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Eight Israeli Prime Ministers Thomas Friedman Has Attacked

Perhaps the most remarkable chapter in Friedman’s history of verbally accosting Israeli prime ministers concerns the tenure of Ehud Olmert, whose policies and positions arguably were the most left-of-center of any Israeli leader in many decades. Op-ed.

Eight Israeli Prime Ministers Thomas Friedman Has Attacked

“Doonesbury” vs. Hamas

Garry Trudeau, the writer and artist of Doonesbury, has dared to acknowledge a fact about the Hamas leadership that most of the mainstream news media prefer to ignore. Op-ed.

“Doonesbury” vs. Hamas

Does Palestinian Arab violence have benefits?

Depends whether decapitated and burned Jewish babies are worth it to you if they help you get closer to your goal. Opinion.

Does Palestinian Arab violence have benefits?

When presidents curse [Jews]

Not just presidents, also their advisors, curse Jews, and then hope no one tells. Op-ed.

When presidents curse [Jews]

Insulting Israel is old news at the State Dept.

The pattern of secretaries of state taking shots at Israel crosses party lines. Here is a selection. Op-ed.

Insulting Israel is old news at the State Dept.

Australia is deNazifying, Why can’t Gaza?

In Gaza, there is a popular doll of a child holding a rock in his upraised arm, his face covered by a keffiyah. Rooting out the glorification of violent antisemitism and imperialism needs to start at a young age, but it worked in Germany and Japan.

Australia is deNazifying, Why can’t Gaza?

New School students trample memory of their Zionist founder

Do they know that the university was co-founded by the philosopher Horace M. Kallen, one of the earliest leaders of American Zionism? Op-ed

New School students trample  memory of their Zionist founder

Why young Palestinian Arabs become terrorists

Young Gazans are not “driven into the arms of Hamas” by Israel; they have been indoctrinated by Hamas with their parent's approval. Op-ed.

Why young Palestinian Arabs become terrorists

Canada lectures Israel on killing civilians? That's chutzpa

Canada should recall its own record before lecturing Israel. Op-ed.

Canada  lectures Israel on killing civilians? That's chutzpa

Mein Kampf in Gaza - and beyond

A best seller in the Palestinian Authority areas, HItler's vile book is a guide studied by Hamas terrorists. People of the book?. Op-ed.

Mein Kampf in Gaza - and beyond

The Gaza laborers' role in the October 7 massacre

Many Israelis worried about the security risks, citing occasional laborers involved in terrorist acts. It was much worse. Op-ed.

The Gaza laborers' role in the October 7 massacre

Queen of the pogrom-deniers

Jordan's queen is so dishonest and cynical that she denies the atrocities, even though she knows they happened, Op-ed.

Queen of the pogrom-deniers

When universities "twin" wth terror

An-Najah university students glorify Oct 7th. No western colleges threatened to cut ties, maybe because their students are the same. Op-ed.

When universities "twin" wth terror

Who gave Hamas the cement for tunnels?

Apparently Hamas had some help from former U.S. Mideast envoy Dennis Ross—according to Ross himself. Opinion.

Who gave Hamas the cement for tunnels?

Rape as an Arab terrorist's weapon

Ths is not the first time Palestinian Arab terrorists have employed sexual violence as a weapon. For the Nazis, too,r ape was a weapon.Op-ed

Rape as an Arab terrorist's weapon

Making excuses for antisemitism - from celebs to thugs

How many ways are there to excuse antisemitism? Quite a few, it seems.

Making excuses for antisemitism - from celebs to thugs

Apologists for Chinese genocide

Potemkin-style cover-ups to hide the truth from visitors were the norm in the USSR, Nazi Germany, the PA, N. Korea and now in China. Op-ed.

Apologists for Chinese genocide

Honoring distorters of FDR's response to the Holocaust

What makes the Burns-Novick-Botstein claim about FDR and refugees in their film troubling is that it’s not true. Op-ed.

Honoring distorters of FDR's response to the Holocaust

"Sportswashing" atrocities, from Hitler to the Saudis

Dictators can always find athletes prepared to turn a blind eye to atrocities for enough money. But the power rests with the fans: Op-ed.

"Sportswashing" atrocities, from Hitler to the Saudis

What to do when your lake is named after an antisemite

Should the name be changed or should we forget about it? Op-ed.

What to do when your lake is named after an antisemite

Biden challenges FDR on not bombing Auschwitz

It’s not easy for a politician to criticize a popular ex-president from his own party. That's why it is significant. Op-ed.

Biden challenges FDR on not bombing Auschwitz

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Shattering another excuse for FDR's Holocaust apathy

The Allies constantly bombed railway lines throughout Europe, despite the Germans repairing them, just not the ones to Auschwitz. Op-ed.

Shattering another excuse for FDR's Holocaust apathy

All FDR said was ‘No'

The 1943 Bermuda Conference and the abandonment of the Jews. Op-ed.

All FDR said was ‘No'

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Why that Ohio town is named 'East Palestine'

Towns established by 19th-century religious Christians have names expressomg spiritual attachment to the Bble's land and people. Op-ed.

Why that Ohio town is named 'East Palestine'

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Neve Yaakov's American roots

In 1924, Neve Yaakov was founded,located on sixteen acres of land purchased from local Arabs by the US wing of the Mizrachi movement. Op-ed

Neve Yaakov's American roots

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Mar-a-Lago is not on the way to Auschwitz

it should be possible to discuss even the most sensitive issues without resorting to absurd and insulting historical comparisons. Op-ed.

Mar-a-Lago is not on the way to Auschwitz

A Harvard president's pogrom warning

If American Jews “decide to remain apart,” antisemitism will rise to the point that “blood will be spilled," said Harvard Pres Lowell. Op-ed

A Harvard president's pogrom warning

What Qatar’s World Cup learned from Hitler’s Olympics

Perhaps the closest historical analogy to Qatar and its soccer matches was the Berlin Olympics of 1936. China's Olympics come second.Op-ed..

What Qatar’s World Cup learned from Hitler’s Olympics

When antisemites sue the Jews

The suit that Al Jazeera has filed in the International Criminal Court could shine an embarrassing spotlight on the network itself. Op-ed.

When antisemites sue the Jews

Just kidding? Racial presidential humor

There need to be consequences to establish that in contemporary American society, racist or antisemitic humor is no laughing matter.Op-ed.

Just kidding? Racial presidential humor

The Schlesinger Diaries - new and troubling revelations

The diaries are a gift that keeps on giving for historians on many topics. This is the account of a troubling one about lies and truth.Op-ed

The Schlesinger Diaries - new and troubling revelations

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U of C Berkeley, echoes of 1930s Europe

Berkeley’s shameless ban on Zionist speakers is today's version of the “Ghetto Benches” in European universities in the 1930s. Op-ed.

U of C Berkeley, echoes of 1930s Europe

Rosh Hashanah when America's most prominent rabbi criticized FDR

Rabbi Stephen Wise criticized FDR publicly just this onece and never did so again, more's the pity. Op-ed..

Rosh Hashanah when America's most prominent rabbi criticized FDR

Was FDR a victim of the Deep State?

Good try but the State Department was implementing FDR’s policy, not sneaking around behind the president’s back. Op-ed.

Was FDR a victim of the Deep State?

The JTA and the bombing of Auschwitz

In July 1944 the JTA ran a dispatch from London reporting that recent escapees from Auschwitz were urging it be bombed. FDR said no. Op-ed.

The JTA and the bombing of Auschwitz

Ken Burns distorts FDR's policy on Jewish Refugees

Burns' claim that FDR took in more Jews during the Holocaust than other country is simply false. Is the rest of the movie the same? Op-ed.

Ken Burns distorts FDR's policy on Jewish Refugees

Pelosi, her father, Taiwan and the Holocaust

Nancy Pelosi's role model a man who courageously put his humanitarian principles above his narrow political needs.Op-ed.

Pelosi, her father, Taiwan and the Holocaust

How did cartoonists see the voyage of the Exodus?

75 years ago this week, the Exodus story made waves internationally. But how did the cartoonists see it? Op-ed.

How did cartoonists see the voyage of the Exodus?

The rubble that could have been Jews

80 years ago this week, the USA decided that rubble from Bristol was worth saving and that Jews were not. Op-ed.

The rubble that could have been Jews

80 years ago this week: US responds to war crimes in Ukraine

The Times buried the report on Nazi atrocities in Ukraine at the end of a column of items from Europe.That, at least, has changed.Op-ed

80 years ago this week: US responds to war crimes in Ukraine

Twisting the Holocaust to fit a narrative

Sadly, there are those who exploit, distort —or even doubt atrocities taking place now—in order to advance narrow partisan agendas. Op-ed.

Twisting the Holocaust to fit a narrative

Holocaust echoes in Ukraine conspiracy theory

Atrocities do not have to reach the level of genocide for the international community to feel outrage and compassion for Ukrainians. Op-ed.

Holocaust echoes in Ukraine conspiracy theory

From Brooklyn housewife to Zionist lobbyist

A fascinating but little-known chapter in the history of the campaign by Americans to help create the State of Israel. Op-ed.

From Brooklyn housewife to Zionist lobbyist

FDR's Jewish problem and its Japanese link

FDR viewed Jews and those he called "Orientals" with automatic suspicion, with devastating results for both groups. Op-ed.

FDR's Jewish problem and its Japanese link

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The Tuskegee Airmen and the bombing of Auschwitz

The history of the all-black Tuskegee pilots unit is connected to the controversy over Roosevelt's refusal to bomb Auschwitz. Op-ed.

The Tuskegee Airmen and the bombing of Auschwitz

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Don’t exaggerate Diaspora Jewry’s ‘distress’

Many Diaspora Jews are temporarily unable to attend events in Israel, but in the greater scheme of a pandemic, it is hardly “tragic.” Op-ed.

Don’t exaggerate Diaspora Jewry’s ‘distress’

Kate Couric wasn't the first: FDR, Truman and the Jews

Read FDR and Harry Truman's offensive and antisemitic remarks about Jews, omitted or revised by those who ran the cutting room.Op-ed.

Kate Couric wasn't the first: FDR, Truman and the Jews

Do they even know what "Genocide" means?

Use of the term “genocide” in situations that do not meet the definition undermines youth's understanding of what it really means. Op-ed.

Do they even know what "Genocide" means?

A refugee solution for Biden — from 1944

Biden’s fear of backlash reportedly contributed to the slide from his initial promise of 125,000 refugess to 62,500, to 15,000. Op-ed.

A refugee solution for Biden — from 1944

Blinken's gaffe

The secretary of state made it sound as if it was Ass't Sec of State Long, not FDR, who kept the US from aiding European Jews.Op-ed.

Blinken's gaffe

Andrew Yang got it right on BDS

BDS say they are boycotting only Israelis, not Jews. But they are not boycotting Israeli Arabs, just Israeli Jews. Op-ed

Andrew Yang got it right on BDS

The Jews of Morocco, FDR, and the Nazis: A troubling episode

The full story of how FDR treated the Jews in Morocco and elsewhere in North Africa after the 1942 Allied liberation. Op-ed.

The Jews of Morocco, FDR, and the Nazis: A troubling episode

'Everybody did it' is no excuse for FDR abandoning the Jews

It changes nothinng to know that many Americans besides FDR knew, but did nothing, about the Holocaust. He was the president. Op-ed.

'Everybody did it' is no excuse for FDR abandoning the Jews

Stop whitewashing FDR's abandonment of the Jews

Documents show that State Dep't officials briefed the president on their efforts to keep refugees out. FDR simply did not want Jews.Op-ed.

Stop whitewashing FDR's abandonment of the Jews

Joe Biden, FDR, and the Nazis

FDR cut out all references to Germany and to Hitler, Goebbels and other Nazis out of his response to Kristallnacht. Op-ed.

Joe Biden, FDR, and the Nazis

Farrakhan, Hitler, and the NY Times: Here we go again

A Howard U professor wrote an admiting essay on Farrakhan for the NYT, omitting his antisemitism. And in 1933 the NYT praised Hitler. Op-ed

Farrakhan, Hitler, and the NY Times: Here we go again

A new blow to Iran's forgotten Jews

Human rights group "3 Generations" should know better than to feature a journalist who denied oppression of Iran's Jews. Op-ed

A new blow to Iran's forgotten Jews

The Yom Kippur 1942 sermon Stephen Wise didn't give

Erev Yom Kippur, Wise received the confirmed report of Nazi massacres of Jews all over Poland. He chose to speak about other things.Op-ed..

The Yom Kippur 1942 sermon Stephen Wise didn't give

The Saudis, the Jews, and FDR's dog

The Saudis, the Jews, and FDR's dog

Why those Syrian atrocities still matter

Why those Syrian atrocities still matter