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Anti Semitism

Rebuilding Poland's Jewish Community

John Feffer | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
John Feffer

Rachel Zacharia always knew she was Jewish. Her father, a Party official, read and wrote in Yiddish, and her parents spoke Yiddish with friends. But she didn't start thinking about her Jewish identify until 1968.

Pope Francis Meets With European Rabbis To Discuss Anti-Semitism

International Business Times | Morgan Winsor | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis met with top European rabbis Monday in the Vatican to discuss growing anti-Semitism in Europe as well as the recent attacks by Islamist r...

To Combat the 'New Anti-Semitism,' Europe's Jews and Muslims Must Work Together

Harrison Akins | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Harrison Akins

Jews and Muslims should not be working against each other, but with each other to promote their common interests and rights as religious minorities in Europe, particularly with the rise of right-wing parties across the continent.

Passion Plays and Oratorios, 'Christ Killers,' and the Magic Trick of 'Deus Ex Machina'

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.20.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Given this horrible history, it's no surprise that for centuries Easter posed great danger for Jews. Good Friday church services have traditionally included passion plays that reenact the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.

Tel Aviv University Researchers Find Sharp Spike In Global Anti-Semitism

USA Today / Religion News Service | Kim Hjelmgaard | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks around the world surged nearly 40 percent last year, according to a report released Wednesday by researcher...

Emily Kassie

As March At Auschwitz Commemorates The Holocaust, Poles Reflect On Their Country's Attitudes Toward Jews | Emily Kassie | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

KRAKOW, Poland -- On April 16, 10,000 marchers, most of them Jews and Holocaust survivors from more than 12 countries, marched from Auschwitz I to Bir...

Ukraine, Politics of History and Jewish Identity: A Personal Story

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Sadly, many Ukrainians have little knowledge of their own country's colorful past and tend to promote a rather monolithic and narrow-minded view of history based solely upon the Ukrainian ethnic experience. Perhaps it would be more productive to delve into the country's rich interethnic experience so as to foster greater understanding between Ukrainians and minority populations.

Le Pen and Le Pen, Enough, Already!

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Enough of the indecent psychodrama surrounding Marine Le Pen and her father. Enough of the indulgent, sentimental, and voyeuristic commentary about the daughter "sacrificing" a poor King Lear, leaving him to rave on his moor in St. Cloud. And most of all, enough of the obscene political whitewashing that the entire affair has enabled. Because, after all, what is the reality?

Film "24 Days" Re-Opens Wounds of French Anti-Semitism

Diana Bletter | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Diana Bletter

The movie, "24 Days," about to be released on April 24, re-opens fresh wounds triggered by French anti-Semitism, because the harrowing tale zeroes in on the twenty-four days in the winter of 2006 when a 23-year-old Jewish Parisian, Ilan Halimi, was kidnapped and tortured and eventually killed.

What (Only) the Jews Can Do to Prevent the Next Holocaust

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

We need to understand why there is anti-Semitism to begin with because despite numerous explanations, we have not figured out why it has endured for so many centuries, constantly wearing new attires, and most important, what can be done to finally uproot it.

Campus Incubators of Prejudice

Eliot Daley | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Eliot Daley

I didn't realize that racism was formally enshrined in my college fraternity (Kappa Sigma, at Fresno State College) until the day in 1955 when I discovered it also honored anti-Semitism.

Holocaust Remembrance Day--Remember the Dead, Preserve the Living

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Every year right before Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reflect upon what might have been, and what the future holds, especially these days, as pre World War II anti-Semitic displays are reemerging, and the political climate is growing stormier concerning the state of Israel.

Modern Day Freedom

Rabbi Berel Lerman | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Berel Lerman

We are blessed to live in a country that was founded on the principles of "all men are created equal" and the universal rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." However, one may live in a free country and still be enslaved.

The State of Romanian Extremism

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Relations between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians have improved to a degree. There are still tensions, particularly around the top of regionalization, which would provide greater autonomy to different parts of the country, including the area with a Hungarian majority.

A Christian Apology to Jewish People at Passover and Easter

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Bill Quigley

Our churches must challenge our ignorance, faulty theology and lack of historical knowledge of what our world was like twenty centuries ago in order to radically reorient our religion away from anti-Semitism.

Angry Words at Our Passover Seder

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Shfokh hamatkha reminds me to pay attention to the hate that exists in the world, against us, and against others, but because it is said as we open the door for Elijah, it reminds me not to let the fear that hate evokes cloud our vision of what we are called to do to redeem the world.

In Defense of Angela Merkel

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The advantage of the notorious cover of Der Spiegel that showed Angela Merkel in front of the Acropolis surrounded by Nazi officers is that it finally poses, in a way that cannot be dodged, the question of Germanophobia in Europe.

Lena Dunham's Dog Quiz Is Shameful

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.30.2015 | Media
Lev Raphael

Is this really 2015 humor? Is this New Yorker humor? Is this even funny?

Don't Read Lena Dunham: It Only Encourages Her

Martin Kleinman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Comedy
Martin Kleinman

Couldn't the editors have been mindful of the fact that comparing Jews and dogs, in any context, might be considered -- oh, just maybe -- insulting?

Ukraine: What's the Role of Religion in Post-Maidan Milieu?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

While many have sought to interpret the overall political meaning of Maidan square, few have dwelled upon underlying religious connotations. To be sure, Ukraine isn't as religious as Russia, but nevertheless the Church plays a significant role in society.

What It's Like to Be an Evil Jewish Divorcee

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.25.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

I will never understand why women don't have the right to write, perform, be, exist, divorce or lead without a man feeling the need to judge, lord and criticize us at every turn only to end the battle against us with 'Oh, and she's very ugly.'

The Rhetoric of Netanyahu

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
Julia E. Sweig

Netanyahu's recent calculus has since placed Israel on a collision course with the United States. The political relationship will likely recover over time. But I worry that the polarization is feeding anti-Semitism in the United States, especially on university campuses.

UCLA's "Jewish" Problem and the Rise of New Anti-Semitism

Arielle Mokhtarzadeh | Posted 05.24.2015 | College
Arielle Mokhtarzadeh

The anti-Israel rhetoric is jammed so far down their consciousness that anything associated or perceived to be associated with it instantly stigmatized as bad. College students have lost their propensity for critical thinking.

Is Anti-Semitism Really On The Rise On American College Campuses?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

The fact is, the borders of anti-Semitism are permeable. Human speech does not divide neatly into "hate speech" and "political speech." Thus, if we are to avoid the over-generalizations, we must be more rigorous in our definitions of the phenomenon or we risk diluting the evil of anti-Semitism itself.

Israel's President Should Think Twice Before Asking Netanyahu to Form a Government

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Just when Israel's existence and influence on the world stage is most important for Jews around the world, it cannot afford to risk that for the self-aggrandizement of Benjamin Netanyahu. The way he won his election has weakened Israel, destroyed its credibility and made it far less secure.