U.S. Briefs 10-18-11

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(Click photo to download. Caption: An "Occupy Wall Street" protester in New York, at center, verbally assails a man wearing a yarmulke. Credit: YouTube.)

From Coast to Coast, Anti-Semitism Persists at 'Occupy' Protests 

Anti-Semitism continues to rear its head at the Occupy Wall Street protests, in addition to concurrent demonstrations outside of New York.

In a recent video posted by the Emergency Committee for Israel, New York protesters accuse Jews of controlling Wall Street and having a “firm grip on America’s media.” One sign calls Jews “Hitler’s Bankers.” 

“You can’t even speak English? Are you Israeli? Go back to Israel,” one protester tells a man wearing a yarmulke.

At Occupy Los Angeles, protester Patricia McAllister said “I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve—which is not run by the federal government—they need to be run out of this country,” according to a another video posted online.

You can watch the full Emergency Committee for Israel video at http://www.committeeforisrael.com/.

—JointMedia News Service

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Sen. Lieberman: Don’t Use Religion to Judge Romney

Responding to controversy surrounding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman wrote that Americans should show the same religious tolerance they did when Lieberman ran for vice president as a Jew in 2000.

In a column titled “Judge Romney the man, not the Mormon” published Monday in the Times Union newspaper of Albany, NY, the Connecticut legislator recalled how “when Al Gore gave me the privilege of being the first Jewish American to be nominated for national office, I personally experienced the American people's generosity of spirit, fairness and acceptance of religious diversity.”

“Once again the promise of religious freedom enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and in our Constitution will be tested, along with our Founders' dream that America would be a shining city on a hill where religious freedom, diversity and tolerance thrive,” Lieberman wrote of Romney’s candidacy. “And once again, a barrier may be broken.”

—JointMedia News Service


Hotline Launched for College Students to Report Anti-Semitism

A new hotline will help U.S. college students combat anti-Semitism on campus.

The Israel Law Center launched the initiative on Monday, enabling students to call in regarding anti-Jewish and anti-Israel actions on campuses, the Jerusalem Post reported. The data will be used to take legal action against colleges who violate student rights, while colleges will receive a “report card” detailing the safety of their Jewish environment.

“It is time for us to go on the legal offensive,” Leitner told the Post. “We want Jewish students to know that there is a number to call when they are victimized by extremist groups promoting anti-Israel and anti- Semitic hate on American college campuses.”

The hotline number is (718) 907-9258.

—JointMedia News Service


ZOA: Survey Proves J Street Doesn’t Represent Views of U.S. Jews

A recent survey by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) examined various J Street’s stances on various issues, concluding that J Street does not represent “the majority of American Jews in its views and policies regarding Israel, the Palestinians and the Middle East,” ZOA said in a press release.

The survey found that 55 percent of American Jews oppose the creation of a Palestinian state (38 percent favor), 76 percent agree with the statement that ‘The goal of the Arabs is not the return of occupied territories but rather the destruction of Israel’ (19 percent disagree), 59 percent oppose re-dividing Jerusalem in the context of an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty (37 percent favor), and 73 percent favor the Congress withdrawing U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority (21 percent oppose).

ZOA President Mort Klein said the survey “offers a detailed and devastating rebuttal” to J Street’s claims of representing the majority of American Jewry.

—JointMedia News Service


Madoff Trustee Sues Jewish Senior Services Group for $5.2 Million

Irving Picard filed a $5.2 million lawsuit against the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged in an attempt to recoup assets lost in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, according to Oct. 14 court papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.

Picard, the trustee of Madoff’s firm who recently lost a similar lawsuit against the New York Mets, is claiming that the association fabricated profits over a six-year period, according to reports.

“We will vigorously defend ourselves and will not allow it to distract us from our mission,” David Warren, president of the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, told Bloomberg News. The association provides services to the aged in New York.

—JointMedia News Service


Israeli Professor Receives American Award for Substance Abuse Research

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) professor Richard Isralowitz received the U.S. National Distinguished International Scientist Award for his organization’s research of drug abuse, addiction and drug-related HIV/AIDS.

Isralowitz is director of the Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuses Center (RADAR), which “focuses on substance use and related problems among Israeli and former Soviet Union-origin youth and adults,” according to a press release.

RADAR monitors substance use in the Middle East and is developing an evidence-based model of smoking cessation among high-risk youth in the Negev.

“Social outreach to communities in the Negev is a major component of BGU’s mission,” Doron Krakow—executive vice president of New York-based American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev—said in a statement. “I congratulate Prof. Isralowitz on this well-deserved honor and for his critical efforts on behalf of underserved populations.”

—JointMedia News Service

Posted on October 18, 2011 and filed under U.S..