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Our encouraging, unsettling world

Our world is both an encouraging and unsettling place. The past week alone is a kaleidoscopic example of extremes. On the extraordinary side, 36,000 runners ran in the Boston Marathon Monday, unbowed by memories of last year’s terrorist attacks that killed three and maimed hundreds.

Many of those who lost legs in the explosions showed up to wish the runners good luck. One woman handed out thank you cards to all the bystanders. Whether they finished first or last, runners described their efforts as pure joy. The marathon was a victory over terrorism — a stunning celebration of the human spirit.

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A hate crime’s circularity

Does the designation “hate crime” and its enhanced penalty reduce crime? As we understand the logic behind the added legal designation, it is not primarily designed to reduce crime. Rather, it is designed to defend a certain populace because, supposedly, an entire populace, and not just an individual victim, is harmed by a “hate crime.” If, for example, a Jew is targeted because he is a Jew, then the entire Jewish populace is harmed by the crime. Hence, the designation and the enhanced p...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 01:37 )

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Jacob Birnbaum, 1926-2014

Millions who know not his name owe him an incalculable debt of gratitude It is surely no stranger to history that some of its main actors die penniless and in obscurity, unknown or underappreciated, as if their efforts on this mortal coil left no footprint, as if the world came and went none the richer for their lives. It is certainly no stranger to the historical record that some people long forgotten enjoy a glorious posthumous career that would have stunned them in their lifetime, when they...
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Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover

Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover PASSOVER 5774 EDITION SECTION C PAGE 24 Every year the IJN salutes people — known or obscure — who bring freedom into our lives. It is always time to say ‘thank you,’ but Passover, with its eternal message of gratitude to G-d for our freedom, seems an especially appropriate moment. David Fogel: Leadership In his community activism, David Fogel embodies the bon mot of the late, beloved Max Frankel, who, when asked whether he’d lived his whole life in Denver, replied: “Not yet.”...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 04:26 )

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The Pollard obsession comes home to roost

The Pollard obsession comes home to roostDo not conflate history. The fact that Jonathan Pollard’s release is now a humanitarian matter should not shroud the truth: From the day he was arrested some 30 years ago, few if any of the top Jewish leadership in this country thought that he actually did something wrong. Thus began the Pollard obsession, and now the chickens are coming home to roost.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:37 )

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JTA News

Dermer: Over 500 rockets fired at Israel landed back in Gaza

Marcy Oster Over 500 of the rockets fired from Gaza at Israel in the last three weeks have landed in Gaza territory, Israel’s ambassador told U.S. Jewish and political leaders. ... [Link]

Jewish groups get $12m of $13m in federal funding for protecting nonprofits

Ron Kampeas The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits. ... [Link]

Anti-semitic rant aimed at pro-peace Israel group

Anthony Weiss A Jewish group dedicated to promoting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and which is deeply critical of Israeli policy, received an obscene, anti-Semitic voicemail on Saturday that attacked i... [Link]

Palestinian-American teen jailed in Israel for over three weeks

Marcy Oster The U.S. State Department confirmed that a Palestinian-American teen has been held in an Israeli prison for more than three weeks. ... [Link]

From Dutch situation room, pro-Israel volunteers defend Jewish state on social media

Cnaan Liphshiz In a country with strong pro-Palestinian sentiment, a cafeteria has been transformed into a a bustling center advocating for Israel online. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Defending Israel, ignoring the tunnels, why Israel is losing

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Boxer reintroduces enhanced Israel ally bill with broad support

Ron Kampeas Citing the Gaza war as a catalyst, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) re-introduced with broad bipartisan support a bill that would enhance U.S.-Israel strategic ties. ... [Link]

Bills condemning Hamas on ‘human shields’ introduced in Congress

Ron Kampeas Resolutions under consideration in Congress that condemn Hamas’ practice during conflict with Israel of placing its weapons and fighters close to civilians have strong bipartisan support. ... [Link]

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