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Publication of pro-terrorist ad in The Forward raises eyebrows in Jewish media world

The decision by the Jewish weekly newspaper The Forward to publish a paid advertisement supporting imprisoned Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti is being questioned by some editors of other American Jewish newspapers. The full-page ad appeared...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    June 2, 2017

Dems, Jews join Trump in protesting Palestinian terror payments

WASHINGTON—Prominent Democrats and major U.S. Jewish organizations are joining President Donald Trump in calling on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop making payments to imprisoned terrorists and their families. Trump raised the issued during...

 

U.S. action against genocide: a brief guide

President Donald Trump’s missile strike against Syria inaugurates a new chapter in the long and controversial history of American responses—and sometimes nonresponses—to mass murder around the world. Although the killing of Syrian civilians by...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    April 14, 2017

AJC lobbied U.S. to cover PA's unpaid bills

WASHINGTON—Amid growing congressional concern about the Palestinian Authority’s misuse of U.S. aid, a major mainstream American Jewish organization has been quietly lobbying Congress to cover the PA’s unpaid bills at a Jerusalem hospital....

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    March 17, 2017

Negotiator: peace talks failed due to Palestinian demands, Kerry's approach

The most recent round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations failed because the Palestinian Authority (PA) responded to each Israeli concession with new demands and the Obama administration kept taking the Palestinians’ side, according to a...

 

Jewish leaders applaud Trump's focus on Palestinian incitement

WASHINGTON—American Jewish leaders are enthusiastically applauding President Donald Trump’s call on the Palestinian Authority to remove anti-Jewish hate material from its school books. At his press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

 

U.S. knew of Nazi euthanasia gassings but remained silent

Ahead of this year’s marking of International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27, new details have been revealed concerning how much the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration knew about the Nazis’ euthanasia policy, and why the U.S. failed to...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    January 27, 2017

Terror victims applaud Tillerson's criticism of Palestinian leaders, urge concrete steps

WASHINGTON-American victims of Palestinian terrorism are applauding Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson's criticism of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and are urging him to press the PA to take...

 

Lawmakers to challenge Obama's limit on defense aid for Israel

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are vowing to challenge a limit on U.S. defense aid for Israel that President Barack Obama included in the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the two nations. The agreement—reached in...

 

Trump's top four contenders for secretary of state have strong pro-Israel records

WASHINGTON-Although it will be some time before President-elect Donald Trump names the members of his cabinet, the four individuals most often mentioned as contenders for the administration's top fore...

 

U.S. State Department calls Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority anti-Semitic

For the first time, the U.S. State Department has explicitly accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) of promoting anti-Semitism, a signal Jewish groups are hoping will lead to change in U.S. policy. Ac...

 

Nothing radical about GOP's shift on Palestinian statehood

The omission of Palestinian statehood from this year’s Republican Party platform is neither a radical change nor a departure from immutable U.S. policy, as some critics are claiming. In fact, both parties’ platforms have repeatedly changed...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    July 8, 2016

'Poisoning' accusations are a Palestinian tradition

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas must be surprised at the international outcry over his accusation this week that Israeli rabbis are plotting to poison Arab wells. After all, Abbas and his colleagues have been making similar allegat...

 

Deleting inconvenient words, from Arafat to Iran

The U.S. State Department’s admission that it altered an embarrassing video exchange about its nuclear negotiations with Iran is disturbing—but it’s not the first time that the Obama administration, or some of its predecessors, have tampered...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    May 27, 2016

Are profits everything? The 2016 race and a Jewish businessman's lament

The current American presidential campaign features candidates who seem all too willing to set aside ethics for the sake of greater profits. One presumptive nominee proudly made large donations to politicians “so they would do what I want” to...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    May 6, 2016

How 'Seinfeld' paved the way for Bernie Sanders

As recently as the 1940s, anti-Semitism was so common in the United States that even the president privately told offensive jokes about Jewish immigrants in a faux New York Jewish accent.  Yet in the past few months, a candidate who is the son of...

 

Israeli settlers, meet Brazil's settlers

Brazil says it will not confirm the Israeli ambassador-designate to the South American nation, Dani Dayan, because it does not want to “show support for the settlement enterprise,” for which Dayan has been an activist. But anyone familiar with...

 

Syrian refugee advocates are using the wrong Holocaust analogy

Examining America’s response to the Holocaust can help us avoid repeating the mistakes of that era, so applying the lessons of the Nazi years to contemporary concerns—including the plight of the Syrian refugees—certainly is appropriate. But...

 

Lack of democracy weakens U.S. Jewry

Fifty years ago this week, two prominent figures in the American Jewish community startled their colleagues by calling for democratic elections to choose Jewish leaders. The occasion was a two-day conference in New York City, in November 1965, on...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    August 14, 2015

Did Jonathan Pollard really cause anti-Semitism?

Did jailed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard’s actions provoke anti-Semitism in the United States? In the days leading up to the July 28 revelation that the U.S. has granted Pollard parole and that he will be released from federal prison on Nov. 20,...

 

Nader targets 'the Jews' and linguistically hijacks anti-Semitism

Ralph Nader, the famous crusader against fraud and corruption, believes he has uncovered a horrific new injustice—and the perpetrators are “the Jews.” “You never avoid using the word anti-Semitism when Arabs and Arab-Americans are...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    July 3, 2015

Answering Pope Francis's question about Auschwitz

“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to... Auschwitz,” Pope Francis remarked this week. “Tell me,” he asked, “why didn’t they bomb them?” The pontiff’s question is not merely a matter of...

 

French rejection of Tel Aviv students echoes 1942 Benzion Netanyahu episode

The world-famous Louvre art museum stands accused of discriminating against Israeli students, after being exposed by some clever amateur investigative journalism that echoes a 1940s incident involving the father of Israel’s current prime minister....

 

When a piece of paper meant life or death

“It is a fantastic commentary on the inhumanity of our times,” journalist Dorothy Thompson wrote at the height of the 1930s European Jewish refugee crisis, “that for thousands and thousands of people a piece of paper with a stamp on it is the...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    May 22, 2015

An American trapped in the 1948 siege of Jerusalem

“We are so used to bombs and the sound of firing guns that we don’t get upset anymore.” In choosing those words, Florence Bar Ilan probably hoped to convey that there was a certain stability to her daily life, but one can imagine her parents,...

 

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