Should a Jew rent from Avis? Part Two

Featured image Avis has apologized for not renting a car this past weekend to Dov Bergwerk, an Israeli business executive and frequent Avis customer. I described Avis’ refusal here. Avis issued the following statement: We have investigated the denial of a rental that recently occurred in Manhattan. We have found that we have been inconsistent in applying our policies with respect to documentation requirements with this customer, who has rented from us »

Should a Jew rent from Avis?

Featured image In the early 1960s, less than 20 years after the end of World War II, a hot topic in the Jewish community was: should a Jew buy a Volkswagen? I never discussed the matter with my parents, but their answer must have been in the affirmative because my mother ended up driving one, and I don’t think she stole it. In light of this story in the Observer, the question »

The ancient virus, CUNY edition

Featured image Anti-Semitism has emerged as a potent force on many college campuses. The rule of political correctness have freed it up to stand naked and unashamed. Take a look at the brief video below from a student protest at CUNY Hunter; Ruthie Blum writes about it in the Alegemeiner column posted here. According to Ruthie, the protest in took place in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon after organizers on Facebook called for »

The Poop Swastika: Clearly “Cultural Appropriation”

Featured image Sorry readers, I’m just feeling backed up getting the whole Missouri “poop swastika” incident behind me, though when you think about it, the poop swastika is the perfect symbol of the constipated thinking of the campus left. (And perhaps a great name for a punk rock bar band.) Anyway, I wondered the same thing John did in his comment to my post yesterday: Isn’t this an anti-Semitic hate crime? Which »

Bibi brings it (2)

Featured image Following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s meeting with President Obama in the White House on Monday, AEI hosted its 2015 annual dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. AEI presented its 2015 Irving Kristol Award to Netanyahu. In lieu of a speech Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to questions put to him by AEI’s Danielle Pletka. The video is below. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has posted excerpts of Netanyahu’s remarks here. »

That awkward moment

Featured image The invaluable MEMRI clips the video below of Umm Muhammad Shamasneh. Shamasneh’s son Muhammad was killed while perpetrating a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem on October 12. Appearing in her home via the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel, she offered the interviewer candy to celebrate her son’s “martyrdom.” She said that she hoped her other sons would follow in his footsteps and pulled out a knife, threatening: “My deeds »

Halting Halbertal

Featured image Minnesota United States Attorney Andrew Luger took to the pages of the Star Tribune to denounce the “Islamophobia” allegedly rampant in “the news.” The column appeared under the heading “Minnesotans must face Islamophobia head-on.” Luger condemns a “current wave of Islamophobia.” There are several problems with Luger’s column. I want to note two. “Islamophobia” is a term of art invented by fanatics to stigmatize their opponents. Speaking as “Minnesota’s chief »

Understanding the bloodlust

Featured image Muslim Arabs seem to be acting out a maniacal bloodlust against Jews in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel. In the adjacent post, Paul refers to the incitement underlying the current wave of terrorist attacks centered on Jerusalem. Following the news in the United States, through comments by Obama administration officials or correspondents such as FNC’s Conor Powell, one would have no idea what is happening. Andy McCarthy did the job »

Jeremiah Wright: Jesus Was a Palestinian!

Featured image For years, people have puzzled over Barack Obama’s motivation: is he trying to be a good president and failing, or is he deliberately undermining the United States? The jury is still out on that one, but there is no doubt where he stands on Israel, our chief Middle Eastern ally. It’s not as though we needed more evidence, but let’s listen to Jeremiah Wright, the notorious anti-American and anti-Israel preacher »

Richard Block: Not this deal

Featured image President Obama has sought to silence the voice of the organized Jewish community opposing his deal with Iran. Several prominent Jewish organizations have resisted and expressed their opposition to the deal. Obama’s response has been an extraordinarily nasty piece of work. Rabbi Richard A. Block now speaks up in opposition to the deal, noting some of the same points we have here on Power Line. Rabbi Block is senior rabbi »

Who ya gonna call?

Featured image I’ve noted the anti-Semitic themes and canards on which President Obama has unsubtly drawn in promoting the deal with Iran. He’s injected anti-Semitism into the mainstream of the Democratic Party. He hasn’t been reticent and he’s hardly been called on it. He is a true believer with a true believer’s lack of scruples or other inhibitions. Despite its liberalism and its Democratic tilt, the organized Jewish community has to a »

Undercover Jew

Featured image Virtually every day, or so it seems, we get notices from Palestinian Media Watch of calls for, or celebration of, the murder of Jews in Israel. PMW performs a valuable service for those of us interested in a realistic understanding of the region. Following the Palestinian media, one comes to the conclusion that they represent a society unfit for self-rule. Decent civil institutions are also required and notable by their »

Anne Bayefsky explains

Featured image The United Nations Human Rights Council is a body whose essential purpose is to stigmatize the Jewish state for imaginary crimes. The Obama administration therefore deems it important for the United States to fund and participate in the work of the body, such as the farcical investigation of alleged war crimes conducted by its Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry. Having concluded its investigation and issued its report, the commission concluded »

Oren vs. Obama on Iran’s anti-Semitism

Featured image President Obama variously excuses, discounts and rationalizes the avowed anti-Semitic statements and goals of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Calling on his favorite reporter for the dissemination of his wisdom on such subject, Obama has observed to Jeffrey Goldberg, for example: “The fact that you are anti-Semitic, or racist, doesn’t preclude you from being interested in survival. The fact that the supreme leader is anti-Semitic doesn’t mean that this overrides »

The rational ayatollah hypothesis

Featured image In his Wall Street Journal column this past Tuesday, Bret Stephens took up “The rational ayatollah hypothesis” (accessible via Google here). That hypothesis — asserted, I would say, as a thesis if not a fact by our Supreme Leader about Iran’s Supreme Leader — holds that economics and other such considerations constrain the anti-Semitic behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran. So about those nuclear weapons that Iran is developing »

Obama expounds the limits of Iran’s anti-Semitism

Featured image In the course of his recent interview of President Obama — painful reading from beginning to end — Jeffrey Goldberg asked a somewhat challenging question regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. “You have argued,” Goldberg observed, “that people who subscribe to an anti-Semitic worldview, who explain the world through the prism of anti-Semitic ideology, are not rational, are not built for success, are not grounded in a reality that you »

Netanyahu on the Lausanne framework, &c.

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech in Israel’s Knesset last week on the seventieth anniversary of VE Day. As is his custom, Netanyahu drew the lesson for today. The Jerusalem Post reported on and quoted from Netanyahu’s speech: The lesson from World War II is not to back down from an extremist regime whose platform includes genocide and conquering other states, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, referring to »