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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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Gallup shows split in backing for Israel in Gaza war, with younger Americans unsupportive

Ron Kampeas A Gallup poll shows support among Americans for Israel during the Gaza Strip conflict is divided, and is low among younger Americans. ... [Link]

Germany, France, Italy jointly condemn Gaza-related anti-Semitic acts

Cnaan Liphshiz The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy condemned in a joint statement anti-Semitic acts arising out of the recent wave of anti-Israel demonstrations across Europe. ... [Link]

Israel, Brazilian Jews slam recall of Brazilian ambassador from Tel Aviv

Cnaan Liphshiz Representatives of Brazil’s Jewish community said their government’s recall of its ambassador from Israel amounted to a defense of Hamas. ... [Link]

Obama: FAA decision was based on purely safety considerations

Ron Kampeas President Obama said the Federal Aviation Administration ban on Israeli flights was based purely on safety considerations. ... [Link]

Kerry proposes one-week ceasefire in Gaza

Cnaan Liphshiz Secretary of State John Kerry proposed Israel and Hamas cease hostilities for one week as part of a plan to end the current round of fighting in the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

Senior Islamic Jihad operative, Israeli reservist killed in Gaza

Cnaan Liphshiz Israeli troops killed a senior Islamic Jihad operative in the Gaza Strip and an Israeli reservist was killed in fighting. ... [Link]

Mass. Jewish cemetery vandalized

Marcy Oster A Jewish cemetery in central Massachusetts was vandalized for the second time in less than two months. ... [Link]

Obama defends FAA’s temporary ban on Israel flights (video)

Ami Eden The FAA lifted its ban on flights to Israel late Wednesday. But on Thursday President Obama was still facing questions on the issue. Check out his comments to CNBC: ... [Link]

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