Antisemitism is the biggest issue for Jews. Why did it never come up during the election?

The end is nigh (thank God!). This election cycle is finally coming to a close. But despite the endlessness of the 2020 presidential election, and the microscopic attention paid to a never-ending list of topics irrelevant to the lives of American voters, one issue that is of utmost importance received scant attention: rising antisemitism. It’s … Continue reading

It’s Cuomo and de Blasio vs. New York’s Jews

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can’t stand to be second best at anything, so this week, he’s taking on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to see who can more effectively alienate Jewish New Yorkers. It’s a heated battle because the incompetent de Blasio has thus far excelled at stigmatizing New York City’s Jews, ably … Continue reading

The Science of anti-Semitism

The darkest chapter of modern Jewish history involved Germany applying science to anti-Semitic degradation and violence. Seventy-five years later, the German government is still exorcising those demons, and as part of that effort, it’ll now be using scientific logic to stamp out resurgent Jew-hate within its own borders.  It’s been a long road. West Germans … Continue reading

Ilhan Omar singles out her opponent’s Jewish donors with anti-Semitic campaign mailer

There’s nothing more on-brand for freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota than finding herself at the center of a controversy over anti-Semitism. Lo and behold, that’s exactly where she finds herself once again. On Thursday, Vice reported that Omar’s campaign had sent mailers to constituents asking, “Can We Trust Antone Melton-Meaux’s Money?” They also allege that primary … Continue reading

Hey, NFL: Take up the mantle and combat anti-Semitism

Somewhat unexpectedly, the National Football League stands astride a pivotal moment in Jewish history. How do the Philadelphia Eagles (and the league more broadly) think about anti-Semitism? This week marks a turning point for Jews (and for American culture more broadly) as the NFL decides whether anti-Semitism is vile bigotry that must be stigmatized or … Continue reading

It’s always the right time to talk about anti-Semitism, especially during Black Lives Matter protests

Recent weeks have seen a heated discussion among American Jews about whether there is a “right time” to talk about anti-Semitism. And if so, does now qualify, since our country is going through a reckoning over racism? American Jews want to show solidarity with peaceful protesters, but should that include support for the Black Lives Matter organization, … Continue reading

Investigate Mayor de Blasio

On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that city parks will reopen on Monday. This is a sharp about-face for a mayor who opposed reopening parks on Tuesday and wouldn’t commit to “Phase II” reopening on Wednesday. New Yorkers should likely thank Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jews for the change. City park closures have inconvenienced families … Continue reading

Germany’s Misleading Classification of Antisemitic Hate Crimes

The German government recently announced that 2019 saw the most antisemitic hate crimes since it began collecting data in 2001. In all, 2,032 antisemitic incidents were reported to German police last year, marking a 13 percent increase over 2018. That certainly fits with the steady drumbeat of stories about rising global antisemitism. However, the German government’s … Continue reading

The United Nations Releases An Anti-Israel Blacklist

If there’s one group you can count on, it’s the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Their members are not terribly concerned about human rights, particularly within their own borders, but they sure are consumed by hatred for Israel. In March 2016, UNHRC decided the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights should release a blacklist of companies … Continue reading

Why Does The Oxford English Dictionary Say Some Ethnic Slurs Are ‘Derogatory’ But Not Others?

The next time you hear someone describe antisemitism as a problem of the uneducated, suggest they flip through the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The august dictionary recently published a slew of new words for inclusion, many with a Jewish connection. That would all be ho-hum, if it weren’t for the way some of these words … Continue reading