Tag: Anti-Semitism

Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn. I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men. The first sign […]

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A Synagogue Attack Shocks Germany. But Why?

ImageLighting candles at a marketplace near the scene of a shooting outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday.CreditJens Schlueter/Getty Images BERLIN — On Wednesday a gunman attacked a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle while 51 Jews, including a group of young Americans, were inside observing Yom Kippur. When he found the […]

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Texas Stays Execution of Jewish Man After Judge Is Accused of Anti-Semitism

For more than 15 years on death row, Randy Halprin filed challenge after challenge to his sentence. The denials began to stack up. Finally, on Friday, one of his appeals persuaded Texas’ highest court to stay his execution, which had been scheduled for Oct. 10. Mr. Halprin’s lawyers had found several people who said that […]

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Revisiting Hitler, in a New Authoritarian Age

When not at work on a book about the roots of anti-Semitism in his country, the German historian and Holocaust expert Peter Longerich has been thinking about 1923. In that year, Longerich explained, Germany faced a severe crisis. The economy teetered, separatist movements accelerated in multiple states and, in November, the upstart politician Adolf Hitler […]

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American Jews and American Muslims Have a Common Antagonist

President Trump seeks to drive a wedge between American Jews and the Democratic Party. He claims that the Republican Party is more concerned with protecting Jewish people at home and abroad. He also wants to stoke tensions between American Jews and American Muslims. He loves to attack the Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, […]

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University Denounced for Showing Sign Language for ‘Jewish’ as a Hooked Nose

BRUSSELS — A university in Belgium has refused demands to “immediately” strip its website of Flemish sign-language videos displaying stereotypical and anti-Semitic symbols for Jews, saying it was merely hosting a dictionary of signs without adding “value judgment.” Ghent University hosts the sign-language dictionary on a website that translates Flemish, the language spoken in Belgium’s […]

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Anti-Semitic Slur by N.J. Lawmaker Draws Swift Backlash

At a closed meeting, the City Council president in Trenton, New Jersey’s capital, used an anti-Semitic slur to describe the negotiation tactics of a Jewish city attorney. “They were able to wait her out and jew her down,” the president, Kathy McBride, said, according to a recording. The comment, made at a session on Sept. […]

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White Supremacists Targeted Her. Now She’s Fighting Hate Crime.

The words “Heil Hitler” and “gas chamber” were scrawled on walls at the Silver Gull in Queens, one of the city’s last beach clubs. A rabbi walking through a park in Brooklyn was punched in the face and bashed with a rock. A gay pride flag outside a Harlem bar was set on fire. The […]

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How to Fight Anti-Semitism

If you are reading this, I probably don’t have to tell you that the news these days is not good for the Jews. For the past two decades, American Jews watched anti-Semitism re-emerge around the world with concern, but perhaps also a bit of condescension. We were the luckiest diaspora in history. Our metal detectors […]

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Four Things That Are Not White Nationalism

The American right in the Trump era has a racism problem. It’s fed by a Republican president who race-baits, a media ecosystem whose guardrails have collapsed, the lure of far-right ideas after various center-right failures and the influence of toxic forms of internet community on impressionable minds. At the same time, the American right in […]

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Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Shock a Beachfront Oasis

On the Friday evening before the final big weekend of summer, members of one of New York’s last private beach clubs, the Silver Gull in Queens, received an ominous email. The club’s playground would be closed, the manager wrote, “due to the recent and increasing incidence of vandalism from within the club.” Word soon spread […]

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Uproar Over Anti-Semitic Video Produced by Republicans in N.Y. County

Dark clouds roll in while ominous orchestral music swells in a video posted on Wednesday night by the Rockland County Republican Party. Large text flashes slowly across the screen warning that “a storm is brewing” and “if they win, we lose.” The “they” are the ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents of the villages and towns just northwest […]

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Death Penalty Is Sought for Suspect in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Federal prosecutors said on Monday that they would seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing 11 worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, in what has been called the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in United States history. In a court filing, they argue that “a sentence of death is justified” by the circumstances […]

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Mazel Tov, Trump. You’ve Revived the Jewish Left.

On Aug. 11, more than 1,000 people marked Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, by occupying an Amazon Books store in Manhattan, protesting the technology behemoth’s technical support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sitting on the floor, they read harrowing accounts of people in immigration detention and recited the Kaddish, the […]

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Justice Dept. Newsletter to Immigration Judges Included an Extremist Blog Post

A Justice Department newsletter that is distributed to federal immigration judges and other employees contained a blog post this week from an extremist group that included an anti-Semitic reference, a national union for the judges said. The briefing is sent out daily by the department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, which is responsible for adjudicating […]

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White Supremacists Stole My Rabbi Husband’s Identity

My husband and I were sitting on a tarmac at Newark Airport, just having landed from a vacation in France, relieved to come home, where we could be openly Jewish again. Visits to that country are always laced with stress for us, Orthodox Jews whose appearance broadcasts our identity. Being home meant that my husband, […]

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Jews as ‘Disloyal’: The Long, Toxic Back Story

WASHINGTON — When President Trump said this week that American Jews who chose to vote for Democrats were being disloyal, he was flirting with a notion that has fueled anti-Semitism for generations and has been at the root of some of the most brutal violence inflicted upon Jews in their history. The accusation that Jews […]

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Mr. Trump, Stop Questioning the Loyalty of American Jews

In the bloody history of modern anti-Semitism, one of the most common justifications for violence is the inflammatory canard that the loyalty of Jewish citizens is suspect. President Trump has repeatedly employed that libel in recent days as part of a verbal assault on the Democratic Party. Such language is traditionally used to incite anger […]

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Donald Trump and the ‘Disloyal’ Jews

The major debate tearing apart the American Jewish community on this particular Wednesday is whether or not the 45th president of the United States just accused them — us — of disloyalty to Israel and the Jewish people or of disloyalty to the Republican Party and the man who has remade it in his image. […]

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