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A History Lesson For Chuck Schumer On Israel — And A Changing America

March 7, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Chuck Schumer is worried about young people. In his speech on Monday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, he warned that “too many of the younger Americans don’t know the history” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “and as a result they tend to say, well, both sides are to blame.”… Read the Rest »

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Is Jared Kushner’s Leap To Power A Jewish Success Story — Or A Tragedy?

March 2, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Jared Kushner is in the news again. This week, The New York Times reported that, in his role as a White House adviser, he met with financiers who went on to invest in the family real estate business, in which he retains a large stake. Not to be outdone, The Washington Post reported that… Read the Rest »

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You Don’t Need Jewish Values To Denounce Israel’s Treatment Of Asylum Seekers

February 7, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, Isabel Kershner, The New York Times’ estimable Israel correspondent, wrote an article about the Netanyahu government’s decision to either expel Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers to third countries or indefinitely lock them up. The article ran under the headline, “Israel Moves to Expel Africans. Critics Say That’s Not Jewish.”

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What Happens To Israel When There Are More Muslims In America Than Jews?

January 8, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since the 1990s, American presidents have provided Israel the military capacity and diplomatic immunity to control millions of Palestinians who lack basic rights. Yet, at the same time, American presidents have insisted that Palestinians deserve those basic rights — that, in the words of George W. Bush, “it is untenable for… Read the Rest »

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Jews Are Due For A #MeToo Reckoning – About Palestinians

December 18, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

To varying degrees, most of us live in a state of willful blindness. We see horror all around us: people lying half-clothed, unconscious, on the sidewalk; football players who sustain brain damage for our enjoyment; news reports about children dying of hunger. We see these things the way we see… Read the Rest »

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Why Trump’s Jerusalem Gambit Will Only Hurt Israel

December 6, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On its face, Donald Trump’s speech on Wednesday announcing that America would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital seemed entirely reasonable. “Today,” he declared, “We finally acknowledge the obvious. That Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.”

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Why Doesn’t The New York Times Mention Ben Shapiro’s Islamophobia?

November 30, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Now and then—when Donald Trump retweets a video entitled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” by a British woman convicted of harassing a woman wearing a hijab, for instance—the media notices anti-Muslim bigotry. But often, it remains invisible. In recent years, this species of prejudice has become so pervasive, especially on the… Read the Rest »

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Actually, Steve Bannon Is Not An Anti-Semite. He’s Something Worse

November 22, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week in The New York Times, columnist Bret Stephens did something brave: He called the Zionist Organization of America’s decision to host Steve Bannon at its gala “a disgrace.” Stephens’s condemnation was brave because ZOA enjoys considerable support in the hawkish Zionist circles in which he travels. Its gala featured, in… Read the Rest »

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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.”