Alex Safian, PhD

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."

Israel, Terror, and the New York Times

NYTThe New York Times is willing to label as terrorism attacks against civilians in France and other countries. But when the attacks are against Israelis, terrorism is not terrorism.

Fact Checking the Candidate Speeches at AIPAC

Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, John Kasich and Donald Trump addressed the 2016 AIPAC Policy Forum, outlining their views on Israel and the Middle East, while Bernie Sanders sent a transcript of his remarks. Here's a fact-check of their speeches.