Category Archives: Anti-Semitism - Page 2
Anti-Semitism has been a constant reality throughout our 2000 years of Diaspora. Recent events in France have led Jews all over the world to do a serious assessment of their own situation. The Simon Wiesenthal Center has made it its mission to identify and combat the disease of Jew hating wherever it may arise.
Many American Jews, either through choice or fortunate circumstance, are isolated from the plague of anti-Semitism that does indeed flourish in America. Out of the top ten global anti-Semitic/anti-Israel manifestations that occurred in 2014, two occurred in America’s Midwest. Their list of the top ten anti-Racial/anti-Israel acts are listed below. Read more »
Israeli leaders had a strong message to Turkish President Recep Erdoğan after he questioned Israel’s participation at the Unity Rally that saw leaders from across the globe including Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and PA President Abbas.
After meeting with a delegation of AIPAC representatives, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that “The war against terrorism will not succeed if it is based on hypocrisy.” Netanyahu continued that “up until now I have not heard one world leader condemn the words of Turkish President Erdogan.” Read more »
As terrorism runs rampant throughout many parts of the world and the attacks in Paris leave people on edge, one business in Washington, D.C. fears they may be a new target.
For the past five months, the Jewish owned business has been receiving phone calls and internet posts directly threatening employees. The callers vow to carry out mass murder, according to ABC7 News.
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Hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday night at Congregation Adas Israel in Washington, to show solidarity with France’s Jewish community and a memorial for the 17 French men and women murdered by Islamist terrorists in Paris last week.
The event, organized by the synagogue and AJC, and co-sponsored by some 30 other groups, saw speeches by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Gérard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United States. Read more »
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected to hold a conference call with the Conference of Presidents of Major US Jewish Organizations on Thursday, JP has learned.
The prime minister is seeking to calm the Jewish communities in France and worldwide about recent attacks on the French Jewish community, after an Islamist terrorist killed four Jews during a raid in a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday. Read more »
Merseyside Police are investigating an anti-Semitic attack against the Jewish community in Liverpool after two swastikas etched into doors at the Springwood Jewish Cemetery in Allerton were discovered on Monday.
“We don’t expect to see it on the streets of Liverpool, but it’s come to visit us as well,” Rabbi Dan Lieberman, of Allerton synagogue, said. “The timing of it is very significant. The fact that Jewish people have been murdered in Paris recently.” Read more »
A shocking new poll revealed that a majority of Jews in Great Britain fear about their future while many have considered leaving the country in the last two years.
According the poll conducted by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA), 54% of the 269,000 British Jews feared they had no future in the UK and a quarter (25%) said they have considered leaving the country in the last two years. Read more »
Harvard law professor and author, Alan Dershowitz, discussed the criticism President Obama has faced for not attending Paris’ Unity Rally on Newsmax.
“I just don’t understand,” he said. “This is a smart group of people, you would think at the very least they would send the vice president. But they didn’t do that and there’s been a lot of reaction, mostly in the United States, but a lot of criticism.”
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After completely insulting President Obama by comparing him to Adolf Hitler, Representative Randy Weber was urged to apologize for his comment.
Weber (R-TX) released the following statement in reference to a tweet sent out last night: Read more »
The New York City Police Department has sent representatives to Paris to attend memorial and funeral services for law enforcement officials killed in Paris’ recent terrorist attacks.
According to Capital New York, police commissioner Bill Bratton said the representatives included intelligence officers and Muslim members of the NYPD. Read more »
In a recent interview on ‘The Daily Show’, former President Jimmy Carter asserted that the recent violence in France could be attributed to the failure to reach a solution to the Palestinian problem and the terror attacks are a reflection of and a reaction to how Arabs are treated in Israel. He also blamed unemployment in Islamic countries. Read more »
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A couple of dozen leftist activists, claiming to represent a coalition of more than 40 community groups throughout New York City, on Monday called on the City Council to cancel a planned delegation to Israel in February.
Anti-Israel groups and leftist groups joined on the steps of City Hall to call on the 14 members of the Council, mostly form the progressive caucus, to cancel their trip to Israel, mere days after an Islamist terrorist killed four innocent Jews during a raid at a kosher supermarket in Paris. Read more »
US officials have expressed concern over inadequate security for Jewish populations – particularly in France, where synagogues were firebombed, Jewish-owned shops were vandalized, and Jews themselves were targeted over the actions of the Jewish state, in the past year.
“Some Jewish communities are disappearing while others are greatly diminishing because of anti-Semitism,” Ira Forman, the Obama administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, said during a recent forum hosted by JP Updates in Brooklyn. Read more »
(AP). The U.N. General Assembly will hold an informal meeting on the growth of anti-Semitism on Jan. 22 in response to a request from dozens of nations, including Israel, the United States and all European Union members.
The 37 countries sent a letter to assembly President Sam Kutesa on Oct. 1 calling for a meeting in response to “an alarming outbreak of anti-Semitism worldwide.” That was well before last week’s attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris. Read more »
U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4) on Monday called for enhanced security in the fourth district’s Jewish communities, she currently represents, in response to last week’s terrorist attacks in France and rising anti-Semitic sentiments around the world.
Rice was nominated last Friday to serve on the House Committee on Homeland Security. She represents a district with one of the largest Jewish and Orthodox Jewish populations of any congressional district in the country. Read more »
French authorities are questioning Amedy Coulibaly’s motives and whether his original target was a Jewish school, a nursery and elementary school housing 230 children.
Last week Coulibaly killed a policewoman just 260 yards away from the Yaguel Yaacov School, before taking a kosher supermarket hostage and killing four innocent people. This overwhelming coincidence caused police to speculate whether the Jewish school was the initial target.
Investigators are trying to establish what brought Mr. Coulibaly so close to the school, said the Paris prosecutor’s office. “This is one hypothesis,” said another person familiar with the matter.
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The battle for Israel’s existence used to be fought from the turret of a tank or the cockpit of an F-16. Today, that battle, no less fierce and still of vital importance, is being waged in the hushed halls of academia.
Though a recent study by the Israel Finance Ministry has determined that the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement has little practical impact on Israeli exports and its economy, it is a battle that has great implications as we try to justify our actions and existence in the upper echelons of society and to the future leaders and decision makers that learn in these universities. Read more »
A large unity rally held in Paris on Sunday, following the terrorist attacks, included over 40 European leaders, prominent French officials and dozens of other world leaders. However, the U.S. representation was nonexistent.
According the NY Daily News, although they had open schedules, neither President Obama nor Vice President Biden bothered to make the trip to Paris in support against terrorism. The U.S. did send Attorney General Eric Holder to attend a pre-march terrorism summit convened by French President Francois Hollande, but he skipped the march.
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The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the utter massacre in a kosher supermarket have reinforced a fear that has been discussed openly, making half a million French Jews contemplate fleeing the country.
Due to the threat from Islamist violence, several thousand French Jews have left France in the past few years as anti-Semitism has become an alarming dilemma. Read more »
Anti-Semitism and racism take on many forms and have many faces. Sometimes, honest errors or a slip of the tongue occurs. We can’t be held accountable for every thought that enters our minds, but we can be held accountable for what we say and do. That is why people apologize. This, unfortunately, does not seem to have been the case in the Bushwick Coffee Shop, located at 203 Wilson Ave, and that might be why the owner has closed shop and moved on. Read more »
Anti-Semitic graffiti, a swastika and the number six-million with a question mark, was found on a wall of the AIV del Este Sephardic synagogue in Caracas, Venezuela December 30, just before shacharit.
“We are deeply troubled that a synagogue in Venezuela was again the target of an anti-Semitic incident,” ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement. Read more »
Berlin police are investigating an attack on an Israeli citizen who was beaten by a group of young men after he asked them to stop singing anti-Semitic songs on the subway in the German capital on New Year’s Eve.
Police spokesman Martin Dahms said Monday that police have not yet been able to identify the attackers, but are evaluating video footage of the incident. Read more »
The only Jewish Republican in the incoming Congress, Lee Zeldin, states a speech by a party leader to a white supremacist group in would not hurt the party.
In 2002 Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) of the US House of Representatives, unknowingly spoke to a group with ties to white supremacist David Duke. This group was not only undoubtedly racist, but also anti-Semitic. Read more »
(AP). French President Francois Hollande has used his New Year’s Eve television speech to say that the fight against racism and anti-Semitism will be his national cause for 2015.
France faced an increase of acts of anti-Semitism and racism in 2014, according to government statistics. Examples included Muslim Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and black Justice Minister Christiane Taubira both being the target of slurs. Read more »
The following is an unedited video of JP Updates inaugural discussion forum on Jewish-related issues held Tuesday in Brooklyn, with the participation of Jewish leaders, insiders and members of the Jewish community throughout New York City.
Featured speakers included Rabbi Steven Weil, CEO of The Orthodox Union (OU), who discussed New Year’s resolutions from a Jewish perspective; Ira Forman, U.S. special envoy of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism; and Benjamin Brafman, a renowned criminal defense attorney. Read more »