From Greeley, Colorado to Manchester, England

For those — like me — who’d never really given any thought to singer Ariana Grande before the terrorist atrocity at her concert in the British city of Manchester, it took a few minutes to figure out the correspondence between her audience and the target selection of suicide bomber Salman Abedi. Eventually, it dawned. Grande’s… Read More

What about self-defense?

Almost every day, we hear and read news about verbal and even physical attacks of Jewish students on college campuses. In many instances, it makes their lives on campuses very difficult and even dangerous. Some Jewish leaders and organizations have reacted in the following ways: appealing to authorities; appealing to college administrations; calling on Jewish… Read More

The UN and anti-Semitism

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last April vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism, and called the denial of Israel’s right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred. Speaking at a World Jewish Congress Assembly in New York, Guterres said he could not control all expressions of bias against Israel at the United Nations…. Read More

The noxious notion of Jewish privilege

In March, anti-Semitic posters were spread across the University of Illinois at Chicago attacking “white privilege” and going further by charging that white privilege is primarily “Jewish privilege.” Mockingly the posters ask: “Is the 1 [percent] straight white men” or “is the 1 [percent] Jewish?” The poster’s harangue has a dark, stated presumption: “Ending white… Read More

Dear President Macron: It’s time to reinforce France’s ties with Israel

In the French presidential campaign just concluded, discussion of foreign policy was largely forgotten. Nonetheless, Emmanuel Macron, France’s new president, faces several critical global issues, among them the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. If France would like to play a role, she must rebuild the credibility that was diminished in January when the Paris Peace Conference concluded… Read More