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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.
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.
November 9, 2012 |
PARIS - The older brother of a French militant who killed seven people early this year before being shot to death by police has spoken out against his family in a new book, condemning what he describes as a childhood of hatred, anti-Semitism and violence. Abdelghani Merah, 36, is the brother of Mohamed Merah, 23, who in the name of Islamic extremism shot to death three Jewish children, a rabbi and three soldiers in and around Toulouse in March. The killings have come to be seen here as part of a broader threat of home-grown terrorism.
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.