October 19, 2012
Re "Debating free speech at Berkeley," Editorial, Oct. 15 Academic freedom and the right to free speech are sacred and deserve protection. At the same time, when anti-Israel activity crosses the line into anti-Semitism and expressions of support for terrorism, it is imperative to urge university officials to issue condemnations. There is a fundamental difference between criticizing Israel's government and its policies and "opposing" Israel's existence. The former may or may not be offensive speech.
September 1, 2013
Re "Federal probe clears 2 UCs of bias," Aug. 29 It's a shame that the U.S. Department of Education has exonerated University of California campuses for fostering anti-Semitic climates. One of the offensive tactics used by pro-Palestinian activists is to dress up as Israeli soldiers and stop fellow students at mock checkpoints or a cardboard wall, which symbolize Israel's attempts to keep out Palestinian suicide bombers. If this is free speech, then I suggest that students who want to challenge these lies about Israel have a little fun while pointing out the truth.
January 3, 1991 |
Michael Verhoeven's film "The Nasty Girl" is Germany's entry in the foreign-language category in this year's Academy Awards. It is an occasionally surrealistic and often very funny account of a teen-aged Fraulein's distinctly unfunny and dangerous attempts to investigate the Nazi years in her hometown.
February 21, 2011 |
Nearly 70 years later, Athens, one of the last European capitals to commemorate those who perished at the hands of Nazi forces, finally has a Holocaust memorial. But since its dedication in May, synagogues have been targeted, Jewish cemeteries desecrated, Holocaust monuments elsewhere in Greece vandalized and the Jewish Museum of Greece, in the capital, defaced with swastikas. What's more, an alarming chunk of Athenians in November supported the election of a neo-Nazi candidate to the capital's city council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1990
In his Dec. 10 letter, Teodor Polak criticizes Deborah Lipstadt for exaggerating the extent of anti-Semitism in Poland, indicating the actions, allegedly, of a few are used to tar an entire people. That can be a reasonable argument, but he undermines it by showing that he does not recognize his own anti-Semitism. This chairman of the Polish American Congress, Los Angeles, blames Jews for the "bad fate" of contemporary Polish-Jewish relations. After all, Polak claims, "Communism was forced on Poland with significant participation by Polish Jews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1985
The Times article does not adequately present the position of the Anti-Defamation League. Nicaraguan government spokesman repeatedly assert that they have no policy of anti-Semitism. On the other hand, Nicaraguan Jews insist that anti-Semitism forced them to flee the country, thus creating the dilemma of whom to believe. The dilemma is more apparent than real. We know of no laws in Nicaragua that are aimed specifically at Jews. There may well be no "official" policy of anti-Semitism.