Leo Baeck, Berlin, 1935

Featured image Jews begin the observance of Yom Kippur at sundown tonight with the Kol Nidre prayer service. A couple of years ago a Christian friend asked to join us at the service. During the service she pointed in our prayer book to an adaptation of the prayer composed by the progressive German Rabbi Leo Baeck for delivery in German synagogues during the Kol Nidre service on October 10, 1935. It is »

Michael Oren: An inconvenient truth

Featured image Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren was in New York last week in connection with the doings at the United Nations. Oren’s memoir is the invaluable Ally, which we interviewed him about on the Power Line podcast posted here. Oren is now a member of the Knesset from the Kulanu Party and deputy minister for diplomacy. During his visit last week Newsweek posted Oren’s latest piece laying »

Andrew Breitbart, Anti-Semite?

Featured image Tragically, our friend Andrew Breitbart died a few years ago and isn’t here to defend himself. But it infuriates me to see Haaretz, the “New York Times of Israel,” label Andrew–who was a Jew–an anti-Semite: In an article Friday by Chemi Shalev, the newspaper claims: “Breitbart and other Jews working for his website exemplified the kind of radical right wing Jews who hate their liberal co-religionists most of all: in »

Grotesque Anti-Semitism of the Labour Party

Featured image The world’s press has portrayed Brexit as a disaster and the Conservatives as a party in disarray. But the real fiasco is going on in the Labour Party, where Jeremy Corbyn lost a no-confidence vote within his party by 172 to 40, but refuses to resign. Corbyn is a buffoon, a hard left winger who never met a terrorist group for which he didn’t have a sneaking fondness. Meanwhile, Labour »

Annals of mewling idiocy

Featured image Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is now serving the twelfth year of his four-year term. He is an absurd and contemptible figure. In a perfectly timed companion to the Brexit referendum, Abbas had the honor of addressing the European Parliament this past Thursday. Abbas drew a standing ovation for his EU speech. In the course of his remarks Abbas accused (mythical) Israeli rabbis of “demanding” that the Israeli government poison »

Labor’s little problem

Featured image The Gatestone Institute has just initiated a video series that leads off with Douglas Murray’s exposition of the British Labor Party’s problem with anti-Semitism. In an email message promoting the video the institute explains: “Anti-Semitism isn’t new to the UK Labour Party, and its recent anti-Semitic outbursts shouldn’t surprise anyone. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has ordered an ‘independent inquiry’ into the party’s anti-Semitism. Douglas Murray, a Distinguished Senior Fellow »

The Labour Party Rot Deepens

Featured image Britain’s Labour Party has been roiled by a series of blatant anti-Semitic incidents involving members of Parliament and other party officials. Now, the Telegraph reports that the publicly announced dismissals of anti-Semites, totaling thirteen, may be only the beginning: Labour has secretly suspended 50 of its members over anti-Semitic and racist comments as officials struggle to cope with the crisis engulfing the party. Senior sources reveal that Labour’s compliance unit »

Roots of BDS

Featured image The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign seeks to delegitimize and destroy Israel. It has made its presence felt on many college campuses. Whence BDS? Bret Stephens and Caroline Glick devote invaluable columns to the question this week. Both columns are based on the eye-opening testimony presented by former Treasury official Jonathan Schanzer, now with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism »

Did Harvard Investigate Conservative Students?

Featured image A group of conservatives at Harvard Law School set up a web site called Royall Asses to mock left-wing law students who were making absurd demands on the administration, occupying a law school building, and so on. In particular, the Royall Asses students made cogent arguments, which we wrote about here and elsewhere, that proved it was almost certain that an alleged “hate crime” at the law school was actually »

Harvard’s disgrace

Featured image Harvard Law School has made itself complicit in the gross anti-Semitism of third-year student Husam El-Qoulaq, about whom John wrote here. One can only speculate why and the result is likely overdetermined in any event. The reasons converge in a shocking institutional disgrace. Harvard Law School is drinking deeply from El-Qoulaq’a Kool-Aid. Adam Kredo summarizes the law school’s acts, acts that I deem complicity: Harvard Law School is declining to »

Harvard Law Anti-Semite Revealed: No Surprises

Featured image I wrote here about a shocking incident at Harvard Law School. One of the participants in an event last week was former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. A member of the audience asked: My question for Tzipi Livni is, how is it that you are so smelly? It’s regarding your odor — about the odor of Tzipi Livni, very smelly. The student, reportedly the president of an HLS organization, was »

Anti-Semitism Comes to Harvard Law School

Featured image We have written extensively (e.g., here) about a supposed racial hate crime at Harvard Law School. Persons unknown placed small pieces of tape over some of the portraits of African-American professors in a law school building. From the school’s reaction–emails to alumni, public meetings, fervid denunciations of the perpetrators, a purported investigation–one might have thought there had been a lynching. In fact, it was pretty obvious from the beginning that »

Sweden Has a Problem

Featured image In January, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom accused Israel of “extrajudicial executions” of Palestinians–apparently those who were in the act of perpetrating terrorist attacks–and called for an investigation. Yesterday, Sweden’s housing minister, Mehmet Kaplan, resigned after video emerged of him saying that “Israelis treat Palestinians in a way that is very like that in which Jews were treated during Germany in the 1930s.” To cap off the trifecta, earlier today »

A Deranged Anti-Semite Accuses Me of Libel

Featured image I wrote earlier this week about a 9/11 Truther named Kevin Barrett. Barrett once taught at the University of Wisconsin, where his belief that the United States government, in conjunction with Israel, carried out the September 11 attacks made him controversial. Back in 2006, Barrett’s crackpot views were seen as an issue of academic freedom, and the University of Wisconsin rejected suggestions that Barrett was an inappropriate person to have »

Trutherism, Ten Years After

Featured image In 2006, Dr. Kevin Barrett was an instructor at the University of Wisconsin who was slated to teach a course titled: “Islam: Religion and Culture.” Barrett became controversial when critics learned that he was a leading exponent of 9/11 trutherism, the absurd theory that the United States government perpetrated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The University of Wisconsin came down on Barrett’s side, as Inside Higher Education reported: The »

Oberlin Has Finally Had Enough

Featured image Oberlin, a notoriously liberal private college in Ohio, is best known for numbering Michelle Malkin among its alumni. Currently, Oberlin employs Joy Karega as a professor in its rhetoric and composition department. Ms. Karega has been characterized as an anti-Semite, which at least partly covers the case. She is in hot water because of social media posts like these: So ISIS is an Israeli front group. As was Charlie Hebdo, »

Are the dark ages over?

Featured image President Obama’s efforts to ally the United States with the Islamic Republic of Iran is a grave matter, eventuating in the bizarre non-agreement agreement funding and facilitating Iran’s nuclear program. The Islamic Republic of Iran is ruled by an extraordinarily evil regime that avails itself of no tact or subtlety in the expression of its malign intentions. At the same time, it remains the leading state sponsor of terrorism and »