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

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

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

Sally Rooney’s nonsensical anti-Israel statement

The controversy surrounding Irish author Sally Rooney’s new novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, appears to be on the downswing. Now that Rooney has clarified that she takes issue with Israel, and not the Hebrew language spoken by Israelis, the public discussion has morphed. At least in some quarters, there appears to be less heat and … 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

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

The Science of anti-Semitism

The darkest chapter of modern Jewish history involved Germany applying science to anti-Semitic degradation and violence. Seventy-five years later, the German government is still exorcising those demons, and as part of that effort, it’ll now be using scientific logic to stamp out resurgent Jew-hate within its own borders.  It’s been a long road. West Germans … Continue reading