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Game Show Host Chuck Woolery Accused of Antisemitic Tweets

Last month, Chuck Woolery, the former host of the popular game show “Love Connection” shared his argument about the alleged Jewish roots of communism on Twitter. “Believe it or not. Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin were both Jewish. I was shocked to find, most of the original Soviet Communists were Jewish”.

Immediately after he received many accusations claiming he supports antisemitic rhetoric. Woolery denied the claims and answered: “Amazing to me, I point out that Marx and Lenin were Jewish, Fact of history, and now I’m being called antisemitic? Why do people do this?”

In previous tweets Woolery has made links between modern progressiveness and socialism to Nazism. Woolery, who currently hosts a podcast called the “Blunt Force Truth” has said in the past that his conservative views have made him a pariah in Hollywood circles.

Source: Forward

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Written by: Efrat Baron

 

Neo-Nazi Video Games Not an Anomaly

A video game is available, which caters to Neo-Nazi fantasies. The game includes battling with Jews, who wear yellow stars on their uniforms.

According to gamers, “Zog’s Nightmare” is one of the most violent and antisemitic games that has ever been made. “Zog” is an acronym for “Zionist-occupied government,” an anti-Zionist and antisemitic conspiracy theory that believes the world is secretly run by Jews or Zionists. “Zog’s Nightmare” was released in 2006 by a former member of the American Neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement.

Another Neo-Nazi game, which is called “Ethnic Cleansing” allows gamers to play as a member of the Klu Klux Klan. As part of the game, players can kill Jews who shout “oy vey” when killed, and African-Americans who imitate monkeys.

Source: Forward

Image: NS88 Videos

Written by: Efrat Baron

 

Teenage Girl Brutally Attacked By Antisemitic Gang

A 16 year old girl, the was violently assaulted by a group of teenagers. Hannah was in Stoneyfields Park in Edgware, London with two friends, when she was called derogatory names and was told “Hitler should have killed all you Jews when he had the chance… you should have all been gassed.”

When she and her friends attempted to leave the area, a basketball was thrown at her, physically assaulting her. She was then kicked in the chest and punched in the face by two gang members.

Despite the authorities being called, they did not arrive at the scene until two hours after the event.

Alexander Goldberg, the former Chief Executive of the London Jewish Forum and current Jewish chaplain at the University of Surrey, and Hanna’s father expressed concern. During a speech at the JC,  he added that Hanna had recovered from the physical injuries following the attack, however the emotional scars still remain

“We’ve had to put in a local police complaint about the emergency call. They didn’t come to the incident. They claim they sent a car, and that’s now subject to investigation, but [Hanna] claims they waited for an hour to two hours. They waited a long, long time. I’m a chaplain and the Met’s standard practice, I’ve established with them, is that when there is any sort of violence of that nature, certainly male on female, there should be an eight minute response time,” Goldberg said.

“Whatever happened, something went seriously wrong, whether it was dispatching, whether it was getting someone on the scene, or whether the officer didn’t look around or had the wrong address, we don’t know. But that is now being investigated locally by the police. Sadly, the officer involved has gone on leave for a few weeks.” Police later said.

Mr. Goldberg, who has worked for the Commission on Racial Equality also spoke of his concern of racial abuse.

“You’ve got young people in their teens using the Holocaust and Holocaust imagery to abuse young Jewish girls,” he said.

“This discourse has become more acceptable within social media, within public circles, and within mainstream society and also in the political arena. I’m concerned about the fact that my daughter was attacked, I’m concerned for other people’s children, I’m also concerned about the lack of police response. I’m always willing to believe that there’s been some sort of mess up over conspiracy – something went wrong systematically, I’m not suggesting anything else. But something went wrong.”

Source: The JC

Image: The JC/Hanna Goldberg

By: Hadassah Schwarz

 

Mayor of Charlottesville Targeted with Antisemitic Online Abuse

Mike Singer, the Jewish mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, was targeted by antisemitic online abuse after speaking against white nationalists gathered for a rally at a local park.

The torch wielding supremacists were led by Alt Right leader Richard Spencer, who rallied against removing the statue of former Confederate leader Robert E. Lee.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, who supported removing the statue, condemned the rally in a statement on Sunday.

“This event involving torches at night in Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK,” said Singer. “As mayor of this City, I want everyone to know this: we reject this intimidation. We are a welcoming city, but such intolerance is not welcome here.”

In response, he was met with numerous verbal assaults on Twitter.

“I smell Jew,” posted an anonymous Twitter user with the handle “Great Patriot Trump.” “If so, you are going back to Israel. But you will not stay in power here. Not for long.”

“We are tired of Jewish supremacy,” another wrote. “Go back to Israel with your people and stay there.”

Another tweeted, “YOU are on the side of evil. It’s Bolshevism/Global Socialism you are pushing. [Which is] way more evil than whites looking after their own interests.”

Source: IsraelHayom

Image:Twitter

By: Hadassah Schwarz

 

Teenager Arrested For Torching Historic Synagogue

On Sunday, May 14 a fire broke out in a synagogue in the Lower East side of Manhattan, New York. The blaze destroyed the roof and walls of the Beth HaMedrash HaGadol Synagogue, severely damaging part of the interior. A 14 -year-old boy was arrested by police on arson charges, after he was spotted on a surveillance camera leaving with two additional teenagers shortly before the fire broke out. The police have not released the boy’s name, since he is a minor.

The synagogue was built in the Gothic Revival style, having originally been used as a Baptist church, according to city records.

In 1885, the building was acquired by the Beth Hamedrash HaGadol congregation and consisted of Eastern European Jews. It was converted into a synagogue when the neighborhood became the heart of strong immigrant Jewish community in the United States.

The synagogue has been closed since 2007 due to low attendance city records show.

Source: Israel Hayom

Image: Reuters

By: Hadassah Schwarz

 

U.S. Bill Calls for Increased Reporting on Antisemitic Incidents in Europe

A bill encouraging locals to report antisemitism in Europe was passed unanimously last Wednesday by the House of Representatives in Washington D.C.

The bill acknowledges the ongoing growth in antisemitism is increasing throughout Europe, and requires the State Department to report to Congress directly concerning security challenges to European Jewish communities local law enforcement officials.

The bill also called for increased efforts in Europe to educate against antisemitism and asked European nations to adopt a uniform definition of antisemitism. The fact that a definition is lacking makes it more difficult for countries to confront and deal with this problem.

“This bill would require the U.S. government and encourage our global partners to continue to take a hard look at antisemitism in Europe, provide a thorough assessment of trends, and outline what the United States and our partners are doing to meet this challenge,” said a statement from the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism.

Source: The Forward

Image: Google

by: Efrat Baron

British MP Suspended For Justifying The Holocaust

Paddy Singh, a candidate for the nationalist party UKIP in the United Kingdom was suspended for writing numerous antisemitic tweets since 2014, including one that justified the Holocaust, as reported by The Campaign against Antisemitism, a British watchdog.

Though he apologized for publishing the tweets, Singh showed no remorse or an explanation for why he made the offensive comments regularly over the past years. One message read: “At times I ask myself were the Nazis right in herding the Jews into concentration camps?”

The party withdrew its endorsement of Singh after being suspended, yet Singh will continue to be listed as a UKIP candidate on the ballot paper for North Wiltshire in the upcoming June 8 election.

While the Israeli defensive campaign against Hamas terrorsists in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, Singh tweeted the following: “The Israelis are basically Nazis in mentality. The survivors of the tragic Holocaust learnt from their captors.” A third read: “No hope of a ceasefire with the Nazi Jews [who act] like wild dogs on the rampage.”

Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign against Antisemitism said: “It…[is unbelievable] that someone with such repulsive views has been selected to stand for Parliament. UKIP must expel Captain Singh from the Party immediately, and explain how he became a candidate in the first place.”

Source: The Forward

Image: Antisemitism UK

By: Efrat Baron

 

South Carolina Takes Stand Against Antisemitism

Many Americans are disturbed by the increase in antisemitism across the U.S. Recently, U.S. Representative Alan Clemmons (R., S.C.) sponsored a bill to combat the hate, by taking legislative action.

Clemmons sponsored a bill, which specifically targets recurring anti-Jewish hate crimes in the state of South Carolina specifically across college campuses. It lends the state tools in recognizing hate crimes against Jewish students as antisemitic crimes, and ensure that they will be accused of fully violating the law. Furthermore, the bill calls on universities to use the U.S. State Department’s definition of antisemitism in assisting college authorities to combat offensive acts on campuses.

Clemmons added “We must take a strong stand against antisemitism, and we are proud that South Carolina is taking a leading role in this effort.”

According to a recent report, antisemitism has risen by 45% on college campuses this year alone. The bill was passed through the Senate unanimously, however it did not reach the House due to the Easter recess, but plans to be reintroduced during the coming months.

Source: The State, Facebook (Alan Clemmons)

Image: The American Legislative Exchange Council

By: Yafit Ovadia

Tennessee School Allows Kids To Wear Nazi Costumes

Parents and public in a Middle school in Germantown, Tennessee, were outraged to see that the school published a picture of two students wearing Nazi costumes in its year book. The students were photographed wearing hats with swastikas and one even had a fake Hitler-type mustache.

The photo drew public criticism after being posted on social media.

The school district said in a statement: “We understand the concern and are reviewing the incidents with students and staff who were involved. The school will issue an explanation of the context of the photo and apologize to the students and parents of Houston Middle School later this morning.

“The Germantown Municipal School District does not condone the placement of photos of this nature in any school publication and apologizes to anyone who was offended by the insensitive image.”

“We will do everything in our power to rectify this situation and keep events like this from happening in the future. As a district that has a proud history of championing diversity and dignity for others, we appreciate the conversation that has taken place and are sorry to anyone who may have been offended by the yearbook entry.”

Houston Middle School principal, Liz Dias also issued a statement which said: “The goal was to examine the racism and prejudice that occurred in Germany before and after Hitler became dictator.

“Students analyzed primary source documents and drew conclusions about racism and prejudices under the Nazi regime. Through role-playing, the students were asked to draw conclusions about unjust laws in Nazi Germany. This activity led to students reflecting on discrimination today and how to confront unjust laws in our society.”

Dias also apologized for any offence that was caused and said Houston Middle School “celebrates diversity” of all races.

Source: Fox News

Image: Fox News

By: Hadassah Schwarz

Erasing the Hate Movement One at a Time

Corey Fleischer, a 36 year old from Montreal, Canada erases hate graffiti off public places both as a hobby and as an occupation. He is driven by self-advocacy, which urges him to act against hate crimes in various populations.

It all started on December 5th, 2014. Fleischer was driving in his truck, which contained high-pressure washing tools and chemicals and saw two swastikas and a KKK sign on a fruit delivery van. He stopped and asked the driver if he could take off the offensive symbols himself. The driver said he would do it later, and after a few more questions, Corey discovered the van was headed to a Jewish neighborhood later that day. Right on the spot, Fleischer offered to remove the offensive signs, free of charge. He did promptly posting to social media afterwards.

Corey comes across all kinds of hate messages targeted towards homosexuals, Afro-Americans, women, Muslims and more. However, he estimates that about 90% are towards Jews. Fleischer is Jewish himself, but this is not a driving factor. His developed sense of justice firmly believes that no one should be slandered based on their gender, faith, skin color or sexual orientation. He also rebukes those who remain indifferent to racist and hateful messages.

After this stint, Fleischer and his work went viral. Now he cooperates law enforcement officials. According to state law,  hate graffiti on public places should be erased within 24 hours of notice. Even so, private locations do not often comply. Fleischer helps the police deal with the phenomenon and helps collect data for Jewish organizations, who track antisemitic hate crimes.

Fleischer received community service awards for his voluntary work, and has been praised by the Assistant Director of Government Relations in Quebec with the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs. All in all, Fleischer does not strive for publication but for a real change, for the day when he won’t have any more jobs to fill and people will accept each other the way they are.

Source: The Star

Image: Instagram

By: Roni Zedek