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Ben Cohen writes a weekly column for JNS on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writings have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.

Jewish effigy representing Judas burnt and hung in Poland [Twitter]

In the flames consuming a ‘Judas’ effigy in Poland, a deadly trope persists

When I worked for the Anti-Defamation League more than a decade ago, relations between the Polish government and the Jewish community worldwide were incomparably better than they are now. But even then, there were...
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Assange’s anti-Semitism revisited

When the fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange first holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London seven years ago, “Brexit” was an unknown word, Donald Trump was still hosting “The Apprentice,” and the Iran...

In South Africa, one step forward, two steps back

“Not as much as we had hoped, but we have advanced nonetheless!” With these words, the “” of South Africa last week greeted the news that the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) top decision-making...

Sarah Halimi’s anti-Semitic murderer disappears behind a smokescreen

During the prosecution of Jared Lee Loughner—the shooter sentenced to life imprisonment for the January 2011 murder of six people and the wounding of 13, including his intended target Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at a...
Remains of the AMIA Jewish center after the 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Credit: La Nación via Wikimedia Commons.

25 Years after the AMIA bombing, justice is again denied

This July, Argentina’s Jewish community will mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were murdered and hundreds more were seriously wounded. It...
Antisemitic graffiti equating Judaism with Nazism and money, found in Madrid in 2003. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

‘What must be said:’ An enduring anti-Semitic trope

When the late German writer Günter Grass decided, seven years ago, to publicly denounce Israel as the greatest threat to the planet’s existence, he chose the medium of poetry to do so. Starting from...

Silent majority needs encouragement in fight against anti-Semitism

For anyone unaware of Europe’s anti-Semitism problem, CNN’s “Anti-Semitism in Europe Poll 2018,” released this week, would have made for grim reading on many levels. Polling 7,000 respondents in seven European countries, the survey revealed that one...
A historic sign at the railway spur in Sobibor. Credit: Jacques Lahitte via Wikimedia Commons.

Putin plays with the Holocaust

Back in January, the unlikely figure of Paddington Bear—the cuddly, bright-eyed cub much adored by young children down the years—ran afoul of the Russian government. As part of its policy of limiting the influence...
A banner at a vigil in Pittsburgh following the murders of 11 elderly Jewish worshippers in Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue during Shabbat-morning services on Oct. 27, 2018. Photo by Ben Cohen.

‘Anti-Semitism upholds white supremacy’

On a sunny afternoon last Tuesday in Pittsburgh, about 200 demonstrators gathered outside the JCC in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, a short distance from the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh where, on...
A store damaged during Kristallnacht. Photo: German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons

The connection between WWI armistice and WWII Kristallnacht

Two grimly sobering anniversaries fall in November. On the 9th and 10th, we will mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht—the orgy of murder and violence that devastated Jewish communities across Nazi Germany in 1938....

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