Anti-Semitism

On Terrorism, Our President Is Tone-Deaf

Featured image Yesterday a Muslim named Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein fired thirty or more rounds into a Copenhagen restaurant where a free speech seminar was being held, killing one person and wounding several. A few hours later, he attacked the principal Copenhagen synagogue, where a bat mitzvah was taking place, killing a Jew who was acting as a guard–European synagogues need guards these days–and wounding two policemen. The attack on the synagogue »

Martin Heidegger, Call Your Office

Featured image Martin Heidegger’s “Rector’s Address” at Freiburg University in 1933 was one of the milestones—and therefore lowest points—of the rise of Nazism in Germany, as his profession that Nazism represented the “inner truth and greatness of the German people” was prelude to his purging the university of Jewish faculty and students.  I’ve been wondering how long before this sentiment re-emerged explicitly in American universities, especially those enamored of anti-Israel gestures such »

When Hitler didn’t meet Churchill

Featured image Our observation of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill yesterday put me in mind of Winston Churchill’s failed meeting with Adolf Hitler. It’s a story I’ve mentioned here before and ask your indulgence in mentioning again as the occasion warrants. Among the many qualities that made Churchill a man out of joint with his times was this one: he frequently wrote and spoke favorably of the Jews »

Jewish like me in Malmö

Featured image John Howard Griffin famously enlisted the assistance of a dermatologist to have his skin darkened so he could pass as a black man traveling in the deep South for six weeks in late 1959. He reported his experiences in Black Like Me. Based on the journal he kept, the book has sold more than 10 million copies and remained continuously in print since its publication in 1961. Swedish journalist Petter »

Should Europe’s Jews Be Armed?

Featured image Following Amedy Coulibaly’s attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris in which he murdered four Jews, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe and the European Jewish Association, wrote to the interior ministries of all European countries, urging changes in gun laws that would make it easier for Europe’s Jews to arm themselves: Rabbi Menachem Margolin…writes: “We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed »

The crazy revisited

Featured image John included the video of Jimmy Carter below in in his post “The good, the bad and the crazy.” John filed it under “the crazy.” I would go a little further; I think it qualifies as sick, bad and crazy all by itself. I want to add a comment by way of a footnote to John’s post. The interviewer is Marc Lamont Hill. If he does say so himself, “Dr. »

In Paris, a Coda In a Kosher Grocery

Featured image It is hard to keep up with all the news from France: the terrorist who killed a police woman on Thursday is now believed to have connections of some sort with the Kouachi brothers; the brothers have taken a hostage and have told police they want to die a “martyr’s death”; and Amedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who killed the police woman, accompanied by a female accomplice, has attacked a kosher »

Trending in the PA: How to stab a Jew

Featured image The Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza lack the requisites on which a decent state might be formed. Among other things, they lack the infrastructure of a civil society. What they do have in abundance is the infrastructure of terrorism. They also have the bloodlust on which to sustain it. To take just one recent example, the Jewish Press draws attention to the video below demonstrating the proper use »

Melanie Phillips: Paying the price for Gaza

Featured image I borrow from this HonestReporting post to note that Prominent British commentator Melanie Phillips addressed a crowd of nearly 300 people in Jerusalem’s Heichal Shlomo building on August 27 to address the subject: “The Jewish Diaspora: Paying the Price for Gaza.” Referring to Israel as a “life-affirming place of hope where Jews are not on their knees but are fighting for the defense of civilization against barbarism,” Ms. Phillips noted »

The friends of Osama Hamdan

Featured image Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan appeared on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer yesterday. Blitzer grilled Hamdan about his recent recycling of the Christian blood libel against the Jews (video below). Hamdan filibusters, Obama style. Hey, he was just repeating what he’s heard. Some of his best friends. Benjamin Netanyahu. Concentration camps for Palestinans. Etc., etc., etc. While Blitzer has been congratulated for challenging Hamdan, I wonder. Hamas and its friends »

Groundhog Day Revisited

Featured image I first used the phrase Groundhog Day with reference to the Palestinians in April 2013, in Groundhog Day In the Middle East. Having forgotten that post, I used it again last Monday in For Anti-Semitism, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again. The reference is apt. Anyone observing Hamas’s attacks on Israel, Israel’s effort to neutralize Hamas’s terrorist capabilities, and the international reaction to that effort–not, of course, to Hamas’s terrorist »

For Anti-Semitism, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

Featured image Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Hamas agents carry out an act of terrorism against Israel, in this case the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers. Next, the rocket bombardment from Gaza accelerates, with hundreds of rockets and missiles being fired at virtually all corners of Israel. Hamas proudly announces that its rockets can now reach every major Israeli population center. Much property is destroyed, Israelis are »

Conquest’s Second Law illustrated

Featured image At least two of Robert Conquest’s Three Laws — set forth here by John Derbyshire — explain the political world much as Newton’s laws of motion explain the physical world. Conquest’s Second Law provides: “Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.” Derbyshire adds with respect to the Second Law: “Conquest gave the Church of England and Amnesty International as examples.” Conquest’s Second Law probably »

The PA celebrates a kidnapping

Featured image This past Thursday night, three Jewish teenagers — one of whom is a dual American/Israeli citizen — were abducted on the West Bank. The Israelis are certain that Hamas is responsible. The Israelis have taken 80 suspects into custody as part of the investigation. Reuters reports the story here. One can only fear the outcome and the consequences. For the moment, we can also observe the reaction of the Palestinian »

Now playing at the UN

Featured image At the UN, they are observing International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I bet you thought every year at the UN was in solidarity with the “Palestinian people,” but no. Two thousand fourteen is special. Stop the UN — I want to get off. They are observing the International Year of Solidarity in a big way at UN headquarters in New York City. Anne Bayefsky writes to draw »

Brownshirt Anti-Semitism On the March

Featured image I don’t mean in the Muslim world, where there are essentially zero Jews (and precious few Christians) left; or in Europe, where an increasingly menacing Islamic population cows both law enforcement and political leaders. No, I’m talking about the U.S.A., one of the last bastions (along with Israel) of Jewish security. At the American Thinker, Stella Paul documents how the crudest sort of anti-Semitism has spread through America’s academic world. »

A word from Edmund Levin

Featured image Edmund Levin is the author of A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia – The Beilis Blood Libel, just published by Schocken Books. The book is about the 1913 trial in Kiev of the Russian Jewish factory worker Mendel Beilis on a charge of ritually murdering a Christian boy and draining his blood to make Passover matzo. Mr. Levin wrote the book as a labor of »