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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.

An artist’s rendering on the proposed Holocaust museum in London’s Victoria Tower Gardens. Credit: Adjaye Associates & Ron Arad Architects.

Betraying Jewish history by watering down the Holocaust

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The British baroness Ruth Deech, whose family were Jewish refugees from Nazism, recently delivered an impassioned address to the Oxford Jewish community about the way the Holocaust is being evacuated of meaning by memorials...
A statue of Jefferson Davis in New Orleans and its pedestal were removed on May 11, 2017 (it was unveiled on Feb. 22, 1911). The next day, only the foundation remained. In the spring of 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement is urging the removal of Confederate statues, the changing of army-base names and more throughout America. Credit: Bart Everson via Wikimedia Commons.

The unmistakable echoes in the culture war against the West

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In Britain, statues of historical figures associated with colonialism or slavery are being pulled down or slated for removal. This is to appease the Black Lives Matters activists and their supporters, both black and white,...
AIPAC president Betsy Berns Korn addresses the 2020 conference. Credit: AIPAC.

A muffled consensus serves not Israel but her enemies

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Should Jewish communal organizations aim to achieve consensus above all or bear witness to the truth? Both in the Diaspora and in Israel, Jews are divided over politics, religion and worldview. These arguments, moreover, generally...
Leaders attending the San Remo Conference in April 1920. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

From San Remo to its 72nd birthday, Israel survives the virus of political and...

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One hundred years ago this Sunday, the four principal allied powers involved in World War I signed a resolution at San Remo. Next week, Israel celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut, the 72nd anniversary of the state’s...
A Passover Haggadah on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, April 22, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

The story that Jews repeat on Passover is the secret of their survival

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As Jews around the world celebrate the festival of Passover this week, the ironies are painful. The festival celebrates the pivotal biblical event that followed Pharaoh’s refusal to free his Hebrew slaves. The last and...
Israel's Magen David Adom national emergency service drive-through complex in Ashdod allows people to get tested while still sitting in their cars, April 1, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

For Israel, recognizing another enemy is second nature

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Among the world’s democracies fighting the coronavirus, Israel has so far been by far the most successful. With a population of about 8.6 million, it had recorded at time of writing 33 deaths from COVID-19....
A view of a parade float at the Carnival of Aalst in March 2019, featuring two Orthodox Jewish caricatures that were widely condemned as anti-Semitic. Source: Screenshot.

From Aalst to America: The post-modern, anti-Jewish reconfiguration of the West

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The annual parade in Aalst, Belgium, last Sunday turned into a carnival of monstrous Jew-hatred. Participants portrayed Jews as insects topped with fur shtreimel hats and peyot (sidelocks). Others were dressed in Nazi uniforms, among other vicious Jewish caricatures,...
Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks during a ceremony in the March of the Living at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp site in Poland, as Israel marks annual Holocaust Memorial Day, on April 12, 2018. Photo by Yossi Zeliger/Flash90.

A Polish-Russian row over commemoration of the Holocaust

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A profound and bitter battle between Israel and Poland has been brought to crisis point by the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which is being commemorated by world leaders this week at...
The leadership of the Board of Deputies of British Jewry. Source: Facebook.

Political auto-immune disease among Diaspora Jews

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Why are so many Diaspora Jews doing the dirty work of their mortal enemies for them? In the United States, most Jews still support the Democratic Party despite the refusal by some politicians—namely, the four...
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson. Credit: CelebWikiProfiles.

The British working class saves Britain … and its Jews

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The relief was overwhelming. When the exit polls on Thursday evening correctly predicted a large majority for Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, British Jews allowed themselves to breathe again. Overcome by the sense of deliverance...