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People carry a sign protesting Israeli actions in Palestine during a protest march in Toronto in May 2018. (Raghd Hamzeh)

Jewish scholars defend the right to academic freedom on Israel/Palestine

Canadian Jewish scholars have released a statement to express alarm at attempts to intervene in campus activities relating to Israel and Palestine.
Ontario’s new order in council adopting the IHRA definition on antisemitism risks stifling criticism of Israel. (Newtown grafitti/flickr)

New human rights order risks restricting criticism of Israel

Ontario’s recent order-in-council adopting the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism has been lauded by some. However, critics fear that it could be used to curtail criticism of the Israeli government.
How a conspiracy theory about the origins of the French Revolution became steeped in antisemitism. Nine émigrés executed by guillotine, from La Guillotine in 1793 by H. Fleischmann/Wikimedia

Simonini’s letter: the 19th century text that influenced antisemitic conspiracy theories about the Illuminati

The dangerous legacy of a letter received by Augustin Barruel, a French Catholic priest and famous conspiracy theorist, in the early 1800s.
Despite courting the Jewish vote, President Trump has used anti-Semitic rhetoric. AP/John Locher

Anti-Semitism in the US today is a variation on an old theme

A task force has been assembled in the US Senate to fight anti-Semitism. A specialist in Jewish-American history says the group has a big job ahead of it. Anti-Semitism has a long history in the US.

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