Neo-Nazis in Madison, students sue Concordia, grenade found near New Jersey synagogue

Antisemitism roundup, Nov. 16-19

Old combat grenade. Credit: heorghina/Shutterstock.
Old combat grenade. Credit: heorghina/Shutterstock.

Loay Alnaji pleaded not guilty in the killing of Paul Kessler, 69, a Jewish man who was rallying in Southern California to support Israel. A professor, Alnaji is charged with “one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of battery causing serious bodily injury, felonies each punishable by up to four years in prison if he were convicted,” according to Reuters.

Among other things, neo-Nazis who marched in Madison, Wis., chanted “Israel is not our friend” and “there will be blood.” Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said, “Let us be clear: Neo-Nazis, antisemitism and white supremacy have no home in Wisconsin.”

Police found and removed what turned out to be an inert, nonexplosive grenade taped to a pole near Satmar Shul in Lakewood, N.J. “There is no danger to the public and this remains an active and ongoing investigation,” the Ocean County prosecutor stated.

“Concordia University has failed to properly investigate and respond to antisemitic incidents on its premises, which has allowed antisemitism to proliferate across its campuses,” per a class-action suit seeking $15 million Canadian (about $20.5 million) from the school and its student union.

Shortly after George Washington University suspended Students for Justice in Palestine—whose members had projected antisemitic messages on the GW library in downtown Washington, D.C.—the group disregarded the suspension and marched on the home of the university president.

Aremenia’s only synagogue was the target of an arson attack.

In a call on Friday, U.S. President Joe Biden and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, discussed “the urgent need for all hostages held by Hamas to be released without further delay,” per a White House readout of the call. The two also talked about increasing “the flow of urgently needed humanitarian assistance into Gaza and Israel’s decision to resume fuel deliveries for life-saving aid.” (“It is hard to believe the Qatar government when they then claim to have no affiliation or support for Hamas,” Bob Blackman, a British Parliamentarian, told JNS recently.)

Two antisemitic women harassed staff at a Morton Williams grocery store near Columbia University in New York City and stuck stickers on products in the Israeli foods aisle, stating: “Every time the media lies, a neighborhood in Gaza dies.” The chain’s Jewish owner, who is a Columbia alumnus, said that Columbia’s Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace called for boycotting the chain’s 14 Manhattan stores.

Vandals spray-painted “free Palestine” and “let Gaza live” on the Brooklyn office of Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.). “Some New Yorkers for Hamas brought their art skills to Park Slope last night,” wrote Kalman Yeger, a New York City council member, sharing a photo of the vandalized office.

A Democratic Party office in New Hampshire was also vandalized with antisemitic messages.

In East London, 400 children walked out of class to join a ceasefire march, per local media.

Video circulated on social media purporting to show an anti-Israel protester throwing cash at Jewish council members in Berkeley, Calif.

Some 80 protesters were arrested in San Francisco after blocking parts of the Bay Bridge on Thursday morning. Some bore a banner “Stop the genocide. No U.S. military aid to Israel” while others lay down with signs stating “Stop the genocide.” Jewish Voice for Peace took credit for the protest. (Protesters calling for a ceasefire also blocked bridges in Boston and Montreal.)

The Australian state of New South Wales will not ban “road convoys” supporting Palestinians, citing the right to free speech. A Jewish member of the Australian House of Representatives had said that “the purpose of these convoys is only to create a climate of fear and inflame ethnic, religious and political tensions,” particularly in Jewish communities.

A supervisor at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is accused of shouting antisemitic obscenities at a Jewish woman who bore an Israeli flag.

“Jews who speak out in support of their ancestral connection to Israel and care about the survival of the Jewish people are expressing a religious and ethnic component of their Jewish identity,” said a Jewish cancer doctor, who is suing New York University and its hospital for $500,000. The doctor, who says he was fired for social-media posts like “You don’t have a ceasefire with Hitler. You wipe out Hitler,” calls himself a “sacrificial lamb.”

There was a bomb threat at a synagogue in Arlington, Va. There was also a bomb threat at a Toronto Jewish school.

The teachers union of the Minneapolis Public Schools stated that it “mourns the loss of innocent life in Israel and occupied Palestine,” condemns “the system of Israeli occupation and apartheid” and calls for laws to be repealed that ban boycotting Israel. “I don’t see them commenting on genocides happening in Yemen or Libya or Sudan or other places throughout the world,” a parent of three MPS children told WCCO. “I was really hurt. I was really angry. I was really sad.”

A Wall Street analyst who was fired for telling a Jew to “go back to your country” has issued a “groveling apology.”

New York police arrested anti-Israel protesters who occupied the headquarters of the parent company of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

Arizona State University canceled a speech by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). “The event featuring Congresswoman Tlaib was planned and produced by groups not affiliated with ASU, and was organized outside of ASU policies and procedures,” a university spokesperson said. “Accordingly, that event will not take place today on the ASU Tempe campus.”

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