As Pine Bush Continues Arguing Over Anti-Semitism Accusations, U.S. Attorney's Office Opens Investigation [UPDATED]

Pine Bush High School
A third government agency has begun investigating claims of anti-Semitism in upstate New York's Pine Bush Central School District. The New York Times reports that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has opened a civil rights investigation to look into allegations that Pine Bush administrators did nothing to stop the harassment of Jewish students. Three Jewish families are suing the district, alleging that their children and others were allowed to be tormented for years without proper intervention from the district. After the Times ' original article on the harassment allegations appeared Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly announced that the State Police and the State Division of Human Rights would investigate; Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the same day that his office was also investigating.

According to the Times, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara sent a letter to the Pine Bush school district's lawyer, saying it would investigate whether the school district, the Board of Education, or any of their employees "have discriminated against students on the basis of national origin and religion."

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"No One Threw Coins at the Fuckin' Jews:" Pine Bush Reacts to Being Called Anti-Semitic

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Pine Bush High School.
On Friday, the New York Times lobbed a bombshell upstate: a story about allegations of anti-Semitism in the Pine Bush Central School District, an hour and a half north of the city, spanning across several small towns. Three Jewish families are suing the district, alleging widespread and fairly nasty harassment against their kids and other Jewish children, harassment they say the district knew about and did virtually nothing to stop.

Several children gave testimony in the lawsuit last year, and the incidents they described and which the NYT recounted are disturbing: swastikas drawn everywhere, including on a seventh-grade girl's face as she was held down by two boys. Middle school students being called "Christ killer," "stupid Jew," "disgusting Jew," and being subjected to jokes about the Holocaust. Several students also alleged that they'd had coins thrown at them, a practically medieval form of insult. According to the suit, some students were given detention or sent to counseling, and some weren't disciplined at all. (In reporting the story, the NYT was given a fun bonus in the form of one John Barker, mechanic and proud civic booster, who said of Jewish families, "We don't want them in our town.")

The article had an immediate effect: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a joint statement with New York Congressman Patrick Maloney, pledging "a full state and federal response" to the allegations. Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter/press release to State Education Commissioner Dr. John King, asking if his department had heard about these incidents, and informing him that the state police and the Division of Human Rights would be investigating.

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MLB Free Agent Delmon Young Sentenced to Some Hard Time at the Museum of Tolerance for Using Anti-Semitic Slur

Delmon Young
Looks like Major League Baseball player Delmon Young is about to get his mouth washed out with some tolerance.

Young pleaded guilty yesterday to an aggravated harassment charge stemming from an April incident in Manhattan where he shouted an anti-Semitic slur at a group of four men and then tackled one of them to the ground, according to a release from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

The altercation occurred outside of the Hilton New York hotel in Midtown during the early morning hours of April 27. Young's shitty behavior has earned him 10 days of community service and enrollment in the restorative justice program at the Museum of Tolerance New York.

And, Yes.The Museum of Tolerance New York is real.

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New Jersey Town Has A Bit Of A Swastika Problem

This was found scribbled on a fence in Manalapan last week.
A New Jersey town currently has a problem that isn't directly related to it's simply being located in New Jersey: swastikas.

Last week, residents of Manalapan woke up to find at least a dozen swastikas and other hateful symbols scribbled on the sides of residential fences and buildings on one of the town's main drags.

In one case, the words "Kille the Jews" was spray-painted on the side of a fence.

Considering Manalapan is home to tens of thousands of Jewish families, the graffiti hasn't been well received.

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Antisemitic "Rape Camp" Elmo's Real Name Is Dan -- And He's Kind Of A Perv

This is Dan Sandler (Not "Adam"). He started a website called "Welcome to Rape Camp." He now makes a living hugging kids in Central Park -- and the New York Times is protecting his identity.

The New York Times ran a story yesterday profiling a man who walks around Central Park hugging children while dressed as Elmo -- and whose antisemitic rant outside the Central Park Zoo was caught on tape earlier this week.

For whatever reason, the Times made a (poor) attempt to protect the man's true identity, referring to him in the article by his "legal name," "Adam Sandler."

Well, we've discovered that his real name is actually Dan Sandler -- and he's a bit on the perv-y side.

Sandler, as the Times points out (without giving his true identity), was arrested in Cambodia in 1999 after police caught wind of a website he was running called "Welcome to the Rape Camp."

We looked into the website -- pretty sick stuff.

The following is from a study done by the University of Rhode Island on sexual exploitation and the Internet in Cambodia. It was published in the Journal of Sexual Aggression in 2000:

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Another Day, Another Swastika Found In Boro Park


Less than two weeks after a collection of swastikas were found spray-painted on several buildings in the Jewish Orthodox neighborhood of Boro Park, the hate-vandals appear to have struck again.

The latest swastika was found painted on a car outside of the offices of Hamodia, a Hebrew newspaper located at 207 Foster Avenue.

This is now the seventh swastika found in Boro Park in less than two weeks -- which has prompted Assemblyman Dov Hikind to offer a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

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If You're Spray-Painting Swastikas On Brooklyn Synagogues, Knock It Off

A swastika is a pretty offensive symbol no matter where it's displayed. A swastika spray-painted on the side of a building in a Jewish neighborhood is extra offensive. When that building is a synagogue, you're flirtin' with a hate crime.

But that hasn't stopped a couple of dipshits from running around a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn tagging various buildings -- including a synagogue -- with swastikas.

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Anti-Semitism Round-Up: Galliano Fired at Dior, Charlie Sheen's Jew Fight and More!

Natalie Portman, the Oscar-winning, ballet-dancing, pregnant lady has officially spoken out against fashion designer John Galliano for making anti-Semitic remarks. Not long after, Christian Dior officially fired Galliano in response to his Hitler praising comments in a Paris bar, which became famous on the internet. Portman, the face of Dior's Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, said in her statement, "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful." (Portman should play Golda Meir for another surefire Oscar win!) But what's with all the anti-Semitism lately?

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