Posts by David Millstone

ADL: Antisemitic incidents in U.S. increased by 34% in 2021

Last month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released its annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents, which reports that antisemitic incidents throughout the United States grew by 34%. The number of incidents in 2021 – 2,717, more than seven per day – is at the highest level since ADL began t…

Ben & Jerry’s boycott harms Palestinians

In July 2021, Ben & Jerry’s announced that it would stop selling ice cream in what it describes as the “Occupied Palestinian Territories,” also known as the West Bank. Ostensibly, the company’s decision was based upon its concept of social justice, claiming that selling in the West B…

Why is anti-Zionism antisemitic?

Matisyahu, a Jewish American singer, was scheduled to perform at a reggae festival in Spain. He was targeted by anti-Zionists who used a campaign of pressure, coercion and threats against the festival’s organizers. As a result, Matisyahu was asked to denounce Israel and express support for…

What is Federation doing to help combat antisemitism?

I want to share a short story about a recent experience at a dinner party with some Jewish friends. During the discussion, I mentioned my concern that 25% of Jewish voters surveyed by the Jewish Electoral Institute believe Israel is an apartheid state. One of the other guests responded by as…

The United Nations singles out Israel once again

As 2021 ended, the United Nations General Assembly once again singled out Israel differently from any other member nation. By a vote of 125 to 8 with 34 abstentions, the General Assembly established a permanent Commission of Inquiry (COI) through the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to invest…

December Dilemma: Holiday Issues in Public Schools

May a public school teach about religious holidays? Public schools may teach about religion and religious holidays when it meets secular educational goals. It may not promote or denigrate religion or support one religion over another. Public schools may not celebrate or observe…

Is Zionism a Form of Racism?

The arguments that Zionism is a form of racism is contrary to the evidence. Support of the concept calls into question the whole legitimacy of the State of Israel. Zionism cannot be a form of racism when it does not deny or denigrate other races or religions, when it welcomes a racially…

Did Israel Create the Palestinian Refugee Issue?

In short, Israel neither caused nor created the Arab refugee issue: The Arab refugee issue was caused by the refusal of the Arabs to accept the United Nations partition plan together with their decision to attack the Jews and attempt to destroy the newly declared independent State of…

Are Israeli Settlements in the West Bank illegal under International Law?

The issue of settlements is a complex one that will only be resolved through negotiations, not with charges of illegality. Both Jews and Palestinians have legitimate claims of connectivity to this ancient land.