Remembering Manfred Gerstenfeld: Truth against myth

February 28, 2021 by  

There is an acerbic joke that you sometimes hear in the Netherlands to the effect that most Dutch people were part of the anti-Nazi resistance, but that they joined “after the war.” Read more

Engaging with the UN Human Rights Council

February 21, 2021 by  

Many people who have never heard of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) might reasonably ask why this body has the name that it does, upon learning that one of its members, China, is currently engaged in genocide against its Uyghur Muslim minority. Read more

‘Shaun on P13:’ Ordinary Norwegians expose the anti-Semite in their midst

February 14, 2021 by  

If Shaun Henrik Matheson was an American radio presenter rather than a Norwegian one, it’s highly unlikely that he’d still have a job this week. Read more

Joe Biden, Anne Neuberger and dual loyalty

February 1, 2021 by  

Lost amid the whirlwind of anger, violence and recrimination that followed the November 2020 presidential election in the United States was the singular concern over where Joe Biden’s ultimate loyalties might lie, as voiced by a group of conservative voices across the pond in Britain. Read more

‘Freedom for Humanity:’ A Cautionary Tale

January 24, 2021 by  

What follows here is a story about a politician from the extreme left, a politician from the far-right and a painting replete with anti-Semitic tropes that has travelled around the Internet for around a decade, and still does. Read more

‘Your suffering is our pleasure’: The anti-Zionist glee at Sheldon Adelson’s death

January 17, 2021 by  

When the former Conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died in 2013, there were some on the left who regarded her passing as a moment for celebration. Read more

Donald Trump: The un-American president

January 10, 2021 by  

Move over, James Buchanan. The 15th president of the United States of America is regularly ranked by historians as the worst-ever holder of that hallowed office—a one-term commander-in-chief whose unctuous appeasement of pro-slavery forces did nothing to prevent Southern states from declaring war on the Union one year after he left office. Read more

European hypocrisy laid bare in kosher-slaughter legal judgement

December 20, 2020 by  

Last time I checked, the French were still preparing their famed foie gras delicacy using the method of “gavage.” Read more

The declining credibility of Palestinian objections to the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism

December 5, 2020 by  

A group of Palestinian and Arab intellectuals, 122 in all, endorsed a statement last week published by The Guardian newspaper that attacked the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. Read more

Designating anti-Semitism: Positives and pitfalls

November 14, 2020 by  

One of the more reprehensible aspects of the global campaign to strip Israel of its legitimacy is the fact that so many leading human-rights organizations have been co-opted by it. Read more

Still stuck in a time warp

November 9, 2020 by  

Some of you will probably be familiar with a charming German movie called “Goodbye, Lenin,” the story of which concerns a woman in Communist-ruled East Germany who falls into a coma and wakes up a few months later in a unified, democratic Federal Republic of Germany. Read more

Oh, the irony, Jeremy!

November 1, 2020 by  

During Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure at the helm of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, one of the many anti-Semitism scandals that enveloped the party revolved around a speech he had given while still a backbench member of parliament, in which he ventured that British-born “Zionists … despite having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives … don’t understand English irony.” Read more

‘So what’? Foreign policy and the 2020 election

October 25, 2020 by  

Not so long ago, presidential debates were vital occasions for an exchange on American foreign policy and its priorities, as well as this country’s broader place in the world. Read more

Can France’s courts learn from Facebook in the fight against anti-Semitism?

October 18, 2020 by  

Who is more effective in the fight against resurgent anti-Semitism: Facebook or the French judiciary? Read more

An Israeli ‘dissident’ demolished

October 11, 2020 by  

The most scathing book review I have read in a very long time appears in the Sept.18 edition of the London-based journal, the Times Literary Supplement. Read more

Lift the US ban on journalist Jonathan Spyer

October 5, 2020 by  

There is no role in journalism that is more mentally and physically punishing than that of a war correspondent. Read more

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

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