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Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby is a columnist for The Boston Globe. To see a month's worth of his recent columns, please visit Boston Globe


Thanking the Invisible Hand

Thanksgiving weekend is made possible by a vast number of strangers. Don’t take it for granted.

Escape from Camp 14

Shin is the first person born and raised in a North Korean monstrous slave-labor prison to escape and tell his harrowing tale.

The Third Jihad Kerfuffle

A second look at the controversial documentary.

Thanksgiving: Making Americans

Growing up, raising kids to be good Jews went hand-in-hand with raising them to be good Americans.

9/11: Launching the War of Ideas

Radical Islam could be weakened by deploying the moral force of liberal democracy and equality.

David Beckham's Baby Girl

The Beckhams gave birth to their fourth child. Are they bad role models?

A Ban on Circumcision?

The San Francisco initiative is an assault on Jewish religious liberty.

Itamar Massacre

What sort of human being deliberately butchers a sleeping baby?

Saving Soviet Jewry: A Retrospective

Book review of When They Come For Us, We'll Be Gone, by Gal Beckerman.

Egypt & the Muslim Brotherhood

There should be no room at the table for the Muslim Brothers.

Tucson: Voices of Patience and Wisdom

When a tragedy like the one in Tucson strikes, most of us would do well to keep silence.

The Islamophobia Myth

For Jews and Muslims tension and hostility are the exception. America's exemplary tolerance is the rule.

Good without God

Reason alone is not enough to keep human beings humane.

The Undeniable Jewish State

Recognizing Israel as the Jewish state is the critical litmus test.

U.S. - Israeli Ruckus

The fight is pointless. Israel has every right to build homes in its own capital.

Flight 253's Wake-Up Call

Tell the Sept 10 people that the war against radical Islam is far from over.

Why are Americans so Pro-Israel?

Four reasons that put Americans sharply at odds with the rest of the world.

1984 + 60

Orwell's warning is more urgent than ever.

The Triumph of Hanukkah

Chanukah was established to commemorate the very opposite of cultural assimilation.

Can Intellect Replace Morality?

Intelligence is no guarantee of goodness.

The Silence of God

"Where was God in those days?" asked the pope. Here's a possible answer.

A Factory for Death

What was the worst thing about Auschwitz?

Man of Science, Man of Faith

Religious inquiry and scientific investigation can complement each other.

Diplomats of Uncommon Courage

Diplomacy played a shameful role in paving the way for the Holocaust. But there were a few diplomats who displayed extraordinary moral courage.

A Timeless Argument about Creation

Eighty years ago, the thought controllers wanted no Darwin; today's thought controllers want only Darwin.

Hezbollah Wins

Israel is still paying for its defeat.

The Fitna Controversy

Facing the truth about jihadist violence.

How Arafat's Gunmen Suppress the News

Suppressing news by threatening reporters with violence or death is one of the dirty little secrets of Middle East journalism.

Hooked on a Cruel Sport

Finding gratification in the suffering of another isn't sport. It's sadism.

Is Israel a Jewish State?

The key to Arab-Israeli peace is to compel the Arab world to abandon its dream of liquidating Israel.

Truth and the Armenian Genocide

Genocide denial must be intolerable, above all to those for whom "never again" is a sacred principle.

Avoiding the M-Word

Denial is a luxury we cannot afford.

Six Days To Remember – Accurately

Don't believe the latest in revisionist history.

Indict Ahmadinejad

Iran's intentions are nakedly, malignantly clear. What is not clear at all is what the civilized world will do about it

Conversations with the Enemy

Iran and Syria are as much our enemies today as the Nazi Reich was our enemy in an earlier era.

The Missing Muslim Outcry

The real insult to Islam is the violence, terror, and bloodshed that Islamist fanatics unleash in the name of their religion

Loving Your New Brother

After an international adoption process that dragged on for nearly two years, the day Micah finally came home was one of the happiest our family has known.

A Nation like Ours

Why the American consensus in support of Israel is deep-rooted and durable.

David Irving and Freedom of Speech

Irving's opinions are vile, and his arguments about the Holocaust are ludicrous. But he doesn't belong in prison.

We Are All Danes Now

Today the censors may be coming for some unfunny Mohammed cartoons, but tomorrow it is your words and ideas they will silence.

Arafat the Monster

He left this world peacefully, unlike the thousands of victims he sent to early graves.

Jewish Values for a Secular World

For 3,500 years, Jews have been telling their children and the rest of the world the most revolutionary message in human history.

UN Scandal (Yawn)

Kofi Annan is a symptom of the UN's sickness.

Tell Your Children

Explaining the war -- and Passover -- to a six-year-old.

Abandoning Gaza Won't End Terrorism

The Hatuels opposed Ariel Sharon's proposed Gaza pullout because they understood that unilaterally surrendering land to Hamas and the PLO could only result in more terror and bloodshed, not less.

Looking at the Horror

Revisiting a painful and, alas, timely issue: Should people watch the gruesome video of Daniel Pearl's brutal murder?

America - Hatred Among the Arabs

If Americans are hated in the Arab world, much of the blame can be laid to the influence of thugocracies like Mubarak's.

The Cancer of Anti-Semitism in Europe

When civilized nations fail to rise up against the Jew-haters in their midst, it is often just a matter of time before the Jew-haters in their midst rise up against them.

Geneva: A Blueprint for War

It would put Arafat and the Palestinian dictatorship in position to accomplish at last the goal they have never abandoned: the liquidation of Israel.

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