On December 2, Arab media sources reported that Israeli warplanes flew over the Golan Heights, entered Syrian airspace, and bombed an Iranian military installation inside Syria.
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Abraham H. Miller
Abraham H. Miller is an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati. He also was a faculty member at the University of California, Davis and the University of Illinois, Urbana.
I was less offended by the imam of the Davis, California Islamic Center calling for the annihilation of the Jews than by his subsequent and meaningless apology encompassed in a photo op with members of the Jewish community heaping praise on the imam’s contrition.
I haven’t been this concerned about my Russian heritage since my elementary school teacher, “Mrs. M,” after meeting my mother at PTA night, asked me, “Is your mother from Russia?” It was as if Sen. Joseph McCarthy just asked me if I had ever been a card-carrying member of the Communist Party.
Chicago’s annual ‘Dyke March” has long included Jewish participants and Jewish symbols. Not this year. Jews were ejected from the parade because the rainbow flags they carried bore the Star of David.
It’s been a good season for anti-Semites. Jewish students graduating CUNY will have as their last memory of the school some inspiring words from professional anti-Semite Linda Sarsour, who believes a Jewish homeland has no place in the community of nations, Sharia should be law, and Zionist women cannot be feminists.
Few things in politics are predictable, but one thing is certain: Any police shooting of a fleeing black man, even if he is carrying a gun, will likely trigger a demonstration, if not a riot.
“I’m Jewish, and I want people to boycott Israel,” pens Rebecca Vilkomerson, in the Washington “Post Everything” column of the WaPo on June 24. Vilkomerson is the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that is neither a voice for peace nor Jewish except when Jewish traditions can be manipulated to support the Palestinian cause.
The Aryan superman was as blond as Hitler, as tall as the dwarf Goebbels, and as slim as the corpulent Goering. That these three clowns could get the German people to deny what was before their eyes and embrace an ideology of racial superiority that its proponents’ very physical presence contradicted is still one of the great mysteries of history.
When it comes to the desperation of the Middle East Christian community, the American refugee entrepreneurs appear to be deaf, dumb, and blind. Nine voluntary agencies (“volags”) have a near monopoly as refugee resettlement contractors. And while there are many good and sincere people working in these agencies, for those who run them it is a multi-million dollar business, even if it is not for profit.
As Jewish blood seeps through the crevices of Jerusalem stone, courses through the streets of Tel Aviv and pools in the kitchen of a home in the territories, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama can only find moral equivalence between Jewish victims and Palestinian murderers.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was a military hero whose death is commemorated by Israelis of all political stripes. If Rabin had survived he would have found a way to make peace, observed President Bill Clinton. Even those who disagreed with Rabin’s policies had no doubt that his unswerving goal was to create a peace between the Arabs and Israelis that would end the senseless bloodshed on both sides and forge a new economic alliance providing a better future for both Israelis and Palestinians.
New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief and often unrelenting critic of Israel, Jodi Rudoren tweeted the obvious about Israelis reaction to the Obama administration’s deal with Iran, “You know, 2 Jews, 3 opinions. Here you have 8 million Jews and nearly one opinion.”
The Itfar dinner is the breaking of the fast of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Last Tuesday President Barack Obama hosted, at the White House, his annual Itfar dinner. Honored with seats at the president’s table were two radical Muslim anti-Israel activists, Riham Osman and Batoul Abuharb.
President Barack Obama has no intention of destroying the Islamic State. The air strikes are largely pin pricks, and the mobilizing of some 400 advisers to Iraq is window dressing.
With guns blazing, two jihadis brought yet another despicable act of terrorism to America. The scene was Garland, Texas where the American Freedom Defense Initiative was holding an exhibit and cartoon competition featuring satirical portrayals of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Portrayals of the Muslim prophet are forbidden by Islamic law and draw outrage from Muslims.
The terrifying and brutal attack in Paris on the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, reminds us that the West is in a struggle between the savage and civilization. Whether the perpetrators are caught or not, the attack will have its desired effect. It will intimidate the next set of journalists who think about writing about Islam in a way that is not acceptable to a significant portion of the Muslim community that does not share the Western ideal of the free marketplace of ideas.
Celebrity and television personality Rosie O’Donnell is no stranger to controversy. Some of her opinions are so outrageous that it is difficult to discern whether they’re a manifestation of a profound and cultivated ignorance, or a calculated and misleading attempt to keep her visage before the public. The shame, however, is somewhat less O’Donnell’s than her admirers, who are willing to believe the drivel she broadcasts.
Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon is a literary masterpiece that examines the complexity of submission to totalitarianism, and depicts the authoritarian automaton, a character named, Gletkin, whose brain is so starched that it crinkles when he thinks.