Interestinly, one of the first acts by the Bolsheviks was to make so-called “anti-Semitism” a capital crime. This is confirmed by Stalin himself: “National and racial chauvinism is a vestige of the misanthropic customs characteristic of the period of cannibalism. Anti-Semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism…under USSR law active anti-Semites are liable to the death penalty.” (Stalin, Collected Works, vol. 13, p. 30).
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The Anti-Defamation League is calling on Colorado Springs police to investigate as a bias-motivated or hate crime this morning’s discovery of a swastika, “4:20” and “WSC” painted on two walls of a synagogue .
Temple Beit Torah‘s caretaker, Stan Peters, quickly painted over the graffiti after police examined it. They were called to the synagogue at 522 E. Madison St. just after 7 a.m.
Peters said police told him earlier today they are calling the incident “criminal mischief,” according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. The ADL said that’s not sufficient. Police did not return the Post’s call.
The “4:20” mark alongside the Nazi emblem of a swastika is an apparent reference to the birthday of German leader and anti-Semite Adolph Hitler, said ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott Levin.
“We call upon the Colorado Springs Police Department to investigate this matter as a bias-motivated crime,” Levin said in a statement issued late this afternoon. “We hope the perpetrators will be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We deplore these despicable and hateful acts acts that affect not only the Jewish community but also the community at large.”
In the wake of the massacre of four Jews in Toulouse in the south of France, the Anti-Defamation League released a report Tuesday indicating that anti-Semitism is at “disturbingly high levels” across Europe
According to a poll taken in 10 European nations, the ADL found that many non-Jews adhere to classic anti-Semitic canards of Jews having too much political influence, too much financial power, maintaining too much loyalty to Israeland of “talking too much” about the Nazi Holocaust.
The survey suggests that almost one-third of Europeans surveyed hold strong anti-Semitic prejudices.
The survey is disturbing by the fact that anti-Semitism remains at high levels across the continent and infects many Europeans at a much higher level than we see here in the United States,” said Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL’s national director, in a statement.
“In Hungary, Spain and Poland, the numbers for anti-Semitic attitudes are literally off the charts and demand a serious response from political, civic and religious leaders.”
Indeed, the ADL survey indicates that 63 percent of Hungarians, 48 percent of Poles and 53 percent of Spaniards are anti-Semitic. All three countries have notorious histories of persecuting Jews.
In France itself, ADL said, almost one-fourth (24 percent) of the non-Jewish population hold anti-Semitic views, up from 20 percent in the previous ADL poll taken in 2009.
In addition, 45 percent of French respondents think “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country”; 35 percent believe “Jews have too much power in the business world”; and 24 percent say that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them during the Holocaust.”
Foxman said of France: “You have a volatile mix. France has seen an increase in the level of anti-Semitism. At the same time, more people today believe that violence directed against European Jews is fueled by anti-Jewish attitudes as opposed to anti-Israel sentiment. Those increases are all the more disturbing in light of the shooting attack at the Jewish school in Toulouse.”
Levels of anti-Semitism in Germany, Austria and Britain are relatively low — at about 20 percent in each country.
Abe Foxman, the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), wrote a letter to the President of Harvard University, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust last week, condemning the“One State Conference” scheduled to take place at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on March 3-4.
The conference, organized entirely by student groups that advocate an ideology based on the elimination of the Jewish character of the State of Israel, is scheduled to featurespeakers including the Executive Director of the Electronic Intifada, avid supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and others who compare Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazi’s treatment of the Jews.
“[T]his conference is a serious break from the Kennedy School tradition of academic integrity and educational excellence. This conference links Harvard and the KennedySchool with a discredited concept having a singular outcome: the elimination of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people,” Foxman contends.
“The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations,” Foxman asserts. “We work tirelessly to fight anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of bigotry and we are staunch champions of the fundamental right of free expression and the significance of that right in academia. We also recognize that offensive speech is protected, and that the appropriate response is not censorship but strong unequivocal denunciation,”
While the university did issue a statement of “non-endorsement,” he notes, it is a “barely noticeable disclaimer on the acknowledgement page of the conference website.” Furthermore, the logos of the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of Harvard University “continue to appear prominently in full color on the web site.”
He continues to state, “This conference is so fundamentally flawed that ‘balance’ cannot cure it. This conference goes beyond academic discourse about the conflict by promoting the elimination of the Jewish state.”
“Although the conference organizers state that one of their goals for the conference is to ‘help to expand the range of academic debate on this issue,’ there can never be any legitimate discussion of a concept which, by its very nature, will result in the end of the Jewish character of Israel,” Foxman argues.
The letter then calls on the President of Harvard to “forcefully denounce this conference so there is no question that Harvard and its institutions are adamantly opposed to the offensive notion of a ‘one state solution.’”
In addition, students, alumni and friends of Harvard University initiated a petitionstating that they are “appalled” at Harvard’s decision to “host and finance the conference.”
The conference, the petition states, “which considers the dissolution of the present State of Israel, is not an academic endeavor, but a manifestation of the face of the ‘new anti-Semitism.’”
“[T]his conference is advocating the demographic destruction of the Jewish State and thereby denying the right of the Jewish people to exercise their own sovereignty. The conference essentially calls for the dismantling of the existing State of Israel. By funding and hosting this conference, Harvard University is lending its name and providing a supportive forum to one of the most ancient racial forms of hatred.”
Rupp says the ban is outdated and discriminates against religious institutions. He says religious schools could help educate students in unaccredited districts if they got state funding. Schools in Kansas City, St. Louis and Riverview Gardens in St. Louis County are unaccredited.
On Jan. 24, police arrested 19-year-old Anthony Graziano in connection with the recent firebombings of two New Jersey synagogues and a rabbi’s home. It’s the latest development in a busy season of anti-Semitic attacks that began in early November 2011, when a 40-year-old Jackson Heights man allegedly spray painted swastikas on several buildings in Queens. A few days later, someone added an “ew” on a sign at the Avenue J subway station so that the sign then read, “Avenue Jew.” On Nov. 21, a Jewish man was stabbed on a subway platform as his assailants allegedly yelled anti-Semitic slurs at him.
Among these very real acts of hatred in the New York area, Jews have been targeted in several allegedly “fake” incidents of hatred. The NYPD recently announced that the November firebombing of three cars in Midwood, Brooklyn, may have been an insurance scam rather than a genuine hate attack. And David Haddad, whom police suspect may be responsible for a more recent spate of anti-Semitic graffiti, is Jewish. Police think he may have used the guise of anti-Semitism to settle personal vendettas.
These incidents are horrible, regardless of what motivates them, but they are manifestations of attitudes that are unfortunately all too prevalent even in the New York metro area, where an estimated 12 percent of individuals self-identify as Jewish, versus about 2 percent nationally, according to the most recent regional Jewish Community Studyand data from the North American Jewish Data Bank.
After an encounter with a white supremacist in my own neighborhood, I’ve realized just how commonplace intolerance can be in our daily life.
As someone who prefers gentleness to confrontation, I’m still not sure what I was thinking when I decided to tell him that I found his “White Pride Worldwide” T-shirt objectionable. But there I was, steeped in righteous indignation.
He had bags under his eyes, a tattoo of a what appeared to be a naked woman on his forearm and an unkempt mop of gray hair.
He sized me up. “Do you shop here in February?” he asked. ”What’s the difference between me wearing this shirt and this store handing out pamphlets during Black History Month in February?”
“The symbol on your shirt is a symbol of hate, that’s the difference. That cross is on the flag of the Ku Klux Klan,” I said.
I wouldn’t find out until I looked it up later, but the Celtic cross with the slogan “White Pride Worldwide” is actually the symbol of Stormfront, a white nationalist website founded by a former Klansman. Stormfront is classified as a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.
“What do you know about the Ku Klux Klan? You need to read a history book about this country after the Civil War. This conversation is over, I’m not interested,” he said, before walking away. Not exactly a victory for open-mindedness near the deli counter.
What really shocked me was that the diverse group of other supermarket employees didn’t seem to see anything wrong with an employee wearing a shirt bearing a white supremacist slogan. His manager, a Latino man, told me that when the stock clerk plays military parade songs on a portable radio in his aisle, they mock him by goosestepping to the music.
The next day, I called the store’s manager, and identified myself as a neighborhood customer and described the stock clerk’s T-shirt. The manager said he was surprised to learn about his employee’s attire. I inquired about Super Stop & Shop’s employee dress code. If cashiers and deli counter attendants are required to wear uniforms, I asked, why shouldn’t that policy be extended to stock clerks, especially when their attire might offend customers? He apologized and asked me not to contact the regional manager until he spoke with the employee in question. He called me back as promised later to let me know that the stock clerk would not be allowed to wear offensive clothing in the future.
After a request for comment from MetroFocus, Stop & Shop corporate spokesperson Arlene Putterman wrote in an email, “…this issue took place months ago and there was a misinterpretation of the tshirt design.” She added that, “the person was instructed not to wear any logoed tshirt in the store in the future.”
As the days wore on after the incident, I wondered, was I perhaps taking this T-shirt too seriously? Maybe sometimes a T-shirt is just a T-shirt?
I got my answer on Nov. 20, 2011, about one week after the Midwood car fires. I found a flyer on my windshield advertising a protest against a neo-Nazi cell that was operating in south Brooklyn. Out of curiosity, I walked the 15 or so blocks from my apartment building to the address on the flyer in Gravesend, Brooklyn. When I arrived, about 30 protesters had already gathered. They were associated with the Jewish Defense Organization, a group that advocates militancy and arranges self-defense classes and gun training for Jewish people. Their logo is of the Star of David with an Uzi sub-machine gun emblazoned across it.
The protesters were there to call for the eviction of a man suspected of running a neo-Nazi cell out of a basement apartment.
It turns out that the man allegedly running the neo-Nazi cell was the stock clerk from my supermarket.
Mordechai Levy, who organized the protest, told me he linked the stock clerk’s Gravesend address to posts on Stormfront’s online forums. (Later I found a bit more information online about the stock clerk. In 2010, he described himself to a local newspaper as a “white nationalist” committed to preserving “the white race.”)
At the protest, Levy shouted into a bullhorn, “One does not debate Nazis, one destroys Nazis,” and encouraged Jews to obtain legal guns for their homes. “Where do we send Nazis? To the cemetery!” he shouted.
Other protesters at the rally told me that the way to respond to anti-Semitism is with street justice. Joel Mechila, 22, came from a nearby Jewish enclave in Borough Park to support the rally. He said he’s encountered anti-Semitism on the streets in other neighborhoods and that he also supports taking the law into his own hands. He invited me to view a YouTube video in which he shatters the passenger-side window of a car driven by two young women he said were shouting “heil Hitler!” at him in Williamsburg.
But doesn’t calling for and responding to hatred with violence, even against white supremacists, perpetuate the cycle of hatred and violence? And, as the Midwood car burnings demonstrate, when there is even a possibility of “fake anti-Semitism,” do these types of reactions make sense?
It seems to me that Jews should respond to hate by working on strengthening our own community, rather than engaging with the haters.
Rather than lashing out at those who may be responsible for fomenting hatred, Jews should focus on celebrating and sharing our peoplehood. This sends a clear message to haters that we can be proud of our identity without discriminating or scapegoating others. In this way, we all become “brand ambassadors” — meeting violence with kindness and sharing the best our community has to offer rather than letting negative attention towards Jews dominate the headlines. This is the kosher response to hatred, and is the gold standard to which any community affected by bigotry must strive.
Several months after my initial encounter, I was walking home late one night and I nearly bumped into the stock clerk on the street. There was a tense moment as we looked at each other, as if we might finish then and there the exchange we started near the butcher’s block. Would he pick a fight? No. I think we both decided to let it be. We walked on.
What would be the point of provoking him further? He appeared closed to the idea that he could preserve his own identity in our pluralistic society without relying on symbols of hate. All I can do is live up to the ideals of my community and respect those of diverse backgrounds. And when I see those pamphlets being handed out at our supermarket during Black History Month, I’ll be sure to take one.
The man hoping to lead Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum to victory previously worked for a politician known for his “antisemitic, racist and anti-immigrant views”.
Mr Santorum’s campaign manager is Michael Biundo, who was one of the key figures in Pat Buchanan‘s ultimately unsuccessful presidential bid in 1996.
Mr Buchanan, a bombastic right-winger popular with social conservatives, has been described by the Anti-Defamation League on several occasions as racist and antisemitic and an “unrepentant bigot”.
According to a report published by the hate monitor in 2009; “Buchanan has repeatedly demonised Jews and minorities and has openly affiliated with white supremacists. He has also claimed that the sovereignty of the United States is being undermined by Israeli control.” He no longer has a political role but is a political analyst for television news channel MSNBC.
The ADL noted recently that Mr Buchanan’s activities “demonstrate an increasing embrace of extremist causes.
“In fact, Buchanan’s online forum was home to several statements promoting Holocaust denial before it was taken down due to media exposure,” said the ADL. “The growing antisemitism and bigotry behind Buchanan’s mainstream façade is cause for renewed concern.”
Mr Santorum, a devout Catholic, was the shock success story of the Iowa caucus earlier this month, but was unable to follow this in the New Hampshire primary.
He is expected to regain support in the more conservative South Carolina, which holds its primary this Saturday. With the almost certain departure of the only other moderate – Jon Huntsman – from the race, most analysts expect Mitt Romney to secure the Republican Party‘s nomination and take on President Obama next November.
Danny Lee Warner, 33, was arrested Wednesday outside a McDonalds in Arizona the day after his estranged wife received a letter postmarked December 19 saying he planned to kill “niggers and Jews” until the government “stopped him.”
According to the police, Warner’s wife and his Internet-browsing history suggested that he may have also hoped to head to New York and target the ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman. The day Warner was arrested, the ADL sent out a security alert to Jewish organizations warning them that they could potentially be targeted.
Photographs provided by the police showed Warner giving a Nazi salute.
According to law enforcement, Warner had been a leader of the Silent Aryan Warriors, a white supremacist organization, while serving 10 years in a Utah prison.
The Associated Press reported that Warner was charged with violating his parole, weapons charges in Arizona, possessing stolen property in California, as well as other unspecified federal charges.