April 20, 2020

Anne Frank and the Corona Virus

Every year, a week after Passover, Jewish communities and other individuals around the world observe Yom Hashoah, a day of remembrance of the Holocaust. In Israel there is a state ceremony at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial museum, where the President and the Prime-Minister speak and the flag is lowered to half-mast. Around the world Jewish communities gather to light six candles for the 6 million Jews who perished, read their names, and recite prayers…
January 27, 2020

Saudi Muslim Organization Visits Auschwitz

When I saw the picture of the leaders of the Muslim World League visiting Auschwitz last Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the camp’s liberation, it shocked me as much as when Yasser Arafat visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam in 1998. The Muslim World League, based in Mecca, has been Saudi Arabia’s main exporter of radicalism and terrorism throughout the world in the past decades. This organization, that is close to the…
December 2, 2019

Human Rights for All

I just had a chance to listen to Sam Harris’ outstanding podcast with human rights activist Yasmine Mohammed, who just published a new book. Yasmine is a brave woman raised in a very strict conservative Arab Muslim family in Canada. Her parents forced her at a young age to cover herself in a black veil and to attend a fundamentalist religious school, where she was indoctrinated against the unbelievers, the Jews, the Christians and gay…
November 4, 2019

Jew Hatred on Campus

Last weekend the University of Minnesota hosts the yearly conference of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). SJP has about 200 branches on university campuses throughout the United States and is affiliated with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. SJP is known for its defamation of Israel and its intimidation and harassment of Israeli and Jewish students and speakers on campus. The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the…
October 21, 2019

Antisemitism is Moving from Fringe to Mainstream

Hate crimes and harassment against Jews in the United States have risen in the past four years. Some of which were the deadliest scale in American history. An important thing to look at is if the ideas behind these crimes are spreading. If the ideas spread the incidents will rise. (more…)
September 13, 2019

A Day in Jerusalem

This week I am on vacation in Israel. A long-time Israeli friend took me to Jerusalem yesterday and gave me a fantastic tour there. He grew up in that city. He showed me his house and the neighborhood where his family had lived for seven generations. They were Jews from Greece who escaped antisemitism and settled in Jerusalem in the 1800’s. (more…)
September 12, 2019

The White Supremacist’s Mind

On August 30, 2019, a 34-year old man from Los Angeles, with links to the Neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, was charged with hate crime in the Los Angeles County District Attorney. The man had yelled antisemitic slurs two weeks earlier at a Jewish man and his infant and threatened to kill them. (more…)