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An open letter to the Columbia community from Jewish students

(JNS) — To the Columbia Community: Over the past six months, many have spoken in our name. Some are well-meaning alumni or non-affiliates who show up to wave the Israeli flag outside Columbia’s gates. Some are politicians looking to use our exp...

 
 By Bassem Eid    Opinions    May 17, 2024 

Hamas is to blame for Israel's Rafah Operation

As a Palestinian human rights activist, I feel compelled to weigh in on the ongoing military operation in Rafah, which has been often misrepresented in various circles. This operation, led by the Israel Defense Forces, is not merely a response to...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 17, 2024 

President's 'ironclad' promise to defend Israel is showing signs of rust

President Joe Biden’s decision to “pause” the delivery of smart bombs, artillery shells and other kinds of ammunition to Israel as a form of punishment for Israel’s sin of ignoring the president’s admonition not to invade Rafa fails to take into cons...

 
 By Clifford D. May    Opinions    May 17, 2024 

Khamenei's war aims

(JNS) — I’m sure you’ve heard commentators describe the Islamic Republic of Iran and Israel as “rivals” engaged in a “tit-for-tat” conflict. That misinterprets reality. Ali Khamenei, Iran’s “supreme leader” since 1989, seeks to establish a new Mid...

 

'Thou shalt not be judgmental'

(JNS) — Some years ago, I heard Rabbi Manis Friedman tell a story about a man who overheard his friend telling his wife on the phone, “Drop dead!” “How can you speak that way to your wife?!” he demanded. The friend smiled and said, “She just asked me...

 
 By Moshe Phillips    Opinions    May 17, 2024 

Should Deborah Lipstadt resign in protest?

(JNS) — U.S. President Biden’s suspension of weapons deliveries to Israel places Deborah Lipstadt, the most prominent Jewish member of his administration, in quite a bind. How will she respond? Let us recall the example set by Mark Siegel in 1978. He...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Opinions    May 10, 2024

My frustration is overwhelming, is your's too?

Antisemitism is on the rise across America and all over the world. What are Orlando Jews feeling and what can we do about it in these tumultuous times? I’ve realized since Oct. 7, with the massacre in Israel and the terrible war raging in the M...

 

Joe Biden's Israel policies has my head spinning

(JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s approach to Israel since the start of the Oct. 7 war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip has my head spinning. His approach has been marked by a delicate balancing act that attempts to support a key ally on one hand whi...

 

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK:

As I sat down to write this opinion, I realized that there are four things really bugging me. Number one. I have not read one single article that puts the blame on Hamas for the inhumane conditions in Gaza — food and water shortages, destroyed h...

 

The ideological cocktail poisoning American campuses

(JNS) — Back in December, the eminent historian Niall Ferguson wrote an essay in The Free Press that, it’s now apparent, presaged the tidal wave of demonstrations now inundating college campuses around the country. It was called “The Treason of th...

 

Soros must go

Dear Editor: I am appalled that someone has not taken up an organized move to get George Soros out of this country. I am aware he has been thrown out of six countries already for doing exactly what he is doing now, destroying the economy, destroying...

 
 By Mitchel Bard    Opinions    May 3, 2024

Campus Jew-haters should own their antisemitism

(JNS) — Faculty and students are proudly protesting Israel’s existence and praising Hamas for the slaughter of Jews. Not satisfied, they call for an intifada, and the erasure of Israel and its population from the Middle East. Some of the pro...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 3, 2024

Arabs of Gaza are collaborators; not innocent civilions

The great universities are now paying the price for allowing woke professors to indoctrinate their students with idealogical and political dogma instead of offering them a critical thinking and intellectually honest education. The result is a...

 

Deport the Hamas occupation of the Ivy League

(JNS) — Hamas is a sanctioned Islamic terrorist organization. It’s illegal to provide aid to it. And for non-citizens, especially foreign students on visas, supporting terrorists is a deportable offense. And yet after six months of pro-Hamas ral...

 

Abbas may throw a tantrum, but it's not time for a Palestinian state

(JNS) — There he was, the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas, lying on the floor kicking his feet in anger over the U.S. veto of a resolution for Palestinian statehood at the U.N. Security Council. Of course, I am exaggerating about the 88-...

 

Our misunderstanding of freedom emboldens authoritarian regimes

(JNS) — I recently had the freedom to rush to my bomb shelter as Iranian drones and missiles targeted Israel. As Israel’s defense systems and help from its allies protected me and millions of others, I was especially thankful for the past two yea...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    May 3, 2024

Is Biden taking lessons from AOC?

(JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden began his Earth Day speech at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia on Monday by singling out a few prominent climate-change figures in attendance. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who i...

 

Some in the Jewish establishment, even now, dilute our pro-Israel voice

(JNS) — Few Jews still believe that the Jewish establishment has done a good job defending and protecting the community from the rhetorical onslaught against Israel that has morphed into a full-on assault against American Jewry. From the start, t...

 

The five-stone strategy of defeating the Islamic regime in Iran

Visiting Israel for the first time a year ago was not only a spiritual pilgrimage and fulfillment of a dream, but an experience that allowed me to look at my own experiences as a persecuted Christian in Iran — arrested, and sentenced to death because...

 

Iran didn't hear, 'Don't'

(JNS) — The words you are looking for are, “Thank you, Mr. President.” I have not hesitated to criticize many of U.S. President Joe Biden’s policies before and after Oct. 7, but I have also consistently maintained that he has been the most pro-Isr...

 

Listening to our enemies

(JNS) — One of the many ways last weekend’s drone and missile attacks on Israel could have been worse: If Iran’s rulers had instructed their U.S.-based operatives to simultaneously carry out a terrorist attack, and our intelligence agencies had f...

 

I hear Joshua calling

(JNS) — After the death of Moses, Joshua was called upon by God to lead our people into the Promised Land. He knew he faced potential resistance ahead. Yet having come from slavery in Egypt, he had the determination and confidence to lead his p...

 

Why is the world morally blind to Israel?

(JNS) — Can you see the hypocrisy? I see it all day, every day. It’s hard to live in Israel, no matter how you feel about the war, and not see it. When you live in this region, it’s like the rest of the world is upside down. It’s like you’re...

 

Israel making moves to secure the ties that bind

(JNS) — Given the current rancor between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the unbreakable, unshakeable bonds between Israel and the U.S. seem to be loosening a bit. While bad under any circumstances, the timing of the m...

 
 By Eric Levine    Opinions    April 19, 2024

Biden demands unconditional surrender of Israel

(JNS) — In January 1943, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the Casablanca Declaration. It stated that the Allies’ goal was the “unconditional surrender” of the Axis powers. This was a stateme...

 

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