Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hate Crimes against Jews rise by 37% in 2017

According to the latest FBI hate crime statistics,  the overall number of hate incidents reported to the FBI increased about 17 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year.  

Jews were subject to nearly 60% of religiously motivated hate crimes in 2017 in spite of being only 2% of U.S. Population.  There were a total of 938 hate crimes committed against Jews in 2017, up 37 % from 2016.


Of the 1,749 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:

  • 58.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
  • 18.6 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
  • 4.3 percent were victims of anti-Catholic bias.
  • 3.3 percent were victims of bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
  • 2.3 percent were victims of anti-Protestant bias.
  • 1.8 percent were victims of anti-Other Christian bias.
  • 1.5 percent were victims of anti-Eastern Orthodox (Russian, Greek, Other) bias.
  • 1.5 percent were victims of anti-Sikh bias.
  • 0.9 percent (15 individuals) were victims of anti-Hindu bias.
  • 0.9 percent (15 individuals) were victims of anti-Mormon bias.
  • 0.7 percent (13 individuals) were victims of anti-Jehovah’s Witness bias.
  • 0.7 percent (12 individuals) were victims of anti-Buddhist bias.
  • 0.5 percent (8 individuals) were victims of anti-Atheist/Agnostic bias.
  • 4.9 percent were victims of bias against other religions (anti-other religion).

The toxic climate coming from both the fringe left and the fringe right  is adding fuel to the fire of the worlds oldest hatred.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Berkeley's mayor Jesse Arreguin opposed to appointment of Hatem Bazian to Local Commission

Berkeley's mayor Jesse Arreguin has publicly expressed his opposition to the appointment of Hatem Bazian to the city's Peace and Justice Commission, and has expressed his frustration about his inability to prevent it.

From the J Weekly, the Jewish News of Northern California:
Berkeley mayor objects to appointment of Bazian to city commission

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is not pleased with the appointment of controversial UC Berkeley lecturer Hatem Bazian to the city’s Peace and Justice Commission, saying Bazian is not qualified to serve as a public official because of his “anti-Semitic statements and actions.”

Bazian, a lecturer at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of American Muslims for Palestine  has called for an intifada in America, and has spread anti-semitic images and messaging through social media

Mayor Arreguin, speaking to the J Weekly: 

“There’s documentation showing things he has said that are very offensive and inappropriate and anti-Semitic.  And on that basis, I think it’s a very serious issue about whether this person should be in public office.”

Cheryl Davila, the Berkeley City Council representative from District 2 had also appointed Bazian as an emergency stand-in, in a move that prompted 3 Berkeley Rabbis to write to mayor Arreguin, expressing their deep concerns.   Davila's continued promotion of Bazian, a financial contributor to her campaign, shows her  abject disdain for the local Jewish community

Cheryl Davila is a regular at local and national anti-Israel events, and received financial support for her campaign from anti-Israel activists nationwide.
   
Berkeley City Council member Cheryl Davila  wearing T shirt in support of convicted Jew-killer Rasmeah Odeh
UPDATE: 
Hatem Bazian has circled the wagons and is attempting to orchestrate a response.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tourism to Israel at Record Levels

Hows that boycott working out for you?

In 2001 at the notorious Durban Conference in South Africa,  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions emerged as a tactic against Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.

A full 17 years after this cynically orchestrated attempt to isolate the worlds only Jewish state, tourism is at record levels.

I'm calling BDS fail.

From Globes:  


485,500 tourists visited Israel in October, 14% more than in October 2017. The Ministry of Tourism estimates that they contributed over NIS 2.5 billion to the Israeli economy. 3.4 million tourists visited Israel in January-October 2018, 15% more than in the corresponding period last year, and the Ministry of Tourism is aiming to increase this number to four million a year. The increase in tourism and the prosperity of hoteliers and the tourist industry also depends on the relative tranquility in the regional security situation. According to Ministry of Tourism figures, tourists stay in Israel for an average of eight days.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Stronger than Hate: Honoring the Pittsburgh Victims.

There have been many small and meaningful gestures in the wake of the horrific violence at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger is wearing custom cleats today to honor the synagogue shooting victims.


Cecil and David Rosenthal, victims of the shooting were brothers of Michele Rosenthal, who worked in the Steelers' community relations department and assisted in Roethlisberger's foundation.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have added a Star of David, and the words "Stronger than Hate" to their Jerseys

Limited editions of this patch are available for sale, with proceeds going to the families of the victims.

Throughout the country, Jewish Day schools and synagogues have reported tender messages of solidarity, comfort and compassion from their neighbors.

After the attack, the worse ever on US soil, parents from San Raphael's Venetia Valley Elementary School  meet their neighbors at Marin Brandeis with a sign  "You are not Alone".



Synagogues across the country reported flowers, cards and condolence notes left at their doorsteps.

Memorial to the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting  left in front on Berkeley's Congregation Beth Israel
These gestures are the beacons of light in what has been a dark time in our land, and are a reminder again, of the words of Dr. King:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Friday, November 2, 2018

Today's Pittsburgh Post Gazette

An astonishing gesture of solidarity with the Jewish community, from the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette.



Thursday, November 1, 2018

In the wake of Pittsburgh, 2 California Synagogues are vandalized

On the heels of the slaughter at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a community already on edge and in mourning is facing a different kind of threat, as two California synagogues were vandalized this week.

Congregation Beth Jacob in Irvine was defaced with antisemitic graffiti.


Irvine California Synagogue vandalized
Temple Beth Israel  in Fresno was also vandalized.

Fresno Synagogue Vandalized
Police are treating both incidents as hate crimes.