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Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher and writer whose works deal broadly with issues of human dignity. In word and deed he carries on the tradition of the engaged intellectual established by André Malraux, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus. In his first visit to the emerging Bangladesh as a correspondent for the daily newspaper Combat; in his investigation in Pakistan into the death of Daniel Pearl; in repeated visits to Sarajevo under siege by Serb militias; in his immersion in the "forgotten wars" of Africa and Latin America; in interviews with survivors of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda and of the Armenian genocide; in his involvement, from the very first, in the Libyan people's struggle against Khaddafi; and, most recently, at the side of the pro-European Ukrainians to whom he pays tribute in his play, Hotel Europe, Bernard-Henri Lévy has ceaselessly devoted his talent, energy, and courage to causes he believed just. A philosophy graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, a writer, novelist, journalist, intellectual agitator, filmmaker, activist, and founder of the review La Règle du Jeu, BHL is a columnist for Le Point, Corriere della Sera, El Pais (Madrid), as well as other publications for which he provides weekly commentary on politics, culture, and the arts—among them the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Haaretz, Aftenposten, Espressen de Stockolm, and New Republic. A particular preoccupation of his work is the idea of evil. For BHL, the twentieth century was the century of evil: Fascism, totalitarianism, terrorism, and nativism are the successive forms in which that evil has appeared—and continues to appear in the early decades of the twenty-first century.

ARTICLES BY: Bernard-Henri Lévy


March 13, 2017 11:56 pm
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: An Address to the Kurdish Nation

The following speech by famed French humanitarian and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy was delivered on March 7, 2017, in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, on the occasion of the...

January 18, 2017 3:42 pm
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: A Rock Called Zion (EXCERPT)

The following is an excerpt from French philosopher and activist Bernard-Henri Lévy's newly released book, The Genius of Judaism, which delves into the meaning of being a...

January 5, 2017 5:14 am
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: Israel, Obama and the United Nations

I am an unwavering proponent of the two-state solution in the Middle East. And I continue to think that, even battered and bruised, abandoned by some,...

December 25, 2016 5:16 pm
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: The Shame of Aleppo

"The pyramid of martyrs haunts the earth." Remembering Aleppo, this line from René Char’s wartime poem comes back to me like a slap in the...

October 30, 2016 8:58 am
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: With the Peshmerga, on the Front Line in the Battle for Mosul

Editor's note: Bernard-Henri Lévy’s documentary, "Peshmerga," was an Official Selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. He and his team are back in Iraqi Kurdistan,...

October 6, 2016 8:21 am
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The Epitaph of Shimon Peres

“Man is a beggar when he thinks, and a prince when he dreams.” I do not know if Shimon Peres was fond of Hölderlin’s poetry. And it...

October 2, 2016 12:00 pm
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Full Transcript of Bernard-Henri Lévy Address at Commemoration of Babi Yar Massacre in Kiev

  Below is the full transcript of remarks delivered by Bernard-Henri Lévy, special representative of French President François Hollande, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of...

August 4, 2016 8:52 am
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: A Long-Awaited and Critical Appeal Falls Short

On July 31, forty-two men and women describing themselves as “French and Muslim” published a call to fellow French Muslims to “assume our responsibilities” and...

July 5, 2016 8:24 am
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: The Humble Nobility of Elie Wiesel

It begins in a world now gone, lying at the borders of Ruthenia, Bukovina and Galicia, forgotten places that were the glory of the Habsburg...

June 27, 2016 1:52 am
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Brexit Does Not Signal the Victory of ‘Another Europe,’ But of ‘No Europe at All’

Thursday’s Brexit marks a victory not of the people but of populism. Not of democracy but of demagogy. It is a victory of the hard Right over...

April 25, 2016 11:12 am
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: ‘Hijab Day’ at Sciences Po

I realize that this is a minor event that has no more importance than we are willing, here and elsewhere, to give it. And yet I...

March 4, 2016 4:52 pm
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: A Fateful Choice for Europe

One country of the European Union recalls its ambassador from another country of the Union. Another, or the same, becomes, in defiance of every rule...

January 28, 2016 1:42 pm
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: Death’s Siren Song, Life’s Noble Rhythm

The rhythmic litany of deaths chanted out in the press in recent weeks has had a strange effect. David Bowie is dead. Pierre Boulez is dead. Michel Tournier...

January 21, 2016 10:30 am
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Bernard-Henri Lévy: The Metaphysics of the Yarmulke

What a strange debate has been going on in France. A cacaphony, really — about the yarmulke! There are the good doctors, notably Rony Brauman, founder of...

Features

New York Times Amends Palestinian Terrorist Barghouti’s Op-Ed Amid Outcry

JNS.org - A day after convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti wrote a New York...

World

US Justice Department Charges Teen Over JCC Bomb Threats

JNS.org - The US Justice Department filed criminal charges Friday against an Israeli-American teenager who is accused of making more than 150 bomb threats against Jewish institutions in early 2017, stoking...

Israel

Palestinian Teen Arrested After Stabbing, Wounding 4 in Tel Aviv Attack

Israeli police say an 18-year-old Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded four people in Tel Aviv before being arrested. It remains unclear whether Sunday's attack was politically motivated.

Middle East

Israeli Army Strikes Syria After Three Mortars Hit Golan Heights

The IDF announced on Friday evening that it had attacked the sources of three mortars fired into the northern Golan Heights earlier that day. Friday afternoon, a mortar shell exploded in...

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