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Editorial & Opinion | Gary Rosenblatt

09/28/2016 - 11:57 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

“Avi,” a Jewish college student and supporter of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), the movement to delegitimize Israel, was defending his position in a tense discussion with a number of pro-Israel supporters at a conference last week.

09/21/2016 - 10:52 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Sixteen years ago, a few days before the verdict was announced in the British case in which Jewish studies professor Deborah Lipstadt stood accused of defaming Holocaust denier David Irving, she told me that though her life “had been disrupted…for several years, I feel I was blessed.

“I was given an opportunity to stand up for what I believe in, to marshal every force I have against evil,” she explained in her first post-trial interview.

And she prevailed.

09/13/2016 - 23:03 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

In the midst of a data-driven presentation on why Israel is losing the social media war, the head of a major Jewish organization, on hearing that the perception of Israel as a “start-up nation” has little traction with many Americans, questioned the findings being presented.

09/07/2016 - 08:55 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Stung by the Black Lives Matter platform that condemns Israel in unfair and malevolent terms, calling it “genocidal” and an “apartheid state,” many in our community have noted with lingering pride that Jews were at the forefront of the civil rights movement, most notably during the 1960s. The most tangible example of that alliance may well be an iconic photograph of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading theologian and philosopher of his time, marching along with Rev. Martin Luther King in Selma, Ala., at a voting rights demonstration in 1965, symbolizing their close bond and the strong ties between Jews and blacks at the time.

08/30/2016 - 23:49 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

This is a cautionary tale of what can happen when the impulse among some supporters of Israel to lash out — in a fierce and often personally damaging way — with whom they disagree plays out. It’s about the harmful ripple effect, fueled by the Internet, of a facts-and-intention-be-damned approach: Ready. Fire. Aim. All in the name of protecting Zion.

08/23/2016 - 23:38 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

My first meeting with Israel’s new consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, didn’t get off to a great start.