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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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Steve Bannon’s Departure Won’t Change Donald Trump

August 18, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It would be nice to believe that Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House will end, or least diminish, Donald Trump’s flirtations with bigotry. Alas, that’s almost certainly not the case.

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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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What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa

August 16, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In his Tuesday press conference, Donald Trump talked at length about what he called “the alt left.” White supremacists, he claimed, weren’t the only people in Charlottesville last weekend that deserved condemnation. “You had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he declared. “Nobody wants to… Read the Rest »

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The Rise of the Violent Left

August 9, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since 1907, Portland, Oregon, has hosted an annual Rose Festival. Since 2007, the festival had included a parade down 82nd Avenue. Since 2013, the Republican Party of Multnomah County, which includes Portland, had taken part. This April, all of that changed.

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The U.S. Government’s Fight Against Violent Extremism Loses Its Leader

July 31, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

George Selim, the federal counterterrorism official who works most closely with the organized American Muslim community, tendered his resignation on Friday. His ouster is a victory for Trump officials like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, who see mainstream Muslim organizations as Islamist fronts, and for those American Muslims who oppose… Read the Rest »

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Anthony Scaramucci’s Empty Feud With Reince Priebus

July 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has been called President Trump’s “mini-me.” In his phone call Wednesday night to New Yorker reporter  Ryan Lizza, he proved it.

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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.