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The Lesson Of Netanyahu’s Victory: Israel Will Not Change Without Pressure

April 10, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The lesson of Benjamin Netanyahu’s apparent reelection victory is simple, and old. Frederick Douglass articulated it 162 years ago: “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

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AIPAC Is Playing The Victim, But It’s Palestinians Who Are Being Silenced

March 25, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

So far, the theme of AIPAC’s 2019 Policy Conference has been peril, not just to Israel, but to AIPAC itself. AIPAC’s CEO accused unnamed critics of “trying to silence each of us.” AIPAC President Mort Fridman declared that, “none of us are willing to be silenced.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer warned of forces that seek “to silence others… Read the Rest »

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Trump Stoked The Islamophobia That Led To The New Zealand Mass Murder

March 18, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“If you find yourself using the tragedy in New Zealand to take backhanded swipes at conservatives in America,” tweeted Congressman, and rising GOP star, Dan Crenshaw on Friday, “then you really have no shame and you are part of the problem.” “Conservatives” is a broad category. So let’s narrow the focus to… Read the Rest »

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Why Does Congress Care More About Jewish Feelings Than Palestinian Rights?

March 8, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Late last month, in between the firestorm over Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s comments about AIPAC’s influence being “all about the Benjamins” and the firestorm over her comments about “allegiance to a foreign country,” the United Nations issued a report into Israel’s killing of 189 Palestinians — some of whom were journalists and… Read the Rest »

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Debunking The Myth That Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitic

February 27, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s a bewildering and alarming time to be a Jew, both because anti-Semitism is rising and because so many politicians are responding to it not by protecting Jews but by victimizing Palestinians.

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The Sick Double Standard In The Ilhan Omar Controversy

February 12, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The following two things are true. First, Representative Ilhan Omar was wrong to tweet that the American government’s support of Israel is “all about the Benjamins.” Secondly, she’s being judged by a grotesque double standard. Her fiercest critics in Congress are guiltier of bigotry than she is.

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Bernie Sanders Has To Run – To Make Democrats More Critical Of Israel

January 17, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

There are plenty of reasons for Bernie Sanders not to run for president. He’s an old white guy who may have trouble generating enthusiasm from people of color and women, especially after the recent revelations of sexism in his 2016 campaign. Of all the potential Democratic nominees, he’s the one most likely… Read the Rest »

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Birthright Will Fail If It Doesn’t Evolve With Young Jews

January 3, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On New Year’s Day, a young woman rushed the stage at the “MegaEvent” held in Jerusalem for participants in Birthright, the program that takes young American and other Diaspora Jews to Israel on a free ten-day trip. She unfurled a banner that declared “Birthright Sponsored by Adelson, Trump, Netanyahu” and directed viewers… Read the Rest »

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Young Anti-Zionists: Be Uncomfortable, Like I Am With My Zionism

December 26, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week I received an email from a woman I have never met. She told me she had lived in Israel earlier in her life and that, while critical of some of its policies, loves the country in ways she can scarcely express. Then she outlined her problem: Her niece… Read the Rest »

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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 »