Torah Desecrated at Fraternity; Fire Set at Austin Synagogue Following Antisemitic Incidents; Tucker Carlson Pushes Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theories

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November 04, 2021


A fraternity house at George Washington University was vandalized over the weekend, including desecration of a Torah scroll. A day after a fire was set outside a Jewish synagogue in Central Austin, more than two dozen faith leaders and clergy members from across Austin were joined by community leaders at a rally as they called for unity following a recent spate of antisemitic incidents against across the city. Fox News personality Tucker Carlson released a so-called “documentary” that dubiously claims the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol was a false-flag operation.

Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.

  1. Police Investigating Desecration of Torah Scroll at George Washington University Fraternity

    “Chapter President Chris Osborne told CNN by phone the house was broken into while members were away and the damage was discovered early Sunday morning. ‘There was laundry detergent dumped on religious texts, specifically a Jewish Torah,’ he said.” CNN: READ MORE

    + ADL Washington, D.C. tweet: Very disturbed to learn about this hateful incident that took place overnight at the TKE fraternity house on GWU’s campus. We’ve spoken with students & reached out to campus PD. We expect a full & rapid investigation.

    + ADL Resource: The ADL-Hillel Campus Antisemitism Survey, 2021

  2. Fire Set at Austin Synagogue Following Spate of Antisemitic Incidents

    ““Authorities said they had obtained security video and that they are looking into tips about the fire, which arson investigators think was intentional. No suspects have been identified.” Austin American-Statesman: FULL STORY

    + ADL Resource: H.E.A.T. Map

    + ADL Austin tweet: Today, like every day, we stood up to hate and antisemitism in Austin next to community partners, elected officials, and religious leaders. Together, we will continue to ensure that Austin is #NoPlaceForHate
  3. Tucker Carlson Premieres “Documentary” Pushing Conspiracy Theories About Jan. 6 Insurrection

    “The opening episode of the three-part series called ‘Patriot Purge’ became available for viewing Monday, despite pushback from the Anti-Defamation League and reporting from Fox News’ Washington bureau that disputes the entire premise of Carlson’s program.” Los Angeles Times: READ MORE


    + From ADL’s Center on Extremism: Tucker Carlson’s Dangerous Propaganda

    + READ: ADL Letter to Fox News Urging Network to Remove Program








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