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August 28, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Education has exonerated two more UC campuses -- Irvine and Santa Cruz -- of allegations that they fostered anti-Semitic climates by allowing protests against Israeli policies and other incidents that Jewish students contended amounted to illegal harrassment. UC Berkeley announced Tuesday similar findings that ended an investigation by the federal department's Office for Civil Rights into complaints by Jewish students. Related probes at UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz also are completed with findings that the schools are not at fault, officials said Wednesday.
August 5, 2013 |
As both a producer and a director, Stanley Kramer was fearless. As a scrappy young independent producer in the late 1940s, he bought the rights to Arthur Laurents' "Home of the Brave," the hit 1946 Broadway play which exposed anti-Semitism in the military during World War II. But Kramer decided to up the ante, transforming it into a drama about racism, casting young African American actor James Edwards as the soldier who must battle discrimination in...
July 17, 2013 |
GULLANE, Scotland -- Politics and political correctness were the topic of the day at the British Open, where officials of the Royal and Ancient governing body were slapped around a bit by the media on the issue of playing this year's event at a place where women are not allowed to be members. Muirfield Golf Club, establishing a membership in 1744, has no female members, although many female guest players. The issue, simlar to the one that the home of the Masters, Augusta National, wrestled with for years until admitting two women last year, was brought to a head when the Scotland First Minister announced that he would boycott the event at Muirfield because of the club's exclusionary policies.
July 13, 2013 |
As millions of Roman Catholics rejoice in the news that two popes are being fast-tracked to sainthood, many Jews are smiling with them. Pope Francis has approved John XXIII and John Paul II for the church's supreme honor in a process that quick-stepped protocol. Jews, on the other hand, will remember both of these men for taking steps that were a millennium in the making. Over the centuries, Catholic Church-inspired anti-Semitism spawned the demonizing and murder of countless Jews.
November 16, 2012 |
Batting back criticism from German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the imprisonment of Pussy Riot band members, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Friday that one of the punk performers had “strung up the effigy of a Jew,” Russian state media reported. While attending a Moscow business forum, Merkel had raised concerns about the two-year sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” handed down to two band members after they staged a “punk prayer” against Putin in a Moscow cathedral.
November 11, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Unique not only in its high-tech content but also in its political importance, a museum of Jewish history and culture opened to the public Sunday in Moscow, the capital of a nation beset by anti-Semitism for more than two centuries. Several hundred visitors filed into the more than 90,000-square-foot former bus garage and found themselves immersed in a lesson in tolerance. "The opening of such a museum in Moscow is a qualitatively new stage of Jewish life in Russia," said Alexander Boroda, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia.