Trump decries rise in anti-Semitism in proclamation for Jewish American Heritage Month

Thursday, May 2, 2019

(JTA) — President Donald Trump decried the rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes and referenced the shooting attacks on synagogues in Poway and Pittsburgh in a proclamation for Jewish American Heritage Month. “As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans … Read More

There were 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents in 2018, ADL finds

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

(JTA) — Last year saw the third-highest number of anti-Semitic incidents since 1979, despite a decrease from the previous year, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. Though the 1,879 incidents in 2018 dropped from the 1,986 incidents in 2017, according to the ADL’s annual survey of incidents released Tuesday, the number of anti-Semitic … Read More

New York Times acknowledges publishing cartoon with ‘anti-Semitic tropes’

Monday, April 29, 2019

(JTA) — The New York Times acknowledged that it published in its international print edition a political cartoon that “included anti-Semitic tropes.” The cartoon showed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog (a dachshund) wearing a Star of David collar and leading President Donald Trump, who is wearing a black kippah. “The image … Read More

Israeli film festival in UK hits back at boycott campaign

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Seret Festival, a celebration of Israeli film and television, kicked off on Monday in six cities across the UK, despite attempts to organize a boycott of the event. The two-week long festival is bringing more than two dozen Israeli productions to movie theaters in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Brighton and Cambridge. Last week, days before … Read More

Did a campus conference on Gaza feature anti-Semitism?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

JTA — “This is my anti-Semitic song,” Tamer Nafar, a Palestinian-Israeli rapper, said at the opening of a conference on Gaza last month at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “I know it might sound [like] R&B stuff, but don’t think of Rihanna when you sing it, don’t think of Beyonce,” he continued. … Read More

Anti-Israel protester attempts to firebomb synagogue in Turkey

Friday, April 5, 2019

A man threw a firebomb at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Izmir, Turkey. The attacker’s Molotov cocktail, thrown on March 28, fell to the sidewalk and did not damage the synagogue. The incident was first reported on Tuesday by the Turkish-language Salom Jewish news website. The unidentified attacker reportedly told police that he attacked the … Read More

What is the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act Really All About?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

What is the purpose of this legislation?   The legislation is designed to help the Department of Education and Department of Justice effectively determine whether an investigation of an incident of anti-Semitism is warranted under their statutory anti-discrimination enforcement authority. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of the most important … Read More