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Quiet revolutions

The anxiety over the issue of the haredi draft in Israel is increasing. Last week in New York City there was a protest by some chasidic groups against the State of Israel and the draft. Some photos showed signs being carried with the slogan, “anti-Semitism.”

To me, Jews publicly protesting Israeli policy in the US is simply anathema.

Be it JStreeters on the liberal left or extremist chasidim on the right.

I will never understand it.

We are talking about the State of Israel.

Our Israel.

View From Denver

Territorial Imperative: forward to the past

Territorial Imperative: forward to the pastIn The Territorial Imperative, Robert Ardrey argues that a universal, primal instinct encompasses both the animal kingdom and humankind: the compulsion to possess and defend territory. Without territory, “territorial species” cease to exist. Just one problem, which Ardrey, try as he might, cannot quite wedge into his category: the Jews. For nearly 1,900 years, the Jews had no territory and were subjected to terrible persecutions, yet still flourished as scholars, traders, and even builders ...
Conservative Lens

Why I say Merry Christmas

AS a Jew, and a religious one at that, this week, I am wishing my fellow Americans a Merry Christmas. Not “Happy Holidays.” Merry Christmas. I write, “my fellow Americans” because, as reported by the Pew Research poll released Wednesday, Dec. 18, nine in 10 Americans say they celebrate Christmas. Apparently, many Americans have forgotten that Christmas is not only a Christian holy day, but also an American national holiday. Just as we wish one another a “Happy Thanksgiving” or a ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 December 2013 04:32 )

View from Central Park

As a child suffers . . .

Heartbreakingly, many of us have heard of the tragic plight of the little boy from Texas, Rephael Elisha Meir ben Devora Cohen. Aside from the fact that many of us are praying for him, a petition sent out on behalf of his family asks for 100,000 signatures so the government can make an exception and dispense non-FDA approved experimental drugs in a last ditch effort to save this precious child’s life. Conventional medical treatment has failed. At first many signed the petition, not knowing...
View from Central Park

No nuance from American Studies Association

The American Studies Association (ASA) has officially joined the BDS movement — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — against Israel. ASA has heeded the Palestinian call, joining the many Europeans already boycotting Israel. For American intellectuals to stand opposed to Israel in this way is unprecedented. To fight injustice, oppression and suffering is crucial. To pick and choose who you will take a stand against based on your prejudices versus realities on the ground is a different story...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:36 )

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Israeli soldier feared captured in Gaza Strip

Cnaan Liphshiz An Israeli soldier is feared captured near Rafah, Israeli media reported, and a cease-fire collapsed in its first hours. ... [Link]

Amsterdam woman injured in second assault over Israeli flag

Cnaan Liphshiz A woman was assaulted for displaying an Israeli flag from her balcony in Amsterdam, in the second such incident reported this week. ... [Link]

British mayor flies Palestinian flag in solidarity with Gaza

Cnaan Liphshiz The Muslim mayor of a London borough drew criticism when he displayed a Palestinian flag at town hall to express solidarity with Palestinians during the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

Five IDF troops die ahead of Gaza ceasefire deadline

Cnaan Liphshiz Five Israeli troops died in a mortar explosion near the border with Gaza, hours before a three-day ceasefire with Hamas was to go into effect. ... [Link]

Kerry: Israel may continue tunnel demolition during cease-fire

Ron Kampeas Israel will continue its work to destroy tunnels during the Gaza Strip cease-fire, and Hamas is attending truce talks in Cairo, according to statements from U.S. and Turkish officials. ... [Link]

Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire, with Israeli troops in place

Ron Kampeas Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour unconditional cease-fire. ... [Link]

Protesters threaten British cosmetics store that sells Israeli products

Marcy Oster A cosmetics store in Manchester, England, that sells Israeli cosmetics has been victimized by callers threatening to kill the staff and burn down the store. ... [Link]

NYT on why it hasn’t shown photos of Hamas fighters: We don’t have any

Uriel Heilman The New York Times says it eagerly pursues photos from both sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict, but so far their photographer in Gaza hasn’t even seen anyone carrying a gun. ... [Link]

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