UK Labour leader Keir Starmer is drawing a line under the Corbyn years

September 27, 2020 by  

That old cliché about the media preferring a news cycle dominated by conflict rather than reconciliation has some merit when you look at the amount of attention received by the British Labour Party before and after the disastrous leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Read more

The Holocaust vs. the rest: A new threat

September 21, 2020 by  

“Then again I got a story that’s harder than the hardcore cost of the Holocaust/I’m talkin’ ‘bout the one still goin’ on.” Read more

Jordan is harbouring brutal terrorists wanted by France and America

September 13, 2020 by  

Speak to policy analysts or policy-makers about the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and you’ll frequently encounter a series of truisms. Read more

Social distancing in the Warsaw Ghetto

September 5, 2020 by  

“I was told that these were human beings. They didn’t look like human beings.” Read more

Germany’s lessons for BDS

August 30, 2020 by  

Three incidents in three different countries during the last week graphically illustrated the ease with which anti-Zionism can serve as a vehicle for anti-Semitism. Read more

Lukashenko’s iron fist in Belarus

August 23, 2020 by  

Around the world, authoritarian regimes continue to growl in the faces of their own people as they demand freedom and reform. Read more

The lonely, angry anti-Semite

August 2, 2020 by  

At high school, he made no friends and didn’t belong to any clubs. He liked girls but having a girlfriend was beyond his abilities. Academically, he was undistinguished, doing well in biology but failing in English. Read more

The United States shifts its approach to China

July 25, 2020 by  

The appalling persecution of the Muslim Uyghur minority in northwestern China by the Communist Party (CCP) regime in Beijing is a matter of growing concern for Jewish communities around the world. Read more

A chill wind from Poland

July 18, 2020 by  

I’ve known Rafal Pankowski, the Polish academic and campaigner against anti-Semitism and racism, for almost 20 years, but I don’t think I’ve heard him sound as worried about the political situation in his country as I did when he addressed a seminar last week on Polish anti-Semitism. Read more

‘Get your knee off our necks:’ Jews and the new civil rights movement

Fighting racism doesn’t necessarily mean fighting anti-Semitism. Fighting racism can sometimes involve elements of anti-Semitism. And fighting anti-Semitism can sometimes lead to accusations of racism. Read more

Suddenly, Human Rights Watch discovers anti-Semitism

The drumbeat of anti-Semitism has grown louder and more assured over the last two decades. Read more

The return of populist anti-Semitism

April 25, 2020 by  

To the lexicon of new terminology introduced by the coronavirus pandemic, we can add the latest entry: “Zoombombing,” or the practice of hijacking private videoconferencing calls on the Internet by unwanted intruders. Read more

China’s hallowed status at the United Nations

April 19, 2020 by  

If you are looking for an international institution that brazenly fawns over the world’s most despotic regimes regardless of how low they might sink on the moral scale, then the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) never fails to disappoint. Read more

Jeremy Corbyn in historical perspective

April 11, 2020 by  

The era of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the opposition Labour Party in the United Kingdom mercifully came to an end last week, with the election of the more centrist-minded Sir Keir Starmer as his successor. Read more

Lies, Transparency and Pandemics

March 22, 2020 by  

Has the world ever been this perfectly synchronized? Read more

‘Rebranding’ BDS on the African continent

March 14, 2020 by  

The BDS movement, whose goal is for rest of the world to quarantine the State of Israel as though it was the coronavirus, is undergoing a “rebranding” in its South African heartland. Read more

What’s changed since the ‘Black Death’?

March 10, 2020 by  

The numbers are rolling in, and they make for grim reading. Read more

The Vatican opens its wartime archive

March 1, 2020 by  

One of the most persistent and controversial debates about the history of World War II concerns the role of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust, and specifically, the actions of Pope Pius XII. Read more

J’Accuse! Our Dreyfus and theirs

February 25, 2020 by  

Two months after its shellacking in the United Kingdom’s general elections, the Labour Party continues to remind British voters of why they chose the “anyone-but-Jeremy-Corbyn” option. Read more

What should be done with the ‘Judensau’?

February 11, 2020 by  

“Here in Wittenberg, in our parish church, there is a sow carved into the stone under which lie young pigs and Jews who are sucking,” wrote Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant faith in Germany, in one of his anti-Jewish tracts. Read more

Blaming anti-Semitism on capitalism

January 14, 2020 by  

It is progress of sorts. This week, one of the leading magazines of the American left published an article that took the phenomenon of anti-Semitism seriously. Read more

The multiple faces of anti-Semitism

January 6, 2020 by  

Several years ago, in an article for Commentary magazine, I offered a distinction between two kinds of anti-Semitic mindsets. I named the first one “bierkeller” anti-Semitism and the second one “bistro” anti-Semitism, as a way of illustrating the cultural gulf between these two forms. Read more

‘Dark days are coming back’: Justice is denied for Sarah Halimi

December 22, 2019 by  

The appeal court in Paris duly confirmed on Thursday the dreaded expectation of French Jews who have anxiously followed the legal proceedings in the case of Sarah Halimi, the 65-year-old widow who, on April 4, 2017, was viciously beaten and then thrown to her death from the third-floor window of her apartment by one of her own neighbours. Read more

Can Labour overcome anti-Semitism after Corbyn?

December 17, 2019 by  

History will not be kind to Jeremy Corbyn, the vanquished and soon-to-be-former leader of the opposition British Labour Party. Read more

Macron’s unsettling words: ‘Until our dead can sleep in peace’

December 9, 2019 by  

One of the criticisms levelled at the numerous Holocaust memorials dotted around Europe is their alleged tendency to, as an American Jewish leader memorably put it to me, “encourage Europeans to commemorate dead Jews, and ignore what’s happening to the living Jews.” Read more

Truth is not selective: Poland vs. Netflix

November 19, 2019 by  

Poland’s government won an important victory on the battleground of history last week. Read more

Belgium’s carnival of hatred is still going strong

October 30, 2019 by  

A few years ago, I was paying for some items at a large department store in the Netherlands when I was startled by the sight of a doll behind the cashier’s desk that appeared, at first glance, to be a grotesque racial caricature of a small black child wearing an elfin costume. Read more

Germany’s rising far-right threat

October 20, 2019 by  

On the night of June 2, a German politician by the name of Walter Lübcke was found lying dead in the garden of his home in Wolfhagen — a village on the outskirts of the city of Kassel in the centre of the country — with a gunshot wound to the head. Read more

The Americans, the Kurds, the war

October 13, 2019 by  

Two days after announcing the betrayal of America’s Kurdish allies in Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to belittle them for good measure. Read more

In Britain, Boris is opening the door for Jeremy

September 29, 2019 by  

Jeremy Corbyn’s prospects of becoming Britain’s next leader received an important boost last Friday, when the head of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, intimated that her party would back him as prime minister if that was the only way to prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 without a divorce agreement in place. Read more

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