Abraham Foxman

Reform Movement Accepts Beck’s Apology

02/27/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Reform Movement accepted Fox News host Glenn Beck's apology for comparing Reform Judaism to radical Islam.

"The Reform Movement sincerely hopes this apology opens a new door of understanding and cooperation between us and helps to elevate the state of our political discourse," Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism wrote in a letter to Beck.

Jewish Groups Call Out Rep. Cohen on Holocaust Imagery

01/20/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups called on a Democratic congressman to apologize for using Holocaust terminology in attacking Republicans.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), addressing the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night in a debate over a Republican bill to repeal last year's heath care reforms, likened Republican claims to tactics used by the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

"They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” he said. He also called the Republican claims a "blood libel."

Jewish Leaders Seen Absent On Toxic Political Climate

In wake of Giffords shooting, calls for ‘moral leadership’ as community retreats from gun issue.

01/11/2011
Washington Correspondent

The attempted assassination of a Jewish member of Congress from Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords, and the wanton killing of six others in Tucson on Saturday has revived the debate over whether Jewish communal and religious leaders are doing enough to combat a toxic political climate that many say threatens a new age of political violence.

Members of Congress and their staffs observe a moment of silence Tuesday for the six Arizonans killed in Saturday’s rampage.

ADL: Assessing Hate Speech Angle in Giffords Shooting 'Critical'

01/10/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Anti-Defamation League said it is "critical" to determine whether the man alleged to have shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was influenced by hate speech.

"It is critical to determine whether the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, acted alone or with others, and whether he was influenced by extremist literature, propaganda or hate speech," the ADL said in its statement Sunday.

Is the Jewish church-state focus fading?

In thinking about the top Jewish stories of 2010, it occurred to me there wasn't a single major church-state battle on the list. That's a big change from, say, a decade ago.

Almost two years into the administration of President Barack Obama the faith based initiatives created by his predecessor are mostly still in place, and groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State are howling mad.

Israel to Boycott Durban III

12/26/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel will boycott a meeting at the United Nations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Durban conference on racism.

The U.N. General Assembly voted on Dec. 24 to hold a session in September on "Combating racism and follow-up of the Durban Programme of Action," dubbed Durban III. The meeting will mark the decennial of the original Durban conference, which was to have addressed institutional racism, but devolved into an anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hate-fest.

The vote was 104 nations in favor of the resolution, 22 against, and 33 abstentions.

OMG, Obama not invoking God enough

A pop quiz: before you read this, tell me what the national motto of the United States is.

The reason I ask is that this just came across my desk: the Congressional Prayer Caucus has a new complaint about President Barack Obama.

Fox News Chief Apologizes for Nazi Remark

11/19/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Fox News chief Roger Ailes apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for calling National Public Radio executives "Nazis."

Beck Under Fire for Soros Comments

11/16/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Fox News provocateur Glenn Beck spent spent several days taking aim at billionaire businessman and philanthropist George Soros, but so far -- at least within Jewish circles -- the barrage appears to be backfiring.

ADL Calls on Safed Rabbi to Reverse Ruling on Arabs

11/05/2010

(JTA) -- The Anti-Defamation League called on an Israeli rabbi to reverse a ruling it linked to threats to a Jewish landlord who rented to Arabs.

"All citizens of the State of Israel, according to the law, have equal rights including renting apartments," the ADL said in a statement. "Citizens should not be discriminated against for their ethnic background."

It called on Rabbi Yosef Eliahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, to reverse a ruling calling on Jewish residents of Safed not to rent to Arabs.

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