Contributor Archives: Jeffry V. Mallow Ph. D., Immediate Past President

About Jeffry V. Mallow Ph. D., Immediate Past President

Jeffry V. Mallow is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Loyola University Chicago. He does research on science education and on quantum physics. He is a member of the Forward Association and honorary chair of the Chicago YIVO Society. His articles on Jewish themes have appeared in numerous publications.  He is the author of Zionist Diarist and Other Polemics. He is also a standup Jewish comic.

Collateral Damage


At this point the Gaza war is dragging on, while Israel and Hamas engage in on-again-off-again negotiations through their Egyptian intermediaries.  In the meantime the casualty count is mounting, especially among the Palestinians. Progressive Zionists are experiencing anything from disquiet to anguish over the number of civilians, especially children, being killed.  As I write, the total number of dead according to Gaza health officials exceeds 2000, about half of them civilians.  Israel …

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The AIPAC Disconnect


A visitor to the AIPAC website, will find in the mission statement, “AIPAC’s mission is to strengthen the ties between the United States and its ally Israel”; under the rubric of shared values, “And both have evolved into democracies that respect the rule of law, the will of voters and the rights of minorities.   Similarly, like the United States… Israel has an independent judicial system, which protects the rights of individuals….” That Israel is a …

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Peter King’s “Muslim Terrorism” Hearings: Injudicious, Prejudicial, Dishonest, and Dangerous

Republican congressman Peter King is moving ahead with his congressional hearings on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community’s Response.” Should King be conducting such hearings? No. He seeks to make his mark as all bigoted demagogues do. He has announced in advance the outcome of the hearings, opining that there are too many mosques in the country and that nearly all of them are run by radical extremists. Too many mosques? How many is …

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The New Jerusalem

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The issue of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel continues to be a sore point with the nations.  It is one thing to argue that the status of East Jerusalem is an issue to be negotiated; it is quite another to refuse to put one’s embassy in any part of Jerusalem.  One may wonder just how far west of East Jerusalem Israel still could call Jerusalem before other nations would move their embassies there. There seems to be no limit. So here is a proposal.  Israel changes the status of the area …

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Gaza: The Elephant in the Living Room

By Jeffry V. Mallow, Phd. As of this writing, Israel appears to have won the flotilla battle, since the flotillas have agreed to have their ships searched by international inspectors. This should obviate the need for the blockade[1]. Let us hope that the government will not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by interdicting ships already searched. In the meantime, it is long overdue that the conventional wisdom of the Zionist Left regarding Gaza be more closely examined. The standard …

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Rules of Attainder

By Jeffry V. Mallow, Phd. Rules of Attainder Bill of attainder: A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.  The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 provides that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.” It is by now a truism that Israel is the victim of a double standard, accused of being in violation of existing international norms to which other nations are not held accountable.  …

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Natural Growth

Now that Hamas has demonstrated, in case there was still any doubt, that its goal of destroying Israel is not just rhetoric, it becomes even more important to minimize the probability of its taking over the West Bank. The last thing Israel needs is rocket fire from three directions.  There is acknowledgment, even within the moderate right, that the settlements are an obstacle to the continued support of the Palestinian Authority by West Bank Palestinians, let alone to a peace agreement. …

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Useful Zionists

By Jeffry V. Mallow, Phd. USEFUL ZIONISTS “Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?” ChicoMarx in “Duck Soup” Sometimes what you see is not what you get.  We need only to be reminded of the footage of little Muhammed al-Dura, purportedly killed by Israeli soldiers–now known to be fake.   But sometimes what you see is pretty accurate. Then come the “useful Zionists,” who present themselves as cleverer, better informed, and more insightful than the …

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How Academics Can Counter the British Academic Boycott

By Jeffry V. Mallow, Phd. The British union of academics’ AUT council briefly endorsed a boycott of Israeli acdamic institutions, teachers, and students two years ago, but when the members thought the issue through, it changed its mind. The Universities & College Union (UCU), into which the AUT was absorbed, has now called for a similar boycott. In response, numerous prestigious universities have opposed the boycott. Here’s what individual teachers can do: simply affiliate yourself with …

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Who is Really Suppressing Debate on Israel?

Sitting up here in Scandinavia reading the International Herald Tribune, I came upon yet another claim that American Jewry stifles debate on Israel. This time it was a piece by IHT columnist Roger Cohen, entitled “Time for U.S. boldness on Israel and Palestine,” in which he urges America to push Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians. Well, that’s a case I might support, although I am less sanguine about the role of Hamas than Cohen seems to be. But what troubles me is Cohen’s quoting …

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