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  • Swastika painter gets three years in jail

    By Tom Tugend

    July 14, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    A 49-year old man has been sentenced to three years in jail for painting a swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish-owned plumbing supply store in Van Nuys. 

    Amos Hason, who reportedly claimed to be Jewish in an earlier lawsuit, was found guilty on July 11 on three counts...

  • U.S. intervenes in Europe’s circumcision wars

    July 8, 2014 | 11:54 am

    The Obama administration’s anti-Semitism monitor has added an issue to his office’s portfolio: defending circumcision in Europe.

    Circumcision has become a top focus for Ira Forman, the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. He has been using the...

  • S. Africa Jewish board protests mistreatment of Jewish delegation

    June 30, 2014 | 10:16 am

    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies lodged a protest with the African Union over the treatment of a Jewish delegation at its recent summit.

    The board of deputies has asked the president of the African Union Summit, Dlamini Zuma, for clarification as to what caused the...

  • Gary Oldman apologizes for his anti-Semitic Playboy interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    June 26, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    Actor Gary Oldman apologized for defending Mel Gibson’s 2006 drunken anti-Semitic rant and saying that Jews run Hollywood on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.

    Watch the full apology, here:

    In an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League sent late Tuesday, and published online by Deadline.com, Oldman wrote, “I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people.

    Read more, here.

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  • Gary Oldman apologizes for Playboy comments

    June 25, 2014 | 8:41 am

    Actor Gary Oldman apologized for defending Mel Gibson’s 2006 drunken anti-Semitic rant and saying that Jews run Hollywood.

    In an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League sent late Tuesday, and published online by Deadline.com, Oldman wrote, “I am deeply remorseful that comments...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center founder statement on Gary Oldman

    June 24, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    In a recent interview in Playboy magazine, actor Gary Oldman defended Mel Gibson – who has caught making anti-Semitic statements – as a victim of political correctness and hypocrisy. In response to Oldman’s comments, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal...

  • ADL condemns anti-Semitic remark by actor Gary Oldman; Says he ‘should know better’

    June 24, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    Reacting to published comments by actor Gary Oldman defending Mel Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments as justifiable, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Mr. Oldman “should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood.”

    In an interview...

  • Gary Oldman defends Mel Gibson, describes Hollywood as ‘town that’s run by Jews’

    June 24, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    [UPDATE: Gary Oldman apologizes for Playboy comments]

    Actor Gary Oldman defended Mel Gibson for a 2006 drunken anti-Semitic rant and said those who criticized him were hypocrites.

    In an interview with Playboy magazine, Oldman said of Gibson, “He got drunk and said a few things,...

  • French minister: Brussels Jewish museum shooter no ‘lone wolf’

    June 13, 2014 | 10:47 am

    France’s interior minister said he believes the Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium should not be considered a “lone wolf.”

    Bernard Cazeneuve made the statement on Tuesday during an address before the French Senate about Mehdi Nemmouche, a...

  • Letters to the editor: Climate change, veterans, SJP and more

    June 11, 2014 | 8:53 am

    A Climactic Discussion

    It is essential that the Jewish community play a leading role in efforts to avert a climate catastrophe (“Judaism in the Time of Climate change,” June 6). The scientific consensus that we may be on the brink of a tipping point when climate change will spin...

  • Calif. high-schooler admits to planting anti-Semitic slur in yearbook

    June 10, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    A Silicon Valley student admitted that he intentionally slipped an anti-Semitic slur into his high school’s yearbook.

    The student at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif., a member of the yearbook staff, altered the name of an Israeli Jewish classmate in a team photo...

  • Greek Jews rap appointment of rightist Makis Voridis as health minister

    June 9, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Makis Voridis, a longtime member of ultranationalist parties, was appointed health minister in Greece.

    Monday’s appointment, part of a widespread government reshuffle, was met with disappointment by members of the Greek Jewish community.

    “No Jewish person can be happy about the...

  • L.A.’s Russians recapture their Jewish soul

    By Ryan Torok

    June 4, 2014 | 10:20 am

    In March, Svetlana Rapoport became a bat mitzvah.

    Raised in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, where practicing religion was discouraged and anti-Semitism was rampant, Rapoport hadn’t had the chance to celebrate this rite of passage.

    Finally, at 34, Rapoport had her...

  • Brussels attack arrest underscores threat of returning jihadists

    June 3, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    It was the threat that European authorities dreaded — and Europe’s Jews suffered the first blow.

    The suspect arrested in the attack last month at the Jewish museum in Brussels that left four dead was a French-born jihadist who had returned home from fighting in Syria.

    Now...

  • Firebomb hits former synagogue in Romania

    June 3, 2014 | 9:40 am

    A firebomb thrown into a former synagogue in central Romania caused minor damage, a local Jewish watchdog group said.

    The firebomb was aimed at the wooden part of the floor of the former synagogue of Sighisoara, the Center for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism in Romania said...

  • Police hunt Brussels Jewish Museum gunman, France tightens security

    May 25, 2014 | 11:25 am

    Belgian police were hunting a gunman on Sunday who shot dead two Israelis and a French woman at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in an attack French President Francois Hollande said was without doubt motivated by anti-Semitism.

    Security around all Jewish institutions in Belgium was...

  • Anti-Israel campaign at UCLA echoes of McCarthyism

    May 20, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    UCLA has some proud moments in the history of civil liberties.

    After World War II, UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley, were the hotbeds of opposition to an anti-communist loyalty oath that California tried to impose on academics. Ultimately the professors won in...

  • Which mask are you wearing? A humble commentary on Macklemore’s disguises

    by Daniella Wenger

    May 20, 2014 | 11:34 am

    On Monday, Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, issued an apology on his website, saying that he had not been aware that the costume would be perceived the way that it was and that he is sorry to “Anybody that I have may offended.”

    The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL)...

  • Macklemore apologizes for costume seen by some as anti-Semitic

    May 20, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Seattle-based rapper Macklemore apologized late on Monday for wearing a costume that he acknowledged could be ascribed to a Jewish caricature and said it was not his intention to mock the Jewish people.

    The half of the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis sought to...

  • Why is Greece the most anti-Semitic country in Europe?

    May 20, 2014 | 10:21 am

    When the Anti-Defamation League published its global anti-Semitism survey last week, Greece, the cradle of democracy, captured the ignominious title of most anti-Semitic country in Europe.

    With 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was...

  • Moving and Shaking: Obama at Shoah Foundation, Righteous Among the Nations Award given

    By Ryan Torok

    May 15, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    Recalling the horrors of the Holocaust, President Barack Obama urged nations to fight growing anti-Semitism and threats against Israel in his remarks on May 7 to 1,200 supporters of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. Obama called for “confronting a rising tide...

  • Jewish mother, baby assaulted in Paris

    May 15, 2014 | 11:50 am

    A woman assaulted a Jewish mother and her baby in Paris while shouting anti-Semitic slurs.

    In Tuesday’s incident, the assailant shook the stroller belonging to a 27-year-old mother while her 6-month-old baby was inside, according to the Drancy-based National Bureau for Vigilance...

  • ADL survey: More than a quarter of the world is anti-Semitic

    May 13, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    A lot of people around the world hate the Jews.

    That’s the main finding of the Anti-Defamation League’s largest-ever worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes.

    The survey, released Tuesday, found that 26 percent of those polled — representing approximately 1.1 billion adults...

  • Anti-Semitic vandal arrested on hate-crime charges

    May 7, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    A 49-year-old man who previously claimed to be Jewish has been charged with multiple hate crimes for allegedly vandalizing a San Fernando Valley business with anti-Semitic graffiti.

    According to a May 5 press release from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Amos Hason is...

  • Anti-semitic vandalism leads to hate crime charges in L.A.

    May 6, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Los Angeles prosecutors have filed hate crimes charges against a local man for scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti outside a Jewish-owned plumbing business.

    Amos Hason, a 49-year old man who has previously claimed to be Jewish, has been charged with six misdemeanor counts of...

  • Obama cites Kansas City killings in heritage month proclamation

    May 2, 2014 | 10:41 am

    The Kansas City shootings are a reminder that Americans must come together to reject intolerance, President Obama said in his Jewish heritage month proclamation.

    “Jewish communities continue to confront anti-Semitism — both around the world and, as tragic events mere weeks ago in...

  • Donald Tokowitz Sterling:
    A Jew minus

    By David Suissa

    April 28, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    [UPDATE, May 2] My conversation with Donald Sterling


    My head is spinning from watching the horror show of Donald Sterling’s racist rants and his subsequent lifetime banishment from basketball. In case you’ve been on Mars the past week, Sterling is the billionaire owner of the Los...

  • Jewish groups slam racist rant attributed to Donald Sterling

    April 28, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Jewish groups condemned the racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, called the remarks “reprehensible.”

    “If the National Basketball Association’s investigation...

  • Obama: Yom Hashoah is day to honor survivors, oppose anti-Semitism

    April 28, 2014 | 9:41 am

    President Obama called Holocaust Remembrance Day an opportunity to honor survivors.

    In a statement posted Monday on the White House website, Obama also called on the world to oppose anti-Semitism.

    “On this Yom HaShoah, I join people of all faiths in the United States, in the...

  • Letters to the editor: Exodus, spirituality and anti-Semitism

    April 23, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Barking Up the Wrong ‘Free’

    I must admit that each time I read a good argument supporting each position (1) the Bible is to be taken literally and (2) the Bible is not to be taken literally, I find I am moved by both positions (“Did the Exodus Happen?” April 18). They are both...

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