About Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen is the Associate Communications Director of AJC and the editor of Z Word.

Geert Wilders in the Dock

By January 21, 2009

Last March, the right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders released a film about Islam entitled Fitna, an Arabic term which refers to civil strife. Unable to find a broadcaster because of the film’s blanket condemnation of Islam, Wilders ended up posting … Read More

Pushing the Academic Boycott in the US

By January 19, 2009

I’ve never thought that the academic boycott campaign would catch on in any meaningful way on North American campuses. Even against the background of campus anti-Israel demonstrations which have occasionally turned violent, Israel apartheid weeks, divestment campaigns and the foaming … Read More

Daydreaming with Stephen Walt

By January 16, 2009

Stephen Walt, co-author of “The Israel Lobby,” is now a blogger at the revamped Foreign Policy website. In one of his opening salvos, Walt proposes what he calls a “thought experiment,” although one suspects that, for him, this is closer … Read More

Anti-Semitism Roars in Turkey

By January 13, 2009

Of all the countries caught up in the current wave of antisemitism, Turkey is arguably the greatest worry. While Turkey has traditionally been a reliable diplomatic ally and an even closer military partner of Israel, that hasn’t prevented a rash … Read More

Realists and Moderates on Gaza

By January 12, 2009

Anthony H. Cordesman is one of the leading thinkers on military strategy in the US. Consequently, his views on the Gaza conflict will be taken seriously, even when they are found to be analytically suspect, as is the case with … Read More

Did You Hear the One About the Jews, the Fleas and Lice?

By December 3, 2008

An almighty row has broken out in Norway following a monologue by comedian Otto Jespersen – and broadcast on national TV – which resulted in a man who lost nine relatives during the Holocaust phoning the police. Here’s the joke: … Read More

The Rahm Factor

By November 6, 2008

This is a guest post by Ben Cohen at Z Word The various attempts, as the Presidential campaign heated up, to depict Barack Obama as hostile to Israel had minimal impact on American Jews, 78 per cent of whom voted … Read More