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Arlene from Israel – THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

Editor’s note: This posting contains important information regarding  rallies against the Iran nuclear deal. ~~~~~~~~~~ It is Obama himself who has primary responsibility for having moved – traitorously – to empower a dangerous and radical terrorist entity (and more on this below). But Obama doesn’t operate in a vacuum: Those …

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The New Endorsed Parameters of Peaceful Nuclear Power.

In July 2015, six world powers concluded their negotiations with Iran on its nuclear power program. Parties like US President Barack Obama congratulated himself and the negotiating team for “prevent[ing] Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and ensur[ing] that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful going forward.” That claim …

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Cities of Peace

making friends for peace

Judaism has always expressed a yearning for peace. From Isaiah 2:4: And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Rabbi Hillel in Ethics of the Fathers: “Be among the disciples …

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The 1980s, the American Left, and Rubik’s Bomb.

When I was a college student in the 1980s the American Left opposed nuclear proliferation. Mainstream, regular Democrats often furrowed their brows at the American nuclear program during the Cold War and many called for a scaling back of the arsenal. A popular book at the time, among idealistic, politically-inclined …

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Jewish Left-Dwelling Americans

Jewish Left-Dwelling Americans are probably among the most well-meaning people on the entire planet. I have never seen such unrequited niceness in my entire life, actually. I suppose that I am just a tad biased, but I am willing to bet good shekels that American Jews are over-represented in the …

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Is anti-Zionism necessarily Antisemitism?

“Israeli flags not welcome at London rally against antisemitism” This above is the title of an article a few days ago  on the Times of Israel  which created quite a stir in discussion regarding anti-Zionism and antisemitism and really got me worked up. Speaking at pluralistic Golders Green Together counter-protest, …

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Could Lego anti-Israel activism come to Academia?

Lego has been around since 1958, and ranks as one of the most popular toys amongst kids and adults alike. These colourful bricks provide hours of imaginative play, with endless possibilities for increasing fine-motor development and problem solving, among other skills. They were designed by a Danish carpenter,Ole Kirk Christiansen, …

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Michael Oren Names a Villain.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has recently published his highly anticipated memoir, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. In the weeks and months leading up to the publication much chatter arose suggesting that Oren primarily blamed US President Barack Obama for the deterioration of US-Israeli relations during …

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Living Jews not welcome at The Louvre, dead ones are.

News that the famous Louvre Museum in Paris allegedly exhibited antisemitism is shocking, but perhaps not surprising, given France’s long history of animosity towards Jews. Simon Kent reported:  The Louvre in Paris has been reported to French police after a group booking by Israeli art students was refused. Tel Aviv …

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Even Peaceniks are terror targets

Winston Churchill famously remarked “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” I’ve often suspected the reason some Jews join with our enemies is that the belief that if they support terrorists who want to destroy Israel and the Jews, they will be spared. …

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The Great Mossad Shoe Caper of 2015.

Asghar Bukhari, according to the Daily Mail, is a founding member of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, UK.  If you keyword his name on YouTube you will see that he has had significant access to major media, including the BBC. Mr. Bukhari, if you have not yet heard, is accusing …

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Obama’s “Values” Red Herring.

Barack Obama

On May 21, 2015, Jeffrey Goldberg from The Atlantic published an interview with US President Barack Obama on ISIS, Iraq and Israel. Here is a review of Obama’s comments on Israel and his deliberate attempt to minimize his threats to Israel. It would appear that the president needs a reminder …

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The other Göring.

Hermann Wilhelm Göring (Georing)  was a German politician,  Nazi military leader,  Commander of the Luftwaffe,  President of the Reichstag,  Prime Minister of Prussia and Adolf Hitler’s designated successor. Together with Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Tristan Heydrich he  created the secret police. The three men together set up the early concentration camps …

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Nietzsche and the Nazis: A Movie Review

Nietzsche and the Nazis is a fascinating 2006 lecture on film by professor of intellectual history, Stephen Hicks, in which he asks the same question that people have been asking themselves since World War II: how is it that Germany, perhaps the most educated country in the entire world at …

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Offensive Cartoons

There’s been much media coverage about cartoons which are apparently so offensive that people feel compelled to kill the cartoonist or even those who publish or promote such cartoons. It is therefore instructive to reflect on how Jews react to cartoons they find offensive. I will just select a few …

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Actions and Adjectives: Cluster Bombs.

Summary: When it comes to reporting on the death of civilians, it is interesting to review how and when some media outlets choose to simply report facts, rather than delve into critical reporting. Here is a comparison of the New York Times discussion of cluster bombs being used by Syria and …

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Progressive-Left Jews and the European Union

The progressive-left is in denial and no part of the progressive-left is more in denial than the western Jewish left. My central thesis at Israel Thrives is the following: The progressive movement, and the activist base of the Democratic Party, creates and supports venues that demonize and defame the Jewish state, thereby …

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Into the fray: Washington-Lausanne-Munich?

The gravest aspect of the emerging Iran deal is less its substance and more the professed rationale it is based on. Today, the United States… has reached a historic understanding with Iran… I am convinced that… it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer. This has been …

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Amnesty International Snubs Britain’s Jews.

Writing in the Times of Israel, Stuart Winer tells us: Amnesty International rejected a motion to campaign against the rise in anti-Semitism in Britain, saying it battles all discrimination and would not single out individual groups, the British Jewish newspaper The Jewish Chronicle reported Tuesday. The resolution called for the …

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