Religion, Family, and Civil Society Are the Best Weapons against Tyranny—Whether in China or in the USSR

In recent years, the people of Hong Kong—long accustomed to living in freedom—have increasingly experienced the full weight of Chinese totalitarianism. The Hong Kong fashion and media mogul, and vocal critic of Beijing, Jimmy Lai thus seeks advice from the former Soviet dissident and Jewish leader Natan Sharansky about how to stand up to Communist dictatorship. Among other things, Sharansky speaks about how devotion to religion and family can be sources of comfort to the persecuted, and how a robust civil society is the best defense against despotism. Perhaps most importantly, he argues that while compromise is crucial in business, politics, and many other facets of life, there can never be compromise between freedom and slavery. (Video, 64 minutes.)

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British Universities Have Become Safe Spaces for Anti-Semitism

March 8 2021

Last month, David Miller, a sociology professor at Bristol University, attracted the attention of the Anglo-Jewish press with a rant about the supposed danger posed to civic and campus life by Zionists. Such rhetoric is nothing new for Miller, who has argued—in his academic work as well as in other contexts—that campus Jewish societies are in the employ of a nefarious “Israel lobby,” and that interfaith activities involving Jewish and Muslim communities are “a Trojan horse for normalizing Zionism.” He is likewise convinced that Bashar al-Assad’s mass slaughter of his own people is a hoax perpetrated by a similarly nefarious conspiracy. Unsurprisingly, David Hirsh observes, Miller also believes complaints of anti-Semitism are Isra made in bad faith.

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