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Erdogan's 'Reassuring' Words to Turkey's Jews Are Anything But

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Implied in his words, and those of other government leaders, is that the Jewish community would be better off -- and safer in their own country -- if they condemned Israel's actions outright. This is where things get dicey.

Mark Your Calendars! It's Swastika Rehabilitation Week!

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 07.07.2014 | Weird News

In human history, few symbols arouse a furor like the Nazi swastika. Yet, a UFO group called the Raelian International Movement is spending a whole...

Thoughts on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

Dr. King famously said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." The Civil Rights Act changed the face of the nation, bending the arc sharply on July 2, 1964. But much work remains. On the 50-year anniversary of its passage, let us rededicate ourselves to the task of building a fairer, more just society.

More Concerning The Death of Klinghoffer

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Abraham H. Foxman

The fact that some have taken to twitter to make anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks in the wake of the Met's announcement shows how this opera still has the potential to bring out manifestations of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attitudes.

Memo to Netanyahu: Read ADL Survey, and Stop Equating Israel Criticism With Anti-Semitism!

Carlo Strenger | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Carlo Strenger

Any time somebody criticizes Israel, Bibi starts the lamentation that Israel's existence is being delegitimized, that anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head again and that the Jewish people's continuity is being threatened.

Why Have So Many People Never Heard Of The Holocaust?

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

Being a Holocaust denier is one thing, but simply never having heard of the Holocaust is something the Anti-Defamation League wanted to explore with i...

Almost Half The World Has Never Heard Or Denies The Holocaust, Survey

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The first-ever global study of anti-Semitic attitudes shows that more than a quarter of the world’s population harbors intense anti-Jewish sen...

Are You a Member of Alpha Epsilon Pi? (And Why Am I Asking?)

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I joined AEPi in my freshman year of college. In my chapter at Johns Hopkins were mostly what we'd now call "nerds." Including me: In those days, I c...

FBI Director James Comey Calls For Better Hate Crime Tracking

AP | By ERIC TUCKER | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — State and local law enforcement need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crimes so that the public can "fully unders...

Anti-Semitic Incidents In U.S. Declined By 19 Percent This Year

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Continuing a decade-long drop, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. declined by 19 percent, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s most recen...

Essie Shor: Pistol Packin' Yiddishe Mamma

Joel Sucher | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
Joel Sucher

Reality for the partisans wasn't as much combat as simply a day to day struggle to stay out of harm's way while offering fellow Jews a sanctuary from the hell that was consuming the world outside.

Son of God Is the Anti-Gibson

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.28.2014 | 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.

The Policeman and the Journalist: A Mid-East Policy Dilemma

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.24.2014 | Media
Joseph Braude

The January 2010 assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a cofounder of the military wing of Hamas, briefly drew international attention to the man who went on to investigate it: Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's long-serving chief of police.

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.

What Targeting SodaStream Reveals About the BDS Movement

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

The pillorying of this company by BDS activists only reveals the absurdity of their blind campaign, and their misguided refusal to engage in constructive dialogue regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, at their core, rejection of Israel's Jewish existence and the two-state solution.

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.

Exposing the Israel Bashers: Opinions Without Facts, Facts Without Context

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

If your "opinion" is that Israel is an apartheid state, engaged daily in crimes against humanity, and Zionism is a form of racism, then all you have to do is selectively point to events and statements that taken out of context appear to support your opinion.

Why Israel Will Miss Ariel Sharon

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Sharon moved from being a warrior to becoming a statesman. In both capacities, Sharon was thinking and acting on behalf of his beloved Israel. Sometimes this meant strength and toughness. Other times it meant creative non-military decision-making.

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.

Anti-Semitism: The Week in Review

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

This, sadly, has been one of those weeks. A week where, despite all of the tributes to the life and legacy of that great freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, abject bigotry raised its ugly head more times than we wish to enumerate.

Kanye West's Bad Week

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.05.2013 | Entertainment

Kanye West is not having the greatest week. First, the 36-year-old rapper was accused of anti-Semitism for remarks he made during a radio interview...

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.

A Shocking Percentage Of Americans Believe That Jews Killed Jesus

Posted 11.02.2013 | Religion

A recent survey by the Anti-Defamation League determined that 26% of Americans still believe that "Jews were responsible for the death of Christ." Tho...

Hagel Blasts States On Gay Marriage Benefits Policy

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is criticizing U.S. states that refuse to issue Defense Department identification...

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.