Wiesel, Patrick, Foxman, Lawrence discussing 'The New Anti-Semitism'

“The New Anti-Semitism” is the topic of a discussion featuring Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham H. Foxman, Brandeis University President Frederick M. Lawrence and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick tonight  at historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston.

Nearly 1,000 people from Greater Boston’s Jewish, professional, academic, and secular networks pre-registered and more were on the waiting list, assuring a capacity crowd. The American Jewish Committee, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Facing History and Ourselves, the Jewish Community Relations Council  and over 30 other partnering organizations reached out to their constituencies and formally lent their support to the event.

“Anti-Semitism survives from one generation to the next because it is adaptable. Stereotyping and scapegoating of Jews are hallmark characteristics of traditional anti-Semitism,” the ADL said in a statement prior to the event. “But to be a continually destructive presence, anti-Semitism shows new faces from one generation to the next. One of those new faces is the Internet, which has emerged as The New Frontier to spread anti-Semitic canards and penetrate them into the mainstream. Another is Holocaust imagery, now used perniciously to protest not only Israel's policies but also her very existence. Anti-Semitism also now is visible in the erosion of shame for people who target Jews more openly today than in previous decades.”

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