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Antisemitism and Insurgency Politics

May 3, 2016  •  Institute of Jewish Ideas and Ideals

In a deeply personal account of the impact of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy upon his network of professional and social relationships, the conservative academic Tom Nichols leveled an eyebrow-raising assertion. "Trump is worse than Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama," Nichols wrote [1] . "Their policies are liberal, even leftist, often motivated by cheap politics, ego, and political grandstanding. But they are policies, understandable as such and opposable by political means."

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Anti-Semitism, George Orwell, and the U.K.'s Labour Party

April 27, 2016  •  JNS

"It is generally admitted that antisemitism is on the increase, that it has been greatly exacerbated by the war, and that humane and enlightened people are not immune to it. It does not take violent forms (English people are almost invariably gentle and law-abiding), but it is ill-natured enough, and in favourable circumstances it could have political results."

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Lies, damn lies, and faculty lies

April 21, 2016

To understand the significance of the newly announced legal challenge against the American Studies Association's academic boycott of Israel, we need to go back around 18 months.

It has been that long since the anti-Zionist fanatic Steven Salaita left the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under a cloud. Salaita, who teaches American Studies, departed the school following a bitter struggle that resulted in an offer of a tenured professorship being retracted.

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Justice for Alberto Nisman and the AMIA Jewish center victims inches closer

April 14, 2016  •  JNS

he Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank this week presented its Alberto Nisman Award for Courage to Judge Royce Lamberth. A senior district judge for the District of Columbia, Lamberth is no stranger to the Iranian-backed terrorism that cost Alberto Nisman his life as he investigated Tehran's responsibility for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires. In 2003, Lamberth ruled that the Iranian regime would have to pay more than $2 billion to the families of the 241 U.S. Marines murdered in Beirut in 1983 by a Hezbollah bomb.

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Kerry's resounding Iranian 'success'

April 8, 2016  •  JNS

Here's the latest episode of outreach to Iran from the lips of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. After condemning, during a press conference in Bahrain, the "destabilizing actions" of Iran in the Middle East, he then followed up with a plea. "Help us end the war in Yemen," Kerry implored the Tehran regime. "Help us end the war in Syria, not intensify, and help us to be able to change the dynamics of this region."

What do you call this? Naiveté? Hard-nosed realism? The actualization of President Barack Obama's deeply held belief that American diplomacy must be humble and post-imperial? Or just the plain old enabling of a rogue state ruled by clerics who practice censorship and torture?

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