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

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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

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“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 bodies over the past few weeks exposing the true anti-Semitic nature of the BDS movement, the quote above was not one of my creation, it rather passed through the lips of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Yes, in 2016, even the leader of Germany believed it essential to use its unique pulpit to call out those who attempt to hide behind a screen of human rights advocacy to single out not only...

Racism in the Orthodox Community

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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 very good reason, as racist.

I don’t really care for the purposes of this conversation who you voted for. I don’t care who you think is better for the country, who is worse for the country. I don’t care about those issues. I am, however, deeply disturbed—deeply disturbed—that any students here should express such an attitude.

Unfortunately, racism...

Lessons Learned From a Challenging Election Year

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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:

1. From the “parent lens,” this has been a long and hard-fought campaign and a very emotional one for many. At a time when it is easy to focus on our differences, let’s remember and act from our values—something we all share in common. Take care with each other, listen to each other and be thoughtful about the discussions we have as friends in our community.


Israel Was Missing From the Presidential Debates

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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 upon debates, or any political activity for that matter, from a somewhat more strategic perspective. Having prepared dozens of candidates for debates, I know very well that the time for a candidate to express their policy priorities, the time to pander to needed constituency bases in battleground states, is obviously during a nationally televised broadcast debate. I...

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