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CONNECTING AT A JEWISH-MUSLIM SEDER

 

 

By Mimi Pollack

Reprinted with permission from San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Network.

April 28, 2019 (La Jolla) - Whenever I hear of an organization whose purpose is to build bridges of communication, I want to find out more. I was invited to attend the Sunday Seder of the San Diego chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, an organization of Muslim and Jewish women, which was held at the Lawrence Family JCC. It proved to be a positive experience.

JEWISH WOMAN FORCED TO HIDE FROM ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS AT UC-IRVINE

 

By Shani Shahmoon, Originally published in the New York Observer

http://observer.com/2016/05/jewish-woman-forced-to-hide-from-anti-israel-activists-at-uc-irvine/

Photo by Paula Prizio

May 22, 2016 (Irvine) -- An event hosted by a pro-Israel student group ended abruptly Wednesday night as police were called to protect attendees from an angry mob that had gathered. One student who never made it inside the venue called 9-1-1 as she hid in fear from anti-Israel activists who chased her into a building on the University of California-Irvine campus.

VILLIFY OR EMBRACE? TWO VIDEOS SHOW CANDIDATES’ SHARPLY CONTRASTING APPROACHES TO MUSLIMS AND JEWS

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2016 (San Diego) –A Muslim woman and a Jewish man were forcibly removed from a speech being given by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in South Carolina last week.  They were staging a peaceful, silent protest over Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, both wearing yellow Holocaust stars of David and the word “Muslim.”  The woman also wore a hijab head scarf and a shirt that read, “Salam. I come in peace.”  She stood up after Trump suggested refugees fleeing Syria are affiliated with ISIS terrorists.  Hecklers shouted hateful remarks at the pair and Trump later backed their ouster.

By contrast, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, speaking at a rally in Virginia five days later, stepped from behind the podium to embrace a Muslim woman student who voiced concerns over “Islamophobia” and bigotry voiced by some candidates.  Sanders, stood hand in hand with the woman, then spoke of his father’s family who died in concentration camps and gave an impassioned speech, vowing to stand against racism of all forms.

RISE IN VIOLENT ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS WORLDWIDE RAISES ALARM

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—Last week,  a young Jewish man was shot and killed outside a Copenhagen synagogue. In Paris, as many as 250 Jewish graves were desecrated.  At the University of California in Davis, California earlier this month, swastikas were sprayed on a Jewish fraternity house after a demonstration by pro-Palestinian students, one of whom  proclaimed on Facebook that Hamas and Sharia law had come to the campus, prompting 23 organizations to demand an investigation to protect Jewish students’ safety. These are the latest in a string of hate crimes targeting Jewish people around the world.

It's a violent start to the New Year that continues a chilling trend.  Last year, 2014, was a year of unprecedented anti-Semitic violence worldwide, the Simon Wiesenthal Center reports. That report found that due to violent anti-Semitism, Jewish people worldwide now face the greatest challenges since the end of World War II, when 6 million Jewish people were exterminated in concentration camps by the Nazis.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

October 11, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

  • Mitt Romney's Climate Change Remarks On 'Meet The Press' Outrage Environmental Activists 
  • Meningitis-linked steroid may have been responsible for 13,000 cases in US (Reuters)
  • Meningitis outbreak: steroid maker recalls all shots (Med Page Today)
  • NY 9/11 judge okays$6 billion vs. Iran, Taliban, Al Qaeda (UT San Diego)
  • Should TV stations refuse to air political ads that make false claims? (NPR)
  • Supreme Court to hear Monsanto seed dispute (Huffington Post)
  • Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril (Wall Street Journal Market Watch)

WORLD

  • Drug ‘may’ prevent stroke damage (BBC)
  • Libyan leader passes vote of no confidence dismissing leader (Reuters)
  • Egypt’s hard-line Islamist party unravels (UT San Diego)
  • Gauging poverty from Appalachia to Africa (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Hamas election boycott leaves Palestinians with only one choice (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Israel strikes Gaza after exchange of air strikes (Christian Science Monitor)
  • France’s Hollande vows more security to allay Jewish fears (Reuters)

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

¡CELÉBRATE! THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES

 
May 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- On three days in May, the Anti-Defamation League San Diego Regional Office with special support provided by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego will be presenting a festival of film, music, and lectures highlighting the historic, and contemporary journey of the Jewish people.

EDITORIAL: BALANCING HATE WITH HEALING

WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH PICKETING LOCAL SCHOOLS

By J. Richards

 

Editor's note:  Westboro Baptist Church, headed by Fred Phelps, has gained notoriety for protesting at funerals of gay individuals. In San Diego, however, on October 16 the group (which calls Jews "Christ killers") plans to target Jewish schools and organizations.  

 

October 15, 2009 (San Diego)--The Westboro Baptist Church will be in San Diego County to stage a series of pickets this Friday through Monday, with their "God hates..." pretty-much-everyone-else signs and websites.

 

They use shock tactics to get media attention, such as picketing military funerals while declaring 9-11 to be God’s punishment and their wish for the death of more soldiers.  I might have let their presence pass without anything more than a tsk-tsk, knowing their words speak more loudly against them than anything anyone else could say.

 

Our children's school, however, is on their picket schedule, so that children from pre-school on will have to pass this group's picketing in order to get to class in the morning.