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 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 24, 2017 

North Korea, king of the rogues

The prospect of all-out conflict between the U.S. and the North Korean regime has loomed large over the last fortnight, as a consequence of the latest round of provocations from Pyongyang.  It’s always a competition between the world’s rogue...

 
 By Eli E. Hertz    Opinions    March 24, 2017 

There has never been a sovereign Arab State in Palestine

The artificiality of a Palestinian identity is reflected in the attitudes and actions of neighboring Arab nations who never established a Palestinian state themselves. The rhetoric by Arab leaders on behalf of the Palestinians rings hollow. Arabs in...

 
 By Stephen M. Flatow    Opinions    March 24, 2017 

Thomas Friedman lied about the Saudis

For the past 15 years, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has been promoting the so-called “Saudi Initiative,” a plan he says proves that Saudi Arabia sincerely wants peace with Israel. But this week, a senior Palestinian leader revealed...

 
 By Jonathan S. Tobin    Opinions    March 24, 2017 

Synagogues can't be sanctuaries from the law

At a time when much of American Jewry is opposed to the immigration policies of the nascent administration of President Donald Trump, it was probably only to be expected that a growing number of synagogues would declare themselves “sanctuaries”...

 
 By Guila Franklin Siegel    Opinions    March 24, 2017 

When protesting the JCC bomb threats doesn't help

(Kveller via JTA)—When a friend, cause or institution we support has been hurt or under attack, it’s human nature—and admirable—for people to want to “do something” to be helpful. Unfortunately, onlookers’ idea of being helpful is not...

 
 Opinions    March 24, 2017 

Kind support makes such a difference

Dear Editor: My mother-in-law passed away in January. While she had been suffering from poor health, her death was unexpected and our family was in shock. In the early morning hours that followed, we started doing the activities that all Jewish...

 
 By Morton A. Klein    Opinions    March 17, 2017

Upset that Trump criticized an ally? France should look at its own record on Israel

French President François Hollande is disturbed that President Donald Trump criticized a U.S. ally, describing the terrorism that has plagued France in recent years as the product of an open border policy. Yet it is Hollande who should self-reflect...

 
 By Ellen Hershkin    Opinions    March 17, 2017

Battling hate in the spirit of Queen Esther at any time

(JTA)—Shots fired into a classroom window at an Indiana synagogue. Cemeteries desecrated in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and New York. Swastikas scrawled on Jewish buildings. More than 100 bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers. History...

 
 By Stephen M. Flatow    Opinions    March 17, 2017

J Street cheers a terror backer

An extremist Arab Knesset member who endorses violence and has been condemned by the Likud and Labor parties alike was cheered at the recent J Street national conference. For an organization that supposedly promotes peaceful coexistence, they sure ha...

 
 By Jonathan S. Tobin    Opinions    March 17, 2017

Nothing to fear but panic and partisanship

American Jewry is under assault. A wave of bomb threats called into Jewish community centers and schools, cemetery desecrations and vandalism aimed at other identifiable targets such as synagogues has created an atmosphere of fear about...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    March 17, 2017

JCC bomb threats are weapons of fear

(JTA)—The “fear itself” thing? FDR was on to something. The rash of JCC bomb threats and cemetery desecrations, combined with a general sense that the country is becoming more intolerant, has Jews on edge in ways they haven’t been in years....

 
 By Daniel Elbaum and Marc Stern    Opinions    March 17, 2017

The surge in anti-Semitism? Here's how to stop it

(JTA)—Almost daily accounts of vandalized cemeteries, spray-painted swastikas and bomb threats to JCCs and other Jewish agencies have naturally evoked considerable alarm. Clearly, we must never reconcile ourselves to an America where this is...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 10, 2017

A UN task for President Trump

For those of us who spent much of 2016, based upon then-candidate Donald Trump’s own bombastic declarations, worrying about the thrust of the foreign policy of a future Trump administration, President Trump’s address to Congress Feb. 28 provided...

 
 By Lori Lowenthal Marcus    Opinions    March 10, 2017

American anti-Semitism only a surge in incident reporting?

Dozens of bomb threats have been called into Jewish institutions since early January, and scores of headstones at two Jewish cemeteries—one near St. Louis, the other in Philadelphia—were desecrated in February. But is there actually a rising...

 
 By Ira Sharkansky    Opinions    March 10, 2017

Shooting ouselves in the foot?

The most prominent problem currently facing Israel in international politics is one of our own making. Not the work of us all, but the work of some. It’s the so-called settlement law, which aspires to solve the problem of some 4,000 homes built on...

 
 By Stephen M. Flatow    Opinions    March 10, 2017

Convicted killer of Israelis finds friends on the Jewish left

A Palestinian terrorist who murdered two Hebrew University of Jerusalem students has found a new ally, the far-left Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) group. How mainstream Jewish liberal groups respond will be telling. The killer, Rasmea Odeh, is locked...

 
 By Caroline B. Glick    Opinions    March 10, 2017

Senator Menendez and the Pollard effect

Speaking to his ministers on Sunday about his visit to Washington, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heralded a new era in U.S.-Israel relations. To a degree, he was correct. When U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greeted Netan...

 
 By Jordana Horn    Opinions    March 10, 2017

Five things you can do right now to help your local JCC

(Kveller via JTA)—My mother swims at the JCC. These days, she packs a “go bag” with all of her stuff to bring to the pool in case she is evacuated in her bathing suit by a bomb threat. It doesn’t seem unlikely. This is not what America...

 
 Opinions    March 3, 2017

The role of Federation in political debate

By Rhonda Forest “When is Federation going to issue a statement?” It’s a question periodically posed to me as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, usually when a national political issue dominates the headlines. And in the...

 
 By Terri Susan Fine PhD    Opinions    March 3, 2017

A professor's view of Chabad on Campus

My time as a college student involved decision making. My Jewish observance was no exception. I had grown up in a traditional Conservative Jewish home. My four sisters and I attended Hebrew school beginning at age four through the eighth grade, and...

 
 By Mark Hetfield    Opinions    March 3, 2017

Embracing the Jewish community's refugee Roots

HIAS was established 135 years ago to protect Jewish refugees who were fleeing the pogroms of Czarist Russia. Today, we remain true to our original mission of refugee protection. We are helping people who have fled their countries because their...

 
 By Abraham H. Miller    Opinions    February 24, 2017

HIAS should return to its roots

Imagine you are an impoverished religious Jew living in Paris. You can no longer wear religious garb out of fear of being set upon by assailants from North Africa who will beat you to within an inch of your life, if not take it. Your children are...

 
 By Stephen M. Flatow    Opinions    February 24, 2017

Understanding the outposts

To hear the news media tell it, Israel’s Knesset has approved extreme right-wing legislation that will steal Palestinian land by legalizing illegal outposts and thereby demolish the last hopes for Middle East peace. The truth, of course, is very...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    February 24, 2017

A matter of perspective

In 1950, my family moved to Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. It was a lovely, leafy area with stately homes and a storied history. Once my parents bought their home we were shocked to find that just shortly before we moved, a law was...

 
 By Ben Suster    Opinions    February 24, 2017

Viewpoint: Israel's potential role in fixing the global water crisis

We are undeniably blessed to live in a first-world nation like the United States and it’s not because of the copious amounts of WiFi hotspots and unlimited breadsticks at Olive Garden. Nor is it because of our incomparable military and massive...

 

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