Tag: Anti-Semitism

Anti-Zionists Deserve Free Speech

The Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, was supposed to be on a speaking tour of the United States this week, with stops at N.Y.U.’s Washington campus and at Harvard. He was going to attend his daughter’s wedding in Texas. I had plans to interview him […]

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Measles Outbreak: City’s Response Is Tangled in de Blasio’s Ties to Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Throughout his political rise in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio has nurtured a close relationship with the city’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. But those ties have also complicated how the mayor has dealt with the community on sensitive issues. The latest example came last week, when Mr. de Blasio declared a public health emergency in […]

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Has Germany Forgotten the Lessons of the Nazis?

BERLIN — The reunification of Germany, in 1990, was a moment of exalted pride for the postwar federal republic. After decades of warning that a united country would resurrect the horrors of the 20th century, its neighbors and allies, many of them former battlefield foes, came around to accept and even welcome it. That’s in […]

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Nonfiction: How France Became a Dangerous Place to Be a Jew

HATE The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us) By Marc Weitzmann Anti-Semitism is rising throughout the Western world, a byproduct of the nationalist, nativist wave that has targeted cosmopolitan, globalized elites as culprits for growing inequality and cultural alienation. Jews know all about that “cosmopolitan” thing. They also know […]

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The Making of an Anti-Semitic Myth

Even at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the old anti-Semitic specter of the Jew as a financial international manipulator and money-grubber persists, from Moscow and Budapest to Des Moines, Iowa. Hungary’s neo-authoritarian leader, Viktor Orbán prospers politically by portraying the financier George Soros and Jews in general as shadowy, “ungenerous” figures who fight “by […]

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Anti-Semitism Is Back, From the Left, Right and Islamist Extremes. Why?

BERLIN — Swastikas daubed on a Jewish cemetery in France. An anti-Semitic political campaign by Hungary’s far-right government. Labour lawmakers in Britain quitting their party and citing ingrained anti-Semitism. A Belgian carnival float caricatures Orthodox Jews sitting on bags of money. And that was just the past few months. The accumulated incidents in Europe and […]

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Feature: How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics

On June 9, 2016, the committee tasked with drafting the new Democratic Party platform held its second day of hearings at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, in the upscale Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington. The platform, which is rewritten every presidential-election year, is meant to express a consensus among Democrats on the major issues of the […]

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Israel Lobby Convenes in Washington Amid Fraying Bipartisanship and Rising Tension

WASHINGTON — More than 18,000 activists will converge in Washington on Sunday for the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, as Democrats wrestle with the left’s rising criticism of Israel and as President Trump seeks to divide his political rivals while bolstering Israel’s embattled leader. In some respects, the three-day Aipac conference […]

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From a Swimsuit Model to the Trump Megaphone: The Genesis of ‘Jexodus’

WASHINGTON — At 23, Elizabeth Pipko has branded herself on social media as a onetime figure skater, a part-time poet and a former Trump campaign aide, an Instagramista whose feed spotlights her Mar-a-Lago wedding and racy swimsuit and lingerie modeling shots. But when President Trump latched onto Ms. Pipko’s concept of a “Jexodus” — a […]

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A Museum Tackles Myths About Jews and Money

LONDON — Wrapped in a turban and a mink-lined robe, the old man sits in his opulent home, smiling wryly. The pouch in his hand is full to bursting. Gold coins are scattered across his desk. The elderly figure is pictured at the center of a board game called the New and Fashionable Game of […]

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Why Do Central European Nationalists Love Israel So Much?

Periods of major political transformation have never been particularly easy for Jews, and the current moment is no exception. Anti-Semitism is ascendant in Europe and many fear that the resurgence of nationalism will exacerbate it. But there is a twist: Anti-Semitism’s rise in Europe is being accompanied by a growing fascination among Europe’s hard right […]

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The Latest Target of Anti-Semitic Graffiti in New York? Ruth Bader Ginsburg

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A poster hanging on the walls of New York City subway stations advertises a new book celebrating the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling the Supreme Court justice a “trail blazer” and a “history maker.” On Tuesday, […]

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Nazi Fliers Left at California High School Already Reeling From Swastika Photos

A Southern California high school that has sought to quell outrage after photographs surfaced of students giving a Nazi salute at a party is reeling again after officials say fliers with Nazi swastikas were found on campus over the weekend. Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning “Nazi posters” were placed on the campus of […]

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Why France Is Losing the War on Anti-Semitism

In the first weeks of 2019, French authorities discovered 96 tombs desecrated in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, the word “juden” scrawled across a bagel shop in Paris, and swastikas marring a street portrait of former government official and Auschwitz survivor, Simone Veil. On February 16 in Paris, a group of protestors in the […]

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Can U.K.’s Labour Party Survive Brexit?

WOLVERHAMPTON, England — To understand the contradictions that are tearing the Labour Party apart, consider Ruth Wilkinson and Philip Handley, both Labour supporters. Ms. Wilkinson, 24, voted for Britain to remain in the European Union. Mr. Handley, 60, to leave. The only bond that unites them is their fury at Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, […]

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Why Some Republicans Voted Against the Antibigotry Resolution

WASHINGTON — The House passed a resolution on Thursday that condemned anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. The resolution, written by House Democrats, began as an implicit response to comments made by Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, that were widely deemed anti-Semitic, but when some Democrats objected to singling her out, the resolution was […]

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After Week of Infighting, Democrats Wonder Where to Draw Line on Speech

WASHINGTON — Democrats filed into the House chamber on Thursday — depleted and punch drunk — to vote for an overstuffed resolution condemning prejudice — and end, or so they hoped, a week of infighting that vividly illustrated the perils of policing their own speech. “I hope this puts an end to all of this,” […]

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Is Anti-Semitism Exceptional?

Like most places, America has always had potent strains of anti-Semitism — crude and polished, K.K.K. and country club. But unlike many places, we have always had important strains of philo-Semitism as well; there is a long American tradition, with both Protestant and Enlightenment roots, of really liking Judaism and the Jews. And so the […]

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Trump Has No Business Calling Anyone Anywhere ‘Anti-Jewish’

On Thursday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution broadly calling out hate, on the face of it one of the least objectionable things the United States Congress might do on any given day. The measure specifically decried “imputations of dual loyalty” that “suggests that Jewish citizens cannot be patriotic Americans and trusted neighbors, […]

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