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Yosef Y. Jacobson

Israel’s Greatest Mistake, Repeated Six Times, Will It Act Differently This Time?
November 18, 2012 4:53 am9 comments

Israel is, thank G-d, a strong country, with an exceptional military that combines courage,...

Dovid Efune

U.K. Parliament Votes in Favor of Recognizing Palestinian State
October 13, 2014 7:39 pm3 comments

JNS.org – The British Parliament has decided overwhelmingly in a 274-12 non-binding...

Shmuley Boteach

The Fear and Awe of Elie Wiesel
November 17, 2014 4:58 pm0 comments

When I was a child I discovered the holocaust at about 8. By perhaps 10 I remember video images...

Ed Koch

It is Time to Close the Gun Show Loophole
January 15, 2013 1:22 am0 comments

The National Rifle Association which announced it had enrolled 100,000 new members in one...

Simon Jacobson

A New World Order? The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary
November 7, 2014 11:22 am1 comment

New attacks in Jerusalem. Nuclear Iran. Middle East ablaze. Volatility the new constant. Europe...

John Bolton

A Foreign Affairs To-Do List for the GOP
November 17, 2014 5:03 pm0 comments

The “red wave” of the midterms means Republicans will have considerably greater leverage...

Elie Wiesel

Exclusive by Elie Wiesel: The Tragedy in Toulouse
March 21, 2012 4:53 pm28 comments

Will the hatred of the Jews ever finally vanish? Will Jewish children always be in danger? This...

Shlomo Shamir

Countries Intimidated Into Supporting Palestinian UN Bid
September 14, 2011 8:03 am5 comments

Diplomats in the UN said their support for the Palestinianstatehood bid stems from fear of...

Anne Bayefsky

UN Chief Spurns Israel in Hour of Need
July 23, 2014 10:55 am1 comment

It is hard to imagine two more unwelcome, uninvited visitors to Israel in the middle of a...

Clemens Heni

Did Quentin Tarantino Promote Antisemitic Ideology?
January 24, 2013 1:48 am10 comments

Antisemitism is a very flexible ideology. We know of Islamist antisemitism, the Iranian threat,...

Dore Gold

Can Israel and Saudi Arabia Finally Unite?
December 24, 2013 1:18 am1 comment

In the aftermath of the Geneva agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, a large number...

Nazee Moinian

With a Sense of Resolve
February 7, 2011 2:13 pm3 comments

It is hard not to see the parallels between Egypt and Iran and draw the conclusion that history...

Isi Leibler

Obama Desperate for a Deal With Iran
November 14, 2014 11:38 am5 comments

Despite statements to the contrary, the Obama administration appears determined to achieve...

Winston Pickett

The High Holidays Bring Us Together as a Community
August 26, 2014 1:21 pm0 comments

Shwer zu sein a yid. It’s difficult to be a Jew. This old Yiddish expression, often said...

Steve Rothman

Foreign Aid Cuts Jeopardize U.S. National Security
February 18, 2011 9:32 am2 comments

America’s national deficit will burden future generations and hurt the long term well-being...

Melvin Konner

Israel, The Long View
November 21, 2011 7:12 pm0 comments

I’m sitting on the porch of the home of my friends the Selas, in Binyamina, south of Haifa,...

Don Seeman

There are no more “Risks for Peace” and we all had better get used to it
May 3, 2011 9:53 am4 comments

It is time for everyone to grow up and recognize that the favorite slogan of would-be peacemakers...

Steven Emerson

Raid Shows Enhanced Use of Fireworks as Palestinian Riot Weapon
November 23, 2014 2:28 pm0 comments

Israeli police intercepted a large shipment of weapons intended for Arab rioters in east Jerusalem,...

Daniel Pipes

ISIS Justifies Its Yazidi Slaves
October 21, 2014 7:24 am1 comment

That the Islamic State (ISIS) has enslaved Yazidi women and children it captured is an established...

Kenneth S. Abramowitz

15 Reasons Why Iran is an Existential Threat to Western Civilization
October 25, 2013 5:17 pm4 comments

1. Iran is the number 1 terror organization in the world today, far more dangerous than Al...

Eli Hertz

How Israel’s Enemies Misrepresent the Geneva Convention
February 8, 2013 10:06 am4 comments

Background The language of Article 49 of the Geneva Convention was crafted in the wake...

Raymond Ibrahim

Ben Affleck Misunderstands the Middle East
October 14, 2014 1:53 pm18 comments

The value of actor Ben Affleck’s recent outbursts in defense of Islam on HBO’s Real...

Jacob Septimus

Oy-Bama – Where’s the Love?
July 1, 2011 12:17 pm5 comments

Upon returning from this year’s AIPAC convention Rabbi David Wolpe ascended the pulpit at...

Alon Ben-Meir

The Fall of Turkey’s Would-Be Emperor
November 21, 2014 11:38 am0 comments

Turkish President Erdogan has recently come under intense criticism for his unwillingness...

Brett Joshpe

A Middle East Conflict No Longer About Land
August 11, 2014 11:20 am1 comment

Along with destroying much of Hamas’ infrastructure, the fighting in Gaza has laid waste...

David Patterson

How Anti-Semitism Prevents Peace
August 30, 2011 2:10 am1 comment

Despite the obsessive preoccupation with Israeli building activities in the West Bank and...

Howard Grief

Article 80 and the UN Recognition of a “Palestinian State”
September 22, 2011 10:58 am21 comments

In the entire debate now taking place on whether the United Nations Security Council or General...

Alan Dershowitz

Will the Newly Elected Congress Push Obama Into Being Tougher on Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program?
November 14, 2014 11:14 am3 comments

Now that both Houses of Congress are under the control of Republicans, will President Obama...

Morton A. Klein

Poof, the Magic Settlements!
May 28, 2014 7:13 am17 comments

When Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah/Palestinian Authority (PA) signed a reconciliation agreement...

Oleksandr Feldman

First They Came for Mila Kunis
February 6, 2013 1:48 am12 comments

One of the most recognizable figures of Ukrainian Jewish descent, the beautiful and talented...

Simon Deng

The Victims of UN hatred of Israel
November 9, 2011 1:48 pm3 comments

Adapted from an address to the  Durban Conference in NY. I want to thank the organizers...

Danny Danon

Remembering Shamir: The Integrity of “No”
July 3, 2012 1:10 pm2 comments

The people of Israel lost a true leader with the passing of Yitzhak Shamir. Before assuming...

Abraham Foxman

Don’t Hand the Bigots Another Victory
November 19, 2014 1:16 pm3 comments

For more than three decades, white supremacist and former Klansman Frazier Glenn Miller Jr....

Malcolm Thomson

Humor Me – Michelle Obama and the Chief of Staff
January 11, 2012 2:06 pm2 comments

In the intense discussion at Saturday night’s dinner the Obama case was cause celebre....

Robert S. Wistrich

Threatening Shadows Over Egypt
January 11, 2012 12:04 pm1 comment

The Muslim Brotherhood did not initiate the current upheavals in the Middle East, but the...

Tamar Sternthal

The New York Times’ Obsessive, Unsubstantiated Criticism of Israel Reaches New Depths
September 28, 2014 3:30 pm39 comments

“Struggles for freedom continued across the Middle East and North Africa in 2013, but several...

Irwin Cotler

Rouhani’s Record Reveals Nothing Has Changed in Iran
September 21, 2014 11:03 am4 comments

While Iranian President Rouhani pledged to usher in a new era of human rights for Iranians,...

Danny Ben-Moshe

Europe’s Future, 70 Years After Wannsee Confererence
January 20, 2012 1:00 pm0 comments

On January 20, 1942, the Nazi leadership gathered in a villa on the outskirts of Berlin and...

Dexter Van Zile

Presbyterian Peace Activists Bet on Iranian Good Will
November 23, 2014 2:37 pm7 comments

So-called peace activists within the Presbyterian Church (USA) have decided that they know...

Alan Elsner

The Hagel Nomination and Monty Python
January 16, 2013 12:57 am0 comments

The furor that has surrounded the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be President Obama’s...

Yedidya Atlas

Perspectives on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut 5774
May 7, 2014 12:14 am0 comments

As we experienced the double days of Israel’s Yom HaZikaron (the memorial day for Israel’s...

Per Anders Rudling

The Waffen-SS as Freedom Fighters
January 31, 2012 12:58 pm4 comments

Despised and ostracized, the Swedish community of Waffen-SS volunteers long gathered in secrecy...

Rami Shapiro

What Are You Teaching Your Children?
January 31, 2012 2:08 pm2 comments

There are two ways to raise your children: you either shut them down or you open them up....

Walid Phares

Obama’s Strategic Mistake in Iraq: Abandoning Iran’s Opposition
May 7, 2014 3:24 pm7 comments

It has already been established, including in my recently published book The Lost Spring:...

Seth J. Frantzman / JointMedia News Service

Egypt’s ‘Economic Woes’ Distract From Religious Extremist Reality
February 6, 2012 1:49 pm2 comments

As the one-year anniversary of Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising came and went, many commentators...

David Meyers

Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)
August 11, 2014 5:52 pm52 comments

It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German...

Heather Robinson

Goodbye for the Present
February 5, 2013 1:23 am1 comment

My mother is fond of saying that with one body, you can’t be everywhere. And although in...

Joel Mowbray

The Friends of Bill Pascrell
June 3, 2012 11:04 am1 comment

Because of redistricting, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D, NJ) is running for re-election this coming...

Denis MacShane

Latvia Still Honors the Biggest Jew-Killing Machine in World History
March 18, 2012 11:01 am12 comments

On March 16 2012, a 47-year-old British woman, Monica Lowenberg, placed a wreath at the foot...

Devorah Halberstam

Remembering Ari Halberstam, 18 Years Later
March 18, 2012 11:28 am14 comments

March 6 is a day that etched indelibly into my heart and soul. In 1994, my son Ari was shot...

Jerold Auerbach

The Palestinian Rampage in Jerusalem
November 18, 2014 10:51 pm2 comments

Anyone who has lived in Israel during the last forty years is likely to have witnessed the...

Alan Mendoza

Norman Finkelstein: The BBC Legitimizes a Crank
May 13, 2012 7:27 pm5 comments

The BBC has a strange set of editorial guidelines. According to a leaked memo sent to BBC...

Marek Halter

Exclusive by Marek Halter: The Jews, Israel and the New French President
May 25, 2012 3:18 am2 comments

The day following the French presidential election, I received a phone call: “This is the...

Arthur Lenk

Israel and Protecting Refugees
July 1, 2012 12:01 am2 comments

Israel, like many other developed countries has a migrant problem. As in most European countries,...

Eric Ehrmann

Cuba’s China Card and Pan-Islamism in Latin America
July 13, 2012 12:34 pm1 comment

A real sweet deal last week featuring interest-free loans between China and Cuba is redoubling...

Mordechai Tokarsky

The Hidden 36 – Zev Wolfson’s Powerful Lessons in Jewish Leadership
August 16, 2012 11:19 pm0 comments

Do you believe in the Kabalistic Jewish tradition of the 36 hidden Tzadikim -  saintly...

Yoram Ettinger

Israel Also Fights America’s Battle
November 21, 2014 11:28 am4 comments

The rising threat of Islamic terrorism on the U.S. mainland, in pro-U.S. Arab regimes and...

David Mermelstein

Jewish Organizations, Others Must Stop Interfering With Holocaust Survivors’ Rights
July 8, 2012 9:34 am0 comments

The JTA recently published an op-ed by Menachem Rosensaft which gratuitously offers an “alternative”...

Arthur Schneier

A Message to Hungary: Resist the Dissemination of Hatred
November 5, 2013 5:08 pm2 comments

The below speech was delivered on behalf of Rabbi Arthur Schneier at the Conference on Jewish...

Aaron Klein

Exclusive Excerpt: Obama Views Arab Spring Through Lens of Climate Change (VIDEO)
August 7, 2012 2:27 pm5 comments

The following is an exclusive excerpt from “Fool Me Twice,” released today, the book...

Edward Alexander

A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe (REVIEW)
November 2, 2014 1:24 pm1 comment

A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe. Edited by Nina Howe, with a foreword...

Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz

Approaching the High Holy Days as Jews…or as People
September 2, 2012 12:26 pm0 comments

The start of the Jewish New Year, the month of Tishrei, is filled with holy days, among them...

Tal Ofer

Preserving Kosher Slaughter and Judaism in Poland
July 16, 2013 2:07 pm1 comment

Three months ago, I was in Poland as part of a UK Jewish Delegation organised by the Polish...

Alan Steinberg

ALGEMEINER LIVE BLOG: Presidential Election Results 2012
November 6, 2012 7:46 pm2 comments

The Algemeiner is live blogging the 2012 presidential election results. Commentary is by...

Rachel Ehrenfeld

Erdogan’s Russia Problem (and Vice-Versa)
January 15, 2014 11:20 am5 comments

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s growing Islamist tendencies and his crackdown...

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

If Abbas and Haniyeh Turn to The Hague, They Will be Met With Thousands of Countersuits
May 6, 2013 10:38 am2 comments

For months now, the Palestinian Authority has threatened to file for membership at the International...

Denis MacEoin

An Open Letter to the Staff of the Financial Times
April 8, 2014 2:56 pm10 comments

To the Staff of the Financial Times Dear Sir, Your correspondent David Gardner may live in...

John-Paul Pagano

Support for Israel and American Identity
May 30, 2013 12:22 pm10 comments

The news has no regard for ratings. No matter how grand, shocking or strange life may be,...

Alex Safian

Jodi Rudoren Won’t be ‘Schooled’
June 3, 2013 10:17 am9 comments

When billionaire businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson was honored in Jerusalem recently,...

Raheel Raza

Pakistan’s Frightening Blasphemy, Apostasy Laws
June 3, 2014 11:38 am3 comments

The trending story of late is about a woman accused of blasphemy in Sudan. The court convicted...

Steve Israel

Why I Won’t be Watching ‘Princesses: Long Island’
June 20, 2013 6:39 am3 comments

I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous...

Eric Rozenman

The JTA Gets it Wrong on Settlements
July 28, 2013 7:54 pm12 comments

A recent Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) news brief quoted Christine Quinn’s campaign as...

Lyn Julius

France No Longer a Home for Jews Fleeing Persecution
August 12, 2014 7:31 am7 comments

The Jews of France are reeling. It’s been a month that they would rather forget. Although...

David Nesenoff

Meeting Malki: Father of Terror Victim Speaks Out on Prisoner Release (INTERVIEW)
August 25, 2013 5:09 pm4 comments

You must meet Malki. She is a 15-year-old girl…still. She has been 15 for the last 12 years;...

Matthias Kuentzel

Startling Revelations From an Iranian Smuggling Case in Hamburg
September 17, 2013 11:02 am5 comments

I rarely attend trials, but this one is special. On July 24, 2013, the main hearing in the...

Oren Safdie

New Quebec Proposal to Restrict Religion is a Farce
September 18, 2013 9:35 am4 comments

The Premier of Quebec, Pauline Marois, recently put forward a charter of values plan that...

Ira Stoll

Kennedy Was a Friend to American and Soviet Jews
October 18, 2013 10:45 am1 comment

As the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination approaches, we Jews have our...

Shimon Samuels

Opinion: Does Britain Seek a Mandate Over Palestine? An Open Letter to David Cameron
October 21, 2014 1:15 pm0 comments

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Born and bred a British-Jew, I have often been confused in dealing...

Ruthie Blum

Ashkelon Mayor is Not Racist
November 23, 2014 2:28 pm9 comments

On Thursday, Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni announced that he would suspend the work of Arab...

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