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Jewish civil-rights group protests Twitter CEO over not banning Holocaust denia

(JNS.org)  – The grassroots Jewish civil-rights movement End Jew Hatred protested outside the California home of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Monday, blaring audio recordings of Holocaust-denying tweets that have not been removed from Twitter.

The group said Dorsey has been quick to edit content deemed to be “misinformation” when it comes to politics, the coronavirus pandemic and other issues of consequence. But when users on his platform spread harmful lies...

These are the steps Jewish institutions are taking to secure themselves against possible attacks

By ERIC BERGER

When someone threw rocks a couple months ago at the doors of a Chabad center in Atlanta, the glass didn’t shatter.

That’s because earlier in the year, local Chabad leaders decided to reevaluate their security following an incident with a trespasser.

Neil Rabinovitz, a former 22-year veteran of the FBI who now works as community security director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, visited the site...

Glenn Beck is the latest right-wing pundit to compare social media bans to the Holocaust

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Following other conservative pundits, Glenn Beck compared social media’s restrictions against disinformation and incitement to the Holocaust.

In recent days, Twitter and Facebook have banned President Donald Trump’s accounts for incitement to violence. Twitter also removed 70,000 accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. And the social network Parler, a haven for the far right, was taken offline.

Beck appeared to object to these decisions.

“You...

Man seen wearing ‘Camp Auschwitz’ T-shirt during Capitol rioting is arrested

(JTA) — A man seen wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” T-shirt during the Capitol insurrection was arrested Wednesday.

Federal authorities took Robert Keith Packer, 56, into custody in Newport News, a city on Virginia’s central coast. Authorities throughout the country are seeking to arrest dozens of people identified on video and in photos of the riot last week.

His shirt also said “Work Brings Freedom,” a rough translation of the phrase...

Jerry Nadler brought Zabar’s bag with ‘a babka and the constitution’ to the impeachment hearing

(JTA) — As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler has been busy this week creating impeachment history. But he he hasn’t gone hungry, apparently.

C-SPAN caught Nadler carrying a bag from Zabar’s, the famed New York grocery and appetizing store located in his Upper West Side congressional district, as he took his seat on Wednesday. The bold orange logo would be unmistakeable to anyone familiar with the...

House passes H.R. 21, non-binding measure urging VP Pence to remove Trump from office

(WASHINGTON) – Working into the late hours of the night, the U. S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 21,  a measure urging Vice President Mike Pence to remove President Donald Trump from office prior to a Wednesday morning session where a single article of impeachment will be introduced on the House floor.

The measure by U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD.) is part of a two-prong attack by Democrats against Trump,...

Jewish, pro-Israel groups mourn loss of Sheldon Adelson

(JNS.org) – Jewish and pro-Israel groups expressed condolences over the loss of Jewish and pro-Israel donor Sheldon Adelson.

Adelson, a Republican megadonor and business titan, died on Jan. 11 at the age of 87 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Following the news, the following Jewish and pro-Israel groups that have benefited from Adelson’s philanthropy expressed their condolences.

“We mourn the passing of Sheldon Adelson, who lived a remarkable life and...

GitHub reportedly fires Jewish employee after he posted on Slack about ‘Nazis’ at the Capitol siege

(JTA) — GitHub, a software developing host owned by Microsoft, reportedly fired a Jewish employee days after he warned of “Nazis” among the mob that stormed the Capitol last week.

According to Business Insider, the Jewish employee posted on Jan. 6 on a company channel on Slack, the work messaging platform, that colleagues in the Washington, D.C. area should “stay safe homies, Nazis are about.”

Another employee then criticized the...

Brad Schneider among 3 House lawmakers said to have contracted COVID during siege of Congress

(JTA) — Rep. Brad Schneider, a Jewish Democrat who is a leader in the House on Israel issues, said he has coronavirus and blamed maskless Republicans who sheltered with him during last week’s insurrection at the Capitol.

“Last Wednesday, after narrowly escaping a violent mob incited by the President of the United States to attack the Capitol and its occupants, I was forced to spend several hours in a secure...

Etsy removes ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt from its online store

(JTA) — Etsy has removed a T-shirt with the phrase “Camp Auschwitz” on it after images of a rioter involved in the deadly Capitol insurrection with the same words on his sweatshirt circulated in recent days.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum tweeted at the e-commerce company, which sells customized craft items, saying that the shirt it found on the site was “painful to Survivors[sic] and disrespectful to the memory of...