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  • The return of anti-Semitism

    Anti-Semitism, never really dead in Europe, is rearing its ugly head with increasing intensity. And while JTA and the Jewish media have kept a constant watch, the international media appear to be taking note now, too. A Newsweek article this week  analyzes a recent Pew survey on sentiments across the continent, with this ominous introduction:…

  • Israel rebuffed by Europe

    The European Parliament postponed a decision this week about whether to upgrade its ties with Israel, ostensibly because of Israel’s recent actions on the West Bank. While Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was in Brussels urging European nations to change their "outdated" perception of the Jewish state, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad warned the E.U….

  • Continuing anguish over Mumbai

    In the aftermath of last week’s terror attacks, an Indian journalist expresses empathy for Israeli losses in an essay in the Jerusalem Post. This, in a way, is a shared experience, a shared tragedy, for India and Israel. Israel has suffered on account of Islamist terrorism for long. India has been bleeding since 1989. If…

  • Terror in Mumbai

    Last week’s terror attacks in Mumbai continue to reverberate with fond memories, mourning, questioning and soul-searching. Here’s a round-up of the latest reports and commentaries: At a synagogue in Mumbai, the 2- year old orphan who lost his parents at the Chabad House cries out for them. Chabad’ s pointman in Washington talked to the…

  • Prince Charles recalls Kindertransport

    It was one of Britain’s finest hours. On the eve of World War II, the British Parliament passed legislation enabling thousands of Jewish children to escape the horrors that would close in on their families in Germany, Poland and elsewhere. Prince Charles marked the 70th anniversary of what became known as the Kindertransport, recalling that…

  • From the Arab media: Hillary as sec’y of state?

    From the the prospect of Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state to rethinking the idea of a one-state solution, here’s the spin from some voices in the Arab media: The Palestine Chronicle says Hillary as secretary for state could mean a lot but things won’t change drastically for the Palestinians, who, the paper contends,…

  • Vandals strike Hungarian synagogue

    Hungarian police are investigating an act of vandalism against a synagogue in the country’s third largest city.

  • Is tolerance and reconciliation enough?

    Is tolerance and reconciliation the antidote to racism and anti-Semitism? Moshe Kantor, the head of the European Jewish Congress, seems to think so as he promotes a new initiative this week to combat prejudice and hate in Europe. So does Rabbi Marc Schneier, who is organizing a “Weekend of Twinning” between 50 synagogues and mosques…

  • Cultural takes on the Holocaust

    The world media is filled with Holocaust and anti-Semitism-related stories, timed to coincide with this past weekend’s 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass that signaled the fate of Jews in Europe. But beyond the predictable remembrances are a wide array of cultural offerings that try, through art, to depict the horrors of…

  • All Jewish freshmen returning

    All six Jewish freshmen in the U.S. House of Representatives will return to Washington in January.