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When Anti-Semitism Enters Sports

Tyson Fury makes anti-Semitic comments in an Interview

Boxer Tyson Fury made anti-Semitic comments claiming “Zionist, Jewish people own all the banks, all the media”, in an hour-long interview that has caused outrage. Speaking with Sport View London, Fury launches into a sexist and homophobic tirade, including launching personal attacks against Ukranian boxer Wladimir Klitschko in the run-up to their rematch in July. Fury has previously been accused of sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic comments.

Fox Sports Florida Reporter Emily Austen Banned From Network After Making Anti-Semitic Remarks

A Fox Sports Florida reporter isn’t scheduled to appear on the network after making racially insensitive and anti-Semitic remarks during a live-streamed Barstool Sports show.

In the 35-minute video, Austen said she “didn’t even know that Mexicans were that smart,” while discussing a story about a Texas valedictorian who announced that she’s an undocumented immigrant. Austen added that the “Chinese guy is always the smartest guy in math class,” and that when she “used to talk to Jews in Boca,” they “would complain and b—- about everything.”

Senior Vice President of Fox Sports Florida, Steve Tello said in a statement Friday that the network was aware of Austen’s “insensitive and derogatory comments.”

“She was not speaking on behalf of Fox Sports, nor do we condone any of the statements she made in the video,” Tello said. “Emily has been advised that her comments were unacceptable, and she is not scheduled to appear on any upcoming Fox Sports Florida or Fox Sports Sun broadcasts.”

By: Michael Schwartz


UCLA Students Fear Rise of New Anti-Semitism

UCLA Student-worker Makes Strong Anti-Semitic Statement on Social Media

Several students at UCLA are concerned about the growing anti-Semitism on college campuses across the country, including on their own campus in Westwood.

They point to several incidents over the past year. The most recent was a hate-filled rant posted on the Facebook page of actress Mayim Bialik, who is a well-known UCLA alumni.

Bialik answered social media to those who condemned her for being pro-Israel.
“For those of you who refuse to follow me and discourage others from doing so because I am a Zionist (as if that’s a crime!!), I highly recommend you look up Zionist in the dictionary…,” Bialik wrote.

She went on to say that if her Zionism caused them to un-follow her on Facebook, then “By all means don’t.”

Her post garnered plenty of reactions, both in support and against. Among the many responses was an obscenity-laced one from a UCLA student who wrote that Jews were “troglodyte albino monsters of cultural destruction.”

The student also called for all Jews to go “back to Israel.” Some Jewish students called on the university to fire the said-student from her UCLA work-study job. The university condemned her comments as “reprehensible,” but decided against firing her, upholding her right to free speech on social media.

UCLA Anti-Semitism Resolution Sparks Controversy over Israel Criticism

The student association at the University of California, Los Angeles recently passed a controversial resolution condemning anti-Semitism on the school’s campus. However, campus groups who advocate for, or show solidarity with Palestinian groups are arguing that the resolutions silence people who speak out against the State of Israel. RT’s Ben Swann speaks with author Phan Nguyen about the legality and politics behind the resolution, and how it will affect free speech on campus.

Anti-Semitic Flyers Surface at Jewish-Owned Business Near UCLA

It appears the recent conflicts in the Middle East have spurred an upturn in anti-Semitism in the area surrounding UCLA.

Ant-Semitic flyers have been found near the UCLA campus bearing the words “Wanted” and “Warning” picturing swastikas. Several were put under the door of a Jewish store owner.

“I don’t know why some people are against Judaism,” the store’s owner told CBSLA. “I was very deeply sad,” he added. The store owner sought spiritual counsel from Rabbi Boruch Cunin at the Chabad House near UCLA.

Students were stunned to hear about the anti-Semitic flyers. “This is ridiculous…My boyfriend is Jewish. I have so many Jewish friends. There’s a Jewish fraternity just down the street. I cannot believe that this is happening,” Shannon Charrette, a student at UCLA, said.

By: Michael Schwartz


And the Award Goes to…

Bulgarian MEP Antoniya Parvanova Receives Award for Efforts Fighting Anti-Semitism

The Vice-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Antoniya Parvanova, plays a leading role in supporting European and World Jewry. The Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament has recently been awarded with a medal by the European Jewish Union for her outstanding efforts in combatting anti-Semitism and promoting tolerance.

The nationalist parties across the EU are using the platform of the economic crisis to promise solutions and alternatives to the current development of Europe. However, the European Union is not active enough in the promotion of tolerance and multiculturalism. The growing threat of anti-Semitism is due to the failure of detecting indicators on this ideology, according to Parvanova who says this can change. As a result of the ongoing eurozone crisis, the unprecedented electoral successes of European nationalist parties and an anti-immigrant backlash across the continent right now, Parvanova and her colleagues at the European Parliament could be confronted by an increasing extremism threat in the coming months. Let’s have a look at what she has to say about the award and the European Jewish Community.

Fighting Anti-Semitism: German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives ADL Human Rights Prize

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the ‘Joseph Prize for Human Rights by the Anti-Defamation League. Merkel joins the likes of former US President George H.W. Bush, late Jordanian King Hussein, and a number of former Israeli prime ministers in the winning the award.

by: Michael Schwartz

Fighting Anti-Semitism Globally

The 5th Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, Jerusalem 2015

The Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism (GFCA) is the premier biennial gathering for assessing the state of anti-Semitism globally, and formulating effective societal and governmental responses. The GFCA is an active coalition of public figures, political leaders, heads of civil society, clergy, journalists, diplomats, educators and concerned citizens who are dedicated to tolerance and the defeat of Anti-Semitism, (in addition to other forms of racial and ethnic hatred). The Forum serves as an important place for the exchange of knowledge and for formulating new global work plans to combating Anti-Semitism.

Angela Merkel: Fighting Anti-Semitism is a German Duty

Fighting anti-Semitism is every German’s duty, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a rally in Berlin.

The protest against anti-Semitism comes 75 years since the start of World War II, in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazi Germany regime.

In wake of attacks on Jews increasing, the message to Germany and the world is “tolerance,” Merkel said. The surge in anti-Semitism follows Israel’s summer conflict in Gaza.

The rally at the Brandenburg Gate, under the banner “Stand Up: Jew Hatred – Never Again!” coincided with a World Jewish Congress (WJC) meeting in the capital.

On stage, Merkel began her speech saying the 100,000 Jews living in Germany were a “national treasure”. “Jewish friends, neighbors and colleagues, consider yourselves at home here,” she told the crowd, estimated at 5,000 people. However, because of the sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks, Merkel said there was “not a single Jewish institution” in the country that does not require police protection in the current climate, and it was “every German’s duty” to take a stand.

“The legitimate criticism of the political actions of a government – be it ours or of the state of Israel – is fine. But if it is only used as a cloak for one’s hatred against other people, hatred for Jewish people, then it is a misuse of our basic rights of freedom of opinion and assembly.”

Pope Francis: Fight Anti-Semitism with Cooperation and Dialogue

Pope Francis met representatives of Rome’s Jewish community on Friday and expressed feeling particularly close to them. The pope noted that the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Rome during the war is nearing and delivered a special message in memory of this event. He underlined the help provided to Jews by Catholics in Rome, both by individuals and religious institutions, noting their courage in protecting their brothers in danger. The pope’s speech was given before the opening marked by the Second Vatican Council.

by: Michael Schwartz

Anti-Semitic Cartoons Brought to You by Iran

Iran’s War on Holocaust Commemoration

On February 6, 2006, the Iranian Hamshahri newspaper, published officially by the municipality of Tehran, announced a cartoon-drawing competition on the Holocaust. The International Holocaust Cartoon Contest was sponsored by the newspaper to denounce what it called “Western hypocrisy on freedom of speech”.

In January 2015, in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper offices and Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris, and as a response to the Charlie Hebdo’s subsequent decision to publish additional cartoons mocking Muslim prophet,  Muhammad, the Iranian House of Cartoon and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex in Iran announced that they would be sponsoring The 2nd International Holocaust Cartoons Contest.

The best contributions were awarded prizes of $5,000 – $12,000.
Iran Holocaust Denial Contest Protests Charlie Hebdo

Iranians are using a Holocaust denial cartoon contest to protest the latest Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in an attempt to expose Western hypocrisy, when it comes to free speech. The contest is sponsored by Iran’s House of Cartoon and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex and is called “The Second International Holocaust Cartoons Contest,” according to a Tehran Times report. We take a look at the contest, in this Lip News clip with Elliot Hill and Mark Sovel.
ADL slams Ayatollah Khamenei for Anti-Semitic Cartoon Claiming Jews Control US Elections

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has responded to accusations of corruption and intimidation amid the country’s presidential election by saying that the vote is freer in Iran than in the United States.

Anti-Jewish Cartoons Published in Toronto Newspapers
by: Michael Schwartz


Anti-Semitism in Numbers

Anti-Semitism Index Measures Perceptions of Jews

Anti-Semitism runs highest among Muslims, according to a new global survey from the Anti-Defamation League. How does the ADL measure anti-Semitism? What percentage of the global population thinks that the Holocaust is a hoax? WSJ’s Jason Bellini has “the short answer”.

The Alarming Rise of Anti-Semitism in France: Focus on Jews in Europe

The alarming rise of anti-Semitism in France is a hot topic lately. Nearly 7,000 French Jews immigrated to Israel in 2014. Simone Rodan-Benzaquen of the American Jewish Committee office in Paris discusses the rising threat of anti-Semitism and the future of Jews in Europe.
Anti-Semitic Tendencies in the USA

According to a just-released poll from the National Anti-Defamation League, 15% of Americans today harbor anti-Semitic feelings. Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL said that while that statistic pales in comparison to the results of a survey from a few years ago in Russia (where a similar study yielded a figure of 44%), the latest results show an increase in prejudice since the last study was conducted.

To get the figure today, the ADL released a survey of 11 questions asking Americans their opinions on Jews. Foxman says that if someone answers six or seven of those questions, some of which asks if some think Jews are too powerful or if Jews killed Chris. These responses are clearly anti-Semitic. “If you answered those questions consistently, you got a problem and your problem is with Jews,” said Foxman.

by: Michael Schwartz

Anti-Semitism Brought to You by the BBC

The BBC’s Willcox Whitewash

Is there a faceless Jewish lobby altering politics so Jews can live in mansions? Are Jews in Paris fair game for murder by ISIS because Jews inflict suffering? Take a glimpse into Tom Willcox’s on-air comments. You be the judge.

“Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands” — BBC’s Tim Willcox Frightens Jewish Woman in Paris

BBC News coverage of the pro-Jewish rally in Paris on January 11, 2016 included the clip below in which Tim Willcox interrupts an interviewee talking about the recent anti-Semitic attacks in France to inform her , a mere forty-eight hours after four Jewish hostages had been murdered in a terror attack on a kosher supermarket:  “Many critics of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well. But you understand; everything is seen from different perspectives.”

Shocking Anti-Semitic License on BBC Dramas

The BBC is caught including over the top anti-Semitism in two of its latest broadcasts. There is no objection to the use of “artistic license” to portray a character as evil or racist by giving them an anti-Semitic line. However, the BBC is using an “anti-Semitic license” to produce televsision dram with heavy anti-Semitism that have no bearing on the storyline and simply fuel public opinion for the worse. What possible justification can be found?

By: Michael Schwartz




Statistics, Gentlemen – Statistics

Latest Anti-Semitic Crime Figures

Prepare to be shocked.

Global Anti-Semitism Roundup: April-May 2016

French politician claims there were no concentration camps.
Iran holds its annual Holocaust Denial cartoon contest.
American university students agree to donate money to Hamas to wipe Israel off the map.
It is crucial to be aware. Anti-Semitism is still an issue we face everyday.

How Anti-Semitism Takes a Toll on the Economy

Economists have found a link between anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages, and what happened to Jews in Europe in the 20th century. Take a look!

By: Michael Schwartz

What Do You Think of When You Hear the Word…?

Palestinians: What do you think when you hear the word “Jew”?

Palestinians: What do you think about Muslims attacking Jews in Europe?

What do Londoners think of when they think of Jews?

While it is not necessarily the best measure of popular opinion, there is no doubt that asking random passerby of their opinion on a certain topic can be a helpful tool in an interesting social experiment.

A “New British Israel Advocacy Movement” was the idea behind a recent video by the group, which seeks to create a “mass movement of Israeli advocates” in order to “counter British hostility to Israel.”

In their latest video, uploaded to YouTube the group took to the streets of London to find out “what Londoners first think when they hear the word “Jew”.”

by: Michael Schwartz