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NYC Mayor Issued Warning on the Virus. It Didn't Land Well

Bill de Blasio accused of 'inviting anti-Semitism' after specifically cautioning 'the Jewish community'

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was met with outrage Tuesday in urging communities to abide by social distancing guidelines in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a series of tweets, de Blasio said he'd personally dispersed a crowd of hundreds gathered to mourn a Hasidic rabbi... More »

FBI: Extremists Are Trying to Infect 2 Groups With Virus

Alert says white supremacists, neo-Nazis are being encouraged to target Jews, cops

(Newser) - While the world is hunkered down amid the coronavirus pandemic , the Jewish community and cops have an extra concern piled on: extremist groups out to do them harm by "trying to weaponize" the virus, as Rolling Stone puts it. Per an intelligence alert sent Thursday from the FBI's... More »

Man Unfurls Nazi Flag at Bernie Sanders Rally

Jewish candidate calls display of anti-Semitism 'beyond disgusting'

(Newser) - The display of a Nazi flag by a man at a Bernie Sanders rally in Arizona drew condemnation from Jewish groups Friday and from the candidate himself. Images of a flag depicting a swastika that was displayed at Sanders' Thursday night rally in Phoenix began circulating online after the rally,... More »

City Defends 'Fun' Mockery of Orthodox Jews

Criticism of last year's parade only made Aalst dig in

(Newser) - A Belgian city heard much criticism last year after its carnival parade included caricatures of Jewish people. The reaction of Aalst's leaders was to double down. When UNESCO moved to take the city off its cultural heritage list, local officials asked for the action to be taken. When this... More »

JCCs Threatened in 'Contagion of Hate'

New York state grapples with latest example of anti-Semitism

(Newser) - New York state is reeling Sunday after bomb threats were made against 18 Jewish community centers, USA Today reports. Over 100 people were evacuated from Albany's JCC as police officers swept the building with K-9 teams, but found no bomb. Michael Kopy, the state's director of emergency management,... More »

Family:Things Look 'Dire' for Victim of Anti-Semitic Attack

Relatives of 71-year-old Josef Neumann say he likely won't recover after Hanukkah stabbing

(Newser) - Just one of five Jewish people stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration in upstate New York is still hospitalized, but his family says his condition is "dire" and it doesn't look like he'll recover. "Doctors are not optimistic about his chances to regain consciousness" says a statement... More »

Hanukkah Suspect Had Troubling Phone Searches

Grafton Thomas is charged with hate crimes after 5 people were stabbed at rabbi's house

(Newser) - The man accused of stabbing five people inside a rabbi's house during a Hanukkah celebration has been charged with federal hate crimes, reports NBC News . In the criminal complaint against Grafton Thomas, 37, authorities say they found handwritten journals in which Thomas expressed anti-Semitic views and made references to... More »

Attacker at Rabbi's Home: 'Nobody's Going Anywhere'

Cuomo calls attack domestic terrorism

(Newser) - Chilling details have emerged from Saturday's stabbing attack during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi's home north of New York City. Police and witnesses say an attacker identified as Grafton E. Thomas closed the door of the Monsey home and told people "Nobody's going anywhere,"... More »

Readers Explode Over Op-Ed About Jews

Bret Stephens' latest New York Times column hails 'Jewish Genius'

(Newser) - Bret Stephens' latest think piece is called "The Secrets of Jewish Genius"—and, as you might imagine, some people are a little upset. "How is it that a people who never amounted even to one-third of 1 percent of the world’s population contributed so seminally to... More »

Suspect Held in Stabbings of 5 at NY Hanukkah Celebration

Man apparently stormed Hanukkah celebration an hour north of NYC

(Newser) - A suspect is in custody after a man attacked a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home north of New York City late Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people before fleeing in a vehicle, police said. Grafton E. Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, will face five counts of attempted murder,... More »

In NYC, a Rash of Anti-Semitic Incidents During Hanukkah

NYPD increases presences in Jewish neighborhoods

(Newser) - New York City is sending more police into Brooklyn neighborhoods with significant Jewish populations after a series of anti-Semitic incidents. Two cases were reported Friday, in the middle of Hanukkah, ABC7 reports. Three women who were together said they were harassed and slapped along a street in Crown Heights. Police... More »

Giuliani to Reporter: 'I'm More of a Jew' Than George Soros

President's lawyer also calls Hungarian-born philanthropist 'a horrible human being'

(Newser) - Landing an interview with the president's lawyer over drinks results in quite the chat as Olivia Nuzzi can now attest, as her conversation with Rudy Giuliani for New York magazine got controversial even before they got to their destination. During the car ride to NYC's Mark Hotel, Giuliani... More »

Family Gives Up Pawn Shop Owner in Mass-Murder Case

Ahmed A-Hady, 35, was arrested Saturday

(Newser) - The FBI made an arrest Saturday connected to the mass shooting that shocked Jersey City this week, CBS New York reports. Detained is Ahmed A-Hady, 35, who was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm—which could put him away for 10 years. Searching his New... More »

2019 Was a Bad Year for One Kind of Killing

From Burkina Faso to California, houses of worship came under deadly fire

(Newser) - On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “... More »

Source: 'Rambling' Note Found in Van After NJ Shooting

Mayor says assailants ignored bystanders, shot into kosher market

(Newser) - Sources say police now believe Tuesday's shootout in Jersey City, NJ, was motivated by anti-Semitism, reports the New York Times . One of the deceased attackers had posted anti-Semitic and anti-police statements online, a law enforcement official tells the outlet. The official says a short but "rambling" note was... More »

Executive Order Will Frame Judaism as a Nationality

In a move designed to strengthen response to anti-Semitism on campuses

(Newser) - President Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday that will classify Judaism as a nationality, a move that will add teeth to federal efforts to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on race, color, or national origin but... More »

Syracuse Faculty Member Sent Anti-Semitic Email

It's the latest in a slew of racist incidents at the school

(Newser) - Syracuse University was already investigating racist graffiti and the use of a racial slur against a student; now a faculty member has been targeted. Syracuse Police, New York State Police, and the FBI are investigating an email that "contained anti-Semitic language and was threatening in nature," the school... More »

She Sought to Combat Hate, Only to Become a Target

Auschwitz survivor Liliana Segre under police protection following death threats

(Newser) - An Italian senator for life and Holocaust survivor asked Parliament to establish a badly needed committee to fight hate. What followed might just prove her point. Liliana Segre, now under police protection, has been receiving some 200 hateful and anti-Semitic messages per day since Parliament passed her motion to establish... More »

Berlin March Protests Rising Anti-Semitism

Two people were killed near a synagogue in Halle

(Newser) - Thousands of people have protested in Berlin against an increase anti-Semitism, days after a man attacked a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle. More than 6,000 people participated in the march through the German capital Sunday, the AP reports. The rally was organized by the civil rights... More »

Shooting Suspect Was Unable to Get Past Synagogue's Doors

Twitch says livestreamed Germany attack had more than 2K viewers

(Newser) - An attack that killed two people near a synagogue in eastern Germany Wednesday was livestreamed and watched by more than 2,000 people, streaming site Twitch has confirmed. The site says its "investigation suggests that people were coordinating and sharing the video via other online messaging services," the... More »

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