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Retired NBA great Charles Barkley calls out Black sports figures and celebrities for anti-Semitism


(JTA) — Former NBA star and current analyst Charles Barkley has become the latest sports star to speak out against anti-Semitism among Black celebrities.

“Listen, DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Nick Cannon, Ice Cube,” Barkley said in a video tweeted out by NBA on TNT, where he serves as a studio analyst during pre-game and halftime shows. “Man, what the hell are y’all doing? Y’all want racial equality....

Nick Cannon talks with rabbi and issues ‘sincere’ apology for video with anti-Semitic statements

(JTA) — Actor and television host Nick Cannon offered his “most deepest and sincere apologies” to the Jewish community for  the “hurtful and divisive words” he used in an episode of his podcast.

“They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from,” he said in a tweet on Wednesday night.


Rapper Ice Cube slams Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for calling out anti-Semitic social media posts

(JTA) — Rapper Ice Cube slammed NBA legend and columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for calling him out in a piece taking celebrities to task for posting anti-Semitic statements on social media.

Abdul-Jabbar’s latest column in The Hollywood Reporter named Ice Cube among various figures from the entertainment world he cited for perpetuating anti-Semitic canards.

“Shame on the Hollywood Reporter who obviously gave my brother Kareem 30 pieces of silver to cut...

Washington NFL team owner Dan Snyder accused of tolerating ‘hostile’ workplace where harassment flourished


(JTA) — Washington football team owner Dan Snyder created a hostile workplace where sexual misconduct could flourish, several former employees have charged.

A Washington Post investigation of claims of sexual harassment by former team employees, published Thursday, detailed what the paper called a culture of “relentless sexual harassment and verbal abuse that was ignored — and, in some cases, condoned — by top team executives.”

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Ricki Hollander heads up next NCJW Anti-Semitism webinar

The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is putting on its second in the series of educational anti-Semitism webinars next Sunday, July 26, at 3:00 p.m.

Partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Hadassah and the Anti-Defamation League’s South Central Region, the one-hour program will feature Ricki Hollander, a  senior analyst at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle...

Bertram Korn, 64, former editor of Philadelphia Jewish Exponent

(JTA) — Bertram Korn, the former editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and longtime Jewish activist, died in July 5 from COVID-19. He was 64.

Known to his friends as Buddy, Korn served as executive editor of the Exponent from 1994 to 1997 and was involved in establishing the Philadelphia branch of the media watchdog group CAMERA.

The son of a historian and Reform rabbi, Bertram Korn, Sr., the younger...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jemele Hill call out anti-Semitism in the Black community

(JTA) — In the wake of a string of high-profile controversies involving the likes of rapper Ice Cube and NFL player DeSean Jackson, two more prominent Black commentators have called out anti-Semitism in the Black community this week: NBA Hall of Famer-turned columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and sports journalist Jemele Hill.

In his latest column for The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, Abdul-Jabbar argues that there has been a “shocking lack of...

Rabbi injured in Poway shooting pleads guilty to tax fraud

(JTA) — The rabbi who lost a finger in a shooting attack on a Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, in 2019 pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein pleaded guilty Tuesday in a scheme in which donors contributed to his synagogue but then got most of the money back, enabling the donor to claim a tax deduction. A charging document detailing the scheme was unsealed in federal court in...

Ilhan Omar endorsed by Nancy Pelosi while a primary challenger attracts support from pro-Israel givers

WASHINGTON (JTA) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lent her considerable weight to the reelection bid of Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has faced allegations of invoking anti-Semitism.

Meanwhile, an opponent in the Democrat primary who has attracted the support of pro-Israel givers nationwide has outraised Omar by millions of dollars.

“Ilhan is a valued and important Member of our Caucus,” Pelosi said Tuesday in a statement. “In her first term, Ilhan...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for suspected infection

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized with a suspected infection.

A Supreme Court statement said Ginsburg, 87, “is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment.”

Ginsburg was hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday after “experiencing fever and chills,” the statement said.

“She underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins this afternoon...