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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

February 18, 2019 10:56 am

Remembering Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was born 100 years ago. In 1947, when he broke baseball's color barrier, Jewish slugger Hank Greenberg was almost alone among active players...

February 13, 2019 8:27 am

Democrats Who Criticized Omar Are Not Heroes

Usually, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank’s satires of the real-and-imagined sins of President Trump are fun to read. But Milbank shot a dud in criticizing...

February 10, 2019 8:33 am

Al Jolson in Twenty-First Century Perspective

Washington Post columnist Jamelle Bouie, writing about the political crisis engulfing Virginia, where 10 percent of whites in a new poll admit to wearing or knowing...

February 6, 2019 9:23 am

On Top of the Brexit Crisis, Does Ireland Want to Awaken Ugly Memories of Antisemitism?

You might think that today’s Brexit worries would be enough to preoccupy Ireland’s government. Instead, the lower house of Ireland’s parliament has escalated the BDS...

February 4, 2019 9:20 am

Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Should Be Sanctioned — History Demands It

If history teaches lessons, the Democratic Congressional leadership will regret it if they don't sanction Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Here are some of Congresswoman...

January 31, 2019 11:02 am

Jewish Unity: My Wish for ‘E Pluribus Junum’

In 1776, three American founding fathers were tasked with choosing a national symbol. John Adams chose Hercules. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson preferred variations on...

January 29, 2019 5:02 am

Racializing Antisemitism

Long ago, Raphael Patai’s The Myth of the Jewish Race (1975) should have dispelled the pernicious notion that Jews are a biological “race.” We are...

January 24, 2019 8:54 am

IfNotNow Does Not Support Peace — or Israel

Reading the recent Algemeiner op-ed about the anti-Israel group IFNotNow (INN), I thought about the long-forgotten Abraham Cronbach. Born the son of German-Jewish immigrants, Cronbach studied...

January 23, 2019 8:06 am

For Much of the World, Israel Has Become the Devil

Israel was condemned at least 20 times in the UN General Assembly for human rights abuses, illegal settlements, and continued occupation of East Jerusalem in...

January 18, 2019 12:40 pm

Donald Trump, the Syrian Kurds — and ‘Never Again’

According to a recent poll, 37 percent of Americans believe that Benjamin Franklin -- not Thomas Edison -- invented the light bulb. But Americans’ historical...

January 15, 2019 8:47 am

The Truth About T’ruah and Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, of the self-advertised “Jewish social justice lobby” T’ruah, has made her latest foray into the tangled politics of Israeli-Diaspora relations with an...

January 14, 2019 4:25 am

Would Honoring Angela Davis Be a Dishonor to Rosa Parks?

Like the Unsinkable Molly Brown, Angela Davis -- the hyper-controversial icon of the extreme left of the late 1960s and early 1970s -- periodically resurfaces...

January 10, 2019 8:51 am

Rashida Tlaib and ‘Dual Loyalty’ Charges — Then and Now

Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has suggested that certain US senators may be more loyal to Israel than the US. A newly-minted wunderkind in national politics,...

January 8, 2019 8:31 am

The New York Times Whitewashes Voltaire and ‘The Dark Enlightenment’

Vexed by the intolerance of our Trumpian time, distinguished Harvard historian Robert Darnton has offered New York Times readers a solution: “Look to Voltaire” -- the...


Israeli Director Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Berlinale

Nadav Lapid's "Synonyms," an anarchic story about an Israeli who tries to suppress his...

Why Matthew Broderick Wanted to Star in a Buddy Film About Jewish Mourning

Matthew Broderick’s comedic talent on screen is unquestionable. But starring in a film...


Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

Has the US Intelligence Community Misread Iran’s Nuclear Program? - Donald Trump clashed with the intelligence community last week over the...

Israelis Get Inside the Huddle and Embrace American Football - Many Israelis came to work bleary-eyed on Monday morning, having stayed up all night watching the New England...


Columbia Grad Union Reps to Call for BDS in Negotiations With Administratio...

As Columbia University prepares to negotiate with its graduate student union on Monday, members of the union's bargaining committee are...


Gantz Unveils Party List, Lapid Says Unity Deal Still ‘on the Table’

Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz unveiled on Tuesday the Knesset candidates list of his new party Israel Resilience for the upcoming elections, while Gantz's rival and possible ally...

Middle East

Sources: Despite Sanctions, Iran’s Oil Exports Rise in Early 2019

Iran's exports of crude oil were higher than expected in January and are at least holding steady this month, according to tanker data and industry sources, as some customers have...