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Pro-Palestinian singer at NHL game, Israel as skunk, ‘BBC’ staffer fired, New York galleries vandalized

Antisemitism roundup, Jan. 30-Feb. 5

“BBC” news sign. Credit: Pixabay.
“BBC” news sign. Credit: Pixabay.

Alleging that JetBlue discriminated against them as Orthodox Jews in 2021, a couple in Queens, N.Y. is suing the airline for $40 million.

The BBC fired a staffer who called Jews “Nazis” and denied the Holocaust.

“For the sake of the Palestinian people and our own standing in the world we must not provide another dollar for the Netanyahu war machine,” wrote Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). (The war cabinet Israel formed in October, not the prime minister, makes decisions about Israel’s war against Hamas.)

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) wrote that he is “truly appalled” that the Harvard Kennedy School was slated to host a speaker who called Hamas’s Oct. 7 terror attack a “normal struggle for freedom.” (The story was a Daily Wire exclusive.) As a Harvard alumnus, “it’s hard to recognize my former university,” he wrote.

Kiana Ledé
Kiana Ledé. Credit: Angela Yee via Wikimedia Commons.

Kiana Ledé, 26, wore a black-and-white, keffiyeh-style cardigan while singing the U.S. national anthem at the National Hockey League all-star game in Toronto. B’nai B’rith Canada stated that it is “mind-boggling” that the NHL would give such a platform to a musician with “a track record of making dangerous comments to encourage hate against Jews.”

An upcoming conference at the City University of New York Graduate Center includes a session titled “Globalize the Intifada! Mapping Struggles for Palestine Between the Streets and Our Classrooms.” It has since deleted such information. CUNY has been accused of widespread Jew-hatred in the past, and its law school has reportedly had difficulty securing a graduation venue due to valedictorian hate speech.

Candace Owens, who hosts an eponymous show with an enormous following, declared herself “a big believer that Hollywood was created by the CIA.” (“You can’t tell if she’s really this blindingly dumb, whether this is pointed performance art or whether she’s using ‘CIA’ as a code word for ‘Jews,’” said Emily Zanotti, a prominent conservative writer.)

A 65-year-old said she called in a bomb threat to a synagogue in Oshkosh, Wis., to get the FBI’s attention because she needed help.

When they executed a warrant against Adam Edward Braun, 34, on Jan. 31 for allegedly vandalizing Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, Ore., local police found a white Ku Klux Klan robe, a black Nazi flag and a copy of Mein Kampf.

Anti-Israel protesters gathered (many obstructing traffic) in Louisville, Ky.; Portland, Maine; Vashon, Wash.; Washington, D.C.; and at Temple University in Philadelphia and Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

Dozens of New York City art galleries were vandalized with anti-Israel graffiti and fake blood.

Swastika drawings were found in Port Washington and Staten Island, N.Y.; Gloucester County, Va.; and Dallas. A man left a book with swastikas and other Nazi symbols outside a home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

A Dunkin’ Donuts employee in New Jersey told a woman to hide her Star of David necklace.

Antisemitic “Zoombombers” targeted a Burlington City Council meeting in Vermont.

The Anti-Defamation League said it is “appalled” by fliers that surfaced on Columbia University’s campus depicting Israel as a skunk.
Stony Brook University in New York said that the premise of a Students for Justice in Palestine protest—that tuition money funds Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists—is untrue.

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