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

Close-up of three kosher steaks. Credit: BublikHaus/Shutterstock.

Will the war on kashrut merge with the war on meat?

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Many Americans spent their Fourth of July holiday at barbecues with family and friends. For observant Jews, that meant that plenty of kosher hot dogs and hamburgers were grilled and consumed as the country’s...
An American flag. Credit: In Green/Shutterstock.

Who’s lying about critical race theory?

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As Americans prepare to celebrate the 245th anniversary of their nation’s founding, many if not most of the ideas they used to take for granted about what July 4th meant are under attack. Most...
Israeli President Rivlin with US President Biden at the White House. Credit: GPO/Haim Zach.

Biden’s promise on Iranian nukes is worthless

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Outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington this week and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Rome. The theme of both meetings as far...
Search and rescue workers comb through the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium. Source: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue/Twitter.

In the face of disaster, the priority is help and prayer, not politics

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It has become a trope of American culture that the idea of sending “thoughts and prayers” in response to a catastrophic event has become a term of derision. This is mostly related to the...
Shawarma sandwich, August 2009. Credit: Vera Yu and David Li/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons.

The left slides into acceptance of anti-Semitism

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As far as some of Israel’s most vicious critics were concerned, it was the sort of thing that gave their critiques of Zionism a bad name. It was difficult to pretend that the decision...
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The Jewish stake in the battle against critical race theory

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What’s the latest racist threat to American democracy? According to a host of liberal publications, it’s the nationwide push to prevent the imposition of critical race theory doctrines on public education. Articles in publications...
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Journalism is dying in broad daylight

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For the last 40 years, many activists have worked hard to monitor press coverage of the Middle East and to call out anti-Israel bias masquerading as objective news. For many years, those who performed...
Negotiations in Vienna over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the existing Iran nuclear deal, May 2021. Source: Enrique Mora/European External Action Service/Twitter.

While Biden envoys give away the store in Vienna, Iran escalates the conflict

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Diplomacy is in bloom in Vienna this spring. According to The Washington Post, the indirect talks taking place in the Austrian capital between the United States and Iran with diplomats from Britain, France and Germany carrying messages...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (front row, left), Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (front row, right) and Israeli ministers pose for a group photo of the newly sworn-in Israeli government, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Recovery from Netanyahu withdrawal won’t be easy

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If the tone of discourse in the Knesset during the session in which Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his “government of change” were legally confirmed seemed intemperate and unnecessarily hysterical, it’s hardly surprising. The culture...
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaking on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on the conflict between Israel and Palestinians, May 13, 2021. Source: Screenshot/C-SPAN.

Omar forces a difficult choice for Jewish Democrats

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After a surge in violent anti-Semitism inspired in no small part by vicious attacks on Israel by members of their party’s left-wing, some Jewish Democrats have had enough. After Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) compared the United...