Steve Apfel

Steve Apfel

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Trying to define antisemitism is a pettifogging fetish

Sartre: The anti-Semite has murderous instincts but has found a means of sating them. His thunderous diatribes at the ‘Yids’ are really capital executions.. He is a murderer who represses and censures his tendency to murder without being able to hold it back, yet dares to kill only in effigy. Opinion.

Trying to define antisemitism is a pettifogging fetish

Columbia U. provides the perfect testing ground for definitions of antisemitism

The definition from 2,000 years ago proves to be the most accurate and practical. Why? Because every pro-Hamas has been caught harbouring a flagrant ambition to witness the liquidation of Zionists. Opinion.

Columbia U. provides the perfect testing ground for definitions of antisemitism

Don’t let anti-Semites get away with murder

Why pressure Israel? Why not tell Hamas to stop fighting? Because its survival to kill Jews is more important than ending civilian suffering in Gaza. This is what anti-Semitism means. Opinion.

Don’t let anti-Semites get away with murder

Criminal fools and genocide plotters confront Israel with a life-or death predicament

Israelis are self-centered, Indyk gripes. When will they put away their Oct 7 obsession and think of the Palestinian Arabs? Shouldn’t he be addressing that question to Hamas? Tell them to think of the Palestinian Arabs once in a while. And leave the Jews alone Op-ed.

Criminal fools and genocide plotters confront Israel with a life-or death predicament

South African Jews have lost the plot – again

Past gaffs have taught communal bodies mostly nothing, leaving a vulnerable and stressed community unprepared for greater shocks to come. Opinion.

South African Jews have lost the plot – again

UNRWA and the question that unbelievably is never asked

UNRWA fired the workers who took part in the massacre. Does something sound wrong in that sentence? Opinion.

UNRWA and the question that unbelievably is never asked

Defunding UNRWA alone is nonsensical

‘Ad Hoc Court’ in The Hague rules that UNRWA dovetails with the International Court of Justice and the Human Rights Council. Opinion.

Defunding UNRWA alone is nonsensical

The ICJ could go either way on genocide

Don’t dismiss a corrupt, down and out country. South Africa as an Iranian proxy can make bad mischief for Israel. Opinion.

The ICJ could go either way on genocide

The ICJ is a serial abuser of international law

At the same time the court monitors Israel’s every act minutely like a prisoner on death row. Opinion.

The ICJ is a serial abuser of international law

Making anti-Semitism complex has failed to fight it

The torrent of raw hatred unleashed by Oct 7 validated a one-piece identikit. Opinion.

Making anti-Semitism complex has failed to fight it

The Gazan "casualty count" may be used by Biden to stop Israel's winning the war

Blinken and Biden elevate Gaza’s health ministry, entrusted to count the casualties, to sit with God. Opinion.

The Gazan "casualty count" may be used by Biden to stop Israel's winning the war

A famed Diaspora community dangles between a curse and a prophecy

No democracy beats South Africa for leaders vocally committed to a Middle East Holocaust Op-ed.

A famed Diaspora community dangles between a curse and a prophecy

On Oct 7 AP and Reuters were up to their old tricks

A War Journalist and a Collaborator are worlds apart. Opinion.

On Oct 7 AP and Reuters were up to their old tricks

Israeli compassion has been a double edged sword

A surfeit of pity has given Israel a near death experience. Palestinian Arab lives spared by Israel? Paid for by Israeli lives lost. Op-ed.

Israeli compassion has been a double edged sword

Into the dark heart of a symbolic cartoon

The cartoonists real message is: Why won’t the Jews just let themselves be killed? Op-ed.

Into the dark heart of a symbolic cartoon

PA head Abbas just proved that a 'Two-State Solution' is a Pandora's Box

Not only will the Palestinian Arabs not get a prize, but Israelis will be handed a Pandora's Box.Op-ed.

PA head Abbas just proved that a 'Two-State Solution'  is a Pandora's Box

Biden cares no more than Obama did about the Sword of Damocles hanging over Israel

To leave office with a legacy Obama supped with a devil. Then came Trump. He well and truly bottled the genie.Biden popped the cork. Op-ed.

Biden cares no more than Obama did about the Sword of Damocles hanging over Israel

Australian government playing politics and law games with Israel

OPT (the term Occupied Palestinian Territory) is no more than a political objective, an aspiration, a denial of history and of law. Op-ed

Australian government playing politics and law games with Israel

The brittle backbone of Israel’s anti-reform movement

Anti-reformers, blocking out reality, insist Netanyahu give the mobster head of a crime family the right to lecture him on democracy.Op-ed.

The brittle backbone of Israel’s anti-reform movement

Tackling antisemitism: Disproportionate attention to Israel

The gold standard is dead. Long live the Impossible Standard! The one Israel is put to, that is. Op-ed.

Tackling antisemitism:  Disproportionate attention to Israel

Elon Musk is antisemitic and George Soros isn't? Huh?

If Elon Musk is antisemitic but George Soros isn’t then self-evident facts and common sense make Deborah Lipstadt look silly. Op-ed.

Elon Musk is antisemitic and George Soros isn't? Huh?

Biden and Blinken educate Likud about democracy?

Even completely corrupt South Africa could teach the B…s a lesson in democracy. Op-ed.

Biden and Blinken educate Likud about democracy?

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Presidents clash over guns in a triangular contest

Follow the money to decide which leader is the bigger scoundrel - Biden, Ramaphosa or Putin. Op-ed.

Presidents clash over guns in a triangular contest

Judicial Deform

The High Court Judgment that plagues Israel permanently. Op-ed.

Judicial Deform

S.A. writer equates Russian invasion and Israel's "invasion"

A Business faculty makes Russia’s invasion equal to Israel’s “invasion” - and says it wants to combat 'misinformation.' Really? Op-ed.

S.A. writer equates Russian invasion and Israel's "invasion"

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The blood libel pedigree is common to Professors of International Law

Because of the "occupation" lie, the world gives Arab terrorists a pass for murdering Jews, like the two young Israelis shot today. Op-ed.

The blood libel pedigree is common to Professors of International Law

Judging from a bubble:South. Africa and Israel

Could a day-dreamer about the state of S. Africa be wide awake about Israel? Not if he confuses the rule of law with rule by lawyers.Op-ed.

Judging from a bubble:South. Africa and Israel

To commemorate Jewish martyrs you don’t have to like Jews

Think Linda Sarsour and Nava Pillay commemorating Holocaust victims. No problem there: dead Jews are respected, live Jews are hated. Op-ed.

To commemorate Jewish martyrs you don’t have to like Jews

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Israel can’t win against this weapon

Groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad know a gift when they see one. For them, the more Arab civilians get killed in clashes the better Op-ed.

Israel can’t win against this weapon

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Jews become a queer concoction

Culture crankiness: A dark skinned racist belonging to the victim class can’t be a perpetrator or oppressor, no mater what he does. Op-ed.

Jews become a queer concoction

Israel can’t ever be innocent

The creed of international policing insists that Jews are always to blame. Op-ed.

Israel can’t ever be innocent

The Halo Rotten Empire cashes in on Israel

UNGA votes for “urgent advisory opinion on Israel’s prolonged occupation.” UNHRC condemns Israel weekly. A good way to make a living. Op-ed.

The Halo Rotten Empire cashes in on Israel

God wants Israel to be Jihadist - sometimes

Jewish law, anticipating liberals, sets limits to mercy. A foe intent on bloodshed loses his right to life. But not to the halo brigade.

God wants Israel to be Jihadist - sometimes

Woke up! A new way of defining the same old Jew-hatred

'A mind that rejects the reality of biological sex is one unlikely to recognize facts about the Holocaust, about Jews and Israel' .Op-ed.

Woke up! A new way of defining the same old Jew-hatred

The price of Iranian crude: Israel traded for nuclear deal

Israel’s fickle allies were enfeebled by a cultic hatred of fossil fuel. Climate paranoia caused a nuclear deal,against common sense. Op-ed.

The price of Iranian crude: Israel traded for nuclear deal

South Africa is the dirty pot calling the Jewish kettle black

Quick-fire accusers -No member of the United Nations quite matches South Africa for speed of condemnation of Israel. Op-ed.

South Africa is the dirty pot calling the Jewish kettle black

The Two-state Solution would be Israel and…?

Arab spring fever, followed by the rise of Iran to menace Arabia, weakened grandiose Arab dreams to the point of death. Op-ed.

The Two-state Solution would be Israel and…?

The Anti-Semite Stigma used to protect a Jew

Is invoking George Soros as a puppet master behind current events really an anti-Semitic trope? Op-ed.

The Anti-Semite Stigma used to protect a Jew

The BDS Movement is cloned from Parashat Balak

In Durban the non-military assault, a war of curses, was launched,one Israel can’t win. Soon, the court of public opinion was onto its case

The BDS Movement is cloned from Parashat Balak

Hitlers at heart

"Nations and political establishments warped by Israel-hatred tend to make one dumb decision after another." So it is with Navi Pillay.Op-ed

Hitlers at heart