The brouhaha over defining Jews as an ethnic minority

A row over anti-Semitism that has erupted in Britain illuminates the problem that bedevils so many in the West over their understanding of what Judaism actually is. Read more

We recognize Haman. But where are Mordechai and Esther?

February 26, 2021 by  

This week’s festival of Purim provided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an irresistible analogy. Read more

Christian leaders remain silent as the church recycles its oldest hatred

February 19, 2021 by  

The World Council of Churches has gone full theological incitement against the State of Israel. Read more

The absurd malevolence of the International Criminal Court

It’s hard to exaggerate the hypocrisy, malice and sheer absurdity of the decision by the International Criminal Court last week that the Palestinians have the authority of a state to bring a case against Israelis for war crimes. Read more

Obama’s third term

February 5, 2021 by  

Some people are fretting that U.S. President Joe Biden has not yet picked up the phone to call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They worry that this may betoken a new coolness by the United States towards Israel. Read more

The tragedy for haredim from COVID has created a crisis for Judaism itself

The mayor of Antwerp, the Belgian city that is home to about 15,000 ultra-Orthodox haredi Jews, has warned that their failure to comply with coronavirus measures threatens to trigger a wave of anti-Semitism. Read more

Will America stay the strong horse when it comes to Iran?

Can leopards change their spots? Or to be more pertinent, can those who put Israel, the West and the world in such danger through the Obama administration’s 2015 nuclear deal with the Iranian regime now accept that what they did was catastrophically wrong? Read more

As America reels from political trauma, Jewish continuity points way to national unity

January 15, 2021 by  

As ever, Judaism has the best line. “Put not your trust in princes,” said the psalmist. Amen to that. Read more

A disaster and a tragedy for America, Jews and decent people everywhere

January 8, 2021 by  

If freedom is indivisible, so are the rule of law, constitutional order and respect for the democratic process. Read more

Lessons from Britain’s Brexit breakthrough

January 1, 2021 by  

This New Year’s day, Britain finds itself in a position that few expected even as late as last week. Read more

The driving force behind the ban on kosher slaughtering

The European Union likes to pose as the avatar of tolerance, freedom and all civilized values. Now it has ripped off its own disguise to reveal something rather more ugly. Read more

A mystery in its own right: The ‘anti-Semitism’ of John le Carré

John le Carré, the acclaimed grandmaster of the spy novel who died last weekend at the age of 89, was dogged for years by allegations of anti-Semitism. Read more

The agenda that undermines America’s bond with the Jews

December 4, 2020 by  

Among those who understood the depth of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s hostility to Israel, there’s understandable anxiety about the Obama retreads and acolytes among the foreign policy and security nominees being chosen by the prospective president-elect, Joe Biden. Read more

How Nuremberg’s universalism undermined its noble aims

This weekend marks 75 years since the start of the Nuremberg tribunals, which tried leaders of Nazi Germany for their part in the Holocaust and other war crimes. Read more

Two public figures left the world: One despicable, one inspirational

Over the past few days, two significant public figures passed away. One of them used his towering gifts to help create a better world. The other helped create a better world by leaving it. Read more

Electing a president under an erupting cultural volcano

The U.S. presidential election has illustrated more graphically than ever before that we are living beneath an erupting civilizational volcano. Read more

Why Britain’s Labour Party will struggle to erase its moral stain

The report of an 18-month inquiry into anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour Party has now been published. Almost instantly, it produced a dramatic and unexpected result. Read more

What sanitizing Louis Farrakhan tells us about the West

October 23, 2020 by  

The writer Bari Weiss, who resigned in the summer from The New York Times in protest at its tolerance of anti-Semitism and refusal to publish opinions which challenge the left-wing consensus, continues on her painful political journey. Read more

The BBC isn’t just too ‘woke’—over Israel, it incites baseless hatred

October 16, 2020 by  

In recent weeks, there have been indications that the British government intends to try to bring the BBC to heel. Read more

Turning Britain and America into Salem

Much has been written about left-wing anti-Semitism and the pernicious role played by the universities in fomenting it. Read more

Trivializing the true evil of Nazism

October 2, 2020 by  

There is clearly no limit to the depths of moral perversity that the enemies of President Donald Trump are prepared to plumb, not least within America’s Jewish community. Read more

RBG: An American Jewish justice warrior

September 25, 2020 by  

The obituary in Britain’s Guardian newspaper of the iconic liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last weekend, provoked outrage among a number of Jews. Read more

The fundamental fracture the Abraham Accords may begin to heal

September 18, 2020 by  

It’s hard not to get emotional about the deals signed in Washington this week between Israel and its new Gulf partners, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Read more

When rabbis should not keep quiet

September 11, 2020 by  

The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Sacks, has come in for some stick over remarks he recently made about religion and politics. Read more

The West turns a blind eye to Palestinian incitement in word and deed

Why do so many well-meaning people committed to ending abuses of power ignore the evidence of who is actually committing these abuses and blame their victims instead? Read more

The free world’s craven and hypocritical fifth column

When Britain’s foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Jerusalem this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly chewed his ear off. Read more

The progressive world: An antechamber to evil

After days of anti-Semitic rants on social media, the “Grime” rapper Wiley has finally been barred from Twitter and Facebook following outrage by Jews and others that he was allowed to use these platforms for his vicious incitement. Read more

Betraying Jewish history by watering down the Holocaust

The British baroness Ruth Deech, whose family were Jewish refugees from Nazism, recently delivered an impassioned address to the Oxford Jewish community about the way the Holocaust is being evacuated of meaning by memorials and museums in its name. Read more

The Jewish surrender to the West’s eclipse of reason

Rarely has a journalist’s resignation from their newspaper created such an impact as the coruscating letter with which Bari Weiss resigned from The New York Times. Read more

Both hero and zero: Israel’s strategic incoherence

While Israelis are increasingly alarmed by the government’s loss of control over the coronavirus crisis, different events suggest that the country may have pulled off a spectacular advance in the battle against another intractable foe. Read more

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