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Monday, June 17, 2019

Op-eds

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

What’s the Matter With Israel’s Supreme Court?

Israel’s highest court just did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a big favor.

On Sunday, the Israeli Supreme Court handed down the final rulings on who could run in the country’s April 9 Knesset elections. The Central Elections Committee set up by the Knesset had previously decided

Will the Center-Left and Arab Parties Form Bloc to Stop Netanyahu?

The negotiations surrounding the creation of such a bloc are already unfolding before us, with each side marking their position and drafting their conditions for a future alliance.

The events of the past few days properly illustrate the main question leading up to the election: Will the

Is There Any Defense for Ilhan Omar?

Ever since she burst onto the national political scene by winning election to the House of Representatives in November, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has presented a challenge to her party. Like her fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Omar is a supporter of the BDS movement and a fervent opponent of Israel. But Omar has not

Is Israel Policy on the Line for 2020?

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ decision to enter the 2020 Democratic presidential race last week set off some alarm bells for the pro-Israel community.

The Vermont socialist is probably the most critical toward Israel of all the possible major contenders for the nomination. Indeed, the only issue on