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If Hezbollah attacks Israel, it’s . . . Israel’s fault

Pressure to support the Iran deal is one thing; anti-Semitic implications are another.

In early August, President Obama hosted 20 Jewish leaders at the White House’s Cabinet Room. His goal: to convince them to support the Iran deal. His rationale: not to support the deal will endanger Israel. Why? Because Iran will retaliate via its terrorist beneficiary, Hezbollah. So, according to Obama, if you say no to the deal, then the rockets from Lebanon will rain down.

This logic is not only misguided but dangerous. Dig deeper, deconstruct, and anti-Semitic tropes abound.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2015 13:54 )

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Surprise, surprise from ‘neutral’ Switzerland

Surprise, surprise. Switzerland is the first country to lift its sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. The ink on the nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran is not even dry — in fact, the deal hasn’t even been officially approved in the US — but the Swiss-Iran trade route is open for business. The Swiss have a history of couching their foreign policy decisions under the innocuous — or even positive — sounding “neutral” or “diplomatic” label. It allows the leadership ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2015 13:55 )

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The Declaration of Representation

You may have noticed a new IJN column a few weeks ago: The Signers of the Declaration (of Independence). Linda Berrettini- McGinnis explores the personalities behind those who put their name to the document that formed the cornerstone of what became the United States of America. A common theme among the signers we have met so far is their belief in representation.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2015 13:55 )

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BDS is rife with anti-Semitism

Only a Jewish performer is asked to pass a litmus test on Israel and the Palestinians. If there were any lingering doubt that the BDS movement — which calls for the boycott, divestment and sanctions of and against Israel — is rife with anti-Semitism, the cancelling of a Matisyahu concert in Spain should serve to silence the naysayers.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:01 )

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Julian Bond, 1940-2015

The legacy of Julian Bond will rightfully focus on his life’s work in civil rights. From his student years literally until his death last week at 75, he was one of the movement’s most stalwart and intrepid figures, as consistent in his moral clarity as he was determined in working toward his objective. That objective — one sadly still not fully realized in 2015 — was equal rights for African Americans. As a member of the younger side of the generation led by such titans as Martin Luther...
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Slovenian synagogue named national cultural landmark

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Jewish community quashes bill to reinstate ‘Portuguese Alfred Dreyfus’

Cnaan Liphshiz The measure in the case of a libeled army captain offered none of the financial compensation given to non-Jewish officers persecuted by the Salazar dictatorship. ... [Link]

Israeli rabbinical group to host 55,000 secular Jews for holiday services

Marcy Oster Tzohar will run its explanatory services at 295 locations throughout Israel. ... [Link]

Attacker of French troops guarding Paris-area synagogue arrested

Cnaan Liphshiz The troops were posted outside the synagogue and school following the slaying of four Jews in January at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris. ... [Link]

Dutch chief rabbi was warned a year ago to avoid train travel

Cnaan Liphshiz The advice from police was due to Jacobs’ official function, for which he often appears on television, making him easily identifiable. ... [Link]

Amid fighting in Syria, Holocaust survivor’s grandson planning aliyah

Cnaan Liphshiz The 37-year-old former British soldier scrawls a Breslov Hasidic slogan on buildings that he helps Kurds reclaim from ISIS fighters. ... [Link]

Israel’s football team wins first international game

Marcy Oster The Israelis defeated Spain, 28-20, in Madrid in a bid to qualify for the International Federation of American Football’s B-Group International Tournament in 2016. ... [Link]

Massive gas field discovered in Mediterranean off Egypt’s coast

Marcy Oster The field is significantly larger than Israel’s offshore Leviathan field, which had been considered the largest gas field in the Mediterranean. ... [Link]

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