Orthodox Jewish man beaten at Brooklyn traffic intersection

(JTA) – An identifiably Orthodox Jewish man was beaten at a traffic intersection in Brooklyn in an assault that is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

The attack took place at about 7:30 am on Sunday in the Borough Park neighbourhood. The man, 62, was carrying a special bag containing his prayer shawl and phylacteries and appeared to be walking to morning services. [Read more…]

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Jewish teens assaulted, robbed in anti-Semitic attack in Nice, France

(JTA) – French police arrested four men they said assaulted four Jewish youths in an anti-Semitic assault in Nice, triggered by one of the victims’ wearing a Star of David pendant.

The incident in the southern French city occurred in the city centre at about 2 am on Saturday morning, according to a report by the France3 television station. The four suspects and a fifth teenager, who was not immediately apprehended, assaulted the alleged victims, beating them and causing minor injuries. At least one of the perpetrators also stole a golden chain from one of the victim, the municipality said. [Read more…]

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Jewish headstones smashed in Greek city where princess saved Jews

(JTA) – Unidentified individuals smashed eight tombstones at a Jewish cemetery in Greece, including those of the local communal leader.

The incident happened last week at Trikala, a city in central Greece located about 150 miles northwest of Athens, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wrote in a statement Friday. The same city was the scene of one of the Nazi force’s most thorough liquidations of any large Jewish community, with only 10 people surviving the Holocaust from a community of hundreds of members. [Read more…]

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Jewish journalists, anti-racism activists barred from Labour Party event in London

Jeremy Corbyn addresses the Labour Party conference at the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool, England, Sept. 26, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn addresses the Labour Party conference at the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool, England, Sept. 26, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Jewish journalists and activists against anti-Semitism were banned from attending an event organized by leading members of Britain’s Labour party.

The event Thursday in London featured a speech by John McDonnell, a shadow chancellor of Labour and confidant of party leader Jeremy Corbyn. [Read more…]

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U of Michigan punishes professor for refusing to recommend student for study in Israel

John Cheney-Lippold reportedly wrote two letters for students who wanted to study in Israel before his tenure became official. (Facebook)
John Cheney-Lippold reportedly wrote two letters for students who wanted to study in Israel before his tenure became official. (Facebook)

John Cheney-Lippold reportedly wrote two letters for students who wanted to study in Israel before his tenure became official. (Facebook)

(JTA) – The University of Michigan is sanctioning a professor who refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student to study in Israel because he supports a boycott of the country.

John Cheney-Lippold, a professor of American culture, last month declined to recommend junior Abigail Ingber for a semester abroad in Israel because he supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the country. [Read more…]

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Swedish Jewish politician’s house burned in suspected hate crime

(JTA) – The house of a Swedish politician who has been the target of anti-Semitic harassment was set on fire in what his community is calling a hate crime.

The incident occurred on Tuesday night in the southern city of Lund, the Council of Swedish Jewish Communities wrote in a statement. It did not name the person believed to have been targeted, describing him only as a lay politician with Jewish roots. The alleged victim was able to extinguish the flames before they spread to other homes. [Read more…]

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Jewish day school in Toronto vandalized with graffiti supporting Hamas

(JTA) – A Jewish day school in Toronto was vandalized by graffiti supporting the Palestinian cause and the Gaza terrorist group Hamas.

“Free Palestine,” “Long Live Palestine” and “Long Life to the Hamas” were found Tuesday morning on signs in front of the Leo Baeck Day School. The vandalism occurred the previous evening, which was the Thanksgiving holiday. [Read more…]

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Required University of Michigan lecture compares Netanyahu to Hitler

(Alexa Smith/Facebook)
(Alexa Smith/Facebook)

(Alexa Smith/Facebook)

(JTA) – A required lecture for University of Michigan art students featured a speaker who compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler.

Emory Douglas, part of the Penny Stamps Speakers Series Presentation of the Stamps School of Art & Design, displayed a slide that showed a picture of Netanyahu and Hitler with the words “Guilty Of Genocide” written across their faces. Below the photo was a definition of genocide. [Read more…]

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