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Hatred in transit, Belgium . . . to Germany?

Middle East to France to Belgium  . . . to Germany? How to halt terrorism: Merkel’s idea.

In an act one-third magnanimity, one-third repentance and one-third blindness, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come up with her own method of halting terrorism: welcoming some one million immigrants into Germany, mostly from the primary geographical origin of terrorism, the Middle East.

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Quagmire

Last September, Russia took the lead in Syria. Obama scoffed at it, but Russia has now achieved its goals. It wasn’t afraid to act. Another foreign policy abdication for the US. When Vladimir Putin of Russia announced about six months ago that he would be sending in his planes to attack ISIS in Syria, President Obama scoffed. “Quagmire,” he said. Putin was going to sink his country in a quagmire. Bad move. . . . a mistake the US would not make. As was not hard to predict at the time, t...
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The Palestinian no’s to peace with Israel keep coming

On the off chance that BDS supporters actually wants to know why there is no formal peace between Israel and the Palestinians, they need only consult the recent secret Israeli-Palestinian talks, as reported in Haaretz. Israel offered to stop military operations in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Jericho. The Palestinian Authority considers Ramallah its capital. The Palestinian response: No! “No” is not a new word in the Palestinian dictionary. Three months after the Six Day War in Ju...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:32 )

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Trump’s soccer fans

Is this a campaign season or a European soccer match? At the moment, it’s hard to tell the difference. European soccer is plagued by a strain of racism perpetuated by a nasty cadre of fans known as ultras. For these hooligans, being a fan is a core aspect of their identities. Who they befriend; who they despise; what they wear; which symbols they carry; what they spend their days discussing:all of this — i.e., their social and personal identity — is bound to the team. Following the team ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 March 2016 12:18 )

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Fear propeling populism cannot be dismissed

Political fear, no matter how unformed or ambiguous, cannot be ignored. That is the lesson that must be learned from the current rise in populism. There has been an excess of top-down governance in recent years, from Supreme Court decisions to nuclear agreements to immigration executive orders to gubernatorial reprieves of death sentences. These decisions, and others, have been executed, technically speaking, in a legal manner, but they leave those opposed feeling disenfranchised.
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JTA News

NJ man who fire-bombed rabbi’s home convicted of terrorism

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A 24-year-old New Jersey man was found guilty of terrorism for vandalizing Jewish temples and firebombing a rabbi’s residence four years ago. A jury cleared Anthony Graziano of Lodi, ... [Link]

Trump: Debating trailing Sanders would be ‘inappropriate’

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Donald Trump said he would not debate Bernie Sanders because it would be “inappropriate” in light of Sanders’ trailing of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary fight. T... [Link]

Argentine ex-minister’s Iran tape admitted as evidence of alleged treason

Cnaan Liphshiz BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Argentine judges reviewing treason charges against a former minister admitted as evidence a recording of him speaking about Iranian involvement in a terrorist attack in Buen... [Link]

CRIF’s new president: French Jews’ situation worst since 1945

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — French Jews are experiencing the most difficult situation they have encountered since the end of World War II, the newly-elected president of France’s umbrella of Jewish communities sa... [Link]

Russia to return Israeli tank captured by Syria in 1982

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Russia said it will return to Israel a tank that Syrian forces captured in 1982 in a traumatic battle for the Israel Defense Forces that ended with 20 dead and three MIAs. Russian Presid... [Link]

Labour readmits activist suspended for blaming slave trade on Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A Labour activist who was suspended from the British party for claiming that Jews were “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade” has been readmitted to its ranks. Jackie Walker... [Link]

Israel Police: Potentially incriminating fraud evidence on Sara Netanyahu

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A probe into alleged fraud and misuse of public funds at the Israeli prime minister’s residence yielded evidence that police said may support a conviction against Benjamin Netanyahu’... [Link]

12 Palestinian arrested for Jerusalem bus bombing

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – Police in Israel arrested 12 Palestinians from the Bethlehem area suspected of planning a bus bombing last month in Jerusalem. The arrests took place in recent weeks but were only made publ... [Link]

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