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Abraham Foxman

Son of God Is the Anti-Gibson

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ was a passion of hate. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's new film, Son of God, slated to arrive in theaters nationwide on February 28, is the true anti-Gibson. From start to finish, theirs is a much more sensitive effort.

Global Anti-Semitism and the Erosion of Shame

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

Anti-Semitism has characteristics like other forms of bigotry in terms of stereotyping, alienation from the other, and discrimination. But what makes it different, and which goes a long way to explain anomalous things about anti-Semitism is the core of the anti-Semitic idea.

Aipac Loses Momentum After Iran Push

The New York Times | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

The last time the nation’s most potent pro-Israel lobbying group lost a major showdown with the White House was when President Ronald Reagan agreed ...

Aftermath Film Powerfully Evokes Polish Anti-Semitism

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Abraham H. Foxman

The history of Poland and the Jews is a lot more complicated than some would have it. Still, the power of anti-Semitism in modern Poland is real and never has it so brilliantly been portrayed as in the Polish film Aftermath, which recently came to the United States.

Tossing Around the Charge of Anti-Semitism

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Ben-Ami

Clearly, we must remain vigilant against the threat of anti-Semitism. But the constant use of the accusation against anyone that we feel is insufficiently pro-Israel (including members of our own community) or against anyone we disagree with is foolish and damaging.

The Book Thief Entertains and Educates

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Abraham H. Foxman

In recent years, Hollywood, for better or worse, has played a significant role in educating the public about the Holocaust and its contemporary implications. This is why The Book Thief is an important new contribution to the Holocaust film genre.

Sports Teams: Why Majority Doesn't Make the Rules

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Abraham H. Foxman

Today, offensive caricatures are no longer prevalent, public figures cannot utter ethnic slurs without repercussions, and numerous college sports teams have moved away from names that evoke negative stereotypes. And yet, a vestige of that insensitive tradition remains.

A New Jackson-Vanik

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

This disturbing similar oppression of the LGBT community in Russia and that of Soviet Jewry should instruct us in how to respond.

Why the U.S. Slammed an Arab TV Series, and Why the World Should Take Heed

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

For decades, the type of anti-Semitism and extreme anti-Israel sentiment found in the show "Khaiber" has been rampant throughout the Arab media. Such blatant and ubiquitous contempt for the Jewish people has helped fuel a culture of hatred within Muslim and Arab societies.

Why We Wrote 'Viral Hate'

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Abraham H. Foxman

While it is a marvelous medium for education, communication, entertainment and commerce, the ways in which the Internet is being used to disseminate and promote hateful and violent beliefs and attitudes are astounding, varied and continually multiplying.

Tom Cruise Defends Daughter in What Is Shaping Up as Valkyrie II

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 07.29.2013 | Media
Thane Rosenbaum

Never mess with a divorced father when the family separation is fresh, his longing is great and, in this case, his pockets are especially deep.

Pope Francis and the Argentine Rabbi

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

One of the first things Argentinian native Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio did after being elected pope on March 13 was to send a message of friendship to Ro...

On Holocaust Memorial Day, Re-Imagining the Shoah

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

One of the most disturbing and paradoxically important questions to arise out of the ashes of the Holocaust is not so much the question of why six million Jews and millions of others were systematically annihilated, but the question of "what if... ?"

Obama Strikes the Right Balance in Israel

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The president, in my view, was neither unduly raising expectations nor was he trying to undermine the Netanyahu government. What he was doing was appealing to the best instincts of the Israeli people.

When Is Holocaust Humor Acceptable?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

While we are several generations removed from the Holocaust, there is still new information coming to light about this dark period in European Jewish history. This makes it even more difficult to find humor from such tragedy.

The German Pope and the Jewish People

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, which officially takes effect on February 28, brings to a sudden and unexpected close a remarkable eight-year period of very positive relations between the Vatican and the Jewish people.

A Sad Day at the U.N.

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The onus is now on the Palestinians to make the right choice and to return to negotiations. The alternative will leave the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unresolved and festering with no framework in place to negotiate the issues.

California's Shameful Spot On Hate Crimes Report

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

Reports of anti-Semitic hate crimes declined by 13 percent nationwide in 2011, but California continues to lead in vandalism, harassment, and assault ...

The Arab Protests and Anti-Semitism

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

We thought that once the story got out that the filmmaker of was a Coptic Christian, and not Jewish, the conspiracy theory would die down, and the anti-Semitism with it. But instead it has gone viral at warp speed.

What Russell Simmons Needs to Do

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

It may be painful sometimes to speak out against leaders in our own community who slip into bigotry, but it is necessary.

Give Iran the Bomb? A Very, Very Bad Idea

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

While Kenneth N. Waltz takes a highly unusual approach to the issue by actually arguing that an Iranian bomb would stabilize the Middle East, he knows he is planting his ideas on somewhat fertile soil.

Revisiting Anti-Zionism And Anti-Semitism

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

In the ongoing discussion about when criticism of Israel can be labeled as anti-Semitism, Nathan Sharansky said that it's anti-Semitism when Israel is demonized, when Israel is delegitimized and when a double-standard is used to assess Israeli behavior.

The Meaning of Muslim Brotherhood Pragmatism

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The goal would be to temper the Islamicization of society and to ensure a moderate, balanced set of laws that does not ignore Islam but provides spaces for true democratic norms and protections for free speech and minorities.

Wannsee at 70: The Lessons of Hatred Endure

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

As we commemorate the anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, that infamous meeting where the Nazis formally adopted the "Final Solution", let us focus on what was unique about the Holocaust amid the other atrocities of the modern era.

Keep Religion Out of Politics

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

All candidates of good faith must swiftly, publicly and definitively reject and repudiate religious-based election appeals.