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December 2012 Quad

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MenorahChanukah Diarist: Antisemitism and the Flight of the ‘Progressives’
Adam Levick, The Algemeiner, December 11, 2012

In this most fantastical moral inversion, antisemitism claims the mantles of anti-war, pro-peace, and anti-imperialism. The progressive ‘international community’ – cowed into cowardice, stymied by au courant activists who have convinced them that ‘this time’ those who stand against the Jews in fact morally represent the ‘new Jews’ – won’t lift a finger. They will not “intervene”.

MenorahWhat It Means To Be “Pro-Israel”
Brent E. Sasley, The Daily Beast, December 28, 2012

The rhetoric over the Hagel nomination has often been hyperbolic, and so it seems fitting to note that as the struggle over how to define “pro-Israel” continues into 2013, nothing less than the very identity of the American Jewish community is at stake.

Boycott SignWhen BDS And Anti-Semitism Meet

Hannah Weisfeld, The Daily Beast, December 14, 2012  


When no distance is put between promoting something so overtly anti-Semitic and a movement that claims to be fighting on behalf of the Palestinian people, then it is hardly a surprise that the motivations of organizations, and by association, the individuals involved, start to be questioned—even by those of us who do not dismiss association with the BDS movement as beyond the pale.

Manfred GerstenfeldInterview: Muslim Anti-Semitism in France
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, Israel National News, December 25, 2012

“There are signs of hope as more Frenchmen recognize the dangers coming out of radical Muslim circles. Jews should not accept unhealthy alliances with the populist extreme right, which tries to cater to them on the basis of a common fear of Islamism. It must be emphasized that it acts because of the danger radical Muslims pose to the republican character of France. It should not stress that its main motives are the dangers radical Muslims pose specifically to Jews.”


Children PlayingAs Israel’s economy grows, more Israelis are giving to charity

Ben Sales, JTA, December 6, 2012

On the whole, Israelis are less philanthropic than Americans. That’s changing. Schmid noted that in 2009, Israeli nonprofits received a majority of their donations from Israelis, not from abroad -- a departure from previous years.

Tom McGeveranMort Zuckerman pledges $200 M. to Columbia for brain-research institute
Tom McGeveran, This is How New York Capital Works, December 17, 2012  

The money will found an institute at Columbia's new Manhattanville campus focused on study of the brain and mind, the University announced this morning.

California Poly Tech State UniversityBDS-Linked Professor to Chair California University Anti-Semitism Task Force, The Algemeiner, December 12, 2012  


Manzar Foroohar, a professor connected to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has been selected to chair a committee aimed at combating anti-Semitism in the California State University (CSU) system.

Richard MatherWhen Will UK Universities Wise Up to Anti-Semitism?
Richard Mather, Israel National News, January 2, 2013

So, yes, Jewish leaders must do all they can to pressure universities into ensuring the security of Jewish students. But a more sustained campaign is needed – a campaign which highlights the progressive nature of Zionism and exposes the reactionary intolerance of those who wish to dismantle the most forward-thinking country in the entire Middle East.

Noreastern University SealAnti-Semitic incidents shock Northeastern, Harvard

Zachary T. Sampson,, November 30, 2012  


A menorah in a Northeastern University quad was vandalized and fliers bearing anti-Semitic and other offensive references were distributed in some Harvard College residences Friday in incidents that school administrators quickly condemned.

dov-hillel-kleinRabbi battles Northwestern

Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, December 18, 2012  


Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, who used to be a campus chaplain, is suing Northwestern University, which is presided over by a Jewish president, for firing him and "disaffiliating" Chabad House, revoking its status as a student organization.


FountainFrench teens arrested over chemical explosion near teacher who reported anti-Semitism
JTA, December 14, 2012  

The teacher, Chantal Viroulou, told the radio station that before the incident, “students from that class, two or three of them at least, called me and told me: ‘Jew, we will break your face.’”

Jobbik SignHungarian Anti-Semitism—Trendsetting for Europe?
James Brandon, The, December 17, 2012  

Martin Gyongyosi, foreign policy critic for the far-right Jobbik party, called for a “Jewish list,” arguing Jews were a security risk.

Donald BostromAnti-Semitic Blood Libel Resurrected in Sweden
Fern Sidman, The Jewish Voice, December 12, 2012

In an apparent attempt to revivify medieval anti-Semitic blood libels, the Swedish culture and news magazine “Filter” ran a 17-page article in its most recent issue, in which it vindicated the author of a 2009 polemical piece that charged Israel with “stealing human organs” from young Palestinian men, and then killing them.

Mila KunisMila Kunis Targeted With Anti-Semitic Slur by Ukrainian Politician
Justin Ravitz, US Weekly, December 21, 2012

Ukrainian politician Igor Miroschnichenko has reportedly taken aim at one of his country's most famous, glamorous emigrants: Mila Kunis.


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