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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

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...

January 3, 2019 5:43 am

More Frightening Than Fiction: Virulently Antisemitic Egyptian Film Impresario Honored by the Institut Français

To Hollywood movie fans of my generation, Mideast history on the silver screen meant cinematic blockbusters like The Ten Commandments (1956) and Exodus (1960). The...

January 1, 2019 9:57 am

Remembering Amos Oz — the Dreamer

Amos Oz -- writer-poet, prophet, and would-be politician -- is dead. Israel and the Jewish world will probably never see his like again. As an American...

December 31, 2018 2:57 pm

Maybe Today’s Zionists Can Still Learn From Ludwig Lewisohn

Observers today love to analyze Israel-Diaspora tensions, but it would do both sides well to remember how integral American Jewish intellectuals once were to the...

December 26, 2018 8:20 am

Who Hates Jews? A Historical Travelogue

“Who is a Jew? Who is an antisemite?” These two related questions are at the center of a vexing early 21st century debate that should...

December 24, 2018 11:03 am

American Jews Must Pressure Trump Administration to Change Policy Towards Vietnamese Immigrants

One of the most implausible might-have-beens in modern history occurred in 1946, when future Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and North Vietnam’s Politburo Chairman Ho...

December 19, 2018 3:34 pm

Back to the Idealized Ghetto: Bradley Burston’s Solution to Zionist ‘Toxic Masculinity”

According to Bradley Burston’s latest in Haaretz, we Jews are currently awash in a sea of Zionist “toxic masculinity” from which he needs to desperately purge...

December 18, 2018 11:22 am

The Complete History of Louis Farrakhan

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld’s fact-filled piece in The Algemeiner is important for highlighting Louis Farrakhan as America’s leading antisemite. Perhaps from abroad, he sees something that somewhat...

December 14, 2018 10:12 am

Kirk Douglas and the Role of Jewish Masculinity

Kirk Douglas was born more than 100 years ago in Amsterdam, New York, 28 miles from Albany. Beginning life as Issur Danielovich, Douglas’ parents were...

December 13, 2018 9:27 am

Is Netanyahu’s Realpolitik Right or Wrong?

I have long considered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be an indispensable man -- even Israel’s “mini-Churchill.” Yet admirers like me need to remind...

December 12, 2018 8:01 am

The False Argument on Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism

New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg saw “fascist instincts” at work earlier this year when the US Department of Homeland Security separated children from adult...


Edelman Cleats in Memory of Pittsburgh Shooting Victims Sell for $10,000 - Specialized cleats worn by New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman...

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft to be Awarded ‘Jewish Nobel’ - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will be awarded what Time magazine has dubbed the “Jewish Nobel:” the Genesis Prize, one...


Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East

“You are sitting here, probably, with the two most optimistic people probably in the entire Middle East,” says Sami Saadi,...

Places to Visit in Israel If You Really Want to Learn Its History

Are you or a family member traveling to Israel in 2019? Are you looking for something more than the average...

In New Initiative, Yad Vashem Tackles 21st Century Antisemitism - It is American teachers like Lori Fulton who, with their commitment to Holocaust education, are poised to be...


Assassinated Polish Mayor Will Posthumously Receive Award Named For WWII Re...

Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk who was assassinated on Sunday night, will posthumously receive a...


Microplastics Discovered in Marine Invertebrates Along Israel’s Coastline - A new Tel Aviv University study finds that microplastics—tiny pieces of plastic ingested by aquatic life—are present in solitary ascidians, or marine invertebrates, all along the Israeli coastline. Ascidians are sac-like marine...

Middle East

Iran Vows to Keep Military Forces in Syria Despite Israeli Threats

Iran will keep military forces in Syria, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, defying Israeli threats that they might be targeted if they do not leave the...