ADL Sees Slight Decline In U.S. Anti-Semitism

At centennial conference, survey cites sharp decline in hateful attitudes among blacks and Hispanics.

Twelve percent of Americans harbor deeply anti-Semitic attitudes, according to a poll conducted by the Anti-Defamation League timed for release at the centennial meeting of its national commission in Manhattan this week.

This year's percentage of anti-Semites represents a steep drop from the first survey in 1964. ADL Media

Lisa Kudrow Speaks Out On Jewishness, Anti-Semitism

'Friends' star discusses Holocaust, nose job and bias among college friends.
Jewish Week Correspondent

Actor Lisa Kudrow's relatives lost in the Holocaust, her own experiences with anti-Semitism, and her decision to get a nose job were among the topics she discussed in a lengthy interview with the Saturday Evening Post.

Kudrow is best known for her role on "Friends" as Phoebe Buffay, as well as comedic film roles such as "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" and her Internet series, "Web Therapy," recently seen on Showtime. But there was nothing funny about the hate she encountered as a student at Vassar College, she said in the interview.

"In college there was more anti-Semitism than before college," she explained, "Because there were people who never met a Jew before. A friend of mine, when she found out I was Jewish, said, 'Really? Oh, I don’t like Jews.'”


She mentioned taking Jewish history classes and learning Hebrew during her time at Vassar, as well as asking Elie Wiesel for his autograph. ("How do you get any bigger than that?").  

A nose for news: Lisa Kudrow says rhinoplasty changed her life. Getty Images

Fresh Relevance For Shoah Film About Hungary

‘Forced March’ has ‘unfortunate timeliness’ given rising anti-Semitism, says NYU film professor who is one of the producers re-releasing the 1989 movie.
Special To The Jewish Week

About two-thirds of the way through the film “Forced March,” the director throws up his hands in despair about ever capturing the reality of the Shoah. “No matter how close we get, we can’t get close enough.”

Jews are rounded up by soldiers in World War II Hungary a scene from “Forced March.” Photo courtesy Forced March, LLC

Court Awards Local Deliveryman $900,000 In Anti-Semitism Suit Against Bosses


(JTA) — A New York restaurant deliveryman was awarded $900,000 for enduring 16 years of anti-Semitic harassment by three supervisors.

A U.S. District Court jury in Brooklyn found in favor of Adam Wiercinski on Oct. 24 in four hours, the New York Post reported Monday.

Citing the lawsuit, the newspaper reported that one manager at the Mangia 57 restaurant in Manhattan would pass gas in front of Wiercinski and then joke that it was Zyklon B, which was used in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust.

Hungary Launches PR Blitz To Combat Extremist Image

Heavyweight N.Y. firm behind effort to reach out to Jewish community.

Washington — Armed with a powerful New York public relations outfit and a pledge to commemorate the mass deportation of Hungarian Jewry, the Hungarian government is preparing to challenge what it says is an inaccurate image of a country lax in confronting home-grown extremism.

Massachusetts Parents Sue Over Alleged Anti-Semitic Bullying


The parents of a 13-year-old boy are suing their Massachusetts school district for ignoring verbal and physical attacks on their son by other students for being Jewish.

'Heil Hitler' Among Graffiti Scrawled On Jackie Robinson Statue In Brooklyn

Act of hate a 'dagger' in America's heart, says Schumer.

Sixty-six years after he broke the color barrier and began integration of major league baseball, Jackie Robinson is still facing bigotry.

A statue of the sports and civil rights legend, who spoke out strongly against anti-Semitism, was defaced outside MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Along with racial slurs, the graffiti on both the bronze statue and concrete base included swastikas and the words "heil Hitler."

In an undated photo, Jackie Robinson signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Getty Images

Pink Floyd Rocker’s Israel-Bashing Slammed In Vatican Newspaper


 L’Osservatore Romano—the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper—slammed the use of anti-Semitic imagery by former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters at a concert in Belgium last month. The op-ed, however, did not mention Waters by name.

We Can't Turn Off Online Bigotry

"The relentless drumbeat of hateful content can desensitize Internet readers."

European Anti-Semitism: The Unpleasant Truth

Author suggests ‘humanitarian racism’ behind demonization of Israel.
Editor and Publisher

Anti-Semitism in Europe, often in the guise now of anti-Israel rhetoric and actions, has become too big a problem to ignore or rationalize away. And it is taking place on two levels: as official policy, and within societies where, according to recent polls, Israel is considered the most dangerous nation in the world, more of a threat to world peace even than Iran or North Korea.

Gary Rosenblatt
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