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ADL Calls on Chicago Schools to Respond to Virtual ‘Jewish Incinerator’ in Online Student Game of ‘Clash of Clans’

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The Anti-Defamation League called on the Chicago Public Schools to take action against student harassment in the classroom and online, after Chicago’s CBS 2 exposed how the video-game app ‘Clash of Clans’ was being used by students to create a virtual “Jewish Incinerator.”

“Their one goal is to gather all the Jews, put them in an army camp and dispose of them,” the mother of a harassed Jewish student said.

Lonnie Nasatir, from the Anti-Defamation League office in Chicago, told CBS 2: “I was shocked to see such outright hate that existed. And we were taken aback by the type of language used and the fact that they were rewarding people for agreeing with such and awful, awful position.”

CBS 2 followed up its original expose on the school’s hate speech crisis with another report last week about the growing “outrage” by local parents on social media “over this anti-Semitic online gaming group.”

CBS 2 said: “According to the 14-year-old victim, he was verbally attacked at Ogden International School by classmates for months. His mother tried to help her son cope with verbal attacks, but contacted school officials after discovering some of the students were further attacking her son and all Jewish people through a popular video-game app called Clash of Clans. She says they even created an anti-Semitic gaming group to play.”

Lisa Wolf Clemente, the victim’s mother, said, “So I look down, I see it says Jewish Incinerator with their one goal is to gather all the Jews, put them in an army camp and dispose of them.”

“I’m 42-years-old. I’m not new to this world. I didn’t become Jewish yesterday,” she said. “I felt naive and shocked. We are in the year 2014. Really? At a school that my son has gone to? And I shake because I watched this group grow literally from four. Kids were just joining and joining.”

The ADL’s Nasatir said he urged Chicago Public Schools to make this a “teachable moment” by bringing in anti-bias facilitators and Holocaust survivors to talk with the students and faculty at Ogden. A school spokesperson said they welcomed the opportunity to discuss that with the ADL.

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  • Craig

    Those long dissertations are clearly written by older folks who have big issues with change. Please don’t use the internet for hate, or in other words your “opinions” haha. The young folks who are taking over your broken, debt ridden world are going to do things the right way and succeed so far beyond what you have done!

    Its great that you’re over forty and figured out the COMPUTER or your iPhone, but please stay away from smart people who are already doing things so much better than you. Or whatever you call “the 80’s.” I can’t believe I even addressed these old, terrible people on the internet.

    • Al Best

      How to live in a Dream World.

  • Jeff Klein

    See this ? I got it from Jewish Defense Organization .What you think ?


  • Arthur

    This is one for the lawyers, and it may have a federal dimension because it may put Chicago, Illinois, and the United States in technical violation of the Genocide Convention.

  • Efram

    What happened to the JDL? We need it back, especially in schools and on college campuses.

  • Elissa Fuchs

    Why make it a virtual when the Jews voted for the ACA. My ancestors may have died like sheep but this card carrying member of the NRA goes to bed every night holding the things I love most in life my husband and my Remington pistol grip shotgun.

    • BuckDePublick

      That’s the fighting spirit! God bless and stay strong–It’s God, guts and guns that built America and Israel and will keep tyranny at bay!

    • Kenneth S

      YES. We need more Jews, women and men, to pack heat and join the NRA. If those punks knew the kid’s parents were gun owners, they wouldn’t be so quick to attack him.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    In the mid-Nineties, I was the night supervisor at the “Emergency Assistance Unit” in the South Bronx, where three-hundred chronically homeless people arrived every night.

    Our worst nights coincided with the appearance of the Legal Aid Society, who would conduct interviews with the clients, in accordance with decrees issued by Judge Shira Scheindlin.

    (Judge Scheindlin ruled that the New York City stop-and-frisk program was unconstitutional, however the Second Circuit stayed Scheindlin’s decision and removed her from the case for violating the Code of Conduct for United States Judges).

    Unfortunately, upon the departure of the Legal Aid lawyers, riots would ensue, and staff members were assaulted; some were seriously injured.

    I once confronted Legal Aid lawyer Steven Banks, now Commissioner of the NYC Human Resources Administration.

    I asked him if he felt any responsibility for encouraging criminal behavior.

    You can imagine his response…

    Today, the pathologies of the underclass have metastasized.

    Occasionally, I come across someone who confronts the problem and just “nails it.”

    So I was delighted to read Ron’s comments.

  • judithg

    i am living in a badly received film. reviewers are thumbs down on the notion of savage fascists in fez being supported worldwide by the ignorant, the dumb and the damaged, and a dangerous lunatic in the white house is somebody’s bad dream. so. don’t eat anything at least one hour before retiring. maybe that will help turn it around. nothing else seems to work.

  • Jonathan K

    You know what would stop things like this from happening? A group of Jewish boys taking this kids face into a locker and making an example out of him. Too often Jews are perceived as the lambs when we can be seen just as capable and tough (when provoked) as wolves. You think these little racists would have written this about the black or Hispanic kids in their school?? No way. They’d be afraid. Why should it be any different for us Jews?

    • judorebbe

      You are absolutely right, but most Jewish kids in America today have been sissified by their politically correct, citizen-of-the-world, sissified parents.

    • Kenneth S

      EXACTLY. I would hire some black thugs or security guards to tell these punks, “The Jewish kids are untouchable.”

  • h.s.cohen

    Check with the N.O.I. It might be where to go.Ask for Louis.

  • Marnin Somerman

    First of all, the article from CBS2 has factual errors and this article should have performed a little research before just repeating another story.

    The game was not creating a goal in it to incinerate Jews and it was not part of the game. The game play is fixed by the developer. The game has Clans that individual players can join and those clans are names by the person crating the clan initially as well as the purpose of the clan.

    Some disgusting individual called his clan ‘Jew Incinerator’ and gave it a goal.

    No one in the game was actually simulating the killing of Jews.

    I am only interested in clearing up any misconceptions about the game.

    Any behavior on the part of the students needs to be dealt with. It goes without saying anyone who would create or want to be part of anything with that name should examine themselves.

  • Ron

    Au contraire, Ms. Cohen. It is YOU who is blind to what our president has done, not only to the nation but to Chicago as well. And eliminate the word “neo-con” from your vocabulary because there’s no such thing, other than in your own mind and in those of the “progressives” and Marxists within our midst who lob their faux words to describe those who simply disagree. Apparently, you have some sort of vile antipathy toward Americans, many of whom are Jewish, who believe that anti-Semitism runs rampant throughout our society which, in case you missed the past six years, is a responsibility of our leaders.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you also call for no guns in the hands of law abiding citizens.

    Forget Wal-Mart and skip your local gun show. The murderers of today are not found wearing orange vests at your local sporting goods store. They don’t have NRA memberships or trophies on their walls.

    You won’t find them in America. Look for them in Obamerica. Two-thirds of firearm murders take place in the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average.

    And by the way, you don’t have to check my research numbers because I’ve already done that for you.

    Those are the crowded cities of Obamerica. Those are the places with the most restrictive gun control laws and the highest crime rates. And almost all of them have been run by Democrats and their political machines for almost as long as they have been broken.

    Obama won every major city in his first election, except for Jacksonville and Salt Lake City. And the higher the death rate, the bigger his victory. He won New Orleans by 80 to 17 where the murder rate is ten times higher than the national average. He won Detroit, where the murder rate of 53 per 100,000 people is the second highest in the country and twice as high as any country in the world, including the Congo and South Africa. He won it 73 to 26. And then he celebrated his victory in Chicago where the murder rate is three times the statewide average.

    These places aren’t America. They’re Obamerica.

    Mayors of Obamerican cities blame guns because it’s easier than blaming people and now the President of Obamerica has turned to the same shameless tactic. The NRA counters that people kill people, but that’s exactly why Obamerican leaders would rather talk about the guns.

    Chicago, the capital of Obamerica, is a city run by gangs and politicians. It has 68,000 gang members, four times the number of police officers. Chicago politicians solicit the support of gang members in their campaigns, accepting laundered contributions from them, hiring their members and tipping them off about upcoming police raids. And their biggest favor to the gang bosses is doing nothing about the epidemic of gang violence.

    80% of Chicago’s murders are gang-related. But when a bill came up in the Illinois State Senate to charge anyone carrying out a firearm attack on school property as an adult, a law that would have largely affected gang members, the future leader of Obamerica voted present. Had he not voted present, it is doubtful that he would have been reelected in an area where gang leaders wield a great deal of influence.

    The majority of murders in the cities with the worst homicide rates are gang-related. And while it isn’t always possible to be certain whether a killing was gang-related, the majority of homicide victims in city after city have been found to have criminal records.

    When there are so-called leaders such as Louis Farrakhan and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, it’s not too far a stretch to understand why the gang mentality has a racist hatred toward Jews.

    In 2010, there were 11,078 firearm homicides in the United States and over 2,000 known gang-related killings, over 90% of which are carried out with firearms. Since 1981, Los Angeles alone has had 16,000 gang related homicides. That’s more than twice the number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    This is what Obamerica looks like. It’s a place where life is cheap and illegal guns are as available as illegal drugs. It’s the war that we aren’t talking about, because it’s easier to talk about the inanimate objects being used to fight that war such as hating Jews.

    There are two Americas. America is a country that runs pretty well. And then there’s Obamerica. Not all of Obamerica is broken, but much of it is. America does not have a gun violence problem. Obamerica does. And Obamerica has a gun violence problem for the same reason that it has a drug problem and a broken family problem.

    Democratic leaders and machines, combined with social workers and justice crusaders have run Obamerica into the ground. Obamerican cities used to be the homes of industry and progress. Now they’re places where young black and Hispanic men kill each other in growing numbers while looking for Jews to play the knock-out game.

    America does not need gun control. It is a mostly law-abiding place. And gun control cannot help Obamerica. Not when its murder rate is driven by gangs who have no trouble obtaining anything; whether it’s legal in the United States or not.

    This country does not need to have a conversation about how many bullets should go in a clip. It does need to have a conversation about how many parents should go in a family. It needs to talk about the ghettos of Obamerica and have a serious conversation about broken families and generational dependency and hate.

    Obama has become a role model to millions of people in the black community. If anyone can address these problems, it’s him. But instead of trying to solve the problems of Obamerica, instead of doing something about the high levels of unemployment, the broken families and the glamorization of drug dealing and violent crime, he wimped out and picked a fight with rural America.

    AIDS prevention was sabotaged by the claim that the disease was a general problem spreading through the population. It wasn’t. Neither is gun violence.

    A poster boy for gun violence might be Jay-Z, who boasts of having been a drug dealer and claims to have shot his brother at the age of 12. The drug dealer to millionaire rapper is the Horatio Alger story of Obamerica. And Jay-Z can be seen partying with Obama.

    If Obama really wants to get serious about gun violence and street gangs, he can. But Obama, like every Chicago politician before him, doesn’t want to end the violence. The death toll is profitable, not just for rappers writing bad poetry about dealing drugs and shooting rivals, but for the politicians atop that heap who score money and gain power by using the problems of Obamerica as some sort of call to conscience for the rest of the country.

    The real enemy is not the punks who rampage and kill and despise Jews in every major city, and many smaller ones, in the nation. The real enemy is at the helm in Washington D.C., sitting in an oval office, and plunging his own people, along with all Americans, into an abyss of hatred, divisiveness and criminality.

    And, Ms. Cohen, please don’t reply to this because my sense is that you will make yourself look like even more of a fool and a tool than you already are.

    • Dr Russ Fine

      Ron: BRILLIANT ! You nailed it and her. We will survive Obama. I am not quite as optimistic we will survive a country populated by the kind of “citizens” foolish enough to have elected him. NEVER AGAIN.

      • judorebbe

        Sadly, all of America is in deep trouble when “I got my Obama phone” is a successful campaign slogan.

    • Julian Clovelley

      Amazingly back to front arguments Ron. You have the cart before the horse again and again. With such a configuration no wonder you can get nowhere. Try putting the horse back between the shafts and thinking about where you are heading

      Leaving the question of political parties out of it, I would fully expect the people with the largest incident of a particular problem to be the ones keenest to solve it. It would be hardly surprising to find the areas with the largest murder and gun crime rate to be the areas most seeking gun control, especially if you looked on a small locality basis rather than state wide. Similarly I would expect the poorest areas, where people cannot afford health care, to be the keenest to see instituted in the USA the system of Public Health Care present in most of the more civilised world.

      You are back to front again talking about causes of violence, blaming the Government for creating the social conditions where it is more likely to occur. In reality – as in the rest of the world – Free Trade and globalisation are the major problems. International Corporations seek the cheapest labour – which is largely Asian slave labour, destroying local jobs – and there is no tariff protection to block the imports of products of near slave labour working conditions. A stable society requires the people to have enough to pay the bills – that requires in turn minimum wages and welfare tied to the cost of living. If you have a dysfunctional welfare system the only alternative to starvation is crime. America’s crime rate is caused by the lack of the kind of representative grass root Social Democratic political forces other nations have. Both your political parties are rubbish. That you sometimes get a halfway decent Adminiostration out of this mess is Americas only miracle – maybe it is d-vine intervention.

      The Gun lobby mentality you seem to be pushing seems to ne not “if you have a problem solve it” but rather “if there is a social problem , ignore it until it affects you personally and then shoot it”

      I think Janice Cohen was absolutely right. What you are engaging in, in your post, is electioneering propaganda for the Ultra Conservative viewpoint. To me that has had a history of inflaming hatred against minorities. The Ku Klux Klan didn’t just fade away, you know, it simply merged its mentality into more superficially respectable organisations all within the ultra Conservative and Christian Right

      You might not spot it close up but the world sees it clear as the light of day.. The kind of problem we see in this article would best be dealt with under clear racial vilification legislation but some idiot would say “oh but that limits freedom of speech” just as some other idiot will tell you that if Grandma Jones can’t buy an assault weapon the sky will fall down

      I could tell you where this all leads – as the economy collapses further – but I’m sure the third idiot would say “oh no that couldn’t happen in this land of the free”

      Oh Brother!

      • zeynep

        Mr. Clovelley, thanks for this cool-headed and intelligent elaboration. I also want to sincerely apologise for my not-so-polite reply to one of your comments in the past. Really nice to have you here.

      • Emanuel

        Actually Julian, there is no trauma center on Chicago’s south side and gang wars have been raging for 30 years so no the “people” with the largest incidence ie black and your black president have done nothing. And yes Julian if you think the government does not know what they are fighting over and fueling the war so to speak you are too ignorant to converse with.

      • charlie johnson

        Some people would like to have the means to buy the big iron gates to protect their family and property from drug induced animal behavior as wealthy liberals do. But as many are just ordinary working folks of several shades of skin color they find a gun is their second best affordable means of self defense.Micheal Moore advocates for the poor but he has just enough funds to hire a few former US Navy SEALS to do his gunfights. We live in the real world.

    • J Lee

      The sad truth, as your statements indicate, that bias and assumptions can prevail on all sides, including in this comment section where offense is used simply as rallying cry for your own version of hate.

      Instead of insulting people (particularly someone who has had the courage to step forward and speak on record about her family being singled out), perhaps using your energy toward supportive words that help overcome bigotry on all levels, would work better – for all of us, including Jews.

    • Fred Remington

      Ron, I wish you could get your letter published in every newspaper here and abroad. Good work!


    • Emily

      Only cowards unleaded ignorant and hate filled rants monologues and then refuse a conversation or dialogue about your thoughts. Typical ignorant narrow minded fear based diatribes heat are easily destroyed the minute someone with facts and a level head engage-you’re lucky Ms. Cohen, or any other person looking for a conversation rather than belligerent ranting, didn’t engage with you. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put my time and energy into mourning those who have lost their lives to fun violence and the children affected by this disgusting game rather than point fingers, name call and deflect.

      I wish you the best of luck trying to copyright your creative and unique “obamerica” moniker-clever and constructive.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      To Ron –


    • janice cohen

      Au contraire yourself, Ron. Spoken like a true racist! I am from one of those OBAMA cities of which you prattle -mostly upper middle class white.

    • Yankel Gorokhofskij

      Magnificent response.

    • Sueb

      Ron, you are BRILIANT and have said what many of us feel so eloquently. I am going to repost your comments. It is the liberal – stupid Jews that will cause us to be exterminated. Frankly, I am surprised that ADL even took this on. Here in Detroit, where I live, they dance with the enemy. They invite them to our shuls and want to “coexist” with those who wish us dead.

      If we don’t stand up for ourselves, and fight evil where it exists, certainly no one will do it for us. Afterall, it’s only the Jews.

    • zeynep

      What a pathetic hateful rant! You are the most racist, fascist (that’s way beyond neo-con)thing I have run across in this site. Your very last words is a near-perfect decsription of your self: “A FOOL and A TOOL”. But your fatally and embarrasingly simplistic world view which betrays that you have not even the slightest understanding as to the societal cause-effect dynamics, together with the fact that you are Jewish (are you really?? it’s so difficult to believe) makes me think you may actually be sick. Some psychiatric help, some medication perhaps.. It would be great if it could help, for you and your ilk pose the biggest threat for humanity. It’s high time that you be either healed or de-activated. I shall continue praying…

      • Emanuel

        Pray zeynep you troll of the ages.

        • zeynep

          himmm “troll of the ages” you say… I had to look this word up in webster’s… odd choice of words from odd Emanuel.

    • James Crozier

      She couldn’t look more of a fool and a tool than you.

    • Inna Kreer

      Ron, you are brilliant. Everything is right. Unfortunately Obamerica will win, we’ve reached the point of no return. The government will try and eventually succeed in taking guns from the law abiding people – socialist government does not like armed population, you know, (history …). Hatred against Jews is a clear indication of what is coming. And the crowd is always supportive – Hitler, Stalin, etc.

  • Dr. L

    Bullies have to be broken before they break down. Otherwise there is no getting through to them. Children at this age will not get the message you are trying to give them, because they do not, or cannot, identify with those that they see as “other”. In fact, it is this way for many adults, as well. And I think that most attempts at sensitizing such types of people to others are way too *soft*. It is too easy for these folks to wall themselves off emotionally from any types of message that the presenters are trying to give over to them.

    What is needed are more hard core programs/presentations–in my opinion…..shock programs that will break down their defenses. You know, start out with about an hour or so of video of what real genocide looks like. Show them the blood and the bodies and the wailing children. Show them the African genocides, etc. And then follow it up with the softer stuff, once you’ve gotten under their skin.

    That would work, I think.

    • Kenneth S

      They would cheer the genocides. That is not the answer. You and naive ADL assume these punks have a sense of humanity and morality. They don’t.

  • GZLives

    Why not make similar games for other ethnic and racial groups and then actually BEAT THEM AT THEIR OWN GAME … that would do more to stop this then anything else.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    This article really hurts me to the core. I am an alumnus of Von Steuben High school, still located on the north side of Chicago. When I attended Von Steuben in the 60s, it was about 70% Jewish. Now it is a metropolitan science high school. Chicago public schools have been among the most segregated in the United States. Inner city schools in many neighborhoods in Chicago still have to deal with gangs, drugs, unwed teenage mothers, and intense poverty. In the 90s I taught at a private school for high-school dropouts in the Austin community. I know from whence I speak.

    The Internet can, indeed, cause tremendous hardship on minorities. Cyberbullying is rampant. I know because I befriended Jamie Nabozny a couple of years ago and had him speak at my college, College of Lake County. This particular application mentioned in the article makes my stomach turn inside out! Such an odious device interacting with American children! My G-d, what has this world come to? I am writing this from Jerusalem, Israel. Two synagogues here in the Jewish homeland were torched by arsonists this week! We have not learned the primary lesson of the Holocaust: love and respect your neighbor as you love and respect yourself!

    • gilgulman

      My heart is with you on this…it makes my stomach churn also.

  • janice cohen

    South Chicago had gangs way before it had Obama.

    Obama has nothing to do with this game – you are a neocon trying to slam

    Obama and care nothing about the topic of this column

    • Mel Sherwood

      Nobody who calls anybody, especially a Jew, a “neocon” has any business posting comments on this site. I ask those who moderate the comments to disallow such left-wing anti-Jewish crap from Algemeiner.

      • J Lee

        You must be kidding. It’s completely correct. The amount of hate being espoused here is numbing, and even toward Jews with different perspectives. We’re supposed to be the people with a sensible, profound grip on ideology and human existence. It’s hard to believe these statements are coming from Jews.

      • zeynep

        You are a sad case Mel Sherwood.

        • Emanuel

          look in the mirror trollface, you have a sad face 🙁

          • zeynep

            You and the likes of you indeed used to sadden me. But no more and never more. Because now it’s clear to me that you ( plural pronoun from here to the end of this reply) are not to be taken seriously. You are not capable of being sad and thus neither of being happy. The only feeling that you breed is hatred, pathological boundless hatred. But believe me when I say that you will not be allowed to do any harm any longer. Your crudity and violence shall revert onto you, perhaps then you might start to feel the terror of your darkness and opt for life.

    • J Lee

      Thanks. Well put.

    • zeynep

      Janice may you always be strong enough to keep your sanity. Best wishes.

  • Emanuel

    If Obama doesn’t care about the thousands of black kids who continue to die on the south side where there is no trauma center and the government knows why the gangs are fighting and does nothing, then as Jews, we should handle this without the government decisively and legally. And this is the ADL complaining so it’s beyond politics.

    • Really, to mention Obama in this context seems gratuitous.

      There are many, however, that don’t acknowledge the extent to which Jews are subjected to bigotry in society, and who say that claims of antisemitism are politically motivated and to silence criticism of Israel. To them: WAKE UP!

      • Julian Clovelley

        I rather agree with “oldschool” that much of the centre of these problems is caused by what should be an irrelevant matter – the political situation of the State of Israel and its present internal Right Wing politics.

        it is dangerous for any minority to be seen – rightly or wrongly – as an oppressor – even if that oppression is a response to a second wrong. Modern Antisemitism is built on claims of special privilege. The real scapegoating of the twentieth century was to substitute innocent Jewish people for the perceived role of the “rich and oppressive Capitalist”. Economic Reform and Revolution were diverted into racist channels in order to use that as a human shield against the actual oppressors.

        The only real safety for minorities is the existence of functioning and joyful multicultural social democratic societies, that have at the core of their ideology the concept of acceptable minimum prosperity, safety, health, educational, and living standards

        To put it bluntly these basic living conditions are absent in the West Bank. The Arabic population is left with precious little living standard to protect. Whether it is the Right in the Middle East, or the Right in America the most visible feature of Right Wing rule rule is always impoverishment.

        So it is in Europe – always has been that way – and sadly under our present dopey Ultra Conservative Government in Australia, so it is here too.

        I have a brother who has voted for Conservative Parties all his life – I once asked him why – He said ” because put them in power and they will eventually disintegrate under their own stupidity – such forces cannot last one generation of idiots”

        I think we are in that generation now.

        • Michael Garfinkel


          Please return my Tie Dye Jeans with the love beads!


          • Kenneth S

            FCOL. 98% of Palestinians live under Palestinian government autonomy. This is your excuse for Jew-hatred? Please STFU.

        • Emanuel

          Does Israel govern the West Bank? Abbas makes $1 Million a month, what does Netanyahu make? Stop your trolling bigotry.