Friday Mar 01, 2013
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, which officially takes effect on February 28, brings to a sudden and unexpected close a remarkable eight-year period of very positive relations between the Vatican and the Jewish people.
Pope Benedict was the only German Pope in history who was an eyewitness to the Holocaust. He may be the last Catholic leader of that generation to serve as the spiritual leader of more than one billion Catholics around the...
Tuesday Feb 05, 2013
The recent study of Palestinian and Israeli textbooks, prepared under the auspices of the Jerusalem-based Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land and issued today, is already generating much controversy, particularly relating to a false equivalency in comparing how Israeli and Palestinian school books portray the other and themes related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
It is clear that however well-meaning the sponsors and...
Tuesday Jan 22, 2013
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's blatantly anti-Semitic statements nearly three years ago should hardly be shocking to anyone familiar with the history of the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
In newly unearthed videos, Morsi is shown railing against Jews as "the descendants of apes and pigs," and urging Egyptians to "nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred" for Israelis and Jews. After the videos came...
Wednesday Jan 16, 2013
It is fitting that the United Nations, as part of the international commemoration of the Holocaust on January 27, is paying tribute this year not only to the millions of innocents who died in the Nazi gas chambers, but also to those who made extraordinary sacrifices to hide and protect tens of thousands of Jews and others from certain death at the hands of Hitler’s genocidal pogrom.
I’m speaking, of course, of the rescuers...
Thursday Dec 20, 2012
You can almost see it coming: With every breaking news story of catastrophes manmade and natural, some racist or bigot will come up with a new conspiracy theory that somehow, in some way, Jews or Israel played a behind-the-scenes role in instigating it.
This seems particularly true with large-scale disasters, massacres and terrorist attacks. Invariably someone, somewhere will start a rumor on the Internet that all is not as it...