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  • Writer's pictureCharles Dunst

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: "Commentary magazine sees a new split in the black-Jewish alliance"

NEW YORK (JTA) — Commentary, the conservative Jewish magazine, weighed in on black-Jewish relations in its June issue, and some are crying foul.

The issue features articles on Black Lives Matter, intersectionality and anti-Semitism in the black community, but it is its stark cover — featuring the words “African Americans vs. American Jews” — that has some accusing the magazine of fomenting a previously non-existent race war between the two communities.

Many drew a comparison to Norman Podhoretz’s 1963 Commentary article “My Negro Problem—And Ours,” in which the author described a similar conflict between the black and Jewish community, citing anecdotes from his Brooklyn childhood. Podhoretz, now 88, served as Commentary’s editor in chief for over three decades, from 1960 to 1995. His son, John, is Commentary’s current editor in chief.

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