(July 26, 2019,/ JNS) Djamel Boumaaz, a legitimate inside the southern French city of Montpellier, celebrated his birthday with a swastika-adorned cake.
In a Facebook publish discussing how he spent his fortieth birthday, he wrote, “I spent a beautiful day with my circle of relatives, tune, meals inside the domestic of my SS buddy, then my birthday cake arrived, a gift from my SS pal.”
Boumaaz, who’s Muslim, formerly a member of the long way-proper National Front Party, has a record of neo-Nazi activism. He became 2d at the party’s listing for the neighborhood 2014 elections in Montpelier.
Two years later, Boumaaz’s Twitter account was investigated, as it marked that it become “forbidden to puppies and Jews,” and protected tweets denying and mocking the Holocaust.
He has previously been fined for acting the quenelle gesture—an inverted Nazi salute popularized via French political activist and comic Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, acknowledged for his anti-Semitic views—at a session of the Montpellier city council, consistent with the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
MGM to redecorate security uniforms after criticism of Holocaust imagery
(July 26, 2019,/ JNS) MGM Resorts International introduced this week that it’s going to redesign its protection uniform following a grievance through a Jewish purchaser at a casino near Cleveland that the safety badge-kind celebrity on it resembled the yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to put on within the Holocaust.
“My maximum instant notion was, that is a hassle,” June Scharf advised CNN, recalling coming into the venue.
“It was a combination that it become a celeb, and it changed into on a yellow backdrop,” she added.
Debra DeShong, senior VP of company communications for MGM Resorts International, advised The Cleveland Jewish News, which contacted the organization: “We recognize this being brought to our interest and could start the technique of changing the badges at the uniforms in question. We remorse anyone turned into angry; it was clearly no longer our intention. We are committed to making sure that everybody feels welcome on our residences. Diversity and inclusion are in the middle of our corporation’s values.”
“I even have a circle of relatives that died inside the Holocaust,” Scharf informed The Cleveland Jewish News. “So, I sense very near that revel in. And I take it critically and considering that imagery takes me right again to that past that’s painful. A superstar on a yellow blouse screams the Jude [Juden] stars that they made Germans put on, German Jews. My grandfather become German and he left Germany, but different participants of his family perished.”
She told CNN, regarding the shirt look, “There are a million matters you can place on a blouse design-clever, however, I take into account that now not all and sundry is aware of that symbolism and its area in history.”
Report: Jews maximum focused on hate crimes in Canada for third consecutive yr
(July 26, 2019,/ JNS) For the 0.33 consecutive yr, Jews are the maximum targeted minority organization in terms of hate crimes in Canada, in spite of a 4 percent decrease from the year-earlier than.
There had been 360 recorded anti-Semitic incidents, in keeping with Statistics Canada, which released its record on Monday.
According to B’nai Brith Canada, 2,041 anti-Semitic incidents in Canada have been pronounced in 2018.
Canadian police replied to at least one,798 hate crimes in 2018, and a pair of,073 the preceding year.
“We are endorsed to peer an ordinary decline in hate crimes, [but] this fact confirms the endurance of Jew-hatred, which is seeing an alarming worldwide rise,” said Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel.