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Dr. Rafael Medoff

Hypocrisy on the Golan Heights: An "occupational" hazard

Who are the Security Council members who are so "concerned" about Israel controlling the Golan? , 5/3/2016, 4:17 PM

Netanyahu is not the first leader the White House found "frustrating"

There is no friendship without disagreements and there have been plenty of those in Israel's history of relations with the USA., 4/28/2016, 7:37 AM

Why the Rabbi said: "Eat bread on Passover"

The rabbi's unusual Passover message was: "Eat bread and save Jews.", 4/21/2016, 10:52 PM

Al Pacino Reopens the Debate Over Pro-Nazi Celebrities

Should cultural contributions by individuals whose views are anathema and/or harmful to others be shunned?, 6/10/2015, 12:32 PM

The Inconvenience of Genocide

Genocide is only condemned or acted upon by the current US administration when politically convenient. A must read, especially for those who believe Obama's promises to protect Israel., 4/19/2015, 7:58 AM

Getting Anne Frank All Wrong

There was no room for Jewish refugee children., 4/15/2015, 6:03 PM

Bibi Isn't the 1st Jewish Leader Stung by White House

The insult to Netanyahu brings back Jewish leaders fighting for Jewish lives who were to be treated shabbily by the White House., 1/26/2015, 9:07 AM

NY Times Tour of Iran: Another PR Victory for Dictators

The NY Times sponsors a trip to Iran - there are precedents. (There are also standards: the tour is closed to those who have Israel stamped in their passports, Jews and gays have been told to hide their identity.) , 10/27/2014, 3:38 AM

Is the US Finally Confronting Genocide?

The US has never stated fighting genocide as a reason to fight a war., 9/9/2014, 6:30 PM

Lag Ba'omer at the Pyramids

An amazing Lag Ba'omer bonfire, lit by Jewish soldiers from Palestine in WWII in the land of the Pharaohs. Who is still here and who has vanished?, 5/18/2014, 10:33 PM

FDR's Anti-Semitic Cocktails - with Molotov

FDR used anti-Semitism as "an icebreaker", say some historians - oh, really?, 3/17/2014, 4:30 AM

A Hanukkah of Broken Promises

In 1944, a Jewish cartoonist published a biting cartoon in the Hebrew press aimed at the British mandate and the USA., 11/30/2013, 7:44 PM

Bloomberg News Encounters Nazi China

How can editors today tell the truth about totalitarian regimes without fear of reprisals?, 11/17/2013, 6:55 AM

Fighting for the Jewish State, Rosh Hashana 1947

This little-known story of an intrepid young rabbi is being made public by Arutz Sheva, thanks to Dr. Medoff., 9/4/2013, 3:53 PM

Netanyahu's Not Alone on Auschwitz Lessons

Injecting the Holocaust into Israeli strategic calculations - should Netanyahu do so or not?, 6/16/2013, 9:18 AM

Celebrities Who Embrace Dictators

There is a long, sordid history of celebrities who praise dictators, ignoring the reality of their tyrannical acts. Chavez is the latest example., 3/9/2013, 8:46 PM

If You Can't Save Everybody, Save Nobody?

That is President Obama's policy. It was also FDR's tragic logic. But why not save at least some of them, if you can't save them all?, 1/29/2013, 12:22 PM

Genocide Confirmed - Grudgingly

When did the US finally decide that Jews were being exterminated in Europe?, 12/17/2012, 10:24 AM

A Quaker Eye Witness to Mideast Violence

It is interesting to see what the British do when Arab terrorists in the Middle East attack them., 12/13/2012, 3:13 PM

Exposé: Churchill, Jesus and the Holocaust

Churchill was far from the stalwart friend of the soon to be murdered Jews of Hungary in 1944. A mind changing story that is not known to the public., 11/9/2012, 11:44 AM

NY Jews did not Vote Democrat for Truman in 1948

New research shows that when an incumbent Democratic president is perceived as unfriendly to Israel, there can be a shift in the traditional Democratic Jewish vote. Truman lost NY State for his arms embargo on Israel. , 10/24/2012, 4:03 PM

The Election that Saved the Negev

Beersheba, Ashkelon, and Eilat would have been Arab cities, and the Dead Sea would have been controlled by an Arab navy, according to an American-supported Mideast peace plan in 1948. A presidential election intervened., 10/10/2012, 3:33 PM

Flexibility After the Elections - Then and Now

Second termers are more "flexible" - that is, not to be counted on - regarding the promises they made towards Israel - something to worry about., 10/5/2012, 8:16 AM

Harry Truman's Yom Kippur Surprise

Harry Truman's message to American Jewry on the eve of Yom Kippur in 1946 made front page news, was read aloud in synagogues from coast to coast. , 9/25/2012, 9:14 AM

A Lesson for Israel - From Darfur

Judge Obama by what he does - or doesn't do - not by what he says., 4/19/2012, 12:57 PM

Rely on US? Israel's PM Cites Failure to Bomb Auschwitz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week cited the Roosevelt administration's failure to bomb Auschwitz as part of his explanation of Israeli policy regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program. , 3/8/2012, 8:15 AM

Basketball, Jews and Tolerance

The rights of Jewish athletes to keep the Sabbath in the USA is not a simple accomplishment ., 3/7/2012, 3:38 PM

Too Much Holocaust?

Every country and every writer has his reason to downplay the Holocaust. , 12/26/2011, 10:44 PM

A Holocaust Lesson

Today's Jewish college students can learn from the activist JTS students of 1942. A timely article for the 10th of Tevet, the start of the 586 B.C. siege of Jerusalem and Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel., 12/17/2010, 12:58 AM

Elie Wiesel's Thanksgiving Talk

This is an unusual Thanksgiving speech from 1968 is as relevant today as it was then, just the issues have changed. World Jewry-take note!, 11/25/2010, 12:45 PM

For the Sin of Silence

Rabbi Soloveitchik criticized US Jewry for its silence in the Holocaust. Have we changed since then?, 10/5/2010, 6:43 AM

Seeing Hitler in Lebanon

When Israel is at war, outrageous Nazi analogies are never far behind., 8/1/2006, 11:57 PM

A.M. Rosenthal on the <I>Times'</i> Holocaust Failure

A. M. Rosenthal, who passed away on May 10 at the age of 84, will long be remembered for his distinguished career at the <I>New York Times</I>. But he also deserves special recognition for his courageous willingness to acknowledge that during the Holocaust, his newspaper deliberately buried news about the mass murder of Europe's Jews. , 5/17/2006, 11:37 PM

The Hagaddah That Took on Hitler

One of the most popular <i>Hagaddahs</i> in the world almost didn't make it into print, because nervous publishers were afraid that some of its illustrations might offend Adolf Hitler., 4/11/2006, 11:49 PM

When the US Government Spied on American Jews

As public debate grows over the Bush administration's eavesdropping policy, some American Jews are recalling a time when the Roosevelt administration undertook some questionable eavesdropping of its own -- and Jewish activists were the target., 12/25/2005, 11:10 PM

Why Syria Welcomed David Duke

It's not hard to understand why David Duke eagerly embraced Syria. But why did Syria embrace Duke?, 11/29/2005, 11:53 PM

Seeking an Exodus From Hitler's Europe

As Jews the world over gathered for the Passover seder, recalling the miracles that brought about the ancient Jewish exodus from Egypt, they prayed for a miracle in their own time - a decision by the Allies to help bring about an exodus of Jewish refugees from Europe., 4/20/2005, 10:50 PM

A Purim Lesson: Lobbying Against Genocide

The holiday of Purim celebrates the successful effort by prominent Jews in the capital of ancient Persia to prevent genocide against the Jewish people. What is not well known is that a comparable lobbying effort took place in modern times -- in Washington, DC, at the peak of the Holocaust., 3/25/2005, 1:26 AM

A Forgotten Black-Jewish Alliance

For many in the American Jewish community, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is an occasion to recall the important role that Jews played in the civil rights movement. But few remember the earlier alliance between Jews and prominent African-Americans, in the 1940s, on the issues of rescuing Jews from the Holocaust and creating a Jewish state., 1/16/2005, 8:33 PM

Modern-Day Maccabees: The Jewish Brigade

Sixty years ago this autumn, the British reluctantly agreed to establish a Jewish armed force to take part in the Allied war against Nazi Germany. , 12/9/2004, 11:22 PM

Harvard and the Nazis - No Excuse

Conant's contemporary defenders assert that he should not be singled out for criticism, since anti-Semitism was so common in the United States in those days, even in the upper echelons of the academic world. But the fact is that there were other university presidents who did not act as Conant did. , 12/2/2004, 10:33 PM

Kristallnacht and the World's Response

Sixty-six years ago this week, Nazi stormtroopers carried out the infamous <I>Kristallnacht</I> pogrom against the Jews of Germany. On November 9 and 10, 1938, about one hundred Jews were murdered and 30,000 more were sent to concentration camps., 11/8/2004, 8:55 PM

Anti-Semitism in the '44 Election, and Today

Jewish government officials secretly manipulating the president? That accusation, heard recently in connection with the decision to go to war against Saddam Hussein, was also raised sixty years ago, in the heat of the 1944 presidential race., 10/19/2004, 9:47 PM

The Day the Americans Bombed Auschwitz

Much has been written and said in recent years about the failure of the Roosevelt administration to order the bombing of Auschwitz. What is not widely known is that sixty years ago this month, U.S. bombers did strike Auschwitz., 8/12/2004, 11:43 PM

Antisemitism in NYC Schools, Then and Now

Haller responded by announcing what the New York Times described (Feb. 13, 1944) as ?an unprecedented step? - a new policy whereby any student involved in antisemitic acts would not be permitted to graduate., 3/17/2004, 6:04 PM

Lobbying Against Genocide Then and Now

The holiday of Purim celebrates the successful effort by prominent Jews in the capital of ancient Persia to prevent genocide against the Jewish people. What is not well known is that a comparable lobbying effort took place in modern times -- in Washington, D.C., at the peak of the Holocaust., 3/5/2004, 11:40 AM

Bus Bomb Photos: A Lesson From the Holocaust

The decision by Israel to publicize graphic video footage of the aftermath of carnage from the most recent Arab terrorist bombing, which shows scenes of the charred remains of the bus and the bodies of some of the victims, is drawing criticism from some quarters., 2/8/2004, 10:25 PM

Hitler Analogies: Dumb and Dangerous

Should there be an annual award for ?dumb Nazi analogies?? , 1/8/2004, 7:34 PM

One Lie the Malaysian PM Didn?t Tell

The recent speech by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was filled with anti-Semitic lies about Jews controlling the world. But his address also contained one truthful and noteworthy remark: ?The Europeans killed six million Jews...? , 11/2/2003, 4:38 PM

Rosh Hashana in 1944

Every year, on the eve of Rosh Hashana, American presidents, candidates for office, and assorted other VIPs send the Jewish community their wishes for a happy new year. Under ordinary circumstances, such greetings are welcomed in the spirit of friendliness in which they are offered., 9/25/2003, 7:47 PM

Israeli Planes Over Auschwitz

The Israeli planes that flew over Auschwitz this week are a tragic reminder that Allied planes also flew over the notorious Nazi death camp ? but failed to bomb the gas chambers and crematoria where an estimated 1.5-million Jews were murdered., 9/4/2003, 10:11 PM

Harry Truman, Anti-Semite?

The National Archives has just released a newly-discovered diary kept by Truman, which includes an extremely harsh passage about Jews. , 7/15/2003, 10:22 PM

A Syrian Haven for War Criminals

The June 21 report in the<i> New York Times</i> that Saddam Hussein and his sons were sheltered in Syria after the recent war is not entirely surprising ? because Damascus likewise sheltered many Nazi war criminals after the Holocaust. , 6/24/2003, 7:19 PM

A New Form of Holocaust Denial

In a similar vein, Arab spokesmen routinely claim that the Palestinian Arabs played no role in the Holocaust. This assertion surfaced among the Israeli Arabs who recently visited Auschwitz. Author-journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, who took part in the visit, reported in the <i>New Republic</i> that as they entered the Auschwitz grounds, one of the Arab participants remarked, ?Arabs had nothing to do , 6/19/2003, 1:33 AM