Police in Teaneck identified three of four people suspected of a hate crime in which they allegedly sprayed dark liquid on Jews near a synagogue. Read Here
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1. New Jersey police identify suspects in anti-Semitic water gun attack
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
2. Ohio man gets 30 months in prison for attacking man he thought was Jewish
By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN
Izmir Koch was convicted of committing a hate crime and sentenced to 30 months in prison for attacking someone he believed to be Jewish outside a Cincinnati restaurant. Read Here
3. CATHOLIC PEACE GROUP AFFIRMS “LOGIC” OF KILLING AMERICAN JEWS FOR WHAT ISRAEL DOES
BY DEXTER VAN ZILE
On the YouTube channel of Catholics Against Militarism, anti-Semite E. Michael Jones argued that the deaths of civilians at the Hamas “March of Return” riots justifies the murder of Jews in synagogues in the US and blames American Jews for the invasion of Iraq. Read Here
4. Police investigate Neo-Nazi flyers posted in Michigan
BY Simon Shaykhet
Neo-Nazi flyers appeared in two Michigan towns and were posted on the gate of a Jewish cemetery. The flyers had an image of a swastika and a racial slur aimed at Jewish people, while also denying the Holocaust. Read Here
5. Federal government files discrimination lawsuit against McDonald’s in Florida
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission served up a lawsuit against the owner of several McDonald’s franchises in Florida, alleging a refusal to hire a Chassidic man due to his beard. Read Here
6. 3 New Jersey teens charged with neo-Nazi graffiti
By Corey W. McDonald
Three teenagers were arrested and charged with spray painting swastikas and other references to a neo-Nazi group throughout Bayonne, NJ. Read Here
7. Accused Anti-Semite arrested in Iowa for threatening NYC Jewish organization
By Stephen Rex Brown
Garrett Kelsey was arrested for threatening a New York City-based Jewish organization with slaughter saying “My people have f–king slaughtered your f–king people before and we will do it again. And right now, you are giving us incentive to do that… Filthy f–king Jews.” Read Here
8. Beachwood police, Jewish museum investigating after poster denying the Holocaust found at its entrance
By Kaylee Remington
Police in Beachwood, OH are investigating after a poster denying the Holocaust was found at the entrence of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Read Here
9. Pro-Israel groups slam Omar comparing BDS to boycotts of Nazi Germany, Soviet Union
By Jackson Richman
“Millions of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, as well refugees from Soviet oppression living in Israel, will find such comparisons unfathomable,” said Democratic Majority for Israel president and CEO Mark Mellman. “I find them odious. In an effort led by parties of the left, the German Parliament officially labeled BDS as ‘anti-Semitism’—and they were right.” Making comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany is in fact a form of anti-Semitism. Read Here
Israel and the Rest of the World
IN-DEPTH: LABOUR IN CRISIS – THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE UK
BBC exposé accuses Jeremy Corbyn’s team of shielding anti-Semites
By Cnaan Liphshiz
A BBC Panorama exposé accuses the Labor Party of institutional anti-Semitism under Jeremy Corbyn. According to the BBC, leaders of the party shielded members from accusations of anti-Semitism while leader Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly interfered in disciplinary cases amid thousands of hate speech complaints. Read Here
Watch our trailer for the BBC Panorama exposé “Is Labour anti-Semitic?” below:
67 peers tell Corbyn: ‘You haven’t opened your eyes, you haven’t told the truth’
By Jewish News Reporter
A third of Labour’s peers have posted a full-page advert in The Guardian blasting Jeremy Corbyn for not telling the “whole truth” about anti-Semitism in the Party, saying the Labour Party now welcomes everyone “except, it seems, Jews,” adding: “This is your legacy, Mr Corbyn.” Read Here
JLM writes to shadow cabinet urging end to ‘institutional anti-Semitism’
By Jewish News Reporter
The Jewish Labour Movement has written to every member of the shadow cabinet urging them to show “real resolve” to end institutional racism against Jews in the party. Read Here
May and Corbyn trade barbs on racism in Labour and Tory parties
By The Guardian
Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May debated Jeremy Corbyn on the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party in Parilaiment. Watch the exchange below. Watch Here.
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Jewish Agency calls for investigation into UK Labour Party over anti-Semitism row
In a letter to Corbyn, Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog called on the U.K. Opposition Leader to establish an external and independent inquiry to examine the extent of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party and publish its findings. Read Here
JLM dismisses Corbyn anti-Semitism reform as ‘rearranging the deckchairs’
By Jewish News Reporter
Ben Westerman, the only Jewish whistleblower in the BBC Panorama expose has accused the party of “spitting” on the community with its derisory response to the documentary and said he was routinely branded a Nazi. Read Here
Poll: Corbyn loses ground as Labour members see anti-Semitism as ‘genuine’ issue”
By TOI Staff
Support for Jeremy Corbyn has fallen significantly among party members. Two fifths want Corbyn to resign before the next general election while 25% demand that he step down immediately. 48% have stated that he has handled anti-Semitism either fairly or very badly. Read Here
For More In-Depth Coverage on Anti-Semitism in the UK Follow the Stories Below:
IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN GERMANY
German diplomat’s ‘likes’ of anti-Israel tweets provoke anger
Germany’s envoy to the Palestinian territories, Christian Clages, is facing accusations of anti-Semitism after he reportedly “liked” several tweets that criticized Israel and Jews. Read Here.
German prosecutors charge ex-SS soldier over incitement and Holocaust denial
German prosecutors filed charges against 96-year-old former SS soldier Karl Muenter, for incitement and disparaging the memory of Nazi victims. He had previously been convicted in France for his role in killing 86 people in the village of Ascq during WWII. In a television interview, Muenter said those killed in Ascq were themselves to blame for their deaths and disputed the fact that six million Jews died in the Holocaust. Read Here.
ANTI-BDS APPEAL TO GERMAN GOVERNMENT BY TOP ACADEMICS GAINING MOMENTUM
By Marc Neugroschel
Several hundred internationally renowned scholars have signed an anti-BDS appeal to the German government which demands that the government adopt a legally non-binding motion passed by the Bundestag in May, rendering BDS anti-Semitic and calling to withhold from the movement public financial assets. Read Here.
JEWISH HISTORIAN ACCUSES THREE GERMAN MPS OF COUNTERING ANTI-BDS ACT
By Benjamin Weinthal
Michael Wolffsohn, a prominent German Jewish historian, alleged that three German MPs are seeking to sabotage a resolution that classifies BDS as an anti-Semitic campaign. Read Here.
IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST
Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Jewish journalist: I’m not an anti-Semite
By Samuel Thrope
Former Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied he is an anti-Semite, nonetheless, he did not apologize for or distance himself from his past comments questioning the Holocaust and a 2006 conference he hosted that brought Holocaust deniers to Tehran. Read Here.
Anti-Israel bigotry blocks Mideast Christians’ pilgrimages
By Robert Nicholson
Most Mideast Christians are deprived of the right to pray at the place where Jesus was buried and rose again, according to their belief, because most Arab and Muslim countries consider Israel to be an illegitimate enemy state. Read Here.
Hamas Official Fathi Hamad’s Speech Was No Exception: Repeated Anti-Semitic Statements From Hamas Officials And In Hamas Media
After a speech by senior Hamas leader Fathi Hammad urging Palestinians to kill Jews all over the world sparked outrage, Hamas said that his statements did not reflect the movement’s official positions, however many recent Arabic media publications from Hamas are rife with anti-Semitism. Read Here.
Palestinian Culture Minister To Mother Of Six Terrorists: You Are A Model Of Defiance Against Israel
Palestinian Culture Minister and former Fatah spokesman ‘Atef Abu Saif paid a visit to the home of Latifa Abu Hmeid, the mother of six Fatah and Hamas terrorists involved in shooting and suicide attacks against Israelis. During the visit the Culture Minister said that they had come to express their support for “this steadfast Palestinian woman who is a model of defiance and perseverance.” Read Here.
Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah: We Have Enough Missiles To Send Israel Back To The Stone Age
Hizbullah Secretary-General Nasrallah said that Hizbullah can strike any part of Israel. Pointing at a map, he turned his attention to Israel’s coast, where most of Israel’s population lives and implied that Hizbullah has thousands of missiles that it can use to send Israel “back to the stone age.” Read Here.
HAMAS MP MARWAN ABU RAS: THE ZIONISTS SEND GIRLS TO SLEEP WITH ARABS AND GIVE THEM AIDS
Turkey’s ruling party mouthpiece: We Must Avoid Rendering Turkey Dependent On Russia, which Cannot Act Independently From The Jewish Forces
“Russia cannot act independently of Israel and the Jewish forces in the US…Russia cannot and will not take an inch of a step independently from Israel and the Jewish forces…Those paving the path for Russia are the Jewish forces in Israel and the U.S…I tell our country’s administrations to never overlook the ‘secret hand’ of the Israeli and Jewish forces in our relations with Russia. Read Here.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
Decision to dismiss charges of Halimi murderer ‘contradictory’ at best, ‘anti-Semitic’ at worst
By Eliana Rudee
“I think that if the person killed were not Jewish, the courts wouldn’t have come to the same conclusion. The court didn’t want to say it was anti-Semitism.” Read Here.
Norway’s state broadcaster airs ‘Jewish swine’ cartoon
Norway’s public broadcaster NRK has rejected accusations of anti-Semitism against a cartoon showing an overweight Jew taunting a man who used the word “Jew-swine”. Read Here.
Head of Ukrainian group glorifying Nazi collaborators set to enter parliament
By TOI Staff
Volodymyr Viatrovych, a senior Ukrainian official widely reviled by Jewish groups for his rehabilitation of Nazi collaborators is set to enter parliament. Read Here.
Historic Jewish cemetery in Poland vandalized a month after rededication
By Katarzyna Markusz
A Jewish cemetery in Tarnow, Poland was vandalized a month after it was rededicated. “Jews eat children. Jadowniki eat Jews,” was painted on the fence of the cemetery. Jadowniki is a nearby village. Read Here.
‘Slaughter the Jews’ painted on section of Western Wall in Muslim Quarter
By Marcy Oster
“Slaughter the Jews” was spray painted on the “little Western Wall,” a section of the Western Wall in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Read Here.
1. New Jersey anti-Semitism bill stirs free speech controversy
By College Fix Staff
New Jersey State Senate Bill 4001 “Prohibits anti-Semitism in public schools and institutions of higher education,” but critics including various Palestinian rights groups say the legislation “codifies a widely contested redefinition of anti-Semitism that includes protected speech critical of Israel.” Read Here.
2. Zero Tolerance for Anti-Semitic Hatred
By Jacob Naimark
This semester, the Columbia University student body jeopardized the security of Jewish college students by tolerating anti-Semitism on campus. My community betrayed Jewish students by ignoring and delegitimizing cries of anti-Semitism. Frighteningly, many of us do not need to look far to find anti-Semitism around us, including in places like Columbia University that pride themselves on being progressive and liberal. Read Here.
3. GERMAN MUNSTER UNIVERSITY STUDENTS PASSED MOTION AGAINST ANTI-SEMITIC BDS
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
The student parliament of the University of Münster passed a resolution against the BDS campaign. “We clearly position ourselves against any form of anti-Semitism and reject the boycott efforts against Israel.” Read Here.
4. StandWithUs Launches Center for Combating Anti-Semitism
By AARON BANDLER
StandWithUs announced the launch of its new Center for Combating Anti-Semitism that will work to identify, define, and expose anti-Semitism. Read Here.
5. Teaching High School Students to Demonize Israel
By Liel Leibowitz
As a wave of anti-Israel hate spreads from elite college campuses to public high schools, some Massachusetts parents fight back. Read Here.
Anti-Semitism has been perpetrated over the centuries. Today, we are seeing age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes being recycled as well as new forms of anti-Semitism. In order to effectively combat anti-Semitism, it is important to understand, define and highlight all its manifestations and ideologies.
1. Is it possible to support Jews, but oppose Zionists?
By Alyza Lewin
Ostracizing, marginalizing and excluding pro-Israel Zionists based on their identity is not a “speech” issue. It is racist and unlawful conduct and must be confronted. If we want to ensure that history does not repeat itself, we must recognize that if you isolate and dehumanize Zionists and claim they represent society’s greatest evil, you are branding Jews with a virtual “yellow Star of David.” Read Here.
2. Why Germany needs to pay attention to Jewish life
By Gunda Trepp
German Jews don’t feel safe…60 percent of them are worried that they will be victims of a hate crime in 2019. Could teachers more effectively combat anti-Semitism if they taught not only how the Jews were killed, but how Jews live, what they stand for and what they believe in? Read Here.
3. Podcast: U.S. Anti-Semitism Summit and LGBT Rights in Israel
By AJC Passport
AJC Chief Policy Officer Jason Isaacson addressed the U.S. Department of Justice Summit on Combating Anti-Semitism. He sat down with AJC Passport to share an inside look on this conference and the U.S. administration’s increased efforts to combat anti-Semitism. Listen Here.
4. The Never-Ending Case of Palestinian Incitement
By Noah Lewis
A report released by IMPACT-se found new Palestinian textbooks to be more radical than in the past, containing incitement and rejection of peace with Israel. The new curriculum “deliberately omits any discussion of peace education or reference to any Jewish presence in Palestine before 1948. Most troubling, there is a systematic insertion of violence, martyrdom and jihad across all grades and subjects in a more extensive and sophisticated manner, embracing a full spectrum of extreme nationalist ideas and Islamist ideologies that extend even into the teaching of science and mathematics.” Read Here.
To Learn More About This Issue, Watch Our Video Interview With IMPACT-Se Here
Studies and Statistics
1. HALF OF FSU JEWS IN RURAL AREAS HAVE EXPERIENCED ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Half of the Jews who live in small towns or rural areas across the Former Soviet Union have experienced anti-Semitic attacks first hand, according to the Institute for Euro-Asian Jewish Studies. Read Here.
2. Report: Nearly half of young European Jews victims of anti-Semitism in past year
By Robert Philpot
Nearly half of young Jewish Europeans have been the victim of at least one anti-Semitic incident in the past year, newly published findings from an unprecedented EU survey reveal. They are also considerably more likely to experience anti-Semitism than older Jews. Read Here.
3. Report: Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada hold steady despite drop in hate crimes
By TOI Staff
Despite a significant reduction in the overall tally of hate crimes, Canada’s latest hate crimes report reveals “disturbing trends” for Jews. Statistics show that while incidents targeting Muslims and black Canadians dipped by 50 and 12%, respectively, those against Jews only fell by 4%. Read Here.
Chief Executive Jonathan Turner of our partner organization, UK Lawyers For Israel, sat down with CAS to describe UKLFI’s recent success in challenging the legality of a BDS resolution before the Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland. UKLFI argued that boycotting Israeli products and businesses would be discriminatory and violate the council’s fiduciary duties as well as EU and World Trade Organization rules. Watch the video below to learn more about UKLFI’s important work.
1. BDS resolution in Belfast City Council withdrawn due to questions of legality
A proposed resolution in Ireland’s Belfast City Council to support the BDS movement against Israel, which had been scheduled for debate last week, has been withdrawn. The development was in response to a letter from U.K. Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) to Suzanne Wylie, chief executive of Belfast City Council, pointing out a string of reasons why such a resolution would not be legal, including that European Union and World Trade Organization “public procurement rules require contracting authorities to base the award of public contracts on the most economically advantageous tender.”
UK Lawyers For Israel (UKLFI) is a volunteer organization of lawyers who support Israel using their legal skills. UKLFI uses the law against attempts to undermine, attack and delegitimize Israel, Israeli organizations, Israelis, and supporters of Israel. UK Lawyers for Israel is not aligned with any particular political viewpoint or party in the UK or Israel.Read Here.
SPECIAL ENVOY TO MONITOR & COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM UPDATE
This section also highlights the work of government officials around the world that are combating anti-Semitism in their official capacities.
1. Trump administration offers $7m for information leading to the arrest of AMIA bombing suspect
By RON KAMPEAS
The State Department is offering $7 million for information leading to the arrest of Salman Raouf Salman, a Hezbollah operative who helped engineer the mass killing at a Buenos Aires Jewish community center 25 years ago. Read Here.
2. US Senate resolution marks 25th anniversary of AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires
A resolution commemorating the 25th anniversary of AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires was introduced in the U.S. Senate. “It is critical that the U.S. recommit to helping the Government of Argentina in their investigation. The Argentinian people have waited long enough for answers.” Read Here.
3. US House overwhelmingly passes anti-BDS resolution
By ERIC CORTELLESSA
Following up on our “Take Action” segment last week, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution that rejects the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. The bill, H.R. 246, also calls for increased security aid to Israel and a two-state solution. Read Here.
4. At US Department of Education, Kenneth Marcus tackles anti-Semitism in all its varied forms
By JACKSON RICHMAN
Kenneth Marcus is the assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education where his duties include enforcing civil rights laws prohibiting educational institutions from discriminating based on race, color, disability, ethnicity, national origin and age. “I believe I’m the first person ever appointed to my position who comes to it with expertise in anti-Semitism and a background in fighting it. There is now a greater awareness within this department and within this administration of the severity of the problem. I believe there is within this administration a sensitivity to campus anti-Semitism and an awareness that it’s growing.” Read Here.
5. US special envoy Elan Carr: ‘Anti-Semitism is evil, regardless of where it comes from’
By Orit Arfa
“Jew-hatred is Jew-hatred, and it’s evil, and it doesn’t matter if it comes from the ethnic supremacist right, from the vicious anti-Zionist left or from radical Islam. Jew-hatred in all its forms needs to be combated, and it’s my job to combat it.” Read this in-depth interview with Special Envoy Carr to learn more about the important work he is doing every day in his role to combat anti-Semitism. Read Here.
6. New Jersey Rep. Gottheimer, Elan Carr, local leaders stand up to anti-Semitism
U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr and members of Jewish community groups called for comprehensive support in combating anti-Semitism in New Jersey, the US and abroad. New Jersey ranks third in the nation in anti-Semitic incidents. At the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, Gottheimer and Carr spoke about growing anti-Semitism worldwide, and ways that Congress and the State Department are working together to address it. Read Here.
Watch the Full Remarks from Rep. Gottheimer and Special Envoy Carr Below:
7. British Holocaust Envoy: Staying Vigilant In Corbyn Era
By Stewart Ain
According to Lord Eric Jack Pickles, Britain’s Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues, “Mr. Corbyn has always been on friendly terms with what most people would call terrorists. He has a long record of supporting extreme Palestinian causes, which may have led him to conflate Israel with people of Jewish heritage. Among the left this is a common problem. Add to this mix an instinctive pull towards conspiracy theories and you have the perfect conditions for anti-Semitism. Read Here.
8. John Mann appointed as independent adviser on anti-Semitism
By UK Prime Minister’s Office
Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed Labour MP John Mann as an independent adviser on anti-Semitism. Mann, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Anti-Semitism, will be responsible for providing the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government with independent advice on the most effective methods to tackle anti-Semitism and will also collaborate with Lord Pickles, the UK’s Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues, and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief. Read Here.
9. John Mann MP: It is vital that non-Jewish allies call out anti-Semitism, and show others how to combat it
By John Mann MP
“It should not be for the Jewish community to have to lead the fight against anti-Jewish racism. It is vital that non-Jewish allies call out anti-Semitism and show others how to combat it.” Read Here.
10. Europe attempts to step up its fight against anti-Semitism
By Phoenix Berman
European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová recently held the first meeting of the bloc’s working group on anti-Semitism, a special body that will look specifically into attacks against Jews. Designed to bolster the EU’s stated goal of curbing the rise of anti-Semitism across the bloc, the working group will aid each of the 28 members of the EU to uphold their commitments to adopting tough national strategies that will help combat hate crimes and discrimination that target Jews. Part of the plan is to create a common security approach to protect Jewish communities from violent extremism and various forms of discrimination by the end of next year. Read Here.
10. German Anti-Semitism Tsar Endorses Probe into Diplomatic Representative to Palestinians Over Anti-Jewish Tweets
By Algemeiner Staff
Felix Klein, Germany’s federal anti-Semitism commissioner, voiced support for a probe into Christian Clages after it was revealed that Clages, Germany’s representative to the Palestinian Authority, had “liked” several anti-Semitic posts on Twitter from his verified account. Read Here.
12. Merkel urges Europe to confront modern anti-Semitism
By Jewish News Reporter
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Europeans to confront populism, nationalism, racism and anti-Semitism as she paid tribute to the Nazi resistance in her own country. Amid evidence of rising anti-Semitism in Germany, Mrs. Merkel said people need to draw inspiration from the civil courage shown by those who resisted the Nazis and make their voices heard. Read Here.
13. Vancouver councilor wants city to adopt motion on anti-Semitism
By Lisa Steacy
Police-reported hate crimes are on the rise in Vancouver and city councilor, Sarah Kirby-Yung is bringing a motion forward that she hopes will allow the city to fight back against a rising tide of anti-Semitism. The motion asks the city to formalize a definition of anti-Semitism so hate crimes can be identified and combated. Read Here.
This section highlights the good deeds of Jews and others working to combat anti-Semitism in their communities.
1. NAZI IDEOLOGY NO LONGER TO APPEAR IN GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS IN SPAIN
By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman
Material promoting Nazi ideology and denying the Holocaust will no longer appear in Spain’s Google search results, after our partner organization the Lawfare Project, filed several take-down notices with Google. Google’s lawyers examined the complaints and subsequently, various examples of anti-Semitic content are now blocked from appearing in Google searches in Spain. Read Here.
2. Top UK Rabbi’s Book Explains to non-Jews How anti-Semitism Impacts Them, Too.
By Robert Philpot
Her audience is non-Jews who’ve seen claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour party repeatedly hit the headlines and she aims to explain what anti-Semitism really is. “This matters to society as a whole because it smells, it rots the body politic, it leads to worse, and renders rational thought incapable in the face of an ineluctable, active theory of why ‘they’ are to blame. It destroys normal, rational, evidence-based thought. It matters — to Jews and non-Jews alike. Read Here.
3. IN ‘SKIN’ , AN ISRAELI DIRECTOR PORTRAYS A NEO-NAZI’S EVOLUTION
By Tobias Grey
Israeli director Guy Nattiv decided to make a movie about a reformed neo-Nazi only after receiving the blessing of his grandfather who survived the Holocaust. “Skin,” which opens in the U.S. on July 26, is dedicated to Ruben Monowitz, who died two years ago at age 96, “because he taught us as grandkids how to accept and forgive.” Mr. Nattiv wrote the screenplay for “Skin” after persuading Bryon Widner, a former skinhead who co-founded a violent white-power group in Indiana in 2003, to sign over the rights to his life story. Read Here.
Watch the Trailor for Skin Below:
4. HAPPY ENDING FOR PALESTINIAN WHO WAS PENALIZED FOR RESCUING WOUNDED JEWS
By Ruthie Blum
Three years ago, Rabbi Michael Mark was killed in a drive-by Palestinian terrorist attack. As Mark bled to death in front of his family, a Palestinian Authority civil servant who happened by the scene of what he thought was a car accident rushed to assist the family. For his swift and humane action, the young man from Hebron was thanked profusely by the Mark family however, the Palestinian Authority promptly penalized him for rescuing wounded Jews and dismissed him from his job. He is now living with his wife and son in a donor-supported apartment and is in the process of obtaining permanent-residency in Israel. Read Here.
5. JEWISH COMEDIANS AIM TO DEFLATE MODERN ANTI-SEMITISM WITH LAUGHS
By Steve North
As long as there have been Jews, there have been two unwavering constants: anti-Semitism and Jewish jokes about anti-Semitism. “Comedians talk about what bothers them, and [anti-Semitism] really bothers me. It’s like what Mel Brooks said about his ‘Springtime for Hitler’: Humor is my greatest weapon. Our revenge is with jokes, and not just against the Nazis of old, but sadly current-day neo-Nazis. The only way I can fight them is by mocking them and exposing the ignorance of their bigotry.” Read Here.
This section highlights opportunities for you to get involved in combating anti-Semitism. Read the content below to learn more.
1. Learn More About H.R. 2913 & S. 1102 – The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019
This week we ask you to take action by educating yourself about the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019, which provides tools for a comprehensive U.S. strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean region by strengthening energy partnerships between the US, Cyprus, Greece and Israel, ending the arms embargo on Cyprus, and holding Turkey accountable for its aggression in the region. The bills were introduced by Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Energy diplomacy has the power to replace conflict in the region with cooperation and coexistence. Help raise awareness about the issue by sharing the bill and the resources below within your community.
To learn more about the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act please view the language of the bills below:
CYPRUS, GREECE, ISRAEL ALLIANCE SERVES U.S. INTERESTS
By Endy Zemenidies and David Harris
Growing cooperation on counter-terrorism, search-and-rescue, and maritime security among these Mediterranean countries makes the whole region safer. Cyprus, Greece, and Israel provide important assets for Western security interests and have already made substantial contributions. The US needs reliable allies, and for the first time in the region’s history can look primarily to those who share both interests and values. Greece, Cyprus, and Israel are strong partners that can check malign influences in this region. Both the administration and Congress should explore transforming the trilateral cooperation into a quadrilateral partnership. A more stable, energy independent and integrated Eastern Mediterranean will be a game-changer in this vital part of the world. Read Here.
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