Jews emerge as ‘model for integration’ in French elections debate, rabbi says

PARIS (JTA) – The Jewish community of France has emerged during the nation’s presidential campaign as a model for integration of other faith groups, a senior rabbi noted following the first candidates debate.

Rabbi Moche Lewin, a spokesman for the chief rabbi of France, Rabbi Haim Korsia, made the observation in an interview Tuesday with JTA in response to the assertion by the centre-right candidate François Fillon, who cited the history of French Jews as exemplary of how Muslims should be integrated into French society. [Read more…]

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Second Montreal mosque hosts imam calling for death of Jews

(JTA) – A second Montreal mosque hosted an imam offering a speech demonizing Jews and quoting from the Quran to kill them.

In a speech last December at the Dar al-Arkam mosque, Muhammad bin Musa al Nasr described Jews as “the most evil of mankind” and as “human demons,” CIJNews reported Monday. He then quote from the Quran: at “the end of time … the stone and the tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me – come and kill him!’” [Read more…]

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Netanyahu support for Trump’s wall triggers wave of online anti-Semitism in Mexico

(JTA) – The support expressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January for U.S. President Donald Trump wanting to build a wall separating the United States and Mexico has triggered an “alarming” wave of anti-Semitism online, according to an Argentine Jewish watchdog.

A report by the Argentine Observatorio Web released earlier this week analyzed comments in 22 online articles from the major Mexican newspapers El Universal, Excelsior and Milenio and concluded that nearly 40 per cent of the comments were anti-Semitic. The most recurrent themes were the vindication of Adolf Hitler, the representation of Jews as avaricious, greedy, usurers and guided purely by economic interest. [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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Toronto hate crimes increase, with Jews targeted the most

(JTA) – Reports of hate crimes in Toronto increased by eight per cent, with the city’s Jewish community targeted the most, according to a police report compiling last year’s data.

Hate crimes in the city increased to 145 in 2016 from 134 the previous year, the Toronto Police reported. Forty-three of the reported attacks, or 30 per cent, were against Jews, followed by LGBTQ, blacks and Muslims. [Read more…]

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