Posts filed under Opinion

Lorde is swimming in anti-Semitic waters

The singling out of Israel by the BDS movement, the U.N. and others as the country most deserving of reproach is anti-Semitic on its face. Nonetheless, that Lorde was hoodwinked by BDS into canceling her concert in Israel reflects not personal anti-Jewish bias, but something worse—the infiltration of such bias into the terms of our ordinary political discourse. Lorde, like many others more or less honestly trying to do the right thing, is swimming in polluted waters, writes columnist Jonathan Marks.

Posted on December 28, 2017 and filed under Israel, Opinion, World.

Defining ‘occupied’ and the semantic battle for peace

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s reported request that the State Department stop using the term “occupied territories” shouldn’t be dismissed as a lot of bother about mere words. These words are part of a high-stakes battle to determine the outcome of the debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.

Posted on December 28, 2017 and filed under Israel, Opinion, U.S..

Democrats should disown official who accused Israel, Rachael Ray of ‘cultural genocide’

A longtime Democratic Party official accused Israel, and celebrity chef Rachael Ray, of “cultural genocide” against the Palestinians. It’s just the latest in a long series of extremist remarks by James Zogby, but this should be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. It’s time for the Democrats to disown Zogby, writes JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow.

Posted on December 27, 2017 and filed under Opinion, U.S..

Bigoted bedfellows: American Muslim groups AMP and CAIR

American Muslims for Palestine and the Council on American-Islamic Relations claim to be benevolent forces that fight for the civil rights of all peoples. Yet they conveniently look the other way when their partners issue calls for violence against Jews and the destruction of Israel, write columnists Dr. Oren Litwin and Samantha Rose Mandeles.

Posted on December 26, 2017 and filed under Opinion.

How Trump and Abbas proved US liberals clueless about peace

What President Donald Trump did on Jerusalem gratified Israelis. But it also gave Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the opportunity to demonstrate to voters in the Jewish state that there is no viable alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies. That’s something that American Jewish critics of Trump and Israel would be foolish to ignore, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.

Posted on December 22, 2017 and filed under Israel, Opinion, U.S..

Why an anti-Semitism commissioner for Germany is a good idea

There’s an intense debate going on in Germany right now about whether to create a post for a federal commissioner to deal with the growing problem of anti-Semitism. Dealing with the problem now, devoting research and resources to it, and stating resolutely that anti-Semitism is alien to national culture and national life is the most realistic option open to governments who want to ward off both domestic and foreign extremism, writes JNS columnist Ben Cohen.

Posted on December 22, 2017 and filed under Opinion, World.

What will Yeshiva University do about professor who denounced Israel?

JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow asks: How should Yeshiva University respond when a prominent faculty member takes public positions—against Israel—that directly contradict what the university espouses? Does the principle of academic freedom protect saying literally anything, even when it undermines the basic principles of an Orthodox, and avowedly Zionist, institution?

Posted on December 20, 2017 and filed under Opinion, U.S..

#NoWayToTreatAChild: a cynical campaign to manipulate Palestinian children

The use of the #NoWayToTreatAChild hashtag reflects the cynical manipulation of children’s rights that is emerging as a dominant theme in anti-Israel activism. For those orchestrating these efforts, and the NGOs that try to advance a political agenda, a detained or injured Palestinian teenager is far more valuable than ensuring their safety and wellbeing, writes columnist Daniel Laufer.

Posted on December 19, 2017 and filed under Israel, Opinion.

Ending the silence on abuse

Following a JNS report on alleged sexual abuse by a former director of the Conservative movement's youth arm, JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin writes that responsible Jewish journalists cannot be part of a conspiracy of silence about this or any other subject that directly affects the welfare of the community.

Posted on December 15, 2017 and filed under Opinion, U.S..

An ex-State Department official’s obsession with creating ‘Palestine’

Journalist-turned-State Department “peace processor” David Makovsky is campaigning for the creation of a full-blown Palestinian state in virtually all of Judea and Samaria as well as the mass expulsion of 100,000 Jews from their homes. Makovsky’s obsession is dangerous and disheartening, writes JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow.

Posted on December 15, 2017 and filed under Israel, Opinion, U.S..

UNESCO indulges anti-Semitism

In October, the State Department notified UNESCO that America would withdraw from the U.N. cultural body. The U.S. cited the need for fundamental reform, mounting arrears and “anti-Israel bias” at the organization. But the problem is much deeper: UNESCO does not consider Jewish culture and heritage worthy of protection, writes columnist Sean Durns.

Posted on December 12, 2017 and filed under Israel, Opinion, World.

#InternationalHumanRights?

For many NGOs, besmirching Israel’s name is the goal, not improving the universal human rights for Palestinians and Israelis. The disconnect between real human rights work and hollow social media advocacy campaigns is stark. There is little evidence that internet-based slacktivism generates lasting change, writes columnist Rena Young.

Posted on December 11, 2017 and filed under Israel, Opinion, World.

‘P is for Palestine’ author got one thing right

The “P is for Palestine” children’s book that is causing so much controversy presents anti-Israel propaganda and deeply disturbing justifications for “intifada” violence. But it also contains one very important truth—the author helps remind readers of the true nature of Palestinian nationalism, writes JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow.

Posted on December 11, 2017 and filed under Opinion, Israel.

In decades-long AMIA Jewish center affair, the truth will come out

Like so many pins in a bowling alley, the treacherous former Argentine leaders who signed a secret pact exonerating Iran of its responsibility for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires are, finally, collapsing under the rolling weight of judicial scrutiny. During the same week that saw President Donald Trump recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the events that took place in Argentina are vitally relevant to the future of the Middle East, where Iran—with or without a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem—remains the greatest threat to Israel and to the region, writes JNS columnist Ben Cohen.

Posted on December 8, 2017 and filed under Opinion, World.