Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Op-Eds

Our Job #1: Fighting Anti-Semitism Whatever the Source

Perhaps it was the lead-up to Purim. Perhaps it was the unprecedented and incredibly divisive Clinton-Trump presidential campaign. Perhaps it originates with the alt-right or, with equal possibility, the alt-left.

The ugly truth is that American Jewry is confronted with an array of

Misunderstanding the Causes of Anti-Semitism

The events of recent weeks have revealed a surprising abundance of self-proclaimed experts on the causes of anti-Semitism.

A Jewish ex-New York Times reporter, writing on the op-ed page of the Washington Post on March 3, declared that “the growing examples of anti-Semitism”—the bomb

Victimized by Fake News: Setting the Record Straight on Matthew Kelly Speaking at BRS

Fake news doesn’t distinguish between parties or victims. At the end of his term, former President Obama bemoaned the explosion of fake news and current President Trump has referenced the phrase often since entering office. This month,

Moving the American Embassy Would Send a Very Powerful, Long-Overdue Message

The fear that President Donald Trump might fulfill his campaign promise to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has caused considerable angst for PA Chairman Mahmoud and Jordan’s King Abdullah, who met to discuss what steps can be taken to prevent the move. As expected, Abbas claimed this decision “is more than a

‘If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Forget Her Cunning’

Arab response to the decision by US Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to introduce The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, legislation to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, has been predictable.

Palestinian Arab

The UN: ‘The World Center of Anti-Semitism’

On December 23, 2016, the UN  Security Council passed Resolution 2334, which “reaffirmed…that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the

Join the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Its Fight Against BDS in Our Local Communities

“Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse anti-Semitism.”

While I have had the opportunity to testify before many municipal governing

Racism in the Orthodox Community

I wanted to address one issue that was brought to my attention that I found to be very disturbing. And it’s an issue that I have probably addressed in the past, but apparently it needs to be re-addressed. It has come to my attention that there were multiple behaviors during an election-night party that could be understood, with

Lessons Learned From a Challenging Election Year

I am always proud to vote and I specifically appreciated the privilege in this year’s difficult presidential election. Choosing a candidate to vote for was one of the most difficult political decisions I have ever made. A few thoughts I wanted to share as they relate to our children and the lessons we teach them:

Israel Was Missing From the Presidential Debates

While watching the presidential debates, I kept asking myself one simple question—when are either of the candidates, or the moderators for that matter, going to mention Israel. Having been a political professional and government official for over 15 years prior to my work at the Simon Wiesenthal Center I naturally look

The Myth of Jews and Slavery

One of the enduring myths against the Jews is that they played a key role in the slave trade. The British newspaper Independent recently reported that Jackie Walker, the vice-chair of the left-wing Labor Party–linked movement, wrote on her Facebook page: “I’m sure you know, millions more Africans were killed in the African

The Myth of ‘The Age of Humdrum Terror’

In response to the continued acts of terror in Europe and the U.S., the English weekly news magazine Economist recently opined that “it seems likely that much of Europe and America will have to get used to acts of Islamist-inspired terrorism becoming, if not routine, at least fairly regular occurrences.” Israel is cited as an

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