South African Jews report ‘flurry of viciously anti-Semitic’ incidents

(JTA) – Representatives of South Africa’s Jewish community said they are seeing an uptick in anti-Semitic rhetoric in real life and on social media.

The South Africa Jewish Board of Deputies, or SAJBD, said this in a statement Thursday, warning that, “Over the past 24 hours, a flurry of viciously anti-Semitic and threatening attacks have been made against South African Jews, both on social media and in direct face-to-face encounters.” [Read more…]

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Men yell ‘f*** all Jews’ at Dutch rabbi and family

Rabbi Yanki Jacobs speaking at a Christians for Israel event in the Netherlands, 2015. (Screenshot from Youtube)
Rabbi Yanki Jacobs speaking at a Christians for Israel event in the Netherlands, 2015. (Screenshot from Youtube)

Rabbi Yanki Jacobs speaking at a Christians for Israel event in the Netherlands, 2015. (Screenshot from Youtube)

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The son of a chief rabbi of the Netherlands and his family were accosted on the street by two young men who shouted at them “f*** all Jews” at them.

Rabbi Yanki Jacobs, the son of Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, made a complaint to police on Sunday about the incident from the previous evening, the AD news website reported. [Read more…]

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No legal action will be taken against German rappers for anti-Semitic lyrics

Farid Bang, left, and Kollegah at the Echo Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 2018. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Farid Bang, left, and Kollegah at the Echo Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 2018. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Farid Bang, left, and Kollegah at the Echo Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 2018. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

(JTA) – No legal action will be taken against two German rappers who created an uproar with their anti-Semitic lyrics.

The state prosecutor in the western German city of Dusseldorf announced Saturday that the controversial lyrics in the song “0815” that drew several complaints against hip-hop artists Kollegah and Farid Bang were not grounds for prosecution. [Read more…]

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Catholic school apologizes for lacrosse fans who taunted Jewish rivals

(JTA) – A Catholic school in Connecticut apologized to a public school after its students used anti-Semitic chants during a lacrosse game.

During the May 30 state playoff game at Staples High School in Westport, fans seated in Fairfield College Preparatory School’s student section chanted “Happy Chanukah” and “We have Christmas” and sang “The Dreidel Song,” directed at Jewish players on the Staples team. [Read more…]

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Flames ravage 19th-century Russian Jewish cemetery

(JTA) – A fire that raged for hours in the city of Voronezh in Russia consumed large parts of its 19th century Jewish cemetery.

The fire appears to have started Friday in the immediate vicinity of the cemetery in the country’s northwest, the news website 36on reported Monday. Police are investigating whether it was the result of arson directed against the Jewish cemetery in an anti-Semitic attack, the report said. The Jewish cemetery in Voronezh has been targeted in such attacks in the past. [Read more…]

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Tamika Mallory dropped from Australian speaking engagement over remarks on Israel

Tamika Mallory speaking in New Orleans, July 1, 2017. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)
Tamika Mallory speaking in New Orleans, July 1, 2017. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)

Tamika Mallory speaking in New Orleans, July 1, 2017. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)

(JTA) – An Australian social service agency cancelled an appearance at its annual conference by Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory, saying it did not want her recent remarks on Israel to “overshadow” the meeting.

Mallory was to serve as the keynote speaker next week for the Victorian Council of Social Service “Good Life” summit in Melbourne, The Australian newspaper reported. [Read more…]

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Louis Farrakhan attacks Jews and Judaism from his Chicago pulpit

Louis Farrakhan speaking at a news conference at the Mosque Maryam in Chicago, March 31, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Louis Farrakhan speaking at a news conference at the Mosque Maryam in Chicago, March 31, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Louis Farrakhan speaking at a news conference at the Mosque Maryam in Chicago, March 31, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan attacked Jews and Judaism during a three-hour sermon from his pulpit at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.

The May 27 sermon was his first major public speaking appearance since February, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). [Read more…]

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