Sally Rooney’s nonsensical anti-Israel statement

The controversy surrounding Irish author Sally Rooney’s new novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, appears to be on the downswing. Now that Rooney has clarified that she takes issue with Israel, and not the Hebrew language spoken by Israelis, the public discussion has morphed. At least in some quarters, there appears to be less heat and … Continue reading

The Troubling Prevalence of Antisemitic Attacks in Brooklyn

The FBI recently reported hate crime data for 2020 showing that Jews remain widely susceptible to attacks. Fifty-eight percent of religiously motivated attacks in 2020 involved Jewish victims, accounting for 9 percent of all hate crimes last year. While those numbers look grim for a group that makes up only about 2 percent of the … Continue reading

What Does It Mean To Be Jewish?

Ben M. Freeman writes that his new book, Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, isn’t about fighting antisemitism. But there’s no way to understand the Jewish Pride movement the Hong Kong-based Holocaust educator hopes to build without understanding both the history of Jew hatred and its multiple forms. Since Jew hate is what’s historically driven Jews to … Continue reading

This report on online antisemitism looks bad. Could reality be worse?

Anyone who is Jewish and has been online knows that social media is awash in antisemitism. Still, it’s rare that anyone quantifies the toxicity. The London- and Washington, D.C.,-based Center for Countering Digital Hate recently did just that. Its new report spotlights the incredibly lax enforcement of community guidelines regarding antisemitism. From May 18-June 29, CCDH reported … Continue reading

Progressive pints: The politicization of ice cream

Ice cream companies aren’t usually known for their foreign policy. Then again, Ben & Jerry’s isn’t typical, and they clearly have strong opinions about Israel. The Vermont ice cream maker has always been synonymous with progressivism. They’re so committed to those views, in fact, that they remained one of only four corporate partners for the … Continue reading

Israel tests the Olympics’ commitment to nondiscrimination — again

The Tokyo Olympics have yet to begin. Yet tiny Israel is already testing the International Olympic Committee’s commitment to its mission. Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council held its quadrennial panel on “leveraging sport and the Olympic ideal for promoting human rights for young people.” The famously Israel-obsessed council affirmed “the Olympic ideal … [of] … Continue reading

Condemning antisemitism can get you canceled

You won’t lose your job for vocally opposing hate. Unless, perhaps, you’re condemning antisemitism. April Powers, a black Jew, was until recently the chief equity and inclusion officer for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, or the SCBWI. On June 10, Powers posted on SCBWI’s Twitter feed and Facebook page about the “increase in hate speech and … Continue reading

What Ilhan Omar’s latest scandal reveals about Democrats

It’s striking how rapidly things have changed since January 2019.  Back then, congressional Democrats still felt empowered to stigmatize leftist extremism, including open antisemitism. That month saw Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, so repulsed by the Women’s March leadership’s overt antisemitism that she penned an op-ed about why she wouldn’t march with them (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did). Rep. … Continue reading

The Biden administration’s half-hearted fight against antisemitism

Sometimes, what leaders don’t say, or do, echoes loudest. President Joe Biden’s response to May’s upsurge in antisemitic incidents is a prime example. The president has been widely praised by major Jewish organizations and many individuals concerned about antisemitism for his May 28 statement, which said, among other things, “These attacks are despicable, unconscionable, un-American, and … Continue reading

Van Morrison’s lyrical anti-Semitism

Van Morrison, crooning about conspiracies (Vulture.com). Van Morrison’s latest song comes complete with its own eyebrow-raising title: “They Own the Media.” But who exactly is “they”? The song doesn’t specify, and Van Morrison hasn’t issued a public statement to clarify, in spite of numerous articles flagging the song’s anti-Semitic language. If we look back 16 years, though, it’s reasonable to think Morrison has Jews on the … Continue reading