Bernard Lewis on Why It’s Possible to Hate Jews Without Being an Anti-Semite

In commemoration of the second anniversary of Bernard Lewis’s death, Martin Kramer notes that the great scholar of the Middle East had a deep commitment to the careful and precise use of language. For instance, Lewis believed that, properly defined, anti-Semitism involves the attribution to Jews of “cosmic evil,” so that “it is perfectly possible to hate Jews, even to persecute Jews, without being anti-Semitic.” (Video, 12 minutes.)

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Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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