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Melanie Phillips


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.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Credit: YouTube.

Tlaib strives to alter narrative of hate fomented by Arabs

What has caused the deeply alarming upsurge in anti-Semitism across the West? As many have observed, there are three principal sources: the political left, Islamic culture and neo-fascist or white-supremacist cults. One further factor, though,...
The Union Jack and European Union Flag. Credit: Publicdomainpictures.net

Of compromise and betrayal: From the Golan to Brexit

Two current sources of uproar tie Britain, the United States and Israel into a matrix of hypocrisy, double standards and spinelessness. The first was the welcome announcement by President Donald Trump that the United States...
Chelsea Clinton. Credit: Kyle Cassidy via Wikimedia Commons.

After the New Zealand mosque attacks, pointing fingers of blame

It’s not often that I find myself in the same boat as Chelsea Clinton. At a vigil in New York for the 50 Muslims slaughtered by a gunman at two New Zealand mosques, Clinton was...
U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Nov. 14, 2018. Credit: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

Who are the real isolationists in America?

Ever since President Donald Trump astounded the world by announcing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, commentators have been trying to work out the significance of this decision. Among those conservatives who believe America...
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) and Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, at a meeting on implementing the Iran nuclear deal Sept. 22, 2016, in New York. Credit: U.N. Photo/Amanda Voisard.

The lethal error in appeasing Iran

When the Obama-brokered Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2015, one of the many spurious reasons offered for that agreement was that it would help the supposedly moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani draw the...
U.S. President Donald Trump huddles in prayer outside the Tree of Life Synagogue with Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers and first lady Melania Trump, as the president’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband and senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner look on. Credit: David Aaronson/Twitter.

Grappling with the roots of anti-Semitism after Pittsburgh

As Jews around the world grieve for those who were slaughtered in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, the reaction of many in both Jewish and non-Jewish circles has demonstrated a refusal to acknowledge the true...
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The story behind the story of Jamal Khashoggi

The disappearance and presumed murder of the Saudi exile Jamal Khashoggi has caused a crisis of relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sign some papers...
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Why Jews now find themselves in the eye of the Western storm

Anti-Semitism is now a major issue in the West. In Britain, there are continuing convulsions over rampant anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. In America, there was outrage over the presence of the virulent Jew-hater Louis...
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn Credit: Garry Knight via Wikimedia Commons.

Britain’s Brexit betrayal may push Jewish problem into Downing Street

Until last Friday, whenever people asked me uneasily about the likelihood of the far-left U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn coming to power at the next general election, I replied that—with the exception of...
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces near the Gaza-Israel border on May 14, 2018. Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

At the Israel border, pointing fingers at the wrong abuser

When confronted with absolute evil or the depths of human depravity, some of us experience a very particular kind of depression. It’s as if we just can’t cope with such a repudiation of humanity. Some...