Alex Safian, PhD

CNN, Trump, the Kurds, Normandy – and Israel?

After President Trump announced his controversial decision to pull some US troops from Northern Syria, placing the Kurds at risk, Brooke Baldwin tried to drag Israel into the discussion. She should first brush up on the history of the Jewish Brigade's support for the Allies during WWII, and the collaboration between Palestinian leaders and the Nazis.

Four Questions the AP Won’t Dare Ask Palestinians

For AP or other reporters to ask Palestinians about rejection of peace proposals would require them to act like real journalists, rather than pro-Palestinian activists. Any reporter who fails to ask such questions is either unaware of the basic facts, or is a propagandist. Either way it is inexcusable.
Politico in search of spies

Spy Stories, This Time in Politico

Politico is hunting Israeli spies, part of an unfortunate Washington reality that stories about US intelligence breaches are often exploited to charge Israel with spying on the United States. The Politico story charges – without any obvious evidence – that Israel was responsible for planting cell site simulators to eavesdrop on US officials, including President Trump.

UPDATED AGAIN: New York Times apes Der Sturmer with anti-Semitic Cartoon

A dog with a Jewish star around its neck and the face of a Jewish leader, guiding a blind, yarmulke-wearing U.S. President would be standard fare for the notorious Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer, and for its modern descendants. Unfortunately the New York Times must now be counted among those descendants.

Nathan Thrall’s Propaganda Welcomed at the New York Times

That the New York Times chose to publish Nathan Thrall’s "How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics" is not surprising: Thrall can be counted on to produce, on demand, the usual anti-Israel screed that has long been norm at the Times. But Thrall outdoes himself this time.

Did Secretary Kerry Get His Facts Straight?

Criticism of President Obama's decision to allow a UN resolution harshly critical of Israel triggered Secretary of State John F. Kerry to launch an elaborate defense. Did he make his case? 

Res. 2334: Game Changer or Not?

Thanks to a US abstention the UN Security Council has passed Resolution 2334, asserting that Israeli settlements have "no legal validity" and are a "flagrant violation under international law." Will the resolution be counterproductive, like the settlement freeze President Obama imposed on Israel in 2009? Or will it help advance the cause of peace?

Boston Globe Recycles Anti-Netanyahu Propaganda

A Boston Globe op-ed recycles the false charge that in his 1995 campaign Benjamin Netanyahu failed to denounce bloodthirsty anti-Rabin incitement, such as chants that he was a traitor. In fact, video and contemporaneous coverage proves Netanyahu forcefully rejected such attacks on Rabin, responding at one rally, "no, no, he's not a traitor ... we are one nation."