Author Launches Israel @ 70 Series at Manhattan East Synagogue

by Martin Barillas New York Times best-selling historian Edwin Black, author of IBM and the Holocaust, appears March 20 at 7 PM at Manhattan East Synagogue to launch a 15-city lecture series outlining Israel’s history from ancient times to its most recent diplomatic dilemmas. No PowerPoint or slide show is used. Instead, as many as…

Poland Tries to Deny History with Anti-Semitic Revision

Never have George Santayana’s immortal words been more meaningful than they are today following Poland’s decision to make it state policy that they had nothing to do with the deaths of  6 million innocent Jews during the Holocaust. “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to relive it,” wrote Santayana, with a line that…

“No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland” Sears and Stuns as it Probes

Edwin Black No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland by Rick Halperin and Denise Gee; photographs by Sherry Aikman SMU Embrey Human Rights Program/Terrace Partners (October 2017). Hardcover (11.75” x 11”); 168 pages; 206 color images; $39.95. ISBN 978-0-692-85960-5 No Resting Place/Holocaust Poland achieves searing power to illuminate the dark burning reality of Nazi concentration camps in…

Nonie Darwish: The Expanding Umbrella of Anti-Semitism

by Nonie Darwish Islam did not trick Western nations; the West brought itself to the embrace of Islam. The center of the original Islamic message seems to have been to convert, kill or drive away Christians and Jews, rather than to meet the spiritual needs of Muslims. To this day, the central preaching of Islam still…

Yes, That Cartoon of Me Was Anti-Semitic

by Alan M. Dershowitz When the official newspaper of Berkeley published a color caricature of me as a spider-like creature with one leg stomping on a Palestinian child and another holding an IDF soldier spilling the blood of an unarmed Palestinian, there was universal condemnation of what was widely seen as a throwback to the anti-Semitic…

Kim Jong-un: “Let’s Just Leave Him Alone. He’ll Go Away”

At dinner at a best friend’s home we started in on each other. “Why is Trump bothering with Kim Jong-un. What’s the matter with him. It is so dangerous what the president is doing,” my friend said. He’s a liberal guy with two kids, lovely wife, good business, nice home in a fine community, a…

[EXCLUSIVE] Hillel at the Crossroads, Part IV: Accusations of Intimidation in Boston

When one speaks to Eric Fingerhut, CEO of Hillel International, one hears a quiet voice speaking carefully and thoughtfully. Managing thousands of interconnected programs at more than 500 independent local Hillels, walking a tightrope between a spectrum of Jewish political and religious persuasions — all vying for primacy at the nation’s Jewish campus outposts, Fingerhut…

[EXCLUSIVE] Hillel at the Crossroads. Part II: How Things Broke Down in Boston

Northeastern University Hillel board chairman Sheldon Goldman is incensed at the treatment that his Hillel chapter has received at the hands of Hillel International, and he lays the blame squarely on the organization’s CEO — Eric Fingerhut. In an August 18, 2017, email, Goldman insisted that Fingerhut “must be replaced as the leader of Hillel. This cannot…

[EXCLUSIVE] What do American Jews want from Hillel? What is Hillel to do? Part 1 of 4

Edwin Black for Respvblica | September 16, 2017 | Part 1 of a continuing series When Hillel International CEO Eric Fingerhut stands at the window of his curved corner office at the organization’s Washington, DC headquarters, he looks down on a streetscape dominated by Chinatown and its Friendship Arch. But Fingerhut’s domain extends far beyond anything the eye can…