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Anti Semitism

Is Paris Burning?

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Dr. Alan Kadish

It's well past time for President Hollande to issue a strong response to this incident and others like it. If he does not, it will send a clear message that tolerating or even spreading hatred is acceptable in France.

Anti-Israel Protesters Call For Jews To Be Gassed

AP | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned the rise in anti-Semitic protests and violence over the confli...

Interview: What Will It Take to Rein in Rightwing Nationalism in Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.18.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Gaza Comes to Paris

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Under cover of "the defense of Palestine," thousands gathered in Paris on Sunday to blame the Jews once again. They need to be reminded, for what it's worth, that conflating Jews and Israelis in the same condemnation is the very principle of anti-Semitism, which, in France, is punishable by law.

Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identity in Renaissance Art?

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Try to locate even a hint of Jesus' Jewish identity and heritage in Renaissance paintings and you will find yourself on a fruitless quest. Some respondents bristled at what they perceived as the suggestion of a conspiracy to suppress Jesus Jewish identity. But the falsification of biblical history in artworks was not a conspiracy.

Naftali, Eyal, Gilad and the Palestinian Culture of Hate

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.03.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

These three young men were killed by hateful people who had no regard for humanity or the values of life treasured by most. Until the world truly understands this evil and acts to combat it, cultures of hate like those responsible for taking the lives of Naftali, Eyal and Gilad will sadly continue to flourish.

Gary Oldman Doesn't Get Free Speech

James Peron | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Just because there are negative consequences to saying offensive, stupid or bigoted things, it doesn't mean First Amendment rights are under threat. It just means you can't have your cake and eat it too.

Belzec: Past and Present

David Harris | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
David Harris

During World War II, Belzec, a small town in southeastern Poland, was one of the main Nazi death camps in the occupied country, along with Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor and Treblinka.

Sudden Rise of Far Right Groups in EU Parliament Rings Alarm Bells Across Europe

Elinadav Heymann | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Elinadav Heymann

Each have a racially motivated party, more or less based on Nazi ideology and an authoritarian party structure defined by racism, anti-Semitism and violence.

Jewish Jesus in Renaissance Art and the Roots of Anti-Semitism

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Isn't it time to celebrate the common heritage of Judaism and Christianity, despite the differences between the two faiths? Isn't it time to endorse Pope Francis's bold statement: "A Christian cannot be anti-Semitic; his roots are Jewish"?

Cantor Defeat Rooted in Anti-Semitism

Daryl Rowland | Posted 06.13.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

According to findings, it matters little to voters whether a particular putz is Jewish, Christian or Muslim.

A Call to PCUSA to Reject Zionism Unsettled

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

Many Presbyterian leaders do not share the polarizing arguments brought by Zionism Unsettled. Hopefully, the Presbyterian Church will reject any resolution that reflects a one-sided anti-Israel position during discussions at the upcoming Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly in Detroit.

When the Cruelty Comes From Our Kids

Alana Baum | Posted 06.11.2014 | Chicago
Alana Baum

What happened at Ogden is abhorrent. There must be consequences and continued conversations about cruelty and our kids. Yet, amidst this example of bullying and hate, let's remember to use this as a teaching lesson for ourselves, as well as for our children.

Was Iraq's 1941 Pogrom a Nazi Event?

Lyn Julius | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Lyn Julius

The lawsuit is significant because, for the first time, it attempts to establish a formal link between the Nazis and Arab countries. The lawyers' claims have initially been rejected, but they are determined to pursue their case to the highest court in the land.

The Recurring Myth About Nietzsche and Fascism

Brian Leiter | Posted 06.06.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

Freedom of inquiry and thought must surely encompass the right of students to discuss and think about ideas, including illiberal ideas. The idea that a "Nietzsche Club," in particular, is not appropriate for a serious university (one with several Nietzsche scholars on its faculty, ironically enough) is astonishing.

The Envelope, Please! Announcing The First Annual 'Blurbie' Awards for Truly Ridiculous PR

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.05.2014 | Media
Peter Mandel

As a travel writer whose inbox is always jam-packed with profound and deeply moving press releases, it started me thinking. Wasn't it high time that the finest of these works earned the recognition they deserve?

Mass Murder on Both Sides of the Atlantic--Politics or Psychopathology?

Jack Levin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2014 | Crime
Jack Levin, Ph.D.

Massacres in European countries tend to be politically motivated. American massacres tend to be motivated more by psychopathology than by politics. The killer fits a profile.

Macklemore, Anti-Semitism and the Problem With Taboos

Steven Clough | Posted 05.29.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Clough

Why was Macklemore's costume offensive? To answer this, we need to take a quick look at the root of these stereotypes and how they've been used to oppress a group of people.

Europe, Wake Up!

David Harris | Posted 05.27.2014 | World
David Harris

It's high time for Europe to face the stark reality that anti-Semitism is alive and well in its midst, and more action -- real action -- is needed, and now.

European Elections: Back to the 1930s as America Yawns

Richard Brodsky | Posted 05.27.2014 | World
Richard Brodsky

In England, neither the Labor nor Conservative Parties won; in France the National Front came in first; in Greece and Hungary the neo-Nazi parties, Golden Dawn and Jobbik, made big strides. The same in Denmark. And we've seen resurgent neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic, anti-minority movements in Ukraine and Russia. This cannot be shrugged off.

Will Katy Perry Apologize for Her Anti-Jewish Caricature?

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

I hope that Perry offers an apology along the lines of Mackelmore and pulls the video off the web. It belongs as part of history -- but has no place in a society that values cultural and ethnic diversity.

A Christian, a Jew and a Muslim Walk Into a Bar

Salvador Litvak | Posted 07.20.2014 | Religion
Salvador Litvak

A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What is this, a joke?" Actually, it's a true story: the Muslim, Rahmi Mowjoo...

From Auschwitz to Activism -- 70 Years on From the Holocaust

Dan Glass | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Dan Glass

As I walk around the city, I see the shrines and monuments to the Holocaust. This includes park benches with their Nein Juden signs removed, old SS buildings that are now boarded up, and freshly-sprayed swastikas that remind me how the soul of anti-Semitism lives on.

Spanish Twitter Sees A Flood Of Anti-Semitism After Basketball Game

Reuters | Paul Day | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

By Paul Day MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government is considering cracking down on hate speech on social networks after thousands of...