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Into the Fray: Bombs in Brussels (or ‘It’s Islam Stupid’ revisited)

Islam is to terror as rainfall is to flooding. One out of six people all over the world is a Muslim… [T]rying to say anything in general about this huge community – 1.5 billion people – will be wrong… The vast majority of these populations are not involved… with violence …

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Joe Biden ignores Jewish Rights and the history of the Jewish State.

Vice President Joe Biden addressed the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2016. He spoke passionately about the importance of the security of Israel and America’s commitment to defend Israel. At roughly the 29 minute mark of the speech, he said that “One thing is certain: the …

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The Moral Bankruptcy of the Progressive-Left

The progressive movement’s main claim to political legitimacy is a moral claim. The movement claims to stand for social justice and equality of rights throughout the world. Any legitimacy the left has as a political movement is grounded in the notion of universal human rights. But if the left has …

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Lies and more lies. Raw hate on campus

At what point does a university assist in inciting and supporting violence? How about charities and NGOs that are supposed to be on a mission of peace? These are questions I was left asking myself after recent events at both the University of Kent and UCL. The latest event in …

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Cinnamon Stillwell calls out San Francisco State University Racism.

Cinnamon Stillwell – the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a graduate of San Francisco State University, and a contributor for numerous outlets, including The San Francisco Chronicle, and those as diverse from one another as Front Page Magazine is from National Public Radio (NPR) – in a recent piece …

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Antisemitism v anti-Semitism.

fighting antisemitism

The incorrect spelling of antisemitism is getting to me more and more of late. I feel the need to write about it in order to get people to spell it correctly by learning the meaning of the words and where they originated. Somewhere, somehow in recent years the spelling has …

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Pushing the Jews out of Europe.

In a January 18 piece for the Guardian entitled EU adopts resolution criticising Israeli settlement activity by Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem and Jennifer Rankin in Brussels, we read: The European Union has unanimously adopted a tough resolution criticising Israeli settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories, despite fierce efforts by …

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Zakynthos leaders’ courage in face of Nazi evil saved Jews

Zakynthos is a magnificent speck in the ocean off the west coast of Greece. One of 1400 Greek islands, it is said that the Greek goddess of hunting, Artemis, hunted in the woods of Zakynthos. The island was the scene of an extraordinary act of courage which saved an entire …

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The Unabashed Zionist.

Remember Professor Andrew Pessin? Anyone who follows the Long Arab War against the Jews of the Middle East knows about the harassment of vocal pro-Israel professors on western university campuses, including in the United States. As I wrote in a piece last summer: Professor Andew Pessin is a Professor of Philosophy at …

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An Open Letter to a Jewish Friend in England

I don’t know, Kate. Sometimes it just seems pointless. Sorry to be downbeat, but I feel like I am glaring into a howling thunderstorm. In California we could use the weather, but I worry about my friends elsewhere. You may be aware that the Washington Post just published an infographic …

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The Departure of the Jews & the Decline of Western Europe

In a piece by Italian journalist Giulio Meotti for Israel National News we read that the last Jews of Sweden are departing for more amicable locales. He writes: … Jews are fleeing Malmö. In the seventies, the community had more than 2,000 members: today there are less than 500. The others left …

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Coming Home/Missing Home: Toronto and Israel

coming home

My body is sitting in Starbucks at Christie and Dupont, freezing somewhat because they keep the heat low; I suppose that’s to try to prevent people like me from parking here for hours on end, but people like me just sit rubbing their hands together when they’re not typing, put …

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Silence is Golden (But My Eyes Still See)

Per usual, the news this week has been mixed so we’ll go from bad to good in the hopes of concluding on an upbeat note that will help you usher in Shabbat with a smile. On Thursday a Muslim teenager took a machete to Jewish teacher in the French Mediterranean …

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On Obama’s Fondness for Feeding Jews Dog Biscuits.

In a piece by the Elder of Ziyon, quoting Human Rights First, we read: On January 7 the State Department released a press statement marking the one-year anniversary of the horrific attacks in Paris. Yet there was a troubling omission: the statement focused on Charlie Hebdo and referred only obliquely …

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On The Having of Cake (and the eating of it, too.)

The Times of Israel tells us that: “The Palestinian leadership on Wednesday demanded the Greek government act after two Arab passengers were expelled from an Israel-bound flight, saying the decision to remove the pair was “reminiscent” of apartheid. Two Arab passengers with Israeli documents were forced off an Aegean Airlines …

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From the desert came the ethic that underpins Western culture

In 1928, Sigmund Freud noted that if we did not have religion — Judaism and Christianity — we would need another set of rules to keep us from self-destructing; from not only coveting our neighbour’s wife but having an affair with her. We would steal and lie; we would gossip and …

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I Have Been Radicalized!

I confess. I have been radicalized! I am a radicalized westerner. I am a staunch supporter of the morals, values and ethics that underpin my country Canada: ethical monotheism-the Judaeo/Christian ethic that tells us we are all intrinsically equal and must care for the other.  I am so radicalized that …

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New York Times’ Lost Pictures and Morality for the Year 2015.

On December 27, 2015, the New York Times shared its thoughts for a “Year in Pictures.”  The Sunday Review was dominated by the waves of refugees and migrants from the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) as well as pictures of terrorism that touched much of the world.  For …

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Arab Migrants, Jews and the “Radical-Right” in Europe.

In a recent piece for Vocal Europe, Associate Professor of Political Science from DePaul University, Erik Tillman, worries about the possible rise of the “radical-right” due to the immigration crisis. But he does not worry overly much and for very good reason. He writes: Their message does not appeal to …

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Time Is On Our Side.

T’is the season for end-of-year summations, tra-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. The newspapers are full of articles covering a range of topics ranging from politics through the economy to the Footy. So why should the ZFA be an exception? Thus in this – the final update during the year of their lord 2015 …

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