Abraham H. Miller

Abraham H. Miller is an emeritus professor of political science, University of Cincinnati, and a senior fellow with the Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought. @salomoncenter

Reflections on the Centennial of the Russian Revolution

 

One hundred years ago this October, Russia fell into the abyss of the communist revolution, a scourge on humanity that that resulted in hundreds of millions of deaths. Its influence extended far beyond the borders of the Soviet Union and produced similar authoritarian and brutal regimes wherever its ideology took root. The October Revolution did […]

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Hypocrisy at Charlottesville

 

The brutal events in Charlottesville not only reveal a national tragedy but also a national hypocrisy. We do not have to agree with what the Nazis and white nationalists stand for to defend their constitutional right to assemble and speak. The courts have long ruled that even hate speech is protected speech. Had there been […]

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On the Temple Mount Is Written the Future of Palestinians and Israelis

 

Here is why peace between the Arabs and the Israelis is not going to happen: After two Israeli policemen were killed by three Arab terrorists at the entrance to the Temple Mount, holy to both Jews and Muslims, the Arab world protested Israel’s temporary closing of the holy site to restore security. The terrorists, shot […]

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The Warmth of Bread — and of Blood

 

On July 8, a small group of senior citizens conduct a silent, peaceful vigil outside an Oakland bakery. Shortly after their arrival, they are confronted by a group of thugs. Sometimes a single event is a microcosm of larger and more dynamic forces. The vigil outside the bakery was such an event. On the one hand, […]

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Progressive Rabbis Naively Help Strengthen the ‘Real Alt-Right’

 

Anti-Semitism among Muslims might not be acquired through the mother’s milk, but it is nonetheless a part of the socialization of Muslims, especially from North Africa and the Middle East. The historic expulsion of 850,000 Mizrachi and Sephardic Jews, who were forced to leave their homes in these Muslim countries with only the clothes on […]

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Call It ‘Fake News’ or Bad Journalism, CNN’s Don Lemon Owns It

 

In journalism, the lofty aspiration for the truth is always subject to human error, the limits of time, and the constraints of space. Walter Lippmann, the dean of modern journalism, noted that journalists are influenced by the images they have in their heads, and they deal with a mass public that is not necessarily adept […]

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 The Limits of Hasbara

 

As the UN Security Council once more turns to its obsession with bashing Israel, the Israelis unveil their newest medical miracle, the use of sound frequencies to control the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease. The recently appointed head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, had his life saved from a brain tumor in an Israeli hospital. To […]

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Finding Theological Pornography in J Street

 

It is the season of the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement, and Jewish organizations are hitching their fundraising to High Holiday themes. Some of this is innocuous. Some of this might be appropriately described as theological pornography, drawing dangerous if not suicidal conclusions through the inappropriate manipulation of religious ideals to advance crass […]

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Public and Press Outrage Depends on Your Politics

 

After perjuring himself in the Lewinsky scandal and unhesitatingly lying to the American people about having sex with a twenty-year-old White House intern, Bill Clinton became not a source of scorn and derision but the highest paid and most sought after speaker on the Democratic Party’s circuit. Clinton didn’t merely engage in locker room banter […]

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BDS to the Olympics: Dehumanize the Jew

 

Whenever there is an event that advocates Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel, it is rationalized as being a sincere attempt to promote peace. This is especially true if the event is hosted by church groups that believe the obstacle to peace is the Israelis and not the Palestinians. The mind set is simple. Israel […]

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