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Don’t force Sterling to sell his team

Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is a jerk. It is not necessary for this editorial column to establish that. He has already done so by himself.

In this country, under the Constitution, a person is allowed to be a jerk, provided only that he does not break the law. Donald Sterling has not broken the law. What he has done is to express reprehensible opinions. In this country, under the Constitution, one is allowed to harbor and to express reprehensible opinions, especially in private. It’s called free speech.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:58 )

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Happy Birthday, er, Shavuot

If Rosh Hashanah is dubbed “birthday of the world,” then Shavuot would be the birthday of the Jewish people. That’s major. Sometimes relegated to minor holiday status, it is anything but, ranking right up there with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover and Sukkot. Shavuot marks the most pivotal point in the history of the Jewish people — the beginning. Even though Shavuot has agricultural connotations as the festival of the first harvest in the Holy Land, the true and original meaning ...

When honor is dishonorable

Farzana Parveen, 25, married and three-months pregnant, was savagely beaten to death on May 27 outside a court building in Lahore, Pakistan. Rejecting an arranged marriage to her cousin, Farzana married Mohammad Iqbal, her fiance of three years. Free will and love were her undoing — the reason why 20 members of her family, including her father, brothers and family-approved fiance smashed her head with bricks in full sight of a paralyzed urban public. The onlookers did not help Farzana. Perhaps...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:39 )

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Did Pope Francis get Israel’s security fence?

As Hitler’s propagandists learned, if a Big Lie is repeated often enough, it will be believed. If the lie is repeated over and over that all Jews are no more than vermin and no less than the oppressors of humanity, thus worthy of extermination, it will be believed. If so, then it behooves us to repeat a certain Big Truth over and over. The truth to which we refer is the impetus for and the nature of the security fence that divides pre-June, 1967 Israel from the West Bank of the Jordan River. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:34 )

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Numbers

If anniversaries mean something, 2014 is a bonanza. The most momentous anniversary in 2014 is, of course, the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War, subsequently called World War I. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the 40th anniversary of the defeat of the US in Vietnam, the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Alas, some will leave these somber anniversaries alone and focus on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ coming to America. Didn’t the group...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:39 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

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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