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  • Distorting the definition of antisemitism to shield Israel from all criticism

    The IHRA initially sought to combat racism against Jews and Holocaust denialism, but its definition of antisemitism serves as a tool to silence all criticism of Israel, making it harder to identify actual forms of anti-Jewish hatred. By Amos Goldberg and Raz Segal There is a growing tendency among both Jews and non-Jews to label those with whom they have profound political differences, especially on the subject of Israel-Palestine, as antisemitic. The accusation is a severe one: in most countries in the West, antisemitism is considered a taboo, and the identification of a person or organization with antisemitism often renders…

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  • In Germany, the anti-BDS zeitgeist has taken over

    The growing attacks on the BDS movement in Germany, which led to the resignation of the director of Berlin's Jewish Museum last week, are a dangerous sign that critics of Israeli policy should be afraid for their futures. It has been a month since the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, passed a symbolic, non-binding resolution designating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) anti-Semitic. The decision is already having a detrimental impact on people’s careers and lives. [tmwinpost] Last Friday, director of the Jewish Museum in Berlin Peter Schäfer, a highly-respected scholar of Jewish studies who took the position in 2014, announced his resignation after coming under…

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  • Is Israel trying to hide arms exports to neo-Nazi militias in Ukraine?

    Human rights activists are hoping to use the courts to expose Israeli arms exports and security know-how to neo-Nazi militias fighting in Ukraine. By Shuki Taussig Is Israel knowingly selling weapons to neo-Nazi militias in Ukraine? A group of Israeli human rights activists filed a petition to the Tel Aviv District Court last June to demand the government halt weapons exports to the country, where armed groups have been engaged in fighting for the past five years. [tmwinpost] In response, the state has asked that the court slap a gag order on legal proceedings surrounding the alleged sale of weapons and military knowledge to…

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  • Netanyahu's embrace of far-right leaders leaves Jews vulnerable to anti-Semitism

    By aligning himself with nationalist leaders who foster white supremacy, Netanyahu has abandoned world Jewry in a bid to bolster his own nationalist machinations. By Rachel Shenhav-Goldberg For some years now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been forming close diplomatic relations with far-right nationalist world leaders. This alignment might promote Netanyahu’s plan to strengthen Jewish nationalism in Israel, but it concomitantly weakens diaspora Jews and makes them more vulnerable to anti-Semitism and hate crimes in their own countries. [tmwinpost] Over the last five decades, anti-Semitism was in decline, particularly in the United States. Jews in the United States occupy…

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  • No Bolsonaro, visiting Yad Vashem doesn't make you a 'friend of the Jews'

    Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro's visit to Israel this week is just the latest step in Netanyahu's warming relations with a new cadre of authoritarian leaders.  By Sergio Storch Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s four-day visit to Israel demonstrates just how important the South American country has become to Netanyahu over the past few years. [tmwinpost] The trip includes a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s renowned Holocaust museum, which commemorates one of the worst tragedies in history and sets out to ensure that genocide remains a thing of the past. For many, Yad Vashem serves as an inspiring example of how crucial collective…

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  • These elections are a choice between resignation and despair

    Four years ago, the prospect of another Netanyahu government meant perpetuating the status quo. This time, the opposition is offering the status quo — and Netanyahu something far worse. The short distance between resignation and despair is the difference between knowing that things aren’t going to get any better and the fear that they could very easily get worse and there's nothing to do about it. In many ways, that feels like the theme of the upcoming Israeli elections — at least for the small minority of Israelis whose political identity and priorities are wrapped up in the fights to…

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  • Germany puts BDS activists on trial for disrupting Israeli MK

    Two Israelis and a Palestinian activist are standing trial for interrupting a talk by Israeli member of Knesset Aliza Lavie at a Berlin university in 2017.  Three BDS activists, two Israelis and a Palestinian, are on trial in Germany after being charged with assault and trespassing during a lecture by an Israeli member of Knesset in June 2017. The activists, Stavit Sinai and Ronnie Barkan from Israel, and Majd Abusalama from Gaza, interrupted MK Aliza Lavie of the centrist Yesh Atid party as she spoke at Humboldt University in Berlin. The activists accused Lavie of having “the blood of Gaza" on her hands, and accused her of…

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  • I’m Jewish, and I’m ashamed of how we’re treating Ilhan Omar

    Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is being accused of anti-Semitism not because criticizing Israel is anti-Semitic, but because the pro-Israel lobby has done a great job of making the American public and Congress believe that story. By Scott Brown The House of Representatives is set to bring a resolution to the floor on Thursday to confront Ilhan Omar’s comments on the influence of Israel and the Israel lobby in American politics, a controversy that has escalated rapidly since her Tweets about AIPAC’s influence on certain Congress members on February 10. At the same time, most Democratic leaders have been deafeningly silent about…

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  • Movement for Black Lives backs leaders hit with anti-Semitism smears

    The Movement for Black Lives comes out in support of Black progressive leaders such as Ilhan Omar, Angela Davis, and Marc Lamont Hill, who have been targeted for speaking out in favor of Palestinian rights. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a coalition of more than 50 organizations representing black Americans, this week came out strongly in support of Black progressive leaders who have spoken out in favor of Palestinian rights and defending them against charges of anti-Semitism they have faced as a result. [tmwinpost] Charges of anti-Semitism against progressive black Americans, the movement said in a statement, have been “leveled to silence…

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  • German bank to determine whether Jewish peace group is anti-Semitic

    Bank für Sozialwirtschaft says it will conduct a 'scientific review' of Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East after the group was accused anti-Semitism by a leading Jewish organization over its support for the BDS movement. A German bank is trying to determine whether a German-Jewish group that supports Palestinian rights is anti-Semitic. [tmwinpost] In December of last year, Bank für Sozialwirtschaft (Bank for Social Economy) said it would conduct a “scientific review” of German-Jewish group Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East after the latter was accused of anti-Semitism by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Simon…

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  • JVP just declared itself anti-Zionist and it's already shifting the conversation

    'We often play the role of being able to say things that the rest of the movement cannot,' Jewish Voice for Peace director Rebecca Vilkomerson says in a wide-ranging interview about the group's decision to come out as opposed to Zionism, how to fight the conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, and recent attacks on Black-Palestine solidarity. Jewish Voice for Peace’s announcement that it opposes Zionism, published quietly on its website earlier this month, has thus far come and gone without much fanfare or public attention. It simply wasn’t surprising for many. “This doesn't change anything about our focus or our…

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  • Women's March Jewish outreach director: 'Anti-Semitism can be unlearned'

    In her first interview since calls began for the Women's March leadership to resign amid allegations of anti-Semitism, Jewish director of communications Sophie Ellman-Golan speaks about confronting anti-Jewish prejudice within the movement, the attempts to delegitimize the organizers, and how the March is putting forth a more inclusive vision. After the mass shooting of 11 American Jews in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, the first person who called Sophie Ellman-Golan — the communications director for the Women’s March — was Linda Sarsour, in tears. She asked Ellman-Golan, “What are we going to do?” and said her next call…

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  • Airbnb's decision isn't about the Jews — it's about the occupation

    The attacks on the vacation rental company for its decision to pull all listings from West Bank settlements miss one thing: Airbnb does not support boycotting Israel. By Frima (Merphie) Bubis On Monday evening, American hospitality company Airbnb announced it would be pulling its listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The announcement came just a few days before Human Rights Watch and Israeli settlement monitoring organization Kerem Navot were set to publish a major report about Airbnb listings in the West Bank — some of them on private Palestinian property in some of the most violent outposts in the West Bank.…

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