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New Israel Fund's war on Jewish life

(JNS)—According to the Forward, the rationale for the New Israel Fund’s push to create an alternative philanthropic system can be explained by what a Philadelphia psychologist named Roy Idelson considered to be a reasonable request. He wanted...

 

Europe needs to wake up and start fighting

(JNS)—Roman landmark Caffè Greco, which opened on the Via dei Condotti in 1760, is in crisis. It has to be sold, and there is talk of Jewish buyers. To readers not living in or familiar with Rome this may not seem like a particularly interesting...

 

J Street's foul formula

(JNS)—When it was founded some 10 years ago, J Street claimed to be a “pro-Israel and pro-peace” organization. That was taken to mean partnering with the mainstream Israeli political left to build support in Washington for a two-state solution...

 

Shabbat: Reclaiming Jewish identity from anti-Semitism

(JNS)—One year after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting shook world Jewry to its core, we are continuously flooded with disturbing reminders that, unbelievably, anti-Semitism is back on the agenda and threatens our way of life more seriously...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    November 15, 2019 

A Kurdish campaign to boycott Turkey

(JNS)—It is a story that strikes a chord with anyone familiar with the struggle for civil rights in the American South. Jwnaid Murad, a businessman in Iraqi Kurdistan, has decided that he will no longer sell Turkish products in his supermarket in...

 

We didn't need more evidence-Richard Spencer has always been anti-Semitic

NEW YORK (JTA)—There is something curious about the media attention given to the recent leak of Richard Spencer’s post-Charlottesville rant, in which he decried “little f—ing kikes” and “little f—ing octoroons,” an anachronistic...

 

Bernie's Gaza aid farce exposes J Street's false front

(JNS)—The still-crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field proved to be a godsend for the left-wing J Street lobby. It gained attention for its annual conference this week due to the presence of five presidential candidates. But the dynamic of the...

 

Uncle Sam needs twenty courageous Republican senators

When America entered the Great World War in 1917, it commissioned an artist by the name of James Montgomery Flagg to create a recruitment poster to encourage Americans to enlist in the Army. The poster Mr. Flagg designed pictured a stern Uncle Sam ma...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    November 8, 2019

Belgium's carnival of hatred is still going strong

(JNS)—A few years ago, I was paying for some items at a large department store in the Netherlands when I was startled by the sight of a doll behind the cashier’s desk that appeared, at first glance, to be a grotesque racial caricature of a small...

 

After the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: A special report

(JNS)—Following the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by U.S. forces, Wikistrat, a crowd sourced geopolitical consultancy, released a multi-perspective analysis on the significance of his death, as well as the future of the Islamic State and the...

 

'Aliyah' seems to be the hardest word

(JNS)—At its three-day board of governors meeting in Jerusalem this week, the Jewish Agency for Israel, which recently turned 90, revealed a new plan of action. Addressing the Jewish leaders who convened in the Israeli capital on Sunday, Jewish...

 

Al-Baghdadi's miserable end evokes no pity

(JNS)—At the moment of his demise, what passes through the mind of a terrorist who literally views himself as king of the world? “He died like a dog,” said U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, referring to the death of Islamic State leader...

 

Land for peace: A historical perspective

(JNS)—“...a military defeat of Israel would mean the physical extinction of a large part of its population and the political elimination of the Jewish state. To lose a single war is to lose everything.”—Yigal Allon, commander of...

 

Sen. Schumer's shocking reversal on J Street

(JNS)—The decision by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to serve as one of the featured speakers at the upcoming J Street conference should trouble every supporter of Israel. It’s both a boost for the Jewish critics of Israel and a...

 

The Democrats' disconnect from Israeli reality

(JNS)—Israelis are still trying to sort out the fallout from their second unsuccessful attempt to elect a government this year with little sign of a break in the impasse between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny...

 

When the dust settles in Syria...

(JNS)—To speak about Kurds has suddenly become a cry in favor of human rights and self-determination by the Western press, and rightly so: The assault they are suffering is lethal and may become genocidal. More frightening is that it is being perpe...

 

Re-examining traditional stories of my Jewish heritage

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Bari Weiss’s article “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” (New York Times, Sunday Review, Sept. 8) and Phoebe Maltz Bovy’s critique of that article published in your Oct. 18th edition. Weiss’s article...

 

Trump did not betray the Kurds

The near consensus view of President Donald Trump’s decision to remove U.S. special forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that Trump is enabling a Turkish invasion and double crossing the Syrian Kurds who have fought with the Americans for...

 

The scandal continues at UMASS Amherst

(JNS)—Kumble Subbaswamy, the chancellor of UMass Amherst, made $579,000 last year, and his boss, Marty Meehan, president of the UMass system, made more than $659,000. Between the two of them, they made more than $1.2 million in 2018. And still,...

 

Great leaders know when to retire

As a native born American of the Jewish faith I have been doubly blessed by being born into two great peoples. I am a proud and patriotic citizen of my native America and a proud supporter of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. I am not however,...

 

A cautionary cannabis tale for globe-trotting Israelis

(JNS)—After spending six months in jail on the outskirts of Moscow, a young Israeli woman named Naama Issachar was sentenced on Oct. 11 to seven-and-a-half years of imprisonment in Russia. Both the extreme sentence and trumped-up charges of...

 

As an Israeli journalist in Germany, I wasn't surprised by the Halle synagogue shooting

COLOGNE, Germany (JTA)—When the breaking news from Halle started to pour in Wednesday afternoon, the Jewish community around the world was still in the midst of commemorating the holiest day of the year in Judaism, Yom Kippur. Equipped with a...

 

What Bari Weiss misunderstands about America and the Jews

TORONTO (JTA)—There’s a reason our moment demands a book called “How To Fight Anti-Semitism,” and it’s not just anti-Semitism’s violent global resurgence. American Jews—at least the liberal, pro-Israel majority—are at risk of...

 

The 'annexation' scare

(JNS)—What would a Jewish holiday be, without an op-ed in The New York Times demanding that Israel make more concessions to the Palestinian Arabs? On Rosh Hashanah, the Times published “Shrinking the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” by the...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 18, 2019

The sorry tale of two photographs

(JNS)—As visitors to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem wind their way through the main exhibition, they are confronted by a series of unsettling photographs from the first decade of Nazi power: Jews forced onto their hands and knees...

 

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