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Palestinian apartheid

One-and-a-half million Arabs live in Israel. They are Israeli citizens. No Jews live in either Gaza or Palestinian-controlled territories on the West Bank. As if that were not apartheid enough, the recent pogrom in a Jerusalem synagogue transformed Palestinian irredentism in a radical way.

The murderers of four rabbis and one Druze in a Jerusalem synagogue on Nov. 18, 2014 were two Arabs who differed from previous terrorists. These two Arabs were part of the warp and woof of Jewish life in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jewish Jerusalem. One of the Arabs worked in the local fish store, near the synagogue, and one was the janitor in the synagogue where they perpetuated the bloodbath, and in another nearby seminary.

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‘Too many ISIS fighters have died’

In a statement at the White House last week on Nov. 18, in light of lethal attacks on Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Obama said: “Tragically, this is not the first loss of life we have seen in recent months. Too many Kurds have died. Too many ISIS fighters have died. I think it is important for both Kurds and ISIS fighters to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence. We have to remind ourselves that the majority of Kurds and ISIS fighters overwhelmingly want peace and ...
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Zidan Nahad Saif, 1974-2014

Zidan Nahad Saif is the Druze policeman who was killed last week in a firefight with the two terrorists who slaughtered four Jews praying in a synagogue in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. The Druze are Israeli citizens who serve in the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli government agencies. The Druze go through the same processes of participation as the Jewish citizens of Israel. The Druze are monotheistic Arabs with their own, rather private religion. The community is roughly...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:34 )

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Iran gets more time to build a bomb... who’s surprised?

The idea that diplomacy is a viable option with the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world — Iran — has been fallacious from the moment the idea was first raised by the Obama administration. The initial round of six-party talks with Iran went nowhere. Last Monday it was announced that the second round went nowhere. The current, third round, will also go nowhere. The proof is nothing other than the statements by Iran itself. It says it will never close down or even significantly red...
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Thanksgiving’s Torah roots

We, the American citizenry, are a thankful lot. Our calendar is dotted with days when we express our gratitude to individuals and entities. On Veterans Day, we thank the members of the Armed Forces for their dedicated service. On Memorial Day, we show our gratitude to the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our liberties and democratic lifestyle. On Labor Day, we express our appreciation to the industrious American work force, the people who keep the wheels ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:28 )

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Carolyn Starman Hessel, Jewish world’s book maven, turns the page

Julie Wiener She’s been called “the Jewish Oprah” for her ability to help authors find audiences and has enjoyed enormous clout among publishers. Now after 20 years on the job, she’s retiri... [Link]

Jacques Wagner named Brazilian minister of defense

Cnaan Liphshiz A former activist with the Zionist Habonim Dror movement, Wagner had previously served as minister of labor under former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. ... [Link]

Los Angeles philanthropist Guilford Glazer dies

Ben Harris Glazer was known for his support of Israeli universities, including Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and for his friendships with Israeli Prime Ministers David Ben-Gurion, G... [Link]

BBC TV’s director fears for the future of Jews in the UK

Gabe Friedman “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months,” Danny Cohen told an Israeli television anchor at a conference in Jerusalem. ... [Link]

Kosher restaurant to open in Tokyo

Cnaan Liphshiz New eatery joins kosher falafel stand and several non-kosher Israeli diners in catering to Israeli and Jewish tourists. ... [Link]

French police arrest fourth suspect in Creteil rape and robbery

Cnaan Liphshiz A suspect caught near Lyon is believed to have participated in the burglary along with two others. ... [Link]

Child victim of West Bank firebomb attack doing better

Cnaan Liphshiz Ayala Shjapira, 11, is still in critical condition and suffering from deep burns in her face and scalp. ... [Link]

French Jewish students slammed for alleged Bennett snub

Cnaan Liphshiz Left-leaning group denies refusing to meet right-wing Israeli minister during Paris visit. ... [Link]

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