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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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

Media Suddenly Discover Hamas War Crimes

On Wednesday, CBS News aired a report by Clarissa Ward on postwar Gaza. She noted that many civilians had lost their homes, including a man who claimed, "There is no Hamas here." She then showed viewers the Israeli military's map of Hamas tunnels in the area, and the camera panned across concrete tunnel archways being stored in the alley next door, next to a mosque. Ward noted that CBS had been denied entry to the mosque. Aug 6, 2014 7:25 AM PT

Video: Indian TV Crew Catches Hamas Firing Rocket from Outside Their Hotel

An Indian television news crew from NDTV filmed a team of Hamas terrorists assembling and launching a rocket at Israel just moments before a 72-hour ceasefire took effect on Monday. It marked one of the few instances in which the foreign media have documented Hamas terrorism, since journalists in Gaza operate under Hamas restrictions and risk their access and their lives if they show what Hamas is actually doing. Aug 5, 2014 10:01 AM PT

War on Women: Media Target Women in Criticism of Israel

When the western media’s internal left-wing critics wish to prod their profession to be even more hostile to Israel than it already is, they often use negative images of Israeli women to bait their colleagues. Glenn Greenwald, for example, told the Huffington Post this morning that the media are racist against Hamas,: “It takes probably 50 Palestinians being killed to get anywhere near the attention of, say, an elderly Israeli woman being frightened in her home and having some kind of a medical problem because of the trauma.” Greenwald offered no proof of his claim. Aug 5, 2014 7:43 AM PT

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

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