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  • The left has an Israel problem. Does that mean colleges have an anti-Semitism problem?

    (JTA) — Last week JTA reported a story about an alternative students’ guide published by student activists at Tufts University that labels Israel a white supremacist state. The so-called “disorientation guide” also reduced the university’s Hillel to a “Zionist” organization that offers nothing of value to the private campus’s diversity or culture. The authors of…

  • Self-hatred: It’s not just for self-haters!

    (JTA) — I used to joke that I am not a self-hating Jew: It’s all those other Jews I can’t stand. Like I said, I used to tell that joke. In the current political climate, self-hatred is no laughing matter. Jews calling other Jews “self-hating” is pervasive and toxic — so toxic, in fact, that…

  • Rabbi leads a team of spiritual first responders in storm-tossed Texas

    (JTA) — It was a day before Hurricane Harvey was due to make landfall, and Rabbi Shira Stern knew she was headed for Texas. As a director of Disaster Spiritual Care for the American Red Cross, she knew there would be people who would have other needs beyond shelter, beyond medical care, beyond a hot…

  • Billy Joel wore a yellow Jewish star. Thanks, but the trend should stop there.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Few artifacts of the Holocaust move me like the yellow star. Homely and seemingly innocuous, they sit in museum cases either by themselves or still attached to a jacket or blouse, the stitching rough and the lettering surprisingly crude. They are almost comically, cartoonishly blunt, a child’s idea of how to…

  • Who are you calling a Nazi?

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump and his top aides have been accused of indulging the nationalist far right and its various hangers-on, including the rogue’s gallery of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched on Charlottesville last weekend. But does that make them Nazis? Jewish groups usually steer clear of Holocaust comparisons and direct accusations of…

  • Our president just asked us to be fair to white supremacists

    NEW YORK (JTA) — There was a moment in his “neo-Nazi, neo-Shmazi” news conference where you might have found yourself thinking, maybe President Trump is right. On the narrow question of who was responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, a prosecutor might note that punches were thrown by white supremacists and left-wing activists, neo-Nazis and…

  • The People’s Court for People Who Make Holocaust Comparisons is now in session

    (JTA) — What you are witnessing is real. The participants are not actors. They are not actual litigants. Nor are they participants. They just happen to be public figures who couldn’t resist making a Holocaust analogy. Neither party has agreed to have their disputes heard here, in our forum, The People’s Court for People Who…

  • Your huddled what? White House aide Stephen Miller doesn’t think the Statue of Liberty has much to do with immigration.

    (JTA) — Isabel Belarsky arrived in New York in 1930 fleeing anti-Semitic persecution in Russia. Eighty-one years later, she recalled what it was like, as an immigrant, to see the Statue of Liberty as her ship approached New York Harbor. “It was a wonderful sight,” she told CNN in 2011. Sorry, Isabel: If you think Lady…

  • Jews once fought — and died — for voting rights. Here’s why some are still at it.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner are about the closest American Jews have to secular saints. The two Jewish civil rights workers traveled south for the Freedom Summer campaign of 1964, joining the African-American activist James Chaney in canvassing black churches. All three were kidnapped and murdered by a lynch mob. Forty-three years ago next…

  • Artists’ anti-Israel protest of David Grossman play fizzles — as it deserved to

    NEW YORK (JTA) — In David Grossman’s 2008 novel “To the End of the Land,” an Israeli mother flees to the countryside to avoid news of her soldier son, who is serving a dangerous stint in the West Bank. Ora considers herself apolitical and tries to avoid talking or thinking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “And…