Anti-Semitic fliers calling for an end to “Jewish privilege” have been strewn all over the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to student Eva Zeltser, who posted an image of the poster with her commentary on Tuesday.
“Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege,” the flier shouts, purporting to show with false statistics that Jews monopolize the wealth of America.
Forty-four percent of American Jews, it alleges, are in the top 1% of income earners, a gross exaggeration of the facts, claiming to base the assertion on data from a Pew study. That Pew study, on income across different religious groups, found that 46 percent of Jewish households in America make over $100,000, hardly a sum that puts one in the 1%.
“Found all over the UIC campus. Things like these posters are actively posted to catalyze anti-Semitism and increase hate toward Jews,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “While I try to abstain from writing personal narratives on Facebook, enough is enough. If you are against hate crimes against one group, you should be against these acts of violence for ALL groups.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been cleared in federal and state probes into possible improper fundraising that had ties to the Satmar community in Brooklyn.
“I’ve said consistently that we acted appropriately, we acted ethically, we acted lawfully,” de Blasio told WNYC. “I think this confirms what I’ve been saying.”
Federal prosecutors investigated whether de Blasio gave special treatment to a Satmar Hasidic landlord in exchange for campaign support.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim, who replaced the recently dismissed Preet Bharara, said there was not enough evidence to prove corruption or proof of criminal intent.
No charges for the mayor but he won’t talk to me about it as he leaves Park Slope library in his gym clothes. @NY1 pic.twitter.com/pA2cJ74vSs— Grace Rauh (@gracerauh) March 16, 2017
De Blasio is up for reelection in November.
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A prominent retired immigration judge and ex-Nazi hunter says Sebastian Gorka could face a serious probe over his purported membership in a far right wing Hungarian group that was allied with the Nazis.
Bruce Einhorn, a professor of immigration and nationality law at Pepperdine University, said if the top White House terrorism aide was a sworn member of the Vitézi Rend group, he should have disclosed that fact when applying to become a naturalized American citizen.
“This is a group that advocates racialist nativism,” said Einhorn. If Gorka did not disclose his affiliation with it, he said, this would constitute “failure to disclose a material fact,” which could undermine the validity of his claim to citizenship.
“(It) would have provoked a significant inquiry,” he said.
The Forward revealed exclusively that Vitézi Rend leaders say Gorka is a sworn member.
Einhorn was deputy chief at the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations. The unit was charged with finding and deporting Nazis and members of other extremist groups like the Vitézi Rend who entered America illegally by hiding their backgrounds.
He noted that individuals who apply for both visas and citizenship are specifically asked to name all organizations they belong to. There is no statute of limitations for violations.
In President Trump’s first federal budget plan, submitted this morning, one item has stood out to proponents of the arts: Trump’s call to cut all funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The response has been swift, as over 200,000 Americans have joined PEN America, the Daily Kos, and a variety of other groups in a petition for Congress to reject that proposal. Among their number are comic artist Art Spiegelman, novelists including Neil Gaiman and Salman Rushdie, actor John Lithgow and singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash.
“Funding for the NEA and NEH each constitute only .003% of federal spending, an investment that supports some of the world’s greatest literature, art, and cultural institutions,” the petition reads. “Eliminating these vital agencies would lessen America’s stature as a haven for free thinkers and a global leader in humanity’s shared quest for knowledge.”
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s pit-bull attorney, took a shot Wednesday morning at Joe Scarborough, telling the cable news anchor to shut his “big mouth” after Scarborough speculated about the leaking of an old Trump tax return. Scarborough, who hosts MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” responded in a major way, advising the pugilistic Cohen to “save your dumb thug routine who someone who gives a damn.”
Cohen has been one of the president’s most visible surrogates from the campaign on. The Long Island resident and Trump Organization lawyer first made headlines over last summer, when he denied in a memorable television interview that his candidate was then trailing badly in the polls. More recently, coverage has focused on accusations that Cohen was involved in a backchannel effort to broker peace between Russia and Ukraine. An old Trump tax return showing his filings from 2005 was leaked on Tuesday night.
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