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Hate-crime task force member calls Jews ‘Nazis,’ police investigate Tree of Life threat

Antisemitism roundup, Nov. 29-Dec. 1

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres in Saint Petersburg during an interview with Russian TV, June 1, 2017. Credit: Truba7113/Shutterstock.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres in Saint Petersburg during an interview with Russian TV, June 1, 2017. Credit: Truba7113/Shutterstock.

“I deeply regret that military operations have started again in Gaza. I still hope that it will be possible to renew the pause that was established,” wrote António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations. “The return to hostilities only shows how important it is to have a true humanitarian ceasefire.” (The U.N. leader didn’t name the group that broke the ceasefire—the Hamas terror organization.)

A federal grand jury indicted John Miller, 43, who is accused of making death threats against Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), who is Jewish, and her family. In the trial slated for January, Miller faces up to 10 years.

Three “young-looking bigots” attacked several New York Jews, whom they didn’t know, last weekend, the New York Post reported. The victims included a 15-year-old and someone returning home from synagogue.

The Post also reported that New York City police officers “blanketed” Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens, as a Jewish teacher, who had to lock herself in her office to protect herself during an antisemitic riot, returned to the school. One student told the paper that officers wouldn’t even allow for the student, who took a class with the teacher, to say hello.

MSNBC canceled Mehdi Hasan’s show. The British-American host, who is Muslim, has been very critical of Israel. “Mehdi is one of the most brilliant and most prominent Muslim journalists in the U.S.,” wrote Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). “It is deeply troubling that ‘MSNBC’ is cancelling his show amid a rampant rise of anti-Muslim bigotry and suppression of Muslim voices. Anyone who cares about free expression should be concerned.” Hasan will reportedly remain a commentator for the network.

Talbert Swan, a bishop and president of the NAACP chapter in Springfield, Mass., wrote on social media: “Who would’ve thought that in 2023 Jewish soldiers would be the Nazis carrying out ethnic cleansing?” and “This isn’t a war, it’s a holocaust.” Swan is a member of the Massachusetts Task Force on Hate Crimes, which advises the governor on “issues relating to the prevalence, deterrence and prevention of hate crimes,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Abdelilah Benkirane, the former prime minister of Morocco, called Jews “idiots” and expressed support for Hamas.

“When you live in a dictatorship, sometimes you have no choice,” an Israeli official told Voice of America, about Iranian Jews, who he said were coerced into protesting against Israel last month.

Earlier in the week, a man bearing a screwdriver threatened the life of a rabbi in Genoa, Italy, and made antisemitic remarks.

Jewish high-schoolers are abandoning their hopes of attending Ivy League institutions, following the silence and inaction of those schools when it comes to campus antisemitism, per National Review.

Former and current officials from Toms River, N.J., were hit with “wide-ranging subpoenas” in a case alleging unfair treatment of area Orthodox Jews, including blocking them from founding synagogues in the area. 

Actress Julianna Margulies suggested on a podcast that the “entire black community” has been “brainwashed to hate Jews,” and in an Islamic country, they’d be the “first people beheaded and their heads played with like a soccer ball.” (Last month, Margulies wrote: “Since this tragedy in Israel happened on Oct. 7, only two of my many non-Jewish friends reached out to me to see if I was OK, and let me know they were thinking of me after hearing that more than 1,200 Jews were killed.”)

Getting a suspicious package at a synagogue “is something that is all too common today,” said a Seattle rabbi.

The Pittsburgh police department is investigating a threat against the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue, which was the site of a mass shooting on Oct. 27, 2018, which left 11 Jewish worshippers, most of them elderly, dead.

In New York City, anti-Israel protesters—one bearing a swastika sign—disrupted the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Police made some arrests. 

Anti-Israel protesters also demonstrated against a class that the former first lady Hillary Clinton taught at Columbia University in Manhattan. Messages included “Columbia funds apartheid” and “Viva Viva Palestine.”

Since Oct. 7, there has been a 400% increase in antisemitism in San Diego, per the Anti-Defamation League’s local chapter. (Nationally, the ADL has found that 73% of Jewish college students, and 44% of non-Jewish ones, have seen or experienced antisemitism since the academic year began; a 2021 ADL survey suggested much lower numbers: 32% and 31%, respectively.)

More than 200 people—including Indiana University faculty and staff—accused Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) of being “threatening” and “inappropriate.” The congressman had written a letter expressing concern about antisemitism on the campus. “These professors are proving my original point. Nowhere in their response do they address my main concern in the letter: IU student leaders feel antisemitism on campus is being ignored,” Banks told Fox News.

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