Kenneth S. Stern, in his capacity as executive director of the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation, testifies before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives on how to approach antisemitism on college campuses. Stern is the director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate and was a key drafter of a Working Definition of Antisemitism developed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
President Trump’s condemnation of anti-Semitism and nod to the Holocaust in his 2019 State of the Union address drew rapid praise from some corners of the Jewish community. But Jewish history offers a cautionary tale to those who take Trump’s rhetoric at face value.
British Labor Party politician, Peter Hain, and policy analyst, Daniel Levy, call on the UK Labor Party to rid itself of antisemitism, be sensitive and informed about the broader Jewish community and its relationship to Israel, and simultaneously support critical conversation and debate about the treatment of Palestinians and Middle East peace processes. Hain and Levy offer critique, analysis, and calls to action for their party.
Tablet Magazine senior writer Yair Rosenberg explains why President Trump can be seen as both a philosemite and an antisemite. Rosenberg uses examples from Trump's pre-presidential past, as well as the rhetoric he currently uses to address American Jews. As Rosenberg sees it, “Trump believes all the anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews. But he sees those traits as admirable.”
Activists should respect Israel’s rights as a sovereign state. But Israel should respect Palestinians’ rights under universal human rights and humanitarian law. Israel is the most important of all the states in the Palestinian crisis.
Since at least the 1930s, American conservatives have tried to police Jewish identity, by attacking the Jewish credentials of anti-fascist, ‘subversive’ and ‘disloyal’ Jews – all the while declaring they ‘love Jews’. When politicians or right-wing influencers declare their love for Jews while deliberating exploiting divisions that affect Jews – singling out Jews who don’t deserve protection, capitalizing on conflict between Jews and other groups, and casually spinning out anti-Semitic tropes – we should ask ourselves whether what they really love is not Jews per se, but our usefulness to them as symbols.