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Fighting Anti-Semitism And Hate In The 21st Century

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At weddings, at work, even at Fashion Week, Simone Rodan Benzaquen says thereâEUR(TM)s one thing Jews in Europe are always willing to discuss: Is it time to leave?


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Gillian M (11)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 7:25 am
Welcome to the latest ALL TOGETHER -- the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, our communities and our world. ALL TOGETHER is hosted this week by Carol Kuruvilla, Associate Editor of HuffPost Religion. You can download All Together on iTunes, or Stitcher.

At weddings, at work, even at Fashion Week, Simone Rodan Benzaquen says there’s one thing Jews in Europe are always willing to discuss: Is it time to leave?

Benzaquen is the Paris director of the American Jewish Committee. She was in Paris for the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and waited in horror to find out what happened to the Jewish people held hostage inside a kosher supermarket two days later.

But before the supermarket, there was Toulouse, where a gunman stormed into a Jewish school, killing a rabbi and four young children. And before Toulouse, there were the many other attacks against Jews in France — both verbal and physical. As an advocate for her people, Benzaquen couldn't help keeping a tally.

“The situation is incredibly different from the ‘30s. We don’t have state anti-Semitism, very far from it — not only is the government not anti-Semitic, but the contrary,” Benzaquen told HuffPost. “But I imagine that people had the kind of discussions in the ‘30s like that, like, ‘Should we be leaving, should we be staying, is it reasonable to stay, are we responsible parents, all of these kinds of things.”

Although they make up just 0.2 percent of the world’s population, or about 14 million people, the number of countries where Jewish people are harassed has reached a seven-year high.

According to the Pew Research Center, Jewish people faced religious harassment in about 71 countries in 2012. In 2013, that number jumped to 77.

While Christians are more likely to experience governmental restrictions on religion, such as through discriminatory laws, Jews are much more likely to be targeted by individuals or groups.

On this week’s ALL TOGETHER, we listen to Benzaquen’s story about what it is like to be a Jewish person in France today. But we don’t stop there — we’re also looking at what can be done. How can we work across religions and across countries to fight anti-Semitism? How do we really combat hate?

We’ll hear from Yehezkel Landau, an associate professor of interfaith relations at Hartford Seminary. Landau tells us about the “Open House in Ramle,” a building that is home to both Jewish and Arab families.

Ruth Messinger, the president of the American Jewish World Service, also shares stories of interfaith encounters. Her work in the developing world has brought her face to face with people who are very different from her and she’s convinced that it’s these types of meetings that will turn the tide.

As Messinger told HuffPost, “The more that people come to know each other and stop seeing any other person as simply a stereotype of this group or that group, the more their understanding grows and the greater degree of not only tolerance but effective collaboration exists.”

Please listen to the sound pod Living While Jewish: Fighting Anti-Semitism In The 21st Century

Gail Ring (89)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 7:35 am
People need to change their mindset and learn to walk in an attitude of respect and love knowing that we are all different not perfect

Ben O (140)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 7:43 am
Will we EVER learn from history...? -I wonder...

Gillian M (11)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 8:03 am
Many people come onto boards such as this and condemn anti-Semitism, as is right and proper. However, they also support and condone the lies put out by Muslims such as carrie, jess & eleanora which helps support the ongoing lies and anti-Semitism. The problem is that the anti-Semitism is normally overlooked by Muslim indignation and claims but anti-Semitism in the US is over 6 times that of anti-Muslim and on a far smaller percentage of the population.

Muslim anti-Semitism in Europe is leading to murder, something not yet felt here in the US but it won't be long.


. (0)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 4:06 pm
Supporting the lies and mentality of people like jess, carrie, and ellie is exactly why groups like hamas are so successful and repetitive of their war crimes.
They get away with it and know they can continue getting away it.

It also calls into question the integrity, morality, and intelligence not only of them, but of anyone who follows in their footsteps.

Barb K (1692)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 5:32 pm
Hitler is responsible for the death of my great, great, great, great, granny! There is NO WAY I COULD EVER SAY 'GOD BLESS HITLER'!!!!

Hilary S (65)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 11:58 pm
we learn history - or a version of history events - which shows us again and again that we fail to learn FROM it. as for anti-semitism, i do believe it is a form of psychosis, with no basis in rational thinking.

Evelyn B (61)
Monday March 23, 2015, 12:02 am
"As Messinger told HuffPost, “The more that people come to know each other and stop seeing any other person as simply a stereotype of this group or that group, the more their understanding grows and the greater degree of not only tolerance but effective collaboration exists.” "

So why do some people use this article (dated from January) to justify intolerance? Blatantly attacking people who don't agree with political Zionism.

The person being interviewed stresses "perception".

Evelyn B (61)
Monday March 23, 2015, 12:09 am
The women interviews stresses communicating between different religions - "The basic principles are human rights - we don't fear talking about Israel, Palestine"

I would strongly recommend that people actually take the time to listen to what this programme says - and don't be misled by a photo-shopped shocker photo at the top of this page. I am sure that Ari - amongst others - haven't actually listened to this programme. Which is actually saying much the same as Jess, Carrie, Eleonora and many others post here on C2NN.

Evelyn B (61)
Monday March 23, 2015, 12:22 am
A link directly to the programme: Living While Jewish: Fighting Anti-Semitism In The 21st Century
(It is also at the top of the page if you follow the link to the article Penny posted - but the message is totally different from what she chose as an image. Please take time to listen carefully.

All 3 people being interviewed stress "national rhetoric", criticise the role of politics in dividing, call for seeking a way out of the conflict through seeking the common spiritual afinities, understanding & respect.

Gillian M (11)
Monday March 23, 2015, 7:06 am
Evelyn, it is one thing to talk about Jews and Israel but no-one ever does that, all they do is condemn them for having the audacity to exist. People like yourself and your friends spend all of your time trying to delegitimise Israel.

And, the important part, which you missed, is that Jews are talking about leaving Europe because they are being murdered by Muslims and abused by other people. This is anti-Semitism as it used to be before WW2, Jews denied access to leisure centres and scared to go to synagogue. I am told by friends that there that virtually all synagogues have to have security on the doors during services, activities and religion school and that this has been for over 50 years. This is mostly due to Muslim terrorist threats but there are other racists out there. In other words, Jews have never had the right to live and worship without fear. I think that that is appalling yet you and your friends have never never never spoken out against this that I can see in your list.

Dr Jasser believes that some 20% of Muslims are Islamists and, with some 1.6 to 1.8 billion of them, it gives a figure of 320 million to 360 million Muslims who are those who want to murder and maim. Then we have the number who support this behaviour something like 27%, 40% want Sharia law (so why are they in the UK?) and there was almost no condemnation.

I put it this way, if your religion says that you can only go to Heaven if you kill me then I have no support of it. In fact, Islam is not compatible with the UN Convention of Human Rights and this has been proven in court on several occasions.

However, that does not mean that all Muslims are going to jump up and murder me and it is the only religion were I have to qualify with such a statement. No-one ever says that about Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Skihs, Hindus, Taoists etc which speaks volumes about Islam and the ongoing abuse that I receive when I criticise it. Muslims want a blasphemy law introduced where no religion can be criticised but they only mean Islam. I think that sums it up. And your refusal to ever condemn the appalling abuses and atrocities committed because their lying and deceitful god (actually an idol selected by Mohammed under the pretence of a religion) demands it merely shows the type of person many Muslims choose to be.

For what it's worth, I admire Dr Jasser and his attempts to try to revolutionise Islam but I doubt that he will. Shame as he is a good man.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday March 23, 2015, 12:29 pm
Shame about the picture chosen. . .

Gillian M (11)
Monday March 23, 2015, 1:26 pm
Darren, why?

Evelyn B (61)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 4:05 pm
I gather that you didn't actually LISTEN to the programme that the article is talking about, Penny.

A great pity - because you've posted an excellent link there, but you've misunderstood the whole message, reading it through your own fear (as illustrated by the misleading photoshopped image you chose) ... The people being interviewed are Jews working with Muslims and Christians, and they are promoting understanding - not fear. They're doing great work.
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