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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 exactly what they were signing. Then, USA Today came out with an exposé on the controversial antineoplaston drug and, more significantly, an expose of the doctor administering the drug, Stanislaw Burzynski. Based on the expose, he indeed does sound like an incompetent, creepily preying on the vulnerability of those desperately facing life and death circumstances.

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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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View From Denver

Denverite: ‘I survived Mengele six or seven times’

Denverite: ‘I survived Mengele six or seven times’I COULDN’T believe my ears. If I read the body language correctly, my interlocutor’s level of belief wasn’t much greater. After all, it is now 68 years since the end of the Holocaust — and even longer since Cantor Zachary Kutner was in Auschwitz — but just now, something clicked. Something dawned on him. It took some 70 years for the realization, not, perhaps, of the facts themselves, but of their weight. In a mixture of anguish and wonder — sort of counting them up as he went — ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 December 2013 04:17 )

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Reflections

Lesson from a rattlesnake

A few years ago I was climbing up a jagged canyon wall when I heard a noise akin to the sound of a tambourine. I looked up and saw it — a rattlesnake sat curled on the ledge about three inches from my right hand. We both froze and stared at each other for what seemed like hours. I was too afraid to move, too fearful to call out, so I just waited and prayed until he finally slithered away into a crevice in the mountain wall. In hindsight, I think that rattler was actually a very decent fellow...
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View from Central Park

Nelson Mandela was complex

Everywhere I look there’s another article about the passing of Nelson Mandela. Most articles laud him, a few villify him. And any criticism of his legacy is being labeled racist. The fact is that the legacy of Nelson Mandela —or, as he was affectionately known by his clan name “Madiba” or, intimately, by “Tata” (father), by his people who are streaming to his memorial to say goodbye, who are at once mourning his loss and celebrating his life — is a complex one. Different qualitie...
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Al Franken vs. BDS

Daniel Treiman Sen. Al Franken thinks that anti-Israel divestment campaigns are no laughing matter and offers to fight them on college campuses. ... [Link]

Israeli gets jail time in Sweden for terrorism threats

Cnaan Liphshiz An Israeli citizen who threatened to commit terrorism in Sweden after his asylum request was denied there was sentenced to two years in prison. ... [Link]

Israel rejects Kerry’s proposed cease-fire

Ron Kampeas Israel rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s cease-fire proposal. ... [Link]

From the Archive: When Ukrainians accidentally shot down a plane from Israel

Julie Wiener In October 2001, a military training exercise gone horribly awry resulted in the death of 78 people, 66 of them Jews. ... [Link]

Police to probe Arab-Israeli lawmaker Zoabi for alleged incitement

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s attorney general instructed police to launch a criminal investigation into the actions of an Israeli Arab lawmaker who allegedly incited others to violence and insulted two police offic... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas’ Arab enemy, psychoanalyzing Shmuley Boteach, Jews kissing Arabs

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

European anti-Semitism is focus as Jewish leaders, Democratic senators meet

Ron Kampeas Anxiety about increasing anti-Semitism in Europe dominated the annual meeting between Jewish leaders and Democratic senators. ... [Link]

Army declares Oron Shaul dead in Gaza fighting

Ron Kampeas The Israeli army declared dead a soldier who until now had been missing in action. ... [Link]

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