Some call it realism

Featured image John Mearsheimer is R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He fancies himself an international relations scholar who belongs to the realist school of thought. With Harvard’s Stephen Walt, he is the author of The Israel-Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, a book to which I devoted a lot of attention on Power Line when it was published in 2007. Mearsheimer has regained a »

Ye is sorry: A footnote

Featured image Commenting on the “apology” tendered by the rapper formerly known as Kanye West for causing “unintended outbursts,” I quoted the text verbatim. I also drew on Christopher Kuo’s New York Times story reporting on the denial of anti-Semitism reflected in the title track of his forthcoming compact disc Vultures. On the album’s title track, the Times reports, “Ye raps that he cannot be antisemitic because he had sex with a »

Ye is sorry

Featured image I first tuned in to the anti-Semitic ravings of Kanye West or Ye in his October 2022 interview with Tucker Carlson. In the part of the interview Tucker chose to air, Jared Kushner’s promotion of peace between Israel and Arabs in the Abraham Accords was disparaged as self-interested in an evocative fashion. “I just think it was to make money,” Ye said. “Is that too heavy-handed to put on this »

The Face of Evil

Featured image On December 3, a radical group hosted a “teach-in” titled “From Minnesota to Palestine.” The panelists linked America and Israel as “settler colonialist” nations–the only ones, apparently, in world history–and thus the source of all evil. This is the whole thing. It goes on for more than two hours, and I don’t recommend that you watch it. Among other things, the panelists celebrate the Hamas massacre of October 7 as »

Claudine Gay in context, take 2

Featured image As we learned yesterday, Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried stands by Harvard President Claudine Gay in context, and in context it’s almost funny. It’s amazing how much embarrassment Harvard is willing to suffer “to say that which is not” (as the Houyhnhnms put it in Book IV of Gulliver’s Travels) in support of Gay. That’s not quite how Harvard Law Professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz puts it. However, The Harvard Crimson »

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). »

Anti-Semitism Or Snobbery?

Featured image What accounts for the outburst of hostility to Israel that we have seen in recent weeks in the U.S. and much of Europe? Quite a bit of it comes from Middle Easterners who probably shouldn’t be here (or there), but there is more going on than that. Michael Deacon in the Telegraph writes on “The real reason liberals attack Israel.” Many people on the Right suspect that liberals who criticise »

Are Democrats Really This Dumb?

Featured image Taking a sabbatical from daily blogging is a lot like dieting: It’s hard to keep it up and resist temptation. Especially when a fresh glazed donut or delicious, creamy chocolate cake rolls by your nose. In this case the irresistible treat of a news story concerns the social media blitz that “first gentleman” (the provisional label for Doug Emhoff, aka, Mr. Kamala Harris) spooled out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram »

Marching For Genocide

Featured image Joe Biden was in Los Angeles on Friday, and a mob showed up in the streets chanting for judenrein from the river to the sea: L.A. – as Jews were lighting candles last night for Shabbat and the second night of Hanukkah, mobs of antisemites took to the streets to chant antisemitic slogans and graffiti buildings, including Synagogues. This particular location is the epicenter of Persian Jewish life on… »

Campus Anti-Semitism, Unabated

Featured image This highly impressive MIT graduate student details the atmosphere of anti-Semitism that characterizes that campus. You might think that after all the unwelcome attention MIT has gotten, its authorities would at least try to address the problem. But no: Extraordinary video in which a Jewish student highlights the extent of antisemitism on campus at @MIT. Elite universities and their DEI bureaucracies have failed us. — Ed Leon Klinger (@edleonklinger) »

One Down?

Featured image Reportedly, the University of Pennsylvania is firing President Liz Magill, following her House committee testimony: The University of Pennsylvania is expected to ask its president, Liz Magill, to resign Friday over growing outrage at her failure to condemn calls for the genocide of the Jewish people — a move celebrated by billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who said she would be “one down.” The Ivy League school’s board of »

Poltroontang Persists

Featured image “WHY WOULD TRUMP LEAK THAT TUCKER CARLSON MIGHT BE HIS VP? Because Hitler’s dead?” As Sir Bedivere (Terry Jones) might say, who is this who is so wise in the ways of politics and history? Why, it’s Keith Olbermann, in a December 8 post on X. The former ESPN mouthpiece is in familiar form. Back on 9/11, Keith Olbermann attributed Aaron Rodgers’ injury to his failure to vaccinate. Olbermann also »

“Harvard Hates Jews”

Featured image Dave Portnoy, the founder and owner of Barstool Sports, is a social media giant, with millions of followers across various platforms. He is also a Jew, and he was outraged by the inept performance before a House committee of university presidents who couldn’t say that calling for the genocide of all Jews would violate their universities’ policies. In hindsight, it was a pivotal moment that opened many eyes to the »

CAIR Applauds Massacre of Jews

Featured image The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, masquerades as a civil rights organization and is taken seriously as such by the liberal press. In fact, however, it is a front for jihadists. CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism case. It has a long history of anti-Semitic agitation and propaganda. It added to that ignominious history on November 24, at the 16th Annual Convention for Palestine in »

Vice Presidential Reflections on Terrorism

Featured image Ivy League college presidents and congressional Democrats aren’t the only ones having difficulty escaping a false moral equivalence between anti-Semitism and supposed “Islamophobia.” It’s a longstanding problem. Let’s revisit: As Americans, we are unified in our commitment to protect our country from terrorist attacks, and we must seek justice for those who lost their lives in the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. That was California attorney general Kamala »

Bill Ackman comments

Featured image Bill Ackman is the founder and chief executive officer of the Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund and an alumnus of Harvard College as well as the Harvard Business School. I’m sure he has generously supported the university in the past, but he has now taken a position of leadership urging alumni to oppose the campus intifada. Yesterday Ackman watched the testimony of the university presidents before the House Committee »

Harvard, MIT and Penn Take a Position on Genocide

Featured image Today the presidents of Harvard, Penn and MIT were summoned before a House committee for questioning about anti-semitism on their campuses. I haven’t watched the whole testimony, but this clip is getting a lot of attention. Elise Stefanik asks each president whether calling for genocide of the Jews would violate that school’s code of conduct with regard to bullying or harassment. None of the witnesses had a clear answer to »