Hitler ‘Birthday Party’ Thrown at the University of Oregon

According to a local CBS station for Eugene, Oregon, a pair of self-proclaimed white nationalist men caused a campus uproar at the University of Oregon on the morning of April 20th as they attempted to celebrate the birthday of Adolf Hitler. Two men, Jimmy Marr and ‘Chad’, reportedly parked a swastika-emblazoned truck in the heart of campus while promoting a Holocaust denial film. On the tailgate of the truck was a message that read: “No more terror. No more war. America, stop being Israel’s whore” (News Staff). According to the Eugene Weekly, Jimmy Marr—owner of the truck—is well known as a racist and antisemite and his truck has repeatedly been seen around Oregon displaying messages such as “Jews Lies Matter” and “Trump: Do the White Thing” (Nguyen). When Marr and his friend appeared on campus to supposedly throw Hitler a ‘birthday party,’ officers did not engage the men, but members of the campus community were photographed shouting at the men and attempting to debate their presence. Rabbi Jack Melul—director of the Jewish educational and social group Akiva on campus—even sang “The Jewish people are still alive” in Hebrew while Marr and Chad were engaged in an argument with students. After about 45 minutes on campus, the pair voluntarily drove away and their leave was met with applause. According to campus police, the pair acted within the legal boundaries of free speech and their truck was parked legally. Despite the fact that there were no other physical ‘birthday parties’ thrown in Adolf Hitler’s honor, Forward reports that many neo-nazis took to the internet in celebration of the dictator’s birthday on...

Capitals of Anti Semitism in Europe

This article published by Giulio Meotti on April 17,  in the Arutz Sheva, describes Europe’s 4 capitals of anti semitism. The author starts by stating that as a non Jew he wants Jewish people to stay in Europe because without them Europe would suffer but also warns them to leave and come to Israel where things are better. Geneva is the first European capital of anti semitism mentioned, it is the home of the UN Human Rights Council. This place is anti semitic due to their treatment of the Israel and trying to blacklist the country. The next place is Paris, Paris has the largest Jewish community in Europe, there blatant attacks on Jews by Muslims and cemetery desecrations are happening at a heightened pace through the last ten years. The next city is London, London’s anti semitic happenings are in universities where Jewish students feel unsafe to attend. The last city Brussels is labeled as anti semitic because of the amount of anti semitism directed at Israel. The European Union that is based there approved putting marks on Israeli imported products which the author compares to Jews being forced to wear the Star of David during the Holocaust. Having seen over the course of the semester the rise of antisemitism in Europe has been startling, this article seemed to have a more Israeli sense of anti semitism while many of the articles I had used up to this point had been more hate speech based. This article was published by an Israeli based news source which could account for the harsh tone....

Antisemitic Flyers disseminated in Brooklyn

An April 17th, 2017 article by Forward stated that a man driving through the area of Williamsburg, on his motorcycle, threw antisemitic flyers all over the street at night. In addition to the dissemination of physical copies, an anonymous source also uploaded the image online. The flyer harshly illustrates many of the antisemitic stereotypes that we have discussed over the semester. It shows Holocaust related messages including images of swastikas, references to gas chambers, and it also has Holocaust denial phrases. The flyer has a bolded sentence that says “Question: How Long can the Jews Perpetuate the Holocaust Myth?” The flyer also illustrates old stereotypes, such as Jews having large noses and that they are a race of “born nation wreckers!.” Anti-zionism can be seen in the top left corner of the page. It depicts Israeli cynically looking at a Palestinian child, while other Palestinians are being held captive in a “Gaza Ghetto”. The flyer also calls Jews “kikes” and says that the Jews are ruining “white culture” all over the world because they are pumping their myths and lies into it. According to the article, Williamsburg is home to a large population of Orthodox European Jews. The perpetrator of the act was not identified because they were wearing a dark black helmet. However, it is clear that who ever did this put a lot of time into it because it looks like all of the images are hand drawn. This flyer is probably one of the most graphic and threatening form of antisemitic graffiti I have seen over the semester. It illustrates almost every form of antisemitism we have seen ranging from...

Jared Kushner Under Antisemitic Twitter Attack

The ADL reports, Jared Kushner, the American real estate investor and developer, or more popularly known as the son-in-law and senior advisor to Donald Trump has become a massive target of antisemitism of Twitter recently. A majority of these tweets flagged by the ADL claims that Kushner has played a part in manipulating Trump and further pushing the Unites States into war for the benefit of Israel. Some of these tweets can be linked back to popular antisemites like David Duke and Richard Spencer. With the hashtag #FireKushner both Duke and Spencer tweeted post such as, “#FireKushner No one voted for Kushner. Indeed, many of us voted against people like Kushner having power.” And further,  “We are being brought down from within. ZIO [Zionist] Supremacists are the true enemy of the American people… not Assad, not Putin. #FireKushner.” (Twitter) These claims, like most claims made by these men, is used to rile up followers and further support their antisemitic agenda. The majority of the tweets surround the recent context of a feud in the White House between Kushner and Stephen Bannon. The feud involved Bannon connection to the site Breitbart News, a site in which Kushner claimed to be “the platform for the alt-right.” As Bannon has becoming increasingly unpopular, The Jerusalem Post reports “white supremacists have responded in a number of ways from claiming Kushner is a front man for Trump’s white nationalist views to smearing him as a nefarious adviser who controls Trump.” (JTA) This makes me think back to our discussion on the changing faces of antisemitism, and how it can be used to supports various agendas...

Online Watchdog Group Calls Out Antisemitic Tweets

Canary Mission is an online watchdog group that tracks antisemitic and anti-Israel activists. A report was released on April 6th listing names and social media information of 21 local Cleveland residents who posted antisemitic and anti-Israel comments on Twitter. The watchdog group has been investigated by Tablet Magazine and The Forward as being described as “shadowy”. The tweets range from “Holocaust denial to statements such as ‘Israel is not a country’ to homophobic statements”. Others have made remarks supporting Hamas and racist attitudes. Ten of the 21 people on the list conducted on April 6 are current or former students at Cleveland State University. Nine out of ten were tracked via social media. CSU President Ronald M. Berkman released a statement that said “the university was aware of the hateful tweets…although the tweets were made from personal accounts and were not connected to CSU, the university does not tolerate such statements”. I am happy that this watchdog group is monitoring social media accounts to find comments regarding antisemitism and anti-Israel. People today are still unaware that their actions on social media, as well as hateful comments, are seen by all. These statements will ultimately land them in hot water with family, friends, and current/future employers. Although the website has been called “McCarthyist” I think that they are doing a great service to condemn acts of antisemitism on social media. Comments regarding anti-Israel however can be tricky to personally say that it is antisemitism. In class, we have discussed when does anti-Israel cross the threshold of antisemitsm? Anti-Israel comments can be very hard to determine whether the individual has personal...

Neo-Nazi Blames Jared Kushner for America’s Strike on Syria

On April 10th, 2017, an article published by Haaretz discussed that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s Judaism has become a target for alt-right groups. Until now, it has seemed like Jared and Ivanka’s faith has been somewhat of a taboo subject. However, things began to change last week when it came to light that there appears to be a growing feud between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. As noted in a blog post from last week, Bannon referred to Kushner as a “globalist” after he was removed from the National Security Council. Last Tuesday after Trump ordered to attack a Syrian Army base with Tomahawk missiles, many people on the far right began blaming Kushner for initiating the attacks on the behalf of Israel. On Saturday, Alt- Right leader, Richard Spencer, led a demonstration in front of the White House with signs that read “No more wars 4 Israel” (Haaretz). Preceding the protest, on April 7th , Spencer tweeted out ” #FireKushner No one voted for him. Indeed, many of us voted against people like Kushner having power” (Twitter of Richard Spencer). It is clear that when Spencer said “people like Kushner..” he was referring to Jewish people.  According to the article, other people in the alt-right have also accused Ivanka as being behind the President’s decision to launch the attack against Syria.  On the radio show “Infowars, alt-righter Alex Jones, stated that “It’s them, it’s them – it’s his daughter and son-in-law who are literally enemies of the republic!” (Haaretz). This not only relates to many of the potent anti-Jewish stereotypes that we have learned about throughout the semester, like how Jews...