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Anti-Semitic Crime in America: Latest on the hate crimes targeting Jews across the country

  • On Monday, authorities in St. Louis confirmed a local Jewish cemetery’s desecration by vandals.
  •  That same day, the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America reported yet another rash of bomb threats at centers nationwide.
  • And those incidents came only days after President Donald Trump brushed off a question about rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. from an Orthodox Jewish reporter at a White House press conference
  • He told him first to “sit down,” then saying “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”
  • A total of 69 incidents have been reported at 54 JCCs in 27 different states, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing information from the JCCA, a national organization of JCCs. 
  • The bomb threats aren’t just limited to JCCs: On Wednesday, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted that the group’s national headquarters was the target of an anonymous bomb threat.
  • And in January, an Orthodox Jewish Chabad center in Florida was evacuated twice, on two consecutive days, after receiving multiple threatening phone calls. 
  • It’s not yet clear whether all of the threatening calls are connected, CNN reported, but the FBI is reportedly investigating the threats. Read more (2/22/17 4:02 PM)
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Jewish family in Phoenix find anti-Semitic graffiti on their mailbox

  • Ari and Shoshana Simones were coming home from their Fourth of July holiday vacation when they found a hateful symbol left on their mailbox: the swastika.
  • The Simones are a Jewish family living in Phoenix. The swastika and the word “JEW” was sprawled across the mailbox in black spray paint.
  • “I feel like an overwhelming feeling of sadness that people could still be this ignorant and hateful,” she added.
  • The Phoenix Police Department are currently investigating the anti-semitic incident as a hate crime.
  • In April, the Anti-Defamation League reported an 86% increase in anti-semitic incidents and crimes within the first three months of 2017. Read more (7/6/17)

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Anti-Semitic incidents jumped by 86% in the first quarter of 2017, report finds

  • An annual report from the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, contains some disturbing revelations: 
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States surged in 2016, and continued to increase dramatically in the first three months of 2017.
  • The ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, released Monday, found that anti-Semitic incidents, including assaults, harassment and vandalism, increased by 34% in 2016 over the previous year. 
  • The organization recorded a total of 1,266 incidents in 2016 — nearly 30% of which happened in November and December, the last two months of the year.
  • The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. has only continued to surge in 2017, the report found. In the first quarter of the year, the ADL recorded 541 incidents, marking an 86% increase over the same period last year. Read more (4/24/17 9:20 AM)
Trump Says "Sometimes It's The Reverse," When Asked About Anti-Semitic Threats And Attacks

WASHINGTON — Asked about the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks and threats across the nation, President Trump on Tuesday told a group of state attorneys general that “sometimes it’s the reverse,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said of Trump’s comments in his and other officials’ meeting with the president.

“He just said, ‘Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people — or to make others — look bad,’ and he used the word 'reverse’ I would say two to three times in his comments,” Shapiro said. “He did correctly say at the top that it was reprehensible.”

Asked for further information about the purpose of the president’s comments, Shapiro only said, “I really don’t know what he means, or why he said that,” adding that Trump said he would be speaking about the issue in his remarks on Tuesday night.

Saying that he hoped to see clarification from the president in those remarks, Shapiro added, "It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”

White House spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, said, "That is an absurd and obscene statement.”

The Anti-Defamation League also questioned Trump’s reported remarks.“

We are astonished by what the President reportedly said. It is incumbent upon the White House to immediately clarify these remarks. In light of the ongoing attacks on the Jewish community, it is also incumbent upon the President to lay out in his speech tonight his plans for what the federal government will do to address this rash of anti-Semitic incidents,” Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of ADL, said in a statement. [x]

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Prominent alt-right troll responds to ADL’s hate designation with Auschwitz comparison video

  • The Anti-Defamation League, the nation’s most high-profile Jewish civil rights group, recently placed well-known alt-right, white nationalist provocateur Jack Posobiec on their list of hateful “alt-lite” leaders. 
  • Posobiec responded with a Twitter video from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial attacking the ADL.
  • “It would be wise of the ADL to remember the history of what happened the last time people started going around making lists of undesirables,” Posobiec said before panning the camera to the memorial where the famous Nazi death camp once stood.
  • In a statement to Talking Points Memo a spokesperson for the ADL said that making such allegations on the hallowed ground of Auschwitz is “offensive and twisted and, unfortunately, proves the point about our research.” Read more (7/21/17)

Apparently Will Powers has a hard time getting leading rolls in show business, despite his acting and martial arts talent, because of his “scary” looks.

…Are we looking at the same fucking guy? Will Powers looks like a majestic lion-man!

His producer was even like “Oh, he doesn’t make much of an impression. Sometimes we’d forget him on the bus and shit.” Really? You failed to notice that Hercules himself had gone missing?

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Anti-Defamation League offices in San Francisco report bomb threat in latest wave

  • A bomb threat at the Anti-Defamation League’s offices in San Francisco forced the evacuation of 720 Market St., KTVU’s Jana Katsuyama tweeted Monday evening, part of yet another wave of anti-Semitic bomb threats across the nation.
  • Bomb threats were reported on Monday at other Jewish community centers including Stroum Jewish Community Center in Mercer Island, Washington; a Jewish day school in Annapolis, Maryland; and David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie, Florida, among others.
  • Police officials confirmed to Mic Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas also received a threat Monday evening.
  • According to KGO’s Katie Utehs, the ADL reported more than 20 threats throughout Monday. Read more (2/27/17 9:51 PM)

There are many reports going around detailing the rise in anti-semitism throughout the US, and there is absolutely no denying that, along with the general rise in xenophobia since Trump’s inauguration.

What people SHOULD pay attention to, however, is that many orgs that track anti-semitism alone frequently lump genuine anti-semitism with acts against Israel and actions against Zionism.

For example, as part of their 2013 audit, the ADL [Anti-Defamation League] included Palestinian-led protests & blogs in their list of “anti-semitic incidents”, in one case citing that a banner that read “my heroes have always killed colonizers” [a banner presented by an Indigenous American group referring to their genocide] as an example of “violent anti-semitism”. They have also included Israeli Apartheid Week demonstrations and articles critical of Israel in their audit.

If the Anti-Defamation League were truly only interested in incidents of anti-semitism, then why would they have a list on their site featuring “Top 10 Organizations Critical of Israel”?

The reason is simple - despite what they claim, they want to conflate criticism of Israel with anti-semitism to both drive up their numbers & demonize those who advocate against Israel in ways they don’t personally approve of.

The ADL President has smeared Black Lives Matter for their joint work with Palestinians, claiming that accusing Israel of genocide was “baseless” and considering it to be anti-semitism.

The ADL frequently works against BDS activists, claiming that BDS is a “source of anti-semitism”, despite being an entirely non-violent movement dedicated to the boycotting of Israeli goods until Palestinians are free and the occupation is ended.

The ADL regularly advocates on behalf of hardline pro-Israel policies in the US & work with pro-Israel groups that have a history of demonized and attacking pro-Palestinian organizers.

ADL President views any exclusion of pro-Israelis from an event or space as an act of anti-semitism, rather than an act to ostracize those who would seek to do Palestinians harm.

 The ADL president is a defender of Israeli settlements, blaming their expansion on the Palestinians who “refuse” to accept peace with Israel.

Consider that for a moment - the President of the Anti-Defamation League seems to be justifying the expansion of hardline Jewish-only settlements built on actively stolen Palestinian land and entirely off-limit to Palestinians and illegal under international law on the refusal of Palestinians to accept “peace” with the same state that continues to expand those same settlements…and he claims to be running an organization dedicated to documenting hatred against the Jewish people.

Which is entirely, and thoroughly false. 

The ADL is a bogus organization that mixes lies amidst truth. If you visit their site and read their audit on anti-semitism by state, you’ll find that they have “selected incidents” for anyone to view, all of which are blatant anti-semitism featuring hate-speech, swastikas, and assaults against Jewish individuals. Note that these are “selected incidents”, while any of the incidents /not/ shown to the public readily are those featuring anti-Israel activity, from anti-Israel protests to BDS events to Palestinians defying Israelis soldiers and politicians on US campuses.

By doing this, they’re able to increase their number of “anti-semitic incidents” while simultaneously continuing Israel’s work of conflating anti-Israel activity with anti-Semitism.

I know that most of you sharing these posts detailing the rise in anti-Semitism as reported by the ADL are doing so from a position of wanting to do good, but the ADL is simple another anti-Palestinian organizations disguised as an “anti-hate” org.

anonymous asked:

youtube has finally started to take down channels and videos of black men attacking black women. Oshay Duke Jackon, some of Tommy's channels and MANY others have all been taken down and they are PRESSED! they making videos saying black women just want to see them broke and black men need to stay positive and dont rely on youtube for their income. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *gabrielle union hair flip*

Yes they have. This is a victory! I haven’t had the time to cover this, but thanks to celebrity author (and I believe she’s also a lawyer) Sophia Nelson. Sophia Nelson is the Black Woman responsible for starting this campaign to take down the bw-hating cyberbullies. The He-Man Black Woman Haters Club REALLY barked up the wrong tree, this woman is powerful and has powerful connections! She posted a video not to long ago about how BW-hater Youtuber, Obsidian has been making bashing/stalking videos about her and unlawfully using her images for years without her knowledge. He thought that he was getting away with it  because he thought that she was just like many black women, powerless to do anything about it. I’ve said for a while now that we just need ONE powerful black woman with MANY powerful connections to get an successful black woman anti-defamation league going. Mrs. Nelson ain’t playing! She’s friends with Christelyn Karazin. CK talks about it more here. Here’s the video with Mrs Nelson discussing the bullying of her and black women and girls:

Christelyn also did a google hang out with Mrs. Nelson (below):



It ain’t over yet and there’s more work to do!

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Holocaust denial rages on in 2017

  • In a recent article for the Atlantic, Holocaust expert Deborah Lipstadt says there are two types of Holocaust denial: “softcore” and “hardcore." 
  • According to Lipstadt, softcore Holocaust denial is more concerned with minimizing the facts, "arguing that Jews use the Holocaust to draw attention away from criticism of Israel." 
  • It also calls for the "de-Judaization” of the Holocaust.
  • In 2014, the Anti-Defamation League surveyed more than 53,000 people in over 100 countries and found staggering results. 
  • At the time, 54% of respondents had heard of the Holocaust, and 32% of them said that the number of people who died had been exaggerated. 
  • Of the 74% who had never met a Jewish person, 25% harbored anti-Semitic attitudes. A
  •  2015 update of this survey estimated that 24 million Americans still hold anti-Semitic sentiments, and 20% of those surveyed believe that Jews “still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”
  • According to the Holocaust Museum website, the movement has gained a boost from the internet “because of the ease and speed with which such misinformation can be disseminated." 
  • Unlike Germany or France, the U.S. does not criminalize the denial of the Holocaust or the propagation of Nazi and anti-Semitic speech, the website reports. Read more

Trump supporters deck out Fearless Girl statue in MAGA gear, Pepe the Frog sign

  • This is why we can’t have nice things. Exhibit B: Just over a week after a “finance broseph” made a spectacle of humping Wall Street’s Fearless Girl statue, some Donald Trump supporters stopped by to outfit her in MAGA gear. Just what she needs.
  • A Gothamist tipster reported that two men descended upon the statue early Monday morning, shortly after midnight.  They accessorized her with a red Make America Great Again hat, an American flag cape and some opinion-espousing signs. 
  • One read “VETS B4 ILLEGALS,” while the other featured Pepe the Frog, a meme that the Anti-Defamation League classifies as a hate symbol, tipping his shades alongside the Trump name. The men were also wearing MAGA caps, suggestive of pro-Trump political leanings. Read more (3/20/17 4:54 PM)
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Jewish groups across the US receive bomb threats, forcing evacuations

  • Numerous Jewish community centers on the east coast received anonymous bomb threats via phone Monday, forcing evacuations and police responses.
  • Some of the calls were prerecorded while others were live, and likely came from the same telephone number. 
  • NBC reported threats were made to facilities as far apart as New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and South Carolina. In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League said threats were also received in Delaware.
  • Facilities across the county were evacuated, though authorities did not discover any explosive devices. 
  • Jewish schools in London also received bomb threats, though it was not clear whether the incidents are connected. Read more
Eight Things You Should Know About Tolkien's Thranduil

Okay, you’ve seen the Hobbit movies but you just can’t get into the book.  Or, you read the book years ago and you don’t remember every detail.  I’m here to help.

1. Thranduil did not refuse to help the Dwarves when Smaug attacked.  We don’t know what he did - Tolkien never wrote anything about it.  Jackson’s preamble is complete fabrication.

2. Thranduil did not consider the Silvan Elves to be ‘lesser’ Elves:

Oropher [his father] had come among them with only a handful of Sindar, and they were soon merged with the Silvan Elves, adopting their language and taking names of Silvan form and style… . They wished indeed to become Silvan folk and to return, as they said, to the simple life natural to the Elves before the invitation of the Valar had disturbed it. (Unfinished Tales, 'The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ p 249)

3. Thranduil did not aid the Men of Esgaroth out of self-interest:

But the king, when he received the prayers of Bard, had pity, for he was the lord of a good and kindly people; so turning his march, which had at first been direct towards the Mountain, he hastened now down the river to the Long Lake. (The Hobbit, 'Fire and Water’ p 255)

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10 little known things about Israel’s past

In honor of the Jewish state’s 69th birthday, we present, in no particular order, 10 little-known aspects of modern Israel’s history.

1. El Al used to fly to Tehran.

Iran and Israel enjoyed mostly good relations up until the Islamic revolution that overthrew the shah in 1979. Iran recognized Israel in 1950, becoming the second Muslim-majority country to do so (after Turkey). Iran supplied Israel with oil during the OPEC oil embargo, Israel sold Iran weapons, there was brisk trade between the countries, and El Al flew regular flights between Tel Aviv and Tehran. All that ended a week after the shah’s ouster, when Iran’s new rulers cut ties with Israel and transferred its embassy in Tehran to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Even after 35 years of hostilities, however, Iranians have less antipathy toward Jews than any other Middle Eastern nation. A 2014 global anti-Semitism survey by the Anti-Defamation League found that 56 percent of Iranians hold anti-Semitic views — compared to 80 percent of Moroccans and 93 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. For more on Israelis in Iran, check out the 2014 documentary “Before the Revolution.”

2. Israel is home to hundreds of Nazi descendants.

At least 400 descendants of Nazis have converted to Judaism and moved to Israel, according to filmmakers who made a documentary about the phenomenon several years ago. In addition, others converted to Judaism or married Israelis but do not live in the Jewish state – such as Heinrich Himmler’s great-niece, who married an Israeli Jew and lives overseas.

In Israel’s early years, the state was roiled by a debate over whether to accept German reparations for the Holocaust (it did), and Germany remained a controversial subject: From 1956 until 1967, Israel had a ban on all German-produced films.

3. Ben-Gurion invented Israeli couscous (sort of).

The tiny pasta balls known as Israeli couscous – called ptitim in Hebrew – were invented in the 1950s at the behest of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who asked the Osem food company to come up with a wheat-based substitute for rice during a period of austerity in Israel. The invention, which Israelis dubbed “Ben-Gurion’s rice,” was an instant hit.

4. Israel had no TV service till the late ‘60s.

The first Israeli TV transmission did not take place until 1966, and at first was intended only for schools for educational use. Regular public broadcasts began on Israeli Independence Day in May 1968.

This 1958 scene of a family watching television could not have been photographed in Israel, as the Jewish state had no TV until 1966. (Wikimedia Commons/JTA)

For almost two decades more, Israel had only one channel, and broadcasts were limited to specific hours of the day. A second channel debuted in 1986, and cable was introduced in 1990. Today, Israeli TV is a popular source for Hollywood scriptwriters: “Homeland” (Showtime), “In Treatment” (HBO), “Your Family or Mine” (TBS), “Allegiance” (NBC), “Deal With It” (TBS), “Tyrant” and “Boom” (Showtime) all are remakes of Israeli shows.

5. Queen Elizabeth II’s mother-in-law is buried in Jerusalem.

Prince Philip’s mother, born in 1885 as Princess Alice of Battenberg and congenitally deaf, spent much of her life in Greece after marrying Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (yes, he was simultaneously prince of two different European countries). During the Nazi occupation of Greece, Alice hid a Jewish woman and two of her children from the Nazis, earning her eventual recognition by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial as a “Righteous Among the Nations” and by the British government as a “Hero of the Holocaust.”

She moved to London in 1967 to live in Buckingham Palace with her son and daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. After the princess died two years later, her body was interred in a crypt at Windsor Castle. In 1988, she was transferred to a crypt at the Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene in Gethsemane on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives – honoring a wish she had expressed before her death. The Mount of Olives is home to the world’s oldest continuously used cemetery.

6. Alaska Airlines airlifted thousands of Yemenite Jews to Israel.

When anti-Jewish riots broke out in Yemen after Israel’s victory in the 1948 War of Independence, Yemen’s Jewish community decided to move en masse to the Jewish homeland. James Wooten, president of Alaska Airlines, was among those moved by their plight. Between June 1949 and September 1950, Alaska Airlines made approximately 430 flights in twin-engine C-46 and DC-4 aircrafts as part of Operation Magic Carpet, the secret mission that transported nearly 50,000 Jews from Yemen to Israel. Pilots had to contend with fuel shortages, sandstorms and enemy fire, and one plane crash-landed after losing an engine, but not a single life was lost aboard the flights.