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Robin Williams, the honorary Jew

We’re still learning more about the extraordinary comic and brilliant actor Robin Williams, who, alas, killed himself at age 63. Recently, many of us discovered that he was considered an honorary Jew, so to speak. It’s not just that he could effortlessly drop Yiddishisms or perfectly articulate the accent of an elderly Eastern European Jewish man, or that he had countless close friends and colleagues who were members of the tribe. His affection and support for Judaism ran deeper.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:24 )

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Yazidi. Let it not be another genocide.

The US is doing the right thing in trying to stop the brutal mass murder of the Yazidi by ISIL. The ‘take-home’ message is that ISIL is far from alone. The past week in ever-bloody Iraq has given us — to use a popular catch-phrase — a number of teachable moments. On the most basic level, we have learned something of the Yazidi, an obscure population whom, it’s safe to say, very few Westerners knew anything about until very recently. Descended from the Kurdish people with a religi...
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Israeli soldiers died for...Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, UAE

Israel is the short-term target of Islamic extremism. The long term-targets are stable Arab states, grateful beyond belief to Israel for doing their dirty work. Did you notice how all of the customary, acid criticism of Israel from Arab states suddenly dried up when Israel hammered Hamas? The headlines scream in The New York Times and elsewhere about how terrible it is that Israel’s bombs or shrapnel have killed innocent civilians in or near schools in Gaza. It is terrible. The loss of li...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00 )

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Israel just made a two-state solution possible

A unity government of the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist Hamas doomed any possibility of a two-state solution. This war was a game-changer. Remember the calumny heaped on Israel for unilaterally destroying Iraq’s nuclear reactor, Osirak, in 1981? Nine years later, when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August, 1990, and the US organized a coalition to go to war against Saddam Hussein, the US and the Arab world were profoundly grateful to Israel. The coalition had to face conventional — no...
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FAA flight ban undercut US-Israel trust

The US said that Iron Dome made it safe for Israel ?to withdraw from the West Bank. The US undermined its position by banning flights to Israel due to a single rocket. Rarely have we seen a diplomatic move so poorly thought out. We refer to the short US ban on American flights to Ben Gurion Airport. Of course, the ban was not cast as a diplomatic move at all, only a safety measure. Against the supposed unsafe Ben Gurion Airport, Aeroflot, British Airways, El Al and other carriers continued t...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:34 )

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Israeli cargo ship blocked in Oakland port heads to LA

Marcy Oster An Israeli-owned cargo ship prevented by pro-Palestinian demonstrators from unloading in the Oakland Port will try to unload in Los Angeles. ... [Link]

Frenchman probed for telling TV he might kill Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz French police opened a criminal investigation against a young man who made anti-Semitic statements during a televised interview. ... [Link]

The Jewish stars of ‘Star Trek’ shill for VW

Julie Wiener Could the twin appearance of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner soften the hearts of Jews who refuse to buy German cars? ... [Link]

At U.N., Abbas attacks Israel, but Netanyahu’s mind elsewhere

Uriel Heilman Between Benjamin Netanyahu’s show and tell and Mahmoud Abbas’ genocide tirade, there was some drama at the U.N. General Assembly — but few real surprises. ... [Link]

Belgian far-right party to push for ritual slaughter ban

Cnaan Liphshiz Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party said it will submit a bill proposing a blanket ban on ritual slaughter. ... [Link]

Yaalon: IDF took out 80 percent of Gaza rockets during offensive

Marcy Oster Israel destroyed some 80 percent of Palestinian rockets and mortars in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said. ... [Link]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2014 U.N. General Assembly address

Uriel Heilman Read Benjamin Netanyahu’s Sept. 29, 2014 speech. ... [Link]

Petition calls on El Al to protect female passengers from haredi harassment

Marcy Oster Hundreds have signed an online petition calling on El Al Airlines to protect female passengers from being harassed by haredi Orthodox men. ... [Link]

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