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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.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson. Credit: CelebWikiProfiles.

The British working class saves Britain … and its Jews

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...
Flags and placards at the People's Vote March in London on March 23, 2019. Credit: Andrew Gray via Wikimedia Commons.

Britain, Brexit and the ripple effect on identity politics and anti-Semitism

In Britain, the crisis so long dreaded by many British Jews is finally upon them. The general election that has been called for next month raises the possibility that hard-left Labour Party leader Jeremy...
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announces her run for the 2020 presidential elections, Feb. 9, 2018. Credit: Flickr via Wikimedia Commons.

Warren, Palestinian Jew-hatred and the destruction of the West’s moral compass

The Democratic presidential hopeful, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has suggested that she would consider cutting military aid to Israel to force it to halt construction of settlements in the disputed territories. “It is the official...
Turkey has invaded northern Syria, threatening the Kurdish population following U.S. forces withdrawing from the area earlier this week. Source: Screenshot.

How black and white thinking clouds realpolitik

Black and white thinking, which divides the world into absolute camps of good and evil, is associated with religious fanaticism from medieval Christianity to the Islamic world. There are now troubling signs that a secular...
Israeli Arabs cast their votes at a polling station in the Arab town of Beit Safafa on March 17, 2015, in the Israeli general elections for the 20th parliament. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

In a deadlocked election, the real winners are Israeli Arabs

If nothing else, one clear result of Israel’s frustrating general election gives the lie to the claim that Israeli Arabs were being intimidated from casting their vote. This arose from a failed attempt by Israeli...
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks at a press conference in David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, on June 25, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin FentonFlash90

Boltonism must not be allowed to disappear

John Bolton’s departure from the Trump administration should have had the left cheering from the rafters. Bolton has long been a bogeyman in liberal circles on account of his refusal to appease the enemies of...
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (center) delivers a statement at a conference in Ramallah on Oct. 18, 2014. Photo by Flash90.

Puncturing the big lie of Palestinian identity

Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, recently claimed that the Palestinians were the descendants of the Canaanites. “This land is for its people, its residents and the Canaanites who were here 5,000 years...
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Credit: Flickr.

Boris Johnson: Will He Be Good for the Jews?

Britain now has its first celebrity prime minister. On Tuesday, Boris Johnson was elected leader of the Tory Party following Theresa May’s resignation over her failure to deliver Brexit. On Wednesday, Johnson “kissed hands” with...
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party UK with MP Andrew Gwynne. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

What to do about the ‘fangs’ of anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour?

In recent days, plotting within the British Labour Party to get rid of its far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn has moved up a gear as deep concern over the party’s precipitous plunge in the opinion...
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left) with President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The dark shadow Iran is casting on the world

In Israel, as the drumbeats of war grow ever louder, people are preparing with a mixture of dread, stoicism and determination for the long-feared, ultimate showdown with Iran. After reported Iranian attacks on two oil...