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."
Yale University’s decision this week to found a new academic program that studies anti-Semitism -- after it ended its support this month for a five-year-old project under intense criticism from the Jewish community and campus circles -- has received tentative approval.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Yale University is launching a new program for the study of anti-Semitism, the school's provost said in a statement.
Monday's announcement by Peter Salovey of the creation of the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism comes less than three weeks after the university said the Yale Interdisciplinary Initiative for the Study of Anti-Semitism would be disbanded at the end of the summer for failing to promote sufficient research and instruction opportunities.
As a child Hannah Rosenthal was quite aware of the Holocaust. It was a household word. Other families had large gatherings with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. You could count her family reunions on one hand.
That’s because 72 years ago, during Kristalnacht, her father, Rabbi Franz Rosenthal, and many of his congregants were sent to Buchenwald. Every other person in his family perished in Auschwitz. He alone survived.
He never knew the date his parents died so he’d say kaddish on their birthdays.
The Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho in Boise was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.
A spray-painted message discovered on the building on June 11 read “Zionism = Racism.”
Boise Police Lt. Kent Lipple told the Idaho Statesman that the vandalism would be considered a hate crime since its message was specific to a particular religion.
The Boise community has supported the Chabad center with phone calls, e-mails and visits, Chabad emissary Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz told the Idaho Statesman. Volunteers have offered to repaint the building’s wall.
Started amid great hope five years ago, Yale University’s Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA) closes its doors this month surrounded by disappointment and suspicion. The academic study center, only one of two based at American universities that focus on millennia-old hatred of Jews, was created at a time when, by all accounts, anti-Semitism was on the rise worldwide. In recent years, a growing amount of anti-Semitism has taken root in the Islamic world, if not, as some scholars claim, in Islam itself.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States will not participate in Durban III, this September, the State Department said.
In a letter to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Joseph E. Macmanus, acting assistant secretary for legislative affairs, confirmed the United States would not attend the conference, which in its previous iterations has been a forum for anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment.