Tag: anti-Semitic

’18 Youth Olympic Games to use Jewish group’s anti-racism program

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) —  The 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires will feature a Jewish group’s program battling racism and xenophobia in sports.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Eleven Points Against Racism in Football program works with sports authorities, athletes and referees to stop and prevent racial hatred in athletic events and to use sports as a bond between peoples.

It will be implemented with the support of the Organization of American States during the games, which will be held Oct. 6-18, 2018.

On Tuesday, the Latin American representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dr. Ariel Gelblung, confirmed to JTA…

Billy Joel wears yellow Star of David during concert encore

(JTA) — Billy Joel wore a yellow Star of David on his sports jacket during the encore of his monthly concert at Madison Square Garden.

Photos of the legendary singer wearing the star began appearing on Facebook shortly after his performance Monday night. At least one tweet bore the hashtag #Charlottesville. Others called Joel “a true hero,” and his decision to wear the star “Epic and brave.” One tweet read: “So dope seeing Billy Joel live and seeing him take a stand to the hate in our country. Wearing the star of david is a huge statement.”

Other tweets,…

13 dead, over 50 injured in Barcelona van-ramming attack near kosher restaurant

This is a developing story.

(JTA) — A van plowed through a crowd of people on Barcelona’s main shopping street, reportedly killing at least 13 people and injuring over 50 others.

Police said they were treating the Thursday incident as a terrorist attack, according to the French news agency AFP.

The Catalan government’s interior minister announced the death toll of the the attack on Rambla avenue near the entrance to Maccabi, a kosher restaurant, CNN reported. Spanish media, including the online edition of the El Mundo daily, reported that the bulk of injuries occurred outside the FNAC department store on the…

Knife-wielding motorist in France suspected of threatening to ‘kill the Jew’ in front of his family

(JTA) — A motorist with a knife threatened to “kill the Jew” after nearly hitting the man and his family in Cannes, according to a French anti-Semitism watchdog.

The victim, identified by the Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism as B. Olivier, said the suspect assaulted him on Thursday morning while he was trying to cross a road with his wife and baby in the southern French city, the watchdog known as BNVCA said in a report Monday on the incident. Olivier reportedly said the man, who appeared to be of European heritage, failed to stop his car at the pedestrian…

Twitter removes anti-Semitic posts after activist spray-paints them on company’s German HQ

(JTA) — Twitter has removed a handful of racist tweets and suspended several accounts after a German-Israeli satirist stenciled about 30 of them outside the company’s offices in Hamburg.

Shahak Shapira used spray-paint to write the nearly 30 offensive tweets on Twitter’s building and on the pavement around it. He claimed responsibility for the act on Monday in a tweet, which said: “I reported about 300 hate tweets. Twitter didn’t delete ’em, so I sprayed them in front of their office.”

The tweets included “Let’s get together and gas Jews again … the old days were nice.” And “Here comes another horde…