All posts in the ‘ The Forward ’ Category


The Forward »

The Sick Double Standard In The Ilhan Omar Controversy

February 12, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The following two things are true. First, Representative Ilhan Omar was wrong to tweet that the American government’s support of Israel is “all about the Benjamins.” Secondly, she’s being judged by a grotesque double standard. Her fiercest critics in Congress are guiltier of bigotry than she is.

The Forward »

Bernie Sanders Has To Run – To Make Democrats More Critical Of Israel

January 17, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

There are plenty of reasons for Bernie Sanders not to run for president. He’s an old white guy who may have trouble generating enthusiasm from people of color and women, especially after the recent revelations of sexism in his 2016 campaign. Of all the potential Democratic nominees, he’s the one most likely… Read the Rest »

The Forward »

Birthright Will Fail If It Doesn’t Evolve With Young Jews

January 3, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On New Year’s Day, a young woman rushed the stage at the “MegaEvent” held in Jerusalem for participants in Birthright, the program that takes young American and other Diaspora Jews to Israel on a free ten-day trip. She unfurled a banner that declared “Birthright Sponsored by Adelson, Trump, Netanyahu” and directed viewers… Read the Rest »

The Forward »

Young Anti-Zionists: Be Uncomfortable, Like I Am With My Zionism

December 26, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week I received an email from a woman I have never met. She told me she had lived in Israel earlier in her life and that, while critical of some of its policies, loves the country in ways she can scarcely express. Then she outlined her problem: Her niece… Read the Rest »

The Forward, Uncategorized »

Rashida Tlaib And Her ‘Squad’ Of Israel Critics Own The Future

December 5, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you want to understand the divide inside the congressional Democratic Party on Israel, consider two events from earlier this week. On Sunday night, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer, the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, sat on stage at the Israeli-American Council, an organization funded, in part, by Sheldon Adelson. Alongside… Read the Rest »

The Forward »

Dispute Over Airbnb In West Bank Settlements Shows ADL’s ‘Moral Schizophrenia’

November 27, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The Anti-Defamation League has a disease. It suffers from an acute — and potentially fatal — form of moral schizophrenia. The ADL was founded 105 years ago during the anti-Semitic conviction and later lynching of Atlanta business owner Leo Frank with a dual purpose. It was created “to stop…the defamation… Read the Rest »

The Forward »

No, BDS Is Not Anti-Semitic, And Neither Is Ilhan Omar

November 19, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It turns out that Ilhan Omar, who this month became the first Somali American and the first Muslim refugee ever elected to Congress, modulates her views to fit her audience. In other words, she’s a politician.

The Forward »

Blaming ‘Both Sides’ For Political Rage Is Ignorant – And Immoral

November 5, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I logged onto Twitter on Saturday night to find a message from Alan Dershowitz. “The both sides argument is always proper,” he tweeted. “Blaming only one side— the “other” side— is too easy. The shoe on the other foot test requires that you condemn your side’s bigots along with their… Read the Rest »

The Forward »

The Special Kind Of Hate That Drove Pittsburgh Shooter — And Trump

October 28, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It happened on Parshat Vayera. The worst anti-Semitic attack in American history occurred while Jews around the world were reading the Torah portion that tells the story of Lot, an immigrant. Lot moves to Sodom, and prospers there. The Midrash says he becomes a judge. His daughters intermarry with the… Read the Rest »

The Forward »

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.