2018 Youth Olympic Games to use Jewish group’s anti-racism in sports program

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – The Simon Wiesenthal Center program against racism in sport will be implemented at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Eleven Points Against Racism in Football program works with sports authorities, athletes and referees to stop and prevent racial hatred in athletic events and to use sports as a bond between peoples. [Read more…]

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Following attack, French Jewish leader calls for ‘immediate eradication’ of terrorism

(JTA) – Following the death of a pedestrian in what appeared to be a vehicular terrorist attack in Marseille, a leader of the local Jewish community called for the “immediate eradication” of terrorism.

Bruno Benjamin, the president of the local branch of the CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities, wrote the message Monday on Twitter shortly after police arrested a man they suspect is connected to the slaying of one woman and the serious injury of another in a car-ramming attack that morning.  [Read more…]

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Vandals scrawl anti-Israel graffiti on Bulgarian Jewish monument

(JTA) – A monument put up by Jews in Bulgaria to thank the town of Vidin for preventing the deportation of its Jews during the Holocaust was vandalized.

The Thanksgiving Monument, erected in 2003, was spray-painted with the words “Allah,” “Palestine,” “Hamas,” and the Islamic star and crescent moon symbol, the Shalom Organization of Jewish in Bulgaria said in a Facebook post Monday.  [Read more…]

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Michigan man sentenced to probation for threatening to kill children and Jews

(JTA) – A Michigan man who used Twitter to threaten to kill children and Jews in mass shooting attacks was sentenced to two years of probation.

David Lenio, 29, was credited at his sentencing, August 27,  in Grand Rapids with time served for the four months he spent in jail following his arrest in February and his trial, which ended in June. Lenio was convicted on malicious use of telecommunications, but the jury acquitted him on two felonies – aggravated stalking and using a computer to commit a crime. [Read more…]

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Teens who twisted menorah into a swastika sentenced to meet with Holocaust survivor

A large decorative menorah in the front yard of an Arizona family’s home was twisted into a swastika during Chanukah on December 30, 2016. (Twitter)

A large decorative menorah in the front yard of an Arizona family’s home was twisted into a swastika during Chanukah on December 30, 2016. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Three teens pleaded guilty to criminal damaging charges for twisting a large decorative menorah in the front yard of an Arizona family’s home into a swastika.

The teens, who were arrested in March and charged as juveniles in the December incident in a residential neighbourhood in Chandler, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Maricopa County Court.  [Read more…]

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Steve Mnuchin defends Trump to Yale classmates who called on him to resign

President Donald Trump speaking to the media at Trump Tower in New York City, Aug. 15, 2017. Looking on, from left, are Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council; Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin; Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao; and Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking to the media at Trump Tower in New York City, Aug. 15, 2017. Looking on, from left, are Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council; Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin; Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao; and Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended President Donald Trump in a statement in response to a letter from hundreds of his former Yale classmates who called on him to resign over Trump’s response to the Charlottesville rally.

More than 350 members of the Yale class of 1985 in a letter dated Aug. 18 said it was Mnuchin’s “moral obligation to resign” from Trump’s cabinet immediately.  [Read more…]

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