Police in Arizona are investigating after a spray-painted swastika and an anti-Semitic slur were found on the door of a Tucson synagogue.
“The congregation is really disappointed. We’re really taken aback,” Rabbi Ram Bigelman of the Chabad on River synagogue told CNN on Tuesday. “We didn’t think such antisemitism existed in our community.”
It is the second synagogue in the city to have been vandalized recently. In May, a rock was thrown through the window of Congregation Chaverim, which is attended by both former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and Arizona state Rep. Alma Hernandez.
“These horrendous antisemitic acts will not be tolerated, and there is no place for hatred in our community,” the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona said in a written statement Tuesday.
The graffiti comes amid a recent string of attacks on Jewish people in the US as tensions flared over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that saw hundreds killed over 11 days, most of them Palestinian, in violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The sides agreed to a ceasefire on May 20.
On Monday, a third person was arrested in connection to an attack on a Jewish man near Times Square during protests in New York City in May, the New York Police Department said.
The NYPD arrested Mahmoud Musa, 23, and is recommending charges of assault as a hate crime and gang assault, the NYPD confirmed to CNN.
CNN has reached out to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to find out what charges Musa will ultimately face.
CNN was not able to immediately identify an attorney for Musa but reached out to the Legal Aid Society to see if they were representing him.
Anti-Semitic incidents in the country have more than doubled from the same time period last year following the conflict, the Anti-Defamation League reported Monday.
Read the complete article at: CNN
A survivor of the Holocaust spoke out against a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in America, saying that Jewish people need to come together in solidarity against the hate.
In 1941, when he was just one and a half years old, Sami Steigmann and his parents were deported by the Romanian government and put into the Mogilev-Podolsky labor camp in an area of Ukraine known as Transnistria.
“Being so young, a year and a half, I obviously could not work. And most of the kids did not survive,” Steigmann said in an exclusive interview with Fox News. “So if you will ask any survivor ‘how come you are alive today,’ everybody will use only one word, and that is ‘luck.’”
“My luck was that I was never separated from my parents,” Steigmann continued. “[The Nazis] did medical experiments on me and the side effects, I felt them all my life, every second, and I will feel them for the rest of my life.”
Steigmann, a motivational speaker who has made it his life’s mission to educate people through EMET – an acronym standing for “Educate, Motivate, Empower and Tolerance” that is also the Hebrew word for “truth” – said the nation has a “problem with anti-Semitism” and warned that “the cry ‘Never again’ is happening again.”
“We have to face something that we never have before, and it’s something that causes it, the anti-Semitism, to be as powerful as it is, and that is social media,” Steigmann said. “We have, right now, big high-tech companies that not only can, but they do control who says what. If they don’t like what you have to say, they can delete your account and ‘put you in jail.’”
Read the complete article at: Fox News
Sunday night, a popular cafe in the Mission District was tagged with anti-Semitic hate speech. It’s another example of the growing number of hate incidents in the city.
The latest figures show that 28 hate crimes were reported in San Francisco, one hate crime every five and a half days. The department is now expanding its tipline to nine languages.
Outside Manny’s in the Mission District of San Francisco, those who passed by and dined out on Sundays had an unsavory view.
Hate-spitting words in large blue letters “Racist Pigz” and “Free Palestine” were heard at the Jewish-owned venue.
“It’s getting me down,” said Pacifica’s Kristen Meyer. “It’s right next to my Love Story yoga studio and that’s how it should be. Everyone should feel welcome.”
“It’s not nice to see this news,” said Dan Kennedy of San Francisco. “At the same time, I’m used to seeing a lot of graffiti on the mission.”
The police chief admits that there have been other acts of violence against color communities that may not meet the legal definition of a hate crime.
Of the 28 crimes, most are anti-Asian (39 percent), anti-black (18 percent) and anti-Jewish (14 percent).
For all of last year, there have been 48 reported hate crimes in San Francisco, one report every seven and a half days.
“We are here to announce that we are launching a multilingual information line on hate crimes,” said San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott.
The hotline (415) 558-5588 has been expanded to accept callers speaking nine languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Thai. The leaders of the Asian-American community have gathered for this.
“We all know that hate does not discriminate, hate affects us all,” said APAPA chairman Dennis Wu.
Read more at: Bay Area Gazette
It may be the last place in America where young Jewish men would think twice about wearing their yarmulkes on the street, but the fear is real.
“It’s better, better safe than sorry, I guess.” Brooklyn resident Sammy Weinwurzel said.
Weinwurzel and his friend, Solomon Terzi, say there are times when their yarmulkes make them a potential target.
Like the young man who was beaten by an angry mob in Times Square two weeks ago.
“Right as I see all these stories, and listen, I don’t want to get into any trouble. So I’m just going to take it off. It’s a small sacrifice until all this scary stuff dies down. Maybe then you can put it on if you’re born Jewish, but right now, it’s not the time,” Terzi said.
In the past several weeks, hate crimes have continued to rise in New York.
So far this year, 86 anti-Semitic crimes have happened, an increase of 37%. Anti-Black hate crimes are up 80%, and anti-Asian hate crimes are up a staggering 335%.
In the past, violence directed against Asian New Yorkers has been uncommon, while anti-Semitic hate crimes have been trending upward for several years.
Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis blames bail reform laws and a crippled criminal justice system but acknowledges that some of her Congressional colleagues bear some responsibility, as well.
“I’m just saying there are members of Congress in general, that have spewed rhetoric that is not helpful in this discussion,” Malliotakis said.
City Councilman Kalman Yeger praised the NYPD for increasing neighborhood patrols.
“When the police do their jobs, and they put the handcuffs on the bad guy, and they bring them into the court system, then what? I think that’s what society is seeing here, in the city today,” Yeger said.
Read the complete article at: ABC7 NY
The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg is planning nearly half a million dollars in security upgrades as local police and the FBI continue to investigate who spray-painted a swastika and anti-Semitic message on the building.
Director Elizabeth Gelman tells FOX 13 the upgrades were planned before the attack but comes during a national rise in anti-Jewish violence.
“When the museum was built the type of security issues we are dealing with now – were not even thought of,” she told FOX 13.
St. Pete detectives got the FBI involved and say they are still trying to figure out who spray-painted a swastika and an anti-Semitic message on the side of the building last week. Police spokesperson Yolanda Fernandez says investigators have no new leads in the case.
The museum is planning a half-million-dollar upgrade to change the look of the building but to also add a new building that will act as a security lobby.
“First of all, everyone will go through security before they get into the lobby, and even the lobby is separate from the museum itself,” Gelman said.
Marking one week since the attack Thursday evening at 6 o’clock the museum and St. Pete community will hold a solidarity gathering outside. People from a variety of faiths will gather to show their support.
Read the complete article at: Fox 13 News
Also Read: An alarming surge in anti-Semitic attacks
The museum is planning a half-million-dollar upgrade to change the look of the building but to also add a new building that will act as a security lobby. “First of all, everyone will go through security before they get into the lobby, and even the lobby is separate from the museum itself,” Gelman said. Marking one week since the attack Thursday evening at 6 o’clock the museum and St. Pete community will hold a solidarity gathering outside. People from a variety of faiths will gather to show their support. Holocaust Museum Holocaust Museum
Fifth-graders at Maugham Elementary School in Tenafly, N.J., were tasked to write about the accomplishments of notable people and to dress up as their selected person.
One student chose Jim Carrey, while others wrote about Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart. Another child picked Adolf Hitler.
“I was pretty great wasn’t I?” the student wrote in pencil, using Hitler’s voice and highlighting his rise to power. “I was very popular and many people followed me until I died. My [belief] in antisemitism drove me to kill more than 6 million Jews.”
That essay hung on school walls among others in April, according to Lori Birk, an Englewood mother who on Sunday posted the image of the essay on her Facebook page.
Parents and community members in Bergen County, outside New York City, have called and written school officials, demanding answers and accountability. In response, Tenafly Public Schools began an investigation Friday evening, according to Christine Corliss, communications manager for the school district.
“Today, Superintendent [Shauna] DeMarco along with other administrators and the Board of Education are dedicating their time to receiving a report of the full details related to the matter giving rise to the controversy,” she told The Washington Post. “Based on the results of investigation, appropriate action will be taken.”
Corliss told The Post that the investigation will be concluded as swiftly as possible.
The essay comes at a time when the United States is seeing an uptick in antisemitic violence and reports of vandalism at synagogues linked to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, The Post has reported.
A child writing about Hitler hurts the still-healing wounds of Jewish people who are coping with the rise in targeted violence in the United States and abroad, said Jason Shames, chief executive for the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
Read the complete article at: The Washington Post
After three apparent anti-Semitic incidents in Los Angeles where synagogues, restaurants and nearby supermarkets were destroyed, community security services will put safety first on American Jewish leaders on Sunday. Repeatedly urging.
“We call on all Jewish institutions, regardless of affiliation, to take basic steps to get their members involved in volunteer security,” said CSS CEO and National of New York. Director Evan R. A nationwide organization dedicated to building volunteer-led security and safety teams to protect the Jewish community in collaboration with law enforcement agencies.
On Friday, security footage showed the criminal trying to throw a lump of concrete through a window in the Century City synagogue. The windows of the synagogue were made of tempered glass, and the concrete bounced off without major damage. However, this attempt has raised concerns following other well-known anti-Semitic attacks on Southland Jews.
“In the 35 years of this beautiful synagogue as a rabbi, no such act has ever taken place against the house of God,” said the young Israeli rabbi Elazar Muskin of Century City.
“I have never seen the hatred, anti-Semitism and hatred we see today appearing publicly on the streets of the city,” Muskin added. “This is participation in this synagogue. And does not prevent us from participating in our mission to be an Orthodox Jewish prayer in Los Angeles. We take the mission very seriously and are not afraid of anyone’s actions. . “
Attempts at vandalism occurred around 1 am on Friday. According to synagogue officials, the man first broke a window at a Kosher restaurant called Pats Next Door and then tried to do the same at the synagogue.
“These incidents show that anti-Semitism continues to target our community agencies,” said Stephen Silver, a volunteer regional manager at CSS Los Angeles. “That’s why security needs to be a priority.”
Read the complete article at: California News Times
Also Read: An alarming surge in anti-Semitic attacks
A tourist from New York was knocked to the ground along the Las Vegas Strip in broad daylight, Monday.
Paul Lebowitz said he was clearly targeted for being Jewish.
Lebowitz said what started as a calm conversation at a coffee shop with a stranger, turned to a nasty gash on the back of his head.
“We talked about Israel-Palestine until he said, ‘the Jews are not going to exist’ and I said, ‘I’m a proud Jew.’ That’s when it got violent,” Lebowitz said.
The 67-year-old Lebowitz wore his Star of David neckless as the pair walked outside Eataly restaurant at Park MGM. The conversation escalated as they went along and then turned violent.
“He yells out, ‘baby killers!’ Puts his hand to my face and throws me to the ground. I fell back. I smacked my head,” Lebowitz recalled.
Lebowitz said he never laid a hand on the man, who towered over him. His family called 911, but by the time police arrived the man who had pushed him to the ground had disappeared.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department report is filed as battery, and police told Lebowitz surveillance footage will be used in the investigation.
“He’s anti-Jewish. It’s a hate crime to me,” Lebowitz said.
The past several weeks has brought a spike of anti-Semitic threats and violence across the country. During the weeks of conflict in Israel and Gaza the Anti-Defamation League gathered 222 reports of anti-Semitic harassment, vandalism or violence. The previous two weeks there were 127.
“It may have been an isolated incident here in Las Vegas, but it’s happening in New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Boston,” Lebowitz said. “It has to stop.”
Read the complete article at: Fox 5 Vegas
On Saturday, Teaneck’s Deputy Mayor, Mark Schwartz, had just finished prayers at a temple in Florida when a white SUV stopped near him, and four men inside began shouting insults.
“F-you Jews!” they said. “Free Palestine!”
It got worse. Schwartz, who is Orthodox and wears a yarmulke, was walking with Councilwoman Karen Orgen, along with her husband and daughter. The men threw water bottles at them, and some other small objects.
“They pointed at Karen and said, ‘We’re going to rape you. And we’re going to rape your daughter,’” Schwartz says.
As Orgen’s husband stepped forward, the men started to get out of the car. But suddenly, the driver of a black Audi placed his car between the attackers and Schwartz’s group, pulled a gun, and pointed it at the four men, according to Schwartz. “They slithered back into their car and drove off, quite loudly, and then the Audi drove after them,” he says.
Call that a happy ending, as no one was hurt. But this incident is part of a surge in vile anti-Semitic attacks that have followed the recent fighting between Israel and Palestinians. It has happened during earlier flare-ups of Mideast violence, but this time, it’s been more common, and more vicious, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
A Jewish man wearing a yarmulke was beaten in Times Square last week by a gang of men, one of whom is now charged with a hate crime. Days earlier, protesters waving Palestinian flags and chanting “Death to Jews” assaulted Jewish diners at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles. On Twitter, some of the bigots are using the hashtag “#HitlerWasRight.”
The ADL found that the number of anti-Semitic incidents jumped by 63 percent in the two weeks after the recent conflict erupted, measured against the two previous weeks, a far larger spike that seen during previous spikes of Mideast violence.
Read the complete article at: NJ
alarming surge alarming surge
Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a full-page ad from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach accusing singer Dua Lipa and models Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid of “anti-Semitism” after they separately voiced public support of the pro-Palestine movement. The ad accused the three women of “ignorance” and spreading “disgusting libel,” calling for them to “condemn [Hamas] now.”
Dua Lipa and the Hadids are among a handful of celebrities who have spoken out about the recent escalation in violence in Gaza amidst the long-standing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. The Hadids’ father is Palestinian and Dua Lipa is dating the models’ younger brother, Anwar. Earlier this month, Dua Lipa shared the #SaveSheikhJarrah hashtag to her Instagram Stories, calling attention to the Palestinian neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah that’s been occupied by and faced destruction from the Israeli Defense Force. Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid shared a statement on Instagram saying, “One cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT and women’s rights, condemn corrupt and abusive regimes yet choose to ignore the Palestinian oppression.”
A few days later, Bella Hadid joined a Brooklyn protest showing support for Palestinians. In a since-deleted Instagram post, the model shared a photo of herself at the protest writing, “It’s free Palestine til Palestine is free!!!” She also shared stories of Palestinian family members and a photo from a “Free Palestine” march she attended in London in 2017.
“The three mega-influencers have vilified the Jewish state in a manner that is deeply troubling,” the Times ad co-sponsored by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and the World Values Network reads, also claiming that “Hamas calls for a second Holocaust.” This is not the first time Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has made spotlight-seeking statements. In 2016, he co-authored a Wall Street Journal article with Pamela Anderson encouraging people to “take the pledge” to stop “indulging in porn.” The article cited former U.S. representative and convicted sex offender Anthony Weiner’s unsolicited sexts as evidence of the “addictive dangers of pornography.”
Read the complete article at: The Cut