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Iraq relinquished ‘its’ Jewish artifacts long ago

If not with Iraq’s expulsion of its Jews in 1951, then certainly with Iraq’s open theft of the artifacts of Iraqi Jewry in 1984, Iraq has lost all rights to them.

There is a threeway dispute between Iraq, the US and the Jewish community worldwide over the ownership of Jewish archives that originated in Iraq. Actually, it is a twoway dispute, since the US has sided with Iraq, ignoring the history and provenance of these archives.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:40 )

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Dense: from Amos Oz to Tennessee

On the left and the right — again — the Holocaust is shamelessly exploited A Republican Tennessee state senator had this to say about Obamacare in a blog post: “Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the ‘40s.” We wish we could say that metaphor-challenged State Sen. Stacey Campfield later acknowledged his gross ignorance. But sort of like Donald Ster...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:40 )

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Quote...Unquote

“I abducted your girls. By Allah, Iwill sell them in the marketplace.” Thus speaks Abubakar Shekau, Nigeria’s Islamic leader of Boko Haram, which kidnapped some 300 teenage school girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria three weeks ago. Thus reports Michelle Faul of the Associated Press. “The kidnapped girls,” Shekau said, “will remain slaves with us. They are slaves, and I will sell them because I have the market to sell them.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:24 )

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US stokes arms races worldwide

America is not responsible for the world’s ills. But as the only military-economic superpower, our country does carry special responsibilities. The wise exercise of this power can hold the world peace, at least in most places. Recent American withdrawal from these responsibilities has generated dangerous arms races around the world. The primary American actor here is President Obama, but hardly without the firm support of Republican leaders. Syria. Israel. Crimea. Ukraine. Iran. North Korea. ...
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American education’s racial madness

What is wrong with this picture? The Center for American Progress and the National Education Association bemoan the fact that minority students in American public schools do not have the same percentage of minority teachers. If the concern is that more minorities should become qualified to be teachers, well and good. But that’s not what these group bemoan. They maintain that a minority student, in order to succeed, needs a minority teacher; and on that basis bemoan the lack of minority teach...
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JTA News

Three Israeli soldiers who fought in Gaza committed suicide

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers who fought in Israel’s Gaza operation have committed suicide in recent weeks. ... [Link]

Netanyahu urges Obama to lead on preventing Iran nukes

Ron Kampeas Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Obama he hoped that Iran would not come close to acquiring a nuclear weapon under Obama’s watch. ... [Link]

New U.S. envoy to Czech Republic reconnects with family’s Jewish roots

Marcy Oster Andrew Schapiro highlighted his family’s ties to the Czech Republic as he took over as the U.S. ambassador there. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Surrogate status, cutting out the bris, Sephardic taste test

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

Israeli official, P.A. prime minister meet on Gaza reconstruction

Marcy Oster A senior Israeli official met with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to discuss the rehabilitation of Gaza, among other issues. ... [Link]

Argentina’s parliament to launch fundraising drive for Palestinians   

Marcy Oster A fundraising campaign for “Palestine” by the Argentine National Congress is being seen by one Jewish group as an endorsement of Hamas. ... [Link]

Netanyahu to Ban: U.N. conduct toward Israel is ‘disproportionate’

Marcy Oster Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the international community applies a double standard to Israel. ... [Link]

Survey: Nearly one-quarter of Jewish-Israelis boycotting Arab businesses

Marcy Oster One in four Jewish-Israeli consumers is boycotting Arab businesses in the wake of the summer’s Gaza conflict, according to an Israeli business daily. ... [Link]

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