17 days agoThe Week in Women’s Football: Review of The Making of the Women’s World Cup

first_imgThe Week in Women’s Football: Review of The Making of the Women’s World Cupby Tim Grainey17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis week, we review another recent book that came out around the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Kieran Theivan (based in England) and Jeff Kassouf (the founder of the excellent U.S.-based women’s football site the Equalizer) have together written The Making of the Women’s World Cup: Defining Stories from a Sports Coming of Age (Robinson, London, 2019).The book is a solid review of the previous seven Women’s World Cups. This new work certainly has a lot of information about the American team, as they won three finals, lost another and hosted two World Cup Tournaments in 1999 and 2003. Delightfully, the book—rather than a straight history—looks at the past tournaments through legendary players and teams such as Marta and Brazil in 2007, Nadine Angerer and Germany in 2003 and 2007 and Kelly Smith and England in 2015.In Chapter 1—The Early Years—Jeff Kassouf makes the point that the first Women’s World Cup (not yet having that currently strong brand as FIFA was unsure of whether it would be successful but rather called it the First FIFA World Championship for Women’s Football for the M&Ms Cup) drew strong attendance in China (where officials encouraged people to attend to boost their bid on the 2000 Olympics, which they narrowly lost to Sydney, Australia). The Americans surprised the other teams with their different attacking, pressing style as 1991 Golden Ball Winner Carin Jennings (now Gabarra) said: “I think it was the start of the U.S. women’s national team programme and the start of a programme that won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. That was the start of the culture of the U.S women’s national team. That culture has never wavered. That is a culture of mentality, competitiveness and hard work, along with talent. So, I think it was the start of that. That has always been there. Every person who has ever played for the US national team is connected in that regard (pages 18-19).” Chapter 2—The Birth of the Lionesses—focuses on the 2015 event in Canada through the prism of England’s path to third place. Theivan profiles Steph Houghton (Manchester City) and her elevation to team captain at the comparatively young age of 26—over previous captain Casey Stoney (31)—by former women’s national team head coach Mark Sampson, even though Houghton had missed the 2007 World Cup and 2009 Euros through injury. Houghton recalled: “I’d just moved to [Manchester] City and I had been given the armband, but in terms of my international career I was nowhere near being a regular starter. So for me I just wanted to make sure I was in the squad. Mark said he saw me as a leader of his team, but obviously there were a lot of candidates like Fara Williams and Jill Scott, who had played a number of times for England, Kelly Smith was still involved at that time, and of course Casey, who was current captain….I will always remember sitting down with him at St. George’s Park around April. I’d had the armband a few times and no way did I think it would be a possibility for the long term, but I remember him saying what I brought to the team and the sort of things he was looking for in his captain, and then he asked me if I would take the role and be the leader of the team. Obviously, you’re delighted but the rest of the conversation was a bit of a blur….For me it wasn’t working against them [the senior players], it was a case of using their experience and using them as fellow leaders to create a team environment and a special environment where we loved playing for England (pages 26-27).” Houghton is still one of the core members of the team in defense and has over 100 caps for a side that has reached the semifinals of the last two consecutive Women’s World Cups (2015 and 2019) and it was fascinating to hear in-depth from her about England’s preparation and progress to a bronze medal in Canada.Chapter 7 on Kelly Smith was entitled England’s Golden Girl Arrives—and profiles one of the leading ambassadors of the game. The former English international forward emphasized the importance of league soccer for the development of the domestic game. Smith discussed the 2005 European Championships which England hosted, which were televised throughout Europe: “The 2005 experience was amazing because we didn’t have to qualify for that tournament, and obviously it was hosted in our home country. It meant we got to play in front of our home fans and we really wanted to develop the game, and TV coverage was starting to happen, so we really wanted to play well to get people talking about women’s football. It was great because you’d go to the grounds and you’d be playing in front of fifteen to nineteen thousand, which I think was a record at that time for a women’s game. It was a lot of fun to play in (page 121).” This reporter was in Sweden and Russia for most of the tournament, where the games were televised and the tournament was an important step in the growth of the game in Europe. Smith felt quite the let down when she went back to her domestic league, even though she played for Arsenal which won the European Club Championship at the end of the 2006-07 season: “It was difficult because you know mentally what is coming from international football. But when you’re not playing at that level week in, week out and you’re playing some league games that you had won before you’d even walked onto the pitch, it makes that step up more challenging. Some of the players would have friendly bets between themselves to see what the scoreline was going to be because that’s how it was. There were probably only a few teams you knew you’d get a good game against—Charlton and Everton. You’d get into bad habits when it’s too easy. You don’t do your defensive work because you can get away with it. But at international level you can’t do that. The players knew going into the big games that you had to be switched on, and we made sure of that because we knew the magnitude of the game. The players are fitter and faster at international level, and we need to adjust to be ready for that (Page 122).” England qualified for the 2007 WWC in China but as Kieran Thievan wrote: “But all the talent in the world wouldn’t be able to compensate for the current state of domestic football in England, with players only training two to three times a week with their club, and having to balance their daily lives with their football., even though Arsenal own the league title, two cups and what is now the Women’s Champions League title (page 128).” It will be interesting to benchmark the attendance figures and reaction in the country between 2005 and 2021 when England again hosts the European Finals, in which should be an outstanding event.Chapter 8—A Hat-Trick and a Worldwide Movement focuses on now-retired American forward Abby Wambach and the prelude to the 2015 Tournament in Canada, where the games were designed from the beginning to be played on artificial turf. Wambach led an international group of 40 players and positioned FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Federation that their plan violated European charters and Canadian law for gender discrimination equality as men’s World Cups never had nor would ever be held on turf fields. Wambach said in March 2013: “We’ve worked so hard as female athletes—not only here in the United States, but internationally—to grow the game and in my opinion, I think this is taking a step back. All of the men’s international players around the world would argue the same point. A lot of these guys will not play on an artificial surface because it is an injury-prone surface and I don’t blame them (Page 143).” Kassouf writes: “Wambach would state after a January 2015 meeting with FIFA officials that the playing surface decisions were set in stone, but she would also later point out that FIFA officials had promised her that there would never again be a Women’s World Cup played on artificial turf. That’s hardly a binding contract, but it was clear that this type of battle for equality was going to be necessary, whether in 2015 or down the line (Page 145).” In France this past summer, all the games were held on grass pitches and I believe that this is a non-issue now for future tournaments, and we have Wambach and other vocal players to thank for that. Kassouf continues: “Around that same time, FIFA announced an increase in prize money for the Women’s World Cup, which was a small victory that at least appeased players. Women’s players had long been told to be thankful for what they had. The two years of battling the bigwigs over what women’s players felt was, morally and legally, gender discrimination, proved to be the exposition to the approaching tidal wave for the fight for equal rights (Page 145-146).” FIFA doubled the prize money amount (from $15 Million to $30 Million) in late December 2018 for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. We would expect that amount to continue to rise ahead of the expanded 32 team tournament in 2023.Kassouf also included interesting insight from Heather O’Reilly [who will retire from the sport at the end of this NWSL season for the reigning champions North Carolina Courage] who, “would describe the World Cups proximity to the U.S. as the perfect scenario: “The feel of a home World Cup without the pressure of being hosts (Page 147).” The level of American support in cities close to the border, particularly in Winnipeg and Vancouver, was overwhelming and a contributor to the American victory in the tournament.In Chapter 9—Australia’s Kids are Allright—the review of Australia’s Women’s National Team is a stellar job, focusing on the restructuring of the nation’s regional development system. The discussion of the Matildas 2007 World Cup campaign in China—where they opened the tournament by blasting Ghana 4-1, tied Norway 1-1 and then came back from 2-1 down to tie Canada in their last group game to advance to their first ever knockout round on an injury-time shocking goal from Cheryl Salisbury. I had covered three of Australia’s four tournament games in China—including that stunning draw in Chengdu that shattered the tournament dreams of the 2003 semifinalists Maple Leafs. Canada seemed to be cruising to a runner-up spot in the group and the knockout stage, including an 85th minute goal from Christine Sinclair, before Salisbury’s late goal just before the final whistle drew the Matildas level, vaulting the Australian side into second place in the group. Australia finished second on five points to Norway’s seven while Canada finished third on four points and the sight of the Canadian players crying and distraught on the field at the conclusion of the game sticks to me to this day. The game had been postponed a day because of a typhoon warning, though the media were not told about the delay until we were at the stadium, and the weather was not particularly threatening at that point from my standpoint. The Matildas then fell to eventual finalists Brazil 3-2 in another stirring match in Tianjin, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit and gave the favorites some troubling moments but never quit attacking; Brazilian forward Cristiane scored the winner in the 75th minute. Despite the narrow defeat to the ultimate 2007 runners-up, the Australian players after the match were cordial with the media and proud of their accomplishments; they had started a path for the national team that has led to their powerhouse status in present times and helped to propel the launch of the soon to be 12-year-old W-League the next year. The Australians, their coach Tom Sermanni and his vibrant and articulate group of players was one of the highlights of that tournament for me.This book is quite well researched and written by two experts in the game.Their focus on teams allow them to discuss key issues of the Women’s World Cup—FIFA’s initial reticence, equality issues in later years, development of youth programs and coaching regimes (Australia/Germany)—and leaves the reader with a solid understanding of the roots of the Women’s World Cup, the leading tournament and most highly visible advertisement that we currently have for the women’s game. This should be on all women’s football fans’ shelves.Tim Grainey is a contributor to Tribal Football. His latest book Beyond Bend it Like Beckham on the global game of women’s football. Get your copy today.Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimGrainey TagsOpinionAbout the authorTim Grainey FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoBurnley boss Dyche happy with performance in Leicester defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche happy with performance in Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche was happy with their performance in defeat at Leicester City.Burnley led through Chris Wood’s first half header before Jamie Vardy levelled on the stroke of half time.Youri Tielemans put the Foxes ahead in the 73rd minute as the hosts began to ramp up the pressure, before the moment of controversy ultimately took the wind out of Burnley’s sails.Dyche said: “I thought the performance, generally, was good.“Don’t forget people are talking about Leicester breaking into the top four, but we certainly gave as good as we got and made them play slow and methodically.“They got out of jail a little bit in the first half and then in the second half it was a poor second goal from our point of view.“We’ve had our chances, but the bigger picture is we have moved a long way coming to places like this and performing like that.“We are in a far better place than we were at this time last season and that has to be registered.” last_img read more

7 hours agoArsenal hero Merson sympathises with Ozil

first_imgArsenal hero Merson sympathises with Ozilby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Paul Merson has sympathy for the current circumstances of Mesut Ozil.The Gunners star is enduring a frustrating period under boss Unai Emery, who refuses to pick Ozil in most of his matchday squads.The German may be the club’s highest earner, but he is struggling to get into the 25-man squads for most games.”Ozil doesn’t play because he doesn’t run around,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He would play in my team, because he can make things happen. Then you get two midfield players around him who do run around. “He’s on £350,000 a week – and that’s the problem. If he was on £10,000 a week, he would play every week even if he didn’t run around. Because he’s on £350,000 a week that means he has to. “I would be wondering how am I not getting in this team? He might have gone past the point of frustration now and be wondering, ‘what am I doing?’ You would have to weigh it up. “He played in the Watford game away and I don’t think he did anything wrong, but he hasn’t played since. He gets in my team. “Until he’s out of the club, I don’t see how Arsenal can bring new players in. If they go for a top player next summer, they will point to Ozil being on £350,000 a week. “Ramsey left the club because he wasn’t offered anywhere near the same as Ozil and he left on a free transfer.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Services an Untapped Growth Sector – Betton-Nayo

first_imgStory Highlights Head of the Trade Agreements Implementation Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Symone Betton-Nayo, says the services sector remains an untapped area that offers tremendous opportunity for Jamaica’s economic growth and development.The service sector includes economic activities such as retail, banking, hospitality, entertainment, real estate, education, health, social work, recreation, media, communications, electricity, gas, water supply, among others.Mrs. Betton-Nayo said the sector continues to be a major contributor to employment and job creation, contributing to approximately 73 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016.“Despite this fact, the average annual growth of the sector over the past five years was a modest 0.4 per cent, which illustrates that there still remains tremendous untapped potential in the area of services,” she noted.She said that under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which established the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME), Jamaica has market access opportunities for services exporters that must be fully explored.Mrs. Betton-Nayo was delivering a speech on behalf of Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Marcia Thomas, at the opening of a two-day National Workshop on Trade in Services at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (September 26).The workshop, organised by the Ministry, is aimed at raising awareness of the multilateral rules governing trade in services as well as the existing regional arrangements. It is being attended by representatives from the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Ministry; Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry; Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ); the private sector, among others.The session will highlight industries that Jamaica has liberalised through various agreements, and identify those industries that have not been liberalised and the opportunities that exist in external markets.The objective is to enable the country to develop and regulate its services sector in order to tap into the potential growth areas.Mrs. Betton-Nayo, who spoke to JIS News after her presentation, said the workshop will allow participants to better understand some of the rules and barriers to trade in services in external markets and ways in which these can be addressed.She pointed out that invisible regulations or barriers, which include visa requirements, economic needs tests and residency requirements, are of “major concern”, as they can nullify market access.Mrs. Betton-Nayo said Jamaica has a keen interest in Mode 4 of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), of which the nation is a signatory.Mode 4 of the GATS refers to the presence of one WTO member in the territory of another for the purpose of providing a service.“It is one of the areas of services trade that is of strong importance to Jamaica, because it is in this area that we make our money, especially in the offering of entertainment services. Our artists, musicians, even our athletes, provide services, and so we have to understand the rules governing the trade,” she pointed out.The workshop will include sessions on scheduling exercises, a case study on Jamaica’s services commitments, European Union services commitments under the EPA as well as opportunities for Jamaica.Funding for the workshop was provided by the Commonwealth Secretariat Hub and Spokes Programme, with expertise from the WTO Secretariat, CARICOM Secretariat and the EU Delegation in Barbados. The service sector includes economic activities such as retail, banking, hospitality, entertainment, real estate, education, health, social work, recreation, media, communications, electricity, gas, water supply, among others.center_img Head of the Trade Agreements Implementation Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Symone Betton-Nayo, says the services sector remains an untapped area that offers tremendous opportunity for Jamaica’s economic growth and development. Mrs. Betton-Nayo was delivering a speech on behalf of Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Marcia Thomas, at the opening of a two-day National Workshop on Trade in Services at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (September 26).last_img read more

Putting the girl power in pot Cannabis company catering to women

first_imgMany companies are trying to get in on the ground floor of the cannabis industry before the drug becomes legal in Canada.But one business is setting itself apart by catering solely to women.Fleurish Cannabis is hoping to help women with both chronic conditions and those dealing with that time of the month.CMO Mary Beth Williamson said they already know 19 per cent of women currently use cannabis.They expect that number to double when it becomes legal.“Many, many of them are using to help manage insomnia, for pain relief. Many pain causing conditions tend to be female skewed: things like MS (Multiple Sclerosis), and then there (is) PMS pain. Many women use to manage cramps,” she said.“And then they also use to manage stress and anxiety. Like you know, many women have very stressful lives. They’re working, they are taking care of families, sometimes taking care of their parents.”But you don’t just have to smoke it.The company, currently based in Ottawa, hopes to expand across the country selling things like sprays, oils, bath bombs, lip chap, and of course, edibles.“Chocolates, gummies are extremely popular, as well as taking it in pill form, so those are not going to be options this year, under the current legislation, but we are expecting that to be an option next year,” Williamson said.Williamson said she hopes to make women’s lives better.“I really think it will be an important part of their overall wellness.”last_img read more

3 strategies for companies concerned about Amazon wage hike

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon’s plans to pay all its U.S. employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those who aren’t retailers directly competing with the huge company.“Amazon is giving a kick in the butt to a lot of business owners to increase compensation,” says Gene Marks, owner of The Marks Group, a small business consulting firm in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.Small businesses located near Amazon’s dozens of order fulfilmentcentres vie with the company for staffers, and the competition will become even fiercer during the upcoming holiday season, when Amazon needs an extra 100,000 people to pack and ship boxes.Amazon is “doing what they need to do to get employees,” Marks says.The company, whose market value briefly topped $1 trillion last month, has another motive — placating critics including some politicians who have called on Amazon to give its employees a raise.The strong economy and shrinking labour pool has made workers hard to find for employers of all kinds, including big retail chains, fast-food restaurants and small businesses. Some are boosting pay. But higher wages are harder for small businesses to absorb because they don’t have the massive revenue stream of a company like Amazon.Meanwhile, small retailers who sell on Amazon expect the internet giant to increase the fees it charges them to help fund the salary increases. But small business consultants, and owners themselves, say strategizing can help lessen the pain.Here are three things small business owners need to know about Amazon’s wage hike:AN ADVANTAGE WHEN HIRINGA small business can be more flexible than a huge company. So, while small businesses may not be able to match Amazon’s pay, they can sweeten the pot for potential hires and their current employees in other ways.Owners should say to prospective employees, “we may have a little difficulty giving you the full $15, but what else can we do for you,” says Brent Leary, co-founder of CRM Essentials, a consulting firm.With fewer workers to juggle, small businesses can more easily offer flexible schedules, transportation or other perks that might make up for slightly lower pay. And companies that employ people in their 20s and 30s find that many of their staffers would prefer more benefits to extra pay.Small businesses can also be better at giving younger people training and mentoring, even during a short-term hire.“If you provide a work experience that they’re looking for, that makes it easier to find people,” Leary says.RAISING PRICES MAY NOT SCARE CUSTOMERS AWAYSome small business owners may have to pass along the higher costs of competing with Amazon or selling through its website to their customers. Many owners dread having to charge more but they should realize that consumers and businesses are likely to be more accepting of higher prices now that the economy is strong, Marks says.Moreover, “if you have to increase your prices, your competition probably has to also,” Marks says.Companies that have to raise prices should be up-front with customers about why it’s happening, Leary says. That will help preserve a good relationship with their customers.Amazon stokes goodwill of its own by offering customers same-day or even one-hour delivery. Still, retailers have the ability to differentiate themselves, says John Lawson, an online marketing consultant.“Amazon doesn’t necessarily have the most personalized service,” he says.Lawson finds that more consumers are interested in ordering online and picking up merchandise in stores; any brick-and-mortar retailer that can offer that service should, he says.AMAZON SELLERS EXPECT THEY’LL HELP FOOT THE BILLGoVacuum.com, which sells on Amazon as well as its own website, believes the fees it pays the company for taking orders and packing and shipping merchandise will go up as a result of the higher wages. But GoVacuum.com Vice-President Justin Haver says the increase is a cost of doing business, and a change the Chantilly, Virginia, company will take in stride.“The reality is, selling online and running a business requires forward thinking and nimble adaptation to current trends/opportunities,” Haver says.Many owners may look for cost savings elsewhere in their company, perhaps finding cheaper supplies or lower shipping costs.But Lawson, whose company sells vacuum cleaners and parts, notes that it costs money to sell merchandise, no matter what retail channel or what distribution and delivery system a business owner uses.“After all these years, you just kind of get used to it. If it’s not Amazon, it’s the U.S. Postal Service,” says Lawson, who has been an online seller. “Every year it gets more and more expensive to stay in business and ultimately the consumer pays more.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenberglast_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street after China reported a surprise drop in exports to the U.S. last month.Technology and health care stocks led the market lower early Monday. Apple gave up 1.5 per cent and Johnson & Johnson fell 1 per cent.PG&E lost half its value after the troubled California utility, which faces huge liabilities over the state’s deadly wildfires, said it would file for bankruptcy protection.Newspaper publisher Gannett soared 13 per cent after the publisher of USA Today got a takeover bid.The S&P 500 fell 18 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,578.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 146 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 23,850. The Nasdaq gave up 65 points, or 1 per cent, to 6,904.The Associated Presslast_img read more

For class XI, pass percentage touches 80%, says Delhi govt

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Wednesday said the pass percentage of Class 11 students in Delhi government schools has touched 80 per cent, the highest in the last eight years. In a statement, the government, sharing highlights of the annual exam results of all classes (other than class 10 and 12) in Delhi government schools, said: “In Class 11, there has been a significant improvement over last year’s performance”.The statistics take into account figures from 2010 onwards. While 71 per cent students of Class 11 passed their exam in 2017-18, it has improved to 80 per cent in 2018-19. From 2015-16 onwards, the pass percentage in this class has been around 72% as opposed to 63% in 2014-15. In 2018-19, it touched 80 per cent for the first time, the statistics revealed. Similarly, in class nine, the pass percentage has remained almost the same as the previous year. While 57.4 per cent students passed in 2017-18, the pass percentage for 2018-19 is 57 per cent. “There has been a slow but consistent improvement in the pass percentage over the last four years in this class due to programmes and initiatives like Chunauti and Mission Buniyaad which is strengthening the foundational learning skills of students by the time they reach Class 9,” a Delhi government official said. In 2015-16, the pass percentage in this class was 50.8 per cent which improved to 52.3 per cent the next year followed by 57.4 per cent in 2017-18. “It is important to note that the improvement recorded last year and maintained this year has been despite the change in the weightage for the external and internal component. While before 2017-18, the weightage for external was of 60 per cent, it was increased to 80 per cent as per CBSE norms,” the official added. He also said that the Delhi government is committed to deeply focus on learning outcomes in the new academic session as well and strengthen its teacher training program so that innovative pedagogies are applied by them to speed up the learning of last 30-40 per cent children in the classroom who were neglected in the past. “Apart from national and international level training, in the budget for 2019-20, Teachers Innovation Fund of Rs. 1 to 1.5 lacs per school has been announced to encourage teachers to take up projects for learning improvement among children in their respective context. For promoting excellence among students, Pratibha fellowships and the Chief Minister’s Merit scholarship have also been introduced,” the official said.last_img read more

Anti-Semitic attacks spike, killing most Jews in decades

first_imgTel Aviv: Israeli researchers reported Wednesday that violent attacks against Jews spiked significantly last year, with the largest reported number of Jews killed in anti-Semitic acts in decades, leading to an “increasing sense of emergency” among Jewish communities worldwide. Capped by the deadly shooting that killed 11 worshippers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, assaults targeting Jews rose 13 per cent in 2018, according to Tel Aviv University researchers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThey recorded nearly 400 cases worldwide, with more than a quarter of the major violent cases taking place in the United States. But the spike was most dramatic in western Europe, where Jews have faced even greater danger and threats. In Germany, for instance, there was a 70 per cent increase in anti-Semitic violence. “There is an increasing sense of emergency among Jews in many countries around the world,” said Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, an umbrella group representing Jewish communities across the continent. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”It is now clear that anti-Semitism is no longer limited to the far-left, far-right and radical Islamist’s triangle it has become mainstream and often accepted by civil society,” he said. Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry releases its report every year on the eve of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins Wednesday at sundown. This year, the report comes just days after another fatal shooting attack Saturday against a synagogue in southern California. The attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue on the last day of Passover killed one woman and wounded three other people, including the rabbi. In addition to the shooting attacks, assaults and vandalism, Kantor also noted the increased anti-Semitic vitriol online and in newspapers, including a recent anti-Semitic cartoon that appeared in The New York Times’ international edition. It depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind and skullcap-wearing President Donald Trump. The Times has since apologized, calling the image “offensive,” and vowing to refrain from publishing such bigoted cartoons again. Still, it sparked outrage among dozens of American Jewish groups that subsequently sent a letter calling on the newspaper to “become far more sensitive to anti-Semitism in the future.”last_img read more