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22/06/2016

Bombs, threats, hate mail and the pro-Israel crowd

I wasn’t going to write about this subject, but something happened yesterday that prompted me to reconsider. I was having a meal with my wife when two men sat down in the next booth. In loud voices they began to discuss the state of the presidential contest. At one point, the gentleman directly behind me said: “And Sanders picked that Cornel West and that guy who’s the head of the Arab League who has it in for Israel ..." That did it. I spun around and said, in a polite but firm voice: “I’m that guy. I’m not the head...
22/06/2016

Why Republicans have to dump Donald Trump

Recent outbursts by Donald Trump have thrown the Republican party establishment into a tizzy. Reactions have been varied, ranging from a few brave souls who have denounced their nominee’s bigotry to those who continue to hope against hope that Mr Trump will begin to behave more “presidentially". Ignored in all of this are two important realities: Trump is Trump and his message is the handiwork of the very establishment that is now rejecting their creations.Mr Trump’s xenophobic, male chauvinist and bigoted bullying campaign rhetoric is not an act. It is who he is and it is what the constituency that...
18/06/2016

Exploiting The Nightmare Of Orlando

Joe Raedle via Getty Images We woke up last Sunday morning to news of the senseless slaughter of 49 innocents at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Because many of the victims were gay, it appeared that this had been a hate crime. It wasn’t long before the killer was identified as Omar Mateen, the American-born son of an Afghan immigrant to the United States. Law enforcement officials cautioned against any rush to judgment insisting that they were still investigating “troubling aspects” of the crime. Nevertheless, as soon as politicians, pundits, and the mainstream media heard the news of the faith...

18/06/2016

Exploiting the Nightmare of Orlando

We woke up last Sunday morning to news of the senseless slaughter of 49 innocents at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Because many of the victims were gay, it appeared that this had been a hate crime. It wasn’t long before the killer was identified as Omar Mateen, the American-born son of an Afghan immigrant to the United States. Law enforcement officials cautioned against any rush to judgment insisting that they were still investigating “troubling aspects” of the crime. Nevertheless, as soon as politicians, pundits, and the mainstream media heard the news of the faith of the perpetrator, they were...
11/06/2016

Dump Trump

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters Recent Trump outrages have thrown the GOP establishment into a tizzy. Reactions have been varied, ranging from a few brave souls who have denounced their nominee’s bigotry to those who continue to hope against hope that Trump will begin to behave more “presidential”. Ignored in all of this are two important realities: Trump is Trump; and his message and movement are the handiwork of the very establishment that is now rejecting their creations. Trump’s xenophobic, male chauvinist, and bigoted bullying campaign rhetoric is not an act. It is who he is and it what the constituency...
04/06/2016

My Role With the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee

I wasn’t going to write about this subject, but something happened yesterday over lunch that prompted me to reconsider. I was having a peaceful meal with my wife when two men sat down in the next booth. In loud voices they began to discuss the state of the presidential contest. At one point, the gentleman directly behind me said, “and Sanders picked that Cornel West and that guy who’s the head of the Arab League who has it in for Israel...”. That did it. I spun around and said, in a polite but firm voice, “I’m that guy. I’m not...

28/05/2016

The Sanders Phenomenon

ASSOCIATED PRESS There is a Sanders phenomenon. It is real and the factors that have prompted its emergence need to addressed and understood.When this year’s presidential primary began, many dismissed the Democratic Party contest as a “done deal”. It was assumed that Secretary Clinton would be the inevitable nominee—with the primaries and caucuses being a bothersome but required pro forma affair that Clinton would have to endure, until she had accumulated enough delegates to be declared the nominee.One year ago, Clinton was leading the rest of the Democratic field by between 50 to 60 points with none of her opponents...
21/05/2016

Benjamin Netanyahu Did It Again

ASSOCIATED PRESS For weeks now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been engaged in public negotiations designed to bring Isaac Herzog, Chair of the “centrist” Zionist Union bloc, into his coalition government. And then, out of the blue, Netanyahu did a complete reversal, dropping Herzog and instead bringing the far right Avigdor Lieberman into his government. The move caught Israelis and much of the rest of the world by surprise. Just one day before Netanyahu’s announcement, liberal commentators were salivating over the prospects of a Netanyahu-Herzog coalition, basing their assessments more on wishful thinking than sound political analysis. Some speculated...
14/05/2016

Double Standard in Defending Christians

Christians in the Levant, especially those in Syria, Iraq, and Palestine, are facing grave challenges that are either misunderstood or ignored in the West. In recent years, protecting them or even acknowledging their existence has only been a concern of policy-makers or advocacy groups when it has fit their accepted narratives or political agendas for the region. The Christians of Palestine, for example, are for the most part ignored. They are an uncomfortable burden to right-wing evangelicals who will only allow themselves to see Israel through ideological blinders. They view the in-gathering of the Jews to Israel as a necessary...

07/05/2016

Our Original Sins

In some of my writings, I have observed the way the US has, for centuries, absorbed countless waves of immigrants from many continents transforming them, in short order, into Americans—comparing this to the European situation which does not, as a rule, provide the same opportunities for advancement and inclusion. I have also noted that not only do new US citizens take on a new identity, but in the process of absorbing the many diverse groups who have come to our shores, the American identity, itself, has also changed. Again, this describes a process that is not generally applicable in Europe....
30/04/2016

From Cairo to Goldberg

Earlier this month “The Atlantic” magazine featured a cover story, “The Obama Doctrine”, written by Jeffery Goldberg. Based on the author’s many hours of interviews with President Obama, it represents an attempt to find a coherent framework with which to understand the President’s overall foreign policy. It was both disappointing and damaging. It was disappointing in that it presents a portrait of a President who appears to have given up trying to deliver on the promise of his 2009 Cairo speech. He has resigned himself to an “unfixable” Middle East and “thrown in the towel”, blaming the Arabs for this...
23/04/2016

A Lesson America Can Teach

Europe clearly has a problem with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and intolerance toward new immigrants. In an effort to examine this worrisome set of concerns, the commission on which I sit as a member—the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom—recently convened a discussion with European Muslims and Jews. I delivered closing remarks and used the opportunity to note that while the American experience could provide a helpful model, I did not see the exchange as a finger pointing exercise, since anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are not alien to the United States. FBI hate crime statistics establish that in the last reporting year,...