May 27, 2019
New York Times: Antisemitism on the Rise
On May 26, 2019, The New York Times Editorial Board wrote:
far-right and far-left politicians have often learned to project themselves as defenders of Jews while drawing on blatantly anti-Semitic tropes, as Mr. Orban has done in Hungary. Among the Muslims of Europe, and among some leftists, a resentment of Israel often crosses into hostility to all Jews.
Speak up, now, when you glimpse evidence of anti-Semitism, particularly within your own ranks, or risk enabling the spread of this deadly virus.
May 2, 2019
Podcast: “Fighting Antisemitism in America”
Tipping Point is a weekly podcast about Israel. Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day and following the deadly shooting at the synagogue in Poway, California, Tipping Point interviewed two Jewish journalists — Amir Tibon (Haaretz) and Ron Kampeas (JTA) to discuss antisemitism in the United States and what can be done to combat it.
May 2, 2019
Yad Vashem Statement on the Poway Synagogue Shooting
Yad Vashem Hall of Names by David Shankbone - Wikimedia Commons
Yad Vashem strongly condemned the actions of the antisemitic white supremacist at the Poway, California synagogue on April 27, 2019 and called on the world to combat hate speech by leaders and others:
We are also troubled by various forms of incitement featured in the media — print, digital and social. The world must act to combat such forms of hate speech by leaders and laypersons alike.
May 1, 2019
NYTimes Apologizes for Silence During the Holocaust and Antisemitic Cartoon
The New York Times Editorial Board:
In the 1930s and the 1940s, The Times was largely silent as anti-Semitism rose up and bathed the world in blood. That failure still haunts this newspaper. Now, rightly, The Times has declared itself “deeply sorry” for the cartoon and called it “unacceptable.” Apologies are important, but the deeper obligation of The Times is to focus on leading through unblinking journalism and the clear editorial expression of its values.
The New York Times Editorial Board is responsible for writing The Times’s editorials, “which represent the voice of the board, its editor and the publisher.“
New York Times
April 29, 2019
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Holds Annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony
© David H. Enzel, 2019
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum held its annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony at the United States Capitol on April 29, 2019, the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp by the U.S. Army.
It was a moving ceremony. Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh was present and chanted El Maleh Rachamim, a Jewish prayer of remembrance, and the Mourner’s Kaddish. The Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill section was the victim of a brutal antisemitic mass shooting on October 27, 2018.
Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States spoke about the importance of Holocaust remembrance and the recent rise in antisemitism outside Israel. He provided some useful perspective.
March 30, 2019
Yad Vashem Calls for end to ‘divisive anti-Semitic language’
Yad Vashem advertisement in The New York Times and The Washington Post:
We implore all leaders and citizens to refrain from hateful discourse, and to reaffirm the common humanity that binds us together. Divisive anti-Semitic language and distorted Holocaust references voiced by politicians and too many others is deeply troubling.
Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust.