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Rav Shlomo Amar: Sephardic Couples Should Use a Sephardic Ketuba – Jewish Link of New Jersey

Posted By on August 17, 2017

During the glorious Shabbat Nachamu 5777, when Rav Shlomo Amar joined us at Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck, I had the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of halachic issues with him. Among the issues we discussed was the necessity of a Sephardic couple using the Sephardic text for their ketuba.

A leading American Sephardic rav had told me that the only crucial difference between an Ashkenazic and Sephardic ketuba is the term midOraita (from the Torah) which appears in an Ashkenazic ketuba for a brides first marriage and should not appear in a Sephardic ketuba (Teshuvot Yabia Omer 3 Even HaEzer 12). Ashkenazic Jews since the time of the Rishonim have incorporated the word midOraita in their ketubot describing the base amount (ikar ketuba) due to the bride from the Torah.

Ashkenazic Rishonim such as Tosafot (Ketubot 10a s.v. Amar Rav Nachman) and the Rosh (Ketubot 1:19) have struggled to explain this phenomenon in light of the Gemara (Yevamot 89a, Ketubot 10a and 11a) that explicitly states that the ketuba is a rabbinic enactment designed and intended to prevent impulsive divorce. Rabbeinu Tam explains that Ashkenazim follow the opinion of Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel who argues that the ketuba is of Torah origin (Ketubot 110b). The Rosh explains that the phrase dchazi lichi midOraita (that the Torah entitles you) refers to the value of the coins to be used in case of collection of the ketuba. It is teaching that the payment must be made in higher-value coins (i.e., kesef tzuri and not kesef medina) used in payment of Torah-level obligations (such as pidyon haben).

Hacham Ovadia, on the other hand, insisted that however the Ashkenazim explain their usage of the term midOraita in the ketuba, the Sephardim Rishonim such as the Ramban did not include this word in the ketuba. Thus, Hacham Ovadia insists that the word midOraita has no place in the ketuba text of a Sephardic couple. Accordingly, the American Sephardic rabbi told me that as long as the word midOraita is removed, the remainder of the Ashkenazic ketuba is acceptable for Sephardic Jews. There are also significant differences in the spellings of names and transliteration of foreign words such as the location of the wedding (if it occurs outside of Israel). In addition, the Sephardic custom is for the chatan to sign the ketubahin addition to the witnesses.

I presented this insight to Rav Amar, who strongly disagreed. He noted three additional reasons why a full Sephardic text is necessary for a Sephardic couple. First, a Sephardic text includes, toward the beginning, the phrase anan sahadi, we are witnesses, a phrase that does not appear in the Ashkenazic version. Rav Amar notes that the Sephardic text is much more reasonable, noting that the witnesses are the voice of the ketuba. The ketuba in essence is the witnesses account of how they witnessed the groom accept with a kinyan the obligations set forth in the ketuba. In order to indicate this, the ketuba should state anan sahadi toward the outset of the document.

A second advantage is the set amount mentioned in the Ashkenazic ketuba for the tosefet ketuba (added amount of the ketuba) and nedunya (bridal dowry) for a first marriage is 200 zekukim kesef. Rav Amar notes the wide range of opinions of the contemporary equivalents of this monetary sum (Rav Yonah Reiss summarizes the views at

By contrast, Sephardic ketubot do not have set amount for the tosefet ketuba and nedunya. Instead, each couple decides the amount using a realistic amount appropriate for them. I noted the prevalent problem of exaggerated amounts and heated arguments that emerge regarding the designated amount. Rav Amar responded that this is among the responsibilities of the officiating rabbi to guide the couple to use a reasonable amount. He noted that Hacham Ovadia typically would advise couples to use the amount of $52,000, which is a reasonable amount for an Israeli couple, and that the Hebrew word ben (son) is the numerical equivalent of 52.

A third advantage is based on the fact that, essentially, the cherem dRabbeinu Gershom, the 10th-century ban on polygamy, is not binding on Sephardim. Rav Ovadia Yosef (Teshuvot Yabia Omer 5: E.H. 1) notes that either Sephardim never accepted it or have accepted the opinion (presented as authoritative by Rav Yosef Karo in the Shulchan Aruch E.H. 1:10) that the cherem expired at the end of the fifth millennium from Creation (i.e., 1240 C.E.). Instead, Sephardim accept upon themselves in the ketuba not to marry more than one wife. Accordingly, if Sephardim utilize an Ashkenazic text, the husband has failed to accept upon himself the cherem!

Accordingly, Rav Amar insists that Sephardic Jews should use the Sephardic ketuba text rather than merely omitting the word midOraita from the Ashkenazic text. We look forward to continuing, beezrat Hashem, in the coming weeks to present more of the rich and manifold lessons gleaned from Rav Amar during the wonderful weekend he recently spent in Teaneck.

By Rabbi Haim Jachter

Rabbi Haim Jachter is the spiritual leader of Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck. He also serves as a Rebbe at Torah Academy of Bergen County and a Dayan on the Beth Din of Elizabeth.

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The American Sephardi Music Festival – NY Blueprint

Posted By on August 17, 2017

The 1st Edition of theAMERICAN SEPHARDI MUSIC FESTIVALAugust 24, 27 & 28, 2017at the Center for Jewish History, New York.

Dynamic and diverse performances by world-class artists will be heard at the first American Sephardi Music Festival.Hosted by the American Sephardi Federation and directed by David Serero, the Festival will take place on three days: August 24th, 27th and 28th 2017 at The Center for the Jewish History (15 W. 16th St., New York City).

August 24th:

7pm: GERARD EDERY Three Religions, Three Faiths

9pm: FRANCOISE ATLAN An Intimate Evening of Andalusian and Sephardi music

August 27th:

1pm: SARAH AROESTELadino Music Transformed from Yesterday to Today

3pm: GERARD EDERYTreasures of World Song

5pm: NASHAZArabic Jazz Ensemble

7pm: ADAM MAALOUF and the Future Tribe Where the Ancient meets the Modern

9pm: STEVEN CHERA and the Bob Kaye TrioA Sephardi on Jazz!

August 28th:

7pm: ITAMAR BOROCHOV Jazz between Middle Eastern Traditions

8:45pm: DAVID SERERO A Sephardi on Opera!

Tickets are from $20 to $40.

$20 of the $40 ticket is a tax-deductible donation to further ASF’s mission to preserve and promote the rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic Communities.

Tickets: or 1.800.838.3006

All the concerts will take place at the Center for Jewish History located at 15 West 16th St. (between 6th and 5th), New York 10011.

The Mission of this festival is to bring talents from all over the world who showcase the Sephardic music from yesterday but with a modern touch. Im very proud to bring this variety of Sephardi music presented from pure the Sephardic songs performance, to the mix of Arabic and jazz, Jazz in a Sephardi style, to Sephardic influence in Opera. Thats the way I love doing and presenting Classics! said Serero, who selected the artists to be part of this unique Music Festival.

David has brought together world-class performers to showcase the vibrant variety of Sephardi sounds, ranging from Andalusian ballads and Ladino love songs to Israeli maqamim. ASF is proud to host this festival and hopes it will join the New York Sephardic Film Festival as a major, annual cultural event, said Jason Guberman-P.Executive Director of the American Sephardi Federation.

The American Sephardi Federation, based at the landmark Center for Jewish History, preserves and promotes the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities as an integral part of the Jewish experience. ASF hosts high-profile cultural events and exhibitions, produces widely-read online (Sephardi World Weekly, Sephardi Ideas Monthly) and print (The Sephardi Report) publications, supports research, scholarship, and the National Sephardic Library, and represents the Sephardi voice in diplomatic and Jewish communal affairs as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and World Jewish Congress.

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DAVID SERERO Artistic Director / Producer

Show on August 28th at 8:45pm: A Sephardi on Opera!(Followed by the Wine & Cheese Closing Party).

French opera star and actor David Serero has performed over 1,200 concerts worldwide, recorded over 20 albums and played in more than 100 films and TV series. His repertoire ranges from Opera, Musicals, and World Music. He enjoys bringing his Sephardic origins in Classics. Last season, he starred as Shylock and Othellos title role both adapted in a Sephardi style. Upcoming roles are Cyrano (Rostands Cyrano of Bergerac) in April 2018 and Don Giovanni (Mozarts opera) in June 2018. Among his various recorded albums, he has released Sephardi, an album of Sephardi music and recently Baritone Opera Arias. http://www.davidserero.comTICKETS: or 1.800.838.3006

GERARD EDERY: August 24th 7pm: Three Religions, Three Faiths & August 27th 3pm: Treasures of World Song.

Gerard Edery received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Recognized as a leading musical folklorist and a master singer and guitarist, Gerard Edery has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions from around the world. He has been honored with the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and is the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant for his original songs. Highlights of Ederys extensive performing career have included performances at Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall), Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Florence Gould Hall, and The United Nations in both New York City and Geneva, Victoria Hall in Geneva, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Royce Hall in L.A., The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Fez International Festival of Sacred Music in Morocco, the Festival Cervantino in Mexico, the Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, the Vilnius International Folk Festival, the Pax Sacred Music Festival and the Klaipeda Concert Series (with chamber orchestra) in Lithuania; in Poland at the International Folk Music Festival, the Zachor Music Festival in Bialystock and at the Warsaw Music Academy, among others. In addition to his busy concert schedule, he has released 17 CDs on the Sefarad Records label as well as the acclaimed Sephardic Songbook.

Gerard Edery, a master of Sephardic song…- New York Times.TICKETS: and

FRANCOISE ATLAN: August 24th 9pm Intimate performance of Andalusian and Sephardic Songs

Invited by international major scenes such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the International Festival of Mexico, the La Monnaie Theater of Brussels, the Sacred Music Festival of Fes, the South of Arles and the Opera Festival, Franoise Atlan has signed many successful collaborations with great musicians and ensembles, and recorded several critically acclaimed recordings – Diapason d Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, FFFF Tlrama, Grand Prix de lAcadmie Charles Cros among others.An artist with a double culture, endowed with a vocal expression, a style and a unique technique, her Judeo-Berber roots naturally led her to become passionate about the Mediterranean vocal heritage, in particular the Judaeo-Spanish and Judeo-Arab traditions, while pursuing her career as a lyric singer.

Ms. Atlans songs – in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish and the Sephardic language Ladino – followed the diaspora of Jews expelled from Andalusia in the 15th century. They were about earthly and divine love, alluding to the mystical Jewish Kabbalah tradition. Ms. Atlan sang them with refined passion connecting the limpid elegance of Renaissance song with the elaborate ornaments of Middle Eastern music. New York Times (by John Pareles)

Ms. Atlans vocal style was a matter of combinations. Instead of following current theories that medieval vocal production may have been earthier than modern singing, and perhaps a bit reedy, Ms. Atlan produced the lustrous, velvety soprano tone that todays audiences admire. In a way, she offered the best of both worlds: complete fluidity in the musics exotically winding, intricately melismatic lines, along with an entirely contemporary suppleness in both phrasing and dynamics. The New York Times (by Allan Kozzin).TICKETS: or 1.800.838.3006

SARAH AROESTE: August 27th1pm Ladino Music Transformed from Yesterday to Today.

International Ladino singer/songwriter Sarah Aroeste weaves stories from her personal family history, together with song, in this multi-media interactive presentation. Using sound clips, videos, and live music, Aroeste will give a taste of how her work is pushing the Ladino envelope today. Aroeste demonstrates with her unique linguistic interpretations, modern technologies, and contemporary musical arrangements how Ladino music and culture is developing and still has a vibrant life ahead.

International Ladino singer Sarah Aroeste travels the globe fusing both original and traditional Judeo-Spanish folk songs with her unique blend of rock, pop, and jazz. Drawing upon her family roots from Greece and Macedonia (via Medieval Spain), Aroeste works tirelessly to bring Ladino music back to life for a new generation. Aroeste has released four Ladino recordings: A la Una: In the Beginning (2003), Puertas (2007), Gracia (2012), and Ora de Despertar (2016), the first ever all-original Ladino children album and animated cartoon series. She will be releasing Together/Endjuntos. The first bilingual Ladino/English holiday album, to come this fall 2017. In 2014 Aroeste won the Sephardic prize at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, and in 2015 she represented the USA in the International Sephardic Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain.

NPR has featured Aroeste as one of the most boundary-pushing Latin artists today, and she has garnered wide critical acclaim for her efforts to help revitalize a tradition by introducing Ladino music to wider audiences. Visit for more information.TICKETS: or 1.800.838.3006

NASHAZ: August 27th 5pm Arabic Jazz Ensemble

Nashazis an expression of Brian Prunkas lifelong devotion to both Arabicmusic and jazz.Through his oud playing,improvisations and compositions, Brian findscommon threads and naturalsympathies between the disparate traditions of jazz and the maqam music of themiddle east and North Africa, resulting in an organic newsound: melodic andspirited, ranging from wistful contemplation to kinetic intensity.

Prior to moving to Brooklyn in 2003,Brian Prunkawas living and performingin New Orleans, where he spent his musically formative years honing his musicalskills immersed in the jazzcommunity. Always drawn to a wide range of musicwithout regard to boundaries, national or otherwise, when fate introduced himto the oud he had an instant and profound connection with thisstoriedinstrument. A chance conversation led him to study with his mentor, therenowned virtuoso Simon Shaheen, who was impressed enough by his sincerepassion for Arabic music to invitePrunka to perform with him on tour. Hefounded Nashaz to bring together his love of jazz and Arabic music.

He has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally with Simon Shaheen,Michael Bates, Ravish Momin, the New York Arabic Orchestra, the Vancouver InternationalOrchestra, Zikrayat,the Near East River Ensemble, and others.Other members of Nashaz joining in this concert will be Matt Darriau on clarinet and saxophone (Paradox Trio, Klezmatics), Kenny Warren on trumpet (Slavic Soul Part, Sway Machinery), John Murchison on bass (Zikrayat, Ensemble Fanaa), and Dan Kurfirst on percussion.TICKETS: or 1.800.838.3006

ADAM MAALOUF and the FUTURE TRIBE: August 27th 7pm – Where the Ancient meets the Modern

As a specialist in pantam (handpan), cello, & percussion from around the world, Adam’s unique interpretation of World Music is channeled through genre-bending compositions for solo and ensembles.

“Future Tribe” is an ensemble of global instrumentalists that take listeners somewhere new. The Tribe’s music is found where the modern meets the ancient, where the Pantam (or handpan) meets ancient or traditional styles of music from around the globe. Pantam is the name of the “flying saucer” instrument invented in year 2000, and the word stems from the combination of the Pan from Trinidad, and the Ghatam (clay pot drum) from South India. Maalouf’s music is presented with a range of traditional musicians playing Indian Tabla, Arabic Vocal, Bansuri Flute, Middle Eastern Percussion, Guitar, Trumpet, Turkish Oud and Nay.TICKETS: or 1.800.838.3006

STEVEN CHERA: August 27th 9pm A Sephardi on Jazz Music

Steven Chera comes to you LIVE at the Center of Jewish History singing classics with a fresh, new, jazzy sound of tunes from his most recent album, The Classic Standards – Volume 1. Known for performing American songbook classics while adding his crooner touch, Chera has captivated audiences nationwide for over two decades. Chera’s newest album comprises all tracks performed by his inspirational icon, Frank Sinatra.

With the help of legendary Sear Sound Studios in NYC, Grammy nominated engineer Jack Mason, Producer & Creative Director AJ Molaee, pianist and Music Director Bob Kaye (prominently affiliated with Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie), The Classic Standards Volume 1 intermixes a collection of the Great American Songbook, classic standards from the early part of the 20th century.TICKETS: or 1.800.838.3006

ITAMAR BOROCHOV: August 28th 7pm Jazz between Middle Eastern traditions

Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues.

Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city.

After working with such legendary artists as Curtis Fuller and Candido Camero, and having served as arranger and co-producer for acclaimed world music sensation Yemen Blues, Borochov set out on his own path. His critically acclaimed debut recording Outset (2014) was included in the New York City Jazz Records Best of 2014 List, and his forthcoming album Boomerang was chosen as “revelation of the month” on Jazz Magazine. Audiences worldwide are falling for his enchanting sound and virtuosic expression.TICKETS: or 1.800.838.3006

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Anti-censorship campaigner ‘happy’ to have Kevin Myers moderate talk – Irish Times

Posted By on August 17, 2017

Kevin Myers apologised and said he had no career left and that his reputation was in tatters. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The head of an organisation that campaigns against censorship has said she is happy to have former columnist Kevin Myers – fired recently over offensive comments about women and Jewish people – to moderate a lecture she will deliver in Limerick next month.

Chief executive of Index on Censorship Jodie Ginsberg, who is of Jewish heritage, will deliver one of six lectures in the autumn series presented by the Limerick Civic Trust in conjunction with the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick.

She is the only woman among the six speakers in the series.

A female professor emeritus at UL has described the decision to invite Myers to moderate Ginsbergs lecture as a provocative, calculated move by the organisers to get an audience.

Ginsberg told The Irish Times she was aware Myers had been asked to moderate.

In an email, she said she was happy for him to do so.

I wouldnt be much of a free speech advocate if I refused to debate with someone whose views I disagree with, she said.

I am a feminist of Jewish heritage: I find much of what Myers has written deeply offensive. Rather than giving him the opportunity to repeat these views, I see the Limerick talk as an opportunity to air mine.

Ginsberg said that, as someone who had moderated many events, she was curious that anyone should think that acting as a moderator gave someone a platform for airing their views.

If Myers is any kind of decent moderator, his job will be to give a platform to my view not his, she said.

She also said it was obviously ludicrous that in 2017 Limerick Civic Trust only had one female speaker in the line-up.

Hopefully the fact that national media is now drawing attention to this will mean its not ever repeated, she said.

The Sunday Times published an apology following the publication of Myerss column on July 30th, in which he made offensive comments about Jewish people and women, suggesting that presenters Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman were well paid by the BBC because they were Jewish.

The newspaper also fired him as a columnist and he subsequently apologised and said he had no career left and that his reputation was in tatters.

David OBrien, chief executive of Limerick Civic Trust, told the Limerick Leader this week he had not read Myerss widely criticised article, entitled Sorry, ladies equal pay has to be earned. He said the lectures were about encouraging debate and having opposing views.

Pat OConnor, Prof Emeritus at University of Limerick, whose work has a focus on gender issues, told the newspaper she hoped the talk isnt a call to legitimise the views of other unreconstructed misogynists.

Its not an acceptable position to say everyone is entitled to free speech if it stirs up hatred against any one group. Its not an uncontested right, Prof OConnor said.

I have no time for political correctness. I think if the heart is right, the lip can be forgiven. But it seems to be giving a platform to Kevin Myers, and legitimising opinions that many people found offensive.

Index on Censorship is a non-profit organisation that campaigns for and defends free expression worldwide. It publishes a magazine with work by censored writers and artists.

The opening lecture in the series is on September 14th and the series continues on Thursday evenings until October 19th. Ginsbergs lecture is on September 28th.

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon endorse holocaust denial! (UPDATED …

Posted By on August 17, 2017

By Kevin Barrett on March 8, 2017

By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

In what amounts to a ringing endorsement of the claims of Holocaust revisionists, has apparently concluded that their books cannot be effectively refuted and therefore must be banned.

M.S. King, author ofThe Bad War, has been notified that his book has beenbannedfrom Amazon. The explanation:

Were contacting you regarding the following book: The Bad War: The Truth NEVER Taught About World War II. During our review process, we found that this content is in violation of our content guidelines. As a result, we cannot offer this book for sale.

Amazon did not explain precisely which guidelines had been violated, nor did it cite specific passages. Therefore the violations claim is an obvious lie. The real reason Kings book and otherswere banned is that Jewish-Zionist pressure groups have mounted a campaign (timed to accompany the cemetery desecration PR stunt?) aimed atmaking Holocaust revisionism books unavailable. Obviously they believe the revisionists claims are irrefutable and have convinced Amazon that such is the case.

Are the same peoplewho are knocking over headstones in cemeteries also pressuring Amazon to remove holocaust revisionismbooks? That would certainly fit their standard problem-reaction-solution methodology.

After MS King emailed me about the suppression of his book, I searched Amazon to see if the handful of holocaust revisionism titles Im familiar with were still there. (Disclaimer: I have only read a few books on this subject and am not a revisionist, just an open-minded truth-seekerand defender offreedom of inquiry.)

So which books have been taken down?

Thomas Daltons Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides is by far the best book I have read on the Holocaust controversy. It is thorough, precise, well-documented, and lays out a convincing prima facia case that holocaust revisionism needs to be taken seriously. Scholarly, dispassionate, and utterly lacking in anything that could remotely be called hate or bigotry, Debating the Holocaust is no longer available on Amazon. And that is an outrage.

Nick Kollerstroms Breaking the Spell is also missing in action from History of Science Ph.D. with a specialty in chemistry, Dr. Kollerstrom was summarily fired, with no reason given, from University College of London after he published a scholarly article critiquing the evidence for mass execution cyanide gas chambers in the Nazi camps. His book Breaking the Spelllays out his conclusions including his explanation of how the rumor of mass gassings was initiated by British war propagandists in 1942, thensnowballed as the Nazis applied copious amounts of Zyklon-B in minature gas chambers to the clothing and bedding of inmates to kill lice and stem that summers typhusoutbreak.

So now Kollerstrom has not only been fired for voicing heretical views, but he cant even offer them in book form to the mass reading public.

Another revisionist Ive read, though not extensively, is Dr. Robert Faurisson. A convert to Islam, Faurisson is wildly popular in Morocco, where his books were recommended to me by academic colleagues there during my year of Fulbright-sponsored Ph.D. research in 1999-2000.

Has Faurissons Amazon catalogue been tampered with? I cant tell; butthere certainlyis a shocking paucity of affordable Faurisson offerings there. The only volumeof his available for less than $40 is the 1981 Journal of Historical Review v.2 n.4 he co-edited with Phillip Beck. The bulk of his work is currently unavailable.

How about Germar Rudolf, who (like Faurisson) has actually been imprisoned for his scholarly efforts on this controversial subject? Im not really familiar with his work, but I understand that he is considered one of the most serious scholars in the revisionism field. Are his booksstill on Amazon? Apparently they are.But for how long?

Update: Rudolfs books arein fact being removed see below

Another very strong pro-holocaust-revisionism voice still up on Amazon is Gerard Menuhin, whose Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil is now selling for $90. Its a passionate, eye-opening book, capable of upsetting mainstream readers preconceptions about a whole range of issues.

Listen to my radio interview with Gerard Menuhin.

And how about David Irving, who is considered a revisionist by Hollywood but not by most actual revisionists? Irvings supposed masterpiece, Hitlers War, is still available for $80. (Apparently there is a market for these disreputable and dangerous books.)

The above list covers the revisionists I know anything about.

How about those who argue against them?

Michael Shermer and Alex Grobmans Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? is available for less than five dollars. Unfortunately for anyone who cares about rational arguments and empirical evidence, Denying History is clearly inferior to Thomas Daltons Debating the Holocaust, which is no longer available on Amazon at any price.

Deborah Lipstadts Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, possibly the best-known anti-revisionism book, is also the most shockingly vapid. Lipstadt makes little effort to argue her case on its merits, but instead spends virtually the entire 304 pages lobbing hysterical ad-hominem arguments. The only sane reaction to Lipstadts unbelievably lame volume is: If this is the best the anti-revisionists can do, no wonder they have to try to get revisionists books banned! You can get a used copy for less than two dollars and fifty cents.

So here is the takeaway:

Attention, Amazon shoppers! You can still buy bad and mediocre books arguing that holocaust revisionists are wrong but you are not permitted to buy better books (including at least one very good book, Daltons Debating the Holocaust) that might lead you to the opposite conclusion.

Dear Dr. Barrett:

In your latest article, which I read with interest and gratitude, you write about a handful of revisionist books. Well, what an understatement. While Castle Hill Publishers might be the biggest fish in the revisionist teapot, were by far not the only ones publishing books in that field. But from our program alone, the following 68 titles were banned on March 6. Use the links provided to see for yourself.

Interestingly, if you look at the list of banned books, you might be astonished to find among them books which arent even dealing with the Holocaust as such:

The first two deal with Jewish emigration from the Third Reich prior to the war. It is based on mainstream sources and does not touch upon the extermination issue. The third deals with Jewish fundraising campaigns during and after the FIRST World War, and does therefore already for chronological reason not deal with the Jewish Holocaust of the SECOND World War. The last two books are highly esoteric studies of the organization, responsibilities and activities of the Central Construction Office at Auschwitz, which was in charge of building and maintaining the camps infrastructure. It is based on original wartime archival material and is not dealing with extermination claims of Auschwitz at all. The book has even been cited as a source by mainstream historians.

The sweeping mass ban enforced within hours, and the senseless aimlessness and random nature with which it was implemented, clearly show that these books were not pulled because their content was checked and found impermissible, but because someone (probably Yad Vashem) had sent them a list of items to ban, and Amazon simply complied by checking off all the items on that list.

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Germar Rudolf Production Manager

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Richard Spencer Demands Respect On Israeli TV, says Jews are ‘Overrepresented’ – Newsweek

Posted By on August 17, 2017

Speaking in an interview on Israeli television, white nationalist Richard Spencer Wednesday said Jews were overrepresented when challenged on antisemitism, adding Jews and Israelis should respect him despite his supremacist views.

Spencer, who has previously courted Israeli media,despite engaging in Holocaust denial and refusing to condemn Hitler, made the remarks while speaking to Israeli state broadcasterChannel 2.

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The alt-right figurehead was initially questioned on the weekends deadly clashes between white supremacist protesters and anti-fascist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia. Spencer refrained from discussing James Alex Fields Jr., thewhite nationalist who standsaccused of deliberately plowing his car into the group of counter protesters and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. We actually dont know if it was murder yet, Spencer said, adding that he was waiting for all the facts of the case to emerge.

Spencer, who was present at the rally in Charlottesville in protest of the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. was asked aboutthe anti-Jewish slogans shouted during the demonstration. He said the popularity of Donald Trump and the rally in Virginia was the reaction of the maligned white majority.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – AUGUST 14: White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks to select media in his office space on August 14, 2017 Tasos Katopodis/Getty Image

Lets be honest, Spencer said, when asked whether such slogans constitute anti-Semitism, according to Haaretz. Jews are vastly overrepresented in what you could call the establishment, that is, Ivy League educated people who really determine policy, and white people are being dispossessed from this country.”

The Channel 2 anchor questioned how Jews should react to these kinds of statements. You are speaking now with a Jewish journalist, most of our viewers are Jews. How should I feel? he asked.

As an Israeli citizen, someone who understands your identity, who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and the history and experience of the Jewish people, you should respect someone like me, who has analogue feelings about whites, Spencer said.

You could say that I am a white Zionistin the sense that I care about my people, I want us to have a secure homeland for us and ourselves. Just like you want a secure homeland in Israel, he added.

On occasion, Spencer has attempted to ingratiate himself to the Israeli right by calling for an alliance with Jews and in December telling Haaretz that he would respect moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

However, he has faced a backlash particularly for his comments on the Holocaust. In December he praised Donald Trumps controversial Holocaust Day remembrance speech which prompted criticism for failing to mention Jews or anti-Semitism. Spencer called it the de-Judification of the Holocaust.

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Letter to the Editor: A step in the right direction – The Independent Florida Alligator

Posted By on August 17, 2017

Dear UF President Kent Fuchs,

I currently live and work as a global health specialist in Rwanda, a country that is all too familiar with how hate speech related to ethnicity can spark mass violence. In 1994, America stood by as one million Rwandans were murdered by violence sparked by genocide ideology. Together with my Rwandan colleagues, I have been watching the political situation in the U.S. unfold. A few days ago, I spoke with a colleague about the act of domestic terrorism that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, I am proud to tell him students of color at my university and their accomplices made sure that a domestic terrorist who incited violence in Charlottesville would not speak at my alma mater. I am proud to tell him that you, President Fuchs, chose to stand beside your students.

I graduated from UFs College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2013. During my time at UF, I had the honor of serving as an Inter-Residence Hall Association representative, a Gatorship staffer, a student ambassador for LGBTQ Affairs and a Florida Cicerone. I stood next to former UF President Bernie Machen as he attended the March Against Hate, which we organized in 2012 when a UF Levin College of Law professor found the word “f—–” scratched into his driver-side door. That same year, “n—–” was written on a petition demanding justice during a rally for Trayvon Martin at UF. Two years prior, a doctoral student, Kofi Adu-Brempong, was shot in the head by police at his home in Corry Village, and a swastika was spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity house at Vanderbilt University.

These incidents, when they happen at UF and other universities, are rarely followed-up by consequences for perpetrators because free speech is interpreted to mean a lack of consequences for ones actions, rather than protection from arrest.

Public displays of aggression are echoed by micro-aggressions that students and faculty who belong to marginalized groups experience across campus. I recall a LGBTQ Affairs campaign in 2013 during which we posted signs across campus that displayed anonymous secrets. For example, one read, Here is where I kissed a girl for the first time. Next to Matherly Hall, another read, Here is where some men in a pickup truck drove by and screamed f—– at my girlfriend. I remember one that I wrote that read, Here is where I came out to my favorite professor. She made me feel loved and accepted me immediately. I posted it in Turlington Hall. It was torn down the same day.

In the years since Ive graduated, Ive watched with horror as hate continues to find a platform on our campus. Every year the same group comes to inflict psychological violence against students whose reproductive rights are called to question by horrific blown-up images of mutilated fetuses. This year, a man wearing a swastika armband casually biked across our campus during Jewish American Heritage Month. In recent months, a battle for the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures and the Institute for Black Culture has played out with students of color excluded from conversations that should prioritize their voices.

Students of color had to occupy a closed-door meeting and launch a campaign to participate in the preservation of their cultural institutes. So I was upset when UF entertained the idea of allowing Richard Spencer, a white supremacist, to incite hatred and violence against people of color on our campus. Considering our history though, I was not surprised.

Here in Rwanda, people gather every April to commemorate the genocide against the Tutsi. Rwandans commit and recommit to fighting against genocide ideology and violent extremism across the world. As a global citizen who appreciates the yearly reminder that it is our duty to protect our world against genocide, I hope youjoin me in committing to doing more to encourage our fellow Gators who have never been discriminated against based on religion or ethnicity to reflect on what men who use the same rhetoric as Richard Spencer have meant for people of color, for religious minorities, for our Student Body.

This is not the last time you will be asked to take decisive action to protect students of color the work is ongoing. So when you doubt the validity or feasibility of the radical demands made by student groups who are fighting for fair treatment of students from marginalized backgrounds, I encourage you to remember the decision you just made in the broader context of human history. Go look at the lynching tree that still stands on Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Look at the genocide memorials in Rwanda and around the world. Remember what happens when men in positions of power, given the opportunity to protect black people, choose to do nothing.

Today, you decided it was your duty to protect students from violence. I thank you for that. Moving forward, I hope this sparks a larger commitment to listening to students of color and more action to eradicate white supremacy on our campus and beyond. There is so much left to be done.



Joanna Galaris is a UF alumna.

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Battling Nazis and white supremacists: A tale of two cities Charlottesville and La Crescenta – Jewish Journal

Posted By on August 17, 2017

La Crescenta, California is a long way from Charlottesville, Virginia, but both communities have recently had to deal with controversies involving Nazis, white supremacy, and the removal of a public monument that symbolized bigotry. In Charlottesville, the controversy erupted in violence and became national news. In La Crescenta, a suburb of Los Angeles, the dispute was resolved through spirited but nonviolent meetings and discussions. Not surprisingly, the La Crescenta experience generated few headlines.

Members of Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups descended on Charlottesville last weekend purportedly to preserve a 26-foot tall statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederal general and traitor to his country, erected in a local park that was once named after him. The statue of Lee, on his horse with hat in hand, had stood in the park since 1924, a time of resurgent white supremacy, KKK activism, and lynching. In April, the Charlottesville City Council voted to sell and remove the statue and rechristen Lee Park as Emancipation Park. Local white supremacists went to court to oppose the removal and a circuit court judge issued an injunction prohibiting any sale or removal for six months.

Stopping the removal of the Lee statue was the excuse that Nazis and other white supremacists used to organize a march and rally in Charlottesville brandishing torches, bats, and guns. One of them drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters that killed 32-year old Heather Heyer and injured 19 others. The controversy was compounded when President Donald Trump refused to forcefully condemn the white supremacists, who then celebrated Trumps remarks as signifying support for their views and actions.

This Friday a week after the Nazis came to Charlottesville people will gather in Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park to celebrate a victory over hate and bigotry. A year ago, a sign at the parks entrance said Welcome to Hindenburg Park, named for Paul von Hindenburg, Germanys president from 1925 to 1934 who appointed Adolf Hitler as German chancellor in 1933. The sign was erected last year, paid for by a German-American group who claimed that it was intended to celebrate the areas German American heritage. But the sign failed to mention the parks ugly past as a site of Nazi rallies and a Nazi youth camp during the 1930s.

Few people knew about the six-foot sign until the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation erected it in March 2016 at the parks entrance near the corner of Honolulu and Dunsmore avenues in La Crescenta, an unincorporated section of LA County, adjacent to Glendale.

The sign greeted visitors with the words Willkommen zum, written in a German typeface, followed by Welcome to Hindenburg Park, and below that The Historic German Section of Crescenta Valley Park. At the bottom of the sign was the countys official seal and the words Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Despite the official seal, the county did not pay for the sign, which cost $2,500. The idea for the sign originated with the Tricentennial Foundation, a German heritage organization based in the North Hills section of Los Angeles. The foundation worked with the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Society of Crescenta Valley and the Crescenta Valley Town Council to fund the sign. The foundation s aim was to preserve the historical integrity of the site, Hans Eberhard, the groups chairman, told the Glendale News-Press last year.

Some proponents of the sign argued that they heard no objections about it before the County approved it.

Thats because hardly anyone knew about it until it was put up, explained Jason Moss, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. If it had been a public process, Im sure people would have opposed it. But soon after it was put up, we started voicing our concerns.

Once it was installed, people in the area began to raise questions. After several local residents brought the issue to Moss attention, what appeared to be a harmless historical marker became the subject of controversy. They learned that, despite the sign, the parks name is Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park, not Hindenburg Park, and it is owned and operated by Los Angeles County. Moss and others brought their complaints to County officials.

I think theres a way we can honor German-American culture, but also not forget what took place at that park, Moss explained last year.

Civil rights, human rights, and faith-based groups mobilized a campaign to persuade County officials to take down the sign and replace it with another sign that would tell an accurate history of that site. Local residents signed petitions, contacted local elected officials, and conducted research to uncover the parks ugly but mostly forgotten history.

In April 2016, the countys Human Relations Commission held a public hearing on the issue that attracted at least 200 people, the vast majority of them opposed to the new sign. At the public hearing, many local residents recited versions of the famous statement by philosopher George Santayana: If we dont learn from the past, were doomed to repeat it.

Under pressure from the elected County Board of Supervisors, Parks and Recreation Department officials agreed to remove the sign and to appoint a committee to create a new display that accurately represented the parks history with texts and photos. The sign was removed last November. The new display, explaining the sites history, will be unveiled this Friday.

Had local political officials and business groups done their research, they might have predicted that the sign would generate controversy, given the parks history as a gathering place for American Nazis and Nazi sympathizers.

Had the park simply been a place where German Americans celebrated their rich and fascinating cultural heritage, it would hardly be contentious. But the site also has a much more troubling history.

Although the German American League may have been founded to celebrate German culture, it always had a political side. According to a 1937 article in Life magazine, the group was the Nazi organization in the U.S., previously known as the Friends of the New Germany.

This countrys major pro-Nazi group was the German-American Bund, which sought to promote a favorable view of Nazi Germany and urged Americans to boycott Jewish-owned business. Its rallies not only featured Nazi flags but also American flags, claiming that its members were patriotic Americans. In fact, the Bund claimed that George Washington was the first Fascist.

As early as 1936, the Bund operated 19 Nazi-inspired youth camps across the United States. One of them, Camp Sutter, was located at the German-American Leagues Hindenburg Park.

In an interview last year, Arnie Bernstein, author of the Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund, explained that the purpose of these Bund youth camps was to indoctrinate children in Nazi ideology. Like most summer camps, the children participated in sports, hikes, arts and crafts and other activities. But they also were taught about Aryan supremacy and told to be loyal to the Bund, its leader Fritz Kuhn, and Adolph Hitler. They wore uniforms similar to those worn by the Hitler Youth group in Germany. They were forced to march around in the middle of the night carrying Bund and American flags, sing the Nazi anthem, give the Nazi salute, and shout Sieg Heil. As part of their camp activities, they were inculcated with Nazi propaganda. A Congressional investigation also uncovered sexual abuse between the adults and campers, Bernstein said

In February 1939, Kuhn, who was often called the American Fuehrer, spoke at a pro-Nazi Bund rally at Madison Square Garden in New York City that attracted over 20,000 people. There he repeatedly referred to President Franklin D. Roosevelt as Frank D. Rosenfeld, called his New Deal the Jew Deal, and stated that the Jews are enemies of the United States.

Bund choir group sings at Hidenburg Park in 1936.

Later that month, the Bund held another rally at its West Coast headquarters at 634 West 15th Street in Los Angeles in building known as the Deutsch Haus (German House). The building was a site for pro-Nazi meetings and also housed a restaurant and beer hall as well as the Aryan Bookstore, where one could purchase the Bund newspaper, Hitlers manifesto Mein Kamp, and other Nazi literature. The Deutsch Haus also screened German anti-Semitic propaganda films with titles like Kosher Slaughter.

A few months later, on April 30, 1939, the Bund held a rally in Hindenburg Park, promoted as a celebration of Hitlers birthday ten days later. Over 2,000 German-American Bund members came to hear Kuhn and West Coast Bund leader Herman Max Schwinn.

According to the Los Angeles Times: Clad in a gray-and-black storm trooper uniform and flanked by a dozen uniformed guards, Kuhn spoke from a stage draped in red swastika banners. The crowd cheered Kuhn and booed as a low-flying plane, sponsored by the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League, bombarded the park with thousands of anti-Hitler leaflets.

When it was Schwimms turn to speak, he read a telegram he had sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Do everything in your power to quarantine the United States against alien influences which are at work to drag the nation into war. By alien influences he meant Jews, whom the Bund correctly believed were trying to get the Roosevelt administration and Congress to oppose Hitlers efforts to take over Europe.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times that week, Kuhn spouted typical Nazi ideas. He falsely claimed that Jews occupied 62% of the high posts in the federal government and have plotted to get hold of almost everything, especially in New York and Hollywood.

That event was only one of many Bund and pro-Nazi events that took place at the park. These gatherings featured speakers from other American fascist organizations including the Silver Shirts, White Shirts, and Khaki Shirts as well as the Bund.

California State University-Northridge hosts a website and archive called In Our Own Backyard: Resisting Nazi Propaganda in Southern California, 1933-1945 that includes photos of Nazi rallies at Hindenburg Park. One shows members of the Bund erecting a huge swastika in the park. A two-minute clip from the documentary film Rancho La Canada includes footage of activities at Hindenburg Park, including the 1939 Nazi rally.

In December 1939, Kuhn was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison for embezzlement, but the Bund briefly continued without him. Two years later, after the United States entered World War 2 against the Nazis, the Bund disappeared. In 1943, while he was serving his prison sentence, the U.S. cancelled Kuhns citizenship and deported him to Germany in 1945.

Historian Bernstein is quick to explain that most German Americans werent Nazis or Nazi sympathizers. Many, he said, were ashamed of Hitler and what was going on in Germany, and strongly denounced Kuhn and his followers.

The Bund was a small group compared with the number of German Americans living in the United States, he noted. But they were loud and noisy.

After the war, Hindenburg Park continued to be the site for German festivals. Southern Californias first Oktoberfest was held there in 1956.

While the German American League owned the park, a five-foot bust of Hindenburg adorned the grounds. In 1957, Los Angeles County purchased the land from the German-American League for $91,000, and removed the bust. The Board of Supervisors also abandoned the name Hindenburg Park and incorporated that section of the park into the larger Crescenta Valley County Park.

Over the next half-century, memories of the American Nazis presence at the park faded. By the start of this century, few people recalled that the Glendale area had not only been a stronghold of Nazi activism but also a breeding ground for other hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and the John Birch Society in the 1950s.

In the 1960s, Glendale was West Coast headquarters of the American Nazi Party. In 1962, when the KKK experienced a revival in response to the burgeoning civil rights movement, the Klan paraded down Glendales main thoroughfare, Brand Boulevard, with a horse brigade, marching band and burning cross.

As recently as 2012, a tiny hate group called the Crescenta Valley European American Society, promoting white identity and white pride, had a brief presence on the internet and sponsored a European American Heritage Festival at Hindenburg Park which generated controversy at the time but all manifestations of this group, including its website, soon disappeared.

The La Crescenta and Glendale areas are now more diverse than in earlier years, but the scars of racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry never completely heal, as reflected in the upsurge of protest after the appearance of the new Welcome to Hindenburg Park sign last year.

Hans Eberhard, the Tri-Centennial Foundations chairman, seemed either nave or willfully ignorant about the significance of the sites Nazi past.

He told the Glendale News-Press last year that people who hoisted flags bearing swastikas in the park did so because it was the German flag at the time, not because they were Nazis.

Seeking to downplay the dispute, Eberhard explained, This is a welcome to Hindenburg Park. Theres nothing wrong with that. Its an indication this is a historic site.

Steve Pierce, a Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce board member, told the Glendale News Press: The sign is just recognizing the German culture that was in our community. I think thats important. Im very in support of that.

Mike Lawler, former president of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley, who has documented the areas history of racial, ethnic, and religious bigotry, had a somewhat more nuanced view. The parks history, he observed last year, is part of the simple and recurring American story of an immigrant group celebrating their heritage as they assimilate.

But Lawler also understood why the sign triggered a protest movement. My overall feeling is that by burying uncomfortable events in history, we risk repeating past mistakes. Obviously, I dont have the perspective of having been the victim of a mass genocide, so I cannot relate to the Jewish Federations feelings of offense. But I would hope that bringing attention to the parks history would provide an opportunity for educating future generations about the dangers of nationalism and hate groups like the Bund.

The Department of Parks and Recreations six-member advisory committee spent months debating what words and photos to include on the new display and how much to focus on the parks Nazi activities.

Through the months of discussion, we got a vivid reminder of the fruitful collaboration that can come from listening to others, said committee member Mark Strunin, a consultant for nonprofit groups and former president of a nearby synagogue.

All four of my kids frequently go to the park and I was surprised when the sign suddenly appeared, said Sophal Ear, an elected member of the Crescenta Valley Town Council who was appointed to the advisory committee. I had no clue as to the history of the Nazi activities in the park.

A Cambodian refugee and a professor of diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College, Ear said it was important to create a display that doesnt gloss over the past but illuminates it. Its absolutely crucial that we learn the lessons of history.

Mona Field, a retired political science professor at Glendale College who helped lead the campaign to remove the offensive sign, called it a grassroots victory against those who would whitewash history. The new display, she said, tells the full story, good and bad, and makes clear that ideologies of hatred have no place in our community.

The display, recounting the parks history, mentions that in its early days the park was owned by German-American League, who used it for festivals and other events for the local German-American community. But it also explains that it was also used for more controversial activities including the promotion of Nazi beliefs through political rallies and the Sutter Youth Camp. There, the display notes, American youth were indoctrinated into theories of Aryan superiority, which is described as part of Adolf Hitlers racist ideology. These were not simply harmless theories but, the display explains, led to persecution and murder of European Jews and any other group or individual who opposed Hitlers Third Reich regime.

The display includes photos of the entrance to the park, the park caretakers residence in the 1930s, an Easter Sunday service in the park in 1952, a musical comedy performance in the early 1950s, and a bust of Beethoven that was erected in the park. Theres also a 1944 photo of German American bomber pilots in front of a plane. This photo has nothing to do with the park or the Glendale area. One member of the advisory committee insisted that it be part of the display, no doubt to show that German Americans were loyal patriots who served in the U.S. military during World War 2.

But the marker also includes photos of pro-Nazi activities that took place in the park in the 1930s a German American Bund Party choral group, in front of a swastika, a gathering that includes both American and Nazi flags, and a group of children in uniforms looking at the German American Bund Party flag. It does not include a well-known photo of German-American Bund leader Fritz Kuhn speaking at a pro-Nazi rally in Hindenburg Park in April 1939. Only three of the displays nine photos deal with the parks Nazi past.

The display concludes with this statement: Although the events of the 20th century may seem distant, there continues to be a need to guard against all forms of hatred, racism, and totalitarian ideologies of all types. The American ideals of justice and equal opportunity still require our vigilant support.

When the ad hoc committee appointed by the LA County Parks and Recreation Department began deliberating over the design, photos, and wording of the new display, nobody could have anticipated that its unveiling would occur as the nation was reeling from an upsurge of neo-Nazi and white supremacist activism, emboldened by a president who failed to display moral leadership.

The events in Charlottesville are a sad reminder that Nazism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and racism still exist in our country, said the Jewish Federations Jason Moss. We cannot erase our history. But the new display in the park is a reminder of past events that took place in the community, and hopefully a way to ease the pain.

We showed that there are ways to work together through dialogue, observed Moss, instead of with torches and violence.

Peter Dreier is professor of politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest American of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books).

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ADL CEO: What the Lynching of Leo Frank Shows Us About Hate – TIME

Posted By on August 17, 2017

White nationalists are met by a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017. Joshua RobertsReuters

Greenblatt is CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

It was a small Southern town, not known for its violence, when a mob of racist and anti-Semitic men rose up, marched through the streets and claimed the life of an innocent person.

This was not Charlottesville last week, but Marietta, Georgia, 102 years ago today. The victim was Leo Frank, a Jewish man who was questionably convicted of murdering a young woman, then lynched by an angry mob. Although more than a century separates these two incidents, the similarities are eerie and painful.

After more than 100 years of struggle and progress, it is dispiriting to think that we are again seeing anti-Semitic mobs marching through our streets.

It is unconscionable that President Donald Trump has, at best, danced around the issue of condemning the neo-Nazis and white supremacists marching in Charlottesville . Trump brought shame to his office by failing a basic test of moral leadership and breaking with decades of precedent of presidents of both parties condemning this kind of bigotry . It is worth nothing that the only people in the public conversation applauding Trumps remarks are notorious white supremacist David Duke and his fellow traveler Richard Spencer , and their followers.

These bigots ostensibly have reason to gloat. Throughout the 2016 race for the White House, the Trump campaign recycled hateful rhetoric or demonstrated almost inexplicable hostility toward Mexicans, Muslims, Jews, women and other minorities. In the past 18 months, the Anti-Defamation League has recorded an uptick in white supremacist recruiting at colleges and universities. Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise, including the second desecration of the Holocaust memorial in Boston .

Just as the lynching of Leo Frank led to the birth of the second Ku Klux Klan, do we need to be concerned that the death of Heather Heyer could be a harbinger of a new, organized and powerful racist and anti-Semitic movement?

Fortunately, I think the answer is no. But to combat the forces unleashed over these past few months and that we saw in Charlottesville, we will need a dedicated effort across lines of party, region, race and religion.

Already, the leadership of the nation beyond the President has stood up and powerfully condemned the neo-Nazis, and separated themselves from the moral equivocation of Trump. From the congressional leadership of both parties to former Republican presidential candidates to both Presidents Bush and the Republican Jewish Coalition, we have seen powerful statements against this hate.

Beyond politics, the CEOs of some of our largest and most important companies not only spoke out , but many resigned from Presidential advisory councils so much so that Trump had to disband the councils. Even the leaders of all four branches of our Armed Forces publicly broke with their Commander-in-Chief and condemned the neo-Nazis of Charlottesville.

Beyond statements, the business community is rallying, making donations to support NGOs that fight hate and also taking direct action to combat white supremacists. The efforts of Google , GoDaddy and Cloudflare to take major neo-Nazi sites offline are steps in the right direction. Mayors are organizing their own initiatives, one that could offer a platform for governors, faith leaders and others to take part. The Jewish community is hosting a nationwide Shabbat this Friday evening to bring people together for reflection, and Christian leaders are stepping up as well.

It is hard to imagine an event in our national memory where the country and the world stood together in this manner, to denounce a sitting U.S. president.

I am optimistic that this is just the beginning. These responses demonstrate that responding to the President and his moral vacuity is not a matter of resistance. Its an example of renewal. And if we will it, this moment can be a renewal of our democratic values that cherish freedom to express ideas but not the freedom to incite violence; a renewal of our social contract that binds us to the ideal, e pluribus unum ; and a renewal of the communal bonds that tightly link the American people together because of our differences, not in spite of them.

Of course, the fight against extremism is not easy. It will take organizing, advocating and rejecting vigilantism even against our enemies.

Part of my optimism comes from the lessons of the history we mark today. The lynching of Leo Frank didnt just lead to the rebirth of the KKK. It also galvanized the work of the emergent ADL and the beginning of the movement to combat pervasive anti-Semitism in the United States. Bull Connors dogs and fire hoses, the shots that killed Medgar Evers and others, and the bombs that blew up churches didnt stop our countrys march to justice. The violence targeting the Civil Rights Movement actually galvanized it.

And even though presidential leadership may be lacking, if we harness the outrage and introspection we are seeing from so many Americans, we too can stop these neo-Nazis in their tracks and continue the march for justice.

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Apple’s Tim Cook ‘disagrees’ with Donald Trump’s take on neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville – Recode

Posted By on August 17, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for an unequivocal denouncement of the recent neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., stressing he disagreed with comments by President Donald Trump that attributed the violence there to many sides and not to white supremacists.

In a note to Apples employees, obtained Wednesday night by Recode, Cook also announced the company would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

Apple plans to match its employees donations to human rights groups on a 2-for-1 basis until Sept 30. It is also setting up a new system in iTunes, its music software, to offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC, Cook said.

Like so many of you, equality is at the core of my beliefs and values, Cook wrote. The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me, and Ive heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged or confused.

He added: What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.

Cooks direct rebuke to Trump comes just hours after some of the biggest names in business the leaders of General Electric, General Motors, JPMorgan Chase, Intel and other banking, tech and energy giants withdrew from two councils set up to advise the White House on economic and manufacturing issues.

Trump initially claimed he had disbanded his own groups of corporate advisers, but the executives peeled off on their own as a result of the presidents controversial comments about the violence in Charlottesville.

In recent days, Cook has been especially vocal about the incident. Weve seen the terror of white supremacy & racist violence before. It’s a moral issue an affront to America. We must all stand against it, he said in one of his tweets.

Even before the latest controversy, Cook and Trump had maintained a tumultuous but working relationship.

On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump repeatedly attacked Apple on everything from encryption to manufacturing. And Cook, for his part, withdrew the iPhone giant from sponsoring the Republican presidential convention, given Trumps incendiary comments about women, immigrants and minorities. Cook also held a fundraiser for Trumps Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

More recently, Apple has warred with Trump in debates over immigration and climate change. Behind the scenes, however, Cook has labored to shape the Trump administrations policies on issues from tax reform to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, sources previously told Recode. Cook has sounded off not only with the president individually but also his top advisers, like son-in-law Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka.

Heres Cooks full note:


Like so many of you, equality is at the core of my beliefs and values. The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me, and Ive heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged or confused.

What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.

We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality. I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.

Regardless of your political views, we must all stand together on this one point that we are all equal. As a company, through our actions, our products and our voice, we will always work to ensure that everyone is treated equally and with respect.

I believe Apple has led by example, and were going to keep doing that. We have always welcomed people from every walk of life to our stores around the world and showed them that Apple is inclusive of everyone. We empower people to share their views and express themselves through our products.

In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organizations who work to rid our country of hate. Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.

In the coming days, iTunes will offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC.

Dr. Martin Luther King said, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. So, we will continue to speak up. These have been dark days, but I remain as optimistic as ever that the future is bright. Apple can and will play an important role in bringing about positive change.

Best, Tim

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says company will donate $1 million to ADL – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Posted By on August 17, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference at the San Jose Convention Center, June 5, 2017. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(JTA) Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged that his company will donate $1 million each to the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center in the wake of the violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Apple also will match employee donations to the two groups and others two for one through September, according to a memo Cook wrote Wednesday night obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Cook said he strongly disagrees with President Donald Trumps comparison between the neo-Nazi and white supremacist protesters and those who opposed their rally in Charlottesville.

Hate is a cancer, Cook wrote. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality.

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