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A right to vote but not to dismantle the state

By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)—It seems like a devastating argument. If Israeli Jews are willing to accept life-saving treatment from Arab doctors, why won’t they give their representatives in the Knesset a seat in the country’s government?...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    March 27, 2020 

Overwhelmed by events!

Most columnists dread the well-known malady of “writer’s block,” particularly when their editor’s deadline for submission edges ever closer and closer. My problem, as I worked on this week’s column was not “writer’s block” but too...

 
 By Stephen Flatow    Opinions    March 27, 2020 

Congress members misled into signing racist letter on Israel

(JNS)—Did you hear the shocking news? Sixty Congress members just signed a letter demanding that the federal government stop dismantling illegally built homes belonging to whites, though they didn’t object to the dismantling of illegal homes...

 
 By Josh Hammer    Opinions    March 27, 2020 

The Jewish case for President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (JTA)—I know that many American Jews are not the biggest fans of President Donald Trump. But I also know that when it comes to Jewish issues, no candidate is better. President Donald Trump is the most emphatically pro-Israel U.S....

 

The Jewish case for a President Joe Biden

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Now that the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination in America is narrowing to a two-person race, the case for Joe Biden is even more compelling and urgent. I have known and worked with him since he entered the U.S....

 
 By Carin M. Smilk    Opinions    March 27, 2020 

Day Two: 'Adrian axed apples accidentally in Arizona'

(JNS)—I knew it, I knew it, I just knew it... so they closed the coffee place. I hadn’t even recycled my paper cup from Monday when I saw the online notice that night. Foiled. Even though I passed right by my friendly barista on the street on...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 20, 2020

What has changed since the 'Black Death'?

(JNS)—The numbers are rolling in, and they make for grim reading. In four European countries with significant Jewish communities—France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy—statistics gathered during 2019 by communal organizations and law-enf...

 

The coronavirus could be disastrous for Israeli service workers

By Laura Ben-David JERUSALEM (JTA)—For the young and healthy, the coronavirus itself is likely to be mostly an inconvenience. But for many workers, the COVID-19 pandemic could literally cost them their livelihoods. Obviously, many of us are deeply...

 
 By Paula Stern    Opinions    March 20, 2020

Proud of Israel for valuing health above wealth in confronting coronavirus

I am proud to be Israeli and I am proud of my government. In the last few days, as the coronavirus was spinning out of control around the world, Israel has consistently been taking proactive decisions, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere in...

 

A fine line between sensible caution and outright hysteria

(JNS)—It’s time to take the threat from the coronavirus seriously. That’s as true for local Jewish communities as it is for governments. But just like some of our leaders have been slow to comprehend the peril from the spread of the disease,...

 

A virus is uniting us, whether we like it or not

(JNS)—I read in The New York Times this week that German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that two-thirds of the German population could end up infected by the coronavirus. That would be 55 million people—in one country alone. Meanwhile, all of...

 

Asian Americans are facing violent xenophobia during the coronavirus outbreak

NEW YORK (JTA)—In recent weeks, we’ve seen an unprecedented epidemic of the coronavirus spread across the world. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a spike in anti-Asian violence and prejudice. In the U.S., racist and xenophobic outbursts,...

 

Did Bloomberg give ammunition to anti-Semites?

(JNS) There are a lot of people who are relieved that Michael Bloomberg has dropped out of the Democratic primary race, and not all of them are named Biden. The withdrawal of the former mayor of New York City gives a boost to former Vice President Jo...

 

Purim, AIPAC, Bernie, Biden, Bibi

(JNS)—It was one of those weeks where every day brought another great idea for a column. First, I attended an insightful lecture by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik at Beth Jacob Congregation that connected the festival of Purim with Abraham Lincoln and...

 

Two nights in Aqaba-Part 3

Having made it through the stress of our border crossing into Jordan (described in my previous column of Feb. 28, 2020), my son and I now found ourselves standing in the Jordanian night with our Jordanian greeter no where in sight. We watched as the...

 

History shows that epidemics can carry dangerous side effects for Jews: deadly anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)—Over the course of our millennial history, Jews have had many encounters with contagious diseases. Often we’re blamed for them.  Maybe I’m paranoid, but I can’t help feel uneasy with the amount of attention the New York...

 
 By Ann Lapin    Opinions    March 13, 2020

My kids' Jewish school closed-but here's why my family's coronavirus quarantine hasn't been so bad

By Ann Lapin NEW YORK (JTA)—“Really, Mother?! A BELL?!” Dinner was ready at around 7 p.m., so I walked down the hall to my children’s wing and dropped off their plates—with a bell, so they could ring for me and get my attention when I...

 

'Subjective judgment' needed when saying something is 'xenophobic'

Dear Editor: The unsigned Viewpoint of the “Jewish Community Relations Council” of Feb. 21, 2020, expresses the general condemnation of the publication of “xenophobic” material. Admittedly, “words that reflect bigotry or hatred, whether of...

 

Bernie Sanders skipping AIPAC shouldn't be a surprise-AIPAC has already capitulated to the right

BERKELEY, Calif. (JTA)—For the casual observer, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ recent pronouncement that he is skipping the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee out of a “concern[] about the platform AIPAC provides...

 

Coronavirus and the biblical quarantine

Be careful who you are exposed to. Public health officials around the world are desperately trying to cope with the spread of the coronavirus. There is growing fear that a global pandemic may be impossible to stop. So far, this respiratory illness...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 6, 2020

J'Accuse! Our Dreyfus and theirs

(JNS) Two months after its shellacking in the United Kingdom’s general elections, the Labour Party continues to remind British voters of why they chose the “anyone-but-Jeremy-Corbyn” option. Last week, it was the turn of John McDonnell—Corbyn...

 
 By David Suissa    Opinions    March 6, 2020

No more sitting ducks: Jews need to learn self-defense

(JNS)—After each anti-Semitic attack, Jews seem to get weaker and more vulnerable. One reason is that instead of taking real action, we prefer to complain and release cliché-ridden statements expressing our “outrage.” If you have a political...

 

Every question-and-answer period at every Jewish event ever (a little Purim fun)

NEW YORK (JTA)—The guest expert’s talk at the local JCC/synagogue/federation is wrapping up. Speaker: ...and in conclusion, if we don’t remember this history, we are doomed to repeat it. As Hillel said, “If I am not for myself, who will be...

 

Hunters: Should killing Nazis be entertaining?

The controversial Amazon series means well but misses the mark. Should killing Nazis be entertaining? Should we watch a shoot ‘em up comic book stylized TV series about Holocaust survivors who try to hunt down and murder Nazis in 1970s America whil...

 

Newspapers don't speak for their communities, never have

Dear Editor:  I am writing in response to the JCRC attack editorial against the Heritage published Feb. 21, 2020. The JCRC makes a point of saying that the Heritage “is not supported by or affiliated with any Jewish institution or agency” as if...

 

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