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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Oakland Protestors Try to Block Israeli Shipping; Union Not Interested

Anti-Israel activists claimed that their protest Saturday at the Port of Oakland successfully blocked an Israeli ship from the Zim cargo company from docking. However, the ship was still far away from the port at the time of the protest, and the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen Unions (ILWU), which has supported such protests before, is less inclined to participate in boycotts of Israeli shipping this time, Al Jazeera reports. Aug 17, 2014 6:15 AM PT

The Sad Case of Henk Zanoli, 'Righteous Gentile'-Turned-Israel-hater

Henk Zanoli, 91, is one of the "Righteous Gentiles," those few heroic Europeans who risked their own lives to save Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust. Recently, however, the Dutch pensioner returned the medal he received in 2011 to the Israeli embassy in The Hague, in protest against Israel's conduct in the Gaza war--and specifically against an airstrike that killed several Palestinians to whom he was distantly related by marriage.' Aug 16, 2014 9:48 PM PT

Blue State Blues: Spielberg Should Revoke Obama's Holocaust Award

Obama interrupted his posh vacation this week on Martha's Vineyard to declare, essentially, "Mission Accomplished" in the belated effort to rescue the Yazidis of Iraq from genocide at the hands of the Islamic State. The Yazidis saw things differently. Aug 15, 2014 8:37 AM PT

With Israel Still Under Terrorist Attack, Obama Denies Ammo

President Barack Obama claimed that he "had Israel's back," and his supporters defended his record in 2012 by claiming: "No president in history has done more for Israel's security than Obama." Yet the supposedly "most pro-Israel president" even has clamped down on American shipments of ammunition to Israel, even though the Hamas rockets keep punctuating the tenuous ceasefire and Israeli civilians remain under direct threat of attack. Aug 14, 2014 9:45 AM PT

Andrew Breitbart Vindicated by Brock's CREW Takeover

Reports that David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, is now taking over Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and incorporating it into his illiberal empire would have come as no surprise to Andrew Breitbart. Aug 14, 2014 9:25 AM PT

Antisemitic South African Union Boss to Sue Jews for 'Crimes Against Humanity'

After calling for attacks on Jews in retaliation for the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza, and being charged with hate speech and incitement by local Jewish leaders, South African trade union boss Tony Ehrenreich is not backing down. The Western Cape provincial leader of the Congress of South African Trade Unions issued a press release Thursday--through the union--standing by his inflammatory Facebook post and vowing tocounter-sue the South African Jewish Board of Deputies for "crimes against humanity" for supporting Israel. Aug 14, 2014 8:58 AM PT

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

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