False and Dangerous as It Is, the Idea that Anti-Semitism Is Limited to the Far Right Refuses to Die

During Bill de Blasio’s tenure, New York City has seen attacks on visibly Orthodox Jews become a near-daily occurrence that the mayor has had little success in curbing. One reason for this failure, argue Philip Klein and Seth Mandel, is his stubborn conviction that, as he put it in a speech last year, “the ideological movement that is anti-Semitic is the right-wing movement.”

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ilhan Omar, New York City

Israeli Sovereignty Would Free Residents of the West Bank from Ottoman Law

To its opponents, the change in the legal status of certain areas of Judea and Samaria is “annexation;” to its proponents, it is the “extension of sovereignty” or the “application of Israeli law.” Naomi Khan argues that the last term best captures the practical implications of the measures in question. Since the Six-Day War, the Jewish state has continued to uphold the Ottoman legal system in areas of the West Bank under its jurisdiction—despite the fact that the Ottoman empire ceased to exist in 1922; “annexation” would end this situation. Setting aside the usual questions of foreign policy, security, and the possibility of Palestinian statehood, Khan argues that this change would be the one most felt by those who live there:

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More about: Annexation, Israeli law, Ottoman Empire, Palestinian Authority, West Bank