Agency has no evidence, though, that such comments represent the protest as a whole.
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Just as his organization once called on leaders of the Tea Party movement to condemn “manifestations of anti-Semitism and racism” at their rallies, says Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman, it’s now urging “organizers, participants and supporters” of the Occupy Wall Street protests to take similar steps.
Anti-Semitism, the academy and the most bizarre book blurb around.
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For a few days last month, it seemed that John Mearsheimer had walked straight into a scandal of his own making, with no way out.
Over the previous five years, the University of Chicago professor and co-author of the much-maligned book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” had frequently faced the charge of anti-Semitism. Invariably, Mearsheimer indignantly dismissed this suggestion as monstrous.
Lars von Trier is back in the news again, and for the same reason: his idiotic comments about Hitler. This week GQ published a lengthy profile of von Trier, the revered art-house filmmaker, who was thrown out of Cannes earlier this year. The reason was for his interview at a press conference, in which, in attempt to be ironic, coy, flip and provocative, he said: "What can I say? I understand Hitler, he did some wrong things, but I sympathize with him."
Yale University Press recently published the letters of T.S. Eliot, who, many argue, was the most influential poet of the last century. The problem for us Jews, as ever, is that Eliot was an incorrigible anti-semite. So what do we do?
It's the age old question: Is so and so Jewish or not? I'm not talking about the controversial "Who is a Jew" question that gets into matters of lineage. Rather, the dinner party question of whether a celebrity is Jewish or not.
The Crown Heights riots, one of the most traumatic events in American Jewish history, still elicits shivers and arguments as if it were yesterday, rather than 20 years ago. What was clear from the Girgenti Report, commissioned by Gov. Mario Cuomo, is that the riot was not a “race riot” but an anti-Semitic riot.
The easy thing to do after Kanye West's poorly chosen words this weekend--in which he likened the noxious stares he gets these days to ones people might give Hitler--is to ask for an apology. No word yet on whether any Jewish groups are asking for one, but my bet is that it's in the offing. But perhaps a better thing to do is to ask: are his comments a reflection of philo-semitism?
The latest politician to threaten to toss his hat in the ring to unseat the first African-American president is former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, an outspoken anti-Semite. Duke, who calls Barack Obama" a "Zionist running dog" and Israel "the real rogue nuclear state" says he plans to make a 25-state tour to test support for his viability for the 2012 Republican nomination. His website says, "Duke for President? It's Up to You."