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Donors sick of giving to Gaza — they should be

Donors ante up another $5.4 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza — again. They’re tired of this. To stop it, pay attention to who starts the Gaza wars.

In Cairo last Sunday donor countries pledged $5.4 billion to rebuild the Gaza Strip. They’re sick of this. They should be.

Qatar forks over $1 billion. The US, another $212 million. UAE, $200 million. The EU, $568 million. Turkey, $200 million. Kuwait, $200 million. Greece, $1.35 million. Some 50 donors nations, all told.

What a colossal waste.

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Looking forward to JAAMM

“Jewish Authors, Artists, Movies and Music” — JAAMM — is the cultural celebration put on by the Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Loup JCC. We’re looking forward to it. In 2007, the first year of the reincarnation of the Leah Cohen Festival of Books and Authors, 11 authors made presentations at eight events. This year, it’s 35 events with 16 authors, not to mention the concerts, the lectures and more. But it’s not the quantity. It’s the quality.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:04 )

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2000, 2008, 2014 have a lot in common

At the Camp David talks sponsored by President Bill Clinton in 2000, Israel under Ehud Barak offered Yasir Arafat a Palestinian state on the West Bank, with additional territory from Israel proper in exchange for Israeli settlements. Yasir Arafat refused. No Palestinian state. In 2008, in Israeli-Palestinian talks, Israel under Ehud Olmert offered Mahmoud Abbas a Palestinian state on the West Bank, plus the land swaps — and a capital in East Jerusalem, as well as sovereignty over the Temple...
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If a Nazi is a Nazi...

A beheading by an Islamic adherent in America cannot coherently be recast as ‘workplace violence.’ To do so is to deny a critical lesson of the Holocaust. One often hears of “the lessons of the Holocaust.” Usually this is taken to indicate the need to counter hate, however minimally manifest, lest it grow into a monster, just as Hitler, originally a marginal figure, grew into a monster. But there are other lessons, quite pertinent to the hate that we find in the world today. One of ...
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What happens if someone begins to show Ebola symptoms while in flight?

The superiority of the US health system is an irrelevancy if an airline passenger from an Ebola-affected area comes down with Ebola symptoms while in flight to the US. What happens if someone begins to show Ebola systems while in flight? There is no way to quarantine the victim. There is no medically guaranteed way to stop the spread of the virus to the other passengers. We are all suffering from an erroneous terminological association from the HIV/AIDS crisis. That association is the fact ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 October 2014 14:12 )

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JTA News

Synagogue launches religious court case to evict Rabbi Barry Freundel

Ron Kampeas Kesher Israel has gone to the Beit Din of America to oust its former rabbi, who is facing charges of voyeurism, from his synagogue-owned residence. ... [Link]

For Haifa woman, a needle-in-a-haystack search

mbrodsky Miriam Grab has almost nothing to go on in her search for relatives from her father’s Czech family wiped out in the Holocaust – not even names. ... [Link]

Portugal adopts return law for Jewish descendants

mbrodsky The legislation, to be made public next month, offers citizenship to some descendants of Sephardic Jews. ... [Link]

Senators waiting on Palestinian aid pending review of ICC moves

Ron Kampeas Seventy-five senators pledged not to support assistance until the Obama administration reviews the admittance of Palestine to the International Criminal Court. ... [Link]

Decades after he fled, Austria celebrates Nobel laureate Martin Karplus’ amateur photography

Ben Harris The Vienna-born octogenarian chemist took the photographs on his travels in the 1950s but only began exhibiting them publicly a decade ago. ... [Link]

Greet Muslim visitors with Israeli flag, Texas lawmaker tells staff

Ron Kampeas Ask Muslims to renounce terrorism and swear allegiance to the United States, too, the state rep. instructed. ... [Link]

Iran sanctions bill advances

Ron Kampeas A key Senate committee moved the measure to the full Senate, but it won’t be considered by the body until March 24 at the earliest. ... [Link]

Alberto Nisman laid to rest where AMIA victims are buried

Ben Sales The prosecutor in the AMIA Jewish center bombing was buried in the “Martyrs Section” of the main Jewish cemetery in Buenos Aires. ... [Link]

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