Linda Sarsour under fire for criticizing American Jews for dual loyalty to Israel

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) – Activist Linda Sarsour appeared to criticize American Jews for dual loyalty to Israel in a Facebook post calling for support for Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, following a backlash over her announcement that she supports boycotting Israel.

Sarsour wrote in the post on Thursday that Omar is “being attacked for saying that she supports BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions against Israel) and the right for people to engage in constitutionally protected freedoms. This is not only coming from the right-wing but some folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.” [Read more…]

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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…]

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White supremacist, anti-Semitic robocall targets Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams at a primary election night event in Atlanta, May 22, 2018. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
Stacey Abrams at a primary election night event in Atlanta, May 22, 2018. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Stacey Abrams at a primary election night event in Atlanta, May 22, 2018. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A robocall funded by a white supremacist and anti-Semitic podcasting site targeted Oprah Winfrey and Democratic Georgia candidate for governor Stacey Abrams with racist and anti-Semitic language.

The calls that targeted Georgia voters last Friday said that it is funded by TheRoadToPower, which was behind last month’s racist and anti-Semitic robocall targeting Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. The video podcasting site has been called white supremacist and anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League. [Read more…]

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Jerusalem hostel ridiculed for blacklist of Jews it says committed ‘crimes against the Jewish people’

A list of names of “Sonei Yisrael,” or haters of Israel, banned from the Jerusalem Heritage House hostel. (Jacob Kornbluh)
A list of names of “Sonei Yisrael,” or haters of Israel, banned from the Jerusalem Heritage House hostel. (Jacob Kornbluh)

Part of a list of names of supposed “Sonei Yisrael,” or “haters of Israel,” banned from the Jerusalem Heritage House hostel. (Jacob Kornbluh)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City has published a list of “haters of Israel” who have been “banned…because of crimes committed against the Jewish people,” drawing derision and ridicule from those blacklisted.

The Jerusalem Heritage House describes itself as an institution that provides “warm and comfortable accommodations for Jewish travellers in the heart of the Old City for a nominal fee.” It boasts of having hosted more than 60,000 guests since 1985. [Read more…]

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Two major funders of Israel join criticism of its nation-state law

(JTA) – Jewish Federations of North America and The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, two organizations that provide major funding to projects in Israel, joined the criticism of Israel’s new nation-state law.

Jewish Federations, which annually donates many millions of dollars to Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, focused its criticism on dissatisfaction with the law among some members of the Druze minority, an Arabic-speaking community where most men serve in the Israeli army. [Read more…]

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Tamika Mallory dropped from Australian speaking engagement over remarks on Israel

Tamika Mallory speaking in New Orleans, July 1, 2017. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)
Tamika Mallory speaking in New Orleans, July 1, 2017. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)

Tamika Mallory speaking in New Orleans, July 1, 2017. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)

(JTA) – An Australian social service agency cancelled an appearance at its annual conference by Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory, saying it did not want her recent remarks on Israel to “overshadow” the meeting.

Mallory was to serve as the keynote speaker next week for the Victorian Council of Social Service “Good Life” summit in Melbourne, The Australian newspaper reported. [Read more…]

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