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Of Course They’re Accusing Bernie Sanders Of Anti-Semitism – Because He Supports Palestinians

December 18, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Given Bernie Sanders’ endurance as a top-tier presidential contender, and his support for Palestinian rights, it was almost inevitable that conservatives would start labelling his campaign anti-Semitic. Last week’s election in Britain—and the alleged similarities between Sanders and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn—provided the pretext.

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Progressives Need To Face The Truth: Jeremy Corbyn’s Record On Anti-Semitism Is Bad

December 9, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When it comes to the furor surrounding British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed anti-Semitism, three unsettling things are true. First, Corbyn is not the major party candidate most complicit in bigotry. That ugly distinction goes to Britain’s current prime minister, Boris Johnson. Second, the British Jewish establishment has largely… Read the Rest »

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The Problem With Settlements Is Not That They Are Illegal. It’s That They Are Immoral

November 19, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Yesterday the Trump administration said Israeli settlements in the West Bank don’t violate international law. That’s absurd. Among international lawyers, the consensus that settlements are illegal rivals the consensus among international scientists that humans contribute to climate change. As UCLA’s Dov Waxman has pointed out, the legal advisor to Israel’s… Read the Rest »

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Democratic Party Split Over Military Aid To Israel

October 30, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

This week at the J Street Conference, Bernie Sanders said he’d tell the Israeli government that, “if you want military aid you’re going to have to fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza.” Pete Buttigieg promised to ensure that American “funding is going to things that are compatible… Read the Rest »

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What The AJC Poll Gets Wrong About American Jews And Zionism

October 24, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Wednesday, the American Jewish Committee released a survey of American Jews’ opinions about anti-Semitism. It’s a case study in how to obfuscate what American Jews actually believe.

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With Anti-Semitic Attack On ‘Shifty’ Foe, Trump Shows Off The Mechanism Of His Racism

October 3, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Wednesday, Donald Trump again referred to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as “shifty Schiff.” If you think that sounds vaguely anti-Semitic, you’re right. And it’s likely only the beginning. As the impeachment inquiry escalates, Trump’s anti-Semitic rhetoric probably will too. It won’t escalate because Trump is any more… Read the Rest »

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No, Israeli Democracy Is Not ‘Fine’

September 26, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, Bret Stephens penned a New York Times column entitled, “Israel’s democracy is doing just fine.” With their “rebuke” of Benjamin Netanyahu at the polls, Stephens declared, “Israelis showed that demagogy doesn’t work.” This week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gave Netanyahu the opportunity to form Israel’s next government. Netanyahu… Read the Rest »

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Netanyahu Just Promised To Annex The Jordan Valley. Good.

September 10, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Tuesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that if reelected, he would annex the Jordan Valley and perhaps “other areas” of the West Bank. Good. Critics will say that by calling for annexation, Netanyahu is killing the two-state solution. But he’s been doing that for a decade.

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Bipartisan Support For Israel Is Dead. That’s A Good Thing

August 19, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s become a ritual. Every time Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu do something that outrages Democrats, centrist commentators warn that they are committing a grave offense: They’re making Israel a partisan issue. The accusation has been nearly ubiquitous since the two leaders last week conspired to deny Representatives Rashida Tlaib… Read the Rest »

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Netanyahu Banned Omar And Tlaib Because The Occupation Must Be Hidden To Survive

August 15, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Most establishment American Jewish leaders think Israel’s decision to bar Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting the West Bank was, in the words of The Democratic Majority for Israel, “unwise.” Benjamin Netanyahu, the American Jewish Committee argued, should have realized that “visiting Israel is essential to gaining a better understanding of… Read the Rest »