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Melanie Phillips, a British journalist, broadcaster and author, writes a column for JNS every two weeks. Currently a columnist for The Times of London, her personal and political memoir, “Guardian Angel,” has just been published by Bombardier. Her work can be found at her website, www.melaniephillips.com.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan (right at podium) speaking at the opening of the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

The hate-fest that is Durban rears its ugly head again

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Next week, the United Nations is set to reinforce infamy. In the wings of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, it is to hold a 20th anniversary summit of its so-called World...
Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2001. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Two decades on, the West’s cultural fault line exposed by 9/11 remains

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Few of us, if any, will ever forget those terrible images of the 9/11 attacks on America. Twenty years on, it’s painfully clear that many Westerners still don’t grasp the full nature and scope...
Sharon Kleinbaum, rabbi of New York’s Beit Simchat Torah—the world’s largest LGBTQ congregation. Source: Facebook/Beit Simchat Torah.

When the Jew-bashers are Jews

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The latest move by President Joe Biden to appall many American Jews as an act of wanton hostility is his appointment of the progressive rabbi, Sharon Kleinbaum, to the U.S. commission on International Religious...
American historian Deborah Lipstadt. Credit: YouTube.

Envoy will first need to root out anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party

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U.S. President Joe Biden’s choice of Emory Professor Deborah Lipstadt as America’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism has not been greeted with the unqualified approval that might have been expected for such...
"Wall Street Journal" reporter Daniel Pearl was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. Source: Screenshot.

The invisible victims of jihadi violence

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The death of Ruth Pearl at the age of 85 reminds us once again of the unspeakable horror that was visited upon Ruth and her family, and which served as a particularly dreadful wake-up call for...
Donald Rumsfeld. Credit: Jason and Bonnie Grower/Shutterstock.

Donald Rumsfeld’s legacy: a warning against American retreat

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With ironic timing, the death of Donald Rumsfeld this week has occurred when American foreign policy is lurching in precisely the opposite direction to everything he stood for. His passing has provoked a renewed chorus...
Palestinians protest at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, May 21, 2021. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.

Palestinianism is opening up a posthumous Nazi front against Jews

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The Palestinian war against Israel is no longer something that the West can regard as a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom they know nothing. At a recent congressional hearing in America,...
President Joe Biden participates in his first official press conference Thursday, March 25, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. Credit: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz.

How Biden is smashing America’s moral compass and dragging the West behind it

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For eight years, the administration of former President Barack Obama behaved as if the security needs of the State of Israel were such an irritating impediment to American foreign-policy aims that it had no...
A rally for slain French Jew Sarah Halimi, January 2020. Credit: Gerard Bottino/Shutterstock.

Anti-Semitism is a form of delirium, especially in France

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The latest shocking development in the scandal over a horrific anti-Semitic murder in France not only trains a harsh light on that country’s attitude to Jew-hatred. It also illuminates a deeply problematic and wider...
Isi Leibler. Photo: Courtesy.

The moral courage of Isi Leibler

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The death in Jerusalem of Isi Leibler at the age of 86 has robbed the Jewish world of one of its towering figures at a time when it is particularly ill-equipped for such a...