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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Video: State Dept's Psaki Can't Handle the Truth About Palestinian Terrorism

After several minutes of watching State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki attempt to explain the Obama administration's condemnation of Israeli responses to attacks by Palestinian terrorists, and bizarre insistence that Israel obey a "high standard" (as if it did not), one journalist in the press briefing finally had enough. He confronted her with the fact that terrorists deliberately use civilian buildings as cover when attacking Israeli troops. Psaki became unsettled--as if unaware of that basic fact, or unsure how to spin it, or both. Aug 4, 2014 10:56 PM PT

CNN Has Two Israel Critics Debate Israel

With due respect to CNN's Jake Tapper, who is one of the best and fairest journalists in the American media today, it was more than a bit odd to see him host a debate Monday evening between Israel critic Reza Aslan and Israel critic Peter Beinart, where Beinart was ostensibly there to represent the pro-Israel side of the argument. Aug 4, 2014 10:09 PM PT

By Slamming Israel, Media Ensure Hamas Kills More Palestinians

As it winds towards a 72-hour truce brokered by Egypt, the latest round of conflict between Israel and Hamas has--finally--resorted to the pattern with which the international media are familiar: Palestinian terrorists attack Israel, Israel defends itself for a bit, a civilian target is hit, and Israel is forced to stop. Usually the media neglect to mention that Hamas hides weapons in, or initiates battles from, those same civilian sites, on purpose. Aug 4, 2014 4:10 PM PT

Israel Kept Hezbollah out of the War

To borrow a phrase from Sherlock Holmes: the "dog that didn't bark" in the Gaza conflict (thus far, anyway) was Hezbollah. The Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite militia has rockets and tunnels that equal or surpass the Hamas arsenal, and in 2006 was able to open a second front after Israel attacked Gaza in response to the kidnapping of Cpl. Gilad Shalit. But aside from a few bombastic press statement, Hezbollah stayed out of this latest round. Aug 4, 2014 6:05 AM PT

Jen Psaki Is 'Appalled'--and Appalling

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki declared Sunday that the United States was "appalled" by Israel's apparent shelling of a UN-run school in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. You'll remember Psaki--she's the former Obama campaign spokesperson who lied in 2012 about the man whose wife Romney allegedly killed, then lied again in 2013 about whether Secretary of State John Kerry was yachting during the Egyptian coup. Aug 3, 2014 4:07 PM PT

The Days of Hamas Are Numbered

On Saturday, Israel began to withdraw some of the soldiers it had previously deployed to areas of Gaza in which terror tunnels had been uncovered. Though widely interpreted as the beginning of a "unilateral ceasefire," the move is more likely the beginning of a switch from defense to offense. Before the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) could penetrate any further into the Gaza Strip, the threat of surprise attacks in the rear had to be removed. Aug 3, 2014 3:58 AM PT

Obama: 'It's Going to Be Very Hard to Put a Ceasefire Back Together Again'

President Barack Obama answered questions about the ongoing war in Gaza on Friday at the White House. He noted that the ceasefire the U.S. had announced with the UN the day before, and that took effect Friday at 8:00 a.m. local time in Gaza, was violated by Hamas. In addition to condemning the killing of two Israeli soldiers and the kidnapping of a third, Obama said that "it's going to be very hard to put a ceasefire back together again." Aug 1, 2014 12:45 PM PT

Blue State Blues: Investigate the UN for War Crimes

The United Nations, predictably, has condemned Israel for defending itself, suggesting that Israel may have committed war crimes in fighting to protect its citizens from rockets and terror tunnels as Hamas hides and fights among Palestinian civilians. In fact it is the UN itself that is likely to have committed war crimes in this conflict, and it should be subject to criminal inquiry. Aug 1, 2014 11:52 AM PT

Scarborough Blames Israel Again, Blasts Critics

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe, blasted his critics as "simpleminded" for objecting to his rant against Israel on Thursday morning. In the show's opening on Friday, Scarborough condemned the "mindless political posturing" of those who complained about his accusation that Israel had killed women and children with "indiscriminate" attacks, and his suggestion that Hamas was not a radical Islamist organization. Aug 1, 2014 8:31 AM PT

The Economist Cites False Demographic Stats Against Israel

The Economist has a rather poor record of Israel, so it is no surprise that it leads this week's issue with an anti-Israel article. Among other faulty clichés (Gaza as an "open-air prison," etc.), the newspaper cites demographic claims: "Time is not on Israel’s side. Palestinians may already outnumber Israelis in the lands they share." Aug 1, 2014 8:06 AM PT

Before Kidnapping, Hamas Was No-Show in Egypt

Col. (res.) Lior Lotan, the former leader of the Israeli Defense Forces hostage negotiating team, told a conference call Friday morning that Hamas had failed to send a negotiating team to Cario, Egypt as expected--suggesting, he said, that Hamas already knew it planned to mount a kidnapping effort that would break the ceasefire. Aug 1, 2014 7:14 AM PT

Analysis: Kerry, Obama to Blame for Kidnapping of IDF Soldier

While the immediate blame for the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin Friday morning, a mere 90 minutes into a humanitarian ceasefire, lies with Hamas, the responsibility must also be shared by Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama, who put enormous pressure on Israel for weeks to accept a ceasefire before it had eliminated the terrorist threat, and while it had significant momentum against Hamas on the battlefield. Aug 1, 2014 5:07 AM PT

Hamas Kidnaps IDF Soldier, Ending U.S.-Backed Ceasefire

Multiple news outlets report from Israel that the Hamas terrorist group attacked Israel Defense Forces in the southern portion of the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, 90 minutes after the start of a freshly agreed 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire, and that they captured one Israeli soldier for the first time int the 26-day conflict. Aug 1, 2014 4:52 AM PT

Occupy National Gathering Draws 50 to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- David A.R. Barnitz surveys the lawn on the north side of the State Capitol--the handful of tents, the small circle of activists seated in the shade. This is not "the nirvana I was hoping for," he admits. Still, as roughly 50 people gathered Thursday in the sweltering 97-degree heat for the start of the four-day Occupy National Gathering, he was encouraged by the "unity" and "sense of purpose" among those present. Aug 1, 2014 4:24 AM PT

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