Dexter Van Zile is a researcher, journalist, lecturer, media analyst, and expert on antisemitism who currently serves as Managing Editor of the Middle East Forum’s Focus on Western Islamism (FWI). Previously, Van Zile served as Shillman Research Fellow for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA). During his tenure at CAMERA, Van Zile authored hundreds of articles and several academic monographs about Christian anti-Zionism and antisemitism, the status of Christians living in Muslim majority countries, and the failure of Western elites to affirm and protect the values of the societies they govern.
His writings have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Israel Today, Firstthings.com, The Federalist, The Algemeiner, The Jewish Press, The Jewish News Syndicate, PJMedia, The Tower, The Jewish Political Studies Review, The Christian Post, The Commentator, Family Security Matters, Heritage Florida Jewish News, and The Jewish Advocate.
Van Zile is the author of Submitted Under Protest: Essays Written in Defense of Western Freedom. He has lectured throughout the United States and Israel about the propaganda war against the Jewish state and its effects on Jewish well-being in the Middle East, Europe and North America.
He wrote a chapter about liberal Protestant hostility toward Israel for the 2021 text Poisoning the Wells, published by Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). Van Zile also authored a chapter about Christian antisemitism for The Casualty of Contempt: The Alarming Rise of Antisemitism and What Can Be Done to Stop It (Deep River Books, 2021).
Manfred Gerstenfeld, former Chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, described Van Zile as “one of the world’s most knowledgeable analysts of Christian anti-Israelism and antisemitism.”
Prior to his work at CAMERA, Van Zile wrote extensively about fisheries and ocean management, land use, forestry and environmental issues in Alaska, Washington State, and New England, with a seven-year stint as Northeast Bureau Chief for National Fisherman. While covering the commercial fishing industry, Dexter has been on fishing boats in the Gulf of Maine, the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Alaska. In addition to working on a fishing boat in Southeast Alaska, he has worked in a cannery on Kodiak Island, and at an oil refinery in Washington State. He is the veteran of three harvests on a potato farm in Whatcom County, Washington.
His great-grandfather, Edward Sims Van Zile, wrote for the New York World under the ownership of Joseph Pulitzer and was a confident to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and worked on Warren G. Harding’s 1920 presidential campaign.
I’ve been struggling to understand a troubling phenomenon manifesting itself in American public life. For the life of me, I haven’t been able to understand why many progressive Jews in America express shame over the actions of Israel, while so many young Arabs and Muslims in the United [...]