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For European aliyah en masse, there is a high price to be paid

Four innocent Jewish men gunned down. A Jewish young woman, waiting for a ride, stabbed to death. A beautiful two-year-old girl critically injured by rock-wielding assailants, dead two years later.

These events did not occur in France. They did not occur in Scandinavia, the UK or Belgium.

They happened in Israel.

Yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have you think that the calculus is black and white: Jews in Europe are in mortal danger; Jews in Israel are perfectly safe.

If only it were that simple.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:48 )

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Muslim ‘Friendship Ring’

The long-range solution to radical Islam’s love of death is not a social uplift effort. It is an idea: a reformation of Islam or a return to its true nature — take your pick. It doesn’t matter, so long as anti-Semitic and anti-Western hate and death-embrace are extirpated from practicing Islamic communities. For so long, that long-range solution seemed very long range, indeed. Perhaps a ray of hope now shines from Scandinavia. A recent terrorist attack against a Jewish institution in Denm...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:09 )

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More crimes and embarrassments

Two stories from this week: “Ex-Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger indicted on corruption.” “Senior rabbi of Sydney yeshiva, Rabbi Yossi Feldman, resigns over testimony on sexual abuse.” On the corruption front, the charges against the former chief rabbi include fraud, money laundering, profiting from donations to charitable causes and taking $2.6 million in bribes to sway his opinion on matters he decided as chief rabbi, such as conversions to Judaism and rabbinic appointments; as well a...
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Fanning the flames of anti-Semitism

Chemotherapy administered. Patient dies. How could it be? wonder medical professionals. We only wanted to kill the cancerous cells. Marijuana-laced edible sold. Customer eats it. Nothing happens. Customer eats more. Crazed customer kills somebody. How could it be? wonder marijuana salesmen. Don’t you know? Don’t eat more than one at a time. Wife’s birth pangs begin. Husband speeds to the hospital. Gets in crash, kills someone. How could it be? wonders the husband. I only meant to get her...
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Egypt and Jordan answer ISIS

Jordan doesn’t waste time. Jordan knows an enemy when it sees one. ISIS burned to death one of Jordan’s pilots. Jordan retaliated at once. Egypt doesn’t waste time. Egypt knows an enemy when it sees one. ISIS beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Egypt did more than retaliate. It did that, but it also announced that it was forming an effort to destroy ISIS, at least next door in Libya.
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JTA News

2 observant Jews sue N.Y. apartment building over electronic keys

Marcy Oster The men filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging religious discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. ... [Link]

16-year-old girl stabbed at Jerusalem pride parade dies of wounds

Marcy Oster Yishai Schlissel, a haredi Orthodox man from the West Bank, is in police custody. He was found psychologically fit to stand trial after allegedly stabbing six marchers. ... [Link]

Israeli lawmaker calls gay pride parade an ‘abomination march’

Marcy Oster Jewish Home’s Betzalel Smotrich also said: “I object vehemently to violence, and promise to object no less vehemently to the recognition of same-sex couples in the Jewish State.” ... [Link]

Rivlin’s security force files police complaint following threats

Marcy Oster Threats on social media include a call for Rivlin’s assassination and a photo showing the president wearing a black-and-white-checkered kaffiyah. ... [Link]

Netanyahu: Israel deplores killing of Palestinians, ‘distinguishing us from our neighbors’

Marcy Oster Jewish suspects in the firebombing that killed a Palestinian baby can be held under administrative detention, without charges or trial. ... [Link]

Rockets fired from Gaza at Israel land near border

Marcy Oster The attack comes a day after Hamas called for revenge on all Israelis for the death of a Palestinian baby in a firebombing on his home. ... [Link]

L.A. racketeer tied to Israeli organized crime sentenced to 32 years

Marcy Oster Moshe Matsri, known as “Moshe the Religious,” had close ties with the Israel-based Abergil organized crime family, prosecutors said. ... [Link]

Rivlin warns against wave of hatred, report says illegal outpost settlers suspected in arson attack

Ami Eden Israeli President Reuven Rivlin warned against a wave of hatred “spreading throughout the land.” ... [Link]

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