The Crisis in Yemen Poses a Strategic Threat to the U.S.

April 25 2019

President Trump recently vetoed a bipartisan Congressional resolution to end American assistance to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, although the resolution’s supporters may yet try to override the veto. To Fatima Abo Alasrar, Michael Doran, and Bernard Haykel, such a move would do nothing to end the humanitarian and political crisis in that country, but would instead abandon its people to the brutal (and anti-Semitic) Iran-backed Houthi forces, and allow the Islamic Republic to establish a Hizballah-like entity on Saudi Arabia’s borders where it could threaten American interests and American allies. The three scholars give an in-depth analysis of the historical and ideological background to the conflict, of its strategic implications, and of what Washington can do about it. (Moderated by Lee Smith. Video, 100 minutes. A complete transcript is available at the link below.)

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More about: Iran, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy, Yemen

The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself

Oct. 18 2019

Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS, Roger Waters, Social media