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Israel Was Missing From the Presidential Debates

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While watching the presidential debates, I kept asking myself one simple question—when are either of the candidates, or the moderators for that matter, going to mention Israel. Having been a political professional and government official for over 15 years prior to my work at the Simon Wiesenthal Center I naturally look...

The Myth of Jews and Slavery

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One of the enduring myths against the Jews is that they played a key role in the slave trade. The British newspaper Independent recently reported that Jackie Walker, the vice-chair of the left-wing Labor Party–linked movement, wrote on her Facebook page: “I’m sure you know, millions more Africans were killed in the African Holocaust and their oppression continues today on a global scale in a way it doesn’t for Jews...and many Jews (my ancestors too) were the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade which is of course why there were so many early synagogues in the Caribbean.”

Her attack now appears on the website of Jews For Justice For Palestinians whose demands include...

The Myth of ‘The Age of Humdrum Terror’

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In response to the continued acts of terror in Europe and the U.S., the English weekly news magazine Economist recently opined that “it seems likely that much of Europe and America will have to get used to acts of Islamist-inspired terrorism becoming, if not routine, at least fairly regular occurrences.” Israel is cited as an example of where terrorism has become a part of daily life.

In this “age of humdrum terror,” the paper warned of the risk of overreacting to these acts of terrorism, since as President Obama observed, the likelihood of drowning in a bathtub is far greater than being murdered by terrorists. Though statistically the danger of being killed or maimed by a...

Exploiting the Abuse of Arab Children to Delegitimize Israel

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Palestinian Arabs have become extremely adept in attempting to delegitimize the Jewish State.  They have accused Israel of being an apartheid state, a right-wing religious theocracy, and they constantly attempt, by their various actions, to make it a pariah state, and an international war criminal. In his final speech to the UN General Assembly on September 20, President Obama demonstrated that he has totally bought into, and thereby parroted, the Arab lie that Israel is a usurper of Arab land. “Israel must recognize that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land,” he said.

Among the latest attempts to demonize Israel is a letter sent to President Obama on June...

Grassroots Jewish Organizations Roar

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Richard Allen is not a careful, polished Jewish communal leader with a seasoned staff operating from a midtown Manhattan office, ensconced behind a stylized logo, fortified by tax-exempt donations and burnished advisors. Allen is a private businessman. He wields his entire organization from a computer in his office and, not infrequently, from a phone in his pocket.

One moment he can be alone with his message, staring at his device screen with no one peering over his shoulder or blue-lining his message. Then, an instant later—from his office, home or a New York City sidewalk — he hits “send.” Instantly, he’s no longer alone. Like an excited neuron firing on a neural network...

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