Intermountain Jewish News

Dec 01st


The fall of the Jewish state as we know it?

The effects of the Big Lie, circa 2015, are frightening.

Pepper spray is sold out in Jerusalem. So are Taser guns. As for firearms, believe it or not, the restrictions on gun ownership in the country where soldiers with Uzis walk everywhere freely are far stricter than in the US, but the laws have been loosened in recent weeks. The trend is clear: Personal self-defense is rising above reliance on Israeli soldiers and police for the simple reason that if someone is stabbing you, or a split second from stabbing you, there is no time for soldiers or police to intervene, unless, by sheer luck, they are right there, johnny on the spot.


Above & Beyond

There was a wrench to the gut last week when we read that Leon Frankel, one of the US military veterans who helped found the Israeli Air Force, passed away. We felt the same back in July, when Lou Lenart passed on. The two are key figures in the film “Above & Beyond,” which documents the unlikely story behind the early days of Israel’s Air Force.

Reprehensible moral equivalence from the White House

‘No Jews Allowed’: The White House’s cherished ‘status quo’ for the Temple Mount I. This, from White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Oct. 7: “The US condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 October 2015 08:50 )


Doctors Without Lives

The American bombing in Kunduz, Afghanistan In a terrible tragedy, reflecting the worst oxymoron of all, “friendly fire,” the US killed 22 people at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday night, Oct. 4.

Welcome, ADL national commissioners

We’re always proud to show off our beautiful city and state, but when a prestigious group such as the ADL National Commission comes to Denver, it becomes a distinct honor. We are proud that the meeting is hosted by the Mountain States regional office with its hard-working staff and dedicated board who have kept Colorado a relatively harmonious and safe place for people of all races, religions and backgrounds. A special welcome to ADL’s new national director, Jonathan Greenblatt. Copyright...
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Mark Zuckerberg pledges to donate $45B in Facebook shares over lifetime

Gabe Friedman Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said in a Facebook post announcing the birth of their daughter that they will give away 99 percent of their shares. ... [Link]

4 Israeli reactions to the Russia-Turkey fallout

Ron Kampeas With erstwhile allies Russia and Turkey quarreling, any Israeli schadenfreude is likely tempered by other emotions. ... [Link]

95-year-old Auschwitz paramedic ruled fit to stand trial

Julie Wiener A German higher court overruled a lower court decision that Hubert Z., who is accused of being an accessory in the murder of at least 3,681 people at the Nazi camp, was too frail for trial. ... [Link]

Israeli army to open draft to HIV-positive people

Ben Sales In an announcement timed to World AIDS Day, the IDF said treatment advances and the low risk of contagion led to the policy change for non-combat positions. ... [Link]

Reese Witherspoon producing film on Barbie’s Jewish creator

Julie Wiener The film is an adaptation of a 2010 book about Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel and developed its best-selling Barbie doll. ... [Link]

Judaica store manager assaulted outside Manhattan shop

Julie Wiener An African-American man who claimed to be Muslim reportedly struck the West Side Judaica employee in the face while yelling “F*** the Jews.” ... [Link]

With Israeli-EU relations strained, Netanyahu looks toward Asia

Ben Sales The prime minister’s warm embrace of his counterpart in India reflects a warming between Israel and Asia’s most powerful countries. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Israel, a ‘green’ pioneer, is now falling short

Gabrielle Birkner As part of the Jewish state’s delegation at the Paris climate conference, I want to wave the flag of the ‘start-up nation.’ But as a Jew, I know Israel is lagging, writes a solar energy activist... [Link]

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