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J Street: ‘pro-Israel,’ or pro-‘death of Israel’?

IT’S HARD to see fellow Jews advocate for the end of Israel. Harder yet to see such claims dishonestly veiled as Zionism and being “pro-Israel.”

Yet, J Street advisory council member Marcia Freedman said just that. She is suggesting that if Israel perfects its democracy to the point where minorities are completely protected, then thinking about an end of Israel as a state and instead as a homeland — a place for Jews to find refuge as a protected minority, living amongst a Palestinian Arab majority — is fine.

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Conservative Lens

America’s left-wing Jews ashamed of Israel

American Jews on the left were beside themselves last week. Israel’s Jews did something that utterly infuriated these American Jews: Israel’s Jews overwhelmingly voted for a man of the right (or for other right-of-center parties). And not just any right-winger, but the only leader in the Western world to publicly differ from their hero, President Barack Obama.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 March 2015 08:52 )

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View from Central Park

Pesto, pecans...

We all have our Passover culinary traditions. Subconsciously, I think one was created here in this column when it seems, as Passover rolls around (ooh, pardon that pun!), I write a food column. Not one to break with tradition, I shall oblige you. But instead of a nostalgic food memory column, this year I shall be pragmatic. We all have our food quirks on Passover. I am no exception.
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View From Denver

National Jewish Health: Not too big, not too small

DR. MICHAEL SALEM, president and CEO of National Jewish Health, identifies a Catch 22: In contemporary medical facilities, you can’t get too small, and you can’t get too big. If you get too big, you can attract quality faculty for research, but can’t provide the opportunities for the intimate exchange of ideas, for natural interaction and cross-fertilization. And you can’t provide personalized medicine. If you get too small, you don’t have the resources for either the research or th...
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View from Central Park

Sunrise

I, ALONG with all of you, was following the Israeli elections with bated breath. And based on the media, polls and general social media, was mentally preparing for the possibility of Bibi losing. There was also an impressive new person in the leftist camp I was watching. After Bibi’s decisive win, and the left’s loss, this new candidate I was watching posted a photo to his Facebook page in response to the loss. I assumed the photo was of a dark sunset. But when I looked to read the commen...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough

Ben Sales A string of violent attacks has prompted a broad spectrum of Israelis to call for more aggressive action against Jewish terrorism. ... [Link]

Memorial held for teen killed in gay pride parade stabbing

Marcy Oster Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, told the hundreds of vigil participants, “do not be afraid to be who you are.” ... [Link]

Jewish suspects in deadly firebombing can be held without charges

Marcy Oster Israel’s security Cabinet allows administrative detention, a measure to prevent terrorism, in an attack that killed a baby boy. ... [Link]

Massive Jerusalem fire brought under control amid heatwave

Marcy Oster Some 30 firefighting teams and at least four airplanes battled the blaze, which led to the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes. ... [Link]

2 observant Jews sue N.Y. apartment building over electronic keys

Marcy Oster The men filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging religious discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. ... [Link]

16-year-old girl stabbed at Jerusalem pride parade dies of wounds

Marcy Oster Yishai Schlissel, a haredi Orthodox man from the West Bank, is in police custody. He was found psychologically fit to stand trial after allegedly stabbing six marchers. ... [Link]

Israeli lawmaker calls gay pride parade an ‘abomination march’

Marcy Oster Jewish Home’s Betzalel Smotrich also said: “I object vehemently to violence, and promise to object no less vehemently to the recognition of same-sex couples in the Jewish State.” ... [Link]

Rivlin’s security force files police complaint following threats

Marcy Oster Threats on social media include a call for Rivlin’s assassination and a photo showing the president wearing a black-and-white-checkered kaffiyah. ... [Link]

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