Sheri Oz

Jewish Leftists: Where Jewish Ethics Cease And Suicide Begins

Jewish ethics

Jewish ethics impels us to help the needy and stand up for the oppressed. It is not supposed to set us up for disaster. * * * * * Jewish ethics and morality is something we can be proud of. We are instructed to pay attention to the needs of …

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Should I Be A BDS Activist? Take This Quiz To Find Out

BDS activist quiz

Is BDS — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel — the social activism for you? Check it out. It’s easier than you think. * * * * * BDS is believed by many to be the best way to fight against what they believe is Israeli occupation of Palestinian land …

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Leftist Jews — Part I: Jewish Uncle Toms.

Credit for inspiration for this two-part piece goes to both Diane Weber Bederman and to Sarah Tuttle-Singer.  Diane wrote that J Street Jews (and I suppose others like them) can most accurately be understood as Jewish Uncle Toms.  Sarah wrote about privilege.  In Part I, I will expand upon Weber …

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Mothers of Terrorists– Mothers We Love to Hate

mothers of terrorists

Mothers of terrorists shock us, if we are still able to be shocked.  A translation of the words of the mother of the terrorist who stabbed Hallel Yaffa Ariel on June 30th has been making the rounds on the social media and regular news outlets.  She comes out in support of …

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Anything to say now, Hanin Zoabi or Ayman Odeh?

Hanin Zoabi – Are you going to cry out your rage and horror at the killing of a 13-year-old girl barely past puberty? Ayman Odeh – Are you going to rail against the terrorist and those who sent him, directly or indirectly; sent him to break into her house and …

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Ron Huldai Does Not Understand ‘Occupation’

Ron Huldai - occupation

Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai made disparaging remarks concerning Israel’s part in causing the Arabs to kill us. Ilana Dayan interviewed Huldai after the terror attack at a Sarona restaurant that took the lives of 4 and injured over 10 others and Huldai used the air time to cause serious …

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Fida’i – When A Nation Is ‘Revenge’

Fida'i - the Palestinian anthem

The Arabs who now call themselves Palestinians have a national anthem. Actually, their current anthem is supposedly their second. The lyrics of the first were written in 1934 by Ibrahim Tuqan and expressed opposition to the British presence in the Ottoman Empire. Named “Mawtini”, meaning “Homeland”, it talks about gaining …

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Yalla – Zehava Galon for Prime Minister of Israel

Zehava Galon

Think of this as a thought experiment: It is easy to look back and say that decisions taken right after the 6-Day War were ill-guided and started us down a slippery slope to disaster regardless of whether you are a hawk or a dove.  It is easy to look back …

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Nakba: Why Do You Let THAT Define You?

Child at Nakba Day Parade

I wonder about a “People” that is willing, from the get-go, to define themselves as a failure: The Nakba is, for the Arabs who now call themselves Palestinians, their defining moment. The Arab defeat against Jewish upstarts who had the audacity to reclaim their ancient homeland, is the pivotal event …

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How Many Candies is a Jewish Life Worth?

how many candies is a Jewish life worth

I am just wondering about proportionality and disproportionality regarding the relative numbers of candies tossed about to ecstatic Palestinian Arabs celebrating each newly decorated shaheed (martyr). What I mean is: Are the same number of candies handed out when a stabber or car-rammer manages to kill or maim a mere …

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Soccer Is Not Just Soccer When Jews Compete Against Arabs

game between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bnei Saknin

Leave it to Gideon Levy to turn a soccer spat into an indictment of our nation. I’m sure Levy cares deeply about Israel’s soul and that is why he never misses an opportunity to twist even the smallest of things out of proportion in order to tar and feather us …

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UNESCO: The Eiffel Tower is a Sacred Muslim Site

UNESCO steals Temple Mount from Jews - Eiffel Tower is next

AMMAN, 18 April 2035 – the Jordan Daily News triumphantly proclaims that Item 19 of the 227th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board approved the resolution reaffirming that Burj Hadid (formerly misnamed as the Eiffel Tower) is a sacred Muslim site. As called for in the resolution, France is ordered …

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Anti-Israel Media Bias Slips Into Even the Jerusalem Post

anti-Israel media bias in Israeli newspaper

The Jerusalem Post inadvertently provides support for the demonization of Israel by using language that plays into the hands of the anti-Zionists. It is in the small details that history is either confirmed or made. In the case of Israel, there are continual efforts to rewrite history and besmirch, not …

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Using a Knife in the Public Relations Intifada

public relations intifada

Intifada victim Yonaton Azarihab knew when to take the knife out of his wound and Dafna Meir knew when to fight to keep it in. We all need to have the presence of mind they showed, in thinking of those around them and not themselves. Azarihab pulled the knife from …

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Two Sides: Lost me at “Occupation”, Then It Got Worse

two sides to co-existence

Curious about a Facebook link to a post by Ikhlas Ishtaya on the website “Two Sides”, promoting co-existence workshops, I began to read. Her story looked interesting and I was sure I would be moved; after all, they subtitled her piece: “An honest look which goes straight to the heart”. …

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(Not) Suppressing Academic Freedom in the Palestinian Authority

academic freedom

  Fighting the lies of academic BDS is serious business, but I found out you can sometimes have fun with it. Pro-BDSers repeatedly write about how the security problems in “Palestine” caused by Israeli “oppression” impinge upon academic freedom at their institutes. I decided to explore how these same institutes …

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Toward the Making of Self-Hating Jews

self-hating Jews

Self-hating Jews, I think, deplore the reflection of themselves that they see mirrored in the eyes of the non-Jewish world; this determines how they experience their own Jewishness. Non-Jewish societies have, for centuries, found reason to hate and criticize us Jews and we seem to buy into it each time …

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Once a Jew Always a Jew – Jewish Self-Hate

Ryan Bellerose, Meti Canadian, put on a kippa for a week and saw what it is like to walk around town as if he was an easily identifiable Jew. In contrast, I left Toronto in 1970 to go to university in Ottawa, leaving my Jewish neighbourhood behind and seeing myself …

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Situation in Palestine is Normal – No Need for BDS

situation in Palestine is normal

  Well, I wonder if it will comfort proponents of academic boycott of Israel to learn that the situation in Palestine is normal – according to someone with whom I communicated at An-Najah University in Nablus. I didn’t know what exactly he meant by “normal” so I sent a second …

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JDL – Much Ado About Nothing at York University, Toronto

Sometimes it is smarter to keep silent than to make a fuss. It is not necessarily weakness. The demonstration at York University yesterday (Feb 4, 2016) was a prime example of silence being golden. Not because one should always be silent — because one should not always be anything — but because …

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