Florida State University adopts universal definition of antisemitism

Florida State University has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, the school’s president announced on Wednesday.

“As a minority group, the Jewish people have faced bias and discrimination and have been marginalized for centuries. It is one of the oldest forms of bigotry and is as intolerable as all forms of hate,” said John Thrasher in a statement. “The United States, the State of Florida and Florida State University recognize the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of Antisemitism and its contemporary examples.”

The IHRA definition says: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

Thrasher announced that FSU’s division of student affairs “will institute annual training for its staff surrounding antisemitism, religious discrimination and ways in which to foster a more inclusive campus for our Jewish students and employees.”

He also said the university calendar has been updated to “capture all significant religious holidays, and we will work to increase understanding of these holidays across our campus.”

Additionally, the university “has re-established its Jewish Student Union and is creating a Jewish Alumni Network to provide enhanced support and educational resources for all our students,” according to Thrasher. “In the coming months, the university will hire a new Student Equity and Inclusion Director with consultation from various members of the university community including the Jewish community.”

Finally, Thrasher said, “I want to reaffirm that this is a top priority. My university leadership team and I will continue to work determinedly to combat antisemitism and unlawful behavior. While freedom of speech is of paramount importance on a college campus, so is creating a climate of acceptance and appreciation for the value and richness of the many cultures and ideas that make Florida State University such an excellent academic experience.”

Thrasher’s statement comes less than a month after FSU’s Student Government Association passed a resolution to adopt the IHRA definition in the aftermath of its senate president Ahmad Daraldik surviving a vote of no confidence in June, despite his antisemitic posts.

Source: Cleveland Jewish news

Racist, antisemitic graffiti in Hamilton Township

Hamilton Township, NJ - Hamilton police are investigating another racist graffiti incident after they say someone spray-painted “Kill [N-words]” at a cemetery. Police believe this is the fourth such incident done by the same suspect since June.

Police responded to 210 Ridge Avenue, near the entrance of the Ahavath Israel Congregation Cemetery, on Wednesday. Police found the graffiti, sprayed in red paint.

But this wasn’t the first incident.

On June 11, police found the same words sprayed in red paint at Saint Mary’s Cemetery on Cedar Lane.

Two additional complaints occurred this month, involving the same suspect and the same red paint, according to police.

The first incident occurred on Aug. 3 at the Shady Brook Park, and the second happened on Aug. 6 on Clover Avenue. In those incidents, the same words were painted, along with swastikas.

Police say they have not been able to develop a suspect at this time.

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to vandalizing synagogue

Yousef Barasneh
A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to vandalizing a synagogue last year as part of a neo-Nazi plot, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Yousef Barasneh, 22, of Oak Creek, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal civil rights charge, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin said.

According to court documents, Barasneh was part of a neo-Nazi, white supremacist group known as “The Base.” Authorities said Barasneh took part in online group chats with other Base members in which they agreed to threaten and intimidate African Americans and Jewish Americans.

Prosecutors said on Sept. 21, Barasneh went to a Racine, Wisconsin, synagogue and spray-painted antisemitic words and phrases as well as a swastika and the symbol for “The Base” on the building.

Source: nytimes

Congregation Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia vandalized

A photocopy of the original sign, with antisemitic messages visible.
The original is in the possession of the Philadelphia Police Department.
Courtesy of Congregation Mikveh Israel
Philadelphia, PA - An employee of Congregation Mikveh Israel found antisemitic messages written onto a sign posted outside the synagogue on July 31 and notified the Philadelphia Police Department, which is investigating the incident.

“Jews are Scum,” “Long Live Hitler” and a swastika were added to a sign directing congregants and other neighborhood residents to refrain from feeding the animals in the synagogue’s small grove of trees.

“There is still, unfortunately, hatred in the hearts of people,” said Rabbi Albert Gabbai, who leads Mikveh Israel. “And that hatred is many-faceted, in many ways. Anti-Jewish, anti-Black, anti-white, anti-whatever it is. Anti-somebody else. That’s hatred.”

Source: Jewish exponent

A child holding antisemitic sign in Columbus, Kentucky

Columbus, KY - Child, approx. 9 year old, member of the Westboro Baptist church, is forced to hold horrific antisemitic signs while stepping on the American and LGBTQ flags at a protest in Columbus, Kentucky! 

Bulgarian Deputy PM spreads antisemitic conspiracy myth involving George Soros

Krassimir Karakachanov
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Sofia - On 9 August, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Krassimir Karakachanov accused NGOs backed by the Hungarian-born Jewish billionaire George Soros of “[wanting] to take power in order to introduce gay marriage.” 

The perpetuation of conspiracy myths abouts Soros’ shadow control of government have become increasingly prevalent among far-right extremists across Europe and the United States in recent years, especially since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Historically, this theme has been used as an antisemitic trope. 

The remarks were condemned by the WJC-affiliated Organization of Jews in Bulgaria ‘Shalom’ as, “not only inappropriate, but also reminiscent of the days when the Nazi propaganda machine presented Jews as an example a minority group achieving its selfish political goals... although these theories regarding George Soros do not mention his Jewish heritage, they are strongly antisemitic in nature and allude to the false narrative of Jewish intervention in socio-economic processes in countries around the world.”

The statement concluded with a call on “Bulgarian politicians not to spread conspiracy myths involving George Soros” and to combat the spread of neo-Nazi ideology in Bulgarian society.

Source: world Jewish congress

"Antisemitic remarks": Strache candidate loses job at AUA

Team Strache with Christina Kohl (front, third from right)
Vienna - The flight attendant Christina Kohl was presented on Tuesday as a candidate in 17th place on the list of "Team HC Strache" for the state and municipal council elections in Vienna. A short time later, she left her job at Austrian Airlines, as the airline confirmed on Thursday. The reason is an emerged demo video in which she chanted "Soros must go" or "Rothschild must go", among other things.

Almost immediately after the candidacy for Strache's team was announced, a video was circulating in the media showing Kohl at a demonstration in Vienna. The video can be heard shouting "Soros must go", "Antifa must go", "Rothschild must go", "Rockefeller must go" and "Illuminati must go".
A spokesman for Austrian Airlines did not want to comment on the "precise labor law measures" for reasons of data protection law. But it is important for him to note that there is no connection with Kohl's candidacy for the "Team HC Strache": "The reason is the antisemitic remarks in the video that is circulating in the media."

The daily newspaper "Kurier" quoted in an online report from a letter from the AUA head of human resources: "An employee of Austrian Airlines made public anti-Semitic statements as part of her political commitment. Our very clear statement is as follows: We are an international company that overcomes borders within the scope of its business purpose. Here, however, we have to draw a very clear line. "

It also says: "This behavior is inexcusable, and statements of this kind are in no way compatible with our company values. We have therefore taken appropriate measures to ensure that something like this does not happen again."

According to Team HC Strache General Secretary Christian Höbart, Kohl had been dismissed without notice, as he announced in a broadcast - although he located the reason somewhere else, namely when Strache was starting up. Höbart defended the candidate for her statements in the said demo video: "Just because an opinionated, critical, young woman criticizes the Corona measures as excessive, calls for Kurz to resign, criticizes the left-wing extremist Antifa and Soros and is skeptical of global big capitalism, she is by no means a corona denier or an antisemite. No, she is a flawless democrat who exercises her right to freedom of expression and political commitment and was given notice without notice within 24 hours of her candidacy being announced. "

Source: diepresse

Antisemitic graffiti at the falling air force memorial in Athens

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Athens - The antisemitic slogan "Satanists Jews out" has been spray-painted at the falling air force memorial (Karaiskaki Square) along with Christian symbols.

Source: enantiastonantisimitismo

GOP candidate in Georgia noted for antisemitic, racist remarks wins primary

Marjorie Taylor Greene
Georgia - Jewish and pro-Israel groups slammed the Tuesday victory of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has made antisemitic and other racist remarks, in the Republican run-off in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.

Greene defeated neurosurgeon John Cowan with 57.2 percent of the vote to the latter’s 42.8 percent.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) congratulated Greene.

The Republican Jewish Coalition endorsed Cowan and previously said it would not support or endorse Greene, who has also touted conspiracy theories.

“We are proud to have endorsed John Cowan,” RJC spokesperson Neil Strauss told JNS. “We do not endorse Greene, and we think she is the antithesis of what our party stands for.”

“We can hold our heads up high for standing up to Greene, just like we did when we stood up to Steve King by supporting Randy Feenstra, which is more than the JDCA can say after they helped [Minnesota Rep.] Ilhan Omar by refusing to speak out about her antisemitism,” he continued.

King, the longtime congressman from Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, was upset in the June 2 Republican primary in the district by Feenstra, a state senator the RJC endorsed in the race. Leading up to the election, King had made numerous remarks perceived to be bigoted.

Dov Wilker, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta branch, rebuked Greene’s campaign. “It’s common for Americans to disagree on policy,” he told JNS. “But political candidates should not promote antisemitic tropes or associate with white supremacists. This is not the face of Georgia.”

“Ms. Greene has a history of propagating antisemitic disinformation,” Allison Padilla-Goodman, Southern division vice president of the Anti-Defamation League, told Jewish Insider. “ADL previously called on Ms. Greene to disavow her relationship with a prominent white supremacist leader and retract past antisemitic statements. ADL said that ‘failure to do so is a moral failure and unbecoming of someone seeking elected office.’ Ms. Greene’s continued insistence on propagating such antisemitism shows she has decided to double down on hate, which, to say the least, is deeply problematic.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and GOP conference chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) have criticized Greene. Only Scalise got involved in the race and endorsed, fundraised and donated to Cowan’s campaign.

Greene was endorsed by prominent right-wingers, including Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Charlie Kirk, founder of the pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA.

She will face Democratic nominee Kevin Van Ausdal, who works in the financial tech industry, in November.

Antisemitic graffiti found scrawled on NYC building

Graffiti at New York 
Professional Nurses Union office. 
Photo courtesy of Eileen Toback
Manhattan, NY - An antisemitic message was discovered on a building that houses the New York Professional Nurses Union on the Upper East Side, the second hateful note discovered in the neighborhood in the past two weeks.

The note scrawled in front of the Upper East Side building was similar to the one found taped on the storefront office window of Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright nearby on York Avenue, a union rep said Wednesday.

The lurid messages, made sexual references and alluded to Jewish stereotypes.

Source: nypost

Zoom bombing Holocaust survivors virtual discussion

A Connecticut group comprised of Holocaust survivors and their family members were virtually discussing a Holocaust themed book when it was “Zoombombed” with swastikas and “Fuck Jews”.

Source: StopAntisemitism

Facebook updates policy on antisemitism, moving closer to IHRA definition

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Facebook has updated its policies to better combat antisemitic speech on its platform, Facebook’s Vice President for Integrity, Guy Rosen, announced in a blog post on Tuesday.

Facebook has come in for sustained criticism over its policy on hate speech after cases of Holocaust denial and antisemitism were allowed to remain on the site. But the social media giant is now taking steps to more closely conform with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA's) working definition of antisemitism, which includes making dehumanizing or stereotypical allegations about Jews, such as the myth of a world Jewish conspiracy or Jews controlling the media.

"We’ve made progress combating hate on our apps, but we know we have more to do to ensure everyone feels comfortable using our services," Rosen wrote. "That’s why we’ve established new inclusive teams and task forces, including the Instagram Equity Team and the Facebook Inclusive Product Council, to help us build products that are deliberately fair and inclusive, and we’re launching a Diversity Advisory Council that will provide input based on lived experience on a variety of topics and issues."

Rosen continued: "We’re also updating our policies to more specifically account for certain kinds of implicit hate speech, such as content depicting blackface, or stereotypes about Jewish people controlling the world."

The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), a non-partisan, global grassroots movement of people and organizations of all faiths, has welcomed the move.

“The updated policy on hate speech announced today by Facebook is a significant step in the right direction to combat online antisemitism," CAM's director, Sacha Roytman-Dratwa said: "For too long, social media platforms have been something of a ‘safe space’ for antisemites who wish to spread hatred against Jews, often reviving centuries-old stereotypes.

“When hatred and bigotry is permitted online, it is quickly replicated in real life and so we applaud the new Facebook policy prohibiting some of the most damaging antisemitic stereotypes. Although there is plenty more work to be done, Facebook has today set a strong example to all social media platforms.”

Source: jpost

Antisemitic graffiti found at office of Manhattan Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright

Manhattan, NY - Hate-filled vandals left antisemitic messages for Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright after defacing the lawmaker’s Manhattan district office.

A staffer found the storefront windows of the Upper East Side office splashed with white paint and discovered a vulgar note early Tuesday morning.

“Rabbi pays cock sucking Rebecca in cash and kind,” the obscene letter read.

Seawright, who hosted a virtual town hall on combating antisemitism just last month and held a similar forum last year after swastikas were found at the nearby non-profit Asphalt Green fitness complex, said police are investigating the vandalism.

Rebecca Seawright

“We will never be intimidated by this criminal act,” she said. “We have called for a hate crimes investigation. We stand before you today to denounce this disgraceful and hateful crime. We will remain vigilant.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) condemned the incident, noting that the government office was “defiled overnight with hate-filled and grotesque antisemitic language.”

“The Assembly Majority has always been very clear that we have a zero-tolerance policy for any form of hate, including antisemitism,” Heastie said in a statement. “We must ensure the safety of the staff that work in this office and the constituents that utilize it for services.”

Seawright, a Democrat first elected in 2014, is currently fighting to retain her seat after missing the deadline to submit her candidacy for the June primary.

She is now running as an independent under the Rise and Unite party against challenger Lou Puliafito, a doorman and union shop steward running on the Republican line.

Source: nydailynews

Antisemitic graffiti scrawled on Hollywood temple Beth El

West Hollywood, CA - Authorities Tuesday were trying to determine who scrawled antisemitic graffiti on the Hollywood Temple Beth El/Iranian- American Jewish Center in West Hollywood.

The vandalism was discovered about 8 a.m. Monday at the facility in the 1300 block of Crescent Heights Boulevard. The markings are believed to have been made some time between Friday and Monday morning, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

No arrests have been reported.

Source: mynewsla

French Jewish man verbally abused, badly beaten up in Paris elevator in antisemitic assault

Paris - An antisemitism monitoring organization in Paris has disclosed that a young Jewish man was badly beaten up last Thursday in the building where his parents lived.

In a statement on Tuesday, the National Bureau for Vigilance and Countering Antisemitism (BNVCA), a group that advocates for victims of antisemitic violence, said that it “denounces and condemns” the assault, which occurred in an apartment building in the 19th arrondissement district of the French capital where a sizable Jewish community lives.

According to the BNVCA, the man, identified only as David S., had arrived the building to visit his parents when he was followed by two men, described as being of “African origin,” into the elevator.

During the ride, one of the men told the victim, “Dirty Jew, dirty Jewish son of a whore, you’re a dead man, dirty Jew.” The pair then attacked David with heavy blows that left him unconscious for several minutes. He was reported to be recovering from his ordeal.

Source: algemeiner