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Amcha Initiative: UC Davis Must Address Escalating Wave of On-Campus Anti-Semitism

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, AMCHA Initiative co-founder and director, issued a statement in response to recent anti-Semitic graffiti at UC Davis, saying, “What happened at UC Davis is incredibly frightening and alarming,” and noting that “to those of us monitoring this closely, it is clear the wave of anti-Semitism that has haunted UC’s Jewish students over the past few years is only escalating and must be addressed.”

Last Saturday, cars and walls at a UC Davis campus parking lot, outside an apartment complex, were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, swastikas and hate messages, including the message “[Expletive] Jews.” Chancellor Linda Katehi said in a statement earlier this week: “I am deeply troubled and disappointed that the campus community has experienced another incident that included damaged property and, even more grievously, offensive and disparaging slurs. This is conduct most unbecoming and completely against our principles of community.”

“We applaud Chancellor Katehi for swiftly condemning this most recent anti-Semitic act at UC Davis and calling for a welcoming, tolerant and safe community,” Rossman-Benjamin said, but insisted that “it is critical the UC Regents adopt the State Department definition of anti-Semitism to educate students and faculty about how some of the extreme rhetoric often used during divisive BDS campaigns breeds a climate of hate that encourages anti-Semitic incidents like this.”

The US State Department definition recognizes that contemporary anti-Semitism has assumed various disguised forms and, as the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found, is often “camouflaged as anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism.” The State Department definition acknowledges activity that demonizes and delegitimizes Israel and denies its right to exist as anti-Semitism.

According to AMCHA, UC has experienced many incidents of anti-Jewish discrimination this past academic year, including swastikas spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity after fraternity brothers spoke against divesting from Israel, “grout out the Jews” and “Hitler did nothing wrong” carved into school property after contentious BDS campaigns, a Hillel event for the LGBT community protested and disrupted by anti-Israel students and faculty, flyers blaming Israel AND all Jews for 9/11 plastered on campus and a Jewish student running for office questioned about her eligibility by anti-Israel activists simply because of her religion. UC Jewish students report feeling afraid to tell fellow students they are Jewish, walk to the Hillel house for Sabbath dinner and wear a Jewish star necklace. Many report being bullied, harassed, intimidated and assaulted.

The UC Regents recently formed a working group to address anti-Semitism on campus. Over the past six months, more than 50 Jewish organizations, including ADL, AJC, Hillel, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and AMCHA and more than 3,000 UC students, faculty, alumni, California residents, rabbis, Jewish day school principals and educators, including the world’s preeminent scholars of anti-Semitism, have written to UC in support of adopting an accurate definition of modern anti-Semitism to properly identify and educate the campus community about contemporary Jew-hatred. Specifically, the groups have urged the adoption of the State Department definition of anti-Semitism.

Ben Carson’s Defenders Say Comment on Holocaust and Jewish Guns Has Merit

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

(JNi.media) American psychiatrist, author and television personality Keith Ablow, who is also a contributor on psychiatry for Fox News Channel, has weighed in on the Ben Carson controversy regarding the hypothetical question of whether or not Jews would have fared better had they owned guns during the Holocaust.

In his new book “A Perfect Union,” Carson wrote that “through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.”

What Carson’s comment revealed was not so much his knowledge of the Nazi state’s effort to dehumanize, disenfranchise, relocate and execute millions of Jews, through a policy of terror, starvation and brutality, but perhaps the fact that he did not know enough not to step on the third rail of American national politics — Jewish sensibilities about the Holocaust. His comment about “little resistance” sounded too close to the notion of “sheep to slaughter” Jews have tired of hearing.

ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt tried to put it charitably when he noted: “Ben Carson has a right to his views on gun control, but the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate. The small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state.”

But Keith Ablow stood up for Carson, stating simply: “Ben Carson is right, and Jonathan Greenblatt is wrong.” And he explained: “What Greenblatt fails to account for is that the surrendering of firearms by Jews when required to by Nazi authorities was not merely the surrender of guns and ammunition. Those material items would not have been sufficient to defend against the Third Reich’s military.”

As is often the case, context is crucial in understanding these seemingly conflicting views. According to Stephen P. Halbrook, author of “Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and ‘Enemies of the State,’” There were an estimated 20,000 German Jews who owned guns, either for hunting, or souvenirs taken home after their service in WW1. As soon as Adolf Hitler became Germany’s Chancellor, in 1933, the Nazi government used official records to disarm potential opponents—communists, socialists and Jews. They conducted mass searches and seizures of guns, and Police revoked gun licenses of Social Democrats and others who were not “politically reliable.”

In 1938, Halbrook reports, Hitler signed a new Gun Control Act, prohibiting Jews from working in the firearms industry, and also banning .22 caliber hollow-point ammunition. Then, following the shooting of a German diplomat in Paris by a teenage Polish Jew, the Nazis engaged in Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, which was, in fact, presented as a massive operation in search of Jewish owned weapons. The Nazis also ransacked Jewish homes and businesses and set fire to synagogues, but the excuse for all of the above was the notion that the dangerous Jews were harboring illegal weapons.

It is always a tricky business to judge the behavior of people in the past using the mindset of the present. But while Ben Carson misunderstand the sense of helplessness German and later Polish Jews felt, deserted as they were by practically the entire gentile world in the late 1930s and early 1940s, the point he makes is still valid. Gun ownership is an effective bulwark against a tyrannical regime, and the proof is that the first thing such a regime would go after are individually owned guns.

And, possibly, to take Carson’s notion another step, even in the most decrepit conditions, in a starved and diseased Warsaw Ghetto, a small band of Jews, scantily armed, managed to hold the Nazi army at bay for nearly a month, from April 19 to May 16, 1943. So Jews have shown that finally possessing guns made a big difference, contributing to the most heroic chapter in our own history.

Yemen to Jews: Convert, Leave or Die

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

So much for Jews living peacefully under Islamic rule.

The government of Yemen ordered that all Jews either convert to Islam or be deported, a representative of the Jewish community in Yemen told Israeli Deputy Minister Kara, according to a report by Lahav Harkov, a reporter for the JPost.

Harkov adds that the Yemenite government said if the Jews don’t convert or leave, they will no longer be protected by the government and won’t punish anyone who kills them.

There’s an estimated 180 to 350 Jews left in Yemen.

German Jewish Leader Fears Anti-Semitic Syrian Refugees

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Josef Schuster fears the fact that many of the refugees seeking asylum in Germany come from countries hostile to Israel might bolster anti-Semitic views among the Arab community, EJP reported.

Speaking to Welt am Sonntag, Schuster said that when he shared his trepidation in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her staff, it resulted in an awkward silence, following which Merkel responded: “We must address that.”

According to Schuster, many German Jews share his fears, “and I share this feeling and therefore see a need to integrate the refugees in our community of values as soon as possible.”

In an interview with Juedische Allgemeine, the highest-circulation Jewish periodical in Germany, Schuster suggested that people who grow up in anti-Semitic environment would “transfer their resentment to Jews in general,” as could be seen in demonstrations during Israel’s 2014 Gaza offensive “Protective Edge.” In many of these demonstrations, protesters chanted “Hamas, Hamas, Juden in’s gas!” (“Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!”).

“Many Syrians and immigrants of Arab descent have grown up in an environment in which hostility towards Israel and anti-Semitism are a common practice,” Schuster said.

Nevertheless, the Central Council of Jews has announced that Germany’s Mitzvah Day, November 15th, an annual day of faith-based social action, will be dedicated to aiding the thousands of recent refugees.

On the Jerusalem Pogroms

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Israel is celebrating the Succot holiday and I wish I could share happy pictures and videos from Israel but there are pogroms happening in Jerusalem and you probably have not heard a thing from your news channels.

Over the past month Muslims have been attacking Jews throughout Jerusalem and have been showing their real anti-semitic face.

A Jewish man who was returning from his Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) dinner was stoned to death by Muslim terrorists, Jewish men and women visiting the Old City of Jerusalem  are attacked with stones and molotov cocktail bottles and Jews whose only wish is to pray on the Temple Mount are harassed, kicked, stoned and assaulted by Muslim terrorists.

Let’s stop beating around the bush and call what the Muslims are carrying out in Jerusalem by its real name; a full fledge anti-semitic pogrom against Jews!

It started with Muslim men, women and children screaming their heads off at Jewish worshippers and threatening them.

There were those who said, ‘no big deal’ all they are doing is screaming and there are those who even had the audacity to defend the Muslim behavior as freedom of speech.

The Muslim crowd had no pity on anyone and Jewish women and children were their next targets. The screaming turned to spitting and specific threats. Notice the Jews who were attacked in the video below were not holding any Israeli flags! In fact, they were Ultra Orthodox Jews who are not Zionist! They were on the Temple Mount simply to pray. This is exactly what anti semitism looks like for those of you who still have a hard time identifying the behavior of the Muslims on the Temple Mount!

People were still excusing the fanatic Islamic anti-semitic behavior and claiming it was just the radicals. Then then Muslim officers on the Temple Mount attacked Jews who were looking to just take a drink from a fountain on the Temple Mount. It is simply unreal how there are those around the world who claim Israel is an apartheid and then excuse this blatant demonstration of Islamic racism and anti-semitism.

 

In case any of you are still under the impression that these Muslim terrorists are just a fringe sect, watch a Muslim ISRAELI Parliament member assault Jews who came to pray on the Temple Mount.

This Arab, Muslim Israeli parliament member who has more freedoms and rights in Israel than he would in any Islamic regime assaults Jewish worshippers telling them to go to hell and that they have no right to pray on the Temple Mount!

Of course when the IDF finally reacted to these acts of terror, the world press pointed a finger at Israel! I am so sick and tired of the blatant anti-semitic behavior of the world! It happens every time and nothing ever changes! Israel is attacked and there is press silence, Israel responds and then the entire world gets up on their hind legs to blame the Jewish State for defending itself and winning!

The videos above were horrific to watch but there were those who excused the terrorist’s behavior with the excuse that Jews praying on the Temple Mount (the holiest place on Earth for Jews) is a provocation. If the videos above made you upset, the two that you are about to watch will infuriate you. Unlike the videos above that took place on the Temple Mount, the videos below took place in Jerusalem. The Jews who were attacked below were not walking to pray on the Temple Mount but were walking to pray at the Western Wall! Please do not tell me that the hatred aimed towards Israel is not anti-semitic. Watch the videos below and explain what settlements, occupation or any other of the other justifications used by the Arabs to murder Jews have anything to do with the attack below!

Watch this Jews get attacked as he walks to the Western Wall wearing his prayer shawl.

 

Don’t think for a second these Muslim terrorists are a branch of Hamas. They are the fruit of the official PA headed by none other than Abu Mazen himself who last week commented on the current attacks that are taking place in Jerusalem. Israel’s “peace” partner did not condemn the fascist behavior of Muslim terrorists but rather justified them.

Taken from the Palestinian Media Watch website Abbas: We won’t allow Jews’ “filthy feet” “We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem… blood spilled for Allah… Every Martyr will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah” PA: Jews are filth, they desecrate and defile Jerusalem When anti Israel activists use fake quotes from Israeli leaders I always demand they bring their source and video of the quote they are faking. My demand is usually met  with four letter words instead of facts, so here is the video of the man the world calls a “peace partner”

Yes! He did say pure Muslim blood and yes he also claimed Churches are theirs as well.

JUST in case you thought these attacks were random, watch and listen to Abu Mazen explain his solution to the Jews who seek to pray at the holiest place in the world for the Jewish religion.

The audacity of these Muslims knows no boundaries at all. In one case, a Muslim woman assaulted a Jewish man and the man was just not going to take it so he reacted.

 

Here is the picture of a Jewish man who was covered as assaulting an innocent Muslim woman in Jerusalem.

He sure looks like a crazy Jewish man attacking a very innocent Muslim woman, doesn’t it? Now take a closer look at what this woman is holding in her hand!

So what really happened? Watch the actual video below and see just how far Islamic Taqiyya goes!

Jerusalem is under attack and the press is silent!

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Greek Minister Quits after 12 Hours in Office over Anti-Semitic Tweets

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Greek Right-wing lawmaker Dimitris Kammenos on Wednesday night resigned—over anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks—from the post of the Deputy Infrastructure Minister, a mere 12 hours after the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s new cabinet following Sunday’s snap national election.

Kammenos was accused of making fun of EU supporters last June, posting a photoshopped image of the gate of Auschwitz, with the infamous slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes You Free) replaced with “We Stay in Europe,” on his Facebook page. At the time, the posting raised a scandal, and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece protested the callused use of the death camp to make a political point.

Kammenos later tweeted kind of an apology: “The comparison may have been unfortunate but there is an economic holocaust under way in my country!”

From the tweet itself, despite its obvious crudeness, it doesn’t appear that the shortest serving government official in recent memory is an anti-Semite. However, Kammenos has also been accused of supporting a conspiracy theory that 2,500 Jewish World Trade Center employees received an early warning and stayed home on September 11, 2001.

The inclusion of Kammenos and four other members of the Independent Greeks party Prime Minister Tsipras’s government caused an outrage in Greece. The party’s leader, Panos Kammenos, is the new defense minister.

Also last June, news came out that Kammenos had called the Athens gay pride parade “pathetic,” and other homophobic comments by him were found on his social media accounts.

The two-party coalition government has 155 seats in the 300-member Greek parliament (with 145 for left-wing Syriza and 10 for the right-wing Anel).

‘Names, Not Numbers’ Holocaust Survivors’ Interviews Enters 11th Year at YUHSB

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) at 2540 Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights, Manhattan, is now offering the course “Names, Not Numbers” as a 12th grade elective, Ari Hagler reported for MTA News. Participants will interview Holocaust survivors and later compile their stories into a documentary film. The program had its first meeting a week ago Thursday, with documentary filmmaker Michael Puro.

Puro, whose filmography consists mainly of editing work on a variety of documentary films, both short and full length, is the director of the 2010 film “Names, Not Numbers,” which featured 23 students from three Jewish day schools who came together to record oral histories of Holocaust Survivors.

Tova Fish-Rosenberg created the program back in 2004, transforming traditional history lessons into a lively, interactive, nontraditional experience that involves individuals who have actually lived through the history being taught. Other Jewish schools that have incorporated the program include Yeshiva University High School for Girls, ESW in Houston, Jewish Day School of the Leigh Valley in Allentown, Pa, and the Rambam yeshiva in Baltimore.

“After the training and research, the students gain first hand knowledge through being paired with and given the opportunity to interview and videotape Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans who liberated camps, survivors who later immigrated to pre-1948 Israel, and second generation, who are now living in the same communities as the students,” states the website. “Oral histories of this era depict either survivors or veterans. The students are preserving on videotape and DVD, a small segment of the history of World War II and its aftermath with the connections to Israel. At the same time the participants form intergenerational friendships with their interview subjects.”

Sample interview questions include (although the website cautions that not all of these will be appropriate for everyone):

Describe what your life was like growing up before the war.

Can you tell us what the Jewish community was like?

Did you play a sport?

What did you do for fun with your friends?

How old were you when you first heard the name Hitler?

How did things change when the Germans invaded?

What was it like when Hitler came to power?

Did you have non – Jewish friends before the Holocaust and how did they react to the changes?

Describe what it was like to leave your home with almost no possessions.

What was it like to be in hiding?

What was daily life like in the ghetto /concentration camp?

Do you have a tattooed number? How did you feel when you lost your identity and became a number?

What kind of activities did you do there?

What interesting /moving story would you like to share with us?

How / why did you join the resistance / partisans?

Can you describe liberation day?

What happened to you after you were liberated?

Did other members of your family survive?

How did you come to Israel or America?

Do you have any mementos/ pictures of your family to show us?

Did the Holocaust affect your belief in Hashem?

Finally, the last two questions for the survivors and liberators are important to ask, according to the website:

In what ways does the Holocaust affect your life today?

What kind of message would you like to pass on to young people and to future generations?

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/names-not-numbers-holocaust-survivors-interviews-enters-11th-year-at-yuhsb/2015/09/24/

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