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Harold Brackman received his doctorate in from UCLA in 1977 for a dissertation on the history of African American-Jewish relations. After a decade in academic teaching, he joined the Simon Wiesenthal and its Museum of Tolerance as a senior consultant on the history of global anti-Semitism and racism and intergroup relations in the US. His latest book (coauthored with Ephraim Isaac) is From Abraham to Obama: A History of Jews, Africans, and African Americans (Africa World Press, 2015).

ARTICLES BY: Harold Brackman

November 19, 2019 4:24 pm

Palestinian Extremists Hate the United States — and Not Just Because of Israel

A year before his confirmation to the US Supreme Court in 1916, Louis D. Brandeis affirmed the compatibility of Zionism with American patriotism for “every...

November 14, 2019 7:51 am

Who Invented Antisemitism?

The Zohar declares “the Messiah will not come until the tears of Esau will be exhausted.” It does not say that Jacob, importuned by his...

November 3, 2019 5:40 am

US-Israel Relations Still Hang by a Thread

Sometimes, history’s turning points depend on small things. The 2000 presidential election outcome hinged on the interpretation of “hanging chads” from a small number of...

October 24, 2019 7:21 am

Fascism Is Not a Matter of Taste

At the signing of the notorious Hitler-Stalin Pact, Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov was asked to justify partnering with the Nazis. His retort: “fascism is a...

October 17, 2019 5:41 am

After Trump’s Betrayal, Don’t Forget Jewish Ties to the Kurds

After Donald Trump essentially green-lit the mass slaughter of innocent Kurds, Israeli Jews and their Christian allies congregated in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to invoke...

October 4, 2019 1:38 pm

High School Students Demean the Holocaust

In suburban Colorado, high school students posted a picture on Snapchat under the caption: “Me and the boys bout to exterminate the Jews.” In an...

September 23, 2019 9:08 am

A Tangled Web: America, Saudi Arabia, and Israel

From “the best and the brightest” in JFK’s White House thinking they could remake the world to their image to Donald Trump’s White House believing...

September 16, 2019 6:43 am

Ignorance About History Makes a Comeback for America’s Youth

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), a member of “The Squad,” is getting some  flack for claiming that millennials are more “informed” and “willing to...

September 10, 2019 4:57 am

Jewish Predicaments: 1939 and 2019

The American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, not noted as a political thinker, nevertheless knew something about political paradoxes. Fitzgerald wrote: “The test of a first-rate...

August 15, 2019 2:45 am

Reconsidering Israel and ‘The Virtue of Nationalism’

Last year’s political best-seller, Yoram Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism, may now face some rough seas. In the wake of recent massacres by fanatics on both...

August 7, 2019 6:18 am

A Liberal Jewish Writer Takes Down the Anti-Zionist Left

NYU journalism professor Susie Linfield’s provocative book, The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky (Yale University Press, 2019), features...

July 31, 2019 6:51 am

Columbus as a Source of Jewish Pride?

This time of year, we should all remember Christopher Columbus, who many argue is a Jewish figure. Despite documentation that he was a Genoese weaver’s son,...

July 25, 2019 6:25 am

Putin’s Rasputin Helps Spread Fascism in Europe

There is an emerging “new fascist international” -- stretching from France, where Marine Le Pen may be the next president; to Austria, where the right-wing...

July 12, 2019 10:52 am

For Bastille Day, Examining French Comedian Dieudonné’s Nonstop Crusade Against Israel and America

French comedian Dieudonné is an avowed antisemite and anti-Zionist. Yet until recently, many in France across the political spectrum have laughed with him for depicting...


How to Fight the Cultural BDS Movement

One of the good things about the bad times of today is that people are not staying silent about rising...

‘New Hope’ in Fight Against Tay-Sachs Disease

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are touting a possible breakthrough in the fight against Tay-Sachs disease, a...


IDF Officer Who Led Aid Effort to Syria Protested at UK Universities

An Israeli military veteran who helped oversee a humanitarian aid effort benefiting victims of the Syrian conflict was protested while speaking at two British universities this week. As part of Operation...


Trump Administration Shift on Settlements Draws Mixed Responses From Jewish...

The Trump administration's decision to break with a long-standing US policy of regarding settlements in the West Bank as "inconsistent...

Middle East

US Aircraft Carrier Strike Group Sails Through Strait of Hormuz

The US aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln sailed through the vital Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, US officials told Reuters, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States. Tensions in the...

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