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Emhoff Blasts Trump's 'Toxic' Remarks on Jews

Former president said Jews who vote for Democrats hate their religion and Israel

(Newser) - Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff had strong words for Donald Trump Tuesday over the former president's claim that Jews who vote for Democrats hate their religion and hate Israel. "This is a disgusting, toxic, antisemitic thing to say, by anyone, let alone a former president of the United States...

Two Nations Tighten Security After Attacks on Jewish Men

Teenager held in Zurich, assailant sought in Paris

(Newser) - A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing and critically wounding an Orthodox Jewish man on the streets of Zurich, Swiss police said Sunday. And French authorities were searching for the assailant who beat a man leaving a synagogue in Paris, an assault that the nation's interior minister...

Posh Swiss Ski Shop Not Renting to Jews

Davos shop condemned for sign saying 'our Jewish brothers' not welcome to rent after 'incidents'

(Newser) - Switzerland's main Jewish organization on Monday denounced an antisemitic sign put up at a local ski shop near Davos, barring Jews from renting equipment. Police in the eastern Graubuenden region opened an investigation for possible criminal violation of Swiss law banning discrimination and incitement to hatred, reports the AP...

Bill Maher Explains Why We'll Never Hear His Kanye Interview

Comedian says podcast will never see the light of day due to Ye's antisemitic rhetoric

(Newser) - Bill Maher recently conducted an interview with Kanye West, which would likely draw a decent audience when released. Maher has no intention of ever airing their chat, however, with the comedian now saying he's keeping the sit-down locked down after his guest's continued antisemitic rhetoric. Maher appeared on...

After Criticism, Pope Reassures Israeli Jews

Francis expresses concern over antisemitism in letter

(Newser) - Pope Francis on Saturday reaffirmed Christians' special relationship with Jews amid rising antisemitism since the outbreak of the Gaza war in a letter to the Jews of Israel that he said was prompted by messages from Jewish organizations around the world. The letter served as fence-mending after Francis was criticized...

Roger Waters' Political Remarks May Have Cost Him BMG

'Variety' reports that record company will drop Pink Floyd co-founder after comments on Israel, Ukraine

(Newser) - Roger Waters is about to lose his record company. That's according to sources who tell Variety that BMG is preparing to drop the 80-year-old Pink Floyd co-founder after a series of recent incendiary remarks about Israel, Ukraine, and the United States. During a concert tour last year, Waters was...

HS Basketball Game Ended by Antisemitic Slurs

Players on Jewish girls team say aggressive play, antisemitic remarks marred game

(Newser) - A New York varsity high school basketball game ended early last week, after one of the teams accused the other of antisemitic remarks and actions, and now a coach has been fired and a player dismissed. WABC reports that the game between the girls' teams at the Leffell School, a...

Gay, Critics Concur: Harvard Hubbub Isn't Just About Her

In 'NYT' op-ed, Gay notes there's a 'broader war to unravel public faith in pillars of American society'

(Newser) - This week, Claudine Gay made the "wrenching but necessary decision" to step down as president of Harvard University, amid backlash on her testimony about antisemitism on campus, as well as accusations of plagiarism . But while she's lost her plum position as the head of an elite Ivy League...

Kanye West Apologizes, in Hebrew, to Jewish Community

Move comes after repeated antisemitic comments

(Newser) - After all kinds of antisemitic remarks over the last year or so, Kanye West appears to be trying to make amends in unusual fashion. He posted an apology Monday evening on Instagram written entirely in Hebrew, reports Page Six . The translation:
  • "I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for

Substack Critics: Nazi Presence Here Is 'Unfathomable'

Open letter from users accuses site of platforming Nazis and white supremacists, profiting from it

(Newser) - Substack, the online publishing portal that hosts subscription-based newsletters, is offering a space for some unseemly characters who are making money not only for themselves, but for Substack itself. That's the assertion of dozens of users who penned an open letter on the subject to the platform's founders,...

Stranger Charged With Killing Detroit Synagogue Leader

Officials say the suspect didn't seem to know Samantha Woll, dismiss hate crime possibility

(Newser) - The man held as a person of interest in the slaying of Samantha Woll, a Detroit synagogue leader, was charged with murder on Wednesday. Michael Jackson-Bolanos, 28, did not appear to know the victim, officials said. He faces murder, home invasion, and lying to police charges, the AP reports. Despite...

Polish Lawmaker Extinguishes Menorah Candles

Grzegorz Braun did so with a fire extinguisher and is widely condemned

(Newser) - A far-right lawmaker in the Polish parliament used a fire extinguisher on Tuesday and put out the burning candles on a menorah that were lit for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. All major political forces quickly denounced the unprecedented incident carried out by Grzegorz Braun, one of the most controversial...

Stefanik's GOP Clout Rises After Ivy League Resignation
'2 to Go:'
Ivy League
Isn't Over
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'2 to Go:' Ivy League Scrutiny Isn't Over

GOP's Elise Stefanik celebrates Penn resignation as House looks into antisemitism policies

(Newser) - "One down. Two to go." Those were the celebratory words of GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik over the weekend after University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill resigned . Stefanik separately told the New York Sun in an interview that she expects Harvard President Claudine Gay and MIT President Sally Kornbluth...

Brussels, Berlin Rallies Protest Growing Antisemitism
European Crowds
Protest Antisemitism

European Crowds Protest Antisemitism

Activists say hatred has grown since the Israel-Hamas war began

(Newser) - Thousands of people marched in the Belgian and German capitals on Sunday to protest soaring antisemitism since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza. The demonstrations in Brussels and Berlin were the latest in a series of rallies in European capitals that have expressed support for Jewish communities, the...

After U Penn Chief's Remarks, $100M Donation Is Withdrawn
U Penn
Steps Down
After Outcry

U Penn President Steps Down After Outcry

Elizabeth Magill, whose answers on antisemitism sparked a backlash, will remain on the faculty

(Newser) - This file has been updated with Scott Bok's resignation. Elizabeth Magill, the University of Pennsylvania president who had been pressured to resign since her congressional testimony this week about antisemitism on campus, said Saturday that she's stepping down. She will remain a tenured law faculty member, the Daily ...

Ivy League Presidents Face Backlash Over Comments on Israel

Penn president apologizes for focusing too much on free speech policies at House hearing

(Newser) - Presidents of three colleges faced a backlash Wednesday over their answers to questions on campus antisemitism at a hearing in Congress the previous day. The New York Times reports that the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania said they strongly opposed antisemitism and supported Israel's right...

White House Calls Protest Antisemitic

Demonstrators chanted 'genocide' outside falafel shop

(Newser) - White House officials on Monday denounced a pro-Palestinian demonstration at a Jewish-owned restaurant in Philadelphia in which the protesters chanted accusations of genocide. Axios reports video shows demonstrators outside Goldie beating drums and waving Palestinian flags while chanting—including through a loudspeaker—chant: "Goldie, Goldie you can't hide!...

Sarandon 'Deeply Regrets' Wording at Pro-Palestinian Rally

Instagram post acknowledges historic oppression of Jewish people

(Newser) - When she stepped to the microphone at a pro-Palestinian rally in New York, Susan Sarandon says her intention was to convey "my concern for an increase in hate crimes." Her comments—which included saying Jewish people "are getting a taste of what it feels like to be...

Talent Agency Dumps Susan Sarandon Over Israel Comments
Talent Agency
Dumps Susan Sarandon
Over Israel Comments
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Talent Agency Dumps Susan Sarandon Over Israel Comments

And more uproar in Hollywood related to Israel-Hamas war

(Newser) - Hollywood is increasingly divided over the Israel-Hamas war, and for weeks now, there's been talk in some circles comparing the situation to McCarthy-era blacklisting . Two particularly big names are involved in the latest round of headlines: Susan Sarandon and Tom Cruise. Read on for more:
  • Sarandon's comments: The

X Makes Good on Elon Musk's 'Thermonuclear' Lawsuit

Social network sues Media Matters, which issued findings on antisemitic content

(Newser) - Elon Musk on Monday followed through on his promise that X would sue Media Matters, the progressive watchdog organization that called out antisemitic content on the social network. "Media Matters knowingly and maliciously manufactured side-by-side images depicting advertisers' posts on X Corp.'s social media platform beside Neo-Nazi...

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