Vandal smashes glass doors at Thornhill, Ontario, synagogue

OJB Staff – A vandal threw a large rock, smashing doors at Chabad Flamingo Synagogue in Thornhill, just north of Toronto, on Wednesday.

York Regional Police are investigating the incident at the synagogue near Highway 7 and Bathurst Street.

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, the synagogue’s spiritual leader, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that “Our cameras show a man walking by our Shul … stopping multiple times looking for rocks – and then running back TWICE to hatefully smash the glass doors.” [Read more…]

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‘Three Billboards’ film inspires activist to shame British Labour Party for anti-Semitism

(JTA) – Inspired by an Oscar-nominated American film, activists against anti-Semitism in Britain raised thousands of dollars for erecting three billboards outside the headquarters of the Labour Party.

Days after setting up an appeal for donations on an online crowd-funding platform, the Community United against Labour Party Antisemitism, or Culpa, group raised $4,860 US out of their goal of $6,300 US for the sign campaign outside Labour’s headquarters on London’s Victoria Street. The money came from approximately 100 donors. [Read more…]

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Smoke grenade hurled in Ukrainian bookstore during Holocaust lecture

(JTA) – An unidentified person wearing a ski mask hurled a smoke grenade into a Ukraine bookstore during a lecture about the Holocaust.

At least 45 people were attending a talk titled “A terrible story: The Holocaust. Memory. Pain. Lessons” at the E bookstore on Monday evening in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, when the incident occurred. Witnesses described the perpetrator as a teenager, though they did not see his face. The incident ended without injury. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain hit record high for second consecutive year

(JTA) – The number of anti-Semitic attacks recorded in the United Kingdom rose slightly in 2017, marking a new record for the second straight year, but saw a significant gain in violent assaults.

The 1,382 cases recorded in the annual report of the Community Security Trust, or CST, which is British Jewry’s largest watchdog on anti-Semitism, represented a three per cent increase in 2017 over the previous year. [Read more…]

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Polish TV host mocks Jewish critics of new law by suggesting use of term ‘Jewish death camps’

A visitor arriving for a memorial service of the victims of the former concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Auschwitz, Poland, May 28, 2006. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A visitor arriving for a memorial service of the victims of the former concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Auschwitz, Poland, May 28, 2006. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A visitor arriving for a memorial service of the victims of the former concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Auschwitz, Poland, May 28, 2006. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The debate over a Polish law that would criminalize the use of the term “Polish death camps” in referring to Auschwitz and other sites took a nasty turn when a television host joked that they should be called “Jewish camps.”

The comment comes amid tensions between Poland and Israel over the legislation, which is meant to assign sole responsibility for atrocities on Polish soil to the German Nazis who occupied the country. [Read more…]

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Jewish boy, 8, beaten in Paris suburb in anti-Semitic attack

Police officers in Sarcelles, France, in November 2017. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers in Sarcelles, France, in November 2017. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Police officers in Sarcelles, France, in November 2017. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Two teenagers beat an eight-year-old Jewish boy in suburban Paris in what French prosecutors are calling an anti-Semitic attack.

The boy was wearing a kippah while walking to a tutor on Tuesday afternoon in Sarcelles when the assailants, about 15 years old, knocked him to the ground and beat him, the French news agency AFP reported. [Read more…]

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Pope says Europe can do more in fight against hate and anti-Semitism

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Pope Francis called indifference about anti-Semitism a contagious “virus” and, quoting Christian texts, urged a European audience to do more in the fight against hate and anti-Semitism.

“I am grateful for the noble aim that brings you here: to reflect together, from varying points of view, on the responsibility of states, institutions and individuals in the struggle against anti-Semitism and crimes associated with anti-Semitic hatred,” the Pope told a conference held Monday in Rome, organized in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, with the support of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and in collaboration with the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and the Foundation for Contemporary Jewish Documentation Center. [Read more…]

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Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone on Iran TV repeats claim that Hitler backed Zionism

(JTA) – Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, appearing on Iranian state television to discuss the topic “Has the Holocaust been exploited to oppress others?,” repeated his claim that Hitler worked with the Zionist movement to convince Jews to move to Israel.

Livingstone appeared on the Press TV show on Saturday, which was observed as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. [Read more…]

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