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Palestinian apartheid

One-and-a-half million Arabs live in Israel. They are Israeli citizens. No Jews live in either Gaza or Palestinian-controlled territories on the West Bank. As if that were not apartheid enough, the recent pogrom in a Jerusalem synagogue transformed Palestinian irredentism in a radical way.

The murderers of four rabbis and one Druze in a Jerusalem synagogue on Nov. 18, 2014 were two Arabs who differed from previous terrorists. These two Arabs were part of the warp and woof of Jewish life in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jewish Jerusalem. One of the Arabs worked in the local fish store, near the synagogue, and one was the janitor in the synagogue where they perpetuated the bloodbath, and in another nearby seminary.

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‘Too many ISIS fighters have died’

In a statement at the White House last week on Nov. 18, in light of lethal attacks on Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Obama said: “Tragically, this is not the first loss of life we have seen in recent months. Too many Kurds have died. Too many ISIS fighters have died. I think it is important for both Kurds and ISIS fighters to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence. We have to remind ourselves that the majority of Kurds and ISIS fighters overwhelmingly want peace and ...
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Zidan Nahad Saif, 1974-2014

Zidan Nahad Saif is the Druze policeman who was killed last week in a firefight with the two terrorists who slaughtered four Jews praying in a synagogue in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. The Druze are Israeli citizens who serve in the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli government agencies. The Druze go through the same processes of participation as the Jewish citizens of Israel. The Druze are monotheistic Arabs with their own, rather private religion. The community is roughly...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:34 )

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Iran gets more time to build a bomb... who’s surprised?

The idea that diplomacy is a viable option with the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world — Iran — has been fallacious from the moment the idea was first raised by the Obama administration. The initial round of six-party talks with Iran went nowhere. Last Monday it was announced that the second round went nowhere. The current, third round, will also go nowhere. The proof is nothing other than the statements by Iran itself. It says it will never close down or even significantly red...
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Thanksgiving’s Torah roots

We, the American citizenry, are a thankful lot. Our calendar is dotted with days when we express our gratitude to individuals and entities. On Veterans Day, we thank the members of the Armed Forces for their dedicated service. On Memorial Day, we show our gratitude to the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our liberties and democratic lifestyle. On Labor Day, we express our appreciation to the industrious American work force, the people who keep the wheels ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:28 )

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Judge rules Kansas City JCC shooter to be tried for capital murder

Marcy Oster Frazier Glenn Miller, the man charged with murdering three people outside two Kansas City-area Jewish institutions, will go on trial for capital murder, a judge ruled. ... [Link]

Overseas diplomats set to cast first ballots in national election

Marcy Oster Israeli representatives stationed in 98 diplomatic missions throughout the world were due to begin voting Wednesday evening Israel time in elections for the 20th Knesset ... [Link]

Netanyahu, arriving in Israel, says ‘world heard’ what he said about Iran deal

Marcy Oster Netanyahu said he presented an alternative to the proposed outline nuclear deal, which the world powers, known as the P5+1, hope to initial before the end of the month. ... [Link]

International arrest warrant issued for Palestinian suspects in 1982 Paris attack

Cnaan Liphshiz The men, residing in Jordan, Norway and the West Bank of Gaza, are believed to be involved in the 1982 Goldenberg restaurant attack in Paris’ heavily Jewish 4th arrondissement, in which six people d... [Link]

Religious advocacy group asks Chief Rabbinate to regulate ‘spitting’ rite

Marcy Oster Halitza, known as the Jewish “spitting” rite, is required when a woman who is widowed with no children wishes to remarry. ... [Link]

Is Bibi a mansplaining Orientalist?

Ron Kampeas Netanyahu’s oratory tactics apparently didn’t win him any points among women or ‘Persian bazaar’ patrons. ... [Link]

JTA’s Ron Kampeas talks ‘Speechgate’ on KCRW’s ‘To the Point’

Julie Wiener Listen to JTA’s Washington bureau chief talk about the fallout from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Congress Tuesday. ... [Link]

Italian city celebrates reopening of medieval synagogue

Marcy Oster The 13th-century Trani synagogue, which was returned to the Jewish community in 2006 after being used as a church, has undergone a half-year of renovations. ... [Link]

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