How the Jewish Experience Can Help America Defend Itself against the War on History

A few days ago, a member of the Illinois legislature attracted national attention by calling to abolish the teaching of history in public schools statewide, until a “suitable alternative” is developed that lives up to current standards of political correctness. This radical suggestion is of a piece with the recent moves to tear down statues and rename buildings, institutions, and even cities named for historic figures deemed by activists worthy of contempt rather than honor, and it is also related to the New York Times’s “1619 Project,” a misguided and error-laden attempt to rewrite American history so that the country’s sins take precedence over all else. Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy argue that Judaism and Jewish history can provide an important antidote to this nihilistic impulse:

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More about: Education, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Hebrew Bible, Natan Sharansky, New York Times, U.S. Politics, Voltaire

Peace Has Come, but Mahmoud Abbas Wants No Part of It

Sept. 18 2020

Since the United Arab Emirates made public its desire to normalize relations with Israel, the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and his associates have vociferously condemned the move, and have likewise condemned Bahrain for joining in. David Horovitz reflects on Abbas’s current position:

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More about: Bahrain, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Mahmoud Abbas, United Arab Emirates