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Singing An American Tune | Jewish Week

Posted By on May 18, 2019

Its a musical journey thats long and deep, robust and resonant.

While Carnegie Halls citywide cultural festival Migrations: The Making of America which kicks off on Saturday, March 9 with a concert at Carnegie Hall has been in the works for several years, the theme is most timely now.

The festival celebrates the musical legacy of three migrations: the crossings from Scotland and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries, the immigration of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe between 1881 and 1924, and the migration of African-Americans from the South from 1917 to the 1970s.

New York has been an incredible destination for people from all over the world. All three groups that weve chosen are coming from terrible suffering and appalling conditions, and out of that came inspiration and happy, extraordinary creations, Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall, tells The Jewish Week. All had a huge impact on what we think of as American music today.

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With more than 100 events, this is Carnegie Halls largest ever festival. Working with about 80 partner institutions, they are presenting concerts as well as films, lectures and panel discussions, exhibitions, performances and other public arts programming at venues around town, over the next five weeks, also showcasing other immigrant groups and the crossovers between them.

One of the centerpiece events at Carnegie Hall, From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture, created by Seth Rogovoy and Eleanor Reissa, is a mix of Yiddish theatre and folk songs, classical music and klezmer. Reissa, who also directs the show, says that she could have filled a couple of weeks rather than two hours with all the great material.

Even though its a story of the past, its a story of the present, she says. What was the value of letting these people come to our shores? The value is of course enormous. Its threads are everywhere.

Gillinson points out that several of the performers in From Shtetl to Stage like pianist Evgeny Kissin and violinist Gil Shaham have played at Carnegie Hall before, but never have so many of these figures been on stage together. Others include vocalists Mike Burstyn, Elmore James and Tony-award winner Katrina Lenk (The Bands Visit) as well as Reissa, pianist Zalmen Mlotek, actors Yelena Shmulenson and Allen Lewis Rickman, music director Frank London. (The April 15 show is already sold-out, but Carnegie Hall officials suggest checking with the box office.)

Also featured in the festival is a related lecture The Musical Legacy of Eastern European Jews by ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin at YIVO (April 10); a concert by the Andy Statman Trio at Carnegie Hall (March 14); the St Lukes Chamber Ensemble playing Music in Color, a concert dedicated to the music of Gabriela Lena Frank, an American composer of Peruvian, Chinese and Jewish Lithuanian descent, at several venues; workshops with the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (March 26); a concert featuring Sarah Aroeste and Anthony Mordechai Tsvi Russell, Diaspora Songs: Yiddish Meets Ladino at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (March 28); and a day-long symposium, Immigration Matters at the American Jewish Historical Society (March 31).

On March 21, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts digs into its Jerome Robbins archives to highlight a never-produced autobiographical theater work by the dancer and choreographer, The Poppa Piece, in which he confronts his Jewish heritage, his immigrant parents perspective and difficult moments in his life. Evan Leslie, the Librarys artistic producer, says that Robbins began working on it 1979 and abandoned the project in the early 1980s. The program features playback of audio and video footage including Robbins recording memories relevant to the creation of the piece, and commentary by biographer Amanda Vaill and others.

And at Carnegie Hall on March 27, singer and pianist Michael Feinstein presents The Great American Jewish Songbook Kern, Berlin, Arlen, Rodgers and More. Feinstein, who worked as Ira Gershwins assistant for six years when he was in his 20s and Gershwin in his 80s, tells The Jewish Week that he got to know many of the songwriters whose words hell be singing and will present their music in context, with many personal anecdotes.

Ive never done a show like this before, he says. This is the music with which I most deeply connect. These songs formed my entire life. To be able to interpret them is a tremendous gift.

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Welcome | Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU

Posted By on May 17, 2019

23rd Annual Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards Luncheon Sunday, April 7, 2019

Thank you everyone who attended the 23rd Annual Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards Luncheon. The Museum proudly recognized this years honorees: Susan Brustman, Michele Oka Doner, Mera Rubell & Elizabeth Schwartz and welcomed them into our prestigious group of nearly 100 Breaking the Glass Ceiling honorees to date. Click here to view Breaking the Glass Ceiling Ad Journal which lists event sponsors, honoree bios and more.

March 19, 2019 - June 23, 2019

The national museum debut of Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweets South Beach 1977-1980. The exhibition celebrates the legendary photographers work in the late 1970s capturing the colorful elderly Jewish community in South Beach, before his death at a young age. Based on the new book by Brett Sokol from Letter16 Press.

March 6, 2019 May 21, 2019

Through the Hat is the first museum show from the internationally acclaimed NYC based artist, Steve Marcus. The exhibition includes over 26 wood carved sculptures and Jewish ritual objects, more than a dozen hand drawn works of art on paper and custom synagogue furniture.

March 31, 2019 - June

The 52 noisemakers on display, were collected by Colleen and Richard over 20 years from around the world and are being shown publicly for the very first time. The diverse styles of the noisemakers reflect different regions and cultures and are as varied as the materials they are made from.

Opening July 2, 2019 - Preservation and Renewal: Bauhaus and International Style Buildings in Tel Aviv celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the opening of the Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany in 1919. The exhibition examines the Bauhaus buildings in Tel Aviv (also known as The White City), presented through color photographs of renovated buildings alongside historic photographs and architectural plans.

Tel Aviv has almost 4,000 buildings built in the Bauhaus style, later known as the International Style, making it the highest concentration of Bauhaus buildings in the world. In 2003, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Tel Aviv's White City a World Cultural Heritage site.

Opening June 23, 2019 - Look at You, Key West: Photos by Maggie Evans Silverstein Key Wests most sacred secret: it is a place where everyone fits in, because the more you dont, the more you do. A unique coinage. And now, lucky us, we get to see the island through Maggie Silversteins photographic lens: kind, winking, colorful, quirky, respectful and above all, celebratory.

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Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2018 –

Posted By on May 16, 2019

The COE tracks extremist-related murders connected to all forms of extremism, including right-wing extremism, left-wing extremism and domestic Islamist extremism, as well as less common forms.

When extremists adhere to or are influenced by more than one extremist movement, they are categorized here by their apparent primary ideology, i.e., the ideology that seems to be most important to them, is the most recently followed or, if applicable, that seems most directly related to the murders they committed.

The case of Corey Johnson is an example of someone with a history of multiple extremist affiliations. In March 2018, Johnson, a 17-year-old high school student from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, carried out an allegedly premeditated stabbing rampage during a sleepover at another house, killing a 13-year-old child and severely injured two other people.2

Johnson reportedly had a history of fascination with white supremacy and Nazism. One police report from an earlier incident involving Johnson characterized him as liking extremists, Fascists, Hitler and referred to the teen as a White Supremacist. However, by late 2016, Johnson had become enamored with radical Islamist ideas and allegedly converted to Islam. Johnson even reportedly attempted to reach out to ISIS, attracting the attention of both local and federal law enforcement, who also linked him to a threat to kill Infidels at a British school. After his arrest, Johnson reportedly told police he had committed the stabbings because his victims disrespected his religion.3

Corey Johnson. (Photo: Palm Beach Gardens Police Department)

To be included in the tally of extremist-related killings, it is not enough for an incident, by its nature, to seem as if it could have been committed by an extremist. Rather, there must be positive evidence connecting the murderer to an extremist group or movement. This is why one deadly incident that many have speculated had ties to white supremacy is not included in this report: the Kroger grocery store shootings of October 2018.

In this incident, Gregory Bush, a white man, opened fire in a Krogers supermarket in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. He killed one person, then killed a second person in the parking lot outside. Both victims were African-American. Bush has been charged with federal hate crimes in this case, in part because of a surveillance video showing Bush unsuccessfully attempting to enter a historically African-American church shortly before the Krogers attack. Bush also allegedly told a witness of the shootings during the incident that whites dont kill whites.4

Bush does allegedly have a history of making some racist remarksincluding against his ex-wife, who is African-Americanbut so far, no evidence has emerged to connect him to the white supremacist movement or its ideology (nor would it be common for a full-fledged white supremacist to marry an African-American person or raise a biracial child). Because of this, Bushs crimes are not included herealthough if evidence of white supremacist ties on his part were to emerge in the future, he would be added at that point.5

The Bush attack notwithstanding, white supremacists were responsible for the great majority of extremist-related killings in 2018, which is the case almost every year. Right-wing extremists were responsible for 49 (or 98%) of the 50 domestic extremist-related killings in 2018, with white supremacists alone accounting for 39 (or 78%) of those murders. Anti-government extremists (primarily sovereign citizens) were responsible for eight (or 16%) of the deaths.

Scott Paul Beierle in a Leon County Sheriff's Department Booking Photo.

The remaining two 2018 deaths, both stemming from a single incident, are worth special mention. In November 2018, Scott Paul Beierle opened fire inside a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, killing two people and wounding four more. Beierle also pistol-whipped someone who tried to intervene. He then killed himself. In the wake of the attack, Buzzfeed and the Associated Press revealed that Beierle had made a series of racist and misogynistic YouTube videosone titled The Rebirth of My Misogynismthat revealed deep-seated hatred towards women, particularly women in interracial relationships who had ostensibly betrayed their blood. In one of these videos, Beierle referenced Elliot Rodger, whose 2014 stabbing and shooting spree in California left six dead and 14 wounded and was motivated primarily by misogynistic rage.6

Beierle appears to have identified with the so-called incels, or involuntary celibates, a movement that consists primarily of men who externalize their rage and unhappiness over their inability to form meaningful relationships with women. Incels are part of a larger universe of mostly online right-wing misogyny, sometimes called the manosphere, which includes sub-categories such as men going their own way and pickup artists. Rodgers 2014 murders were the first known example of deadly incel-inspired violence and he continues to inspire like-minded men today. In April 2018, self-described incel Alek Minassian conducted a vehicular attack in Toronto, Canada, killing 10 and injuring 16 more. In a Facebook post made just before the attack, Minassian referenced Rodger.

The COE is now tracking incel-inspired acts of violence in its murders and terrorism databasesand has added Rodgers 2014 spree to its records, as well.

While some of 2018s right-wing related murders received considerable publicity, with the tragedy at the Tree of Life garnering attention worldwide, other killings remained largely under the radar. This includes another white supremacist-related murder in Pittsburgh, which occurred not long before the synagogue shooting. In August, white supremacist Joden Rocco was charged with homicide for stabbing an African-American man to death outside a bar where Rocco was denied entry. Prior to the incident, Rocco made an Instagram video in which he discussed how he and friends were planning to go from bar to bar to see how many times they could repeat the n-word to bartenders before being thrown out.7

This incident is noteworthy not just for the shocking and unprovoked nature of this attack, but also because Rocco used social media to announce his racist bar-hopping plans. Robert Bowers, the Tree of Life shooter, used the social media site Gab to broadcast his attack on the synagogue, proclaiming Screw your optics, Im going in. As noted above, Beierle used YouTube as a platform for his misogyny and Minassian used Facebook to publicize his own attack. As social media has become ubiquitous, extremists have grown more likely to use these platforms to announce their beliefs and plans, including even deadly acts. In 2015, Dylann Roof created a website to host the manifesto he used to justify his murderous attack on the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolinathe next Dylann Roof may simply post his intentions to his social media feeds.8

Domestic Islamist extremists were responsible for only one of the 50 killings documented in 2018, a sharp drop from recent years and the lowest figure since 2012, the last year when no such killings took place. Unlike the last several years, there was no domestic Islamist extremist mass casualty event such as a shooting spree or vehicular attack in 2018. Compared to right-wing extremists, domestic Islamist extremists in the U.S. have been involved in far fewer lethal incidentsbut a number of those attacks have been high-casualty events, including most notably the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida, in 2016, which left 49 dead.

The fact that only one person was killed by a domestic Islamist extremist in the U.S. in 2018 should not be taken as an indication that the threat posed by this form of extremism has diminished. A number of domestic Islamist extremists were arrested in 2018 for a variety of crimes, from terrorist plots to providing material support to terrorism.

Finally, it should be noted that we report no killings in 2018 related to left-wing extremism, a category in which we include traditional left-wing extremism, left-wing single-issue movements, anarchists and black nationalists. In a sense, this is not unusual, in that left-wing extremists have not been particularly violent over the past 20 years, and most of the violence that has emerged from that quarter has been directed at property rather than people. ADLs data shows just 15 murders linked to left-wing extremism over the past 20 years, with 13 of the 15 fatalities occurring in 2016 and 2017, all linked to black nationalists. It should be noted that Tierre Guthrie, the perpetrator of one of 2018s anti-government extremist-related murders, may have also had black nationalist leanings.9

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Accused San Diego synagogue shooter John T. Earnest in federal court –

Posted By on May 15, 2019

Oscar Stewart of Rancho Bernardo, was the one who screamed at the suspect, 19-year-old John Earnest, and ran him out. Nick Oza (ozan), Arizona Republic

The man accused of killing one person and wounding three others at a synagogue outside San Diego last month faces a rare pairing of state and federal prosecutors, both with the option of pursuing the death penalty against him.

John T. Earnest, 19, pleaded not guilty to hate crimes in his first federal court appearance Tuesday in San Diego.

Earnest spoke only twice during a brief hearing, once to acknowledge his name and once to say he agreed with his court-appointed lawyer's request not to seek bond.

Prosecutor Peter Ko said the federal government has not decided whether to seek the death penalty, andreaffirmed plans to try the case separately but simultaneously with state charges of murder and attempted murder.

Shackled at the wrists and ankles, Earnest had adifferent look than athis April 30 arraignment, sporting a new buzz cut and shedding the glasses he wore then.He looked blankly at Magistrate Michael Berg as the judge explained the proceedings.

Earnest has been charged with 109 federal counts, most of them in connection with the April 27 shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue that resulted in the death of congregant Lori Gilbert Kaye, hand injuries to Rabbi Yisrael Goldstein and wounds to two other worshipers.

The federal hate crime charges make Earnest eligible for the death penalty if convicted, and the state charges stemming from the synagogue onslaught could carry the same punishment. He has also been accused of arson in relation to a fire at a mosque in nearby Escondido the previous month.

Last month, Earnest pleaded not guilty to the state charges in both cases.

John T. Earnest was arraigned in San Diego County Superior Court on April 30. Earnest is facing charges of murder and attempted murder at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, where one woman was killed and three injured. On Thursday, he was charged with more than 100 federal counts of hate crimes.(Photo: Pool, Getty Images)

After the shooting spree, which prosecutors say ended when Earnest failed to reload his semi-automatic rifle and was rushed by members of the congregation, he called 911 and told a dispatcher, I just shot up a synagogue, adding that his reason was, because Jewish people are destroying the white race. He was arrested shortly afterward.

Prosecutors described Earnest as consumed with hatred toward Jews and Muslims, and they say he was inspired to act by last years shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue and the March assault on two New Zealand mosques that left 50 people dead. Earnest allegedly posted a manifesto detailing his beliefs.

More: The last day of Passover: Two families, one shared tragedy at Poway synagogue

Related: Feds charge suspect in Poway synagogue killing with 109 counts of hate crimes

In announcing the federal charges against Earnest on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer Jr. said he expected the state and federal cases to proceed simultaneously, which is uncommon.

So is Earnests profile in light of the horrific acts hes accused of. A nursing student at Cal State San Marcos, Earnest is a gifted pianist and was an accomplished athlete and scholar at Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, where his father, John A. Earnest, is a popular physics teacher.

The younger Earnest apparently got radicalized sometime in the last two years through online readings. Two days after the attack, his family issued a powerfully worded statement denouncing his actions.

Like our other five children, he was raised in a family, a faithand a community that all rejected hate and taught that love must be the motive for everything we do, the statement said. How ourson was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we areconfident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Synagogues in New York – Yelp

Posted By on May 13, 2019

The lay leadership is smart, plugged in to current social issues and extremely caring. See all East End Temple reviews

The community is made up of very warm people and our most valuable friendships have been made during our time as members. See all Sutton Place Synagogue reviews

They're working to not only bring more awareness to Jewish traditions, culture, and identity, but also they're being engaging and innovative about it. See all Romemu reviews

The City Congregation is where secular Jews like myself in the NYC-vicinity can enjoy services, discussions, and events that are-uplifting-meaningful, and-timely. See all The City Congregation For Humanistic Judaism reviews

Even though I am not sure I could give a place of worship less then 5 stars...I'm pretty sure I would abstain :)However, not a worry here because this place deserves it for its friday night service ! See all B'nai Jeshurun reviews

The work that went into the restoration was nothing short of Herculean and could only have been completed as an act of love. See all Museum at Eldridge Street reviews

We enjoyed Rabbi Pearl and his lovely family as much as the beauty of this historic Synagogue. See all Astoria Center of Israel reviews

Saw 50 shade of grey parody here (highly recommended show). See all Actors' Temple reviews

The members of the congregation (?) Are warm, friendly & welcoming too which is a big plus. See all Central Synagogue reviews

Incredibly warm, creative, welcoming community. See all Village Temple reviews

I know Mayor Koch wanted to have his funeral service here because it symbolizes beauty and a final resting place for people to say their goodbyes. See all Temple Emanu-El reviews

There are usually 5 to 8 bands on the roster, each playing around half an hour to 45-minute sets. See all Progessive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom reviews

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Overnight Summer Camp B’nai B’rith Camp

Posted By on May 12, 2019

Located on the beautiful Oregon coast, Bnai Brith (BB) Camp is a vibrant and inclusive Jewish camp serving the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and British Columbia) since 1921. BB Camp has been a home away from home for generations of campers of different ages, backgrounds, denominations, and abilities. Our unique culture is built on sharing fun experiences in a welcoming environment that inspires all campers to grow, and develop enduring Jewish identities.

BB campers eagerly look forward to our summer camps and all-age year-round programs where they join their camp family in activities like boating on Devils Lake, challenging themselves on the ropes course, or laughing with friends while learning a new dance. Campers feel changed for the better, as they learn about themselves, their Jewish identity, and what it means to truly connect with others.

Our amazing summer staff and counselors are the secret to our success; theyre trained, dedicated, and caring. Wed love to have you as a camper, or counselor, in our fun, life changing, BB camp community. See you soon!

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The Talmud: An Occultist Introduction Audiobook by Baal Kadmon

Posted By on May 11, 2019

Listen to the full audiobook The Talmud: An Occultist Introduction for free at

Format: UnabridgedWritten by: Baal KadmonNarrated by: Baal KadmonPublisher: Baal KadmonRelease date: 10/18/2017Duration: 1 hr and 19 minsLanguage: EnglishGenres: Judaism

The Talmud is by far the most important set of books in the Jewish faith aside from the Torah or the first five books of the Old Testament. In many ways, the Talmud may even surpass that in importance. I say this because if the Talmud did not exist, the laws that are written in the Torah would not make any sense. So in this way, it is like Jewish Canon law. Just like Catholic Canon law explains biblical texts of the bible, so too does the Talmud. It does not only explain laws, but it goes into great depth on many other topics as well. Although this book will serve as a general introduction, I am gearing this book more towards those in the occult. I do this because of several requests I have received to do so. Most books on the Talmud are written with an implied understanding that the listener is either Jewish or has some knowledge of Hebrew/Aramaic, even if rudimentary. I find this to be exclusionary to everyone else, especially the occultist. I also gear this book towards occultists because the Talmud itself has many instances of Magick that I feel are quite interesting. Although there will be no rituals at the end of the book, I think, as an occultist, you will gain a greater understanding of these texts. Knowledge is the name of the game. In this book, I will cover the following:

My Experience with the Talmud The History and Makeup of the Talmud The Context in Which it Was Written and Compiled The Language Used In the Talmud. It's not Hebrew. Examples of Torah Law Elucidation The Mention of Jesus in the Talmud The Talmud's Views on Non-Jewish People Overt Magick in the Talmud Miscellaneous oddities of the Talmud

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L.A. welcomes Jewish Heritage Month – Park Labrea News …

Posted By on May 9, 2019

The city of Los Angeles welcomes Jewish American Heritage Month alongside Jewish nonprofit and faith leaders and the citys vibrant Jewish community. May, which is Jewish American Heritage Month, will be marked in City Hall with an exhibit and the marquee celebration Being Deborah: A History of Jewish Women Creating Change in Los Angeles on May 29.

The Being Deborah Exhibit will be open through May 31.

The Jewish story is imbued into the history of Los Angeles, and the many synagogues, community groups, and Jewish nonprofits continue to shape our Citys vibrant culture and spirit of service, Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu said. As the council member for District 4, I am humbled and honored to lead this celebration of Jewish women throughout our citys history to the present day.

The official city celebration for Jewish Heritage Month is Being Deborah: A History of Jewish Women Creating Change in Los Angeles. The City Hall event will include exhibits highlighting Jewish women throughout Los Angeles history, a City Council presentation, and performances by the Jewish Womens Theatre and The ChoirHawks of The Jean and Jerry Friedman Shalhevet High School, who have written an original song about Miriam the Prophetess specially for the celebration.

The event co-chairs are Ryu and Councilman Bob Blumenfield, 3rd District. The co-sponsors are Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Controller Ron Galperin, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian and Greig Smith.

From the early goodwill of the Hebrew Benevolent Society to the dynamic institutions serving Angelenos today, Los Angeles is stronger thanks to the contributions of Jewish Americans to our culture, economy, society, and government, Garcetti said. Jewish American Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize everything this community has done for our city and to rededicate ourselves to the core values at the heart of Jewish tradition: the pursuit of justice, belonging, and peace.

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Is zionism synonymous with Judaism? | Yahoo Answers

Posted By on May 9, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a similar question. He stated:

". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth.

"Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitism, and ever will be so.

"Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. From this they were expelled by the Roman tyrant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered Our Lord. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them.

"The ***** people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested--DEMANDED the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country.

"How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of good will exult in the fulfillment of God's promise, that his People should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land.

"This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less.

"And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism."

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How Anti-Zionism Became Anti-Semitism: A Historical Overview

Posted By on May 9, 2019

After the defeat of Nazism in World War II, the Soviet Union and its satellites became the main European incubators of anti-Semitism, a doctrine they soon repackaged, with great success, as anti-Zionism. Asael Abelman tells this story in a sweeping and penetrating essay that can be read in its original Hebrew here or in a rough English translation at the link below:

After 1945, and even more so after 1948, the war against the Jews ceased to be one against a people scattered and dispersed among the nations but instead against a people who had returned to their land. The banner of this war against the Jews was now borne by the Arab peoples as well as Muslims throughout the world, and even though a wide chasm separated most of them from the European left, all parties found in this struggle a common denominator. . . .

Take Poland, for example, in the late 1960s. During this period, Polish students were expressing their resentment of the Communist regime in their country. When the regime sought a way to rally its ranks and divert attention from its critics, it found it in anti-Semitism. By then, most of the Jews of Poland had been exterminated [in World War II]; many others had left for Israel and other countries; and many of the remaining Jews in Poland did not see themselves as Jews, were themselves unaware that they were Jews, or were completely indifferent to their Jewish identity. But none of this prevented the leader of Poland, Wladyslaw Gomulka, from looking for a way to use anti-Semitism to serve his political needs.

His opportunity arrived with Israels victory over the Arab states in the Six-Day War. Immediately thereafter, Gomulka publicly announced that Polish citizens of the Jewish nation are not prevented from returning to Israel if they wish. Our position is that every Polish citizen should have one state: the Polish Peoples Republic; . . . we do not want a fifth column. Thus, parallel to the Arab desire to destroy the state of Israel, anti-Semitism came out of the mouth of the leader of the Polish Communist regime, a man who no doubt considered racist Nazism to be the absolute evil, [who was himself married to a Jewish woman], and who subscribed to an ideological doctrine strongly opposed to national hatred.

Thereafter, Gomulkas Poland became flooded with anti-Semitism. Persistent rumors claimed that the economic shortage in Poland was caused by unfaithful Jewish Communists; Jewish lecturers and students were expelled from the academy; and anti-Jewish notions straight out of Nazi Germany appeared in the official press. . . .

This recruitment of the hatred of Israel for political purposes in Poland . . . was conducted in parallel with Soviet oppression of Poland itself, and the Soviet authorities likewise used anti-Semitism for their own ends. . . . One incident illustrates perfectly the cooperation engendered by the war against the Jews: the doctoral dissertation written by Mahmoud Abbas at a Soviet university on the supposed cooperation between Zionists and Nazis. This work by a current Palestinian leader is particularly striking in light of the fact that one of the first Palestinian leaders, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, had promoted the extermination of European Jews in cooperation with the Nazis.

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