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No, the death of a million people is not a statistic

I AM reading a news story about women captured by, then freed from, Boko Haram. The women tell their stories.

The dissonance between the report and the reality screams.

One woman: I survived, but my child was lost. Then, the story moves on to the next paragraph.

Wait a minute! How can we simply move on to the next paragraph after this statement, my child was lost? How much agony is contained in that statement? Is it to be glossed over — then, the next paragraph — just because hundreds of other women were also captured by Boko Haram?

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 May 2015 06:19 )

View from Central Park

Israel is not Baltimore

When I was a young girl in Israel, Operation Moses came to Israel. I can still remember the electric atmosphere that took hold of our country and community. “Kibbutz galuyot,” people kept saying, an ingathering of the exiles. The social pressure of my circle was who could knit the most kippas for the new Ethiopian immigrants. It was exciting. You felt like you were living Jewish history — with a new “tribe,” so to speak, discovered and redeemed back to Israel.
Liberal Lens

To Clinton, influence peddling is now OK

Less than three weeks into her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has already accomplished a stunning feat. She appears to have unified large swaths of the Democratic Party and its activist base to support the core tenets of the Citizens United decision — the one that effectively allowed unlimited money into politics. That 2010 Supreme Court ruling declared that, unless there is an explicit quid pro quo, the fact that major campaign donors “may have influence over or access to elected o...
View From Denver

An uncomfortable defense

IT IS easy to say, “free speech.” It can be difficult to accept. Yet, accept it we must. The alternative is Stalinist Russia or, in more contemporary terms, Saudi Arabia, with its beheadings, hand-choppings and lashings for the exercise of freedom of speech in the field of religion. Feel free to substitute for Saudi Arabia other Islamist regimes in which it is punishable by death to convert from Islam to another religion. Even under the specter of Stalinist Russia and radical Islam, free s...
Conservative Lens

Pakistan — more legitimate than Israel?

Whenever I have received a call from a listener to my radio show challenging Israel’s legitimacy, I have asked these people if they ever called a radio show to challenge any other country’s legitimacy. In particular, I ask, have they ever questioned the legitimacy of Pakistan? The answer, of course, is always “no.” In fact, no caller ever understood why I even mentioned Pakistan. There are two reasons for this. First, of all the 200-plus countries in the world, only Israel’s legitim...
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JTA News

Israeli Cabinet reverses conversion reform policy

Marcy Oster Repealing conversion reform reportedly was part of the coalition deal struck between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism Party. ... [Link]

On Iran deal, Hoyer’s red lines are not AIPAC’s

Ron Kampeas Steny Hoyer studiously avoids AIPAC’s language in his statement on an Iran deal. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: It’s time to stop demonizing Michael Oren

Gabrielle Birkner Israel’s former U.S. ambassador wrote “Ally” for one overriding reason: to challenge Obama on Iran, writes Yossi Klein Halevi. ... [Link]

Report: Soros, Saban give total of $3 million to Clinton campaign

Cnaan Liphshiz Revelation comes amid reports that Clinton ... [Link]

Camp where Debbie Friedman began Jewish folk movement marks 50 years

Gabe Friedman Kutz Camp, the birthplace of modern spiritual Jewish music, celebrates fifty years of camp this July Fourth weekend. ... [Link]

Rioters chant against ‘Jewish murderers’ in Muslim Dutch neighborhood

Cnaan Liphshiz Riots near Jewish-owned enclave of The Hague erupted over slaying of young man by police officers. ... [Link]

Dutch lawmakers oppose slashing aid to Holocaust survivors

Cnaan Liphshiz Six survivors from The Hague were turned away from a care facility and told to seek help from their families. ... [Link]

Episcopal Church overwhelmingly rebuffs divestment resolution

Ron Kampeas The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops overwhelmingly rejected a motion to divest from company doing business with Israel in the West Bank. ... [Link]

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