Anti-Semitism

A roadmap for Jew-haters

Featured image The Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby has written a valuable and scrupulously detailed column exploring the handiwork of BDS Boston in “A roadmap for Jew-haters.” You may not have heard much about the roadmap. The news would have been blasted around the world and repeated for days on end if some American minority group other than Jews were the subject of the map. The derangement it manifests is familiar to Power »

Confused at the Crimson

Featured image The Alegemeiner has published Alan Dershowitz’s column responding to the Harvard Crimson’s pro-BDS editorial “in support of a free Palestine.” It turns out that Dershowitz’s column was to be published in the Crimson itself, but editorial minds at the Crimson are confused or clouded, as one might infer from the editorial itself. The Algemeiner includes this explanatory preface by Professor Dershowitz (link to the Crimson editorial omitted): On April 30, »

The madness of slow Joe, Iran edition (4)

Featured image The Reuters story is datelined Washington, but the reporting is by a Reuters staffer in St. Paul. Was a State Department official in St. Paul over the weekend? That may be a greater mystery than the deep thoughts of the Biden administration quoted by Reuters on the facilitation of President Biden’s imminent nuclear deal with Iran by the friends of Vladimir Putin: New U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia following its »

There’s something about Quintez

Featured image Quintez Brown is charged with the attempted assassination of Democratic Louisville mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg and four others in the office. Brown failed, but you can’t say he didn’t make a good faith effort. One of the bullets pierced Greenberg’s sweater. Breitbart News reports the story here. The judge set bail at $100,000, which seems a little light to me. Breaking: @LouCommBailFund has paid the $100,000 to bail out @BLMLouisville »

Speaking of hate

Featured image I’m tied up today and wanted to post a column I wrote at the invitation of RealClearPolitics in 2018 shortly after the election of the untouchable Ilhan Omar to represent Minnesota’s Fifth District in Congress. Looking for something I wrote for RCP back in 2003 or so — I couldn’t find it — I came across the Omar column. It seems to me to have stood the test of time. »

Robert Wistrich revisited

Featured image Robert S. Wistrich was the Neuburger Professor of European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the director of the university’s Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. He may also have been the leading academic authority on anti-Semitism. Witness his histories A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism From Antiquity to the Global Jihad (2010) and From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, The Jews and Israel (2012). »

The FBI’s statement about the Texas terrorist and the Jews

Featured image In a briefing about the terrorism at a synagogue in Texas, an FBI spokesman said the demands of the hostage taker, Malik Faisal Akram, were “specifically focused on an issue not directly connected to the Jewish community.” There is a sense in which this is true. The issue the terrorist specifically focused on was the imprisonment of a jihadist, Aafia Siddiqui. He demanded her release. That issue obviously has implications »

Clueless Joe Biden says it may not be so

Featured image The man who could not be named as the perpetrator of the terrorist seizure of Congregation Beth Israel is Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British national. I took it from the audio recording of the services he interrupted that he is a native of Pakistan. I believe that to be the case, although I don’t find it reported in the stories on the incident. Clueless Joe Biden appears to have »

Inspector Clouseau standing by

Featured image In his press briefing last night FBI SAC Matthew DeSarno went out of his way to assert that the “hostage taker” who seized the rabbi and three others at Congregation Beth Israel during Shabbat services yesterday “was specifically focused on an issue not directly connected to the Jewish community…” The AP took this talking point and ran with it, as though Lady AQ might be a nonsectarian cause and jihadism »

Rescue in Colleyville

Featured image Thanks to all the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers — some 200 in total — who rescued the rabbi and others taken hostage at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas yesterday. The “hostage taker” interrupted Shabbat services that were live streamed over Facebook yesterday morning to demand the release of Lady Al Qaeda. Within ten hours law enforcement conducted an operation that resulted in the rescue of the »

Speaking of anti-Semitism (or not)

Featured image Within tacit limits, President Biden attacked anti-Jewish bigotry in his remarks “During a Menorah Lighting in Celebration of Hanukkah.” Nary a word, however, about the genocidal Iranian regime, which the administration seeks avidly to appease and accommodate, or about the anti-Jewish and anti-historical “Jerusalem” resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. The Jerusalem Post covers the “Jerusalem” resolution here. The UN covers it here. UN Watch covers it »

Oberlin’s whitewash

Featured image Last month, I wrote about Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, the “professor of peace” at Oberlin College. Mahallati was the mullahs’ man at the United Nations in the 1980s during which time he called for a global jihad against Israel. Mahalliti was the scourge of Iran’s religious minorities, the Baha’i population in particular. An Amnesty International report accused him of crimes against humanity by covering up the massacre of at least 5,000 »

Ruth Wisse remembers

Featured image Ruth R. Wisse is a leading scholar of Yiddish literature. To many conservatives, she is best known for her frequent contributions to Commentary magazine. Wisse has published her memoir. The book is called Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation. Cynthia Ozick, Wisse’s fellow Commentary comrade-in-arms, calls the book an “intellectual autobiography. . .of profound moral force and scathing political discernment.” I agree. The book begins with »

Oberlin accused of discriminating against Jews

Featured image When I attended college in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I viewed Oberlin College as a model for what a radicalized campus should be. After John and I braved a snow storm to visit Oberlin for a debate tournament, my impression was confirmed. Oberlin was in the vanguard. These days, that position must be difficult to maintain, but Oberlin is trying hard not to lose it. There was the »

“Heil Hitler” on a bathroom wall. What could it possibly mean?

Featured image A reader responded to my article about American University’s seeming uncertainty about the meaning of a swastika on a bathroom room wall by pointing to a similar case of bafflement from Georgia. At two suburban Atlanta high schools, a swastika and the phrase “heil Hitler” appeared on bathroom walls. According to our reader, the principal at one of the schools worked out that this was “hateful language,” but in a »

A swastika on a bathroom wall. What could it possibly mean? [UPDATED]

Featured image Anti-semitic graffiti has popped up at American University in Washington, D.C. It was discovered in a dormitory bathroom. The graffiti consisted of a swastika, a pair of SS lightning bolts, and a Star of David crossed out with an “X.” This sort of thing is offensive, obviously. However, on a campus the size of AU in a city the size of D.C., it’s not surprising that racist and/or anti-semitic graffiti »

Anti-Semitism: Alive and Well on the Left

Featured image We wrote here about the fact that far-left House Democrats, mostly the Squad, blocked inclusion of funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system as part of the continuing resolution to fund the government. They were able to block anti-terrorist spending because the Democrats’ House margin is so slim that they can’t afford even a minor number of defections. Steve then wrote about the fact that Democratic leadership introduced a stand-alone »