Monthly Archives: March 2017

Into the Fray: Touting tyranny in pursuit of bipartisanship.

“A durable Israeli-Palestinian peace can best be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties, resulting in a Jewish state living side-by-side in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state…” – From “The Peace Process: Israel’s Pursuit of Peace,” currently on AIPAC’s website. “Rejecting decades-old policy, the Republican Party approved on …

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No Room at Banksy’s Inn.

Bethlehem is holy to Christians, as it was in a manger in this city that a baby boy was born, after his parents were turned away from the inn because there was no room for them. So naturally a new hotel in Bethlehem assumes a special significance, reminding us of …

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PM Trudeau I am a #JEWISHISLAMOPHOBE.

I know in this day and age reading tweets takes time. Well, this article is more than 140 characters and more than 500 words. But if you care about the fact that the  oldest hatred in the world-Jew hatred, is living and breathing in Canada, brought here by Muslims, not …

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Oz Torah: Torah reading – Vayikra

MILK & HONEY. The ancient Cheder began its Bible curriculum with the Book of Vayikra, but even before this, a child’s first Hebrew lessons commenced with the aleph-bet written on a slate in honey. The children licked off the honey and got a sweet taste of Torah learning. Not very …

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Arlene from Israel: Muddled Messages.

If there is anything that is not muddled right now, it is the news that David Friedman has at long last been confirmed as the new US Ambassador to Israel.  The vote in the Senate on Thursday was 52 – 46, with Democratic Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and …

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Hijab Cool.

When I was growing up in the outskirts of New York City in the 1970s there was hardly a hijab to be found. Of course, when I was growing up in the outskirts of New York City in the 1970s there was hardly a Muslim to be found, either. There …

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BSA rules Gaza blockade cannot be reported as “illegal”.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint concerning TVNZ’s coverage of the Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza, on the basis that it breached the required standard of accuracy by stating the blockade of Gaza is “illegal”.  In doing so it set out some important expectations: Broadcasters should refrain from …

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Daqamseh’s Release And Israel’s Silence

Daqamseh's release and Israel's silence

It is two weeks after Ahmed Daqamseh’s release — you remember: the murderer of 7 Israeli 13-year-old girls — and I still have a question. Search Twitter for reactions to Daqamseh’s release on the part of our elected representatives and you are met with almost absolute radio silence. It is …

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Into the Fray: Israel- Lost without a map?

It is difficult to know what is more disturbing-whether some ministers actually believe in the policy proposals they promote – or whether they don’t—but promote them anyway  What I see clearly…is incredible negligence and lack of systematic, long-term planning effort on behalf of Israel’s top political brass…we are facing a …

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Daqamseh’s Mother And Widespread Hate

Daqamseh's mother

Moroccan writer and intellectual, Al-Saleh Bu-Walid, gives reason to hope that sanity may one day come to reign in our unstable and hate-filled part of the world in spite of the likes of Daqamseh’s mother. He was participating in a studio discussion on  a TV programme hosted by Al Jazeera …

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Facebook Fascism.

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From Israel: The Bright and the Dark.

There is a fair measure of dark news that must be shared. But the flip side in many instances is bright: for I see growing strength in the responses to what is ugly and threatening. We must be grateful for this and do all we can to encourage yet more …

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Oz Torah: Ask the Rabbi.- THE KORAN & THE JEWS.

Jews Down Under has chosen to remove this piece because we did not agree with the following comment and weren’t willing to compromise our ideals. “Nonetheless, there is much common ground between Judaism and Islam – even more than with Christianity. Dialogue and co-operation between the two faiths (indeed trialogue …

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A Surprising Model For Fighting Antisemitism

fighting antisemitism

A model I developed for teaching sex education in a conservative and collectivist culture can perhaps be used for combating stereotypes, whether these are antisemitic stereotypes or stereotypes against any group, such as sexual minorities or ethnic minorities. First I will describe the sex ed course and then show how …

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Ha’aretz Spits at the “Mensches”

Japan beat Team Israel last Wednesday to eliminate the “Mensches” from the World Baseball Classic (WBC). Nonetheless, Israel did far better than anyone thought possible.  Manager Jerry Weinstein and the guys were not expected to even qualify for the tournament and the odds makers pegged them at a 200 to 1 …

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