Intermountain Jewish News

May 30th


Not a ‘real Christian,’ not a ‘real Muslim’

From a theological point of view, it is not within our purview to determine who is a “real Christian” or a “real Muslim,” nor do we have any interest in doing so. This is reserved for the adherents of Christianity and Islam.

But being, or not being, a “real Christian” or a “real Muslim” is pervasively used today as a political statement. This is within our purview to comment on, and this comment reduces to one word: hypocrisy. Supposedly, it is politically incorrect to deal in the question of who is a “real Muslim,” but politically correctto label someone a “real Christian” or “not Christian.” Heaven forfend that a terrorist who himself kills in the name of Islam — not only a religious but a political act too — is labeled a “real Muslim,” but Pope Francis has no trouble labeling a politician as “not Christian.”


Not that it makes a difference

Permit us, for a moment, to demystify the media process. In this week’s IJN on page 1: BDS stories. Page 4: BDS column. Pages 16-17, 19: More BDS stories. Readers of the Intermountain Jewish News may imagine that the staff held a grand editorial board meeting and decided to focus on BDS this week. If only it were so simple!

Antonin Scalia’s passing might elevate the presidential debate

The Supreme Court has given American history memorable figures. Justices Marshall, Taney, Brandeis, Holmes, Hand, Frankfurter, Warren, Douglas and O’Connor come to mind (to name a few). The late Antonin Scalia certainly falls into this influential grouping. Perhaps his passing will elevate the current presidential debate, even if for the wrong reasons.

Oxymoron: Chinese human rights

If human rights are no longer important, it’s not worth shining a light on human rights abuses in and by China. At the risk of sounding repetitive, we opine once again that human rights abuses — particularly where they are most extensive — must command our attention until they stop. China is about more than markets and environmental disasters, about more than aggressive military moves in the South China Sea and elsewhere. China is about communism. Totalitarianism. One party rule. Jail for...

Israel: Don’t wait until 2017 to ink US military aid deal

It is true that Israel is diversifying its security alliances. It is also true that Israel remains dependent on the US above all for indispensable military aid. Israel’s improved ties with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Greece notwithstanding, Israel needs arms to survive, and none of those countries can or will provide them. Only the US can. Right now, Israel receives $3 billion anually in American military aid under a deal that will expire in 2018. Under President Obama, the US is reportedly...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Netanyahu, Liberman partially endorse Arab peace initiative

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his acceptance of some elements of the so-called Arab Peace initiative as a basis for talks on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian confli... [Link]

Israeli soldier, 19, wounded in Tel Aviv attack seen as terrorism

mbrodsky (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Monday in a Tel Aviv stabbing — reportedly with a screwdriver — in what police are investigating as a terrorist attack. The alleged ass... [Link]

Vandalism at 3 New England synagogues aims to intimidate community, ADL regional leader says

mbrodsky BOSTON (JTA) — Recent vandalism targeting three New England synagogues is aimed at intimidating the Jewish community, the director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League said. R... [Link]

75th anniversary of Baghdad pogrom to be commemorated in 4 cities

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The author of a work on the Nazi-era massacre in Baghdad believed to have precipitated the Jewish exodus from Iraq is commemorating its 75th anniversary with candle lightings ... [Link]

Historic Jewish wedding in Turkey triggers hate speech online

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A historic wedding in Turkey triggered a deluge of anti-Semitic speech online, a leader of the country’s Jewish community said. Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, president of the Jewish Community... [Link]

Ohio Israeli eatery to close following February machete attack

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli restaurant owner from Ohio whose eatery was targeted by a knife-wielding assailant said the incident has caused him losses requiring him to declare bankruptcy. Hany Baransi, t... [Link]

Holocaust monuments vandalized in Poland, Italy

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Newly erected Holocaust monuments in Poland and Italy were vandalized. In Poland, a monument in Raigrod, 130 miles northeast of Warsaw, was hit last week for the second time since its un... [Link]

Bernie Sanders: Israel has a right to US protection

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Israel has a right to be protected by the United States. Sanders, who has spoken out in favor of Palestinian interests as well as I... [Link]

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