Archive for March, 2017


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AIPAC Reflects Heroism Of Jewish Power — And Its Perils

March 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s fitting that the AIPAC Policy Conference, which convened this week in Washington, D.C., falls every year at around the same time as the holiday of Purim. Because the two have a lot in common. On Purim, Jews read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of a Jew… Read the Rest »

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The Dangers of Blaming Trump for Anti-Semitism

March 24, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

At a press conference in mid-February, Donald Trump said something that was, even for him, astonishing. He predicted that when authorities discovered the perpetrators of the anti-Semitic attacks that had broken out since his election, “It won’t be my people,” who had committed them. “It will be the people on… Read the Rest »

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Who You Callin’ Anti-Semite? Reserve The Term For The Worst Offenders

March 22, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

We’ve been playing this game for months now. First with Michael Flynn. Then with Stephen Bannon. Now with Sebastian Gorka. Liberals accuse a Donald Trump adviser of having ties to right-wing anti-Semites. Trump’s Jewish supporters defend him. And, not content to stop there, they throw the charge back in the… Read the Rest »

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America’s Most Prominent Anti-Muslim Activist Is Welcome at the White House

March 21, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Monday night, Brigitte Gabriel, head of ACT for America, tweeted that she was, “In D.C, preparing for my meeting at the White House. What topics would you like me to address?” Among the replies: “Ban sharia law from US,”, “Officially identify Islam as a political system and not a… Read the Rest »

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The Denationalization of American Muslims

March 19, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old warehouse into a mosque. Such denials are happening with increasing frequency in the United States. In the 10 years between 2000 and 2010, the Justice Department intervened seven times against local communities… Read the Rest »

The Forward »

Donald Netanyahu: Many Democrats See The Two Leaders As One

March 15, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In sports, spectators generally watch the ball. In politics, they generally watch the people who govern. Often, however, important dynamics occur offstage, as parties out of power remake themselves in exile. That’s likely happening to the Democrats. Quietly, in the shadow of Trump, the party will move left. The Democrats… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Breaking Faith

March 14, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the past decade, pollsters charted something remarkable: Americans—long known for their piety—were fleeing organized religion in increasing numbers. The vast majority still believed in God. But the share that rejected any religious affiliation was growing fast, rising from 6 percent in 1992 to 22 percent in 2014. Among Millennials,… Read the Rest »

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I Support Boycotting Settlements — Should I Be Banned From Israel With My Children?

March 8, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I have a theory about American Jewish kids and Israel. I’m trying it out on my own children. My theory boils down to “Love first, truth later.” When my kids near adulthood, I’ll encourage them to visit the West Bank. I’ll encourage them to see for themselves what it means… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Why Trump Is Accusing Obama of Wiretapping

March 7, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Why, last Saturday, did President Trump accuse former President Obama of wiretapping him? In its story tracing the accusation from Mark Levin’s radio show to Breitbart’s front page to Trump’s Twitter Feed, The New York Times offered a theory: Trump wanted to distract the press from bad news.

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A Violent Attack on Free Speech at Middlebury

March 6, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

My fellow liberals, please watch the following video. It suggests that something has gone badly wrong on the campus left. The events leading up to the video are as follows. One of the student groups at Middlebury College is called The American Enterprise Club. According to its website, the Club… Read the Rest »