Who Cares?: Mitchel G. Bard, Jewish Press, Sept. 26, 2021 — At the risk of putting a target on my back, it has occurred to me that the proper response for much of the anti-Israel activity on and off campus should be a combination of derision, counter-attack and neglect. I’ve been dealing with anti-Semitism, Israel denial and Middle East issues since my college days and, after more than 40 years, I have concluded that too much time, money, and energy is being spent responding to the latter.
Jews from Kiev and the Surrounding Areas Murdered at Babi Yar: Yad Vashem — On 19 September 1941, the Germans occupied Kiev, and the Jews were subjected to abuse and persecution from the first days of the occupation. Buildings in central Kiev being used by the German authorities were reduced to rubble by landmines laid by Soviet sappers, and the Germans blamed the city’s Jews for this act. On 28 September, the Germans hung signs throughout Kiev instructing the Jews to report at a collection point the following day. They were ordered to bring documents, clothes, money and valuables with them, and warned that failure to report would result in execution. The next day, the Jews gathered at the appointed place, and were marched to the Babi Yar ravine. In the course of two days, 29-30 September (Yom Kippur Eve), 33,771 Jewish men, women and children were murdered at Babi Yar by Einsatzgruppen C soldiers with the assistance of local collaborators. Jews who managed to escape the massacre in September and were discovered in the ensuing months, were brought to Babi Yar and murdered.
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In Landmark Decision, Madrid Assembly Officially Adopts IHRA Definition of Antisemitism: Jewish Press, Sept. 26, 2021 — On Friday, in a cross-party decision, the Madrid Assembly, the local parliament of the main region in Spain, has officially adopted the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism and all of its examples, which clarifies that certain anti-Zionist positions and activities as anti-Semitic.
UNC’s Sham Criticism of Antisemitism: Peter Reitzes, Algemeiner, Sept. 27, 2021 — On September 24, the chancellor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), Kevin M. Guskiewicz, issued a statement titled “Confronting antisemitism in our world.” It claimed that the university will work with North Carolina Hillel “to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for our Jewish students” and will be “convening a diverse advisory committee to implement this initiative.”
Ukraine Bans, Criminalizes Anti-Semitism: Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press, Sept. 22, 2021 — The Ukraine Parliament voted Wednesday to criminalize anti-Semitism, which it defined as “hatred of Jews,” calling for or justifying attacks on Jews, making false or hateful statements about Jews, and denying the mass extermination of Jews during the Holocaust.
The Pleasures of Antisemitism: Eve Gerrard, Fathom Journal, Summer 2013 — There is something strangely ineffective about many of our attempts to combat anti-Semitism.