Tag Archive for Jews in America

Sheldon Adelson: Palestinians are fictitious nation made-up only to destroy Israel

At the 1st conference of Israeli-American Council, casino mogul suggested he and Israeli billionaire Haim Saban should buy The New York Times together in an effort to bring more balance & objectivity to its  anti-Israel coverage.



Billionaire casino mogul and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson said Sunday that the Palestinians are a made-up nation which exists solely to attempt to destroy Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson, left, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. – Photo: Tess Scheflan

“The purpose of the existence of Palestinians is to destroy Israel,” Adelson said Sunday at the close of the first conference of the Israeli-American Council, a Los Angeles-based group aimed at serving Israeli Americans and supporting Israel.

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WATCH: So…who harasses the Jew walking in NYC for 10 hours?

The video clip, ’10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew’ illustrates how comedian Scott Rogowsky was constantly being urged to daven, to ‘do a mitzvah’ and even to sniff an etrog!


Like many viral videos before it, the clip “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” has spawned numerous parodies, including “10 Hours of Walking in Bangalore as a Techie,” “10 Hours of Walking in Berlin as a Man,” “10 Hours of Walking in World of Warcraft” – and now “”10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew.”

10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew

A still from “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew.”

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University of Georgia students & alumni protest homecoming football game on Yom Kippur

Student’s online petition objects to university’s decision to schedule homecoming game on Judaism’s holiest day, has amassed over 2,000 signatures.



An online petition protesting the university of Georgia’s decision to hold its homecoming football game on Yom Kippur has acquired some 2,000 signatures.

Herty Field, University of Georgia.

Herty Field, in the center of the University of Georgia’s North Campus, was UGA’s first home football field. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The petition decrying the scheduling conflict was addressed to the university president.

Georgia is playing Vanderbilt in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday that is scheduled to start at 4 p.m, several hours before the end of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

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Chicago 8th-graders suspended for online anti-Semitic bullying


The suspended students from Ogden Int’l School of Chicago were identified as the ringleaders & participants in the reported anti-Semitic harassment of a 14 yr-old student.




Several eighth-graders at a Chicago public school were suspended as part of an investigation of anti-Semitic bullying via the online game “Clash of Clans.”

Clash of Clans.

The online game

The suspended students from Ogden International School of Chicago were identified as ringleaders and participants in the reported harassment of a 14-year-old Jewish student. Chicago Public Schools spokesman Joel Hood told the Chicago Sun-Times that they were suspended for one to three days. Continue Reading »

Reform Jewish groups threaten to leave or overhaul Conference of Presidents


Conservative Jewish group’s VP calls for major overhaul after rejection of yesterday’s J Street’s membership bid.



The Union for Reform Judaism is seeking an overhaul of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in the wake of its rejection of J Street’s bid for membership.

Rick Jacobs. Photo: Screenshot from URJ Biennial's Twitter page.

Rick Jacobs. – Photo: Screenshot from URJ Biennial’s Twitter page.

The Reform group in a statement posted Thursday on its website said leaving the Presidents Conference, an umbrella body, is an option.

“As of yesterday, it is clear that the Conference of Presidents, as currently constituted and governed, no longer serves its vital purpose of providing a collective voice for the entire American Jewish pro-Israel community,” URJ President Rick Jacobs said in the statement.

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Major American Jewish Org. Rejects J Street’s Admission

51 American Jewish organizations rejected the admission of the far left-wing lobby into the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.



The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a non-profit U.S. group comprised of 51 national Jewish organizations, voted Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. EST to reject the dovish lobby J Street’s request for admission.

J Street supporters holding a rally in Boston for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.

J Street supporters holding a rally in Boston for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. – Photo: Bob Nesson

The self-declared “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization was founded in 2008 and presents itself as an alternative to AIPAC, the powerful, veteran pro-Israel lobby.

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U.S. Supreme Court reviews president’s refusal to abide by Jerusalem birthplace law


The U.S. Supreme Court will review the State Department’s refusal to enforce a 2002 law that allows U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace.

By Reuters


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem – the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians – to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.


American passports do not recognize Jerusalem as being in Israel. – Photo; AFP

The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the president – and not Congress – has sole authority to state who controls Jerusalem.

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55 U.S. Universities Condemn American Studies Association Boycott of Israel


Along with the 55 condemnations, 4 universities withdrew their membership in the wake of the vote: Brandeis University, Kenyon College, Indiana University & Penn State Harrisburg.


At least 55 American universities and colleges have rejected the American Studies Association membership vote in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

Boycott Israel illustration.

Boycott Israel sign (illustration) – Photo: Dreamstime

The number was tracked by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.


Afghan protesters set fire to representations of U.S. and Israel flags as they shout slogans during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Jalalabad November 26, 2012.

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‘Pro-Israel’ discussion in NYC ends in insults, storming off the stage & recriminations

Commentary editor John Podhoretz storms off the stage at a ‘Pro-Israel’ debate at New York’s 92nd Street Y, leaving the panelists puzzled & the audience stunned.


When the planners at 92nd Street Y in New York decided to host a “community discussion” on Monday on the question “What it means to be pro-Israel in America?” they couldn’t know that they would be getting a clear-cut answer before the night was over.

New York's 92nd Street Y.

New York’s 92nd Street Y. – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Because based on the course of the debate, “being pro-Israel in America” means ideological chasms, professional rivalries, frayed nerves, inflamed tempers, one of the participants storming out in a huff and then exchanging barbs and insults on the internet with the moderator. Continue Reading »

Louis Farrakhan defends Kanye West against ADL objection to anti-Semitic generalization

Nation of Islam leader urges rapper Kanye West not to ‘bow to pressure’ by ADL suggestion to recant, says the performer was right and has no reasons to apologize.



Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan defended Kanye West’s remarks on Jewish “connections” in a video released over the weekend and carried by the Hip-Hop DX website.

Louis Farrakhan

Minister Louis Farrakhan displays the book, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” during a speech on March 25, 2011.-  Photo: AP

In the video, Farrakjan urges the rapper not to “bow to pressure” by the Anti-Defamation League, which deemed the comments anti-Semitic and called on West to “take responsibility… and apologize” for his words. Continue Reading »

Pro-Israel orgs stepping back from confrontation with White House over Iran

AIPAC’s executive director calls for pro-Israel organizations & groups to focus on passing new & stricter sanctions as a means of shaping a final anti-Nuclear deal with Iran.




When it comes to the deal between Iran and major powers, Israel and the pro-Israel community are retreating from a strategy of confrontation and working instead to influence the contours of a final agreement.

U.S. President Obama speaking at the 2011 AIPAC convention.

U.S. President Obama speaking at the 2011 AIPAC convention. – Photo: AP

In a conference call last week, Howard Kohr, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s executive director, advised pro-Israel activists and leaders not to confront the Obama administration directly over the “difference of strategy” between the United States and Israel on Iran. Continue Reading »

In Chanukah message to Jews & Israelis Obama invokes ‘Thanksgivukkah’

Like the Pilgrims, the Maccabees ‘made tremendous sacrifices so they could practice their religion in peace’ commented President Obama.



The spirit of “Thanksgivukkah” has become so pervasive that even U.S. President Barack Obama decided to get in on the fun in a holiday message.

Hanukkah at the White House, Obama, 2010

Barack and Michelle Obama take part in the Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony, 2010. – Photo by The White House

On the evening of the lighting of the first candle of Hanukkah Wednesday night, the U.S. leader sent “warm wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah” in a statement from the White House, and made note of the unique convergence of the American celebration with the Jewish festival. Continue Reading »

Jews worldwide unit in providing aid for Philippine relief

U.S. & U.K. Jewish groups raise donations for relief assistance.

Israel sends IsraAID, medical experts to Typhoon Haiyan disaster zone to evaluate how to best deploy search & rescue, and deployment of field medical teams.



The Israeli military dispatched a small team of rescue experts on Sunday night to the storm-stricken Philippines to “determine the best rapid response the IDF can provide.”

Typhoon Haiyan

Residents clear the road of a fallen electric post after Typhoon Haiyan hit Daanbantayan town in Cebu Province, central Philippines November 11, 2013. – Photo: Reuters

The team will prepare the ground for the possible arrival of a larger contingency of emergency responders in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history. Continue Reading »

Which studio gets Hollywood stars to work for free?

Kevin Costner, Elizabeth Taylor, Sandra Bullock to Whoopi Goldberg, Moria Films enlists stars for a Jewish cause.



One Hollywood film studio has commanded only A-list talent since its inception — Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman — and they all worked for free. What kind of studio head has such pull? It’s Rabbi Marvin Hier, the mini-mogul of Moriah Films, the movie division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Actress Sandra Bullock, Oct. 10, 2013.

Actress Sandra Bullock, Oct. 10, 2013.- Photo: Reuters

Founded by Hier in 1981, Moriah Films has won two Academy Awards for its historical documentaries. Continue Reading »

NY court awarded $900k to delivery man for supervisors’ gas chamber gags

Adam Wiercinski’s managers were heard to say ‘you smell like Jew’.

The New York Post reported Monday that the jurors decided it was time for payback.



A New York jury has awarded a Jewish deliveryman $900,000 in damages for the anti-Semitic harassment he endured at the restaurant where he worked, The New York Post reported Monday.

Mangia, the Manhattan restaurant where Adam Wiercinski worked.

Mangia, the Manhattan restaurant where Adam Wiercinski worked. – HAARETZ

According to the report, Adam Wiercinski was subjected to highly offensive gestures and remarks made by the supervisors at the Manhattan eatery, Mangia.

One night shift manager, Artur Zbozien, would often pass gas and then joke about Zyklon B, the cyanide-based pesticide used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. Continue Reading »