Antisemtic Stickers at U of M

On April 26 the Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student newspaper, reported that a white nationalist group calling itself “Iron Mitten” put racist and antisemitic stickers on top of Black Lives Matter themed posters on the University of Michigan campus. The incident comes on the heels of similar incidents on U of M’s campus this year, including offensive emails sent to students and anti-Islamic chalk graffiti on the school’s campus. By the time the article had been written, students had begun tearing down the vandalized posters. This incident is interesting because of the way in which the perpetrators of the act blend different forms of prejudice, in this case anti-black and antisemitic sentiments. The people who put the stickers up chose to attach antisemitic stickers to posters promoting a black group rather than targeting posters promoting the U of M Hillel or an event being put on by a Jewish student group. Much of the antisemitic graffiti vandalism posts we put on this blog revolve around attacks on Jewish groups and institutions, such as spray painting swastikas on a Jewish community center or synagogue. I think there is a tendency by extremist groups to lump all those they oppose into a blanket camp of “them” and that is why they chose to target a black group’s posters with antisemitic stickers. The people doing this likely view Jewish and black people as being part of the same general group of people they hate. This is not a phenomenon we talked about much in class but I believe it is quite...

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...

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...

100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Speaks Out about Recent Anti-Semitism Increase

A CNN article written by Barbara Starr posted at 10:41 pm on Friday, March 17 2017 describes how Fanny Aizenberg, 100-year-old Holocaust survivor spoke to 200 students at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Aizenberg discussed the recent increase in anti-Semitism and JCC bomb threats, having been the largest and most significant anti-Jewish actions since she experienced Nazi-occupied Belgium. Aizenberg lives next door to a JCC that was threatened, and says the increase in Jewish desecration kills her. Diane Saltzman, a woman who works with Aizenberg and other survivors at the Museum, says that all the people affected by the bomb threats have adopted attitudes of determination and refusal to give in to these cowardly threats. Survivors of the Holocaust have already experienced the culmination of Jewish hatred, and will not accept the fear these hate mongers try to instill in the Jewish community. Fanny Aizenberg is an outstanding citizen and deserves widespread respect. She was able to escape the Nazis and Auschwitz, and was able to reconnect with her daughter years after separating during the Holocaust. She has lived an incredibly long life and now the absurd anti-Semitism she experienced nearly 80 years ago is back in a different form. I feel so sorry for her and others like her who still have to worry about threats of violence toward Jews so long after their entire existence was threatened. I initially thought society had made serious progress in history toward acceptance of the Jews, but seeing Holocaust survivors still worrying about safety for their people makes me think society hasn’t learned a thing. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/17/politics/holocaust-survivor-anti-semitism-bomb-threats/ Starr, Barbara. “Holocaust Survivor Confronts Resurgence in...

Will there be an exodus of Jews out of Europe?

Anti-semitism has been on the rise in Europe, with anti-semititic leaders taking over. This shift in power has caused a decrease in the population of over three million in the past seventy plus years. What will happen next? Will these new leaders call for all Jews to be forced out of Europe? These are the concerns Rabbi Menachem Margolin brought up at the sixteenth annual conference of the Rabbinical Center of Europe in Italy. The rabbi believes that it will be not be long until the extremist parties become even more power hungry. He also faced concern about the lenient attitude governments have been having toward the anti-semitic groups. He is certain this toleration will only cause the problem of anti-semitism to grow. Jews have been afraid for so long to even show their Jewishness. Back in October, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow told European Parliament that being Jewish in Europe is similar to someone “standing on the train tracks while two trains approach on a collision path”. Being Jewish has become such a threat Jews are afraid to attend Jewish events and synagogues. This fear has not only stemmed from being oppressed by Europeans, but also by radical Islamic groups. Jews seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. One train is antisemitism in Europe and the other is radical Islam. At this point, who will protect the Jews. Where will they go if an exodus is called in to play?   If Antisemtic Parties to Power, We Will Call on European Jews to Flee by Tamara Zieve March 21, 2017 This story takes place at...

Grand Rapids Antisemitism

Local police in Grand Rapids arrested 29-year old David Lenio on suspicion of intent to harm the masses as well as antisemitic threats online. While the arrest occurred at the end of February, the case is just making headlines middle-March.  This case is only one of many that have been occurring ever since the current President has taken office.  Personally, I do not believe that people have all of a sudden become antisemitic, instead I believe that Trump’s lack of a stance on antisemitism has provided a freedom for people like David to speak their mind without the threat of repercussions.  David will not be the last to speak his mind about antisemitism, but he is among the few have had to pay for his actions and thoughts. If Trump does not make a public stance on the topic of antisemitism, cases like these are going to continue all over the country.  David is being held on 500,000 US dollars bond, a fair price for his spread of antisemitic thoughts and fear mongering.  David’s arrest comes just days after authorities apprehended the man responsible for calling in fake bomb threats at JCC’s all over the country.  While in the past it seemed these acts were going unpunished, there appears to be an in increase in apprehension rates.  Catching one criminal here and there will not make the difference that the United States needs however, the commander and chief has to take a bold stance and denounce these acts now or I fear these tragic situations will continue to occur. The Jerusalem...