Joel B. Pollak

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large and in-house counsel at Breitbart News. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he also has a degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Cape Town. He ran for Congress in 2010 in his hometown of Skokie, IL and worked as a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, as well as speechwriter to the Leader of the Opposition in the South African Parliament. He enjoys improv comedy, rock 'n' roll, and the literature of liberal apostates and iconoclasts. His wife Julia is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Pardee Rand Graduate School and his daughter Maya is unbelievably cute.

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South African Jewish Leaders to File Charges Against 'Eye for an Eye' Author

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies, the umbrella organization that leads that country's Jewish community, has announced that it is filing charges at the South African Human Rights Commission against trade union leader Tony Ehrenreich for an anti-Israel Facebook post that called for attacks against Jews in retaliation for the death of Palestinians in Gaza--"an Eye for an Eye against Zionist aggression," in his words. Aug 14, 2014 6:20 AM PT

South African Union Leader Calls for Attacks on Jews 'Everywhere'

A leader of South Africa's most powerful trade union has called for attacks on Jews in response to the war in Gaza. In a posting on his personal Facebook page Wednesday, Tony Ehrenreich, the leader of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape province, called for "an Eye for an Eye against Zionist aggression" and warned that "if a woman or child is killed in Gaza," then Jews who support Israel must face an equivalent fate. Aug 14, 2014 12:26 AM PT

'Secure America Now' Drops 'Daisy 2' Attack Ad on Obama

Secure America Now, a 501(c)4 nonprofit focusing on defense and foreign policy issues, is dropping a bomb on President Barack Obama--figuratively, anyway--as national security becomes an issue in the midterm elections. Its new ad, "Daisy 2," recreates Lyndon B. Johnson's original "Daisy" commercial, which showed a young girl being surprised by a thermonuclear explosion, and remains one of the most effective attack ads in U.S. history. Aug 13, 2014 10:23 AM PT

Pelosi: No 'Boots on the Ground' to Stop Genocide in Iraq

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Tuesday that Democrats support President Barack Obama’s new military intervention in Iraq to attack some forward positions of Islamic State forces, deliver arms to Kurdish peshmerga fighters, and provide humanitarian aid to Yazidis and Christians under siege and attack. However, Pelosi added that her party will not support “boots on the ground” in Iraq, even as Obama sent 130 new troops to aid several hundred U.S. soldiers already in the country to protect American diplomats. Aug 13, 2014 7:40 AM PT

Catalina: Bacall's Island Paradise

AVALON -- When I learned that Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall had passed away, I was on board the Catalina Express, pulling out of the harbor in Avalon with a boat full of nearly 400 vacationers and fellow day trippers. Aug 12, 2014 9:06 PM PT

Dems' Padilla Wants to Turn Secretary of State into 'Redistricting Czar'

State Sen. Alex Padilla, the Democratic Party nominee for Secretary of State, has proposed legislation that, if passed, will allow the Secretary to act as a "czar" over local redistricting plans, rejecting those deemed unfair to minority voters. Effectively, Padilla is imposing the kind of "pre-clearance" requirement the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in its recent ruling on the Civil Rights Act--and running to ensure that he wields that vast power. Aug 12, 2014 6:55 AM PT

South Africa's Mbeki, Mugabe's Accomplice, Calls for Israel Boycott

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has joined his country's rabid anti-Israel chorus by calling for a boycott of Israeli goods, the BBC reports. Mbeki, who during his abortive tenure in office guarded Zimbabwean tyrant Robert Mugabe as he plundered his country into famine and murdered his political opponents, had frequently been a critic of Israel but had never before called for South Africa to cut off trade relations. Aug 12, 2014 6:30 AM PT

The Media Are Buying Hillary's Foreign Policy B.S.--and Selling It to You

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton--the most senior foreign policy official in the United States, aside from President Barack Obama himself, for four years--is now attempting to differentiate herself from her old boss, now that his hapless leadership has become a liability to her presidential ambitions. And the media are buying it, then re-selling it to the public as if it represents an authentic split instead of opportunism and lies. Aug 11, 2014 4:10 AM PT

Obama Wants a Weaker Israel

Tucked towards the end of his otherwise vapid interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, President Barack Obama offers his own bizarre theory about what would bring about peace between Israelis and Palesitnians: namely, Israeli weakness. According to the president, if only Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were weaker than they are at present they might feel more inclined to make painful compromises: Aug 10, 2014 3:44 PM PT

Obama's Interview with NYT's Friedman: An Essay in Impotence

Two themes emerge from a morass of clichés and sophistry. The first is that the world is simply not worth engaging unless it agrees to behave itself: "no victor, no vanquished," says Obama. Second, America is its own worst enemy, and the political divisions at home threaten to become as disruptive as those in Iraq. (The Tea Party, Friedman chimes in, "accounts for at least half of [Obama's] gray hairs." Aug 10, 2014 8:14 AM PT

Gaza Archbishop: Hamas Fired Rockets from Church, Shelter

Archbishop Alexios, the Greek Orthodox Christian leader of Gaza, told CBN News on Wednesday that Hamas had used the church to fire rockets at Israeli civilians prior to the 72-hour ceasefire. The church was also being used at the time as a shelter for Palestinian civilians of all faiths who were fleeing the war's bombs and rockets. Aug 8, 2014 7:34 AM PT

Hamas Bombards Israel, Rejects Ceasefire: 'Topple Hamas,' Says Minister

The Hamas terror organization launched two rockets at Israel in the waning hours of the 72-hour ceasefire that began Tuesday morning. And though Israel was offering to extend the ceasefire, and Egypt was urging Hamas to agree to a 72-hour extension, Hamas returned emphatically to war on Friday, launching a barrage of rockets at Israel's southern cities, several of which were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. Aug 7, 2014 10:27 PM PT

Analysis: Could Israel be Bombing Islamic State to Save Kurds?

Israel may be attacking positions held by the terrorist Islamic State, or ISIS, militia. That is one possible conclusion after Kurdish sources reported Thursday that airstrikes had begun in northern Iraq, together with airlifts to help stranded civilians, while the U.S. denied any involvement. Israel has a long-standing, if largely covert, relationship with the Kurds of northern Iraq and recently gave official support to Kurdish independence. Aug 7, 2014 4:54 PM PT

Blue State Blues: Why No 'Responsibility to Protect' Iraqi Christians & Yazidis?

In 2011, President Barack Obama ordered U.S. forces--without congressional authorization--to assist NATO in a war against the Gadhafi regime in Libya. The reason for that urgent and extraordinary action was a theory of liberal interventionism called "Responsibility to Protect," eagerly promoted by then-National Security Adviser Samantha Power, who went on to chair Obama's Atrocities Prevention Board and is now the UN Ambassador. Aug 7, 2014 7:35 AM PT

Forget High-Speed Rail--California Still Needs Low-Speed Rail

The San Joaquin Train is a glorious conveyance. It runs straight through California's majestic Central Valley, which manages--even in this drought-stricken season--to burst with bounty, rows of corn alternating with vineyards and orchards. The Amtrak service from Sacramento to Los Angeles is comfortable, punctual, and convenient, with reliable wi-fi and fresh food. There is only one problem: it does not actually go to Los Angeles. Aug 7, 2014 5:24 AM PT


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