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  • The Jewish Question at UCLA: another perspective

    March 12, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Over the past month, college campuses nationwide – from UCLA and the University of Chicago to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the University of Oklahoma – have been roiled by anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. The treatment of Rachel Beyda, a UCLA undergraduate...

  • UCLA student government passes resolution condemning anti-Semitism

    By Jared Sichel

    March 11, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    On Tuesday evening, UCLA’s student government’s legislative body unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on campus.

    The move came exactly one month after members of the student government — also known as the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) —...

  • Michael Berenbaum Q&A: ‘I thought we would have done better’

    By Susan Freudenheim

    March 11, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    On March 16, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C., will honor Michael Berenbaum with the museum’s National Leadership Award at a dinner in Los Angeles themed “What You Do Matters.”  Berenbaum, currently director of the Sigi Ziering Institute:...

  • Yes, a Jewish student can be unbiased

    March 11, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Like many across the country, I was stunned to read reports concerning the February 10th meeting of the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council. At that meeting, several Council members explicitly stated reservations against confirming a candidate to the UCLA Judicial Board...

  • Activists campaign against visit of anti-Semitic Iranian comedian

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 11, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    After local Iranian-Jewish community activists received information in February that Akbar Abdi, an Iranian Muslim comedian notorious for his anti-Semitism, would be traveling to the United States from Iran to perform Farsi language shows in Southern California, they launched a...

  • Man rips down swastika display in Sacramento

    March 11, 2015 | 10:44 am

    A non-Jewish man tore down a swastika display from a home in Sacramento.

    “I felt compelled to do what I did,” Robert Dixon was quoted as saying by the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday after ripping down the display the previous night in the suburban River Park neighborhood.


  • Italian politicians call on EU to establish anti-Semitism task force

    March 10, 2015 | 10:33 am

    Italian politicians asked the European Union to establish a task force on anti-Semitism following the recent attacks on Jewish targets in Paris and Copenhagen.

    The recent anti-Semitic attacks have “affected and upset” the two countries’ large Jewish communities, the politicians —...

  • Rally against anti-Semitism held in Sacramento

    March 10, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Hundreds gathered in Sacramento on the steps of the California state capitol for a rally against anti-Semitism.

    Monday’s rally, organized by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento region, attracted Jewish community leaders and members, politicians and others, the local...

  • ADL condemns Farrakhan’s claim that Jews were behind 9/11

    March 6, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League condemned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as the “leading anti-Semite in America” after a speech in which he blamed “Israelis and Zionist Jews” for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    “At a time when anti-Semitic attitudes are at historic...

  • They’re coming for you: Survivor’s guilt and new anti-Semitism

    March 2, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Never forget, goes the Jewish pledge after the Holocaust. 

    But I am guilty of forgetting.

    The day my grandmother, "Oma" died, peacefully at home, Opa handed me a stack of papers, chewing his lips, a sign that he had something difficult to tell me. I looked closely to see...

  • Missouri gubernatorial candidate with Jewish roots found dead

    February 27, 2015 | 10:13 am

    Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor of Missouri, apparently killed himself shortly after telling journalists that a fellow party member was leading a whisper campaign saying he was Jewish.

    Schweich, the state auditor, who attended an Episcopal church, was pronounced...

  • Are there limits to humor?

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    February 26, 2015 | 5:22 pm

    Scandals involving rabbis or celebrities, a massively destructive Web hack, Ebola, Middle East unrest, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, even ISIS — when it comes to brainstorming for Purim content, today’s Jews see every strange or terrifying story as comedic potential. In...

  • Conservative group lists 10 colleges with ‘worst anti-Semitic activity’

    February 24, 2015 | 6:54 pm

    Ivy League schools Columbia and Cornell were among the American college campuses with the “worst anti-Semitic activity” in 2014, according to a list prepared by a conservative think tank.

    The David Horowitz Freedom Center based in Southern California launched a campaign to combat...

  • A statement from UCLA’s chancellor on recent incidents of bias

    February 24, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    To the Campus Community:

    I have been troubled by recent incidents of bias on campuses across our nation. Sadly, UCLA is not immune to these occurrences.

    At a recent Undergraduate Students Association Council meeting, a few council members unfairly questioned the fitness of a...

  • Scandinavan Jews see silver lining in strong Muslim response to Denmark shootings

    February 20, 2015 | 11:37 am

    As a longtime promoter of Jewish-Muslim dialogue in Denmark, Naveed Baig is no stranger to Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue.

    The imam at the capital’s Danish Islamic Center, Baig, 39, has on numerous occasions sat under the structure’s gold-and-white ceiling meeting with people he...

  • Denmark revisited: Hatred and violence in the ‘Righteous among the Nations’

    February 17, 2015 | 11:10 am

    “One of the world’s most attractive nations for immigrants and tourists alike has become a very dangerous place for the Jews.” Giulio Meotti, “Expose: Denmark Unsafe for Jews.” Arutz Sheva, Israeli National News, May 2013

    Did Shakespeare get it all wrong?

    “Something is rotten...

  • The safest place for French Jews

    February 12, 2015 | 10:33 am

    In light of the recent multiple stabbing on an Israeli bus, and the missile strike on the Golan that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded seven – an apparent Hezbollah retaliation for an Israeli strike that killed a senior Hezbollah commander and an Iranian General – I found...

  • Fraternity conclave focuses on hate crimes, security

    By Ryan Torok

    February 11, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    A security consultant working for the primarily Jewish college fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) — the target of numerous hate crimes across the country, most recently at UC Davis, where members awoke Jan. 31 to find two swastikas spray painted on their house — was among those who...

  • ADL questions ‘clouded’ response by Obama officials to Paris kosher market attack

    February 11, 2015 | 10:28 am

    The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern after two top Obama administration spokesmen parsed whether last month’s deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris was anti-Semitic.

    Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, and Jen Psaki, his State Department counterpart, later ...

  • What the EU talks about when it talks about hate

    February 10, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Alarmed by the worsening of Europe’s anti-Semitism problem, European Union leaders are speaking out more forcefully than ever before against the phenomenon.

    Following the slaying of four Jews last month by an Islamist near Paris, the first vice president of the European...

  • Who is “The Jew” and Who is “The Jihadi” in the New London Production of Shakespeare’s 'Merchant of Venice'?

    January 30, 2015 | 2:39 pm

    No doubt sotto voce, wits may be calling the latest London staging by Rupert Goold of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice—set in  Las Vegas—“as Sheldon Adelson  at the Venetian.” Given the cross-Chanel tensions in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher kosher market tragedies,...

  • Lauder, Spielberg warn of rising anti-Semitism

    January 27, 2015 | 9:08 am

    European leaders must do more to combat rising anti-Semitism on their home turf, Jewish leaders urged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

    Governments must adopt a “zero tolerance” policy toward preachers of hate and importers of jihad, World Jewish...

  • What we talk about when we talk about anti-Semitism

    January 21, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    In summer 2014, Muslims attacked Jewish sites in Paris in connection to Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This month, the French Jews killed in Hyper Cacher were buried in Israel.

    What links these two events? Fear-based politics desperate to have us believe it’s still 1938 — a...

  • Would you stay in France?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 21, 2015 | 11:43 am

    In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, soon replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. Now it may be time for reflection.

    The response from the French and then the Israelis to the two attacks raised some...

  • What’s next for the Jews of France?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 21, 2015 | 11:11 am

    Maurice Benhamou, a Jewish citizen of France who lives in the coastal city of Marseilles, just a three-hour train ride from Paris, is not afraid.

    But the Algerian-descended Benhamou, 69, is among a minority of Jews living in France who, despite the recent terror attack at a...

  • Stay or go? French Jews face a growing – and emotional – dilemma

    January 21, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Israel? The United States? Canada? South Korea, India, Singapore or Japan? French Jews have intensified their search for a new home, and they’ve diversified their potential destinations. For the past 15 years, anti-Semitism has become more and more common, more and more violent,...

  • Deborah Lipstadt on the roots of terror and anti-Semitism

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 14, 2015 | 11:44 am

    Deborah Lipstadt, author of the celebrated book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier,” has eerily impeccable timing. Long before the terrorist murders at Charlie Hebdo that shook France last week, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust...

  • Israeli foreign minister calls Erdogan ‘anti-Semitic bully’

    January 14, 2015 | 8:46 am

    Israel's foreign minister called Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan an "anti-Semitic bully" in a meeting with Israeli ambassadors on Wednesday and said Europe was being cowardly in not taking him on.

    In an address to Israeli envoys based in Europe and Asia, Avigdor Lieberman, the...

  • Charlie Hebdo columnist was killed for being Jewish, cousin says

    January 13, 2015 | 9:01 am

    A Charlie Hebdo columnist was killed because she was Jewish, the victim’s cousin said.

    Elsa Cayat was the only woman killed in the targeted attack Jan. 7 on the satirical magazine’s Paris headquarters by two al-Qaida operatives, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi.

    Cayat received...

  • For embattled French Jews, mixed feelings about call to move to Israel

    January 12, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    French Jews are feeling embattled. Arsonists have targeted their synagogues, terrorists have attacked their schools and shops, and, with only a few exceptions, French society has not united behind them to stop the assaults and harassment.

    The solution, according to Israel’s prime...

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