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 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    December 8, 2017 

France's Socialist Party shows the right way to respond to anti-Semitism

It has been a long time since I’ve heard anyone say anything positive about the French Socialist Party (PS), once the giant of that country’s post-war politics, but trounced into fifth place in this year’s presidential election, with just 6...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    December 1, 2017

US deplores release of terrorist

The US expressed horror on Friday, Nov. 24, over the release by Pakistan last week of Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the November 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai whose targets included Nariman House, the local Chabad center. “Th...

 

Hopes betrayed: the Russian Revolution and the Jews

Another week, another centennial. Following the Balfour Declaration’s milestone, it’s now time to look back on the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, where a communist insurrection in St. Petersburg, then known as Petrograd, gave birth to a st...

 

Year zero: the Palestinians and the Balfour Declaration

For the Palestinians, the year zero is not 1948, when the state of Israel came into being, but 1917, when Great Britain issued, in the November of that year, the Balfour Declaration—expressing support for the establishment of a “Jewish national h...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 20, 2017

Weinstein's disgrace produces another nasty caricature

Walking through central London last week, and with a spare half hour on my hands, I decided to pay a quick visit to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Inside, I spent most of my time intently studying a painting that I could not recall having...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 13, 2017

Trump betrays Kurdistan

It is difficult to look at the scandalous international response to the Kurdish independence referendum and not think, at the same time, of the betrayals endured by the Zionist movement in the decades after World War I. In 1917, Britain issued the...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    October 6, 2017

At UN, Abbas deplores creation of State of Israel

Attacks on Israel's legitimacy were in full flow at the UN General Assembly session in New York City on Wednesday, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the 1917 Balfour...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 6, 2017

On becoming an American

This week, I became an American citizen. As I intently studied my naturalization certificate after the oath-taking ceremony, it struck me how fortunate I am to be accepted into this nation on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, of all occasions. I should...

 

Talking to Qatar should not mean blessing Qatar

Should American Jewish leaders speak to the rulers of a petrostate that finances Hamas terrorists to blow up their fellow Jews in Israel? That, in essence, is the fraught question emerging from the rumors and reports of recent days that prominent...

 

Leave the symbols of Nazi persecution alone, Billy Joel

Billy Joel’s decision to sport a yellow star on the front and back of his jacket during a concert this week was a nod to history that the singer may not have been aware of. The venue for the concert, New York City’s Madison Square Garden, was...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    September 8, 2017

Abbas defiantly vows to continue PA terror payments policy

A leading Palestinian newspaper published an account on Monday of a tense encounter between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law...

 

Let's talk about sex: the aftermath of Charlottesville

The scene is Paris in the late 19th century. At a glittering ball, a handful of eligible gentilhommes eagerly circled the charming Comtesse de La Rochefoucauld—something of an Ivanka Trump in her day—in the hope of being granted a dance. But wh...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 11, 2017

Trump's foreign policy: the light and the darkness

As much as President Donald Trump enjoys taking a metaphorical sledgehammer to even the merest of slights against him, there is no reason to repeat the commander-in-chief’s behavior in judging his administration. That there is so much darkness...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 4, 2017

Expert: $3K per month PA salary for Halamish killer will give 'momentum' to Taylor Force Act

The monthly salary of approximately $3,000 that the Palestinian Authority will pay to terrorist Omar al-Abed could be a powerful spur to a pending U.S. legislative bill that would slash aid to the PA over its “martyr payments” policy, a...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    July 21, 2017

Journalist removed from reporting

An award-winning journalist who broke the story of the group of Jewish women ejected from an LGBTQ march in Chicago last month has been reassigned to non-journalistic duties at the paper which ran...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 14, 2017

Welcome to the Shi'a corridor

If you haven’t encountered the term “Shi’a corridor” yet, chances are that you will in the coming weeks, particularly if the ongoing confrontation between the U.S. and Iran in Syria intensifies. What was initially a sideshow to the main battl...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 30, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn didn't win, so British Jews shouldn't give up on Labour

For me, the main takeaway from the British election June 8 was that Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left leader of the opposition Labour party, didn’t win it.  Most of the ridicule in the wake of the election has been aimed at Conservative party Prime...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 2, 2017

Trump crisis shouldn't mask new opportunities for Middle East peace

By any standards, it was an extraordinary week for U.S.-Israel relations—and that was before President Donald Trump even arrived in Israel for his official visit. It began with what sounded like a brawl between American and Israeli officials laying...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    May 26, 2017

Trump Administration's disavows claim that Western Wall is 'part of the West Bank'

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has welcomed a clarification from President Donald Trump's Administration that it does not regard the Western Wall in Jerusalem as...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 26, 2017

Trump crisis shouldn't mask new opportunities for Middle East peace

By any standards, it was an extraordinary week for U.S.-Israel relations—and that was before President Donald Trump even arrived in Israel for his official visit. It began with what sounded like a brawl between American and Israeli officials...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    May 19, 2017

Israeli soldiers tell activist he is lying in hard-hitting video

An Israeli veterans organization has released a hard-hitting new video attacking Breaking the Silence—an Israeli NGO that publishes what it says are the anonymous testimonies of Israeli soldiers who participated in abuses against...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    May 5, 2017

Leading U.S. Jewish groups laud Trump's Holocaust speech

Leading American Jewish groups were quick to praise President Donald Trump’s forthright condemnation of anti-Semitism during a Holocaust commemoration speech. Speaking on behalf of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 28, 2017

The American pastor at Erdogan's mercy

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assumed near-dictatorial powers following his dubious victory in a constitutional referendum April 16, Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, was marking his sixth month of incarceration...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 21, 2017

Ken Livingstone: enabler of evil

I’ve written many times about the anti-Semitism that continues to plague the British Labour Party—once a noble party of both opposition and government that has now, under its current far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn, become a laughably ineffective...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 14, 2017

Approach Marine Le Pen with caution

There was an illuminating report from Paris in The Wall Street Journal this week that related how Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, has been consulting a group of French bankers and captains of industry in a bid to continue the m...

 

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