Tag: Anti Semitism

Dutch aid group for Syrians accused of discriminating against job seeker with Jewish ties

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A job seeker said she was advised to hide her ties to the Jewish community during an interview with a Dutch state-funded group trying to help Syrian immigrants integrate.

Laura Vrijsen, who is not Jewish, wrote earlier this month in the Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad weekly about her 2017 interview for Association Again at Home Rotterdam, prompting an outpouring of condemnations by politicians who accused the organization of discrimination. The association denied the allegations.

According to Vrijsen, the two women who interviewed her for a social worker’s position asked indirectly whether she was Jewish upon noticing that…

Chuck Schumer: Orthodox Jews should do more to call out Trump for failing to condemn neo-Nazis

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An otherwise congenial meeting between Jewish organizational officials and Democratic senators included a moment when Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said Orthodox Jews should do more to call out President Donald Trump for failing to confront hate in the United States.

Schumer, D-N.Y., described what he depicted as a tepid reaction to Trump’s equivocation following the neo-Nazi and white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

Members of the Orthodox group present at the meeting on Wednesday, the Orthodox Union, responded by saying that it and other groups had expressed concerns about Trump’s…

Chelsea soccer fans chant anti-Semitic songs less than a week after the team started an anti-hate campaign

(JTA) — Supporters of the Chelsea soccer team were caught singing anti-Semitic songs during a game held five days after the British club launched a campaign to stamp out anti-Semitism among its fans.

After the match against fellow Premier League squad Watford on Monday night, an unnamed Chelsea fan told England’s Jewish News that he was hit with a “torrent” of anti-Semitic abuse and moved out of his seat for his safety.

Jonathan Metliss, who heads the group Action Against Discrimination, which is aimed at combating racism among European soccer fans, also was at the game and told the Jewish News…

Zionist group’s president visits Qatar, meets with its leaders

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The president of the Zionist Organization of America is the latest pro-Israel figure to visit Qatar and meet with its leader.

“They invited me to go a number of times – in September, October, November and December,” Morton Klein told Haaretz on Monday, confirming his visit earlier this month. “At first I refused because of their support for Hamas and the anti-Semitism being broadcast on Al Jazeera television. But over time, I saw that more and more Jewish leaders were going there, and I realized that at this point, they won’t be able to use me for…

Pope says Europe can do more in fight against hate and anti-Semitism

(JTA) — Pope Francis called indifference about anti-Semitism a contagious “virus” and, quoting Christian texts, urged a European audience to do more in the fight against hate and anti-Semitism.

“I am grateful for the noble aim that brings you here: to reflect together, from varying points of view, on the responsibility of states, institutions and individuals in the struggle against anti-Semitism and crimes associated with anti-Semitic hatred,” the pope told a conference held Monday in Rome organized in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, with the support of the Office for Democratic Institutions and…