Intermountain Jewish News

Mar 04th


Truth is their worst enemy

Islamic terrorists strike at journalists because the terrorists fear the pen. They know it is mightier than the sword.

As the IJN prepared to go to press this week, details of the terrorist attack on Wednesday against a French satirical magazine remained mostly unfocused. Speculation was rife as to whether the perpetrators were native French citizens, whether they actually belong to al-Qaida, whether the cold-blooded murder of 12 Charlie Hebdo staff members and police officers represents a new tactical direction for Islamist terror in Europe and elsewhere.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:51 )


Turkey, meet Japan

It is now the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. In 1915 and for a few years afterwards, Ottoman Turks mercilessly cut down Armenians with the intent to annihilate the race; and from 1915 until today, a full century later, the Ottoman Turks and after them the leaders of modern Turkey have tried to deny this genocide. The Ottoman Turks murdered some one-and-a-half million human beings, but not then, and not now, have they owned up to it. To the extent that contemporary Turks deny the ge...

Bill Corn, 1923-2014

We’re going to miss that crackling, pleasant, curious, friendly and phenomenally concerned voice coming over the line — the voice of Bill Corn from Boulder. We’re going to miss his faxes, his letters, his passion for the Jewish people and for Israel. Wegoing to miss his pride in his wife Rita, his children and grandchildren. We suspect that there’s a lot more about Bill Corn that we didn’t know. Friendly, congenial people usually attract admirers and take delight in the small things o...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:54 )


It sounds heroic; it’s cowardly

An Israel hater is disinvited by the U of Penn. The better tactic would be to counter Chris Hedges and disprove him. The decision of the International Affairs Assn. at the University of Pennsylvania to disinvite Chris Hedges was wrong in principle and wrong pragmatically. Hedges is the former New York Times Middle East bureau chief, a current columnist for website, and a bonafide hater of Israel. Hedges equates Israel with ISIS. A recent column of his was titled, “ISIS — the n...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 January 2015 12:01 )


USY drops its ban on officers dating outside the faith

The United Synagogue Youth board’s decision to lift the ban on its board members’ dating outside the faith raises many questions. First and foremost: What is the origin of the values reflected in this decision? Those of the teenagers or those of their parents? One USY member who had considered running for her region’s board dropped the idea when she learned of the ban (now rescinded). She said: “It disappointed me a lot that I had to give up that opportunity [to run for the USY regiona...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 January 2015 11:58 )

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