After his classic work, The Hobbit, had been published in English in 1938, J.R.R. Tolkien’s publishers discussed its publication in Germany. When the German publisher – in line with Hitler’s Nazi policies – asked for proof that Tolkien was Aryan, the author penned an amazing response to the anti-Semitic inquiry:
I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people. My great-great-grandfather came to England in the eighteenth century from Germany: the main part of my descent is therefore purely…
As Israel continues to defend itself against Hamas terrorists with Operation Protective Edge, anti-Semitic sentiment and violence have continued to grow across the globe, most notably in Europe. This video shows such an instance, when anti-Israel rioters at a soccer game between Israel’s Maccabi Haifa team and a French squad attacked the Israeli players:
A pre-season friendly match between the Israeli Maccabi Haifa and French Lille OSC soccer teams in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Wednesday was interrupted when anti-Israel protesters burst onto the field and attacked the Israeli players.
Throughout the second half, the demonstrators—which included Turkish immigrants—cried out anti-Israel slogans. At the 85th minute of the game, they rushed the field and began beating the Maccabi Haifa players, including defender Dekel Keinan and midfielder Idan Vered. The players defended themselves, and goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, a Serb, pushed three of the protesters.
We here at 4Zion love old movies. There’s just something about the classic movie stars, the sets, the production, the old black-and-white, the Technicolor…
So we were fascinated to read this Tablet article by Saul Austerlitz that tells of Hollywood’s first attempts talking about anti-Semitism – even though many of those running it were Jewish, and even though the Holocaust was only a year or two in the past. To study Hollywood’s strange way of dealing with the issue, Austerlitz looks at Gentleman’s Agreement, starring one of film’s most beloved leading men:
Gregory Peck plays Philip Green, a prominent journalist recently relocated to New York and assigned the task of writing a magazine series on anti-Semitism. After struggling to locate a hook for the series, Green settles on a catchy stunt: “I Was Jewish…
Imagine opening your door one morning and finding a hateful and untruthful eviction noticed taped to it. That’s what up to 2,000 students at New York University experienced recently. JNS.org reports that the anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine hung mock eviction notices on dormitory doors at NYU, likening the signs to those passed out by the IDF:
The Anti-Defamation League said the notices “inaccurately alleged that Palestinians in the West Bank are evicted from their homes ‘for no other reason than their ethnicity’ when in fact the Israel Defense Forces conduct evictions when there are serious security concerns and when homes are built illegally.”
“How does one mourn for six million people who died? How many candles does one light? How many prayers does one recite? Do we know how to remember the victims, their solitude, their helplessness? They left us without a trace, and we are their trace.” – Elie Wiesel
Join us in remembrance and prayer as the world observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th.
We can honor the memory of those who were killed by ensuring that history does not repeat itself, remembering that hateful anti-Semitism is alive and well today. In November 2013, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (AFR) released the results of a survey of 6,000 Jews living in Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, and Sweden. Some of the most troubling results include:
- Nearly one-third of…