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Get real about radical Islam

If it wasn’t the ‘real Islam’ at work ?in last week’s murders in France, there is no real Muslim, no real Jew, no real Christian.

Funny how the world of oversimplifications turns on its head. A half century ago, the old saw was this: Nothing was responsible for the deaths of more innocent people throughout history than religion. Today’s it’s just the opposite. Religion is not responsible for the death of a single innocent person.

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Truth is their worst enemy

Islamic terrorists strike at journalists because the terrorists fear the pen. They know it is mightier than the sword. As the IJN prepared to go to press this week, details of the terrorist attack on Wednesday against a French satirical magazine remained mostly unfocused. Speculation was rife as to whether the perpetrators were native French citizens, whether they actually belong to al-Qaida, whether the cold-blooded murder of 12 Charlie Hebdo staff members and police officers represents a ne...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:51 )

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Turkey, meet Japan

It is now the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. In 1915 and for a few years afterwards, Ottoman Turks mercilessly cut down Armenians with the intent to annihilate the race; and from 1915 until today, a full century later, the Ottoman Turks and after them the leaders of modern Turkey have tried to deny this genocide. The Ottoman Turks murdered some one-and-a-half million human beings, but not then, and not now, have they owned up to it. To the extent that contemporary Turks deny the ge...
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Bill Corn, 1923-2014

We’re going to miss that crackling, pleasant, curious, friendly and phenomenally concerned voice coming over the line — the voice of Bill Corn from Boulder. We’re going to miss his faxes, his letters, his passion for the Jewish people and for Israel. Wegoing to miss his pride in his wife Rita, his children and grandchildren. We suspect that there’s a lot more about Bill Corn that we didn’t know. Friendly, congenial people usually attract admirers and take delight in the small things o...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:54 )

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It sounds heroic; it’s cowardly

An Israel hater is disinvited by the U of Penn. The better tactic would be to counter Chris Hedges and disprove him. The decision of the International Affairs Assn. at the University of Pennsylvania to disinvite Chris Hedges was wrong in principle and wrong pragmatically. Hedges is the former New York Times Middle East bureau chief, a current columnist for Truthdig.com website, and a bonafide hater of Israel. Hedges equates Israel with ISIS. A recent column of his was titled, “ISIS — the n...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 January 2015 12:01 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

In aftermath of Nepal quake, Israelis sending help and looking for their own

Ben Sales Teams of Israeli emergency workers are heading to south Asia following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed at least 2,000; some 200 Israelis are among the missing. ... [Link]

Jewish Google exec dies on Mount Everest in avalanche triggered by Nepal quake

Marcy Oster The sister of Dan Fredinburg, 33, reported his passing in a post on his Instagram account, saying he suffered a head injury in the avalanche. ... [Link]

Palestinian arrested in Jerusalem car ramming attack on police

Marcy Oster Four officers were injured when a car deliberately slammed into them while they were standing by an eastern Jerusalem road near the site of rioting earlier in the day. ... [Link]

Obama playfully skewers journalists over Netanyahu controversy

Marcy Oster “I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral,” Obama said at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. ... [Link]

Israel dispatching rescue team, field hospital to quake-ravaged Nepal

Marcy Oster Some 200 Israelis remain unaccounted for and hundreds have sought shelter in the Chabad of Nepal following a devastating earthquake. ... [Link]

Israeli wins best director award at Buenos Aires film fest

Marcy Oster Nadav Lapid’s film, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” about a Tel Aviv teacher who becomes obsessed with a 5-year-old student poet, lost out for best film in the international contest. ... [Link]

Ex-Polish FM Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, dies

Marcy Oster Bartoszewski had been sent to Auschwitz in 1940 because of his social activism and later became involved in the Polish resistance. ... [Link]

Crimean, Russian Jews urge lifting of sanctions on Moscow

Cnaan Liphshiz Chabad-affilated and other religious Jews signed a call for Western coreligionists to lobby for an end to measures they deem unjust. ... [Link]

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