Author: Eliyahu Mintz

American Jewry, antisemitism

Swastika Found in Suburban Pittsburgh Middle School

swastika graffiti

The Pittsburgh suburb known as Mt. Lebanon has a miniscule Jewish population. Only 1.4 percent of the residents of this former farming community are Jewish. And yet somehow, students at Jefferson Middle School found themselves confronted with a swastika made out of masking tape on the dry erase board of an 8th grade classroom. As …

Israel, Terror

US Denies Israeli Heads-Up on Designating PFLP-Linked NGOs

pro PFLP demonstrators in Milan April 2021

Ned Price, at the US State Department, is insisting that Israel did not send advance warning before designating six NGOs as terrorist affiliates for their links to the PFLP. Meantime, the Israeli Foreign Ministry insists it did indeed warn the US State Department in advance of the designations. The six NGOs are Addameer, Al Haq, …

Israel

Suspect Poll Finds Slim Majority of Israelis Think Trump Better for Israel

Biden Trump

According to a suspicious-seeming poll, only a slim majority (53%) of Israelis believe US president Joe Biden is worse for Israel than his predecessor, Donald Trump. The poll says that a third of Israelis (36%) believe there is no significant difference between the two administrations, and 11% think that Biden is better for Israel. The poll …

antisemitism, Israel, Media Bias

NY Times Guest Writer Refaat Alareer Has Likened Israel to Nazi Germany 115 Times

NY Times Building

The NY Times published a guest essay by Refaat Alareer entitled, “My Child Asks, ‘Can Israel Destroy Our Building if the Power Is Out?’” The piece came out on May 13, while Israel was under bombardment with more than 4,000 rockets. Alareer’s article falsely suggested that the IDF hit random targets in Gaza with “no …

Israel, Quality of Jewish Life, Terror

New York Times Distorts Iraqi Jewish History

Mass grave of victims of the Farhud, 1941

A New York Times account of a Baghdad conference on peace between Israel and Iraq was filled with inaccuracies, to the point of offending Jewish history. The article describes the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 that led to a schism between Iraq and Iraqi Jews. The most infamous pogrom in Iraq targeting the Jewish …

campus, Quality of Jewish Life

Antisemitic Professors Harass Students

UC Berkeley

A survey by Alums for Campus Fairness, found that 27 percent of Jewish students reported having been the target of in-person offensive or threatening antisemitic comments from a faculty member or school employee. Another 30 percent said they knew someone who had experienced such comments. Three horrifying examples from a long list provided by popular …

American Jewry, antisemitism

More than half of all US Religiously Motived Hate Crimes are Against Jews

Smashed window antisemitic hate crime Ohel Menachem

According to the latest FBI statistics, Jews are the target in 58 percent of all religiously motivated hate crimes in the United States. This is despite the fact that Jews comprise only two percent of the population of America.  While the 2020 numbers are grim, the percentage of antisemitic hate crimes has actually dipped in …

American Jewry, Jewish pride, Orthodox

Orthodox Baseball Player May Be MLB Pick

Jacob Steinmetz

Jacob Steinmetz, a 17-year-old Orthodox Jew from Long Island, is expected to be chosen in the Major League Baseball draft this Sunday. Steinmetz already won a scholarship to Fordham University and is 181 in his draft class. But can he make it in the big leagues as a Shomer Shabbos, Shomer Kashrus Yid? A graduate …