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Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Abound

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on April 1, 2020 0 Comments
Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Abound

Conspiracy theories, which are always grounded in malicious lies and overblown fantasies, are the bread and butter of antisemites. Usually, their half-baked, slimy suppositions rear their ugly heads during a crisis. Jews were blamed for the Black Death, which decimated one-third of Europe’s population. And in the infamous blood libel canard, Jews were accused of […]

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The Importance Of Holocaust Education

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 29, 2020 0 Comments
The Importance Of Holocaust Education

My parents, David and Genia, passed away in Toronto in 2016, leaving two less Holocaust survivors in a dwindling population of some 400,000 around the world. Mostly in their 80s and 90s, they are the last living links to an unprecedented tragedy — the systematic, industrial-scale extermination of six million European Jews from 1939 to […]

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A Long Overdue Apology From Holland

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 19, 2020 0 Comments
A Long Overdue Apology From Holland

At long last Holland has apologized for its abject failure to protect Jewish citizens during the German occupation. At a Holocaust commemoration event in Amsterdam recently, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued a formal apology, belatedly acknowledging that Holland had failed to provide either “justice” or “security” for the Jewish community during that terrible period. […]

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A Repulsive Sculpture Needs To Be Removed

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 6, 2020 0 Comments
A Repulsive Sculpture Needs To Be Removed

An appeals court in Germany has handed down a very disappointing verdict. In a ruling on February 4, a state court in the town of Naumburg rejected a Jewish man’s complaint that a 700-year-old antisemitic sculpture should be removed from the Stadtkirche (City Church) in Wittenberg, the home of the Protestant Reformation. Michael Duellmann, the […]

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A Ground-Breaking Visit

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on January 27, 2020 0 Comments
A Ground-Breaking Visit

Mohammad bin Abdulkarim al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, an organization subsidized by Saudi Arabia, visited the former Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland a few days ago in a ground-breaking interfaith trip that could open the door to improving Muslim-Jewish relations and normalizing the discussion of the Holocaust in the Muslim and Arab […]

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Words Of Remembrance And Atonement

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on January 24, 2020 0 Comments
Words Of Remembrance And Atonement

The leaders and representatives of more than 40 countries descended on Israel to attend the fifth World Holocaust Forum, which took place at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 23, but only a handful were permitted to address the conference. The speakers represented the four Allied powers of World War II — the United States, […]

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The Rising Tide Of Antisemitism In The U.S.

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on January 3, 2020 0 Comments
The Rising Tide Of Antisemitism In The U.S.

It’s a tragic truism that antisemitism, the world’s oldest hatred, confronts virtually every Jewish person in every generation in the Diaspora. And now, in the wake of a spate of violent antisemitic incidents across the United States since 2018, American Jews, particularly in the greater New York City area, are now exposed to this insidious […]

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A German Family Tries To Atone For Its Nazi Past

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 22, 2019 0 Comments
A German Family Tries To Atone For Its Nazi Past

It’s one of the most unusual stories to emerge from the Holocaust. So much so that its plot might have been written by a Hollywood scriptwriter. It proves that truth can be stranger than fiction. These thoughts came to mind after one one of Germany’s wealthiest families, the Reimanns, recently donated more than $5 million […]

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Accusations Of Antisemitism Hurt Corbyn

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 14, 2019 0 Comments
Accusations Of Antisemitism Hurt Corbyn

Much to the relief of the vast majority of Jews in Britain, Jeremy Corbyn’s days as leader of the Labour Party are numbered following his party’s crushing defeat in Britain’s December 12 general election. With Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives having won a landslide victory, picking up 365 seats in Parliament compared to Labour’s 203, […]

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Belgian Carnival — A Blight On Decency

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 6, 2019 0 Comments
Belgian Carnival — A Blight On Decency

Good riddance to a carnival that shamelessly crossed the red line into the odious swamp of antisemitism. Last March, the famous carnival in the Belgian town of Aalst, recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization nine years ago, caused outrage by allowing a clearly antisemitic float into its parade. Composed of effigies […]

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