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Bernard-Henri Lévy's latest Jewish reflections

(JNS)—In the summer of 1993, I found myself at one of the most unsettling dinner engagements that I have yet experienced. I was a young journalist writing about the war in Bosnia, and a friend of mine in London who was working as an aide to Haris...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 12, 2018

Abbas and Netanyahu UN speeches signal that 30-year peace process is now deadAbbas and Netanyahu UN speeches signal that 30-year peace process is now dead

(JNS)—There was one corner of New York City last Thursday where the Senate Judicial Committee hearings into the accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh went largely unnoticed: the United Nations building perched on the East...

 

How to misread anti-Semitism

(JNS)—In all the furor around the anti-Semitism plaguing the British Labour Party, I’ve noticed two distinct forms of defense of both the party and its far-left leader, Jeremy Corbyn. The first defense, favored by those for whom Corbyn is a...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 20, 2018

Denmark confronts Islamism and integration

(JNS)—Imam Mundhir Abdallah is a good example of the dilemmas that have confronted politicians in Denmark in their response to Islamist extremism among the country’s 300,000 Muslims, the large majority of whom are first- or second-generation imm...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 15, 2018

'Nakba,' 'Naksa'... nowhere

(JNS)—When it comes to the Palestinian “original sin” theory of Israel’s creation, there are two key milestones: the flight of approximately 750,000 Arab refugees during the 1948 War of Independence and the 1967 conquest of eastern...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 1, 2018

Another leading Iranian export? Religious persecution

(JNS)—In a welcome statement issued this week, the U.S. State Department drew attention to the continuing persecution of the small Baha’i religious minority in Yemen by Iran-backed Shi’a rebels. The rebel Houthis “have targeted...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 20, 2018

On Zionism, progressives take page out of socialist playbook

(JNS)—There is a tragic account of the last moments of Grigori Zinoviev, the veteran Russian Bolshevik leader of Jewish descent who was executed by Stalin in 1936. According to the historian Donald Rayfield, on the journey from his prison cell to t...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    April 13, 2018

Haley rebukes Assad over continued use of chemical weapons

Amid uncertainty over the future direction of US policy in Syria, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a stinging rebuke on Wednesday to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime over its continued use of chemical weapons. “We must not forget...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 16, 2018

The House of Windsor's Israel problem

(JNS)-Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 66th year of reign in 2018, which by any standards is an extraordinarily long time for a single individual to be a head of state. (By comparison, King David is...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 2, 2018

A change in common parlance doesn't change the facts

(JNS)—I interviewed Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, during his September visit to New York. The public-relations maven who arranged the meeting pitched Morawiecki—then still deputy prime minister—as a rising star anxious to...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 19, 2018

Win or lose, Iranians want regime change

For the first time in nearly a decade, one dares to believe that the Islamist clerics who have ruled Iran since 1979 will not be in power by the time the 40th anniversary of their revolution rolls around in 2019. The nationwide protests are a direct...

 

Don't forget Qatar and Turkey

U.S. National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster underlined an important point this week that deserves a wider audience. Speaking at a conference in Washington, D.C., McMaster highlighted two countries that he said were playing a key role in...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    December 22, 2017

India, China and Russian refrain from recognizing 'East Jerusalem' as capital of 'Palestine'

Foreign ministers from India, Russia and China notably refrained from recognizing 'East Jerusalem' as the capital of Palestine at their annual meeting in New Delhi this week-seven days after the US...

 
 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...

 

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