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

A menorah and Christmas tree in downtown Fairfax, Virginia. Dec. 24, 2017. Credit: Kristi Blokhin/Shutterstock.

Stop complaining about Christmas trees and enjoy your own holiday

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The “Ask Real Estate” column of The New York Times was faced with a thorny question from a reader this past week. Shortly before the start of Hanukkah, it was perhaps inevitable that the dilemma about which...

Biden’s ‘build back better’ message to Iran, Israel and the Arabs

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Critics of The New York Times sometimes claim that the newspaper’s biases render it unreadable. But those who avoid it are missing out on one of its key features: the way it serves as a sounding...
Bari Weiss. Source: YouTube.

Higher education is broken. Can a new anti-woke start-up make a difference?

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As toxic as Twitter can be, sometimes the orgies of abuse and mockery for which the social media forum is so well-known can tell us something important. When the woke world is competing to...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with members of a U.S. congressional delegation on a trip sponsored by J Street. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

Did Bennett’s J Street meeting help Israel’s efforts to hold onto Democratic support?

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In its 15 years of existence, the left-wing lobby J Street has won many public-relations victories and almost none when it came to policy. Its impact in Washington has, for the most part, been...
Head of opposition and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu walks next to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during a plenum session and a vote on the state budget at the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on November 4, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Hypocritical Israeli coalition politics get ugly

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For some observers of the Israeli political scene, there’s only one thing that matters. For the Biden administration, the crucial question is whether the outcome of the maneuvering in Jerusalem between the various political...
Torch-carrying protesters in Charlottesville march chanting anti-Semitic and anti-minority slogans on Aug. 11, 2017. Source: Twitter.

Neo-Nazis are not a political metaphor

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All may be fair in love, war and politics, but you have to wonder about the astonishingly poor judgment of the political gurus at the Lincoln Project for their latest act of campaign malpractice....
U.S. President Joe Biden with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office at the White House on Aug. 27, 2021. Source: Israel Embassy/Twitter.

Is this the beginning of a new Cold War between Biden and Israel?

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As far as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid are concerned, this week has brought a perfect storm of circumstances that threaten to complicate their hopes for a better relationship...
George Soros at the Festival of Economics in Trento, Italy, on June 2, 2012. Credit: Niccolò Caranti via Wikimedia Commons.

Calling critics of Soros anti-Semitic undermines the fight against hate

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It’s never a good sign when George Soros’s name is back in the headlines. The Hungarian-born hedge-fund billionaire has become a touchstone of controversy. Both Republicans and Democrats in Virginian are taking his name...
Anti-Semitic graffiti. Credit: Yonderboy/Wikimedia Commons.

American Jews are mostly secure, scared and deeply partisan

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If ever there was a time for an opinion survey that would measure “The State of Anti-Semitism in America,” this is just such a moment. Concerns about a rising tide of Jew-hatred seem to...
Members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) take part in a military show in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the group's founding, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

The ‘human rights’ scam at the heart of the NGO controversy

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To listen to the U.S. State Department and many in the international human-rights community, Israel has done it again. The outrage over the decision by Defense Minister Benny Gantz to designate six Palestinian non-governmental organizations as...