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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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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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Jews saying Kaddish for Hamas terrorists.

Cain killed Abel.  God said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”  Cain said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”  God said, “Your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground so now this soil shall no longer give you strength and you shall become restless upon …

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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 Happy and Smug Bigots of Denmark.

Various polls rank Denmark as one of the happiest countries in the world year-after-year. Commentators have sought to explain the phenomenon. They have pointed to the country’s “hygge,” which entails a feeling of community and brotherhood. They note the country’s generous welfare policies which give people a sense of being …

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Ukraine: The Last Survivors.

“After the Holocaust, from one family, a boy survived, from another family, a girl. They were my grandparents.” This was how Orly Wolstein from the Israeli integration programme, ‘First Home in the Homeland’ began her story during a speaking tour with Christians for Israel in South Germany. Orly was born …

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From Israel: Complications and Imperfections.

It’s not your imagination, or mine: The world is shifting at a dizzying rate. We try to wrap our heads around it all. We try, but it sure isn’t easy. ~~~~~~~~~~ I want to start with the Trump-Kim Summit, which delighted me and many others, wrought with the potential for …

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Canadian Media Are Playing Into Hamas’ Hands

In war, the saying goes, the first casualty is the truth. In the wake of the deadly violence that occurred at the Gaza border with Israel on May 14 and immediately thereafter, Canadian media outlets accused Israel of using “excessive” and “disproportionate” force. Unfounded claims were broadcast contending that Israel …

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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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Action: Stand with Chile’s Jewish Community.

Written by Dina Siegel Vann. Director, AJC Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs. I am writing to ask you to stand with the Jews of Chile, who are feeling increasingly unsafe. While Jews are being directly targeted, Chile’s entire democratic tradition is also coming under threat. Chile is home …

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Into the Fray: Iran & the chilling significance of the “No Alternative” argument.

The attempt to justify the 2015 deal with Iran, as being the only viable alternative to allowing it to develop nuclear weapons, is both infuriating and disingenuous. The prime minister of Israel is deeply opposed to it, I think he’s made that very clear. I have repeatedly asked, what is …

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I Am A Jew.

The NDP party in Canada, under the leadership of a Sikh Canadian, Jagmeet Singh,  invited an acolyte of the racist Louis Farrakhan, Tamika Mallory, to speak at their convention on  February 15-18 2018.  She is a proud antisemite and homophobe as his her leader.  So I decided the time to …

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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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Hindu Samhati rally for Israel in Kolkata India, attracts 70,000 Hindus.

  Press release. Israel, a country surrounded by hostile allies, survives due to her strength and determination, her economic boom and creativity, in spite of her many enemies striving to undermine the tiny Jewish state. Islamists and communists around the world regularly rally to eradicate the Jewish state, the ability …

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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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From Israel: The Stupefying Imperfections of Life.

Radical evil, we all know about. We see it everywhere: In the horrifying repression in N. Korea, and the radicalism of Iran.  In acts of terror closer to home, and child abuse in places far and wide. But we do not live in a world of absolutes, in which everything …

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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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International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the UN.

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, declared so by the UN. On this day we remember the six million Jewish victims, and millions of other victims, brutally murdered in a systematic, evil slaughter, ethnic “cleansing” or genocide. But let’s remember something else.  The UN has proven itself to be …

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Seinfeld, #Israel and the Two-Headed Media.

They say there are two sides to every story, and the same applies to today’s brand of journalism, the editorial news.  The slant of each article depends on the favored agenda.  Perhaps it was always this way, but as a young, idealistic student sitting in journalism class years ago, I …

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