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(Jewish Group) U.S. Anti-Semitic Incidents Spike 86 Percent So Far in 2017 After Surging Last Year

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New York, NY, April 24, 2017 … Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. surged more than one-third in 2016 and have jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to new data from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, ADL reports that there has been a massive increase in the amount of harassment of American Jews, particularly since November, and a doubling in the amount of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools.

In 2016, there was a 34 percent year-over-year increase in incidents – assaults, vandalism, and harassment — with a total of 1,266 acts targeting Jews and Jewish institutions. Nearly 30 percent of these incidents (369) occurred in November and December. The surge has continued during the first three months of 2017, with preliminary reports of another 541 incidents, putting this year on pace for more than 2,000 incidents. Americans of all faiths have felt the increase and in a poll ADL released earlier this month a majority said they are concerned about violence in the U.S. directed at Jews.

“There’s been a significant, sustained increase in anti-Semitic activity since the start of 2016 and what’s most concerning is the fact that the numbers have accelerated over the past five months,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “Clearly, we have work to do and need to bring more urgency to the fight. At ADL, we will use every resource available to put a stop to anti-Semitism. But we also need more leaders to speak out against this cancer of hate and more action at all levels to counter anti-Semitism.”



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The incidents were felt across the country, but continuing a consistent trend, the states with the highest number of incidents tend to be those with large Jewish populations. These include California (211 in 2016 and 87 in Q1 2017), New York (199 in 2016 and 97 in Q1 2017), New Jersey (157 in 2016 and 24 in Q1 2017), Florida (137 in 2016 and 41 in Q1 2017), and Massachusetts (125 and 38 in Q1 2017).




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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Nov 6, 2017, 05:55 AM (1 replies)

(Jewish Group) Surging anti-Semitic Incidents in U.S. Begin as Early as Kindergarten, ADL Finds

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NEW YORK — The number of anti-Semitic incidents in New York State this year has almost doubled over the same period in 2016, the Anti-Defamation League says, adding that bullying and vandalism in schools are starting as early as kindergarten.

Nationwide, the rise in the first nine months of the year was 67 percent, including spikes in the first quarter and during and immediately following August’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

That gathering was one of at least 33 white supremacist events in the United States this year, in addition to 188 incidents in which anti-Semites distributed leaflets, often on college campuses, the ADL said in a new report.

“It’s shocking,” Evan Bernstein, the ADL’s New York regional director, told Haaretz. “Post-election it’s a new world, and people feel emboldened on many fronts to express their thoughts on Jews and minorities.” While every year there is anti-Semitic acting-out, the sheer number of events now “is a sea change from previous years.”

Across the United States there were 1,299 anti-Semitic incidents by the end of September, well above the 799 for all of last year, the ADL said, The number of incidents of bullying and vandalism in schools from kindergarten through 12th grade has already more than doubled this year over last, it said.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Nov 6, 2017, 05:47 AM (0 replies)

(Jewish Group) One Year Into Trumps America

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most American Jews awakened on Nov. 9, 2016, in a profound state of shock, fury, fear, bewilderment and disillusionment. That is not a partisan statement. It is a political fact.

Donald Trump was passionately opposed by most American Jews. Trump’s administration finds even fewer supporters among them.

What happened a year ago was unlike any other dramatic transfer of power in Washington in recent history. “The election of Trump has exacerbated every tension and fault line that existed in America — political, cultural, racial, economic, psychological — and has done similarly in American Jewish life,” says Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.


Trump’s ascendancy accelerated trends that were already challenging the dominant narrative of the contemporary American Jewish experience. Jews can no longer think of themselves as a safe, secure model minority — not with the bursting forth of anti-Semitism from the right, which, unlike the anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-Zionism on the left, has been sanctioned by Trump himself.

No longer can Jews rely on the automatic protection of civic institutions like Congress, the judiciary and the media to hold government and powerful economic interests accountable — not when the president and his acolytes are systematically trying to undermine democratic norms and values, and respect for the rule of law.


No longer can Jews count on a civil public discourse. Not with the president dragging the country into the gutter in 140 characters or less.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Nov 6, 2017, 05:40 AM (0 replies)

Puerto Rican Gay Bar Bombed After Reopening in Hurricane Maria's Wake

Source: Out.com

More than a month after Hurricane Maria first hit Puerto Rico, San Juan's most popular gay club, Circo Bar, has been bombed by a group of masked assailants, according to the Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero.

Circo had been operating on a generator when it was attacked Saturday night—reports indicate the weapon was a crude bomb called a Molotov cocktail, or flammable liquid lit inside a bottle. No one was reportedly harmed and no permanent damage was done to the bar. Police have yet to identify the perpetrators.

Puerto Rican activist Pedro Julio Serrano tweeted of the incident that officials need to “investigate if there is an angle of hatred,” noting homophobia was the likely cause.

Since Maria struck Puerto Rico, at least 51 have died and many more have been left without homes, water, electricity, and other vital resources.

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Read more: https://www.out.com/news-opinion/2017/11/01/puerto-rican-gay-bar-bombed-after-reopening-hurricane-marias-wake
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Nov 1, 2017, 11:42 PM (5 replies)

KKK recruitment fliers found with Halloween candy in Leesburg

Source: WUSA

LEESBURG, VA. (WUSA9) - Police are investigating after KKK recruiting material was passed out with Halloween candy in Leesburg, Va.

According to the Leesburg Police Department, two reports were made Sunday after residents found Ziplock bags with KKK recruiting material and candy in the downtown historic area of town -- the 200 block Cornwall Street and the 300 block Whitney Place.

When officers arrived they found more bags of the materials and candy thrown in neighbors' front yards.

"Cartoons that were vile and disgusting and include cartoon characters of what were obviously meant to be Jewish people, a black person’s head," Bronwyn Duffy described.

The material was collected as evidence and sent to the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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Read more: http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/leesburg/kkk-recruitment-fliers-found-with-halloween-candy-in-leesburg-virginia/487529745
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Nov 1, 2017, 04:33 AM (8 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) I Believe Some of Your Best Friends Are Jewish

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I believe Valerie Plame, the former C.I.A. operative and fading liberal celebrity, when she says she missed the anti-Semitic “undercurrents” in an article she called “provocative, but thoughtful.” I believe her when she says she “zeroed in on the neocon criticism” but missed the article’s more prejudicial elements.

The article was titled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” It uses variants of the word “Jew” 22 times. The word “neocons” appears only twice. I believe Plame is telling the truth when she says the subtlety was lost on her.

I believed Donald Trump when he insisted last year there was nothing amiss with him tweeting the image of a six-pointed star superimposed over a pile of $100 bills alongside a picture of Hillary Clinton and the caption “Most corrupt candidate ever!” I believe him when he said it was a sheriff’s star, not a Star of David.

I did not believe white supremacist David Duke when he said there was “no way” it was a sheriff’s star. What does David Duke know about dog whistles anyway?

I believe the national council of the American Studies Association was taking an “ethical stance” when it voted unanimously in 2013 for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. I find nothing askance in the association never previously boycotting the institutions of any other country. I believe the group’s then-president, Curtis Marez, made a valid argument that Israel was targeted because “one has to start somewhere.”

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Her bullshit defense about "Jewish heritage" is a popular one among anti-Semites. It is a version of "some of my best friends are...", yet it is somehow acceptable to many on the left.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Sep 29, 2017, 02:53 AM (2 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) Valerie Plame Can Claim Whatever She Wants, But Her Anti-Semitism Is Clear As Day

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I hadn’t heard the name Valerie Plame in a while. It had been years since she was outed as a CIA operative by Bob Novak resulting in her story catching fire in the press years ago, and quite frankly I had completely put her out of my memory.


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Ms. Plame tweeted out a link to an article titled “America’s Jews are Driving America’s Wars.”


Hell of an article to Tweet out on Rosh Hashanah, but I digress.


The article’s author, Philip Giraldi, essentially argues that American Jews should not be in position to influence American foreign policy because they are somehow doing the bidding of Israel. Yes, this man is openly calling for discrimination against an entire religion.

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“We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need it.”

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Sep 23, 2017, 01:35 PM (9 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) The other problem with Valerie Plames horrible anti-Semitic tweet

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Happy New Year! Or not.

On the first full day of Rosh Hashanah, unmasked CIA officer Valerie Plame tweeted out an article entitled, “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars.” As if the headline weren’t bad enough, the essay appeared on a website featuring such pieces as “It’s time to re-think David Duke.” Its argument mirrored a classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theory: Jews run everything in America, and because of their irrational love for Israel they’re running us into foreign conflicts, too.

It is nigh impossible to argue that the article was anything but vile. It called for identifying Jewish Americans as such when they appear on television (much as, it said, one might affix a warning label to a bottle of rat poison). That didn’t stop Plame from trying, at first — protesting that “many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.” Finally, she progressed to the last of the all-too-predictable stages of post-Twitter meltdown grief and issued a full-throated mea culpa. She has since deleted her initial tweet.

It’s also pretty clear that Plame’s apology was insufficient. Perhaps, as she said, she simply “skimmed” the piece before posting it. But did she make the same mistake with the other anti-Semitic musings she has shared over the past few months? “I never heard this story about 9/11: The Dancing Israelis,” reads one.

More interesting than the painfully obvious, though, is how the second Plame affair played into a broader debate about anti-Semitism in the United States. Conservatives crowed over Plame’s fall from grace because her unmasking in the 2000s and her antiwar advocacy in the years since have made her a hero in the eyes of many liberals. In their eyes, the left’s favorite member of the CIA had outed herself this time — as a bigot.

And that proved a point they’ve long been harping on: When it comes to Jews, liberals are just as “racist” as their neo-Nazi brethren. It didn’t matter that the piece Plame shared was written by a right-winger. What mattered was that she shared it. And by sharing it, she fit neatly into the narrative of the intolerant left.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Sep 23, 2017, 01:32 PM (0 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) The left has an Israel problem.Does that mean colleges have an anti-Semitism problem?

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Recently JTA reported a story about an alternative students’ guide published by student activists at Tufts University that labels Israel a white supremacist state. The so-called “disorientation guide” also reduced the university’s Hillel to a “Zionist” organization that offers nothing of value to the private campus’s diversity or culture.

The authors of the guide might deny that, of course. But what else do you make of a guide to campus diversity that does not discuss Jewish social, cultural or religious life? And one that takes at face value complaints from an African-American organization that a Hillel-sponsored event about gun control was meant to “exploit” black people “for their own pro-Israel agenda”?

After all, what’s a Jewish organization doing promoting liberal causes, right?

The conflation of “Jewish” and “Zionist” (and “racist” and “colonialist,” while we’re at it) is hardly a new thing on the left, although the guide was a pretty stark example of an entire minority group on campus being erased or devalued with a few taps of a keyboard by those who purport to stand up for religious and ethnic minorities. That’s why we considered it an important story, and that’s why we published it.

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A very complex, but interesting article nonetheless.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Sep 23, 2017, 01:30 PM (1 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) Vermont Teacher Fired for Demonstrating Nazi Salute to Third Graders

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A Georgia Elementary & Middle School substitute teacher was fired Thursday after demonstrating the Nazi salute for a group of third grade students, according to a district official.

Franklin West Supervisory Union Superintendent Ned Kirsch wrote to parents Thursday night that the incident involved a "long-term substitute" interacting with students who were walking to the cafeteria.

"The children were standing with their arm out in front of them and the teacher was modeling the position," Kirsch wrote. "She then raised her arm slightly and said, 'And now we say, Heil Hitler.'"

"I'm at a loss on the whole thing," Kirsch told Seven Days on Friday. "People are shocked. People I've spoken to are at a loss for words." He declined to identify the teacher.

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Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Sep 23, 2017, 01:26 PM (2 replies)
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