They #StandWithIlhan

Featured image As Scott wrote here, glamorous freshman Representative Ilhan Omar caused a stir by coming out in favor of the anti-Israel BDS (“boycott, divestment and sanctions”) movement. Those who had been paying attention weren’t surprised, but most of Omar’s 5th District Jewish constituents apparently didn’t see it coming. Omar’s left-wing supporters cheered her endorsement of BDS. The far-left site Common Dreams headlines: “#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Reject Smear Campaign After Newly-Elected Omar Declares »

The way we hate now (Omar edition)

Featured image Minnesota Rep-elect Ilhan Omar presents as a case study in the way the Democrats hate now. I have pursued the case study for Power Line readers in numerous posts as well as for Weekly Standard readers in “The anti-Israel seat” and City Journal readers in “A question for Democrats.” I wrote all the most prominent Minnesota Democrats I could think of for their comment on the Omar case. To a »

Telling admissions from the New York Times about anti-Semitism

Featured image The leftist media insists that President Trump is encouraging anti-Semitism even though he has never made a statement that fairly can be considered anti-Semitic. It relies in part on untenable inferences from statements by Trump that have nothing to do with Jews, and in part on claims that anti-Semitic incidents have risen since Trump became president. Such incidents might well have increased since Trump’s victory. However, Gina Bellafante of the »

D.C. leftists vie for endorsement of anti-Semite

Featured image Remember Trayon White? He’s the Washington D.C. city council member — a Democrat — who claimed that Jewish financiers control the climate. In his view, a mild snowfall in the District was an instance of “climate control” by the Rothschilds who “create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities.” White also opined that the Rothschilds control the World Bank and the federal government. There might have been »

Anti-Semitism: Not What It Once Was

Featured image On Thursday evening, a comedian named Ilana Glazer was scheduled to perform at a synagogue in Brooklyn as a get-out-the-vote event. The performance was canceled when anti-Semitic graffiti was found scrawled throughout the synagogue. The New York Times reported on the story. The Times article looks to me as though it was initially written from a typically liberal point of view, and then, when the perpetrator was identified and caught, »

Is this what they call a dog whistle?

Featured image President Trump campaigned for Republican candidates at a rally in Estero, Florida. C-SPAN has posted the video here. Adam Kredo’s Washington Free Beacon account of the speech prompted me to track it down and transcribe the president’s opening remarks: Before going any further I went to take a moment to address the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was terrible. Eleven Americans were brutally murdered »

Jennifer Rubin is up to her old tricks

Featured image In 2007-08, Jennifer Rubin supported Rudy Giuliani, now one of President Trump’s most ardent defenders, for president. When Mitt Romney announced his bid for the presidency, Rubin denounced him for choosing the Henry Ford Museum as his venue. Romney selected this location because of his family’s connection to the automobile industry, his own theme of innovation, and his desire to win votes in Michigan where he was born and raised. »

Trump speaks for me (2)

Featured image President Trump appeared at a campaign rally last night in Murphysboro, Illinois. I can’t find a transcript or news story that gives his opening remarks in full. I have tracked down the video posted here to transcribe Trump’s opening remarks myself so that I could supplement my post last night: Before going any further I want to address the horrible shooting that took place earlier today. The hearts of all »

Trump speaks for me

Featured image Every time I attended Shabbat services at Temple of Aaron — like Tree of Life, home to the largest conservative Jewish congregation in town, at least on our side of the river — I always thought about an atrocity like the one committed this morning in Pittsburgh. Driving into the temple parking lot, I would see the police cruiser parked in the far corner to remind me of the possibilities »

Notes on fake news (1)

Featured image On Monday I am scheduled to make a presentation on the subject of “fake news” to our local Cardozo Society chapter. The society is an affinity group of Jewish lawyers. I am a member of the group. Unlike the past president of the Hair Club for Men (now Hair Club), I can’t say I’m both an owner and a client, but that’s the idea. It will make me nervous to »

Chain of fools revisited

Featured image Our friend Seth Leibsohn wrote yesterday to ask if he was the only one who has a problem with what is depicted in the photo below from Aretha Franklin’s funeral in Detroit. Seth then opened his radio show (audio below) with the question: “What do you think would be said about Donald Trump, President Trump, if he were on a stage at a big event with someone who said, ‘Satanic »

A question for Democrats

Featured image The rise of Ilhan Omar raises a question for decent Democrats. It is the kind of question that Republicans are occasionally called on to answer by the media when one of their own embarrasses them. Democrats somehow escape this treatment. I wrote prominent Minnesota Democrats, identified myself and asked the question raised by Omar in this case. One or two of these Democrats are, or were, friendly acquaintances of mine. »

How the Democratic Party Has Mainstreamed Anti-Semitism

Featured image Ilhan Omar is a Somali-American who serves in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Scott has written about her here a number of times. She apparently entered into a bigamous marriage with her brother in order to facilitate immigration fraud, but the facts are murky and she refuses to clarify them. Keith Ellison is resigning from the House to run for Attorney General of Minnesota, so the rush is on to »

Is “right-wing” Hungary the safest place for European Jews?

Featured image Hungary, under Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has become the bete noir of the American and European intellectual left. Its “illiberal democracy” (Orban is in office because two-thirds of Hungary’s electorate backed him) is the logical extension, they say, of the dangerous right-wing populism of Donald Trump, the Brexit movement, and so forth. “Populist” though it may be, Orban’s Hungary is arguably the safest place in Europe for Jews (100,000 of »

Brennan’s broyges

Featured image Among the several Yiddish words for “angry” is “broyges.” For the purposes of alliteration and anomaly, I want to apply it to the indignation reflected in former Communist Party voter and Obama administration CIA Director John Brennan’s recent tweet on Hamas’s terrorist assault on Israel last week. Brennan was angry…with President Trump and with Israel. For both he seems to harbor a certain animus. Deaths in Gaza result of utter »

Shameless in Gaza

Featured image Hamas continues its war on Israel with its weekly assaults on the border and related activities. It promotes this edition of the war as a “protest” against the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which somehow leaves enough room for the construction of the latest in terror tunnels (see, e.g., this one destroyed last month). The IDF videos below convey the message Hamas is sending and captures a bit of Hamas theater »

How Germany imported anti-Semitism

Featured image Hitler’s Germany virtually annihilated its Jewish population and made a strong run at annihilating Europe’s. Post-war Germany thus took pains to enforce a “Never Again” creed. But that ended when Angela Merkel decided to admit more than a million asylum seekers from Muslim countries. Now, Merkel admits that Germany confronts “a new phenomenon” as the refugees “bring another form of anti-Semitism into the country.” What in God’s name did Merkel »