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The Alt-Right Flocked To Trump’s Insurrectionist Rally

A ragged assortment of alt-right fanatics and antisemites were seen at¬†President Donald Trump’s infamous “Save America” rally in Washington, D.C., which erupted into an orgy of anarchy, insurrection and violence after he incited them to vent their rage at the seat of government on Capitol Hill. Among them were white supremacists carrying Confederate flags, neo-Nazis, […]

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A Teachable Moment

Mary Miller, a newly-elected Republican congresswoman from the U.S. state of Illinois, got off to a shaky start when she conflated Adolf Hitler with the importance of inculcating decent values to young Americans. She should have known better than to invoke his name to promote an exemplary idea. But being inexperienced, she stumbled into a […]

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Georgia On My Mind

A seminal moment in Georgia’s history unfolded a few days ago. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were elected as the first Jewish and the first African-American senators to represent that southern state in the U.S. Senate. (It could be argued that John S. Cohen, a journalist born in Augusta, was technically the first Jewish senator […]

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A Day Of Infamy

Yesterday was a day of infamy in the United States, a moment like no other in American history, when the sitting president, Donald Trump, incited violence and insurrection and promoted sedition, thereby disgracing himself in the eyes of most Americans. Still clinging to the false claim that the presidential election was “stolen,” despite Joe Biden’s […]

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School Of Oriental And African Studies Needs To Clean House

As a graduate of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, I was distressed to learn that one of its students dropped out of a postgraduate program due to what he claimed was a “toxic antisemitic environment” on campus. I studied at SOAS, a world-renowned institution, from 1969 to 1970, completing an […]

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A “Subversive” Music Video Riles Tunisians

An eight-minute music video starring an Israeli and a Tunisian has caused a backlash in Tunisia. Peace Between Neighbors was released last week by the Arab Council for Regional Integration, an organization dedicated to promoting a culture of coexistence and a spirit of partnership between Israelis and Arabs in the Middle East. The video, featuring […]

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The Year Of The Pandemic

With just a few days remaining in the year, I think it’s safe to say that absolutely no one on this beautiful planet will miss 2020, which forever will be synonymous with the dread, burden and grief of the coronavirus pandemic. This contagion started in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December or January and […]

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Justice Denied In Pakistan

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the¬†British-born Islamic fundamentalist charged with masterminding the abduction of American newspaper correspondent Daniel Pearl in 2002, was released from prison by a court in Pakistan several days ago. It’s a disappointing, morally repellant verdict that the international community should not accept with indifference or silence. Understandably enough, the judgment stunned and […]

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Germany Haunted By Right-Wing Extremism

The specter of fascism haunts Germany. Seventy five years after the ignominious defeat of Adolf Hitler’s racist regime in World War II, far-right extremism remains a gnawing problem in contemporary Germany. Thomas Haldenwang, the director of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency — the Office for the Protection of the Constitution — said recently that right-wing extremism […]

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The Pollard Affair In Retrospect

The Jonathan Jay Pollard affair, a highly contentious episode in Israel’s bilateral relationship with the United States, has reached one of its final chapters after 35 years of acrimony. On November 20, the U.S. Justice Department allowed Pollard’s parole restrictions to expire, enabling him to remove the wrist monitor that tracked his movements and permitting […]