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It used to be Christian children at Passover; now it’s Muslim children in Gaza

The religion that taught the world to prohibit murder was absurdly accused of cold-blooded murder during the Middle Ages. Same holds true today.

The most astonishing part of the medieval blood libel against the Jews — that they deliberately murdered Christian children in order to use their blood for baking matzah — was not the hatred. It was the absurdity.

The Torah prohibits murder. The Torah prohibits the consumption of blood. The Torah disqualifies matzah if it is made of anything but flour and water. These are all easily accessible teachings. These are all easily observed Jewish practices. No murder. No blood. No complex matzah.

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Robin Williams, the honorary Jew

We’re still learning more about the extraordinary comic and brilliant actor Robin Williams, who, alas, killed himself at age 63. Recently, many of us discovered that he was considered an honorary Jew, so to speak. It’s not just that he could effortlessly drop Yiddishisms or perfectly articulate the accent of an elderly Eastern European Jewish man, or that he had countless close friends and colleagues who were members of the tribe. His affection and support for Judaism ran deeper.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:24 )

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Yazidi. Let it not be another genocide.

The US is doing the right thing in trying to stop the brutal mass murder of the Yazidi by ISIL. The ‘take-home’ message is that ISIL is far from alone. The past week in ever-bloody Iraq has given us — to use a popular catch-phrase — a number of teachable moments. On the most basic level, we have learned something of the Yazidi, an obscure population whom, it’s safe to say, very few Westerners knew anything about until very recently. Descended from the Kurdish people with a religi...
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Israeli soldiers died for...Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, UAE

Israel is the short-term target of Islamic extremism. The long term-targets are stable Arab states, grateful beyond belief to Israel for doing their dirty work. Did you notice how all of the customary, acid criticism of Israel from Arab states suddenly dried up when Israel hammered Hamas? The headlines scream in The New York Times and elsewhere about how terrible it is that Israel’s bombs or shrapnel have killed innocent civilians in or near schools in Gaza. It is terrible. The loss of li...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00 )

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Israel just made a two-state solution possible

A unity government of the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist Hamas doomed any possibility of a two-state solution. This war was a game-changer. Remember the calumny heaped on Israel for unilaterally destroying Iraq’s nuclear reactor, Osirak, in 1981? Nine years later, when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August, 1990, and the US organized a coalition to go to war against Saddam Hussein, the US and the Arab world were profoundly grateful to Israel. The coalition had to face conventional — no...
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Blockers and tacklers: Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaign

mbrodsky Blocking brothers and fullback who hasn’t had a carry in four seasons are among the Jewish players on NFL rosters as the league kicks off this week. ... [Link]

Report: SodaStream mulling departure from West Bank plant

Marcy Oster The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, is considering closing its West Bank factory. ... [Link]

Canadian Nazi Party founder running for Ontario township post

Marcy Oster The founder of the Canadian Nazi Party, John Beattie, is running for deputy head of the town council in an Ontario community. ... [Link]

Foreign Affairs Committee’s Royce and Engel to visit Israel

Marcy Oster Reps. Ed Royce and Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will visit Israel this week. ... [Link]

Turkish Jews can stay mum on Israel’s Gaza op, Turkish Jewish intellectuals say

Marcy Oster Jewish citizens of Turkey are under no obligation to comment on Israel’s operation in Gaza, a group of Jewish intellectuals in Turkey said in an open letter. ... [Link]

U.S. calls on Israel to reverse land appropriation

Marcy Oster The United States called on Israel to cancel the government appropriation of West Bank land in the Etzion bloc, while Israeli ministers praised and panned the decision. ... [Link]

Artists in Brazilian exhibition protest Israeli funding

Marcy Oster Most of the artists participating in a major Brazilian art event protested funding for the show from the Israeli government. ... [Link]

Thousands rally against escalating anti-Semitism in Britain

Marcy Oster Thousands of people gathered for a rally in central London to protest the rise in anti-Semitism in Britain. ... [Link]

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