(JTA) — About one dozen swastikas and racial slurs were drawn on cars and a building in a suburb of Buffalo, New York.
A nearby elementary school playground and railway overpasses were similarly vandalized.
The spray painted swastikas and slurs were discovered on Saturday morning and were believed to have been painted late on Friday night, according to reports.
At least 11 cars and an apartment building in the Village of Orchard Park near Buffalo were vandalized with the spray painted swastikas and slurs, according to local reports. The reports began coming in to police at 3 a.m. on Saturday and continued throughout the morning.
Public and private surveillance camera footage is being checked to find the perpetrators, according to village police. Investigators believe more than one person could be involved, according to the reports.
(JTA) — Anti-Semitic vandalism discovered on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, is being investigated by the university as a hate crime.
The anti-Semitic slur was discovered carved into a chair in a university lecture hall last week.
“Let me be clear that we will not tolerate acts of oppression and hate, and will do everything in our power to deal with this,” university provost Dr. Sue Mattison said in an email sent to students.
“Regardless of whether it was a big act or a small act it was still an act, and it still showed that there was someone on campus that decided to take the time to carve something into a seat so that other students can see it and instill that fear and that hate that no one should have to feel,” said Tali Eisenstadt, president of Drake Hillel, told WHOTV, the local NBC affiliate.
Drake campus Public Safety removed the chair.
The campus Hillel opened its doors after the incident to anyone who wanted to talk about their fears and concerns. Dozens of students, most but not all Jewish, showed up, according to the report.
If your computer is “air-gapped” (i.e. not plugged into any network) it’s safe, right?
Well, as the Stuxnet virus that infected Iranian computers and destroyed their nuclear centrifuges showed — not so much. The real trick is to infect the air-gapped computer, and there are plenty of human weak links.
However, if the aim is to steal information, rather than just destroy hardware, software or data, things are trickier.
That’s where Mordechai Guri and his team at the Cyber Security Research Center come in. From the guys who brought you US Bee where malware causes a regular USB thumb drive to emit particular electromagnetic waves that another computer with a simple antennae can pick up and decode, comes LED-It-Go.
The system is outlined and contextualized in an article by Wired, but essentially, the malware convinces the blinking LEDs common to Windows system computers to blink super-fast and to reveal information to a drone with a video camera that is as far away as video contact can be effectively established.
So the wrong card in your computer and any passing drone can read your worst secrets — even if you aren’t linked to the internet.
Fortunately the security patch for this is as simple as a pair of scissors and some duct tape to tape over the LEDs. But next time might be more difficult.
President Trump’s aide Sebastian Gorka, who according to the Forward’s expose has ties with anti-Semitic groups in Hungary, has at least one defender.
Republican Trent Frank, who is co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, issued a statement Saturday praising Gorka and pushing back against claims that he was associated with anti-Semitic neo-fascist politicians from the Hungarian right wing.
The Arizona congressman said he felt compelled to respond “with disgust” to what he described as an “attempt to libel this American patriot.”
Franks said that he has called upon Gorka’s expertise in counterterrorism many times and used his work in congress. “I can attest that Dr. Gorka is the staunchest friend of Israel and the Jewish people.” Franks praised Gorka for his “understands the existential threat that Global Jihadism poses” but did not offer any evidence to refute the reports on Gorka’s ties with the Hungarian groups.
Advocates for LGBT rights are looking to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to speak out against new guidelines that strip protection from trans students - and they’re coming up empty.
The new guidelines, published Wednesday, reverse an Obama-era ruling that high schools must allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their gender identities. Jewish groups have been outspoken critics of the new policy.
Kushner and Ivanka Trump were seen as instrumental in quashing an earlier Trump administration measure that would have rescinded workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, according to Politico. In its place, the two managed to secure a statement from the White House that pronounced the administration “determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.”
But the couple have not publicly spoken out about the White House announcement that it was reneging on Obama-era guidelines from the Justice and Education Departments that ensured those rights.
That’s left some LGBT advocates disappointed.
“It seems to me that when you have to rely on Ivanka Trump to advocate for civil rights issues, that’s a problem,” Anthony Kreis, a law professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, told Politico. “What is her role here? There’s the deeper question, of whether we should have to rely on the president’s daughter to go toe to toe with the attorney general.”
“Yesterday’s actions really puts into question whether there are allies in this administration,” Chad Griffin, head of the Human Rights Campaign, told the news site. “It’s important to define what an ally is… An ally is someone who stands up, champions and fights for our community.”
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