Intermountain Jewish News

Nov 25th


July 4: Would we have been among the 40%?

The founders of this country were a small percentage of the colonial population.

Paul Revere may have ridden his horse throughout Middlesex County in Massachusetts, warning residents of impending attack, but contrary to Longfellow’s poetic interpretation of his ride, Revere most likely did not use the term “British” to describe the enemy that fateful night in 1775. He, like the rest of the colonists, still considered himself British.


Freedom of speechlessness

There will soon be on the horizon the death of litigation. Remember our super-litigious society? Scratch it. It’s dust. In the dustbin of history. No one will be sued for damages because no damages will occur. Because, you see, human speech has met its end. Not only will we be free to be speechless; we will choose to be. For our own good. Otherwise, we will be sued, and who want’s that?

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week: “We believe that it is a fundamental mistake to enable such a terrorist regime [Iran] to get to nuclear weapons, which is what the proposed agreement will give them. It will give them a definite pathway to nuclear bombs — not a bomb, but nuclear bombs. “It will also replenish their coffers with many billions, actually perhaps up to hundreds of billions of dollars, to enable them to continue their terrorism and aggression. This is somethin...

This is a diplomat? Michael Oren’s colossal blunder

What happened to the good sense he seemed to exhibit as an ambassador? Michael Oren, the American-born, former ambassador of Israel to the US — he of skilled tongue, eloquent pen and brilliant mind — made a colossal blunder last week. It is hard to believe how somebody so polished and, on the outside at least, so adroit, could have been so utterly blind to the consequences of his action. It calls into question, in retrospect, his entire service as ambassador and makes one wonder whether a ...

What does a Confederate flag represent if not slavery?

Nine innocent blacks were murdered by a racist white. The Confederate flag sums it all up. Color us ignorant or disrespectful of the Southern “heritage,” if you like. But for the life of us we cannot figure out what a Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol is supposed to recall if not slavery. When we are told that it represents not racism, but the Southern “heritage,” well, what is that heritage if not slavery? What is “state’s rights” in the Southern con...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Jonathan Pollard’s lawyers: Job offer stands

Ron Kampeas The attorneys denied a Jerusalem Post report, picked up by JTA, that the freed spy had the research analyst’s post rescinded by an investment firm. ... [Link]

French comedian Dieudonne sentenced to jail in Belgium for anti-Semitic comments

Marcy Oster A Liege court found that he made discriminatory, anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying remarks at a show in 2012. ... [Link]

US State Dept. issues worldwide travel alert in wake of terror attacks

Marcy Oster Such blanket alerts are rare for the State Department, with only six issued in the past 4 1/2 years. ... [Link]

Book about mental illness — created by a Jewish father and son — wins National Book Award

Lisa Keys “Challenger Deep,” written by Neal Shusterman and illustrated by his son Brendan, explores a teen’s descent into schizophrenia. ... [Link]

Israeli intelligence helped Germany thwart planned terror attack

Marcy Oster The attack on a soccer stadium was modeled on the Paris massacre and the game was canceled, the German-language Stern magazine reported. ... [Link]

What Obama did and didn’t say about Ezra Schwartz

Ron Kampeas There were differences in how the Obama administration treated the murders of Americans in the West Bank, and in France and Mali, but not of timing and tone. ... [Link]

Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft pays shiva call to family of Ezra Schwartz

Marcy Oster The family also received a visit from a local imam who had written in a letter to the Schwartzes that he hoped the tragedy would “be a catalyst for bringing our communities together.” ... [Link]

Rabbinical student attacked in Florida

Marcy Oster The assailant, who was riding a mountain bike, shouted “Jews should go back to Auschwitz. Hitler was right,” before pushing and punching the victim. ... [Link]

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