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In “Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition,” scholar David Nirenberg argues that on the one hand, Islam regards Jews as “enemies” of Muhammad’s prophecy, but on the other, Islam realizes only too well that without the existence of Jews and their practices, there would have been no subsequent prophetic tradition and faith to follow. JNS columnist Ben Cohen revisits Islam’s “Jewish dilemma” following the recent delivery of anti-Semitic sermons of varying ferocity at three different mosques in the U.S.
Some in the so-called peace camp prefer to blame Palestinian misbehavior on President Donald Trump rather than own up to the truth about Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. That disconnect between hope and reality has set up a vicious cycle in which negotiations are always undone by the reality of Palestinian politics, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.
Ken Marcus, who has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of education for civil rights within the Department of Education, has been the victim of an ugly smear campaign. In the eyes of his opponents, Marcus’s “crime” is recognizing that along with other minority groups, Jewish students in America need protection, writes columnist Sarah N. Stern.
In his bizarre two-hour rant before the Palestinian Central Council on Jan. 14, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas declared that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley “wears high heels not for elegance but to use to hit anyone who attacks Israel.” JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow asks: Why is it that every time a female U.S. government official says something that the PA doesn’t like, PA leaders respond by making a disparaging remark related to the fact that she is a woman?
Israel’s decision to ban 20 of the worst organizations leading the BDS movement is necessary for the country’s security, and is sensible and just. BDS is a political and economic warfare movement, often combined with violence and intimidation, that is aimed at eradicating the Jewish state. No sovereign nation should permit the entry of those dedicated to its destruction. Israel, like every nation, has a duty to protect itself, write Morton A. Klein and Liz Berney of the Zionist Organization of America.
The recent moves at the U.N. by the PA and the PLO mark the latest use of rejectionism as a tool in the Palestinian arsenal of diplomatic warfare against Israel—and now the U.S. While terrorism is rightly condemned and fought around the world, Palestinian rejectionism, though equally damaging, is not. Those who want peace, stability and security for all people must fight rejectionism as they do terrorism, writes attorney Richard D. Heideman.
In a bid to show the world what responsible, considered citizens they are, Iran’s leaders recently hosted their annual, gloriously named “Tehran Security Conference.” A paper delivered to the conference outlined the “State-Resistance Doctrine”—the principles that guide Iran in dealing with the outside world. Through its own words, the Iranian regime gives the lie to Western claims of “moderation.” The doctrine might also turn out to be the source of the Islamic Republic’s coming collapse, writes JNS columnist Ben Cohen.
Far from hurting the BDS movement, Israel’s new “blacklist” of boycott leaders banned from entering the country allows these enemies of the Jewish state to play martyrs and garner undeserved sympathy. Contrary to the fears of Israeli lawmakers, the real threat posed by BDS is to Jews in the Diaspora, not those in Israel, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.
You know that critics of Israel are getting panicky when they start trotting out the old “one state” bogeyman. “As a 2-State Solution Loses Steam, a 1-State Plan Gains Traction,” a New York Times headline announced on Jan. 5, above an article so palpably absurd that it can only reflect the mad panic among advocates of Palestinian statehood as they see their dream fading away. And the fact that The Times chose to make it page one news says a lot about the fearful mindset among the left-wing news media, Israel-bashing pundits and Jewish peace camp types, writes JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow.
You don’t have to be supporter of President Donald Trump to understand that he is right to demand that if the Palestinians want U.S. money they must, at the very least, come back to the negotiating table and cease funding and fomenting terror. It isn’t so much a case of “America First” to demand that recipients of U.S. largesse cooperate with U.S. policy, as it is one of common sense, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.
For the first time in nearly a decade, one dares to believe that the Islamist clerics who have ruled Iran since 1979 will not be in power by the time the 40th anniversary of their revolution rolls around in 2019. The nationwide protests are a direct challenge to the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic, as evidenced in the slogans chanted by the demonstrators. The handful of world governments who regard the demise of Iran’s regime as a desirable end need to stay the course, however long it may take, writes JNS columnist Ben Cohen.
A Dec. 30 feature in The New York Times identifies Lebanon as perhaps the “one exception” in a region hostile to its LGBT citizens. The article completely ignores Israel, the only Mideast country where gay rights are legally protected. When it comes to The Times’s Israel coverage, readers should expect neither facts nor understanding, writes Tamar Sternthal, director of the CAMERA media watchdog's Israel office.
During Iran’s anti-regime protests in 2009, video footage of a beautiful young woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, who had been fatally shot by the Basij pro-government paramilitary group while demonstrating, quickly spread throughout the internet and grabbed international attention. Amid the current demonstrations against the Iranian regime, we hope that there will be no more Nedas, writes columnist Sarah N. Stern.
President Donald Trump’s recent announcement on Jerusalem did not happen in a vacuum or come out of nowhere. It did not happen solely because of Jewish influence, either. It happened because millions of good Christians in America urged the president to do so, writes Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
It would be most fitting for synagogues throughout the world to offer a benediction for President Donald Trump—an expression of appreciation to a world leader who acknowledged that Jerusalem is the eternal city of the Jews, one toward which they face in prayer and one to which they pray to return. But in the Reform synagogues of America, that is not going to happen, writes columnist Abraham H. Miller.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.