San Francisco State students past and present sue university over alleged atmosphere of anti-Semitism

(JTA) – A group of former and current Jewish San Francisco State University students and members of the local Jewish community have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the university tolerates and encourages anti-Semitic activity.

According to the lawsuit filed Monday by six plaintiffs in San Francisco District Court, “SFSU and its administrators have knowingly fostered this discrimination and hostile environment, which has been marked by violent threats to the safety of Jewish students on campus.” [Read more…]

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Marchers in London Al-Quds Day parade blame apartment fire on ‘Zionists’

(JTA) – Marchers in the annual Al-Quds Day parade in London blamed a fire in a low-income apartment complex that left at least 58 dead on “Zionists.”

Hundreds marched Sunday afternoon behind the Palestinian flag and behind a flag of Hezbollah, which Britain designates as a terror organization. Many marchers also carried paper versions of the Hezbollah flag. No effort was made by London police to stop them, the Jewish Chronicle reported. [Read more…]

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New Zealand arts festival apologizes for removing word Israel from ‘Joseph’ lyrics

(JTA) – The longtime director of an arts festival in New Zealand has apologized for removing “Israel” from a song in the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” scheduled to be performed there.

May Pritchard, who has co-ordinated the Artsplash festival for 30 years, said in a letter to the Wellington Regional Jewish Council and other critics of the change that the original words would be reinstated for the performance that will take place in September, the JWire Jewish news website reported. [Read more…]

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