Two 15-year-olds from Lake Ronkonkoma, L.I., were arrested Wednesday by detectives of the Suffolk County Police Hate Crimes Unit and charged with criminal mischief for damaging a menorah Monday in Raynor County Park, Ronkonkoma, L.I.
The teenagers, who were charged as juvenile delinquents, were given field appearance tickets and released to the custody of their parents. They are scheduled to appear in Family Court in Central Islip at a later date.
In a radio interview, West defended President Obama’s difficulty in passing his policies, saying “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.”
West made the comments on New York City’s 105.1 FM. The interview reportedly escaped notice until the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on it on Friday.
"There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government," said ADL national director Abraham Foxman in a statement. "As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better. We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.”
At centennial conference, survey cites sharp decline in hateful attitudes among blacks and Hispanics.
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Twelve percent of Americans harbor deeply anti-Semitic attitudes, according to a poll conducted by the Anti-Defamation League timed for release at the centennial meeting of its national commission in Manhattan this week.
'Friends' star discusses Holocaust, nose job and bias among college friends.
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Actor Lisa Kudrow's relatives lost in the Holocaust, her own experiences with anti-Semitism, and her decision to get a nose job were among the topics she discussed in a lengthy interview with the Saturday Evening Post.
Kudrow is best known for her role on "Friends" as Phoebe Buffay, as well as comedic film roles such as "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" and her Internet series, "Web Therapy," recently seen on Showtime. But there was nothing funny about the hate she encountered as a student at Vassar College, she said in the interview.
"In college there was more anti-Semitism than before college," she explained, "Because there were people who never met a Jew before. A friend of mine, when she found out I was Jewish, said, 'Really? Oh, I don’t like Jews.'”
She mentioned taking Jewish history classes and learning Hebrew during her time at Vassar, as well as asking Elie Wiesel for his autograph. ("How do you get any bigger than that?").