Michael Lumish

Jewish Kids Need Krav Maga.

When I was a tiny, little Zionist growing up in New York and Connecticut in the 1970s and 1980s, Jewish youngsters did not learn Krav Maga. I doubt any of my friends, Jewish or otherwise, ever even heard of this martial art. We punched a nose when we had to, …

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The Labour Betrayal .

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party on Tuesday passed a motion strongly criticizing Israel and pledging to halt all UK weapon sales to the Jewish state if it rises to power, as a senior lawmaker warned the party must root out antisemitism amid persistent scandals dogging the party.   Delegates at …

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Avi Abelow Picks up the Torch.

I think that it may be fair to say that few were wounded more by the murder of Ari Fuld — outside of his family — than was Israeli-American social media personality, Avi Abelow. I like Avi because he has both strength and joy. He analyzes the worst of the conflict while …

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Young Goodman Lumish.

Young Goodman Lumish came forth at sunset… One of the paradigmatic early American short stories is Nathanial Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown (1835).  The link above goes to the 1846 edition of the story as published in his collection, Mosses from an Old Manse.  What fascinates me, oddly enough, is its potential resonance …

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Julia Salazar and the Jews.

New York State Senate candidate Julia Salazar has the pro-Jewish / pro-Israel world vaguely annoyed… while we are having a sandwich for lunch. Others in recent weeks have occasionally noted her existence with a raised eyebrow over their Wheat Chex. There have been a few notes concerning this person including, for example, …

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The Democratic Party versus the Jewish People.

I understand that most American Jews do not want to hear this message, but there is no getting away from certain obvious political truths. The progressive-left and the Democratic Party believe that the Jewish people of the Middle East, in the form of Israel, are not humane to the Palestinian-Arabs. …

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American Jews and the Democratic Party.

One of the vital questions facing US diaspora Jewry is how to respond to the rise of American-Left antisemitic anti-Zionism. The prominent faces of that movement include anyone who looks toward Louis Farrakhan as a positive figure in American cultural and political life. These include low hanging fruit like Linda …

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The Great Halvah Epiphany.

When I was a little boy growing up in Kingston, New York, and Trumbull, Connecticut, halvah was a mystery. I did not understand the stuff. I did not like it. It made no sense to me. And I could not even begin to fathom my father’s joy in this weird …

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Stand With Us, if you won’t, who the heck will?

StandWithUs (SWU) is among the best pro-Israel organizations and resources available to the  Jewish community in the diaspora. I hope that I will be excused for my bias – given that SWU stood with me during the Reem’s Cafe litigation in Oakland – but these guys tread a razor’s edge with steady feet …

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Jews Should #WalkAway

There is a small, social-media movement known as #walkaway that is annoying the Washington Post. In a piece by Abby Ohlheiser awkwardly entitled, “The #WalkAway meme is what happens when everything is viral and nothing matters,”  the Post laments: “The pro-Trump Internet is really good at convincing its audience that going viral …

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The US-Mexico Border / Anti-Trump Hysteria Story is Largely Nonsense

Here is why. There are nine US consulates in Mexico and one US embassy. Anyone looking to emigrate into the United States from Mexico does not need to do so by crossing the border illegally. They can, instead, apply for access, resident status, and citizenship through normal legal channels. The …

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The Goop and Feathers Strategy for Gaza.

Those of us who follow the never-ending Long Arab and Muslim War against the Jews of the Middle East are familiar with the arson tactics used by contemporary Palestinian-Arab Islamist racists. Therefore it is not surprising that the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of Islamic …

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A Huffington Post anti-Zionist is cut down to size by Dani Ishai Behan.

Dani Ishai Behan is the founding administrator of the “Progressive Zionism” Facebook page. Behan describes himself as a “Half-Irish/half-Jewish American activist, musician, and writer.” I think of him as an administrative pain-in-the-ass and a dedicated fighter for justice for the Jewish people. Mainly, however, he is known for drilling down into the heart of …

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Gazan Waves.

Everyone who cares about the Jewish people and the well-being of Israel is writing about the Hamas Embassy Riots. We are doing so because Western media people are, yet again, yapping against Israel on cue from the vicious antisemitic ding-bats in Gaza like trained seals yelping for sardines. We’ve known for …

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Repost of ‘The Dissertation of Mahmoud Abbas.’

This is a timely repost of an excellent article………..   Mahmoud Abbas completed his PhD dissertation for Lumumba University in Moscow in 1982. For years I have been reading that this piece of writing – which to the right is the original cover – entitled “The Other Side: The Secret …

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Ruth Wisse and the Israeli “Messy House” Metaphor.

Israel has been in for vicious criticism recently over its response to the violent Arab March of Return.   Hamas sent about 30,000 soldiers, and families of soldiers, to challenge the integrity of the fence between Israel and Gaza. They have also burned thousands of tires near that fence creating a …

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The “Palestinian Narrative” and Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

I find the Jewish Indigeneity Question fascinating.   I recently published an article thanking native American thinker and activist, Ryan Bellerose for advancing the importance of Israel to the Jewish people from an indigenous rights perspective.   Sarah Tuttle-Singer is the New Media editor for the Times of Israel (TOI) and is no fan of Bellerose and …

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Acknowledging Ryan Bellerose.

  Ryan Bellerose is a friend of the pro-Jewish / pro-Israel community who, like many of us, has grown increasingly skeptical of the two-state solution.   I met the guy online when he arrived at Israel Thrives a couple of years ago for the purpose of kicking the holy crap out of …

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Glorification of terror and violence in our Oakland, California community.

Matthew Finkelstein, in hat, and Susan George (right) from Vallejo, and other members of Oakland United Against Hate, protest outside of Reem’s California bakery in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, January 28, 2018. They are protesting a mural of Rasmea Odeh located inside of the bakery. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News …

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Oakland Stands United With Hate.

As many of you know, Reem’s bakery at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, California – the very spot where Oscar Grant was famously shot dead by police in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2009, touching off local riots – continues to display a mural of Rasmea Odeh, …

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