A `Most Fantastic Transition’ Still Incomplete

05/11/2016 - 15:54

“The history of every people fixes its eye upon a particular moment in which its qualities and attributes shine forth with special radiance,” wrote Abba Eban in 1952.  For us, “the time was the sequel to the Second World War, which left the Jewish people battered and bleeding.... Here was a people which had seen six million of its kinsmen butchered and slaughtered in Europe.  The institutions of Jewish life and culture lay about them in ruin.... Any observer would have been forgiven for thinking that this must be the end of the tormented journey of the Jewish people across the face of history.  How could any people under the impact of such a blow...summon out the energy with which to survive, still less the special resilience required to exhort its life to new levels of achievement and of sacrifice.... Yet within three years of that lowest point in Jewish fortunes, the whole Jewish commonwealth had been re-established after 2,000 years, its flag fluttered in the great circle of banners which symbolized the freedom and equality of all peoples on earth.... Jewish history in our lifetime will forever be dominated by this most fantastic transition from the depths of paralyzing despair to unexpected pinnacles of sovereignty, pride, and achievement.”

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

Donald Trump Disavows David Duke’s Praise

05/06/2016 - 10:17

Washington — Donald Trump “totally” disavowed an anti-Jewish tirade on his behalf by white supremacist David Duke and said there was no place for anti-Semitism in society.

Donald Trump addressing the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. JTA

Obama Decries Rise Of Anti-Semitism In Jewish Heritage Month Message

05/02/2016 - 14:47

Washington — President Barack Obama decried the “rise of anti-Semitism” in his annual proclamation of May as Jewish American Heritage Month.

President Obama hosts his final White House seder on April 28. JTA

Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism And The Line Between Them

04/26/2016 - 12:02
Special To The Jewish Week

Events on college campuses in recent weeks raise, once again, the question of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and where to draw the line between them. Anti-Israel rhetoric and activity, the salience of radical Islam in Western Europe, BDS turmoil on the quad and in church councils: All of it, in contemporary parlance, is referred to as the “New Anti-Semitism.”

Jerome A. Chanes

35 NY Legislators Demand ‘Immediate Suspension’ Of City University Pro-Palestinian Group

03/31/2016 - 10:39

Two Jewish New York state assemblymen have called for the “immediate suspension” of a pro-Palestinian student group from the City University of New York’s campuses.

The East Quad at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York network. Wikimedia Commons

Microsoft Pulls Tweeting Robot After It Expresses Admiration For Hitler

03/24/2016 - 16:20

Microsoft put the brakes on its artificial intelligence tweeting robot after it posted several offensive comments, including “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”

TayTweets’ Twitter photo. Via Twitter

University Of California Condemns Anti-Semitic Forms Of Anti-Zionism

03/23/2016 - 16:44

The University of California governing board unanimously approved a statement condemning anti-Semitism and “anti-Semitic forms” of anti-Zionism.

At UCLA, during the last week of February 2010, a blood-stained Israeli flag was hoisted atop an “apartheid wall.” JTA

You Should Be Scared Of Islamophobia

03/22/2016 - 13:24

All strongmen seduce, and Donald Trump is no exception. He enchants his supporters with his virility, his endless references to his success, his oversized and gilded ego. Because I am great, he promises, you will be too. America will be great. Even if you disagree with him, he holds you in thrall. He doesn’t obey the laws of political physics, or any basic social conventions either. 

Haroon Moghul.

Even Paranoids Have Enemies…

03/17/2016 - 12:49

Though Auschwitz was liberated more than seventy years ago, its legacy, along with the other death camps and horrific crimes that were committed against us during the Shoah, continues to cast a pall over the Jewish community worldwide.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Students Charged With Painting Swastikas, ‘Trump’ In Chapel

Northwestern freshmen also suspended after anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic graffiti discovered on campus.

03/15/2016 - 20:43
Editorial Intern

anthony_morales.jpgTwo Northwestern University freshmen were charged on Saturday with hate crimes and vandalism after admitting to spray-painting offensive symbols on the walls of a nondenominational campus chapel, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Alice Miller Chapel. Paradoxsociety, Wikimedia Commons
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