Few Americans hold anti-Semitic views, most concerned about violence against Jews, ADL polls find

(JTA) – Most Americans do not hold anti-Semitic views and are worried about violence against Jews, according to polls by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Only 14 per cent of Americans expressed anti-Semitic attitudes, a slight increase from 10 per cent in 2015, according to the data, which was released Thursday. Older and less educated respondents were the most likely to hold anti-Jewish views. [Read more…]

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Jewish groups urge U.S. Congress to preserve anti-Semitism monitor

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish groups urged the U.S. Congress to preserve the U.S. State Department’s anti-Semitism monitor.

Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Secure Community Network (SCN) testified Wednesday before the human rights subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. [Read more…]

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Several Jewish groups laud courts for blocking Trump’s travel ban

(JTA) – Several Jewish groups praised decisions by two federal courts to block U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and blocking refugees.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and HIAS welcomed the Wednesday evening moves by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, calling the administration order discriminatory and callous. [Read more…]

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AIPAC paid $60,000 to group that peddles anti-Muslim conspiracy theories

WASHINGTON (JTA) – An American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) affiliate paid $60,000 during its campaign to thwart the Iran nuclear deal to a group that engages in anti-Muslim extremism.

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, which was launched in the summer of 2015 to rally opposition to the Iran deal, paid the money to the Center for Security Policy, according to a report Wednesday by LobeLog, a Middle East policy news and analysis site. [Read more…]

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St. Louis man alleged to have made 8 bomb threats against JCCs, ADL is denied bail

(JTA) – The St. Louis man accused of making at least eight bomb threats against Jewish community centers and the Anti-Defamation League must remain in jail until his trial, a federal judge in that city ruled.

The allegations against Juan Thompson, 32, are “very serious,” U.S. District Court Judge David Noce said Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Noce said that allowing Thompson to post bail and leave jail would “not reasonably assure the court that he will not endanger the safety of any other person or the community.” [Read more…]

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Chelsea Clinton cites Purim in scoring congressman who says ‘demographics are our destiny’

(JTA) – Chelsea Clinton cited the lessons of Purim to chastise a congressman who said restoring Western civilization could not be done “with somebody else’s babies.”

“Clearly the Congressman does not view all our children as, well, all our children,” Clinton, the daughter of former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, who lost the November presidential election to Donald Trump, said Sunday in a tweet quoting a tweet by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. “Particularly ironic & painful on Purim.”  [Read more…]

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ADL is second establishment Jewish group to oppose Israel’s anti-BDS law

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) became the second establishment Jewish organization to speak out against Israel’s new anti-BDS law.

“Israel’s democracy, pluralism, open society serve as best defense against #BDS,” the group said on Twitter on Wednesday, using the acronym for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. “New law harms rather than helps.” [Read more…]

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At least 16 Jewish sites threatened in sixth wave of harassment

(JTA) – At least 12 Jewish community centres and institutions across North America and four Anti-Defamation League offices have received threats of lethal attack, the sixth such wave since the beginning of the year.

As of Tuesday afternoon, threats had been reported at Jewish institutions in Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland, Oregon, Florida, Alabama and at least two community centers in New York, according to Secure Community Network (SCN), the security arm of the Jewish Federations of North America. In addition, two threats were directed toward Canadian JCCs, in Toronto and London, Ontario. [Read more…]

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St. Louis man arrested for bomb threats against Jewish institutions

(JTA) – A St. Louis man has been charged for making at least eight bomb threats against Jewish community centres and the Anti-Defamation League.

Juan Thompson, 31, made some of the threats in the name of a former romantic partner whom he had been cyberstalking, according to a statement Friday by the U.S. Attorney of Southern New York. Thompson has been charged with cyberstalking, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. [Read more…]

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