Hate crimes against Jews in U.S. rise by 37 per cent

(JTA) – Hate crimes against Jews in the United States rose by more than a third last year and accounted for 58 per cent of all religion-based hate crimes, according to data released Tuesday by the FBI.

Overall, hate crimes increased by 17 per cent in 2017, the data showed, with 7,175 hate crimes reported, up from 6,121 in 2016. Some of the increase may be because more police departments are reporting their hate crimes data to the FBI than ever before, six per cent above the previous year. [Read more…]

Comment

Palestinian terror groups say they will observe cease-fire

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)Israe

(JTA) – Palestinian terror groups in Gaza reportedly have agreed to commit to a cease-fire of hostilities that have seen more than 400 rockets bombard southern Israel and Israeli retaliation in a 25-hour period.

Four mediators – Egypt, the United Nations, Norway and Switzerland – helped achieve the cease-fire, according to reports. [Read more…]

Comment

Tunisian Scouts Movement bars French Jews from interfaith meeting

(JTA) – Organizers of an interfaith meeting in Tunisia among members of the Scout Movement disinvited French Jewish delegates following pressure by promoters of boycotts against Israel.

The two delegates of the International Forum of Jewish Scouts were excluded from the meeting held last week at the resort town of Hammamet for members of the youth movement from around the world. Titled “Interfaith Dialog Ambassadors,” the event brought together 150 participants from 24 countries. [Read more…]

Comment

Attack on Jewish teens in Toronto investigated as hate crime

(JTA) – An attack on a group of identifiably Jewish 17-year-old boys in north Toronto is being investigated as a hate crime.

The group of Jewish teens wearing “attire of their religious faith,” according to Toronto Police, on Sunday passed by a group of 10 other teenagers identified as being in their “early teens.” The larger group of teens began making derogatory remarks about the Jewish teens’ religion and then began to punch and kick two of the Jewish teens before splitting up and running away, police said. A pair of sunglasses was stolen from one of the Jewish teens.

One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, and the attacked Jewish teenagers were treated for their injuries at the scene, according to police.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a tweet: “No one should ever be attacked for their religion. Please help @TorontoPolice solve this hate crime/robbery investigation that occurred Sunday night.”

Comment

More than 400 rockets hit southern Israel in less than 24 hours, one killed

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

(JTA) – One person was killed and two seriously injured after a rocket fired from Gaza landed on an apartment building, as southern Israel remained under rocket siege for a second day.

The rocket hit the upper floors of a four-story apartment in Ashkelon shortly before midnight on Monday night. The body and one of the injured women were discovered early on Tuesday morning under the debris of a fallen wall. [Read more…]

Comment

California camps vow to rebuild in aftermath of still raging wildfires

A view of Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu, Calif., shows how devastating the wildfires have been. (Camp Hess Kramer/Facebook)
A view of Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu, Calif., shows how devastating the wildfires have been. (Camp Hess Kramer/Facebook)

A view of Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu, Calif., shows how devastating the wildfires have been. (Camp Hess Kramer/Facebook)

(JTA) – Two Jewish camps that suffered major damage in the wildfires that have raged in Southern California sent a message addressed to the “camp family”: We will rebuild and we will endure.

On Sunday evening, the leaders of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and the camps it runs, Hess Kramer in Malibu and Gindling Hilltop, said that although the full extent of the damages won’t be determined for some time, “we know that it is severe.” [Read more…]

Comment

Stan Lee, creator of iconic Marvel comics superheroes, dies at 95

Stan Lee is seen onstage at Los Angeles Comic-Con at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Oct. 28, 2017. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
Stan Lee is seen onstage at Los Angeles Comic-Con at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Oct. 28, 2017. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

Stan Lee is seen onstage at Los Angeles Comic-Con at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Oct. 28, 2017. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

(JTA) – Stan Lee, who as one of the masterminds behind Marvel Comics created such mega-popular comic book franchises as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and the X-Men, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He was 95.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922, the son of a Romanian-Jewish immigrant father and what he once called a “nice, rather old-fashioned Jewish lady,” Lee drew on themes of his childhood to create a series of memorable pulp heroes whose outsider status in some ways became their superpower. [Read more…]

Comment

Holocaust survivor dies after being knocked down by NYC commuter rushing to subway

Kurt Salzinger (Hofstra University)
Kurt Salzinger (Hofstra University)

Kurt Salzinger (Hofstra University)

(JTA) – Kurt Salzinger, a Holocaust survivor, grandfather and psychology scholar, died nearly two weeks after he was pushed to the ground at Penn Station in New York City by a commuter who was running to make a train.

Salzinger died Thursday at 89. He had been in a coma since hitting his head Oct. 27 on the subway platform while heading to Macy’s to shop with his wife, according to reports. His wife, Deanna Chitayat, 85, also was knocked over by the subway rider. [Read more…]

Comment

Women’s March statement condemns anti-Semitism while standing with leaders Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory

Linda Sarsour speaking at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C, Jan. 21, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Linda Sarsour speaking at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C, Jan. 21, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Linda Sarsour speaking at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C, Jan. 21, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The Women’s March said its leaders “reject anti-Semitism in all its forms,” and that it stands with leaders Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, who have been accused of aligning themselves with Louis Farrakhan.

The statement posted Friday on social media comes after actress and activist Alyssa Milano said she would not speak at the next Women’s March if it is organized by Sarsour and Mallory, who have not been willing to condemn Farrakhan. The Nation of Islam leader has made anti-Semitic and bigoted statements for decades, most recently comparing Jews to termites and tweeting in March that “Jews have control over” the FBI. [Read more…]

Comment