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Winehouse statue features Star of David

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:13

Mitch and Janis Winehouse viewing the statue of the late singer Amy Winehouse, their daughter, at its unveiling in London, Sept. 14, 2014. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

(JTA) — A statue of Amy Winehouse in London has the iconic blues singer wearing a Star of David.

The unveiling Sunday in the Camden Town neighborhood, where Winehouse lived, marked what would have been Winehouse’s 31st birthday and was attended by her parents.

The statue, by Scott Eaton, casts the singer, who was Jewish, mostly in gray striking a typical pose – one hand on hip, the other clutching a miniskirt – topped by a bouffant hairdo stuck with the statue’s only burst of color, a red rose.

Around her neck is a Star of David set in a circle.

“It is incredibly emotional to see Amy immortalised like this, but Scott has done an amazing job in capturing her,” her father, Mitch Winehouse, was quoted as saying by New Musical Express. “It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time.”

Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at 27.

IDF disciplines reservist for passing info to Bennett during Gaza op

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:08

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces disciplined a senior reserves officer who reportedly passed classified information to a government minister during Operation Protective Edge.

On Tuesday, the Israeli media identified the two: former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett. Ronsky was barred from the headquarters of IDF units.

He denied that he was the reserve officer. Bennett has denied he illegally received information during the Gaza operation.

Ronsky, who was not called up for reserve duty during the Gaza operation this summer, joined some of the patrols.

The head of the hesder yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, Ronsky is known to be close to Bennett. The rabbi said in an interview on Israel Channel 2 that he did not talk to Bennett during the operation.

Bennett, who served as an officer in the IDF Special Forces, has taken credit for initiating the plan to destroy the Hamas tunnels from Gaza to Israel. The economics chief said he visited soldiers on numerous occasions during the Gaza conflict and met with many commanders.

“My insistence on pushing for the destruction of the terror tunnels was not because I read my horoscope. It was because I went down south daily to the field,” Bennett wrote on his Facebook page. “It was because of my repeated meetings with several security and intelligence officials and various experts.”

“As a member of the Security Cabinet during Operation Protective Edge I spent a great deal of time down south. I was there for the sirens, the rockets and other difficult moments. I slept many nights by residents’ homes. It is called doing my job. Should I apologize for that,” he wrote.

Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:27

Liliya Menasheva Sadovski and Kim Boruchovitch were among 19 couples wed in Jewish ceremonies in Dnepropetrovsk’s Menora Center, Sept. 14, 2014. (Courtesy of the Jewish Community of Dnepropetrovsk)

(JTA) — The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish community, Zelig Brez, told JTA.

“It is a huge event in the spiritual sense, and, I’m not afraid to say it – historic,” he said, adding that the ceremonies were the largest group wedding performed in his city – where 50,000 Jews live – since before the communist era.

Ten rabbis conducted the marriages on a terrace at the Menora Center, Dnepropetrovsk’s $100 million Jewish community center, which opened in 2012. The couples received special preparation by Shmuel Kaminezki, the city’s chief rabbi and Chabad’s influential envoy to Ukraine, and his wife, Chana.

Under communism, Jewish life in the former Soviet Union was conducted underground, a reality that meant many Jews did not have a Jewish wedding. In many areas, a majority of Jews were not circumcised.

“The challenge was both logistical and halachic,” the community wrote in a report about the weddings. Special attention went to helping couples feel the moment in their own private context as opposed to a group activity, Brez explained.

For this reason, the weddings were conducted in two groups and not all at once – first for 10 couples and then for the remaining nine.

“It was something special, and I’m happy that I saw my daughter, in the presence of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, finally get a huppah,” community activist Mina Dreitser said of the wedding of her daughter, Miriam Minutova, to Shlomo Skorokhod.

Mortar from Gaza hits Israel for first time since cease-fire

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:18

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A mortar shell fired from Gaza hit Israel — the first since a cease-fire ending the most recent Hamas-Israel conflict — Israel’s military confirmed.

The rocket landed Tuesday evening in the Eshkol Regional Council near the border fence with Gaza, according to reports. No injuries or damage were reported. The Code Red alert siren did not sound.

Hamas denied any knowledge of the rocket launch. No other Gaza faction claimed responsibility.

“There is no sign a mortar bomb was fired from Gaza and Palestinian factions are committed to keep the agreement for calm, and eager to maintain it,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

The launch came a day after the Code Red alert siren was sounded in the Gaza border area in what was determined to be a false alarm.

Also Tuesday, Israel agreed to a deal brokered by the United Nations to rebuild Gaza.

Renaming of Fla. bridge for Henry Ford nixed over ‘dark history’ with Jews

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:36

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Officials in Fort Myers City, Fla., withdrew a proposal to rename a bridge for Henry Ford after residents raised concerns about his anti-Semitic publications.

A vote on the proposal had been scheduled for Monday evening but was withdrawn, according to WZVN, the local ABC affiliate.

“He really has a very dark history as far as the Jewish community and Jews are concerned,” said Alan Isaacs, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, told the news station.

Ford in the 1920s published Jewish conspiracy theories in the newspaper he owned, the Dearborn Independent. He later apologized.

He summered in Fort Myers and a museum occupies his one-time house.

Florida’s state Legislature had approved the name change for the Caloosahatchee Bridge, but local authorities must give their permission before it goes ahead.

State Rep. Matt Caldwell, who had proposed the name change, told WZVN that he still thinks it should be considered, but he is also sensitive to the Jewish community’s objections.

Golden Dawn member convicted for threatening to put migrants in ovens

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:45

ATHENS, Greece  (JTA) — A member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was found guilty of inciting racist violence after threatening to turn immigrants into soap and to put them in ovens.

Alexandros Plomeratis, a losing candidate for the party in recent elections, was given a one-year suspended jail sentence by an Athens court.

Plomeratis had been filmed as part of a documentary by Britain’s Channel 4 News in which he made Holocaust references in threatening the many immigrants who live in Athens.

“We are ready to turn on the ovens,” he said. “We will turn them into soap but we may get a rash.” Plomeratis also threatened to “make lamps from their skins.”

He told the court that his comments were filmed during a private conversation with friends and he was “only joking,” according to the Kathimerini newspaper.

The sentence comes a week after Greece’s Parliament adopted a law that bans Holocaust denial and imposes harsher penalties of up to three years in prison for inciting racist violence. The new law cannot be imposed retroactively.

Greece has been trying to crack down on Golden Dawn. Many of its leaders are awaiting trial on charges of running a criminal organization.

The party, which has 18 seats in Parliament, frequently uses Nazi imagery. Its leaders have denied the existence of Nazi death camps and gas chambers.

 

Komen organization apologizes for Houston race’s Yom Kippur date

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:38

(JTA) — The Susan G. Komen organization apologized for holding its Race for the Cure in Houston on Yom Kippur.

Komen’s executive director, Ariana Higgins, told the Houston Chronicle that the foundation has learned its lesson following an outcry from the Jewish community. The foundation received “considerable community feedback,” according to the newspaper.

In its unsigned letter of apology, the organization said it noticed five years ago that there would be a conflict and tried to change the event, but that the alternate dates offered on the crowded city calendar did not suit its needs.

“Although we are aware of the message that scheduling the Race for the Cure over this important holiday may send, we must express that we did not intend any disrespect or to undervalue the significance of this holy day,” the apology said.

But Rabbi David Lyon of Houston’s Congregation Beth Israel wrote in a blog post, “Over the course of five years, any truly concerned organization would have found a better solution.”

The rabbi said that he and his wife would no longer support the organization, and would find “other organizations that accept greater personal responsibility to honor the health of all women and their respective faith traditions.”

Susan G. Komen, for whom the race is named, reportedly was an observant Jew.

The race is traditionally held the first Saturday in October, the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some cities hold their race on the first Sunday of the month. This year, eight of the 138 races across the United States will be held on Yom Kippur, the Chronicle reported.

“We’re already looking at future calendar dates and making sure we won’t encounter this in the future,” Higgins said.

Participation in this year’s race is expected to be about 23,000, down from a high of 30,000 in 2011, Higgins told the Chronicle.

Brussels synagogue fire was arson, watchdog says

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:46

(JTA) — A fire that broke out at a synagogue near Brussels was the result of arson, a Belgian watchdog said.

Three people had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region, the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, wrote in a statement. Unknown individuals deliberately set fire to four places so it would catch, according to the report.

LBCA President Joel Rubinfeld wrote that Belgian police confirmed they believed the fire was the result of criminal activity.

The synagogue fire followed an anti-Semitic incident on Sunday at the National Memorial Site for Jewish Victims of the Holocaust in Belgium, also in Anderlecht.

Several people hurled large stones and a bottle at the monument. Several dozen people were standing near the monument, which they visited as part of the events of European Day of Jewish Culture, LBCA reported.

Hours earlier, Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo in an address at the reopening of the Jewish Museum of Belgium in central Brussels had vowed to punish perpetrators of anti-Semitic crimes. The museum had been closed since a May 24 shooting there killed four people.

“The increase of anti-Semitic acts in Belgium in recent months underlines the urgency connected to integrating the fight against anti-Semitism into the government’s plan of action for the future,” Rubinfeld said. “More than ever before, fighting anti-Semitism must truly become a national cause. At stake is our country’s honor and probably its future.”

Hate crime charge upheld in N.H. against Nazi sympathizer

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:37

(JTA) — A New Hampshire man was properly charged with a hate crime for threatening two Walmart employees with anti-Semitic statements, the state’s Supreme Court ruled.

On Friday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Paul Costella on two counts of criminal threatening in the 2010 incident. He was sentenced last year to 12 months in jail.

Costella had threatened the Walmart employees in the automotive department after one said she could not serve him because she was offended by a photo in Costella’s car of the man and his daughter making a Heil Hitler salute in front of a large swastika, the Concord Monitor reported.

The employee told Costella that her uncle was a member of the French resistance during World War II and had been caught and burned alive by the Nazis.

“I hope that Jew bastard suffered,” Costella told the employee. Another employee serviced the car.

Costella also called the employee who refused him service a “gypsy Jew” and said he had a “Jew-killing gun” in the car. On the way out of the store, Costella said that he was “getting his gun to kill the Jew bitch behind the counter.”

In his appeal, Costella argued that the New Hampshire hate crime law would only be relevant if he had made the statements because he was aware the employees were Jewish, and it was not clear that either employee was Jewish.

The Supreme Court did not agree.

“The significant community harm resulting from a hate crime flows from the defendant’s bias-motivated actions rather than the victim’s actual status as a member of a protected class,” Justice Jim Bassett wrote in his decision.

Kerry open to conversation with Iran on ISIS

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 08:14

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration is ready to communicate with Iran in the bid to stop ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

“We’re not coordinating with Iran, but as I said, we’re open to have a conversation at some point in time if there’s a way to find something constructive,” Kerry told reporters on Monday in Paris, where the United States convened a meeting of 26 countries ready to coalesce in the effort to destroy the jihadist group, also known as Islamic State or ISIL.

Iranian leaders in recent days have furiously rebuffed such overtures, in part because Kerry, deferring to Saudi Arabia, would not allow Iran to attend the Paris meeting. Iran is assisting the Iraqi and Syrian governments in their efforts to stop ISIS.

Israel’s government is opposed to any U.S. coordination with Iran, in part to keep Iran’s influence in check and also to keep Iran from using such coordination to influence the Iran nuclear talks.

Kerry reiterated the pledge made by President Obama last week, when he announced plans to destroy ISIS, that there would be no coordination with the Bashar Assad regime in Syria, although Kerry said the United States would seek to avoid “bad things” in undertaking any action in Syria.

“We’re not going to coordinate with the Syrians,” Kerry said. “We’ve made that very, very clear. But there are all kinds of ways of communicating to avoid mistakes or disasters and not — strike the word ‘disasters’ — there are all kinds of ways of avoiding bad things. And I’m not going to go into them, but we’re not going to coordinate.”

Syria also counts ISIS as an enemy, but the Obama administration is backing some of the rebels who are seeking to topple Assad.

Plans for Rome Holocaust museum in jeopardy

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:31

ROME (JTA) – City authorities in Rome may drop the idea of building a $30 million Holocaust museum in the city — with the apparent backing of the Rome Jewish community.

After years of delays on the project, the community’s board issued a statement last week that seems to back plans for a smaller exhibit in a former shopping center in a Rome suburb.

Plans were announced a decade ago to build a state-of-the-art Shoah museum on the grounds of Villa Torlonia, wartime dictator Benito Mussolini’s residence, where ancient Jewish catacombs also are located. Financial and bureaucratic problems have stalled the project in the central part of Rome for years.

Funds were finally freed up and architectural plans approved in 2012, but since then there has been no movement.

As a result, Holocaust survivors and their families this summer launched appeals and petitioned the Rome Jewish community and City Hall to speed up plans in order to inaugurate a Shoah museum before they passed away.

Proposals were floated to drop the Villa Torlonia plan and install a permanent Holocaust exhibit in a building already standing – a former shopping center in EUR, a southern suburb of the city. The exhibit would be inaugurated on next year’s International Holocaust Memorial Day, Jan. 27 — the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Responding to the petition, the board of the Rome Jewish community issued its statement that appeared to support the idea.

The board said that a Holocaust museum should be completed within a rapid time frame, take into consideration the “economic difficulties” of the country, and have a “decorous and dignified” structure. It urged the museum founders to “consider any concrete and immediate proposal” that respects those “mandatory requirements.”

A mayoral spokesman offered no explanation for the delays in building the museum, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported, and added that it was understandable the Jewish community would be leery of whether it would be built anytime soon.

 

 

German on trial for ISIS ties played for Jewish soccer team

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:53

(JTA) — A German man on trial for being a member of the jihadist group ISIS once played for a Jewish soccer club.

Kreshnik Berisha, 20, went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday, The Associated Press reported. Berisha is alleged to have traveled to Syria, where he fought with ISIS for five months before returning to Germany.

It is Germany’s first such case, according to AP.

Berisha played on the under-17 youth team of Makkabi Frankfurt, a prominent Jewish soccer club, as recently as 2011, according to AP. Membership in the team is not restricted to Jews and is described as diverse.

Berisha, who reportedly comes from a Muslim family from Kosovo, was arrested in Germany in December on charges of membership in a foreign terrorist organization. He is believed to be one of about 400 German citizens who have joined jihadist groups fighting in Syria since the beginning of the more than three-year civil war.

He has since “turned his back” on ISIS, defense lawyer Mutlu Gunal told the British newspaper The Guardian. The judge reportedly is working with prosecutors on a plea deal in exchange for information about the extremist group.

 

Jewish group at Penn ends student stipend program following parent objections

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:20

NEW YORK (JTA) — An independent Jewish organization at the University of Pennsylvania has stopped offering students a stipend to participate in one of its programs after parents objected to the practice.

Since 2004, Meor has offered a $400 stipend for students to participate in its Maimonides Leaders Fellowship program.

More than 850 students have completed the semester-long program, which involves weekly seminars mixing lecture and discussion with Jewish leaders and educators. The concerned parents found the stipend “suspicious,” according the campus student newspaper, the Daily Pennsylvanian.

The parents brought their complaints to Penn’s Office of the Chaplain, which is responsible for coordinating religious activities on campus. Meor, which is recognized by the university but does not receive funding, reached an agreement with the university’s chaplain, the Rev. Charles Howard, to stop offering the stipend.

“In 10 years we have only had a few complaints — three or four that I’m aware of — from parents who have their own agendas and disagree with their children getting interested in Judaism,”  Meor’s executive director, Rabbi Shmuel Lynn, told JTA. “Parents see that a religious organization is offering their children money to participate in a program and they are concerned about that.”

Only students who completed the program received the stipend, and they were free to use it at their discretion. Lynn said that he understands how parents might perceive the stipend as a type of payment for students to learn about Judaism.

He said the students were encouraged to use the money for charitable causes and that the program does not foist an agenda on participants.

“We want to help students engage with Judaism in a vibrant and intelligent way. What they do with the information is their own prerogative,” Lynn said.

Other religious organizations also offer stipends for students who complete certain programs. Chabad, another Jewish group on campus, offers a $350 stipend for participants in its Sinai Scholars program. The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that the Chaplain’s Office has not contacted Chabad about the stipends.

“All the organizations on campus offer stipends,” Lynn said. “These are busy students with busy lives, so it’s really just the same thing that goes on in all the other departments.”

Lynn considers the program to be “very successful” and believes in its continued success even without the stipend. The extra money will be used to provide more texts and to further subsidize trips for participants to Israel, Poland, Russia and elsewhere.

 

 

Israel falls to Argentina in relocated Davis Cup match

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:16

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Israel lost in the Davis Cup to Argentina in a match that was moved from Tel Aviv to Florida due to the conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

Israel lost 3-2 after dropping the two singles’ matches on Sunday in Sunrise, Fla. Argentina, which was favored, will go on to vie for the 2015 Davis Cup. Israel will compete next year in the Davis Cup World Group II.

A day earlier, Israel had taken a 2-1 lead with a five-set victory by its doubles team, Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich. Ram, a Uruguay native, was playing in his last professional match after announcing his retirement recently.

“The most successful double partners in the history of Israeli tennis made aliyah with their families and speak fluently in Spanish,” Erlich, who was born in Argentina, joked with a journalist from his native country, adding that he wasn’t sure which team his parents were backing.

Argentina’s Davis Cup team has two Jewish players who are active in the Jewish community: Martin Jaite, the team’s captain, and Diego Shvartzman, the youngest player on the team.

Jaite also had announced that he would retire from the team after the Israel match.

Belarus museum opens exhibit about native son Ariel Sharon

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:04

MINSK, Belarus (JTA) — The National History Museum of Belarus inaugurated an exhibition about Ariel Sharon.

Titled “Profile of a Leader,” the exhibition on the late Israeli prime minister was launched Monday on the entrance floor of the state museum. The ceremony was attended by diplomats, Jewish community leaders and Israeli guests connected to Sharon’s life, including his youngest son, Gilad, and Israel Maimon, who served Sharon’s Cabinet secretary.

“Ariel Sharon brought pride to Israel, but also to Belarus, where his roots lay,” said Yuri Ambrazevitch, a senior official of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

Sharon was born in prestate Israel in 1928; his parents had immigrated there from what is now Belarus.

The exhibition — featuring of dozens of photos of Sharon as well as quotes from his speeches and letters — was compiled by the Limmud FSU educational nonprofit.

“Russian-speaking Jews responded to Sharon’s warmth, they adored him,” said Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler, who knew Sharon. “He spoke Russian and would correct you if you made a mistake in Russian.”

Chesler added that “celebrating his life is celebrating world Jewry’s deep, deep roots in Belarus.”

The exhibition on Sharon, a former general and defense minister who died in January after eight years in a coma following a stroke, opened with a quote from his 2005 address before the United Nations General Assembly, months after Israel pulled out of Gaza.

“If the circumstances had not demanded it, I wouldn’t have become a soldier but rather a farmer,” he said. “My first love was and remains farming, sowing and harvesting, the pastures, the flocks and the cattle.”

Auschwitz guard, now 93, charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:54

(JTA) — German prosecutors have charged a 93-year-old man with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for his service as a Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz.

Oskar Groening of Hannover, Germany, has acknowledged that he was a guard at Auschwitz but said he did not personally commit any of the atrocities, The Associated Press reported Monday.

He was a guard at the concentration camp in May-June 1944. Some 425,000 Hungarian Jews came to Auschwitz during that time; about 300,000 died in its gas chambers.

Groening, who reportedly is in good health, is one of about 30 former Auschwitz guards who German federal investigators recommended to state prosecutors to file charges against following the conviction of John Demjanjuk, who died while his case was under appeal.

Some 20 Auschwitz victims and their families are co-plaintiffs in the case against Groening, according to AP.

Limmud volunteers listed among UK’s top Jewish movers and shakers

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:47

(JTA) — Volunteers for Limmud UK were among the top 10 on the Jewish Chronicle’s Power 100 list of movers and shakers in the United Kingdom.

Limmud is a grassroots organization that plans Jewish learning conferences throughout the world.

“It is the volunteers who make it work, who must take the credit for transforming the whole culture of Jewish communal politics and organization,” the London-based Chronicle wrote. “To select one individual would be to misunderstand and misrepresent the whole nature of the movement.”

Mick Davis, chairman of the trustees of the Jewish Leadership Council, topped the list. Others in the top 10 included former Chief Rabbi Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Labor Party leader Ed Milliband and philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield.

Imperiled U.N. peacekeepers leave Syrian Golan for Israel

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:37

JERUSALEM (JTA) — United Nations peacekeeping forces and support staff have been relocated from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights to Israel.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement Monday said the situation of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force has “deteriorated severely over the last several days.” The force was put into place in May 1974 on the border between Syria and Israel to maintain a cease-fire between the two countries.

“Arrmed groups have made advances in the area of UNDOF positions, posing a direct threat to the safety and security of the U.N. Peacekeepers,” Ban’s statement said.

The peacekeepers also reportedly evacuated their equipment to Israel from Camp Faouar, the force’s main headquarters, located in Syria, near the Quneitra crossing.

Syrian rebels have gained control of nearly the entire border between Israel and Syria, according to reports.

Some 41 Fiji peacekeepers for the United Nations who surrendered to rebels from the al-Nusra Brigade, which has ties to al-Qaida, were released last week after being held captive for more than two weeks.

“UNDOF continues to use all available assets to carry out its mandated tasks in this exceptionally challenging environment,” the statement concluded.

Philly kosher butcher shop vandalized with swastikas

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:41

(JTA) — A kosher butcher shop in Philadelphia was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Crude swastikas were painted on the butcher shop, Simon’s Glatt Kosher meats, between the evening of Sept. 10 and the next morning, the Jewish Exponent reported. The butcher store has been at its location for 20 years.

A nearby synagogue was similarly vandalized in June.

There are no witnesses and no suspects in either case.

“The defacement of public property in Philadelphia with swastikas represents an attack on the entire community,” Anti-Defamation League associate regional director Joshua Cohen told the Jewish Exponent. “The swastika is a universal symbol of hate meant to instill fear and intimidation. It’s clear that the perpetrator intended to not only damage property but also to send a message of hate to the entire community.”

British company apologizes for not letting Jewish kids in store

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:55

(JTA) — A British sporting goods chain has apologized for a security guard preventing identifiably Jewish preteens from entering one of its stores.

The seventh-graders were wearing the uniforms of the Yavneh Academy, a Jewish secondary school, when they attempted to enter the Sports Direct store in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, on Friday, the Jewish Chronicle reported. The guard stopped them at the door and said “no Jews, no Jews.”

Other Yavneh students who wore coats over their uniforms were permitted to enter.

The company apologized and removed the guard, who was fired from the security company for which he worked.