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The Far Left’s War on Birthright Israel

July 15, 2011

On June 15, Kiera Feldman wrote in The Nation that the Jewish Birthright trip is a hawkish, Zionist brainwashing trip. “What began as an identity booster has become an ideology machine.” Israel, it seems, is guilty of “forty-four-year[s] [of] illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and the racism and legal discrimination that underpins Israel’s ethnocracy.” The […]

A Deluge of Double Standards

November 30, 2010

According to Natan Sharansky, criticisms of Israel can be divided into two camps—reasonable and unreasonable—by using the “three D’s” test: demonization, double standards, and delegitimization. Judging by the second criterion—double standards—the past few weeks have been rough for Israel. Consider the following double standards. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan on Israel. As noted in this blog […]

Machines at the Mosque

November 12, 2010

On Sunday, November 7, Israeli authorities responded to an illegally constructed mosque in Rahat. Or, as most media outlets prefer to tell the story, “Israeli police raze[d] mosque amid protests” (CNN headline). Muslim objectors threw rocks. Israeli police responded with rubber bullets. The human story is fraught with emotion, so this author will stick to […]