Assault Against Jews is on the Rise in Europe

Is attacking a Jewish place of worship not anti-semitic? Why would the German court rule an attack on a synagogue to be anti-Israeli and not anti-Jewish? Why are university’s posting hate words against Jewish students? Anti-semitism continues to be on the rise in Europe, forcing Jews out of their countries. Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament stated that there is no reason Jews should be forced off the continent. Unfortunately, as bold as this statement is, there is little truth to it. Anti-semitic incidents have increased greatly and many Europeans seem to be blind to this oppression, which raises a red flag. Back in 2014, there was a firebombing at a synagogue in Germany.  A German court decided that this was not an anti-semtisim attack, rather an anti-Israeli attack. The question of why Israeli embassy was not attacked had risen because there was no sufficient evidence to prove that these worshipers where even connected to Israel. I have similar concerns about this notion. The Germans, displaying several anti-Jews acts, seem to be stating that they are not against Jews; rather, they are against Israel. If they were not against the Jewish population, why would there be deliberate attacks against synagogues? Even students at Goldsmith’s University has been posting against the Jews on campus. The university has expressed disapproval against these actions, but this still deems campus unsafe for the Jewish students. Tajani saying that Jews do not have a right to be forced out of their countries is not enough. The mere statement has to have actions to follow, while getting the rest of the continent on board....

Preschool Teacher Fired Over Anti-Semitic Tweets

Preschool teacher Nancy Salem has been fired from her Arlington school for several anti-semitic tweets as stated in an article posted by the Dallas News in the late afternoon of Thursday February 23. Salem was fired for posting outrageously anti-semitic tweets such as saying “kill some Jews” and “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough”. Salem came out with a public apology, attributing her offensive posts to an adolescence characterized by poor influences and regret. Salem was also said to have been involved in a student group at University of Texas at Arlington called Students for Justice in Palestine, which The Canary Mission (a database focused on exposing the individuals and groups known to promote hatred, racism, and anti-semitism throughout college campuses in America) condemned as a “focal point for campus anti-semitism.” Although the tweets were made years previously, the school released a statement professing that the environment they strive to uphold is one of inclusion and professional conduct. Nancy Salem said in her public apology that these tweets do not characterize her feelings today, but I believe that to be a lie. Salem posted these tweets a couple years ago alongside two dozen UTA students who also tweeted similarly anti-semitic content. Salem may have toned down her public Jewish hatred as she got older, but that certainly does not mean her feelings have changed. Salem got older and became more professional; she became a preschool teacher. So, as she grew into a more professional environment, her social opinions had to become more covert. Her job was one that has a severe impact on a large group of people. Children...

Milo Yiannopoulos and Antisemitism

Milo Yiannopoulos is a journalist and public speaker, who is constantly surrounded by extremely negative feedback on his controversial views on many social justice issues. Yiannopoulos has appeared on many talk shows, posted countless articles online, and has made many public appearances all seeming to focus on one thing- shock value. On Feburary 20th, Yiannopoulos was dropped from his speaking position at the Conservative Political Action Conference and lost a book deal with Simon & Schuster. The final straw was that on Feburary 19th, a tweet by an account titled “The Reagan Battalion” linked to a video of Yiannopoulos on a podcast in 2015 with severely inappropriate comments and support of pedophilia and jokes about molestation. The tweets following linked to more inappropriate videos and comments from Yiannopoulos. The problem is that it took this long for the CPAC and Simon and Schuster to drop their affiliation with Yiannopoulos, who has made many anti-Semitic comments. This was as recent as January 2017, where he called a buzzfeed reporter “a typical example of a sort of thick-as-pig shit media Jew, who has all these sort of right, P.C. politics” or on another occasion where he accused Jews of “the Jews run everything. Well we do. The Jews run all the banks. Well we do. The Jews run the media. Well we do. You know they’re right about all that stuff.” The antisemitism is not only coming from Yiannopoulos, but from the companies that deemed what he said acceptable, and continued to work with him until something they considered worse was brought to the table. Anti-Semitic comments being brushed off is...

New York Governor Fights Antisemitism

During a press conference at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Downtown Manhattan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his plan to combat antisemitism. The plan outlined by the governor includes: “$25 million grant for schools to improve security, $5000 rewards for any information leading to arrest and conviction of a hate crime, and a new hate crimes text line to report incidents”. The press conference at the Museum of Jewish Heritage allowed the governor to hold roundtable discussion with the Jewish community and its leaders. Governor Andrew Cuomo said at the roundtable meeting, “any acts of bias or discrimination will be met with the full force of the law. New York is and always has been a place that celebrates diversity and religious tolerance, and we say to all New Yorkers who feel unsafe – we will always protect you.” By investing money in security, this will provide “security upgrades such as additional security training, cameras, technology, door-hardening, and improved lighting”. Also, the new hate crimes text line as well as offering rewards to those who report “aims to make the public engaged in the cause”. I appreciate the fact that Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking serious action in combating antisemitism within the state of New York. With the recent spike in antisemitic acts, it is more important than ever before to make the public aware that these crimes will not be tolerated. The new text line that citizens can use to report acts of bias is a great way for people to make quick and anonymous reports which should help in getting information to the police so...

Jewish Reporters and Antisemitism

Ever since Trump has taken office, there has been an evident rise in antisemitism.  These occurrences not only happen face to face, but also digitally.  Jewish reporters have been the victims of an increase in antisemitic rhetoric on websites such as Twitter and Facebook.  This article in particular depicts some of the antisemitic hate that a reporter from the Huffington Post, Eleanor Goldberg, received from a spineless internet troll.  The first of the messages posted in the article read, “you filthy Jew rat.” Along with this immature quote, was the characterization of a Jewish person with a long nose, a beard and a yarmulke.  In this case, not only are the words hurtful, but the character may be even worse.  The second tweet is simply too disturbing and immature to quote, but I will be sure to leave a link to the article below.  Along with the second tweet is a picture of a “popular” you-tuber who was recently accused of being an antisemite.  The consequences that this joke of a human, you-tuber had to face should serve as warning to those who hide behind the cover of the internet, preaching their antisemitic beliefs.  The only reason these antisemites use the internet as their domain is because they lack the grit to say these jabs in real life.  Antisemitism has been on the rise and current President Donald Trump has not done much to combat it, in fact, it can be argued that Trump has fueled the fire, or at least reignited the flame.   Huffington Post...