Anti-Semitism in Greece: How Real?

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w.goldendawngreece-052214In a recent article in The Jewish Daily Forward, Gavin Rabinowitz discusses the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) report that Greece is the most anti-semitic nation in Europe. Reporting on a global anti-Semitism survey Gavin states, “With 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was on par with Saudi Arabia, more anti-Semitic than Iran (56 percent) and nearly twice as anti-Semitic as Europe’s second-most anti-Semitic country, France (37 percent). To read more, click here.

Anti-Semitism Still A Reality

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According to a report by the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), anti-Semitism remains a reality for many Jews in Europe. To read more, click here.

Is “Jew In A Box” Exhibit Fostering Understanding Or Anti-Semitism?

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The Jewish Museum in Berlin is stirring up controversy with an exhibit called “The Whole Truth: Everything You Wanted to Know About Jews.” The element of the show getting the most attention is a cast of Jewish men and women who take turns sitting in a Plexiglas box, and answering visitors’ questions about Jewish life and culture. To read more, click here.

Global Increase in Anti-semitism and Islamophobia

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Anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim activities are on the rise around the globe, according to the U.S. State Department. Countries of particular concern include Egypt, China, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia among others. To read more, click here.

Top Nazi Officer Living in Minnesota for 60 Years Faces Deportation

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A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II.  Michael Karkoc, 94, faces deportation and prosecution. To read the full article from the Associated Press, click here.

Study: Culture to Blame for Racism, Sexism, Homophobia

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A study led by Paul Verhaeghen, a professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Psychology, found that facets of U.S. culture, such as literature, movies, television, radio and the internet, may contribute to the problem of racism, sexism and other “isms” by exhibiting the same stereotypes that society tries to snuff out. To read the story in Science Daily, click here.

The Persistence of Anti-Semitism

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How persistent is anti-semitism over time? A recent study points out that communities that murdered their Jewish populations during the 14th-century Black Death pogroms were more likely to demonstrate a violent hatred of Jews nearly 600 years later during the era of the Third Reich. To read an article about the topic with a link to the study, click here.

Jewish Groups Complain Of Anti-Semitism At UC Campuses

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For the second time in 14 months, some Jewish community activists, along with University of California alumni and professors, are asking University of California administrators to take more forceful action against what they contend is anti-Semitism on University of California campuses and harassment of Jewish students by anti-Israel protesters. To read more click here.

Facebook’s Holocaust Problem

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For years, international organizations opposing anti-Semitism have been urging the planet’s preeminent social-networking platform, Facebook, to delete any content that asserts the Nazi-orchestrated extermination of 6 million Jews never took place. To read more about the controversy, click here.

A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad

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Robert Wistrich’s book is survey of the new wave of anti-Semitism, and covers Western and Eastern Europe in recent decades, the Middle East, the issues of Holocaust denial and of Jewish self-hatred. According to the Washington Post:

At a time when anti-Semitism is again becoming fashionable in European societies,  this work needs no special recommendation.…It would be difficult to think of a more competent author than Wistrich, head of a Jerusalem research institute, who has given decades to the study of the subject and has a good knowledge of recent European history and languages, and particularly of Nazism.

To read more about the book, click here.

Moscow Museum Puts Lenin’s Jewish Roots on Display

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“He came from a poor Jewish family and was, according to his baptismal certificate, the son of Moses Blank, a native of (the western Ukrainian city of) Zhitomir,” says Anna Ulyanova, Vladimir Lenin’s eldest sister in a letter to Joseph Stalin. For the first time ever, ordinary Russians can now see documents that appear to confirm long-standing rumors that Vladimir Lenin had Jewish heritage. That’s a big deal in a country long plagued by anti-Semitism, especially for the founder of the Soviet Union, who is still revered by many elderly Russians. The documents are part of a collection on display at the State History Museum in Moscow. To read the full story, click here.

Microaggressions Blog

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Microaggressions are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities—whether intentional or unintentional—that communicate hostile attitudes, slights, or insults toward members of marginalized groups, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTI community. The Microagressions blog collects and publishes reader-submitted descriptions of microaggressions and the impact the microaggressions had on the people who endured them.  Here are two examples:

Look at her. That’s no fair. Why do I have to walk? She’s taking advantage.

I’m a wheelchair user in a large museum. I felt like my struggles with accessibility were nothing and the young, able-bodied man who said this expected pity.

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Excuse me, do you speak English?

—Man at the bus stop. I am an Asian American woman. I was reading Jane Austen. In English.

To read the many posts on the blog and perhaps to submit your own, click here.

Against Oppression Analogy

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The author of this article says, “The discourse of anti-discrimination reinforce a notion that all oppressions are similar. And while I may well agree that different types of oppression are equal, I think that analogising one to another stunts our knowledge of either.” To read more click here.

Anti-Semitism in North African, Middle Eastern Protests

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center has collected news items and video conferences that show underreported anti-semitism in the unrest sweeping North Africa and the Middle East. Click here to read more.

Shards of Innocence: Dealing with Anti-Semitism

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This is an interesting account of a woman recalling how she learned about anti-semetism when she was a girl. To read more click here.

“Stereotype Threat:” Creating Poor Performance

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Stereotype threat refers to the risk of confirming a negative stereotype about one’s own group. Research shows that stereotype threat causes decreased performance and distancing from the stereotyped group. Click here to go ReducingStereotypeThreat.org to read more.

Rabbis Ask For Sanctions Against Glenn Beck and Apology From Roger Ailes

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In an open letter to Rupert Murdoch, published in the Wall Street Journal and the Forward, hundreds of rabbis requested that “Glenn Beck be sanctioned by Fox News for his completely unacceptable attacks on a survivor of the Holocaust and Roger Ailes apologize for his dismissive remarks about rabbis’ sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air.”

The open letter raises important concerns about the use of  terms like “Nazis” when characterizing an individual who is not a Nazi, but is simply disliked by the speaker. The characterization can minimize the experiences of people who suffered from Nazi oppression and diminish the meaning of the Holocaust. Click here to read the article from the Jewish Fund for Justice website, which includes a link to the open letter.

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