Tag: Anti-Defamation League

Number of anti-Semitic hate crimes edged up last year, FBI reports

(JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the United States rose slightly in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to FBI statistics.

The data released Monday by the federal law enforcement agency show there were 684 anti-Semitic hate crime incidents last year, a 3 percent increase from the 664 recorded by the FBI in 2015.

Overall, there were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent percent from the previous year. In both years, anti-Semitic incidents accounted for just over half of religious hate crimes and about 11 percent of hate crimes of all types.

It’s Jew vs. Jew as Congress weighs a new definition for anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish and pro-Israel leaders exchanged heated remarks at a Congressional hearing on how to define anti-Semitism.

Tuesday’s hearing of the House Judiciary Committee took up a bill that would, among other things, define as anti-Semitism language that “demonizes” Israel.

Of the nine witnesses addressing the committee, five said the language was necessary to stem anti-Semitism on campuses. Four argued it infringes on freedom of speech.

The witnesses at times directly addressed one another, violating congressional protocol. Barbs were exchanged, with each side questioning the bona fides of the other in defining anti-Semitism. In a bizarre…

White supremacist rally in Tennessee met by larger counterprotest

(JTA) — About 100 white supremacists and neo-Nazis gathered in a central Tennessee town for a “White Lives Matter” rally.

It was the largest gathering of white supremacists since the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, which left one counterprotester dead.

The rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee Saturday morning was met by hundreds of counterprotesters, and by a large police presence.

One demonstrator was arrested at the rally, which ended by 1 p.m. Demonstrators had to pass through two police checkpoints to get through to the town square designated for the rally. Among other items, they were…

Halloween costume company removes Anne Frank outfit

(JTA) — An online costume company removed a Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its U.S. and European websites.

Holloweencostumes.com, whose website is run by the Minnesota-based company Fun.com, pulled the costumes on Sunday after a backlash on social media.

The costume, which can be seen on social media in screen grabs, included a long sleeve blue button-up dress, a brown shoulder bag and a green beret. The company described Frank as a World War II hero and an inspiration, adding that “we can always learn from the struggles of history.”

“There r better ways 2 commemorate…

San Francisco rabbis gather against bigotry after far-right rallies canceled

(JTA) — Rabbis from the San Francisco Bay area joined other faith leaders in gatherings against bigotry and racism a day after a two planned far-right rallies were canceled.

A planned Patriot Prayer gathering at San Francisco’s Crissy Field and a “No to Marxism” rally in nearby Berkeley were canceled by their organizers late Friday afternoon, but the Jewish community’s determination to come together in the face of divisive and hate-based ideologies also swelled attendance at many Shabbat services in the evening, J. The Jewish News of Northern California reported.

On Friday afternoon, the shofar was sounded on the steps…