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The myth of Palestinian centrality is finally exploded

A subtle, unnoticed, yet crucial change has taken place since 2011, with the inception and collapse of the “Arab Spring.”

Start, actually, with 2014 and the ISIS beheadings. No one, from the beheaders to the outraged citizens of the world, has linked ISIS to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

No one believes, or even considers, that if Israel and the Palestinians were at peace, ISIS and its dreams of a caliphate would not exist.

A myth of some seven decades has finally bitten the dust.

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The IJN staff prays, 5775

The IJN staff prays, 5775Andrea Jacobs: I’ve composed a prayer of sorts on this page for 22 years. Every year it seems to get harder. I must dig deep, without ever anticipating the end. It’s an act of faith performed in the silence of my heart. For weeks a chasidic teaching attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa has whispered to me: “Everyone must have two pockets, with a note in each pocket so that he or she can reach into one or the other depending on the need. When feeling lowly and depressed, discour...

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 September 2014 09:31 )

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Crime and punishment in sports

Once again, the bad boys of professional sports have grabbed headlines. On Monday, we learned of the release of the incriminating surveillance tape showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching out his then-fiance (now wife) and dragging her out of an elevator. Despite an initial light punishment, Rice was cut from the Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL. He shortly lost endorsements. That same day, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson came forward with a racially insensi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 01:03 )

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More Israeli housing outside the 1967 lines

A hue and cry was heard when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last week that some 1,000 acres of uninhabited land bordering the Etzion bloc on the West Bank was being set aside for Israeli housing. We shall leave aside the wisdom of that step for now, instead observing that on Sept. 3 the Municipality of Jerusalem approved plans for more housing in East Jerusalem — Arab housing.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 02:40 )

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Should Arab Israelis have the right to protest Israel’s war against Hamas?

Separation of church and state? Not in Israeli democracy. Differences in American and Israeli democracy also extend to protests against wars. The US is a democracy. Israel is a democracy. Therefore, many think, American constitutional principles should be transferrable to Israel. Yet, observe: Some Jewish religious groups who adamantly defend the wall between church and state in the US seek Israeli government funds for their religious institutions in Israel. The Reform movement in the US a...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:56 )

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This Week in Jewish Farming: First frost

Ben Harris Most farmers don’t celebrate the death of their crops. But the arrival of the first sub-freezing night was a welcome respite after months of hard labor. ... [Link]

Eight Palestinians reported injured in Jerusalem-area clashes

Cnaan Liphshiz At least eight Palestinians were reportedly wounded in clashes with Israeli police the occurred shortly after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s urged all parties to practice restraint in Jerusale... [Link]

British Jewish school flunks tolerance test

Cnaan Liphshiz A British Jewish school failed government inspections on tolerance sparked by complaints that an emphasis on Islam in some public learning institutions has led to “a culture of intimidation.R... [Link]

Jewish school enrollment up 12 percent, fueled by haredi Orthodox growth

Uriel Heilman Enrollment in Haredi Orthodox schools us up sharply, while non-Orthodox schools are down, and New York and New Jersey have about 75 percent of all day school students nationwide. ... [Link]

Michael Jordan wades into the Obama-Bibi “sh*t” storm (sort of)

Ami Eden Obama’s on the receiving end this time — and from the most iconic athlete on the planet. ... [Link]

Pro-BDS Jewish group boycotts Brussels Jewish film festival

Cnaan Liphshiz A small, left-leaning Jewish organization pulled out of the Brussels Jewish Film Festival because of the involvement in the event of the Israeli and U.S. embassies. ... [Link]

Vietnam’s first Israeli film festival to celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations

Cnaan Liphshiz A film festival in Vietnam will mark 20 years of diplomatic relations with Israel. ... [Link]

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