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The Orthodox Should Know Better Than To Embrace Hatred Of Muslims

November 10, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

This fall, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) announced that Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart and a former adviser to President Trump, would speak at its annual gala. Liberal Jews protested that Bannon has fanned the anti-Semitism of the “alt-right.” Conservatives replied by citing all the Jews Breitbart has… Read the Rest »

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John Kelly erased slavery — just like Trump ignores the Palestinians

October 31, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Monday on Fox News, President Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, discussed the Civil War. He called Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee “an honorable man.” He blamed the conflict on “the lack of an ability to compromise.” And he never mentioned the word “slavery.”

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Why Are Mormons Obsessed With Jews?

October 23, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Earlier this month, Stephen Walt marked the tenth anniversary of his and John Mearsheimer’s book, The Israel Lobby, with a column in The Forward. In it, he restated his thesis that “unconditional U.S. support for Israel — the so-called ‘special relationship’ — is not explained by U.S. strategic interests or by shared… Read the Rest »

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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 »