NBC pulls ‘Nurses’ episode over accusations of anti-Semitism
An episode of NBC’s Canadian import “Nurses” has quietly disappeared from its digital platforms after multiple national Jewish organizations called out its anti-Semitic tropes. The episode, which aired Feb. 9, included a scene in which a young Orthodox Jewish patient, Israel, finds out he’ll need a bone graft for his injured leg if he ever wants to play basketball again. “You want to put a dead leg inside of me?” Israel asks. “A dead goyim leg — from anyone,” his father responds, using the Hebrew word for a non-Jewish person. “An Arab, a woman.” Israel eventually refuses the surgery, saying Go...
New York Daily News
As hate crimes surge, Philly Holocaust Memorial is reinvented with an antiracist mission
PHILADELPHIA – Hate crimes in the United States are at a 10-year high. Anti-Semitic and racist incidents have been on the rise in the pandemic, surveys have found. And the nation is still coping with the aftermath of an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, where blatantly anti-Semitic imagery abounded, right down to a man in a “Camp Auschwitz” hoodie. Against that daunting backdrop, the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation has launched a new endeavor to counter bigotry of all kinds with a curriculum the organization is calling “History is Now.” It highlights through-lines connecting Jewi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'I'm Jewish.' After video tirade, ex-Miami-Dade police employee swears she's not anti-Semitic
MIAMI — A retired Miami-Dade police homicide stenographer wearing her department jacket went viral Tuesday night when video emerged of her screaming profanities at a parked SUV outside a Boca Raton Chinese restaurant. "Just because you're Jewish and a Democrat doesn't give you the right to stay there," Leslie Socolov yells at the SUV blocking her car in a parking lot, as laughter erupts in the background. She also yells: "Move your f---ing car you stupid Jew!" The video was posted to Twitter by a website called StopAntiSemitism.org. The Miami-Dade Police Department, in a tweet on Tuesday night...
Orthodox Jewish synagogue fined over secret pandemic wedding
New York (AFP) - An Orthodox Jewish synagogue has been fined by New York authorities after thousands gathered to attend a secretly organized indoor wedding that violated coronavirus restrictions.The Hasidic place of worship was fined $15,000 over the November 8 event, which was organized without the knowledge of city officials, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.It is the latest example of tensions between officials and Orthodox communities over social distancing measures imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19, which ravaged Orthodox neighborhoods in the spring.Last month, an area in Brooklyn w...
In Brooklyn, Orthodox Jews defiant in face of virus shutdown
New York (AFP) - In an Orthodox Jewish area of Brooklyn on Friday, community members vowed to defy government attempts to restrict their worship over rising coronavirus concerns as they marked a religious holiday.Borough Park saw angry protests by Hasidic Jews this week after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he was partially shutting down the neighborhood to stem a second wave of Covid-19.The controversy turned political with right-wing figures stoking the demonstrations and Orthodox Jews claiming they are being targeted by the Democratic governor for their support of President Donald ...