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Yearbook Antisemitism Photo Controversy Shakes New Jersey High School

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East Brunswick NJ, a yearbook photo controversy is causing a stir at a New Jersey high school and its surrounding community. The names of members of a Jewish student group were omitted from the yearbook, and their group photo was replaced with one showing Muslim students.

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Will Anti-Semitic Messages Appear on Ridgewood’s New Proposed Electronic Billboard?

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Ridgewood NJ, at the April 23, 2024 Ridgewood Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting,in the matter of the Outfront Media LLC application to place an electronic billboard at 500 Route 17 South, there was a packed courtroom .  Residents raised quality of life concerns over the billboard , but something else to look forward to , Anti-Semitic messages .

Senator Robert Singer (R-30) and Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-30) released the following statements condemning the Pro-Palestine billboard on Route 9 in Howell, NJ:

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New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Pulling Support for Columbia University

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New York NY, Antisemitism has soared both nationally and globally since Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel, with U.S. colleges in particular taking heat for their handling of the situation.

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Rutgers University under Antisemitism Investigation

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New Brunswick NJ, the House Education Committee declared on Wednesday that it has dispatched a letter to Rutgers University, seeking information concerning its handling of antisemitism on campus, marking it as the fifth college under scrutiny by the panel for this issue.

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Glen Rock Detectives Continue to Investigate Antisemitic Incident at Starbucks

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Glen Rock NJ, the bias vandalism incident at Starbucks reported on 02/19/2024 is still being investigated by Glen Rock Detectives, along with additional officers who have been reassigned from patrol duties. The nature of this incident is similar to what has occurred at a number of Starbucks locations throughout the United States and Canada, where the chain has been targeted in the last few months. Detectives are conferring with police departments in those jurisdictions.

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Ocean County Man Admits He Committed a Series of Violent Assaults on Orthodox Jews

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Lakewood NJ, an Ocean County, man today admitted committing a series of violent assaults on members of the Orthodox Jewish community in and around Lakewood, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger for the District of New Jersey and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division announced.

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Swastika Discovered at Franklin Lakes Middle School Just Weeks After One Was Discovered at Ramapo High School

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Franklin Lakes NJ, Franklin Lakes grade school officials alerted families on Thursday via text that a swastika was discovered in a bathroom at Franklin Lakes Middle School earlier that day.

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U.S. Department of Education to Probe Teaneck Schools Following Student Walkout

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Teaneck NJ, on Friday, the U.S. Department of Education confirmed the initiation of a federal civil rights investigation into Teaneck schools, making it the third educational institution in New Jersey to undergo such scrutiny since the Hamas attacks on Israel on Oct. 7, 2023. Rutgers University was added to the list on Dec. 12, and the Newark School District on Dec. 21. Nationwide, 44 institutions, including Brown University in Rhode Island most recently on Tuesday, are currently under investigation since the mentioned attacks. Teaneck School District was included on Jan. 5 in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights list for open Title VI Shared Ancestry Investigations, encompassing both institutions of higher education and K-12 schools. The investigation stems from the controversy surrounding a high school student walkout in support of Palestine on Nov. 29, 2023, and subsequent handling by School Superintendent Andre Spencer and the Board of Education’s management of public speakers addressing the topic at its meetings.

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Rutgers University Benefactors With Hold Support Over Over Antisemitism on Campus

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New Brunswick, NJ, Marvin and Eva Schlanger are taking a stand by withholding their financial support from Rutgers University. Both proud Rutgers alumni, the couple, who contribute to various educational institutions through their Florida-based nonprofit, the Eva and Marvin Schlanger Family Foundation, has donated over $130,000 to Rutgers. However, they have decided to cease contributions due to what they perceive as the university’s inadequate response to antisemitism following the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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New Jersey AG and Ocean County Prosecutor Investigate Multiple incidences of Antisemitism

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Manchester Township NJ,  General Matthew J. Platkin and Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer today announced an ongoing investigation after several residential properties were spray-painted with swastikas and a suspicious house fire ignited in Manchester Township in a suspected bias incident on Tuesday.

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Peace, Love, and Antisemitism in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, yesterdays Ben and Jerry’s story gathered some interesting comments , oddly the same company boycotting Israel will sell ice in Iran were gays are hung for being gay . And for those who “really care about the Palestinians, they have more rights in Israel than any Arab country by far.

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Bergen County Unite for Israel Parade in Teaneck Draws Massive Crowd

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Teaneck NJ, thousand of supporters marched in support of the state of Israel for several hours on Sunday, transforming Teaneck’s leafy streets into a vast landscape of blue and white, the colors of the Israeli flag.

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Black Lives Matter Promotion of Antisemitism Unsettles Ridgewood Residents

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Ridgewood NJ, the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer was a flash-point for US race relations, setting off massive protests that spread around the world, including Ridgewood .
The demonstrations endorsed the simple messages that “black lives matter”, that the blood of minorities is not cheap and the injustices they face, past and present, must be addressed much more vigorously.

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UPDATE: Progressives Push Anti-semitism in DC

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Washington DC, Progressives embrace anti-semitism . A vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to controversial comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar is being put off amid intensifying pressure from progressives both inside and outside the House Democratic Caucus.

An array of progressive groups declared their support for Omar, while both the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus — two of the most important factions among House Democrats — wanted more time to review the situation, lawmakers and aides said.

Bergen county has seen a significant up tick in anti-semitism , including events in the Village of Ridgewood and Ridgewood Schools.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of the first two Muslim members of Congress, persists in her anti-Israel, anti-Semitic statements, even after condemnations from leading Congressional Democrats, questions are being asked about the party’s inability to take real action against the freshman firebrand.

Some of those concerns are even coming from Jews in Israel. David Rubin, American-Israeli political commentator and author of “Trump and the Jews”, has been tracking those concerns, pointing out that, “American Jews and Israelis are used to hearing the bombastic statements of anti-Semites who use Israel to get at the Jews, and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is no exception.”

Rubin added, “What is especially troubling, however, is the impotence of leading Democrats, in confronting such provocative news voices in their party. Why, for instance, given her harsh views about Israel and Jews, does Omar continue to sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee? What are the Democrat leaders afraid of? Last, but not least, are the Dems, with their inaction, abandoning their strong base of Jewish supporters?”