(JTA) — A monument put up by Jews in Bulgaria to thank the town of Vidin for preventing the deportation of its Jews during the Holocaust was vandalized.
The Thanksgiving Monument, erected in 2003, was spray-painted with the words “Allah,” “Palestine,” “Hamas,” and the Islamic star and crescent moon symbol, the Shalom Organization of Jewish in Bulgaria said in a Facebook post Monday.
The organization posted photos of the vandalism, which occurred Saturday, on its Facebook page.
The mayor of the Vidin municipality, Ognyan Tsenkov, called the vandalism an “outrageous and unacceptable” act, the Shalom Organization said in its post.…
(JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition called on President Donald Trump to provide “greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.”
“The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are dangerous anti-Semites,” the group’s national chairman, Norm Coleman, and executive director, Matt Brooks, wrote in a statement posted first on Twitter Wednesday. “As representatives of an organization … with many members who experienced firsthand the inhumanity of the Nazi Holocaust, we state unequivocally our rejection of these hatemongers — you can expect nothing less from the Republican Jewish Coalition.”
The RJC had previously posted a three-sentence statement on its website in…
(JTA) — Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush issued a joint statement rejecting “racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms.”
“As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded by the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights,” the Bushes wrote Wednesday, referencing another former president, Thomas Jefferson.
Their statement, issued from their summer residence in Kennebunkport, Maine, comes in the wake of President Donald Trump’s stunning comments on the violence in the southern Virginia city…
BOSTON (JTA) – A pane of glass was shattered Monday evening at the New England Holocaust Memorial, the second time in less than two months the Boston memorial was vandalized.
A 17-year-old male suspected of the vandalism is in custody, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department told JTA. Two passers-by tackled the suspect and held him until police arrived, according to the Boston Globe, which reported that the police are investigating whether it was a hate crime.
A visitor to the memorial, which is located along Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, told the Globe he heard the sound of glass…
(JTA) — An American company is facing criticism for marketing T-shirts that frame the swastika as a symbol of “love” and “life.”
KA Designs was selling the shirts, which feature white swastikas on a rainbow-colored background with the words “peace” or “zen,” on the U.S.-based clothing company Teespring’s website.
Before the Nazis tainted the swastika by using it as their official symbol during World War II, it had been — and remains — a religious icon in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism for thousands of years.
.@teespring You will not escape from the fact…