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The UCC is not a 'just peace' church

(JNS)—On paper, the United Church of Christ should be well-equipped to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The UCC, a liberal Protestant denomination with 800,000 members and a little less than 5,000 churches in the United States,...

 

Contemporary Hamans and their predecessors

This past week we celebrated the holiday of Purim. It is a festive holiday because it commemorates the victory of the Jewish citizens of Persia over their fellow citizens who were given license by the king’s decree to destroy the Jews in their...

 

Tied score

There are polls every day or two. You can see the latest at  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_2019_Israeli_legislative_election They pretty much are showing a tie, or close to it between the center-left and the right. Bibi is a...

 

'Bibi or Tibi' debate is about Zionism, not racism

(JNS)—He’s done it again. After being called out for allegedly employing racist incitement against Israeli Arabs during election campaigns, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being attacked again for saying things that hurt the...

 

Fear and loathing at IDF checkpoints

(JNS)—A critical function of the Israel Defense Forces is to secure borders and sensitive locations, in addition to the transition points in and through such areas. Guard duty is deceptively routine and simple. Like other military functions, most...

 

lhan Omar, the Benjamins and Purim today

George Elliott is credited with saying, “History repeats itself.” Mark Twain sharply improved on it with his observation that “history doesn’t repeat itself—but it does rhyme.” No matter how much things may change, one constant always...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    March 15, 2019

The Palestinians continue to prove the peace fantasists wrong

(JNS)—The Palestinians have been busy for the past week demonstrating in word and deed that U.S. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” will be dead on arrival. In an op-ed on Sunday in the official, Palestinian Authority-controlled...

 

Oh my, Omar-I think you've 'hypnotized' the Democratic Party

If Jews had “magical powers to control people” as Ilhan Omar says, then she would be gone from Congress, not just the Foreign Affairs Committee because the “magical powers of the Jewish people” would have kicked her keister to the curb. Too...

 

Are Jews shutting down Ilhan Omar?

(JNS)—Perhaps you thought Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) had been so thoroughly rebuked by the media and fellow Democrats for her anti-Semitic tweets that her campaign against Israel and its supporters had been put on hold. Maybe you also thought the...

 

From the Editor's Desk: Our voices should be heard: #FightAntiSemitism

The Jewish community here in Central Florida should make its voice heard concerning the anti-Semitic slurs being spewn about in Congress as well as the appointment of Ilhan Omar to the Foreign Affairs Committee. One community member, Dr. Daniel...

 

How anti-Semitism became unleashed in the West

(JNS)—Why is anti-Semitism now out of control in the West? Jew-hatred, alas, is always with us. The most we can expect is that it is kept down by unequivocal social disapproval. What causes it to explode into an uncontrolled epidemic is the...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 15, 2019

25 years after the AMIA bombing, justice is again denied

(JNS)—This July, Argentina’s Jewish community will mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were murdered and hundreds more were seriously wounded. It is promising to be a wretched...

 

Jewish terror victim is remembered, thanks to the killers' friends

(JNS)—Like most victims of Palestinian Arab terrorism, Avraham Bromberg would have been completely forgotten if not for the persistence of the murderer’s many admirers and financial sponsors. Bromberg was just 20 years old when he was murdered....

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    March 8, 2019

The Hora dance to the moon

On Feb. 21, 2019, in collaboration with Space X, NASA, and tracking facilities of other nations, an Israeli spacecraft, carrying scientific instruments to add to our knowledge of lunar science, was successfully launched into earth orbit aboard a...

 
 By Noah Siegel    Opinions    March 8, 2019

Israel's far-right Otzma party is dangerous

(JTA)—The next Israeli government may include terrorists that are barred from entering the United States. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu crossed every moral line for political gain in Israeli politics last week when he brokered a merger of the...

 
 By Lisa Sholk    Opinions    March 8, 2019

Viewpoint: The Jewish Academy is a jewel in our midst

I have been a part of the greater Orlando Jewish community for 31 years. Over those years, I have served our many community organizations in many capacities, both as a lay leader and professional. As an educator, mother and Jew, I have always had a p...

 

UNIFIL's failure to halt Hezbollah's tunnel construction reflects inherent institutional bias

While the United Nations Interim Front in Lebanon has emphasized Israel’s protection from Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, newfound evidence has demonstrated otherwise. UNIFIL is an international peacekeeping effort created to initiate...

 
 By Aaron Weil    Opinions    March 8, 2019

Otzma Yehudit party unfit to be in Knesset

Dear Editor: I am a proud and ardent Zionist and have dedicated much of my adult life to serving these ideals and advancing these goals because I believe that ultimately this will better serve ALL of Israel’s citizenry, as well as support better...

 

Why the 'almost' Israeli prime minister never made it

(JNS)—Last week former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni announced that she was dropping out of politics. Livni came as close to being prime minister as you can get without actually having the job more than once. But only a decade after leading...

 

A window of opportunity in Egypt

By Itzhak Levanon (JNS)—After eight years, the Foreign Ministry’s director general decided to keep Israeli embassy staff in Egypt over the weekend instead of returning them home. This was a welcome decision; the staff’s permanent presence in...

 

Jordanian-Palestinian collaboration against the 'deal'

(The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS)—According to senior figures in the Fatah movement, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan have begun cooperation in anticipation of the announcement of the new U.S. peace plan known as the “deal of...

 

The Kushner compromise?

(JNS)—The precise details of the forthcoming Trump administration Mideast peace plan are not yet known, but the basic principle was declared by senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner at last week’s Warsaw conference. “Both...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    March 1, 2019

Palestinian 'pay-for-slay' policy will go on, despite Israel's new law

(JNS) The Israeli security cabinet decided on Sunday to put into effect a law passed in July to deduct half a billion shekels (approximately $138.2 million) from the annual tax revenues it transfers to the Palestinian Authority each year. The...

 
 By Meyer Habib    Opinions    March 1, 2019

Anti-Semitism draped in 'yellow vests'

(JNS)—These are dark days for France... days that are giving rise to questions about the future of its Jews. For months, we have witnessed the “yellow vests” popular protests. The demonstrations, which began because of justified claims against...

 

Omar is right about money in politics-wrong on AIPAC

NEW YORK (JTA)—Rep. Ilhan Omar picked a funny week to tweet about the power of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Last week, the Senate passed a bill that targets the boycott Israel movement. The 77-23 vote was a nice win for AIPAC,...

 

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