Larry Brook

September 3, 2021

CNN’s “Jerusalem” series erases Jews from the city’s story

Jewish residents leaving the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, captured by Transjordan during the 1947-49 Israeli War of Independence. by David Litman [This article is the third in a series of critiques of CNN’s six-part series, “Jerusalem: City of […]
September 3, 2021

Editorial: The Ripples of One Simple Question

Pastor John Hagee and Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg by Larry Brook Sometimes, a simple comment or observation can have ripples far beyond imagination. In June, Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg died, leaving a legacy that he never could have predicted. In the mid-1970s, […]
September 1, 2021

Dubious partners: What community leaders should know about United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ has embraced a number of activist causes. Promoting concern for the safety and welfare of Jews and their state is not one of them. (Photo: Dexter Van Zile) by Dexter Van Zile ( — As […]
August 31, 2021

Check it out? Philadelphia librarians promoting anti-Israel materials to children

The Free Library of Philadelphia. Credit: Tupungato/Shutterstock. by Dmitriy Shapiro (JNS) — A public library system in Philadelphia is promising to make operational changes after drawing criticism for what some community members are considering an effort to indoctrinate children and […]
August 31, 2021

CNN’s “Jerusalem” series: When Jews are attacked, the Arabs are the ones who suffer

King Hussein of Jordan and Egypt’s Nasser by David Litman This article is part of an ongoing series of analyses of CNN’s recent six-part show, “Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury.” You can find the first critique of the CNN […]
August 27, 2021

Biden, Bennett become “fast friends” in first meeting

U.S. President Joe Biden with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office at the White House, on Aug. 27, 2021. Source: Embassy of Israel/Twitter. by Dmitriy Shapiro (JNS) — After a number of delays as a result of […]
August 21, 2021

CNN’s “Jerusalem” series mangles the holy city’s history

Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, inspects Nazi SS troops during World War II by David Litman ( — Beginning on July 18, CNN has been airing each Sunday a new, six-part series entitled “Jerusalem: City of Faith […]
August 20, 2021

With Taliban triumph, Israel and Arab states hedge bets over relying on U.S.

Demonstrators in front of the White House protesting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Credit: John Smith 2021/Shutterstock. by Ariel Ben Solomon (JNS) — The Taliban’s quick takeover of Afghanistan has Middle Eastern countries deeply concerned about their dependence on the […]
August 17, 2021

After fall of Kabul, what are new roles for U.S., Israel?

by Eran Lerman (Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies) — In the wake of the sweeping Taliban victory in Afghanistan, the region now faces the symbolic impact of these dramatic scenes of U.S. failure unprecedented since Vietnam. To thwart the notion […]