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WATCH: Appalling Anti-Semitism on the streets of America

A man whose costume reflects the classic anti-Semitic caricature of a Jew, complete  a with Kippa and large prosthetic nose and ears, rants in a “Jewish” accent about killing children while rolling a ball holding a “captured” girl over the Hollywood star of Steven Spielberg.

The man playing the “Jew” is named Danny Wolverton and the girl in the bubble is Jordina Salabert. The two previously teamed up to publicly demonstrate their blatant anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Israel rhetoric.

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In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott

A FEDERAL JUDGE on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S. This judicial decision definitively declares those efforts — when they manifest in the U.S. — to be a direct infringement of basic First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The enjoined law, enacted last year by the Kansas legislature, requires all state contractors — as a prerequisite to receiving any paid work from the state — “to certify that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel.” The month before the law was implemented, Esther Koontz, a Mennonite who works as a curriculum teacher for the Kansas public school system, decided that she would boycott goods made in Israel, motivated in part by a film she had seen detailing the abuse of Palestinians by the occupying Israeli government, and in part by a resolution enacted by the national Mennonite Church. The resolution acknowledged “the cry for justice of Palestinians, especially those living under oppressive military occupation for fifty years”; vowed to “oppose military occupation and seek a just peace in Israel and Palestine”; and urged “individuals and congregations to avoid the purchase of products associated with acts of violence or policies of military occupation, including items produced in [Israeli] settlements.”

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Chelsea F.C. launches campaign against anti-Semitism

LONDON - As players of Chelsea F.C. prepare for a photograph with Harry Spiro, he chides them kindly: “You nearly gave me a heart attack last night.” Spiro was referrign to the FA Cup match between Chelsea and Norwich, which eventually happily ended with a Chelsea win—but only after much suspense, extra time and a penalty shoot-out.

However, during their meeting with Spiro, the players let the match—or the upcoming league game—completely slip their minds. They were shocked when Spiro, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor living in London, recounted to them his horrifying life story during the Holocaust, during which his entire family was murdered.

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Macron condemns anti-Semitic attack on Jewish boy, 8, near Paris

An 8-year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippa was attacked on Tuesday in the suburb of Sarcelles near Paris, in the second assault on Jewish children in the area in three weeks. Local prosecutors told AFP on Tuesday that it was treating the incident as an anti-Semitic crime.

Prosecutors said the two youths attacked the boy while he was on his way to after-school tutoring on Tuesday, pushing him to the ground and then beating him. According to the victim, the assailants were about 15 years old.

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TOP PRO ISRAEL EVANGELICAL LEADER RESPONDS TO OUTRAGE OVER COMMENTS BY VP PENCE ON INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY TWEET

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(NEW YORK, NEW YORK) – January 29, 2018 --In New York for meetings at the UN, Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder and President of pro-Israel advocacy group, Proclaiming Justice To The Nations, responded sharply today  to the criticism being leveled at Vice-President Mike Pence for his weekend Twitter message acknowledging January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Vice President tweeted a video of he and Mrs. Pence laying a wreath last week at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, noting in his message:  “A few days ago Karen and I paid our respects at Yad Vashem to honor the 6 million Jewish martyrs of the Holocaust who 3 years after walking beneath the shadow of death, rose up from the ashes to resurrect themselves and reclaim a Jewish future.”

A recognized evangelical Christian leader in the fight against the “new” anti-Semitism being seen globally, Cardoza-Moore was quick to come to the defense of the Vice-President whose critics are today calling his comments,  “shameful, tone deaf, insensitive to Jews and glossing over the murder of millions of Jews.”


'Anti-Semitic' posters withdrawn by British Transport Police after comparisons with Nazi propaganda.

anti_semitic_posters_withdrawn_by_british_transport.jpgAnti-terrorism posters that were likened to "offensive" Nazi propaganda have been withdrawn by the British Transport Police after an "anti-Semitism" row.

The "See It. Say It. Sorted" campaign to stop terror threats on the rail network was heavily criticised for alleged racist imagery.

Passengers complained that the posters echoed those used to advertise a so-called degenerate art exhibition in Nazi Germany in 1937, which is said to have led to a sharp rise in anti-Semitic feelings.


Hungarian mass honoring Nazi ally cancelled after Jewish protests.

Hungarian_Mass_honoring_nazi_was_shut_down.jpgA Budapest church has called off a memorial mass it was planning to hold in honor of a former Hungarian leader and Nazi ally on Saturday—International Holocaust Remembrance Day—after protests from Hungarian Jews and the World Jewish Congress.

Parliament's deputy speaker who is member of the ruling Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, had been due to speak at the event called in memory of interwar Governor Miklos Horthy.

The planned ceremony for Horthy, an admiral who led Hungary for 24 years until 1944 and handed over hundreds of thousands of Jews to the Nazis, triggered strong objections from Jewish organizations.

With the WJC declaring it a provocative measure honoring an "unabashed anti-Semite", the Budapest church which had organized the Catholic ceremony, cancelled the event on Thursday.


Amnesty International Withdraws From Event With UK Jewish Community, Citing Support for BDS

Amnesty_International_Withdraws_From_Event.jpgAmnesty International sparked outrage among the UK Jewish community after citing support for the anti-Israel BDS movement in its withdrawal from an event it had organized with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), an umbrella group of major British Jewish organizations. The event, a panel discussion on Israel and the United Nations Human Rights Council, was scheduled to take place Wednesday at Amnesty International’s London offices.

Human rights lawyer Danny Friedman was slated to chair the panel, with speakers Fred Carver of the UN Association and Hillel Neuer of UN Watch joining the discussion.

Amnesty withdrew from hosting the event last Friday, citing its campaign “for all governments around the world to ban the import of goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements.”

“We do not, therefore, think it appropriate for Amnesty International to host an event by those actively supporting such settlements,” the group stated.


Pro-Palestinian Activist Rejects Revlon Award Over Israeli Actress Gal Gadot’s Role With Company

Revolt_again_israel_actress.jpgA pro-Palestinian blogger and activist announced on Tuesday that she was refusing to accept an award from the cosmetics giant Revlon because of its relationship with brand ambassador Gal Gadot.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh — also known by her blog name MuslimGirl — wrote to her almost 50,000 followers on Instagram that she could not accept Revlon’s Changemaker Award, given for her efforts to combat gender inequality and stereotypes against Muslim women, due to Gadot’s involvement with the company and her support of the Israel Defense Forces.

“As much as this means to me and I would love to be there to celebrate with you, I cannot accept this award from Revlon with Gal Gadot as the ambassador,” she said. “Her vocal support of the Israeli Defense Forces’ actions in Palestine goes against MuslimGirl.com’s morals and values.”


Republicans and Democrats Grow Even Further Apart in Views of Israel, Palestinians.

Republicans_and_Democrats_grow_futher_apart.pngThe partisan divide in Middle East sympathies, for Israel or the Palestinians, is now wider than at any point since 1978. Currently, 79% of Republicans say they sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, compared with just 27% of Democrats.

Since 2001, the share of Republicans sympathizing more with Israel than the Palestinians has increased 29 percentage points, from 50% to 79%. Over the same period, the share of Democrats saying this has declined 11 points, from 38% to 27%.

The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 10-15 among 1,503 adults, finds that 42% say Donald Trump is “striking the right balance” in the situation in the Middle East, while 30% say he favors Israel too much (just 3% say Trump sides too much with the Palestinians; 25% do not offer an opinion).


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