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Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

Ben & Jerry's Ice-Cream Shop. Credit: Joshua Small-Photographer/Shutterstock.

Ben & Jerry’s distasteful BDS problem

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To those who followed the saga of Ben & Jerry’s social-media silence, the outcome was never going to be sweet. In the wake of the fighting between Israel and Hamas this spring, the Vermont-based...
Israeli security forces guard as a group of Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, during Tisha B'Av, July 18, 2021. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90

Why is support for ‘freedom of worship for Jews’ on the Temple Mount so...

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Maybe it was just the product of the ongoing civil war between the different political parties on the Israeli right. Or maybe it was just time that an Israeli prime minister said something that,...
Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene after a mass fatality scene during the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer at Mount Meron in northern Israel, April 30, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

A year with too much to mourn

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It may have been discouraging, but the dismal turnout for a national rally that was supposed to bring Jews together against anti-Semitism was also an appropriate reminder of the greatest challenge facing them. A...
Flag of Iran. Credit: Shutterstock.

Iran’s Brooklyn terror plot is a crucial test for Biden

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For those who follow news about Iran, the latest report about a terror plot hatched by the Islamist regime was no surprise. The U.S. State Department has, under both Democratic and Republican presidents, consistently...
A visitor looks at photographs of camp inmates at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial in Oswiecim, Poland. Credit: Desi H. Sitorus/Shutterstock.

Don’t confuse Holocaust education with the battle over critical race theory

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There is no more obvious sign that American education is in trouble than the fact that most state legislatures have become battlegrounds over how to teach history. The subject can be fraught with controversy...
Close-up of three kosher steaks. Credit: BublikHaus/Shutterstock.

Will the war on kashrut merge with the war on meat?

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Many Americans spent their Fourth of July holiday at barbecues with family and friends. For observant Jews, that meant that plenty of kosher hot dogs and hamburgers were grilled and consumed as the country’s...
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Who’s lying about critical race theory?

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As Americans prepare to celebrate the 245th anniversary of their nation’s founding, many if not most of the ideas they used to take for granted about what July 4th meant are under attack. Most...
Israeli President Rivlin with US President Biden at the White House. Credit: GPO/Haim Zach.

Biden’s promise on Iranian nukes is worthless

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Outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington this week and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Rome. The theme of both meetings as far...
Search and rescue workers comb through the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium. Source: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue/Twitter.

In the face of disaster, the priority is help and prayer, not politics

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It has become a trope of American culture that the idea of sending “thoughts and prayers” in response to a catastrophic event has become a term of derision. This is mostly related to the...
Shawarma sandwich, August 2009. Credit: Vera Yu and David Li/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons.

The left slides into acceptance of anti-Semitism

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As far as some of Israel’s most vicious critics were concerned, it was the sort of thing that gave their critiques of Zionism a bad name. It was difficult to pretend that the decision...