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Should Arab Israelis have the right to protest Israel’s war against Hamas?

Separation of church and state? Not in Israeli democracy. Differences in American and Israeli democracy also extend to protests against wars.

The US is a democracy. Israel is a democracy. Therefore, many think, American constitutional principles should be transferrable to Israel.

Yet, observe: Some Jewish religious groups who adamantly defend the wall between church and state in the US seek Israeli government funds for their religious institutions in Israel.

The Reform movement in the US adamantly supports the separate of church and state. The Reform movement in Israel adamantly lobbies the Israeli government to support its synagogues and seminaries.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:56 )

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ISIS should be decapitated next

King Henry VIII beheaded Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard in the 1500s. The charges were specious but it was Henry’s country. Priests prayed for Boleyn and Howard on the scaffold. There was no video, only a huge turnout. ISIS released a video showing the hideous decapitation of American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff on Sept. 2. Experts suspect Sotloff was murdered on or around Aug. 16, when a faceless man in a black cloak beheaded US journalist James Foley. We’ll never know for sure....
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NATO is dead

NATO has lost the capacity and the will to defend its member states, even in the face of blatant Russian aggression. It’s so much easier to blame Israel for genocide. I. The strength of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, founded after WW II to stop an aggressor from ever again threatening the democracies of Europe, is based on one basic concept: an attack on one member is an attack on all. If one member country is attacked, the others come to its military defense. That, in a nutshell...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 01:22 )

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Recovering the gloves, and ourselves

Have you noticed the mornings?  It’s only the end of August, but the mornings are slightly chilled, shadowed and sleepy. It feels like fall outside the window, which is no longer left open. The ceiling fan is silent. A blanket is needed. Summer clothes remain in the closet, exhausted from overuse. Time to wash the green jacket; try on that favorite sweater to see if it still fits. Where on earth are the winter gloves? Where? It’s a whole new season, ahead of schedule.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:30 )

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It’s the same ‘cancer’

ISIS, Hamas — with or without beheadings — is the same ideology, the same enemy. President Obama is outraged at the beheading of journalist James Foley by ISIS — it’s a “cancer,” not a religion, says Obama. It must be wiped out. Selective outrage, we would say. Hamas murdered its own people in the public square this week with their heads covered. Woe unto us if a beheading is “worse.” As if cold-blooded murder is divisible. As if Hamas’ use of babies as human shields is mo...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:28 )

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Marcy Oster The gunman, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, threatened to shoot two “pigs” shortly before the killings. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster Marcie and Howard Zelikow provided a $5 million endowment along with a $1 million commitment for current operations to the Los Angeles school, a division of Hebrew Union College. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster Glick, who was seriously injured in an assassination attempt in October, is running for the 33rd place on the Likud candidate list, which is reserved for a resident of the West Bank. ... [Link]

Son of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel robbed, assaulted

Marcy Oster Zach Emanuel, 17, son of Chicago’s first Jewish mayor, was put in a chokehold and robbed of his cell phone up the street from his home. ... [Link]

More anti-coexistence group activists arrested, questioned

Marcy Oster The controversial group Lehava opposes intermarriage and joint Jewish-Arab initiatives. ... [Link]

Czech Jewish community decries Putin invitation for Shoah commemorations

Marcy Oster The commemorations organized by the European Jewish Congress are scheduled for Jan. 26 and Jan. 27. ... [Link]

Gal Mekel released by New Orleans Pelicans

Marcy Oster Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA after Omri Casspi, was waived earlier this season by the Dallas Mavericks ... [Link]

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