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Opinions

OP-ED: Anti-Semitism has helped destroy Lebanon

By SEAN DURNS

– “One of the lessons that we learn from studying Jewish history,” the historian Paul Johnson observed, “is that anti-Semitism corrupts the people and societies possessed by it.” Lebanon offers a tragic case in point.

Aug. 4 marked the one-year anniversary of the Port of Beirut explosion, in which a large amount of ammonium nitrate exploded, killing at least 218 people, injuring hundreds more and...

OP-ED: Here’s another fine mess…

It was only five months ago we noted the ignoble one-year anniversary of the shutdown, the beginning of a year of unimaginable suffering and angst as the COVID pandemic became a way of life and imposed a new way of living.

We noted at the time we could see a light at the end of the tunnel. The three emergency-approved vaccines – Pzifer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – were...

OP-ED: It’s the religion, stupid.

By MITCHELL BARD

– I was thinking about the libel comparing Israel to Afrikaner South Africa, and it occurred to me that the rebuttals, including mine, leave out a central argument. In South Africa, Afrikaners considered the country theirs—that blacks were inferior, and that they should rule over them. By contrast, Israelis acknowledge Palestinian claims to part of the land, do not consider them inferior and do not want...

OP-ED: Why are ‘progressive Jews’ defending Ben & Jerry’s?

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS.org) – If you thought that American Jews were going to unite against discrimination in ice-cream sales, you were wrong. The decision of the Ben & Jerry’s company to “end sales of our ice-cream in occupied Palestinian territories” was widely condemned across the political spectrum in Israel, by many mainstream Jewish groups and by American political leaders. But the notion that this is an issue around which Jews are...

OP-ED: An Olympic moment

By ALAN SMASON

It’s taken a year, but the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, are now underway. In the interest of public safety amidst a worldwide pandemic (which has largely subsided, but is still a clear and present danger), crowds have been prevented from assembling to witness the feats of the Olympic heroes and athletes who hail from 206 countries and territories.

But, despite...

OP-ED: I helped organize the Washington rally against anti-Semitism. It wasn’t perfect, but it was necessary.

By ELISHA WEISEL

(JTA) — When Nazi tanks surrounded Warsaw, my father related in a rare moment of frustration, the Jews were in shul arguing over who should get “shishi” (the honor of being called up third to the Torah).

It was a story I thought about often on Sunday, on Tisha B’Av. The day marks the destruction of our Temple in Jerusalem and the beginning of exile, the day our...

OP-ED: Do they even know what ‘genocide’ means?

By RAFAEL MEDOFF

(Jewish Journal) – A new poll claims that 22% of American Jews believe “Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians.” That would be alarming—if they actually know what genocide is. But do they?

There is reason to suspect that as the word has become common place in public discourse, its meaning has been diluted and compromised. The unexpected ways in which the term “genocide”...

OP-ED: Fashion podcaster called out for anti-Semitism

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — For years, my wife told me her outlook on fashion was inspired by Man Repeller, the edgy publication founded by Leandra Medine Cohen, a Jewish prep school graduate who encouraged her followers to dress for themselves, not for the men around them.

Last year, we both watched as Medine Cohen stepped down from Man Repeller, then closed it, after facing backlash for firing one of her few Black employees...

OP-ED: Don’t confuse Holocaust education with the battle over critical race theory

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

– There is no more obvious sign that American education is in trouble than the fact that most state legislatures have become battlegrounds over how to teach history. The subject can be fraught with controversy under any circumstances. But in the last year, as efforts to put critical race theory (CRT) into public-school curricula have increased, the entire question of how to think not...

OP-ED: How the Jewish brand is getting squeezed from two sides

By DAVID SUISSA

– In the midst of an alarming rise in anti-Semitism, it’s easy to overlook that the Jewish brand in America has been an extraordinary success story. Jews are deeply engaged with American society, from politics to academia to media to science to spirituality to civic leadership. Jewish culture has greatly contributed to American culture in areas such as literature, movies, television, arts,...