Execution date set for Jewish death row inmate who says judg
Wed Jul 10, 2019 00:53

Execution date set for Jewish death row inmate who says judge was anti-Semitic
JULY 9, 2019 8:13 AM

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(JTA) — An execution date has been set for a Jewish death row inmate in Texas who filed an appeal alleging that the judge in the case was anti-Semitic and racist.

Dallas County Judge Lela Mays on Wednesday approved an Oct. 10 execution date for Randy Halprin.

Halprin, 41, was part of the “Texas 7” group of prisoners who escaped from the John B. Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas, on Dec. 13, 2000; six were apprehended over a month later. One committed suicide.

They were convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a Texas police officer who responded to a robbery perpetrated by the prisoners. Four of the prisoners already have been executed.

Halprin said in the appeal filed in May that Judge Vickers Cunningham referred to him using anti-Semitic language and should have recused himself from his case. Cunningham sentenced Halprin to death in 2003.

“Mr. Halprin’s trial judge, who presided over the death-penalty trial, made critical decisions about what evidence the jury would hear, and sentenced Mr. Halprin to die, was biased against Mr. Halprin, referring to him as a “f****n’ Jew” and a “G*****n k**e,” Halprin’s attorney, Tivon Schardl, said in a statement.

“No execution can proceed until the courts have time to consider the important new evidence that bigotry infected Mr. Halprin’s legal process. Ultimately, the Constitution requires that Mr. Halprin must have a new trial and sentencing hearing, free of discrimination and bias.”

Before escaping as part of the “Texas 7,” Halprin was serving a 30-year sentence for physically abusing a 16-month old child.



Dutch member of mainstream party says Jews came to Israel ‘to be Nazis’
JULY 9, 2019 3:58 PM
(JTA) — A member of the mainstream Dutch Green Left party, which has publicly endorsed attempts to boycott Israel, said Holocaust-traumatized Jews came to Israel “to be Nazis.”

Alireza Taimurizadeh, an activist in the Arnhem area for Green Left, in recent remarks on Facebook called Israel “a country which makes a Jew feel shame. Israel, the bribe for 6 million lives, far away, where they can live out their trauma, react to it WHERE THEY CAN BE THE SS.” He included a link to an article on Haaretz about the alleged mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners.

The party distanced itself from Taimurizadeh, with a spokesman telling the RTV Arnhem broadcaster on Monday that the post was “inappropriate and unacceptable.”

Ronny Naftaniel, vice chairman of the Dutch Central Jewish Board, called on Taimurizadeh, who has not been the subject of any disciplinary action by Green Left, to apologize, saying this is “the least that should be done.”

The motion on Israel adopted by Green Left, the party of the current mayor of Amsterdam, called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel “a legitimate means to help Palestinians in their fight for justice.”

It was the first endorsement of BDS by a mainstream political party in the Netherlands, where critics of the campaign often compare it to the boycott of Jewish businesses during the Holocaust.



Florida high school principal: ‘Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened’
JULY 7, 2019 12:20 PM
Jews arriving at Auschwitz in 1944. (Wikimedia Commons)

UPDATE: The Palm Beach County School District said the principal who told a parent that he needed to remain neutral on whether or not the Holocaust occurred has been removed from Spanish River Community High School.

(JTA) — A high school principal in Boca Raton, Florida told a parent that “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened.”

When the parent, who is not named in the report to protect the identity of her child, asked the principal in an email to clarify his remarks, telling him that the Holocaust is a “factual, historical event,” he doubled down, saying: “You have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs.”

He said that as a school district employee he cannot take a position on the Holocaust.

The Palm Beach Post first reported the email exchange on Friday.

Spanish River Community High School principal William Latson in an email in April 2018 first told the parent, who was inquiring about the school’s educational plan for teaching the Holocaust, that “the curriculum is to be introduced but not forced upon individuals as we all have the same rights but not all the same beliefs.”

The school, which has about 2,500 students, is said to have one of the county’s largest Jewish student populations in the county, according to the report.

Latson, who has had his job since 2011, apologized in a statement to the Post, saying his email “did not accurately reflect my professional and personal commitment to educating all students about the atrocities of the Holocaust.”

The school’s educational offerings on the Holocaust exceed the state’s requirements, according to Latson, though not all of the offerings actually take place in the classroom. The parent proposed a change, adopted this school year, which would have every 10th grader read “Night” by Elie Wiesel.

Latson was not disciplined for his emails.


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