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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 »

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Furious About Family Separation? You Should Also Care That Israel Is Razing Bedouin Villages

July 5, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

American Jewish groups have, for the most part, condemned the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents from their children at the border. Good. So why can’t they condemn the Netanyahu administration’s policy of destroying villages like Khan al-Ahmar?

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Trump Is Turning America Into An Idol

June 28, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

There are many reasons for American Jews to reject Donald Trump’s inhuman treatment of the undocumented families who cross America’s borders. The Torah emphasizes the value of all people. (It doesn’t begin with Jews. It begins with Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel and Noah, who hail from no nation or tribe). The Torah repeatedly stresses… Read the Rest »

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Bernie Sanders’ Criticism Of Israel Is Radical. And He’s Taking It Mainstream

June 11, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Not many in the media are noticing, which is understandable given the burden of keeping up with Donald Trump, but in the shadow of Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, Bernie Sanders is dramatically challenging Beltway discourse on Israel. In 2020, when Sanders likely runs for president, and journalists begin paying attention,… Read the Rest »

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Trump Has Freed Progressive Democratic Senators To Finally Criticize Israel

May 15, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The Forward has learned that on Friday night, thirteen Democratic Senators—including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the Trump administration “to do more to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.”

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Israel’s Choice To Shoot Palestinians Should Horrify — But Not Surprise Us

May 15, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The other day, a thoughtful acquaintance, who is to my right politically, asked me a question. He asked what I’d advise Israel to do when faced with thousands of Palestinians, some likely bent on violence, who are trying to storm the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from the rest… Read the Rest »

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How Racism Marred The Jerusalem Embassy Celebration

May 14, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

For more than a century, Palestinians have tried to convince the world (wrongly, in my view) that Zionism is inherently racist. Now they have a powerful new ally: Donald Trump.

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Abandoning Iran Deal, U.S. Joins Israel In Axis Of Escalation

May 8, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

After 9/11, a colleague turned to me and said, “We’re all Israelis now.” Listening to Donald Trump announce that the United States will brazenly violate its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal, I had a similar thought. In the outlooks of their governments, Israel and the United States are now… Read the Rest »

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American Jews Have Abandoned Gaza — And The Truth

April 26, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“In our time,” wrote George Orwell in 1946, “political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.” British colonialism, the Soviet gulag and America’s dropping of an atomic bomb, he argued, “can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face.” So how… Read the Rest »

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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 »