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Jewish couple in Belgium afraid to leave house after antisemitic harassment and death threats

A Jewish woman named Nicole, 43, and her husband, have been left afraid to leave their house after persistent antisemitic harassment.

Nicole and her husband have lived in Marchienne-au-Pont for two and a half years, the last two months of which has seen them ensure antisemitic harassment, including death threats, damage to their home, verbal abuse and physical aggression.

Recently a Star of David was painted onto their door. The couple also appears to have been sent large amounts of hate mail.

“A few people have discovered that we are Jews. Since then we have been threatened with death” she said. Their treatment highlights the increasingly hostile environment that many Jews are subjected to across mainland Europe.

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Miami Beach resident accused of plotting to burn down condo to “kill all the Jews”

Mr Walter Stopler, aged 72 was arrested by police in Miami on Thursday 12th July, after h he allegedly tried to burn down his condominium building in order to “kill all the Jews” according to the police report. Mr Stopler now reportedly faces charges of attempted arson and attempted murder.

Mr Stopler, angry after having recently been served eviction notice, allegedly told another resident that he planned to pour gasoline down the drain line of the building, ignite it and then padlock the building’s fire hoses to stop firefighters from extinguishing the flames.

Miami Beach police officer Ernesto Rodriguez stated that officers received a credible tip that Mr Stopler was planning to burn down The Pavilion residences on Collins Avenue. When the police arrived, they found Mr Stopler in the parking garage of the building, with two plastic containers filled with fuel in a shopping cart. A further eight plastic containing fuel were found in a garbage chute dumpster.

Investigators found that the gasoline had been poured down the chute from the 15th floor – the floor on which Mr Stopler resided. Upon being found with the gasoline, Mr Stopler told the police that “I bought the gas to make a small BBQ”, according to the arrest affidavit.

A storage room was later found by detectives holding 27 additional containers filled with various substances such as gasoline, sulphur powder and potassium nitrate.

The state attorney’s office is to decide whether to pursue further charges against Mr Stopler of a hate crime.


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Three Jews physically attacked outside Kosher restaurant in Vienna

A 24-year-old man of Turkish origin has allegedly physically assaulted three Jews outside a kosher restaurant in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt district.

Witnesses have said that the alleged assailant jumped the victims, pushing one to the ground before raining down blows on them.

One victim, Daniel, told Heute “I had just walked out of the synagogue and I had my kippah and Tefillin [phylacteries] on, so I was easily recognizable as a Jew. He came at me from behind while I was on my phone and didn’t see him. He jumped me from behind”

The victims were lightly injured, but have expressed how glad they are that the attacker was not armed.

The attacker left the scene and proceeded to attack a bystander, before he was eventually subdued and apprehended by police.




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Switzerland: Jewish family chased by knife-wielding man shouting antisemitic abuse

An Orthodox family in Zurich, Switzerland, have been left shaken after a man chased them with a knife whilst shouting antisemitic abuse at them.

The attack place in Zurich’s 3rd district on Saturday evening. The man started towards the family with the knife and followed them after they fled.

According to the father, the man had approached him in a playground and became aggressive. He look his family home, only to emerge to the man waiting for them with a knife.

A neighbour was able to subdue the attacker until the police arrived. However, the attacker was released after only a day.

Astonishingly, the police have claimed that the “man did not pose a real danger to them, since he was too far away” despite the fact that he had followed them to their home.

The police also said that there is “no clear motive behind the incident, as he is neither a Nazi, nor an Islamist”.

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Palestinian attacks Jewish professor in Germany before police allegedly beat the victim

A 20-year-old Palestinian male has allegedly attacked a 50-year-old Jewish Israeli professor in the German city of Bonn in an antisemitic attack.

The assailtant allegedly knocked the kippah of the professor’s head before shouting “no Jew in Germany”.

Astonishingly, the attack took place in front of police. When the victim called out for help, the police allegedly jumped in and punched him in the face.

Ursula Brohl-Sowa, Bonn’s police chief, described the incident as a “horrible and regrettable misunderstanding”, but this will be little comfort to the victim, who has since left the city. Antisemitic violence has seen a steep increase across Germany in recent months.

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10 arrested in Berlin after alleged antisemitic beating of Syrian Jew outside nightclub

A group of Syrians and Germans have been arrested in Berlin after an alleged attack on a Syrian Jew outside of a nightclub.

The 25-year-old victim asked one of the group for a cigarette. However, one of the assailants noticed his Magen David necklace and started verbally abusing him. The verbal abuse quickly escalated and the group allegedly beat the Jewish man.

The victim ran away but lost his footing and was punched and kicked on the ground by the group. Passers by thankfully intervened in the attack and the police were alerted.

The group were detained and subsequently released pending further investigations.

After yet another violent antisemitic attack on the streets of Germany’s capital, the city’s Jews will be worrying yet again about their long-term future, as antisemitism in politics with the rise of AfD, in the fringes of the Palestine movement and on the streets seems to be spiralling out of control.

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Jewish siblings set upon by blade-wielding assailant in Melbourne in suspected antisemitic attack

Two siblings dressed in traditional Jewish clothing, a 25-year-old woman and her 22-year-old brother were stabbed in an unprovoked attack in Melbourne on 19th May.

The attacker is believed to have hit the man over the head before slashing the woman with some sort of blade in cheek.

The man was treated on the scene, but his sister required hospital treatment.

Anti-Defamation Commission Chairman Dr Abramovich condemned the attack, telling a local newspaper that:

“If this assault, which is shocking on many levels, was in fact driven by antisemitism, it should be investigated as a hate crime”.

Wilson Jacob adds that police are investigating whether the incident was racially motivated.


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14-year-old Jewish boy attacked by grown man in New York

A 14-year-old Yeshiva student has been attacked in yet another antisemitic attack in New York.

The boy was attacked outside Yeshivath Shaar Hatorah Grodno in Queens at 8pm yesterday. His attacker apparently shouted “Jew boy” at him before punching him in the face.

The victim received medical attention at the scene of the attack.

The police are also investigating a series of break ins at the Yeshiva, in which hundreds of dollars of cash and equipment have been stolen.

There have been a series of attacks against Haredi Jews in New York in recent weeks, most of which have been covered by Everyday Antisemitism.

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Antisemitic incidents in Ukraine double in a year, nationalists claim it is a Russian plot

According to research from the World Jewish Congress, antisemitic incidents in Ukraine doubled over the course of the last year.

The WJC said that it recorded at least 130 antisemitic incidents in the country in the last year, twice what was recorded in the preceding 12 month period. The incidents range from vandalism to far-right marches and verbal abuse to physical violence. The country is home to around 350,000 Jews.

Some domestic forces in Ukraine have dismissed the report, even suggesting it is a Kremlin plot to portray all Ukrainians as fascists. Across Ukraine, there has reportedly been a backlash against the report, particularly from nationalists, who are a growing political force in the country. Unfortunately, unless people are able to swallow their pride and acknowledge that antisemitism is a growing problem, there will be little chance of defeating it. Ukraine, which does not have clearly-defined hate crime legislation, often sees racially and religiously motivated incidents investigated as mere hooliganism.

Everyday Antisemitism has recently covered several incidents in Ukraine, including an attempted arson attack on a Synagogue, a General calling to “destroy” Jews, a “national hero” peddling antisemitic conspiracy theories and saying she doesn’t like “k*kes”, as well as a swastika being carved into the chest of a Jewish activist – falling just within the catchment period of the report, a fact demonstrating that those detracting from the claims in the report by indicating that there have been no violent incidents are clearly incorrect.

This sadly fits a general trend, which has seen antisemitic crime rising across Europe and beyond.

The majority of the incidents are never reported in the English language or outside Ukraine.

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Orthodox Jew beaten in the street in Brooklyn mere days after similar incident

The Anti-Defamation League are offering a $5000 reward after another Orthodox Jewish man was beaten on the streets of Brooklyn.

Menachem Moskowitz, a 52-year-old Orthodox man, was attacked at around 12:30pm on Shabbat when he was leaving his Synagogue in Brooklyn. Two attackers approached the man, punched him in the face and then began to choke him. The man was saved by two onlookers who came to his aid and helped him to escape.

According to the victim, he “greeted him hello. Next thing I know he said ‘I don’t like Jews. Who were you talking to?’He put me in a headlock and I’m trying to maneuver out of him. In the meantime, I’m screaming ‘Help! Help! Help! Help!’ He says, ‘You don’t need help. I’m going to kill you right here'”.

The attacker allegedly called the victim a “fake Jew”, presumably in reference to the antisemitic “Khazar” conspiracy theory that claims that Ashkenazi Jews are not descended from the Ancient Israelites despite the overwhelming evidence. There are historic inter-communal tensions between religious Jews and African Americans in the Brooklyn area, which unfortunately appear to be resurfacing.

The victim was left with a black eye, a broken rib and various scratches and bruises. Thankfully there was a nurse on the scene to assist him.

Last week a Hasidic man was attacked in Crown Heights, in what is believed to be an antisemitic attack.

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Irvine man charged for allegedly creating “kill list” of local Jews and planning to target Synagogues

Nicholas Wesley Rose, 26, of Irvine, California, has been charged by police for allegedly creating a “kill list” of local Jews.

Rose appeared to be in the preparatory stages of an antisemitic terrorist attack and was also found in position of weapons and ammunition. Local prosecutors said that, as well as the “kill list” he had also penned an article called “killing my first Jew”. Police were alerted by a family member, after Rose described his desire to kill Jews to them.

Police allegedly found antisemitic pamphlets in his house.

As well as details of a local Synagogue, police also found details of two Eastern Orthodox churches.

Rose will appear on April 27 charged with a string of hate crimes, and is being held on $500,000 bail.

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Hasidic man attacked in Crown Heights in “possible” hate crime

Police at New York’s 71st precinct are investigating a possible hate crime after a Hasidic Jew was attacked on the street.

Shomrim Crown Heights have said that a 42-year-old Hasidic man who was visiting Crown Heights for Shabbat was attacked in the early hours of the morning by three African-American men just a block away from the Chabad HQ at Eastern Parkway.

The assailants allegedly approached the man shouting “do you want to fight?” before punching and kicking him.

Whilst the police are considering the possibility that this was an antisemitic attack, the man was accompanied with another Jew who was not attacked. Nonetheless, Rabbi Eli Cohen noted “there’s no other motive” before expressing his hope that the attack is a one-off and doesn’t represent an escalation in community tensions in the area. Antisemitic violence in the area is quite common.

The victim was treated in hospital before filing a police report after Shabbat ended.

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Israeli man beaten to death in Russia, survived by heavily pregnant wife

Mikhail Verevskoy, a 27-year-old Russian-Israeli, has succumbed to his injuries five days after a savage beating he received on a street in St Petersburg.

Verevskoy suffered traumatic brain injuries, broken ribs and facial bones, and internal injuries in what the police believe may be an antisemitic attack.

36-year-old Ahmed Kharsha was arrested and subsequently released on bail in connection with the attack, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs have said.

Verevsky was born in Russia, where he studied civil engineering before making Aliyah in 2010 and serving in the IDF. He returned to Russia in 2012 and became active in a local Synagogue. He is survived by his wife who is heavily pregnant and expected to give birth shortly.

The Israeli Embassy have offered his family assistance, but have said they are waiting for the conclusion of the Russian police investigation before commenting further.

If the investigation shows that this was indeed an antisemitic attack, it will be the second antisemitic murder in Europe in just over a week, following the apparent antisemitic murder of a Holocaust survivor in Paris.

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Holocaust survivor found stabbed to death in burning apartment in what appears to be antisemitic murder

An 85-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor has been found dead in her apartment in Paris, having been stabbed 11 times and her apartment having been set ablaze.

The attack took place in her apartment in  Avenue Philippe Auguste.

National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism have confirmed that suicide has been ruled out and that a suspect is being questioned in relation to what is almost certainly an antisemitic attack.

An attack of this nature is yet another escalation in what is becoming an intolerable situation for Jews in the French capital. That such a fate could befall a Holocaust survivor in twenty-first century Europe is an indictment of contemporary French society, where antisemitism has become an accepted part of life for the Jews who have decided to remain in the country.  If what is suspected about the motives of this attack are confirmed, it will verify what many have known for some time now; France has become inhospitable to Jewish life.

Last year, Jewish pensioner Sarah Halimi was beaten by her Islamist neighbour and thrown off the balcony in her own home to her death three stories below. The authorities had initially refused to label the attack antisemitic, despite reports that she had been subject to verbal antisemitic abuse by her assailant prior to the incident. The matter is awaiting trial and will be prosecuted as a hate crime.

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Swiss neo-Nazi jailed for two years for assaulting Orthodox Jew

A Swiss neo-Nazi has been jailed for 2 years for attacking an Orthodox Jew in Zurich.

The 30-year-old was sentenced yesterday, after attacking the man in 2015. He was also fined 1000 Francs.

The neo-Nazi thug had performed a Nazi salute and verbally abused the Orthodox Jewish man before spitting on him and attacking him.

He has a previous conviction for a similar attack, for which he served 12 of an original 30 months..

There has been a notable increase in antisemitic incidents in Switzerland in recent years, and antisemitic attitudes appear to be relatively common in the country according to ADL research.

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Paris: 14-year-old Jewish boy beaten by gang who stole his kippah after leaving Synagogue on Purim

In yet another violent antisemitic incident in the French capital, a 14-year-old Jewish boy has been subjected to a harrowing antisemitic attack in Paris.

The victim was leaving his Synagogue on Purim, a holiday during which Jews celebrate the events depicted in Megillat Esther, in which Jews in the Persian empire survived an attempt to exterminate them.

The victim has said he was surrounded by a group of youths who beat him, including hitting him with a tree branch, breaking his glasses, before stealing his Kippah and running off. They reportedly shouted antisemitic insults as they carried out the attack.

Four youths have been detained by the police, who have confirmed that they believe the attack to be antisemitic in nature.

To read about some recent antisemitic incidents in France, click here,

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Suspected antisemitic acid attack on Jewish baby in France

The 14-month-old daughter of a Rabbi in Lyon was rushed to hospital after acid was left in her pram.

The incident occurred on Monday. The baby was taken into hospital after her grandmother noticed burns on her body. She has suffered burns on her back and thighs, but is not thought to be in any danger.

The acid is thought to have been placed in the pram when it was left in a communal part of the grandmother’s apartment block. The acid appears to have been left in the inside of the pram whilst it was empty.

The police are considering the possibility that this was an antisemitic attack. A police spokesman said: “we take this case very seriously. But, for now, it is still unclear whether this case is an act of antisemitism, a neighborhood quarrel or gratuitous damage committed by thugs”.

The Rabbi alerted the police, who have taken the pram in as evidence.

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Alleged killer of 17, including 5 Jews, in school shooting trained with neo-Nazi group in Florida

Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old orphan accused of murdering 17 people in a school shooting, reportedly trained with neo-Nazi groups before allegedly committing the shooting spree.

Cruz allegedly killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, a school with a high Jewish population, with an AR-15 he legally purchased.

During proceedings against Cruz, in which he has been held without bail on 17 counts of murder, the leader of the Florida-based neo-Nazi group Republic of Florida has admitted that Cruz trained with them.

Jordan Jereb, whose group wants Florida to become a “white ethno-state” said that Cruz acted alone and suggested that “trouble with a girl” contributed to the killing spree.

At least 5 of the victims have been identified as Jewish, but some report that at least 7 of them are.

Rabbi Shuey Biston of Chabad of Parkland said “this is a small community, where nearly half of the population is Jewish, so everyone has been touched by what has happened”.

Not all victims of the shooting have been identified, and some people are still missing.

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Resurgent far right led to 4 antisemitic crimes per day in Germany in 2017

Police recorded 1453 antisemitic crimes in Germany in 2017, a figure amounting to around 4 each day.

According to the police the vast majority of these crimes came from members of the far right, a fact that is unsurprising. Despite the fact that Jews face antisemitism from the far left and Islamists as well as the far right, Germany is experiencing a troubling resurgence of the far right, a group that is unrepentant and militant in its hatred of Jews, with far right individuals often centring their world view around antisemitism.

The crimes include 32 acts of violence, 160 cases of property damage and 898 cases of antisemitic incitement.

In 1377 cases, 95% of the crimes, the police determined that the far right was responsible.

Despite commentary from abroad often suggesting that immigration is directly responsible for antisemitism in Germany, only 33% of offenders were foreign-born and only 25 cases were “religiously motivated”, amongst which Islamist crimes are included.

The author of the report believes that the majority of antisemitic crimes go unreported, which paints a deeply disturbing picture of the extent of antisemitism in contemporary Germany.

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Muslim man arrested in Belgium for allegedly trying to run Jewish father and son over

The Jewish Community of Antwerp in Belgium have revealed that a man of Muslim origin has been arrested for allegedly trying to run over a Jewish father and son with his car.

The group released CCTV footage of the alleged antisemitic crime.

The incident is shown from two angles, the second of which clearly shows that the car was on course to hit the son before his father pulled him out the way.

A man has been arrested using the footage of the incident, and is to be charged with attempted homicide.

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8-year-old Jewish boy attacked near Paris

An 8-year-old Jewish boy was attacked in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles yesterday, in what President Macron has decried as an antisemitic attack.

Two assailants, who according to the victim were around 15 years of age, attacked the boy whenhe was on his way to after-school tutoring. The victim was wearing a kippah when he was attacked.

Local prosecutors have told the press that they are treating the crime as antisemitic.

President Macron wrote on his Twitter account “An 8-year-old boy was attacked today in Sarcelles. Because he was wearing a kippa. Every time a citizen is attacked because of his age, his appearance or his religion, the whole country is being attacked” before continuing “And it is the whole country that stands, especially today, alongside the French Jews to fight each of these despicable acts, with them and for them”.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb described the attack as “cowardly aggression…contrary to our most fundamental values”.

Sarcelles is nicknamed “Little Jerusalem” for its high Jewish population, but antisemitic crimes targeting Jews and Jewish institutions in the area are disturbingly common.

Three weeks ago, a 10-year-old Jewish girl had her face slashed in Paris.

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Suspect accused of murdering Jewish student, stabbing him 20 times, posted far-right content on social media

A suspect who is alleged to have murdered Blaze Bernstein, a promising 19-year-old Jewish Ivy League student, allegedly shared antisemitic content on his social media pages.

Samuel Woodward, 20, who knew Bernstein from high school, is accused of killing the University of Pennsylvania student. Woodward claimed that the two arranged to “hang out” over Snapchat, but that Bernstein tried to kiss him. It is alleged that he had previously used a homphobic slur about Bernstein.

Investigators have noted several inconsistencies in Woodward’s story.

Whilst some had suspected the alleged murder was antisemitic in nature, these claims appear to have been lent weight by the discovery of far-right content on Woodward’s social media. Woodward recreated a scene from American History X, in which the main character, a neo-Nazi skinhead bearing a Swastika tattoo portrayed by Edward Norton, brutally murders a black man on the street.

A source has now approached the New York Times to say that he had previously posted White Nationalist content on social media too.  A source reportedly “close” to Woodward has claimed “Anti-Semitism and homophobia were certainly aspects of his ideology”.

He also allegedly posted a rape fantasy about an Asian teacher.

Woodward is facing a charge of murder. Police are yet to confirm whether a hate crime charge is to be added to this.

The image of Woodward recreating the murder scene from American History X is pictured below.

Bernstein’s body was found days after he was due to return to University. He had aspirations to continue his studies at Medical School and to qualify as a doctor.

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Socialite allegedly carried out antisemitic assault with glass handbag shouting “Hurry up, Jew. I got places to be”

Jacqueline Kent Cooke, a millionaire heiress and socialite, has allegedly beat a Jewish lawyer with her purse in an antisemitic assault in New York.

Cooke is being questioned by police in relation to claims that she beat the Jewish man with a designer glass handbag and subjected his mother to antisemitic abuse.

Matthew Haberkorn, 52, was having dinner with his 77-year-old mother, his wife and his children.

When they were leaving, Cooke allegedly said “hurry up Jew”.

When Haberkorn’s wife asked her what she said she restated “Hurry up, Jew. I got places to be”.

Cooke’s boyfriend also allegedly “sneeringly” said to Haberkorn’s daughters “Happy bat mitzvah, girls”.

Following a verbal exchange in which Haberkorn called Cooke a bitch, she struck him more than once with her purse, leaving Haberkorn with injuries to his face.

Cooke is the daughter of the former owner of the Washington Redskins.

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Man enters NY Jewish nursing home and assaults 84-year-old Jewish man shouting “I’ll kill you, you f**king Jew”

A 41-year-old man has been is accused of breaking into a Jewish nursing home and assaulting an 84-year-old resident in a shocking antisemitic attack

Alen Califano allegedly walked into a nursing home on University Avenue, smoking a joint. He allegedly damaged property in the room of one inmate before moving onto another room, where he demanded money from its resident, an 84-year-old man. When he refused, he told the man “I’ll kill you, you fucking Jew”.

He allegedly struck the man with a cardboard tube, cutting him in the mouth and forehead, and then threw a fire extinguisher at him.

He was arrested in the building’s lobby, in possession of a collapsible baton and marijuana.

He faces charges of burglary, burglary causing physical injury, criminal possession of a weapon, possession of marijuana and assault as a hate crime.

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Jewish mother and son assaulted by Muslim women in France

A Jewish woman and her son who were shopping in a town near Toulouse, France, have allegedly been attacked by three Muslim women.

The incident occurred in Carcassonne, about 50km outside the city of Toulouse, and is being reported as an antisemitic incident.

One of the assailants allegedly saw the woman’s Star of David pendant and her and her two younger friends attacked the pair.

Eyewitnesses believe that the assailants, a veiled older woman and two younger women, could be a mother and her daughters.


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Man arrested after allegedly shouting “all you Jews must die” and spitting on Jewish man in Crown Heights

A man has been arrested in Crown Heights, New York, after allegedly spitting on a Jewish man and shouting “all you Jews must die”.

The incident happened on Friday morning, when a Jewish man was walking near the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Albany Avenue. Thankfully some police officers were stationed nearby. The victim rode his bicycle up to them and the police immediately arrested the suspect.

The suspect reportedly offered “fierce resistance”, with some of the struggle being captured by this bystander footage.

The suspect has been charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime. We commend the police for their swift and decisive action.

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Sustained assault on 10 year old Jewish girl at her school: an indication of a wider malaise in French society?

At the beginning of October 2017, a ten year old Jewish girl was verbally abused and beaten up so badly by her classmates, for several days in a row, because she was Jewish, that she sustained injuries to her ribs and abdomen and had to be hospitalised.

The girl is French and attended a school in the 18th arrondissement in Paris, where most of her classmates were Muslim.

The girl’s mother, who wished to remain anonymous, said, One of the schoolboys, named Ishmael, beat her after saying ‘I do not love you because you are Jewish.’ The boy also told her: not to pronounce his name Ishmael, for it is the name of a prophet.”

The mother reported the incident to France’s antisemitism watchdog, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA). Paris’s Local Education Authority confirmed to the BNVCA that they would take the incident seriously, and would transfer the girl to a school of her choice.

According to an account on 6th October 2017 by Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the child’s mother added that the family had suffered a psychological shock and needed help. She said that her daughter had nightmares and was constantly afraid of being assaulted.

The CUFI article sets out what looks to be a pattern for the persecution of Jews in France:

  • An increasing number of Jewish families are moving their children from public (state) schools because of growing antisemitism from Muslims in state schools

  • In 1970 only 7,000 French children attended Jewish schools. Today, there are 35,000 Jewish children in Jewish schools in France. In addition, 35,000 Jewish children attend private Christian schools

We also learn that 40,000 French Jews have emigrated to Israel since 2006, and the exodus peaked after the attacks on Charlie Ebdo and Hyper Cacher supermarket. Approximately 10% to 35% had returned to France subsequently but it is believed that the attacks on French Jews since 2006 had acted as a catalyst.

It is suggested that there are parallels between the plight of French Jews and Jews in the UK as regards authorities’ apparent inability, (and what looks to be unwillingness in certain cases in the UK), to act to the full extent to protect their Jewish citizens from attack and punish the perpetrators of such attacks to the full extent of the law. Campaign Against Antisemitism’s latest research has shown that attacks on Jews and Jewish establishments are increasing but prosecutions are falling, and where perpetrators are prosecuted, the sentences handed down are so lenient as almost to be laughable.

At a micro level, the French 10 year old has had to leave the school whose staff had so consummately failed to keep her safe. Just last week, Everyday Antisemitism reported on a mob attack on a group of Jews who were leaving their Synagogue, the latest in a long line of examples of serious antisemitic violence. At a macro level, Jewish emigration from France is increasing, ostensibly for the same reason. Somehow, hatred of Jews has become acceptable in France and the UK to the extent that those whom Jews rely on to keep them safe seem to be almost incapable of doing so, therefore Jews are leaving.

What lessons can be learned from these events before it is too late?

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Synagogue goers in Paris reportedly attacked by mob of Muslim youths

Several members of a Synagogue in  Garges-les-Gonesse, a Paris suburb, have reportedly been attacked by a mob of around 20 Muslim youths.

The mob apparently were shouting “screw the Jews” and “Allahu Akbar”, as well as various antisemitic slurs.

At least one was armed, with eyewitnesses claiming that one used tear gas.

Several attempted to climb the wall to gain entry to the Synagogue itself.

The attackers were reportedly aged around 15 and above. The four Jews who were attacked managed to alert the police who arrived quickly, but not before the assailants had scattered, leaving them badly shaken up. The attackers are yet to be apprehended or identified.

This is yet another shocking example of the escalating antisemitism in France. Several major incidents that we have covered can be viewed here. These include the allegedly antisemitic murder of a French Jew by her Muslim neighbour, a French champion of “co-existence” calling on Hitler to “kill the Jews”, and a Jewish man having his finger sawn off by antisemitic attackers. There are also many incidents of vandalism, including “hundreds” of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery being destroyed or damaged, attempted arson of Synagogues, and many incidents which go unreported.



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“Gang” attacks Jewish 12-year-old on his way home from Synagogue in Crown Heights

A group described as a “gang of local thugs” have allegedly attacked a 12-year-old Charedi child who was on his way back from Synagogue on Shabbat.

The attack took place on Eastern Parkway, across the road from the famous 770 building which homes the headquarters of Chabad, a Chasidic movement that is famed for its tireless outreach activities.

The boy was apparently attacked by seven or eight African American “youths” without any apparent provocation.

There is a history of tension between the African America and Jewish communities in the area.

The boy’s father said that his “son said that he understood something was going to happen and as he was thinking what he should do, they suddenly pounced with one of them slapping him so hard that he fell to the ground, while a second one hitting him in the head”.

The police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

Recently we reported that a blind Orthodox woman was the victim of an antisemitic attack in the neighbourhood.

On Thursday a woman was arrested for allegedly attacking two Charedi girls in the area.

The recent spate of violence antisemitic incidents obviously represents an alarming escalation in antisemitism in the area which runs the risk of escalating further without police action to ensure that Jewish communities are safe. There is also a pressing need to ensure that relationships between different communities in the Brooklyn suburb do not deteriorate.

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Blind Orthodox woman attacked in Crown Heights

An Orthodox Jewish woman in Crown Heights, a heavily Jewish neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, was allegedly the victim of an antisemitic attack late in September.

The woman, who is legally blind, had an antisemitic slur shouted at her by an unknown assailant, who then went on to rip off her wig, which is an item of religious significance as many religious Jewish women will cover their hair after they are married.

She was walking near Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue around 2:30 p.m. last Monday when she was attacked.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitic hate crimes in New York have risen 40% in the last year.

The police do not have a suspect in the case yet. The ADL is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

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Haredi man allegedly attacked by recent convert to Islam in Antwerp who hurled antisemitic abuse at him

Shomrim have confirmed that there is an investigation into an alleged antisemitic assault in Antwerp.

A Haredi man was walking home from his Synagogue after the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday night when he was accosted by a man who is reportedly a recent convert to Islam.

The assailant allegedly hurled antisemitic abuse at him and punched him in the face, leaving him requiring medical treatment.

The police arrived promptly and arrested the man, who is now under investigation.

Jewish institutions in Antwerp require extra police protection due to the high probability of antisemitic attacks. The image for this article, showing a Haredi man cycling in Antwerp as an armed guard watches on, was not taken on Shabbat.

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Worshippers spat at, verbally abused after leaving Nuremberg Synagogue

Three worshippers outside the Nuremberg Synagogue were spat at on Friday after leaving the Kabbalat Shabbat service.

At least one of the victims was recognisably Jewish as he was still wearing his Kippah. However, the three were only a few metres from the entrance of the Synagogue.

They were spat at from a residential building, and some verbal abuse was shouted. At least two of them were hit.

The perpetrator is yet to be apprehended, despite the incident having taken place from a residential building.

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Brooklyn man left needing stitches after defending elderly Jewish couple from attackers on subway

New York man  Jean Wolfman was left requiring ten stitches after he was beaten for defending an elderly Jewish couple from attackers on the subway.

Wolfman told reporters that the couple were harassed by a group of dancers who were asking them for money. One of the dancers said to the elderly man “I will slap that beanie off your head” and proceeded to hit the kippah off his head. Whilst the confrontation itself wasn’t necessarily antisemitic, as soon as the attacker slapped the kippah from a Jewish man’s head, it clearly becomes so. Wolfman told the attackers to leave the couple alone and the dancers exited the train and Wolfman, who is a street performer, confronted them about their actions.

Wolfman tried to resolve the situation peacefully when they didn’t take kindly to him trying to explain why their actions were unacceptable, challenging the attackers to a dance off, pulling out his hula hoop. They punched him, hit him with the hula hoop and smashed his guitar. Even after the attackers dispersed, one sneaked up behind him again and punched him from behind.

The police have arrested one male suspect and are seeking two others. Wolfman has said he would do the same again, emphasising that he thinks it is important to stand up for his fellow New Yorkers.


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Elderly Jewish man viciously beaten in broad daylight in Los Angeles

Shocking CCTV footage has emerged on social media of an elderly Orthodox Jewish man in Los Angeles, California, being beaten by an assailant on Monday.

The footage shows a Jewish man walking down the street and talking on his phone. The attacker pushes him into a tree, punches and kicks him several times, continuing to strike him when he is on the ground.

The attack appears to be completely unprovoked.

The police are currently investigating, but nothing is known about the progress of the investigation or the condition of the victim.

The attack took place near Bais Yehuda synagogue in LA.

The footage can be viewed here, but please note that some will find it disturbing.

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Anti-Zionist attempts to set pro-Israel campaigner on fire in Berlin

The Berlin Police are conducting a manhunt after a pro-Israel marcher faced an attempt to set her on fire early this week at a march to commemorate Israeli soldiers who have been killed in combat, and terror victims.

The attack happened when the woman, a German-Israeli citizen, was wearing an Israel flag over her shoulders. The assailant allegedly attempted to set the flag ablaze, but given that the victim was wearing the flag, this is more than just a case of property damage or arson, themselves criminal acts, and is instead a clear attempted act of violence.

Despite the attack, the woman wishes to continue pro-Israel activism.

A physical attack on a person for merely displaying the Israeli flag, the flag of the country where half of the world’s Jews live, is clearly antisemitic, as it is a case of “applying double standards” to the State of Israel that are not applied to any other nation.

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Berlin: Antisemitic attack in railway station

Berlin Morgenpost have reported an antisemitic incident at a railway station.

A 38-year old woman threw a glass bottle at a group in the Berlin Ostbahnhof train station.  One of the group approached her and she called him a ‘dirty Jew’.

The woman was swiftly apprehended by police and is facing criminal charges for incitement to hatred and causing bodily harm.

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Antisemitic thugs attempt to carve swastika into Ukrainian activist’s chest

Last month three attackers set upon Ludmila Daschizkia in a street in Uman, Ukraine, removed a piece of her clothing, and attempted to carve a Swastika into her chest in a shocking antisemitic attack.

Dashizkia is an activist who is well known in Ukraine for her support of Breslov Hasidim who come to visit Rabbi Nachman’s grave in the city, which last year we reported had been desecrated with a pig’s head and blood by antisemites.

Dashizkia managed to escape with only minor injuries, but the attackers, if caught, may only have to pay a fine.

She commented: “I do not know who it was, but it’s an act of intimidation. It could be that the attackers were local neo-Nazis, but I’m not sure about it … Someone might have wanted to provoke an anti-Semitic scandal. I told the police, but I’m afraid they will not find the attackers”.

The wounds she received before her escape are picture below. It seems quite clear that it was an attempt to carve a swastika into her chest.

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Tunisian arrested in Italy after waving knife at police and screaming “you are Jews. I will kill you all”.

A Tunisian man has been arrested in Bologna, Italy, after it was alleged that he shouted antisemitic threats at police and injured two of them.

Passers by had called the police after the man shouted curses in Arabic. The police arrived and found him sat on the steps of a Church. The 30-year-old Tunisian man, when apprehended by police, brandished a knife and screamed “you are Jews. I will kill you all”.

He was handcuffed, but allegedly still managed to injure two of the police officers, causing injuries that will keep them away from their duties for several days. He was allegedly arrested with an illegal substance on his person.

Bologna is home to a small, historic Jewish community. It is fortunate that this man was apprehended by police officers who were capable of detaining him before he was able to carry out any direct attacks on Jewish residents of the city.

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Paris Jewish woman found dead after allegedly being thrown from her own balcony by Arab neighbour

Paris police have opened a murder investigation after a 66-year-old Charedi woman in Paris was found dead on the street on Monday night in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

Lucy Halimi was allegedly thrown from the balcony of her third-story apartment following an argument with her neighbour, a 27-year-old Arab, who has since been arrested by police. He has apparently been transferred to psychiatric services. Witnesses apparently heard the suspect screaming that he was going to kill her shortly before her death.

Some news sources have claimed that the man was heard shouting “Allahu Ackbar”, but it is not known if these reports are reliable. If so, this incident looks like far more than an argument between neighbours that went wrong. However, the true motive is not currently known. However, given the increasingly troubling situation for Jews in France, it would be foolish not to consider antisemitism to be a genuine possibility.

Two French Jewish organisations released a joint statement saying that they “will do their best to shed light on this very sad event and to support the family. We will keep you informed”.

We wish Halimi’s family a long life and offer our most sincere condolences.

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Germany: Jewish boy forced out of school after 4 months of antisemitic bullying, violent attacks

A British-Jewish family in Berlin has been forced to pull their 14-year-old son out of his school after he was subjected to months of antisemitic bullying.

The boy was sent to Friedenauer Gemeinschaftsschule, a school they were attracted to initially because of its diverse pupils, many of whom are from an Arab or Turkish background. However, when the son mentioned he was Jewish, one pupil said to him “Listen, you are a cool dude but I can’t be friends with you, Jews are all murderers”.

The mother said that verbal abuse quickly escalated into physical violence, and this month “he was attacked and almost strangled, and the guy pulled a toy gun on him that looked like a real gun. And the whole crowd of kids laughed. He was completely shaken”.

The mother had approached the Headteacher of the school, asking whether he could bring in an organisation to educate the children about antisemitism, as well as other forms of xenophobia and racism, but despite him appearing open to the idea, no action was taken. The mother’s parents are Holocaust survivors who have spoken at the school.

There have been indications for over a decade that antisemitism was driving Jewish students out of state schools and to Jewish schools, with Deidre Berger suggesting in 2015 that more and more Jewish students were attending Jewish schools for fear of antisemitism and in 2006, Der Spiegel running a report on Jewish schoolchildren who had been pushed out of secular schools by antisemitism.

According to the JC, the Moses Mendelssohn Jewish High School in Berlin receives 6 to 10 applications each year from Jewish students who have similarly been forced out of other schools by antisemitism, indicating a huge problem in the city’s schools. Aaron Eckstaedt, the school’s headteacher, says that parents are often concerned with the lack of formal response from those schools, and that the complaints are often centred around students of an Arab or Turkish background.

It is not known whether these incidents are being investigated by the police.


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French freemason beaten by hammer-wielding attacker shouting “Jew! Jew! Jew!”

Christophe Habas, a senior Freemason in France, was beaten by a woman in Paris as he walked to a metro station.

The woman allegedly shouted “Jew!” repeatedly as she beat him with a hammer, before fleeing.

Habas was fortunately not badly injured, but clearly an attack with a hammer could have led to serious injury, meaning that he had a lucky escape.

It isn’t known if Habas is Jewish, but Freemasons often feature in antisemitic conspiracy theories, and were also killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Antisemitic conspiracies from the far left, the far right and from Islamists often mention freemasons and Jews in the same breath.

Habas has apparently recently returned from a trip to Israel, which received media attention in France where there are over 50,000 freemasons.

Francis Kalifat, the president of the French Jewish group the CRIF remarked: “this assault reminds us that we need to fight with uncompromising firmness against antisemitic discourse, and all other forms of hate and exclusion”.

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Neo-Nazi finally faces trial, after 2 year delay, for threatening to massacre Jewish schoolchildren

David Lenio is finally being charged with allegedly threatening to massacre Jewish schoolchildren, after a delay of almost two years.

Lenio, a White Nationalist from Montana, is alleged to have said that he wishes to “execute 30 or more grade school students”, put “two in the head of a Rabbi or Jewish leader”, and said that the “USA needs a Hitler to rise to power”.

He is also alleged to have tweeted:

“I think every jew on the planet deserves to be killed for what kikes have done to our #dollar and cost of living Killing jews > wage #slave”

“I’m not even opposed to shooting up a random school like that sandy hoax stunt only realer, to voice my displeasure with being a wage slave”

“Let’s make national news, I david lenio know israel did 9/11 and I am so poor that I want to shoot up a kalispell Montana public school …”

Lenio appears to have been arrested in 2015, and subsequently released on a plea bargain which saw felony charges for intimidation reduced to a misdemeanour, in a manner which has been called into question.  Despite repeatedly referring to himself as a “wage slave”, Lenio appears to have been released into the custody of his wealthy investment banker father.

As a condition of this release, he was ordered not to use social media, a restriction which he has allegedly consistently breached. Despite him initially being apprehended with several weapons, there does not appear to be any evidence that he was disarmed as a condition of his release.

Fortunately, it appears that Lenio will finally come before a Judge this month to answer felony charges. The fact that it has taken this long, despite him apparently having consistently fetishised violence, particularly against Jews, is a rather worrying failure of the Justice and Security systems in the United States. This is a man who repeatedly threatened to kill Jews, against whom a case was dropped in an apparently clandestine manner, and who appeared to be heavily armed. Indeed, it seems quite miraculous that he did not carry out any of the attacks that he threatened, given that the only engagement he was forced to have with the authorities was to report where he was living if he moved. We can only hope that he finally meets with the full force of the law and that prosecutors are more proactive against bringing similar threats to justice in the future.


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Jewish man has his finger sawn off by antisemitic attackers in brutal attack on two brothers in Paris

The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism in France has released a report which claims that two Jewish men were briefly abducted, beaten and one had his finger sawn off in Paris. The Bureau’s report is based on several police reports.

The alleged attack occurred in Bondy, a suburb in Paris.  The two men, who are brothers, and who are the sons of a local Jewish leader were forced off the road by the assailant whilst driving. They are both visibly Jewish as they wear kippot.

The assailants shouted various antisemitic slurs at them, which included “Dirty Jews, you’re going to die!”

The two brothers were forced out of their car and several men of “Middle Eastern appearance” emerged from a “hookah café”.

The men proceeded to severely beat the two brothers. One attacker then allegedly sawed off one of the Jewish men’s fingers.

Both brothers were hospitalised and were reportedly in a state of shock after the attack.

This story comes against a backdrop of increasing antisemitism in France. Last year we reported that a 13-year-old Jewish boy has his kippah turn off and was beaten by attackers shouting “dirty Jew” in Paris. In December, another Jew was beaten by attackers also shouting “dirty Jew”, also in Paris. In Strasbourg last year, an Orthodox Jew was beaten by attackers shouting “dirty Jew, we will kill you”, and in a separate incident a Chabad Rabbi in the city was stabbed by an assailant shouting “Allahu Ackbar”, with the attacker having previously committed a similar crime. There have also been high profile terrorist attacks against Jews in France, including the 2012 massacre at a Jewish school and a shooter killing 4 shoppers and injuring nine at a Kosher supermarket. Though Jewish communities are heavily guarded in France, and indeed elsewhere, nobody can have their safety guaranteed at all times, and several incidents have called into question the provision of security, not least the assignment of a police officer who has links to multiple antisemites to the protection of a Jewish communal leader.

The situation in France is fast becoming intolerable. It is impossible for a minority community to flourish under constant threat of serious physical harm, which is evidenced by the sheer number of French Jews fleeing the country, with many making Aliyah whilst others find refuge in London.  Over half of French Jews have expressed a desire to move to Israel and the country has been described as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Jew.

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Woman attacked on train and called “dirty Jew” by attacker shouting “Hail the Hitler Youth” in NY

The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating an alleged antisemitic attack that occurred on the New York Subway on Monday.

A Jewish woman was forcibly pushed off a train by an attacker who called her a “dirty Jew” and read from a neo-Nazi leaflet the words “Hail the Hitler Youth”.

The victim managed to grab onto a pole, and fell into the seat apparently without any major injury.

It is currently not known if any onlookers intervened.

The alleged attacker had a strong German accent, had cropped blonde hair, wore a blue jacket and was carrying a black bag or briefcase.

The victim is yet to be apprehended.

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Jewish man slashed repeatedly with knife and beaten by neo-Nazis in Chile

The Chilean Jewish community, alongside with the Integration Movement and Liberation for Homosexuals (Movilh), have condemned an attack committed against a Jewish member of the Sexual Diversity Group.  He was reported to have suffered a range of physical and verbal attacks, for the sole reason of wearing a shirt depicting the flag of Israel.  The victim (Jorge Arce), has issued a statement following the ordeal, describing how his aggressors followed him: shouting profanities and anti-Semitic slurs, which subsequently descended into applications of physical violence, beginning with stone throwing and followed by beatings and slashing’s.

According to the victim, the assailants were wearing items identifying themselves to Neo-Nazism, thus affirming that the motivation for the attack was wholly antisemitic in origin, and clearly indicates that it wasn’t merely related to Zionism, but to the clear link to Jews and Judaism which the attackers would have inferred from the flag. However, even if the attack was merely motivated by his t-shirt, according to the International Definition of Antisemitism, “holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” is antisemitic.

Whilst subjecting the victim to fist punches to the chest, the victim’s arms and legs were exposed and subsequently slashed with a knife, from which he suffered multiple cuts. Jorge Arce remarks that there were “40 marks” on his arms, several of which shall scar permanently; a poignant and harsh reminder of the wholly repugnant behaviour he was subject to, for the sole reason of being a Jew.

Movilh condemned the attack, stating the events “deserve total legal and social sanction” and adding that they will fully back any actions the Jewish community sees fit to take. In response to the event, the Jewish community of Chile have stated “we cannot allow more victims of hate in our country.” The incident has made clear the absolute necessity that attacks carried out on the basis of belief or personal identity are condemned, investigated and punished. Unfortunately, the shocking ordeal inflicted upon Jorge Arce offer a harrowing message to the world that the fight against antisemitism is far from won.

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Woman and friends beaten up in Poland merely for mentioning Jews

Karolina Tobolska and her two friends were allegedly beaten up in Warsaw for merely mentioning Jews.

The group were allegedly attacked by friends of the bartender of the bar they were drinking in, Foksal Café. The bartender had told them to stop talking “about Jews” because “she is Catholic and doesn’t wish to listen about Jews”, shortly after which they were assaulted.

When the woman said that she had reported the attack on social media, she was bombarded with antisemitic comments.

However, yesterday the former Israeli ambassador Ryszard Schnepf organised for a large crowd of people to attend the cafe, many of whom wore kippot as a sign of solidarity.

The report comes form the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism, which monitors reports of antisemitism worldwide.


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France: Jewish man beaten by attackers shouting “dirty Jew”

A 30 year-old Jewish man, who was walking home from work, was beaten by a group of men on a street in Creteil, France, a suburb south of Paris.

Despite the fact that one of the attackers called the victim an antisemitic slur, a “dirty Jew”, the police have not classified the incident as an antisemitic attack, the local judiciary police have opened up an investigation and are currently trying to determine if the crime was motivated by antisemitism.

The crime occurred in the courthouse neighbourhood, an area that Jewish businesses helped develop. Petty criminals are known to frequent the area.

Haaretz reported that when the police showed the victim 120 photographs of local criminals, he was able to recognize one of his attackers. The Haaretz article also revealed that “police believe the same local thug attacked a non-Jewish man on the same day.”

Albert Elharrar, the leader of the Creteil Jewish community, told the press that “the local thugs” assaulted the victim, a father, who was “returning home from work”. The perpetrators “hit” [the victim] “from behind” and “threw him on the ground and beat him”.

Elharrar told Le Parisien that “the victim was brave enough to hit one of his aggressors back, which allowed him to try to escape, but they caught him.”

Creteil, which is the home to approximately 22,000 Jews, is one of France’s largest Jewish communities  As reported in Haaretz, Elharrar believes that, despite this attack, Creteil is a “safe” city for Jews. “This is a place where different communities live side by side”.

However, in the past three years, there has beenan antisemitic robbery and a rape, which motivated several Jewish families from Creteil to move to Israel. But Elharrar thinks that “it’s not because of Creteil itself, but [because of] the feeling of insecurity in France altogether”.

According to French Jewish leaders, antisemitism stills threatens the safety of Jews. In 2015, there were 808 assaults on Jews, a record high, which caused many French Jews to leave the country. But despite a 61% reduction of hate crimes against Jews in France in 2016, the Jewish community remains vigilant.

Therefore, it is of great concern that the Jewish man, who was attacked in Creteil, was called a “dirty Jew”. As Elharrar pointed out in the Haaretz article:”he wasn’t wearing any distinctive sign”, like a Jewish skull cap, that would have “identified him as Jewish”.

Unfortunately, there is not enough evidence, at this point in time, to determine if the attackers marked the victim as a Jew because they saw him  enter a synagogue, or a kosher supermarket. However, the fact that there was no obvious way to identify the man as Jewish opens up the disturbing possibility that the attackers could have been searching for victims in the Jewish community. The police must conclude their investigation before it is known if the attacker intentionally tracked the victim, in order to commit an antisemitic crime.


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Jewish writer murdered in Turkey, antisemitism suspected as motive

The popular Turkish-Jewish author Beki İkala Erikli, has been found murdered in Istanbul.

Erikli was found shot outside her office in Istanbul.

It was reported in the Turkish press that she had been shot three times in the afternoon, and was found lying in a pool of her own blood.

She is married to a Turkish Muslim man, and briefly lived in America before returning to Turkey.

The local Jewish community, of which she was an active member, raised concerns that this could be an antisemitic murder.

Erikli’s books were apparently popular among Turkish women.

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Dutch Muslim accused of threatening to behead Jews in Ireland

A 39-year-old Dutch Muslim is facing trial in Cork, Ireland, for threatening to kill two French nationals as well as threatening to behead Jews.

Smael Heirouche is accused of saying to the two men that “Zionists should have their throats cut”, whilst calling them “Zionists” and making threatening gestures.

Mr Heirouche is also accused of saying that if he had a sword he would cut off the heads of Jews.

“He was quoting the Koran. They did not have the same belief. He did not take kindly to this. He made reference to recent terrorist attacks in France” said Detective Geraldine Daly. He apparently spoke approvingly of terrorist attacks against Jews in France.

Heirouche was was allegedly making the threats in the name of Islamic extremism, and brandished a Koran as he did so.

Heirouche was refused bail by the judge, due to the severity of the accusations, as well as having attempted to book flights abroad, presenting a risk that he would abscond.


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Orthodox Jew beaten by attacker shouting “Dirty Jew, I will kill you” in Strasbourg

A 70 year-old Orthodox Jew, wearing a kippah, was attacked on November 6th.  The attack took place in the middle of the day, outside the main synagogue of Strasbourg.  The attacker beat the victim in the face and legs, and cursed him and said “Dirty Jew, I will kill you”.  The attacker had previously sworn at a Jew passing by on a bicycle.

The victim was lightly injured and needed medical attention.

Witnesses to the attack called in the police and an ambulance.  The attacker, who tried to escape in his car, was detained by the police, but was shortly thereafter released.

We await further information as to the police investigation and actions.

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Jewish brothers attacked on Yom Kippur in New York

Two Jewish brothers wearing yarmulkes and prayer shawls were attacked around 3:45pm on 12th October 2016, report Rocco Parascandola and John Annese in the New York Daily News on 16th October,  2016. The writers note that police sources  state anti-semitic slurs, “fucking Jews”, were aimed at the brothers aged 19 and 23, and police are investigating whether this assault by three white men is a hate crime. The victims were leaving Yom Kippur prayer services in Brooklyn,  New York. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year.

Also reporting about the incident on 16th October,  2016, The Times of Israel quoted Evan R. Bernstein, New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League as having said:

“This appalling act of apparently hate-inspired violence is a sad reminder that despite the unprecedented freedom of religious practice that Jews enjoy today in America, there remains much work to be done  to combat the evils of anti-semitism and bigotry, including right here in New York City.”

“The fact that this occurred  at the most solemn time of year for Jews makes the incident even more disturbing.”


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Armed attacker enters Moscow Synagogue

A man has broken into the Great Synagogue in Moscow during the Shabbat evening prayers on Saturday.

The attacker entered the Synagogue with a gun, perhaps a taser, and a cylinder of gas, asking to meet Chief Rabbi of Moscow, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis.

When he entered the Synagogue, there were around 150 worshippers present.

Security removed him and attempted to hold him on the other side of the road, but he injured one of the guards, briefly escaping before being arrested by the police.

Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt commented “The evening prayer was conducted as usual, and we will conduct the High Holiday prayers as usual. We work in conjunction with the Moscow police, and I bless the entire Jewish people that they should be ‘signed and sealed’ for a good year”.

Additional security is being arranged for the High Holy Days. Incidents such at these highlight just how vulnerable Jewish communities continue to be to acts of terrorism and violence.

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Man pushed onto train tracks in antisemitic attack in Nuremberg

A 49-year-old man is currently on trial after he allegedly pushed another man and shouted antisemitic abuse on the Nuremberg subway.

The man shouted that his victim smelled and that he was Jewish. He pushed him over onto the train tracks and then stamped on his feet to prevent him from getting back onto the platform. Such a vicious attack could easily have led to death by electrocution or by being hit by an oncoming train.

It is not currently known whether or not the victim actually is Jewish. However, the use of Jews as a scapegoat and a go-to target for insults and attacks is obviously an extremely worrying manifestation of resurgent antisemitism.

The Langwasser station was the point at which many Jews from Nuremberg and Franconia started their journey to the extermination camps.

A verdict should come in the following days.

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Sweden: Jewish woman beaten, hospitalised by female Muslim gang

CORRECTION: the following incident has not just happened, but in fact occurred in August 2016. We have decided to keep the article up as it was not as widely publicised as an incident this severe should have been.


A Swedish mother of four has allegedly been attacked by a Muslim gang for wearing a Star of David necklace.

TLV Faces, a Jewish news outlet, has reported that Anna Sjogren was attacked while walking through a neighbourhood with a high Muslim population.

Sjoren told the WZO Centre for Countering Antisemitism:

“A Muslim girl saw that I was wearing the Star of David on my neck and she started swearing at me and spat in my face. I got very upset and pushed her off”

 “There were at least ten witnesses to the attack. All ten of them were wearing hijabs or scarfs in the colors of the PLO.  Some surrounding witnesses claim that I ‘tripped’ and fell and that no one hurt me. It’s just unbelievable.”

“Before we got to the hospital, one of the attackers gave me threatened me saying, ‘shut up or we’ll kill you.’”

She was apparently hit with a sharp object by another girl in the crowd. When she arrived at hospital she had been beaten so badly she could not talk or see.

Sjoren was initially afraid to go to the police, saying “I cannot go to the police. The worst thing is that they will get my name and address. They’ll know where to find me and know and know I am the Jew who reported it.”

Writing on her Facebook page, Sjoren said “The Star of David is extremely meaningful and significant. I will never take it down no matter what happens. When other Facebook users show support I will stand up proudly for Israel, I will never let any one silence me. Am Yisrael Chai. We will never forget and never forgive”.

Sjoren is due to speak to the Security Organisation of the Jewish Community on Monday.

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London gang tells Jewish schoolboy to remove skullcap or face beating

An 11-year-old Jewish boy has escaped shaken but unhurt after a gang of teenagers surrounded him on a London street and forced him to remove his kippah (Jewish skullcap). According to Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, the boy was approached by at least four black teenagers who told him that unless he removed the kippah, they would beat him. The boy refused to comply and instead managed to escape and run home.

The incident occurred on Leaside Road in Hackney. Any witnesses should call the Metropolitan Police Service on 101 or Shomrim on 0300 999 0123.




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Eight-year-old jewish boy assaulted in London

Shomrim, the Jewish community watch organisation, has reported than an eight-year-old Jewish boy has been assaulted in London.

A male called the boy a “stupid Jew” and assaulted him on Elm Park Road in South Tottenham, which contains a significant Jewish community.

The Police have been alerted, but further information is not yet forthcoming.

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Breaking: Jewish schoolboy stabbed in London

A student from the King Solomon High School in East London has been rushed to hospital after being stabbed near to school premises.

It is unknown whether the attack was motivated by antisemitism, but he was stabbed outside a charity shop near to the school, which is known as being a Jewish school.

An eye witness told a local newspaper “there was a group of young boys and I think they were cycling…all I saw was a punch – I didn’t see the knife – and then a black boy fell down. Another black boy ran off.”

His injuries are not life-threatening.

The Community Security Trust are communicating with the school about the ongoing security situation.

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Argentina: students attend club dressed as Nazis, abuse and attack Jews

Reports have circulated that several high school students in Argentina attended a club with Hitler mustaches and swastikas painted on them and wearing leathers. They attend a school in Lanus, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

The club was also host to several Jewish students from an ORT High School.

A mother of one of the Jewish boys spoke to Rádio Latina saying:

“at a certain point in the night, young people came wearing swastikas and had painted-on Hitler mustaches…my son and his friends complained and asked that they be taken out, but all the club management did was demand that the mustaches be washed off and that the swastikas be removed”

“They all ended up fighting, and everyone was kicked out of the club – not just the aggressors”

According to the Telegraph, the students who were dressed as Nazis also shouted “f*cking Jews” and “proudly” showed off their Nazi imagery when they realised there were Jewish students present.

Families of the Jewish students have condemned the club, saying that no students bearing Nazi imagery should have been allowed in in the first place.

Ariel Cohen Sabban, head of the Delegaiton of Argentine Jewish Associations, said that he would be happy to meet with the club’s manager, and commented:


“It’s neither a joke nor a grace. These symbols reflect an ideology which culminated in the assassination of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis. If these kids are older than 16, then these kids could be sentenced to between a month to three years in prison for their actions, as this is a crime in Argentina. We have to be alert because we are beginning new hot beds of anti-Semitism…the state’s drive to combat this phenomenon, specifically through education, is very important”.

The event occurred in the resort of San Carlos de Bariloche, which is in the Andes. The town was a hiding place to several Nazis after the conclusion of World War Two, including Erich Priebke, and several conspiracy theories hold that Hitler and Eva Braun survived and secretly fled their after the war.

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French Jews pushed out of public schools by Antisemitism

Haaretz has reported that French Jews are being pushed out of the French schooling system by a culture of prevalent antisemtism.

One Jewish parent said that, despite having been educated in a French public school some years prior, the situation is now so bad that “anti-Semitic bullying means it would be too damaging for any Jewish kid you put there”.

Thirty years ago the majority of French Jews sent their children to public schools. The figure is now at only one third. In Paris, which has the largest population of Jews in France, almost all the children attend either private schools or Jewish schools.

French Jews have cited a “bad atmosphere of harassment, insults and assaults” for the change, as well as the growth of Jewish education that has gone along with increasing religious observance.

Whilst the incidents are usually ‘only’ instances of general bullying, some have involved serious intimidation, physical violence and death threats. Other incidents have included spraying a Jewish student with deodorant to ‘simulate’ a gas chamber, and a Jewish student being corned by classmates and being threatened with stabbing.

These incidents go alongside a steep increase in antisemitism in France generally, which has seen 20,000 French Jews leave for Israel in the past 4 years.

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Hasidic Rabbi stabbed in Strasbourg by attacker shouting “Allahu Ackbar”

A Hasidic Rabbi was stabbed this afternoon in Strabourg, by an attacker shouting “Allahu Ackbar”.

Rabbi Chalom Levy, who is described as belonging to a Hasidic sect, was stabbed in the Jewish quarter of the city, 500 metres from the Great Synagogue.

Rabbi Mendel Samama, another Rabbi in Strasbourg, said that Rabbi Levy described his survival as a “miracle”.

“He was shocked. He is weak. He was hit in the abdominal region a few centimetres from a vital organ”, said Rabbi Samama.

The Grand Rabbi of Strasbourg, Rabbi René Gutman, has said that this is the work of one lone attacker, and is not reflective of a wider problem in the city, but has requested additional security.

Strasbourg has a Jewish community numbering around 15,000.

The attacker has reportedly been involved in a similar attack previously.

France has been described as one of the most dangerous countries to be a Jew and over half of French Jews wish to leave the country for Israel.

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Explosions outside homes of New York Rabbis

The Police are investigating after there were explosions outside the homes of two prominent New York Rabbis.

The explosions took place in Rockland County.

A woman heard one of the explosions outside her house. Going out to investigate, she saw four men running from the scene, one of whom hurled a firework at her house.

As the police were investigating, it came to light that another explosion had occurred nearly.

The first explosion occurred outside the house of Rabbi Avremel Kotlarsky, the Director of Chabad. The second occured outside the house of Rabbi Simcha Morganstern, a Rabbi at Chabad of Rockland.

The Anti-Defamation League produced the following press release:

“We are outraged by this shocking incident in what appears to be the alleged targeting of two prominent rabbis, and we join with local leadership, including the Jewish Federation of Rockland County, in strongly condemning this brazen act of violence”.

“We are maintaining close contact with local law enforcement and are urging them to vigorously investigate and prosecute those responsible for this alleged anti-Semitic attack.”

“While we are relieved that nobody was injured, such a troubling incident like this can effectively intimidate the broader Jewish community, leaving them feeling vulnerable and at risk. People of any religion, race or ethnicity must feel safe in their own neighborhoods. We are pleased to see statements by local elected officials denouncing the incident and we encourage the community to come together to fight anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry.”

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NYPD investigate multiple antisemitic incidents: rock thrown at Jewish man’s car, “huge” swastika graffiti

The NYPD are investigating a hate crime after a youth threw a rock through a Jewish man’s car window as it was in motion.

The incident took place on the afternoon of June 26. The youth throwing the rock also shouted antisemitic abuse and fled.

The police are seeking a black youth, around 14-years-old, around 130 pounds and 5 foot 6 feet tall.

The NYPD are also investigating two other incidents. The first of these is a verbal assault on a 33-year-old Jewish man who was subjected to antisemitic abuse by a black man. This incident took place as he departed the Utica Avenue subway station in near Crown Heights. The second is a series of “huge” swastikas spray painted on the 181st Street station in Washington Heights.

Anyone with any information about these incidents should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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Young Man Wearing Kippah Suffers Antisemitic Insults and Assault in Berlin

On Tuesday 21st June a young man wearing a Kippah was attending the “Fête de la Musique” festival in Berlin when he was attacked. The aggression started when three young men shouted antisemitic insult at him then started to get physical and beat and kick him. After the attack, the perpetrators were able to escape. The young man did not need to receive medical treatment however, the police have opened an investigation.


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Jewish man stabbed to death in Uruguay by man shouting “Allahu Akbar”

David Fremd, a 54-year-old local businessman, was stabbed to death in Paysandu, Uruguay, yesterday and his son was also injured.

Fremd was a local representative of the Uruguayan Jewish community. He was married with three sons.

A 35-year-old man with a criminal record, reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” before stabbing him, the local El Pais newspaper said. Police arrested him.

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Jewish 13-year-old brutally attacked outside Paris synagogue

A 13-year-old Jewish boy was brutally attacked by three men on Saturday outside a Paris synagogue, where he was meeting his father. Seeing his skullcap, the men allegedly called him a “dirty Jew” and punched him several times, tore off his skullcap, grabbed him by the hair and smashed his head against a post. The attackers then ran away as passersby approached. Police are looking for three men of “African origin”.

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North West Infidels clash with anti-fascism group in Liverpool

A march and protest by North West Infidels, along with Polish fascists and young neo-Nazi group National Action took place this weekend in Liverpool City Centre. Over 500 people from anti-fascist groups dirsupted the march.

Fascists gathered near St George’s Square joined by Polish Nazis, and then moved into the square where the Nazis were allowed to hold their protest. Only after several hours were they finally marched out by the police to the station to board a train to Manchester.

The fascists threw projectiles including firecrackers at passersby and defaced buildings by painting swastikas on them.

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Jewish man stabbed in New York in unprovoked attack

An observant 25-year-old Jew was stabbed without warning yesterday as he walked down a street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. According to police, the victim, Yehuda Brikman, was in front of 646 Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights when he was “stabbed on the left side of his back by an unknown person. When the victim turned around, he saw a male running on the street away from him.” The victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital with what police said was a collapsed lung. The attacker was described as an African American man in his twenties or thirties who was seen on CCTV fleeing the scene.

The attack follows the stabbing on 3rd November of a Jewish emergency medical services volunteer under similar circumstances. The NYPD is investigating both incidents, and suspects they were motivated by religious bigotry.

There has been a spate of antisemitic incidents in New York recently.

Sources: Gothamist and Crown Heights Info

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14-year-old detained by London Shomrim and arrested by police for attacking Jews with fireworks

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in Hackney after a group of youths attempted to place lit fireworks in the pockets of Jewish pedestrians. Volunteers from Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, arrived almost immediately and witnessed the boy chasing one victim and hurling a lit firework towards him. The Shomrim volunteer chased and detained the boy, then called the police who arrested him.

The Metropolitan Police Service said: “A 14-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault and possession of a firework in the street. He was taken to a north London police station and subsequently released on police bail to a date in early March. No one was injured during the incident.”

Source: Shomrim

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Just before Holocaust Memorial Day, Nazis parade “Hitler was right” banner in centre of Newcastle

A group of neo-Nazis from “National Action” paraded in the centre of Newcastle at the foot of Grey’s Monument with a “Hitler was right” banner on Saturday. Members of the group performed Nazi salutes in the centre of the square. Some local people remonstrated with them but at least one onlooker returned their Nazi salute (see photo below). When a musician in the square attempted to play saxophone music, one of the neo-Nazis violently attacked him. In addition to the assault, the use of the banner and Nazi salutes constitute offences of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and distress under section 4A of the Public Order Act, as well as other possible offences.

The group previously attempted to demonstrate in Liverpool in August and September 2015, causing widespread public disorder and the cancellation of their demonstrations, with the group humiliated in August when they were unable to leave Liverpool Central train station. They then returned unannounced in November 2015 and delivered short speeches outside various public buildings and monuments in Liverpool, including speeches against Jews saying that: “Jews don’t care about me. They don’t care about you. They don’t care about any of us. All they care about is money and power.” Their video of the event contained additional antisemitic graphics and quoted from Adolf Hitler’s antisemitic diatribe, Mein Kampf. There have been no arrests.

In June 2015, “National Action” filmed themselves desecrating a menorah in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park by spraying graffiti and hanging a Nazi flag from it. There have been no arrests.

National Action’s blog contains 282 references to the word “Jew”, including accusations that Jews:

  • Use the blood of non-Jews in rituals
  • Usurp power through financial and political conspiracies
  • “Terrorise” the non-Jewish population through usury
  • Dilute Aryan races by operating the slave trade, then campaigning for civil rights in order to weaken Aryan races

Jonathan Sacerdoti, Director of Communication at Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “It is very clear that ‘National Action’ is an antisemitic neo-Nazi organisation which is trying to propagate fascist ideology and sees as its role models some of the most hideous figures in history. The group’s purpose is incitement to racial and religious hatred and its activities range from vandalism to violence. Unfurling a banner proclaiming ‘Hitler was right’ and performing Nazi salutes for less than ten minutes in a public square is cowardly and a deliberate effort to provoke disorder. This group is not a dying vestige of British neo-Nazism but a new, young movement and we are pleased that Northumbria Police are taking this incident so seriously. Enough is enough and this brazenly criminal group must be brought to justice. That young British people are openly idolising Adolf Hitler in Britain in the days before Holocaust Memorial Day is a reminder that for us to say ‘Never again’ with any confidence, we must be vigilant and fight antisemitic racism ruthlessly.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “Northumbria Police is carrying out enquiries into the protest that was held at Monument in Newcastle City centre at 1:55pm on Saturday, January 23. We had no prior warning that the protest was due to take place and city centre officers attended immediately after receiving information that it was happening. Upon officers’ arrival the demonstration had ended and we believe it lasted less than 10 minutes. We have received one report of assault and we are in the process of investigating this along with looking into whether any other offences may have taken place. Detectives are checking CCTV footage from the city centre area and material posted on social media and enquiries are ongoing.”

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Don McLean’s Jewish wife of thirty years calls police after alleged antisemitic abuse

The Jewish wife of famed American singer Don McLean has claimed that he is antisemitic and violently abused her. Court documents show that the 70-year-old’s wife of 30 years, Patrisha McLean, has been granted a restraining order after claiming that her husband had attacked her and may have killed her had she not called the police.

Patrisha McLean’s handwritten declaration filed in Rockland District Court said: “For the first 10 years or so his rage was unfathomably deep and very scary — calling me horrible things like ‘hebe’ (I’m Jewish).” According to the statement, Don McLean controlled his rage until the incident on Monday when he allegedly lost control and threw the landline telephone to the floor when his wife tried to call the police. Patrisha McLean said she locked herself in the bathroom and called the police with her mobile, alleging: “He tried to break open the door and I feel he would have succeeded and killed me but for me telling him I was calling 911, which did deflate him,” she wrote.

Don McLean’s defence lawyer, Walter McKee, said: “Don denies making any ethnic slurs to his wife. As with many of the statements made in the request for a protection order, this statement is patently untrue.” Don McLean also commented, saying: “This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife, my children and me. What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30-year relationship. Our hearts are broken and we must carry on. There are no winners or losers but I am not a villain. I may never recover from this but I will try and hope to continue to entertain you all as I always have. I ask God to give us the strength to find new happiness and I hope people will realise that this will all be resolved but I hope I will not be judged in this frantic media environment.”

Source: Page Six

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Molotov cocktail attack on synagogue in Germany “not antisemitic”, court retrial maintains

Two of the three people who firebombed a synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany in 2014 have been retried. Two men and one youth attacked the synagogue with Molotov cocktails in July 2014, claiming they were drunk following Ramadan. The three men live in Wuppertal but are said to originate from Gaza and Judea and Samaria.

The original trial, which took place in early 2015, provoked outrage from the Jewish community due to its leniency and verdict. The judge ruled that the attack was not motivated by antisemitism but was rather an act of “protest against the war in Gaza”. He issued the attackers a fine of €800.

The retrial has resulted in the two men, now 25 and 30 years old, merely receiving suspended prison sentences of 2 years and 1 year, 11 months, respectively, meaning that neither will go to prison unless they commit further offences. The youth is awaiting retrial in February, and will stand before a young offenders court.

Once again, the judge declined to declare this an antisemitic attack.

Source: Jüdische Allgemeine

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Jewish man injured in stabbing attack at Marseille synagogue, 15-year-old suspect in custody

A Jewish man has been injured in a stabbing attack this morning in the French city of Marseille. According to Times of Israel, Binyamin Amsalem, a teacher, sustained light injuries to his hand. His life was saved by his Torah (Jewish bible) with which he shielded himself.

Reports say that the 15-year-old attacker shouted “Allahu Akhbar” and attempted to stab congregants as they left the synagogue after morning prayers, and when he was unsuccessful fled the scene, throwing his knife away. Police apprehended the attacker ten minutes later.

According to the Marseille prosecutor: “He claimed to have acted in the name of Allah and the Islamic State, repeating several times to have done this on behalf of ISIS.”

A police source told Le Figaro that the attacker appeared to be insane, but ISIS has previously told its supporters to use insanity as an excuse. In a stabbing attack on synagogue-goers in October in Marseille, the assailant claimed to be insane, but this was rejected by the court. ISIS supporters in Marseille also stabbed a Jewish teacher in November.

Source: Le FigaroTimes of Israel

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Jewish man attacked and robbed by Syrian and Afghan men shouting “Jew” in German port town

A 49-year-old Jewish man was attacked and robbed by migrants at a train station in Puttgarden, Germany on Sunday, according to reports. Two men, a 19-year-old Syrian and a 30-year-old from Afghanistan, are said to have identified the Jewish man, who lives in France, by his kippah (Jewish skullcap). They began shouting abuse at him, “Yahud” (“Jew” in Arabic), then pushed him to the ground, stood on his hands and stole his bag.

The incident occurred in the early hours, in the station waiting room. Puttgarden is a harbour and village on the German island of Fehmarn, situated on the ferry route between Germany and Denmark. The two men had been denied entry to Denmark due to insufficient documentation, and were waiting for a train to Neumünster, Germany, where they were later arrested.

Source: Hamburger Abendblatt

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Palestinians routinely humiliated and put to death for selling land to Jews, according to report

An investigation by Israeli Channel 2 television has reported that it has discovered an activist who seeks out Palestinian Arabs who have sold land to Jews and arranges for them to be humiliated and executed by Palestinian police. The Palestinian Authority forbids the sale of land to Jews by law.

The investigation obtained a tape of far-left Israeli activist Ezra Nawi apparently bragging about how he reports Arabs who plan to sell land to Jews to the Palestinian Authority’s security forces, in the knowledge that they will be killed. “I hand them directly to the Palestinian security service,” Nawi says on the tape. When asked what happens once Palestinian Authority police arrests the sellers, Nawi says, “It catches them, kills them. First Zubur, then Gazanga.” According to the report, Zubur is an Arabic word used in Hebrew to describe humiliation and physical torment, and Gazanga is not a known word but implies death, in the context of the tape.

Source: Jewish Press

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Police investigating after Jewish shoppers pelted with gas canisters by neo-Nazis in London, Shomrim assisting victims

The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating an incident that took place this evening at around 19:45 in which three Jewish shoppers were subjected to antisemitic abuse in Tottenham Hale by three white men in a white pickup truck.

The three men shouted “Hitler is on the way to you, Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler” and threw small gas refill canisters towards the victims, two men and a woman.

Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, was called by the victims and is providing victim support. None of the victims were injured, but they were badly shaken by the experience.

The Metropolitan Police Service is now investigating. Anybody with information should call the police on 101 quoting reference CAD7955-06/01/16.

Jonathan Sacerdoti, Director of Communications at the Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “This disturbing incident is a reminder of the abuse that many Jewish people experience all too often. It is vital that victims report all antisemitic attacks or incidents whenever they happen, and that the police take every report seriously, investigating and charging those responsible wherever possible.”

Shomrim volunteer Michael Blayer said: “This behaviour is appalling, the victims were innocent shoppers at the Tottenham Hale Retail Park, and they were targeted because they were visibly Jewish. The verbal abuse was disgusting, and small objects were thrown towards the victims, making them fear for their immediate safety. Shomrim are supporting the victims. The incident has been reported to the Metropolitan Police, I have absolute confidence in our local police that this will be thoroughly investigated. I encourage anyone who witnessed this incident or who may have experienced a similar incident to report it.”

Source: Stamford Hill Shomrim

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17-year-old Jewish boy punched to the ground in unprovoked attack in New York

A 17-year-old orthodox Jewish boy was assaulted on Tuesday night in Brooklyn as he returned home. The boy was standing at an intersection when a black man walked towards him and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.

New York police are treating the incident as an antisemitic hate crime because the victim had never seen his assailant before, nothing was taken from him, and he was wearing traditional Charedi Jewish clothing and holding phylacteries in his hand.

Anyone with information should call New York police on 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Source: JP Updates

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Men shout antisemitic slurs whilst beating Jewish Chicago mayor’s non-Jewish aide

Vance Henry, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Deputy Chief of Staff, was attacked at a vigil by assailants who reportedly shouted antisemitic abuse. Henry was punched, shoved to the ground and kicked on Sunday evening at a memorial for Bettie Jones, 55, and Quintonio LeGrier, 19, who were shot and killed over the weekend by Chicago police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a man approached Henry saying: “What are you doing here, you should be downtown doing something about this. The police are killing us.” He also shouted antisemitic abuse, but the exact words used have not been reported. The man then hit Henry when Henry said: “Get out of my face.”

It is believed the antisemitic remarks were directed at Emanuel, who is Jewish but was not at the vigil. Henry is not Jewish. Emanuel is reportedly returning early from a family holiday in Cuba to take charge of the response to the shooting.


Source: Chicago Tribune

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New York Jewish student attacked by black man saying “I don’t like Jewish people or white people”

A Jewish student wearing a kippah (Jewish skullcap) was attacked by a young black man at Medgar Evers College on Wednesday evening in Crown Heights, New York. The victim was talking with other students in college’s science building a black man approached and punched him in the stomach and face, yelling antisemitic remarks. The attack was halted when a female Muslim student came to the Jewish student’s defence.

When the victim asked his assailant why he had hit him, the attacker replied: “I don’t like Jewish people or white people.”

The victim did not require hospital treatment and the incident was immediately attended by local police and the college’s security team who are reviewing CCTV footage of the incident.

The college’s president has reportedly said that if it turns out the attacker is a student of the school, he will be “immediately expelled”.

Source: CFCA/COLLive

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Security guards and visitors look on as Jewish man attacked at L’Oreal in New York

An orthodox Jewish man was attacked on Monday in the lobby of the L’Oreal building in Manhattan, but security guards and passersby simply looked on without intervening.

Speaking to The Algemeiner, the victim said: “He punched me in the neck and there was security [there] and nobody interfered. They were just watching. I got bruised…and security didn’t even call 911, nothing. They’re just standing there and watching.”

A witness, Yoni Davidov confirmed to The Algemeiner that nobody helped the victim, even after the attack. According to Davidov, the victim was sitting at a table and eating a sandwich in the lobby of the L’Oreal corporate offices, when an “Arab-looking” man demanded that he move because did not want to share a table with a Jewish man. Davidov said the victim told the man that he had arrived at the table first, and that he would finish eating quickly and give up his seatat which point Davidov said: “This Arab-looking man punched him in the face multiple times, before fleeing the scene with his girlfriend. I was shocked at the anger this animal had when he was assaulting this poor Hassidic guy.”

Shomrim, a volunteer Jewish neighborhood watch organisation, told The Algemeiner that police later arrived at the scene and spoke to a witness. They also examined CCTV footage of the attack.


Source: The Algemeiner

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Man in Germany physically assaulted, spat at and called “miserable Jew” by gang

It has been reported that a man in Kassel, Germany was attacked in October after a group of three people spotted a rainbow Star of David badge on his bag.

Two, tall, stocky middle-aged men and a woman, alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol, followed the victim as he tried to escape to a nearby bus stop. As they followed him, they shouted abuse at him such as “Spastic”.

The group cornered the man at the bus stop. The woman spat at him and called him a “miserable Jew”. The victim was pinned against the glass of the stop but managed to struggle free. This infuriated the group and they became increasingly agitated.

A passerby shouted that she had called the police and they were on their way. The attackers then moved on. It is not known if arrests were made.

Source: BGA-Kassel



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Man physically and verbally assaulted on Berlin underground for wearing a ‘Gay Israel’ badge

RIAS has reported that a man was assaulted on the Berlin underground system after he was spotted wearing a ‘Gay Israel’ badge.

The man was travelling with a friend on the afternoon of 19th December when he passed a group of three people. One, aged around 25, noticed the ‘Gay Israel’ badge and began pushing and shoving the victim, shouting “F***ing Zionist” and “Are you a Zionist or what?”

The victim and his friend attempted to de-escalate the situation and walk away. The perpetrator ripped the badge from the victim and only then let them go.

Passers-by did not intervene throughout the loud altercation.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Jewish man attacked by bar staff in Germany, held in headlock and has kippah ripped off, told “This is a religion-free zone”

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation has reported that a Jewish man was attacked in a ‘left-wing and alternative’ bar in Bonn, Germany. As the man was ordering, a member of staff forced him into a headlock and ripped his kippah (Jewish skullcap) from his head.

When questioned, the member of staff replied, “I’d rip a headscarf off a Muslim, this is a religion-free zone!” The bar owner voiced his agreement and support of the member of staff.

The Jewish person left the bar and around fifteen people left with him in solidarity. He told the Amadeu Antonio Foundation that he has been threatened in the past by rightwing-extremists and Islamists.

Source: Amadeu Antonio Stiftung

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Man punched in antisemitic attack in New York

Shlomy Schwartz, a 67-year-old Jewish man from Brooklyn was attacked on Monday afternoon in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. The victim was leaving the subway at 6th Avenue and West 17th Street when he was approached by a man who punched him in the back of his head knocking off his hat and kippah (Jewish skullcap). The attacker then said : “You want to be first? Let’s go [fight].” The victim ignored him and kept walking, then called the police.

The victim’s son, Chaim Shloem Schwartz, told JP Updates: “My father walked out from the train station and was assaulted by a man from behind. There were a lot of people passing the street at the time of the assault and no one stopped him.”

The suspect is described as a black male, 175 centimetres tall, with dreadlocked hair. Anyone with information should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline on 800-577-TIPS.

Source: JP Updates

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Paris attacks mastermind wanted to “do worse in districts close to the Jews”

The architect of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, reportedly told his cousin on 15th November that he intended to carry out attacks on Jewish targets, among others.

A leaked witness statement published earlier this week revealed how Abaaoud approached his cousin, Hasna Ait Boulahcen, two days after the terrorist attacks, asking her to hide him while he prepared further attacks. The witness statement said that Abaaoud told his cousin that “they would do worse in districts close to the Jews and would disrupt transport and schools.”


Source: Daily Mirror

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21-year-old Jewish man punched in New York for being “F***ing Jew”

A 21-year-old Jewish man was attacked on Tuesday at 15:35 as he left the D line train station at New Utrecht Avenue and 43rd Street. A man walked towards him and shouted “F***ing Jew, where you running? Slow down you f***ing Jew.” The victim responded “Why would you call me like that?” The man responded “Do you want to fight?” He then punched the victim in the head several times.

Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, and New York police were dispatched to the scene and the victim was treated by Hatzolah, a Jewish volunteer ambulance service, before being taken to Maimonides Medical Centre in a stable condition.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline on 800-577-TIPS.

Source: JP Updates

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New Yorker shouts “F*** you Jews, I’m going to kill you” and punches man

A 52-year-old Jewish bookshop employee in New York has been attacked by a man shouting “F*** you Jews, I’m going to kill you. I’m a Muslim.” The assailant was pacing outside the bookshop and the bookshop employee stepped out of the shop to make sure that he was alright. The man then punched him in the face and started shouting. New York police are hunting the attacked who is described as a black man in his 20s, about 178cm tall. The victim escaped serious injury.


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New York man points knife at Jewish man and shouts “Jew”

On Sunday at 22:30, a Jewish man was threatened with a knife whilst walking in New York. According to JP Updates, 31-year-old Anshel Niderman was walking at the intersection of 13th Avenue and 38th Street when a man bumped into him and continued walking another few feet till a telephone pole, poked the telephone wire, then pulled out a knife from his pocket and pointed it to the telephone and yelled “Jew.” Niderman tried to follow the man but lost him after a short distance, police said.

Police are searching for a male Hispanic between the ages of 30 and 35 and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Source: JP Updates

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Four Berlin men abuse and throw food at “Filthy Jews”

RIAS have reported that on the morning of Saturday 28th November, four drunk men entered an underground train at Berlin’s Senefelder Platz station. Once on the train, the men began making xenophobic remarks about two people speaking English in their vicinity.

One of the two being verbally attacked questioned the men in German, asking what the problem was. “You and your Jewish friend are the problem,” came the response.

As they were exiting the train, one of the two replied, “What would be the problem if we were Jewish?” The four men responded by approaching the two, who were already at the door, in an aggressive and threatening manner.

The English-speaker suggested they all exit the train together to calmly discuss the matter. As the doors closed, one of the four replied he did not owe any “filthy Jews” an answer and threw his kebab container at them.

Source: Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus

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Florida thug assaults Jew, shouting “Jews should go back to Auschwitz; Hitler was right”

A 19-year-old Jewish man in Boca Raton, Florida, has been attacked by a man who shouted “Jews should go back to Auschwitz; Hitler was right.” The Jewish man remonstrated with him, at which point the antisemitic thug shoved him to the ground and hit his head, following which the two exchanged punches. Local police are looking for a white man, about 20 years old, 180cm tall, weighing around 70kg with blonde or light brown hair in a crew cut style.


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Crazed Australian yells at Jews to “go back to Israel”, then lashes out

Charges have been brought by police in Melbourne, Australia, after a man started screaming at Jews outside Adass Israel synagogue to “go back to Israel”. The man then lunged at a Jewish man who wrestled him to the ground and restrained him until local police arrived. It has been reported that the incident began after a group of men trying to steal a scooter was challenged by Jewish bystanders.

Earlier this month a Jewish man was punched and called a “f***ing Jew” in Melbourne.

Source: AJN

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Jewish boy reportedly beaten with sticks by pro-Palestinian protesters shouting antisemitic slurs in Paris

A young Jew had reportedly been beaten with sticks in Paris. According to reports, the boy was approached by a group with pro-Palestinian banners. The group are said to have shouted antisemitic slurs and beaten the boy with sticks.

Source: CFCA/Le Monde Juif

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Berlin Football Association suspends players for antisemitic violence and death threats

The Berlin Football Association’s judicial review has found two FC Neukölln players guilty of antisemitic conduct against the Jewish team TuS Makkabi and has issued suspensions.

The review supported the decision to suspend a match that took place on 18th October 2015, when it emerged that an FC Neukölln player was threatening to commit murder by stabbing. The review noted that the player in question was likely referring to the recent wave of stabbings against Israeli Jews when he made his threats. The review also noted that the player was wearing an “I love Palestine” t-shirt at the time of the incident. He was suspended for ten matches.

A second member of FC Neukölln has been suspended for twelve games for punching a member of TuS Makkabi. He advised the review that he recognises his misconduct and apologises. The review did not consider it relevant that the same member of the Jewish team also received a headbutt from another FC Neukölln player.

The review fined FC Neukölln, issued penalty points and ordered it to cover the costs of the hearing.

This is the second time in recent months TuS Makkabi has been on the receiving end of antisemitic attacks from opposing teams. They received antisemitic verbal abuse from a player throughout their game against BFC Meteor 06 in August. The offending player had a history of racist conduct and was suspended until 2017.

Source: Jüdische Allgemeine

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ISIS supporters stab Jewish man wearing kippah in Marseille

A man wearing a kippah (Jewish skullcap) has been stabbed in Marseille by three assailants who shouted antisemitic abuse and support for ISIS. Police say the attack took place at around 20:00 local time. The victim is a 57-year-old man who was attacked outside his home near a school and synagogue complex, according to AFP.

The attackers forced their victim to look at photographs on their smartphone of Mohammed Merah, the French Islamist terrorist who went on a rampage in 2012, shooting dead three French soldiers, a Jewish teacher and three Jewish schoolchildren aged three, six and eight.

They then showed him a t-shirt with the ISIS logo and stabbed him multiple times on the arms, legs and stomach. A police patrol arrived and the attackers fled on a scooter. Their victim somehow escaped serious injury.

Last month three Jews were attacked on their way to synagogue by a man of Moroccan or Algerian descent shouting antisemitic abuse. At the time Marseille police suggested that the man was mentally disturbed but this was later refuted by one of his victims, and the court dismissed the attacker’s plea of insanity.

Source: AFP

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New York police hunt men who threw eggs at Jewish pedestrians and sped off in silver BMW

New York Police Department is seeking a group of 4-6 males suspected of throwing eggs at Jewish pedestrians whilst shouting antisemitic slurs including “F***ing Jews” and “We will shoot and kill you Jews”.

Three male victims, aged 14, 17 and 23, have come forward, two of whom say that the attackers sped away in a sliver BMW.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident should call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Source: CFCA/JP Updates

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Holocaust survivor reports physical and verbal harassment from gang in Berlin

Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus (RIAS), a watchdog organisation based in Germany that tracks instances of antisemitism, released details on Thursday regarding information it received earlier this year. A Holocaust survivor, based in Berlin, reports receiving antisemitic physical and verbal harassment from a group of five youths as she returned home from attending synagogue in Berlin’s Charlottenburg in April 2015.

She reports that she was travelling on the underground train system, when one of the youths said “Shabbat shalom” to her in a loud, aggressive voice. She was then pushed, shoved and stared at in a threatening manner. The group made several remarks in Arabic, which she was unable to understand. She left the train prematurely, fearing further attack.

She remarks that the atmosphere in the area surrounding her synagogue has become palpably more hostile since summer 2014.

Source: RIAS

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New York taxi driver attacks passenger upon learning he’s Jewish

A Muslim taxi driver in New York City has been questioned by police after allegedly attacking a Jewish passenger.

Moshe Indig, told Arutz Sheva: “I took a cab from Manhattan to Brooklyn yesterday at 20:00. I asked the driver to make a phone call. He refused but then relented and put the call on the speaker. When he saw that I was speaking Hebrew, he said: ‘I hate the people and the language you are speaking. If I had known that you were a Jew, I would not have given you the call.’”

“When he dropped me off in Brooklyn I started walking and suddenly he got out of the vehicle and ran toward me and started punching me in the head. I was immediately concerned that he might have a knife or some other weapon, so I hit him forcefully. He grabbed my kippah and my cellphone and ran away.”

India leaned into the cab to try to retrieve his belongings but the driver started driving and Indig fell into the road and was injured.

India reflected: “I was lucky. If he had had a knife, there is no doubt that he would have killed me. His eyes were full of hatred. He turned from a cab driver to a terrorist.”

Source: Arutz Sheva

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Football supporters chant notorious Auschwitz song in Dortmund

On Friday night, a group of six football supporters, aged 18-24, sang the infamous, antisemitic “U-Bahn Lied” [Underground Song] in front of Dortmund’s main train station in Germany. The song describes building an underground train line “from Jerusalem to Auschwitz.”

Police intervened at approximately 00:30 and demanded that the group desist. The group responded negatively and were taken in for questioning. They are now facing police investigation.

One member of the group, a Dortmund local aged 24, whose blood alcohol content measured 1.7 g/L, attacked an officer.  He now faces additional charges. The officer in question received injuries to his chest and arms.

Source: Der Westen

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Jewish man stabbed multiple times in planned attack outside kosher pizzeria in Milan

An orthodox Jewish man has been stabbed outside a kosher pizzeria in Milan. The victim was stabbed four times, including in the face, although one account said he had been stabbed ten times. Witnesses say the attacker shouted “I will kill you” twice in Italian before knocking the victim to the ground and stabbing him. A passerby intervened and in the process the attacker’s mask slipped from his face. Some accounts said that he appeared to be of Arab descent. He then fled to a car in which two men were sitting and they sped away. The victim was rushed to hospital and is reportedly in a moderate condition.

The attack took place in the Jewish Quarter of Milan. The Milanese Jewish community numbers around 7,000 people, making it the second largest in Italy after Rome. One member of the community told Le Repubblica: “We are afraid that this is an attempt to mimic the attacks in Israel” where there has been a wave of stabbings of Jews by Palestinians.

Whilst some sources named the victims as 40-year-old Nathan Graff who was visiting his father-in-law from abroad, others, including the Jewish community of Rome, said that the man was a local resident who worked in a wine shop.

We have seen other incidents of Jews being stabbed outside Israel, most recently in Marseille and New York. In Marseille, police claimed that the attack was committed by a mentally disturbed drunk man, but this was later debunked by a court which dismissed his plea of insanity.

Photo: La Repubblica

Sources: Courier della SeraLa Repubblica and Times of Israel

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Swedish Jews reportedly converting to Christianity to avoid antisemitism

Corinne Sjöberg, an Israeli ex-patriot who serves on the city council of Umeå in Sweden has told Ynet that she has met Jews who converted to Christianity to avoid antisemitism. She told the story of a Jewish boy who was forced to pull down his trousers at school in order to prove he was Jewish and was seriously traumatised. Sjöberg says her own daughter was harassed by a teacher, and it took a year until he was removed from his position. Sjöberg wears a Star of David necklace and carries sanitary wipes with her because people spit at her. This week the Jewish community was not invited to Umeå’s Kristallnacht memorial due to “safety” reasons.

Photo: Ynet

Source: New Antisemite/Ynet

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Australian Jewish man punched in the neck and called “F***ing Jew” on way home

An Australian Jewish man has been punched in the neck by an assailant who called him a “F***ing Jew” in an unprovoked attack. The 22-year-old man was on his way home from synagogue in Melbourne when he was accosted by a drunk man railing about Israel. The man snatched his Jewish victim’s glasses, bent them, handed them back and punched his victim in the neck. Another Jewish man passing by in a car saw the incident and started shouting at the attacker. An off-duty policeman presented himself and the attacker fled the scene, dropping his wallet as he left. Local police have confirmed that they have the attacker’s details from his wallet and are investigating.

Source: Australian Jewish News

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FBI arrests white supremacists planning to bomb synagogues and black churches

Two men have been arrested by the FBI after trying to buy “an automatic weapon, explosives, and a pistol with a silencer” from an undercover agent. The men planned to bomb black churches and a synagogue. A third suspect was due to help the men rob and kill a jeweller and armoured car to raise funds for “the coming race war”.

Source: MSNN

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Watch: Man admits shouting “I’m tired of Jews” and punching New York orthodox Jew in the face

Christian Rojas, 36, of Brooklyn has been charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime and assault. The charges come after a 49-year-old Jewish man was attacked early this morning on his way to synagogue. His attacker allegedly threw the victim’s mobile phone to the ground before punching him in the face and shouting “I am tired of Jews.” The victim refused medical treatment for a bloody nose.

An eyewitness to the incident told NBC New York that Rojas screamed: “Watch this face, I’ll be back…I hate all Jews.” A video captured at the scene appears shows a handcuffed man apparently confessing to the attack.

There has recently been a spate of antisemitic attacks in New York. Just yesterday a Jewish man was stabbed in the back on the street.

Source: Crown Heights Info/Arutz Sheva

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Sudanese man tries to murder Jewish passenger on Ethiopian Airlines flight

A Sudanese man attempted to murder an Israeli communications contractor travelling on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Chad to Ethiopia. The victim, identified only as Arik, aged 54, told Ynet that the Sudanese man sitting behind him identified him as a Jew about 20 minutes before the plane began its descent.

“He came up behind my seat and started to choke me with a lot of force, and at first I couldn’t get my voice out and call for help. He hit me over the head with a metal tray and shouted ‘Allah akbar’ and ‘I will slaughter the Jew.’ Only after a few seconds, just before I was about to lose consciousness, did I manage to call out and a flight attendant who saw what was happening summoned her colleagues.”

According to Arik, most passengers did not come to his aid, but one of the few who did was a Lebanese passenger. Arik says that even after his attacker had been restrained, the man tried to convince the other passengers to murder him.

Arik said that he thought he was going to die: “During the moments when I thought I was going to die, I’d already begun to separate from my family in my thoughts.”

Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement: “The attacker, who has been identified as Ahmed Mohamed, showed no signs of violence as he was boarding the flight….He is still in detention and is due to appear in court on Wednesday. The Israeli passenger was taken to a medical clinic in the airport and released shortly after.”

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Orthodox Jewish man stabbed in back in New York’s Crown Heights

A 34-year-old Orthodox Jewish man has been stabbed in the back whilst walking in New York’s Crown Heights neighbourhood. An unseen assailant approached from behind and plunged a knife into his back.

The victim is a volunteer with the Hatzalah organisation, a Jewish volunteer-run ambulance service whose members all carry radios so that they can be quickly dispatched to emergencies that happen nearby, which can give Hatzalah a faster response time than other ambulance services. In this instance, the victim used his radio to call Hatzalah dispatch for assistance. He was able to drag himself to an intersection leaving a trail of blood, collapsing as his Hatzalah colleagues arrived.

Police and members of Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, arrived on the scene quickly but the attacker had already escaped and is still at large.

There has been a spate of attacks on Orthodox Jews in New York in recent months.

Photo: Crown Heights Info

Source: CFCA/Crown Heights Info

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Popular London nightclub ordered to close after antisemitic brawl, but assailants escape further action

Bouts, a popular nightclub in Kensington, London has been ordered to close for two weeks following a brawl which erupted into the street after customers were subjected to antisemitic abuse.

Video footage showed between fifteen and twenty people engaged in a fight during which one person was thrown across the bonnet of a taxi with such force that it was dented, whilst an assailant shouted “f***ing Jews”. The club has reportedly told journalists that the fight began after a customer made an antisemitic remark towards a group of Jewish people and was asked to leave.

When the club reopens, it will be required to exclude anybody younger than 21 and must close by 2am every night. Six men and a woman, all aged between 18 and 21, were arrested and issued with fixed penalty notices.

Media accounts of the incident seem to indicate that racially-aggravated offences occurred, making the use of fixed penalty notices by the police inexplicably lenient.

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Jewish man insulted, spat at, whilst exiting the Berlin underground

A 28-year-old Jewish man has reportedly been subjected to antisemitic abuse and spat at whilst leaving Schönleinstraße underground station in Berlin.

Source: Berlin Hayom

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Non-Jewish Berliner punched in the face for answering “yes” when asked if he was Jewish

A non-Jewish man has been punched in the face at the Hallesches Tor stop on the Berlin underground after answering “yes” to a stranger who demanded to know whether he was Jewish. Police are investigating. The man was left bruised but refused medical treatment.

Update: The victim was a man, not a woman. Thanks to Chloe for improving our German translation skills!

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Jews stabbed on way to Marseille synagogue leaving a woman in a serious condition

Three Jews, including a rabbi, have been attacked on their way to synagogue in Marseille, France. A woman in her fifties was reportedly seriously injured after being stabbed twice in the stomach, although her injuries are said not to be life-threatening.

The attack took place yesterday morning at 07:30 as the rabbi and two congregants walked to their synagogue. They came under attack by a knife-wielding man who was reportedly shouting antisemitic abuse and heavily drunk. The woman was stabbed twice before one of the other congregants apparently rushed to defend her, suffering a knife wound himself.

The victims reportedly fled to another nearby synagogue where they were protected by the synagogue’s security team.

When local police arrived, the attacker, described as being of Moroccan or Algerian descent, continued to shout antisemitic abuse at the officers. The attacker was reportedly already known to the police as he is said to have a history of mental illness and violence.

The French National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA) has voiced concern that the antisemitic stabbing of Jews in Israel may encourage similar attacks against Jews outside Israel. The BNVCA repeated its warning in the wake of the attack.

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Four men arrested in London after chasing Jews, shouting abuse and kicking one of them

Four men described as being of “Asian” appearance have been arrested in London after chasing Jewish pedestrians, shouting abuse at them about Palestinians and kicking one of them. Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol, followed the men and called the police, who came and arrested them.

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New York Jewish man attacked in broad daylight in latest in a spate of attacks

35-year-old Moshe Yehuda Feldman was struck on the back of the head in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was walking outside a Jewish school at 11:20 on 16th October when a Hispanic male approached him from behind, struck him and then fled. The man was left with head injuries and police are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at +1 800-577-TIPS (8477), or Williamsburg Shomrim at +1 718-237-0202. Orthodox Jews in New York have recently been the victims of a spate of attacks.

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French professor assaulted in latest act of antisemitic intimidation

A French Jewish professor has been assaulted and issued with a death threat outside his home in the suburbs of Paris. Samuel Mayol, the director of a technical university was attacked whilst walking his dog on the evening of 9th October. A man approached and hit Mayol’s head against a wall three times causing concussion and cuts, telling Mayol that he will be killed. The attack appears to be the latest act in a campaign of intimidation targeting Mayol.

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Jewish mother with baby in a pram pelted with objects in New York

New York Police Department are reportedly investigating an attack on a 22-year-old Orthodox Jewish mother in Brooklyn. The woman had unknown objects thrown at her as she pushed her baby in a pram past the Bangladesh Muslim Centre in Kensington, New York City on 10th October. The woman was not injured, and no arrests have been made.

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Two Israeli rabbinical students attacked with Molotov cocktail in New York

Two 19-year-old Israeli rabbinical students have reportedly been attacked with a Molotov cocktail in midtown New York. Yosef Rachimi and Yisrael Gadas, say they were walking near the corner of West 37th Street and 9th Avenue at 13:30 on Friday 9th October when they were attacked.

Speaking to the New York Post through a translator, Rachimi said: “I’m in complete shock. In 2015, an explosive bottle was thrown at a Jew in the streets of New York.”

Barry Sugar, a local Jewish leader observed: “It is conceivable that the attacker sees these boys every Friday and prepared this bomb to ambush them. A firebomb is not the kind of thing you have sitting in your car or in your bag unless you have someone to throw it at.”

Shopkeeper Shalom Hegazy, who witnessed the assault, said the attacker “lit something in the bottle—I think alcohol. The bottle broke on the floor, and the fire came up.”

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack but no arrests have been made yet.

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Man grabs girl’s hair, shouts ”You Jew!” at German youth centre’s Oktoberfest celebration

A man has assaulted a girl at a youth centre’s Oktoberfest celebration in Adelsberg. As a group of five or six children standing by the bratwurst stand introduced themselves to each other, a 31-year-old man standing nearby aggressively approached them. He grabbed a 16-year-old girl by the hair and asked what the origin of her name was, shouting “You Jew!” Witnesses restrained the man so that the girl could escape. She has now filed a police report.

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Two men shot with ball bearing guns in latest attack against New York Jews

Police in New York are investigating two shootings in which orthodox Jewish men were targeted with non-lethal ball bearing guns. In one incident a 28-year-old man was shot in the back on the way home from synagogue in Queens and required medical attention. In another incident in the same area, a 25-year-old man walking to synagogue was shot in the leg suffering similar wounds as the first victim.

Photo: JP Updates

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Young Parisian Jew beaten up by gang at Métro station for being Jewish

A young Parisian named only as Ruben has been beaten up by a gang of three men in the Montreuil neighbourhood of Paris.

According to BNVCA, the French national antisemitism helpline, Ruben was at Robespierre Métro station at 17:00 on Tuesday when he was accosted by a tall man aged 25-30 of African ethnicity.

The man asked Ruben for a lighter and to state his religion. Out of fear, Ruben said he was a Moroccan Muslim, but the man punched him in the face, saying “No, you’re not Muslim. Everyone from Mayer [a local vocational school] is Jewish. You’re nothing but a dirty Jew.”

The man was then joined by two other men of African ethnicity, their identities concealed by hoods. Ruben was left with bruises over his face and body requiring hospital treatment.

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Neo-Nazis carve swastika and reference to Hitler on Spanish teenager before beating him up

A teenager in Bilbao has been assaulted by neo-Nazis on his way home. The neo-Nazis carved a swastika into his arm and the number 88, used by far-right groups as a code for “Heil Hitler”, the letter ‘h’ being the eighth letter of the alphabet. The thugs then viciously beat the teenager.

The local political party’s spokesman said: “We are facing a serious incident which has caused alarm among neighbours. We are witnessing an increase in activity from a far-right cell which has been spreading hate and fear in the area.” Local police have questioned a man identified by the victim.

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Four Jewish boys badly beaten in antisemitic attack in Manchester, teenager knocked unconscious

Four Jewish boys aged 17, 18, 18 and 20 have reportedly been badly beaten in an antisemitic attack at a tram stop in Manchester. The four Jewish boys were approached by three thugs who started verbally and physically assaulting them on Saturday night at around 23:30. The worst affected was the youngest boy, who was knocked unconscious and has been hospitalised with suspected bleeding to his brain.

Greater Manchester Police are treating the incident as an antisemitic hate crime and seeking suspects for grievous bodily harm with intent. Forensics teams remained at the site until Monday morning.

Anyone with information should contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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Holocaust survivors brutally beaten during sickening antisemitic robbery

Samuel and Diana Blog, an elderly couple who survived the Holocaust were badly beaten during an antisemitic burglary at their home in Amsterdam. Two men, described as middle-aged and of Moroccan descent, entered their home posing as policemen. They shouted: “Dirty Jews, from now on your property is ours.” They brutally beat the elderly couple, tied them up and drugged Diana. Diana’s father was a diamond cutter who had left her a collection of jewellery. The thieves took all of it at gunpoint, threatening to cut off Diana’s fingers when she struggled to remove her rings. The men told Diana: “You dirty Jews. You shouldn’t wear it. You’ve worn it for too long already, now it’s ours.” After they had robbed the couple, the thieves continued to beat them.

Diana, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp said it was worse than the beatings she received from the Nazis. The couple had been living independently before the attack, but now Diana says she endures crippling pain, and Samuel was blinded. “Those bastards have destroyed our lives,” Samuel said. “I have severe pain. I’m completely broken inside,” Diana added. They will now spend the remainder of their lives wheelchair-bound in hospital.

Their son, Emanuel, is sure that his parents were targeted due to their religion because their home has a large mezuzah on the door, and the attackers continued to beat his parents even after they had stolen everything. He has offered a €12,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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NYPD investigating spate of attacks on orthodox Jews

Police in Brooklyn are investigating a spate of attacks on orthodox Jews including one in which a man was assaulted with a bottle and another in which paintballs were fired at Jewish men at a grocery shop. In the latest attack — the fourth in the area in a week — a 65-year-old orthodox Jewish man was approached from behind by a teenage boy and girl who started punching him in the face and laughing about it.