Don Snyder


Germany Warns Against Hate Speech After Imam Calls To 'Destroy the Zionist Jews'

By Don Snyder

Germany Warns Against Hate Speech After Imam Calls To 'Destroy the Zionist Jews'
Germany is vowing to clamp down on public anti-Semitic language, responding to recent demonstrations and speeches in which protesters called for death to Jews.Read More


Poland Poll Reveals Stubborn Anti-Semitism Amid Jewish Revival Hopes

By Don Snyder

Poland Poll Reveals Stubborn Anti-Semitism Amid Jewish Revival Hopes
63% of Poles say Jews control international banking and media — and many believe other canards. What does a new poll say about Poland’s hoped-for Jewish revival?Read More


Meet Margot Friedlander, Berlin's Unlikely 92-Year-Old Jewish Celebrity

By Don Snyder

Meet Margot Friedlander, Berlin's Unlikely 92-Year-Old Jewish Celebrity
By moving back to Berlin three years ago, Margot Friedlander, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, has become an unlikely celebrity in the land where she was once persecuted.Read More


Berlin Court Orders City To Issue Funds to Berlin’s Jewish Communal Umbrella

By Don Snyder

Berlin Court Orders City To Issue Funds to Berlin’s Jewish Communal Umbrella
A court in Berlin ruled today that the city must pay the city’s state-funded Jewish community, its annual subsidy, according to wire reports.Read More


German Parliament Passes Anti-Semitism Measure

By Don Snyder

The German Bundestag today approved a resolution vowing to combat anti-Semitism and support Jewish life in Germany, and to deepen the country’s special relationship with Israel.Read More






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  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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