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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 »

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Why Israel Should Embrace This ‘Palestinian Gandhi’ — Not Jail Him

May 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

President Trump’s recent trip to Israel did not matter. He wants to broker the “ultimate deal” — Israeli-Palestinian peace — and thinks the Saudis, who share Israel’s fear of Iran, can help. But the Saudis can’t make Palestinians endorse their own subjugation. Peace requires freedom for the millions currently living… Read the Rest »

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Trump’s Meeting With Abbas: Should We Laugh Or Cry?

May 4, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“Mr. President, with you, we have hope.” So said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his joint press conference at the White House on Wednesday. As with so much in the Donald Trump era, it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.

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How Trump Desecrates Memory Of Holocaust Survivors — Despite Fine Words

April 26, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump ended his speech yesterday at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by talking about Gerda Weissmann Klein. For good reason; hers is an amazing story. While being liberated by the United States Army in May 1945, Weissmann — then 21 years old, white-haired and weighing 68 pounds —… Read the Rest »

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Is Marwan Barghouti The Palestinian Nelson Mandela?

April 19, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In the April 16 New York Times, Marwan Barghouti announced that he and 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners were launching a hunger strike. It’s easy to understand why. West Bank Palestinians are colonial subjects. Even though the Palestinian Authority has some power, it is not a state, and the Israeli military… Read the Rest »

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Why Trumpism Will Outlast Steve Bannon

April 17, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week brought a new conventional wisdom to Washington: Internationalism is back. Donald Trump’s military strike in Syria, his embrace of the Export-Import bank, his acknowledgment that China isn’t actually manipulating its currency, and his public humiliation of Steve Bannon sparked a rash of articles suggesting that Trump’s presidency may… Read the Rest »

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IfNotNow And The Challenge Of The Millennial Left

April 10, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In a column last week, I compared IfNotNow, the Millennial-powered movement challenging American Jewish complicity in Palestinian repression, to Black Lives Matter. That upset some people,including IfNotNow itself, which issued a statement rejecting the comparison. That’s fine. I’m a fan of IfNotNow’s, but the movement has no obligation to agree… Read the Rest »

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IfNotNow Is The Jewish Black Lives Matter

April 4, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I spent last Shabbat with students from Harvard Hillel and was reminded, again, how important a generational movement IfNotNow is becoming. I don’t think most older American Jews grasp it yet. This is our Black Lives Matter.

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AIPAC Reflects Heroism Of Jewish Power — And Its Perils

March 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s fitting that the AIPAC Policy Conference, which convened this week in Washington, D.C., falls every year at around the same time as the holiday of Purim. Because the two have a lot in common. On Purim, Jews read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of a Jew… Read the Rest »

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Who You Callin’ Anti-Semite? Reserve The Term For The Worst Offenders

March 22, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

We’ve been playing this game for months now. First with Michael Flynn. Then with Stephen Bannon. Now with Sebastian Gorka. Liberals accuse a Donald Trump adviser of having ties to right-wing anti-Semites. Trump’s Jewish supporters defend him. And, not content to stop there, they throw the charge back in the… Read the Rest »