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Triple murder: A game changer

Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Hamas. The difference, anyone?

How much history was changed by three names: Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. Alas, add three more names to the list of dead heroes, with the short-term prospect of more violence and the long-term prospect of a decline in racism.

Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman — three idealists, three young men — were murdered during “Freedom Summer” in the American south 50 years ago. These young men were fighting for voter rights. More violence would inevitably come — climaxing in the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. — before the tide would turn.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:58 )

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Lubavitcher Rebbe 20 years later

His movement has only grown his readers have only increased, and the Messianic talk has died down When the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, died 20 years ago, many doubted whether his movement could survive, while others touted his survival as the Messiah. For the good of the Rebbe’s legacy and for the good of the Jewish people as a whole, not to mention the countless number of Jews who have benefitted from the hospitality and outreach of his emissaries, both were proven wrong....
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Kidnapped teens and the State Department

Restraint? The State Dept. urges restraint in the search for the kidnapped Israeli teens? Sometimes we think that there is a boilerplate button at the State Department that is automatically pushed when the subject of Israeli self-defense comes up. Israel’s search for kidnapped citizens is an act of self-defense. Greeting it is the latest cut-and-paste quote from the diplomatic center of this country, urging “all parties to exercise restraint and avoid steps that could destabilize the situat...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:20 )

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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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Artists in Brazilian art event protest Israeli funding

Marcy Oster A majority of the artists participating in the 31st Bienal de São Paulo in Brazil are protesting funding for the major event from the Israeli government. ... [Link]

Thousands rally against rise in anti-Semitism in Britain

Marcy Oster Thousands of people gathered for a rally in central London to protest the rise in anti-Semitism in Britain. ... [Link]

New children’s books: a tale from Spain, easing a young girl’s pain

mbrodsky Jacqueline Jules was inspired to write “Never Say a Mean Word, A Tale from Medieval Spain” by a Torah commentary she read — more than a dozen years ago. ... [Link]

Syrian rebels holding U.N. peacekeeping troops from Golan border

Marcy Oster Filipino troops from the United Nations peacekeeping force on the border between Syria and Israel have escaped from the Syrian rebels holding them captive. ... [Link]

ICC prosecutor: Palestine can join the Rome Statute

Marcy Oster “Palestine” is now eligible to join the Rome Statute and file war crimes charges against Israel, the International Criminal Court prosecutor said. ... [Link]

Report: Joan Rivers on life support

Marcy Oster Comedienne and talk show host Joan Rivers reportedly is on life support. ... [Link]

Israel’s Cabinet approves plan to develop Sderot, Gaza border towns

Marcy Oster Israel’s Cabinet approved a nearly $364 million plan to develop the southern Israeli city of Sderot and communities on the border with Gaza. ... [Link]

Belgian women pour fake blood in airport to protest Israel arms transport

Marcy Oster A Belgian feminist group poured about 25 gallons of fake blood on the floor of an airport in Liege, Belgium, to protest their belief that the airport is being used to transport arms to Israel. ... [Link]

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