Years Ago | December 4th

Vindicator file photo / December, mid-1980s | Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted young and old after their arrival in downtown Youngstown in this Vindicator photo from about 35 years ago. December 4. 1997: Three Youngstown city school buildings will be closed, eliminating the jobs of 35 teachers, 10 custodians, six...
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Lessons from the Kanye West debacle for the Left and the Right

Ye, the rapper previously known as Kanye West, went off the deep end this week, as anyone with an internet connection is by now aware, in a series of bizarre rants about Jews and the “dissing” of Nazis that at times appeared too unhinged even for interviewer Alex Jones.
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“Are we in danger?”: Community members reflect after antisemitism hits close to home

In the early hours of the morning on Monday, Nov. 14, the Montgomery County Police received reports of antisemitic vandalism on a wall along the Bethesda Trolley Trail above I-270. The graffiti depicted hanging figures next to the words, “No Mercy for Jews.” Next to these images, “1488,” a reference to the Great Replacement theory, and the words “Heil Hitler,” accompanied three swastikas and white supremacist symbols.

A priceless musical manuscript is finally being returned, and, no, Taylor Swift didn’t write it

Everything music-related seems to go about Taylor Swift these days as the award-winning musical artist can make headlines before waking up in the morning. So, the moment the news is music-related, Swifty or not, one’s brain tends to jump to the singing sensation almost instantly. However, the priceless musical piece we are talking about is surprisingly not linked to the Folklore singer at all. It’s about Ludwig van Beethoven and a masterpiece that is finally being returned to its rightful heirs.

Palestinian Santa brings festive cheer to Jerusalem

In Jerusalem's Old City there are dozens of churches, but as Christmas beckons there is just one Santa Claus -- a towering Palestinian former basketball player. At 1.9 metres (six feet three inches) tall, Kassissieh's height served him well as captain of the Palestinian basketball squad, and doesn't seem to intimidate the children he towers over.

Duff Goldman's Hanukkah Moose Is Menorah To The Max

Thanksgiving has finally passed us by and the holiday season is right on its heels. Christmas decorations are going up and Halloween decor is finally coming down — at least we hope so. And Jews around the world are dusting off their menorahs in anticipation of eight days of candle lighting. Many are likely familiar with the menorah, but equally as many don't exactly know what constitutes a kosher one. As Breaking Matzo notes, a menorah must have a space for one candle for each of the eight nights, along with another, on a slightly varied level, for the Shamash.

US Jews battle mainstream hatred

President Joe Biden’s emphatic condemnation of anti-Semitism Friday was driven by an alarming normalization of anti-Jewish tropes and hate speech by influential public figures and on social media, experts said. One day after hip-hop and fashion mogul Kanye West voiced a ‘love’ for Nazis and 10 days after ex-president...

Elon Musk Bans Kanye West From Twitter After Rapped Posted Star Of David Merged With The Swastika-‘He Again Violated Our Rule Against Incitement To Violence’

Elon Musk announced on Thursday, 1st December 2022, that Kanye West has been barred from Twitter due to his provocative social media activity concerning the Nazis. Elon Musk Bans Kanye West From Twitter After Rapped Posted Star Of David Merged With The Swastika-‘He Again Violated Our Rule Against Incitement To Violence’
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Reddit users turn Kanye West page into a Holocaust awareness forum

Fans on Reddit have turned against Kanye West, transforming a subreddit dedicated to him into a page promoting Holocaust education within hours of Ye’s most recent antisemitic comments. r/Kanye, a 700,000-member space on Reddit where fans once discussed Ye’s music, fashion and other endeavors, has been flooded with posts...

German government presents its strategy to combat antisemitism and to foster Jewish life

The fight against anti-Semitism in society as a whole is more urgent than ever in view of current developments. Police statistics and data from civil society hotlines have shown an increase in anti-Semitic incidents and crimes. In 2021, German police recorded 3,027 antisemitic crimes nationwide, nearly 700 more than the...

Calls for German bishop’s resignation over antisemitism accusations

A former German Lutheran bishop recently appointed to combat antisemitism for the state of Schleswig-Holstein is scrambling to retain his job after an exclusive JNS report brought to light his antisemitic sermons attacking Jews and Israel. David Ermes, the head of communications for the northern state’s education ministry, sent JNS...

Thistlethwaite: A Christmas without antisemitism

It is the Christian season of Advent, the time of preparation for the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish baby boy. Christians worship Jesus as divine. It is deeply disturbing, therefore, that when billions of Christians prepare to be thankful for the coming into the world of a Jewish baby boy, antisemitism is once again rising around the world, including in the United States.