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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • France’s wake-up call

    January 12, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    The kosher supermarket was chosen deliberately. Men, women and children were shopping and preparing for Shabbat. Only two days before the attack, terrorists had left 10 of the best-known satirical journalists and cartoonists dead at Charlie Hebdo. Three French police officers were...

  • ‘France will no longer be France’ if Jews leave, prime minister says

    January 12, 2015 | 11:16 am

    The soul of the French republic would be at risk if there were a mass exodus of Jews from France, the country’s prime minister said.

    In an interview published Saturday, Manuel Valls said that the emancipation of the Jews was a “founding principle” of the republic and that if they...

  • Anti-Semitism, an atrocious ‘trend’

    December 31, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Our world has seen its fair share of brutality. From Hulagu Khan, who boasted about killing 200,000 Muslims during his violent week-long rampage in the city of Bagdhad which also resulted in the complete destruction of centuries-old heritage, to Vikings that took what they deemed...

  • Hotel Shangri-La appeal largely upheld

    December 30, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    An appellate court has upheld a jury’s ruling against Tehmina Adaya and Santa Monica’s Hotel Shangri-La, of which Adaya is part owner, in the case of an anti-Semitic episode directed at members of the local chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) during a pool party...

  • Pending investigation, police temper claims of ‘Jewish’ motive in Paris rape

    December 2, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    French police are tempering reports that anti-semitism was behind the rape of a 19 year-old Parisian woman following a home break in  Monday night. 

    According to Le Parisien newspaper, three hooded, armed assailiants broke into a home in the Paris suburb of Créteil late Monday...

  • The ‘Train to Zakopane’ and anti-Semitism

    November 24, 2014 | 11:54 am

    What is it about travel that gets us to reveal ourselves to strangers? Is it that no one knows who we are and we can play with our identity?

    In Henry Jaglom’s new play, “Train to Zakopane: A True Story of Hate and Love,” at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, the playwright explores...

  • Designer Galliano loses lawsuit against Dior in firing over anti-Semitic rant

    November 7, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    The British fashion designer John Galliano lost his lawsuit against Christian Dior for unfair dismissal.

    The decision by a Paris employment court was announced Tuesday.

    Galliano, who was fired in March 2011 after being filmed making anti-Semitic statements at a Paris bar, was...

  • Arsonist in kosher Paris supermarket blaze gets 4 years in jail

    November 5, 2014 | 11:51 am

    The four-year prison sentence given to the man who torched a kosher supermarket in suburban Paris “sent an important message,” the chief rabbi of France said.

    The Correctional Tribunal of Pontoise near Paris on Oct. 26 sentenced a 27-year-old ambulance driver for setting fire to...

  • American tourist wearing Star of David attacked in Cologne

    November 4, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    An American tourist was robbed and called a “Jewish bastard” by youths after he asked them for directions in the Cologne train station.

    Police are seeking witnesses to the incident, which took place at approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

    On the same weekend in Cologne, some...

  • North London bus rider gets prison sentence for ‘Burn the Jews’ rant

    November 3, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    A passenger on a London bus who shouted anti-Semitic epithets was given a 16-week prison sentence.

    Ian Campbell, 42, of London pleaded guilty last month to a racially aggravated public order offense. He was sentenced in Magistrates Court in Hendon last week, the London-based...

  • A future without Jews; If anti-Semitism won

    October 29, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Just how frightening is it to be a British Jew these days? Although it’s comforting to know that the security guard who prohibited two Jewish boys from entering a sporting goods store in Hertfordshire, England, last month was fired, Jewish residents are starting to feel...

  • ADL report: Campus anti-Israel events have more than doubled this fall

    October 27, 2014 | 11:10 am

    More than 75 anti-Israel events have been reported on U.S. college and university campuses this fall, more than twice as many as last year, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

    The anti-Israel events have more than doubled in the wake of Israel’s 50-day operation...

  • Belgium university to address race issues following Gaza-themed student game

    October 27, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Following the cancellation of a Gaza-themed students’ game with anti-Semitic overtones, the University of Liege in Belgium set up a pedagogic team to sensitize students to race issues.

    The game, which had been planned for Oct. 18, was an initiation ceremony for students of the...

  • Swastikas drawn on Yale dorm steps

    October 15, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Swastikas were drawn in chalk on the steps of a Yale University dormitory.

    The swastikas were discovered early Sunday morning on the New Haven, Conn., campus. The Yale Police Department was investigating but had no leads as of Tuesday, the Yale Daily News reported.

    “I condemn...

  • Reporting anti-Semitism: There’s an app for that

    By Ryan Torok

    October 14, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Campus hate has a new enemy that fits in the pocket of your pants. 

    CombatHateU, a new smartphone app for Apple iOS and Android developed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is intended to allow Jewish college students to immediately report and confront anti-Semitism. 

    The app aims...

  • A Yom Kippur forum on anti-Semitism

    By Ryan Torok

    October 14, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Is the recent uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe due, in part, to the distance in time from the Holocaust and a fading memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in it? 

    This was among the topics of a panel discussion titled “Anti-Semitism in Europe: Crisis or Challenge?”...

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