THE WEEK’S BIG 3
NYC Mayor de Blasio is under fire after being accused of singling out the Jewish community for not adhering to social distancing measures at a local rabbi’s funeral. The president of Tufts University voiced displeasure with the problematic Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) campus chapter being honored with a “collaboration” award. And the Twitter and Instagram accounts of a convicted Palestinian terrorist were finally removed after ADL raised the alarm.
Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.
ADL Slams New York Mayor de Blasio for ‘Generalizing’ Jewish Community
“De Blasio said the gathering for a rabbi's funeral Tuesday in Williamsburg, New York, was ‘absolutely unacceptable’ and noted it won't be tolerated… ‘My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,’ de Blasio said in another tweet.” CNN: READ MORE
+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “Hey @NYCMayor, there are 1mil+ Jewish people in #NYC. The few who don’t social distance should be called out — but generalizing against the whole population is outrageous especially when so many are scapegoating Jews…”
SJP Chapter at Tufts University Honored with “Collaboration” Award
“The Tufts University Hillel, ADL and Jewish groups praised the university’s president and other top administration officials for condemning the decision to give an award to the campus branch of Students for Justice in Palestine due to its participation in a campaign many view as antisemitic.” Algemeiner: FULL STORY
+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “It's ironic for SJP to win an award for collaboration when they routinely alienate Jewish students and others who don't submit to their rigid worldview and regularly foster #antisemitism…”
Sbarro Bombing Organizer Removed from Twitter, Instagram
“The terrorist, Ahlam Al-Tamimi, was convicted in connection with the 2001 Hamas bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem. The ADL described the bombing as ‘one of the most traumatic terror incidents in Israeli history. Tamimi reportedly selected the location for the bombing because she knew the pizzeria would be filled with children. The attack killed 15 people in total, including seven children and two American citizens.’” Jewish Journal: FULL STORY
KEY ADL SOCIAL STATEMENTS
- My heart breaks remembering one year since the #antisemitic shooting in #Poway, where Lori Gilbert-Kaye, a beloved member of the Jewish community, lost her life...
- On Yom HaZikaron, we honor all those who lost their lives in defense of the Jewish state and as victims of terror.
- We are incredibly thankful for the generous new donation from @Craignewmark and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
IN THE COMMUNITY
- ‘Zoombombers’ disrupt synagogue events in Ohio (Cleveland Jewish News)
- Finding a Way to Peace One Year After the Poway Tragedy (Times of San Diego – Tammy Gillies joint op-ed)
- ADL condemns New Mexico mayor’s ‘Nazi’ remark about governor (Associated Press)
ADL IN THE NEWS
- Coronavirus is Exposing Inequalities in Education, Explains ADL Webinar (Jewish Journal)
- Celebrating Israel as a safe haven from the worst effects of Jew-hatred (The Times of Israel – Jonathan Greenblatt Op-Ed)
- ‘Thousands’ of Orthodox Jews Have Donated Antibodies to Fight Coronavirus, Report Says (Jewish Journal)