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What's at Stake When Anti-Zionism Aims for Academic Respectability?

March 13, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

A potentially ugly row is brewing in the United Kingdom over an academic conference, due to be held at the University of Southampton in April, which carries the title, "International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism."

Given that a sentence construction like that one will leave most people with their eyes glazed over, let's just cut to the chase here. The real title of this conference is, "Does the State of Israel Have a Legal Right to Exist? No, Of Course it Doesn't."

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A Shameful Attack on Alberto Nisman

March 11, 2015  •  Commentary

Predictably, elements of the left are now waking up to the political implications of the death, on January 18, of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine Special Prosecutor who spent the last decade investigating the culpability of Iran and its Hezbollah ally in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were murdered. A party line is coming together, uniting a rainbow coalition that extends from the Argentine government to the pro-Iranian conspiracy theorist Gareth Porter, which holds that Nisman, in accusing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and other top officials of fabricating Iran's innocence over the atrocity, was acting at the behest of foreign powers–chiefly the U.S. and Israel.

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Blaming the Jews, Again

March 10, 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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The Resistible Rise of Iran: An Interview with Michael Ledeen

March 9, 2015  •  Fathom Journal

'It's conventional wisdom that Iran came to the negotiating table because of sanctions. The economy was in trouble, and the country was desperate, so they had to,' said Michael Ledeen, once he and I were deep into our conversation about Iran's nuclear ambitions. 'I'm not sure that's correct. It may well be that Iran came to the negotiating table because President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif convinced the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, that if they went to the table, they would get everything they wanted from President Obama. Because, they said, America's will has been broken, and the Americans are prepared to make endless concessions just to keep talking.'

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Netanyahu nails the fundamental problem with Iran

March 3, 2015  •  JNS

I have to confess that I was disappointed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference this year. I felt that it was bland, packed with tired talking points, lacking in strategic direction, and generally uninspiring.

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