DFP: U.S. Rep. John Conyers Wednesday condemned the anti-Semitic comments Minister Louis Farrakhan made at a Detroit church last week, according to the Detroit Free Press. Conyers, a Detroit Democrat, and other local black leaders, including City Council Member JoAnn Watson, were there when Farrakhan delivered the speech that included the phrases “Satanic Jews” and “Synagogue of Satan.” He also said President Barack Obama “surrounded himself with Satan . . . members of the Jewish community.
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The Jewish Press Reports: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed deep disappointment with the members of Detroit City Council and local clergy who met with and embraced the antisemitic and racist leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, during his visit to the city last week.
During his visit to Detroit, Farrakhan was invited by Rev. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP, to address the Fellowship Chapel on May 17. His speech, which was attended by U.S. Rep. John Conyers and Detroit City Councilmember JoAnn Watson, among other prominent city leaders, invoked hateful antisemitic canards and open racism.
NYMag Reports: Joe Biden spoke last night in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. Biden has long, deep ties to the Jewish community — Obama actually picked him in 2008 in part to reassure skittish Jewish Democrats. Biden indeed offered fulsome, heartfelt praise in his remarks, before wandering into highly uncomfortable terrain and delivering a speech that is likely to be quoted by anti-Semites for years and decades to come. (It’s already the subject of excited discussion among the white supremacist community.)
Jewish News One: With the title Jews and Money the Frankfurt Jewish Museum uses the old castle of the Rothschild banking family to stage an exhibition about the stereotype of the rich Jew. We see how stereotypes and clichés about the millionaire Jew developed from the middle ages to today. – See Video
JNO: Several hundred Jews and people of other faiths and none have marched in the southern Swedish city of Malmo to bring attention to intolerance and anti-Semitic attacks in the Nordic country. The city has a large immigrant Muslim community and attacks on Jews have spiked in recent years. See Video
Police have notified New Haven area synagogues and Jewish organizations of a threat found scribbled on the wall of a bathroom at Yale. The threat was found in a laboratory building, scrawled on a bathroom wall. The full name is the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish life at Yale. The threat has Yale stepping up security at the center and around campus, and working with outside agencies. See Video Report
A number of Jewish leaders in the United States have written to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to confront growing anti-Semitism in Hungary. The letter states: ‘we urge you to keep the issue of intolerance and discrimination squarely on the US-Hungarian bilateral agenda’. See Video Report
The BBC reports: A peer has resigned from the Labour Party days before he was due to face a hearing after reportedly blaming Jewish-owned media organizations for his imprisonment for dangerous driving.
Lord Ahmed was due before Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee on Wednesday over the alleged comments.
Thomas Lifson at the The American Thinker: Reports: A troubling double standard appears to exist when it comes harassment at the publicly funded University of California. The University has taken strong action against harassment, physical assault, terrorization and targeting individuals on the basis of their ethnic origin or religion — except when the person under assault is Jewish, and the perpetrator is a member of an antisemitic or jihadi front group. Then UC administrators have no time to answer emails pleading for protection.
Drudge Via National Review: Along with targeting tea-party groups, the IRS may also have given extra-special attention to the tax-exempt status of some Jewish groups for political reasons. From the Jewish Press:
The passionately pro-Israel organization Z STREET filed a lawsuit against the IRS, claiming it had been told by an IRS agent that because the organization was “connected to Israel,” its application for tax-exempt status would receive additional scrutiny. This admission was made in response to a query about the lengthy reveiw of Z STREET’s tax exempt status application.
Jewish Chronicle: Controversial peer Lord Ahmed’s attempted to rehabilitate his reputation with the Jewish community this week over remarks about a Jewish conspiracy he is said to have made.
Speaking ahead of his disciplinary hearing in front of the Labour Party national executive next week, the peer gave his version of the events which have led to his latest suspension from the party.
The Jobbik Party of Hungary – the Party pushing now brazen anti-Semitism – is endlessly presented in the Jewish Media as being “Far-Right.” As a Political Conservative, I don’t feel obligated to defend or deny the existence of extremists on either end of the political spectrum. To the contrary, I condemn it regardless the source. But when members of the Jewish media and leadership try taking me on a ride, I like to step off and turn the wheel the other way.
Forward: Prime Minister Viktor Orban strongly denounced growing anti-Semitism in Hungary on Sunday but stopped short of censuring the far-right Jobbik party his audience of world Jewish leaders most wanted him to scold. Orban told the World Jewish Congress (WJC), which is holding its four-yearly assembly in Hungary to highlight its concern about rising hostility to Jews here and elsewhere in Europe, that anti-Semitism was “unacceptable and intolerable”.
He recounted the steps his conservative government has taken to outlaw hate crimes and preserve the memory of the Holocaust, during which about half a million Hungarian Jews died.
Rabbi Chaim David Zwiebel of Agudath Israel gave a short but strong speech yesterday at the Organization’s annual dinner. Here is the video and below is the 845-word text of the speech:
TEXT of the Speech: One week ago, on Lag B’omer, hundreds of thousands of Yidden traveled to Meron to the kever of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. It was a hot, sweltering day. Buses broke down. Over 500 people suffered dehydration. Dozens were hospitalized. The Israeli authorities had failed to make proper advance plans to handle the major event.
Toronto Sun Reports: York Regional Police threatened to remove a rabbi as one of the force’s chaplains if he hosted a controversial anti-Islamist speaker at his Thornhill synagogue.
Insp. Ricky Veerappan, of the force’s diversity, equity and inclusion bureau, confirmed he and officers from the service’s hate crimes unit met with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue on Tuesday.
The Jewish Chronicle Reports: The lawyer representing controversial peer Lord Ahmed has reportedly suggested his client will not get a fair hearing from Labour Party chiefs who are investigating claims that the peer made comments about a Jewish conspiracy.
Lord Ahmed will appear before a Labour National Executive Committee meeting on May 15.
Hungrarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has instructed police to prevent any disturbance around the conference, which begins on Sunday and is expected to express concern over rising anti-Semitis across Europe. Orban will address the congress on Sunday, where he will send a clear message against anti-Semitism, an aide said. – Haaretz