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Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate Map

Each year since 1990, the SPLC has published an annual census of hate groups operating within the United States. The number is a barometer, albeit only one, of the level of hate activity in the country.

March 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: We Know What Hate Looks Like — Standing With Ilhan

Amidst the ongoing, breathtaking hypocrisy of rabid charges of anti-Semitism – aka daring to criticize America’s toxic complicity with Israeli war crimes – heedlessly leveled against her, often from down-and-dirty bigots, Ilhan Omar is all done apologizing.

March 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jordan Goldwarg, Aneela Afzali: Progressives Must Stop Weaponizing Charges of Anti-Semitism Against Critics of Israel

We need to accept in our American political discourse that anti-Zionism does not equate to anti-Semitism. When we fail to do this and instead conflate the two, the American Jewish community becomes less safe.

March 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin: 10 Good Things About 2018

Yes, you could say I’m trying to put lipstick on a pig. 2018 was a year of whiplash, a never-ending series of assaults on our environment, immigrants, people of color, … Continue reading

December 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Andrew Hanin: Congratulations (Response to Tree of Life Massacre)

Congratulations on your victory. My fear of G-D redirected toward You. . You’ll never see me set foot in that depressed sacred space. Those armed guards aren’t ready for You. … Continue reading

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Shalom Lappin: On the Tree of Life Shooting

In a particularly poignant scene of Spike Lee’s superb new film BlacKkKlansman, Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer in Colorado Springs in the 1970s, who infiltrates the local Klan … Continue reading

November 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Nazi vs. Nazi

. Small Town Tricks Neo-Nazi Marchers Into Raising Thousands Of Euros To Combat Extremism. In preparation for an upcoming neo-Nazi march in the small Bavarian town of Wunsiedel, local residents … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

George Yancy: Is Your God Dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

W. H. Auden: Refugee Blues

Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

David Ades: In Response to the Accusation that I am Part of a Vast Jewish Conspiracy to Control the World

  If I could stop wrestling with entropy   long enough to consider this notion raised over and over the years like a scaffold, like a hangman’s noose and dangled … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Glenn Greenwald: The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech

There is no shortage of American pundits who love to denounce “PC” speech codes that restrict and punish the expression of certain ideas on college campuses. What these self-styled campus-free-speech … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daniel Burston: What is Zionism?

Zionism is a movement for Jewish emancipation and self-determination that arose in response to the rising tide of anti-Semitism that engulfed Europe in the mid-19th century, which resulted in a … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Daniel Burston: What is Anti-Semitism?

Anti-Semitism is an old and remarkably persistent form of ethnic and religious prejudice. Scholars have found strong evidence of anti-Semitic attitudes in Hellenistic and Roman authors up to three centuries … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Phyllis Chesler: My Jewish Feminist Problem

Why my sisters can’t think straight about Israel. These days, Israel is far too dangerous a word to pronounce in a Western intellectual or social setting. Say it—and you risk … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

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