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How Anti-Semitism Became a European Social Movement

October 21, 2014  •  Mosaic Magazine

"Anti-Semitism was born in modern societies because the Jew did not assimilate himself," wrote the French-Jewish thinker Bernard Lazare in 1894, a few months after the arrest of Captain Alfred Dreyfus on charges of treason. "But," Lazare continued, "when anti-Semitism ascertained that the Jew was not assimilated," it reacted in two conflicting directions, simultaneously "reproach[ing] him for it and . . . [taking] all necessary measures to prevent his assimilation in the future."

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From opera house to House of Commons, Diaspora Jews are the target

October 19, 2014  •  JNS

This week, the opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" opens in New York. Rightly castigated for its invocation of unpleasant Jewish stereotypes and its apologia for the Palestinian terrorists' murder of an elderly Jewish tourist in a wheelchair, its staging for the umpteenth time since it was first produced at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1991 has been interpreted by some in the Jewish community as signaling a "normalization" of anti-Semitism.

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Venezuela's Election to UN Security Council Can't Hide Its Weakness

October 16, 2014  •  Commentary

The good news is that Turkey didn't manage to get itself elected to the UN Security Council. The bad news is that Venezuela did, as was expected. So come January, the chavista regime will have an unprecedented say in world affairs for a two-year term as one of the Security Council's non-permanent members.

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The Fruitful Game: How Qatar Uses Soccer to Polish Its Image

October 11, 2014  •  The Tower Magazine

At the end of September, the executive committee of FIFA, the powerful governing body of world soccer, held the second of its twice-yearly meetings at the organization's vast, sparkling headquarters in Zurich. As the 24 members walked into the glass-fronted complex, constructed at a price tag of $196 million and containing five underground floors, a meditation room, and a full-sized soccer pitch, some of them might have uneasily recalled the words of FIFA's Swiss president, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, at the building's lavish opening ceremony in 2007. The glass, Blatter declared solemnly, would "allow light to shine through the building and create the transparency we all stand for."

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#JSIL: Another Obscene Israel Analogy

October 7, 2014  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

For several decades now, Israel's enemies have actively and willfully defamed the Jewish state by comparing its actions to the atrocities committed by the worst villains in recent history.

We all know about the ludicrous and insulting parallel drawn between Israel and the former apartheid regime in South Africa. It was precisely that parallel that underpinned the notorious U.N. General Assembly resolution of 1975, which has since been rescinded, equating Zionism with racism.

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