Deadly White Supremacist Attack in Germany; Jewish table tennis star faces barrier to competing at US Olympic trials

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February 21, 2020


At least nine people were killed when a white supremacist opened fire at a hookah bar and other sites in Hanau, Germany. A religiously observant teenage table tennis star, who observes the Jewish sabbath, will be unable to participate in upcoming Olympic trials because the event partially falls on a Saturday. ADL has called on the annual carnival in the Belgian city of Aalst to withdraw the antisemitic caricatures which – as in previous years – are scheduled to appear at the 2020 event beginning this weekend.

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1. Nine Killed After White Supremacist Gunman Opens Fire in Hanau, Germany

“A 43-year-old German who posted a manifesto calling for the ‘complete extermination’ of many ‘races or cultures in our midst’ shot and killed nine people of foreign background, most of them Turkish, in an attack on a hookah bar and other sites in a Frankfurt suburb…” Associated Press: READ MORE

+ ADL Resource: Hate Beyond Borders – The Internationalization of White Supremacy

2. Teenage Orthodox Pingpong Phenom May Have to Skip Olympics Because Trials Are on Shabbat

“Estee Ackerman, who won the women’s division at the 2018 Table Tennis U.S. Open, reached out to USA Table Tennis via her father in January requesting to reschedule the matches to another day… but the request has not been approved.” JTA: FULL STORY

+ ADL Calls on USA Table Tennis to Accommodate Orthodox Jewish Player at Upcoming Olympic Trials

+ Read ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt’s Letter to USATT CEO

3. ADL Calls on Belgian Carnival to Remove ‘Anti-Semitic Caricatures’ from Parade

“In March 2019, the Aalst Carnival had a float featuring ‘effigies of grinning Jews holding money, one carrying a rat on its shoulder,’ the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported. Aalst Mayor Christoph D’Haese defended the effigies as satirical and said they will be used in the Feb. 23 carnival…” Jewish Journal: FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “These #antiSemitic caricatures should not be part of this carnival to begin with…”