Yeshiva University College Democrats resanctioned

A few days after Yeshiva University’s College Democrats lost university sanctioning for unofficially organizing an LGBTQ march, the group was reinstated by the university’s student councils, JTA reported.

The College Democrats had called for a Gay-Straight Alliance Club to be established and sought permission to host LGBTQ campus events.

The Forward said Ariel Sacknovitz, the president of the student council, didn’t respond to emailed requests for comment.

But in an email notifying the College Democrats about the reinstatement, Sacknovitz said all club leaders had to state they would follow the rules to maintain both funding and recognition.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Courtney Marks, a College Democrats co-president. “They realized that this wasn’t the hill they wanted to die on, kicking the Dems off campus.”

Swastika, graffiti found painted on wall in former Krakow ghetto

A swastika and the words “Whores Jews, get the f*** out of Poland” were found painted on the wall of the former ghetto in Krakow, Poland on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, JTA reported.

The tar-like substance was painted over by the town’s municipal services department the same day. 

“While I was extremely upset to see the hateful graffiti on the ghetto wall, especially on Rosh Hashanah, the quick reaction by the city and the police reminded me why Krakow is such a good place to be a Jew,” said Jonathan Ornstein, director of the Jewish Community Center of Krakow.

Two days earlier, graffiti that read “Confederation against Jews #447” was found at a Jewish cemetery in Tarnow.

Congress approved Law 447, or the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today, or JUST act in 2018. The law insures that those who survived World War II — or their heirs — receive compensation for losses, if it hadn’t already happened. The right-wing political group Confederation opposes restitution.

German city rescinds award to BDS supporter

An Aachen Art Prize that was to be given to Lebanon-born artist Walid Raad will not be awarded by the German city of Aachen because the artist supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, JTA reported.

“According to research, we have to assume that the designated prizewinner is a supporter of the BDS movement and has been involved in various measures for the cultural boycott of Israel,” Mayor Marcel Philipp said in a statement.

The contemporary media artist was asked about his support of BDS and his reply was “evasive,” the statement said. The prize comes with an award of $10,900.

Raad lives in New York and teachers at the Cooper Union School of Art. He signed a letter in 2014 calling on artists to withdraw from an exhibit shown at Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology.

Man who threatened Ohio JCC indicted

James Reardon of New Middletown, Ohio, was indicted Sept. 27 in federal court on charges related to a video threat made against the Youngstown Jewish Community Center, JTA reported.

“This defendant’s video demonstrated that he had access to weapons and he posed a threat to a Jewish community center. Law enforcement cannot wait to see if a shooting is going to occur, law enforcement must act quickly within the confines of the law to disrupt any potential violent act,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith said.

Reardon identifies with the white nationalist movement. He previously pleaded not guilty to charges of telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing. JN

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