Tag: anti-Semitic

Festival organizers in Krakow ask: Who speaks for Jewish culture?

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) – For four days this summer, a trio of artists and performers dressed in rabbinical-looking garb took turns sitting at a table behind an open air booth hawking good luck to passers-by alongside a bustling street in the heart of Kazimierz, this city’s lively Jewish quarter.

Playing the character of the “Lucky Jew,” the actor sat at a desk laden with an accounting ledger, an old-fashioned inkwell and a quill pen in a small theatrical set designed to resemble a picture frame. The scene was a look-alike of a Polish folk painting depicting a traditional-looking Jewish…

Forget BDS. It’s anti-normalization you should be talking about.

(JTA) — Dear Jewish community,

So you wanna understand Israel-Palestine debates on campus?

The first thing you have to do is stop talking about BDS.

Shocking, right? We try.

But really, the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign against Israel isn’t what Israel conversations on campus are all about these days. Campaigns to pass BDS measures on major campuses are actually in decline, yet somehow they still make up the bulk of Jewish news about students.

The truth is, divestment proposals happen perennially, people freak out for two to three weeks, and then students on all sides return to lives…

Police investigate Islamic activist who blamed deadly London fire on ‘Zionists’

(JTA) — A British Islamic activist who said during a rally in London last month that “Zionists” were responsible for the deaths of dozens in a tragic apartment fire is under investigation by police.

London Metropolitan Police are investigating allegations that Nazim Ali,  a director of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, made anti-Semitic comments during the annual anti-Israel Al-Quds Day parade, The Telegraph reported. Al-Quds is the Muslim name for Jerusalem.

Ali told the June 18 rally: “As we know in Grenfell, many innocents were murdered by Theresa May’s cronies, many of which are supporters of Zionist ideology.”

At…

Reporter who broke Chicago Dyke March story removed from reporting duties

(JTA) — The journalist who first reported the ejection of three Jewish women from the Chicago Dyke March has been relieved of her reporting duties.

Gretchen Rachel Hammond, an award-winning reporter for the Windy City Times, a Chicago LGBT newspaper, has been moved full-time to the paper’s sales desk as of Monday. Hammond was the first to report that three women were kicked out of the Chicago Dyke March, an LGBT parade on June 24, for carrying rainbow flags emblazoned with Jewish stars.

Organizers of the march say the women were ejected because they were carrying flags reminiscent of the…

Mennonite Church USA votes to divest from companies benefiting from Israeli occupation

(JTA) — The Mennonite Church USA voted to divest from companies they say are profiting from business in territories occupied by Israel.

The church, whose website says it has 79,000 adult members, passed the measure Thursday at its national convention in Orlando, Florida, The Associated Press reported.

At its 2015 convention, the church rejected a similar resolution amid worries it would be considered anti-Semitic, according to AP. The new measure condemns anti-Jewish sentiments, urges stronger relations with Jews and recommends a probe of the church’s response to the Holocaust.

On Sunday, another Christian group, the United Church of Christ, overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning Israel for its treatment of…