About Ben Cohen

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

Gaza and After

By February 24, 2009

My friend and colleague Michelle Sieff has been speaking at length with Paul Berman. The result is an extended interview on Z Word which covers the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, western perceptions of Hamas, the outlook for Middle … Read More

Israel: Sports’ New Pariah State?

By February 20, 2009

Andy Ram, the Israeli tennis star, will participate in the Barclays Dubai tennis championship next week, after the United Arab Emirates relented on its earlier decision not to grant him an entry visa. The turnaround comes too late for Ram’s … Read More

Did Hampshire College Divest from Israel?

By February 17, 2009

This much we know. On February 7, Hampshire College, a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts, divested from a mutual fund which owned equity in companies that do business with Israel. What we don’t know is whether the decision to … Read More

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Don’t Forget the Arabs

By February 12, 2009

Asked at a major press conference earlier this week about the prospects for talks with Iran, President Obama highlighted two issues which could likely derail any meaningful exchange. First, Iran’s nuclear program, and specifically the fear that it could trigger … Read More

“I Meant to Say Zionists, Not Jews”

By February 3, 2009

As I reported last week, Fatima Hajaig, the Deputy Foreign Minister of South Africa, delivered a speech at a Palestine solidarity rally that could have been scripted by a sub-editor on Der Sturmer. “The control of America, just like the … Read More

What Jimmy Carter Can Learn from the Erdogan Outburst

By February 2, 2009

Reza Aslan, a California-based academic, has been speaking to Jimmy Carter about the Middle East. It is the kind of interview which all politicians dream about. Aslan bolsters rather than challenges Carter, leading him to his favorite topics and themes … Read More

D’Escoto and the Holocaust

By January 28, 2009

In the end, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, the President of the UN General Assembly, decided not to attend the Holocaust commemoration ceremonies at UN Headquarters here in New York. One can speculate endlessly as to why D’Escoto – whose choice of … Read More

America First in the Middle East

By January 23, 2009

There’s a sullenness about the current cover of The American Conservative. During a week in which the United States has witnessed the inauguration of its first black President, the house journal of reactionary isolationism ignores that milestone and instead rails … Read More