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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.

13 Year-Old Jewish Boy Beaten in Paris

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

A 13 year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippah was attacked and beaten in the 19th district (arrondissement) of Paris this week. The boy was beaten as he left his Jewish school.

The assailants were described as being of African origin. The 19th arrondissement is home to many North African immigrants. One of the attackers allegedly shouted “beat that dirty Jew.”

After the attackers beat the boy, they allegedly stole his phone and ran away.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with head wounds.

France’s National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism (BNVA) condemned the attack and recommended that a formal complaint be filed with French police.

Analysis: Was UNESCO Jerusalem Resolution Google-Translated from Arabic?

Friday, July 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) Earlier this week, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee voted 13-2, with five abstentions, to keep the Old City of Jerusalem on its list of endangered World Heritage sites. That sounds harmless enough, seeing as Jerusalem is one of the culturally dense cities on the planet, probably the densest, while being at the center of so much violence: terrorist bombings, Molotov cocktails thrown at Jewish homes and cars, Arab drivers charging their cars into unsuspecting pedestrians, violent clashes between Palestinian youths and police on Temple Mount. There’s plenty of evidence supporting the holy city being endangered.

But that, apparently, was not on the minds of the Heritage Committee when it took its vote. In fact, the resolution does not mention even once the possibility that Arab violence might play a role in the danger the Eternal City is facing every day.

In fact, the words Arab or Palestinian are not mentioned in the resolution text. Jordan is mentioned twice, in relation to the report by the Waqf, which was adopted on its face, while the comprehensive Israeli report, answering in great detail every one of the points raised by the committee, was ignored in its entirety.

Moreover, no one over in Bonn, Germany, even bothered, it seems, to fix the error in translation from the original Arabic to English. And so, for instance, The UNESCO resolution is “deeply concerned by the persistence of the Israeli illegal excavations and works conducted by settler groups in the Old City of Jerusalem and on both sides of its Walls.”

The term “settlers” is attached regularly by Arab media to any Israeli doing anything outside what is perceived as pre-1967 Israel. In this context, it reaches an absurd imagery, which was totally lost on the authors, of archaeology-craving settlers, wrapped in their tzitzis, digging up historic treasures.

Now, the reference to the excavations being illegal has nothing to do with whether or not those archaeologist have obtained the proper permits for their projects, but with the fact that they’re working on the wrong side of the 1949 armistice line, in an area Israel annexed after 1967.

The problem is that the purpose of the UNESCO heritage project is not to decide political issues, but to protect cultural sites, such as those archaeological relics that are being demolished en-masse by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, or Buddhist temples blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Now, that would be the UNESCO kind of illegal.

Indeed, there are six sites in Syria alone the current resolution is concerned about, but they all are dealt with after the biggest problem site — Jerusalem.

UNESCO also “Regrets the damaging effect of the Jerusalem Light rail (tram line) at few meters from the Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.”

No one knows what those damaging effects could possibly be. Since the invention of the automobile, those sturdy walls have done just fine standing as they do, a few meters from Jerusalem’s perpetually jam-packed streets. If anything, the light rail helps the situation by reducing traffic.

UNESCO also hates the new “City of David National Park” in Silwan (note the use only of the Arabic version of the name) at a distance of twenty meters from the Walls of the Old City.

The City of David National Park was intended to provide protection to the walls, keeping them away from construction, in a modern Jerusalem that is as skyscraper hungry as any modern metropolis. The park includes a lovely promenade, and important sites of archaeological excavations, and the Ophel Archaeological Garden, with finds from Solomon’s Temple period.

Argentine Prez Cristina Kirchner Doesn’t Get Why her Shylock Comment Angers Jews

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

(JNi.media) Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is in trouble over her evoking of William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” Jewish antagonist, Shylock, in an attempt to explain Argentina’s national debt to… schoolchildren.

Argentine Jews, needless to say, were not amused.

Kirchner told the kids that Argentina’s economic trouble could be understood by reading “The Merchant of Venice,” where the heartless Jewish moneylender seeks revenge on his nice, Christian debtors, whose only fault is that they took his money and wouldn’t give it back.

Kirchner tweeted that the idea had come to her after she asked the children what Shakespeare play they were reading and they told her: “Romeo and Juliet.”

And, so, she tweeted, “I said, you have to read the ‘Merchant of Venice’ to understand the vulture funds,” and that, apparently, made everybody laugh. So she tweeted, “No, don’t laugh, Usury and bloodsuckers have been immortalized in the greatest literature for centuries.”

The vulture banker, in case you haven’t been following the Argentine debt crisis over the past decade or more, is Jewish Billionaire Paul Singer, whom Kirchner and her Minister of the Economy Axel Kicillof have actually accused of behaving like a vulture — for insisting Argentina pay him back the $1.5 billion they owe him.

He’s dragged them through US courts, and has been beating them, to the point where the Argentine credit rating has been seriously curtailed. And when they offer him fistfuls of Argentine pesos he insists—Shylock that he is—on green bucks, which clearly spell, “In God we trust,” not in Argentine promissory notes.

This is, then, an ancient rivalry, and the President figured she was using humor to illustrate financial matters for the little ones.

Kirchner would not apologize, and instead tweeted an ad for “The Merchant of Venice” which was performed two years ago in Spain by an Israeli company.

Which means she honestly did not comprehend the difference between watching a WW2 movie and joining the Nazi party.

The last political celebrity to put his foot in his mouth over “The Merchant” was everybody’s favorite VP, Joe Biden. Speaking at a conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, Biden shared stories he’d heard from his son (now departed), Beau, about his military experience in Iraq as Major in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.

“That’s one of the things that he finds was most in need when he was over there in Iraq for a year,” Biden said, “that people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being…I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, um, these women and men while overseas.”

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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.

Pro-Israelis Outnumber London Neo-Nazis 20-1

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

 

Hundreds of Jews and other anti-Nazi demonstrators grossly outnumbered a total of 21 neo-Nazis who paraded in a rally aimed against “Jewification” of London.

Even the number of police surrounding the neo-Nazis outnumbered the hate group, which was met with signs such as “Nazi scum – off our streets.”

The neo-Nazi rally originally was scheduled for the heavily Jewish-populated Golders Green neighborhood, but London officials changed the venue to the Whitehall area because of the fear of a confrontation.

Approximately 200 police officers were present to separate the lower-than-expected numbers of neo-Nazis from the pro-Israel and-anti-Nazi groups.

Among those protesting the neo-Nazi rally were the Green Party and the Socialist Worker Party as well as the left-wing “Jewdas.”

The London Jewish Chronicle reported that a Jewdas spokesman said:

We should oppose Nazis wherever they happen to be, to make a loud noise to show that we’re opposing them in central London too – it’s not just Golders Green.

There are Jews here too. By being here at least passers-by aren’t walking by and just seeing another rally, they’re seeing people opposing them.

“These people don’t just have crazy ideas, they have racist ideas. They hurt people, they beat up people. We stand against them.

US Churches to Vote on BDS Moves Against Israel, Affecting Millions

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Three U.S. churches are voting on resolutions to divest from firms with connections to Israel and support a boycott of the Jewish State.

The votes on the pro-Palestinian Authority resolutions are taking place today (Tuesday, June 30) at the general convention of the Episcopal Church and the Cleveland synod of the United Church of Christ, both to be held in Salt Lake City.

On Wednesday, a similar resolution is to be considered at the meeting of the Mennonites in Kansas City, Missouri.

The three churches represent millions of members in the United States, but the votes taken this week may also affect decisions of churches elsewhere around the world as well.

A year ago, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA voted 310-303 to divest from US firms (Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard) which they complained profit from Israel’s “occupation” of the West Bank. The vote affected some two million members.

An amendment to reinvest the funds in Israeli companies seeking “peaceful solutions” was also rejected. The previous day, the Church also rejected a proposal to send Church leaders to Israel to examine conditions for themselves and present their complaints in person to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Earlier in 2014, the United Methodist Church divested from G4S, a British-Danish firm providing security services to Israeli prisons in which Palestinian Authority terrorists are held.

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, however is actually a thinly-disguised new form of anti-Semitism that has been making its way around the United States for more than a decade.  On U.S. college campuses, it has led to violence against Jewish students as well.

The movement has been particularly effective in the United Kingdom.

A statement on the BDS website describes its campaign against the iconic British Marks & Spencer chain.

“Historically, Marks & Spencer has made statements in support of Zionism,” said a statement on the site. “Lord Sieff, chairman and founder of M&S who died in 2001, made several statements in support of Israel’s military policies. In 1941, Sieff said that “large sections of the Arab population of Palestine should be transplanted to Iraq and other Middle-Eastern Arab States.” (Jewish Chronicle, 21/09/1941) Sieff, in a book entitled On Management: The Marks and Spencer Way, wrote that one of the fundamental objectives of M&S was to ‘aid the economic development of Israel.’”

The statement on the site goes on to cite the history of the chain’s support for Israel – and the effectiveness of the BDS campaign in ceasing that support.

“In 2008, the store wrote: ‘We do not buy products from the West Bank, Golan Heights or Gaza as we cannot safely visit the suppliers in these areas because of the current security situation.” It seems probable that the move to cease selling settlement products was, in fact, due to effective campaigning, protests and fear of adverse press coverage.'”

As a matter of fact, on a recent visit to London, JewishPress.com was told explicitly by a store clerk at Marks & Spencer that the chain carries “no kosher items whatsoever,” be they Israeli or locally produced and supervised.

It appears that the BDS movement against Israel has been shamefully successful in extending its anti-Semitism even in a chain once was owned by a pro-Israel Jewish family.

Moreover, no local kosher supervision was found on products in any major supermarket chains, or even smaller stores (save for one) in most London neighborhoods other than the specifically Jewish areas of Stamford Hill or Golders Green.

The British government has decided it must legally allow a neo-Nazi group to hold an anti-Semitic march in Golders Green this upcoming Sabbath, July 4. The group, led by self-described fascist Joshua Bonehill, is vowing to burn an Israeli flag and a Jewish holy book at its rally in the heart of the Jewish neighborhood that day.

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