Tag: Anti-Defamation League

Swastika on a Bathroom Stall: Anti-Semitism Still Plagues Upstate School District

For years, Jewish students in the Pine Bush Central School District complained about finding swastikas scrawled on walls, desks and lockers. They said they were subjected to ethnic slurs, shoved and beaten. They said other students even led “white power” chants and made Nazi salutes. The harassment and bullying grew so bad in the rural […]

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The Grave Threats of White Supremacy and Far-Right Extremism

Last week, federal agents in Maryland arrested a United States Coast Guard officer and said he was plotting to assassinate Democratic members of Congress, prominent television journalists and others. The officer, Lt. Christopher Hasson, apparently was inspired by a right-wing Norwegian terrorist who slaughtered 77 people in 2011, stockpiled firearms and ammunition and researched locations […]

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Curbing Speech in the Name of Helping Israel

One of the more contentious issues involving Israel in recent years is now before Congress, testing America’s bedrock principles of freedom of speech and political dissent. It is a legislative proposal that would impose civil and criminal penalties on American companies and organizations that participate in boycotts supporting Palestinian rights and opposing Israel’s occupation of […]

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Trump Finds Support After the Pittsburgh Massacre, From the Israeli Government

WASHINGTON — When President Trump arrived Tuesday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh to pay his respects to the 11 victims of a mass shooting three days earlier, the only public official standing there to greet him was Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. The symbolism was stark, and it didn’t […]

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Big City: Is It Safe to Be Jewish in New York?

Just past midnight on May 1, a young rabbinical student was walking home on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn when he thought he was being followed. A moment after that intuition struck, two men grabbed him, threw him against a car and started punching him. The victim had dropped a box containing $200, meant for charity, […]

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‘There Is Still So Much Evil’: Growing Anti-Semitism Stuns American Jews

Until recent years, many Jews in America believed that the worst of anti-Semitism was over there, in Europe, a vestige of the old country. American Jews were welcome in universities, country clubs and corporate boards that once excluded their grandparents. They married non-Jews, moved into mixed neighborhoods and by 2000, the first Jew ran for […]

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Trump’s Potent Toxicity

ImagePresident Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Illinois Airport on Saturday.CreditJeff Roberson/Associated Press Our national dialogue about diversity and inclusion, about acceptance and egalitarianism, is poisoned, and Donald Trump is holding a rather large pouch of poison. Last week, we saw the arrest of a Trump supporter who sent pipe bombs through the mail […]

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The Hate Poisoning America

ImagePittsburgh residents at a vigil for victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.CreditJared Wickerham for The New York Times What is going on in this country? Can’t we be safe in our homes, in our schools, in our most sacred places? Once again, Americans are left to ask each other these sorts […]

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Shaking My Faith in America

WASHINGTON — I grew up in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. My parents taught Sunday school there. I learned to read Hebrew (sort of) there. I was a bar mitzvah there. My mother sewed a fancy velvet jumper for my little sister to wear there. On Saturday morning — the Jewish sabbath — Jews at […]

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A Massacre in the Heart of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

On a Saturday morning in March of 1997 I became a bat mitzvah at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. I wasn’t supposed to be there. The previous October a fire had blazed through my family’s regular synagogue, Beth Shalom, less than a mile away. Anyone who is from Squirrel Hill, or has ever […]

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