Category Archives: Anti-Semitism

NYPD and FBI Keeping Track of Travelers Heading To and From Syria: Miller

4e19ea4df3080d016b0f6a706700381b.jpg_11804333As terrorism from the Muslim community becomes a serious threat to numerous countries throughout the world, the NYPD and FBI intend to keep track of potential terrorists entering the US and more specifically New York City.

John Miller, the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism, said the NYPD was keeping track of New Yorkers traveling to Syria, particularly those going to fight for terrorist organizations, and how they return to the US. Read more »

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Security Videos Show Assailant Waiting For Victim Before Stabbing Antwerp Hasid

antwerp stabbing attack suspectTwo months ago on November 15th, Shabbat morning, Yehosha Malik, 31, a Belzer Chasid, was stabbed in the neck on the way to shacharit at his shul in Antwerp. In what was clearly an anti-Semitic attack with racist motives, Malik was wounded moderately. Security camera videos have recently been revealed which follow the attacker for 25 minutes leading up to the attack.

In documented videos from security cameras, a young man in his 20s, walked all the way from the north of Antwerp at the main railway station, where he hides his face. As he passed near Malik, he drew a sharp instrument, stabbed him in the neck and fled on foot. Read more »

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Report: 400% Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks; France ‘Most Dangerous’ For Jews

2009511_958495132_4444444444According to reports, there has been a 400 percent rise in anti-Semitism incidents since July and August 2014, with France being rated as one of the “most dangerous” countries for Jews to live.

France has seen a 100 percent increase in anti-Semitism attacks, despite their country having a large population of Jewish people. Read more »

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Op-Ed: Sweden, The Savior Of Holocaust Jews, Is Now Dangerous For Jews

OPED logoAs I write another article about the rising wave of anti-Semitism in Europe, I would like to suggest a change in perspective. Many people base their perception of anti-Semitism on what happened, or what they think happened, in World War II during the holocaust.

More than 60 years have passed and much of what was true has changed. A recent example of this occurred in Sweden. The home of Raoul Wallenberg is now a dangerous place for Jews to live. Read more »

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Ukraine To Appoint Special Envoy To Combat Antisemitism

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Anti-Semitism has a long history in the Ukraine, but recently, it has taken a strange twist, turning the Jews into pawns in a dangerous political game being played out between the Ukraine and Russia.

One of these moves was seen in the UN in November when Moscow condemned the Ukraine, as well as the US and Canada, for voting against an annual UN resolution condemning Nazism. This is all part of an ongoing game that has been played out since the Ukrainian revolution. Read more »

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Edmonton Police Invetigating Antisemitic Graffiti Daubed On Beth Israel Synagogue

Photo: Luba Allen/Beth Israel Synagogue

Photo: Luba Allen/Beth Israel Synagogue

The Edmonton Police Service Hate Crime Unit is investigating the daubing of anti-Semitic messages on the Beth Israel Synagogue in west Edmonton, Canada, last weekend, asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects.

The graffiti was reported about 11 p.m. last week Saturday night at Wolf Willow Road and Wanyandi Road, in southwest Edmonton. Upon arrival, officers found anti-Semitic phrases spray-painted on the south-facing wall and northeast corner of the building.

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Rabbi Condemns Lawmaker’s Use of Anti-Semitic Term Toward Delaware Jewish Governor

delaware Gov. Jack Markell(AP). Gov. Jack Markell’s rabbi is condemning an anti-Semitic remark by state Rep. John Kowalko in reference to the nation’s only sitting Jewish governor.

The News Journal (http://delonline.us/1BmcZy1 ) reports Kowalko used the term “shylocks” during an outburst Tuesday at a school board meeting in Christina while criticizing Markell and education officials for their plan to turn around low-performing schools in Wilmington. Kowalko is Democrat representing Newark. Read more »

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Former Dutch Minister: Jews Moving To US Would Lead To World Peace

herman heinsbroekA Dutch pol, who served at Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs in 2002, suggested on Thursday that Israel’s Jewish population should move to the United States for the sake of world peace.

In an interview to Quote magazine, Herman Heinsbroek said that “it was a historical error to give the Jews their own country in the middle of Islam. You’ve had nothing but war ever since and you’ve had anti-Semitism resurging, too.” Read more »

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Mayor De Blasio: NYC Provides Model To Europe In Protecting Jewish Communities

France Europe TerrorMayor Bill de Blasio attended Shabbat services at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan Saturday morning and addressed his recent trip to Paris, following the terror attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket.

The mayor told congregants that he felt the need to visit Paris and the sites of the recent terror attacks to be “a voice on behalf of the Jewish community and to stand up and speak when the world has to pay attention to what’s happening around us.” Read more »

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Simon Wiesenthal Center Condemns ‘Anti-Semitic’ Outburst During City Council Vote on Holocaust Commemoration

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday strongly condemned the anti-Israel outburst by 40 pro-Palestinian activists that erupted in the New York City Council Chambers yesterday just as the City Council began discussing and voting on a resolution to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

As first reported by JP, the protesters started yelling from the balcony, “shame on you, Melissa”, “why are you supporting an apartheid” and “Palestinian lives matter.” After five minutes of yelling and screaming, the protesters were escorted out. Read more »

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Hate Crimes Against Jews in Britain Rose 94% in the Past Year

tumblr_inline_mrkoa40lo91s4bealIn the wake of the anti-Semitic crimes in Paris, everyone is scrambling to keep track of the rate of hate crimes in their country.

In the past year the number of hate crimes against Jews in Britain doubled, with an outcome of 297 hate crimes in the year to August. This is a 94% increases from 153 in the previous 12 months.

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UN Meeting Challenges World To Stand Up To Anti-Semitism

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(AP). French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy challenged the world at the first-ever U.N. General Assembly meeting devoted to anti-Semitism to counter the rising hatred of Jews, which he denounced as “radical inhumanity.”

In a keynote address on Thursday, Levy decried that “faulting the Jews is once again becoming the rallying cry of a new order of assassins.” Read more »

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Poll: British Jewry Think Gov’t Not Doing Enough To Combat Antisemitism

UK Cameron Chanukah EventAnti-Semitism is a growing concern amongst Jews all over the world. By all objective accounts, the situation is growing worse. In a recent survey, conducted for The Jewish Chronicle, more than half, 55%, of the Jews in Britain said the government is not doing enough to combat anti-Semitism.

In general, Jews are feeling less sure of their safety. In light of recent events, a response from those in charge is clearly required. Read more »

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UN Holds First-Ever Meeting on Antisemitism Today

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(AP). The U.N. General Assembly is holding its first-ever meeting devoted to anti-Semitism on Thursday in response to a global increase in violence against Jews – a meeting scheduled even before the recent attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

The daylong informal meeting will feature a keynote address by French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Levy and speeches by Canadian, German and French ministers and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power in the morning. Read more »

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Mayor De Blasio: European Governments Must Commit To Visibly Protect Jewish Communities

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday called on European government to seize the moment of the recent spike in Islamist attacks on their soil to present a visible sense of protection for the Jewish communities and commit themselves to protect them from anti-Semitism and terror attacks, something that has not been done effectively until the recent wave of terror in Paris. Read more »

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U.S. Jewish Groups Advise Institutions to Report Any Form of Antisemitism

Eiffel Tower Paris_0As all Jewish communities tighten up their security around the world, the security arm of national U.S. Jewish groups is requesting Jewish institutions to report any incidents of threats, vandalism or attacks.

The Secure Community Network (SCN) told Jewish institutions in a memo on Jan. 18, that the information they gathers could support national law enforcement agencies in discerning any national trends in threats. Read more »

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De Blasio: Paris Visit Intended To Send Clear Message Of Fighting Antisemitism, Protecting Jewish Community

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“We in New York City have a deep sense of solidarity with the Jewish community” In Paris, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday afternoon after meeting with Jewish leaders and laying a wreath outside the Hyper Cacher supermarket, that claimed the lives of four Jews, in a brief visit to Paris.

“I have the honor of being the mayor of the city with the largest Jewish population on earth, and I wanted to be here in solidarity with the Jewish community of Paris, and of France, to express the pain that we have felt with them – but much more so, the understanding that we have to protect this community,” the mayor told reporters during a press conference. Read more »

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Peres Advises Against Aliyah As Reaction To Antisemitism In France

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Shimon Peres, former president of Israel and long-time statesman, speaking to JTA from his Peres Center for Peace office, said he is confident in France’s ability to fight anti-Semitism on its own soil. Immigration to Israel, he said, should be encouraged for positive reasons, not as a response to persecution abroad.

“We call on Jews to immigrate to Israel when there’s no crime and no other reason. “I think Zionism is a movement of rebirth, not protest. Why should I have a negative reason? I have a positive reason.” Read more »

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Rabbi Sacks: UK Jewish Communities Fearful Despite Calming Statements

picture21Although the recent terrorist attacks occurred in Paris, it seems most of Europe is on high alert. Even United Kingdom residents have expressed their fear, despite their country being one of the most tolerant societies on earth.

According to BBC, Politicians and police in Britain have spoken of “heightened concern” in Jewish communities following the terror attacks in France that included the killing of four men at a kosher supermarket. Read more »

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British PM Cameron Supports Defends Letter to Muslim Leaders, In Efforts to Combat Terrorism

Eric PicklesPrime minister, David Cameron, supports Eric Pickles’ letter to Muslim leaders where he asked them to “explain and demonstrate how faith in Islam can be part of British identity.”

The letter was sent to more than 1,000 Islamic leaders and focused on a joint effort to root out extremists and preventing young people from being “radicalized.” Read more »

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German Anti-Islam Group Vows That It Won’t Be Silenced

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(AP). A German group protesting what it calls “the Islamization of the West” is vowing that it won’t be silenced after its weekly rally was canceled following an alleged terrorist threat against one of its organizers.

The planned demonstration in Dresden by PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, was scrapped and local police banned all rallies Monday after being informed of a call for attackers to kill Lutz Bachmann, PEGIDA’s best-known figure. Read more »

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Prosecutor Who Investigated Buenos Aires Jewish Center Attack Found Shot Dead

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(AP).  A special prosecutor who had accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of ordering impunity for Iranian suspects in the South American country’s worst terrorist attack was found shot dead, authorities said Monday.

Alberto Nisman, who was set to testify Monday in a closed-door hearing, was found in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment late Sunday, federal prosecutor Viviana Fein told Telam, Argentina’s official news agency. Read more »

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UK – Swastikas and Anti-Islam Graffiti Daubed On Birmingham Campus

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Swastikas and the phrase ‘Islam Must Die’ were daubed on a wall at the Birmingham University Campus on Saturday, local UK sites reported.

A university spokeswoman said, “The graffiti was removed as soon as it was discovered and the university is investigating the matter with West Midlands Police.” Read more »

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NYPD Investigating Assault On Elderly Man In Williamsburg As Bias Incident

240 division williamsburgThe NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating an assault on a 72-year-old Man on Friday night in the Willamsburg section of Brooklyn as a bias incident, police sources told JP.

According to police, a 72-year-old Orthodox Jew, whose name is being withheld on request from the family, was walking on Division avenue on Friday night when he was attacked by assailants, who knocked him in the neck, while he was passing by the Williasburg library located at 240 Division Avenue. As a result, the victim fell down on his face and suffered injuries in his right knee. Read more »

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Britain’s Home Secretary: UK Must Redouble Efforts To Combat Antisemitism

Theresa May(AP). Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May has urged fresh action to combat anti-Semitism amid fears in the Jewish community following the terror attacks in Paris.

Speaking at a service held to commemorate the Jewish victims of the terror attacks in France last week, May must redouble its efforts to wipe out antisemitism.
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