Author: Eliyahu Mintz

American Jewry, antisemitism

Tisha B’Av Zoom Service Hacked by Antisemites

Antisemitic Zoom Bombing Screenshot Dallas Tisha B'av 2020

Tisha B’Av is the time we mourn the destruction of our holy Temples. That didn’t stop antisemites from hacking into a Zoom service to share threatening messages such as “Kill all Jews” and “Bomb Israel.” Zoom-bombing has become a favorite pastime of antisemites, who prey on virtual Jewish events and services. This time, it was …

antisemitism, social media

Twitter Boycott Over Refusal to Respond to Antisemitism

48 hour Twitter boycott symbol

By the time you read this, it will have been just a memory and it remains to be seen what effect the 48-hour boycott of Twitter will have on the social media giant’s refusal to take appropriate action against antisemitic accounts and tweets. The boycott, slated for Monday and Tuesday, is a reaction to horrific …

American Jewry, Israeli Politics

Junior Rabbi Says Jews Aren’t Indigenous to Israel, Tweet Goes Viral

Rabbi Andy Kahn tweet says Jews aren't indigenous

Rabbi Andy Kahn, assistant rabbi at New York’s Temple Emanu-El issued a shocking tweet on July 7: “Let me say this as plainly as possible: Jews are not an indigenous people. It is appropriative to make use of this word when referring to our relationship to the land of Israel, and it undermines the difficult …

American Jewry, antisemitism

Holocaust Memorial Fountain Toppled in Possible Hate Crime

Santa Rosa Holocaust Memorial Fountain

A Holocaust memorial fountain was vandalized last week in Santa Rosa, California. The fountain was found toppled in pieces in the ground. Built in 2016, the memorial was built by Daniel Judd to honor his parents, Emil and Lillian Judd. The two were Holocaust survivors. During the recent BLM protests, many Jewish stores and synagogues …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Israeli Politics

American Jew Violates Israeli Quarantine Agreement

El Al airplane in flight

American and Israeli Jews share a common heritage and faith, but don’t always agree on the nitty-gritty details of what that means. Maybe that’s why American Jewish tourist to Israel, Brandon Korff, ended up breaking his agreement with Israeli officials. Israel hasn’t allowed foreigners into the country, as part of coronavirus control, since March. But …

American Jewry, antisemitism

Why Are Jews Silent in the Face of the Destruction of Their Neighborhoods?

LA synagogue defaced during BLM protests

Rabbi Aryeh Spero says that too many American Jews are silent in the face of the destruction of shops, synagogues and Jewish institutions in Los Angeles. They are apparently afraid to appear not “woke.” Even though it has been well documented that Black Lives Matter is an inherently antisemitic organization and that the looting and …

American Jewry, antisemitism, US Politics

Intersectionality Means Antisemitic Graffiti on Synagogues During Protests

LA Congregation Beth Israel defaced with antisemitic graffiti during George Floyd protests

What does the killing of George Floyd and subsequent protests mean for the Jews? Antisemitic graffiti on synagogues and the ransacking and damaging of kosher stores, restaurants, and bakeries. Elan Carr, America’s envoy for monitoring and combatting antisemitism, tweeted photos of the graffiti, thanking the community for the cleanup effort at Congregation Beth Israel in …