Anti-Defamation League

Jewish Groups Want Stronger U.S. Defense of Israel, Obama Not Obliging

06/02/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration appears to be rebuffing calls from some Jewish groups for the United States to be more assertive and public in defending Israel regarding the flotilla incident.

The bluntest appeal for a more pronounced pro-Israel posture came from Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, who is in Israel meeting with the Israeli leadership.

Gaza Flotilla Crisis Fuels Blockade Controversy for Israel

Left slams ‘collective punishment,’ as right hits Israel’s critics.

06/02/2010

Tel Aviv — The botched Israeli interception of a Gaza-bound blockade-buster flotilla ignited the usual Monday-morning quarterbacking in Israel:

Had the military prepared itself sufficiently for violent resistance? 

Did Israel lose the media war in the first hours when official spokespeople were silent for hours despite reports of fatalities on the ships?

The day after the flotilla raid, pro-Israel (left) and pro-Palestinian protestors rallied here. Michael Datikash | Getty Images

From Kristallnacht, Learning What Not To Do

Nassau police recruits participate in
Holocaust Museum training program.

06/01/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

On Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, when a massive coordinated attack on Jews took place in Germany, why did the police not protect the Jewish citizens and prevent such devastation? How do the lessons of the Holocaust apply to law enforcement today? Do police officers bring their own prejudices to their work? How can they use the lessons of the Holocaust to increase tolerance and understanding?

Officer Shevach Berkowitz, Nassau County Police Chief Karen O’Callaghan and Holocaust Memorial Center Chairman Howard Maier.

Changing Images Muddy Picture Of Zionism, Israel

For young American Jews, it’s a long way from ‘Exodus’ to the separation wall.

05/26/2010
Staff Writer

 In 1960, the film “Exodus” was nominated for three Academy Awards. Based on Leon Uris’ novel about the founding of Israel, it seems hard to believe that such a film, drenched in Jewish military heroism and suffused with Holocaust imagery and Arab aggression, could have such broad and unambiguous appeal. But it did. It not only won an Oscar, it also starred a Hollywood icon, Paul Newman, as the heroic Jewish fighter, and even made a commendable showing at Cannes.

But almost a half-century later, a very different film about Israel won an Oscar nomination. “Waltz With Bashir,” (2008) directed by the Israeli Ari Folman, put a spotlight on the massacres at the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps during the first Lebanon War.  

Two images of Israel, two generations: “Exodus” and “Waltz with Bashir.”

ADL: Comedy Central Video Game Encourages Anti-Semitism

05/21/2010

(JTA) -- A video game and clips on Comedy Central's Web site "play into and encourage offensive anti-Semitic and anti-Israel stereotypes," the Anti-Defamation League said.

The game in the "Drawn Together" section of the Web site, based on an animated series that previously ran on Comedy Central, features a character called Jew Producer, and a robot called “the Intelligent Smart Robot Animation Eraser Lady” (I.S.R.A.E.L.), which murders children and wreaks destruction.

Anti-Semitism In The Backyard

Local anti-Jewish incidents spur community response.

05/21/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 Swastikas. Anti-Semitic leaflets littering the grounds of a synagogue and the lawns of private homes. Anti-Semitic comments at a sporting event. Anti-Jewish jokes circulating at a middle school. 

These aren’t exactly the sorts of things that Westchester’s Jewish residents expect to encounter.

Such bias is especially disturbing for Jewish residents who live in some of the county’s prettiest communities, like Rye, Scarsdale, Irvington and Edgemont, where these recent incidents occurred.

Stephen Gordon, left, co-chair of the “Understanding Differences — Respecting Diversity”

Clinton Announces Draft UN Iran Sanctions Plan that Includes China and Russia

05/18/2010

Broad international sanctions aimed at thwarting Iran's nuclear ambitions could be a step closer, thanks to a U.S.-brokered deal that includes Russia and China, countries that have balked at tough economic penalties.

“We have reached agreement on a strong draft with the cooperation of both Russia and China,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday. “We plan to circulate that draft resolution to the entire [UN] Security Council today.”

ISRAEL Game: Funny Or Offensive?

Comedy Central blinks after game labeled anti-Semitic.

05/18/2010
Staff Writer

A female robot with the acronym I.S.R.A.E.L. that marauds a middle-class suburban neighborhood killing children — over-the-top satire or below-the-belt anti-Semitism?

Child-killing Comedy Central robot named I.S.R.A.E.L. has drawn the ire of Jewish watchdogs.

White House Charm Offensive Pays Off: Wiesel Says Tension is 'Gone’

05/04/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- When Elie Wiesel says it's all kosher, it's good.

For now, anyway.

President Obama capped an intensive two weeks of administration make-nice with Israeli officials and the American Jewish community by hosting Wiesel, the Nobel peace laureate and Holocaust memoirist, for lunch at the White House.

"It was a good kosher lunch," was the first thing Wiesel pronounced, emerging from the White House to a gaggle of reporters.

And not just the food.

A WaPo editorial on Arizona immigration law echoes concerns of Jewish groups

 A strong editorial in today's Washington Post sheds some light on why a number of Jewish groups think Arizona's new illegal immigration law is stupid and dangerous.

The Post writes that the new law 'will turn immigrants who came here illegally into quarry for law enforcement agencies statewide,” and that it “twists the Constitution."

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