Pope Francis condemns anti-Semitism in address from St. Peter’s Square

Monday, November 18, 2019

(November 15, 2019 / JNS) Pope Francis denounced anti-Semitism against Jews worldwide on Tuesday during his weekly general audience. Addressing crowds in St Peter’s Square, the pope reflected on the lives of Priscilla and Aquila, a first-century married couple who accompanied St. Paul in his ministry and were among the Jews expelled from Rome by … Read More

Arrest made in egg-throwing attacks on Jews in Brooklyn

Friday, November 15, 2019

(November 14, 2019 / JNS) An arrest was made on Wednesday night in a case of egg-throwing attacks on Jews in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mohib Hoque, 18, was apprehended and charged with three hate crimes for being part of a group of teens that threw eggs at a 50-year-old woman on Saturday, also the Jewish Sabbath, … Read More

On Kristallnacht anniversary, yellow stars placed at Jewish sites in Scandinavia

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

JTA — Stickers shaped like yellow stars that Nazis made Jews wear during the Holocaust were placed on multiple Jewish sites in Denmark and Sweden on the Kristallnacht pogroms’ anniversary. In Denmark, the stickers were found on Saturday on the mailbox of Ella and Henrik Chievitz, a Jewish couple from Silkeborg, a town located 150 … Read More

Anti-Semitic hate crimes on New York City subways on the rise, NYPD reveals

Monday, November 11, 2019

(November 8, 2019 / JNS) New police statistics show an increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes targeting Jewish riders on New York City subways, The City reported on Wednesday. Since Oct. 20, the New York Police Department has logged 42 hate-crime complaints involving anti-Semitic acts in the subway—a 162 percent increase over similar incidents reported through … Read More

Pompeo: We will stamp out anti-Semitism wherever we find it

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Jewish World was rocked to its core last month when a gunman killed two people at a synagogue in Halle, Germany on Yom Kippur. On Thursday, Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas participated in a memorial service at the synagogue to pay tribute … Read More

Greece endorses universal definition of anti-Semitism

Monday, November 11, 2019

(November 9, 2019 / JNS) Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis endorsed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism on Friday. The IHRA definition says: “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their … Read More

Antisemitism: What to do about it?

Friday, November 8, 2019

Antisemitism – more than the Torah, Shabbat observance and keeping the dietary laws – has been a unifying factor among Jews. When under attack, Jews put their differences aside and stand together. But in recent years, as antisemitism has continued to escalate and people in high places learn the lesson of history, several countries have … Read More

‘Kipah’ thrown in trash in apparent anti-Semitic attack at German gym

Friday, November 8, 2019

(November 7, 2019 / JNS) Police are investigating an apparent anti-Semitic attack at a gym in the German city of Freiburg. In a Facebook post, Samuel Kantorovych, 19, said he was attacked on Tuesday night while wearing a kipah he started wearing regularly six months ago. In the locker room at the Mcfit Freiburg gym, … Read More

Jewish Agency: huge spike in requests to secure Jewish centers

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) has begun upgrading security provisions for 50 Jewish institutions in 24 countries, following a spike in requests for assistance in the wake of increased antisemitic attacks around the world. Not all upgrades have begun yet, since the Jewish Agency is yet to fully fund the estimated $1.1 million cost … Read More

German government condemns neo-Nazi ‘hit list’

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

(November 5, 2019 / JNS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Monday issued a harsh condemnation of death threats recently sent to two German politicians by a neo-Nazi group, the AFP reported. Two leading Green Party politicians, Cem Ozdemir and Claudia Roth, received threatening emails on Oct. 27, according to the report. “We are currently … Read More