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J Street speaks in Denver

J Street speaks in Denver

Among the many things Jeremy Ben-Ami knows is how fervently his opponents feel about him, his views about the Middle East and J Street, the liberal advocacy organization he founded in 2008.

As J Street — whose stated aim is to “promote American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Israel-Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically” — has steadily grown more vocal and influential, his many American Jewish foes have accused Ben-Ami of everything from perilous naiveté to perfidious anti-Israel agitation.

Ben-Ami insists he isn’t fazed by any of it.

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Again, anti-Israel ads on RTD buses

Again, anti-Israel ads on RTD busesAN ADVERTISEMENT that calls Israel an apartheid state and accuses Israel of war crimes was launched on RTD buses Dec. 17. The advertisement is similar to one that angered Denver Jews and Israel supporters last year, and is sponsored by some of the same groups. It is paid for by Coloradans for Justice in Palestine, Friends of Sabeel-Colorado and Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC). All three organizations support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. According to the ca...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 December 2014 11:34 )

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European right-wing extremists meet in Milan

ROME — For the second time in less than a month, right-wing extremists from around Europe met in Milan. About 300 people, among them representatives of Greece’s Golden Dawn and the British National Party, met at a Milan hotel on Dec. 20, according to local media. The gathering, organized by the Italian far-right party Forza Nuova, was intended as the first meeting of a new pan-European party called Alliance for Peace and Freedom. The group aims to “protect, celebrate and promote our com...
International

Swedish politician calls for Jews to abandon their identity

Swedish politician calls for Jews to abandon their identitySTOCKHOLM — The party secretary of the far-right Sweden Democrats party said Jews cannot be “true Swedes” if they continue to identify as Jews. Bjorn Soder said in an interview last week with the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter that minority groups such as Jews, Kurds and Sami, or Laplanders, must “assimilate in order to become Swedish. “We are for an inclusive society where everybody who wants to can fit in. We have an open Swedishness which also includes people with foreign ...
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International

Cuba: 50 painful years vs. a better future

Cuba: 50 painful years vs. a better futureNEW YORK — For many Cuban Jews — the majority of whom now live in the US — it has been a bittersweet week. Like countless Jews around the world, they cheered the release last week of Alan Gross, the American Jewish telecommunications contractor who had been held in a Cuban prison for the last five years. But then there’s the matter of reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana. For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, the ...
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