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No freedom of association at UCLA

And you thought it was OK to have a political opinion, loyalty or allegiance; or to associate with political activists; or to educate yourself about political conditions outside the US; or to run for office based on whom you choose to associate with, or learn from. Think again, if you go to UCLA or, alas, to many other universities. All these freedoms guaranteed under the US Constitution suddenly evaporate at UCLA and elsewhere.

A group at UCLA called Students for Justice in Palestine wants to outlaw UCLA student candidates for student government from taking trips to Israel sponsored by ADL, AIPAC, Hasbara Fellowship and others. If you wish to take a trip to Israel sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine, however, that will be fine.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:34 )

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Rick and Susan Rheins lead Temple Sinai’s future

The Temple Sinai community and community-at-large turned out in large numbers last weekend to honor Rabbis Rick and Susan Miller Rheins. It’s hard to believe that nine  years have passed since they arrived at the Reform synagogue. Preserving the cherished ambience created by founding Rabbi Raymond Zwerin and his wife Rikki, the Rheins added their own plans, dreams and aspirations to ensure the temple’s continutity. It worked.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:53 )

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Iraq relinquished ‘its’ Jewish artifacts long ago

If not with Iraq’s expulsion of its Jews in 1951, then certainly with Iraq’s open theft of the artifacts of Iraqi Jewry in 1984, Iraq has lost all rights to them. There is a threeway dispute between Iraq, the US and the Jewish community worldwide over the ownership of Jewish archives that originated in Iraq. Actually, it is a twoway dispute, since the US has sided with Iraq, ignoring the history and provenance of these archives.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:40 )

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Dense: from Amos Oz to Tennessee

On the left and the right — again — the Holocaust is shamelessly exploited A Republican Tennessee state senator had this to say about Obamacare in a blog post: “Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the ‘40s.” We wish we could say that metaphor-challenged State Sen. Stacey Campfield later acknowledged his gross ignorance. But sort of like Donald Ster...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:40 )

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Quote...Unquote

“I abducted your girls. By Allah, Iwill sell them in the marketplace.” Thus speaks Abubakar Shekau, Nigeria’s Islamic leader of Boko Haram, which kidnapped some 300 teenage school girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria three weeks ago. Thus reports Michelle Faul of the Associated Press. “The kidnapped girls,” Shekau said, “will remain slaves with us. They are slaves, and I will sell them because I have the market to sell them.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:24 )

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JTA News

Iran talks extended, but uranium enrichment remains stumbling block

Ron Kampeas Tehran and the major powers have agreed to keep talking, but progress remains elusive on the core issue of Iranian centrifuges. ... [Link]

Protesters arrested after ‘die-in’ at Friends of IDF office

Miriam Moster Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. ... [Link]

For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

Daniel Treiman Sean Carmeli and Max Steinberg, young immigrants to Israel, lost their lives in Gaza warfare. ... [Link]

Emergency transfer denied in kosher prison food case

Anthony Weiss A federal judge rejected a request by a Venezuelan Jewish detainee for an emergency transfer from an Alabama prison over complaints that it was not providing kosher meals. ... [Link]

Israeli soldier killed in Gaza firefight

Marcy Oster An Israeli soldier was killed in a “fire exchange” in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces announced. ... [Link]

Rockets discovered at second U.N. school in Gaza

Marcy Oster Rockets were discovered in a second United Nations school in Gaza. ... [Link]

J Street explains pullout from Boston pro-Israel rally

Ron Kampeas J Street withdrew from a pro-Israel rally in Boston because it did not feel the rally would address all the group’s concerns. ... [Link]

Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

Cnaan Liphshiz France’s Jewish Defense League, a controversial group with a history of vigilantism, is enjoying growing support amid fears that police cannot protect Jewish institutions. ... [Link]

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