October 31, 2018

What If Because You Are Gay Get Attacked By This Ugly Couple Wielding a Big Ugly Knife?


By Tim Fitzsimons

As they wound down a “lovely” day of snorkeling, picnicking and hiking on Wisteria Island, Keith Miller and Jeff Pellissier were preparing to head back to Key West. The recently married couple from West Hollywood, California, then saw a boat traveling toward them at high speed.
“I heard loud people in a skiff coming toward the island, and I mentioned to Keith, ‘I hope they’re not going to be landing near us, they sound noisy, they sound a bit drunk,’” Pellissier said. “We started to put things away in the boat because I thought something might be happening, so I wanted to be ready.”

Christopher Yarema and Stephanie Burnham
Christopher Yarema and Stephanie BurnhamMonroe County Sheriff's Dept

Christopher Thomas John Yarema, 43, and Stephanie Lynn Burnham, 35, arrived quickly. The pair hopped out into the knee-deep water, where Miller was standing.
“The man yelled, ‘Hey, Speedo man, what are you doing here, get the f*** off my island, you fag,’” Pellissier, 59, said in an interview with NBC News.
According to the Miami Herald, the island is a “makeshift community for the homeless,” and Burnham’s address in the police report is listed as the “streets of Key West.” Wisteria Island is also popular with day-trippers from Key West.
“The only thing we said is 'We are leaving, and we want nothing but peace,'” Miller, 61, said.
Pellissier said Burnham punched him in the face, broke his sunglasses and hit him with an oar. She also shouted that the couple had “five seconds” to get off the island, or she would kill them, Pellissier recalled. Then Yarema brandished a four-inch blade at Pellissier but missed because Miller pushed their inflatable dinghy in between them. After Yarema missed and sunk his blade into the dinghy, he stabbed it multiple times, deflating several of its compartments, the men said.
The two men managed to get back into the dinghy and made it back to their sailboat before the smaller craft sank. The Coast Guard, responding to the tourists’ call for help, said it found the dinghy “completely deflated,” according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office report. Yarema and Burnham were both arrested.
According to the police report, Yarema “remembered his wife getting into an argument with the people near his campsite, but does not remember anything else. He stated that when he woke up, Coat [sic] Guard was requesting him to follow them to the station.” Burnham was charged with battery and causing property damage, while Yarema was charged with third-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill and first-degree battery.
Adam Linhardt, a spokesperson for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, said that Florida state attorneys will determine whether hate crime charges would be filed.
“The words they used left little to the imagination,” Linhardt said. “Whether or not a hate crime is what these people are ultimately charged with would be up to the state prosecutors.”
Reached by telephone Monday by NBC News, Val Winter, the assistant state attorney for Monroe County, said his office does not comment on pending cases. “We typically have 30 days to make our filing decision” regarding hate crimes, Winter said. The couple told NBC News that they felt certain Burnham and Yarema intended to kill them. “They stabbed with the intent to kill me,” Pellissier said. “Jeff and I are just grateful that we got away [with] our lives,” Miller said.
Stratton Pollitzer, the deputy director of statewide LGBTQ rights group Equality Florida, said the group has seen a “dramatic surge in hate violence impacting many communities. Worse, the flames of hatred are being fanned by the current administration.”
“Thankfully, arrests have been made in this incident which helps to reinforce the vital message that hate crimes will bring action and accountability,” Pollitzer added. “We all need to cultivate the courage to intercede when we see anyone being verbally or physically assaulted like this. We have to be a counterbalance to the swaggering hatred."
According to the most recent FBI hate crimes data, 17 percent of all hate crime victims in the U.S. in 2016 were targeted because of their sexual orientation, and most of those victims were gay men.

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October 30, 2018

Campbell Soup Exec Kelly Johnson Proved Trump is not The only Exec Who Tweets Crazy Stuff


What's in the water these men drink??????????????


               
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Campbell’s Soup Exec Out After Conspiracy Tweet

Kelly Johnston, the company’s vice president of government affairs, drew fire last week for tweeting that billionaire philanthropist George Soros’ Open Society Foundation “planned and is executing” the Central American migrant caravan heading toward the U.S. border. OSF denied the claim in a tweet the next day. After disavowing Johnston’s comments, Campbell’s — which said in a letter to OSF that it “believes in truth and transparency” — decided to “accelerate” his departure, which had been planned for early November. Johnston’s last day was Thursday.

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The Campbell Soup lobbyist who said George Soros' foundation was assisting a caravan of migrants bound for the United States is no longer with the company.
Kelly Johnston, formerly Campbell's vice president of government affairs, tweeted on Monday that the Open Society Foundations arranged for "troop carriers" and "rail cars" to support the caravan, which formed earlier this month in Central America. Johnston has since deleted his Twitter account.
Campbell and Johnston had discussed his leaving over the summer, the company said on Saturday. Johnston was scheduled to leave in November, but the tweet sped up his exit.
"In the last few days, the company and Mr. Johnston have agreed that under the current circumstances it would be best to accelerate the timing of his departure," a company spokesperson told CNN Business. Thursday was his last day.
Johnston did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN Business.
Campbell disavowed Johnston's tweet, saying on Tuesday that "the opinions Mr. Johnston expresses on Twitter are his individual views and do not represent the position of Campbell Soup Company."
The Open Society Foundations, which seeks to promote democracy around the globe, dismissed the tweet as false.
"Neither Mr. Soros nor Open Society is funding this effort," Open Society tweeted on Tuesday. "We are surprised to see a Campbell Soup executive spreading false stories."
The soup company's interim president and CEO Keith McLoughlin sent a letter to Open Society president Patrick Gaspard on Tuesday after Gaspard demanded the company take action on Johnston.
"We expect our leaders to present facts, to deal with objective truths and to exercise impeccable judgment," he wrote. " Mr. Johnston's remarks do not represent the position of Campbell and are inconsistent with how Campbell approaches the public debate."
McLoughlin added that Johnston had represented the company "ably for many years," and said that he would leave the company in November, as planned.
New York Times reporter Kenneth Vogel posted a screen grab of Johnston's tweet on Tuesday before Johnston deleted his account.
caravan of migrants who say they are fleeing poverty and violence are making their way through Mexico to the US border.
    The movement of the caravan has become a lightning rod in the immigration debate ahead of the midterm elections.
    Some other public figures and politicians have suggested, without evidence, that Soros is funding the caravan. President Donald Trump has seized on the caravan as a political issue and has accused Democrats of pushing for overrun borders.

      Brazilians Including Many LGBT Elect Anti Gay Far Right Candidate as President





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      By Zoe Sullivan
      OLINDA, BRAZIL — Far-right Brazilian lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro, the so-called Trump of the Tropics, was elected president of the world’s fourth-largest democracy on Sunday. Once considered unelectable due, in part, to his long history of offensive comments — he implied women who are raped “deserve it” and has said he’d be “incapable of loving a homosexual son” — the 63-year-old former military captain proved his detractors wrong.
      While many of the Latin American country’s marginalized communities have questioned what Bolsonaro’s leadership could mean for them, Brazil’s LGBTQ population is particularly concerned.
      “This is a major worry for us,” Rivonia Rodrigues, a member of the Pernambuco LGBTQ Forum, told NBC News. “This is not just a question of partisan politics: It’s a question of survival."
      Rodrigues said since Bolsonaro started leading in the presidential polls, people have become more emboldened in terms of publicly expressing anti-gay views. “There’s always someone shouting from a car, 'You are all going to die now,’” she said.

      "WE WILL TRY TO HAVE A DIALOGUE"

      Toni Reis, president of Brazil’s National LGBTQ Alliance, which boasts 650 members across the country, had a more measured response to Bolsonaro's victory.
      “To the extent possible, we will try to have a dialogue with this government,” Reis told NBC News.
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      People pose in front of a billboard in Portuguese that reads "Not Him," in reference to presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, during the Gay Pride Parade in Niteroi, Brazil, on Sept. 23, 2018.Silvia Izquierdo / AP
      While he said the prospect of negotiating with Bolsonaro, who has been openly hostile to the gay community for decades, maybe a challenge, he said his organization accepts the election result as part of the democratic process. Bolsonaro, who has been compared to Philippines' strongman Rodrigo Duterte, defeated his Workers’ Party rival Fernando Haddad by double digits.
      Reis said a national Datafolha poll released on the eve of the presidential election gave him hope: “We are really happy to see that 75 percent of Brazilians believe society should accept homosexuals,” he said.

      "YES, I AM HOMOPHOBIC"

      Before Bolsonaro threw his hat into the presidential ring, he had a reputation for racist, sexist and homophobic remarks. In his decades as a Congressman, he has been particularly vocal about his distaste for gays: He has said that he would rather his son die in an accidentthan be gay; has advocated that parents should beat being gay out of their children; and in 2013 proclaimed, “Yes, I am homophobic — and very proud of it.”
      Nonetheless, a national survey found that nearly a third of Brazil’s LGBTQ community supported the controversial candidate. Tiago Pavinatto, a 34-year-old gay attorney in Brazil, spoke to Bloomberg News about his support of Bolsonaro. In his interview, he pointed out that those tracking LGBTQ murders in the country have seen found a steady increase since 2000.
      “Militants talk about the large number of gays killed in Brazil, but who was in charge of the country for 14 years?” Pavinatto asked. The answer to his question, of course, is the Workers’ Party, which was defeated by Bolsonaro on Sunday. While Bolsonaro has vowed to be tough on crime, LGBTQ advocates are not convinced he will be their protector. In the few weeks between the first round of presidential elections on Oct. 7 and his victory on Sunday, Bolsonaro has been at the hub of several controversies and, according to Brazilian news reports, served as inspiration for violence against LGBTQ people, social justice activists and journalists.
      A transgender woman was knifed to death in the northeastern state of Sergipe a week before Sunday’s runoff election, and a drag queenwas murdered in the center of São Paulo on October 16. The attackers invoked Bolsonaro´s name during both assaults, according to local news reports.
      “It’s as if the gates of hell have been opened — as if hunting season had been declared,” Beto de Jesus, an LGBTQ activist and founder of São Paulo’s massive annual gay pride parade, told The Guardian of what he sees as a new era of anti-LGBTQ brutality. “It’s barbarism.”

      BARK VS. BITE

      Bolsonaro has frequently cast aspersions on democratic institutionsand argued that if Brazil’s 1964-1985 dictatorship made any mistake, it was that it didn't go far enough in killing communists who threatened the nation. In a speech last week in São Paulo that critics called downright fascist, Bolsonaro doubled down on these sentiments to thousands of his supporters.
      “Those red good-for-nothings will be banished from the homeland,” he said of his Workers’ Party rivals. “It will be a cleanup the likes of which has never been seen in Brazilian history.”
      Nonetheless, Reis cautioned that campaigning rhetoric is one thing while government action is another.
      “We’re going to have a formal dialogue [with the Bolsonaro government],” Reis said confidently. “We are in a democratic country, and we have serious institutions in our country.” Pointing to Brazil’s constitutional guarantee that everyone is equal before the law, Reis affirmed that the LGBTQ community would “use all available strategies to keep from taking any steps backwards.”
      Brazil’s LGBTQ community has made a number of gains over the past two decades: same-sex marriage has been legal since 2011, transgender people can use their chosen names on government IDs, the public health system offers specialized care for trans people, and gay couples have the same rights to a partner’s pension upon death as heterosexual couples.
      Although two Supreme Court justices will complete their terms during Bolsonaro’s mandate, Reis said that the court would still likely be favorable to LGBTQ issues. However, Bolsonaro has proposed adding 10 more justices to the 11-member court.

      A HOPEFUL COUNTERBALANCE

      While Bolsonaro’s election has unsettled many LGBTQ people in Brazil, the Datafolha survey results on LGBTQ acceptance and two newly elected progressive “collective candidacies” have provided a counterbalance of hope for the community.
      Juntas, or Together, won a seat in the legislature of the northeastern state of Pernambuco on October 7. The five-member slate includes a transgender woman and offers a progressive agenda. The other collective, a nine-person slate dubbed the “Activist Caucus,” which includes both a transgender and bisexual member, won a seat in the São Paulo legislature. Both collectives belong to progressive Socialism and Liberty party and are in favor of LGBTQ equality.
      “We don’t believe that half of Brazil’s population is fascist,” Carol Vergolino, a member of the Juntas collective, told NBC News. “A lot of people don’t have the right information,” Vergolino said the dissemination of misleading information and fear-mongering through social networks like WhatsApp and Facebook by groups associated with the Bolsonaro campaign played a significant role in the far-right lawmaker’s election.
      One of the key polarizing issues concerned educational materials about gender identity that were proposed for classrooms. Opponents of the materials claimed they would promote homosexuality and promiscuity in the classroom, and Bolsonaro described the materials as a “gay kit.”
      Echoing Vergolino, Erika Hilton, the transgender member of the so-called Activist Caucus, said many Bolsonaro voters were “manipulated” by misleading information and do not agree with some of his extreme rhetoric about gay people.
      “They follow the wave that looks like salvation, but really it’s the brink of collapse,” she said, claiming Bolsonaro's plans will likely worsen crime, violence and inequality.
      Vergolino said to prevent a rollback in rights for Brazil’s most marginalized citizens, progressives must “resist without hate” but “with love.”

      Rome is Asked 'CanYou Campaign Against The Sons/Daughters of The Men/ Women Sitting on Your Pews?


      Someone just got to Rome and where ever he went there was same-sex marriage following through referendum



      By Arthur Beesley


      Tiernan Brady was director of the referendum campaigns that brought gay marriage to Ireland and Australia, defying entrenched resistance to deliver solid majorities for seismic social change. Now he is bringing the quest for gay rights to a Vatican synod on young people, to be held in Rome next month, in a direct challenge to Catholic teaching against homosexuality.
      Brady’s ability to rally voters has drawn comparisons with Lynton Crosby, the Australian electoral guru who has advised Theresa May and Boris Johnson. But can he win over the holy men of Rome? Sipping coffee in his back garden in Dublin, a smiling Brady insists he is undaunted. “The upper management [of the church] is totally out of step [with] where the flock are. And I think part of the whole purpose of the campaign is to demonstrate that so that people can see what’s going on now is damaging to people.”
      Brady, 44, laughs at the mention of Crosby. “I don’t get paid that much,” he says. Still, he is a fount of ideas on what can appeal to voters in the shrill era of social media and Donald Trump’s tweets. An obsession with beating up the other side won’t win anything, he argues. In social campaigning, particularly, rising above the fray is crucial.
      “How do you show leadership on your own side?” he asks. “The tone we have to set is the tone we have to live with and we can’t allow those clarion voices who are more interested in the war than the peace [to dominate].
      “That’s probably the hardest part of the discipline that all campaigns face now,” he adds. All the more so in the no-holds-barred era of Trump. Still, Brady remains convinced that the key to social change is to talk to people instead of at them. “I think so much of winning these campaigns is understanding where people are already,” he says. “Because that’s where you have to meet them — and if you don’t meet them where they are, then you’re standing in a different room wondering why they’re not there.” 
      Although Brady’s Australian mission was accomplished last November, he did not return to Dublin until the summer. In Sydney, he had a one-bedroom apartment with a balcony in the trendy district of Darlinghurst. “If you wanted to have anything that resembled a garden you’d have to be so far outside the town or else a multimillionaire,” he says. He is glad to have returned to his house in Dublin, a 1930s former council property in Kilmainham, minutes from the city center. Down the road is the prison where the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule were executed. Also nearby are the memorial gardens commemorating thousands of Irishmen killed in World War I.
      Moving into the house nine years ago, Brady was delighted to find potatoes growing in the garden. He points proudly to an expanse of gooseberry bushes, blackberries, red currants, chives, mint and rocket. “It was the garden I bought it for,” he says. 
      The kitchen, extended after he moved in, is the main living space. By the door is a stove heater but Brady hardly ever fires it up. He expects it might be used more when his partner, Wieyin Shen, arrives next year from Sydney. Shen, who works for a business research firm, grew up in the Chinese city of Suzhou. “He’s been here, he loves the people, loves the atmosphere,” says Brady. Still, there may be a “trade-off” for his partner with Ireland’s notoriously damp climate.
      On the wall hangs a copy, in Chinese, of the proclamation of Irish independence. It was around Brady’s kitchen table that he spoke with Leo Varadkar before Ireland’s premier, then a minister, declared publicly that he was gay in 2015. “It’s easy to think about it now,” Brady says. “It was a real jump into the dark.… He came over and we talked and plotted and schemed about how he’d do that.”
      By the front door, a wall-mounted phone is a reminder of the years Brady spent as a country shopkeeper. He salvaged the black dial-up phone from his gift store and newsagent in the seaside town of Bundoran, where he grew up on the rugged northwestern coast of Donegal. “There’s an interesting thing about tourist towns,” he says. “It’s not that you become more cosmopolitan. I think it’s that you become more aware of people who are different because they flow through your town all the time.”
      His time behind the counter was unplanned. Having gone to university in Dublin, he returned home to recuperate after treatment for leukemia. He was made mayor of Bundoran at 25 — and held the post for three years — with Fianna Fáil, the party that dominated Irish politics before the crash of 2008, and was director of elections for the Donegal politician who was once Ireland’s deputy premier.
      Later, Brady became involved with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network in Dublin. The group was campaigning for civil partnership rights for gay couples, an initiative followed by Ireland’s 2015 marriage referendum. This led to an invitation to Sydney. “I didn’t think twice about it,” he says. “You couldn’t be sitting at home a year afterward with your feet on the table watching the result going, ‘I said no to that.…’ I moved to Australia with two suitcases — and moved back with two suitcases.”
      Soon he will be on the road again, traveling to Rome for next month’s synod. As head of the Equal Future 2018 campaign, Brady is marshaling LGBT groups from more than 60 countries to contact the bishops and other participants, guided by the principles he deployed in the Irish and Australian votes. “I think one of the things we’ve found in all these campaigns is we can talk about rights all we want, but it’s human stories that people understand and that appeal to people’s humanity,” he says.
      “The idea is your story is the most powerful thing you can tell the delegates to this synod, and if you go to the campaign [website] you can log on, type in whatever country you’re from and can send a message directly to them about you and about what your experiences have been,” he explains.
      Brady sees this event as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to influence church teaching. But the question of gay rights remains contentious in the Catholic world. The Vatican is riven by conflict between the liberalizing Pope Francis and conservative clerics opposed to his progressive agenda. When the pope visited Ireland last month, LGBT groups were excluded from a church congress on families. More­over, pictures of same-sex-headed families were expunged from congress brochure.
      None of this seems to bode well for Brady’s campaign. Yet he sees it differently. “Suddenly everybody focused on the fact [that the pictures] were removed. What I thought was interesting was someone put them in. Someone in the Vatican put those pictures in. So there’s something going on there.
      “You can’t be a church that campaigns against the sons and daughters of the men and women who are in your pews, because they won’t understand it,” he says. “I think the church just hasn’t caught up with them — and it’s going to have to.”
      He is also quick to note that Pope Francis has urged parents of gay children not to condemn them. On his return flight to Rome from Dublin, the pontiff said such parents should talk to their children and seek to understand.
      “So he’s acknowledging the damage,” says Brady. “That’s a big step. Now, what do you want to do about it?”

      October 29, 2018

      There is So Much dirt, hatred at the bottom it takes a long, deep enough stick to bring it up to the surface and Make America The Way It Is




      Vandals spray-painted a Nazi flag and iron-cross symbols on a shed at the Congregation Shaarey Tefilla synagogue in Carmel, Ind., in July.CreditJustin Mack/The Indianapolis Star, via Associated Press
                                                 
       Until recent years, many Jews in America believed that the worst of anti-Semitism was over there, in Europe, a vestige of the old country.
      American Jews were welcome in universities, country clubs and corporate boards that once excluded their grandparents. They married non-Jews, moved into mixed neighborhoods and by 2000, the first Jew ran for vice president on a major party ticket.
      So the massacre on Saturday of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, by a man who told the police when he surrendered that he “wanted all Jews to die,” was for many a shocking wake-up call.
      “This kind of evil makes me think of the Holocaust and how people can be so cruel, that there is so much evil in the world, still,” said Moshe Taube, 91, a retired cantor from Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh and a survivor of the Holocaust.
      But it did not come out of nowhere, said experts in anti-Semitism. At the same time that Jews were feeling unprecedented acceptance in the United States, the climate was growing increasingly hostile, intensifying in the two years since Donald J. Trump was elected president. And it comes at a time when attacks on Jews are on the rise in Europe as well, with frequent anti-Semitic incidents in France and Germany.
      The hate in the United States came into full view last year as white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Va., with lines of men carrying torches and chanting, “Jews will not replace us.”
      Swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti have been cropping up on synagogues and Jewish homes around the country. Jews online are subjected to vicious slurs and threats. Many synagogues and Jewish day schools have been amping up security measures.
      The Anti-Defamation League logged a 57 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2017, compared to the previous year — including bomb threats, assaults, vandalism, and anti-Semitic posters and literature found on college campuses.

      A spokesman for the Anti-Defamation League said that before Saturday’s shooting, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent United States history was in 1985, when a man killed a family of four in Seattle. He had mistakenly thought they were Jewish.
      [The 11 people killed in Pittsburgh were remembered as guardians of their faith. Read more about their lives here.]
      There was also an attack by a white supremacist on a Jewish Community Center filled with children in Los Angeles in 1999 that injured five. More recently, in 2014, a white supremacist opened fire outside a Jewish Community Center in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo., killing three people.
      “I’m not a Chicken Little who’s always yelling, ‘It’s worse than it’s ever been!’ But now I think it’s worse than it’s ever been,” said Deborah E. Lipstadt, professor of Holocaust history at Emory University, in Atlanta, and author of an upcoming book on anti-Semitism.
      Ms. Lipstadt said she did not wish to be seen as alarmist, because in some ways “things have never been better” for Jews in America.
      But she likened anti-Semitism to a herpes infection that lies dormant and re-emerges at times of stress. It doesn’t go away, no matter how “acculturated” Jews have become in America, because “it’s a conspiracy theory,” said Ms. Lipstadt, whose win at trial against a Holocaust denier in England was portrayed in the 2016 movie “Denial.”

      What has changed, said several experts in interviews, is that conspiracy theories and “dog whistles” that resonate with anti-Semites and white supremacists are being circulated by establishment sources, including the president and members of Congress. Bizarre claims about Jews have moved from the margins to the establishment.
      Prominent recent examples include unfounded conspiracy theories about George Soros, a wealthy donor to Democratic Party causes, and a Jewish émigré from Hungary who survived the Nazis.
      When white nationalist groups marched through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville in August 2017, some chanted “Jews will not replace us.”CreditMykal Mceldowney/The Indianapolis Star, via Associated Press

      On Oct. 5, President Trump asserted on Twitter that the women who stopped Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator to plead with him to vote against advancing the nomination of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court were “paid for by Soros and others.” In a rally in Missoula, Mont., on Oct. 19, the president told the crowd that the news media prefers to interview protesters who were paid for by “Soros or somebody.”
      Mr. Soros has also been accused of financing the caravan of Hondurans and Guatemalans fleeing north on foot through Mexico — another claim with no factual basis.
      A day after a pipe bomb was discovered at Mr. Soros’s home in Westchester, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, wrote in a tweet, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to BUY this election! Get out and vote Republican Nov. 6.”
      Tom Steyer is an Episcopalian and is of Jewish descent. Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, is Jewish. After more explosive devices were found in the homes and offices of other Democratic leaders and supporters, Mr. McCarthy deleted the tweet.
      Anti-Semitism has also become a charged topic on many American college campuses, with Israel as the detonator.
      Activists on the left — sometimes including young Jews — call for boycotts and divestments from companies doing business in Israel, or the occupied territories. Mainstream Jewish groups are now branding such campaigns as anti-Semitism. Where to draw the line between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism is a growing source of friction in many colleges and state capitals.
      In Europe, Jewish leaders have been confronting open hatred toward Jews, also sometimes linked to animosity toward Israel.
      In France, Jews have increasingly faced attacks and insults from members of the country’s large Muslim community. In March, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor, Mireille Knoll, was knifed to death in her apartment by a young man who shouted “Allahu akbar.” Prosecutors classified it as an anti-Semitic hate crime.
      In a 2015 study, 42 percent of French Jews surveyed said that they had suffered insults or aggressive acts at the hands of Muslims.
      In Germany, anti-Semitism remains a daily occurrence, sometimes taking on the form of criminal attacks on Jews or Jewish institutions in the country, but often in more casual insults or the questioning of the country’s post-World War II commitment to “never again” repeat the Nazi Holocaust.

      One of the most prominent anti-Semitic attacks this year, in which a young Syrian struck a man wearing a skullcap on the street of a trendy Berlin neighborhood, led the head of Germany’s main Jewish organization to warn Jews against openly wearing skullcaps, or other public displays of their religion.
      A demonstration in support of the country’s Jews drew thousands of people to the streets, but months later, in the midst of violent demonstrations by neo-Nazis in the eastern city of Chemnitz, masked assailants threw rocks and bottles at a local Jewish restaurant and shouted anti-Semitic insults, the owner told the police.
      Nadine Epstein, editor in chief of Moment, an independent Jewish magazine in the United States, said that in 2014 the magazine did a special section on anti-Semitism, interviewing a wide range of scholars and leaders in the field. She said that her conclusion was that anti-Semitism, while persistent, was mostly a problem in Europe. But “it wasn’t really an issue in the U.S.,” she said.
      “Four plus years later,” she added in an email, “we live in a very different world where nationalism, and with it anti-Semitism, is on the rise, stirred up by the rhetoric of one candidate in the 2016 presidential campaign. It’s been building ever since, and now that we are in the run-up to the midterms, the first national election since, we are seeing the consequences of such dangerous rhetoric.”
      Moment magazine now has a web page to monitor anti-Semitismaround the world, something Ms. Epstein said she never imagined doing.

      Kim Lyons contributed reporting from Pittsburgh, Melissa Eddy from Berlin, and Adam Nossiter from Paris.

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