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Israel and Ferguson

I’m not one to make everything be about Israel. As CNN was covering the rioting in Ferguson, one of the newscasters, Sarah Sidner, had a rock thrown at her. She continued reporting until a few moments later Jake Tapper of CNN fame interrupted, asking her to stop reporting and reach safety, saying:

“Obviously some really bad people near you...nefarious person throwing rocks at you...”

I thought to myself, hmm, interesting, when rocks are thrown in Ferguson, the rock throwers are “really bad people” and “nefarious.” But when Palestinians throw rocks (with intent to murder, mind you, and over the years too many of these rocks have turned out to be deadly), they are “resistance fighters,” or whatever else rock-throwing is sugar coated with.

This thought floated through my head for a moment.

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Bloody tallit

Just when I thought it not possible for my heart to be shattered any more, I heard it. I caught my breath when suddenly and unexpectedly a photo flashed on my computer screen, my eyes falling on the grisly scene: the blood soaked siddur, so thickly layered it was almost like a glaze; a meat cleaver at the side of a body, lying lifelessly; a blood-drenched tallit- and tefilin-wrapped, severed arm on the floor; pools and splatters of blood staining the floor all around. A life, moments ago a beat...
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Welcome, North Korea

What is happening in the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset? A bill undermining the bedrock of any Democratic society, the sacrosanct freedom of speech, was put forth by Eitan Cabel of the Labor Party, to limit the distribution of free newspapers. And it passed. True, formally the bill still has two more readings, plus a host of other hurdles, to become law. I don’t think it will survive. But still. The principle of it! Yisrael [Israel] Hayom is a daily newspaper that is distributed free (thi...
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War over Jerusalem

I CONSIDER myself a Yerushalmit, a citizen of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the city that raised me. For any Jew, when terror lives on and Jerusalem is under attack, it is painful, for the city is a symbol of our one and only home as a people. Even more so, when it’s literally been one’s home. The boiling kettle that is the possibility of an intifada brewing in Jerusalem — more than brewing at this point — has just sparked twice more. It is scary to think of where this is all leading. We h...
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Name calling

EVEN if the Prime Minister of Israel were the biggest incompetent loser around, it would still be inappropriate for a senior US government official to publicly engage in name calling against him. After all, Benjamin Netanyahu is not a private citizen. He is the prime minister of the State of Israel, a leader of the Jewish people. Basic respect should be a given. But Tuesday, in The Atlantic, an unnamed senior source in the Obama administration sank to low, obscene name calling. The subject was ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 08:36 )

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