Van Morrison’s lyrical anti-Semitism

Van Morrison, crooning about conspiracies (Vulture.com). Van Morrison’s latest song comes complete with its own eyebrow-raising title: “They Own the Media.” But who exactly is “they”? The song doesn’t specify, and Van Morrison hasn’t issued a public statement to clarify, in spite of numerous articles flagging the song’s anti-Semitic language. If we look back 16 years, though, it’s reasonable to think Morrison has Jews on the … Continue reading

Jews are under attack across the world

It’s time to speak out against rising antisemitism (nytimes.com). While Israelis hunkered down in bomb shelters to avoid Hamas’s missiles, Diaspora Jews encountered an antisemitic storm. The sort of antisemitic chants, threats, and attacks Jews have become accustomed to seeing in Europe went global.  Anti-Zionist fueled antisemitism has very clearly migrated to the New World. … Continue reading

French Protesters Want Closure—and Justice—for the Killing of Sarah Halimi

What does it say about France that its justice system can’t protect the elderly in their own homes? On April 14, France’s highest court ruled that Kobili Traoré, a 27-year-old Malian immigrant, would not be tried for the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi, his 65-year-old Jewish neighbor. Nobody disputes the facts of the case; indeed, … Continue reading

The Holocaust will never be retro chic

Armani, known for being sleek and polished, recently stumbled. Big time. It all started in early April when a private citizen named Janet Rosenblatt spotted a striped jacket in the window of Armani’s Beverly Hills store. Given how common stripes are, that wouldn’t have been noteworthy, except that Armani’s navy-and-gray vertical stripe design strongly resembled a concentration-camp prisoner’s uniform. … Continue reading

What Nick Cannon’s response to his anti-Semitic comments can teach us about cancel culture

TV personality Nick Cannon recently spoke to ABC’s Soul of a Nation about repentance. It was Cannon’s first televised interview since last summer’s anti-Semitism scandal and offered some insight into Cannon’s current thinking, as well as anti-Semitism scandals more generally. To recap the underlying incident, Cannon hosted Professor Griff, who was ejected from rap group Public Enemy in 1989 over anti-Semitic … Continue reading

Investigate Frontier Airlines for anti-Semitism

Sometimes people tell such different versions of a story, you marvel that they’re even talking about the same thing. Such is the case with Frontier Airlines Flight 2878, which was supposed to leave Miami for New York’s La Guardia Airport on the evening of Feb. 28 but never did. The “why” varies depending on who’s … Continue reading

An Iran that doesn’t exist

As the Biden administration eyes reentering the nuclear deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, it received a couple of reminders recently of the dangers of trusting such states.  On Dec. 23, an Argentine federal court acquitted Carlos Telleldin, who was “charged with supplying the truck that was used in the deadly terrorist bombing of … Continue reading

Andrew Cuomo has been holding back New York’s vaccination effort

If there was a masterclass on exemplifying competent, adaptive leadership, New York would not be qualified to teach it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tragic call on nursing homes last spring showcased how public policy mistakes can cost lives. Yet, the way New York’s coronavirus vaccine rollout is being managed has risked endangering even more lives. The rollout has … Continue reading

Georgia Jews: Vote Republican

It’s rare to vote for U.S. Senate races knowing who holds the other 98 seats, but that’s where Georgians find themselves facing down a run-off election. And fellow Jews, if you’re still undecided, it’s time to vote strategically. With Joe Biden heading to the White House and Democrats narrowly controlling the House, a Republican-controlled Senate … Continue reading

EU court prioritizes animals over Jews and Muslims in backing ritual slaughter ban

What a way to bookend a year. In January, the world marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. World leaders gathered and solemnly promised, “Never again.” Here we are in December, and while there is no new Holocaust, Europe is making Jews and Muslims feel remarkably unwelcome in their own homes. On Thursday, the Court … Continue reading