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Near Shooting Site, a New Sign of Anti-Semitism

Authorities probe pamphlets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods

(Newser) - Authorities are investigating the dissemination of anti-Semitic pamphlets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including the one in which a gunman killed 11 people in a synagogue in October, the AP reports. A spokesman says police and the city department of public safety "are taking this matter very seriously and will follow... More »

Anti-Semitic Group Tricks Brett Favre Into Making Video

Former QB says he's 'sickened' by the stunt

(Newser) - Brett Favre collected $500 for making a short video in which he thought he was expressing support for a veterans group. Turns out, the former star quarterback had been tricked into expressing support for white supremacists, reports USA Today . Celebs Andy Dick and Soulja appear to have fallen for the... More »

Graffiti at Prof's Office Was So Horrible, 'I Almost Passed Out'

NYPD investigating possible hate crime at Columbia University

(Newser) - "I opened the outer door and almost passed out." It was then that Columbia University professor Elizabeth Midlarsky saw the two large swastikas spray-painted in red on the walls of her office (photo here ), along with an offensive term for Jewish people. Wednesday's scene was deja... More »

Man Accused of Using Vehicle in Potential Hate Crime

He tried to run down pedestrians outside an LA synagogue, police say

(Newser) - Witnesses say a driver tried to run down pedestrians outside a Los Angeles synagogue Friday night—and then did a U-turn for a second attempt at running them over. Security camera footage shows the vehicle plowing across traffic after the attack, hitting two vehicles. Mohamed Mohamed Abdi, a US citizen... More »

Witness: Man on Flight Said He Wanted to Identify the Jews

David Toaff was arrested after the Delta flight landed in Atlanta

(Newser) - Delta confirmed that Atlanta police met a flight en route from Reagan Washington National Airport in DC on Wednesday "due to a customer's behavior on board the flight." A passenger who was reportedly on Flight 1822 provided a little more color on Twitter : "Today a man... More »

Cops Get a Break in 'Kill All Jews' Graffiti Case

James Polite was charged on Friday

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 26-year-old Brooklyn man for scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti throughout a Jewish temple, the AP reports. James Polite was charged Friday with criminal mischief as a hate crime, and making graffiti. Police say he entered the historic Union Temple in the Prospect Heights neighborhood on Thursday evening and... More »

Twitter Apologizes for 'Kill All Jews' Trending Topic

Says it was a result of social medial discussion of synagogue vandalism

(Newser) - Among the phrases that appeared in Twitter’s local trends section for many New Yorkers on Friday were “#JobsReport,” “#FridayFeeling,” and “Kill all Jews.” That last one, Twitter says in a statement, “should not have appeared in trends, and we’re sorry for... More »

Candidate's Kids: Don't Vote for Him, 'He Must Be Stopped'

Steve West's son, daughter say he's anti-Semitic

(Newser) - The son and daughter of the allegedly anti-Semitic candidate who somehow won the Republican primary for a seat in Missouri's House of Representatives both reached out to the Kansas City Star this week to encourage residents of House District 15 not to vote for their father. "My dad’... More »

GOP Candidate Accused of Anti-Semitism Over This Mailer

Connecticut Republican chair says it's 'false outrage' by Dems over Ed Charamut's ad

(Newser) - Just days after the slaying of 11 Jewish congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, a GOP candidate for a state Senate seat in Connecticut is accused of sending a mailer using an "age-old anti-Semitic trope." The ad sent out by Ed Charamut includes what the Washington Post calls a... More »

Pittsburgh Shooting Puts Focus on Gab Social Site

'Free speech' site attracted far-right

(Newser) - The mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue has put the spotlight on Gab, a social media site that calls itself a haven for free speech, but has attracted numerous white supremacists and others driven from sites like Facebook and Twitter by crackdowns on hate speech. Shooting suspect Robert Bowers was... More »

Synagogue Shooting Suspect Linked Jews to Refugees

Robert Bowers had a social media account filled with anti-Semitism

(Newser) - In the wake of a horrific mass shooting Saturday at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh—which left 11 dead and at least six injured—we're learning more about alleged mass shooter Robert Bowers. One apparent key: The 46-year-old's social media account at Gab, a platform that prides... More »

Soccer Club's Racist Fans to Get All-Expenses-Paid Trip

Racist Chelsea supporters can choose a ban or Auschwitz

(Newser) - Hurling racial slurs at a Chelsea soccer match could mean an all-expenses-paid jaunt to Poland. It's not exactly a dreamy getaway: After years of issuing bans to racist fans, the English Premier League team is offering to send them instead to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz for a history... More »

Mo. GOP Denounces 'Vile' Remarks of Primary Winner

Steve West, known for bigotry and conspiracy theories, won nomination for state House seat

(Newser) - He calls himself Jack Justice, has a YouTube channel in which he puts on a wig and fake beard and spouts conspiracy theories, and said last year on a radio show: "Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it." Steve West... More »

Roseanne Offers Defense of Fateful Tweet

It was about anti-Semitism, comedian claims

(Newser) - A little over a week of Twitter silence and Roseanne Barr is back with a new defense of the tweet that triggered the cancellation of her hit ABC show. Maintaining the reference to Valerie Jarrett as "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby" wasn't racist,... More »

She Survived the Holocaust, Is Murdered in Paris

Mireille Knoll, 85, stabbed and burned; man known to her is in custody

(Newser) - An 85-year-old Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust was murdered and her body burned in what Paris police are now investigating as a hate crime. Mireille Knoll was stabbed at least 11 times before her Paris apartment was set ablaze Friday, report the Local and the BBC . Two male suspects,... More »

DC Councilman Pushes Theory That Jews Control the Weather

'I did not intend to be anti-Semitic," says Trayon White after criticism

(Newser) - A DC council member is apologizing after he pushed a conspiracy theory that a wealthy Jewish family controlled the weather. In a story first reported by the Washington Post , Trayon White posted a video to Facebook Friday with the following narration: "Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere... More »

This Game Is Known to Offend. It May Have Gone Too Far

Target pulling Cards Against Humanity's 'Chosen People Pack' off shelves for anti-Semitic content

(Newser) - First Target had a problem with fidget spinners . Now it's taking heat for another item in its toy department, apologizing for a game that's designed to be offensive but looks to have crossed the line. TMZ reports the retailer is pulling an expansion pack for the popular game... More »

'Anti-Semitic' Robocall Notes Roy Moore, Washington Post

'WaPo' denies involvement in bizarre scheme

(Newser) - An apparent robocall claiming to seek dirt on embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore might actually be an attack against the newspaper that aired his dirty laundry. WKRG reports a pastor in Alabama received a voicemail Tuesday from a man claiming to be a Washington Post reporter looking for women... More »

Facebook's 'Screaming, Whiny Humans' Make It Hard to Control

The platform is having its 'Frankenstein moment,' Kevin Roose writes for 'NYT'

(Newser) - Facebook is still wrangling with revelations it let advertisers target anti-Semitic followers—part of what's led to what Kevin Roose calls the platform's "Frankenstein moment." Writing for the New York Times , Roose says the "series of scandals" hitting Facebook, which has "created something it... More »

Sandberg Admits to Facebook 'Fail'

More human oversight will prevent misuse of ads, COO says

(Newser) - Already facing criticism over the role its ads played in the US presidential election, Facebook is now defending itself over claims that it allowed anti-Semitic ads to be shown to people who posted hate speech online. Responding to a ProPublica report last week that revealed Facebook's algorithm-created ad system... More »

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