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CSUSB professor’s documentary gets showing online in place of postponed Palestinian Film Festival in Australia
IF Magazine (Australia)
Oct. 18, 2023

An article about the upcoming Jewish International Film Festival in Australia also mentioned that The documentary, “1948: Creation & Catastrophe,” co-produced by Ahlam Muhtaseb, CSUSB professor of media studies, is one of the films being made available to Australian audiences online by the organizers of the 2023 Palestinian Film Festival Australia, which postponed the event in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war.

War between Israel and Hamas raises fears about rising U.S. hostility
The Associated Press
Oct. 17, 2023

The recent tensions stemming from the Israel-Hamas war follow a familiar pattern of crimes against Jewish and Muslim communities rising when conflict erupts in the Middle East and Americans have been killed or taken hostage.

“We have a two-pronged threat to American faith communities,” said Brian Levin, founding director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

Anti-Jewish, anti-LGBTQ hate crimes spiked in 2022
Oct. 18, 2023

The latest FBI hate crime data confirms an earlier report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, which predicted significant increases in hate crimes in 2022, Axios reported. Anti-Jewish and anti-LGBTQ bias crimes jumped in 2022 amid an overall increase in hate crimes, according to an Axios review of new FBI data.

Brian Levin, the recently retired director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, tells Axios the FBI data still has significant holes because some states, including Florida, do a poor job at collecting stats.

"We still have vast geographic deserts in places like the South and the Mountain states. So we probably have even more hate crimes."
Levin said anti-Jewish hate crimes have increased dramatically after each news-dominating Middle East conflict in the past 30 years and he worries that anti-Jewish bias crimes will jump even more because of fighting in Israel and Gaza.

He worries that 2023 will see a massive increase in anti-Muslim and anti-Arab hate crimes because of the images out of the Middle East and "bigoted rhetoric" on cable news channels.

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