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The Unhinged Kanye West

Kanye West, the malicious and ignorant American rapper/provocateur known as Ye, thrives on exposure and publicity. Without it, he’s like a fish out of water, bereft of oxygen. In the past few weeks, he has maligned Jews with a series of vile and crude outpourings of antisemitic insults and conspiracy theories. Instead of coming to his […]

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Donald Trump’s Horrendous Lapse Of Judgment

Please enlighten me. Has a former U.S. president ever invited an antisemite and a Holocaust denier to his home? Correct me if I’m wrong, but no such thing ever happened until Donald Trump, in a horrendous lapse of judgment that normalizes antisemitism, hosted a dinner for two such bigots at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida. […]

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Donald Trump, American Jews And Israel

Donald Trump, the twice-impeached, politically divisive ex-president of the United States, threw his hat into the ring on November 15. In a rambling, self-serving speech riddled with falsehoods, half-truths and exaggerations, he announced he would seek the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination. It is far from certain whether he will prevail. His moment in history […]

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A Worthy United Nations Resolution

If these were normal times, the United States and its allies would surely have endorsed a recent United Nations resolution condemning Nazism and all forms of racial hatred and xenophobia. But since we live in the shadow of the unnecessary and protracted war in Ukraine initiated by Russia on the flimsy pretext of “de-Nazifying” its […]

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The Sordid Kyrie Irving Affair

Shortly after the billionaire rapper Kanye West was exposed as an ignorant, boorish and unrepentant antisemite, forcing the sportswear behemoth Adidas to cancel his lucrative contract, another African American celebrity crashed and burned. Late last month, a day after Brooklyn Nets’ basketball star Kyrie Irving tweeted a link to Ronald Dalton’s film, Hebrew to Negroes: […]

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An Inexplicable And Inexcusable Failure

Melissa Lantsman, the first Jewish female Conservative Party member of Canada’s parliament, was right on the ball when she recently criticized the federal government for its inexplicable and inexcusable failure to quickly annul the contract of an anti-racism trainer who promoted antisemitic hatred. Lantsman, who represents the heavily Jewish Thornhill constituency in greater Toronto, was […]

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Kanye West Has Run Amok

Adidas, the sportswear manufacturer of brand-name shoes, clothes and accessories, plans to release a selection of new products inspired by the American rapper/record producer Kanye West, otherwise known as Ye. The roll out of the “Yeezy” line is reportedly scheduled to take place around the fourth anniversary of the most serious antisemitic incident in U.S. […]

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Panic-Mongering Serves No Purpose

Recently, The Jewish Journal in Los Angeles published an op-ed piece that ignited a “firestorm of controversy,” as the Jewish Telegraphic Agency succinctly noted. The article, titled “Berkeley Develops Jewish-Free Zones,” was written by Kenneth Marcus, the founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. He rightly condemned the University of California’s […]

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Putin’s Russia: A Pariah State

Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown his true colors yet again as an imperial aggressor bent on crushing a neighboring state and expanding Russia’s boundaries. Yesterday, nine days after calling up roughly 300,000 reservists in a partial mobilization, he announced that Russia would annex four regions in eastern and southern Ukraine heavily populated by ethnic Russians: […]

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Rashida Tlaib’s Anti-Zionist Litmus Test

Rashida Tlaib, the Palestinian American Democrat who represents the state of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives, clearly marches to her own drummer. Although she is not the only Arab American in Congress, she is still its only representative who rejects Israel’s existence as a Jewish state and calls for a binational state in […]