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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Op-eds

IfNotNow Seeks to Turn Dems Against Israel

Last week, a little-known group made national waves when they posted a video of two of their members making a request of presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren at a public-event photo op. The group was the virulently anti-Zionistic IfNotNow, and the request was, “We’d really love it if you also pushed the Israeli government to

The Rebbe Fought Anti-Semitism by Spreading Pro-Semitism

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, z”tl, showed the world a Judaism that is hard to hate.

We take it for granted that the way to address the evil of anti-Semitism is to fight it. It’s a natural part of our vocabulary. We fight, we confront, we condemn, we call out. We refuse to stand idly

A Sledgehammer Blow Didn’t ‘Judaize’ Jerusalem or Kill the Peace Process

The real problem is the Palestinian denial of Jewish history, not the presence of America’s ambassador at the unveiling of a biblical archaeological site.

The critics are right about U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s presence at the ceremonial opening of Jerusalem’s “Pilgrimage

Let’s Mitigate the Fiasco in Highland Park

Imagine that a supporter of a movement considered racist by many African-Americans wrote a children’s book designed to spread that movement’s ideas among the young and impressionable. Now imagine that this individual was invited to present the book at a reading in a small town’s public library. Not any town, but one with a

It’s More Than Just a Parade for Israel

They come from all over the greater New York area and around the United States. Tens of thousands of Jews (and non-Jews) gather once a year in New York City to march down Fifth Avenue to express their love for Israel. The annual “Celebrate Israel” parade started small 55 years ago, but it’s now one of the Big Apple’s grand

The Problem in Germany Is About More Than a ‘Kippah’

Who could really be surprised by the story that grabbed the attention of the Jewish world this past weekend? When Felix Klein, Germany’s first “Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism” (yes, that’s his full title) warned Jews about the danger of wearing a kipah in public, it was hardly a

Democrats Defend Tlaib’s Shoah Comments

Democratic Party leaders have spent recent months doing their best to assert that their support for Israel is still solid. But their job just got a lot harder. With so many Democrats rushing to the defense of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) after she sparked outrage with comments in which she engaged in Holocaust revisionism on a

‘New York Times’ Has No Place in Our Homes

 

On Wednesday morning, May 1, a couple of hours after returning home from a glorious Passover in Israel, my wife and I called The New York Times and explained to a very respectful representative why we wanted to end 60 years of on-and-off home delivery of the paper.

We told him that the cartoon that was published in The New York Times

Applying the Chabad Model to Help Perpetuate Holocaust Memory

Within the next several years, Holocaust remembrance will enter into a challenging new phase: perpetuating the memory of one of the most heinous crimes in human history—and certainly, against the Jewish people—without any firsthand witnesses.

I attended the March of the Living in Poland last

Is The New York Times Anti-Semitic?

I was about to write an article about how The New York Times had reached a new low—and then, in its international edition, it published a cartoon of Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke, being walked by a dog with the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a Star of David collar. The Times apologized after a backlash, with an

Why Is Ilhan Omar’s Islamophobia Dodge Working?

Imagine if there was a member of Congress who openly supported an anti-Semitic movement, issued multiple statements promoting traditional themes of Jew-hatred and then gave a speech at a fundraiser for an organization founded as a front group for terrorists in which the 9/11 attacks were described merely as “some people did

Is It Islamophobic to Deny That ‘Palestine’ Exists?

Despite repeated comments in which she repeated hateful anti-Semitic tropes, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) escaped even the mildest slap on the wrist from her congressional colleagues. But it turns out that Kalman Yeger won’t get off so easy.

Yeger, a member of the New York City Council who