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Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Credit: Screenshot.

Why disingenuous Holocaust analogies matter

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Even leftists are a little embarrassed by it. The willingness of some Americans to analogize the plight of illegal immigrants seeking to enter the United States with that of Jews who sought to flee the...
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meeting with former Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi in 2013. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Mohamed Morsi and the dangerous lessons of the Arab Spring

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His death, like much of his life, was in service to the Islamist cause he championed. By dropping dead in a courtroom where he was caged and silenced, Mohammed Morsi served to bring attention...
Seven of the American League's 1937 All-Star baseball players, from left: Lou Gehrig, Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg. All seven would be elected to the Hall of Fame. Credit: Harris & Ewing via Wikimedia Commons.

Forget about the ‘Jewish home-run record’

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The story is designed to appeal to baseball fans, as well as that curious subset of people who obsess about the role of Jews in America’s national pastime. Last week, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan...
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks at the Jewish federation's annual General Assembly in Tel Aviv, on October 24, 2018. Credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Fake news? David Friedman didn’t endorse annexation

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The New York Times got quite a scoop when, in an interview with its Jerusalem bureau chief David Halbfinger, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that he favored Israel’s annexation of the West Bank. That...

Can a black-Jewish congressional caucus bridge the divide?

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Something needed to be done. With tensions rising between African-Americans and Jews, it was time to reaffirm the need for both a greater emphasis on mutual understanding and recognition that hate poses a threat...
Supporters of Israel march in the 2019 “Celebrate Israel” parade in New York City. Credit: “Celebrate Israel” via Facebook.

It’s more than just a parade for Israel

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They come from all over the greater New York area and around the United States. Tens of thousands of Jews (and non-Jews) gather once a year in New York City to march down Fifth...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Israeli parliament members during a vote on a bill to dissolve the current Knesset in Jerusalem, May 29, 2019. Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Is this the start of the post-Netanyahu era?

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In an unprecedented move, the Knesset that was elected in April voted to dissolve itself this week. That means Israelis will have yet another election in September. But what happened in Israel wasn’t about...
U.S. President Donald Trump. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Middle East peace can’t be bought. But can Trump change the conversation?

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If the Trump administration’s forlorn hope for restarting Middle East peace negotiations wasn’t already facing long odds, this week’s political shenanigans in Israel further complicated things. Whether or not Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu miraculously...
The Brandenburg Gate Berlin, Germany, May 15, 2016. Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90.

The problem in Germany is about more than a ‘kipah’

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Who could really be surprised by the story that grabbed the attention of the Jewish world this past weekend? When Felix Klein, Germany’s first Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against...
Jewish demonstrators outside the ICE offices in Burlington, Mass., protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies. Credit: Bend the Arc via Facebook.

What happens when Israel is your lowest priority?

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The good news for U.S. President Donald Trump coming out of a new poll of Jewish voters is that he shouldn’t take their indifference about his pro-Israel policies too personally. The survey published this week...