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DEFINING ANTISEMITISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY

ANTISEMITISM AS DEFINED BY THE INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE ASSOCIATION.

Contemporary examples of anti-Semitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

+ Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.

+ Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective—such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, economy, government or other societal institutions.

+ Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.

+ Denying the fact,scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II ) the Holocaust).

+ Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating  the Holocaust.

+ Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

+ Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g, by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

+ Applying double standards by requiring of it behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

+ Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.

+ Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

+ Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel.

Name of author

Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.

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