Shooting latest indication of increasing anti-Semitism

Posted Wednesday, 09 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

The shooting that left two dead and several injured in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday — when Jews celebrated Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for their faith — has shined a spotlight on the worldwide rise of anti-Semitic incidents. The attack in Germany, where investigators are pursuing anti-Semitic motives after the assailant reportedly shot at the door of a synagogue in an attempt to gain entry, drew swift condemnation from United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and renewed calls from Jewish groups in the U.S. to step up cooperation in combating anti-Semitism. "We have been saying for several years that anti-Semitism is real, it's resurgent, it's lethal and it's multi-sourced," American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris said in an interview. Harris added that Wednesday's Yom Kippur attack in Halle, coming on the heels of the one-year anniversary of an anti-Semitic shooting that killed 11 worshippers at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue, "should all be triggering alarm bells. The question is whether they are." A brief look at the state of global anti-Semitism: UNITED STATES AND CANADA The Anti-Defamation League, which called the Germany shooting "heartbreaking" in a Wednesday statement, reported earlier this year that violent anti-Semitic episodes in the United States doubled in 2018. Wednesday's holy day of Yom Kippur also saw an anti-Semitic incident reported in New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomoissued a statement condemning what he called "the desecration of a Holocaust memorial" in the city of White Plains on the eve of the holiday. In Canada, the government reported a 4% dip in anti-Semitic attacks last year — but only after a sharp rise in 2017. EUROPE Anti-Semitism is a top concern in Germany, where data shows reported, anti-Semitic incidents rose 10% last year, according to Tel Aviv University's Kantor Center, and where the trial of a group of alleged neo-Nazis for planning an attack in Berlin began last week. Chancellor Angela Merkel's government earlier this year affirmed its commitment to protecting Jews who wear skullcaps from anti-Semitic threats. But beyond Germany, several other nations are grappling with spiking reports of anti-Semitic sentiment as well as behavior. In the United Kingdom, the Community Security Trust charity recently reported a 10% rise in anti-Semitic incidents during the first six months of this year. In the Czech Republic, the Federation of the Jewish Communities reported a rise in anti-Semitic incidents last year.

Other articles published by Las Vegas Sun

Posted Tuesday, 15 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation" regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy ...

Posted Tuesday, 15 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will be back next season. Roberts led the team to its seventh straight NL West title and a franchise-record 106 wins — second-most in the...

Posted Tuesday, 15 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump "strongly condemns" a graphic and violent parody video that depicts a likeness of him shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the news media, the White House said Monday. But his press secretary said he hadn't ...

Posted Tuesday, 15 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

A racist and political message threatening a shooting at UNLV was discovered last week in a campus bathroom, according to university police.  The message stated the shooting would occur Wednesday and referenced black people and supporters of Sen. Bernie ...

Volunteer Shadow Ridge coach accused of kidnapping, sexual misconduct with student Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

A volunteer coach at Shadow Ridge High School stands accused of kidnapping and sexual misconduct with a student, according to Clark County School District Police.  Joshua Youngblood, 27, was arrested today, although it wasn't clear which jail he was...

Plan calls for fuel breaks to battle wildfires in 3 states Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

BOISE, Idaho — One option in a plan to battle devastating wildfires in southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada creates 1,500 miles of fuel breaks up to 400 feet wide along existing roads. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday ...

Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

What an incredible weekend for artistic collaboration between the resident companies of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and many of the Strip’s most talented entertainers. Nevada Ballet Theatre’s annual team-up with...

High School Football Picks: Week 9 Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

Unlike past weeks, neither Ray Brewer nor Case Keefer posted or as much as flirted with a perfect record in week 8 of high school football. There were a handful of results they didn't see coming. Can week 9 provide the same type of drama?...

Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

NEW YORK — The Yankees plan to use their bullpen against Houston from the start in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series. With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, Luis Severino starts Game 3 on Tuesday against Gerrit Cole. Masahiro Tanaka started the...

Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

WASHINGTON — Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S....

Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

Metro Police are investigating what may be a drug-related crime after a man was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in his vehicle Sunday afternoon in the east Las Vegas Valley. Officers found the man in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked at the...

Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

A woman who was reported missing earlier this year was kidnapped and killed, and her body was then enclosed in concrete and abandoned in the desert north of Las Vegas, Metro Police announced today. Detectives said Christopher Prestipino, 45, killed the...

Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

FORT WORTH, Texas — A white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman in her home while responding to a call about an open front door acted inappropriately and resigned before he could be fired, the police chief said Monday. Atatiana...

Officer who shot naked man found not guilty of murder Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

DECATUR, Ga. — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked man was found not guilty of murder on Monday, but was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges that could potentially send him to prison for more than 30...

Posted Monday, 14 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

The month-old Graffiti Bao restaurant at Warm Springs and Buffalo is one of the hottest eateries in the Las Vegas Valley, but it was originally meant to be a quick-serve concession at Vegas Golden Knights games and other events at T-Mobile Arena. “I...