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Russian Jewish Leader Shot

Friday, July 17th, 2015

A wealthy Russian Jewish leader and businessman was critically wounded by a single gunshot in an attempted murder that could have been prompted by anti-Semitism but also may have been related to revenge.

The victim was identified as Sergey Ustinov, who was shot in the neck with a sawed-off pistol.

Ustinov founded the Museum of the History of Jews in Russia and is a member of the board of the Russian Jewish Congress.

California Resolution Urges Action on Campus Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The California State Assembly on Monday passed a resolution urging action on the increasingly rampant anti-Semitism on University of California (UC) campuses.

The resolution urges each UC campus to “adopt a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and racism.”

The bipartisan measure was introduced by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) follow-ing a series of events that targeted Jews and Israel on UC campuses, including an incident at UC Davis in which a swastika was painted onto an Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity build-ing and the UCLA student government’s probing of a Jewish student’s religious identity during a hearing on her application for a judicial board position.

The resolution was previously passed unanimously in May by the California State Senate, 35-0, and by the California Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, 8-0, in June.

NY School District to Pay $4.5 M for Ignoring Years of Anti-Semitism

Monday, July 13th, 2015

A lawsuit brought in 2012 by five Jewish students against the Pine Bush Central School District in Pine Bush, New York, ended late last week when a judge approved a settlement which requires the school district to pay out nearly $4.5 million and to significantly revamp its policies regarding anti-Semitism.

The five students suffered years of physical and verbal assaults, intimidation and harassment, sometimes right in front of school district administrators and personnel. For years the complaints made by the students and their parents were largely ignored or even ridiculed.

The students alleged that the school district and various officials within it violated their rights to an education free from national origin and/or religious discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the New York Civil Rights Law.

The degradation suffered by the Jewish students (all of which happened within the past five years and it all happened in New York State, not the Middle East or Europe) included one student being pinned down while another tried to shove coins down her throat, being beaten with a hockey stick; swastikas scrawled on books, playground slides, walls, desks and even on the face of one of the Jewish students; holocaust “jokes”; threats to throw a Jewish student in an oven and Hitler salutes.

The Jewish Pine Bush students were called “disgusting Jew,” Jesus Hater, Christ Killer, “ashes” and “crispy” (Holocaust references) to name just some of the allegations raised in the Complaint.

These incidents took place during the past decade and they occurred in a schools district less than a two hour drive from New York City, not in the Middle East or in Europe.

Throughout their school years, the Jewish students suffered from trauma and other injuries. Several of the students were removed from the schools by their parents because the administration did little to nothing to ameliorate the situation. One student was home schooled because she became too traumatized to return to the Pine Bush schools.

When the lawsuit was first filed in 2012, one school official allegedly responded that the complainants’ “expectations for changing inbred prejudice may be a bit unrealistic.”

Three things happened in the past year that likely factored into the decision by the defendants to settle the case, after having initially claimed they had done all that was required of them in response to the complaints and incidents.

First, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York signaled its interest in the litigation, announcing that it deemed the evidence was sufficient for a jury to find the defendants had not responded adequately to the discrimination.

Second, the U.S. District Court judge before whom the trial was set to take place had denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case, meaning that should the students be able to produce the evidence they claimed they had, a case would be made out for “severe and discriminatory harassment” by a fact-finder.

And third, the trial was about to begin. The settlement was announced late last month, shortly before the trial was set to begin, and the Judge presiding over the case approved the settlement (as two of the plaintiffs are still minors) last week.

The $4.48 million settlement requires payment of $581,803.80 to each of the five students, as well as $1,493,333 in legal fees and $77,648 for costs.

The school district also agreed to reform various policies including harassment, discrimination and bullying policies and to require investigation and documentation of reported harassment; impose “meaningful, consistent, minimum consequences” for harassment; implement monitoring for discriminatory harassment; and the training of staff to understand and implement these policies; and various other related changes.

Palestinian Authority Recalls Envoy Who Said ‘Jews Don’t Exist’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has taken the rare step of recalling one of its ambassadors because of anti-Semitic remarks, including a claim the “Jews don’t exists.”

Officials in Ramallah said that Imad Nabil Ghadaa, the ambassador to Chile, is being recalled to “clarify” his remarks that were caught on video in May and broadcast in Israeli media.

Ghadaa referred to the infamous anti-Semitic manifesto “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” and said the re-establishment of the State of Israel was part of a plan for “world domination.”

The Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy provided an English translation of Ghadaa’s speech, in which he said:

Until 1896 when a group of academic intellectuals, financial advisers, majority being non-Jewish Europeans, decided to create the Zionist movement with one pretext/excuse: the creation of a homeland for the Jewish people. Although the truth is that this (the goal) is to protect their plans of dominating life in the entire planet.

About the hatred we have against the Jewish people, as Palestinians, first, we don’t have hatred. Second, we don’t recognize the existence of the Jewish people — there is no Jewish people.

This was too much even for Americans for Peace Now group, which called on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to recall the ambassador.

The left-wing group said that his remarks “provoke hatred and anger among an Israeli public that is deeply skeptical about the viability of peace with the Palestinians and the credibility of the Palestinian leadership as a partner for peace.”

Most Israelis actually are no longer skeptical about “the viability of peace with the Palestinians.” They may have been skeptical a few years ago. Now, they simply know it does not exist and that the ambassador’s comments are not far froth the truth of what the Palestinian Authority really thinks.

 

Wave of Hate Crimes against Jews in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Area

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Two violent anti-Semites attacked a 65-year-old Jew in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Monday night in the latest of a wave of hate crimes, CBS-New York reported.

The attackers were teenagers, one of them a girl. They punched the man in the face, leaving him with bleeding while they laughed. A neighbor told CBS that he heard the victim’s screams and ran to help, when the attackers fled.

Late Sunday night, a young Orthodox Jew was hit in the head with a glass bottle, and in another incident, surveillance cameras showed two Hareidi Jews being struck by paintballs. Several minutes later, a paintball hit another Jew.

Police said that the paintball and glass bottle attacks were not linked.

Rabbi David Niederman of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg told CBS:

Basically people start thinking, ‘Can I allow my child to be out even during the day?’ And even adults, at night it’s scary.

No kidding?

It is questionable if anti-Semitism really is not on the rise in the United States. It really is the same as it was 100 years ago, but more overt instead of covert.

German Bundestag President Praises Israel at Knesset, Fights Anti-Semitism at Home

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Europeans must be resolute in curbing anti-Semitism, said German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert in an address to Knesset marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel.

After a few tentative lines in Hebrew, Lammert switched to German and said, “It is a great privilege, and also a pleasure, to speak to the representatives of Israel, home to Jews from all over the world, here in the Knesset, the beating heart of a strong democratic state, an open and free society, and the only functioning democracy in the Middle East.”

Calling his nation’s diplomatic ties with Israel “one of history’s miracles,” Lammert said “We are especially grateful, too, that after the traumatic experiences of National Socialist dictatorship and the Holocaust, Jewish life has once again resumed in Germany,” which he referred to as a “second democracy.”

Next year the Interparliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism will hold its conference in Berlin, Lammert said. “We recognize that nowhere in the world has anti-Semitism had more devastating consequences than in Germany.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told Lammert, “Your standing at our side and at the side of the Jewish people is more important than ever, certainly now when there is a harsh struggle around the world against anti-Semitism and its new form: anti-Israeliness.”

Lammert visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem during his visit to the holy city. But one wonders how aware this German official is about the utter lack of interest in anything to do with anti-Semitism in his country.

The Facebook page for the Interparliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism has only one post since January relating to Germany. That is an announcement to say the German government “reinstated the Experts’ Commission on Antisemitism upon the request of the Parliament, in a motion supported by all parties.” (Not that any others were none better, with just one post each from the U.S., France and UK.)

Reader, were you aware the commission had been de-commissioned in Germany? No? What a surprise.

According to a new survey conducted on behalf of the European Jewish Association, however, only one in every four Germans even believes the European Union must do more to wipe out anti-Semitism.

Germans More Worried About Rising Islamophobia

Most Germans are far more worried about the rise of Islamophobia, according to the survey, released Wednesday, and 39 percent believe current measures being taken against anti-Semitism are sufficient. Moreover, 15 percent of Germans believe there is a need to reduce the activity on the subject.

EJA Director Rabbi Menachem Margolin called the findings “an educational failure in implementing the lessons of the Holocaust” and warned, “The German public is simply unaware of the rising tide of attacks motivated by anti-Semitism.”

The survey was conducted June 16-18 via the web panel of the European Research Institute YouGov, among a representative sample (1991) of the adult population, age 18+ in Germany.

Of the top ten challenges facing the European continent, 53 percent of respondents ranked “immigration” first; 44 percent ranked “environment” second; the third most important to the average German was “terrorism” at 42 percent. Anti-Muslim bigotry was ranked eighth at 15 percent; anti-Semitism came in ninth at half that figure.

Earlier this year, a German judge decided that three German Palestinians who were convicted of arson after hurling firebombs at a synagogue in Germany were motivated by trying to bring “attention to the Gaza conflict,” Jerusalem Post journalist Benjamin Weinthal reported in February.

The judge in the case did not believe the men were guilty of anti-Semitism, according to outraged Green Party deputy Volker Beck, who told media he wrote to the prosecutor in the case to file a legal objection.

Why is Antisemitism in Canada Soaring?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The League for Human Rights of B’nai B’rith in Canada just released a report on antisemitism, and the results are disturbing.

While antisemitism had remained fairly constant between the years 2010 and 2013, it spiked to an all-time high in 2014, with a 28 percent increase over 2013.

There were 1627 reported incidents of antisemitism in Canada in 2014. Here are a few examples provided in the executive summary of the report:

In Laurentians, Canada, several Chassidic homes were vandalized, and one was completely destroyed by arson.

In Penticton, Canada, a mattress was set on fire, with the words ‘burnt Jew’ written across the top.

In Montreal, there was an arson attack against Jews. Also, two cars were vandalized and spray painted with swastikas. Also in Montreal, a Chassidic woman sitting on a park bench was slapped in the face by a man on a bicycle riding past.

In Calgary and Toronto, multiple Jews were attacked and injured at Palestinian and Israel support rallies. At these rallies, chants of “kill the Jews” and “Hitler was right” were also reported.

Also in Toronto, dog feces was rubbed on the door of a synagogue. According to the Toronto Police Service annual Hate Crime Report, in 2014, Toronto’s Jewish community was the single most victimized group. In nearly one in every three reported hate crime incidents in Toronto, Jews were the victims, with similar results seen in other Canadian cities.

So why the huge increase in such incidents in Canada in 2014? Actually, the increase is consistent with the rise of reported antisemitism globally, especially in Europe, where some countries reported a doubling of anti-Semitism.

The B’nai B’rith conclusion points to anti-Zionism being treated as a legitimate source of political debate, with attacks on the Jewish State quickly oozing into raw Jew hatred.

On college and university campuses across Canada, on the streets in protests and in the media, one drum-beat is being pounded again and again: Jews, via the state of Israel, are responsible for some of the worst types of human rights violations and the genocide of the Palestinian people. Criticism of Israeli policy has become a condemnation of the Jewish people as a whole,

What is said about the Canadian campuses is equally true for American, British and European campuses.

Those organizations working so earnestly to “love Israel” into being “better” appear to be primarily responsible for the huge increase in anti-Zionism, which is, as the Pope recently noted, another term for antisemitism.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/why-is-antisemitism-in-canada-soaring/2015/06/17/

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