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Sympathy for the stranger, but none for the rule of law?

(JNS)—Only hours after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision to uphold U.S. President Donald Trump’s right to restrict entry into the United States from seven countries, including five with Muslim majorities, Jewish groups were issuing...

 
 By Jerome Marcus    Opinions    July 13, 2018 

The end of every balloon

By Jerome Marcus (JNS)—A peculiarly Israeli approach to national defense was on display recently at a high school in Shaar HaNegev, “Gate of the Desert.” There, as described in an article in the Hebrew-language online daily Globus, 350 Israelis...

 

Is 'non-Jew' an insult?

NEW YORK (JTA)—A few months ago I wrote a humor piece titled “Don’t eat off the seder plate, and other tips for non-Jews attending their first seder.” It drew a miffed response from a rabbi friend who often works with interfaith families and...

 

Viewpoint: The Jewish vote is not carved in stone

The 75 or 78 percent figures frequently referred to by Democrat apologists as if they were the Holy Grail, are based entirely on entry or exit polls but many Jews are reluctant to identify themselves as conservatives and risk peer pressure. During th...

 
 By Shari Dollinger    Opinions    July 13, 2018 

The 'Haley effect'

(JNS)—In many Jewish households on Friday nights, parents bless their daughters in the names of our matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. We do so to hold our highest role models to our girls. Lately though, I’ve had the creeping...

 
 By Yoram Ettinger    Opinions    July 13, 2018 

The U.S. sends a message to the free world

(JNS)—“The United Nations Human Rights Council” and the principle of human rights are two things diametrically opposed to each other. The makeup of the council, which is determined by geographic location and dictates anti-American conduct by...

 

Barnard students support BDS, the institution itself does not

Dear Editor: As a longtime subscriber to your newspaper, I have depended on it for accurate reporting of Jewish news in our community, in our country and the world. In your June 22, 2018, issue, I read with particular interest David Gemunder’s arti...

 

Jared Kushner has it all wrong on the Palestinians

(JNS)—We don’t yet know the details of the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that presidential adviser Jared Kushner is preparing. But we do know how Kushner perceives the Palestinian Arabs. And he’s got them all wrong. The White House has...

 
 By Amnon Lord    Opinions    July 6, 2018

Israel has lost sovereignty on the Gaza border

(JNS)—What does a portrait of Israeli society mid-2018 look like? This is a country that has, proportionately, the most number of Jews compared to the United States, but it is not a Jewish country. It is more appropriate to characterize it as a...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 6, 2018

Political Asylum-Are we ready to welcome the world to America?

The idea to fully enforce the immigration laws of the United States, a fundamental right of every sovereign nation, even democratic ones, is not only good policy, but obligatory under our notion of the rule of law. The Trump administration however, h...

 

Face the facts: Don't suppress them

(Jewish Media Resources)—My brother recently sent me a three-hour video of the Weinstein brothers, Eric and Bret, in conversation. Eric, the older brother, holds a PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard, and has published widely in both physics a...

 

US interests require Israel on the Golan Heights

(JNS)—US interests in the Middle East and beyond are well-served by a strategically constrained Syria. Historically, Syria has been a tectonic, volatile platform of violent, intolerant and unpredictable Arab/Islamic regional aspirations of...

 
 By Yoav Limor    Opinions    July 6, 2018

The highest-ranking spy in Israel's history

(JNS)—It is difficult to find better words than “treason” and “espionage” to describe the offenses attributed to former minister Gonen Segev. This man, who was a government minister, a senior partner in the decision-making process, gave...

 

Heads turn away when it comes to the Islamization of Europe

(JNS)—Once again, Hezbollah flags flew in London last weekend at the Iran-supporting “Al Quds” march in Britain’s capital city. Hezbollah, the proxy army of the Iranian regime, is responsible for numerous murderous attacks around the world...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    June 29, 2018

No such thing

In my last column I tried to reduce some 5,000 years of our history to less than a thousand words. I apologize for the gaps. So, now let us turn to the “Palestinians.” If you search history you will find that the land that is today Israel did...

 

Anti-Semitism at the United Nations can't go ignored

(JNS)—It was just another day at the office for U.N. officials. As it has done innumerable times in the last 50 years, on June 12, the General Assembly devoted an entire day of debate, procedural wrangling and voting to an effort to condemn...

 

Do we see the battle?

Is our civilization worth keeping alive? This sounds like a ridiculous question. Of course it is worth saving we would say. In fact, most of us don’t even see the need to protect our civilization. We are nestled in the belief that it will last...

 

How Holocaust comparisons are muddying the immigration debate

(JTA)—Let me start by stating what should be obvious: Holocaust comparisons are lazy and more often than not hysterical. They diminish Nazism and genocide by making them synonyms for “very bad things.” You may regard the Trump...

 

Looking from the 'other side' of the political aisle

Dear Editor: In the 15 June 2018 letter to the Heritage, Richard H. Gleick comments on the absence of Democrats at the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem and as a result not understanding why any Jew would support the Democratic Party. I would like...

 

ZOA to MSNBC: Fire Joy Reid for Anti-Semitic Comments & Conspiracy Theories

The Zionist Organization of America has called upon the TV broadcasting network MSNBC to fire Joy Reid, host of ‘MSNBC’s AM Joy’ program, for uttering outrageous anti-Semitic comments and for espousing bizarre conspiracy theories. The ZOA is...

 
 By Sean Durns    Opinions    June 22, 2018

The media's blowing smoke on Palestinian kite terrorism

(JNS)—Where there is smoke, the saying goes, there is fire. But if you’re Palestinians committing mass arson against Israelis, there might not be media coverage. Many major US news outlets, despite the staggering damage to Israel’s economy and...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    June 22, 2018

Time Magazine-purveyor of fake news

By Mel Pearlman I became a subscriber to Time Magazine in my sophomore year in high school, when my English teacher compelled each student in his class to subscribe to either Time Magazine, Newsweek, or U.S. News and World Report. Each week we were...

 
 By Alex Traiman    Opinions    June 22, 2018

Jewish home demolitions won't bring peace

(JNS)—Amid all the challenges Israel is facing—the Iran nuclear threat; the presence of Iranian-backed forces and Hezbollah troops along Israel’s northern border; rioters and arsonists along the Gaza border; and Palestinians in the West Bank...

 

Pass the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (and protect the First Amendment)

(JNS)—Eight years ago during the Obama administration, the State Department adopted a definition of anti-Semitism to be used in identifying Jew-hatred around the world. Except for in the United States. To remedy that omission, a bipartisan group...

 
 By Matan Barad    Opinions    June 22, 2018

An IDF soldier's description of his experience in Gaza

(JNS)—Gaza, a place with so much meaning. Words cannot describe the situations my comrades and I have been through. The first time we got to the border we couldn’t imagine what the next four months would be like. The first thing my officer told u...

 

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