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The ABC’s of Palestinian land grabs

SOMETHING ABOUT the evidence of the eye contradicts the sales pitch on the printed page and the computer screen.

The eye that visits the West Bank sees this: Building. Jewish building. Arab building. Building all around.

The sales pitch in many media says this: Jews build on the West Bank. That’s it. Settlements. Jews are grabbing Palestinian land on the West Bank.

Eye vs. screen.

Evidence vs. sales pitch.

The truth is, not only do Jews settle land in the West Bank, but Palestinians grab land on the West Bank.

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Wheel of fate

I AM AFRAID to ask their names, although I don’t know why. I am afraid of a lot of things. Truly it is irrational, for how can a person just one line above the catatonic hurt me? He stands there, quite tall, about 6’ 3” I’d say, sort of rotating slowly on the balls of his feet, moving neither forward nor backward, with this plastic grin on his face. It is different, extremely different, from the “plastic smile” we attribute to superficial people. This grin is engraved on his face as ...
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France is over

Roosters or ostriches, however you dice it, France’s prime minister is out to lunch. Before last week’s mass murders in France, one at a kosher supermarket, I wrote of France in last week’s column, “The exile comes home to roost.” I observed (again, before last week’s slaughter): “Stories on attacks on Jews in France are so numerous that they blur. A synagogue is shot at. A synagogue is surrounded by a mob. A person with a yarmulke is attacked. A Paris suburb puts up a plaque hon...
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Is the exile coming home to roost?

NB: This column was written prior to the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the hostage-taking at a kosher supermarket in Paris on January 9. ONLY A two-year hiatus from reading the news could leave one ignorant of the truth about being Jewish in France today. Stories on attacks on Jews in France are so numerous that they blur. A synagogue is shot at. A synagogue is surrounded by a mob. A person with a yarmulke is attacked. A Paris suburb puts up a plaque honoring a convicted Palestinian terrorist. S...

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 January 2015 11:02 )

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Cong. Mike Coffman’s Jewish forbears

Cong. Mike Coffman’s Jewish forbearsI CAME to Cong. Mike Coffman intending to get the story of his Jewish forbears. He gave me that, and much more, too. Highlights from our 90-minute conversation: Coffman’s forbears were Jewish, originating in Baghdad, coming to the US and Israel via Shanghai, China. Waste at the Dept. of Defense is out of control. Coffman would go further than President Obama in cutting it. The VA hospital at Anschutz is not the only VA hospital over budget and years behind. The culprit: VA management. The ...
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