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What Growing Up Under Apartheid Taught Me About Trump’s ‘Fine People’

August 16, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When I heard Donald Trump say in his Tuesday press conference that there were “fine people” among the marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia, who protested the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, it brought me back.

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Beware The Jewish Republicans Who Embrace Far-Right Bigotry

July 27, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you want to understand American Jewish politics in the Donald Trump era, pay close attention to the skirmish last week between the Anti-Defamation League and Ohio Republican State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel. It’s a foretaste of things to come.

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Why Is Bibi Aligning Israel With An Anti-Semitic Populist Who Demonizes George Soros?

July 18, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When Benjamin Netanyahu begins an official visit to Hungary today, he will mark one of the most remarkable alliances in world politics: The alliance between a prime minister of the Jewish state and a group of would-be authoritarians who exploit anti-Semitism for political gain.

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How Trump Has Driven Jewish Conservative Thinkers To Brink Of Extinction

July 13, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the coming years, environmental scientists will probably chronicle the many species that Donald Trump’s presidency has brought to extinction. Political scientists may add another: the conservative Jewish intellectual.

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Why Jews Should Worry About Trump’s Stoking Fears Of Muslims — Especially In Poland

July 9, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week in Poland, President Trump uttered this remarkable statement: “Americans, Poles and nations of Europe value freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to confront forces, whether they come inside or out, from the south or the east, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase… Read the Rest »

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What ‘If Not Now’ Got Wrong About The Dyke March

July 5, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When people ask what gives me hope that the American Jewish community will one day defend freedom and justice for Israelis and Palestinians, rather than defending Benjamin Netanyahu, I answer: “If Not Now.” A Millennial-powered movement, speaking in an authentically Jewish idiom, which challenges American Jewish leaders to meet the… Read the Rest »

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The Chicago Dyke March And The Israel Project: Guilty Of The Same Intolerance

June 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Watch the American debate over Israel closely and you notice an intriguing symmetry. In official Washington, where establishment Jewish groups wield power, they erect a de facto litmus test for Palestinians: Endorse Zionism or we will bar you from the halls of power. Earlier this month, for instance, Nadia Ben-Youssef,… Read the Rest »

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Why Is One Pro-Israel Group Desperate To Keep You From Watching This Video?

June 21, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When it comes to Palestinians, the American Jewish establishment is in the ignorance business. The average American synagogue has never hosted a Palestinian speaker. The average “pro-Israel” activist has never read a book by a Palestinian author. The American Jewish philanthropists who fund Birthright send thousands of young American Jews… Read the Rest »

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When The Rules Of Shabbos Clash With The Modern World

June 14, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A plastic curtain separated my father from his neighbor in the geriatric emergency room. The man, who wore a velvet yarmulke and sported a beard, lay on a gurney. His wife talked on the phone in Yiddish. Then she began speaking to me: “We came here last night from a… Read the Rest »

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The Big Tent: What Camping Can Teach Us About Israelis And American Jews

June 7, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Every year for the past six, I’ve spent an early summer weekend camping with several dozen Jewish parents (mostly fathers) and their elementary school aged kids. We all live in the New York area, but roughly one-quarter grew up in Israel. The other three-quarters hail from the United States or… Read the Rest »