Latest Anti-Semitism News

Handwritten Einstein letter auctioned off for nearly $40,000

Nov. 13, 2018 5:29 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A handwritten letter written by Albert Einstein warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis rose to power has been sold for nearly $40,000. The Kedem Auction House says the previously unknown letter, brought forward by an anonymous collector,...

FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

Nov. 13, 2018 1:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 — marking a rise for the third straight year — with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, according to an FBI report released Tuesday. There were 7,175 reported hate crimes last year, up from 6,121 in...

French government sounds alarm over rising anti-Semitic acts

Nov. 9, 2018 12:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister sounded the alarm Friday over a sharp rise in anti-Semitic acts this year, pledging to increase efforts to punish perpetrators and police hate speech that is flourishing online. Resurgent anti-Semitism is of national concern in a country with Europe's largest Jewish...

Letter shows a fearful Einstein long before Nazis' rise

Nov. 9, 2018 10:03 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country's future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter. His longtime friend and fellow Jew, German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, had just been...

Germany: Merkel warns of modern racism on Kristallnacht 80th

Nov. 9, 2018 8:01 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany's main Jewish leader warned against tolerating modern-day anti-Semitism and racism as they marked the 80th anniversary Friday of the Nazis' anti-Jewish Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass," pogrom. On Nov. 9, 1938, Jews were terrorized throughout...

Canada apologizes for turning away Nazi era ship of Jews

Nov. 7, 2018 4:02 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized Wednesday on behalf of his nation for turning away a ship full of Jewish refugees trying to flee Nazi Germany in 1939. The German liner MS St. Louis was carrying 907 German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution and it also had been rejected...

'Reprehensible' anti-Semitic flyers found at university

Nov. 7, 2018 10:43 AM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Officials at the University of Rochester say dozens of anti-Semitic flyers have been found on campus. WHAM-TV reports the flyers were found Monday morning on a printer at the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies on the university's River Campus....

Website used by suspect in synagogue massacre is back online

Nov. 5, 2018 4:03 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Social media platform Gab, where the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre spewed anti-Semitic messages, is back online roughly one week after domain registrar GoDaddy and other internet services dropped the site. Gab returned on Sunday after a Seattle-based company, Epik,...

Pope: let's pledge to ban anti-Semitism from humanity

Nov. 5, 2018 6:31 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging efforts to ensure that anti-Semitism is "banned from the human community." Francis lamented current anti-Semitic attitudes as he greeted visiting rabbis from the World Congress of Mountain Jews from the Caucasus at the Vatican Monday. He didn't mention last...

Italian president calls WWI a warning to Europe to co-exist

Nov. 4, 2018 4:19 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's president lamented World War I's roots in "aggressive nationalism" and held up the European Union on Sunday as the "highest expression" of a commitment to common good needed to prevent catastrophic military conflicts. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, Italian...