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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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The 4 Arguments For Brett Kavanaugh’s Immediate Confirmation, Debunked

September 30, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Brett Kavanaugh’s defenders have offered four main arguments for confirming him despite the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford and two other women who have accused him of sexual misdeeds.

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How Jared Kushner Flubbed The ‘Ultimate Deal’ — And Hurt Israel

September 20, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump and Jared Kushner do not represent something entirely new in the American government’s approach to Israel and Palestine. Rather, they represent the grotesque exaggeration of features that have long been present. They are the Clinton, Bush and Obama Middle East teams as seen through a funhouse mirror. They constitute the… Read the Rest »

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I Was Detained At Ben Gurion Airport Because Of My Beliefs

August 13, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Like many Jewish parents, I try to create memorable Jewish experiences for my kids. Last weekend I can say, with some confidence, that I succeeded.

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Has Abdicated His Moral Responsibility

July 26, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I’ve never met Jonathan Sacks. But his writing has had a deeper impact on my life than any other rabbi’s. I first came across it in a London synagogue in November 2010. Stapled together was Sacks’s commentary on the week’s Torah portion, Parshat Vayetzei, in which Jacob — after tricking his brother… Read the Rest »