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Facebook ‘Irresponsible,’ Should Treat Anti-Jewish Online Terror Like Child Porn – Sputnik International

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On Thursday, a federal judge inNew York dismissed two lawsuits that sought tohold Facebook liable forallegedly providing a platform forterrorists.

The case was brought bytwo groups ofplaintiffs, one a group of20,000 Israeli citizens who say they fear terrorist violence. The second is a group ofvictims and victims’ relatives ofpast terrorist attacks byHamas, who were looking for $1 billion indamages.

The lawsuit alleged that a wave ofviolence that occurred inIsrael in2015 was encouraged and coordinated byFacebook accounts linked toHamas.

However, US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis inBrooklyn dismissed both lawsuits. He said the first group failed tostate a concrete, “non-speculative future harm,” and their case is based on “multiple conjectural leaps,” particularly regarding the assumption that they will be the victims ofsome as-yet unknown terrorist attack.

Dismissing the lawsuit bythe victims ofterror and their relatives, the judge also said that the federal Communications Decency Act regulating internet content gives Facebook immunity frombeing held liable forcontent posted bythird parties.

Robert Tolchin, an attorney fromBerkman Law Office who represented both sets ofthe plaintiffs, told Radio Sputnik that his team is filing an appeal because the US federal Communications Decency Act should not give Facebook global immunity.

“The court applied Section 230 ofthe Communications Decency Act, that’s a United States statute passed bythe United States Congress that says that Facebook or any social media platform shouldn’t be considered the published or the speaker ofany material that somebody posts onthe platform,” Tolchin explained.

“Hamas terrorists are being recruited by [the] Hamas organization, they’re talking abouthow todo terrorist attacks, they’re inciting people todo terrorist attacks. Somebody goes outon the street inJerusalem and stabs somebody and yet the court just said that Facebook is protected forwhat took place inIsraelbya law inthe US,” Tolchin protested.

“That seems very strange tous, why does that law apply tosomething that took place entirely outsidethe US. We say that the law ofIsrael should apply and if Facebook doesn’t likethat, well who says they have todo business outsidethe US?”

“Our case is aboutFacebook providing a communications platform. What would it cost Hamas toset upa communications platform tocommunicate withall its operatives and get its propaganda outand send outits videos?” Tolchin said.

“Facebook is completely irresponsible inhow it allows its services tobe used not only byHamas butby many other violent groups. Even ISIS [Daesh] is, famously, using Facebook and Twitter, that’s their way topromote themselves.”

“I want togive you a comparison. As I’m sure you’re aware, there’s a big problem inthe world withchild pornography and you can imagine what would happen tothe reputation ofFacebook if Facebook was filled withchild pornography pictures. They would be outof business, nobody would tolerate that and they would all be going tojail,” Tolchin said.

“Let me tell you this Facebook and all the social media platforms got together and they created a database. Whenever somebody posts a picture that would be classified aschild pornography it gets reported and flagged and removed, [and then] that picture goes intoa database. If anybody ever tries topost that picture again onany platform, they will not even be able topost it.”

“They could use the same database. When you take downa picture because it shows an Arab stabbing a Jew, why not put that picture inthe database?” Tolchin asked.

“If anyone tries topost it again, it doesn’t even go up. When you take downa page because it contains incitement, why do you allow that person topost another page? Why do you allow other postings fromthat IP address, why don’t you check? That’s my question forFacebook.”

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Italian Racial Laws – Wikipedia

The Italian Racial Laws (Italian: Leggi razziali) were a set of laws promulgated by Fascist Italy from 1938 to 1943 to enforce racial discrimination in Italy, directed mainly against the Italian Jews and the native inhabitants of the colonies.

The first and most important of the leggi razziali was the Regio Decreto 17 Novembre 1938 Nr. 1728. It restricted civil rights of Jews, banned their books and excluded Jews from public office and higher education. Additional laws stripped Jews of their assets, restricted travel and finally provided for their internship in internal exile, as was done for political prisoners.

The promulgation of the racial laws was preceded by a long press campaign and by publication of the “Manifesto of Race” earlier in 1938, a purportedly-scientific report by fascist scientists and supporters that asserted racial principles, including the superiority of Europeans over other races. The final decision about the law was made during the meeting of the Gran Consiglio del Fascismo, which took place on the night between 6 and 7 October 1938 in Rome, Palazzo Venezia. Not all Fascists supported discrimination: while the pro-German, anti-Jewish Roberto Farinacci and Giovanni Preziosi strongly pushed for them, Italo Balbo strongly opposed the laws.

After the fall of Benito Mussolini on July 25, 1943, the Badoglio government suppressed the laws. They remained in force in the territories ruled by the Italian Social Republic until the end of the war (and were made more severe).

The Italian Racial Laws were unpopular with most ordinary Italians; the Jews were a small minority in the country and had integrated deeply into Italian society and culture. Most Jews in Italy were either ancient Italian Jews that practiced the Italian rite and had been living in Italy since Ancient Roman times; Sephardic Jews who had migrated to Italy from the Iberian countries after expulsion in the late 15th century; and a smaller Ashkenazi population that had arrived in the Middle Ages and largely assimilated into the Italian rite Jewish and the Sephardic communities. In any case, Jews in Italy, in general, had assimilated into Italian society and had contributed to Italian culture over the course of two millennia. Most Italians were not widely acquainted with Jews, and Italian society was unaccustomed to the kind of anti-Semitism that had been relatively common and thrived for centuries in German-speaking countries and other parts of northern, northwestern, and eastern Europe, where Jews had a greater presence and lived in large numbers for a long period of time.

No racial laws were promulgated in Fascist Italy prior to 1938. The racial laws were introduced at the same time as Fascist Italy began to ally itself with Nazi Germany and mere months before Fascist Italy would form the Pact of Steel military alliance with Nazi Germany. William Shirer in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich suggests that Mussolini enacted the laws to appease his powerful German allies, rather than to satisfy any genuine anti-Semitic sentiment among the Italian people.

Indeed, prior to 1938 and the Pact of Steel alliance, Mussolini and many notable Italian fascists had been highly critical of Nordicism, biological racism, and anti-Semitism, especially the virulent and violent anti-Semitism and biological racism found in Nazi Germany. Many early supporters of Italian fascism, including Mussolini’s mistress, the writer and socialite Margherita Sarfatti, had in fact been middle class or upper middle class Italian Jews. Nordicism and biological racism were often considered incompatible with the early Italian fascist philosophy; Nordicism inherently subordinated Italians and other Mediterranean people beneath the Germans and Northwestern Europeans in its proposed racial hierarchy, and early Italian fascists, including Mussolini, viewed race as a cultural and political invention rather than a biological reality.

In 1929, Mussolini noted that Italian Jews had been a demographically small yet culturally integral part of Italian society since Ancient Rome. His views on Italian Jews were consistent with his early Mediterraneanist viewpoint, which suggested that all Mediterranean cultures, including the Jewish culture, shared a common bond. He further argued that Italian Jews had truly become “Italians” or natives to Italy after such a long period on the peninsula.[1][2] However, Mussolini’s views on race were often contradictory and quick to change when necessary, and as Fascist Italy became increasingly subordinate to Nazi Germany’s interests, Mussolini began adopting openly racial theories borrowed or based on Nazi Germany’s racial policies, leading to the introduction of the anti-Semitic Italian Racial Laws.[2] Historian Federico Chabod argued that the introduction of the Nordicist-influenced Racial Laws was a large factor in the decrease of public support among Italians for Fascist Italy, and many Italians viewed the Racial Laws as an obvious imposition or intrusion of Nazi German values into Italian cultures and a sign that Mussolini and Fascist Italy’s power was collapsing under Nazi German influence.[1][3]

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Anti- Semitism up in Mexico, down in Western Europe – San Diego Jewish World

Posted on 18 May 2017.

NEW YORK (Press Release) Anti-Semitic attitudes have risen sharply in Mexico in the past three years amid challenges the country is facing with a faltering economy and growing pessimism about the countrys direction and future, according to a new poll commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

ADLs Global 100 Index Survey in Mexico found anti-Semitic attitudes have increased by 11 points compared to a similar poll three years ago. Today, a total of 35 percent of the adult population in Mexico or approximately 31 million people harbors anti-Semitic attitudes, up from 24 percent in a similar poll in 2014.

The most commonly held negative stereotype, that Jews have too much power in the business world, is held by 56 percent of the Mexican population, an increase from 40 percent in 2014. Other findings suggest that the economic downturn and political and social instability has people looking for scapegoats, with those who are most negative about the economy tending to be more anti-Semitic.

While Mexicos Jewish community is thriving and rarely experiences any anti-Semitism, underlying attitudes remain a concern, particularly related to some of the most classic anti-Jewish stereotypes, said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. The good news on this front is that the Mexican government takes this issue very seriously. At the highest levels, they have confirmed their ongoing commitment to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of hate and discrimination. They also continue to collaborate closely with Mexican Jewish leadership on a host of issues.

Mexico has a significant Jewish community estimated at about 50,000 people, with most living in Mexico City. Earlier this month, a delegation of top ADL leaders led a mission of solidary with the Mexican Jewish community. In a series of meetings with community officials and government leaders, they discussed ongoing efforts in the U.S. and Mexico to address anti-Jewish sentiment and all forms of hate and bigotry and presented the poll findings in advance of their release.

The national telephone poll of 562 non-Jewish adults was conducted between January 16 and February 27, 2017. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. The findings were released as part of ADLs ongoing research into anti-Jewish attitudes as part of the ADL Global 100, a project launched in 2014 that established a worldwide index of anti-Semitic attitudes.

Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes continue to decline in three Western European nations with significant Jewish communities, according to a new survey of attitudes commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which also found sharply divided views about immigrants and refugees.

ADLs Global 100 Surveyfound improvements in the overall anti-Semitism index scores for France and Germany and continuing good scores for the United Kingdom. In France, the country with the largest Jewish community outside of Israel and the U.S., the number of those harboring anti-Semitic attitudes declined to 14 percent of the adult population in 2017, down from 17 percent two years ago and 37 percent in 2014.

Germanys numbers also declined from 16 percent in 2015 to 11 percent today. In the U.K., the index has remained low and relatively constant in recent years, with slight fluctuations from 8 percent of the population in 2014, to 12 percent in 2015 to 10 percent in 2017. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

The good news is that anti-Semitic attitudes are declining in France and Germany, where we have been concerned for some time about the prevalence and endurance of such stereotypes, and remain low in the U.K., said ADL CEO Greenblatt. Yet we are still concerned about anti-Semitism on the political scene, particularly in Frances National Front, in the Alternative for Germany party, and in the U.K. Labour party. Distressingly high levels of anti-Semitic incidents still occur in all three countries, and reported incidents are at an all-time high in the U.K.

In the survey, respondents who answered probably true to six or more of 11 negative stereotypes about Jews were deemed as holding anti-Semitic attitudes. The 11-question index has been used as a benchmark in measuring anti-Semitic attitudes in the U.S. since 1964, and was adapted for use in the ADL Global 100 Index.

Significant numbers of respondents in each of the three countries voiced concern about growing anti-Semitic rhetoric in politics. More than one-quarter of those polled in each country think there is more anti-Jewish rhetoric in politics recently. Three out of four Germans are concerned about anti-Semitism on the right, while one in four are concerned about anti-Semitism on the political left. In the U.K., 36 percent of respondents believe anti-Semitism is a problem among left-wing parties.

On a positive note, strong majorities believe Jews are treated well in their societies. In all three countries more than three-quarters of those polled believe that the treatment of Jews is excellent or good. However, in France, 43 percent of those polled say that violence against Jews happens often in their country, significantly higher than the 11 percent in Germany and 6 percent in the U.K. France has witnessed a series of violent anti-Semitic terror attacks in recent years, including the deadly hostage siege at the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris in 2015.

The ADL poll found sharp division as to whether their countries are taking in too many immigrants. In Germany, for example, 43 percent of those polled said the amount of immigration is about right while 44 percent said too many and 9 percent responded too few.

The top concern with admitting Muslim refugees was an increase in terrorism. This was particularly true in Germany, where 38 percent said this was a major concern. But in all three countries, a majority said they would be comfortable living alongside Muslim neighbors.

The most commonly held anti-Semitic stereotype in the three countries is the notion that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country. In Germany, 45 percent of the public agreed with this statement; in France 33 percent agreed; and in the U.K., 32 percent agreed. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from past polls.

A smaller percentage of respondents in the three countries agreed with the statement that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust. In Germany, 37 percent agreed with this statement, followed by 29 percent in France, and 20 percent in the U.K.

The national telephone poll of 1,500 non-Jewish adults (500 in each of the three countries) was conducted between January 16 and February 27, 2017.

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Treasures from Oxford – The Jewish Standard

Corpus Christi College, one of the colleges that make up Oxford University, was established in 1517.

As part of the celebration of its first half-millennium, curators have put together 500 Years of Treasures From Oxford.

Normally, that would be very interesting, but not very relevant for a Jewish publication.

But because the collection of artifacts mainly manuscripts, some of the illuminated, and early books, along with some other objects includes pieces of Judaica, its being hosted at Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.

From left: The beginning of I Samuel, in parallel Latin and Hebrew versions, with a Latin translation written above each Hebrew word. Written in England, in the first half of the 13th century. Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 9; Rashi, Commentaries on books of the Hebrew Bible; one of the oldest versions extant. Written probably in France in the late 12th century. Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 165.

Corpus Christis collection is unusual in that its guardians over the centuries kept the old manuscripts and books rather than replacing them as they were revised or updated or simply superseded. Because back in 1517 there were three foundational languages for scholars Latin, Greek, and yes, Hebrew there are a fair number of Hebrew language texts; the fact that the Jews had been expelled from the country in 1290 and formally allowed back in 1656, and therefore its unlikely that anyone at Corpus Christi might have met a Jew, didnt alter that.

The collection also includes passages of the Hebrew Bible translated to Latin, along with some illuminations. It also includes science texts and drawings theres nothing Jewish at all about Robert Hookes extraordinarily detailed sketches and legible, intricately explained accompanying prose, but its compelling and fascinating. The exhibit illustrates the way that science, religion, and literature all had common roots, at a time when just about all knowledge could be contained in one library.

Despite the existence of anti-Semitism, at least in its abstract form remember, there were no actual Jews there the library contains very little overt anti-Jewish writing. The only anti-Semitic text, the curator, Peter Kidd said, most likely was in Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales; the Prioresss Tale has some nastily anti-Jewish bits in it. But the Jewish texts were treated with respect, even if actual Jews were not.

The panel at the press preview included the heads of Yeshiva University Museum, the Center for Jewish History, and Corpus Christi College. It also included the Episcopal archbishop of New York, Andrew M. L. Dietsche, resplendent in a purple shirt and a full, well-trimmed white beard, carrying a huge gold crozier. The crozier the crooked staff that is the official sign of a bishops status is a close copy of the one in the exhibit. (That one features St. Peter; the New York one replaces him with St. John, the namesake of the diocesan seat.)

Its an unusual Jewish event that includes a crozier-wielding Episcopal archbishop. He is of course not part of the exhibit, but there are enough unusual, eye-opening, and moving objects to make it worth a visit.

What: 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

Where: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St., Manhattan

When: through August 6

Sponsored by: Yeshiva University Museum

For more information: (212) 294-8301

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Police seek public’s help in finding Jewish cemetery vandals – The Warwick Advertiser

$10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction

Published May 11, 2017 at 10:32 am (Updated May 11, 2017)

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BY ERIKA NORTON

WARWICK The New York State police in Monroe are seeking the publics help to find the culprits responsible for the anti-Semitic vandalism at the Beth Shalom Cemetery last October.

The graffiti included black spray-painted Swastikas, Heil Hitler and lightning-shaped “SS” insignias of the Nazi military police, which was found covering the walls of the Jewish cemetery near the intersection of Spanktown and Union Corners roads. The incident occurred just days before Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case. Anyone with information is directed to contact the Town of Warwick Police at 845-986-3423 or the State Police at 845-782-8497.

This investigation has been going on for quite a while and the crux of it is we are still actively investigating it, said Warwick police Lt. Tom Maslanka. I have detectives assigned to this case as do the state police and theyre working together now in an effort to resolve this.

According to Maslanka, they are working on several different leads and conducting interviews, and have received some information from the public.

This wont conclude until we get to the bottom of who did this,” Maslanka said. “So this is not going away.

Rise in anti-Semitism And while Maslanka said they havent had any further instances of similar vandalism in and around Warwick, anti-Semitism incidents have surged in New York State. In the first quarter of 2017, there have been a total of 97 anti-Jewish incidents logged across the state according to an the Anti-Defamation League report, a 70 percent increase from the first quarter of 2016.

And while the total number of incidents across the state in 2016 essentially remained constant at 199, instances of anti-Jewish vandalism rose by 50 percent. Anti-Semitic incidents spiked 86 percent nationwide so far in 2017.

Between the bomb threats that targeted Jewish institutions and the proliferation of swastika vandalism, concerns remain about the security of New Yorks Jewish community, said ADL New York Regional Board Chair Andrew Frackman in a statement. The good news is that our elected officials and law enforcement continue diligently to combat the issue.

Text the word HATE to report biasAfter a wave of hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and schools hit the state and other parts of the country earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced several new initiatives to combat hate crimes.

The initiatives included a $25 million grant program for safety and security upgrades at schools and daycare centers at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission, and a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction for a hate crime. Cuomo also launched a new hate crimes text line, where New Yorkers can simply text the word HATE to 81336 to report incidents of bias and discrimination.

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Careful with Israel rhetoric – The Spokesman-Review

Two news stories and a political cartoon on April 29 showed interesting connections. The Northwest section reported anti-Jewish graffiti on the Community Building in downtown Spokane. Clay Bennetts cartoon on the French presidential election depicted a station with two trains, a modern train (heading into the future?) carrying the name of one candidate and a Nazi-era cattle car (headed back to the past?) bearing graffiti of the other candidates name. Hate directed against Jews still exists in this world, even here in Spokane.

In the main section, a Beirut-based U..N. agencys report labeled Israel an apartheid regime. As the story explains, such incendiary language inhibits progress toward peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israel conflict.

The connections? People who sympathize with Palestinians facing difficult lives may fall into the trap of using inflammatory language that heaps all the blame on Israel. This gives aid and comfort to truly anti-Jewish groups that seek destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. Well-intentioned people expressing views on the Arab-Israel conflict need to have a clear picture of what peace will look like and how their words and actions may help or impede realizing that goal. Words matter.

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Survey: Many Eastern European Countries Reject Jews as Citizens – Breitbart News

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Data from the Pew Research Institute published Wednesday found that asignificant portion of the population surveyed rejected Jews, and that countries with large Jewish populations prior to the Holocaust registered higher overall levels of anti-Jewish sentiment.

Pew conducted the survey from June 2015 to July 2016 through face-to-face interviews in 17 languages with more than 25,000 adults ages 18 and older.The survey spans an area running eastward from the Czech Republic and Poland to Russia, Georgia and Armenia, and southward from the Baltic States to the Balkans and Greece.

Itsurveyed residents of 18 countries, findingless than 50 per cent of respondents indicated they would accept having Jewish family members.

Anti-Jewish sentiment varied between different countries, with some nationalities more pre-disposed than others to open hostility to members of the Jewish faith. A third of Armenians polled in the study said Jews should not be citizens, significantly higher than the median anti-Jewish sentiment measured in other countries.

Countries with large Jewish populations prior to the Holocaust registered higher levels of anti-Jewish sentiment, including Lithuania (23 per cent), Romania (22 per cent), the Czech Republic (19 per cent) and Poland (18 per cent).

The latest figures follow reports of Jews fleeing Europe to re-establish their lives in Israel or the UK and U.S. because of anti-Semitism.

As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, Jewish migration to Israel has doubled in the last two years, with many more opting to flee to America and even Britain in the wake of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in mainland Europe. The ongoing exodus of French Jews alone comprises the largest trans-migrationof Jews since the formation of Israel in 1948, with some 8,000 heading for the Jewish Statein 2015.

The Campaign AgainstAntisemitism has said that this is not just a problem for Jews, but for the whole of European society. It issued thischilling warning in 2016: The Islamists and Nazis attacking Europes Jews hate you too. History shows us time and again hate that starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews.

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Israel denounces attacks on freedom of religion in Belgium and Norway as being ‘anti-Jewish’ – European Jewish Press

JERUSALEM (EJP)—Israeli Religious Services Minister David Azulay denounced a vote in the Parliament of Wallonia, one of Belgiums regions, to ban kosher slaughter or shechita of animals.

Speaking to European Jewish Press, the minister, who is a member of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party, declared: “This decision constitutes a severe violation of freedom of religion and harms the feelings of many Jews who have no desire whatsoever than to strictly observe Jewish law and to perform kosher slaughter as Jewish tradition.

He added that studies prove that this slaughter also prevents suffering from animals, calling the decision undemocratic and a severe harm to religious worship.

The Walloon Parliaments Environment Committee decreed last week that all kosher and halal slaughter without stunning will be banned from September 2019. The issue is set to be debated later this month in the Parliaments plenary, The parliament of the Flemish region has also indicated its wish to ban kosher slaughter by early 2019 and some politicians in the Brussels Region are looking into the possibility of copying their counterparts.

Attacks on Jewish religious practices also happened in Norway where over the weekend, the Progressive Party, one of the two ruling parties in the country (along with the Conservative Party) announced that it intends to initiate a law banning circumcision in the country for males under the age of 16.

The initiators of the Norwegian law claim that circumcision constitutes mental and mental harm to children and constitutes a serious violation of children’s rights.

Member of the Knesset Dr. Avraham Neguise, who chairs the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, denounced the moves in Belgium and Norway. For him, the anti-Jewish legislation pushed forward by certain parties in Belgium and Norway does not comply with their attempt to be democratic and progressive societies.

True democracies respect all religions, as well as the freedom of worship of their people, he told EJP.

European legislators should be extra sensitive to the freedom of the Jews that live there, due to their problematic past not too long ago, he added.

Neguise said that as chairman of the Knesset Committee for Diaspora Affairs I am very concerned by these trends. The committee will hold a discussion on the issue.

Avi Mayer, spokesperson for the Jewish Agency, said: ”We believe that Jewish life should be possible wherever Jews live and we support efforts by European Jews to ensure that Jewish life is able to continue fully in all corners of Europe.”

On Sunday, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, who heads the European Jewish Association (EJA), a group representing Jewish communities, wrote a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett, calling on them to urgently establish a joint working team for both government offices and Jewish organizations in Europe, in order to prevent the spread of anti-Jewish legislation.

“I have no doubt that the State of Israel, the state of the Jewish people,cannot remain indifferent to it, and I call on you to exert all your political influence in order to prevent the exclusion of Jews from life in various European countries,” wrote Margolin.

The Minister of Education and of Diaspora Affairsdeclined to comment the new legislations.

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Holocaust Denial Drives anti-Semitic Incidents in Canada to Record Number, Report Says – Haaretz

Bnai Brith Canada report tracks incidents of harassment, vandalism and violence against Jews and Jewish institutions

2016 was the worst year on record for anti-Semitism in Canada, according to the latest report of an organization that tracks incidents of harassment, vandalism and violence against Jews and Jewish institutions in the country.

The annual Bnai Brith Canada audit of anti-Semitic incidents, published on Tuesday, found that the number of recorded complaints rose 26 percent last year to total 1,728, the vast majority related to harassment.

About 20 percent of all anti-Semitic incidents reported in Canada in 2016 were related to Holocaust denial, compared with only 5 percent in 2015. What was once a fringe belief held only by those on the margins of society is now being positioned as a legitimate source of debate and discussion, even in academic circles, the report said.

Unlike the situation in the United States, the spike in Canada was unconnected to anti-Jewish sentiments unleashed by the presidential election in the United States. In fact, according to the organizations annual report published Tuesday, the number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Canada actually took a dip around the time of the U.S. election in November.

The dominant rhetoric in the press and social media is that the election of U.S. President Donald Trump resulted in a surge of anti-Semitism almost overnight, the report stated. While this makes a good sound bite, its not based in fact. And as our longitudinal data shows, anti-Semitism has actually been on the rise for over a decade and over the past five years, dramatically so.

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Although incidents of harassment were dramatically up, those falling into the categories of vandalism and violence were down compared with average levels in recent years.

The report attributes this phenomenon to the rise of social media-based incidents of anti-Semitism. Such online platforms have become more accessible and convenient outlets to express anti-Semitism, rather than engaging in physical or hard-copy-type incidents of vandalism, it noted.

Bnai Brith Canadas key mandate is monitoring anti-Semitism in that country. In this respect, it serves a similar function to the Anti-Defamation League in the United States.

Last month, the ADL published its annual audit, which found a 41 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States during 2016 most of them concentrated in the last two months of the year, following the election.

Unlike its Canadian equivalent, the ADL report also included updated figures for the first quarter of 2017. These figures pointed to an 86 percent spike in anti-Semitic incidents compared with the corresponding period last year. Most of the quarterly increase, however, was related to a wave of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers, which are now believed to have been carried out by a Jewish Israeli with U.S. citizenship who has since been indicted.

Six bomb threats have also been made this year against Jewish Community Centers in Canada, but they are not reflected in the 2016 audit.

As in the United States, college campuses in Canada have long been considered a hotbed of anti-Semitism. But whereas the number of incidents of anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses showed no growth whatsoever last year, a significant increase was registered in Canada, the Bnai Brith report said.

As in previous years, Jews and Jewish institutions in the province of Ontario home to Canadas largest Jewish community were the main targets of anti-Semitism.

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Facebook ‘Irresponsible,’ Should Treat Anti-Jewish Online Terror Like Child Porn – Sputnik International

World 14:28 21.05.2017(updated 14:35 21.05.2017) Get short URL On Thursday, a federal judge inNew York dismissed two lawsuits that sought tohold Facebook liable forallegedly providing a platform forterrorists. The case was brought bytwo groups ofplaintiffs, one a group of20,000 Israeli citizens who say they fear terrorist violence. The second is a group ofvictims and victims’ relatives ofpast terrorist attacks byHamas, who were looking for $1 billion indamages. The lawsuit alleged that a wave ofviolence that occurred inIsrael in2015 was encouraged and coordinated byFacebook accounts linked toHamas. However, US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis inBrooklyn dismissed both lawsuits. He said the first group failed tostate a concrete, “non-speculative future harm,” and their case is based on “multiple conjectural leaps,” particularly regarding the assumption that they will be the victims ofsome as-yet unknown terrorist attack. Dismissing the lawsuit bythe victims ofterror and their relatives, the judge also said that the federal Communications Decency Act regulating internet content gives Facebook immunity frombeing held liable forcontent posted bythird parties. Robert Tolchin, an attorney fromBerkman Law Office who represented both sets ofthe plaintiffs, told Radio Sputnik that his team is filing an appeal because the US federal Communications Decency Act should not give Facebook global immunity. “The court applied Section 230 ofthe Communications Decency Act, that’s a United States statute passed bythe United States Congress that says that Facebook or any social media platform shouldn’t be considered the published or the speaker ofany material that somebody posts onthe platform,” Tolchin explained. “Hamas terrorists are being recruited by [the] Hamas organization, they’re talking abouthow todo terrorist attacks, they’re inciting people todo terrorist attacks. Somebody goes outon the street inJerusalem and stabs somebody and yet the court just said that Facebook is protected forwhat took place inIsraelbya law inthe US,” Tolchin protested. “That seems very strange tous, why does that law apply tosomething that took place entirely outsidethe US. We say that the law ofIsrael should apply and if Facebook doesn’t likethat, well who says they have todo business outsidethe US?” “Our case is aboutFacebook providing a communications platform. What would it cost Hamas toset upa communications platform tocommunicate withall its operatives and get its propaganda outand send outits videos?” Tolchin said. “Facebook is completely irresponsible inhow it allows its services tobe used not only byHamas butby many other violent groups. Even ISIS [Daesh] is, famously, using Facebook and Twitter, that’s their way topromote themselves.” “I want togive you a comparison. As I’m sure you’re aware, there’s a big problem inthe world withchild pornography and you can imagine what would happen tothe reputation ofFacebook if Facebook was filled withchild pornography pictures. They would be outof business, nobody would tolerate that and they would all be going tojail,” Tolchin said. “Let me tell you this Facebook and all the social media platforms got together and they created a database. Whenever somebody posts a picture that would be classified aschild pornography it gets reported and flagged and removed, [and then] that picture goes intoa database. If anybody ever tries topost that picture again onany platform, they will not even be able topost it.” “They could use the same database. When you take downa picture because it shows an Arab stabbing a Jew, why not put that picture inthe database?” Tolchin asked. “If anyone tries topost it again, it doesn’t even go up. When you take downa page because it contains incitement, why do you allow that person topost another page? Why do you allow other postings fromthat IP address, why don’t you check? That’s my question forFacebook.” Have you heard the news? Sign upto our Telegram channel and we’ll keep you upto speed!

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Italian Racial Laws – Wikipedia

The Italian Racial Laws (Italian: Leggi razziali) were a set of laws promulgated by Fascist Italy from 1938 to 1943 to enforce racial discrimination in Italy, directed mainly against the Italian Jews and the native inhabitants of the colonies. The first and most important of the leggi razziali was the Regio Decreto 17 Novembre 1938 Nr. 1728. It restricted civil rights of Jews, banned their books and excluded Jews from public office and higher education. Additional laws stripped Jews of their assets, restricted travel and finally provided for their internship in internal exile, as was done for political prisoners. The promulgation of the racial laws was preceded by a long press campaign and by publication of the “Manifesto of Race” earlier in 1938, a purportedly-scientific report by fascist scientists and supporters that asserted racial principles, including the superiority of Europeans over other races. The final decision about the law was made during the meeting of the Gran Consiglio del Fascismo, which took place on the night between 6 and 7 October 1938 in Rome, Palazzo Venezia. Not all Fascists supported discrimination: while the pro-German, anti-Jewish Roberto Farinacci and Giovanni Preziosi strongly pushed for them, Italo Balbo strongly opposed the laws. After the fall of Benito Mussolini on July 25, 1943, the Badoglio government suppressed the laws. They remained in force in the territories ruled by the Italian Social Republic until the end of the war (and were made more severe). The Italian Racial Laws were unpopular with most ordinary Italians; the Jews were a small minority in the country and had integrated deeply into Italian society and culture. Most Jews in Italy were either ancient Italian Jews that practiced the Italian rite and had been living in Italy since Ancient Roman times; Sephardic Jews who had migrated to Italy from the Iberian countries after expulsion in the late 15th century; and a smaller Ashkenazi population that had arrived in the Middle Ages and largely assimilated into the Italian rite Jewish and the Sephardic communities. In any case, Jews in Italy, in general, had assimilated into Italian society and had contributed to Italian culture over the course of two millennia. Most Italians were not widely acquainted with Jews, and Italian society was unaccustomed to the kind of anti-Semitism that had been relatively common and thrived for centuries in German-speaking countries and other parts of northern, northwestern, and eastern Europe, where Jews had a greater presence and lived in large numbers for a long period of time. No racial laws were promulgated in Fascist Italy prior to 1938. The racial laws were introduced at the same time as Fascist Italy began to ally itself with Nazi Germany and mere months before Fascist Italy would form the Pact of Steel military alliance with Nazi Germany. William Shirer in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich suggests that Mussolini enacted the laws to appease his powerful German allies, rather than to satisfy any genuine anti-Semitic sentiment among the Italian people. Indeed, prior to 1938 and the Pact of Steel alliance, Mussolini and many notable Italian fascists had been highly critical of Nordicism, biological racism, and anti-Semitism, especially the virulent and violent anti-Semitism and biological racism found in Nazi Germany. Many early supporters of Italian fascism, including Mussolini’s mistress, the writer and socialite Margherita Sarfatti, had in fact been middle class or upper middle class Italian Jews. Nordicism and biological racism were often considered incompatible with the early Italian fascist philosophy; Nordicism inherently subordinated Italians and other Mediterranean people beneath the Germans and Northwestern Europeans in its proposed racial hierarchy, and early Italian fascists, including Mussolini, viewed race as a cultural and political invention rather than a biological reality. In 1929, Mussolini noted that Italian Jews had been a demographically small yet culturally integral part of Italian society since Ancient Rome. His views on Italian Jews were consistent with his early Mediterraneanist viewpoint, which suggested that all Mediterranean cultures, including the Jewish culture, shared a common bond. He further argued that Italian Jews had truly become “Italians” or natives to Italy after such a long period on the peninsula.[1][2] However, Mussolini’s views on race were often contradictory and quick to change when necessary, and as Fascist Italy became increasingly subordinate to Nazi Germany’s interests, Mussolini began adopting openly racial theories borrowed or based on Nazi Germany’s racial policies, leading to the introduction of the anti-Semitic Italian Racial Laws.[2] Historian Federico Chabod argued that the introduction of the Nordicist-influenced Racial Laws was a large factor in the decrease of public support among Italians for Fascist Italy, and many Italians viewed the Racial Laws as an obvious imposition or intrusion of Nazi German values into Italian cultures and a sign that Mussolini and Fascist Italy’s power was collapsing under Nazi German influence.[1][3]

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Anti- Semitism up in Mexico, down in Western Europe – San Diego Jewish World

Posted on 18 May 2017. NEW YORK (Press Release) Anti-Semitic attitudes have risen sharply in Mexico in the past three years amid challenges the country is facing with a faltering economy and growing pessimism about the countrys direction and future, according to a new poll commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). ADLs Global 100 Index Survey in Mexico found anti-Semitic attitudes have increased by 11 points compared to a similar poll three years ago. Today, a total of 35 percent of the adult population in Mexico or approximately 31 million people harbors anti-Semitic attitudes, up from 24 percent in a similar poll in 2014. The most commonly held negative stereotype, that Jews have too much power in the business world, is held by 56 percent of the Mexican population, an increase from 40 percent in 2014. Other findings suggest that the economic downturn and political and social instability has people looking for scapegoats, with those who are most negative about the economy tending to be more anti-Semitic. While Mexicos Jewish community is thriving and rarely experiences any anti-Semitism, underlying attitudes remain a concern, particularly related to some of the most classic anti-Jewish stereotypes, said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. The good news on this front is that the Mexican government takes this issue very seriously. At the highest levels, they have confirmed their ongoing commitment to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of hate and discrimination. They also continue to collaborate closely with Mexican Jewish leadership on a host of issues. Mexico has a significant Jewish community estimated at about 50,000 people, with most living in Mexico City. Earlier this month, a delegation of top ADL leaders led a mission of solidary with the Mexican Jewish community. In a series of meetings with community officials and government leaders, they discussed ongoing efforts in the U.S. and Mexico to address anti-Jewish sentiment and all forms of hate and bigotry and presented the poll findings in advance of their release. The national telephone poll of 562 non-Jewish adults was conducted between January 16 and February 27, 2017. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. The findings were released as part of ADLs ongoing research into anti-Jewish attitudes as part of the ADL Global 100, a project launched in 2014 that established a worldwide index of anti-Semitic attitudes. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes continue to decline in three Western European nations with significant Jewish communities, according to a new survey of attitudes commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which also found sharply divided views about immigrants and refugees. ADLs Global 100 Surveyfound improvements in the overall anti-Semitism index scores for France and Germany and continuing good scores for the United Kingdom. In France, the country with the largest Jewish community outside of Israel and the U.S., the number of those harboring anti-Semitic attitudes declined to 14 percent of the adult population in 2017, down from 17 percent two years ago and 37 percent in 2014. Germanys numbers also declined from 16 percent in 2015 to 11 percent today. In the U.K., the index has remained low and relatively constant in recent years, with slight fluctuations from 8 percent of the population in 2014, to 12 percent in 2015 to 10 percent in 2017. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. The good news is that anti-Semitic attitudes are declining in France and Germany, where we have been concerned for some time about the prevalence and endurance of such stereotypes, and remain low in the U.K., said ADL CEO Greenblatt. Yet we are still concerned about anti-Semitism on the political scene, particularly in Frances National Front, in the Alternative for Germany party, and in the U.K. Labour party. Distressingly high levels of anti-Semitic incidents still occur in all three countries, and reported incidents are at an all-time high in the U.K. In the survey, respondents who answered probably true to six or more of 11 negative stereotypes about Jews were deemed as holding anti-Semitic attitudes. The 11-question index has been used as a benchmark in measuring anti-Semitic attitudes in the U.S. since 1964, and was adapted for use in the ADL Global 100 Index. Significant numbers of respondents in each of the three countries voiced concern about growing anti-Semitic rhetoric in politics. More than one-quarter of those polled in each country think there is more anti-Jewish rhetoric in politics recently. Three out of four Germans are concerned about anti-Semitism on the right, while one in four are concerned about anti-Semitism on the political left. In the U.K., 36 percent of respondents believe anti-Semitism is a problem among left-wing parties. On a positive note, strong majorities believe Jews are treated well in their societies. In all three countries more than three-quarters of those polled believe that the treatment of Jews is excellent or good. However, in France, 43 percent of those polled say that violence against Jews happens often in their country, significantly higher than the 11 percent in Germany and 6 percent in the U.K. France has witnessed a series of violent anti-Semitic terror attacks in recent years, including the deadly hostage siege at the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris in 2015. The ADL poll found sharp division as to whether their countries are taking in too many immigrants. In Germany, for example, 43 percent of those polled said the amount of immigration is about right while 44 percent said too many and 9 percent responded too few. The top concern with admitting Muslim refugees was an increase in terrorism. This was particularly true in Germany, where 38 percent said this was a major concern. But in all three countries, a majority said they would be comfortable living alongside Muslim neighbors. The most commonly held anti-Semitic stereotype in the three countries is the notion that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country. In Germany, 45 percent of the public agreed with this statement; in France 33 percent agreed; and in the U.K., 32 percent agreed. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from past polls. A smaller percentage of respondents in the three countries agreed with the statement that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust. In Germany, 37 percent agreed with this statement, followed by 29 percent in France, and 20 percent in the U.K. The national telephone poll of 1,500 non-Jewish adults (500 in each of the three countries) was conducted between January 16 and February 27, 2017. * Preceding provided by the Anti-Defamation League

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Treasures from Oxford – The Jewish Standard

Corpus Christi College, one of the colleges that make up Oxford University, was established in 1517. As part of the celebration of its first half-millennium, curators have put together 500 Years of Treasures From Oxford. Normally, that would be very interesting, but not very relevant for a Jewish publication. But because the collection of artifacts mainly manuscripts, some of the illuminated, and early books, along with some other objects includes pieces of Judaica, its being hosted at Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. From left: The beginning of I Samuel, in parallel Latin and Hebrew versions, with a Latin translation written above each Hebrew word. Written in England, in the first half of the 13th century. Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 9; Rashi, Commentaries on books of the Hebrew Bible; one of the oldest versions extant. Written probably in France in the late 12th century. Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 165. Corpus Christis collection is unusual in that its guardians over the centuries kept the old manuscripts and books rather than replacing them as they were revised or updated or simply superseded. Because back in 1517 there were three foundational languages for scholars Latin, Greek, and yes, Hebrew there are a fair number of Hebrew language texts; the fact that the Jews had been expelled from the country in 1290 and formally allowed back in 1656, and therefore its unlikely that anyone at Corpus Christi might have met a Jew, didnt alter that. The collection also includes passages of the Hebrew Bible translated to Latin, along with some illuminations. It also includes science texts and drawings theres nothing Jewish at all about Robert Hookes extraordinarily detailed sketches and legible, intricately explained accompanying prose, but its compelling and fascinating. The exhibit illustrates the way that science, religion, and literature all had common roots, at a time when just about all knowledge could be contained in one library. Despite the existence of anti-Semitism, at least in its abstract form remember, there were no actual Jews there the library contains very little overt anti-Jewish writing. The only anti-Semitic text, the curator, Peter Kidd said, most likely was in Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales; the Prioresss Tale has some nastily anti-Jewish bits in it. But the Jewish texts were treated with respect, even if actual Jews were not. The panel at the press preview included the heads of Yeshiva University Museum, the Center for Jewish History, and Corpus Christi College. It also included the Episcopal archbishop of New York, Andrew M. L. Dietsche, resplendent in a purple shirt and a full, well-trimmed white beard, carrying a huge gold crozier. The crozier the crooked staff that is the official sign of a bishops status is a close copy of the one in the exhibit. (That one features St. Peter; the New York one replaces him with St. John, the namesake of the diocesan seat.) Its an unusual Jewish event that includes a crozier-wielding Episcopal archbishop. He is of course not part of the exhibit, but there are enough unusual, eye-opening, and moving objects to make it worth a visit. What: 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford Where: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St., Manhattan When: through August 6 Sponsored by: Yeshiva University Museum For more information: (212) 294-8301

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Police seek public’s help in finding Jewish cemetery vandals – The Warwick Advertiser

$10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction Published May 11, 2017 at 10:32 am (Updated May 11, 2017) ‘); //–> BY ERIKA NORTON WARWICK The New York State police in Monroe are seeking the publics help to find the culprits responsible for the anti-Semitic vandalism at the Beth Shalom Cemetery last October. The graffiti included black spray-painted Swastikas, Heil Hitler and lightning-shaped “SS” insignias of the Nazi military police, which was found covering the walls of the Jewish cemetery near the intersection of Spanktown and Union Corners roads. The incident occurred just days before Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case. Anyone with information is directed to contact the Town of Warwick Police at 845-986-3423 or the State Police at 845-782-8497. This investigation has been going on for quite a while and the crux of it is we are still actively investigating it, said Warwick police Lt. Tom Maslanka. I have detectives assigned to this case as do the state police and theyre working together now in an effort to resolve this. According to Maslanka, they are working on several different leads and conducting interviews, and have received some information from the public. This wont conclude until we get to the bottom of who did this,” Maslanka said. “So this is not going away. Rise in anti-Semitism And while Maslanka said they havent had any further instances of similar vandalism in and around Warwick, anti-Semitism incidents have surged in New York State. In the first quarter of 2017, there have been a total of 97 anti-Jewish incidents logged across the state according to an the Anti-Defamation League report, a 70 percent increase from the first quarter of 2016. And while the total number of incidents across the state in 2016 essentially remained constant at 199, instances of anti-Jewish vandalism rose by 50 percent. Anti-Semitic incidents spiked 86 percent nationwide so far in 2017. Between the bomb threats that targeted Jewish institutions and the proliferation of swastika vandalism, concerns remain about the security of New Yorks Jewish community, said ADL New York Regional Board Chair Andrew Frackman in a statement. The good news is that our elected officials and law enforcement continue diligently to combat the issue. Text the word HATE to report biasAfter a wave of hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and schools hit the state and other parts of the country earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced several new initiatives to combat hate crimes. The initiatives included a $25 million grant program for safety and security upgrades at schools and daycare centers at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission, and a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction for a hate crime. Cuomo also launched a new hate crimes text line, where New Yorkers can simply text the word HATE to 81336 to report incidents of bias and discrimination.

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Careful with Israel rhetoric – The Spokesman-Review

Two news stories and a political cartoon on April 29 showed interesting connections. The Northwest section reported anti-Jewish graffiti on the Community Building in downtown Spokane. Clay Bennetts cartoon on the French presidential election depicted a station with two trains, a modern train (heading into the future?) carrying the name of one candidate and a Nazi-era cattle car (headed back to the past?) bearing graffiti of the other candidates name. Hate directed against Jews still exists in this world, even here in Spokane. In the main section, a Beirut-based U..N. agencys report labeled Israel an apartheid regime. As the story explains, such incendiary language inhibits progress toward peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israel conflict. The connections? People who sympathize with Palestinians facing difficult lives may fall into the trap of using inflammatory language that heaps all the blame on Israel. This gives aid and comfort to truly anti-Jewish groups that seek destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. Well-intentioned people expressing views on the Arab-Israel conflict need to have a clear picture of what peace will look like and how their words and actions may help or impede realizing that goal. Words matter. Howard Glass Spokane

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Survey: Many Eastern European Countries Reject Jews as Citizens – Breitbart News

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Data from the Pew Research Institute published Wednesday found that asignificant portion of the population surveyed rejected Jews, and that countries with large Jewish populations prior to the Holocaust registered higher overall levels of anti-Jewish sentiment. Pew conducted the survey from June 2015 to July 2016 through face-to-face interviews in 17 languages with more than 25,000 adults ages 18 and older.The survey spans an area running eastward from the Czech Republic and Poland to Russia, Georgia and Armenia, and southward from the Baltic States to the Balkans and Greece. Itsurveyed residents of 18 countries, findingless than 50 per cent of respondents indicated they would accept having Jewish family members. Anti-Jewish sentiment varied between different countries, with some nationalities more pre-disposed than others to open hostility to members of the Jewish faith. A third of Armenians polled in the study said Jews should not be citizens, significantly higher than the median anti-Jewish sentiment measured in other countries. Countries with large Jewish populations prior to the Holocaust registered higher levels of anti-Jewish sentiment, including Lithuania (23 per cent), Romania (22 per cent), the Czech Republic (19 per cent) and Poland (18 per cent). The latest figures follow reports of Jews fleeing Europe to re-establish their lives in Israel or the UK and U.S. because of anti-Semitism. As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, Jewish migration to Israel has doubled in the last two years, with many more opting to flee to America and even Britain in the wake of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in mainland Europe. The ongoing exodus of French Jews alone comprises the largest trans-migrationof Jews since the formation of Israel in 1948, with some 8,000 heading for the Jewish Statein 2015. The Campaign AgainstAntisemitism has said that this is not just a problem for Jews, but for the whole of European society. It issued thischilling warning in 2016: The Islamists and Nazis attacking Europes Jews hate you too. History shows us time and again hate that starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews.

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Israel denounces attacks on freedom of religion in Belgium and Norway as being ‘anti-Jewish’ – European Jewish Press

JERUSALEM (EJP)—Israeli Religious Services Minister David Azulay denounced a vote in the Parliament of Wallonia, one of Belgiums regions, to ban kosher slaughter or shechita of animals. Speaking to European Jewish Press, the minister, who is a member of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party, declared: “This decision constitutes a severe violation of freedom of religion and harms the feelings of many Jews who have no desire whatsoever than to strictly observe Jewish law and to perform kosher slaughter as Jewish tradition. He added that studies prove that this slaughter also prevents suffering from animals, calling the decision undemocratic and a severe harm to religious worship. The Walloon Parliaments Environment Committee decreed last week that all kosher and halal slaughter without stunning will be banned from September 2019. The issue is set to be debated later this month in the Parliaments plenary, The parliament of the Flemish region has also indicated its wish to ban kosher slaughter by early 2019 and some politicians in the Brussels Region are looking into the possibility of copying their counterparts. Attacks on Jewish religious practices also happened in Norway where over the weekend, the Progressive Party, one of the two ruling parties in the country (along with the Conservative Party) announced that it intends to initiate a law banning circumcision in the country for males under the age of 16. The initiators of the Norwegian law claim that circumcision constitutes mental and mental harm to children and constitutes a serious violation of children’s rights. Member of the Knesset Dr. Avraham Neguise, who chairs the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, denounced the moves in Belgium and Norway. For him, the anti-Jewish legislation pushed forward by certain parties in Belgium and Norway does not comply with their attempt to be democratic and progressive societies. True democracies respect all religions, as well as the freedom of worship of their people, he told EJP. European legislators should be extra sensitive to the freedom of the Jews that live there, due to their problematic past not too long ago, he added. Neguise said that as chairman of the Knesset Committee for Diaspora Affairs I am very concerned by these trends. The committee will hold a discussion on the issue. Avi Mayer, spokesperson for the Jewish Agency, said: ”We believe that Jewish life should be possible wherever Jews live and we support efforts by European Jews to ensure that Jewish life is able to continue fully in all corners of Europe.” On Sunday, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, who heads the European Jewish Association (EJA), a group representing Jewish communities, wrote a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett, calling on them to urgently establish a joint working team for both government offices and Jewish organizations in Europe, in order to prevent the spread of anti-Jewish legislation. “I have no doubt that the State of Israel, the state of the Jewish people,cannot remain indifferent to it, and I call on you to exert all your political influence in order to prevent the exclusion of Jews from life in various European countries,” wrote Margolin. The Minister of Education and of Diaspora Affairsdeclined to comment the new legislations.

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Holocaust Denial Drives anti-Semitic Incidents in Canada to Record Number, Report Says – Haaretz

Bnai Brith Canada report tracks incidents of harassment, vandalism and violence against Jews and Jewish institutions 2016 was the worst year on record for anti-Semitism in Canada, according to the latest report of an organization that tracks incidents of harassment, vandalism and violence against Jews and Jewish institutions in the country. The annual Bnai Brith Canada audit of anti-Semitic incidents, published on Tuesday, found that the number of recorded complaints rose 26 percent last year to total 1,728, the vast majority related to harassment. About 20 percent of all anti-Semitic incidents reported in Canada in 2016 were related to Holocaust denial, compared with only 5 percent in 2015. What was once a fringe belief held only by those on the margins of society is now being positioned as a legitimate source of debate and discussion, even in academic circles, the report said. Unlike the situation in the United States, the spike in Canada was unconnected to anti-Jewish sentiments unleashed by the presidential election in the United States. In fact, according to the organizations annual report published Tuesday, the number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Canada actually took a dip around the time of the U.S. election in November. The dominant rhetoric in the press and social media is that the election of U.S. President Donald Trump resulted in a surge of anti-Semitism almost overnight, the report stated. While this makes a good sound bite, its not based in fact. And as our longitudinal data shows, anti-Semitism has actually been on the rise for over a decade and over the past five years, dramatically so. We’ve got more newsletters we think you’ll find interesting. Please try again later. This email address has already registered for this newsletter. Although incidents of harassment were dramatically up, those falling into the categories of vandalism and violence were down compared with average levels in recent years. The report attributes this phenomenon to the rise of social media-based incidents of anti-Semitism. Such online platforms have become more accessible and convenient outlets to express anti-Semitism, rather than engaging in physical or hard-copy-type incidents of vandalism, it noted. Bnai Brith Canadas key mandate is monitoring anti-Semitism in that country. In this respect, it serves a similar function to the Anti-Defamation League in the United States. Last month, the ADL published its annual audit, which found a 41 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States during 2016 most of them concentrated in the last two months of the year, following the election. Unlike its Canadian equivalent, the ADL report also included updated figures for the first quarter of 2017. These figures pointed to an 86 percent spike in anti-Semitic incidents compared with the corresponding period last year. Most of the quarterly increase, however, was related to a wave of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers, which are now believed to have been carried out by a Jewish Israeli with U.S. citizenship who has since been indicted. Six bomb threats have also been made this year against Jewish Community Centers in Canada, but they are not reflected in the 2016 audit. As in the United States, college campuses in Canada have long been considered a hotbed of anti-Semitism. But whereas the number of incidents of anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses showed no growth whatsoever last year, a significant increase was registered in Canada, the Bnai Brith report said. As in previous years, Jews and Jewish institutions in the province of Ontario home to Canadas largest Jewish community were the main targets of anti-Semitism. Want to enjoy ‘Zen’ reading – with no ads and just the article? Subscribe today

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