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  • How to fight anti-Semitism online?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    What do you do when you see hate speech on your Facebook or Twitter feed? Do you calm yourself down, swallow the bitter pill and move on, or do you comment bravely and report the image/page/user/group?

    For Israeli student Shay Amiran- Pugachov, fighting anti-Semitism and hate...

  • The Case for Judaism for Jews Who Don’t Care About Being Jewish

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 12, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    I was in high holiday services this year next to the same friend I always go to high holiday services with. We were with our families back at the temple we had both gone to elementary school at, repeating the yearly tradition.  When we go back every year and see our old principal...

  • Google against Antisemitism, fighting Ebola, an action movie in TLV and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 6, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Google’s future plans of fighting hate-speech

    Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, was presented with the ADL International Leadership Award, and expressed his hope that one day there might be a more exciting option for dealing with hate speech: artificial intelligence. He...

  • “Heil Hitler” at the heart of London - an open letter to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2014 | 8:53 am

    Not sure if it was because of the growing anti- Semitism or constant terror threats, but when my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to London, my initial and immediate response was "but I don't want to die."  Since tickets were already booked, we boarded the plane, extra carefully,...

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  • Gaza, and Europe’s new wave of anti-Semitism

    September 29, 2014 | 11:22 am

    For weeks, the images filled the world’s television screens – of collapsed buildings, weeping parents and widows, and anguished calls for vengeance.  It was these scenes, of the genuine suffering of Palestinian civilians caught up in a war provoked by Hamas that have been seized on...

  • “We Will Never Die”—Again. Still.

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 28, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    It is 1943. A sizable percentage of Europe's Jews have already perished. In response to the world's (and America's) silence in the face of unremitting evil, as well as their growing frustration with American policy and their contempt for Hollywood's "fear of offending its European...

  • The masks are off: anti-Semitism across the world revealed its ugly self, and got out of hand

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 19, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Shouts of "Jews to the gas!"; An article claiming that "Israel’s military operation in Gaza showed why Jews "have been so frequently expelled."; A sign reading, "Well done Israel, Hitler would be proud,"; Use of the anti-Semitic blood libel...

    These are merely a few examples of...

  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 27, 2014 | 9:08 pm

    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext).

    The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community....

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 23, 2014 | 6:05 pm

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • Survey: Half of U.K. Jews not overly concerned by rising anti-Semitism

    July 23, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    Nearly 70 percent of Jews in the United Kingdom believe anti-Semitism is on the rise, a new survey found, but half of the respondents are not overly concerned.

    Approximately half of the 1,468 respondents said anti-Semitism was “a fairly big problem,” while another half said it...

  • Anti-Israel rioters torch cars, throw firebomb at Paris-area synagogue

    July 21, 2014 | 11:07 am

    PARIS (JTA) — Anti-Israel protesters hurled a firebomb at a synagogue during an unauthorized demonstration in a heavily Jewish suburb of Paris.

    The riot broke out on Sunday afternoon in Sarcelles after a few hundred people assembled at a local metro station to protest Israel’s...

  • Not criticism, anti-Semitism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 17, 2014 | 8:32 am

    So many people around the world lost their lives in armed conflicts, but all eyes are on Israel, which is often being compared to the Nazis. This is where criticism becomes anti-Semitism.

    In the past couple of weeks, hundreds of people died in Yemen, as a result of clashes...

  • In Paris, Sharansky warns of ‘beginning of end’ for European Jewry

    July 8, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in the City of Light.

    But the Sharanskys didn’t follow the trail of countless couples who come here to kiss at the Eiffel Tower or slip so-called love locks on bridges over the River Seine. Theirs was...

  • Time to rethink our “never again” promise…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 4, 2014 | 8:33 am

    “Never again means NEVER AGAIN” – in the past couple of months, I encountered this sentence online more times than I can count. It is usually associated with Israel’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day. We were taught this sentence every year since first grade, when our teacher...

  • Educating the next generation to care

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 28, 2014 | 8:47 am

    "World Peace" – a lifetime wish we all carry in our hearts. Every day when we read the news, we pray for a hate-free world, but how can we achieve this world when we are the ones pushing it further away?! Furthermore, how can more attention dedicated to educating the younger...

  • Farrakhan: ‘I don’t hate Jewish people’

    February 24, 2014 | 11:47 am

    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, saying “I don’t hate Jewish people,” denied he is anti-Semitic during an address to the group’s annual convention.

    Farrakhan, who is known for his diatribes against the Jews, in his three-hour speech on Sunday night in Detroit compared...

  • No Justice, No Meat: Polish Parliament Reaffirms Antisemitism

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 16, 2013 | 4:26 pm

    With great chutzpah and an undercurrent of antisemitism the Polish Parliament has rejected a bill proposed by the government to permit Kosher and Halal ritual slaughter. As has been the case in other European countries that have banned kosher slaughter, the process is deemed...

  • Paula Deen did NOT blame the Jews for her firing

    By Ryan Torok

    July 5, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Despite Internet rumors to the contrary, celebrity chef Paula Deen has not added the Jews to the list of groups she’s offended.

    Concerns about the former television host’s alleged anti-Semitism have been making the rounds in the wake of the publication of the article, “Paula Deen...

  • This week in power: DOMA, Pope, Immigration, Ferris Wheel

    By Danny Groner

    June 27, 2013 | 3:27 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    DOMA overturned
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex spouses. Many religious organizations, including the...

  • June 25, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 25, 2013 | 3:24 am

    The US

    Headline: For Kerry, little new traction as yet another visit to Israel awaits

    To Read: Michael Rubin believes that the US' efforts should be focused on Iran, not Syria-

    Alas, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now in Syria, American strategists advocate extinguishing the...

  • June 18, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2013 | 3:20 am

    The US

    Headline:  Obama, Putin differ on Syria during tense talks

    To Read: Vali Nasr believes that the results of the Iranian elections should make the US rethink its Iran policy-

    Washington must realize that its success in rallying the international community to isolate...

  • Anti-Semitism 2.0: Who are the modern anti-Semites?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 9, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    On Sunday, our national Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel's Channel 2 aired a documentary about modern anti-Semitism. At some point, a man was interviewed, saying that the Jews are to blame for all the troubles of the world, and that "Hitler was too nice." This, like many claims of...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 18, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    Who is the perfect Israeli flight mate?

    504 Israelis over the age of 18 participated in a new survey, dealing with the Israeli passenger's in-flight habits. Who were their ideal seat mates?

    Read more here.


    Blame it on the Jews?

    Britain's Labor Party member,  Nazir Ahmed,...

  • March 4, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 4, 2013 | 3:19 am

    The US

    Headline:  Obama wants timetable for pullout from West Bank

    To Read: Syrian rebel leader Salim Idris argues that the US should arm Syrian rebels, his argument being that the FSA is already a seriously organized army which is Syria's only chance for rule of law and non...

  • Judaism’s Big Moment at the Oscars

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    February 26, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Most of the winners were expected, and the speeches weren’t groundbreaking or over-the-top, especially since some of the lesser-known winners had their thank-yous unceremoniously cut off by the main theme from Jaws. Tributes to the James Bond franchise and recent musicals dominated...

  • French Rapper Booba ‘Cyber-lynched’ for Mentioning Shoah

    February 7, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Dozens of anti-Semitic messages were left on the Facebook page of the popular French rapper Booba for vowing in a new song to avenge the victims of the Holocaust.

    Booba, the son of a Muslim father from Senegal, raps in a song titled “Master Yoda” that was posted Feb. 2 on his...

  • Group Claims Protesters Abused Jewish Students

    January 30, 2013 | 4:46 pm

    The pro-Israel group AMCHA Initiative claimed that Jewish students at the University of California, Davis, were abused and threatened at a pro-Palestinian protest on campus.

    In a letter sent Jan. 28 to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, AMCHA Initiative co-founders Leila Beckwith...

  • Shangri-La Hotel owner seeks new trial

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 2, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    The Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its partial-owner, Tehmina Adaya, who in August 2012 were found guilty in a jury trial of unlawfully discriminating against a group of young Jews, have begun the process of requesting a new trial. 

    Attorneys for Adaya and the hotel filed...

  • Southern California temple is vandalized

    November 14, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    A temple in an upscale neighborhood of Long Beach, Calif., was vandalized.

    Two-foot tall swastikas and the words "Nazi" were painted in red spray-paint on the front of the Temple Israel building on Monday night. Temple Israel is the oldest Reform synagogue between Los Angeles and San Diego, the Long Beach Post reported.

    Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt told the newspaper that the incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

    The temple had recently completed a yearlong $4.6 million renovation, according to the newspaper.

  • This Week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 5, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Former Israeli journalist, Shlomo Nakdimon, one of the most respected political correspondents in the history of Israel, will be given a lifetime award by the Israeli Journalists Association. Nakdimon has a major part in the history of Israel, and in the world of media. In his...

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