Lauder to Orban: Condemn anti-Semitic image on Hungarian pro-government magazine cover

(JTA) – The head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) called on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to publicly condemn an anti-Semitic image on the cover of a pro-government magazine.

A picture of Hungarian Jewish leader Andras Heisler, head of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, or Mazsihisz, the country’s largest Jewish group, surrounded by money was published late last week on the front page of the Figyelo weekly. [Read more…]

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Miami police sergeant suspended after video shows him throwing sacred Jewish text

(JTA) – A Miami police sergeant was suspended after a video was broadcast showing him throwing a wooden box engraved with a Star of David and a copy of the Tanach in the back of a pickup truck calling them crap.

“Taking out the trash, dawg,” Sgt. Roberto Destephan, a 13-year veteran of the force, says on the video after turning the camera on his face. Destephan also serves as vice-president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police. [Read more…]

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U.S. government broadcaster chief apologizes to George Soros for report calling him ‘multimillionaire Jew’

George Soros speaking in Berlin, Sept. 10, 2012. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
George Soros speaking in Berlin, Sept. 10, 2012. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

George Soros speaking in Berlin, Sept. 10, 2012. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The head of the U.S. government broadcasting agency has apologized to George Soros and his Open Society Foundations for airing a segment that referred to Soros as a “multimillionaire Jew” who was “the architect of the financial collapse of 2008.”

In letters sent earlier this month, John F. Lansing, chief executive and director of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, offered his personal apologies for the report on Radio Television Marti, which broadcasts news to Cuba to promote American foreign policy interests. The report was aired in May. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic crimes rise by 60 per cent in Canada

(JTA) – Hate crimes against Jews in Canada have spiked 60 per cent from 2016 to 2017, making them the most targeted minority group in the country for the second straight year.

Statistics Canada reported Thursday that the number of incidents reported to police rose to 360 in 2017 from 221 in 2016. The increase was attributed to nonviolent “mischief” hate crimes.

The country’s main Jewish advocacy group said it was “alarmed” by the numbers.

“It is disturbing to think an anti-Semitic hate crime takes place every 24 hours in our country,” Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs CEO Shimon Koffler said. “History demonstrates that those who target Jews and other minorities pose a threat to society as a whole. All Canadians should be vigilant in standing against hate.”

Overall, hate crimes in Canada jumped 47 per cent in 2017. Statistics Canada reported a rise in hate crimes against the Muslim, black, Asian and LGBTQ communities.

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