News Briefs: Farrakhan Loses Verified Status, Anne Frank Center Honors Parkland Teacher, and More


Jewish Baseball Players Set HR Record

Five Jewish baseball players combined for six home runs on June 8, the most in a single day in Major League Baseball history, according to JTA.

Two of those home runs were hit by Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun — nicknamed The Hebrew Hammer — in a 12-4 rout of the Phillies.

Also hitting home runs on June 8 were Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim second baseman Ian Kinsler and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.

The best single-day output for a Jewish player still belongs to former Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green, who hit four home runs, a double and a single in a 2002 game.

Farrakhan Loses Verified Status on Twitter After Issuing ‘Satanic Jew’ Tweet

A tweet about the “Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan” by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan prompted Twitter to revoke his account’s verified status, reported.

A video from Farrakhan’s May 27 sermon blamed Jews for advocating “Satanic” same-sex marriage, imposing undue influence on former President Barack Obama and using sex to get parts in Hollywood movies.

“Whenever you read that God has told the Jews to hear and obey, and they say, ‘I hear and I disobey,’ that’s Satan. … [The Jews] are openly disobeying God,” Farrakhan said. “He [a Jew] will take down the whole world with him.”

Verified status — which is seen as a blue check mark badge on a Twitter user’s account — is used to showcase noteworthy or popular accounts.

Parkland Teacher Honored by Anne Frank Center

The Anne Frank Center named Ivy Schamis, who was teaching a history of the Holocaust class when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., its teacher of the year, according to JTA.

She was recognized June 12 at the center’s 22nd annual gala as one of several “worthy role models who uphold Anne Frank’s ideals of hope, justice, and equality.” Schamis had created her school’s Holocaust education program.

Schamis was teaching on Feb. 14 when the suspect, former student Nikolas Cruz, shot up the classroom, killing two students and injuring four. In all, 17 students and teachers were killed before Cruz was apprehended.

“How can this happen, of all places, in a classroom where students were learning how to combat hate? The lessons of the Holocaust were coming alive right there in room 1214,” Schamis said in a statement. “Since that fateful day, the fourth-period students have become a symbol of all Anne Frank stood for — loss of innocence coupled with unfailing optimism.”

Roman Abramovich the Richest Israeli Resident

Russian-Jewish oligarch Roman Abramovich is the richest person in Israel, according to Haaretz.

The owner of the English soccer club Chelsea has an estimated net worth of $12 billion, according to Forbes. He recently made aliyah.

Real estate investor Eyal Ofer, who controls the Royal Caribbean cruise line, ranked second at $9.3 billion.

Israeli has 106 billionaires, with an average worth of $1.07 billion.


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