Israel

Jerusalem court rejects far-left activist’s restraining order request against pro-Israel watchdog.

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court rejected a restraining order request filed by far-left activist Guy Hirschfeld against the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu who has been filming Hirschfeld’s interactions with IDF soldiers. Hirschfeld, a vocal member of the far-left organization Ta’ayush, frequently films and harasses IDF soldiers and Jewish residents living in …

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Good news to start the week – Israel.

Since we started the mourning period of nine days leading up to Tisha B’Av I didn’t want to post anything too frivolous, but the following items fit the bill very well. Since the Jews are known as “the People of the Book” it is entirely fitting that Israeli books translated …

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From Israel: Delusion or Real Hope This Time?

Things on the political scene have been – if not quite grim – unsettling and worrisome at best. But I want to kick off here with very recent news about a transition in government policy that addresses Israel’s rights rather than simply bending to what is politically correct. It offers …

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From Israel: With Hope and a Sharp Eye!

Last time I wrote, I focused on “good stuff,” and here I will provide more of the same.  However, the good news in several instances is qualified. Not always an easy trick:  To hold fast to what is positive, celebrating the promise, while at the same time retaining a realistic …

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Good News Weekend – Israel.

We’ve had another difficult week in the family (someone in hospital, but hopefully coming home in a couple of days), but davka because of that I feel the need to post a Good News Weekend instalment. This week’s instalment is all about winning. We’ll start with intellectual pursuits: The Israeli …

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A Zionist’s perspective on “The Three Weeks”

To believe that marking the days is no longer necessary because we are back in our land bespeaks a profound lack of historical awareness and ignorance of both the big picture, and ironically, the very context of today’s events. ~~~~~~~~~~~ The Jewish People has just entered our “season of sorrow:” …

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From Israel: Once Again, It’s Time!

Time for a “good news” posting, or at very least one that has a solid focus on the good stuff. We badly need the balance in these difficult times, fraught with tensions. Actually, we begin with an incredible and inspiring story: Earlier this month, Shachar Kugelmas, a young Jewish Israeli …

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From Israel: Heaven Help Us!

Both here in Israel and in the US, there is so much dissension, so much hostility.  My thought again and again is that this is not how it is supposed to be. With a couple of exceptions, I will try to move past this, or around it, as I have …

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Is it really the end of democracy in Israel?

One of the recurrent drumbeats heard from certain quarters in Israel is that we are teetering on the brink of losing our democratic bearings. There are those who hear it in distant thunder claps, while others think it has already happened. To them, we are already in the morass of …

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What Is Al Jazeera Saying About Im Tirtzu?

Al Jazeera has recently taken aim at Im Tirtzu and published a feature article on our “Know Your Professor” website, which exposed dozens of radical Israeli academics who are engaged in promoting boycotts and defaming Israel. Im Tirtzu says “It seems that the propaganda arm of Qatar is not so …

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From Israel: With Pain and Bewilderment!

With all there is to write about, I have decided first to do a follow-up to my posting about the Ethiopian riots sent out last Monday: After I wrote, the issue lingered with me: I could not stop turning it over in my mind, in part because of having worked …

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