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Islamism's brutal face is back on display

(JNS) Any notion that the worst days of Islamist terrorism are long behind us was brutally shattered at Kabul Airport on Thursday, as twin bombs ripped indiscriminately through Afghan civilians and U.S. and other foreign servicemen trying to...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 27, 2021

'A lesson for all oppressed peoples': Iran, Hamas embrace violent takeover of Afghanistan by Taliban

Iran and Hamas on Monday effusively welcomed the final capitulation of the Afghan government to Taliban insurgents over the weekend, praising the hardline Islamist organization for its “brave leadership” in defeating the “American...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 26, 2021

South Africa's chief justice confronts the apartheid analogy

(JNS) — As of this writing, South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was on day seven of a 10-day deadline to publicly apologize for a speech he made last year in which he offered a full-throated defense of Israel, and still, he stood fast...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 5, 2021

Engaging with the UN Human Rights Council

(JNS) — Many people who have never heard of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) might reasonably ask why this body has the name that it does, upon learning that one of its members, China, is currently engaged in genocide against its Uyghur...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    December 4, 2020

China wants to blind the world

(JNS) — American democracy may be immersed in crisis at the present time, but the various claims of its death are, as Mark Twain might have quipped, greatly exaggerated. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said on the other side of the world. “We...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 23, 2020

An Israeli 'dissident' demolished

(JNS) — The most scathing book review I have read in a very long time appears in the Sept.18 edition of the London-based journal, the Times Literary Supplement. You might want to read it, too, if only for an illustration of what a comprehensive...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 20, 2020

What has changed since the 'Black Death'?

(JNS)—The numbers are rolling in, and they make for grim reading. In four European countries with significant Jewish communities—France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy—statistics gathered during 2019 by communal organizations and law-enf... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 6, 2020

J'Accuse! Our Dreyfus and theirs

(JNS) Two months after its shellacking in the United Kingdom’s general elections, the Labour Party continues to remind British voters of why they chose the “anyone-but-Jeremy-Corbyn” option. Last week, it was the turn of John McDonnell—Corbyn... Full story

 

Breaking down the UNHRC blacklist

(JNS)—In the halls of the United Nations, they’re calling it a “database,” but it’s more commonly and accurately known as a “blacklist.” It’s a list of more than 100 companies conducting business activities with Jewish communities... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    February 7, 2020

What Putin didn't talk about in Jerusalem...

(JNS)—Predictably, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech to last week’s World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem raised hackles among the responsible guardians of Holocaust memory. The Russian dictator claimed that 40 percent of the 6 million... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 31, 2020

How solidarity with Palestine inspires resistance in Iran

(JNS)—Once again, talk of regime change is in the air inside Iran. Not since the crushing of the 2009 student-led protests has the Islamic Republic, as of this year entering the fifth decade of its existence, looked so vulnerable. The immediate... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 3, 2020

French Jewish leader questions judicial willingness to confront Islamist anti-Semitism

The head of the French Jewish community expressed fear that last week’s decision by prosecutors in Paris to excuse the murderer of a Jewish woman from a criminal trial symbolized a deeper reluctance to confront anti-Semitism among Muslims in... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    December 6, 2019

Like schnitzel, anti-Semitism has become part of the cultural fabric of Europe

(JNS)—The following quotes are from Jewish citizens of various European countries, gathered during a survey earlier this year on Jewish perceptions of anti-Semitism that was carried out by the European Union. “Anti-Semitism and racism are like... Full story

 

A Kurdish campaign to boycott Turkey

(JNS)—It is a story that strikes a chord with anyone familiar with the struggle for civil rights in the American South. Jwnaid Murad, a businessman in Iraqi Kurdistan, has decided that he will no longer sell Turkish products in his supermarket in... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    November 8, 2019

Belgium's carnival of hatred is still going strong

(JNS)—A few years ago, I was paying for some items at a large department store in the Netherlands when I was startled by the sight of a doll behind the cashier’s desk that appeared, at first glance, to be a grotesque racial caricature of a small... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 18, 2019

The sorry tale of two photographs

(JNS)—As visitors to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem wind their way through the main exhibition, they are confronted by a series of unsettling photographs from the first decade of Nazi power: Jews forced onto their hands and knees... Full story

 

Emancipation, empathy and America

(JNS)—In an interview with my colleague Benjamin Kerstein last week, Rabbi Eli Cohen, the executive director of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council in Brooklyn, N.Y., said something about the state of anti-Semitism in America today that’s... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 30, 2019

Why Jews should care about the Hong Kong democracy protests

(JNS)—It’s more than 30 years since pro-democracy student demonstrators were brutally crushed by Chinese security forces in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square—a graphic sign that while communism was in the process of collapsing elsewhere in the world... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 23, 2019

Attacking the 'chosen'

(JNS)—The furor in recent days over a viciously anti-Semitic article in a left-wing Belgian newspaper centered on the writer’s use of a mangled quote, attributed to the French-Jewish songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, about the impossibility of a God... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 26, 2019

'Who, me? A racist?'

(JNS)—The exposé on anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party, broadcast in the United Kingdom last week by the BBC’s flagship Panorama program, gave viewers an opportunity to see the extraordinary confrontation in April 2016 between John Mann,... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 14, 2019

Nabih Berri's grotesque anti-Semitism

(JNS)—In a puff piece on Nabih Berri, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament, published on the occasion of his 80th birthday last year, the broadcaster France 24 headlined its profile, “The Great Survivor of Lebanese Politics.” This wording... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 29, 2019

The Christchurch mosque massacre

(JNS)—By the time America woke up on Friday, Mar. 15, Google’s search engine was jammed with news of a mass shooting at another place of worship in the world. Counts of 49 dead and dozens wounded were being reported at the Al Noor Mosque in the... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 15, 2019

25 years after the AMIA bombing, justice is again denied

(JNS)—This July, Argentina’s Jewish community will mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were murdered and hundreds more were seriously wounded. It is promising to be a wretched... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 11, 2019

How to teach the Holocaust going forward

(JNS)—Imagine that you are a Jewish doctor in a Nazi concentration camp. About 100 of your fellow inmates suffer from diabetes, and you only have a limited supply of insulin, with no guarantee of more on the way. Do you give each patient the same a... Full story

 

Putin plays with the Holocaust

(JNS)—Back in January, the unlikely figure of Paddington Bear—the cuddly, bright-eyed cub much adored by young children through the years—ran afoul of the Russian government. As part of its policy of limiting the influence of foreign culture... Full story

 

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