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Jared Kushner, Israel And The Enduring Power Of ‘Whiteness’

September 13, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Ta-Nehisi Coates has published a new essay. It’s about Donald Trump and the enduring power of whiteness in American politics. It doesn’t mention Israel. But it explains a lot about the American Israel debate, and why it may change.

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Israel And The Palestinian Authority Finally Agree — About Jailing Peace Activist Issa Amro

September 5, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“Mahmoud Abbas is serving the 12th year of a four term.” I’ve heard the line countless times from hawkish American Jews. It’s often accompanied by a smug grin. The message is clear: Stop haranguing Israel. It’s the Palestinians who don’t believe in democracy.

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Jared Kushner Just Made A Huge Blunder On Peace In The Middle East

August 29, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, Jared Kushner and various other Trump administration officials met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas reportedly urged the Americans to publicly endorse the two state solution. The Americans refused. The reason, according to the Washington Post, is that Kushner and company believe “that it is down to… Read the Rest »

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The One Thing Jews Should Be Doing To Combat White Supremacy

August 22, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

What did you feel when you heard the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, chant, “Jews will not replace us?” Fear, of course. Bewilderment, perhaps anger. But I bet a lot of Jews felt another emotion, which they’re less likely to articulate in public: snobbery. “Replace you? Where, behind the counter at… Read the Rest »

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What Growing Up Under Apartheid Taught Me About Trump’s ‘Fine People’

August 16, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When I heard Donald Trump say in his Tuesday press conference that there were “fine people” among the marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia, who protested the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, it brought me back.

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Beware The Jewish Republicans Who Embrace Far-Right Bigotry

July 27, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you want to understand American Jewish politics in the Donald Trump era, pay close attention to the skirmish last week between the Anti-Defamation League and Ohio Republican State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel. It’s a foretaste of things to come.

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Why Is Bibi Aligning Israel With An Anti-Semitic Populist Who Demonizes George Soros?

July 18, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When Benjamin Netanyahu begins an official visit to Hungary today, he will mark one of the most remarkable alliances in world politics: The alliance between a prime minister of the Jewish state and a group of would-be authoritarians who exploit anti-Semitism for political gain.

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How Trump Has Driven Jewish Conservative Thinkers To Brink Of Extinction

July 13, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the coming years, environmental scientists will probably chronicle the many species that Donald Trump’s presidency has brought to extinction. Political scientists may add another: the conservative Jewish intellectual.

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Why Jews Should Worry About Trump’s Stoking Fears Of Muslims — Especially In Poland

July 9, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week in Poland, President Trump uttered this remarkable statement: “Americans, Poles and nations of Europe value freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to confront forces, whether they come inside or out, from the south or the east, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase… Read the Rest »

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What ‘If Not Now’ Got Wrong About The Dyke March

July 5, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When people ask what gives me hope that the American Jewish community will one day defend freedom and justice for Israelis and Palestinians, rather than defending Benjamin Netanyahu, I answer: “If Not Now.” A Millennial-powered movement, speaking in an authentically Jewish idiom, which challenges American Jewish leaders to meet the… Read the Rest »