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Why I Refuse to Call Steve Bannon an anti-Semite

December 14, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, a journalist I admire asked me a question: Why won’t I call Steve Bannon an anti-Semite? He had seen me on television debating two GOP-leaning Jewish commentators who were eager to defend Trump’s chief strategist from the charge. Why hadn’t I leveled it?  

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American Jewish Establishment Stifles Free Speech to Silence Zionism’s Critics

December 7, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

With every passing year, the American Jewish establishment poses a greater threat to free speech in the United States. The reason is simple. With every passing year, Israeli control of the West Bank grows more permanent. And so, with every passing year, more American progressives question Zionism.

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Trump Era Heralds Final Collapse of American Jewish Center

December 1, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

To understand what American Jewish politics will look like in the age of Donald Trump, look closely at what happened at New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on the evening of Sunday, November 20. Inside the hotel, the Zionist Organization of America held its annual gala. Never heard of the ZOA?… Read the Rest »

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Why Steve Bannon Likes Nationalist Israel but Dislikes Internationalist American Jews

November 24, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I don’t know if Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, is anti-Semitic. I can’t see inside his soul. What I do know is this: Citing his support for Israel doesn’t exonerate him of the charge. You can believe that Jews are a malevolent force in the United States and still… Read the Rest »

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America’s Most Influential Jewish Groups Have Prioritized Netanyahu Over U.S. Jews’ Safety

November 17, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Future historians will puzzle over this question: When Donald Trump ran the most bigoted presidential campaign in modern American history, why did America’s most powerful Jewish organizations remain silent? When even Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan denounced Donald Trump’s attacks on Mexican-American Judge Gonzalo Curiel as racist, why did The… Read the Rest »

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I Still Love America. But, After Trump’s Victory, I Don’t Trust It

November 9, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I’ve never felt less American and more Jewish. As an American, a white one, I’ve always felt safe. I’ve always assumed my country would be stable. I’ve always assumed the Constitution would restrain power’s tendency to corrupt. I’ve never feared my government or the people with whom I share my… Read the Rest »

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Quandary for American Jews, Caught in Bitter U.S. Class War

November 2, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The conversation took place more than twenty years ago, but I still remember it. I was walking with another American through Oxford University, where we had both recently arrived as graduate students. In the middle of our conversation, she said something along the lines of: “You probably feel pretty comfortable… Read the Rest »

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Curt Schilling, Want to Know Why U.S. Jews Vote Democrat? Because They’re Secular Liberals

October 27, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, born-again Christian, gay marriage opponent, former all-star pitcher and likely senate candidate Curt Schilling poured out his bewilderment to CNN host Jake Tapper. “I don’t understand how people of Jewish faith can back the Democratic Party,” Schilling declared, “which over the last 50 years have been so clearly… Read the Rest »

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Liberal Jews Should Condemn Denial of Jewish Ties to Temple Mount

October 18, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When you deny a people’s identity, you deny that they have rights. That’s why it’s so dangerous that powerful American Zionists — from billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson to former presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum — have claimed that the Palestinian people do not exist. If Palestinians don’t… Read the Rest »

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The Real American Jewish Tragedy

October 5, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the coming days, many American Jewish parents will take their children to synagogue for the only time all year. And the kids will be bored out of their minds. From a child’s perspective of the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah offers only one attraction: the blowing of the Shofar. Yom… Read the Rest »