Rapper Talib Kweli Barred from Music Fest over BDS

by Mitchell Plitnick Bowing to a statement out of the Bundestag in Germany, the Open Source Festival in Dusseldorf rescinded its invitation to Brooklyn-born rapper Talib Kweli. In May 2019, the parliamentary body passed a non-binding statement proclaiming that the movement to… Continue Reading  

The Fate of the Palestinians

by Graham E. Fuller The “Deal of the Century”—Trump’s modestly named new proposal for peace  between Israel and the Palestinians—has long been said to be nearing completion. Ongoing turmoil in Israeli politics makes that presumed launch date  less certain. But… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Middle East Policy in Tatters

by Emile Nakhleh The confluence of the Israeli snap elections, the Arab, Muslim, and Gulf Cooperation Council summits in Mecca this past weekend, and the upcoming “Bahrain Workshop” underscores the amateur nature of President Trump’s Middle East policy. The conundrum… Continue Reading  

A Dubious Black-Jewish Congressional Caucus

by Mitchell Plitnick The American Jewish Committee (AJC) made headlines by unveiling its latest project, the Congressional Black-Jewish Caucus. It sounds like a terrific idea, and certainly AJC is claiming to have done a lot to lay the groundwork for… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu’s Indulgence of Anti-Semitism and Abandonment of Democracy

by Henry Siegman The New York Times fully deserved the recent outpouring of public anger in reaction to a political cartoon that appeared in the April 25 international edition. The cartoon contained classic anti-Semitic tropes reminiscent of Nazi propaganda. It… Continue Reading