Bomb Threats Target Jewish community Centers Across the U.S.
A JCC in Florida was the scene of a bomb threat earlier, polic found no explosives in the building and cleared the scheme as a hoax. Later, a community Chabad center in Orlando also received a threatening call, marking the first of many antisemitic bomb threats across the U.S.
In total, 54 JCCs in 27 states and one Canadian province received nearly 60 bomb threats during January, according to the JCCA, an association of JCCs. Most were made in rapid succession on three days; January 9, 18 and 31. Several reported receiving multiple threats.
Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter, whose husband, Jared Kushner is Jewish and a senior adviser to ethe President tweeted: “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers.”
Jewish Community Centers Targeted With Bomb Threats Across The East Coast
In the continuing wave of oncoming threats to Jewish Community Centers across the States, CBS reports.
Source: CBS News
By: Michael Schwartz
27/02/2017 / BUZZ / Comments Off on New Yorkers Band Together to Remove Swastikas on Subway
Shahak Shapira, an Israeli artist who settled in Berlin, Germany launched a project which he called “Yolocaust” that explores modern culture. It has become a popular fad to take ‘selfie’ images alongside memorials. Shapira turned this fad into an eye-opening, shocking exhibit by combining selfies from the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and placing the footage against the backdrop of Nazi extermination camps, as they were pictured during the Holocaust. The selfies were found on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grindr. Comments, hashtags and “Likes” were posted alongside the ‘selfie’ images.
Shapira’s page was visited by over 2.5 million people. The project reached 12 people whose selfies were presented. Almost all of them understood the message, apologized and decided to remove their selfies from their personal Facebook and Instagram accounts. Shapira also received plenty of positive feedback from Holocaust researchers, memorial workers, and survivors, who wanted to use his project for school lessons.
After studying the Holocaust with her father, Breanna traveled to Poland and took a smiling picture of herself while touring the horrific concentration camp. The image gained attention on Twitter, with angry responses criticizing her lack of respect. Despite all of the negative attention, Breanna has no regrets about the image she posted.
By: Michael Schwartz
04/02/2017 / BUZZ / Comments Off on International Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
Nazi Germany tried to eradicate Europe’s Jewish population in the Holocaust.
Millions died. Today, the world remembers them and the other persecuted minorities who perished on the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Sephardic Communities That were Affected by the Holocaust
This year, the students of the ISCA (Israeli Students Combatting Anti-Semitism) program decided to highlight the Sephardic communities [i.e. Jews who came from Muslim countries] that were affected by the Holocaust. They are silent survivors, with stories we do not usually know and could not fathom that the war had reached their homes. We include their testimonies here.
Three testimonies, three stories. The Jews of Salonika, a Sephardic community who were decimated by the Nazis’ horrors. The history of Tunisian Jews, discriminated, abused and deported to the death camps in Europe. This is the story of the Sephardic Jews, who were deported and awaited the “final solution.”
May the memory of those recalled in this video, but also that of the six million Jews murdered by their Nazi tormentors, be blessed.
Holocaust denial by Iranian officials, especially by the Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei has presented a negative image of Iran around the world, overshadowing the important role played by Iranians in helping the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Starting in 1942, Iran accepted over 116,000 Polish refugees some of them Jews, who fled German and Soviet occupation. Abdolhossein Sadari, an Iranian diplomat living in Paris issued many passports to Iranian and non-Iranian Jews in the hopes of protecting them from Nazi persecution. Watch this film to learn more about Iran’s legacy and the Holocaust.
This is the story of the rescue of 700 children from occupied Poland and their grueling journey to Palestine in the winter of 1943. This unprecedented operation took several children, many without their parents, on a difficult journey that led them to distant lands, including Tehran, before they arrived safely in Palestine. For the Jewish settlement, the “Children of Tehran” were the first survivors of the Holocaust who attested to the horrors of war-torn Europe.
In the movie, these children, now in their seventies relive their past memories. They retrace their escape route from Poland to Russia, their life in Siberia and in Uzbekistan, their journey to Tehran, where they were discovered by emissaries of the Jewish Agency, and finally their heroic rescue through the Indian Ocean, to the Suez Canal and the final journey by train to the Land of Israel.
By: Michael Schwartz
02/02/2017 / BUZZ / Comments Off on The Rise of Anti-Semitism in 2016
It’s been called the world’s oldest hatred. In back-to-back debates in this UpFront special, we discuss anti-Semitism.
In the first debate, a panel explores the rise or return of anti-Semitism among the far right, and questions whether the 2016 elections and President Trump’s victory has emboldened these attitudes.
In the second debate, we discuss anti-Semitism among the left, and the duality of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
Anti-Semitism on the Political Right
Since Donald Trump’s election victory in November, anti-Semitic attacks have been on the rise in the U.S. with swastikas and other Nazi imagery popping up everywhere.
Has much has anti-Semitic activity been spurred by Trump’s win?
“It’s not so much that this anti-Semitism didn’t exist before; it probably did exist but it was under the radar,” says Haaretz senior columnist Chemi Shalev. “The candidacy of Donald Trump brought forth or emboldened all sorts of anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish groups who nobody paid attention to any more.”
Hadas Gold, a media reporter for Politico magazine, says: “Some of my colleagues got actual letters to their personal addresses at home – it was rather frightening. I mean, it’s never pleasant to see your face with a bullet hole through it. These direct threats were something new, and they were almost always directly connected to Donald Trump.”
In the first part of this UpFront special, Chemi Shalev and Hadas Gold discuss the troubling resurgence of anti-Semitism among the hard right.
Part 2: Anti-Semitism on the Political Left
With anti-Semitism on the rise across parts of Europe, is it something the left and Palestinian supporters need to urgently tackle, or is anti-Semitism being used and abused by supporters of Israel?
“Just because sometimes not all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish, doesn’t mean that it never is,” says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, who also writes for The Jewish Chronicle. “Sometimes it is, the way it’s expressed. If it borrows from or draws on the language or imagery of old style anti-Jewish prejudice, then it is.”
Israeli-Canadian Lisa Goldman, Co-founder of the left-wing Israeli journal 972, says: “I do see it on the rise in Europe on the left, but the crude anti-Semitism I’m seeing comes from the radical right.”
Palestinian-American human rights lawyer Noura Erakat says: “I think that obviously there is a misunderstanding that’s constructed. But at the end of the day, those who are part of a movement against Zionism are part of a liberator movement not only for Palestinians, but it has an emancipator potential for Jewish people as well.”
In the second part of this UpFront special, Jonathan Freedland, Lisa Goldman and Noura Erakat debate anti-Semitism among the political left.
By: Michael Schwartz
02/01/2017 / BUZZ / Comments Off on Holocaust Survivors’ Takes on Current Events
There are around 500,000 Holocaust survivors alive today, roughly about 100,000 of them live in the U.S. As they get older, the world risks losing their stories. Holocaust survivors are living reminders of the horrors of genocide, and reminders that history cannot repeat itself. Thanks to oral histories, many of their stories have been logged for future generations.
What can we learn from them today? In order to understand how their experiences shaped their worldviews and to offer some perspective on current events, we spoke with five survivors living in Los Angeles, California.
By: Michael Schwartz
02/01/2017 / BUZZ / Comments Off on Jews Targeted in Whitefish, Montana
A white supremacist call to “troll” Jewish people in Whitefish, Montana gain3e support on social media and put lives of local Jews in danger.
Andrew Anglin of the Neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer published an inflammatory article calling for “action” against Jews, whom Anglin believes are “targeting [prominent Neo-Nazi] Richard Spencer’s mother,” and claiming that her real estate business is failing apart because of public backlash against her son. Spencer is a well-known white supremacist and prominent member of the National Policy Institute (NPI) who coined the term “alt-right,” a far right-wing group.
Anglin called on readers to harass Jews, describing them as a “vicious, evil race of hate-filled psychopaths” and “a people without shame.”
Following the brutal attacks on the popular French magazine’s haedquarter’s and staff at Charlie Hebdo, unity was felt across the the French capital. However, some Jewish families still fear staying in Paris in the wake of the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket two years prior.
Why 10,000 French Jews Will Move to Israel This Year
Back in 2011, VICE Germany gained exclusive access to Jamel, a small town often referred to as a “Neo-Nazi village” by the press. Jamel may have only housed around 35 permanent residents, but it skewed pretty heavily toward extremists who are mostly members of the far-right NPD political party.
As crime commited by the far-right rises in Germany, The Daily Telegraph visits the small village of Jamel where most of the residents subscribe to neo-Nazi ideology. (Alastair Good and Jeevan Vasager)