Double-edged antisemitism

The Oct. 9, 1982 Palestinian terrorist attack on the Great Synagogue of Rome, in which two-year-old Stefano Gaj Tachè was killed, and the blood of 37 others who were wounded flowed on the stones of the building that should have been the safest refuge for Jews in the Italian capital, was a double slap in the face—not only by the murderers but by those who didn’t lift a finger to defend their victims. Read more

A referendum on Netanyahu

Israel is trembling with uncertainty ahead of today’s election, whose outcome nobody can predict. But, unlike previous Knesset elections, this one—the fourth in two years—is not seeing the arrival in droves of foreign journalists. Read more

Israel’s miraculous vaccination campaign

Throughout history, vaccines have proven miraculous, virtually eliminating smallpox, diphtheria, polio and other diseases. Today, they are on the verge of liberating us from COVID-19. Read more

The third wave of antisemitism is upon us

Imagine that a prestigious international research institute concludes that the new wave of antisemitism is fuelled and perpetuated chiefly by the physical characteristics of the Jews–their noses, for example–or by their insularity in relation to the general society. Read more

Looting American culture

If George Floyd, the African-American strangled to death by the knee of Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, had been white, his death would have elicited the same horrified reaction on my part. Read more

How COVID-19 has sparked antisemitic conspiracy theories

April 23, 2020 by  

It’s easy to see how the coronavirus pandemic has sparked antisemitic conspiracy theories. Read more

Alone together: The fight against coronavirus

When my father was detained in communist Poland after World War II, our family’s only channel of communication with him for well over four years was a telephone on a coffee table in Florence. Read more

‘Never again’ means standing up for Israel

Standing up to contemporary antisemitism is no easy thing, as it means taking up arms in the war being fought over Israel’s legitimacy. This is a fight to the death against the mortal enemy of the Jewish people—one in which the casualties are all too real. It cannot be fought with pleasantries. Beautiful speeches notwithstanding, world leaders only truly join in this fight when they stand against the delegitimization of Israel. Read more

Anti-Semitism can be fought only with policy action, not lip service

Anti-Semitism turns truly dangerous when it becomes the organizing principle of a society. This occurred during the past century under Nazism and communism, and it is occurring again today. Read more

Never again? Only if the Jews never stop fighting

January 31, 2020 by  

How does a Jewish girl born after the war experience the Shoah and remember it? The answer is with strain, disgust and disbelief—yes, quite naively. Read more

To combat antisemitism, one must first define it

An unprecedented conference will begin on Jan. 23 (an official dinner will take place the night before) in Jerusalem—one in which world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and French President Emmanuel Macron, will confer on how to defeat the scourge of antisemitism. Read more

When the dust settles in Syria …

To speak about Kurds has suddenly become a cry in favour of human rights and self-determination by the Western press, and rightly so: The assault they are suffering is lethal and may become genocidal. Read more

Making news, rather than dealing with real problems in Israel

Israel is shaken and wounded. On Thursday, the country’s top prosecutor, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, with 57 pages of allegations, announced his intention to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, thereby not only undermining a great leader—a key political figure both at home and abroad—but also clearly trying of influencing heavily the outcome of the upcoming general elections to be held on April 9. Read more

Holocaust denial, purposeful dementia and Israel

Memory loss can be a terrible disease. In the best case, it affects our recall of the minor details of an event, but in the worst case, such as with Alzheimer’s disease, it can lead to complete distortion of the past. Read more

Hamas rolls the dice … again

From the possibility of an agreement to that of war, complete with dead and wounded, Hamas has returned together with other terrorist militias to hold all citizens in southern Israel hostage. Read more

Pittsburgh, politics and the president

Anti-Semitism hovered like a ghost, especially after the Pittsburgh massacre, on the U.S. midterm elections, and it has unexpectedly become a keyword for all of November…writes Fiamma Nirenstein/JNS. Read more

Jordan challenges Israel on land-lease agreement

Under a blistering sun back in 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein of Jordan, along with U.S. President Bill Clinton’s support and watchful eye, signed the Israel-Jordan peace treaty in the Arava valley of Israel, north of Eilat and near the Jordanian border…writes Fiamma Nirenstein/JNS. Read more

Corbyn unmasked: He brought flowers to terrorists

August 17, 2018 by  

Even a reaction to an accusation of antisemitism can be antisemitic…writes Fiamma Nirenstein/JNS. Read more

Trump opens door for talks with Iran to isolate the ayatollahs

U.S. President Donald Trump’s manner, in which he initially puts forth his most ferocious face and then an extended hand, creates a situation that the interlocutor doesn’t expect…writes Fiamma Nirenstein/JNS. Read more

Syrians flee towards hospitals of the ‘enemy’

The strong winds in the Golan Heights blow pain and come from tent cities in which displaced Syrians are clustered together a few meters from the steel-and-barbed-wire fence with Israel…writes Fiamma Nirenstein. Read more

Who’s right? Not the left in Europe!

If someone showed British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn or Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan footage of the waving of Israeli flags during a speech in front of a mass of people made by Matteo Salvini, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Interior Minister, at the his party’s (the League) annual gathering a few days ago in Pontida, Italy, both would undoubtedly interpret this in their own way…writes Fiamma Nirenstein. Read more

All these years later, Netanyahu is finally vindicated

Jerusalem buzzes with joy in these hours, and so, too, does Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. An amazing spectacle of fireworks above the City of David is being prepared, the streets are decorated with flowers, and the U.S. consulate has finally become an embassy…writes Fiamma Nirenstein/JNS. Read more

Iran’s and Abbas’s ‘truths,’ revealed

The Middle East, like the top of Mount Everest, continually finds itself engulfed by a sea of clouds…writes Fiamma Nirenstein/JNS. Read more

New tactic by Hamas: Using human matchsticks to fuel the fire

The risk of the “March of Return,” organised by Hamas last Friday, is that of a new kind of mass terrorism, a new kind of war…writes Fiamma Nirenstein/JNS. Read more

Kill or be killed: Terror is the sole tool of Hamas

After Israel buried another two young soldiers—Sgt. Netanel Kahalani, 20, and Capt. Ziv Deus, 21, who were killed on March 16 by a Palestinian terrorist after he rammed his car into a group of soldiers (two others were injured in the attack) along a road southwest of Jenin—Israeli troops on the border with Gaza blew up two more tunnels built with the intent of allowing terrorists to again enter the Jewish state. Read more