anti-Semitism

Creating Silver Linings

09/17/2014
Editorial

With the exception of the glorious weather, the summer of 2014 was deeply depressing. There was the collapse of the Mideast peace talks. Then came seven weeks of war in Gaza with much of the world seemingly more critical of Israel for aggressively defending itself than of Hamas for initiating, prolonging and expanding the conflict. Hamas fired from within civilian areas and encouraged their citizens to stay put rather than escape from Israeli-targeted buildings. Yet the onus of a United Nations commission on human rights violations no doubt will highlight alleged Israeli violations, once more equating the arsonist and the fireman.

Standing Our Ground On Wearing Kipot In Public

09/11/2014
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“A yarmulke is an indoor garment.”  Ask any male Ramaz graduate from the 1940’s through the mid-‘60’s and he will recognize that declaration as one with which we – and others of our age – grew up.  We didn’t wear kipot outside.  We wore hats or no head covering.  Essentially, we didn’t identify as Jews in the street, a street that was not entirely welcoming to us.  It was a time of overt or covert anti-Semitism and we were acculturated to be aware of it and respond accordingly.

Jews stand their ground about wearing kipot in public. Getty Images.

Kerry: U.S. Deeply Concerned By Rising Anti-Semitism

09/03/2014
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Secretary of State John Kerry said the recent rise in anti-Semitism is of great concern to the U.S. government.

Kerry Discusses Anti-Semitism With U.S., European Jewish Leaders

09/03/2014
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a roundtable discussion on the increase in anti-Semitism with American and European Jewish community leaders.

New Turkish Leadership Still Anti-Israel, Pro-Terrorist

They're shuffling the deck chairs on the Turkish ship of state but don't expect any changes in the government's virulent anti-Israel/anti-Semitic behavior or its support for Islamist terrorists. 

That's because President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan has picked his protégé and foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu to succeed him as prime minister.

Jewish Film Festival To Return To London Theater, But Not This Year

08/20/2014
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Canterbury, England - A well-known London theater has reversed its decision and will host future Jewish film festivals partly financed by the Israeli Embassy, though not this year. Earlier this month, the Tricycle Theatre board decided not to host the 2014 UK Jewish Film Festival because of the Israel-Hamas conflict in  Gaza and the Israeli government’s financial backing of the festival.

Twenty-six films were scheduled to be shown in November.

As Online Anti-Semitism Grows, So Do Efforts To Counter It

08/19/2014
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Berlin - It’s been 17 years since Suzette Bronkhorst co-founded the Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet, but she said she doesn’t remember the level of anti-Semitic speech on social media platforms ever being this high.

Time To Reexamine US-Turkey Relations

Turkey took another step away from democracy and closer to becoming an extremist Islamist state and patron of terrorists this week when Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the country's first elected president.

He has said he wants to build a "new Turkey" that will respect the diverse views of his nation, but he is the one most responsible for the deep divisions that plague it and damaging its international standing. 

Hillary Clinton Defends Israel And Netanyahu, Says Anti-Semitism Might Fuel Some Criticism

08/11/2014
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Hillary Rodham Clinton defended Israel’s handling of the Gaza conflict and said anti-Semitism was possibly behind some of the criticism of Israel.

Italy Expels Imam For Preaching Hatred Against Jews

08/05/2014
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Rome - Italian officials on Tuesday (Aug. 5) moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he had ordered the imam, Raoudi Aldelbar, to be expelled “for seriously disturbing the peace, endangering national security and religious discrimination.”

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