for hateIsrael’s war against Hamas terror, rising anti-Semitism in Europe, the shootings at the Overland Park, Kansas Jewish community center by a career white supremacist, a noticeable rise in anti-Israel activity on campus, and the proliferation of anti-Jewish hate speech on the Internet topped the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual list of top issues affecting Jews in 2014. Read more »


Police Investigating Swastika Graffiti at Tufts University

Tufts UniversityAuthorities are investigating after several swastikas were painted on a building at Tufts University in Medford, MA.

The university’s police are working together with Somerville police to investigate the swastikas, painted on the rear of Lewis Hall along the Powderhouse Boulevard side of the building. Read more »


Sydney Cafe Hostage Taker Sheikh Haron Was An Avowed Anti-Semite

sheik haron sydneyThe Hostage taker in the chocolate cafe in downtown Sydney, identified Sheikh Haron, is an avowed anti-Semite, who has sent abusive letters and messages to members of Australia’s Jewish community, the Algemeiner news site noted. He was shot and killed during the rescue mission.

Man Haron Monis, a 49 year-old self-claimed Muslim Sheikh, described an Australian Jewish soldier who was killed in Afghanistan as a “dirty animal” in a letter he sent to the family. Read more »


UK Wigan Owner Whelan Accepts Charge On Offensive Comments: FA

Dave Whelan Wigan Athletic OwnerWigan Athletic Football Club owner Dave Whelan has accepted an FA misconduct charge over comments he made regarding Jewish and Chinese people, The English Football Association said on Monday.

“We can confirm Mr Whelan has accepted the charge and has requested a non-personal hearing but no date has been set for that,” the FA said in a statement.

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ADl Condems Attack On Israeli Embassy In Athens

israeli embassy athensThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned Friday’s terror attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens, Greece, referring to the incident as “cowardly,” and expressed confidence in the ability of the Greek authorities to address the incident “with the utmost seriousness” and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Police said they found 54 bullet casings about 130 feet from the embassy building following the attack. The assailants used a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Read more »


Racist Teen That Stormed Sydney Bus Ordered to Learn About Holocaust

Sydney Jewish MuseumOne of the teenagers that stormed a school bus full of children and went on a racist rant in August, was ordered to learn about the Jewish experience.

The teenager participated at a youth justice conference where he faced the one of the children that was on the bus when he stormed the bus, screaming “Kill the Jews” and “Heil Hitler.” Read more »


UK: Jewish MP Reports Multiple Anti-Semitic Threats

Conservative Party PortraitsA Jewish member of the British Parliament has received multiple death threats over the last year, alarming him to the point that he has checked his family’s cars for possible hidden explosives.

Lee Scott, the Conservative representative for Ilford North, stated during a session of Parliament that he had experienced five threats to his life, including a person who called him on the phone and told him he should be “stoned to death.” Read more »


University of California Student-Workers Union Votes To Boycott Israel

University CaliforniaUnited Auto Workers (UAW) Local 285, a union representing 13,000 student-workers and academic employees in the 10-campus University of California (UC) system, on Wednesday voted to participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

A pro-BDS resolution promoted by the union’s organizers passed in a 1,411-749 vote. In a second option on the ballot, 1,136 union members pledged to personally adhere to the academic boycott of Israel. Read more »


Jewish Comedian Slams Jewish ‘Anti-Semites’ for Being Pro-Palestine

Comedian Roseanne BarrComedian Roseanne Barr, in a blog post, slammed Jews that have taken an anti-Israel position in the ongoing Middle-East conflict between Palestinians and Israel.

In the letter, addressed to the “Erev Rav who know nothing about Judaism whatsoever” the outspoken comedian asks: “You are aligning more and more with people who call Jews monsters to be destroyed after 2000 years of exile witch-burnings, Inquisition, Pogrom and Holocaust inflicted on their ‘chosen’ targets, the Jewish people? Really?” Read more »


ADL: Lower FBI Hate Crime Figures ‘Encouraging’ But Not Complete

ADL no place for hateThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday welcomed the publication of the FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA) report, calling the reduction hate crimes, the lowest since the enactment of the record-keeping law in 1991, as an encouraging trend.

According to the FBI statistics, hate crime incidents were slightly down in the year 2013 when compared to 2012. Read more »


Miraculously Spared From Gas Chambers, Survivor Feted at 101

Auschwitz holocaustA Jewish woman who was miraculously spared death in the gas chambers of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp – due, in her belief, to an “act of G-d” – is about to celebrate her 101st birthday.

When an individual pulls off the feat of living for more than a century, it is unquestionably a rare and remarkable achievement. But when that same person survives the horrors of three Holocaust concentration camps, including the absolute dread of being sent to Auschwitz’s gas chambers, clearly they have benefited from divine intervention.

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Spain University Dismantles Anti-Israel Exhibition

spain israelA public university in Spain has removed an exhibition that attributed fabricated quotes about killing Palestinian children to the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Responding to complaints from Spain’s Jewish community, the exhibition that had been put on display in the economics department of the Autonomous University of Madrid was dismantled last week. Read more »


Catsimatidis: Obama’s Negative Stance Could Stymie Defensive Israeli Actions

catsimatidisJohn Catsimatidis, a leading New York businessman and former candidate for the city’s mayoralty, has called on the United States to take on a more active role in helping to tamp down the economic tensions between the various countries in the Middle East as well as Russia.

Catsimatidis also touched on the increasingly negative position of the Obama administration toward Israel, noting that in such a tense personal atmosphere, Israel may feel unable to launch attacks for defensive purposes, as it would fear a lack of American support and backing for those types of actions.

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New $60M France-US Reparations Deal Comes Under Fire For Excluding Many Survivors

Auschwitz holocaustFrench and American negotiators signed an agreement on Monday to have $60 million in reparations paid out to Holocaust victims who were transported by the French national railway to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Despite the breakthrough, lawyers for many of the victims are maintaining they will work for greater remuneration for their clients’ suffering. Read more »


CityWide Elected Officials Visit Crown Heights Community in Aftermath Of Chabad 770 Attack

2014-12-09 14.19.17Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and NYC Public Advocate Tish James joined Jewish community leaders in Crown Heights Tuesday afternoon to condemn and express outrage of the horrific stabbing attack at the Chabad-Lubavitch world headquarters, that resulted in the injury of 22-year-old Levi Rosenblatt.

“This incident impacted all of us,” Borough President Adams said. He noted the “awesome amount of restraint that was displayed by the [NYPD] officer,” in his attempt to subdue the assailant. Read more »

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