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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.

A rally for slain French Jew Sarah Halimi, January 2020. Credit: Gerard Bottino/Shutterstock.

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

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

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...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Asatur Yesayants/Shutterstock.

We recognize Haman. But where are Mordechai and Esther?

This week’s festival of Purim provided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an irresistible analogy. Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia by Mordechai and Esther—two Jews who thwarted the genocidal intentions of...
John le Carré giving a speech in 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/German Embassy London.

A mystery in its own right: The ‘anti-Semitism’ of John le Carré

John le Carré, the acclaimed grandmaster of the spy novel who died last weekend at the age of 89, was dogged for years by allegations of anti-Semitism. The plot of his 1983 novel The Little Drummer...
A view of proceeding at the Nuremberg trials. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

How Nuremberg’s universalism undermined its noble aims

This weekend marks 75 years since the start of the Nuremberg tribunals, which tried leaders of Nazi Germany for their part in the Holocaust and other war crimes. A clear line links these tribunals to...
Jeremy Corbyn, former leader of the British Labour Party. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Why Britain’s Labour Party will struggle to erase its moral stain

The report of an 18-month inquiry into anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour Party has now been published. Almost instantly, it produced a dramatic and unexpected result. The Equalities and Human Rights Commission, which conducted the inquiry,...
A screenshot of an ad produced by the Jewish Democratic Council of America that detractors say unfairly equates the Trump administration to the rise of Nazi Germany. Source: Screenshot.

Trivializing the true evil of Nazism

There is clearly no limit to the depths of moral perversity that the enemies of President Donald Trump are prepared to plumb, not least within America’s Jewish community. The Jewish Democratic Council of America has...
U.S. President Donald Trump, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyani sign the Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 15, 2020. Credit: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour.

The fundamental fracture the Abraham Accords may begin to heal

It’s hard not to get emotional about the deals signed in Washington this week between Israel and its new Gulf partners, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. It’s not just that this historic agreement has...
A Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis. Photo: Andy Witchger via Wikimedia Commons.

Support for Black Lives Matter repeats a lethal error of history

Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history, it is said, are doomed to repeat them. In the 20th century, thousands of progressively minded people supported Soviet communism. Believing this ideology was the...
British rapper Wiley. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The progressive world: An antechamber to evil

After days of anti-Semitic rants on social media, the “Grime” rapper Wiley has finally been barred from Twitter and Facebook following outrage by Jews and others that he was allowed to use these platforms for his...