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'Pies against lies'-grassroots movement counters BDS protesters

'Pies against lies'-grassroots movement counters BDS protesters

In August 2012, a Christian and a Jew bumped into each other in Brighton, the languid seaside resort on Britain's south coast that has become the hub of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)...

Brandeis University accused of double standard after pulling honorary degree award to Hirsi Ali

After facing growing pressure from faculty members, students, and an outside Muslim advocacy group, Brandeis University said that it is rescinding its decision to award an honorary degree to Ayaan...

Jewish Pavilion to honor Gamson

"Elaine Gamson is an extraordinary woman who has tirelessly supported the Orlando Jewish community over the past 50 years," said Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion. "We are...

Vassar alums strike back at anti-Israel movement on campus

(The Algemeiner)—Alumni of Vassar College, an elite, liberal arts school in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., struck back against the rising anti-Israel tide on campus, protesting in a widely-read letter to the campus newspaper against recent moves by a...

Kansas City shootings highlight threat of 'lone wolf' attacks

WASHINGTON (JTA)— The suspect in deadly shootings at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City made no secret of his hateful views, but nobody anticipated the attack that claimed three lives on April 13. The shooter was identified as...

Islamic enclaves in America

Many Islamic leaders have repeatedly stated loud and clear that Islam will dominate the world. To achieve this goal, where Muslims migrate, frequently their leaders foster isolation from the native population. In these enclaves, or zones, they look...

Harvard students make time for Arafat, but not for Harvard terror victims

The controversy over the Harvard University students who recently posed, smiling, at Yasser Arafat’s grave sent a shot of pain through every one of us who has lost a loved one in the terrorist attacks that Arafat and his allies have waged over...

When giants ruled

Giants did exist, at least at one time. Trust me, I know. And I’m not referring to dinosaurs, or childhood fantasies or fairy tales or even NBA players. I’m talking about giants. I grew up with...

Post mortem, perhaps a bit early

John Kerry’s peace process is dying. Or it was born dead, despite having parents who praised its prospects. The fault is not Israel’s, nor Palestine’s, but John Kerry’s. Or maybe Barack Obama’s, due to his appointing a visionary for a job...

My unpleasant evening with 'Breaking the Silence'

On March 31, I attended a disturbing lecture at Washington University in St. Louis. It was co-sponsored by St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and J Street U. The speaker, a former Israeli soldier with the group “Breaking the Silence”...

Iran's new U.N. ambassador: Will the U.S. take action?

As its next ambassador to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Iran has appointed a man who participated in the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. The decision has been met with outrage—and rightly so. “Unconscionable,”...

Enjoying the past, present and future of our Jewish heritage

Ancient Hebrew scrolls were on display at the Jewish Heritage Festival held in Daytona Beach on April 6. These scrolls were created as early as the 16th century and were compiled from countries all...

Basking in our heritage

On a balmy Sunday afternoon, hundreds of folks made their way to the Jewish Heritage Festival, held at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach. There were children’s activites, Noah’s Landing petting zoo, Masada rock climbing wall, matzoh...

Phil Baum, AJCongress crusader, dies at 94

Phil Baum, who joined the American Jewish Congress after college and helped steer the advocacy organization’s growth in membership and influence until he retired as executive director in 2002, died in his sleep on March 27 at his Riverdale home....