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Nov 19, 2019, 11:50 PM
No – The U.S. is NOT “Reversing” U.S. Policy
The headlines are blaring all over the world today, including in the United States: Secretary of State Pompeo is “reversing” U.S. policy, reported to be decades old, on whether Israeli settlements in the West Bank are “illegal” – or,...
Oct 14, 2019, 11:09 PM
We MUST Fault Those Who Refer to “Occupation” – A Response to Steve Sheffey
Steve Sheffey and I have a lot in common. We are both attorneys from Chicago’s north suburbs, both long time AIPAC members (he much longer than me), both pro-Israel advocates who support a two-state solution. I respect his passion...
Apr 30, 2019, 11:30 PM
Poway, Pittsburgh, Omar – ENOUGH!
Most of this piece was written last October, shortly after the murders at the Pittsburgh synagogue. I shared it with a few. But now, in light of Poway, in light of yet another far right extremist yet again using...
Mar 8, 2019, 10:00 PM
House Resolution on Anti-Semitism: ALMOST Acceptable
It is disheartening that I am writing a second OpEd about Minnesota Representative Ilan Omar. This one comes after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on March 7, 2019 that says most of the right things.( It points...
Feb 16, 2019, 9:57 AM
Even Rep. Omar’s Apology Was “Problematic”
Within the last week, Minnesota’s freshman member of the House of Representatives, Ilhan Omar, has been much in the news, and much debated, for her tweet that pro-Israel supporters are paying American politicians to be pro-Israel. After Democratic Party...
May 19, 2018, 12:47 AM
“Independent” Investigation of Gaza – Really?
“We call for independent, transparent investigations in all cases of death and injury since 30 March. . . . We urge maximum restraint. Enough is enough.” So said Richard Colville, spokesman for the United Nations Office of the High...
Mar 15, 2018, 9:42 PM
Ambassador David Friedman: The Unexpected Star of AIPAC Policy Conference 2018
Nikki Haley, the Indian-American, Trump-appointed, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, was unquestionably the Rock Star of the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference. Every mention of her name by any speaker brought roars of approval – only to be...
Mar 1, 2018, 7:31 PM
The Second Amendment Does Not Ban Gun Control – But That Is Not Enough
The Supreme Court’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment created a fundamental right for individuals to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes was hardly the death knell for gun control advocates. Developments since...
Jan 23, 2018, 5:25 AM
Hardened Hearts: What Parsha Bo Teaches for Israel and the Palestinians
Parsha Bo, along with the preceding (Va-Eira) and succeeding (B’Shelach) parshiot, form, in essence, the central core of Jewish culture and mindset – and certainly of our liturgy. These three parshiot tell of the ten plagues, the Passover, leaving...
Jul 10, 2017, 11:33 PM
Language Matters: Israel and the Language of the International Community
Try this experiment. Ask one group of people whether the population of Venezuela is more or less than 85 million people – and then ask them for their estimate of the actual population. Ask a second group (who did...
David H. Levitt practices intellectual property and commercial litigation law in Chicago, and is a pro-Israel activist.