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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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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Forthright Church of England Report

It’s no secret that Christianity has promoted and perpetuated hostility toward Jews over the centuries, thereby entrenching the pathological virus of antisemitism in Western culture. Church edicts and teachings have inflamed opinion against Jews, resulting in the demonization and persecution of Jewish communities throughout Europe. Pogroms have been an integral element in this process of […]

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The Specter Of Neo-Nazism In Germany

The reconstituted Jewish community in Germany is rightly shocked and appalled by the news that a heavily-armed neo-Nazi terrorist almost succeeded in murdering scores of Jews in the eastern city of Halle on Yom Kippur. In what could have been the most heinous assault against Jews in Germany since the nation-wide Kristallnacht pogrom of November […]