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Donors sick of giving to Gaza — they should be

Donors ante up another $5.4 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza — again. They’re tired of this. To stop it, pay attention to who starts the Gaza wars.

In Cairo last Sunday donor countries pledged $5.4 billion to rebuild the Gaza Strip. They’re sick of this. They should be.

Qatar forks over $1 billion. The US, another $212 million. UAE, $200 million. The EU, $568 million. Turkey, $200 million. Kuwait, $200 million. Greece, $1.35 million. Some 50 donors nations, all told.

What a colossal waste.

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Looking forward to JAAMM

“Jewish Authors, Artists, Movies and Music” — JAAMM — is the cultural celebration put on by the Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Loup JCC. We’re looking forward to it. In 2007, the first year of the reincarnation of the Leah Cohen Festival of Books and Authors, 11 authors made presentations at eight events. This year, it’s 35 events with 16 authors, not to mention the concerts, the lectures and more. But it’s not the quantity. It’s the quality.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:04 )

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2000, 2008, 2014 have a lot in common

At the Camp David talks sponsored by President Bill Clinton in 2000, Israel under Ehud Barak offered Yasir Arafat a Palestinian state on the West Bank, with additional territory from Israel proper in exchange for Israeli settlements. Yasir Arafat refused. No Palestinian state. In 2008, in Israeli-Palestinian talks, Israel under Ehud Olmert offered Mahmoud Abbas a Palestinian state on the West Bank, plus the land swaps — and a capital in East Jerusalem, as well as sovereignty over the Temple...
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If a Nazi is a Nazi...

A beheading by an Islamic adherent in America cannot coherently be recast as ‘workplace violence.’ To do so is to deny a critical lesson of the Holocaust. One often hears of “the lessons of the Holocaust.” Usually this is taken to indicate the need to counter hate, however minimally manifest, lest it grow into a monster, just as Hitler, originally a marginal figure, grew into a monster. But there are other lessons, quite pertinent to the hate that we find in the world today. One of ...
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What happens if someone begins to show Ebola symptoms while in flight?

The superiority of the US health system is an irrelevancy if an airline passenger from an Ebola-affected area comes down with Ebola symptoms while in flight to the US. What happens if someone begins to show Ebola systems while in flight? There is no way to quarantine the victim. There is no medically guaranteed way to stop the spread of the virus to the other passengers. We are all suffering from an erroneous terminological association from the HIV/AIDS crisis. That association is the fact ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 October 2014 14:12 )

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JTA News

Yemen minister dedicates award to country’s Jews

Anthony Weiss Yemen’s minister of culture is donating an international human rights prize to the country’s tiny and persecuted Jewish minority. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Sara K. Greenberg Corporations and universities should not lend mainstream legitimacy to such a radical and odious movement as BDS. ... [Link]

And the only state without a Chabad is…

Julie Wiener As of this year, Chabad-Lubavitch — hosting its annual gathering this weekend in New York — has a permanent presence in 49 states. So which one is the holdout? ... [Link]

Several injured in West Bank clashes

Cnaan Liphshiz A soldier and several Palestinians were wounded in Friday riots across the West Bank. ... [Link]

Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

Cnaan Liphshiz A stabbing attack, which the victims said was committed by Arabs, happened outside an eastern Jerusalem yeshiva. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Behind social entrepreneurship, a surprising force

Julie Wiener Religiously affiliated supporters of Jewish innovation are involved in Jewish life, know what they find most valuable in Judaism and want to find ways to share it with others, this foundation director... [Link]

Report: Iranian envoy to return to Tehran ahead of nuke talks deadline

Cnaan Liphshiz Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will consult with his country’s leaders on nuclear negotiations. ... [Link]

Do you know a teen who deserves a shout-out?

Ami Eden We’re looking for teens whose social action work is worthy of attention — to highlight in our Teen Heroes column. Please send your suggestions to teens@jta.org. ... [Link]

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