SWC Appalled Over LA Youth Hockey Team’s Anti-Semitism & Nazi Salutes
April 1, 2019
April 1, 2019
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international organization fighting anti-Semitism, is appalled to learn that players from the Los Angeles Jr. Kings 14U Bantam AAA team - a youth hockey team made up of 14 year olds and under - made anti-Semitic statements and Nazi salutes that were captured on a video. The 15 players and three coaches were suspended following the incident.
Simon Wiesenthal Center Founder and Dean, Rabbi Marvin Hier commented, “This is outrageous. At a time when anti-Semitism is so prevalent all over the world, we discover that, in our own back yard, a Los Angeles Junior Kings hockey team made anti-Semitic remarks and Nazi salutes mocking Jews.
“Every day we are shocked to find out how prevalent this cancerous malignancy is in our society. If this is what they can say in their youth, what can we expect of them when they mature into adults?” Rabbi Hier concluded.
As leaders in the field of Tolerance Training, the Museum of Tolerance invited the team to visit the Museum.
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