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Young boys identified as the vandals of Jewish cemetery in Slovakia

JTA - Tue, 2020-01-21 18:32

(JTA) — Children caused the vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in Slovakia, in which at least 20 headstones were damaged, not extremists as was originally suspected.

The gravestones were pushed over, causing some to crack, in mid-December in the northern town of Rajec.

Police in the Zilina Region announced on Friday that the vandals were five boys, aged 9 to 12, the Slovak Spectator reported.

“The motive of the minors’ act was no racial, ethnic or religious intolerance, hatred towards another group of people, or the promotion of an ideology aimed at suppressing fundamental rights and freedoms,” said Jana Balogová, a spokesperson for the Žilina Region Police Department, according to the TASR newswire.

The vandalism caused about $5,500 in damages. Due to the ages of the perpetrators, criminal prosecution has been halted.

Earlier in December, dozens of headstones were knocked down and set on fire at the Jewish cemetery in Námestovo, a town in northern Slovakia near the Polish border. There have been no arrests in the incident.

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U.S. House speaker Pelosi visits Auschwitz before anniversary

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-01-21 18:07
From Poland, Pelosi and the bipartisan delegation of six Congress members will travel to Israel to attend a conference marking the anniversary of the death camp’s liberation

Netanyahu and Likud abruptly part ways with former Trump campaign advisers

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-01-21 18:04
Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie were brought on board to advise the Likud election campaign and abruptly left Israel in the past few days

ICC delays Israel-Palestine debate because prosecutor exceeded page limit

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-01-21 17:50
Meanwhile, Netanyahu calls for sanctions on the international court for its 'full-frontal' attack on the Jewish people's right to live in Israel

Could Kushner’s Israel visit this week signal release of Trump's Mideast peace plan?

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-01-21 17:32
Israeli officials are convinced the Trump peace plan will be published before the March 2 election. Gantz was initially opposed to the idea but is now on board. Meanwhile, U.S. experts are wary, questioning who would benefit

Russian airstrike kills nine in Syria, including family with six children

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-01-21 17:07
Warplanes targeted a farm on the outskirts of Aleppo, as well as areas of Idlib, despite ceasefire between Turkey and Russia

Jewish cemetery in Bulgaria vandalized

JTA - Tue, 2020-01-21 16:59

(JTA) — A Jewish cemetery in northeastern Bulgaria was vandalized.

Gravestones were pushed over and broken, and a fence around the cemetery was damaged, the Sofia Globe reported Thursday.

Shoumen was home to a Jewish community during centuries of Ottoman rule. The Jewish cemetery in Shoumen dates from the 19th century.

The regional Sofia chapter of the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria, or Shalom, has engaged in dialogue about the incident with the Regional Prosecutor’s Office and is calling for the proper institutions to “find the perpetrators and ensure that such actions will not be repeated,” according to the World Jewish Congress.

In 2008, vandals damaged the cemetery and were forced to attend court-mandated educational training against anti-Semitism, The Sofia Globe reported.

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Jewish government worker in Berlin was subjected to anti-Semitic harassment

JTA - Tue, 2020-01-21 16:57

BERLIN (JTA) – A Jewish man working as a driver for the German Chancellery in Berlin has reported being subjected to anti-Semitic harassment.

An unnamed source told the daily Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the man, who comes from Lebanon and worked in the Chancellery’s motor pool, reported that several colleagues have insulted and bullied him since early 2019, calling him “Jewish pig” and “Kanake,” a word referring to migrants from primarily Muslim countries or southern Europe.

The employee, who was not a driver for Chancellor Angela Merkel, reported the incidents to the federal government’s anti-Semitism commissioner in the Ministry of the Interior, Felix Klein, the Bild reported.

While confirming basic details, a government spokesperson told Bild that no further comment could be provided in the confidential matter. The employee reportedly now works in a new location, away from his former colleagues. There was no information available on the identity of the colleagues.

According to the Berlin-based Research and Information Center on Anti-Semitism In Berlin, on average two anti-Semitic incidents were reported per day in the first half of 2019, a total of 404 incidents in the first six months. In the same period in 2018, there were 579 reported incidents.

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College student’s video blasting Trump says Anne Frank did not die in Nazi camp

JTA - Tue, 2020-01-21 16:53

(JTA) — The progressive NowThis news website removed a segment of a video in which a student at George Washington University asserted that teenage Holocaust diarist Anne Frank did not die in a concentration camp.

The six-minute video about President Donald Trump’s executive order signed last month that directs “robust” enforcement of existing civil rights protections for Jews on campus slammed Trump for “defining what is and what isn’t being Jewish,” and said it was a “veiled way to silence Palestinian voices” against Israel. The order says attackers target Jews since they perceive them to be a race or having a shared national identity,

Senior Becca Lewis, who says she is Jewish, makes the false claim in the video about Anne Frank while speaking with two Palestinian students. They are wearing around their necks black-and-white checkered kaffiyehs, a traditional Arab headdress, which is worn as a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

“What’s going to happen if there’s another Holocaust? Well, we’re seeing what’s happening. We’re seeing people die at the border for lack of medical care. That’s how Anne Frank died. She didn’t die in a concentration camp, she died from typhus,” Lewis says in the now-deleted video segment. The original video can be seen here.

Frank, in fact, died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in February or March 1945, likely of typhus.

NowThis tweeted a link to the video on Friday, days after the original had been posted, with a message reading: “CORRECTION: We have removed a segment of this video in which the speaker misspoke regarding Anne Frank’s death. These Jewish and Palestinian students are speaking out against Trump for equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism in his Judaism executive order.”

Critics called Lewis a Holocaust denier, and said her statement should have been left in order to cast doubt on the veracity of  other statements.

CORRECTION: We have removed a segment of this video in which the speaker misspoke regarding Anne Frank’s death

These Jewish and Palestinian students are speaking out against Trump for equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism in his Judaism executive order pic.twitter.com/k6YGsp56h4

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 17, 2020

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NowThis removes video saying Anne Frank did not die in Nazi camp

The Forward - Tue, 2020-01-21 16:53
The NowThis website has removed the six-minute segment criticizing the executive order dealing with protecting Jews on campus.
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