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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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ISIS should be decapitated next

King Henry VIII beheaded Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard in the 1500s. The charges were specious but it was Henry’s country. Priests prayed for Boleyn and Howard on the scaffold. There was no video, only a huge turnout. ISIS released a video showing the hideous decapitation of American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff on Sept. 2. Experts suspect Sotloff was murdered on or around Aug. 16, when a faceless man in a black cloak beheaded US journalist James Foley. We’ll never know for sure....
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NATO is dead

NATO has lost the capacity and the will to defend its member states, even in the face of blatant Russian aggression. It’s so much easier to blame Israel for genocide. I. The strength of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, founded after WW II to stop an aggressor from ever again threatening the democracies of Europe, is based on one basic concept: an attack on one member is an attack on all. If one member country is attacked, the others come to its military defense. That, in a nutshell...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 01:22 )

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Recovering the gloves, and ourselves

Have you noticed the mornings?  It’s only the end of August, but the mornings are slightly chilled, shadowed and sleepy. It feels like fall outside the window, which is no longer left open. The ceiling fan is silent. A blanket is needed. Summer clothes remain in the closet, exhausted from overuse. Time to wash the green jacket; try on that favorite sweater to see if it still fits. Where on earth are the winter gloves? Where? It’s a whole new season, ahead of schedule.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:30 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

From grandfather of baby terror victim, a tearful message

Ben Sales Chaya Zissel Braun was just 3 months old when a Palestinian man rammed his car into a crowd of people waiting for the Jerusalem light rail. ... [Link]

Israel’s Rivlin seeks to cure ‘disease’ of racism

Ben Sales The new president, the Likud party’s elder statesman, has been his country’s most vocal politician in recent history on issues of racial discrimination and violence. ... [Link]

U.S. makes some light rail stations off limits to gov’t staffers in Israel

Marcy Oster U.S. government personnel have been restricted from using Jerusalem Light Rail stations in parts of eastern Jerusalem for a month. ... [Link]

Moscow JCC renamed for JDC’s Ralph Goldman

Marcy Oster Salute is called a “fitting tribute” to a visionary Jewish leader who helped rebuild Jewish life in Russia. ... [Link]

Israel slams Latvian show celebrating Nazi’s life

Cnaan Liphshiz In criticizing “Cukurs, Herbert Cukurs,” the Foreign Ministry makes a rare comment about an artistic endeavor that is not about Israel. ... [Link]

Kit to check food for pork traces hits France

Julie Wiener Could do-it-yourself food tests ever replace kosher supervision? ... [Link]

After Twitter ruling, tech firms increasingly toe Europe’s line on hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz Facebook and YouTube have taken steps to remove hateful material from their sites — a result, experts say, of Twitter’s defeat in a French court last year. ... [Link]

Canadian Jewish institutions ramping up security following jihadist incidents

Julie Wiener Two soldiers have been killed in attacks, including one on the Parliament in the nation’s capital. ... [Link]

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