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By A. M. Rosenthal | February 17, 1992
PATRICK BUCHANAN already has achieved a remarkable victory in the New Hampshire primary. It will stand no matter what the vote spread.He could not have done it alone. He had the help of American journalists and politicians.Still, it cannot be taken away from Mr. Buchanan that he not only has introduced anti-Semitism into the mainstream of American politics, but has made it acceptable, respectable enough to ignore -- and potentially profitable.In New Hampshire, the press paid only fleeting attention to his anti-Semitism.
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September 26, 2014
In Yiddish you might call the perpetrator a paskudnik. In the street parlance of Baltimore, the term "dirt bag" comes to mind - as do some descriptions less appropriate for polite conversation. In any case, the driver who shot at several pedestrians with an air rifle or BB gun Thursday afternoon from his car yelling "Jews, Jews, Jews," according to Baltimore County Police, is clearly a moron. Thursday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which, along with Yom Kippur, is part of the High Holy Days, a time for introspection, repentance and atonement, an irony obviously lost on the gunman.
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By Abe Novick | January 22, 2014
First it was the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party that gave us a Bizarro swastika with its derivative logo. Now comes the inverted, spastic "quenelle" salute, a sort of reverse Heil Hitler, performed by pointing one arm toward the ground, palm down and touching that arm's shoulder with the opposite hand. The gesture was made popular by Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, a French comedian known for his anti-Semitic stand up routines. The quenelle is spreading over the Internet like an underground Twerk, with fans of the comedian who developed it posting images online of themselves doing the move in front of synagogues and Holocaust memorial sites.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
Jason Blavatt and Ellen Ginsburg Simon ask "Why is Israel held to a double standard?" ( "Hamas' unjust war," Aug. 4), It is true that there is a double standard for Israel, but not in the way that is suggested. Israel's violation of international laws is almost always overlooked while the media focuses instead on comparing Israel favorably with "rogue" states. Were Israel to be held to the same standards as we expect of most other countries, you would find that it falls far short of holding the high moral ground that it claims.
NEWS
July 28, 2013
Susan Reimer 's column about pioneering female journalist Helen Thomas makes light of Ms. Thomas' vicious comments about Jews that ended her career ( "Helen Thomas opened journalism for women," July 25). Ms. Thomas' views were not simply "intemperate" and "abrasive" - they were hateful and uninformed. For example, her May 2010 remark that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Poland and Germany not only rejected Israel's right to exist but also showed contempt for the traumatic legacy of the Holocaust.
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By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
Some people believe there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the United States, evidenced most recently by the verbal attacks on Jews by black nationalists of the Nation of Islam.It has raised alarm both within and outside the Jewish community and, according to some, introduces a dangerous divisiveness into our political system.Benjamin Ginsberg, director of the Washington Center for the Study of American Government, recently published a book, "The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State," which offers some answers to the questions this development raises.
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By Jonathan Cohen and By Jonathan Cohen,Special to the Sun | November 25, 2001
Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate, by Neil Baldwin. Public Affairs. 416 pages. $27.50. Neil Baldwin's Henry Ford and the Jews is a crisp account of Henry Ford's utterly crazy belief in a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. Other than those with a special interest in the details of Ford's mania, however, readers looking for a compelling history of ideas or perhaps just a useful moral may be disappointed. As told by Baldwin, Ford's story casts only a little light on the fleeting history of anti-Semitism in America and offers no insight into why and where truly murderous anti-Semitism continues to flourish today, albeit in other parts of the world.
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By Frank H. Wu and Frank H. Wu,Special to the Sun | August 17, 2003
The New Anti-Semitism, by Phyllis Chesler. Jossey-Bass. 320 pages. $24.95. Phyllis Chesler's latest book is personal and provocative. Strongly identifying herself as a Jewish writer, she argues that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have, ironically, increased the breadth and depth of global anti-Semitism to extreme levels. Just recently, Jewish thinkers were wondering whether Jews would destroy themselves by assimilating too comfortably in America, but now Jews are facing a renewal of outrageous claims no more credible than the "blood libel" that Jews kill Christian children for ritual.
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By GREGORY P. KANE | April 15, 1993
When Prof. Leonard Jeffries made a speech at Johns Hopkins University recently, he launched a salvo that will not win him any invitations to a bar mitzvah or B'nai B'rith dinner.Professor Jeffries broached the ever-sensitive, always-controversial subject of black-Jewish relations. He's agin 'em, judging from the tone of his remarks. Jews, through their control of Hollywood, are responsible for the negative images of blacks in films, according to him.Mr. Jeffries, a professor of African-American Studies at the City College of New York, has long been notorious for such comments, which have caused angry reactions before.
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By Steven Lubet | October 18, 2002
CHICAGO -- It would be foolish to suggest that all criticism of Israel is motivated by anti-Semitism, but it would be irresponsible to believe that none of it is. Consider the continued insistence of New Jersey poet Amiri Baraka that "4,000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers" were told to stay home the day that the World Trade Center was attacked. Mr. Baraka carries on the ancient tradition of blaming Jews for all types of disasters, from plagues to poisonings, in this case repeating a canard that was first issued by a Lebanese radio station.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
While many readers may find our view of the Israel-Palestine situation blasphemous, we defy anyone to propose another solution for this 50-year-old conflict. We hope all can agree that another 20, 50 or 100 years of this war is unacceptable, not least because of the prospects for genocide and regional or global nuclear war. Short of that, this conflict is not good for Israel or Palestine. A third force must step in and stop it or it will go on forever. We cannot allow the arms industry's political influence to permanently institutionalize the meat grinder called the Middle East conflict.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
On June 12, three Jewish teenage students in Israel were kidnapped and shortly afterward murdered. Their bodies were not discovered until June 30. No mention of the kidnapping in The Baltimore Sun at the time. Finally, after some days when this news did appear, it was printed in the back pages with no picture. However, a "Palestinian teen" reportedly beaten made front page news the next day with a big picture ( "Teen reportedly beaten in Israel riot was born in Baltimore, family says," July 7)
NEWS
February 19, 2014
Letter writer Janice Kelly claims that "those of us who are opposing Israeli apartheid are being called anti-Semites" ( "Criticism of Israel has merit," Feb. 16). Of course, this fallaciously assumes that there is such a thing as Israeli apartheid. Criticism of Israel is different from demonization. What leads people to believe that the boycotters are anti-Semites is that they maliciously characterize the situation in Israel as apartheid to justify a boycott. "Sentence first, verdict afterward," as the Queen of Hearts in "Alice in Wonderland" said.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
Commentator Kenneth Lasson argues that universities should not boycott or divest from Israel, nor "inhibit Israeli scholars and scientists from obtaining grants or publishing learned articles" - all in the name of academic freedom ( "Academic extremism threatens democratic values," Jan 29). He claims the reasoning behind the boycott is flawed because "Israel has long been the most diverse, inclusive and tolerant of any Middle Eastern country," and further suggests that the boycott and divestment movement have their origins in an unsavory attempt to "draw a distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
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By Abe Novick | January 22, 2014
First it was the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party that gave us a Bizarro swastika with its derivative logo. Now comes the inverted, spastic "quenelle" salute, a sort of reverse Heil Hitler, performed by pointing one arm toward the ground, palm down and touching that arm's shoulder with the opposite hand. The gesture was made popular by Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, a French comedian known for his anti-Semitic stand up routines. The quenelle is spreading over the Internet like an underground Twerk, with fans of the comedian who developed it posting images online of themselves doing the move in front of synagogues and Holocaust memorial sites.
NEWS
July 28, 2013
Susan Reimer 's column about pioneering female journalist Helen Thomas makes light of Ms. Thomas' vicious comments about Jews that ended her career ( "Helen Thomas opened journalism for women," July 25). Ms. Thomas' views were not simply "intemperate" and "abrasive" - they were hateful and uninformed. For example, her May 2010 remark that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Poland and Germany not only rejected Israel's right to exist but also showed contempt for the traumatic legacy of the Holocaust.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 13, 1993
Four centuries before the Holocaust, a major Protestant church reformer savagely attacked "this damned, rejected race of Jews" and urged his followers to burn their synagogues, demolish their homes and force them to do manual labor.Martin Luther, the religious pioneer who helped to launch the entire Protestant movement, published two long anti-Jewish attacks in 1543, one of which was so obscene that it offended even some of his staunchest supporters.This tragic secret is about to be publicly exposed and denounced by an unexpected source -- the leaders of the 5.2 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the nation's largest Lutheran denomination.
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By Henry Louis Gates Jr | July 22, 1992
Cambridge, Mass. -- DURING the past decade, the historic relationship between African Americans and Jewish Americans -- a relationship that sponsored so many of the concrete advances of the civil-rights era -- showed another and less attractive face.While anti-Semitism is generally on the wane in this country, it has been on the rise among black Americans.A recent survey finds not only that blacks are twice as likely as whites to hold anti-Semitic views but -- significantly -- that it is among the younger and more educated blacks that anti-Semitism is most pronounced.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
It is not necessary for me to explain why the controversy over Dr. Benjamin Carson's remarks on same-sex marriage and the protests over his selection as a commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins do not represent an attack on his First Amendment rights of free speech. The Baltimore Sun , in an editorial , has already done so: "The Bill of Rights prohibits Congress (and by extension, state and local governments) from passing any law to inhibit free speech. As such, Dr. Carson is free to believe and say whatever he likes without fear that the government will take action to sanction him as a result.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2013
It takes little effort to find severe problems with the character of Richard Wagner, the man who was born two centuries ago and, as he was the first to acknowledge, became one of history's greatest composers. It's much harder to dismiss his music, which is receiving extra attention around the world during this bicentennial year. Locally, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is taking a close look at Wagner over the next few months. The focus starts this week with a program featuring, in concert form, Act 1 from "Die Walkure," the second of four operas that comprise "The Ring of the Nibelung," the epic filled with heroic and villainous mortals, giants, troubled gods, Valkyries on horseback, horned helmets, a mighty sword and, of course, a magical ring.
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