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...

The New Hotbed of Antisemitism

A new article posted by The Washington Post claims that the ‘hotbed’ of antisemitism today exists on college campuses, compared to the foreign countries in which we have seen a decline. A report conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University found data from 40 countries that revealed that violent anti-Semitic incidents, “which include attacks with and without weapons, arson, and vandalism or desecration, have been on a downward trend in the past few years” (Phillips).  The report rather concluded that American college campuses have seen a rise to the amount of 45 percent in anti-Jewish sentiments. I found this to be very interesting based on our most recent discussion of modern antisemitism. Today college campuses are the hub of free-speech and progressive thought, but some of these thoughts have been taken to the extreme. Being “academic racist,”seem to be much more accepted on college campuses in the past few years. However I do feel it is important to note that the article stated “The drop in the number of violent incidents does not indicate that anti-Semitism is dissipating. It simply means that anti-Jewish sentiments have been manifested in other ways” (Phillips). A big trend we have seen is anonymous antisemitism, which is less violent and carries little accountability. Although acts committed have become less violent I still believe that the Jewish community is suffering to the same extent mentally. Phillips  states,” the sense of security felt by many Jewish communities remains precarious ” (Phillips). Overall, this semester we have seen various acts of hatred in and outside the United States which proves to us that antisemitism is still alive and well, and still...

“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.  ...

Kansas State University

Even on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anti-Semites at Kansas State University continue to spread hate across their campus. A poster illustrating a pyramid of people was posted on a telephone pole on campus that stated “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege. Is the 1 percent straight white men? Or is it Jewish?” Recent weeks have showed a significant increase of incidents targeting many minority groups on Kansas State University’s campus, focusing on the LGBTQ community and African-Americans. The president of Kansas State University released a statement on April 24th, “These few, random incidents should be kept in perspective,” Myers wrote. “The K-State family is committed to diversity and inclusion and should not be influenced by these isolated incidents. We don’t know who has distributed these missives, or why. But we do know they don’t represent the values of the K-State family.” I think this was a very odd response to this situation. There was no mention of finding the instigator(s) or promising a higher level of dedication to preventing future hate on their campus. From his message it sounded like these incidents are not being taken as seriously as they should be. He seems to stress that this is not a representation of everyone and is more worried about that than actually putting a stop to Antisemitism on their campus. He mentions how these incidents are few and random, which is missing the point that they should not be happening at all. I think the reaction to hate on campus should always be taken seriously as a matter of safety for all students.   Anti-Semitic poster hung at...

South Carolina Antisemitism Bill Passes

The South Carolina Senate passed a new bill regarding antisemitism on campus on Thursday, April 27. An article posted by the Jewish Press on Friday, April 28 written by JNi.Media describes the bill and what is hopes to achieve, the bill “will address growing anti-Semitism on campus and protect students’ right to a learning environment free of unlawful discrimination” (Jewish Press 2). The bill was passed through the South Carolina House of Representatives with an overwhelming 103-3 vote. The purpose of the bill is to give a concrete definition of antisemitism so authorities know it when they see it. This bill will not inhibit free speech or academic freedom, rather the definition will be considered by police and other authorities in cases of assault, battery, and vandalism. The bill will give authorities the proper information to determine whether or not something was a hate crime. The bill says it will not hinder public free speech, so unfortunately, that means that anti-Jewish protestors will not be silenced or pursued legally. The legal repercussions of the bill is only to form a legitimate definition of antisemitism so it will be useful in cases where the law is broken, such as graffiti swastikas that we have seen throughout the whole semester, or when a Jewish person is assaulted for antisemitic reasons. The state of South Carolina is taking some large progressive steps forward. Forming a concrete definition of antisemitism can inform the public on an issue that is growing to plague our country. Hopefully, the state of South Carolina becomes more educated on antisemitism and can help prevent it in the future....

Antisemitic Critic Tricks Critics into Raising Money for him

http://nypost.com/2017/04/26/anti-semitic-politician-tricks-critics-into-raising-money-for-him/   Thomas Lopez-Pierre is running for City council in Upper Manhattan, New York. Part of Lopez Pierre’s promise to potential voters is to stop “greedy Jewish landlords from committing ethnic cleansing against blacks.” Many local Jews have called for Pierre-Lopez’s dismissal from the democratic party. Pierre-Lopez started a GoFundME page, against himself. The GoFundMe page titled, Stop Thomas Lopez-Pierre Hate Campaign, raised over $5,000. The money that was raised was thought to be used in ad campaigns against Lopez-Pierre, however the money would go into Lopez-Pierre’s campaign funds. Lopez-Pierre posted a video on his campaign website of himself standing outside fellow city council candidate, Mark Levine, claiming him and Upper Manhattan is controlled by Jewish landlords who are trying to push out blacks and hispanics. The funds  raised on GoFundMe are frozen and an investigation is underway.   This has to be one of the most deceitful things I’ve seen in politics. To start a misleading GoFundMe page and think you can get away with it is beyond comprehension. Also to show up at a your opponent’s office and spew such antisemitic hatred is disrespectful and uncalled for. As far as his position in the democratic party is concerned, he should be immediately expelled. I’m surprised this type of antisemitic rhetoric is coming from the left (when it’s not related to Israel), especially in an racially integrated urban area. Considering much of Upper Manhattan has Jewish residents, it was pretty stupid and insensitive to use antisemitic language to get votes.   Hate Speech, Upper Manhattan, NY, New York Post, Carl Campanile, April 26, public...

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....

Antisemitism Incidents Spike 86% So Far in 2017

The ADL published an article on April 24, 2017 that discussed a poll they recently conduced on antisemitic incidents across the country. The annual poll, that tallies antisemitic incidents, found that the has been a massive 86% increase in antisemitic acts from the same time last year. The article stated that antisemitic bullying and vandalism in American K-12 schools has doubled. The article also included information of the 2015 ADL audit of antisemitism. According to the 2015 map, the states that had the highest number of reported incidents were California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania. In California there were over 170 accounts of antisemitism- 69 of those cases involved vandalism, 105 cases involved harassment, and their was 1 reported assault. In New York, during 2015, the number of assaults increased to 44. The article also stated that in the first half of 2017, there was a total of 541 antisemitic incidents that included 380 harassment incidents, 161 bomb threats, 155 vandalism incidents, and 6 six assaults. Last year, in 2016, there was a total of 1,266 antisemitic incidents. The article shows that the number of antisemitic incidents by the time 2017 is done will drastically surpass the 2016 number. The article stated that the 2016 Presidential election and heightened political atmosphere played a role in the increase. Like this blog has shown, there have been many Trump related instances of antisemitism, such as Neo-Nazi posters that said “we take power of the 20th” in reference to Trump’s inauguration. The article concluded by saying that “antisemitism is not the sole domain of one group” (ADL). I think that statement is...

Hitler’s Birthday Celebrated By Right-Wing Extremists

April 20th, 2017 was Adolf Hitler’s 128th birthday.  What would’ve been just a normal day, marked with subtle infamy, is now celebrated as a holiday for members of the Alt- Right and Neo Nazi groups.  On that day, The Forward reported of multiple sources that posted celebratory messages for Hitler’s birthday. Neo Nazi and Alt-Right websites posted messages such expressing these messages embodying Hitler’s positive role as a world leader and “peaceful origins” of the nazis. On the Daily Stormer “Happy birthday, Uncle Adolf. We’ve never missed you more than we miss you right now,” was written by  Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site. The author of The Daily Stormer post also updated his website’s interface with “lit candles and frosted letters wishing Hitler a happy birthday.” Altright.com, a site run by website run by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer,  dismissed nazi activity during the Holocaust as “another Big Lie of the establishment left.” In addition to these prominent posts, there would countless Tweets that circulation on this day which shared similar messages of celebration. This type of display exemplifies many disturbing elements of antisemitism in the 21st century, particularly in the year 2017.  The internet continues to become and a day is being framed by internet users as a holiday worth celebrating. In this case, the internet is being used to express messages of Holocaust denial which is immeasurably powerful. Not only does Holocaust denial express the frightening views of the extreme but its presence on the internet gives it much more power.  As the years pass as we get further away from the WWII era, history will only become...

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...