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Elderly Jewish Londoner punched in face for being Jewish.

Eyewitness says assailant, in his thirties, first asked victim if he was Jewish before hitting him multiple times during unprovoked attack

An elderly Jewish man was assaulted by a younger man in the London Borough of Islington in what witnesses said was an anti-Semitic attack.

The assault happened on Tuesday afternoon at Highbury Corner. The attacker was in his thirties and had a shaved head, according to witnesses who spoke to the Islington Gazette.

The attacker asked the man, who is in his seventies, if he was Jewish before punching him in the face, causing the victim to bleed, one witness was quoted as saying. The attacker fled the scene. Police are investigating the incident, which did not result in life-threatening injuries.


Chris Williamson* MP "too apologetic' about antisemitism" has been suspended *UK Labour party

The Labour MP who said his party has been “too apologetic” over antisemitism has finally been suspended, following outrage from his colleagues in parliament.

Labour leaders had initially refused to suspend Mr Williamson for the comments, but after demands that the whip be removed from the MP – including from deputy leader Tom Watson – party chiefs backed down.

As well as a string of other senior party figures demanding action, almost 40 Labour MPs signed a letter calling for Mr Williamson to be suspended.

Critics and campaigners against antisemitism accused the party leadership of only finally acting against Mr Williamson after being forced into doing so by a public backlash.


Mural at LA Community Center Prompts Concern of Anti-Semitism (Grim Reaper, US Flag, Jewish stars)

A downtown mural is causing concern among Los Angeles organizations and leaders for its depiction of a grim reaper wrapped inside an American flag emblazoned with Jewish stars. The figure appears to be dangling a dead baby from its grip. Other imagery includes a war rocket, snakes and what looks like a pile of money.

The Los Angeles artist Vyal painted the mural. He said on his Instagram page in 2018 that it was inspired by a trip he had taken “to Palestine some years back.”

The mural appears on the exterior wall of the Vortex*, a performance space in an industrial neighborhood downtown.

Organizations that have expressed concern about the mural’s imagery include Progressive Zionists of the California Democratic Party, which shared a post on Facebook about it on Feb. 25.

“Hey The Vortex, Is this a real thing on your building? If yes, why? It’s wildly anti-Semitic. If not, you should probably clear up the confusion,” the organization said in the post, while tagging the Vortex’s Facebook page. “Signed, Some confused and concerned community members.”


Argentina's chief rabbi hospitalised after men burst into his home in a midnight assault

Argentina’s chief rabbi was assaulted in his Buenos Aires home on Monday by unknown assailants who broke in and told him they knew he was the country’s Jewish leader.

Gabriel Davidovich was hospitalised after he “suffered serious injuries due to the heavy blows he received”, according to a statement by Argentina’s Jewish community group Amia.

His wife is understood to have witnessed her husband being assaulted at their home.

Argentinian newspaper reports suggested up to seven people broke into Chief Rabbi Davidovich’s home at for the attack at 2am on Monday morning.

They shouted “We know that you are the Amia rabbi” as they stole money and some of their belongings, Amia said.


Kiev shopping center showed visitors a huge swastika

The shopping center of Kiev "Gorodok Gallery" (near the metro station "Pochaina" landed in a scandal because of the demonstration of Nazi symbols.

So, on the central steps in the hall of the shopping center, which are equipped with a special LED-backlit, unknown people have displayed a swastika image placed in a white square on a red background. The corresponding video was posted on Facebook by Christina Samkharadze.


Guide "Gorodok Gallery" responded to the situation. On the page of the shopping center on Facebook, employees apologize for the incident.

"Our computer system was broken by a hacker attack. We are not the first to suffer from the actions of intruders. The administration and employees have nothing to do with the information on the LED ladder, and in no case support such actions. involved in this attack, "- said in the message.


Seven MPs leave Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership

They are: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

Ms Berger said Labour had become institutionally anti-Semitic and she was "embarrassed and ashamed" to stay.

Chris Leslie said Labour had been "hijacked" by the far left.

Mike Gapes said: "I am sickened that Labour is now perceived by many as a racist, anti-Semitic party."


'Dirty Zionist Sh*t' French Jewish Philosopher Alain Finkielkraut Attacked by Yellow Vest Protesters

The philosopher, whose writing focuses on the ideas of tradition and identitary violence (including Jewish identity and anti-Semitism), was assaulted by Yellow Vest protesters who have taken to France's streets in recent months to demonstrate the country's rising fuel prices.

In videos that documented the incident, protesters can be heard yelling: "Dirty Jew" and "you're a hater, you're going to die, you're going to hell," while others called on the thinker to "go home" "return to Tel Aviv."

In a different clip demonstrators can be heard screaming anti-Semitic profanities such as "dirty Zionist shit."


MN Jewish leaders talked with Ilhan Omar about anti-Semitism last year. Why they remain frustrated

Ilhan Omar has been talked to about this before.

Last year, before she was elected to the House of Representatives, before she emerged from a crowded Democratic field in Minnesota’s liberal 5th Congressional District, leaders of Minneapolis’ Jewish community fashioned what could be described as an anti-Semitic intervention of Omar, a rising star of the left whose remarks had made many fellow Democrats in the Jewish community uncomfortable.

This is relevant because Omar, a freshman member of Congress, has come under fire this week after suggesting on Twitter that supporters of Israel in Congress are bought and paid for by a bipartisan pro-Israel lobbying group. To many, the remark went beyond a critique of money’s influence in politics and evoked the anti-Semitic myth that Jews seek to control the world via money.

The response by some, ranging from Chelsea Clinton to fellow Minnesotan U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, a Jew representing a neighboring district, is to engage her in a type of educational discussion. Following what he described as an “impassioned face-to-face conversation with Omar,” Phillips concluded: “We agreed to move forward with a shared goal of working collaboratively to combat hatred and intolerance towards all persecuted communities, and commit to respectful debate of the issues important to each of us.”


Paris 2019 Berlin 1938? Antisemitic tag 'Juden' on window of Bagelstein shop in Paris

The word ‘’Juden’’ (Jews in German) was tagged on the window of a franchise of “Bagelstein” in Paris, a reminiscence of anti-Semitic inscriptions targeting Jewish businesses during the so-called ”Night of Cristal” (”Kristallnacht”) in 1938 in Nazi Germany.

CRIF, the umbrella representative group of Jewish institutions in France, shared the picture on twitter. ‘’Indignation and anger after the discovery yesterday of a vile anti-Semitic tag on the shop window of a Bagelstein shop. An act that recalls the darkest hours of history,’’ the group wrote.

A member of the French Parliament for the ruling ‘’La République en Marche’’ party, Elise Fajgeles called the tag ‘’unbearable’’ and made the connection with the yellow vests anti-government protest movement which was marked by several antisemitic incidents.


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