Jewish Leaders Fail When They Can’t Distinguish Friends from Enemies

Dec. 27 2019

Asked by a journalist to comment on the president’s executive order extending certain protections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to Jews, the chief executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis said that “it feels dangerous,” adding that she had “heard people say this feels like the first step toward us wearing yellow stars.” John Podhoretz comments:

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More about: American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Donald Trump, U.S. Politics

 

What Does International Law Say about Settlements in Occupied Territory? If Israel Does It, It’s Illegal

Sept. 22 2020

It is the general opinion of most governments, legal experts, Middle East specialists, and the editorial boards of major English-language newspapers that the construction of homes for Jews in the West Bank is, at least in some cases, a violation of international law. Yet it is not at all clear why this should be so. Two recent books on disputed territories in international law, both of which pay special attention to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, address this subject in detail, and in the end side against Israel. But, writes Eugene Kontorovich in his review, their authors fail to appreciate the problem that the law in question has never been applied to any country besides the Jewish state:

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More about: International Law, Settlements, West Bank