Tag: Anti Semitism

French Socialist in hot water over a Twitter post

(JTA) — France’s Socialist Party said it has initiated a procedure for ousting a lawmaker whose Twitter account featured an image of President Emmanuel Macron deemed anti-Semitic.

Gérard Filoche’s account last week showed Macron wearing a Nazi-like armband with a dollar sign and three well-known European Jews – the French economist Jacques Attali, entrepreneur Patrick Drahi and the British banking magnate Jacob Rothschild — in the background towering over the earth while flanked by an Israeli and American flag.

Filoche, who removed the image and apologized for its posting, said he “did not do” it himself but assumes responsibility. He told the Liberation daily…

BBC host apologizes for ‘fat Jewish guy’ comment

(JTA) — A BBC host has apologized for saying it is “great” that music artists are no longer being managed by “some random fat Jewish guy from northwest London.”

“I am hugely apologetic for this flippant comment,” Reggie Yates, a Radio 1 host and TV presenter, said Monday in his apology. “It was not my intention to offend or reinforce stereotypes, but I’m aware that this could have been interpreted that way and for that I am also deeply sorry.

“What I was actually trying to say was how proud I am of the new generation of artists making…

Polish Jewish leaders, ruling party chief at odds over what they talked about in meeting

(JTA) — Leaders of Polish Jewry said they flagged what they termed rising intolerance in their country at a meeting with a ruling party politician, but the party chief denied the subject was broached.

Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich and Leslaw Piszewski, the president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland, met Friday with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a founder of the Law and Justice party, to discuss various topics, including the “issue of growing intolerance towards various minorities, including the Jews,” Schudrich told JTA on Monday.

But in an interview with the PAP news agency, Kaczynski denied the issue ever came up.

“We talked…

George Soros blasts Hungarian government survey of his views on refugees

(JTA) — Jewish-American billionaire George Soros blasted the Hungarian government’s national survey about his views on allowing refugees into the country.

Responding to a questionnaire mailed to the European nation’s 8 million eligible voters, the Hungarian-born Soros said in a “Rebuttal” on his website that statements in the document “contain distortions and outright lies that deliberately mislead Hungarians” about his views on migrants and refugees.

Soros said in a detailed op-ed in 2015 that the European Union should be taking in 1 million migrants and refugees a year and sharing the burden of paying for them, something the Hungarian government now…

Jon Stewart crashes ‘Daily Show’ as a very Jewy Bernie Bernstein

(JTA) — Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance on “The Daily Show” as the Jewish character of the week: Bernie Bernstein.

Does the name ring a bell? Yes, Bernie Bernstein is probably the name of that old guy from your synagogue who is always complaining that the lox at kiddush isn’t fresh enough.

But the name was also given to the made-up reporter who made a robocall to discredit sexual assault allegations against Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore. Some, including the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, decried the robocall as anti-Semitic, given the fake reporter’s Jewish-sounding name and strong, nasally…