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Anti-Jewish Violence Rages On

04/11/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
More firebombings rocked Jewish institutions in France, Belgium and Canada in the past week, including three more synagogue attacks, even as an estimated 200,000 Jews in France — half the country’s adult Jewish population — marched Sunday to protest anti-Semitism and in support of Israel.

by Stewart Ain

03/18/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
An armed guard has been posted at the Hillel building at Brown University after the weekend firebombing of the off-campus apartment of Hillel’s Israeli emissary. Two Molotov cocktails were hurled at the second floor apartment of Yossi Knafo, 24, at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. One hit an outside wall and caused a minor fire. A second firebomb was thrown through an open bedroom window; the bottle did not break and it caused no damage.

Long Wait For Justice

01/13/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The America of today is not the America of 40 years ago, but young people still need role models and Carolyn Goodman of Manhattan said her slain son should be among them. “I think Andrew was the model of a steadfast person who believed that it’s important to reach out to people no matter what their color or ethnicity or race,” she said. “That is what he meant to people 40 years ago and it’s even more important today because we are living in precarious times.”

Asylum For Righteous Gentile’s Son

08/23/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
An Albanian Muslim whose father was honored by Israel for saving Jews during the Holocaust, was granted political asylum last week by a judge in Boston after he testified that Islamic fundamentalists threatened him and his family if he stayed in Albania. “Thank you, thank you,” Bujar Veselaj told Immigration Judge Robin Suter after she ruled that his testimony was “extremely credible” and that he and his family had faced not only persecution but “extreme psychological torture.”

Russia Murder May Be Anti-Semitic

05/17/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The murder of a 22-year-old Jewish day school teacher in St. Petersburg, Russia, has raised fears in that city that it may have been an anti-Semitic attack. Dmitri Nikulinsky was found bleeding profusely from a stab wound in the neck last Saturday. But a suspect in the case reportedly said he attacked the teacher after seeing him with a former girlfriend. Meanwhile, two men have been imprisoned in Canada on charges of firebombing a Jewish school, a community center and a vehicle in Montreal in separate incidents over the past several months.

Anti-Semitic Vandalism At L.I. Synagogue

08/26/2004 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Vandals scrawled a half-dozen swastikas and anti-Semitic obscenities this week on outdoor playground equipment at Congregation Etz Chaim in Commack, L.I. Rabbi Raphael Wizman, spiritual leader of the 125-family Orthodox congregation, said the swastikas and obscenities were found on the swings and on a large toy castle in the children’s playground. He said the vandals apparently scaled a 5-foot high fence that enclosed the locked playground and also broke two Plexiglass school windows.

JCC Arson Roils French Jews

08/26/2004 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Jewish leaders expressed growing frustration this week with continuing anti-Semitic violence in Europe following the torching of a Jewish community center in Paris early Sunday.

The New Kristallnacht

04/04/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Three synagogues were firebombed, a kosher butcher shop was shot at, and a young Jewish couple was beaten — the pregnant woman so seriously that she was hospitalized. All of this happened last weekend in France, the latest in a series of more than 400 anti-Semitic attacks there in the past 18 months. But the 600,000 Jews of France are not alone in facing what observers are calling the worst anti-Semitism since World War II.

New York City Police Officers On Alert

08/03/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In the wake of the shooting spree at the Seattle Jewish federation last Friday that killed one and wounded five, New York City police officers have been posted at more than 100 locations, including prominent synagogues, community centers and the headquarters of UJA-Federation of New York. “The New York City Police Department understands the threat level and has increased patrols in many Jewish neighborhoods,” said David Pollock, associate executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

New Salvo Vs. USAF Evangelism

11/30/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In describing his efforts to root out what he insists is Christian proselytizing in the U.S. military, Air Force veteran Mikey Weinstein recalled a saying of Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer's: "You don't change the world by whispering." "My book is a scream to get the world to wake up to what is happening," he said of his book, "With God on Our Side: One Man's War Against an Evangelical Coup in America's Military."
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