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Religious freedom for me, but not for thee?

(JNS)—There was a time when defending religious freedom was at the top of the Jewish agenda. Jews understood that as a religious minority, our rights could only be defended when those of other religious faiths are also respected. Though...

 

Cry for us, Argentina...

(JNS)—The cancellation of an event as well-publicized in the media as the World Cup soccer warm-up match between Argentina and Israel requires an immediate PR counterattack from Israel and the Jewish world. What unfortunately succeeded in...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 15, 2018 

'Nakba,' 'Naksa'... nowhere

(JNS)—When it comes to the Palestinian “original sin” theory of Israel’s creation, there are two key milestones: the flight of approximately 750,000 Arab refugees during the 1948 War of Independence and the 1967 conquest of eastern...

 
 By Hanna Gerber    Opinions    June 15, 2018 

It's time for Treasury Department to designate Palestinian leaders as terrorists

With the recent passage of the Taylor Force Act, Congress called on the Palestinian Authority “to stop payments for acts of terrorism (...) and to repeal the laws authorizing such payments.” In response, the Palestinian Authority reaffirmed its...

 
 By Stephen Flatow    Opinions    June 15, 2018 

Dear 'Washington Post': You got it all wrong!

(JNS)—To the editor: Do you want to know why most American Jews don’t believe what you publish about Israel? An article in The Washington Post this week explains it all. It had to do with a Palestinian Arab rock-thrower murdering an Israeli man....

 
 By Shalom Pollack    Opinions    June 15, 2018 

Letter to Yad Vashem: Do not whitewash history

I return to the continuing one-man battle that I have been trying to wage in recent years. As a tour guide, I have visited Yad Vashem many hundreds of times, both the former and the current version. Many structural and technical innovations have upgr...

 

Democrats are riding on the wrong horse when it comes to Israel

I have never been able to understand why Jews are so wedded to the Democratic Party. First, FDR and his anti-Semitic Congress refused to allow the S.S. St. Louis to land at Key West, thereby relegating hundreds of Hungarian Jews to the concentration...

 

Heeding Democratic warnings

Every day Israel is subjected to a torrent of warnings from Democrats. “You will pay a price for your support of President Donald Trump,” we are told. “He won’t be president forever, and when he’s gone, watch out!” The basic notion,...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    June 8, 2018

The 'Invisible Presence' at the Singapore Summit

By Mel Pearlman 2018 The diplomatic world is aglow with optimism regarding the apparent and sudden turnabout of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, as he appears to have overnight transformed from nuclear bully to a peace-loving flower. His rappr...

 
 By Edwin Black    Opinions    June 8, 2018

International Farhud Day stymies invented history

When International Farhud Day was proclaimed at a conference convened at the United Nations headquarters on June 1, 2015, its proponents wanted to achieve more than merely establish a commemoration of the ghastly 1941 Arab-Nazi pogrom in Baghdad...

 

Why the Palestinians can't say 'yes' to Trump

(JNS)—Can the Palestinians finally not miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity? That paraphrase of Abba Eban’s famous quote provides the key question to ask about the Middle East peace plan the United States is expected to unveil during the...

 

HUC-JIR leadership's criticism of Israel is pure chutzpadik

Dear Editor: This defense of the indefensible is very disappointing. In response I have decided to return the Sherut L’Am award presented to me by the HUS. I have been a member of the Jewish Communal Service since 1972; a product of two Schools of...

 

One Jewish people, two dissonant tribes

(JNS) What do you do about a relative who loves you but won’t listen to your concerns? That’s the likely American Jewish reaction to news about a new poll of Israeli opinion that signals both good and bad news to those who care about the...

 

ZOA shocked that ADL mourns deaths of Hamas terrorists

It’s painfully shocking that Anti-Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt recently wrote on ADL’s website: “it is a horrific tragedy that so many people have been killed and wounded at the Gaza border.” (“ADL Statement on Violence at...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 1, 2018

Another leading Iranian export? Religious persecution

(JNS)—In a welcome statement issued this week, the U.S. State Department drew attention to the continuing persecution of the small Baha’i religious minority in Yemen by Iran-backed Shi’a rebels. The rebel Houthis “have targeted...

 

Why we invited a critic of Israel to speak at a Jewish university's graduation

By David Ellenson and Joshua Holo (JTA)—At the 2018 commencement of the Skirball Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, graduation speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon spoke out...

 
 By Ben Sales    Opinions    June 1, 2018

Philip Roth showed me how to be an American Jew

(JTA)—I never did anything like that with liver, but when I read “Portnoy’s Complaint,” I knew it was about me. Not the actual me, because I would never do any of the things that Alexander Portnoy confesses in the 274-page rant about lust,...

 

Accessories to terror at the Gaza border

(JNS)—The Gaza border conflict is being fought on two battlefields simultaneously. One is the battle at the border fence, where the aggressors use Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs, rocks, sling shots, burning tires and flaming kites. The other is the...

 

Don't just destroy the Iran Deal-deliver an alternative

May 8, 2018, the day that Donald Trump announced that he’s pulling America out of the nuclear deal with Iran, will mark the inauguration of a new American-Israeli-Arab alliance in the Middle East and a major realignment of US strategic interests. T...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 25, 2018

Once again, David called upon to slay Goliath

Most people are familiar with the biblical story of David and Goliath, which occurred during the reign of King Saul. The ancient Philistines, who did endless battle with the Israelites in a futile attempt to conquer the land of Israel and to bring...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    May 25, 2018

A definition of insanity

It’s an old expression: A definition of insanity is doing the same thing in the same way time after time and expecting different results. It’s been said many times about the Arabs in Israel time after time. And of course, not much ever changes....

 

Israel's current moral imperative

Jewish tradition teaches that when our ancestors left Egypt 3,500+ years ago they were pursued by the Egyptian military still bent on their destruction.  As they stood at the water’s edge faced with two very bad choices, the hand of God split the...

 

At the Israel border, pointing fingers at the wrong abuser

(JNS)—When confronted with absolute evil or the depths of human depravity, some of us experience a very particular kind of depression. It’s as if we just can’t cope with such a repudiation of humanity. Some experience it when exposed to the...

 

Keep your eyes on Iran, Syria, and Iran in Syria

It’s an irony that as Russia celebrated Victory Day, 73 years since the Allied victory of the tyranny of the Nazis, President Putin hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu as an honored guest. The timing and symbolism were meaningful. At the same time,...

 
 By Ben Cardin    Opinions    May 18, 2018

I voted against the Iran nuclear deal, withdrawing from it is a mistake

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal, is bad policy and calls into question America’s international credibility. Mr. Trump has now...

 

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