• antisemitism,  Stateside

    Protesters Target Jewish Shop Owner in San Francisco

    Manny Yekutiel recently opened up a cafe and public space in the Mission District of San Francisco. In an Op-Ed for the San Francisco Chronical, Manny detailed the shop’s purpose. The kitchen is staffed with formerly homeless individuals and run by the nonprofit Farming Hope. We’ve already given free or low-cost space to more than 25 nonprofits such as Mission Graduates, Indivisible, Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the Instituto Familiar de la Raza, who need to spend their money on programs, not expensive rental fees. Our coffee is $1.75 and you can have a healthy square meal for $6. We’ve had elected officials and advocates in the space, artists and poets…

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    It’s not just about Linda Sarsour’s “Minister Farrakhan controversy”

    A few months after the first Women’s March in January 2017, a Twitter contact sent me some material suggesting that the leadership of the hugely popular organization had a soft spot for Nation of Islam leader and veteran Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan. When I looked into the matter, it turned out that three of the most prominent Women’s March organizers – Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez – had indeed not been shy at all about advertising their admiration for Farrakahn on social media. They were also very proud about having been invited by Farrakhan to participate in a major 2015 event that was described as “a pageant for Farrakhan…

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    The Labour Party Branch too Moral to the Condemn Pittsburgh Murders

    This is an account by Steve Cooke, Secretary of the Norton West branch as well as political education officer for Stockton North CLP and a member of its executive committee of what happened. The account is taken from his Facebook profile where he has made it publicly available: I am aghast to report that an emergency motion on the #PittsburghSynagogue attack which I took to my Labour Party branch meeting last night was voted down, with the leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the cabinet member for community safety among its most vociferous opponents. The three Norton (North, South and West) branches hold a joint monthly meeting, with the option to break out into separate groups…

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    IHRA: The Last Word is NOT Stern

    This is a guest post by Amie One particular utterance of an American attorney and academic hitherto unknown to the UK public called Kenneth S Stern, expressing his concerns about the IHRA, has rapidly become the Ha’avarah Agreement de nos jour: People who have never heard of him until just now are quoting him “knowledgeably” as the leading authority in their opposition to IHRA.It looks like hardening into another of those zombie myths in the arsenal of those with ill intent towards Jews. John McDonnell in his Jewish News interview says it all changed for him once he had read Stern. Chris Williamson is obsessed by him. In his megaphoned…

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    Jeremy Corbyn Antisemitism and Justice for Palestine

    There’s an event tonight entitled Jeremy Corbyn Antisemitism and Justice for Palestine: The Facebook page says: The Labour right and supporters of Israel have launched a serious attempt to paint Jeremy Corbyn and the Left as antisemites. Any instance of antisemitism should be vigorously opposed, but these right wing forces are using smears to try and undermine Corbyn and the pro-Palestinian movement. They want to equate anti-Zionism with antisemitism. We wholly reject this. They are not the same. We can not let these smears be used to undermine criticism of Israel. Antisemitism is a very real threat, as the rise of the far right across Europe vividly illustrates. The Left…

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    Labour’s Problem is NOT Antisemitism

    The antisemitic views expressed by Labour members have been getting a great deal of media attention recently, at HP we have done our best to shine a light on some of the antisemitic discourse that has become almost a staple of far left discussions on social media. Recently the Jewish community held two demonstrations against the antisemitism in the Labour Party, but no one seems to know what to do about it. Those who wish to fight it might want to start by addressing the root cause of antisemitism rather than just the discourse itself. Jeremy Corbyn is proud of his hard left socialist views. He’s been writing for the…

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    Craig Murray Goes Conspiracy Theory…Again!

    Two days ago former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray posted a blog ‘Russian to Judgement’ (since gone viral) that Israel was more likely behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter (and about 100 other affected people) than Russia saying; “Israel has the nerve agents. Israel has Mossad which is extremely skilled at foreign assassinations. Theresa May claimed Russian propensity to assassinate abroad as a specific reason to believe Russia did it. Well Mossad has an even greater propensity to assassinate abroad. And while I am struggling to see a Russian motive for damaging its own international reputation so grieviously, Israel has a clear motivation for…

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    It’s Not All Bad News for Jewish Students on American Campuses

    With the endless spats of anti-Semitism within our major political parties and a constant stream of “anti-Zionist” claptrap coming out of universities on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s nice to hear some good news about being Jewish on campus: A recent Brandeis University study of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment on American college campuses finds information completely un-shocking to anyone who’s ever talked to more than three Jewish students: an overwhelming majority do not see their campus as “hostile to Jews.” The author distills the following from the Brandeis study: 1. 95 percent feel safe on campus The majority of Jewish students polled said they hadn’t experienced anti-Semitism on campus and…

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    More Anti-Semitism at Bay Area Schools

    I noted the growing issues with anti-Semitism at public schools in the infamously left-wing California Bay Area a few months back and recent examples continue to bubble to the surface. According to Algemeiner, the Alameda School District has routinely ignored anti-Semitic language directed at Jewish students. In Alameda, California, middle and elementary schools have been defaced with swastikas and a Jewish elementary school student reportedly received a death threat. Under pressure from the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and the parents of Natasha Waldorf — who received multiple antisemitic threats at Alameda High School — Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) officials are finally admitting that antisemitism is a problem and that they’ve…

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    Anti-Semitism in Bay Area Schools

    Vice recently posted a fine piece that affirms what I have seen while teaching in the Bay Area over the last few years: a growing level of anti-Semitic incidents carried out by students against other classmates.  Max Cherney writes: During the first quarter of 2017, compared with the first quarter of 2016, there has been an 86 percent spike in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Among those 541 preliminarily identified incidents were 380 cases of harassment and 155 reports of vandalism—as well as the wave of 161 bomb threats against Jewish institutions. … I decided to take a closer look at what’s happening at Bay Area public…