Biker hands out anti-Semitic cartoons

On April 16th, 2017 the New York Post says that there was a biker who was handing out antisemitic cartoons around the area of Orthodox Williamsburg. These messages consisted of swastikas and anti-Semitic cartoons from the back of his hog. A citizen of Williamsburg was quoted  saying “It’s painful to see that during Passover. It’s always painful,” said Williamsburg native Moses Moskowitz, 25, who didn’t see the incident firsthand. “It brings back memories from my parents and grandparents who saw those things during WWII.” The flyers contained the Nazi symbol alongside racist cartoons and captions describing Jews as “born nation-wreckers” who are perpetuating the “Holocaust myth.” They also had a drawing that was “Qvickly! Qvickly! Ve must keep ze lid on! Ze truth is gedding out!” one man wearing a Star of David is shown saying. This man has not been caught and the NYPD classified this as a hate crime and are looking further into it. Agreeing with what people in the article said, i do not get how people just wake up and say i am going to go out in public and spread all of this hate around my community. I am unsure of whether this event was inspired by the holiday of Passover, or if it was a random act, but i hope the NYPD does not just push this to the side, but take action to catch this guy, and prosecute him. I also wonder how serious the charges would be or if it would be more of a slap on the wrist. http://nypost.com/2017/04/16/biker-hands-out-anti-semitic-cartoons/ Prendergast, Daniel, Shari Logan, and Ruth Brown. “Biker Hands out Anti-Semitic Cartoons.” New York Post. N.p.,...

Jared Kushner Hate

Jewish people have been the target of hate ever since history has been written, but many would not have expected the hate to stick around for so long.  The current wrath of antisemitism has proven to go along with the recent election of Donald Trump.  While it is never good for a leader to be titled antisemitic, it does not help the situation when the administration around the leader is now the target of antisemitic rhetoric.  Donald Trump’s right hand man, and family member Jared Kushner is the target of a recent online antisemitic campaign that is pushing for his resignation.  According to News week, the majority of antisemitism that is aimed at Jared Kushner has to do with Kushner’s Jewish supremacist views.  I believe that this whole situation is not only ridiculous but also immature.  Words are words, and the ideas of a group of antisemites is not going to force a member of the Trump team to resign.  What is the point of these people wasting their breath and effort on preaching their hate when it is not going to change anything.  To go back to childhood, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  It is time for the American people and the American government as well to grow up and stop acknowledging this speech.  The best way for this antisemitic rhetoric to stop is for the media to stop paying attention to it, there is more important issues than the ideals of a few immature people.   News...

Antisemitic fliers on Auburn’s campus

ABC affiliate TV news station WRBL in Columbus, Georgia reported on April 12 that a new hate group at Auburn University, calling itself the White Student Union, had put up fliers around the Auburn campus. The fliers bore messages such as “Will you disobey the anti-Christian, top secret, Noahide Laws?” Another poster had images claiming to be from a secretive anti-Christian, Jewish handbook. WRBL also claimed to have found the White Student Union’s website, which read “we expect to be able to find common ground with secular Arabs who oppose Zionism and Islamism, black people who are horrified by ghetto culture, and Asian Americans who have been victimized by diversity shakedowns.” These posters are intriguing because they seem to blend Christian identity based antisemitism with their discussion of the Noahide Laws. These laws do not mention Christianity but perhaps the implication of the flier is that there is something more to them than is commonly known? The posters also blend this older form of antisemitic rhetoric with newer types of rhetoric such as the idea of a Jewish conspiracy, as we have studied in class when learned about the protocols of the Elders of Zion. As is typical of many of the incidents documented on our blog, the people who posted the fliers are seeking anonymity. While many of the incidents we document are web based, and the perpetrators rely on that medium to remain unknown these perpetrators are using a physical medium to spread hate. Seeking anonymity when spreading hate is not new, but is perhaps more common with the advent of the web. Alleged hate group spreads...

Antisemitic Voicemail left for Librarian

The article that I found this week covers an extremely cruel and unfortunate event that occurred at Washington University in St. Louis. Published on April, 10th by forward.com, the articles says that an antisemitic voicemail was left for a university librarian after she helped organize an exhibit on the Holocaust at a nearby museum. The story just recently came to light through a project being conducted by the Huffington Post called “Documenting Hate.” While the content of the message is not all explicitly quoted in the article, some of it is and the article says it was extremely profane. The person who left the message questioned why certain facts of the Holocaust are not allowed to be disputed. Many other antisemitic statements the caller made were also stated in the article. Amongst these, the caller stated that some European countries have laws against discussing the Holocaust and that this wouldn’t need to be the case if the Holocaust had actually happened as people claim it did. He also asserts that Jews were responsible for the slave trade and have blamed white people for it, explicitly stating that Jewish people are not white. This incident is obviously extremely antisemitic and explicitly targets Jewish people and certain aspects of their history. It connects to how antisemitic people have often portrayed Jews as deceitful and playing the victim. Aside from that I believe that the claims the caller made are not true or at least severely manipulated in order to delegitimize Jewish people and their history....

Antisemitic Vandalism at Church, Jewish Center

(NO Cover Photo)   Police in Fairfax, Virginia has traced antisemtic tweets and vandalism to 20 year-old Dylan Mahone. Swastikas and other Nazi related symbols were spray painted on to a church and Jewish community center. Mahone was also responsible for distributing antisemtic flyers on a local community college campus. According to police, they were able to track Mahone through surveillance videos and his anonymous twitter accounts. The content Mahone released in the flyers he distributed matched the tweets he anonymously posted. Unfortunately (but purposefully), these incidents happened during passover, however the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is has come closer together.   This incident of antisemtic speech , through the use of twitter and flyers, and vandalism is much more planned and extensive than other incidences I’ve read about. Mahone’s actions go as far as distributing antisemtic flyers, showing his antisemtic stance was no joke. Based on the fact that the content in his flyers and the tweets he posted matched each other, there’s a good chance he had a hand in creating the imagery and content involved. Unlike other acts of antisemtism, which trace the people responsible for a single antisemtic act, in this case Mahone’s antisemtic behavior could be traced to two different sources. It seems as though antisemtic vandalism tends to come from the younger generation of high school and college students. I’m not sure if it’s because parts of the younger generation are genuinely becoming radicalized or because younger people tend to do stupid and thoughtless things.     Fairfax, VA, Fairfax County News, Public/Internet, Hate speech/Vandalism, Jack Moore, April 13th  ...

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...