Michael Lumish

Conquest of the Deplorable Cheese Doodle.

As I write these lines, anti-Trumpers are protesting and, in some cases, rioting, throughout America’s largest cities. In Chicago two young black men beat the holy hell out of a 50-year old white guy because he allegedly voted for Trump. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party is in big trouble and many …

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Pity the anti-Zionist Snowflake.

One of the most pathetic and hypocritical aspects of contemporary western campus politics is the Crybully / Snowflake phenomenon. University administrations throughout the West have brought back en loco parentis in a manner that would have absolutely disgusted – in its treacly infantilization of young adults in “safe spaces” – college …

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Israel and Contemporary Forms of Western-Left Racism.

As the progressive-left and Democratic Party fling around charges of racism like confetti, perhaps it is time to remind people of the forms of western-left racism. Why, after all, should Republicans and independents get all the fun?There are charges of racism to be flung with wild abandon on all sides! …

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On Myopia and Dismissiveness.

MYOPIA. Some time ago one of our participants at Israel Thrives suggested that my focus on Israel, and the rise of Political Islam, is myopic in terms of the forthcoming US presidential election. I take such criticisms seriously and even though I might not respond immediately – or at all …

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FrontPage Mag Says “Hello” to San Francisco State University

fighting antisemitism

Whatever anyone might say about David Horowitz he definitely does not pull punches in his piece in FrontPage Magazine. I always think of the guy as a general marshalling his troops and setting them forth to ideological warfare. But I feel reasonably certain that he, himself, would agree with that …

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The Wall of Indifference.

Those of us who care about Israel, and who are concerned about the rise of Political Islam face a brick wall. Those of us who prefer western forms of jurisprudence to the Sharia courts popping up all over Europe face it, as well. Those of us who care about the …

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Israel, Multiculturalism and the Decline of Universal Human Rights.

The great unspoken tension within the progressive-left, today, is the ongoing ideological conflict between the dominant multicultural ideal and the declining ideal of universal human rights. Given the racialized nature of World War II it is not the least bit surprising that American liberalism shifted from a primary concern with …

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The Dhimmi That Got Away.

Israel is The Dhimmi That Got Away.  The fundamental basis of the never-ending Arab-Muslim aggression against the Jews of the Middle East is the Muslim religion as outlined in the Qur’an and the Hadiths. Period. Full stop. It is not an aggression based upon notions of social justice, as the …

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Hanan Al-Hroub and the Evaporation of an Ethical Dilemma.

Hanan an-Hroub is scheduled to speak at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York after winning a $1 million teaching award from another charity that donates to the Clinton Foundation. Her husband, Omar al-Hroub, spent 10 years in an Israeli prison for his role in a 1980 bombing that …

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The Breezy Academic Left’s Hypocrisy & their Fashionable Acceptance of Calls for Judeocide

Imagine, if you will, a fictional organization called Students for Justice in the United States that focuses on African-American urban crime. Imagine that this organization suggested that black misbehavior is undermining the United States economically and educationally, socially and culturally. What if thirty, or so, of such students were to …

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“Palestinian” Cartoons

We have to somehow make it clear that the malice within the Arab-Israel conflict is not equivalent on both sides. That is, there is no morally equivalent “cycle of violence” between Arabs and Jews. The far larger Arab nation, which gobbled up the entire Middle East shortly after the death …

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SFSU’s squishy response to childish barbarians calls for Bloodshed.

Last April students from the San Francisco State University (SFSU) chapter of the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) called for “intifada” directly in the face of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Barkat dropped by at the invitation of SFSU Hillel and subsequently found himself subject to cries of “Intifada! Intifada! Long …

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Abbas Slaps Putin and Obama.

“Palestinian officials rejected a recent US proposal for a trilateral peace summit with Israel, a Palestinian official said on Sunday, amid reports that efforts for possible talks hosted by Moscow were pushing forward. Senior PLO official Wasel Abu Yousef told the Jordanian daily al-Ghad that the US had been informed …

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Palestinian Nationalism.

Almost everyone recognizes the “Palestinians” as a nation, but the main question is whether or not they will ever create a state? The general idea among most westerners is that peace can only be achieved via the two-state solution (TSS). There are prominent voices that disagree, such as Caroline Glick and Martin Sherman, …

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Mortem – Death.

I was going to name this piece “The Death of American Politics” but American politics has been dying since it was born. That is, American politics has been so partisan and so toxic for so long that it has become virtually impossible to separate fair assessments of truth from media-driven propagandistic …

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ISIS as a Strategic Tool?

Professor Efraim Inbar of Bar-Ilan University, in Israel, and the Director of its Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies has a piece for Israel National News entitled, “The destruction of ISIS is a strategic mistake.” When I first glanced at that headline I thought, “Good lord, man, you must be joking.” ISIS is …

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Rethinking the Conflict

One of the fundamental things that we are trying to do at Israel Thrives is simply rethink the conflict.  Two things, to my mind, could absolutely not be more clear.  The first is that the vast Arab majority in the Middle East, including those in Gaza, Judaea, and Samaria, have no intention …

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Obama’s Racism and Counterproductive Stupidity.

Writing in Israel Hayom, conservative thinker Elliot Abrams tells us: “This week the State Department engaged in a remarkable assault on Israel. Both in tone and in content, it marks a new hostility and plenty of sheer ignorance. The comment, titled “Recent Israeli Settlement Announcements,” ran as follows: “We are …

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The parameters of the discussion.

Most westerners – left, right, and center – think of the never-ending conflict between Israel and the “Palestinians” as one between a country with one of the most prestigious and effective armed forces in the world versus a small and hapless, but plucky, indigenous population. What we need to do …

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Jews, Cops, and Black Lives Matter.

#BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, and over 1,000 black “social justice” activists, including other leading #BlackLivesMatter activists and allies, signed a vicious antisemitic, anti-Israel manifesto called the “2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine,” falsely accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “brutality,” “massacres,” “apartheid,” “theft,” and “one-sided slaughter.” The “Black Solidarity with Palestine statement” also “wholeheartedly endorsed” …

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