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Anti-Semitic Vandalism in the Borscht Belt

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Monticello, one of the central destinations in the erstwhile Borscht Belt, is not a place you expect to find anti-Semitic graffiti.

But that’s what Dolores and Gordon Wine found on Aug. 8 when they arrived at their summer home in Monticello.

The Wines have been spending their summers in Monticello, located in New York’s Catskill Mountains, since the 1980’s. Gordon Wine built the house at 218 Gregory Road, off Sackett lake Road, in the 1990’s. The house was under construction recently, but the workers took off without finishing the job.

What the Wines found when they arrived at their home was horrifying. In huge letters the word “JEW” was spray painted several times on the outside walls of the house. A swastika and a Jewish Star were also spray-painted on the house. Various items were also stolen from the home, such as tools and a television.

Ezra Wine, the son of the owners, said that the State Police had been called, but no one has yet been arrested. He said that there are other Jews in the area, especially at the local bungalow colonies. He also told the JewishPress.com via email that his parents have attended services at the Monticello synagogue.

The Wines’ home was the only one on the street that was vandalized.

 

Itamar Ben-Gvir Threatened in Tel Aviv Hate Graffiti

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Anonymous individuals painted graffiti near Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv, threatening the life of lawyer and right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir.

The graffiti said, “Homosexuals stab back” and “Itamar Ben-Gvir Watch Out”.

"Homosexuals stab back"

“Homosexuals stab back”

Ben-Gvir filed a complaint with the police.

In response to the graffiti Ben-Gvir said,

“I demand those hypocrites and self-righteous people who have been saying these past few days that ‘words can kill’, come out and condemn this act as well and I hope the police will demonstrate the same motivation to catch those responsible as they are investing in catch right-ring activists.”

“Those who wrote the graffiti won’t tie my hand. I will defend all those who are being persecuted by the Shin Bet and the Prosecution. Certainly, the youth that are jailed without trials, the settlers who are giving everything for the people of Israel, the right-wing activists who are requesting the right to free speech, the Temple Mount activists who are requesting freedom of movement, the Ultra-Orthodox that are hounded because they are against the abomination parade (unconnected to Yishai Shlissel, whose acts I oppose) and to the Beitar Jerusalem fans who find themselves attacked in the media.”

Ben-Gvir added, “In the State of Israel, the right to legal counsel is a basic right.”

Danish Buses Burned in Anti-Israel Attack

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Four buses in Copenhagen were found on fire on Friday morning, and a fifth bus was covered with anti-Israel graffiti, according to a BBC report.

Last week the city’s transit authority ordered ads calling for the boycott of Israel removed from its buses, angering the anti-Semites.

The ads were deemed “too offensive” by the transit authority..

A few months ago, an Arab terrorist killed two people in a Copenhagen cafe and outside a local synagogue.

If We Have To Live With Concrete Blocks…

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

I guess if the best the government can come up with to protect us from Arab run-over terrorists are concrete blocks, we might as well make them interesting to look at…

Concrete graffiti

Now, I’m just waiting for someone to paint “Tag Machir” on one of them.

War Zone Graffiti in Jerusalem

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Arabs and Jews are spray painting respective war zone graffiti in areas of the capital this week.

In most Arab neighborhoods, one can find ‘Death to the Jews’ and a few swastikas spray-painted in Arabic and sometimes in Hebrew – even occasionally in English – on various walls and other sites.

Early Wednesday, two lines – ‘Death to Arabs’ and ‘price tag’ – were spray-painted in the center of Jerusalem as well. These lines may have been scrawled by Jews who are fed up with Arab violence and the wanton destruction throughout the capital.

Arabs have totally destroyed multiple stops of the new Jerusalem Light Rail, whose infrastructure has been demolished along the track serving neighborhoods in the periphery.

Swastika, ‘Heil Hitler’, Scrawled Outside SF Shuls

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

A swastika and other anti-Semitic graffiti were scrawled outside two synagogues in San Francisco, the northern California JWeekly website reported. The website said that police are investigating the incidentas a hate crime.

The website said that on the morning of May 30, traffic sign outside Congregation Beth Israel Judea and Or Shalom Jewish Community was found tagged with “Heil Hiter” (sic) and the phrase “death to the Jews” written in French.

The synagogues are also located next door to the Brandeis Hillel Day School. which is located next door. Corey Weinstein, Or Shalom’s board president, told JWeekly that no student or parent saw the graffiti, and that it was removed before the start of Shabbat.

WOW Blame Jewish Press, Bloggers, for Graffiti

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Read also: Orthodox & Reform Rabbis Condemn Arab Violence against Settlers

Last week, the home of Women of the Wall board member Peggy Cidor was attacked with graffiti. The graffiti read: “Petty, watch out” and “Women of the Wall are villains.” Ever since this incident, before a police investigation has even determined who the culprits are, Women of the Wall have started a media campaign falsely claiming that “right-wing Orthodox journalists and bloggers false accusations” against the Women of the Wall organization “directly cause a real, physical threat and danger to the lives of the women.” These slanderous statements have been published in the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and all across social media.

As the journalist who broke the story about the Women of the Wall leadership’s connections to anti-Israel organizations, I would like to stress that neither my articles published in the Jewish Press and Jerusalem Online News nor that of Varda Epstein and Bat-Zion Susskind-Sacks in the Times of Israel, nor Jonathan Rosenblum in the Jerusalem Post, nor Gil Ronen in Arutz Sheva, nor Daniel Greenfield in Front Page Magazine are responsible for the graffiti. None of us support violence and we found out about the story in the media, just like every one else. I am sorry from the bottom of my heart that Peggy had to go through this.

However, I would like to emphasize that just because Peggy was the victim of a graffiti attack does not give Shira Pruce, spokeswoman of Women of the Wall, the right to make false accusations against her political opponents before any police investigation has been conducted, especially when there is zero evidence indicating that there is any connection between the recent media exposure connecting the Women of the Wall leadership to anti-Israel groups and the graffiti.

As Ronit Peskin of Women for the Wall asserted in an interview I conducted with her last week in Jerusalem Online News, “It could have been someone with a personal grudge against Peggy, rather than someone prompted by the leaderships connections to anti-Israel groups, especially given the fact that she was never mentioned in JPOST, Arutz Sheva, the Times of Israel, Front Page Magazine, the Jewish Press or any of the other news organizations that wrote about the connections between Women of the Wall and anti-Israel groups. Furthermore, she is a relatively unknown board member of Women of the Wall, who is not really mentioned in any media about the organization. This undermines the argument that the recent news articles exposing the Women of the Wall’s leadership to anti-Israel groups has something to do with the graffiti.”

In that interview, it was also revealed to me that Women of the Wall accused Women for the Wall of being responsible for the negative media exposure. I would like to take this opportunity to state that I am not in any way connected with Women for the Wall. I am an independent pro-Israel writer who is not part of any particular group either for or against women praying with tallits at the Kotel. My only interest as a journalist is to expose the truth to the public, so that they can have the information needed to make their own decisions. I would also like to add that it is my commitment to the truth and not my religious beliefs that caused me to expose the Women of the Wall’s leaderships’ connections to anti-Israel groups to begin with. I would have wanted to also write articles exposing the links of a Haredi organization such as Neuterai Karta whose leadership is connected to anti-Israel groups, if such links were not yet public knowledge.

I would also like to note that I only became familiar with Women for the Wall once I exposed the connections between Women of the Wall’s leadership and anti-Israel organizations. Before I took this step, I never heard of them nor met any of their leaders. Even though I now have sympathy for them as a fellow victim of Women of the Wall’s slander, I continue to remain independent from them.

Given that Women of the Wall continue to claim that I stated lies about them, I would like to ask them, why haven’t you produced the proof showing that your leadership is not associated with the organizations that I listed? And if no proof can be produced and there truly is nothing wrong with your leaderships’ connections to the organizations that I listed, why are you so disturbed that these connections have become public knowledge to the point that you threatened news organizations and when that failed, resorted to engaging in libel against those who spoke out against you?

I would like to add that had Women of the Wall not responded to my original story, my article would likely have remained only in one news source and quickly become old news. It only spread all over the internet once Shira Pruce decided to make a scandal out of it by threatening news organizations and then choosing to spread slander against her opponents instead of offering a proper rebuttal. Shira Pruce furthermore continues to refuse to mediate with Women for the Wall, to try and calm down the situation.

When I spoke to Shira Pruce on twitter, in an attempt to understand her logic, she defended her organizations connections to the New Israel Fund by claiming that attacking Women of the Wall was like attacking rape crisis centers because they also receive funding from them: “You attack WOW based on an association fallacy. I await your article attacking rape crisis centers.” The fact that the leaderships of rape crisis centers generally aren’t publicly active in anti-Israel causes on the side and don’t usually engage in highly politicized provocative actions doesn’t register with her.

Shira Pruce’s poor leadership was highlighted about a month ago when my story became public and her recent reactions demonstrate her unsuitability for the job once again. Once the graffiti became public knowledge, Women of the Wall had a chance to gain sympathy from every one, including me. They lost that golden opportunity by taking advantage of the spotlight to slander others without any kind of evidence to back up their claims. If Women of the Wall wants to be viewed as a credible organization, its time for them to find leadership not connected with anti-Israel groups and to choose a new spokeswoman that knows how to properly defend a cause that she professes to care about, instead of causing more damage to her organization.

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