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  • Anti-Semitism sees decreased incidents, increased violence

    2 weeks ago

    Los Angeles experienced about a 40 percent decline in anti-Semitic incidents in 2013, part of a national downturn, according to a report released April 1 by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 

    The ADL’s annual audit found that in its Los Angeles region, only 63 anti-Semitic...

  • ADL audit: Anti-Semitic incidents down in U.S., assaults up

    2 weeks ago

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States decreased by 19 percent in 2013, but physical assaults against Jews increased, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

    In its Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the ADL reported that there 751 incidents in 41 states...

  • Russia and Ukraine at war — among the Jews anyway

    3 weeks ago

    The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has pitted Jewish leaders from both countries against each other, touching off a discordant exchange between prominent rabbis on opposite sides of the border.

    The discord had been brewing since the onset of the protests in Ukraine in...

  • The real threat to Ukraine’s Jewish community

    3 weeks ago

    After years of fighting against anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and later in an independent Ukraine, the Ukrainian Jewish community is now confronting a new threat. This threat comes from an unprecedented effort by the Russian government and others to paint a false impression of...

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  • Arie Posin on his Russian dissident parents and ‘The Face of Love’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 17, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    Arie Posin is the co-writer and director of “The Face of Love,” starring Annette Bening as a widow, still very much in love with her late husband (Ed Harris), who becomes obsessed with a man (Harris again) who is a dead ringer for her late spouse.  Now in theaters, the movie is...

  • Kiev rabbi assaulted in suspected anti-Semitic attack

    March 14, 2014 | 11:18 am

    Two unidentified men assaulted a rabbi in Kiev in a suspected anti-Semitic attack.

    The men assaulted Rabbi Hillel Cohen, who runs the Ukrainian branch of the Hatzalah emergency services organization, on Thursday on the street, his wife, Racheli Cohen, told JTA.

    “They struck him...

  • U.S. envoy Ira Forman: Russian claims on anti-Semitism in Ukraine baseless

    March 13, 2014 | 10:41 am

    Ira Forman, the Obama administration’s special envoy on anti-Semitism, disputed claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Ukrainian revolutionaries were spreading hatred of Jews.

    In an interview published Thursday in the Jewish Daily Forward, Forman said Putin’s assertions...

  • For Noah Emmerich, era’s tension in ‘The Americans’ hits home

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    Noah Emmerich has earned critical kudos for his portrayal of Stan Beeman, a troubled FBI counterintelligence agent who remains unaware that his archenemies — married KGB spooks posing as typical Americans — live just across the street from his suburban Washington, D.C., home in...

  • French rapper accused of praising Toulouse killer

    March 7, 2014 | 9:52 am

    A French watchdog group filed a complaint against a rap artist it accuses of glorifying the anti-Semitic murderer Mohammed Merah.

    The National Bureau for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, filed the complaint with police this week against Elie Yaffa, better known in...

  • Anti-Israel speakers and Jewish self-hatred

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    The global center of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is, when you think about it, South Africa. BDS, as an attempt to sound more reasonable and less hateful, rarely compares Israel to Nazi Germany, the way, say, arch-anti-Semite Roger Waters of Pink Floyd does....

  • Anti-Semitism in America: Down, but not out

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    February 18, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    When Abraham Foxman steps down next summer from his longtime post as national director of the Anti-Defamation League, he’ll be leaving his successor with a much brighter picture on anti-Semitism in America than when Foxman joined the organization in 1965.

    In an age when...

  • BDS founders are ‘anti-Semites,’ Netanyahu tells U.S. Jewish leaders

    February 18, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the founders of the BDS movement “classical anti-Semites in modern garb.”

    Netanyahu made his remarks on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and other issues in an address Monday night to the leadership of the Conference...

  • Obama on Foxman: ‘Abe is irreplaceable’

    February 11, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    President Obama praised Abraham Foxman as “irreplaceable” after the Anti-Defamation League announced the planned retirement of its longtime leader.

    “For decades, Abe Foxman has been a tireless voice against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all of its forms, always calling us to...

  • Yeshiva student admits to writing anti-Semitic graffiti

    February 7, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    A Long Island yeshiva student was charged with repeatedly scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti inside a commuter train station.

    Jonathan Schuster, 18, a senior at Priority-1: Torah Academy of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, in Cedarhurst, N.Y.,was charged with the crimes on Thursday

    He...

  • Anti-Semitism past and current decried at Holocaust memorials

    January 27, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    The president of the European Jewish Congress, making reference to the quenelle gesture, decried a new wave of anti-Semitism sweeping Europe at an International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Brussels.

    Dr. Moshe Kantor made his remarks at the official annual European...

  • Obama: Arab anti-Semitism, Palestinian conflict dog Israeli-Arab accord

    January 21, 2014 | 5:47 pm

    The Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well as Arab anti-Semitism dog reconciliation between Arab nations and Israel, even in the face of a common threat from Iran, President Obama said.

    “With respect to Israel, the interests of Israel in stability and security are actually very...

  • Obama: Arab anti-Semitism, Palestinian conflict dog Israeli-Arab accord

    January 21, 2014 | 5:47 pm

    The Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well as Arab anti-Semitism dog reconciliation between Arab nations and Israel, even in the face of a common threat from Iran, President Obama said.

    “With respect to Israel, the interests of Israel in stability and security are actually very...

  • Growing up Jewish in post-WWII Germany

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 9, 2014 | 4:12 pm

    Yascha Mounk’s “Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26) starts on an ironic note and stays there. Two decades after the end of World War II, when the latest wave of official anti-Semitism swept over Communist-ruled Poland in...

  • French cities ban Dieudonne performances

    January 7, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    Several French cities banned performances by the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala following a recommendation by the interior minister of France to the country’s mayors.

    Shows were banned by mayors in Marseille, Bordeaux, Tours and Nantes, the opening venue of the...

  • Police investigate false bomb threat against comedian Dieudonne

    January 3, 2014 | 11:46 am

    French comedian Diedonne M’bala M’bala complained to police about threats to blow up the theater in which he performs.

    The bomb threat was made Thursday against the Main D’Or theater, which Dieudonne operates, in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, according to MetroNews.fr. Police...

  • Answering back to the academic boycotters of Israel

    January 2, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Six days after its membership voted to implement an academic boycott against Israeli universities, the American Studies Association’s Caucus on Academic and Community Activism on December 21, 2013 hurriedly issued a defensive appeal for support bemoaning, in the wake of a tsunami...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top 10 anti-Semitic, anti-Israel slurs of 2013

    December 30, 2013 | 2:42 pm

    1. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of Iran

    “Rabid dog … its leaders … cannot be called human”

    Even as the world’s top diplomats celebrated a tentative nuclear/sanctions deal that many believe will not stop Iran’s capacity to go nuclear, few leaders condemned Supreme...
  • Quenelle salute performed in front of Toulouse Jewish school

    December 30, 2013 | 11:02 am

    Amid a public debate in France over an allegedly anti-Semitic gesture, French media have published a photo of a man performing it outside the Toulouse school where four Jews were murdered.

    The photo, which was published Monday on the website of the television channel France 3,...

  • Living at the heart of a “Promised Land”

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 12, 2013 | 11:16 am

    Ari Shavit, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel (New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2013) pp. 449).

    The anguish of the believer is not the same as that of the renegade, and Ari Shavit writes as a believer in the Zionist enterprise. Not Zionism in the mystical sense that...

  • Jews in Mandela’s South Africa

    December 5, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    The year was 1994; South Africa was hanging on a thread. The first free general election was about to take place on April 27.

    The world was waiting with baited breath to see whether civil war would erupt and blood would be shed.

     I had just moved from Cape Town to live in the...

  • Truth thief: The failures of ‘The Book Thief’

    November 13, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    It’s not surprising that 20th Century Fox is launching an Oscar campaign for “The Book Thief,” a hauntingly beautiful film based on Markus Susak’s award-winning novel set in Nazi Germany.  The New York Post has called the film “Oscar bait.”

    But I was disturbed by the film, and...

  • ‘Aftermath’ exposes dark secrets in Poland

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    The Nazi occupation of most of Europe during World War II and the Holocaust tested the moral fiber not only of the individual citizen but also of entire nations.

    Today, 68 years after the guns fell silent in Europe and the Far East, historians and filmmakers not-yet-born in 1945...

  • Survey: 29% of European Jews considered emigrating due to anti-Semitism

    November 8, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Nearly one-third of respondents to a survey said they “seriously considered emigrating” from Europe because of anti-Semitism.

    In the survey of 5,847 Jews from nine European Union member states, 29 percent said they considered emigrating in recent years because they did “not feel...

  • Jewish world mourns passing of ex-Polish PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki

    October 29, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Poland’s first post-Communist prime minister, was being remembered by the Jewish world for fighting anti-Semitism and as a friend of Israel.

    Mazowiecki, a former journalist, died Monday in Warsaw. He was 86.

    “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great...

  • Francis pledges to further Jewish-Catholic dialogue

    October 25, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Pope Francis reaffirmed his commitment to fighting discrimination and furthering Jewish-Catholic dialogue.

    During an audience at the Vatican Thursday with a 60-member delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Francis said that he has “repeated many times, in recent weeks, the...

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