Anti-Defamation League

Truth Must Have A Place In A Synagogue

Special To The Jewish Week

In a shocking violation of their spiritual obligations as clerics, in an op-ed posted on The Jewish Week website (“Hate Speech Has No Place in a Synagogue”), Rabbis Michael White and Jerome Davidson defame my work and me, while falsely claiming that I am “defaming fellow Americans of a different Abrahamic religion.” They have obviously never read my work — my columns or my books. They falsely accuse me of hate speech and have the chutzpah to invoke Jewish teachings.

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller 'Sharia' Event In Great Neck Spurs Activists On Both Sides

Staff Writer

Shortly after it was announced that Pamela Geller, an outspoken critic of radical Islam, would be appearing at Great Neck Synagogue April 14 to discuss the “Imposition of Sharia in America,” an e-mail and phone campaign sought to get the talk canceled.

Activist Pamela Geller says pressure to cancel her event has "seldom been this intense."

Oberlin College Holds Day Of Solidarity After Racial, Anti-Semitic Incidents


Oberlin College canceled classes to convene a "day of solidarity" following a series of racial and anti-Semitic incidents.

Classes at the school in northern Ohio were suspended on Monday after someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan-like hood and robe was seen walking on campus, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Hikind Hijinks Test His Political Influence

Purim costume causes race flap; showed lack of sensitivity, colleagues say.
Assistant Managing Editor

Faced with an embarrassing scandal that might make him “radioactive” — in the words of one consultant — to candidates, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s political clout could face a major test in the current political season.

This photo of Dov Hikind, posted on Facebook by his son, caused an uproar. Via Facebook

Hikind Under Fire For Dressing As Black Basketball Player On Purim

Assistant Managing Editor

Facing a torrent of criticism from other politicians for his choice of Purim costume, Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn on Monday insisted that coloring his skin and wearing an afro wig to look like a black basketball player should not be taken as offensive.

Hikind hijinks: Assemblyman's costume causes racial flap.

Great Neck Principal Calls Cops On Orthodox 'Proselytizers,' Then Backs Down

Assistant Managing Editor

The principal of Great Neck North High School, who sent an alarming letter to parents and even called the cops about a shul offering lunch and learn programs for his students, has now backed down, admitting poor judgment.

Assemblyman Apologizes For Cuomo-Hitler Remark


An upstate assemblyman has apologized for remarks he made at a press conference comparing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Jan. 15 gun control legislation to the work of Nazis and fascists.

Hate Stats Down, But Still Alarming, Says ADL


The Anti-Defamation League welcomed an FBI report showing a decrease in hate crimes over the past 10 years but said there were still “far too many” such crimes.

There were 6,222 hate crimes reported during 2011, according to the report released Monday. The year 2000 showed slightly more than 8,000 hate crimes.

The 2011 figure was a 6 percent decrease from 2010 and the least number of such crimes reported since 1994.

Fears That A Filmmaker’s Lies Have Legs

Fallout from the furor over an anti-Islam movie and its false Jewish connections.

There was no Israeli-American real estate developer named Sam Bacile, and the 100 Jews he claimed had financed his anti-Islam film were fictitious as well.

Both fabrications were offered to the media apparently to hide the true identity of the Egyptian Christian from Southern California who has since been fingered as the main figure behind the film that sparked violence across the Muslim world.

Palestinians burn an American flag at UN headquarters in Gaza City in protest against anti-Islam film. Photos by Getty Images

Israel-Bashing Billboards Appear At Metro-North Stations



Billboards showing a series of maps to bolster claims that Israel has systematically confiscated land from the Palestinians have appeared at some suburban New York train stations.

The ads that went on display this week at Metro North train stations in Westchester County show a succession of shrinking Palestinian territories in four maps and contain a headline stating that 4.7 million Palestinians are classified as refugees by the United Nations.

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