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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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The Many Faces of the Sexy Hijabi.

The sexy hijabi is new to American popular culture.   Due to the rise of contemporary political Islam, and mass Muslim immigration into the West, the hijab is now a highly-charged cultural symbol.   For many American and western Muslim women, it is simply a matter of ethnic identity and faith. In that way, …

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Jews from a different planet.

“But why does he have to make provocations with these declarations of his?!” I was shocked to hear this sentence come out of the mouths of my Jewish American relatives. Yes, they were referring to Trump (who they hate) and to the Jerusalem Declaration. I love my relatives but they …

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Biblical Violence versus Koranic Violence.

As the West gradually awakens to the rise of political Islam and the immigration crisis in Europe, the question of Koranic violence versus Biblical violence is sometimes referenced.   The reason for this is because of the confusion around the sources of the Jihadi aggression against the West.   Is …

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Into the Fray: – Iran: Are the wheels falling off Obama’s “signature” foreign policy endeavor?

The ongoing turmoil in Iran highlights both the duplicity to which the Obama administration resorted & the missed opportunity for a better deal. The alternative is a region wide explosion with totally unpredictable consequences….Just think how that would work out in the end… I think that is a policy of …

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Lorde made a mistake.

New Zealand singer Lorde was quoted in a recent Guardian article as saying, “I want to be Leonard Cohen,” so when my father, a life-long Cohen fan, heard about this and the reasons for the cancellation of the Tel Aviv leg of her world tour show which also involves two gigs in …

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An open letter to the ANC from a South African Jew.

Dear ANC delegate, I have never voted for you but I have respected you. I have spoken with pride about the lofty goals that you set yourself as a liberation movement. I have been awed by your capacity to forgive many of the injustices of the past, often to your …

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