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Look who’s in Israel from Denver today

If you’re missing a familiar face this week in shul or at the grocery store, there’s a good chance that your acquaintance may be in Israel this week having the time of his or her life.

Right now, as you read this, three diverse groups of Coloradans are in Israel:

Israel Study Tour took 71 high school rising seniors to Israel on June 8 for five weeks of touring, learning, socializing and trying their hands at things like kibbutz and army work.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:27 )

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Do the US and Iraq share a common enemy?

Patience has paid off in South Korea. It could work in Iraq, too — if we let it. President Bush declared in 2003, “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. A bit prematurely, it turned out. President Obama declared Iraq “sovereign, stable and self-reliant” in 2011 as he pulled American troops out of Iraq without a status of forces agreement. A bit prematurely, it turned out. It’s an ugly world out there — too ugly to fit into nice, preconceived, American notions about how long nasty peop...
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First fruits of PA-Hamas unity

No sooner does Hamas ink a unity agreement with the Palestinian Authority than the new entity kidnaps Israeli teens. Right. Only the technocrats are running the Palestinian Authority-Hamas unity government. The US bought into this charade, hook, line and sinker. Now, Secretary of State John Kerry eats crow, blaming Hamas for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens. Not soldiers. Not adults. Not armed. Just hitchhikers. Ages 16, 16, and 19. That’s the quarry of Hamas....

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 02:37 )

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Teachers unions want it both ways

Based on their court filings and arguments, one cannot escape the lugubrious conclusion that teacher unions defend the indefensible: retention of incompetent teachers; that is, indifference to the best interests of the children. Item: The Colorado Education Association last week lost a lawsuit in Denver District Court in which it argued that the Colorado legislature cannot change the supposed Constitutional right of a teacher not to be fired. Now, check this item: The California Teachers Assoc...
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Israel: The sky is not falling

The chief diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, native Denverite Herb Keinon, spoke in Denver over the weekend, maintaining that the long perspective on Israel gives great room for optimism. Among his points: First: Israel’s population upon its declaration of independence in 1948 was 600,000 Jews. Today it is 6.2 million Jews (and 1.8 million Arabs). In 1948, Israel was outgunned and outarmed, assaulted by many Arab armies. Today Israel is the strongest military power in the regio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:56 )

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Well-known Turkish Jewish couple found murdered

Anthony Weiss A prominent Turkish Jewish couple were found murdered in their home in Istanbul. ... [Link]

In Australia, Christian, Jewish leaders vow to ‘love Muslims’

Anthony Weiss Christian and Jewish religious leaders in Australia have started a campaign to express love and support for the country’s Muslim population. ... [Link]

Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

Anthony Weiss The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic video released by ISIS. ... [Link]

Pro-Israel groups condemn attack on Temple student

Anthony Weiss An assortment of pro-Israel watchdogs and right-wing groups has issued a statement deploring the alleged assault of a Jewish student at Temple University and criticizing a pro-Palestinian group. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: The end of liberal Zionism, Jewish sperm, Russell Brand vs. Anti-Semitism

Talia Lavin JTA rounds up noteworthy items from the Web. ... [Link]

In shadow of Ferguson, group builds ties across racial, cultural lines

Anthony Weiss In St. Louis, the organization Cultural Leadership has focused on Jewish and African-American experiences to teach high schoolers to fight for social justice. ... [Link]

Vandals target Jewish school in Denmark

Gabrielle Birkner A Jewish school in Denmark’s capital city was vandalized this week — its windows broken and anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on the building. ... [Link]

Boy killed by rocket fire; synagogue struck, injuring 3

Julie Wiener An Ashdod synagogue was hit by a rocket Friday afternoon, injuring three people lightly. ... [Link]

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