Anti-Semitism

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AJC Convenes Polish Mayors’ Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism
Mayors of Polish cities, attending an AJC Central Europe and City of Warsaw conference on combating hate, have issued a joint statement urging implementation of a policy of “zero tolerance for prejudice, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.”
When Is It Okay to Evoke Hitler and the Nazis?
There are few observations that have proven more durable than Godwin’s Law. Created in 1990 by attorney Mike Godwin, it is quite simple:  The more heated a political argument becomes, the higher the likelihood that one side will mention Adolf Hitler.  Whoever mentions Hitler first, loses the argument.
Updated AJC Plan to Combat Anti-Semitism in Europe Urges Government Action
A detailed action plan for governments across Europe to combat anti-Semitism, first issued by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) three years ago, has been updated. The original AJC Call to Action came out of a groundbreaking daylong strategy conference, “A Defining Moment for Europe,” in May 2015, in Brussels.
A Recent Study Into Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe Ignores the Role of Muslim Migrants
In many cases the perpetrators appear to be Muslim. But do we know this for a fact, and if so what should be done about it? Does the recent surge in immigration from Muslim countries further endanger European Jews?
AJC Applauds Congressional Action Urging Secretary Pompeo to Appoint Anti-Semitism Envoy
AJC applauds the 120 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who signed a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging his swift appointment of a new State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
Missing Anti-Semitism Envoy
Indecision has consequences. Leaving vacant the key State Department position in the US effort to fight antisemitism globally has generated perceptions that inevitably question Washington’s commitment on this issue.
Religious Leaders Join AJC Appeal Urging Secretary Pompeo to Appoint Anti-Semitism Envoy
More than 1,100 religious leaders across the United States have joined with AJC in calling for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to appoint a new State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
To Fight Anti-Semitism, First You Have to Define It
Thirteen years have passed since a comprehensive and updated definition of anti-Semitism was drafted and adopted by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, or EUMC. Now, with proposed congressional legislation and various state and local initiatives, there are calls for employing a definition here.
5 Things You Need to Know About How Anti-Semitism is Affecting Chile’s Democracy
As the largest Palestinian community outside the Middle East advances an aggressive anti-Israel agenda bordering on anti-Semitism, Chile is facing constant attacks on its democracy and its heritage of inclusiveness.
Official Police Statistics on Anti-Semitism Must Be Revamped
The official statistics on anti-Semitic incidents almost exclusively classify the multitude of anti-Semitic incidents (four a day!) as right-wing extremism.
AJC Commemorates Mireille Knoll, Murdered French Holocaust Survivor
Diplomats, Jewish leaders, representatives of New York ethnic and faith groups, and members of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) gathered at the global Jewish advocacy group’s headquarters this morning to memorialize Mireille Knoll, the 85-year-old Jewish grandmother and Holocaust survivor, who was savagely murdered in her Paris apartment.
France Must March For Mireille Knoll, Our Assassinated Grandmother
Mireille Knoll’s murder haunts me. It is a painful reminder (as if we needed one) of the face of anti-Semitism in France today, where a helpless and sick 85-year-old Holocaust survivor can be killed in her apartment for one reason only: because she is Jewish.
How Will Britain’s Labour Party Fix Its Anti-Semitism Problem?
Labour MP John Mann joins us to discuss the ongoing anti-Semitism scandal that has ensnared Jeremy Corbyn and Britain’s Labour Party.
Anti-Semitism in the U.S.
AJC responds to Jonathan Weisman’s assertion in a New York Times article that the American Jewish Committee has been “remarkably quiet” about anti-Semitism.
The Perversity of Intersectionality
The recent furor over the relationship between the Women’s March leadership and Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan is beginning to subside — but its full import has yet to be appreciated.
What Italy’s Election Results Mean for Italian Jews, Italian-Israeli Relations, and the EU
Anti-Semitism is hard to discern in the present xenophobic and anti-immigrant public mood, but Italian Jewry, basing its judgment on bitter past experience, remains wary of the voters’ dramatic switch.
AJC Praises Government, Jewish Community Effort to Combat anti-Semitism in Spain
AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, welcomed an educational initiative by Spain’s government and Jewish community to combat anti-Semitism.
Anti-Semitism in France: Zero Tolerance!
President Macron's words demonstrate a growing awareness of this scourge at the highest levels of government and a determination to take a stand. So why is it that despite such admirable statements I feel a disheartening and wearying déjà vu?
Italy Reappoints AJC’s Andrew Baker to Key OSCE Post on Anti-Semitism
For the tenth consecutive year, Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC’s director of International Jewish Affairs, will serve as Personal Representative on Combating Anti-Semitism for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
AJC Praises Lithuania Endorsement of Anti-Semitism ‘Working Definition’
AJC applauds Lithuania for adopting the working definition of anti-Semitism.
Jews and the Future of France
AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen responds to an op-ed on Jews in France published in the New York Times.
AJC Central Europe Urges Poland Government to Counter Neo -Nazi Groups
AJC Central Europe has called on Poland's government to take concrete steps to monitor and counter the activities of Neo-Nazi groups.
3 Years Later: What’s Changed for French Jews?
Three years after the terror attacks against Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher, we checked in with the Paris-based Director of AJC Europe, Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, to get an update on the state of the French Jewish community.
Anti-Semitism Data
Experience hateful bigotry, say something. That should be the watchword for victims of antisemitism.
AJC Central Europe Cosponsors Seminar on Anti-Semitism in Poland
AJC Central Europe, together with the University of Warsaw’s Center for Research on Prejudice, cosponsored a seminar on “Antisemitism in Poland: Diagnosis, Consequences, and Methods of Prevention.”
AJC Appalled by Russian Bishop’s “Ritual Murder” Claim
AJC is appalled by a Russian Orthodox Church bishop’s assertion in Moscow that Jews were responsible for the deaths of Czar Nicholas II and his family in 1918, a year after the Bolshevik Revolution.
Defining Anti-Semitism Is The First Step Towards Stopping It
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing about anti-Semitism. At issue was whether the Department of Education should consult a comprehensive definition of anti-Semitism when addressing Jewish students’ complaints of harassment on college campuses, and whether Congress should instruct the Department of Ed to do so.
David Harris Blog: Larry David, Meet Mila Racine
When I first heard about Larry David’s attempted Holocaust humor on “Saturday Night Live,” I was appalled.
AJC CEO to Larry David: Meet Mila Racine
In a Huffington Post op-ed, AJC CEO David Harris criticized Larry David for his “vulgar banalization of the Holocaust” when opening the Saturday Night Live show over the weekend.
Soccer, Trains, Anne Frank, and Anti-Semitism in Europe
Over the past two weeks, the memory of Anne Frank, a global symbol of Jewish perseverance in the face of hate, was twice evoked in an unsettling fashion—first in Rome, then in Berlin.
AJC Briefs House Judiciary Committee on Campus Anti-Semitism
Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs, addressing the House Judiciary Committee today, called for expanding the use of the Working Definition of Anti-Semitism to American college and university campuses.
Charlottesville, Jews, and the American Future
What happened at the “Unite the Right” rally on August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, was both a battle in the longstanding war over Confederate memorials and, more broadly, the latest episode in the blood-soaked, centuries-old history of racism in America.
AJC CEO David Harris Message to President Donald J. Trump on the Aftermath of Charlottesville
CEO David Harris hopes that President Trump will make clear that our nation does not countenance the warped views of bigots, as was on display in Charlottesville.
AJC Study Reveals Danger of Salafism in Berlin Schools
An AJC survey of Berlin public school teachers reveals the growing infiltration of Salafism, and a corresponding increase in anti-Semitism in classrooms.
The Rebels Rise
The bloody confrontation in Charlottesville tragically showed again that hate groups are still very active and cannot simply be dismissed as marginal or insignificant elements in our society.
Latino and Jewish Leaders United Against Violence, Racism and Anti-Semitism
Members of the Latino Jewish Leadership Council (LJLC) strongly denounce the violence, hatred and anti-Semitism displayed by white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12.
'Never forget' remains an apt slogan for democracy
In Holocaust education, we use the phrase “Never Forget.” While referring specifically to the six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis, Never Forget has a broader meaning — never to allow the abandonment of democratic values, the loss of moral clarity.
How George Soros became a Jewish symbol
Today’s Hungarian Jewish Community, the largest in Central Europe, has come to embrace George Soros. Not Soros the man, but Soros the symbol.  
AJC Praises House Adoption of Bill to Combat European Anti-Semitism
AJC praised the U.S. House of Representatives for adopting unanimously the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, and urged the U.S. Senate to move expeditiously to pass its version of the bill.
AJC Urges Secretary of State to Appoint Anti-Semitism Special Envoy
AJC is urging Secretary of State Tillerson to fill without further delay the position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
The surge in anti-Semitism? Here’s how to stop it
Almost daily accounts of vandalized cemeteries, spray-painted swastikas and bomb threats to JCCs and other Jewish agencies have alarmed Jews everywhere. Here are three suggestions for concrete action.
United front can stop wave of anti-Semitism
In recent months, the Jewish community and other minorities have been the subject of countless threats and hatred in the United States. Brian Siegal offers words of strength to the Jewish community during this troubling time.
Anti-Semitism’s a problem for all humans
Recent upsurges in anti-Semitic activity on American soil calls for our re-evaluation of the issue itself. Anti-Semitism is a problem not only for Jews, but rather for all Americans and human beings at large.
Confronting Anti-Semitism in America
In the midst of a recent wave of anti-Semitic hate crimes, Jews across the country are being forced to re-evaluate what it means to live safely as a Jewish person in America. What can be done to change this precarious reality?
AJC Condemns Attack on St. Louis Jewish Cemetery
AJC condemns the mass vandalism at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City. More than 100 headstones were reportedly damaged in the attack earlier today.
AJC Praises Arrest of Chicago Synagogue Attacker
AJC Chicago praised the Chicago police department for apprehending a suspect who vandalized the Loop Synagogue early Saturday morning.
AJC Deplores Attack on Chicago Synagogue
AJC Chicago condemns an attack on the Loop Synagogue, which authorities have labeled a hate crime.
AJC Presents to European Parliament Action Plan to Fight Anti-Semitism
A senior American Jewish Committee (AJC) official urged European lawmakers today to move immediately to develop an action plan to confront the rising tide of anti-Semitism in their countries – and change the reality of Jews living in fear in Europe.
Danish Consul General Addresses AJC "Solidarity with Denmark" Event
Ambassador Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Consul General of Denmark in New York, addressed a special ceremony at AJC headquarters today to commemorate the victims of the twin terror attacks in Copenhagen.
AJC Anti-Semitism Expert Addresses White House Conference on Violent Extremism
Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs, told the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism today that Jews in Europe are living in fear and criticized the hesitancy of many European leaders to identify publicly the roots of rising anti-Semitism and the perpetrators of the violence that has struck fatally Jews and the general population.
AJC Appalled by ISIS Execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians
AJC is appalled by the ISIS execution of 21Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, the latest act of brutality from a terrorist organization that has already claimed thousands of victims across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in Europe.
AJC Deplores Fatal Attacks in Denmark
AJC Executive Director David Harris called yesterday's attacks in Copenhagen, including against a synagogue, “deplorable and despicable acts of terror” that are another “wake-up call to European leaders of the urgent threats to democratic societies and the values they embody.”
AJC Statement on Chapel Hill Murders
AJC is shocked by the brutal murders of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
AJC Rejects Claims that Berlin Anti-Semitism is Exaggerated
AJC Berlin is disputing a new study by the Technical University’s Center for Research on Anti-Semitism (ZfA) that charges Jewish and civil society organizations with exaggerating and exploiting anti-Semitic incidents in Berlin for their own gain.
AJC Welcomes French President Hollande's Renewed Call to Combat Anti-Semitism
AJC welcomed French President François Hollande's renewed call for a government action plan to combat anti-Semitism in France.
White House Chief of Staff, French Ambassador Address AJC Solidarity Gathering for French Jews
More than 700 people gathered at Congregation Adas Israel for an AJC program of solidarity with France’s Jewish community and memorial for the 17 French men and women murdered by Islamist terrorists in Paris last week.
Senior French, U.S. Officials Address AJC Memorial Ceremony for French Terror Victims
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre, and Consul General of France in New York Bertrand Lortholary addressed a crowd of more than 150 people gathered at AJC today to remember the 17 victims of the recent Islamist terror attacks in Paris.
AJC Criticizes Self-Censorship of Charlie Hebdo Cartoons
AJC criticized the decision by key media outlets in Great Britain and the United States—such as the London Daily Telegraph, the New York Times, CNN, and NBC—to omit or blur the Charlie Hebdo cartoon images that, according to confirmed reports, motivated the reprehensible attack on the paper’s offices that killed twelve people.
AJC: EU Parliament Steps Backward on Tackling Anti-Semitism
AJC is deeply disappointed with the European Parliament's failure to establish a task force to fight the rise of anti-Semitism across Europe.
AJC: Firmer Action on Anti-Semitism Needed after Assault on French Jewish Couple
AJC is horrified by the brutal assault on a Jewish couple, an act of violence that French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has labeled anti-Semitism.
AJC: Surveys on Anti-Semitism Expose Challenges for France
Three distinct groups in France are noticeably more anti-Jewish than the overall population, according to two new public opinion surveys on French anti-Semitism.
AJC Welcomes Decision on Pine Bush School District Anti-Semitism
AJC welcomed a federal judge’s ruling against the Pine Bush school district, which sought to dismiss a lawsuit by the parents of several children victimized by anti-Semitic bullying.
AJC Praises NYPD for Arrest in Assault of Brooklyn Jewish Leader
AJC praised the New York Police Department for apprehending the suspect, Shawn Schraeder, in the brutal beating of Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn, New York.
AJC Executive Director Briefs Congress on Global Anti-Semitism
AJC Executive Director David Harris briefed this morning a dozen key members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the surge in anti-Semitism across Europe.
AJC Urges Bolivia to Ensure Safety of Jewish Community
AJC called on Bolivian President Evo Morales to urgently take concrete measures to counter the rise in anti-Semitism, some of it violent, in the South American country.
AJC: Anti-Semitism in France on Rise
AJC France warned today that the dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents this year demands urgent attention and action.
AJC: Spanish Writer Antonio Gala’s Dangerous Anti-Semitic Op-ed
AJC is appalled by the anti-Semitic, threatening op-ed that renowned Spanish writer Antonio Gala wrote in El Mundo.
AJC Welcomes Joint French, German, Italian Statement on Anti-Semitism
AJC welcomed today’s powerful statement on European anti-Semitism by the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Italy.
AJC Calls on EU Ministers to Convene Special Meeting on Anti-Semitism
AJC calls on the European Union to convene an extraordinary meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to address the wave of violence against Jews across Europe.
AJC Condemns Vicious Anti-Semitic Attack in Paris
During a large pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris yesterday, a mob of 150 to 200 people tried to force their way into a synagogue in the center of Paris.
AJC Praises French Prime Minister’s Denunciation of Anti-Semitism
AJC praised French Prime Minister Manuel Valls today for his forthright denunciation of a pro-Palestinian rally in Paris—conducted in defiance of a government ban—that turned violent and anti-Semitic.
Stephan Kramer to Head New AJC Initiative on Anti-Semitism in Europe
AJC announced today that Stephan Kramer will be appointed to a newly-created position -- Director, European Office on Anti-Semitism.
AJC Praises Arrest in Brussels Terrorist Attack
AJC praised French authorities for apprehending, in Marseille, a suspect in the fatal terror attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.
AJC Remembers Victims, Survivors on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
AJC Executive Director will attend, as a member of the U.S. presidential delegation led by Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, the commemoration event at Auschwitz, marking the 70th anniversary of the Nazi concentration camp’s liberation.
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