No, The Israel Boycott Movement Isn’t All About Free Speech

Americans are used to being spun. Heck, we’re also familiar with being straight-up lied to. But at a certain point, we need to start calling out the falsehoods our elected officials use in describing the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. For starters, let’s consider Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. … Continue reading

With New House Resolutions, Democrats Finally Allow Their Israel Divide Into The Open

Some moments in politics are clarifying. The House’s vote on Resolution 246, which opposes the movement to boycott Israel, is one such moment. The resolution, which boasted 351 co-sponsors, overwhelmingly passed the House on Tuesday, 398-17. For most of this year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has worked overtime to protect her caucus from too much scrutiny where … Continue reading

‘Never Again’ Requires Promoting Religious Freedom For All

  For a conference that wasn’t primarily about Jews or anti-Semitism, the Holocaust featured fairly prominently at the U.S. State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom last week — and not in a Godwin’s Law sort of way. Perhaps that reflected survivors of religious violence visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last Monday, but “Never … Continue reading

The First Amendment Shouldn’t Be An Empty Promise To American Jews

The First Amendment’s promise of freedom of religion is an empty one if all Americans, including American Jews, don’t feel safe in their houses of worship or welcome in their communities. With FBI data showing that 58 percent of religiously-motivated hate crimes targeted American Jews in 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been making … Continue reading

How To ‘Shine A Light’ Against The Growing Darkness Of Anti-Semitism

“Why Israel, From Why Should I Care to What Can I Do?” was the multi-part question asked and answered this week, as more than 5,000 members of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) braved biblically bad rain to gather in Washington, D.C., and stand with Israel. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National … Continue reading

12 Things Americans Can Learn From Israel’s Pro-Parenting Culture

Do rising expectations for parents help explain falling fertility rates? It certainly sounds logical, at least as one piece of a complex puzzle. Consider that our culture frequently paints parenting as joyless, anxiety-inducing, and expensive. So why would millennials and Generation Z be gung-ho about it? In his Father’s Day column, Ross Douthat wondered whether … Continue reading

Unlike House, U.S. Senate Unanimously Condemns Anti-Semitism

When you write about anti-Semitism, there’s typically not much good news to report; the world’s oldest hatred has been making a comeback not only overseas, but also here in the US of A. So, it’s both good and important to pause and celebrate the U.S. Senate unanimously passing a resolution that unequivocally condemns anti-Semitism. Where … Continue reading

Forum Reflects On Rising Concerns For Jews Across The World

What does it look like when our vulgar and polarized political era collides with one of American Jews’ oldest and most genteel organizations? Rather like the 2019 American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum. Last week, nearly 2,500 people representing the United States and 50 other nations gathered in Washington D.C. for the organization’s annual conference. … Continue reading

Is America Experiencing Europe’s Growing Anti-Semitism?

Is America experiencing Europe’s growing anti-Semitism? That was the central question at the Hudson Institute last Tuesday afternoon. As Hudson Institute CEO Ken Weinstein noted in opening remarks, it’s a question we never thought we’d have to ask. Yet, in 2019, it’s an unavoidable, even urgent question. After deadly attacks in Pittsburgh and Poway, along … Continue reading

House Discharge Petition Will Test Whether Support For Israel Is Still Bipartisan

In late March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference that “support for Israel in Congress remains ironclad and bipartisan.” After the troubling events of the last several months, reasonable observers might question that statement. Now, House Republicans are ready to test just how deep bipartisan support … Continue reading