Latest global news update – UK, USA, France

coollogo_com-23172872AntiSemitismWatch.com brings you its latest global news update:

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.

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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. “

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