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Canada’s New Holocaust Museum Describes Horrors Jews Faced

The National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada

Canada’s much-anticipated National Holocaust Monument is now open to visitors. The memorial in Ottawa serves as a reminder of the dangers of unchecked evil and the unspeakable cost of silence in the face of anti-Semitism and hatred. Today, Poland-born architect Daniel Libeskind, who designed Berlin’s Jewish Museum, discusses the meaning behind his latest design.

Holocaust monument oversight draws international criticism

Canada’s government removed a plaque at a new Holocaust memorial that omitted any reference to Jews or anti-Semitism.The National Holocaust Memorial, in the capital of Ottawa, was inaugurated last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A lawmaker from the opposition Conservative Party criticized the “profoundly obvious omission.” “If we are going to stamp out hatred toward Jews, it is important to get history right,” said MP David Sweet. Following its removal, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said the plaque would be replaced with a new one “that reflects the horrors experienced by the Jewish people.” Joly also stressed that the memorial “commemorates the 6 million Jews as well as the 5 million other victims that were murdered during the Holocaust.”

The original plaque memorialized millions of men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust and their survivors who “persevered and were able to make their way to Canada after one of the darkest chapters in history,” Joly said.

Canada’s Heritage Minister Discusses Plaque Which Failed to Mention Jewish People

The Canadian Heritage Minister promised that the plaque used to inaugurate the National Holocaust Monument last week will be altered to include the mention of the murder of Jewish people by name.

Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the House of Commons the plaque will be replaced, adding that the monument commemorates the six million Jewish people and five million other people murdered during the Holocaust.

She added that Ottawa would undertake the changes after lawmakers noted that the plaque failed to mention the Jewish people.


by: Michael Schwartz





Italian Soccer Fans Insult Anne Frank

Lazio Team Promises Action after Fans’ Insult Anne Frank’s Memory

On Sunday, October 22 during a soccer match in Europe, fans of Italian club Lazio posted stickers around Rome’s Stadio Olimpico depicting Holocaust victim Anne Frank wearing the shirt of city rivals alongside anti-Semitic slogans. In a statement on the club website, Lazio President Claudio Lotito said the move showed the team’s commitment to fighting “all forms of racism and anti-Semitism.” According to the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Lotito has also promised that the club would organize an annual trip for 200 young fans to Auschwitz, where more than one million people were murdered in a Nazi Death camp.

Lazio Team Members Wear Image of Anne Frank on Shirts after Fans’ Antisemitic Behavior

Players from the Italian soccer team Lazio wore a picture of Anne Frank on their jerseys during their latest game, following an incident where some fans used images of the Holocaust victim to taunt a rival team.

A Passage From Anne Frank’s Diary Will be Read Aloud At Italian Soccer Games

Anne Frank’s diary will be read aloud at all soccer matches in Italy this week, the Italian Soccer Federation announced Tuesday after shocking displays of anti-Semitism by fans.

by: Michael Schwartz


Antisemitism, Not Fashion

Antisemitic Symbols in Fashion

Not all symbols have a place in fashion. However, swastikas, yellow stars and more have appeared in recent fashions sold in stores. The following video documents five times designers tried to get edgy, and ended up being offensive to Jews and the Holocaust.

Retailer pulls shirts reminiscent of Holocaust

Spanish fashion retailer, Zara has apologized for selling a striped T-shirt bearing a yellow star that drew criticism for its resemblance to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates. Zara said the garment, advertised online as a striped “sheriff” T-shirt, was inspired by “the sheriff’s stars from classic Western films.” “We honestly apologize,” Zara said on Twitter in response to numerous outraged tweets.

The offending item was removed from Zara stores and its website, according to a press release from Zara’s parent company, Inditex. It was on sale for just a few hours before the company pulled it “due to the potential similarity with the Star of David,” the company said.

By: Michael Schwartz


Antisemitic Incidents in Schools

Georgia Teacher Allegedly Assigns Students Task Of Creating Nazi Mascot

A middle school teacher in Georgia is under fire after she allegedly assigned students the task of creating a mascot for the Nazi party.

The homework assignment requested students in a social studies class at Shiloh Middle School, in Gwinnett County, to “think about all of the information that you have learned about Hitler and the Nazi party” and to create a mascot for it, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

“The year is 1935 and you have been tasked with creating a mascot to represent the Nazi party at its political rallies,” the assignment read. “Think about all of the information that you have learned about Hitler and the Nazi party. You will create a COLORFUL illustration of the mascot. Give the mascot a NAME. You will also write an explanation as to why the mascot was chosen to represent the Nazi party.”

Girl Beaten in French School ‘for being Jewish’

A ten year old girl was assaulted by her classmates and the home of a family was sprayed with racist graffiti in two Paris-area incidents deemed antisemitic.

The alleged assault was reported to France’s Ministry of Education by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism, or BNVCA, a watchdog group who posted it in a statement on their website. The same group reported a seperate incident, in which unidentified individuals sprayed antisemitic slogans on the side of a home belonging to a Jewish family in the eastern suburb of Noisy le Grand.

Vermont teacher fired after leading third graders in Nazi salute

A substitute teacher in Vermont was fired after she was accused of teaching children how to make the Nazi salute. Ned Kirsch, the school superintendent of the Georgia Elementary School said in an email to parents that the school took immediate action after the teacher admitted to teaching the students the “Heil Hitler” action, according to local news station WCAX.

The young students were seen “standing with their arm out in front of them and the teacher was modeling the position. She then raised her arm slightly and said ‘and now we say Heil Hitler,” Kirsch’s email to parents said. The teacher has substituted for several years, according to WCAX. A guidance counselor was scheduled to visit children affected by the incidentin order to discuss with them the severity of the teacher’s actions and ensure that students felt safe.

Source: Fox News

By: Michael Schwartz and Hadassah Schwarz

Antisemitism in United States on the Rise

Addressing Antisemitism in the U.S.

After a spate of antisemitic incidents across the United States, including bomb threats to several JCC’s and the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Missouri, it’s time to address the issue with lucidity and determination.

Research Shows Anti-Semitic Incidents Rising Across U.S.

Antisemitic Hate Crimes Rise Across U.S.

The Anti-Defamation League has documented a surge in harassment and vandalism targeting Jews.

By: Michael Schwartz

Two Antisemitic Incidents Shock Australia

A Rabbi in Melbourne was forced to defend himself from a man screaming “go back to Israel” and “swear to Allah” outside a synagogue yesterday. The enraged man cornered the orthodox Jew and then slapped him outside the Adass Synagogue in Elsternwick. A a video was then posted to the IDF Training Facebook page in Israel. In the clip, an agitated man can be seen screaming at the Jewish man to “go back to Israel.” “I am from Australia,” the Jewish man responded.

In an additional incident, a man tried to grab a Jewish man around the neck, and was then tackled by a group of onlookers in religious dress. The group calmly restrained the attacker until police arrived later. Witnesses say the man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or substances. The man was charged and will appear in court on January 19, according to reports.

By: Michael Schwartz

U.S. College Campuses are “Hotbeds of Antisemitism”

U.S. college campuses are ‘hotbeds of antisemitism’

Violent attacks against Jews worldwide have dropped, but anti-Semitism is manifesting itself in other ways.

Surge in Antisemitism

CalTV News reports on the huge surge of anti-semitism across American college campuses.

Is Anti-Semitism a Problem on College Campuses?

by: Michael Schwartz

Antisemitism Messages in Ohio Neighborhood

Antisemitic Messages in Westerville Neighborhood

A Westerville, Ohio family reported that an individual wrote an anti-Semitic message near their driveway Sunday. Lara Palay told NBC4 News her husband woke up to see the word “Jew” written out in shaving cream in front of their house.

They initially thought nothing of it until they heard about what happened to their neighbors. “It was really shocking, and at first we thought maybe it was a prank although that’s a weird prank to play,” said Palay. “Then on a neighborhood app I found out that a couple of streets [down the road] houses had Nazi literature left overnight on their lawns.”

Others in that same neighborhood woke up to packets of Nazi propaganda in their yards. Neighbors mentioned around 30 houses were left with the packets, reporting it to be the same literature that was left in another Ohio neighborhood in Clintonville a few weeks earlier.

Palay said she did go to police and urged others who received the unwanted information packets to do the same.

CST Antisemitic Incidents Report January – June 2017

The CST  (community security turst) recorded 767 antisemitic incidents across the UK in the first six months of 2017, a 30 per cent increase on the 589 incidents recorded in the first six months of 2016. This is the highest total CST has ever recorded for the January-June period of any year. The second highest total was in 2009, when CST recorded 629 antisemitic incidents. CST has been recording antisemitic incidents since 1984. Take a look at their statistics and findings.

The Summer of Antisemitism

Preventing the Inevitable

It was a rough summer for Jewish people around the world. Antisemitism raised its head too many times in too many places. This video attempts to raise awareness and an important message of making sure that history does not repeat itself.

Couple Wears Antisemitic Symbol to Protest Neo-Nazis on MSNBC

In Boston, a couple decided to wear the yellow star, this time as a protest tool. Take a look.

Holocaust Survivors on the Rise of Antisemitism

Three Holocaust survivors reflect on their experiences and respond to the recent uptick in anti-Semitism and hate crimes in the United States.

Antisemitism in Charlottesville

Charlottesville Police Refuse to Protect Synagogue from Nazis, Jewish Community Forced to Hire Guards

The Jewish community in Charlottesville, Virginia hired armed security guards to protect its synagogue for the first time after local police declined to provide a guard for the site, despite hundreds of white supremacists who congregated in the town over the weekend for a rally that resulted in the murder of counter-protester,Heather Heyer.

Alan Zimmerman, president of the Congregation Beth Israel in the Virginia town, wrote a blog post published on Monday evening following the violent scenes on Saturday that resulted in a car-ramming attack that took place just 200 feet from the place of worship.

He described the fear he felt in the presence of white supremacists, who rallied around anti-Semitic slogans, as 40 members of the community prayed in the synagogue, without support from the local authorities.

‘Jews will not replace us’

When white nationalists descended upon the historic Virginia city to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, their “Unite the Right” rally gathered top neo-Nazis in the United States, including Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, David Duke and alt-right leader, Richard Spencer, among others, wo immediately lambasted Jews. At the Friday night rally at the University of Virginia, white nationalists brandished torches and chanted anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans, including “blood and soil” (an English rendering of the Nazi “blut und boden”) and “Jews will not replace us” — all crafted to cast Jews as foreign interlopers who need to be annihilated. The attendees proudly displayed giant swastikas and wore shirts emblazoned with quotes from Adolf Hitler. One banner read, “Jews are Satan’s children.” Take a look at the World Jewish Congress’ response.

Charlottesville: Alex Jones Claims White Supremacist Protesters were ‘Just Jewish Actors’

Alex Jones, a broadcaster known for giving a voice to wild conspiracy theories without providing any evidence, has claimed the KKK protesters in Charlottesville were in truth left-wing Jewish actors looking to cause trouble. Mr. Jones, previously claimed that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which 26 people were killed, was a hoax. In his latest comments, delivered after a 32-year-old anti-fascist activist was killed and up to 20 people were hurt during a white supremacist protest in Virginia, Mr. Jones claimed the people wearing KKK robes looked like the “cast of Seinfeld”.

By: Michael Schwartz