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A billboard in Zambia, 2005. Credit: Lars Plougmann from London, United Kingdom via Wikimedia Commons.

Global freedom on the decline

Passover is a celebration of freedom, but its underlying story is a salutary reminder that freedom is a fragile thing and that achieving it often requires extraordinary sacrifices. So it seems fitting at a...
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Credit: Screenshot.

The threats American Jewry refuses to face

After being forced by COVID-19 restrictions to celebrate Passover alone last year, like their Israeli brethren, American Jews were by and large able to celebrate the Passover seder with their friends and families this...
New York University’s campus in Greenwich Village. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

In settlement with US Education Department, NYU to revise its discrimination policy

New York University has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) following a complaint filed on behalf of a student that cited multiple anti-Semitic incidents on campus, the first...
Ruth Gavison attends a discussion on the nation-state bill in the Knesset on Sept. 18, 2017. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Internationally acclaimed Israeli legal scholar Ruth Gavison dies at 75

Internationally acclaimed Israeli legal scholar died on Aug. 15 at the age of 75. Gavison, a founder of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, was one of the country’s most prominent, original and influential...
U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). Credit: Flickr.

Jewish and Israel-related groups mourn the passing of 80-year-old Rep. John Lewis

Israel-related and Jewish communities expressed their condolences over the passing of civil-rights icon and longtime congressional Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on July 17 after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. “It is with inconsolable grief and enduring...
Kenneth L. Marcus. Credit: United States Department of Education.

Marcus steps down from civil-rights post at US Department of Education

Kenneth L. Marcus announced on Thursday that he has stepped down as assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. “Today, I announced that I will be returning to private life,” tweeted Marcus. “It...

June 9, 2000: George Segal’s Public Art

Sculptor George Segal, whose 1979 piece, “Gay Liberation,” was the first public piece of art to commemorate the global struggle for equality, died on this date in 2000. “Gay Liberation” was commissioned by the...
Rev. Al Sharpton speaking at the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center conference in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 2019. Credit: RAC.

‘Get your knee off our necks:’ Jews and the new civil-rights movement

Fighting racism doesn’t necessarily mean fighting anti-Semitism. Fighting racism can sometimes involve elements of anti-Semitism. And fighting anti-Semitism can sometimes lead to accusations of racism. If you study the trajectory of racial politics in America...
U.S. President Donald Trump displays his signature on an Executive Order committing his administration to combating the rise of anti-Semitism during an afternoon Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on Dec. 11, 2019. Credit: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

President Trump’s executive order on anti-Semitism

U.S. President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order on Dec. 11, 2019, applying Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to Jewish Americans, is arguably the most significant single presidential action protecting...
Rev. Al Sharpton speaking at the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center conference in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 2019. Credit: RAC.

Sharpton notes his ‘cheap’ rhetoric towards Jews during 1991 Crown Heights riots

Rev. Al Sharpton recalled on Monday that the widow of civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took him to task for his “cheap” rhetoric behind the 1991 riots in the Crown Heights neighborhood...