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Antisemitism

The Meaning of Purim in the Winter of 2015

Rabbi Steven C. Wernick | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steven C. Wernick

It is against the backdrop of this very troubled time that the holiday of Purim approaches... and with it, the important message: Do not lose hope for you have been here before.

What Harry Potter Taught Me About Antisemitism

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Just like some ultra-right wing Orthodox settlers in Israel can impede progress there, so hateful clerics can shape the culture of Arab communities in Europe. The problem is not lack of jobs or social mobility. It is the hijacking of a religion, and we cannot stop it unless we name it.

Inspiring Images of Over 1,000 Muslims Forming 'Ring of Peace' Around Oslo Synagogue

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.24.2015 | Religion
Ian Reifowitz

They both offered a human shield -- in the best sense of the term -- protecting one of the most visibly Jewish locations in their city and condemned the murder last week of Dan Uzan, a Danish Jew, at a Copenhagen synagogue. These Oslo Muslims brought a message of peace and tolerance, one that rejects hate. They chanted, "No to anti-Semitism! No to Islamophobia!"

Jews Are Not at War With Islam. But Jihadi Terrorists Have Declared War on Jews Worldwide

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Ian Reifowitz

We have to ask ourselves what it means that Jews worldwide have become targets in this way. We also have to ask ourselves what we are going to do about it as a society. As for me, I'm furious. I'm also scared for myself and my family. Lest we forget, the goal of terrorists is to strike terror in its target audience.

Auschwitz: A Cry of Despair and a Warning

Alain Vincenot | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion
Alain Vincenot

Today, the "cry of despair" has passed into the forgotten, and the "warning" is no longer heard. In Europe, and in France especially, anti-Semitic acts and phrases propagate like a virus.

Jew Inside

Gerald Sindell | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Gerald Sindell

Here's a simple idea to protect the Jews of France: every school shows a sign that proclaims: Jews Inside! Every retail store puts up a bronze plaque that proclaims the same. And so on for salons, high speed trains, even police cars. The masthead of every newspaper proclaims, "Produced by Jews."

Searching for Charlie in Washington D.C.

András Simonyi | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
András Simonyi

The threats against our modern, multicultural and diverse societies, whether in America, Europe or Australia, are almost identical. When freedom of speech is under threat, then all that we stand for, all the underpinnings of our way of life, our future is under threat.

Antisemitism 2015: A Global Challenge

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Catherine Chatterley

Antisemitism presents a serious challenge for the global community today. The last decade has seen a shocking growth in antisemitic rhetoric and agitation, and routine acts of violence against Jews have returned to European cities 70 years after the Holocaust.

What Is the Future for France's Jews?

Eric Keslassy | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Eric Keslassy

Battered by hatred, French Jews are getting scared. Promises to emigrate abroad (including, but not only, to Israel) have increased significantly. Is leaving the only solution for the Jews of France?

What Poland's Jewish History Museum Can Teach Us

José M. Faraldo | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
José M. Faraldo

Whereas the North American Holocaust museum deals with the immense crimes perpetrated by the Nazis, the Warsaw museum is focused most of all on of Jewish life.

Colleges Are Intolerant About Comedy That Promotes Tolerance

Scott Blakeman | Posted 02.07.2015 | College
Scott Blakeman

If a simple message of tolerance, understanding and peace is deemed too controversial by many universities in this country, what message does that send to students? Colleges used to be the place where trailblazing comedians like George Carlin and Mort Sahl found receptive audiences for their biting and bold comedy.

Conference in Berlin Focuses on Rising Anti-Semitism

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

I was a member of a "rainbow" delegation of U.S.-advocacy organizations that came to the conference to emphasize, by our example and our words, that the battle against European anti-Semitism is everyone's fight, not simply a Jewish one. It is also a battle that we, as Americans, cannot ignore.

Anti-Semitism: Know It. Name It. Shame It.

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Stephen D. Smith

There is talk of a "new anti-Semitism" sweeping the globe, but all I see is the same irrational hatred aimed at the same perplexed victims, who are once again left wondering what has energized such bile.

Boycotting University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Jonathan Judaken | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Jonathan Judaken

The grounds of the academic war zone that surrounds Israel/Palestine are booby-trapped and they are shifting.

History Repeats Itself and the World Remains Silent

Jonathan Biron | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Jonathan Biron

The battle against anti-Semitism is a human and moral one. It should unite all those who seek peace and equality in the world. The battle against anti-Semitism is about human rights and democracy.

How The Mideast Conflict Nourishes Anti-Semitism

Tahar ben Jelloun | Posted 08.14.2014 | World
Tahar ben Jelloun

The Jews are caught in a contradiction between protection of memory and the intolerable nature of the massacres committed by the Jewish state.

The Anti-Semite Inside You

Ariel Chesler | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Ariel Chesler

I suggest that in the same way we talk about internalized sexism and racism and homophobia we must talk about internalized anti-Semitism.

What Anne Frank Taught Me About Israel's War With Gaza

Elad Nehorai | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Why has Israel built an unparalleled army? Because without such an army, it would have been wiped out. Why do AIPAC and such organizations have such influence? Because there is a much bigger lobby, the lobby of historic antisemitism, that has existed for ages.

I'm Done Apologizing for Israel

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I ask the enraged critics of Israel's defensive responses to Hamas: Would you have us not respond to this monstrosity? Do you think it's not worth losing the PR battle to retain our humanity and save as many lives as possible?

Where's the Ukrainian Far Right Now?

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Ukraine's far right has sunk to virtual electoral oblivion, and it's hard to know where or if it will reappear. Its role in defending protestors against the Yanukovych government, overthrown in February this year, didn't translate into widespread support in either the presidential election in May or in Kyiv's municipal elections.

Anti-Semitism Is On The Rise, Report Says

AP | ARIEL DAVID | Posted 04.27.2014 | World

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks against Jews worldwide dropped in 2013, but anti-Semitism is becoming more widespread in Europe amid a rise ...

Violent Attackers Mark Jewish Teacher With Swastika

Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion

A Jewish teacher in Paris was subjected to a violent attack on Thursday night, according to a report by the Bureau for National Vigilance Against Anti...

Ugly Racist Chants at Soccer Game

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Micah D. Halpern

This incident in Poznan would not be so noteworthy if were an isolated occurrence. It is not. It is part of a developing trend.

The Academic Boycott of Israel: A Well-Intentioned Bad Idea

Howard Schweber | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

For the ASA to declare a kind of academic war on Israeli academics and universities is to attack the people who are fighting for freedom of expression on the front lines.

Season of Tradition: Not Anti-Semitism

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Micah D. Halpern

Dumbstruck. Flummoxed. I cannot believe what I have just read. I just read the lyrics of the Romania Christmas Carol performed by a folk ensemble named Dor Transilvan on Romania public television.