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Two dates + two narratives = zero peace

By I woke up to the echoes of the Islamic prayers through the Judean mountains that were both beautiful and haunting. Living here among Palestinian Arab Moslems I hear the call to prayer daily, five times a day, but today was different. Today the...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 30, 2021 

The bitter taste of Ben & Jerry's ice cream

Lately, the delicious flavors of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream have started to taste very bitter. Could it be the sudden introduction of antisemitic ingredients into the recipe have contaminated a great American product along with the story of a great...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    July 30, 2021 

Anti-Israel equals antisemitism

There was a time that negative stereotypes flourished on major networks. “Amos and Andy” was a parody on Black Americans. Their parts were played on radio with white actors putting on exaggerated Black accents. A group of African Americans were...

 

From the editor's desk: Don't blame Unilever for Ben & Jerry's decision to boycott

Unilever, Ltd., is a British multinational consumer goods company. They own over 400 brands. The conglomerate bought Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in 2001. Owners Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield relinquished managerial control of the company, but...

 
 By Farley Weiss    Opinions    July 30, 2021 

The Biden administration's public hypocrisy about privacy

(JNS) — The Biden administration is telling Israel that disagreements between them should remain private. Its double standard, like its hypocrisy, is astounding. Washington had no problem, for example, publicly criticizing Israel’s decision to...

 

A year with too much to mourn

(JNS) — It may have been discouraging, but the dismal turnout for a national rally that was supposed to bring Jews together against antisemitism was also an appropriate reminder of the greatest challenge facing them. A week before Tisha B’Av ...

 
 By David Suissa    Opinions    July 23, 2021

Point: Critical race theory wants to define us - we shouldn't allow it

(The Jewish Journal via JNS) — Whose job is it to define who I am? Is it an institution’s job or is it mine? In all the brouhaha over critical race theory, this question is rarely asked. That may be because much of the controversy over CRT has...

 
 By Ron Kaplan    Opinions    July 23, 2021

Baseball can handle Orthodox Jewish players

(JTA) — The Arizona Diamondbacks made baseball history Monday when they made Jacob Steinmetz, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher from Woodmere, New York, their third round pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Steinmetz, who lists at 6-feet-5...

 

Are Jews really united against antisemitism?

(JNS) — The first thing to be said about the “No Fear” rally against antisemitism held in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sunday was that it was a noble effort. The organizers and those who showed up deserve credit for trying to...

 

Counterpoint: Banning critical race theory will gut teaching of Jewish history

(JTA) — Anyone teaching the past by skipping over the unpleasant parts isn’t teaching history. They are engaged in propaganda. Jewish tradition understands this: Refusing to sugarcoat their own people’s culpability, the Sages themselves teach...

 

Media touts poll claiming 25 percent of Jews hate Israel

(JNS) — The decline of polling firms has been part and parcel of the general decline of institutional trustworthiness. There’s still a market for “internal polls” for political campaigns, but there’s also an abundance of “poll trolls...

 

Don't confuse Holocaust education with the battle over critical race theory

(JNS) — There is no more obvious sign that American education is in trouble than the fact that most state legislatures have become battlegrounds over how to teach history. The subject can be fraught with controversy under any circumstances. But in...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 16, 2021

The elusive meaning of religious freedom in America

One of the factors in the early formation of humans into social groups was a common belief in spiritual powers, mythical gods and superstitions. The consensus of so-called religious beliefs within these groups at the dawn of civilization was as much...

 

Christian Zionists: Three lies and a truth

(JNS) — Over the last couple of months, everyone once again attempted to take sides in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Hamas, acting under insidious and aggressive tactics, used an emotionally charged court case as a reason to wage a large assault on...

 

Palestinian Authority kills and tortures dissenters while the media yawns

(FLAME via JNS) — As the Palestinian Authority tightens its iron grip on dissent in the West Bank—and a dissident is brutally murdered while in P.A. custody—Western media virtually ignore the story. One Palestinian activist accuses the United...

 

US taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Palestinian corruption, terror and intransigence

(JNS) — The Biden administration is determined to provide aid to the Palestinians in violation of the spirit, if not the letter of the Taylor Force Act, which bars U.S. aid from going to the Palestinian Authority (PA) so long as it continues its...

 
 By Adam Gordon    Opinions    July 16, 2021

An antisemitic rally to remember

(JNS) Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Massachusetts Boston put together a “March for Palestine” at the Massachusetts State House on June 24. The event began with a UMass Boston SJP member taking the microphone and telling...

 

The left slides into acceptance of antisemitism

(JNS) — As far as some of Israel’s most vicious critics were concerned, it was the sort of thing that gave their critiques of Zionism a bad name. It was difficult to pretend that the decision of organizers of a Philadelphia food festival to disin...

 

Abortion's Juneteenth

Sometimes it takes time to get there, but as history shows, in the end, level heads prevail and justice is served. And so on that note, we say it’s wonderful that there is finally national recognition of the end of slavery in the U.S. with...

 

American Jews know antisemitism when they see it

(JNS) — While the Jewish left keeps trying to convince us that most anti-Israel hatred is not antisemitism, a new poll has found that a large majority of American Jews see things such more clearly. The poll, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation...

 
 By Ben Shapiro    Opinions    July 9, 2021

Movement against critical race theory is deeply necessary

(JNS) — According to the establishment media, critical race theory, or CRT, is a distraction. It is a right-wing smear. It is a conservative attempt to quash the dark side of American history. Most of all, according to the establishment media, you...

 
 By Rachel Huss    Opinions    July 9, 2021

The Silence is deafening: What it feels like to be a Millenial/Cusp Gen Z American Jew

I preface this piece by acknowledging that I do not pit one group’s injustice against another. This piece does not diminish the injustice and pain felt by other minorities. I want to open your eyes to the way I, and many others, feel right now....

 

Jews are there for others, but why don't Jews fight for Jews?

Dear Editor: As a Yankee from Pennsylvania moving to Ormond Beach, Fla., perhaps I did not experience the same culture shock as did Heritage columnist Jim Shipley’s move to Louisiana. Wherever I lived, with the exception of Israel for 12 years, I...

 
 By Paul Scham    Opinions    July 2, 2021

I'm on the American Jewish Left - and I haven't abandoned Israel

As the AIPAC consensus — the norm for American Jewish political life for decades — recedes, the “American Jewish Left” is becoming increasingly visible and heterodox opinions on the left are proliferating. However, with that profusion comes...

 

The push to 'other' the identities of Israeli Jews

(JNS) — When discussing the history of the establishment of Israel, a commonly parroted trope within anti-Israel and anti-Semitic circles is that the nation was founded by Jewish people who “colonized” the land and displaced more than 1...

 

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