A Shameful Apology for One of America’s Most Shameful Apologists for Communism

Feb. 18 2021

Born Itzhok Granich on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Michael Gold (1893-1967) lived a life that in many ways typified a certain slice of the American Jewish experience: his parents were impoverished immigrants from Romania; he began working to support his family at the age of twelve, while simultaneously taking night classes to further his education; he later became a passionate Communist, taking up a career as a writer and journalist and traveling in the same circles as many other prominent Jewish intellectuals. Gold’s greatest claim to fame was his much-praised autobiographical novel Jews Without Money, published in 1930. But, writes Harvey Klehr, a new biography of “American Communism’s foremost literary hatchet man” by Patrick Chura leaves much to be desired:

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More about: American Jewish History, Communism, Lower East Side

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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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war