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Israel Has Detained An American Student For A Week. But No One Cares, Because She’s Not Jewish

October 9, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When I was detained at Ben Gurion airport in August, Benjamin Netanyahu apologized. So why isn’t he apologizing to Lara Alqasem? After all, I was only detained for an hour; she’s been detained for a week. I was allowed into the country; she’s facing deportation.

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The 4 Arguments For Brett Kavanaugh’s Immediate Confirmation, Debunked

September 30, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Brett Kavanaugh’s defenders have offered four main arguments for confirming him despite the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford and two other women who have accused him of sexual misdeeds.

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How Jared Kushner Flubbed The ‘Ultimate Deal’ — And Hurt Israel

September 20, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump and Jared Kushner do not represent something entirely new in the American government’s approach to Israel and Palestine. Rather, they represent the grotesque exaggeration of features that have long been present. They are the Clinton, Bush and Obama Middle East teams as seen through a funhouse mirror. They constitute the… Read the Rest »

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I Was Detained At Ben Gurion Airport Because Of My Beliefs

August 13, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Like many Jewish parents, I try to create memorable Jewish experiences for my kids. Last weekend I can say, with some confidence, that I succeeded.

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Has Abdicated His Moral Responsibility

July 26, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I’ve never met Jonathan Sacks. But his writing has had a deeper impact on my life than any other rabbi’s. I first came across it in a London synagogue in November 2010. Stapled together was Sacks’s commentary on the week’s Torah portion, Parshat Vayetzei, in which Jacob — after tricking his brother… Read the Rest »

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Furious About Family Separation? You Should Also Care That Israel Is Razing Bedouin Villages

July 5, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

American Jewish groups have, for the most part, condemned the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents from their children at the border. Good. So why can’t they condemn the Netanyahu administration’s policy of destroying villages like Khan al-Ahmar?

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Trump Is Turning America Into An Idol

June 28, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

There are many reasons for American Jews to reject Donald Trump’s inhuman treatment of the undocumented families who cross America’s borders. The Torah emphasizes the value of all people. (It doesn’t begin with Jews. It begins with Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel and Noah, who hail from no nation or tribe). The Torah repeatedly stresses… Read the Rest »

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Bernie Sanders’ Criticism Of Israel Is Radical. And He’s Taking It Mainstream

June 11, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Not many in the media are noticing, which is understandable given the burden of keeping up with Donald Trump, but in the shadow of Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, Bernie Sanders is dramatically challenging Beltway discourse on Israel. In 2020, when Sanders likely runs for president, and journalists begin paying attention,… Read the Rest »

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Trump Has Freed Progressive Democratic Senators To Finally Criticize Israel

May 15, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The Forward has learned that on Friday night, thirteen Democratic Senators—including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the Trump administration “to do more to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.”

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Israel’s Choice To Shoot Palestinians Should Horrify — But Not Surprise Us

May 15, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The other day, a thoughtful acquaintance, who is to my right politically, asked me a question. He asked what I’d advise Israel to do when faced with thousands of Palestinians, some likely bent on violence, who are trying to storm the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from the rest… Read the Rest »