“Anti-Semitic graffiti top hate crime on NYC subway this year”

The article that I found regarding antisemitism was published by Cleveland Jewish Times on April 26, 2017. The article discusses the unfortunate rise in antisemitic graffiti in New York. Specifically, the article states that antisemitism has been the most popular form of hate crime found on New York City subways so far this year. The article says that 22 of 31 hate crimes that took place on subways in the city this year specifically invoked antisemitic imagery or threatened jews. This is a big rise from last year when only seven incidents happened over the same time period. One of the incidents in which antisemitic graffiti was found went viral when a group of commuters joined together to erase the hateful message. Jared Nied, the leader of the effort, even received an award from the ADL for being a stand-up citizen. While that specific incident was somewhat uplifting, the underlying problem is still clear. The rise in antisemitic incidents is very real, and has continued both in and outside of New York City. Many of the specific incidents that have happened on the New York subways make reference to the holocaust and nazism for seemingly no reason. Graffiti likes this is seemingly an attempt to make it seem as if Jews are a burden to society or are inherently worse than others. This is a sentiment that was extremely influential during the holocaust, and is extremely bigoted. To see that these ideas still exist and continue to be influential is terrible. Hopefully people will do all they can to prevent these incidents in the future.  ...

Trump denounces ‘dangerous anti-Semitism’ in Holocaust Remembrance Day remarks

In fox news they posted a story on April 26th, 2017 stating that  that the United States would “always stand with the Jewish people.” This occurred when Trump was denouncing Holocaust deniers and giving a speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Many claim Trump to be antisemitism in the past and in his current speech many say that he was being unequivocally pro-Jewish, and trying to address the problem of antisemitism . He said in his speech “Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil and we’ll never be silent. We just won’t,” he said. “We will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again.” and then trump went on to say said Holocaust denial is one form of “dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world” and that can be seen on university campuses, in attacks on Jewish communities “or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction.” “This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism,” he said. “We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness and we will act. As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel.” Again we see this notion of using never again even though history tends to repeat itself. Although Trump is saying we will confront this he hasn’t elected anyone to combat this, and this is is first speech even showing this exist. We need to see action, not just have him keep making empty promises.   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/26/trump-denounces-dangerous-anti-semitism-in-holocaust-remembrance-day-remarks.html Fox News....

Ann Arbor Hate Group

A local group of protestors notorious for meeting at Temple Beth in Ann Arbor have official been listed as a hate group compiled by the Southern law center.  According to Michigan Daily, Deir Yassin Remembered is the only group targeting a Jewish house of worship anywhere in the United States.  Deir Yassin Remembered is the name of the Holocaust denials that protest every week at Temple Beth in Ann Arbor.  The main reason for the official listing of the protestors as a hate group is because over the years the group has begun to focus more and more on Holocaust denial.  It is important to note that these protests have been going on for decades.  The hate group’s name is a direct reference to a massacre that occurred in 1948.  The massacre was initiated by a Zionist military group who targeted hundreds of Palestinian villagers.  One of the most absurd pieces of information about Deir Yassin is that one of their members is actual a “former jew.”  Obviously, former is a word directly from the former jew himself, Henry Herskovitz.  I believe that this hate group is one of the fundamental problems of this country.  Technically, their actions of protest is legal, but in all honesty, what the hell is the point?  Alright, you sit outside a Jewish temple and confront each Jew as they make their way to temple, what is being achieved?  Instead of wasting your time and everybody else’s, how about they grow up and start to make positive contributions to society.   Michigan...

Princeton University Antisemitic Fliers

The article I am writing about this week was posted by centraljersey.com on April 21st, 2017. It describes an incident that took place at Princeton University earlier this week. Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life and a few other buildings were the target of antisemitic and racist fliers. Callers reported a masked individual taping fliers to buildings late Thursday night. The exact message on the fliers is yet to be released but it says they contained the phone number and name of a white nationalist organization along with other antisemitic messages. Thursday, April 20th was also the Birthday of Adolf Hitler and that is likely a contributing factor for when the incident took place. On the same day, Vanguard America, a white nationalist group posted a message that targeted Jewish Princeton students and showed  a picture of Hitler with a birthday hat. Both of these incidents seem to be extremely antisemitic, but I am a little disappointed in this school/website for not being more clear about the content of the tweets and fliers. While I understand why they may choose not to disclose the contact information of the group who was behind these events, I think there is importance to sharing the content of what was said. I say this because although it can be disheartening (and unfortunately inspiring for antisemitic individuals), sharing what is said can help create an understanding that this is a serious problem and that antisemitism is very much alive. It can also show how Jewish students still face frequent discrimination, even at the most prestigious Universities in the country....

Antisemitic fliers on Princeton University campus

http://www.centraljersey.com/news/anti-semitic-anti-immigrant-fliers-found-on-princeton-university-campus/article_e78b438e-26bf-11e7-bff5-dba12c3f993f.html Antisemitic fliers were found on three buildings at the Princeton University campus in New Jersey, including the building used by Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life. The fliers had the website URL and phone number for a white supremacist group, although the university has not disclosed the name of the group. This follows another recent antisemitic incident affecting the Princeton University community. To mark Adolf Hitler’s birthday yesterday, the antisemitic group Vanguard America tweeted a message directed at Jewish Princeton students and faculty. The message was accompanied by an image of Adolf Hitler in a birthday hat. This incident pertains to our course material in that it is reliant on antisemitic rhetoric based on the legacy of the Holocaust. The memory of the Holocaust has served as fodder for antisemites in modern times despite some of those targeted by these hateful words being two or more generations removed from the generation of Jews that endured the Holocaust. While most American Jews are descended from people who immigrated to the US prior to WWII and thus may not be aware of extended family that died in the Holocaust, Holocaust based antisemitic rhetoric targeting these people still has a powerful emotional effect. The legacy of the Holocaust weighs heavy on anyone of Ashkenazi Jewish-descent because it represents the physical destruction of their heritage. Someone who is of Italian descent can still go back to Italy and reconnect with their culture in a way that is not possible for European Jews. There is no Vilna, only Vilnius. While many American Jews do go on “heritage trips” where they visit the physical spaces...

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...