Netanyahu talks to Elon Musk in California about antisemitism on X and artificial intelligence
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a U.S. trip in California to talk to billionaire businessman Elon Musk about antisemitism on his social media platform X — while Musk asked him to address his judicial overhaul in Israel.
White supremacist propaganda surged in 2020, report says
White supremacist propaganda reached alarming levels across the U.S. in 2020, according to a new report that the Anti-Defamation League shared with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)NEW YORK – White supremacist propaganda reached alarming levels across the U.S. in 2020, according to a new report that the Anti-Defamation League provided to The Associated Press. The ADL, which was founded more than a century ago, said that last year marked the highest level of white supremacist propaganda seen in at least a decade. A neo-Nazi group known as Folks Front distributed stickers that include the words “White Lives Matter.”According to the report, at least 30 known white supremacist groups were behind hate propaganda. Despite the overall increase, the ADL reported a steep decline in distribution of white supremacist propaganda at colleges and universities, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of students living and studying on campus.
Guns, maps, audio recordings -- New evidence in terrorist plot against Whitmer revealed
LANSING, Mich. – Local 4 Defenders collected new, never-before-seen evidence against the 14 men accused of the terrorist plot to kidnap and possibly kill Gov. Video shows one Wolverine Watchmen member show off his weapons -- including suppressors or silencers, and a locker packed with firearms. Another member, Brandon Caserta of Canton, is seen showing off a 800,000-volt electroshock weapon that federal investigators said he wanted to use on Whitmer. The goal was allegedly to assemble 200 men to storm the Michigan Capitol Building and take hostages -- including Whitmer. The affidavit indicates that Croft not only wanted to go after Whitmer, but other governors across the country.
Pro-Trump messages painted on headstones at Jewish cemetery in Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Police are investigating vandalism that left several headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids spray-painted with “TRUMP” and “MAGA” before President Donald Trump held his final campaign rally in the western Michigan city. Grand Rapids police officers on Monday found six headstones spray-painted with red paint at the Ahavas Israel Cemetery. The vandalized graves were discovered hours before Trump visited Grand Rapids late Monday night in his final campaign rally before Election Day. Wittkowski said the Grand Rapids Police Department had made no arrests or identified any suspects in the vandalism as of Tuesday morning. Grand Rapids’ Jewish community will not be cowed by this vile attack on Ahavas Israel," the caucus said in its statement.
Jewish leaders condemn 'hurtful' words by Nick Cannon
The Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish leaders condemned what they called hurtful words and anti-Semitic theories expressed by Nick Cannon on Wednesday, a day after ViacomCBS severed ties with him for the remarks made on a podcast. The danger is that those groups get confused with other self-identified Israelites like (Rabbi) Capers Funnye, who has a congregation in Chicago, and who is very much involved with the Ashkenazim Jewish community. Until his firing, Cannon produced Wild n Out, a comedy improv series for VH1, the ViacomCBS-owned cable channel. Cooper said that Cannon should reject Farrakhans hate speech and reduce the long statement to two sentences a simple apology. First of all, apologizing to the Jewish community for questioning our identity, Cooper said.
Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs
A new survey says about one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)BERLIN – About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday. In Western Europe, the study found that anti-Semitic views were either stable or down, with decreases in Britain, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Austria. Italy and Austria both posted significant decreases, dropping 11 percentage points and 8 percentage points to 18% and 20% with anti-Semitic attitudes respectively. The survey found that the attitudes of Muslims in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain tended to be more anti-Semitic than those countries overall.
'OK' is now a hate symbol, the ADL says
The "OK" hand gesture is now a hate symbol, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. NEW YORK - The "OK" hand gesture is now a hate symbol, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL added that symbol along with several others on Thursday to its long-standing database of slogans and symbols used by extremists. The finger-and-thumb OK sign is universally known for meaning everything is all right or approval of something. Tarrant was pictured using the OK symbol during a courtroom appearance soon after his arrest.
YouTube Star PewDiePie Withdraws $50,000 Pledge to Charity After Backlash From Fans
Popular YouTuber PewDiePie withdrew his $50,000 pledge to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) after his fans expressed outrage. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, said he pledged the money, which he received through a sponsorship, to the charity at the suggestion of someone else and didnt know much about it. He announced hed be donating it to the charity during an unboxing of a YouTube Play button he received for having more than 100 million subscribers. I made the mistake of picking a charity that I was advised to instead of picking a charity that Im personally passionate about, Kjellberg said. He also used racist language during a YouTube gaming livestream in the past, according to the Verge.