Intermountain Jewish News

Jul 04th


No Chinese dragon will ‘control’ the web

What is wrong with this picture?

A Chinese informant, quoted in a US State Dept. cable released by WikiLeaks, said: “But through the Google incident and other increased controls and surveillance, like real-name registration, they [China’s State Council Information Office] reached a conclusion: the Web is fundamentally controllable.”

In context, “fundamentally controllable” to China’s totalitarian government meant: We can censor Google. We can keep published articles with information uncomplimentary to our leaders off of Google.


Rabbi Uriel Malka, of blessed memory

Readers may consult an outburst of pain reflected in variety of pieces in this week’s newspaper about Rabbi Uriel Malka. This beloved teacher and friend met a terrible end at the age of 32, leaving behind a pregnant wife and five children. Along with 40 other prison guards, who were on a humanitarian mission to rescue prisoners from the flames, he fell to the flames themselves in the unprecedented Carmel Forest fire near Haifa, Israel.  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 December 2010 14:16 )


Thank you

Israel, it turns out, has a lot more friends around the world than we might guess on the basis of United Nations votes and the various and sundry “boycott, divest and sanctions” efforts. Indeed, it is heartening to see the tremendous international response to Israel’s cry for help in fighting the devastating Carmel Forest fire, which broke out during Chanukah. It is with a tremendous sense of gratitude for the human solidarity demonstrated by all these countries that we say “thank you...

Maybe the ‘military option’ is already underway

One Iranian nuclear scientist was mysteriously were killed last week; another was injured. Maybe the “military option” is already underway — it just doesn’t look like what we expected. Maybe, Israel(?) or the US(?) or both(?) or others, too(?), are using direct force against the Iranian nuclear program, but not with “shock-and-awe.” Rather, with a scalpel, a series of minor surgeries.

The banality of diplomacy

After a week of embarrassing and potentially dangerous diplomatic revelations — the first tiny percentage of what might become a landslide of WikiLeaks tattle-tales — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be sighing one tremendous sigh of relief. The worst that can be said of Netanyahu — at least so far — is that his private comments to American diplomats virtually mirror his public comments to the Israeli people. Few, if any, will be surprised to learn that the prime minister...

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 December 2010 02:15 )

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Cnaan Liphshiz Riots near Jewish-owned enclave of The Hague erupted over slaying of young man by police officers. ... [Link]

Dutch lawmakers oppose slashing aid to Holocaust survivors

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Episcopal Church overwhelmingly rebuffs divestment resolution

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Israeli rabbi arrested at airport on rape charges

Cnaan Liphshiz Safed rabbi arrested at Ben Gurion airport following rape charges. ... [Link]

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