German Singer Ousted From 2016 Eurovision Contest For Anti-Semitic And Homophobic Lyrics

Germany pops a cap on R&B singer’s 2016 Eurovision nomination.

11/29/2015 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

Germany withdrew its representative in next year’s Eurovision song contest following criticism accusing the R&B singer of using anti-Semitic and homophobic language in his songs, according to Reuters.

Xavier Naidoo, R&B singer and ousted German Eurovision nominee. Via

Anti-Semitism And Me

I used to be bored by it; now I no longer have that luxury.

11/16/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve always been bored by anti-Semitism, contemptuous even, of those who look for it everywhere and then find it. If you look hard enough, you can find anything you want. Anyway, it always seemed to me a thing of the past.

Beth Kisseleff

Nordstrom Drops Offensive Chanukah Sweater

Starbucks isn't the only company under the gun this holiday season.

11/10/2015 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

At least Nordstrom’s latest fashion faux-pas had holiday cheer.

Retail chain Nordstrom pulls holiday sweater after complaints from consumers that design was offensive. Via

Council Mulls Hate Crime Bill

Diverse coalition pushes for NYPD to add bias category to weekly ‘compstat’ reports.

10/18/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Editor

The City Council is considering a bill that would require the NYPD to include a hate crimes category in its weekly report on neighborhood crime statistics.

The hate crime category would include (but not be limited to) crimes motivated by hostility towards Jews, blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, Muslims, people of any other ethnicity or religious group, members of the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

The bill's sponsors, from left, Vanessa Gibson, I. Daneek Miller, Mark Levine and Ritchie Torres. William Alatriste/NYC Council

Jean-Marie Le Pen Must Stand Trial For Gas Chamber Description

07/29/2015 - 20:00

Far-right French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen was summoned to stand trial for denying crimes against humanity.

Cameron Lays Out Plan To Combat Islamic Extremism

07/20/2015 - 20:00

British Prime Minister David Cameron laid out a five-year plan to combat Islamic extremism, including curbing anti-Semitism.

French Jewish Family Apparently Targeted In Home Attack

07/14/2015 - 20:00

A family that was assaulted and robbed in their suburban Paris home may have been targeted because they are Jewish, a watchdog group said.

Anti-Semitism Or Simply Israel Criticism?

07/13/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We should never hesitate to condemn anti-Semitism, whether it is the traditional version directed at Jews or the newer version targeting Israel’s legitimacy. But we also have to be very careful about distinguishing Israel-related anti-Semitism from criticisms of Israeli policies.

Martin Raffel

In Combatting Anti-Semitism On Campus, Let's Learn More From Jewish Students’ Experiences

07/08/2015 - 20:00

Reports about Sheldon Adelson’s Campus Maccabees initiative suggest new efforts will emerge to fight Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) on campus. This year, in addition to divestment resolutions, we witnessed incidents at UCLA and Stanford and growing evidence that Jewish students experience anti-Semitism on campus.

French Rabbi Hits The Road To Build Jewish-Muslim Ties

07/05/2015 - 20:00

La Courneuve, France - Drivers slow down to stare at the tall figure in a black bowler hat and snow-white beard. “Just the other day, I was called a dirty Jew,” Michel Serfaty is telling a Muslim man. “Now, you’re going to say it isn’t so.”

Rabbi Michel Serfaty speaks to Muslim men outside UOIF headquarters. RNS
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