How the contemporary left can reclaim its moral authority
California Campus Conundrum: UC Rejects Both CA Assembly and UC Task-Force Recommendations on Campus Anti-Semitism
Aryeh Weinberg, Institute for Jewish & Community Research,
September 7, 2012
The past month has seen a great deal of activity in California regarding anti-Semitism on college campuses. The University of California Jewish Student Campus Climate Fact-Finding Team issued a report detailing the results of investigatory visits to six UC campuses, including eight recommendations for reform. This report was followed by the passing of California Assembly HR35, recognizing extensive documentation of hostility toward Jewish students over the past decade and urging more decisive action by UC administrators. Neither report is binding and the University of California has stated that it will not support the recommendations.
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Robert S. Wistrich, JTA, August 21, 2012
If the contemporary left seriously wishes to reclaim its own moral credibility and political relevance, it will have to engage in some serious soul-searching and definitively free itself from the incubus of such perverse fantasies. Only in this way can it hope to reconnect to an authentic emancipatory vision of human liberation.
Finally, It’s Time to Recognize and Remember
Tabby Davoodi, The Jewish Journal, August 3, 2012
30 YEARS AFTER, an Iranian-American Jewish civic organization, applauds the bipartisan sponsorship in Congress of legislation that would offer due recognition of the undeniable plight and suffering of Jews who were expelled from Arab and Muslim countries over the past 60 years.
Anti-Semitism is toxic, whether intentional or not
Ben Cohen, Haaretz, August 2, 2012
Barely a week goes by without a fresh controversy involving the word "anti-Semitism." And every time anti-Semitism rears its head, it is agonizingly clear that there is little consensus on what this most ancient of prejudices means in our own time.
Multiple and Severe Hate Speech on YouTube
Online Hate Prevention Institute, August 1, 2012
"Through reports such as this one, OHPI brings an empirical research approach to the study of online hate. Our research enables better policies, procedures, software and educational responses to be developed to help combat the spread of online hate and to mitigate the damage such hate causes to the fabric of our society, including to both the mental and physical health of citizens."
Press Release: Severe Hate Speech on YouTube
Charity headed by former Disney exec lets Britons track donations within Israel
Judy Maltz, Haaretz, August 17, 2012
Myisrael is a rather innovative concept in the world of Jewish philanthropy: It's a charity registered in England that allows and encourages donors to choose a specific cause in Israel that appeals to them and guarantees that every cent (or in this case, pence ) they contribute goes directly to the end users - in other words, not to pad executive salaries, expense accounts and other overhead items.
Lord Sacks resigns from interfaith charity
Marcus Dysch, The Jewish Chronicle, August 16, 2012
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has resigned as patron of an interfaith charity after it circulated an anti-Israel campaign to members and encouraged them to lobby against the country.
Outrage over 'anti-Semitic' German-Iranian program
The Jerusalem Post, August 9, 2012
The University of Potsdam, located near Berlin, triggered sharp criticism from German academics this week because of its joint academic program with the University of Religions and Denominations, located in Qom, Iran.
Swiss group suspends 'anti-Semitic' Norway scholar
The Jerusalem Post, August 9, 2012
The Swiss World Peace Academy suspended on Wednesday Norway’s peace researcher Johan Galtung because of his allegedly anti-Semitic comments.
Protests must not stray into anti-Semitism
Richard D. Barton,
The San Francisco Chronicle, August 23, 2012
For the past decade, a movement of protest against Israel, its policies and Zionism has occupied a central place on University of California and other college and university campuses. In many instances, traditional anti-Semitic themes of Jewish control of the media and U.S. government are advanced as explanations for U.S. support of Israel and the plight of the Palestinian but these anti-Semitic themes must not continue.
Media Companies, Seeing Profit Slip, Push Into Education
Brooks Barnes and Amy Chozick, The New York Times, August 19, 2012
Movies, television, newspapers and magazines are in decline or facing headwinds, putting pressure on media companies to find new areas of expansion. Education is emerging as an answer, largely because executives see a way to capitalize on the changes that technology is bringing to classrooms — turnabout as fair play, given the way that the Web has upended major media’s own business models.
Csanad Szegedi, Hungary Far-Right Leader, Discovers Jewish Roots
Pablo Gorondi, The Huffington Post, August 14, 2012
As a rising star in Hungary's far-right Jobbik Party, Csanad Szegedi was notorious for his incendiary comments on Jews. Then came a revelation that knocked him off his perch as ultra-nationalist standard-bearer: Szegedi himself is a Jew.
Egyptian prank show exposes anti-Israeli sentiment
Salma Abdelaziz, CNN, August 11, 2012
Ayman Kandeel grabs the producer of a television network and smacks the lanky young man, cursing angrily. Kandeel is a famous actor in Egypt, but this is not a skit. He was victimized by a provocative new Egyptian television show called "Alhokm Baad Almozawla," or Judgment After a Prank.
Anti-Semitic Peruvian leader: Spanish conqueror was a Jew
Ynet News, August 20, 2012
A leader of a far-right political group in Peru said he would like to expel the country's small Jewish community because "they control the global economy."
Scandinavia’s Jews brace for fresh attempts to ban circumcision
Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, August 20, 2012
One of the slogans daubed in paint on the walls of the memorial read: "If Hitler had not existed, the Zionists would have invented him."
Anti-Israel campaign is more than just a boycott
Peter Kurti, The Australian, August 17, 2012
It's fine to criticise governments. Many Jewish commentators call for Israel to address the real social and economic disparities within its population. They also question the legitimacy of the settlements in the West Bank, a matter that needs to be resolved in good faith. Yet behind the rhetoric, the BDS objectives disclose a darker purpose: to damage and delegitimise the Jewish state by questioning the basis of its creation and its continued existence as a liberal democracy.
Attacking Israel Online
Ben Cohen, Commentary Magazine, July, 2012
Throughout the greater Middle East, opposition to the concept and existence of a Jewish state is an idée fixe for hundreds of millions of Arab and non-Arab Muslims. Yet the strand of anti-Zionism that has lately come to attract the most attention in the West is the one articulated by a tiny minority of left-wing Jews at a handful of websites.
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