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America Deals A Heavy Blow to FIFA

May 27, 2015  •  Commentary

Doubtless, there will be some soccer fans who, this morning, are grimacing at the news that fourteen top officials of FIFA, the sport's world governing body, have been indicted on corruption charges brought against them by, of all countries, the United States. I am not one of them.

Americans are widely mocked for referring to the game that everyone else calls football as "sawker." But that cultural anomaly aside, it is thanks to American efforts that soccer, dogged for years by allegations of corruption and bribery, just may be on the cusp of recovering its integrity.

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Yarmouk and the Failure of Palestine Solidarity

May 26, 2015  •  The Tower Magazine

Nearly one year after the war in Gaza, another, far bloodier Palestinian tragedy has been taking place elsewhere in the Middle East—not quite outside of the news media's gaze, but not quite receiving its frenzied attentions either.

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The Legacy of Robert Wistrich, World's Leading Scholar of Anti-Semitism

May 25, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

The cemetery in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul neighborhood was bathed in the fading sunlight of a late May afternoon. Silently and steadily, the column of mourners wound their way towards an open grave, surrounded by glinting white headstones, inhaling the heady scent of the cypress trees that flourish on the adjacent hillsides. As the mourners came to a halt, a rabbi recited the Jewish memorial prayer, El Male Rachamim, his sorrowful tones punctuated by the crunch of the gravel underfoot and the gentle sobs of the family of the deceased.

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Will Anti-Semitism Spread From American Universities to American Culture?

May 15, 2015  •  Mosaic Magazine

At the end of her sweeping probe into the normalization of anti-Semitism on American campuses, Ruth Wisse lays down a double challenge. Can the United States, the world's pre-eminent liberal democracy and the one most exceptionally hospitable to its Jewish minority, retain that exceptional status "by recognizing the threat [posed by contemporary anti-Semitism] and fighting it off?" For their part, can American Jews, by gathering their mettle, help this country's universities "heal themselves of this most deadly pathology?"

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Blaming the Jews, Again

May 8, 2015  •  Moment Magazine

"Die Juden sind unser Unglück!" ("The Jews are our misfortune!") was the slogan that adorned every edition of Der Stürmer, the Nazi rag famed for its lurid, near-pornographic depiction of the nefarious Jewish influence that was supposedly wrecking German society. The slogan was also a pithy summation of what has made anti-Semitism distinct as a form of prejudice: namely, the fantasy that all social and political ills can be traced back to a powerful minority who are, in reality, a powerless target.

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