Tag: World War II

Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered on Minnesota junior high school

(JTA) — Anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered on a junior high school in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

A swastika and the word “soon” was painted on the east side of the North Junior High building. It was discovered on Sept. 29, hours before the start of Yom Kippur, and covered up before the students arrived. It was later removed, the St. Cloud Times reported Tuesday.

“On Monday, a message was sent to parents assuring them that North is committed to ensuring all students feel safe and welcome,” Tami DeLand, director of community engagement and communications for St. Cloud Area School District…

Jewish reporter says she faced anti-Semitic harassment at Australian TV station

(JTA) — A Jewish television reporter for the British news station Sky News charged that harassment by a former colleague escalated into “brazen anti-Semitism.”

Caroline Marcus wrote in a column published Tuesday by the Australian edition of the Daily Telegraph that Ben McCormack plastered his work station situated next to hers with “vile cartoons depicting Jews as Hitler,” and reportedly wrote on Facebook his opinion that Israel was a “f***ing international disgrace.” He also said, referring to the Holocaust, “Your 70 years of special treatment are over.”

Marcus wrote that McCormack knew she was Jewish and that her family…

Mitchell Flint, US fighter pilot who helped create Israeli Air Force, dies at 94

(JTA) — Mitchell Flint, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot who helped create the Israeli Air Force in 1948, has died.

Flint died Saturday in Los Angeles at the age of 94.

He served in Israel’s first fighter squadron as one of the founding members of Machal, a group of non-Israelis who fought in Israel’s War for Independence. He also helped to train Israel’s first military pilots.

Flint volunteered at the age of 18 to serve as a U.S. pilot, serving in the Pacific theater during World War II, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a…

Vandals scrawl anti-Israel graffiti on Bulgarian Jewish monument

(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.…

It’s Jew vs. Jew in France as conflict over women reading Torah turns ugly

MARSEILLE, France (JTA) — The Edmond Fleg Center is the cultural heart of France’s second largest Jewish community, even if its facade resembles a prison.

But behind the exterior of security cameras and blast-proof doors – a response to anti-Semitic attacks in recent years on members of Marseille’s Jewish community of 80,000 – this five-story building is nonetheless an attempt at welcoming one and all into a space that encourages unity.

Jews of all denominations come here for activities and workshops. There’s a state-of-the-art cinema, a breezy terrace roof and regional offices of the major Jewish groups in France.