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Threats Hit More Jewish Centers

Plus the Anti-Defamation League

(Newser) - The Anti-Defamation League and several Jewish community centers across the country got a new round of bomb threats Tuesday, adding to the scores they have been plagued with since January, the AP reports. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was at a Jewish Community Center on Staten Island to denounce... More »

Cops: Vandals Didn't Topple Headstones at Jewish Cemetery

They blame neglect, erosion

(Newser) - The toppling of more than 40 headstones in a predominantly Jewish cemetery wasn't part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, police say. Instead, the NYPD says the 42 headstones at Brooklyn's Washington Cemetery fell down by themselves because of a combination of factors, including neglect and... More »

Another Jewish Cemetery Vandalized

Hate crime task force investigating in NY

(Newser) - Citing a "dramatic increase in acts of hate and intolerance," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a statewide investigation into crimes targeting Jewish groups Thursday after at least a dozen tombstones were toppled and some defaced in a Jewish cemetery in Rochester. The crime at Waad Hakolel Cemetery... More »

Vandalism 'Beyond Belief' at Jewish Cemetery

Cops say at least 100 headstones toppled

(Newser) - Cops in Philadelphia have vowed to track down the vandals who toppled large numbers of headstones in a Jewish cemetery over the weekend. Initial estimates put the number of graves vandalized in the Mount Carmel at around 100. CBS Philadelphia reports that the estimate has risen to 300. "It'... More »

When Jewish Cemetery Got Vandalized, Muslims Came to the Rescue

Muslim-American activists raise more than $90K to combat anti-Semitism

(Newser) - Tarek El-Messidi tells a story about the prophet Muhammad standing in observance of a Jewish funeral procession because, as he said, "Is it not a human soul?" To show that kind of respect to their "Jewish cousins" is one of the reasons El-Messidi and fellow Muslim-American activist Linda... More »

Trump Condemns 'Horrible' Anti-Semitism

'Has to stop,' says the president

(Newser) - Recent incidents of anti-Semitism—including a wave of threats against Jewish community centers—are "horrible" and a "reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil," President Trump said Tuesday, echoing comments made by his daughter Ivanka a day... More »

Ivanka Speaks Out After More Jewish Centers Threatened

'We must protect our houses of worship,' Ivanka says

(Newser) - The Anti-Defamation League demanded answers from the Trump administration Monday after another wave of bomb threats against Jewish centers across America. The ADL says at least 11 centers were threatened Monday, bringing the total to at least 69 threats in 27 states so far this year, CNN reports. Some 27... More »

Dozens of Jewish Centers Hit by 'Telephone Terrorism'

At least 27 centers across the country evacuated after hoax bomb threats

(Newser) - Jewish centers across America were evacuated Wednesday after what security analysts say was an unprecedented number of threats. The FBI and the Justice Department say they're investigating the bomb threats phoned in to at least 27 Jewish community centers in 17 states, Reuters reports. Wednesday's threats follow a... More »

Neo-Nazi Site: 'Take Action' Against Jews in Mont. Town

Mother of hate group leader Richard Spencer owns building there, says she's being harassed

(Newser) - An ominous call to troll Jewish residents online in a Montana town has been issued by a white supremacist website, apparently because the mom of a hate-group leader owns a building there. The Missoulian reports that in Whitefish, where Sherry Spencer, mother of National Policy Institute head Richard Spencer—described... More »

Columbia Wrestlers Benched Over Racist Texts

They include use of n-word, homophobic slurs

(Newser) - Columbia University is investigating racist and homophobic group text messages reportedly sent by members of its men's wrestling team just days after similar incidents at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania . According to student-run news site Bwog , which received screenshots of GroupMe messages sent over the past three... More »

Trump Campaign Chief Denounces 'Jew-S-A' Chant

(Newser) - The Trump campaign is denouncing a nasty moment at a rally in Arizona Saturday in which a supporter began chanting "Jew-S-A" at reporters. (You can see video at BuzzFeed .) "That man's conduct was deplorable, and had I been there, I would have asked security to remove... More »

Trump Tweet Using Jewish Star Draws 'Outrage and Bafflement'

It 'plays to the white supremacists'

(Newser) - An anti-Hillary Clinton image tweeted out by Donald Trump on Saturday led to what Reuters characterizes as widespread "outrage and bafflement." The tweeted image, which has since been deleted, featured a photo of Clinton on a background of money. The phrase "most corrupt candidate ever" appeared inside... More »

Mein Kampf Proceeds Will Go to Holocaust Survivors

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says all funds will go to Boston-based group that helps survivors

(Newser) - Boston-based publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has decided to donate proceeds from Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler's infamous manifesto, to a local organization that works with aging Holocaust survivors, the AP reports. The move comes after HMH was criticized by Jewish advocates for its plans to donate proceeds and royalties from... More »

Vandals Target Spanish Town That Changed Its Anti-Semitic Name

Camp Kill Jews became Jews' Hill Camp in 2014

(Newser) - An ancient Spanish town that voted to change its name because it was deemed anti-Semitic has come under attack from extremist groups who have daubed the town's signposts and buildings with offensive right-wing symbols and messages protesting the change, the AP reports. The village of some 50 inhabitants voted... More »

Fans Break Out Into Anti-Semitic Chant at HS Basketball Game

'You killed Jesus'

(Newser) - Students and administrators at a Boston-area Catholic school had to apologize after dozens of its fans chanted "You killed Jesus" during a basketball game against a school with a large number of Jewish students on Friday, the Washington Post reports. Some Jewish attendees at the division title game between... More »

Vatican to Catholics: Stop Trying to Convert Jews

Help them fight anti-Semitism instead: new report

(Newser) - The Vatican is taking steps toward fixing its long-troubled history with the Jewish faith with the Thursday release of a 10,000-word document that instructs Catholics to help Jews fight anti-Semitism instead of trying to convert them, Reuters reports. The Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews explained that Catholicism... More »

Convicted Supremacist Gives Jurors Nazi Salute

Frazier Glenn Miller admitted to the crimes but pleaded not guilty

(Newser) - The man who admitted killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites was convicted of murder and other charges today, shortly after he told jurors he hoped to "die a martyr" for the shootings. He even gave jurors a Nazi salute after they convicted him, the AP... More »

80 Years Later, Jewish Games to Be Played in Nazi Venue

Berlin is hosting the European Maccabi Games at Olympic Park

(Newser) - Berlin is kicking off the all-Jewish European Maccabi Games tomorrow—a 10-day event where 2,300 athletes from nearly 40 countries will compete in 19 disciplines, from soccer and basketball to chess and bridge, reports the Local . If Berlin seems like an odd venue, well, "these are the games... More »

Harvey Weinstein: Jews Must Go After Anti-Semites

Movie mogul says it would be a mistake to sit back, as happened around WWII

(Newser) - Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein picked up a humanitarian award this week from the Museum of Tolerance, notes Variety , and he delivered a message about anti-Semitism that shows his particular brand of tolerance is, well, Weinstein-esque. "We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass," he said,... More »

Vanderbilt's Jewish Frat Defaced With Swastikas

Police conducting hate crime investigation

(Newser) - Police are conducting a hate crime investigation after students found three swastikas spray-painted in a Jewish frat house at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, the Tennessean reports. The student president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi frat says students were "horrified" to discover the Nazi symbols, painted in an elevator and... More »

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