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This is a diplomat? Michael Oren’s colossal blunder

What happened to the good sense he seemed to exhibit as an ambassador?

Michael Oren, the American-born, former ambassador of Israel to the US — he of skilled tongue, eloquent pen and brilliant mind — made a colossal blunder last week. It is hard to believe how somebody so polished and, on the outside at least, so adroit, could have been so utterly blind to the consequences of his action. It calls into question, in retrospect, his entire service as ambassador and makes one wonder whether a good part of the difficulties between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu originated with, or were exacerbated by, Michael Oren.

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What does a Confederate flag represent if not slavery?

Nine innocent blacks were murdered by a racist white. The Confederate flag sums it all up. Color us ignorant or disrespectful of the Southern “heritage,” if you like. But for the life of us we cannot figure out what a Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol is supposed to recall if not slavery. When we are told that it represents not racism, but the Southern “heritage,” well, what is that heritage if not slavery? What is “state’s rights” in the Southern con...
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Missing Doris Sky for 25 years

Longtime readers of the Intermountain Jewish News will no doubt remember the colorful Doris Sky, our managing editor who was suddenly taken from our midst 25 years ago this week. A quarter of a century goes by in a flash when people busy themselves with their everyday lives and work toward momentous life events. That seems particularly true to those of us involved in publishing a newspaper week in and week out.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:45 )

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Twenty years for Rose Community Foundation

The founders of General Rose Memorial Hospital would never have dreamed . . . It is instructive what one can get used to. Case in point: Lists of grants that total in the millions of dollars — quarterly lists; or, to be more precise, some 72 such quarterly lists since Rose Community Foundation began its grantmaking. Rose Community Foundation was founded with the sale of Rose Medical Center in 1995, which evolved from General Rose Memorial Hospital, founded in 1949 by leaders of Denver Jewry...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:00 )

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NPR fails the standards of reporting

It turns out that the ‘rigorous reporting’ of the station that regularly touts its superiority is data from a defamatory list on the Internet. According to its website, NPR defines itself by “great storytelling and rigorous reporting.” In a recent news program, both of these elements were evident, but the former was not bolstered by the latter. The “great storytelling” was not based on “rigorous reporting,” but upon the kind of drudge that fills the Internet, the kind of rese...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 13:50 )

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Judge upholds sentence of mikvah-peeping rabbi

Julie Wiener The ruling Friday came in response to Rabbi Barry Freundel’s appeal of the sentence levied in May after he pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism. ... [Link]

Senate panel passes energy efficiency bill championed by Orthodox Union

Gabe Friedman The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed a bill developed in part by the Orthodox Union that will help synagogues and other nonprofit buildings lower their energy costs. ... [Link]

Gary Ackerman, former congressman from N.Y., comes out against Iran deal

Gabe Friedman Former Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman joined the advisory board of a group backed by AIPAC, which opposes the deal. ... [Link]

West Bank settlements hit by fires in suspected Palestinian revenge attacks

Julie Wiener Dozens of residents of a West Bank settlement were evacuated from their homes after inhaling smoke from a brush fire suspected of being set by Palestinians. ... [Link]

Jewish terror draws Netanyahu’s focus homeward

Ron Kampeas The flow of Iran messaging from the Prime Minister’s Office was interrupted by Netanyahu’s fierce condemnation of a deadly arson attack in the West Bank. ... [Link]

Assailant in Jerusalem LGBT parade stabbing deemed fit for trial

Julie Wiener Yishai Schlissel, who is in police custody, was found fit to stand trial after a psychiatric evaluation Friday, a day after he allegedly stabbed six, seriously injuring two. ... [Link]

Witholding blame, U.S. issues harsh condemnation of Nablus-area deadly arson

Cnaan Liphshiz State Department statement refers to killing of Palestinian baby as unattributed terror attack, welcomes Israel’s pledge to catch culprits. ... [Link]

Over 100 headstones toppled at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery

Julie Wiener Philadelphia’s historic Adath Jeshurun Cemetery was vandalized, with 124 of its headstones knocked over. ... [Link]

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