Category Archives: Anti-Semitism

Jon Stewart: Criticizing Israel Doesn’t Make Me anti-Israel

Stewart Gaza israelJon Stewart relentlessly castigated Israel for its defensive actions in the Gaza Strip against Hamas terrorists, following the constant threat of rocket attacks and terror tunnels, but now Stewart says that his criticism of Israel doesn’t make him anti-Israel.

Stewart — a Jewish late-night comedy host, who’s birth name is Jonathan Leibowitz — questioned Israel’s use of warning bombs that are sent prior to Israel’s attack on populated areas in the strip. Read more »

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Temple University: DA Will Rule If Assault Was Hate Crime

Temple univeristyFollowing an assault on a Jewish student on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia last week, the University has said that it will hand over its investigation findings to the District Attorney, and it will be up to the DA to decide if it was a hate crime.

Daniel Vessal, a Camera on Campus fellow who is also a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was punched in the face by a member of the openly anti-Semitic group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), during “Templefest,” an event which gives the college’s students the opportunity to obtain new information about campus clubs a week before the onset of the new semester. Read more »

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VIDEO: Pro Palestinians Stop Traffic on Brooklyn-Queens Expressway To Celebrate End Of Gaza Op

20140826-145026.jpgOn Tuesday, as the news broke out that Israel and Hamas have agreed to end the hostilities and end the 50-day conflict, some pro-Palestinians took it to the street of New York City to celebrate the cease-fire. But according to a video published online, the so-called victory celebrations came at the expense of commuters driving in one of the outer boroughs ‘ busiest highways. Read more »

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New York City Sees 29% Spike In Anti-Semitic Attacks In 2014

boro park swastikaWhile general crime is down, anti-Semitic attacks in New York City are on the rise, new compstat numbers show.

In essence, the number of attacks against members of the Jewish community are distinctly low. Nevertheless, when compared to 2013, anti-Semitic attacks have risen by 29 percent in 2014. Read more »

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Britain’s Chief Rabbi: Anti-Israeli Protests Has Transformed Into Anti-Semitism

British Flag Ripped - WestOnSignsBritain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mervis warned Wednesday that anti-Israel sentiment sparked by the operation in Gaza has flamed into anti-Semitism.

“There is no doubt that the Hamas-Israel conflict has served as a significant trigger point for the current spike in incidents. Impassioned criticism of Israel is not intrinsically anti-Semitic. In many cases, however, the current conflict has been used as a pseudo-legitimate medium for latent anti-Semitism to be expressed,” Mervis in an op-ed in The Telegraph, in advance of a London rally against anti-Semitism to be held Sunday. Read more »

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Muslim Sheikh in Spain Calls For Jews’ Destruction

A recent Friday sermon by a Muslim cleric in Azuqueca De Henares, Spain was highlighted by expressions of blatant and vicious anti-Semitism. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Monday released a translation of the speech given by Sheikh Saleheoldine El Moussaoui, who concluded his presentation with the rousing prayer, “Oh Allah, destroy the plundering Jews…count them one by one and do not spare a single one of them.”

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San Diego Chargers Suspends Announcer for Anti-Semitic Joke

Hank BauerThe San Diego chargers radio broadcaster Hank Bauer has been suspended for one game, following an anti-Semitic joke that he told his Jewish partner on-air on Sunday.

During the broadcast of a game on Sunday, he responded to Josh Lewin’s comment that if he would be a paying fan, he would stay in his seat till the end of the game. Read more »

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San Diego Chargers Announcer Apologizes for On-Air Anti-Semitic Joke

Hank BauerSan Diego Chargers radio analyst Hank Bauer apologized on Tuesday afternoon for an anti-Semitic joke he said while on-air on Sunday during the broadcast of a game.

He referenced an old joke about dropping a penny between two Jews, which resulted in copper being created. Read more »

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Australia’s Jewish Community Alarmed by Rise in Anti-Semitism

Courtesy of the Telegraph

Courtesy of the Telegraph

While it is generally acknowledged that Australia has not been hit by the same degree of anti-Semitism that has been sweeping across Europe, there is a “palpable level of concern” within that country’s Jewish community in the wake of a burst of anti-Semitic incidents since Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza began seven weeks ago, some Australian academics have noted. Read more »

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Mayor de Blasio Vows To Fight Growing Anti-Semitic Attacks, Serve As An Example To Europe

bill de blasio jewish queensMayor Bill de Blasio on Monday promised to aggressively fight bias and anti-Semitics attacks by all forms, emphasizing that every incident is being taken seriously by the NYPD and the administration.

Speaking at the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner in Astorio, Queens, the mayor said that it shouldn’t have been the case that in 2014 he’s forced to recognize and address bias attacks against the Jewish community in the largest City of the world, but if so, it’s his responsibility as mayor to stand up and fight them by all means. Read more »

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NYPD: Jewish Couple, Strolling The Streets, Attacked On The Upper East Side

20140826-145026.jpgA Jewish Couple, taking a walk Monday night in the upper east side of Manhattan, were attacked by a group of people who made anti-Jewish statements, Police said.

The attack happened shortly before 8:00 pm at 220 East 63 Street, where the couple in their 20s were taking a walk when two vehicles pulled up in front of them and yelled multiple anti-Jewish statements on them. The passengers in the car, then threw a bottle of water at the woman, while the husband, trying to protect his wife, was punched in his head, cops said.

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Austria’s Top Leader Calls for Peace and Religious Tolerance

Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann at religious meetingWith Israel’s ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip against Hamas and its factions, a rise of anti-Semitism has spread across the globe. Many countries have seen anti-Israel protests turn violent and many Jewish institutions have been damaged or vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

In Austria one of those anti-Israel protests ended a football game between Israel’s Maccabi Haifa and Austria’s Lille, when protestors stormed the field holding Palestinian flags and tried attacking Israeli players. Read more »

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NYC Jewish Caucus Chair Mark Levine Calls For Swift Arrest Of Activists Behind Pro-BDS Flag Bridge Incident

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The chairman of NYC’s Council Jewish Caucus, Councilman Mark Levine on Friday condemned the recent incident in which pro-Palestinian protesters, marching in solidarity with Hamas and the people in Gaza, dropped a huge pro-BDS banner down the Manhattan Bridge. The banner read, “Gaza. Boycott Divestment Sanctions.”

“The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel is a wrongheaded, one-sided, and destructive movement, which jeopardizes prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Levine said in a statement.

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Anti-Israel Protesters Occupy Oregon Offices of World’s Largest Security Co.

According to a news report by Ha’aretz, a group of pro-Palestinian activists briefly occupied the offices of global security company G4S in Portland, Oregon Thursday, to protest the firm’s affiliation with the Israeli prison system. According to the International Middle East Media Center, activists managed to occupy the company’s office for a brief period in an effort to force its closure for the day, before they were removed from the premises by security.

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2nd Oldest School in Denmark Defaced With Anti-Israel Graffiti

denmark anti semitismA Jewish school in Copenhagen had its windows smashed and anti-Jewish graffiti spray-painted on its walls, AFP reported on Friday. The messages included “no peace in Gaza” and “no peace to you Zionist pigs.”

The school, which includes a nursery, describes itself as the world’s second oldest still functioning Jewish school in Denmark. Read more »

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Jewish Group Urges NYC Leaders to Condemn Anti-Israel Bridge Flag

20140820-225754.jpg(AP) - A prominent Jewish group wants city leaders to condemn a politically charged banner that showed up on the Manhattan Bridge during a Pro-Palestinian march.

The Anti-Defamation League denounced Wednesday’s demonstration and the giant “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” banner as an attempt to “delegitimize Israel.” Read more »

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Thousands Participate in Toronto Rally Against Anti-Semitism

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Via/@UJAFederation

Over 4,000 people participated at a rally against the recent rise of anti-Semitism, that took place on Wednesday evening in the Jewish neighborhood in Toronto, Canada. The event was organized by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto in sponsorship with many other leading Jewish organizations.

The attendees, waving Israeli and Canadian flags and wearing t-shirts that proclaimed “we will not be silenced,” sang Hebrew songs along the way, starting at the Holy Blossom Temple and marching towards their gathering point at the Bialik Hebrew Day School where the crowd was addressed by Israel’s Consul General to Toronto, DJ Schneeweiss, and a few other key figures. Read more »

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Georgetown U. Professor Compares Israel to ISIS

As outlined in great detail by the Washington Free Beacon, a  Georgetown University professor whose father pled guilty to terrorism charges has come under heavy criticism for comparing Israel to the terrorrist group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) on Twitter. Georgetown University History Professor Abdullah Al-Arian, who is the son of Sami Al-Arian, a controversial critic of Israel, tweeted his mocking version of a common nursery rhyme that lumped Israel into the same murderous category as ISIS, which just released a video showing its apparent beheading of an American journalist. Read more »

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Israeli Cargo Ship Defies Protesters, Unloads in Oakland

According to a report by jweekly, an Israeli-operated cargo ship that had been blocked from unloading its goods for four days in Oakland by virulent anti-Israel protesters managed to outwit its tormentors by signaling a return to sea before doubling back secretly to port. The standoff began Saturday when the Piraeus, operated by Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Israel’s largest shipping company, was supposed to dock at Oakland Port. A crowd of hundreds of protesters, organized by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center in San Francisco, blocked the entrance to the port to prevent any longshoremen from being able to enter, ostensibly to attract greater attention to Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

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British Supermarket Chain: “Kosher Items Will Never Again Be Withheld”

According to an article in the Jewish Chronicle, British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has pledged to never again remove kosher products from its shelves. The statement was issued after Jewish customers had reacted with anger to the kosher food being hidden by the manager of a central London branch in anticipation of reprisals from anti-Israel activists.

At first, the company said it would not institute a national policy instructing managers on how to handle protesters. However, after being contacted by the Jewish Chronicle, Sainsbury’s altered its position and claimed it wanted to reassure its Jewish customers. “This will not happen again,” corporate affairs director Trevor Datsun stated. “Managers will be told not to move kosher food because of some perceived threat. It should not have happened and, explicitly, it cannot happen again.”

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Jewish Student Assaulted By Palestinian Supporters at Temple University

A Jewish student was viciously assaulted on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia on Wednesday – while receiving a verbal onslaught of such insults as “kike” and “baby killer” – by members of the openly anti-Semitic student group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Daniel Vessal, a Camera on Campus fellow who is also a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was punched in the face by an SJP member during “Templefest,” an event which gives the college’s students the opportunity to obtain new information about campus clubs a week before the onset of the new semester. Vessal is majoring in the study of managing information systems at Temple’s Fox School of Business.

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Israeli Cargo Ship Sneaks Into Oakland Port

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Via/AP

An Israeli cargo ship – of the Zim Integrated Shipping Services – that was scheduled to dock at the seaport of Oakland in California on Saturday but remained off coast due to ongoing protests, has docked at a different terminal on Tuesday night.

Protestors thought they had their way, when on Tuesday night the ship left its original docking position and maps showed it heading to Los Angeles. But a short while later, the ship returned to a different terminal and workers began unloading the cargo. Read more »

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Quebec Radio Host Condemned For Anti-Jewish Comments

As reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a long-time prominent Quebec radio host has come under intense criticism for making derogatory comments about the Jewish community. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs condemned Gilles Proulx for his statements in a recent newspaper column, in particular emphasizing that it was “disappointed and troubled” by the lack of public outrage over the public display of anti-Semitism.

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Jewish Woman Beaten By Muslims in Sweden Over Star of David Necklace

According to a news report in Arutz Sheva, a Swedish Jewish woman was brutally beaten by a gang of Muslims after they noticed that she was wearing a Star of David necklace. Anna Sjogren was attacked last Thursday while walking through a predominantly Muslim suburb of the city of Uppsala in central Sweden.

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Anti-Israel Galloway: ‘I Will Not Be Silenced’

GallowayControversial British Parliament George Galloway on Wednesday vowed not to be ‘silenced’ after he was interviewed under caution by police for publicly declaring Bradford an ‘Israel-free zone.’

“This is an absolute and despicable attempt to curb my freedom of speech by people who appear to be quite happy about the indiscriminate murder of Palestinians in Gaza,” Galloway said, according to the Daily Mail Online. Read more »

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