Congressional anti-Semitism task force launched

Published: 08/01/2007

The Congressional Human Rights Caucus announced a task force that would deal with anti-Semitism.

“The Congressional Anti-Semitism Task Force will provide insights into the depth and effects of anti-Semitism worldwide,” said an announcement Tuesday from the Human Rights Caucus. “The Task Force’s primary role is to bring to light specific cases of anti-Semitism and educate Members of Congress, world leaders and citizens about the horrors that these cases pose on society.”

The task force, the initiative of Human Rights Caucus co-chairman Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), will be chaired by U.S. Reps. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Ron Klein (D-Fla.). » Jewish World » Jewish News » Article
Aug. 1, 2007 21:54 | Updated Aug. 1, 2007 21:58
US media monitor: ‘Economist’ backs up anti-semitism

A US media monitoring organization focusing on Israel and the Middle East has accused The Economist magazine of endorsing automaker Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism.

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) said that in the July 19 edition of the London-based magazine, finance correspondent John Prideaux approvingly quoted Ford in blaming the Jews for the Great Depression in a book review about President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s depression era economic revitalization plan. more.

Israel urges Poland to condemn priest’s remarks
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Israel is urging Polish and Roman Catholic authorities to condemn a prominent priest over reported anti-Jewish comments, which its ambassador described as the worst anti-Semitic speech in Poland in decades.

The Rev Tadeusz Rydzyk, who runs a media empire that includes the Catholic station Radio Maryja, was allegedly caught on tape suggesting Jews were greedy and that Polish President Lech Kaczynski was subservient to Jewish lobbies.

The remarks were allegedly made in the spring, but surfaced only this month in a magazine. Rydzyk has rejected accusations of anti-Semitism and suggested the tapes were doctored. more.

Haaretz The new/old anti-Semitism
By Ioram Melcer

“The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism: Jews, Israel, and Liberal Opinion,” by Bernard Harrison. Rowman and Littlefield, 219 pages, $24.95

This time last year, when one million Israelis were spending their days in bomb shelters, when the north of the country was being bombarded with rockets and Israel was pounding to a pulp considerable parts of southern Lebanon and Beirut, many among us expressed a longing for what is known in Hebrew as hasbara, a state-organized PR campaign explaining Israel’s situation to the world. A vague wave of yearning for hasbara, that elusive goddess, swept through the country. To the outside observer, it seemed as though Israelis were gazing up at the media heavens and muttering: If only they understood us, if only they knew the truth, then they wouldn’t be saying such terrible things about us. In their despair, they might then well add: they’re all anti-Semites, anyway.