Berkeley Law’s anti-Zionism problem

Nine student clubs at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law announced in August they would not invite speakers who support “Zionism, the apartheid state of Israel, and the occupation of Palestine.” This concerned campus Zionists while following a now familiar pattern on American campuses: Progressive student groups that have nothing to do with the Middle East take … Continue reading

The new loyalty oath imposed on Jews

On college campuses, in progressive organizing spaces, in some professional contexts, and even among friends, Americans are increasingly being told their Zionism is disqualifying. For many Jews, that means an aspect of their own identity makes them persona non grata in spaces where left-wing views are paramount. For non-Jews, maintaining until-recently mainstream, pro-Israel opinions means … Continue reading

You can’t fight antisemitism while ignoring its supporters on the Left

Summarizing millennia of hatred in an hour is a tall task. But that’s what Dana Bash and CNN attempted with their Sunday special Rising Hate: Antisemitism in America. People should better understand antisemitism, which has been rising domestically. In this case, CNN’s intended audience appeared to be laymen without subject area expertise. The show offered a … Continue reading

A Paradoxical Moment for the Middle East

Blink and you might miss how rapidly the Middle East is changing. The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated by President Barack Obama, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, created heightened instability. But that deal, along with Obama’s desire to disengage from the Middle East, prompted a willingness among Gulf Arab states … Continue reading

The Hidden Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaign

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement—which grew out of the U.N.’s 2001 conference against racism in Durban, South Africa—campaigns openly on college campuses and in progressive spaces. There are even members of Congress who voice the movement’s interests within the Capitol. But what if a significant contribution to its cause has actually been buried in social … Continue reading

The City University of New York has a problem with systemic anti-Semitism

New York may be the most Jewish city in the United States, but its publicly-funded higher education system has been warped by anti-Semitism. Worse still, the City University of New York (CUNY)’s leadership doesn’t seem motivated to address the systemic problem. The New York City Council’s Higher Education Committee recently held a hearing to address … Continue reading

Bambi, Before It Was a Kids’ Movie

When I first saw Disney’s Bambi as a child, the whole cinematic experience was overshadowed by the emotional wallop of watching Bambi lose his mother. More like an old fashioned Grimms’ fairy tale than a typical, modern kids’ movie, Bambi planted the terrifying and highly realistic fear of losing a parent. And yet, Disney’s movie is saccharine compared to … Continue reading

How to Help Children Orphaned by COVID-19

The Atlantic recently ran an article urging the federal government to do more to help the country’s children who lost a parent or primary caregiver to COVID-19.1 It was long on urging assistance but shorter on detailed remedies.  The federal government clearly has a role to play, but it can’t solve this problem singlehandedly, as much of the relevant control remains at … Continue reading

A New Report Sheds Lights on Renewed Efforts to Free ‘Lady Al-Qaeda’

When Malik Akram took four Jews hostage in their Texas synagogue in January, his focus on freeing convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui sounded out of the blue to most Americans. According to a new report from the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), though, it was anything but.  To keep reading, visit The Dispatch.

Amnesty International’s Problematic Israel Report

The term “apartheid” evokes horrific images from nearly half a century of South African oppression. Given how charged a word it is, it’s imperative that those applying it to other contexts substantiate the allegation with solid evidence. A recent reportfrom Amnesty International fails in that regard.  “Crime of Apartheid: The Government of Israel’s System of Oppression … Continue reading