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USA: Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose by 21 percent in 2014, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit of anti-Semitism.

The organization counted 912 anti-Semitic incidents last year, up from 751 in 2013, with the period surrounding last summer’s Gaza war seeing a surge of incidents. The tally included 36 cases of assault or other violence, 363 incidents of vandalism, and 513 cases of harassment, threats and events.

“2014 was a particularly violent year for Jews both overseas and in the United States,” Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, said in a statement. “Lethal anti-Semitism continues to pose a threat to American Jews and larger society as well.”

Read the full report here.

France: The Chief Rabbi of the French city of Toulouse, Harold Avraham Weill, was ordered to remove his kippa inside a polling station before voting in the city’s local elections on Sunday. The demand was made by a polling clerk from the Left Front coalition.

France prohibits wearing religious symbols in state schools. However, the law does not apply in cases in which schools are used as polling stations during the Election Day. The incident on Sunday marked the first time the law was used to prevent a citizen from exercising his voting rights.

Rabbi Weill called the incident “humiliating.” “There was no insult, but an intention to intimidate me,” he added.
The Rabbi has filed a complaint with police for discrimination.

The local Communist Party, a member of the Left Front coalition said in a statement, said it “regretted” the incident and would work to “dispel the misunderstanding.”

Read the full report here.

USA: The president of Connecticut College canceled classes Monday following the discovery over the weekend of racist graffiti, scheduling a series of events in their place to promote discussion and “eradicate this ignorance and hatred.”

The graffiti, including a racial slur, was found shortly after noon Sunday in bathroom stalls inside a student center at the college of 1,900 students in New London. In a campus-wide message a few hours later, the college dean and director of campus safety asked for help identifying those responsible, citing “the egregious nature of the graffiti.”After meeting with students, college President Katherine Bergeron issued a letter to campus Sunday night, saying classes would be canceled to ensure the dialogue on racism and inclusion received appropriate attention.

Read the full report here.

UK: Controversial TV personality Katie Hopkins has been accused of antisemitism, after suggesting Ed Miliband should gas his wife in an oven.

The jibe against the Labour leader – whose parents fled the Holocaust – and his wife, Justine, came after polling on the popularity of politicians’ wives.

Ms Hopkins tweeted: “Pollsters say Justine is the least popular of party wives.

“He (Mr Miliband) might stick her head in the oven and turn on the gas.”

Social media users called for her arrest after the slur against the Milibands.

Following the criticism, Ms Hopkins went on to tweet on Friday: “Jews and Gays love me. Get over it.”

Read the full report here.

USA: Medford, Mass. – Tufts University is investigating after swastikas were found spray-painted onto students’ cars on campus.

School officials said the swastikas were found on several cars at a fraternity house on campus. This is the fourth anti-Semitic incident at the university in less than two years.

Police said local youths were to blame for the previous vandalism back in December. Swastikas an other hate were found spray-painted onto campus property in that incident. The suspects were eventually caught and tried in juvenile court.

BOSTON – The president of Northeastern University sent a letter out to students after anti-Semitic graffiti was found in a dormitory early Sunday.

A resident assistant found swastikas drawn on a dry-erase board in the common space of the International Village dorm.

“I condemn this hateful act of anti-Semitism in the strongest possible terms,” President Joseph Aoun wrote. “These actions are completely antithetical to the values of our university and all that we stand for. “

ASW commends South Africa Board of Deputies has previously strongly criticised community leaders for weakness in their responses to incidents of Antisemitism. In particular, where they have suggested that any part of the solution is the ‘hiding’ of the Jewish identity. 

In a move highly commended by, the South African Board of Deputies have provided clear and decisive leadership that others around the world should take heed of and could usefully follow:

Last weekend in a South African nightclub called The Zone in Johannesburg’s Rosebank neighborhood, three Jewish teenagers wearing kippot were physically assaulted and verbally abused by three thugs. While one of the students was being hit, another assailant cursed at him, saying among other things, “Your [expletive] people are killing our innocent children.”

In response the South African Jewish Board of Deputies called on all South Africans, Jewish or not, to attend a film-screening at a cinema of their choice this Saturday night, March 28, wearing a kippa or hat. The campaign is being dubbed #KippasAgainstHate.

“In this way we will demonstrate our commitment to fight against any form of prejudice and intimidation,” the statement concluded. “As proud South African citizens, our freedom of movement, religion, and association are guaranteed by our Constitution.”

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Antisemitism on Europe’s doorstep – ASW warns about ‘navel gazing’

coollogo_com-23172872We here at believe that only by understanding the wider global context of Antisemitism can we properly start to understand and challenge this evil. Only by moving away from navel gazing in just our own back yard can progress be made. All too frequently people and organisations appear to trouble themselves simply about what is going on in their locality. It is a start but it is not enough. Through our global horizon scanning ASW is able to begin the process of ‘joining the dots up’ to make a real difference!

In our latest find ASW brings you a report about the hostility minorities, including Jews, face currently in the Baltic states and the on-going attempts by some in those countries to rewrite Holocaust history.

Efraim Zuroff
Efraim Zuroff

Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, writing for i24news explains this year marks the 25th anniversary of Baltic independence and more than a decade of full membership in the European Union and NATO. If the assumption was that those developments would cure Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian society from the scourges of fascism, racism, and anti-Semitism, the events of the past month clearly show that these plagues have not been eradicated. During this period, four separate neo-Nazi/ultra-nationalist marches were held in the Baltics, all of which I attended as a monitor/protester, and I believe that it is important to publicize what I saw and attempt to evaluate the importance and potential dangers posed by those events.

The first question in that regard is the legal status of these marches. Those in Latvia (in Riga on March 16, to honor Latvian SS veterans) and in Lithuania (in Kaunas on February 16 and in Vilnius on March 11, both days on which Lithuanian independence is celebrated) have been a subject of controversy since they were launched, in Latvia in the 1990s and in Lithuania in 2008. Local courts decided to allow the marches on the basis of freedom of speech, and all attempts to have them banned, or at least moved out of the city center, including my appeals this year to the mayors of both Lithuanian cities, have not achieved any practical results.

The second question concerns the sponsors of the events and the number and identity of the marchers. With the exception of Estonia, where the march was organized by the Blue Awakening youth movement, closely linked to the new Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), the organizers in Lithuania and Latvia are not officially connected to political parties, but clearly identify with those on the extreme right. In the past, there were government ministers who participated in the SS veterans’ march in Latvia, but since the annexation of Crimea, the government has forbidden such participation and last year it cost a minister his post. This year quite a few MP’s from the right-wing All for Latvia party marched, and the ministers of justice and of culture, along with Parliament Speaker Ingrida Murnietse, attended a memorial service for the SS.

The number of marchers ranged from 200 in Tallinn to 500 in Kaunas and 1,500 each in Vilnius and Riga. In Estonia, the overwhelming majority of marchers were young – most appeared to be high school students – whereas in Lithuania, most were young adults and in Riga there were also many elderly supporters. One must remember, however, that for every person marching, there are at least several hundred Lithuanians, Latvians, and Estonians who fully agree with the marchers’ ideology. Thus, for example, in Estonia’s election several days after the march, the EKRE obtained seven parliamentary seats (out of 101), after garnering more than 46,000 votes.

Two dangerous themes were dominant in practically every event. The first was the open hostility toward local minorities – Poles, Russians and Jews in Lithuania, the latter two in Latvia and Estonia. The second was support for ongoing efforts throughout much of post-Communist Eastern Europe to rewrite the narrative of World War II and the Holocaust. These are designed to hide or minimize the extensive crimes by local Nazi collaborators, promote the canard of equivalency between Nazi and Communist crimes (erroneously classified as genocide), and glorify those who fought against the Soviets regardless of whether they had murdered Jews during the Holocaust.

“Section of the march gets underway at Vilnius’s Cathedral Square on the March 11th independence day event organized by neo-Nazi and far-right elements with state acquiescence.”

Thus, Latvian SS veterans are portrayed as freedom fighters who paved the way for independence, even though the Nazis had absolutely no intention of granting the Baltic countries sovereignty, and marchers in Kaunas carried a huge banner with the image of Juozas Ambrazevicius, the prime minister of a short-lived provisional Lithuanian government, who publicly supported the Third Reich and lethal measures against Lithuanian Jews. In both Lithuanian cities many marchers wore swastikas, and in Vilnius, a large black SS flag was displayed. Only in Estonia was this theme missing, but each summer an international gathering of SS veterans from all over Europe is held, including from countries in which such meetings are legally banned.

The final question relates to the reactions to the demonstrations. Unfortunately, with the exception of Riga where about two dozen protesters symbolically “fumigated” the Freedom Monument after the SS march, there were very few counter-protesters, 12 individuals in Kaunas, no one besides myself in Tallinn, and about 20 in Vilnius, almost all of whom came thanks to the dedicated efforts of Prof. Dovid Katz, the editor of who is the sole active Jewish voice in the Baltics against Holocaust distortion.

The only good news was that for the first time since Faina Kukliansky assumed the post of Chairperson of the Lithuanian Jewish community, she issued a statement denouncing the march in Vilnius (after ignoring the one in Kaunas), and several community officials participated in our protest. There was only silence from the Jewish communities of Latvia and Estonia, as well as from the Israeli embassies in Vilnius, Riga and Helsinki.

Outside of the region, with the exception of Russia, there were no official responses despite numerous international media reports, especially about the Riga march. I can only surmise that perhaps the incessant, and to a large extent justified (albeit often exaggerated) criticism from Moscow of this phenomenon, has silenced those in the West, who long ago should have been the first to object.

What a disgrace! What can be the justification for a Nazi themed bar?

In a move hardly creditable, can report that a bar has opened to the public with Nazi memorabilia as its theme.

Paintings on a blood-red backdrop include Adolf Hitler in the SoldatenKaffee (The Soldiers’ Cafe), named after a popular hangout for soldiers in Germany and occupied Paris during World War II.

Based in the Indonesian city of Bandung, waiters and guests are to be found dressed as Nazi soldiers. The Holocaust is weak on the radar in Indonesia, home to the world’s biggest Muslim population, where the Jewish community numbers a mere 20 people.

As if to demonstrate the point the cafe’s creator and owner, Henry Mulyana, said he did not intend to bring back memories of the Holocaust and that he was a, “businessman not a politician.”

He may not be a politician but the local mayor obviously is, having demanded the owner attend for an urgent meeting.

But in a view that typifies the ignorance that forms the basis of so much hate including Antisemitism, a customer commented, “We’re living in Indonesia and Indonesians weren’t tortured in the Holocaust, so we don’t really care.”

Since the meeting with the mayor the bar has been closed.

Under Indonesian law, anyone who deliberately shows hatred towards others based on race or ethnicity can be jailed for up to five years.

But such vilification usually goes unchecked, with hard-line Muslim groups carrying out violent attacks on religious minorities with near impunity in recent years.

Indonesia, where 90 per cent of the population of 240 million identify themselves as Muslim, does not recognise Judaism among its six official religions.

Toronto Jews top of an unfortunate list

There are lists we may rightly aspire to top while there are others that are less appealing. In a sad mirror of an increasing number of global regions the release of the 2014 Toronto Police Service’s annual Hate/Bias Crime Statistical Report found that hate crimes reported to police went up by 11 per cent over 2013 and that Jews were the single most targeted group in Toronto. Though comprising only 3.8 per cent of the city’s population, Jews were the victims in 30 per cent of all reported occurrences.

Len Rudner, director of community relations and outreach for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), said the findings should be seen in context.

“The report speaks to a fundamental truth. Canada is a great country to live in and Toronto is a great city to live in. But the fact hate crimes occur in Toronto should be of concern to everybody. The fact the numbers are up is a concern. The fact that Jews were the most targeted is a concern,” he said.

“I think if we remember that every incident represents a school, a synagogue or an individual that has been told they did not belong, and even if it happens once, it is significant and it is worth noting,” he added.

Of the incidents involving Jews as victim, 38 involved mischief, including three that involved a religious property, two were assaults, one was described as criminal harassment and three incidents involved death threats.




Do you still fancy that holiday to Turkey?

A Turkish news station aligned with the country’s ruling AKP party recently aired an antisemitic documentary entitled “The Mastermind,” Al-Monitor reported late last week.

The film, described by the publication as a sequel to “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” argued that Turkey had fallen victim to a “Mastermind,” which it identified as the Jews.

According to the report, the film echoed the rhetoric of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who several months ago voiced a theory that Turkey had fallen victim to a “Mastermind.” According to Al-Monitor, A Haber, the “news station” which aired the film, acts “like a propaganda outlet” for Erdogan and his AKP party.

The film claimed that the so-called Mastermind “rules the world, burns, destroys, starves, wages wars, organizes revolutions and coups, and establishes states within states.” It even featured libels about Jewish culture, and blamed the 2003 Iraq war on a Jewish search for the Ark of the Covenant.

By many accounts, antisemitism is on the rise in Turkey. Last year, there was a violent riot at the Israeli embassy in Turkey. Last summer, a Turkish lawmaker also said that antisemitism in Turkey was worse than that in Iran, citing a study showing that 69 percent of Turkish people harbored antisemitic beliefs.

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Breaking news – Antisemitic arrests in Stamford Hill

Six men have been arrested after they forced their way into a synagogue in north London according to the BBC.

Police are treating the incident in the early hours of Sunday in Stamford Hill as anti-Semitic “due to remarks made by one of the group”.

Detectives said the men, who were drunk, had just left a party and tried to get into the synagogue. One man was punched as he tried to stop them.

The men have arrested for public order offences and assault.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a number of men entered the synagogue on Craven Park Road, but they were removed shortly afterwards by security staff.

“The incident is being treated as an anti-Semitic incident, due to remarks made by one of the group,” said the Met spokesman. “However, there is nothing to suggest that it was a planned or targeted attack.”

Insp Jonathan Waterfield said: “We are investigating to establish the full circumstances of the incident and to identify anyone else involved in the disturbance who has not yet been arrested.

“We have also increased police patrols in the Stamford Hill area to provide reassurance to the community.”

The man who was punched was taken to hospital, but his injuries are not thought to be serious.

Below is the official press release from the Shomrim group that responded to this incident:

On 22nd March at approximately 1am, several Shomrim volunteers attended Craven Park Road N15 to reports of fighting outside a Synagogue. Upon arrival, Shomrim witnessed a mob of males and females who were attacking people at the entrance of a Synagogue. Upon Police arrival, Shomrim identified and pointed out key suspects, which led to several arrests for various offences. The incident is not believed to be a targeted or planned attack, although some antisemitic remarks may have been made by some of the group. Shomrim assisted with the Police investigation throughout the night by providing witness statements, and will continue to assist where possible.




ASW Major Investigation – State of the ‘Student’ Union, concerned by what it has been picking up through its perhaps unique global coverage, has conducted a major investigation into the level of Antisemitism being faced by Jewish students on University and College campuses. As ASW has always made clear, we firmly believe that only by understanding the global context of Antisemitism, not merely focusing on our own ‘back yard’, can this evil be understood, faced up to and defeated.

ASW does not hide away from telling the truth.  Recent campus Antisemitism has not only been of the overt kind (best described as linked to ethnic hatred). It has also been generated directly in some instances by the anti-Zionist, anti-Israel, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

ASW20On 1st March 2015, ASW posted about a Jewish student, Rachel Beyda, being quizzed by members of UCLA’s (University of California, Los Angeles) student government about whether her Jewish identity presented a ‘conflict of interest’ in her application to join. They questioned her ability to make unbiased decisions on cases in which the Jewish community had a vested interest while being active in Jewish organisations on campus.

The debate, captured on video, roiled the campus and sparked a national discussion about discrimination against Jews.

Meanwhile, just a few days ago members of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee in the US became the latest target of campus Antisemitism after discovering swastika’s spray-painted in the elevator of their fraternity house. Another swastika was painted on a basement door.

Similarly, in New York City last week, John Jay College of Criminal Justice was the scene of swastikas and Antisemitic slurs, accompanied by racist and homophobic graffiti.

Perhaps not surprising then the findings from the National Demographic Survey of American Jewish College Students, issued by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. The survey indicated more than half – 54 percent – of 1,157 college students surveyed at 55 U.S. campuses had either experienced or witnessed Antisemitic incidents.

In the UK both the University of Westminster and the University of Kent initially invited and then swiftly banned the extremist Islamic preacher Haitham al-Haddad  from speaking on campus. Al-Haddad has been accused of promoting Antisemitic views such as Jews being, “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

Interestingly, however, the bans only occurred after it emerged Mohammad Emwazi, or “Jihadi John”, was radicalised at the Westminster university.

In January this year The Independent described how an openly racist neo-Nazi group – National Action – was seeking to recruit on UK university campuses. While in the same month swastikas were daubed on walls of the University of Birmingham.

Yet it is perhaps through links with the BDS movement that some of the most vehement Antisemitism has been witnessed. A link so often dismissed its supporters.

On the 15th February 2015, ASW posted that the Students Representative Council (SRC) and Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) at Durban University of Technology in South Africa had stirred outrage after they had demanded that Jewish students, especially those who “do not support the Palestinian struggle,” leave the school.

On 24th February 2015, ASW further posted about a list of the top ten most Antisemitic US campuses produced by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a conservative think-tank based in California.

The think-tank report described how Jewish students at the University of California at Davis awoke earlier this year to swastikas spray-painted on their fraternity house. This event occurred less than 48 hours after the school student government passed an anti-Israel resolution to boycott targeted companies who do business with the Jewish state.

SONY DSCIn Brussels earlier this month, Jewish students at the Brussels Free University were targeted by anti-Israel activists from the BDS who shouted Antisemitic slogans. As the Jewish students were observing the set up of a symbolic so-called ‘’Wall of Occupation’’ in the middle of the campus, the BDS students started shouting “Zionists, fascists, you’re terrorists” at them.

In 2011, a pro-Palestinian campaigner was convicted of a racially motivated attack on a St Andrews student after he put his hands down his trousers before wiping them on an Israeli flag hanging in his room.

ASW22Anti-Israel incidents at Scottish universities have previously contributed to Jewish students quitting their courses in despair. Attacks were said to have created a “toxic atmosphere” in which Jewish students no longer felt comfortable. Among those who felt the need to leave was a former Edinburgh Jewish Society chair who dropped out of his course to study abroad. 

Just a little under two weeks ago a Sydney University academic, Jake Lynch, was reportedly faced with an investigation over an incident born out of his support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. A fracas had broken out when students stormed a public meeting on campus and disrupted an address by former British army colonel Richard Kemp. Mr Kemp wrote to the vice-chancellor claiming that he observed Professor Lynch, “waving money in the face of a Jewish student, a clearly aggressive and insulting act that seemed to invoke the stereotype of the ‘greedy Jew’,” Mr Kemp wrote.

ASW comment: The links between the BDS movement and Antisemitism is a reality that cannot be ignored. Too often Jewish community institutions have shied away from speaking on this issue. To do so only emboldens those that seek to use BDS for such purposes and prevents Jewish students from being adequately supported in confronting the consequences of it.

ASW also believes that armed with this evidence it is incumbent on the University authorities to take intrusive action to prevent all forms of Antisemitism including that disguised under the BDS banner. urges all British Jewish student groups to undertake and circulate its current survey into Antisemitism in the UK.

Highly rated article – Antisemitism and the Left

ASW highly commends the following article from Dean Sherr in The Guardian. It examines the intriguing question of why the Left chooses to downplay the significance of Antisemitism?

There is a famous saying in Jewish culture that neatly summarises the history of the Jewish people and the rituals associated with our tradition: “They tried to kill us, we survived, now let’s eat.”

Easily misunderstood and misinterpreted, one of the defining characteristics of Jewish culture and identity is the awareness of historical (and modern) antisemitism. The festival of Purim, held a fortnight ago, tells the story of Haman’s attempted genocide of the Persian Jewish community. Somewhat more well-known in popular culture are the festivals of Passover and Hanukkah, which celebrate the liberation of Jews from the Egyptian and Greek empires.

Since the 1950s, we have commemorated Yom Hashoa, the Jewish day of remembrance for the Holocaust. Unlike the more historical festivals of liberation and survival, there is no great overriding sense of joy; nor is there a celebratory meal attached to it.

In light of this history, it is little surprise that many Jews had a significant relationship with the left for many years. An oppressed and marginalised people for so long, Jews have a natural political affinity with values like freedom of expression, equality, multiculturalism and, certainly, anti-racism. The concept of Jewish self-determination, Zionism, saw itself as a fundamentally left-wing movement in its inception.

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, antisemitism was impossible to ignore and became a central concern of the global left, but Julian Burnside encapsulated the contemporary shift in thinking when he wrote in the Guardian that “Islamophobia is the new antisemitism”, implying, as many often do, that the old antisemitism has been superseded.

It hasn’t. Last Wednesday, a lecture at the University of Sydney by retired British Colonel Richard Kemp became the scene of a heated protest. Kemp was accused of supporting genocide, and, during the fracas, noted Australian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions advocate Professor Jake Lynch was filmed waving money in the faces of an elderly Jewish women and the Jewish student trying to prevent the two from coming to blows.

Lynch explained his actions as a response to having been kicked, saying it was a warning that he would sue, and described his restraint as “almost heroic”, though his account has been disputed by witnesses, with Kemp claiming that the woman was attempting to push Lynch away, who initiated the contact.

Irrespective of who struck first, the image of a leftwing academic brandishing money in the faces of Jewish people clearly evokes the crude antisemitic falsehood that Jews are obsessed with money and perhaps neatly encapsulates the shift of the left away from Jews.

Whatever Lynch’s excuses or reasoning, and the elderly woman’s behaviour, it was clearly an offensive and provocative gesture, reasonably likely to offend the Jewish community. In the past, a leftwing professor would surely have anticipated this, but the reality is that antisemitism today is not as pressing an issue to progressives as it once was.

Instead we have a new set of attitudes towards antisemitism: that it is of lesser importance in the west than other forms of racism, like Islamophobia; that it is no longer a serious threat to diaspora Jews; and that the gravity of its existence is diminished because of the existence and behaviour of Israel.

The attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are ample proof that antisemitism still poses a threat to Jews in the west, especially in light of new recordings from Paris confirming definitively that the gunman targeted Jews. In France, Jews make up 1% of the population yet suffer half of all racist attacks. In Australia, 2014 saw a massive increase in reported antisemitism, including physical attacks in Sydney,Melbourne and Perth.

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Global coverage

coollogo_com-23172872ASW brings you the very latest and most extensive Antisemitism global newsround update:

France: According to the Daily Mail, a notorious anti-Semitic comedian has been spared jail for tweeting his sympathy for the terrorist behind the Paris Jewish supermarket massacre, which killed four people.

ASW19Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, 48, used the rallying slogan ‘Je Suis Charlie’ to make a joke relating to gunman Amedy Coudlibaly, who murdered a policewoman and carried out the devastating attack on the kosher supermarket in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

The provocative entertainer had denied any wrongdoing and said the case exposed the hypocrisy of a country which ‘pretends’ to be a bastion of free speech.

He also maintained that he ‘condemned the attacks without reservation and without any ambiguity.’

But M’bala, who has previous convictions for anti-Semitism, was found guilty of ‘apologising for terrorism’ following his trial at the Palais de Justice in Paris.

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UK: David Cameron pledged more than £11m of additional funds to help secure Britain’s Jewish community in the wake of the atrocities in Paris and Copenhagen.

ASW20A total of £7m will be provided for security guards outside more than 100 Jewish private schools while a further £3million will pave the way for the same provision outside scores of synagogues. The prime minister also told guests at the CST’s annual dinner that the Government would provide an extra £1.5million towards a state-of-the-art mission control centre with closed circuit television.

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Vienna, Austria: Austrian police arrested a man who is suspected of a hate crime against a Jewish man in a shopping mall near Vienna.
The alleged victim was shopping Tuesday at a supermarket inside a shopping mall in St. Polten, a city in lower Austria, while wearing a Star of David necklace, the news website reported. The man, 53, allegedly was taunted with anti-Semitic slurs by a group of young men before he was attacked by one of the men, according to the report.

The alleged assailant, 21, hit and kicked the victim, prompting police to intervene and arrest him. The victim required medical treatment, the report said, but it did not elaborate on his injuries.

The victim told Heute that St. Polten is “one of the worst areas in terms of anti-Semitism,” adding that he was considering moving elsewhere.

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