Tag: Anti-Semitism

Thousands Rally Against Anti-Semitism in France After Vandalism of Jewish Cemetery

PARIS — Thousands rallied against anti-Semitism in Paris on Tuesday night, summoned by France’s major political parties, the country’s Jewish organizations, and by a sharp spike in anti-Semitic incidents, including the desecration of a Jewish cemetery the night before. That act of vandalism drew France’s president to a small village in the northeast, hours before […]

Read More

Anti-Semitic Attacks Fuel Continuing Rise in Hate Crimes in New York

One video showed a 51-year-old Jewish man being beaten to the ground by three young men, who seemed to select him at random. Another showed an Orthodox Jewish man being chased across the street by a man wielding a tree branch. A third showed an Orthodox Jewish man hanging on to a fence as an […]

Read More

Anti-Semitic Taunts by Yellow Vests Prompt French Soul-Searching

PARIS — He was one of France’s few public intellectuals to express support for the Yellow Vest movement at the beginning, but last week he said the protesters “devastate without regard for anything or anybody.” Over the weekend, they turned their ire on him. As Alain Finkielkraut, one of France’s leading essayists and critics from […]

Read More

Poland and Israel Try to Improve Ties, but History Intrudes

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, in the middle of a re-election campaign, seemed set to score back-to-back diplomatic triumphs in a span of just a few days, with Poland, of all countries, playing an important role in both. This past week, Mr. Netanyahu attended a meeting in Warsaw, convened by the Trump […]

Read More

7 Labour Lawmakers Resign in U.K., in Rebuke of Jeremy Corbyn

LONDON — Seven lawmakers from Britain’s opposition Labour Party resigned on Monday to protest their leader’s approach toward the country’s withdrawal from the European Union and his handling of accusations of anti-Semitism. The party, which is led by Jeremy Corbyn, has been divided by growing tensions for months, with some centrist lawmakers struggling to reconcile […]

Read More

Republicans Already Are Demonizing Democrats as Socialists and Baby Killers

WASHINGTON — In the 116th Congress, if you’re a Democrat, you’re either a socialist, a baby killer or an anti-Semite. That, at least, is what Republicans want voters to think, as they seek to demonize Democrats well in advance of the 2020 elections by painting them as left-wing crazies who will destroy the American economy, […]

Read More

This Is What the Beginning of a Real Israel Debate Looks Like

With all the shouting it was easy to miss, but something new happened in Washington this week. If you can’t see it yet, put yourself back in 2006, when everything about a Somali-American, Muslim congresswoman tweeting a line from a Puff Daddy song—as Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar did Sunday evening—would have been unthinkable. In March […]

Read More

Trump, No Stranger to Jewish Stereotypes, Rejects Ilhan Omar’s Apology

WASHINGTON — President Trump demanded on Tuesday that a freshman lawmaker from Minnesota resign after she posted tweets deemed anti-Semitic even by fellow Democrats, but those tweets echoed some of the same insinuations about Jews and money that he has trafficked in for years, as a candidate and president. Mr. Trump rejected the apology of […]

Read More

Sharp Rise in Anti-Semitic Acts in France Stokes Old Fears

PARIS — Swastikas drawn on portraits of a women’s rights champion and Holocaust survivor in Paris; the word “Juden” (Jews, in German) spray-painted on a bagel bakery; a tree planted in memory of a young Jewish man who was tortured to death, chopped down in a Paris suburb. A spate of reports in recent days […]

Read More

Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

Read More

Pelosi and Democratic Leaders Call on Omar to Apologize for Anti-Semitic Comments

WASHINGTON — Representative Ilhan Omar, who has been battling charges of anti-Semitism for weeks, drew swift and unqualified condemnation from fellow Democrats on Monday — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the entire House leadership — after she insinuated on Twitter Sunday night that American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel […]

Read More

The Progressive Assault on Israel

It happened again last month in Detroit. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators seized the stage of the National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force’s marquee conference, “Creating Change” and demanded a boycott of Israel. “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” they chanted — the tediously malign, thinly veiled call to end Israel as a Jewish state. They […]

Read More

Jeremy Corbyn’s Bigotry Problem

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, has a long history of playing footsie with bigotry — specifically with anti-Semitism. “Over the years, he has attended protests and conferences alongside campaigners who have expressed anti-Semitic views,” […]

Read More

A Mayor’s Effort to Play Down Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism Backfires

DEARBORN, Mich. — Henry Ford is everywhere in Dearborn, Mich., his hometown, where more than 70 years after the famed industrialist’s death, his name or likeness graces everything from the performing arts center to the manhole covers. But Bill McGraw, editor of a local quarterly journal published by the city’s historical commission, felt that residents […]

Read More

From Celebrated to Vilified, House’s Muslim Women Absorb Blows Over Israel

WASHINGTON — Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were hailed as symbols of diversity when they were sworn in last month as the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, Ms. Tlaib in her mother’s hand-embroidered Palestinian thobe, Ms. Omar in a tradition-shattering hijab. Four weeks later, their uncompromising views […]

Read More

Nonfiction: The Persistence of Anti-Semitism

ANTISEMITISM Here and Now By Deborah E. Lipstadt As recently as the turn of this century, it was just about plausible to hope that anti-Semitism might soon go the way of fear of witches — not extinct, but too manifestly absurd for all but the dumbest of bigots to avow. In the United States, there […]

Read More

Senate Advances Pro-Israel Bill as G.O.P. Searches for Democratic Divisions

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Monday to advance legislation affirming the right of local and state governments to break ties with companies that boycott or divest from Israel, as Republicans try to drive a wedge between the Democratic Party and its traditional allies in the American Jewish community. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes assistance to Israel […]

Read More

On the Way to Auschwitz, I Found ‘Heil Hitler’ Signs For Sale

Once a bazaar and kosher slaughterhouse for Kazimierz, Krakow’s old Jewish quarter, Plac Nowy — or “New Square” — is today known for its open-air flea market and food stalls. So on a recent visit, I ordered zapiekanka (a traditional Polish sandwich) and perused the souvenir stands as I waited for the cheese to melt. […]

Read More

The Horrors of Auschwitz at a Museum in New York

A boxcar of the kind the Nazis used to transport people like cattle. The barracks where they slept jammed into narrow bunks. The posts from fences that caged them in. A canister once filled with the poison gas pellets that sealed their fate. With these artifacts and 700 others, the Museum of Jewish Heritage is […]

Read More

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, including some 10,000 American troops. […]

Read More