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Who's Anti-Semitic? Maybe You?

The ADL's outdated index no longer measures anti-Semitism accurately or usefully.

05/27/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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My mother’s favorite story: Two Jews in post-Anschluss Vienna, walking through an anti-Semitic neighborhood. They see that they’re being followed by two Nazi thugs. One of the Jews says to his friend, “We better make a run for it. There are two of them, and we are all alone.”

Jerome A. Chanes
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