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On the Jewish Community’s Shameful Silence About Israel’s Arms to Myanmar

October 11, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Three weeks ago, an organization called J.A.C.O.B. — the Jewish Alliance of Concern over Burma — cosponsored a rally in front of the United Nations. The reason: the government of Myanmar (Burma’s current name) is slaughtering its Muslim minority, the Rohingya, on a vast scale. As many as 400,000 Rohingya… Read the Rest »

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Bernie Sanders Should Just Keep His Mouth Shut On The High Holidays

September 27, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, Bernie Sanders gave a much-touted foreign policy speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the same location where Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” address in 1946. The contents of the speech were intriguing. So was its timing. Sanders delivered it on the first day of Rosh… Read the Rest »

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What Bibi Said At The UN Was True — And That’s Horrifying

September 20, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s easy to throw darts at the speech Benjamin Netanyahu delivered on Tuesday at the United Nations. He bashed the Iranian nuclear deal while depicting himself as a champion of the Iranian people. “My Iranian friends,” he declared, “you will be free from the evil regime that terrorizes you.” But… Read the Rest »

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Jared Kushner, Israel And The Enduring Power Of ‘Whiteness’

September 13, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Ta-Nehisi Coates has published a new essay. It’s about Donald Trump and the enduring power of whiteness in American politics. It doesn’t mention Israel. But it explains a lot about the American Israel debate, and why it may change.

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Israel And The Palestinian Authority Finally Agree — About Jailing Peace Activist Issa Amro

September 5, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“Mahmoud Abbas is serving the 12th year of a four term.” I’ve heard the line countless times from hawkish American Jews. It’s often accompanied by a smug grin. The message is clear: Stop haranguing Israel. It’s the Palestinians who don’t believe in democracy.

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Jared Kushner Just Made A Huge Blunder On Peace In The Middle East

August 29, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, Jared Kushner and various other Trump administration officials met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas reportedly urged the Americans to publicly endorse the two state solution. The Americans refused. The reason, according to the Washington Post, is that Kushner and company believe “that it is down to… Read the Rest »

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The One Thing Jews Should Be Doing To Combat White Supremacy

August 22, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

What did you feel when you heard the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, chant, “Jews will not replace us?” Fear, of course. Bewilderment, perhaps anger. But I bet a lot of Jews felt another emotion, which they’re less likely to articulate in public: snobbery. “Replace you? Where, behind the counter at… Read the Rest »

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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.