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For the community of scholars, activists and advocates involved in combating antisemitism, thereisalways an occupational hazard of concentrating on one particular event or issue at the expense of the others.

But that is not the case with Abraham Foxman. During his nearly three-decade stintas national director of the Anti-Defamation League which came to an end in 2015, when he was succeeded by Jonathan Greenblatt Foxman gained renown for highlighting and pushing back against antisemitism irrespective of whether it came from the Left or Right, from inside a mosque or a church, from an A-list celebrity or a fringe fanatic, from the halls of the UN or the deep Midwest, oreven from other Jews.

Foxman, now the ADLs national director emeritus, still tracksthe troughs and peaks of antisemitism, wherever it may be found, as the head of an antisemitism study program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaustin New York.

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During an interview with The Algemeiner on Friday, theconversation inevitably turned to the subject of Linda Sarsour, the vocal BDS advocate who, this past week alone, earned the praise of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the pages of Time magazine and was invited to speak at the commencement ceremony at CUNYs Graduate School of Public Health.

Shes a champion of equal rights, except when it comes to Jewish rights, Foxman said of Sarsour. She plays that game, I love Jews, I dont like Zionists. Well, Ive got news for her. Every Jew whos a Jew prays to Jerusalem, says Im eshkachech Yerushalayim, (If I forget you, Jerusalem.) So this is a throwback to 1948.

Yet Foxman is careful not to charge every Palestinian solidarity activist with antisemitism. You can be an advocate of the Palestinian liberation movement without being an enemy of Jewish liberation, Foxman stressed. But that, he continued, is not the case with Sarsour. She is an enemy of Jewish sovereignty and Jewish liberation, he stated. Shes a bigot, and she shouldnt have been invited [to CUNY].

But now that the invitation had been extended, Foxman said, CUNY would be better off learning about her views and distancing itself appropriately, rather than turning Sarsour into a free speech martyr.

2017is a yearthat has already seen its fair share of headlines about antisemitism, mainly focused on the political Right, and often attempting to blame President Donald Trump and some members of his administration for its spread. Foxman has little time for any of this; weeks before Trumps inauguration, hemade it clear that antisemitism was not created by the election it just enabled what was always there.

A major concern for Foxman is what he calls the politicization of antisemitism, a phenomenon that increased its visibility during the election and which persists beyond it. Stop blaming Trump for the increase (in antisemitism), he said. The increase is out there because of instability, hypernationalism, anxiety, because of the internet, for a lot of reasons. To put it all on him, as some did, was I believe politicizing it for the wrong reasons.

Regarding the controversy surrounding Sebastian Gorka, the Trump adviserwho has been dogged byaccusations of connections to far-right groupsin Hungary, Foxman said: I find it hard to know where the truth lies again, I see this as politicized. What does that mean? The Forward newspaper has taken a major position against, while the Jerusalem Post has invited him to its forthcoming symposium. So I havent done the research, I dont know the full facts, but I see that this is being politicized.

Better known than Gorka in terms of antisemitism accusations is Steve Bannon, Trumps chief strategist, who has sparked alarm because of his connections with the so-called alt-right movement. I thought it was a mistake to make Bannon a Jewish issue, Foxman said. And we made Bannon a Jewish issue, to the point where some Jews said, Hes an antisemite, then the Israeli ambassador came to embrace him.

I thought Bannon was an American issue, Foxman continued. There was nothing specifically Jewish, no record of antisemitism, there was a record of pro-Israel stuff. Many people dont like his worldview okay, youre entitled but I wasnt comfortable when we made that a Jewish issue.

Antisemitism is serious enough that one shouldnt exaggerate it or politicize it, he said. People viewed every expression on the subject in the last few months in political terms. And when it became clear that the the threats against Jewish community institutionscamefrom an Israeli, American, Jewish kid, and we all sighed with relief, I said, What lessons can we learn here?’

Those lessons, Foxman said, were, first, not to make every problem an existential crisis; second, dont jump to conclusions; and third, awareness that the end result of exaggerating threats isthat Jews will be too afraid to go to Jewish institutions, Jewish events.

As for Trump himself, Foxman rejects the theory that the perceived recent rise in antisemitism is the fault of the president. We have had in the last several years in the vicinity of 1,500 attacks on Jewsbecause they were Jews those are FBI figures, he said. The difference with now is thatthe news didnt focus on it. All of a sudden, every day we were reading about swastikas and other incidents, and I said, Hey, in all the years that Ive been part of the ADL and we have been taking inventory, its averaged 3to 5 incidents a day.’

Foxman observed that the removal of political taboos during the election campaign handedAmericans with strongly antisemitic views somewhere between 10 and 14 percent of the population, according to Foxman a rare opportunity to reach out to a much larger audience.But, he continued, Trump isnt an antisemite and he didnt create [antisemitism]. Look, this election wasnt about us. We have to be careful not to project all our anxieties and all our insecurities on every issue.

If the election campaign removed the covers of the sewers, Foxman said, it was clear to him that Trump was now in the process of putting them back on.

He sent his vice president, Mike Pence, to Dachau, as well as to the Jewish cemetery in St. Louis that was desecrated in February, Foxman said. These are public manifestations of understanding and embrace, he noted. It took a while, but look, in Trumps first 100 days, this wasnt item number one or number two or number three, even if it was understandably that way for us.

Speaking about Trumpswarmth toward the Jewish state and his on-again, off-again plan to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Foxman said there was no doubt about the presidents personal sincerity on the matter. But its like [late former Israeli Prime Minister] Arik Sharon said, the issueslook very different from the inside of the prime ministers office than from the outside, he noted.

Trump as president sees things very differently from Trump as a candidate, Foxman went on to say. Hes not embarrassed to be a friend, he wants to be a friend.

Earlier worries that Trump would adopt a neutral stance toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were lessening, Foxman said.

Hes embraced Israel, while hes embracing peace. Were nervous, time will tell, but the tone the tone is much better in terms of US-Israel relations, Foxman concluded.

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ADL’s Foxman Warns Against Politicizing Anti-semitism – Newsmax

With the bitter partisan divide showing no signs of abating, former long-time national director of the Anti-Defamation League Abraham Foxman warned against the “politicization”of anti-semitism in an interview with The Algemeiner.

“Stop blaming [President Donald] Trump for the increase [in antisemitism],”Foxman said. “The increase is out there because of instability, hypernationalism, anxiety, because of the internet, for a lot of reasons. To put it all on him, as some did, was I believe politicizing it for the wrong reasons.”

Foxman said that the last several years has seen a high level of attacks against Jews, before the rise of Trump, but “the difference with now is that the news didn’t focus on it.”

He added that “Anti=semitism is serious enough that one shouldn’t exaggerate it or politicize it. People viewed every expression on the subject in the last few months in political terms. And when it became clear that the threats against Jewish community institutions came from an Israeli, American, Jewish kid, and we all sighed with relief, I said, ‘What lessons can we learn here?'”

Foxman stressed that two main lessons should be: Don’tturn everything into an “existential crisis”and “dont jump to conclusions.”

He also said it was a mistake for many Jews to turn opposition to Trumps chief strategist Steve Bannon into a Jewish issue, saying, “I thought Bannon was an American issue. There was nothing specifically Jewish, no record of anti-semitism … Many people dont like his worldview okay, youre entitled but I wasn’t comfortable when we made that a Jewish issue.”

Foxman told The Forward that the issue of anti-semitism “has been hijacked politically by Democrats who’ve made it a political issue to attack Trump, and by Republicans who have made it a political issue to defend him,”a situation which he said does not help the Jewish community.

Foxman conceded to The Algemeiner that the abandonment of political taboos during the presidential campaign gave anti-semitic Americans an opportunity to reach a much larger audience, but that if the “covers of the sewers”were removed before the election, Trump is “in the process of putting them back on”by speaking out forcefully in word and deed against anti-semitism.

Foxman also commented on the controversy over Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour, whom he called “a champion of equal rights, except when it comes to Jewish rights.”

He criticized her invitation to speak at the commencement ceremony at the City University of New York’sGraduate School of Public Health, saying, “She is an enemy of Jewish sovereignty and Jewish liberation. She’s a bigot, and she shouldnt have been invited [to CUNY].”

Foxman stressed, however, that now that the invitation has already been extended it should not be canceled and turn her into a “free speech martyr,”but rather CUNY should learn about her views and distance themselves from them.

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PBS Documentary Asks: Is It OK To Joke About The Holocaust? 04 … – MediaPost Communications

You can be excused if you have never pondered the question posed by this new PBS documentary titled The Last Laugh.

This documentary — premiering Monday night as part of the ongoing Independent Lens series of documentary films — explores whether or not it should be OK for comedians to joke about the Holocaust.

My first reaction to this concept as the underpinning of an entire 90-minute documentary was to wonder why this question is being asked in the first place.

With all of the subjects — touchy or otherwise — that people talk about today, the question of the Holocaust as stand-up comedy material is a subject that no one seems to be raising these days.

And yet, heres an entire documentary on this subject that seems to have left no comedy stone unturned in its pursuit of the answer to this question.

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Which is to say: If this question is meaningful or important for you, then you will likely never encounter a more thorough and comprehensive examination of this issue in your entire life.

The director, Ferne Pearlstein, has done a remarkable job wrangling interviews with comedians, Holocaust survivors and others who delve into every possible facet of this issue.

In addition, no TV show, movie or stand-up comedy routine in which Nazis and/or the Holocaust are mentioned seems to be omitted.

If you are expecting an examination such as this one to touch on everything from The Producers (the original movie from 1968) and Hogans Heroes (TVs most notorious sitcom about life in a Nazi prison camp — and the only such show that was ever made with this setting) to Life is Beautiful (the Italian Holocaust comedy from 1998), then you wont be disappointed.

Theyre all discussed here, along with just about every Holocaust joke that ever popped into the public consciousness.

There arent that many of these, but as this documentary points out, two female comedians — Sarah Silverman and Joan Rivers — were not shy about including comedic observations about the Holocaust in their routines.

Silverman is among those interviewed in the documentary. Joan Rivers is not, probably because this film was put together after her death in 2014.

The list of interviewees is long. From the world of comedy, they include Mel Brooks (pictured above), Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Jeffrey Ross, Gilbert Gottfried, Larry Charles (director pf many Seinfeld episodes and director of Borat and other movies), David Steinberg, Judy Gold, Lisa Lampanelli, Harry Shearer and others.

One entertainer who was interviewed stands out because he is a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp who later went on to star as a cast member on Hogans Heroes — the actor Robert Clary.

The filmmaker made a great effort to balance the various opinions with those of real Holocaust survivors, including Abraham Foxman, long-time national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

To fill its 90-minute length, the documentary devolves at times into a discussion of all comedy generally, with particular attention paid to Lenny Bruce and the controversial material he wrote and performed about ethnic groups that liberally used slang terms for various minority groups (as they were called in the 1060s).

In this documentary, various examples of profanity are bleeped out. But the n-word is not, particularly as it comes up in routines ranging from Bruces stand-up act to The Chappelle Show.

With the interviewees coming at the subject from a variety of angles, the documentarys central question is not answered definitively. Nor does it have to be.

For example, Abraham Foxman doesnt appreciate Holocaust jokes from the likes of Rivers, Silverman and Sasha Baron Cohen because he thinks the jokes help sustain anti-Semitic stereotypes. In the film, Foxman blames Jack Benny for propagating the myth of the cheap Jew.

Many of the comedians agree that jokes about Hitler and Nazis are OK, but jokes specifically about the Holocaust are not.

Anything I could do to deflate Germans, I did, says Mel Brooks.

The Holocaust itself is not funny, says Rob Reiner. Theres nothing funny about it. But survival and what it takes to survive — there can be humor in that.

Even Robert Clary, who was the only Holocaust survivor among the 13 members of his immediate family, understands the power of comedy, even in the most dire of circumstances. Says he: You have to have a sense of humor.

Independent Lens: The Last Laugh premieres Monday night (April 24) at 10 Eastern on PBS (airdate and airtime might vary; check local listings).

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Top American Jewish Leader: US Military Strike Against Assad Regime Air Base ‘Both the Obvious and Necessary … – Algemeiner

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The USS Porter, from which Tomahawk missiles were launched into Syria on Thursday night. Photo: US Navy via Wikimedia Commons.

The US missile strike against a military air base in Syria on Thursday night was both the obvious and necessary thing to do following the suspected use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime earlier this week, a top American Jewish leader told The Algemeiner.

Its time that America starts standing up and giving expression to things that we say, Malcolm Hoenlein the executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said.I think that many countries in the Middle East will welcome the fact the United States is intervening. They wanted to see an active America back in the region.

The fact that we did not do it when we should have, when [former] President [Barack] Obama decided not act in 2013, sent a message that we had disengaged, Hoenlein continued. As one Arab leader said, You vanished without saying goodbye. So in that sense, I think what happened yesterday sent an important message. Its also an important message to Iran and Russia and their allies Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations in Syria.

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Now the question is is there a plan, something more comprehensive, that goes with this? Hoenlein asked.

In a statement published late Thursday night, Rabbis MarvinHierand AbrahamCooper the dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said, We support the presidents action taken directly against the base that launched the poison gas attacks against innocent Syrian civilians including women and children. This sends a clear message that when crimes against humanity are committed, words alone are never sufficient.

On Friday, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) praised President Donald Trump for his decision to hit the Assad regime.

The RJC strongly supports last nights strikesagainst the Syrian military targets in response to the horrific chemical attacks by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, RJC Executive DirectorMatt Brooks said in a statement. We want tothank the members and the families of the US Armed Forces who carried out last nights attack. This response has made it clear to the world that the United States will not sit by as Assad brutally slaughters innocent civilians. President Trump made the right, moral choice in responding to this reprehensible chemical attack, and he deserves our support.

American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris stated, The US action is a wake-up call to the international community that endless words of anguish and protest are not nearly enough in the face of an ongoing crisis of this magnitude. While it remains to be seen what the US strategy will be, it is heartening to witness President Trump show leadership, strength, and resolve, and, in doing so, gain the support of so many in the international community.

Former Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief Abraham Foxman told Jewish Insiderthat Trump did the right thing.

It is finally a significant gesture on behalf of the innocent victims of hate, he was quoted as saying. If only it had happened against Auschwitz or Treblinka. This act will not put an end to all the hate and death. But it is a welcome message and hopefully a new beginning.

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Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups’ narrative on anti-Semitism – thejewishchronicle.net

The American-Israeli teenager arrested on suspicion of making over 100 bomb threats to American JCCs leaves court in Rishon Lezion, Israel. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

It appears the groups were wrong.

The news that one Jewish teen an Israeli, no less was behind most of the approximately 150 bomb threats that have hit Jewish community centers since the start of 2017 is a shocking twist in light of months in which the Anti-Defamation League and other groups pointed their collective finger at the far right.

Were in unprecedented times, said Oren Segal, director of the ADLs Center on Extremism, at a March 10 news conference on the bomb threats. Weve never seen, ever, the volume of bomb threats that weve seen. White supremacists in this country feel more emboldened than they ever have before because of the public discourse and divisive rhetoric.

The ADL has repeatedly charged Trump with emboldening extremists, anti-Semites and far-right groups in the U.S. Other groups were even more explicit in linking rising anti-Semitic acts this year to the new president. On Jan. 10, following the first wave of JCC bomb threats, Bend The Arc, a liberal Jewish group, said that Trump helped to create the atmosphere of bigotry and violence that has resulted in these dangerous threats against Jewish institutions and individuals.

In February, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said in a statement to Trump that Rightly or wrongly, the most vicious anti-Semites in America are looking at you and your Administration as a nationalistic movement granting them permission to attack Jews.

But the perpetrator of the anti-Semitic acts, while his political opinions are not known, does not fit the profile of a white supremacist. According to Israeli reports, hes a mentally ill Israeli-American Jewish teenager.

He worked from home, using a computer lab with sophisticated equipment, encryption and transmission systems, and a powerful antenna, according to reports. And his father may have known what he was doing.

Israels anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He was brought to court and is being held.

The other suspect in the bomb threats, arrested earlier in March, also does not appear connected to the far right. Juan Thompson is a left-wing African-American former journalist who apparently made the calls in a convoluted vendetta against a former romantic partner.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said after the arrest that the organization stands by its prognosis of a surge in anti-Semitism and hatred in the U.S. since the campaign. Aside from the JCC bombings, Greenblatt pointed to a range of other hateful activities tied to white supremacists, from abuse of journalists on Twitter and harassment of Jews in Whitefish, Mont., to a South Carolina man who plotted a mass shooting at a synagogue.

The impact is still the same: Youve got children, families, the elderly, teens and others who have been terrorized by these attacks, Greenblatt said. Weve seen rising levels of bigotry in ways that are brand new. The emergence of the alt-right and the rising levels of abuse they perpetrated during the campaign against Jews and other minorities is despicable.

The Anne Frank Center, a small group whose profile has risen in part due to the attention around the JCC threats, said in a statement Thursday that it doesnt matter where any suspect is from or what his or her background is. Bend The Arc CEO Stosh Cotler said in a statement: Violence and threats of violence, whoever or wherever they come from, are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.

The JCC Association of North America said it was troubled by the news that the suspect is Jewish, while the Jewish Federations of North America called the news heartbreaking.

Greenblatt and Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security, both said the suspects age and location were less relevant than the fact that someone has been caught for making the threats.

What is relevant is that an individual or individuals were placed into custody who were engaged in or involved in criminal behavior, who were looking to terrorize our community, Goldenberg said. I do understand why people may have believed that this was part of a larger effort.

For longtime observers of anti-Semitism, the news showed the need to be cautious when analyzing hateful acts. Former ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, who has previously called for cooler heads in responding to recent hateful acts, said that the arrest shows the pitfalls of making assumptions.

Always take these things seriously, but dont jump to conclusions, Foxman said. History has taught us the source of anti-Semitism does not come from one direction. Its universal in its nature. … I think it is on the increase, but its not in epidemic proportions.

Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, noted that this isnt the first time that Jews have committed anti-Semitic acts. In 1989, the former president of the Jewish Student Union at the State University of New York in Binghamton was charged with painting anti-Semitic slogans on campus.

It is a reminder that we have to be very careful before we talk about a whole wave of anti-Semitism, Sarna said. Something like this will surely make everybody a little embarrassed as Jews, but also embarrassed in the sense that its not what people imagined it would turn out to be.

Sarna added that this incident shows Jews may not be as hated in America as it may have seemed. He cited a recent study by the Pew Research Center showing Jews to be the most popular religious group in America.

Its good to take a middle ground, he said. Yes, there are people who hate Jews, but were not seeing storm troopers at the gate.

Still, Sarna and Foxman noted the string of other anti-Semitic acts recently the cemetery desecrations and swastika graffiti, as well as a deluge of anti-Semitic harassment on Twitter last year. Because anti-Semitic acts, beyond the JCC threats, remain frequent in the U.S., Foxman does not believe that Thursdays arrest will lead to anyone downplaying future acts of anti-Semitism.

Its there, Foxman said of anti-Semitism. So theres one guy who, whatever his problem was, that doesnt change the fact that every day there are incidents of anti-Semitism in this country.

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Bomb threats arrest shows perils of assumptions – jewishpresspinellas

By BEN SALES JTA news service

NEW YORK Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trumps campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year.

It appears the groups were wrong.

The news that one Jewish teen an Israeli-American, no less was behind most of the approximately 150 bomb threats that have hit Jewish community centers since the start of 2017 is a shocking twist in light of months in which the Anti-Defamation League and other groups pointed their collective finger at the far right.

But the perpetrator of the anti-Semitic acts, while his political opinions are not known, does not fit the profile of a white supremacist. According to Israeli reports, the teen-age suspect suffers from mental illness.

He worked from home, using a computer lab with sophisticated equipment, encryption and transmission systems, and a powerful antenna, according to reports. And his father may have known what he was doing.

Israels anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-yearold suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday, March 23. He was brought to court and ordered held until March 30.

The other suspect in the bomb threats, arrested earlier in March, also does not appear connected to the far right. Hes a left-wing African-American former journalist who apparently made the calls in a convoluted vendetta against a former romantic partner.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told JTA that the organization stands by its prognosis of a surge in anti-Semitism and hatred in the U.S. since the campaign. Aside from the JCC bombings, Greenblatt pointed to a range of other hateful activities tied to white supremacists, from abuse of journalists on Twitter and harassment of Jews in Whitefish, MT, to a South Carolina man who plotted a mass shooting at a synagogue.

The impact is still the same: Youve got children, families, the elderly, teens and others who have been terrorized by these attacks, Greenblatt said. Weve seen rising levels of bigotry in ways that are brand new. The emergence of the alt-right and the rising levels of abuse they perpetrated during the campaign against Jews and other minorities is despicable.

Bend The Arc CEO Stosh Cotler said in a statement: Violence and threats of violence, whoever or wherever they come from, are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.

The JCC Association of North America said it was troubled by the news that the suspect is Jewish, while the Jewish Federations of North America called the news heartbreaking.

Greenblatt and Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security, both said the suspects age and location were less relevant than the fact that someone has been caught for making the threats.

What is relevant is that an individual or individuals were placed into custody who were engaged in or involved in criminal behavior, who were looking to terrorize our community, Goldenberg said. I do understand why people may have believed that this was part of a larger effort.

For longtime observers of anti-Semitism, the news showed the need to be cautious when analyzing hateful acts. Former ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, who has previously called for cooler heads in responding to recent hateful acts, said the arrest shows the pitfalls of making assumptions.

Always take these things seriously, but dont jump to conclusions, Foxman told JTA. History has taught us the source of anti-Semitism does not come from one direction. Its universal in its nature. … I think it is on the increase, but its not in epidemic proportions.

Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, noted that this isnt the first time that Jews have committed anti-Semitic acts. In 1989, the former president of the Jewish Student Union at the State University of New York in Binghamton was charged with painting anti-Semitic slogans on campus.

It is a reminder that we have to be very careful before we talk about a whole wave of anti-Semitism, Sarna said. Something like this will surely make everybody a little embarrassed as Jews, but also embarrassed in the sense that its not what people imagined it would turn out to be.

Sarna added that this incident shows Jews may not be as hated in America as it may have seemed. He cited a recent study by the Pew Research Center showing Jews to be the most popular religious group in America.

Its good to take a middle ground, he said. Yes, there are people who hate Jews, but were not seeing storm troopers at the gate.

Still, Sarna and Foxman noted the string of other anti-Semitic acts recently – the cemetery desecrations and swastika graffiti, as well as a deluge of anti-Semitic harassment on Twitter last year. Because anti-Semitic acts, beyond the JCC threats, remain frequent in the U.S., Foxman does not believe that the May 23 arrest will lead to anyone downplaying future acts of anti-Semitism.

Its there, Foxman said of anti-Semitism. So theres one guy who, whatever his problem was, that doesnt change the fact that every day there are incidents of anti-Semitism in this country.

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Jewish bomb threatener undermines groups’ narrative on Trump-related anti-Semitism – The Jewish Standard

Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trumps campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year.

It appears the groups were wrong.

The news that one Jewish teen an Israeli, no less was behind most of the approximately 150 bomb threats that have hit Jewish community centers since the start of 2017 is a shocking twist in light of months in which the Anti-Defamation League and other groups pointed their collective finger at the far right.

Were in unprecedented times, said Oren Segal, director of the ADLs Center on Extremism, at a March 10 news conference on the bomb threats. Weve never seen, ever, the volume of bomb threats that weve seen. White supremacists in this country feel more emboldened than they ever have before because of the public discourse and divisive rhetoric.

The ADL has repeatedlycharged Trump with emboldening extremists, anti-Semitesand far-right groups in the U.S. Other groups were even more explicit in linking rising anti-Semitic acts this year to the new president. On Jan. 10, following the first wave of JCC bomb threats, Bend The Arc, a liberal Jewish group, said that Trump helped to create the atmosphere of bigotry and violence that has resulted in these dangerous threats against Jewish institutions and individuals.

In February, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said in a statement to Trump that Rightly or wrongly, the most vicious anti-Semites in America are looking at you and your Administration as a nationalistic movement granting them permission to attack Jews.

But the perpetrator of the anti-Semitic acts, while his political opinions are not known, does not fit the profile of a white supremacist. According to Israeli reports, hes a mentally ill Israeli-American Jewish teenager.

He worked from home, using a computer lab with sophisticated equipment, encryption and transmission systems, and a powerful antenna, according to reports. And his father may have known what he was doing.

Israels anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He was brought to court and ordered held until March 30.

The other suspect in the bomb threats, arrested earlier in March, also does not appear connected to the far right. Hes a left-wing African-American former journalist who apparently made the calls in a convolutedvendetta against a former romantic partner.

The ADL responded to the Israeli teens arrest with a mix of relief and caution along with a hint of defensiveness. The organization welcomed the news that JCC patrons among them preschoolers and senior citizens would no longer have to be evacuated and fear for their safety. But its statement said that despite the suspects profile, anti-Semitism in America is still a problem.

These were acts of anti-Semitism, the statement said, adding that anti-Semitism in the U.S. remains a very serious concern. No arrests have been made in three cemetery desecrations or a series of other anti-Semitic incidents involving swastika graffiti and hate fliers. JCCs and other institutions should not relax security measures or become less vigilant.

The Anne Frank Center, a small group whose profile has risen in part due to the attention around the JCC threats, said in a statement Thursday that it doesnt matter where any suspect is from or what his or her background is. Bend The Arc CEO Stosh Cotler said in a statement: Violence and threats of violence, whoever or wherever they come from, are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.

The JCCAssociationofNorthAmerica said it was troubled by the news that the suspect is Jewish, while the Jewish Federations of North America called the news heartbreaking.

Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security, said the suspects age and location were less relevant than the fact that someone has been caught for making the threats.

What is relevant is that an individual or individuals were placed into custody who were engaged in or involved in criminal behavior, who were looking to terrorize our community, he said. Ido understand why people may have believed that this was part of a larger effort.

For longtime observers of anti-Semitism, the news showed the need to be cautious when analyzing hateful acts. Former ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, who has previously called for cooler heads in responding to recent hateful acts, said Thursday that the arrest shows the pitfalls of making assumptions.

Always take these things seriously, but dont jump to conclusions, Foxman told JTA. History has taught us the source of anti-Semitism does not come from one direction. Its universal in its nature. I think it is on the increase, but its not in epidemic proportions.

Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, noted that this isnt the first time that Jews have committed anti-Semitic acts. In 1989, the former president of the Jewish Student Union at the State University of New York in Binghamton was charged with painting anti-Semitic slogans on campus.

It is a reminder that we have to be very careful before we talk about a whole wave of anti-Semitism, Sarna said. Something like this will surely make everybody a little embarrassed as Jews, but also embarrassed in the sense that its not what people imagined it would turn out to be.

Sarna added that this incident shows Jews may not be as hated in America as it may have seemed. He cited a recent study by the Pew Research Center showing Jews to be the most popular religious group in America.

Its good to take a middle ground, he said. Yes, there are people who hate Jews, but were not seeing storm troopers at the gate.

Still, Sarna and Foxman noted the string of other anti-Semitic acts recently the cemetery desecrations and swastika graffiti, as well as a deluge of anti-Semitic harassment on Twitter last year. Because anti-Semitic acts, beyond the JCC threats, remain frequent in the U.S., Foxman does not believe that Thursdays arrest will lead to anyone downplaying future acts of anti-Semitism.

Its there, Foxman said of anti-Semitism. So theres one guy who, whatever his problem was, that doesnt change the fact that every day there are incidents of anti-Semitism in this country.

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Former ADL Chief Abraham Foxman Warns Against ‘Politicization’ of … – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “Former ADL Chief Abraham Foxman Warns Against Politicization of Antisemitism; Calls Sarsour a Bigot Who Should Not Have Received CUNY Invite” to a friend ADL National Director Emeritus Abraham Foxman. Photo: ADL For the community of scholars, activists and advocates involved in combating antisemitism, thereisalways an occupational hazard of concentrating on one particular event or issue at the expense of the others. But that is not the case with Abraham Foxman. During his nearly three-decade stintas national director of the Anti-Defamation League which came to an end in 2015, when he was succeeded by Jonathan Greenblatt Foxman gained renown for highlighting and pushing back against antisemitism irrespective of whether it came from the Left or Right, from inside a mosque or a church, from an A-list celebrity or a fringe fanatic, from the halls of the UN or the deep Midwest, oreven from other Jews. Foxman, now the ADLs national director emeritus, still tracksthe troughs and peaks of antisemitism, wherever it may be found, as the head of an antisemitism study program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaustin New York. May 1, 2017 3:44 pm During an interview with The Algemeiner on Friday, theconversation inevitably turned to the subject of Linda Sarsour, the vocal BDS advocate who, this past week alone, earned the praise of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the pages of Time magazine and was invited to speak at the commencement ceremony at CUNYs Graduate School of Public Health. Shes a champion of equal rights, except when it comes to Jewish rights, Foxman said of Sarsour. She plays that game, I love Jews, I dont like Zionists. Well, Ive got news for her. Every Jew whos a Jew prays to Jerusalem, says Im eshkachech Yerushalayim, (If I forget you, Jerusalem.) So this is a throwback to 1948. Yet Foxman is careful not to charge every Palestinian solidarity activist with antisemitism. You can be an advocate of the Palestinian liberation movement without being an enemy of Jewish liberation, Foxman stressed. But that, he continued, is not the case with Sarsour. She is an enemy of Jewish sovereignty and Jewish liberation, he stated. Shes a bigot, and she shouldnt have been invited [to CUNY]. But now that the invitation had been extended, Foxman said, CUNY would be better off learning about her views and distancing itself appropriately, rather than turning Sarsour into a free speech martyr. 2017is a yearthat has already seen its fair share of headlines about antisemitism, mainly focused on the political Right, and often attempting to blame President Donald Trump and some members of his administration for its spread. Foxman has little time for any of this; weeks before Trumps inauguration, hemade it clear that antisemitism was not created by the election it just enabled what was always there. A major concern for Foxman is what he calls the politicization of antisemitism, a phenomenon that increased its visibility during the election and which persists beyond it. Stop blaming Trump for the increase (in antisemitism), he said. The increase is out there because of instability, hypernationalism, anxiety, because of the internet, for a lot of reasons. To put it all on him, as some did, was I believe politicizing it for the wrong reasons. Regarding the controversy surrounding Sebastian Gorka, the Trump adviserwho has been dogged byaccusations of connections to far-right groupsin Hungary, Foxman said: I find it hard to know where the truth lies again, I see this as politicized. What does that mean? The Forward newspaper has taken a major position against, while the Jerusalem Post has invited him to its forthcoming symposium. So I havent done the research, I dont know the full facts, but I see that this is being politicized. Better known than Gorka in terms of antisemitism accusations is Steve Bannon, Trumps chief strategist, who has sparked alarm because of his connections with the so-called alt-right movement. I thought it was a mistake to make Bannon a Jewish issue, Foxman said. And we made Bannon a Jewish issue, to the point where some Jews said, Hes an antisemite, then the Israeli ambassador came to embrace him. I thought Bannon was an American issue, Foxman continued. There was nothing specifically Jewish, no record of antisemitism, there was a record of pro-Israel stuff. Many people dont like his worldview okay, youre entitled but I wasnt comfortable when we made that a Jewish issue. Antisemitism is serious enough that one shouldnt exaggerate it or politicize it, he said. People viewed every expression on the subject in the last few months in political terms. And when it became clear that the the threats against Jewish community institutionscamefrom an Israeli, American, Jewish kid, and we all sighed with relief, I said, What lessons can we learn here?’ Those lessons, Foxman said, were, first, not to make every problem an existential crisis; second, dont jump to conclusions; and third, awareness that the end result of exaggerating threats isthat Jews will be too afraid to go to Jewish institutions, Jewish events. As for Trump himself, Foxman rejects the theory that the perceived recent rise in antisemitism is the fault of the president. We have had in the last several years in the vicinity of 1,500 attacks on Jewsbecause they were Jews those are FBI figures, he said. The difference with now is thatthe news didnt focus on it. All of a sudden, every day we were reading about swastikas and other incidents, and I said, Hey, in all the years that Ive been part of the ADL and we have been taking inventory, its averaged 3to 5 incidents a day.’ Foxman observed that the removal of political taboos during the election campaign handedAmericans with strongly antisemitic views somewhere between 10 and 14 percent of the population, according to Foxman a rare opportunity to reach out to a much larger audience.But, he continued, Trump isnt an antisemite and he didnt create [antisemitism]. Look, this election wasnt about us. We have to be careful not to project all our anxieties and all our insecurities on every issue. If the election campaign removed the covers of the sewers, Foxman said, it was clear to him that Trump was now in the process of putting them back on. He sent his vice president, Mike Pence, to Dachau, as well as to the Jewish cemetery in St. Louis that was desecrated in February, Foxman said. These are public manifestations of understanding and embrace, he noted. It took a while, but look, in Trumps first 100 days, this wasnt item number one or number two or number three, even if it was understandably that way for us. Speaking about Trumpswarmth toward the Jewish state and his on-again, off-again plan to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Foxman said there was no doubt about the presidents personal sincerity on the matter. But its like [late former Israeli Prime Minister] Arik Sharon said, the issueslook very different from the inside of the prime ministers office than from the outside, he noted. Trump as president sees things very differently from Trump as a candidate, Foxman went on to say. Hes not embarrassed to be a friend, he wants to be a friend. Earlier worries that Trump would adopt a neutral stance toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were lessening, Foxman said. Hes embraced Israel, while hes embracing peace. Were nervous, time will tell, but the tone the tone is much better in terms of US-Israel relations, Foxman concluded.

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ADL’s Foxman Warns Against Politicizing Anti-semitism – Newsmax

With the bitter partisan divide showing no signs of abating, former long-time national director of the Anti-Defamation League Abraham Foxman warned against the “politicization”of anti-semitism in an interview with The Algemeiner. “Stop blaming [President Donald] Trump for the increase [in antisemitism],”Foxman said. “The increase is out there because of instability, hypernationalism, anxiety, because of the internet, for a lot of reasons. To put it all on him, as some did, was I believe politicizing it for the wrong reasons.” Foxman said that the last several years has seen a high level of attacks against Jews, before the rise of Trump, but “the difference with now is that the news didn’t focus on it.” He added that “Anti=semitism is serious enough that one shouldn’t exaggerate it or politicize it. People viewed every expression on the subject in the last few months in political terms. And when it became clear that the threats against Jewish community institutions came from an Israeli, American, Jewish kid, and we all sighed with relief, I said, ‘What lessons can we learn here?'” Foxman stressed that two main lessons should be: Don’tturn everything into an “existential crisis”and “dont jump to conclusions.” He also said it was a mistake for many Jews to turn opposition to Trumps chief strategist Steve Bannon into a Jewish issue, saying, “I thought Bannon was an American issue. There was nothing specifically Jewish, no record of anti-semitism … Many people dont like his worldview okay, youre entitled but I wasn’t comfortable when we made that a Jewish issue.” Foxman told The Forward that the issue of anti-semitism “has been hijacked politically by Democrats who’ve made it a political issue to attack Trump, and by Republicans who have made it a political issue to defend him,”a situation which he said does not help the Jewish community. Foxman conceded to The Algemeiner that the abandonment of political taboos during the presidential campaign gave anti-semitic Americans an opportunity to reach a much larger audience, but that if the “covers of the sewers”were removed before the election, Trump is “in the process of putting them back on”by speaking out forcefully in word and deed against anti-semitism. Foxman also commented on the controversy over Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour, whom he called “a champion of equal rights, except when it comes to Jewish rights.” He criticized her invitation to speak at the commencement ceremony at the City University of New York’sGraduate School of Public Health, saying, “She is an enemy of Jewish sovereignty and Jewish liberation. She’s a bigot, and she shouldnt have been invited [to CUNY].” Foxman stressed, however, that now that the invitation has already been extended it should not be canceled and turn her into a “free speech martyr,”but rather CUNY should learn about her views and distance themselves from them. 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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The Leo Frank Jewish Sex Murder Criminal Case and Post-Trial Lynching: The Rape and Strangulation of Mary Phagan and Meticulous Leo Frank Trial Analysis at the American Mercury.

These are the most hateful articles ever written about the Leo Frank case, how dare they say he was guilty. Please pressure their ISP to shut down The American Mercury, before these articles get copied to other websites and shared around the world. This hate must be stopped. The Astounding Alonzo Mann Hoax and Jewish […]

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PBS Documentary Asks: Is It OK To Joke About The Holocaust? 04 … – MediaPost Communications

You can be excused if you have never pondered the question posed by this new PBS documentary titled The Last Laugh. This documentary — premiering Monday night as part of the ongoing Independent Lens series of documentary films — explores whether or not it should be OK for comedians to joke about the Holocaust. My first reaction to this concept as the underpinning of an entire 90-minute documentary was to wonder why this question is being asked in the first place. With all of the subjects — touchy or otherwise — that people talk about today, the question of the Holocaust as stand-up comedy material is a subject that no one seems to be raising these days. And yet, heres an entire documentary on this subject that seems to have left no comedy stone unturned in its pursuit of the answer to this question. advertisement advertisement Which is to say: If this question is meaningful or important for you, then you will likely never encounter a more thorough and comprehensive examination of this issue in your entire life. The director, Ferne Pearlstein, has done a remarkable job wrangling interviews with comedians, Holocaust survivors and others who delve into every possible facet of this issue. In addition, no TV show, movie or stand-up comedy routine in which Nazis and/or the Holocaust are mentioned seems to be omitted. If you are expecting an examination such as this one to touch on everything from The Producers (the original movie from 1968) and Hogans Heroes (TVs most notorious sitcom about life in a Nazi prison camp — and the only such show that was ever made with this setting) to Life is Beautiful (the Italian Holocaust comedy from 1998), then you wont be disappointed. Theyre all discussed here, along with just about every Holocaust joke that ever popped into the public consciousness. There arent that many of these, but as this documentary points out, two female comedians — Sarah Silverman and Joan Rivers — were not shy about including comedic observations about the Holocaust in their routines. Silverman is among those interviewed in the documentary. Joan Rivers is not, probably because this film was put together after her death in 2014. The list of interviewees is long. From the world of comedy, they include Mel Brooks (pictured above), Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Jeffrey Ross, Gilbert Gottfried, Larry Charles (director pf many Seinfeld episodes and director of Borat and other movies), David Steinberg, Judy Gold, Lisa Lampanelli, Harry Shearer and others. One entertainer who was interviewed stands out because he is a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp who later went on to star as a cast member on Hogans Heroes — the actor Robert Clary. The filmmaker made a great effort to balance the various opinions with those of real Holocaust survivors, including Abraham Foxman, long-time national director of the Anti-Defamation League. To fill its 90-minute length, the documentary devolves at times into a discussion of all comedy generally, with particular attention paid to Lenny Bruce and the controversial material he wrote and performed about ethnic groups that liberally used slang terms for various minority groups (as they were called in the 1060s). In this documentary, various examples of profanity are bleeped out. But the n-word is not, particularly as it comes up in routines ranging from Bruces stand-up act to The Chappelle Show. With the interviewees coming at the subject from a variety of angles, the documentarys central question is not answered definitively. Nor does it have to be. For example, Abraham Foxman doesnt appreciate Holocaust jokes from the likes of Rivers, Silverman and Sasha Baron Cohen because he thinks the jokes help sustain anti-Semitic stereotypes. In the film, Foxman blames Jack Benny for propagating the myth of the cheap Jew. Many of the comedians agree that jokes about Hitler and Nazis are OK, but jokes specifically about the Holocaust are not. Anything I could do to deflate Germans, I did, says Mel Brooks. The Holocaust itself is not funny, says Rob Reiner. Theres nothing funny about it. But survival and what it takes to survive — there can be humor in that. Even Robert Clary, who was the only Holocaust survivor among the 13 members of his immediate family, understands the power of comedy, even in the most dire of circumstances. Says he: You have to have a sense of humor. Independent Lens: The Last Laugh premieres Monday night (April 24) at 10 Eastern on PBS (airdate and airtime might vary; check local listings).

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Top American Jewish Leader: US Military Strike Against Assad Regime Air Base ‘Both the Obvious and Necessary … – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “Top American Jewish Leader: US Military Strike Against Assad Regime Air Base Both the Obvious and Necessary Thing to Do” to a friend The USS Porter, from which Tomahawk missiles were launched into Syria on Thursday night. Photo: US Navy via Wikimedia Commons. The US missile strike against a military air base in Syria on Thursday night was both the obvious and necessary thing to do following the suspected use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime earlier this week, a top American Jewish leader told The Algemeiner. Its time that America starts standing up and giving expression to things that we say, Malcolm Hoenlein the executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said.I think that many countries in the Middle East will welcome the fact the United States is intervening. They wanted to see an active America back in the region. The fact that we did not do it when we should have, when [former] President [Barack] Obama decided not act in 2013, sent a message that we had disengaged, Hoenlein continued. As one Arab leader said, You vanished without saying goodbye. So in that sense, I think what happened yesterday sent an important message. Its also an important message to Iran and Russia and their allies Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations in Syria. April 9, 2017 11:53 pm Now the question is is there a plan, something more comprehensive, that goes with this? Hoenlein asked. In a statement published late Thursday night, Rabbis MarvinHierand AbrahamCooper the dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said, We support the presidents action taken directly against the base that launched the poison gas attacks against innocent Syrian civilians including women and children. This sends a clear message that when crimes against humanity are committed, words alone are never sufficient. On Friday, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) praised President Donald Trump for his decision to hit the Assad regime. The RJC strongly supports last nights strikesagainst the Syrian military targets in response to the horrific chemical attacks by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, RJC Executive DirectorMatt Brooks said in a statement. We want tothank the members and the families of the US Armed Forces who carried out last nights attack. This response has made it clear to the world that the United States will not sit by as Assad brutally slaughters innocent civilians. President Trump made the right, moral choice in responding to this reprehensible chemical attack, and he deserves our support. American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris stated, The US action is a wake-up call to the international community that endless words of anguish and protest are not nearly enough in the face of an ongoing crisis of this magnitude. While it remains to be seen what the US strategy will be, it is heartening to witness President Trump show leadership, strength, and resolve, and, in doing so, gain the support of so many in the international community. Former Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief Abraham Foxman told Jewish Insiderthat Trump did the right thing. It is finally a significant gesture on behalf of the innocent victims of hate, he was quoted as saying. If only it had happened against Auschwitz or Treblinka. This act will not put an end to all the hate and death. But it is a welcome message and hopefully a new beginning.

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Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups’ narrative on anti-Semitism – thejewishchronicle.net

The American-Israeli teenager arrested on suspicion of making over 100 bomb threats to American JCCs leaves court in Rishon Lezion, Israel. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one Jewish teen an Israeli, no less was behind most of the approximately 150 bomb threats that have hit Jewish community centers since the start of 2017 is a shocking twist in light of months in which the Anti-Defamation League and other groups pointed their collective finger at the far right. Were in unprecedented times, said Oren Segal, director of the ADLs Center on Extremism, at a March 10 news conference on the bomb threats. Weve never seen, ever, the volume of bomb threats that weve seen. White supremacists in this country feel more emboldened than they ever have before because of the public discourse and divisive rhetoric. The ADL has repeatedly charged Trump with emboldening extremists, anti-Semites and far-right groups in the U.S. Other groups were even more explicit in linking rising anti-Semitic acts this year to the new president. On Jan. 10, following the first wave of JCC bomb threats, Bend The Arc, a liberal Jewish group, said that Trump helped to create the atmosphere of bigotry and violence that has resulted in these dangerous threats against Jewish institutions and individuals. In February, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said in a statement to Trump that Rightly or wrongly, the most vicious anti-Semites in America are looking at you and your Administration as a nationalistic movement granting them permission to attack Jews. But the perpetrator of the anti-Semitic acts, while his political opinions are not known, does not fit the profile of a white supremacist. According to Israeli reports, hes a mentally ill Israeli-American Jewish teenager. He worked from home, using a computer lab with sophisticated equipment, encryption and transmission systems, and a powerful antenna, according to reports. And his father may have known what he was doing. Israels anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He was brought to court and is being held. The other suspect in the bomb threats, arrested earlier in March, also does not appear connected to the far right. Juan Thompson is a left-wing African-American former journalist who apparently made the calls in a convoluted vendetta against a former romantic partner. ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said after the arrest that the organization stands by its prognosis of a surge in anti-Semitism and hatred in the U.S. since the campaign. Aside from the JCC bombings, Greenblatt pointed to a range of other hateful activities tied to white supremacists, from abuse of journalists on Twitter and harassment of Jews in Whitefish, Mont., to a South Carolina man who plotted a mass shooting at a synagogue. The impact is still the same: Youve got children, families, the elderly, teens and others who have been terrorized by these attacks, Greenblatt said. Weve seen rising levels of bigotry in ways that are brand new. The emergence of the alt-right and the rising levels of abuse they perpetrated during the campaign against Jews and other minorities is despicable. The Anne Frank Center, a small group whose profile has risen in part due to the attention around the JCC threats, said in a statement Thursday that it doesnt matter where any suspect is from or what his or her background is. Bend The Arc CEO Stosh Cotler said in a statement: Violence and threats of violence, whoever or wherever they come from, are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. The JCC Association of North America said it was troubled by the news that the suspect is Jewish, while the Jewish Federations of North America called the news heartbreaking. Greenblatt and Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security, both said the suspects age and location were less relevant than the fact that someone has been caught for making the threats. What is relevant is that an individual or individuals were placed into custody who were engaged in or involved in criminal behavior, who were looking to terrorize our community, Goldenberg said. I do understand why people may have believed that this was part of a larger effort. For longtime observers of anti-Semitism, the news showed the need to be cautious when analyzing hateful acts. Former ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, who has previously called for cooler heads in responding to recent hateful acts, said that the arrest shows the pitfalls of making assumptions. Always take these things seriously, but dont jump to conclusions, Foxman said. History has taught us the source of anti-Semitism does not come from one direction. Its universal in its nature. … I think it is on the increase, but its not in epidemic proportions. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, noted that this isnt the first time that Jews have committed anti-Semitic acts. In 1989, the former president of the Jewish Student Union at the State University of New York in Binghamton was charged with painting anti-Semitic slogans on campus. It is a reminder that we have to be very careful before we talk about a whole wave of anti-Semitism, Sarna said. Something like this will surely make everybody a little embarrassed as Jews, but also embarrassed in the sense that its not what people imagined it would turn out to be. Sarna added that this incident shows Jews may not be as hated in America as it may have seemed. He cited a recent study by the Pew Research Center showing Jews to be the most popular religious group in America. Its good to take a middle ground, he said. Yes, there are people who hate Jews, but were not seeing storm troopers at the gate. Still, Sarna and Foxman noted the string of other anti-Semitic acts recently the cemetery desecrations and swastika graffiti, as well as a deluge of anti-Semitic harassment on Twitter last year. Because anti-Semitic acts, beyond the JCC threats, remain frequent in the U.S., Foxman does not believe that Thursdays arrest will lead to anyone downplaying future acts of anti-Semitism. Its there, Foxman said of anti-Semitism. So theres one guy who, whatever his problem was, that doesnt change the fact that every day there are incidents of anti-Semitism in this country.

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Trump Ally Alex Jones Attacks "The Jewish Press" For Reporting On His "Jewish Mafia" Commentary – Media Matters for America (blog)

Media Matters for America (blog) Trump Ally Alex Jones Attacks "The Jewish Press" For Reporting On His "Jewish Mafia" Commentary Media Matters for America (blog) Then-Anti-Defamation League Executive Director Abraham Foxman called those claims completely inappropriate, offensive, and horrific, explaining that to hold a young boy responsible for what was going on around him during the Holocaust as part of a … and more »

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By BEN SALES JTA news service NEW YORK Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trumps campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one Jewish teen an Israeli-American, no less was behind most of the approximately 150 bomb threats that have hit Jewish community centers since the start of 2017 is a shocking twist in light of months in which the Anti-Defamation League and other groups pointed their collective finger at the far right. But the perpetrator of the anti-Semitic acts, while his political opinions are not known, does not fit the profile of a white supremacist. According to Israeli reports, the teen-age suspect suffers from mental illness. He worked from home, using a computer lab with sophisticated equipment, encryption and transmission systems, and a powerful antenna, according to reports. And his father may have known what he was doing. Israels anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-yearold suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday, March 23. He was brought to court and ordered held until March 30. The other suspect in the bomb threats, arrested earlier in March, also does not appear connected to the far right. Hes a left-wing African-American former journalist who apparently made the calls in a convoluted vendetta against a former romantic partner. ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told JTA that the organization stands by its prognosis of a surge in anti-Semitism and hatred in the U.S. since the campaign. Aside from the JCC bombings, Greenblatt pointed to a range of other hateful activities tied to white supremacists, from abuse of journalists on Twitter and harassment of Jews in Whitefish, MT, to a South Carolina man who plotted a mass shooting at a synagogue. The impact is still the same: Youve got children, families, the elderly, teens and others who have been terrorized by these attacks, Greenblatt said. Weve seen rising levels of bigotry in ways that are brand new. The emergence of the alt-right and the rising levels of abuse they perpetrated during the campaign against Jews and other minorities is despicable. Bend The Arc CEO Stosh Cotler said in a statement: Violence and threats of violence, whoever or wherever they come from, are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. The JCC Association of North America said it was troubled by the news that the suspect is Jewish, while the Jewish Federations of North America called the news heartbreaking. Greenblatt and Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security, both said the suspects age and location were less relevant than the fact that someone has been caught for making the threats. What is relevant is that an individual or individuals were placed into custody who were engaged in or involved in criminal behavior, who were looking to terrorize our community, Goldenberg said. I do understand why people may have believed that this was part of a larger effort. For longtime observers of anti-Semitism, the news showed the need to be cautious when analyzing hateful acts. Former ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, who has previously called for cooler heads in responding to recent hateful acts, said the arrest shows the pitfalls of making assumptions. Always take these things seriously, but dont jump to conclusions, Foxman told JTA. History has taught us the source of anti-Semitism does not come from one direction. Its universal in its nature. … I think it is on the increase, but its not in epidemic proportions. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, noted that this isnt the first time that Jews have committed anti-Semitic acts. In 1989, the former president of the Jewish Student Union at the State University of New York in Binghamton was charged with painting anti-Semitic slogans on campus. It is a reminder that we have to be very careful before we talk about a whole wave of anti-Semitism, Sarna said. Something like this will surely make everybody a little embarrassed as Jews, but also embarrassed in the sense that its not what people imagined it would turn out to be. Sarna added that this incident shows Jews may not be as hated in America as it may have seemed. He cited a recent study by the Pew Research Center showing Jews to be the most popular religious group in America. Its good to take a middle ground, he said. Yes, there are people who hate Jews, but were not seeing storm troopers at the gate. Still, Sarna and Foxman noted the string of other anti-Semitic acts recently – the cemetery desecrations and swastika graffiti, as well as a deluge of anti-Semitic harassment on Twitter last year. Because anti-Semitic acts, beyond the JCC threats, remain frequent in the U.S., Foxman does not believe that the May 23 arrest will lead to anyone downplaying future acts of anti-Semitism. Its there, Foxman said of anti-Semitism. So theres one guy who, whatever his problem was, that doesnt change the fact that every day there are incidents of anti-Semitism in this country.

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Jewish bomb threatener undermines groups’ narrative on Trump-related anti-Semitism – The Jewish Standard

Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trumps campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one Jewish teen an Israeli, no less was behind most of the approximately 150 bomb threats that have hit Jewish community centers since the start of 2017 is a shocking twist in light of months in which the Anti-Defamation League and other groups pointed their collective finger at the far right. Were in unprecedented times, said Oren Segal, director of the ADLs Center on Extremism, at a March 10 news conference on the bomb threats. Weve never seen, ever, the volume of bomb threats that weve seen. White supremacists in this country feel more emboldened than they ever have before because of the public discourse and divisive rhetoric. The ADL has repeatedlycharged Trump with emboldening extremists, anti-Semitesand far-right groups in the U.S. Other groups were even more explicit in linking rising anti-Semitic acts this year to the new president. On Jan. 10, following the first wave of JCC bomb threats, Bend The Arc, a liberal Jewish group, said that Trump helped to create the atmosphere of bigotry and violence that has resulted in these dangerous threats against Jewish institutions and individuals. In February, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said in a statement to Trump that Rightly or wrongly, the most vicious anti-Semites in America are looking at you and your Administration as a nationalistic movement granting them permission to attack Jews. But the perpetrator of the anti-Semitic acts, while his political opinions are not known, does not fit the profile of a white supremacist. According to Israeli reports, hes a mentally ill Israeli-American Jewish teenager. He worked from home, using a computer lab with sophisticated equipment, encryption and transmission systems, and a powerful antenna, according to reports. And his father may have known what he was doing. Israels anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He was brought to court and ordered held until March 30. The other suspect in the bomb threats, arrested earlier in March, also does not appear connected to the far right. Hes a left-wing African-American former journalist who apparently made the calls in a convolutedvendetta against a former romantic partner. The ADL responded to the Israeli teens arrest with a mix of relief and caution along with a hint of defensiveness. The organization welcomed the news that JCC patrons among them preschoolers and senior citizens would no longer have to be evacuated and fear for their safety. But its statement said that despite the suspects profile, anti-Semitism in America is still a problem. These were acts of anti-Semitism, the statement said, adding that anti-Semitism in the U.S. remains a very serious concern. No arrests have been made in three cemetery desecrations or a series of other anti-Semitic incidents involving swastika graffiti and hate fliers. JCCs and other institutions should not relax security measures or become less vigilant. The Anne Frank Center, a small group whose profile has risen in part due to the attention around the JCC threats, said in a statement Thursday that it doesnt matter where any suspect is from or what his or her background is. Bend The Arc CEO Stosh Cotler said in a statement: Violence and threats of violence, whoever or wherever they come from, are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. The JCCAssociationofNorthAmerica said it was troubled by the news that the suspect is Jewish, while the Jewish Federations of North America called the news heartbreaking. Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security, said the suspects age and location were less relevant than the fact that someone has been caught for making the threats. What is relevant is that an individual or individuals were placed into custody who were engaged in or involved in criminal behavior, who were looking to terrorize our community, he said. Ido understand why people may have believed that this was part of a larger effort. For longtime observers of anti-Semitism, the news showed the need to be cautious when analyzing hateful acts. Former ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, who has previously called for cooler heads in responding to recent hateful acts, said Thursday that the arrest shows the pitfalls of making assumptions. Always take these things seriously, but dont jump to conclusions, Foxman told JTA. History has taught us the source of anti-Semitism does not come from one direction. Its universal in its nature. I think it is on the increase, but its not in epidemic proportions. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, noted that this isnt the first time that Jews have committed anti-Semitic acts. In 1989, the former president of the Jewish Student Union at the State University of New York in Binghamton was charged with painting anti-Semitic slogans on campus. It is a reminder that we have to be very careful before we talk about a whole wave of anti-Semitism, Sarna said. Something like this will surely make everybody a little embarrassed as Jews, but also embarrassed in the sense that its not what people imagined it would turn out to be. Sarna added that this incident shows Jews may not be as hated in America as it may have seemed. He cited a recent study by the Pew Research Center showing Jews to be the most popular religious group in America. Its good to take a middle ground, he said. Yes, there are people who hate Jews, but were not seeing storm troopers at the gate. Still, Sarna and Foxman noted the string of other anti-Semitic acts recently the cemetery desecrations and swastika graffiti, as well as a deluge of anti-Semitic harassment on Twitter last year. Because anti-Semitic acts, beyond the JCC threats, remain frequent in the U.S., Foxman does not believe that Thursdays arrest will lead to anyone downplaying future acts of anti-Semitism. Its there, Foxman said of anti-Semitism. So theres one guy who, whatever his problem was, that doesnt change the fact that every day there are incidents of anti-Semitism in this country.

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