Latest Anti-Semitism News

Mural of Muhammad Ali vandalized in Kentucky

Jun. 13, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A vandal has painted the words "racist," ''antisemitic" and "homophobe" on a mural of boxing champ Muhammad Ali in Kentucky. The words were painted in orange over Ali's portion of the "Kentucky Rushmore" mural that features other icons from the state, including Abraham Lincoln. The...

Correction: Israel-Patriots Owner story

Jun. 13, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story June 12 about New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's upcoming trip to Israel to receive the Genesis Prize, The Associated Press, citing information from organizers, reported erroneously that he would be joined by nearly 60 current or former NFL players. Organizers say that...

Cadet to be removed from Army ROTC for 'pro-Nazism' tweets

Jun. 12, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

A cadet will be removed from the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps for posting racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and "pro-Nazism" messages on social media, an Army official said Wednesday. Martha Gerdes is on a "leave of absence" from the program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte pending her...

'Texas 7' death row inmate claims judge was anti-Semitic

Jun. 11, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Jewish death row inmate who was part of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners has filed an appeal claiming the former county judge who oversaw his trial was anti-Semitic and frequently used racial slurs. Randy Halprin alleges in his federal appeal that ex-Dallas County Judge Vickers...

Ore. lawmakers add Holocaust education to school curriculum

May. 28, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will require public schools to teach about the Holocaust under a measure sent to the governor. Lawmakers unanimously voted Tuesday to add Holocaust instruction to the school curriculum starting in the 2019-2020 school year. Ten other states require some level of genocide education...

UK equalities body probes Labour Party over anti-Semitism

May. 28, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's human rights watchdog says it is investigating whether the country's main opposition Labour Party is guilty of illegal anti-Semitism. The Equality and Human Rights Commission says it is examining whether the party "unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimized people...

Merkel warns of populists' rise in Europe

May. 28, 2019 3:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany has to be more vigilant when it comes to nationalist movements across Europe because of the country's Nazi past. Merkel, who was interviewed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour in Berlin, said in excerpts released Tuesday that Germany has to face up to populists...

Germany commits to ensuring security for Jews with skullcaps

May. 27, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has stressed Germany's responsibility to ensure security for all Jews wearing skullcaps anywhere in the country without having to fear an anti-Semitic attack. Steffen Seibert's comments came after the government's anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein,...

Israeli president shocked by German skullcap warning

May. 26, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Israel's president said Sunday he is shocked by a German official's comment that he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country, which is drawing mixed reactions at home. Felix Klein, the government's anti-Semitism commissioner, was quoted Saturday as saying: "I cannot...

German official cautions on wearing Jewish skullcaps

May. 25, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government's top official against anti-Semitism says he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country. Felix Klein was quoted in an interview with the Funke newspaper group published Saturday as saying that "my opinion has unfortunately changed compared with what...