April 1, 2022

Atlanta’s Lipstadt confirmed as U.S. special envoy on antisemitism

Deborah Lipstadt at her nomination hearing before U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Feb. 8, 2022. Source: Screenshot. By Dmitry Shapiro (JNS) — Deborah Lipstadt, U.S. President Joe Biden’s nominee to the position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, was officially confirmed to […]
June 18, 2021

Birmingham rally describes toll of rising antisemitism

From top left clockwise: Danny Cohn, Rabbi Adam Wright, Dov Wilker, Ed Fields By Richard Friedman With hostility and hatred toward Jews intensifying across the country, the Birmingham Jewish Federation hosted a “Stand Up to Antisemitism” rally at Temple Emanu-El on June 16. According to […]
June 4, 2021

Rally held after Florida Holocaust Museum vandalized

Vandalism discovered at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, May 2021. Credit: Courtesy. (JNS) — One week to the day after the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg was vandalized, hundreds gathered on June 3 to say no to antisemitism and stand up for […]
May 21, 2021

Antisemitism levels remain high, with numerous incidents in region

Members of the Autonomous National Socialists, a neo-Nazi group, posed next to the Holocaust memorial outside of the Gordon Jewish Community Center in Nashville. While antisemitic incidents declined by 4 percent after hitting an all-time high in 2019, 2020 was still the third-highest year for […]
April 14, 2021

As hatred of Jews grows, Southern mayors stand up against antisemitism

By Richard Friedman You can’t fight City Hall, as the old saying goes. But these days, City Hall can help fight antisemitism. This is what motivated the American Jewish Committee and US Conference of Mayors to team up recently and get more than 500 mayors […]
February 1, 2021

Police looking for mystery man who hand-delivered antisemitic, racist flyers

Photo courtesy Tuscaloosa Police Department (Editor’s Note: Updated Feb. 6 after the suspect was questioned and released) A man who was sought by police in several Alabama communities after he delivered letters filled with racism, antisemitic conspiracy theories and homophobia to businesses and churches was […]
November 3, 2020

Antisemitism study probes trends in South, nationally, in both parties

By Richard Friedman The American Jewish Committee’s recently-released report “The State of Antisemitism in America 2020” finds “anxiety among American Jews and a disturbing lack of awareness among the general public of the severity of antisemitism in the U.S.” Yet the study contains positive indicators when […]
September 11, 2020

Tulane webinar: Ancient hatreds still drive today’s antisemitism

By Richard Friedman There was an Internet before there was an Internet.  It was called the printing press. This simple truth was at the heart of one of many interesting observations made during a Sept. 9 webinar, sponsored by Tulane University, that probed contemporary antisemitism. […]