Opinion‘Trump Will Make Palestine Great Again’: The Most Combative, Uncomfortable Op-eds of 2018
From Pittsburgh to Khashoggi, settlements to Syria, Netanyahu’s far-right friends and Assad’s Western apologists, Palestinian ‘saints’ and Sikhs for Palestine: Here are 31 op-eds to ruin your holiday mood
When your beat is covering Israel, the Middle East and the concerns and controversies impacting Jewish communities around the world, it’s a given that the news – and how it can be parsed, contextualized and critiqued – never stops.
Here are 31 op-eds that give a taste of the issues that have buffeted the Mideast and the Jewish world, as addressed in Haaretz op-eds: a range of opinions that I’ve chosen to both challenge and validate your politics, that may cause distress, even disgust, or recognition and endorsement. A range of opinions whose publication in Haaretz embodies our provocative and defiantly liberal values, the same values increasingly under threat here and around the world from hyper-partisanship, intimidation, superficiality and agitprop. I doubt you’ll enjoy them all – but I hope you’ll give them a hearing.
Trump’s Mideast team has been transparent and consistent: Palestinians have no right to a state; Israel doesn’t need to answer for its human rights abuses. But there’s a Democratic backlash – and a future political windfall for the Palestinians
Trump has mesmerized most Jewish Israelis and about a quarter of U.S. Jews in a cult-like grip, despite serially deferring to anti-Semites at home, and emboldening Israel’s enemies abroad. It’s time to face reality
There is vile and inexcusable anti-Semitism on the left, and efforts to deny it are shameful. But take it from a Muslim in Trump’s America, British Jews don’t face an existential threat from Jeremy Corbyn
Even his close advisors are astonished by the Labour leader’s refusal to act on the party’s crisis with British Jews. This is why Corbyn can’t and won’t face up to anti-Semitism on the left – and why it will have international consequences
Buoyed by the Oslo Accords, I moved to the West Bank as a legal adviser to the PLO team. I was wrong. 25 years since that iconic Arafat-Rabin handshake, it’s clear talks are futile – and Palestinians are no closer to freedom
Promote the blood libel? Check. Glorify terrorism? Check. Celebrate Israeli deaths? Check. Ahed Tamimi and her family aren’t fighting for peace, and they’re not just fighting the occupation: They’re fighting to destroy Israel, and their fight is seasoned with Jew-hatred
The grisly hit-job on Khashoggi has implications far beyond its exposure of the Saudi Crown Prince as brutal and reckless. In Jerusalem and D.C., they’re mourning their whole strategic concept for the Mideast – not least, for countering Iran
Erdogan, who rose out of a party whose leader compared Jews to bacteria, likes to name-drop ‘The Mastermind’: a Jewish conspiracy preventing Turkey taking its rightful place as a world superpower. No surprise, then, that he’s now targeting Soros
U.S. ‘pro-Israel’ evangelicals who declare the president enacted God’s will, by moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, should consider the terrible historical cost of a selective and literalist use of the Bible
When conservative star pundit Ben Shapiro weighed into the abortion debate, he reproduced Christian denominations’ extremist positions rather than the case-by-case Jewish tradition. That’s a shame – but no accident
The U.S. Jewish future is surveyed and budgeted to fit the biases of married, shul-going, Ashkenazi, heterosexual, Israel-supporting men: We still know next-to-nothing about the ‘real’ Jewish America. This is why it matters
It is an earlier incarnation of Auschwitz, a place of indefinite detention for a vilified minority, that we saw on our border this week. The president’s executive order offers no evidence this will change
Reasonable people must stop buying into the lunacy that Americans are living in the moral equivalent of the last days of the Weimar Republic. And that applies to Jews making offensive Holocaust analogies too
When the Women’s March co-chairs back a bigot who serially attacks the ‘Satanic Jews’, they’re defended as fearless leaders who won’t give in to ‘bullying’. That hypocrisy goes to the heart of why Jews can’t feel completely at home on the left
The Farrakhan firestorm has subsided, but it laid bare the uncomfortable contradictions that fuel Black-Jewish tensions. We white Jews suffer from anti-Semitism, but we’re protected from the anti-black racism coded into our country’s DNA
When the right-wing pro-Israel community completely writes off all pro-Palestinian advocates as ‘anti-Semites’ it cheapens the charge of anti-Semitism. That’s not only unfair – it’s actually dangerous for Jews
‘You a Jew, man?’ He asked. He lifted up a picture of Louis Farrakhan. ‘That’s a real Jew. You’re a fu*king fake.’ On a crowded New York subway, no one said anything. But we U.S. Jews can’t let anti-Semitism go unanswered – whether it’s hate speech from Farrakhan, or from Trump
The far-right Alternative for Germany, in parliament and rising in the polls, wants an ethnically pure, authoritarian Europe. It feeds anti-Semitism, Holocaust revisionism and anti-migrant violence. How could a single Jew join them?
The fact that mainstream media outlets dismiss Hersh’s disgraceful apologetics as daft idiosyncrasy rather than what it is – fake news at its worst – is a sign, quite simply, of our utter moral failure on Syria
McInnes and the Proud Boys dressed racist far-right views in a hip new uniform. Now he’s resigned as their leader – but they won’t be disappearing, nor will the resurgent anti-Semitic, racist and violent nationalism they incubate and spread
And Iran, George Galloway, Gilad Atzmon and the Daily Stormer. Why has such a diverse spectrum of anti-Semites converged on the work of this Israeli historian? Should he bear any blame for how they’ve weaponized his words?
Erdogan has good reason to invest in Indian Muslims: their support would boost his bid for leadership of the Muslim world. And as India’s Hindu nationalist footprint strengthens, its Muslims may seek a powerful defender abroad
‘He compared himself to Hitler!’ the liberals mewled. But Israel needs straight-talking, confident friends who don’t flinch at ludicrous things like international law. All hail Duterte, the very best of Israel’s bedfellows