Middle East crisis and the surge in antisemitism
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We recognize that there is a lot of misinformation circulating. Many find it confusing to follow, and difficult to understand what’s going on. The Chronicle continues to cover this ongoing crisis with fair and reliable news articles, and to provide insight and perspectives through analysis and opinion pieces. We publish most of these items in the weekly printed edition, but there’s even more content on our website. We’ve compiled some helpful links here. The links to articles published in the Chronicle are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.

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Published in the Chronicle: News articles

Anti-Israel message painted on Fence at CMU
The student group thought that the time was ripe ‘to start a conversation’ during Operation Guardian of the Walls.

Google removes diversity chief over antisemitic 2007 blog post
Antisemitism is a ‘vile prejudice’ and has ‘no place in society,’ says tech giant.

Pittsburgh stands in solidarity against antisemitism
The rally was in response to recent antisemitic attacks across the country.

Prominent European Jews worry the war against antisemitism has been lost
The widespread and sometimes violent attacks against Jews in Europe have some local Jewish leaders responding with uncharacteristic pessimism.

Bill Maher defends Israel on his HBO show
‘You can’t learn history from Instagram’

People are accusing Israel of genocide. Human rights lawyers beg to differ.
Even human rights lawyers who have been deeply critical of Israeli policy and actions in Gaza and the West Bank say the genocide term doesn’t apply.

Federation organizes rally against antisemitism
Event to be held June 1 outside the City-County building downtown

Jewish Federation rallies in solidarity with Israel
“The community of Pittsburgh wanted to be together and offer support”

Pittsburgh students in Israel react to current crisis
Young adults offer perspective after days of terror

ADL: ‘Dangerous and drastic surge’ in antisemitism in US linked to Gaza violence
Recent days have seen a series of assaults against Jews in Los Angeles and New York and a large uptick in anti-Jewish activities online and on social media

Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire after 11 days of bloodshed
Ceasefire set to begin at 2 a.m. Friday May 21 Israel time

Israeli embassy in China blasts state TV broadcaster for ‘blatant anti-Semitism’
Among other things, the TV presenter claimed that ‘Jews dominate the finance, media and Internet sectors’ in the United States.

Rabbinical students sign letter accusing Israel of apartheid
The letter, signed by about 90 future rabbis, called on American Jews to hold Israel accountable for purported human rights abuses.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict tears apart Chicago’s biggest Facebook moms group
An administrator of the site posted: “Anyone appearing to justify the occupation, genocide and apartheid that is taking place will be immediately removed.”

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators attack Jews at LA restaurant
Jeff Finkelstein, Pittsburgh’s Jewish Federation president and CEO: “We stand with Israel. Committing acts of violence based on someone’s religion is never justified.”

Israel strikes Hamas tunnels, Gaza rocket fire decreases
Ceasefire efforts continue

Separate rallies for Israel supporters, critics, held in Oakland on May 14
Pittsburgh Jews, Palestinians divided by Forbes Ave., ideology.

Amid growing US pressure, Israel said considering Gaza ceasefire
US officials, including close allies of Israel, raise concerns over recent IDF raids, begin calling for Jerusalem to wrap up fighting; Israeli officials reportedly agree.

IDF: Overnight bombardment targeted Hamas’s tunnel network under Gaza City
Military says 160 aircraft dropped 450 missiles on 150 targets in operation, as ground troops in Israel struck terror operatives who try to attack them.

Soldier viciously beaten in Jaffa, synagogue burned in Lod as rioting renews
Numerous reports of shootings, other acts of violence in Jewish-Arab cities throughout country; Gantz extends emergency order in Lod, epicenter of recent unrest.

Community comes out to support Israel’s Operation Guardian of the Walls
As Hamas terrorists fired rockets into Israel, about 200 Jewish Pittsburghers gathered in Squirrel Hill to show support for the Jewish state.

Gaza rocket volleys target south at dawn as IDF hits key Hamas positions
Military bombs Hamas treasuries, internal security HQ, naval commandos and bunker under a school; 8 Israelis injured as rocket sparks fire in Petah Tikva.

Israeli flags burned outside 2 German synagogues
Incidents connected to the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Massive forces sent to Lod as Netanyahu vows to restore order with ‘iron fist’
Synagogues torched in wide-scale Arab riots described by city’s mayor as ‘Kristallnacht’ and ‘civil war’; 3 Jewish suspects remanded over fatal shooting Monday of Arab man.

Gaza terrorists fire barrages at Jerusalem, southern Israel, raising fear of war
Israeli man injured as missile hits his car near Sderot; IDF retaliates, killing at least 11 Hamas members firing rockets; Palestinians say 20 killed in total, including 9 minors.

‘Major attack’ in Israel foiled as 3 gunmen shot in firefight near military base
Security official says attackers opened fire after being stopped by border police officers conducting routine inspections on a bus with illegal Palestinian workers.

Jewish Pittsburghers wore blue and sported signs supporting Israel at the May 12 gathering. Photo by David Rullo

Published in the Chronicle: Analysis and opinion pieces

What’s wrong with The New York Times’ report on children’s deaths? So much.
Despite a veneer of balance “They Were Only Children” is a deeply flawed article that presents a skewed, sensationalist image of the Gaza conflict.

Antisemitism in America
Any meaningful legislative effort to deal with antisemitism must stay focused on antisemitism.

American Jews need allies against antisemitism
It’s possible that as Jews, we are not safe anywhere.

The hope for peace
“The entire Torah,” wrote Maimonides, “was given in order to make peace in the world.”

Future rabbis partly right, mostly wrong on Israel
There is barely a hint in the letter of a love for Zion.

One-and-a-half minutes
When the sirens sound in Israel, this young mother has 90 seconds to act: “I didn’t grow up with the gas masks and bomb shelters like my husband. This is his normal, not mine.”

My fellow Americans, your silence is deafening
Allegedly “woke” progressives jump on the anti-Israel bandwagon.

Social media distorted my Israeli legacy
Jews were ethnically cleansed from Arab countries before World War II when Instagram didn’t exist.

Hamas’ forever war against Israel has a glitch, and it isn’t Iron Dome
Why Hamas promises another war soon, and another and another. And why it won’t work.

Jewish Americans deserve hate crime protection too
“In passing the [COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act], members of both parties in the House and Senate demonstrated that they can do the right thing, at least once in a while.”

Not a normal Israeli Friday
Violence in the Jewish state: A view from the ground.

Rethinking the conflict
If the idea of a two-state solution is dead, Jett writes, “Israelis have a simple, binary choice. They can live in a democratic nation or a Jewish one, but it cannot be both.”

The Islamic Republic’s war on Israel
Hamas is a weapon, and the Palestinians are pawns.

A shared society in conflict
It is going to be very difficult to repair the damage done to what used to be a thriving shared society in the region.

Israel in distress
When individuals and communities live in darkness it is difficult for them to imagine the light and to have a sense of a larger community.

I cannot just put my anger aside until things are quiet
I am angry because we can do better.

Israel and Gaza: Moral clarity, moral fog
Hamas sees mosques as venues for stockpiling arms. Israel sees houses of worship, including mosques, solely as venues for prayer.

Resounding bipartisan support for Israel
We are encouraged by the strong bipartisan voice in the Deutch-McCaul letter.

Anatomy of an intentional escalation: Israel’s approaching hot summer
The coming months will be tense for Israel and possibly very violent. Conflict aligns with the interests of the various Palestinian factions, as well as those of Turkey and Iran.

Protestors gathered in Oakland with signs protesting Israel and its response to the current Palestinian conflict. Brian Burke believes America needs to stand in solidarity with Israel. Photo by David Rullo.

Other Jewish news publishers:

JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

JNS (Jewish News Syndicate)

The Jewish Forward

The Algemeiner

The Times of Israel

The Jerusalem Post



Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Community Relations Council (CRC)

ADL (Anti-Defamation League)

AJC (American Jewish Committee)

AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee)

J Street

JCPA (Jewish Council for Public Affairs)

JFNA (Jewish Federations of North America)

Policy Institutes (Think Tanks)

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Middle East Institute (MEI)

The Wilson Center

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)

The Brookings Institution

Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)

The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)

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