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Palestinian apartheid

One-and-a-half million Arabs live in Israel. They are Israeli citizens. No Jews live in either Gaza or Palestinian-controlled territories on the West Bank. As if that were not apartheid enough, the recent pogrom in a Jerusalem synagogue transformed Palestinian irredentism in a radical way.

The murderers of four rabbis and one Druze in a Jerusalem synagogue on Nov. 18, 2014 were two Arabs who differed from previous terrorists. These two Arabs were part of the warp and woof of Jewish life in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jewish Jerusalem. One of the Arabs worked in the local fish store, near the synagogue, and one was the janitor in the synagogue where they perpetuated the bloodbath, and in another nearby seminary.

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‘Too many ISIS fighters have died’

In a statement at the White House last week on Nov. 18, in light of lethal attacks on Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Obama said: “Tragically, this is not the first loss of life we have seen in recent months. Too many Kurds have died. Too many ISIS fighters have died. I think it is important for both Kurds and ISIS fighters to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence. We have to remind ourselves that the majority of Kurds and ISIS fighters overwhelmingly want peace and ...
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Zidan Nahad Saif, 1974-2014

Zidan Nahad Saif is the Druze policeman who was killed last week in a firefight with the two terrorists who slaughtered four Jews praying in a synagogue in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. The Druze are Israeli citizens who serve in the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli government agencies. The Druze go through the same processes of participation as the Jewish citizens of Israel. The Druze are monotheistic Arabs with their own, rather private religion. The community is roughly...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:34 )

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Iran gets more time to build a bomb... who’s surprised?

The idea that diplomacy is a viable option with the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world — Iran — has been fallacious from the moment the idea was first raised by the Obama administration. The initial round of six-party talks with Iran went nowhere. Last Monday it was announced that the second round went nowhere. The current, third round, will also go nowhere. The proof is nothing other than the statements by Iran itself. It says it will never close down or even significantly red...
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Thanksgiving’s Torah roots

We, the American citizenry, are a thankful lot. Our calendar is dotted with days when we express our gratitude to individuals and entities. On Veterans Day, we thank the members of the Armed Forces for their dedicated service. On Memorial Day, we show our gratitude to the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our liberties and democratic lifestyle. On Labor Day, we express our appreciation to the industrious American work force, the people who keep the wheels ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:28 )

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Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

Ron Kampeas The island nation’s Jewish organizations can be much more in the open with the historic deal that freed Alan Gross and reopened U.S. ties to Cuba. ... [Link]

Alan Gross credits Jewish efforts for his release from Cuba

Uriel Heilman The Jewish-American contractor offered special thanks to the Washington Jewish community. ... [Link]

Despite passionate reactions, EU ruling on Hamas is a small legal glitch

Cnaan Liphshiz Hamas is no longer on the EU terror list, but that’s more for procedural than ideological reasons. And it will likely be reinstated soon. ... [Link]

Dieudonne seeks accord with France’s Jewish community

Cnaan Liphshiz The French comedian, following years of punitive measures for inciting racial hatred against Jews, says he wants to meet with French Jewish leaders and “move forward.” ... [Link]

European Parliament passes resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood

Cnaan Liphshiz The nonbinding measure says recognition should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks with Israel. ... [Link]

Alan Gross released amid U.S.-Cuba rapprochement

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration insisted the agreement to release the Jewish-American contractor was technically separate from sweeping changes in policy toward the island nation, including a return to full ... [Link]

Australian commission to probe how Chabad handled abuse claims

Ron Kampeas Some of Australia’s most senior Orthodox rabbis have already been subpoenaed to supply documents ahead of the hearing starting Feb. 2 in Melbourne. ... [Link]

Kerry: Talk of U.N. statehood recognition for Palestinians ‘premature’

Ron Kampeas Palestinian officials said they hoped to advance a statehood recognition resolution this week through the Security Council. ... [Link]

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