Friday, January 21st 2022   |


OP-ED: Is it Islamophobic to call out Ilhan Omar for her antisemitism?


– As far as congressional Democrats are concerned, another right-wing nut job needs to be disciplined. The newest target of their ire is Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO.) who stands accused of Islamophobia and smearing another member of Congress as a terrorist. Having taken action against two other Republicans over the course of the year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that this time, she’s waiting for...

OP-ED: Rittenhouse verdict exposes our national divide


– You may think of Kyle Rittenhouse as a villain, or as a hero. You might regard him as a courageous citizen looking to protect a besieged community or a racist vigilante out to wreak havoc. I see a frightened and confused teenager who got himself involved in something much bigger and more dangerous than he could have possibly understood, with fatal...

OP-ED: Making a dash to drop the dash

Since the inception of the Crescent City Jewish News, the term “anti-Semitism” has in most cases been written with a dash. It was the preferred spelling used by almost all major Jewish news media and, in accordance with the JTA news service and others, became a part of the accepted style of the CCJN website.

However, in the intervening years, many Jewish scholars, especially the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance...

OP-ED: Ra’am’s success is Israel’s failure


– When Prime Minister Naftali Bennett asked to meet with King Abdullah of Jordan in July, Abdullah agreed but insisted the meeting be kept secret. When Bennett’s office leaked the meeting to the Israeli press, the regime-controlled Jordanian media largely ignored the story.

In stark contrast, Abdullah initiated his meeting Tuesday with Mansour Abbas, deputy head of the Southern Branch of the Islamic Movement and...

OP-ED: From Pogromnacht to now: 83 years of anti-Semitism

– This week, Jewish communities around the world remember the 83rd anniversary of Pogromnacht (Kristallnacht), when the Nazis and their supporters carried out an anti-Jewish pogrom throughout Germany, decimating thousands of Jewish-owned businesses, neighborhoods and synagogues, and forcing as many as 30,000 Jews into concentration camps, never to return.

Authorities sanctioned and even participated in the annihilation, marking a turning point in the state-organized...

OP-ED: ADL speaker attacks Israel


The Anti-Defamation League’s upcoming international conference on combatting hate will include a speaker who has publicly accused Israel of perpetrating “ethnic cleansing” against the Palestinian Arabs.

Was she the only speaker available in the whole world? Couldn’t the ADL find anyone else?

The ADL says that the conference, titled “Never is Now” and scheduled to take place (via Zoom) on November...

OP-ED: The Promise of Abraham


(Jewish Journal via – It’s been a long couple of weeks. Dave Chappelle tells resentful jokes about Jews. Sally Rooney won’t allow her book to be translated into Hebrew. An environmental advocacy group withdrew from a voting rights march “due to the participation of a number of Zionist organizations.” 

And the ongoing vilification of Israel and the Jewish community on college campuses proceeds unabated. This week,...

OP-ED: No Apology for Highlighting 9/11 Hypocrisy Towards Israel


– As part of the remembrance of 9/11, there has been a lot of rehashing and rewriting of history, as well as a recantation of views people now believe they should not have taken at the time. I am not one of them. I believe my words then are as valid today as they were then.

One person for whom I have great respect, Gary...

OP-ED: The real reason for Western support of the Palestinians


– Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States who is now a candidate to head the Jewish Agency, has rightly said that the decline in support for Israel among American Jews has reached a crisis point. The Jewish Agency, he said, “needs to bring young American Jews back from the brink.”

However, the Jewish Agency won’t address this problem by simply tackling American Jews....

OP-ED: The Sugihara Exclusion – Israel bites the hand that fed the Jews


– Recognizing a favor, hakkarat tov, is a highly treasured virtue in Jewish tradition. Israel purports to practice it in gushing gratitude to righteous gentiles. The few who sacrificed their own lives or livelihoods so as to rescue Jews fleeing Nazi brutality are given special place in Yad Vashem and in post-World War II histories.

Israel’s bureaucratic expertise is managing, however, to arm foes who...