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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 »

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The Chicago Dyke March And The Israel Project: Guilty Of The Same Intolerance

June 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Watch the American debate over Israel closely and you notice an intriguing symmetry. In official Washington, where establishment Jewish groups wield power, they erect a de facto litmus test for Palestinians: Endorse Zionism or we will bar you from the halls of power. Earlier this month, for instance, Nadia Ben-Youssef,… Read the Rest »

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Why Is One Pro-Israel Group Desperate To Keep You From Watching This Video?

June 21, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When it comes to Palestinians, the American Jewish establishment is in the ignorance business. The average American synagogue has never hosted a Palestinian speaker. The average “pro-Israel” activist has never read a book by a Palestinian author. The American Jewish philanthropists who fund Birthright send thousands of young American Jews… Read the Rest »

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When The Rules Of Shabbos Clash With The Modern World

June 14, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A plastic curtain separated my father from his neighbor in the geriatric emergency room. The man, who wore a velvet yarmulke and sported a beard, lay on a gurney. His wife talked on the phone in Yiddish. Then she began speaking to me: “We came here last night from a… Read the Rest »

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The Big Tent: What Camping Can Teach Us About Israelis And American Jews

June 7, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Every year for the past six, I’ve spent an early summer weekend camping with several dozen Jewish parents (mostly fathers) and their elementary school aged kids. We all live in the New York area, but roughly one-quarter grew up in Israel. The other three-quarters hail from the United States or… Read the Rest »

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Why Israel Should Embrace This ‘Palestinian Gandhi’ — Not Jail Him

May 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

President Trump’s recent trip to Israel did not matter. He wants to broker the “ultimate deal” — Israeli-Palestinian peace — and thinks the Saudis, who share Israel’s fear of Iran, can help. But the Saudis can’t make Palestinians endorse their own subjugation. Peace requires freedom for the millions currently living… Read the Rest »

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Trump’s Meeting With Abbas: Should We Laugh Or Cry?

May 4, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“Mr. President, with you, we have hope.” So said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his joint press conference at the White House on Wednesday. As with so much in the Donald Trump era, it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.

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How Trump Desecrates Memory Of Holocaust Survivors — Despite Fine Words

April 26, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump ended his speech yesterday at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by talking about Gerda Weissmann Klein. For good reason; hers is an amazing story. While being liberated by the United States Army in May 1945, Weissmann — then 21 years old, white-haired and weighing 68 pounds —… Read the Rest »

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Is Marwan Barghouti The Palestinian Nelson Mandela?

April 19, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In the April 16 New York Times, Marwan Barghouti announced that he and 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners were launching a hunger strike. It’s easy to understand why. West Bank Palestinians are colonial subjects. Even though the Palestinian Authority has some power, it is not a state, and the Israeli military… Read the Rest »