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The Leica Freedom Train.

How a German company quietly saved their Jewish employees.   The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product — precise, minimalist, and utterly efficient. Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that during the Nazi era acted with uncommon …

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Into the fray: The Jerusalem Post Conference, my retrospective perspective

  If the 2014 Conference can spur public brisk discussion on how to remedy the some of the policy deficiencies it exposed it will have made an enormous contribution to the long-term strategic well-being of the nation. Dear Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and the entire Netanyahu government, I asked you, …

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Letter to Jews in Ukraine fake but Antisemitism is not.

  In Donetsk, Ukraine, masked men reportedly handed out a letter requiring Jews to register with the government and report all their property or they would lose their citizenship and be deported. Thankfully, by all accounts, the letter is a fake. The letter was stamped and signed by Denis Pushilin, who …

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The Return of Old-Timey Jew Hatred

The news, on this first day of Passover within the American Jewish community, is of the shooting-up of a number of Jewish facilities near Kansas City, Kansas. CBS News reports: OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An elderly man opened fire Sunday at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City, killing a …

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Mike Lumish – Announcing My Sunday Column for the Elder of Ziyon

The Elder and I, happily enough, have agreed to an arrangement wherein I will write a regular and exclusive Sunday column for the popular and influential Elder of Ziyon blog and he certainly has my thanks.   I will also, you can be sure, promote JDU.  Shirlee has created something pretty …

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Israeli Hackers Strike Back at Anonymous OpIsrael, Expose Participants With Their Own Webcams (PHOTOS)

An Israeli hacker team published on Tuesday images and personal details of members of the Anonymous hacker collective who participated in the OpIsrael attack against Israeli sites earlier this week, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. Israeli Elite Force gained access to the computers of 16 Anonymous members and was able to capture screenshots and photos of …

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Kerry Blames Israel on Schedule

Kerry’s announcement of Israeli-Jewish blame for Arab intransigence in the so-called “peace process” is right on schedule.  Months ago I made the following predictions and hard-posted them on the upper-right side of Israel Thrives under the name Non-Peace Process: 1) The US and the EU demand negotiations between Israel and …

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What’s Left?

With apologies to Nick Cohen, that’s a fantastic title and a book I still need to find and read ASAP.  This post is inspired by my own run-ins with alleged ‘liberal’ online antisemites.   I am a liberal.  I am a Democrat.  I am a Teamster.  I come from a …

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The truth about the Bedouin in the Negev .

We are told that the Bedouins live in a mere 45 historical villages and are forced to build illegally because their communities are not recognized by the state. One could argue that if the conflict with the Palestinians was miraculously solved, the next conflict simmering under the surface would be …

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The Racist Harassment of Jewish College Students

The racist harassment of Jewish college students in western universities is a scandal. At the University of Michigan, anti-Israel / anti-Jewish student politicos placed fake eviction orders on the dorm room doors of Jewish and pro-Israel students.  As Jonathan Tobin writes in Commentary: The movement to boycott Israel cloaks itself …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ -Purim and Its Lessons

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner.   Today, as I write, is Tannit Ester (the Fast of Esther), which precedes Purim.  In the Megillat Esther – the story of Purim – Esther fasts before taking action to save her people from annihilation. This Shabbat is Shabbat Zahor, when the weekly …

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One Woman’s Memories of London’s Vanished Jewish East End

Here’s another post from my blog’s archives which may interest readers.  It first appeared on my blog under the title “Snatched Memories: A Daughter of Zion on Yiddishkayt in the old East End”. Beth-Zion Abrahams (1902-1990), who grew up in a big East European immigrant family in London’s East End, …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Iran

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner. Truth be told, I had expected Prime Minister Netanyahu to focus on Iran in his AIPAC talk yesterday.  I had been planning to use his speech as a kick-off point for a discussion about Iran.  Instead, yesterday, I went in various other directions.  And …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’ – Tracking an insane time.

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner. There are few things more insane than Arabs throwing large rocks at cars, and thereby causing lethal injury to children. But this is what I begin with today. It is a year ago that Adva Biton was driving in her car with other members …

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The War on Judaism and Evangelicalism: “Christians United For Peace” (aka “CUFP”)

Those of you who have been following this site for a while, are very aware of the vile antisemitic and anti-Israel/Zionist group “Christians United for Peace” and the vile woman who runs the group with an iron first full of hate and loathing, too strong to image. You also recall …

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Ukrainian Jews May Be in Danger

Written and submitted by Rachel Molschky – Cherson & Molschky  Blog site.   Choral synagogue in Kiev. The Ukraine’s Jewish population has been a target amid the political upheaval in the nation. A synagogue was hit with firebombs over the weekend, and there have been reports of anti-Semitic acts and …

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On Law, Lies and Propaganda

There are two matters that are playing out in this part of the world right now that have captured some attention. One is the sudden emergence of the “legality” of the “settlements” as an issue for national debate. Or non-debate. Whatever. It is difficult to even appreciate how much this …

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The Truth about the UN

Published on Feb 20, 2014 Ambassador Danny Ayalon spreads the truth about the UN. Hypocrisy and cynicism have taken over the United Nations, the delegitimization perpetrators and Israel boycotters take advantage of the UN’s image as an advocate of human rights in order to pass anti-Israeli resolutions which attempt to …

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The Demise of Christianity in the Middle East and Africa

The tidbit below was written by Raymond Ibrahim and published at the Gatestone Institute: The rise of endemic Christian persecution in the Middle East was noted in November when Roman Catholic Pope Francis declared “We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians” and stressed the importance of “the …

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Arab Anti-Zionists Call for Murder at San Francisco State University

On December 3 of last year I published a piece entitled “State Funded Incitement to Murder at San Francisco State University.”  This article concerned itself with the fact that a number of university funded student political organizations, including the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS), called for murder during an event …

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