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It’s one thing to agree to combat antisemitism. It’s another thing to agree on what it means. goglik83/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Antisemitism isn’t just ‘Jew-hatred’ – it’s anti-Jewish racism

Combatting antisemitism isn’t just about ‘calling it out’ – it’s about helping people understand what antisemitism is in the first place.
A Ukrainian serviceman inspects a classroom with a sign ‘Z’ on the door used by Russian forces in the retaken area of Kapitolivka, Ukraine, Sept. 25, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin spread an outlandish conspiracy theory to justify military invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

How Hitler conspiracies and other Holocaust disinformation undermine democratic institutions

Many conspiracy theories and disinformation are rooted in antisemitic tropes which spread harm and undermine our democratic institutions.
A woman holds a sign denouncing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, with syringes in the shape of a swastika, during a 2021 rally at the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort. Jon Cherry/Getty Images

Holocaust comparisons are frequent in US politics – and reflect a shallow understanding of the actual genocide and the US response

Many Americans know a simple version of Holocaust history, in which their country played the savior. The reality isn’t so comfortable, a historian writes.
Rosa Luxemburg, the Polish-born German revolutionary and co-founder of the German Communist Party, addressing a meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1907. She was assassinated in January 1919. Universal History Archive/Getty Images

Russia’s antisemitism aimed at Ukraine’s Zelenskyy is just the Kremlin variant of a very old European virus

Antisemitism has been used as a weapon against leading Jewish politicians in Europe for over a century – no matter how assimilated they were. Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy is no exception.
You might make a quick and exaggerated judgment about what kind of neighborhood you’re in based on the people or flags you see. David Levingstone/DigitalVision via Getty Images

People overestimate groups they find threatening – when ‘sizing up’ others, bias sneaks in

Social psychology researchers found that people commonly exaggerate the presence of certain groups – including ethnic and sexual minorities – because they perceive them as ideologically threatening.
The harmful belief that Christianity ‘replaced’ Judaism is partly rooted in the erroneous view that Jesus told his followers that rules regarding ritual purity were outdated. (Wikimedia)

Jesus the faithful Jew: How misreadings of the Christian Gospels miss this and fuel anti-Judaism

Easter and Passover begin on the same weekend this year. This is an opportunity to revisit misconceptions about Jesus’s ministry and to address anti-Jewish uses of Christian scripture.
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.

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