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Did Pope Francis get Israel’s security fence?

As Hitler’s propagandists learned, if a Big Lie is repeated often enough, it will be believed. If the lie is repeated over and over that all Jews are no more than vermin and no less than the oppressors of humanity, thus worthy of extermination, it will be believed.

If so, then it behooves us to repeat a certain Big Truth over and over. The truth to which we refer is the impetus for and the nature of the security fence that divides pre-June, 1967 Israel from the West Bank of the Jordan River.

The Big Lie about the fence, which is actually a fence in some places and a tall wall in other places, is that it is intended to be a land grab by Israel of Palestinian territory and a means of restricting Palestinian trade and freedom of movement. The Big Lie, in other words, says that the security fence is meant to oppress Palestinians and suppress their national aspirations.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:34 )

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Numbers

If anniversaries mean something, 2014 is a bonanza. The most momentous anniversary in 2014 is, of course, the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War, subsequently called World War I. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the 40th anniversary of the defeat of the US in Vietnam, the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Alas, some will leave these somber anniversaries alone and focus on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ coming to America. Didn’t the group...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:39 )

Lucie Prenzlau, 1917-2014

Where to begin? Where to end? What was inside the circle of life, the fullness of Lucie Prenzlau? If this circle were a wheel, each of its spokes would likely define the totality of another person, but not Lucie Prenzlau. One spoke might say, fundraiser, activist, visionary. Another spoke might say, gardening, barbecues, fabulous birthday parties. Still another: aristocratic and dignified; also accessible and empathetic — listener and adviser. And another spoke: Europe, Palestine, America. An...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 02:07 )

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No freedom of association at UCLA

And you thought it was OK to have a political opinion, loyalty or allegiance; or to associate with political activists; or to educate yourself about political conditions outside the US; or to run for office based on whom you choose to associate with, or learn from. Think again, if you go to UCLA or, alas, to many other universities. All these freedoms guaranteed under the US Constitution suddenly evaporate at UCLA and elsewhere. A group at UCLA called Students for Justice in Palestine wants to ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:34 )

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Rick and Susan Rheins lead Temple Sinai’s future

The Temple Sinai community and community-at-large turned out in large numbers last weekend to honor Rabbis Rick and Susan Miller Rheins. It’s hard to believe that nine  years have passed since they arrived at the Reform synagogue. Preserving the cherished ambience created by founding Rabbi Raymond Zwerin and his wife Rikki, the Rheins added their own plans, dreams and aspirations to ensure the temple’s continutity. It worked.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:53 )

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LeBron circus, ex-coach’s NBA debut make Maccabi Tel Aviv a sideshow vs. Cavs

mbrodsky Despite the Israeli squad’s European and Israeli championships, all eyes will be on the homecoming of LeBron James and Cleveland’s first game guided by David Blatt. ... [Link]

Loyola U. Chicago suspends, then reinstates Students for Justice in Palestine

Anthony Weiss Loyola University Chicago suspended and subsequently reinstated its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. ... [Link]

N.Y. federation launching $500,000 unity fund in Israel

Uriel Heilman UJA-Federation of New York is launching a $500,000 fund to support unity programming in Israel in memory of the three Israeli teens murdered this summer in the West Bank. ... [Link]

U.S. disagrees with Netanyahu calling U.N. rights council ‘terrorist’

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration does not concur with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s characterization of the United Nations Human Rights Council as a “terrorist rights council.” ... [Link]

El Al faces uproar over haredim’s refusal to sit near women

Ben Sales Two recent incidents involving haredi Orthodox men refusing to sit next to women have some calling on Israel’s national airline to address the issue of gender and seating on its flights. ... [Link]

U.S. talk of thawing relations with Iran highlights rift with Israel

Ron Kampeas The U.S. and Israel are presenting starkly different outlooks of what the world would look like should negotiators strike a nuclear deal with Iran. ... [Link]

For Norm Coleman, the enemy of his enemy is a client

Ron Kampeas A former Republican Jewish senator’s work for the Saudis isn’t as strange as it sounds. ... [Link]

P.A. peace negotiator Erekat compares Netanyahu to ISIS leader

Marcy Oster Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel, compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of ISIS. ... [Link]

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