Category Archives: Anti-Semitism

Nikolaev, Ukraine – Attack On Synagogue Caught On Surveillance Camera [Video]

chabad shul ukraineThe main synagogue in Nikolayev, in southeast of Ukraine, was reportedly firebombed on Friday night. The attack was recorded by the synagogue’s closed circuit television security camera and uploaded to YouTube last night.

According to, at 2:00 am Friday night the main shul in Nikolaev was attacked by firebombs. B”H the shul was empty at the time. One firebomb was thrown at the door and the other was thrown at a window. Read more »

Marionville, MO – Alderwoman Resigns In Wake Of Mayor’s Anti-Semitic Comments

A Marionville Alderwoman has resigned following anti-Semitic comments by the mayor, sharing similar views with the man accused of killing three outside two Jewish centers in Kansas City.

Jessica Wilson, who had been on the board for about a year, gave notice of her resignation Wednesday, The Springfield News Leader reports.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Vows To Bring Anti-Semitic Flier Distributors To Justice

CRIMEA-LEAFLET-JEWSUkrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in a pre-recorded interview on “Meet the Press” that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to restore the Soviet Union, “and God knows where is the final destination.”

“President Putin has a dream to restore the Soviet Union,” he said, according to a partial transcript provided by NBC News. “And every day he goes further and further. And God knows where is the final destination.” Read more »

Fatah Spox Complains Al-Qaeda Abandoned Israeli/Palestinian Conflict By Choice

zawahiriAl-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this week, calling him “a traitor who is selling out Palestine,” Ynet reports.

In an audio tape posted on al-Qaeda-linked websites, Zawahiri said, “Fatah pretends to be a national liberation movement, but it has turned into a movement that sells out its homeland and its citizens. These people abandoned the majority of the homeland and many of its citizens, and now their president is giving up on the right of return to please the United States.” Read more »

President Obama ‘Disgusted’ By E. Ukraine Anti-Semitic Flier

President Obama was ‘disgusted’ by the flier that threatened Jews in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, national security adviser Susan Rice said on Friday.

“The president expressed his disgust quite bluntly,” said Rice. “We all found word of those pamphlets to be utterly sickening, and they have no place in the 21st century.”

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NY – Cuomo’s Pine Bush-Motivated Anti-Bullying Law Falls Through During Budget Season

Cuomo OHELGovernor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to address bullying in schools after disturbing allegations of anti-Semitism in the Hudson Valley district of pine bush, fell through during the budget negotiations, Capital NY reported Friday.

The law, proposed by the governor earlier this year, would require school officials to report racial or religious discrimination. In his State of the State address, Cuomo said when he read the article published in November, he called the state education department, the division of human rights and the state police, and all three agencies said they hadn’t been contacted about the allegations. Cuomo said if a school official doesn’t notify the state of such discrimination, he or she should not be a school official. Read more »

NYC – Rabbi Teaches Fire Commissioner’s Son Tolerance After Anti-Semitic Twitter Rant

Rabbi Burg (seen standing from the left) officiating a Tu B'Shvat seder for City elected officials

Rabbi Burg (seen standing from the left) officiating a Tu B’Shvat seder for City elected officials

One of the most respected rabbis in New York City’s political landscape, helped a high-ranking City official’s son recant and rehabilitate his cyber-activity by learning about tolerance, after anti-Semitic Twitter rant.

Joseph Cassano, son of Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and former EMS worker, voluntarily met with Rabbi Steven Burg, Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center & Museum of Tolerance, a year ago, seeking cyberbullying sensitivity training after he posted hateful, anti-Semitic messages on Twitter, The Daily News reported Thursday. Read more »

Rep. Nadler: Unfortunately, Anti-Semitism ‘Is Alive and Well’

Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who represents the largest Jewish district in the nation, called Thursday the reports about anti-Semitic flyers in Eastern Ukraine “deeply disturbing.”

While the details of who exactly authored and distributed these flyers are still emerging, the world must not ignore these anti-Semitic attacks,” Congressman Nadler (NY-10) said in a statement released. “Throughout history, forced government registration of Jews and the counting of Jewish assets have led to some of the most atrocious acts in human history. If this attack is being used for political purposes, that is a particularly manipulative and callous act in a country where the Jewish community has already been subject to a rise in anti-Semitism.” Read more »

Marionville, MO – Residents Call For Mayor Clevenger’s Resignation over Anti-Semitic Comments

clevengerThe mayor of a Missouri town has come under fire for comments he made Monday about accused Kansas City shooter Frazier Glenn Miller and his anti-Semitic views, as expressed in the interview. Merely a week in office, residents of the town of Marionville are now calling for mayor Daniel Clevenger’s resignation from office and, failing that, impeachment.

According to KOLR10, group of citizens, many of whom backed Clevenger’s opponent in the recent mayoral election, are calling for Clevenger’s ouster. Clevenger defeated the incumbent last week by 30 votes and claimed 55 percent of the vote, according to KOLR. Read more »

Sec. Kerry: Crimea Jew Leaflet ‘Intorerable’ and ‘Grotesque’

CRIMEA-LEAFLET-JEWSUS Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday condemned notices which were sent to Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, asking them to identify themselves as Jews. Kerry called the move “grotesque.”

“Just in the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews … or suffer the consequences,” Kerry told reporters in Geneva. “In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it’s grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable.” Read more »

It’s 1938 In Crimea! Jews Forced To Register Or Face Deportation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA flyer bearing the stamps of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk has allegedly ordered all Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city to register with the pro-Russian separatists – or face deportation. It orders all Jews aged over 16 years old to register before the government building, which has been occupied by pro-Russian insurgents.

The leaflet described which documents Jews should provide: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.” Read more »

Mayor of Frazier Miller’s Hometown Says He Shares Kansas City Killer’s Anti-Semitic Views

The newly elected mayor of Marionville, Missouri, hometown of the suspect in the killing of three outside two Jewish sites in Kansas City, said this week that he agreed with some of Frazier Miller’s views on Jews but not of his actions.

“He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people. He respected his elders greatly, a long as they were the same color as him,” Mayor Daniel Clevenger told KSPR news. “Very fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him.”

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Appearing In Court With Wheelchair, Kansas City Shooter Charged With Murder

crossFrazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year-old white supremacist leader and lifelong anti-Semite, made his first court appearance via video conference on Tuesday in a wheelchair and wearing only what appeared to be a padded smock with his arms and legs exposed.

A spokesman for the Johnson County jail said the knee-length black garment worn by Miller was a “suicide prevention smock.” Read more »

Government Officials Brief Jewish Organizations on KC Shooting and Security Measures

In the wake of the Kansas City-area shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom Assisted Living Center on April 13, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) convened a high-level security briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Secure Community Network (SCN), the national homeland security initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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Passover Greetings By President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama

obama sederMichelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.

On Tuesday, just as we have every year of my presidency, my family will join the millions taking part in the ancient tradition of the Seder. We will enjoy the company of friends and loved ones, retell a timeless story, and give thanks for the freedom we are so blessed to enjoy. Read more »

AG Holder To Investigate Overland Park Terror Attack As Federal Hate Crime

The Justice Department will investigate whether federal hate crimes were committed in the Kansas City terror attack that left three people dead Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

“Justice Department prosecutors will work with their state and local counterparts to provide all available support and to determine whether the federal hate crimes statute is implicated in this case,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement released Monday.

“No matter what, we will do everything in our power to ensure justice is served in this case on behalf of the victims and their families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these heinous acts,” he said.

Netanyahu: Israel Committed To Fight The Scourge Of Antisemitism

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences Monday to the families of the victims in the shootings outside a Jewish community center and a retirement village in Overland Park.

“We understand that the murders were — according to indications — were perpetrated out of hatred of Jews, the prime minister said in a statement. “The State of Israel is at the forefront, along with all civilized peoples which are committed to the struggle against this scourge.”

Suspect In Kansas City Terror Attack – White Supremacist, Former KKK Leader

Overland Park, Kansas City – The 73-year-old murder in custody in the shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas, that left three people dead is reportedly the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the KKK, local TV reported.

Fraiser Glenn Cross Jr., of Aurora, Missouri, was taken into custody in the parking lot of an elementary school near the scene of the shootings, after shooting at 5 people. Cross is an alias for Frasier Glenn Miller, the former KKK leader, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Statement By President Obama on Kansas City Attack

This afternoon we heard reports of a horrific shooting in Overland Park, Kansas. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends who lost a loved one and everyone affected by this tragedy. I have asked my team to stay in close touch with our federal, state and local partners and provide the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation. While we do not know all of the details surrounding today’s shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking. I want to offer my condolences to all the families trying to make sense of this difficult situation and pledge the full support from the federal government as we heal and cope during this trying time.

Mayor de Blasio: NYPD Taking All Steps To Provide Security Over Passover

The following is a statement by NYC mayor Bill de Blasio in wake of the shooting at two Jewish facilities in Kansas City:

“On behalf of New York City, we’d like to offer condolences as well as our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the tragic incident this afternoon in the greater Kansas City area, as well as their families and the entire Jewish community.

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Gov. Cuomo: New Yorkers Stand In Solidarity W/ Kansas Jewish Community

CuomoThe following is a statement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo following the horrific murder of 3 at two Jewish facilities in Kansas City:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the shootings that took place earlier today at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom. On the eve of Passover, New Yorkers stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Kansas City, mourning those who were lost and wishing a speedy recovery to those who were injured as a result of today’s tragic events.”

OPPD Chief John Douglass Updates Media on Overland Park Shootings [Video]

“Today is a sad and very tragic day,” Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference. “As you might imagine we are only three hours into this investigation. There’s a lot of innuendo and a lot of assertions going around. There is really very little hardcore information.”

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World Jewish Congress President: Fighting Anti-Israel BDS Is ‘An Honor’

Ronald LauderIn a keynote speech in London last week, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder called on Jewish community and organizational leaders to step up the battle against the anti-Israel Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement, saying that this was perhaps the most important thing they would ever do. Read more »

Miliband, Who Aspires To Become UK’s First Jewish Prime Minister: ‘I Don’t Believe In G-d’

ed miliband meets NetanyahuBritain may soon have the first Jewish Prime Minister, but the guy to claim that title doesn’t believe in God. During a visit to Israel over the weekend, United Kingdom’s opposition leader and Labour Party chairman, Ed Miliband spoke  about his religious beliefs in detail for the first time, according to British media. But he said his Jewish ethnicity doesn’t contradict with his belief that G-d doesn’t exist.

“I have a particular faith. I describe myself as a Jewish atheist. I’m Jewish by birth origin and it’s a part of who I am,” said Miliband. “I don’t believe in God, but I think faith is a really, really important thing to a lot of people. It provides nourishment for lots of people.” Read more »

Rockland County Executive Ed Day Meets Jewish Leaders Over Anti-Hasidic FB Post

Ed DayRockland, NY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day tried to calm the situation with the Orthodox Jewish community on Friday over a Facebook post rant that stirred up anti-Semitic comments on the growing Hasidic/Orthodox Jewish community in upstate New York. The post and the follow up comments drew strong reaction from Hasidic advocates who who’re demanding an apology.

In private meetings with several Jewish elected officials on Friday morning, Mr. Day, reportedly, expressed his regrets for the comments he had made. Nonetheless, no public apology has been forthcoming.

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