Thursday, September 16th 2021   |


OP-ED: The enduring message of the rescue at Entebbe


– Last month, I participated in a conference for young adults on the current Jewish agenda, hosted by the Jewish community of Oporto, Portugal.

Three of the speakers were asked if they thought there could ever be another Holocaust.

The answers were uniformly “not likely,” the reasoning being that we are now living, after two millennia, in an era when there is not only a...

OP-ED: Seeing the Light?

The Crescent City Jewish News received a Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for the first time in its history, an acknowledgment that its writing is among the best in the nation.

CCJN editor Alan Smason received an honorable mention in the web-outlets, websites and news services division of the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary behind Ruth Blum, an opinion writer for the Jewish News Syndicate...

OP-ED: The left slides into anti-Semitism


– As far as some of Israel’s most vicious critics were concerned, it was the sort of thing that gave their critiques of Zionism a bad name. It was difficult to pretend that the decision of organizers of a Philadelphia food festival to disinvite an Israeli-owned food truck from participating was rooted in anything other than prejudice against Israel and Jews.

Those who run the...

OP-ED: Journalism is dying in broad daylight


( – For the last 40 years, many activists have worked hard to monitor press coverage of the Middle East and to call out anti-Israel bias masquerading as objective news. For many years, those who performed this task were routinely met with denials by journalists who sought to turn the tables on those criticizing their work. Many in the press responded by saying that those who...

OP-ED: Why Benjamin Netanyahu treated the Jewish media with contempt


(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Whether this week marks the last of Benjamin Netanyahu’s record-setting tenure as prime minister or is just a prelude to another never-count-him-out comeback, it seems a fitting moment to try to understand why he has consistently treated diaspora Jewish media with disdain.

It’s something I’ve experienced personally on several occasions and may well reflect the prime minister’s attitude not just...

OP-ED: How did Hamas become the darling of the West?


– In February 2009, I wrote an essay about a symposium at the University of California, Los Angeles that marked the beginning of Hamas’s penetration into academic circles. I also described the culture of fear that had overtaken many of my colleagues, who felt it was unsafe to admit to supporting Israel. Twelve years later, in the wake of the most recent conflict between...

OP-ED: The legitimization of anti-Semitism must be stopped


– Hatred and bigotry can become societally acceptable when two things happen: They move from the realm of the unfathomable to the legitimate; and collective outrage and resistance towards them is inadequate or stifled.

The sharp rise in anti-Semitism in the United States, as around the world, is occurring because it has become legitimatized. In the United States, it has been mainstreamed by Democratic members...

OP-ED: American Jews need allies against anti-Semitism


(Kveller via JTA) – Obviously these past few weeks have been difficult for so many people, mainly the Palestinians and Israelis who have been enmeshed in conflict and under fire. Thankfully there’s now a cease-fire that everyone hopes will hold — but the aftermath of the conflict lingers.

I’m not Israeli and I’m not living in Israel. I’m a Jew, I live in the U.S., and these past...

OP-ED: The return of the anti-Jewish mob


( – The left-wing French parliamentarian Danièle Obono stormed out of a live debate on May 13 about the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities hosted by the French-language channel of the Israeli broadcaster, i24 News. Obono took exception to another panelist characterizing the political party she belongs to, La France Insoumise (“France Rising”), as not merely anti-Zionist, but blatantly anti-Semitic and pro-Islamist as well.

Upon hearing this, Obono declared...

OP-ED: When Hamas fires missiles at Israeli homes, forget nuance


– It’s been almost seven years since the 2014 summer war in Gaza, but the discussion of the current fighting going on between Israel and Hamas seems as if it’s being read from the same script. Just like then, many voices are raised in defense of Israel. Others say they are supporting the Palestinians. But the most influential voices in the media and popular...