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Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Credit: ADL.

Jewish groups should work for justice, not toxic race theories

It’s been nearly 11 months since Americans first viewed the awful nine-minute video that depicted the last moments of an African-American man named George Floyd. The images of a police officer named Derek Chauvin...
Protesters rally and march in Bryant Park, N.Y., on the first day of the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of killing African-American George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.

Jewish groups react to guilty verdict for Chauvin, saying ‘justice has been served’

Jewish groups reacted to the verdict on Tuesday of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020,...

Honoring Menachem Begin and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thirty years ago, we—a Jewish Democratic alderman and a Baptist pastor in New Haven, Connecticut—became friends. What brought us together? First, we recognized that we shared common beliefs and values. Second, we both felt that in...
Multiple buildings burn during riots in Minneapolis on May 29, 2020, four days after the death of African-American George Floyd. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Who should Jews fear most during an ‘uprising’?

It was a summer of discontent as the coronavirus pandemic raged on. The death of George Floyd, which set off a season of protests about police brutality and racial discrimination, further added to the...
A Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis. Photo: Andy Witchger via Wikimedia Commons.

Support for Black Lives Matter repeats a lethal error of history

Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history, it is said, are doomed to repeat them. In the 20th century, thousands of progressively minded people supported Soviet communism. Believing this ideology was the...
Protesters gather outside of the Cup Foods store in Minneapolis, near the site where George Floyd, 46, was killed at the hands of a police officer, May 26, 2020. Credit: Lorie Shaull via Wikimedia Commons.

Don’t blame George Floyd’s death on a Palestinian shopkeeper

Was the killing of George Floyd partly the fault of Muslim racism and the desire of immigrant shopkeepers to uphold the rule of law? According to an article published in The New York Times, which...
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Report: Far-right spreads anti-Semitic conspiracies amid COVID-19, Floyd’s death

Far-right anti-Semites have been active online in spreading coronavirus conspiracies, according to a new report by the watchdog Canary Mission. Since the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., which was marked by violence between far-right...

The George Floyd case as seen from Israel

Is there anyone within range of this letter who doesn’t know the sad story of George Floyd? Here, half a world away from Minneapolis, and with our own problems of disease and violence, we’ve seen...
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...
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he was going to seek to cut the budget for the LA Police Department by $100 million to $150 million. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Defund the police? Only if you’re willing to sacrifice Jewish security

If your synagogue were under attack from a shooter, would you want a social worker to arrive in response to your 911 or a squad of armed policemen? You may think that when you’re...