News Briefs: Campaign Sign for N.J. Congressman Defaced With Swastikas/Racial Epithets and More


Campaign Sign for N.J. Congressman Defaced With Swastikas/Racial Epithets

Swastikas, racial epithets and profanity were found scrawled on a campaign sign for U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), who is Jewish, on Sept. 22, The New York Times reported.

In addition, the Hampton Township home of a Gottheimer supporter was similarly defaced.

The Gottheimer banner was defaced with black spray paint on one side with racist and anti-Semitic remarks and “Vote MAGA, Libs suck. Go to CALI Dems” on the other side.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America condemned the incident and issued a statement that, in part, read: “This is not the first time that Rep. Gottheimer has faced anti-Semitism in his campaigns for Congress, and his strong denunciation of these incidents is an example that both parties should follow.”

Suit About Kuwaiti Ban on Israeli Passengers Dismissed

Although a German court called the policy “unacceptable and irrelevant,” it dismissed a lawsuit on Sept. 25 against Kuwait Airways for banning Israeli passengers, reported.

The airline refused in 2016 to service an Israeli student who bought a ticket from Germany to Thailand.

The court decision affirmed a lower court ruling that said Kuwaiti law would have prohibited the traveler from changing planes in that country.

“As Israelis in practice are not allowed to enter the transit areas of Kuwait’s airport, the plaintiff cannot demand transportation by the Kuwaiti airline from Frankfurt to Bangkok with a stopover in Kuwait,” the Frankfurt-based High Court of Hesse said.

The Lawfare Project expressed dismay.

“The appeal argued that the verdict applied the racist law of a radical, totalitarian and theocratic regime, and allowed it to overrule German national air-transportation laws, which obligate every air carrier to transport any passenger with valid travel documents,” the project said.

Poll: Anti-Semitism Prompts British Jews to Consider Leaving United Kingdom

Forty percent of British Jews have considered leaving the country, up from 31 percent in 2017, because of rising anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom, according to a new poll, reported.

About 82 percent of the 2,103 respondents said politicians were “doing too little to fight anti-Semitism,” while 84 percent attributed the uptick in anti-Semitism to “recent political events,” according to the annual Antisemitism Barometer study by the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Only 22 percent of British Jews said they feel welcome in Great Britain, with 49 percent believing that Jews have a long-term future there. That’s down from 59 percent in 2017 and 62 percent in 2016. Ninety percent of those surveyed cited issues with the Labour Party as a cause for dissent.

Michelle Obama Officiates at Jewish Wedding

Former first lady Michelle Obama officiated at the wedding of a Jewish couple under a traditional chuppah on Sept. 22, JTA reported.

The wedding between Stephanie Moelis Rivkin — daughter of Chicago Deputy Mayor Robert Rivkin — and Joel Sircus on Sept. 22 occurred along Lake Michigan.

Although The New York Times wedding announcement listed Robert Dresser as the ceremony officiant, the bride’s cousin posted a video on Instagram with Obama officiating. 


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