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On Bari Weiss, “Ritual Defamation,” and the end of Jewish Culture. Part 1

This article will place the recent attack by Bari Weiss of the NYT on the Palestinian feminist activist Linda Sarsour into a larger Jewish context. I will argue that Sarsour is a victim of “ritual defamation.” I will then compare… Continue Reading →

Are the Palestinian people a Nazi/Jihadi amalgam?

Israel is close to exploding. And that’s because Benjamin Netanyahu has successfully cultivated a new way of understanding the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Listen to the last two labor party prime ministers of Israel Ehud Barak and Yitzhak Rabin to hear… Continue Reading →

Hasbara culture Will Be Trump’s Greatest Adversary in Quest For “Ultimate Deal” & Israeli Palestinian Peace

It is widely assumed that the biggest challenge to Trump’s ambitious “ultimate deal” for Israeli- Palestinian peace is his ignorance of the myriad contentious issues involved. How can the ill-suited Trump succeed where the most determined, skilled experienced and dedicated… Continue Reading →

Netanyahu’s holy war, and the coming Jewish schism

This article will try to make sense of the vitriolic reaction by Benjamin Netanyahu and his defenders to the U.S abstention of UN Security Council resolution 2334 condemning settlements a week ago. There is no question that the Israeli response… Continue Reading →

Azaria will be convicted, Barak will take on Netanyahu, and Kulturkampf Will Intensify

In the beginning of January 2017, Israeli sergeant Elor Azaria is going to be found guilty for the execution of Abd al Fatah Al-Sharif lying prostate on the ground in Hebron last March. 24 And the Israeli political reaction to… Continue Reading →

ADL’s Greenblatt is the one who needs to express ‘contrition’ for accusation of Keith Ellison

I have been writing about an extremely Jewish ethno-centric worldview that I call hasbara culture. This culture is constituted by a social construction of reality that experiences the world in very narrow terms. I have mostly used examples from the… Continue Reading →

Here’s the gossip: Beinart is about to replace Goldberg as most important Jewish journalist

This is one of a continuing series by Yakov Hirsch (@YakovHirsch) on Hasbara Culture, the social construction of reality by pro-Israel writers led by Jeffrey Goldberg, and its impact on the U.S. discourse and policy. You can find his other… Continue Reading →

When Sanders changed political reality. And hasbara culture slapped him down.

This is part of a continuing series by Yakov Hirsch seeking to explain the nature and effect of Hasbara culture. A compilation of his writings for us is here.  The shocking Donald Trump victory in the 2016 election has many… Continue Reading →

The power of hasbara culture

In my last article, I compared the opposition to the Palestinian-led Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) of two influential Jewish journalists, Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart. I demonstrated that as Zionists they both opposed the BDS movement but with… Continue Reading →

Jeffrey Goldberg should come with a warning label

The resident anti-Semitism expert at Tablet, Yair Rosenberg, raised an important question in his recent attack on Phil Weiss and Mondoweiss. When, if ever, is it “news” and appropriate for a news organization to raise a person’s ethnicity or religion… Continue Reading →

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