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An ironic thank you

It seems like the SodaStream controversy has barely died down when Israel faces another culinary BDS threat. Only this time the source is from the inside. So far.

Shamir Salads — you’ve probably passed the brand in the refrigerator section of a market here or there, identified by its signature green leaf-red tomato graphic icon — is being tossed about now as the evil factory in question.

All those divine salads of the Middle East, such as hummus, baba-genouj and Matboucha (a Turkish pepper concoction) are no longer as harmless as they once seemed. Turns out, the factory that manufactures these pre-packaged dips and salads is in settlement territory.

The thing is, few people really knew about it until this week.

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Reflections

The mitzvah of giving to others

WHEN I was growing up, money meant AUTHORITY. Dad made the money so he also made the decisions. Our family lived by the Golden Rule: He who has the gold, rules. We were told at an early age that it wasn’t “polite” to talk about money, but it sure seemed to be the subtext of most conversations. What things cost, rising inflation, salaries, who drove what type of car, where people shopped and where to get the best deal were dinner table topics served along with the meatloaf and potatoes. ...
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View From Denver

Fake forgiveness

Fake forgivenessI HAVE no doubt that everyone of us has been offered an apology that was completely insincere, with the expectation — to rub salt in the wound — that we would accept it, and graciously, and then “move on.” Apologies — fake and sincere — are far from a simple matter. These apologies that we are supposed to make before Yom Kippur, if we’re truly serious about it, engage our self-image, our ego, our capacity for honesty and our fear of rejection. Does anyone really apologize? The a...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 05:33 )

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View from Central Park

Chimes of peace

ON our way to meet Rafi Babayan, chief security officer of Sdot Negev Regional Council, we kept passing signs — “Warning: Missile Area — Your Life is in Danger.” This was my introduction to Kibbutz Alumim within the Green Line, an organic farming kibbutz bordering Gaza. When the news reported the very real danger of tunnels being dug into kibbutz dining halls, with terrorists popping out, this is one such kibbutz. In fact, at one point while our small group was loitering, Rafi turned t...
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Conservative Lens

Islamic State (ISIL) is ‘non-Islamic’?

PRESIDENT Obama declared in his recent address to the nation that “ISIL is not Islamic.” How does he know? On what basis did the president of the US declare the group of Muslims that calls itself “Islamic State” is “not Islamic”? Has he studied Islam and Islamic history and concluded that ISIL, Boko Haram, al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Jamaat-e-Islami, Lashkar-e-Taiba (the group which slaughtered 166 people in Mumbai, most especially guests at the Taj Hotel, and which to...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 02:56 )

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Kerry to address AJC weeks before Iran deadline

Ron Kampeas Secretary of State John Kerry will address the American Jewish Committee’s annual Washington conference just weeks before a deadline on an Iran nuclear deal. ... [Link]

German man loses appeal on ‘anti-Zionist’ chants

Marcy Oster Taylan Can unsuccessfully argued that his chants at an anti-Israel demonstration last summer were purely political. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster Iranian senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi told Iran’s state TV that heis not in a hurry to complete the negotiations. ... [Link]

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