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Widening gap between left and right

IT’S AMAZING these days how controversial Israel has become. It’s hard for me to watch. Like a dear friend who is being thrown under the bus, I admit I take it personally.

I remember living in Israel through the Gaza disengagement in 2005 when, due to government policy, thousands of Israelis, mostly a right-wing demographic, were displaced from their homes, their communities destroyed. The wound of this displacement, the sense of exile that these Gush Katif communities felt, ran deep.

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100 years of kindness

I want to tell you something about my grandmother, Miriam Harris Goldberg, editor and publisher of the Intermountain Jewish News weekly. She turned 100 years old on Wednesday!! One hundred. A century. 1916-2016. Please G-d, as the saying goes, “ad me’ah ve-esrim — till 120.” So many emotions swirl as I contemplate that. What a life! What a woman! What a grandmother! I have the merit to be her granddaughter. And I feel truly grateful.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:21 )

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Sadiq Khan

I’ve always had some identity confusion surrounding what to call it: England, UK, Britain or Britannia? They are in my mind interchangeable. Which one is it? And just like that, the news coming from there became equally confusing. England is not normally on the radar of relevant Jewish news to us American Jews. And yet, London is one of the most important capitals in Western Europe.
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The nuances of Israel Independence Day

Yom Ha-Atzma’ut, Israel Independence Day, has always been a complex day for me. As a child growing up in Jerusalem, would I be taken to join the live musical festivities of the neighborhood’s Yom Ha-Atzma’ut celebrations? Or, because it was sefira, the period of semi-mourning between Passover and Shavuot, would live music be avoided? I ended up at the live music. But when I got older and understood the nuances of the day, my appreciation for another way of acknowledging the day — recitin...

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 May 2016 07:46 )

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Israelis forge ahead unafraid

As I click on a video from StandWithUs of a pro-Israel rally in London, I find myself inspired. Lining the road are what seem to be hundreds of people, flanked by tall blue and white Israeli flags over the crowds, waving gently in the air. No speeches. No shouts. Just singing. Peaceful and strong singing. “Kol ha-olam kulo gesher tzar me’od . . . This world is a very narrow span, Cross it; if you’re unafraid you can.”
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Netanyahu, Liberman partially endorse Arab peace initiative

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his acceptance of some elements of the so-called Arab Peace initiative as a basis for talks on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian confli... [Link]

Israeli soldier, 19, wounded in Tel Aviv attack seen as terrorism

mbrodsky (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Monday in a Tel Aviv stabbing — reportedly with a screwdriver — in what police are investigating as a terrorist attack. The alleged ass... [Link]

Vandalism at 3 New England synagogues aims to intimidate community, ADL regional leader says

mbrodsky BOSTON (JTA) — Recent vandalism targeting three New England synagogues is aimed at intimidating the Jewish community, the director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League said. R... [Link]

75th anniversary of Baghdad pogrom to be commemorated in 4 cities

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The author of a work on the Nazi-era massacre in Baghdad believed to have precipitated the Jewish exodus from Iraq is commemorating its 75th anniversary with candle lightings ... [Link]

Historic Jewish wedding in Turkey triggers hate speech online

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A historic wedding in Turkey triggered a deluge of anti-Semitic speech online, a leader of the country’s Jewish community said. Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, president of the Jewish Community... [Link]

Ohio Israeli eatery to close following February machete attack

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli restaurant owner from Ohio whose eatery was targeted by a knife-wielding assailant said the incident has caused him losses requiring him to declare bankruptcy. Hany Baransi, t... [Link]

Holocaust monuments vandalized in Poland, Italy

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Newly erected Holocaust monuments in Poland and Italy were vandalized. In Poland, a monument in Raigrod, 130 miles northeast of Warsaw, was hit last week for the second time since its un... [Link]

Bernie Sanders: Israel has a right to US protection

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Israel has a right to be protected by the United States. Sanders, who has spoken out in favor of Palestinian interests as well as I... [Link]

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