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Biden condemns anti-Semitic rioters • Confederate flag left at NY Shoah museum
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Biden condemns anti-Semitic rioters • Confederate flag left at NY Shoah museum

President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks after he announced cabinet nominees, in Wilmington, Delaware on Jan. 8, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks after he announced cabinet nominees, in Wilmington, Delaware on Jan. 8, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A Confederate flag was found tied to the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in lower Manhattan on Friday morning.

The NYPD is investigating the incident, which came less than two days after a Confederate flag was brought into the U.S. Capitol by a member of the mob that stormed it Wednesday. Jack Kliger, the museum’s president and CEO, said in a statement that “hate has now arrived at our doorstep.”

The Anti-Defamation League became the first major mainstream Jewish organization to call for Donald Trump’s removal from the presidency for his role in instigating an armed insurrection at the Capitol.

“In our over 100 years of history, ADL has never called for the president of the United States to be removed from office, but what occurred on Wednesday was inexcusable,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL CEO, said in a letter to the civil rights group’s membership.

Democrats are ready to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump this week.

Related: Alan Dershowitz said it would be his “honor and privilege” to take on Trump’s legal defense.

Reactions: Rabbi Mira Rivera, of Manhattan’s Romemu, says she immigrated to America to escape the kind of anarchy on view at the Capitol. Read the essay she read at a pro-democracy vigil held by the Marlene Meyereson JCC Manhattan.

Joe Biden decried the anti-Semitism on display among the pro-Trump rioters.

The president-elect said his Justice Department should prosecute the rioters, and referred to a slogan allegedly worn by one of the rioters that bore the slogan 6MWE, or “Six Million Wasn’t Enough,” referring to the Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

“They should be treated as a bunch of thugs, insurrectionists, anti-Semites,” Biden said. “‘Six million is not enough,’ I mean come on.”

Related: The man who stormed the U.S. Capitol wearing an anti-Semitic sweatshirt reading “Camp Auschwitz” has been identified as a 56-year-old Virginia man named Robert Keith Packer.

Reaction: In an impassioned video, Arnold Schwarzenegger said the deadly mob violence in the U.S. Capitol last week recalled Kristallnacht, the Nazi attack on Jews that is considered the beginning of the Holocaust. The actor and former Republican governor of California is an immigrant from Austria, whose Jews were among the targets of Kristallnacht.

Counter-reaction: Morton Klein, head of the Zionist Organization of America, lashed out at Schwarzenegger and called the Capitol protesters a group of “Republican patriots” who “merely wanted an audit of the election.” He later deleted the tweet and said he was referring to the Republican lawmakers speaking in Congress during the certification vote.

Background: JTA has a guide to the anti-Semitic and white supremacist symbology on display at the pro-Trump riot.

Two Long Island synagogues admonished a local Orthodox Jewish newspaper for appearing to glorify a local woman who attended the pro-Trump protest in Washington.

The Five Towns Jewish Times ran a front-page photograph of one of its columnists, Cedarhurst dentist Dr. Gila Jedwab, raising her hands in victory outside the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.

Congregation Beth Sholom in Lawrence and Young Israel of Woodmere requested that the paper halt delivery to their shuls, the Long Island Herald reports.

“We strongly object to your posting of Gila Jedwab with her arms extended in a welcoming fashion during the despicable event in front of the nation’s capital together with all its negative ramifications,” Young Israel stated in the letter signed by Stuart Wagner, president of the synagogue’s board.

Publisher Larry Gordon posted an editor’s note on the paper’s website apologizing for printing what he called “a terrible damaging message.”

All Israelis over the age of 55 will be able to receive the first Covid-19 shot starting Tuesday.

Sunday saw 49,897 Israelis receive their first inoculation, bringing the total to 1,870,652 — by far the highest vaccination rate in the world, according to the Our World In Data website. The daily rate for Sunday was similarly the highest in the world, the Times of Israel reports.

RelatedUnnamed Health Ministry officials said Israel should provide vaccines to the Palestinian Authority, Israel’s Channel 12 News reports. The UK’s Independent reported today that the World Health Organization appealed to Israel to send inoculations to the PA. JTA explains that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for delivering medical care in its territories, and has said it does not want Israel’s help and is working to purchase vaccines of its own.

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