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  • ‘Black lives matter’: it requires more than rhetoric

    2 weeks ago

    Everyone agrees that “Black lives matter.” The question that persists and transcends the rhetoric is how to minimize those deaths. A new study is critically important to understanding the events that have animated so many across the country.

    Although the Black Lives Matter (BLM)...

  • Racism’s Tower of Babel

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    2 weeks ago

    The notion of the Tower of Babel comes from a story early in the Torah. In it, people are working on building a tower high enough to reach the sky, and God becomes concerned about the collective power of human beings. In order to thwart their efforts, God causes everyone to speak a...

  • Most religious Zionists want Arabs out of Israel, study finds

    October 22, 2015 | 3:18 pm

    During the previous wave of terror in Israel, 11 months ago, Jewish Home party chairman Naftali Bennett said in a speech, “99.9 percent of Arab-Israelis are loyal to the State of Israel, and there’s a very small minority that acts against it.”

    Apparently, his religious Zionist...

  • Two seconds: An exploration of racial (in)justice and privilege in the United States

    September 17, 2015 | 4:19 pm

    On Friday July 10, at 7:22 a.m., Steve Julian, the host of KPCC’s Morning Edition reported the following, “About 20 minutes ago a Color Guard in South Carolina lowered the Confederate flag at the state capitol, stretched it out, rolled it up, tied a string around it. That flag no...

  • Letters to the editor: The evil you know, racial disparities and more

    August 12, 2015 | 10:56 am

    The Evil You Know …

    I support the views of Rep. Adam Schiff and Rob Eshman that the present deal may be better than no deal (“What If There’s No Deal?” Aug. 7). America, in 1945, taught the world a bitter lesson in atomic warfare, explained in two words: Hiroshima and Nagasaki....

  • A Lesson in Tolerance

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 3, 2015 | 10:30 pm

    When it comes to my country, I am usually the first one to brag and show-off. Israel is a High Tech world-leader, with the most startups per capita than any other place in the world. Israel is also a leading country when it comes to women’s rights, and at the forefront of morality...

  • Justice for Sandra Bland

    By Ilana Angel

    July 25, 2015 | 5:15 am

    I have wanted to write about Sandra Bland since I first heard of her murder. I have wanted to watch her arrest video all the way through but haven’t been able to do it as I start crying and feel sick to my stomach. I am touched by this woman’s murder in a way that is difficult to...

  • For black Orthodox Jews, constant racism is exhausting

    July 20, 2015 | 9:19 am

    When I was 24, an Orthodox matchmaker tried to set me up on a date with a man older than my parents. When I objected, she told me, “Stop being so picky. Not many guys are willing to consider a black girl.”

    As an African-American Orthodox Jew, this was hardly my first encounter...

  • That could have been us

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 8, 2015 | 4:12 pm

  • Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 19, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and community. My prayers are especially with the African American community, and their spiritual leaders and communities; they work hard to bring Godliness into the world. These shining examples of selflessness and Godliness...

  • Death in Charleston: Trapped by the tragic, unheeded lessons of the nation’s racial past

    June 19, 2015 | 11:27 am

    America's latest incident of racial violence, the massacre of nine people at historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., echoes some of the horrific scenes out of the civil-rights era. A young white shooter allegedly committed mass murder at a...

  • Earth Day, Race Day, Gun Day, Money Day

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 10, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Is change even possible? 

    The national conversation about excessive use of police force that we’re supposed to have been conducting since Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner were killed didn’t save Walter Scott’s life.  The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of 26...

  • From the Freedom Rides to the L.A. City Council

    March 12, 2015 | 10:26 am

    When traveling by air, rail, or bus across country on business or pleasure, I always recall the summer of 1961, when the Freedom Rides made interstate travel the democratic activity we take for granted.

    Racial segregation on trains or in bus stations is unthinkable today. But I...

  • Instead of expelling the Oklahoma frat students

    By Harold Brackman

    March 11, 2015 | 11:54 am

    “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught (To Hate)”

    Five years after the debut of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, their South Pacific explored this theme in a more exotic context.

    This week, it’s returned to where “the corn is a mile high” University of Oklahoma campus where the...

  • U.S. Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police practices

    March 3, 2015 | 11:59 am

    The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the department's findings.

    The investigation into the police department began in...

  • Saturday Night Online Shopping Report: Nazi Valentine’s Card on Etsy, Protocols for Kindle on Amazon

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 7, 2015 | 11:35 pm

    Just weeks after the 70th Anniversay of the liberation of Auschwitz, and a month after the brutal slaying of Jews and others in Paris, I am reminded of the fact that for most Americans the Holocaust, and Hitler, are so far removed from our times that they are OK to joke about.

  • Racism in America

    By Ilana Angel

    December 7, 2014 | 9:26 pm

    I am a short, middle class, Jewish woman. I am 48 years old and thanks to an abundance of freckles on the fair English skin I got from my father, I look 38. I have a cute nose, hazel eyes that lean towards green and although born in Israel, I look like an average American even...

  • Murder in Ferguson: Michael Brown Has Value

    By Ilana Angel

    November 25, 2014 | 8:12 am

    I watched the news last night from 6:00 pm until I finally fell asleep around 2:30 in the morning. I watched the announcement that the Grand Jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. I then struggled to understand if it was  2014 or 1950. Last...

  • Israel’s Rivlin seeks to cure ‘disease’ of racism

    October 24, 2014 | 11:12 am

    Israel’s president fills a largely ceremonial role — meeting with foreign dignitaries, representing the government at state funerals and other official gatherings. But the office’s new occupant has embraced a challenge not inherent to the job: curbing what he sees as an epidemic of...

  • Is Obama’s presidency done?

    October 13, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Is it too early to declare Barack Obama’s presidency a failure?  It seems to be the talk of Washington pundits lately and a new poll showed a clear majority thinks so.

    When Obama came on the scene, I like others, warned that someone who had pretty much done nothing of...

  • Live from the Ground: Israel Social TV Reports

    By Jeremy Elster

    July 10, 2014 | 6:30 am

    The events of the last few weeks beginning with the kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva settler youths have laid bare the dissonance between illusions for peace and hope and the brutal cycle of violence that so often dominates the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

    In the following...

  • Jews and Jim Crow

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 3, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    After Shabbat services two weeks ago, I nearly quit my job.

    That reflex came after a community discussion on Michelle Alexander’s 2011 book “The New Jim Crow,” about racial injustice and inequality in America; I found it impossible to fend off very dark thoughts urging me to...

  • U.S. Patent Office cancels trademarks of NFL’s Redskins

    June 18, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the federal trademarks for the National Football League's Washington Redskins because they disparage Native Americans, the agency said on Wednesday.

    The decision by a Patent Office administrative tribunal followed years of...

  • No Absorption for Ethiopian Immigrants to Israel

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 19, 2014 | 6:15 am

    A survey published earlier this year shows that the majority of the public believes that Ethiopian immigrants suffer the most from Israeli racism (of any minority in Israel). The community has been discriminated against on many levels and they have struggled to close the gaps...

  • Sterling: Upholding the Los Angeles cultural status quo

    April 29, 2014 | 9:19 am

    Late in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction, Marsellus Wallace—a criminal boss played by Ving Rhames—banishes prizefighter Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) from Southern California. “You lost all your L.A. privileges,” Rhames says with lethal menace, and Willis quickly leaves...

  • Donald Tokowitz Sterling:
    A Jew minus

    By David Suissa

    April 28, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    [UPDATE, May 2] My conversation with Donald Sterling

    My head is spinning from watching the horror show of Donald Sterling’s racist rants and his subsequent lifetime banishment from basketball. In case you’ve been on Mars the past week, Sterling is the billionaire owner of the Los...

  • Jewish groups slam racist rant attributed to Donald Sterling

    April 28, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Jewish groups condemned the racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, called the remarks “reprehensible.”

    “If the National Basketball Association’s investigation...

  • Jewish groups slam racist rant attributed to Donald Sterling

    April 28, 2014 | 8:27 am

    Jewish groups condemned the racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, called the remarks “reprehensible.”

    “If the National Basketball Association’s investigation...

  • Exploiting Israel’s Negev Bedouin

    December 10, 2013 | 9:40 am

    While many believe that a successful peace process will end demonization of Israel based on incendiary terms such as “apartheid” and “racism,” and in accompanying boycott campaigns, the evidence suggests that this hatred goes far deeper. Indeed, the organizations that lead these...

  • 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...

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