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Anti-Semitism stirs concern at US congress hearings

Members of the US congress heard concern Wednesday over an apparent rise in anti-Semitism in Europe and Arab countries that one lawmaker called "unparalleled since the dark ages" of World War II. "Jewish communities on a global scale are facing verbal harassment, and sometimes violent attacks against synagogues, Jewish cultural sites, cemeteries and individuals," said the congressman, Chris Smith.

Jewish group slams 'offensive' Oscars show sketch

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday blasted an Oscars sketch in which potty-mouthed film star bear Ted joked about Jews in Hollywood, calling it "offensive and not remotely funny." The anti-Semitism watchdog said the sketch, at the 85th Academy Awards hosted by "Family Guy" and "Ted" creator Seth MacFarlane on Sunday night, was "sad and disheartening." "While we have come to expect inappropriate 'Jews control Hollywood' jokes from Seth MacFarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny," said ADL national director in the US Abraham Foxman.
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