Gil Troy

Actually, George Orwell Would Support Israel

Would George Orwell really criticize Israeli talking points on the Gaza war? Gil Troy thinks the anti-totalitarian writer would be much more likely to criticize Hamas.

Liberal Nationalism

The worldwide campaign to rob Israel of its good name has strained Zionism’s historic linkage with liberalism. Too many progressives have attacked Israel and Zionism, especially in academia. Palestinians have cleverly hijacked the rhetoric of human rights to rationalize that great human wrong, terrorism. The new, politically correct position

An Internet Version of the Nazi Yellow Star

One American history student recently wrote me that, following a link from the Web log Little Green Footballs, he noticed my “name on a list of ‘known Jews.’ Does it disturb or frighten you to be bluntly characterized as a ‘Zionist American Jew,’” he asked, “or do you take a degree of pride in your

How Pride Beat Hate in Montreal

Summer is ending and students are returning to campus. Many Jewish students, however, will be returning not only to seminars and syllabi, but also to the anti-Israel protests and propaganda that have plagued many North American campuses since the Palestinians launched their intifada in the fall of 2000.Montreal’s Concordia University, in

Carrying A Big Stick

In June, Fatah power broker Marwan Barghouti wrote a note from his Israeli jail cell to Khaled Mashal, Hamas’s negotiator in Damascus, urging a cease-fire with Israel. Barghouti, who despite being on trial for the murder of 26 Israelis, passes for a “moderate” in the lethal caldron of Palestinian politics, observed that since the September…

Our Suburban Superficiality

The first generations of American Jews earned a reputation as progressive politically but morally disciplined. The current generation of young Jews, though, lacks those ethical foundations. We have raised a generation of super-consumers often contemptuous of Judaism — because it offers no alternative to suburban superficiality — and addicted…

Mobilize the Homefront

George W. Bush’s America — like its loyal friend Israel — has once again demonstrated the old saw that democracies are slow to anger, but once mobilized they are well-nigh unstoppable. Just as Israel did reluctantly and belatedly last spring, the United States has demonstrated in Afghanistan and in Iraq that you cannot defeat terrorism…

‘Soprano’ Zionism

My grandmother used to sigh, “Shver tsu zayn a yid” — it’s tough to be a Jew. These days, though, it’s even tougher to be a Zionist. It is an act of triple-chutzpah.Diaspora Zionists risk the opprobrium of anti-Zionists who libel Zionism as racism, of Israelis like writer A.B. Yehoshua who uses crude sexual terms to sneer that Diaspora…

Trust Bush To Trust Congress

Just who is George W. Bush? Is he “Top Gun,” as Newsweek recently crowned him, or “The Right Man,” as David Frum argues in his book, a master of strategy besting Democrats and Iraqis with ease? Is he the “deliberate, patient” visionary Bob Woodward depicts in “Bush at War,” a leader so clever, so engaged, that the “most awful…

Israel, Beyond The Terrorism

Oddly energized by the intellectual onslaught against the Jewish state, “Israel advocacy” is hot on campus these days. Yet there must be more to a Jew’s relationship with the Jewish state than countering “myths” with “facts.” We need a more positive and meaningful engagement with Israel.Alas, too many community leaders stereotype…