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White supremacist disrupts webinar for Jewish teens featuring deputy anti-Semitism envoy

A webinar on the video conferencing platform Zoom about anti-Semitism last week, featuring U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Ellie Cohanim, was disrupted by a white supremacist and hacker—an example of what the Anti-Defamation League has called “Zoombombing.”

The Greater Boston chapter of NCSY, a Jewish youth group, hosted the hour-long webinar on March 24 with Cohanim, who told the group of 20 to 30 high school students about her role; about the rights college students have when it comes to dealing with Jew-hatred; and how the United States is working to battle anti-Semitism at home and abroad.

That included through the executive order that U.S. President Donald Trump signed in December to combat anti-Semitism in education, especially on college campuses.

As the webinar concluded, Andrew Alan Escher Auernheimer—also known as “weev,” who has a history of expressinganti-Semitic and other bigoted views—appeared in the video conference and pulled down his shirt collar to show a swastika tattoo on his chest.

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