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  • Can an Israeli teacher protest the IDF?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Let’s suppose that the school your child attends gets a new principal. And let’s  suppose — you’ll soon see why — that this new principal just signed a petition that calls on citizens to cheat on their tax forms because he believes taxes are immoral or he is not satisfied with the...

  • Umm al-Hiran, racism and the confounding of Zionism

    1 week ago

    The Israeli government is set to destroy Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the Negev, to build a Jewish town in its place, which will be called Hiran. No matter what anyone tells you about unrecognized Bedouin villages, no matter what Israel’s Supreme Court or Justice Minister...

  • The War of Words exchange, part 2: Explaining the complexity of the conflict

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Dr. Einat Wilf is a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute (where we work together) and the Baye Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. She was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for...

  • The War of Words exchange, part 1: ‘Israel is facing a war waged through words, images and ideas’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    Dr. Einat Wilf is a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute (where we work together) and the Baye Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. She was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for...

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  • The long history of Jewish violence in Israel

    August 5, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Last week’s terrible killing of 18-month old Ali Saad Dawabsha in Duma, together with the horrific violence at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, left many Jews stunned, repulsed and demoralized. We have inculcated in ourselves — and projected to our children — the belief that whereas...

  • Who should define anti-Semitism?

    July 13, 2015 | 11:24 am

    “Anyone who does not recognize the Jewish people and the State of Israel — and their right to exist — is guilty of anti-Semitism”  - Pope Francis

    "I think a good baseline [for when anti-Zionism becomes anti-Semitism] is: Do you think that Israel has a right to exist as a...

  • President Rivlin: In Israel, there is a word which has long since turned into a weapon: ‘Demography’

    By Pini Herman

    June 11, 2015 | 4:43 am

    No demographers have framed the implications of Israel's developing demographics better and therefore I am bringing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's complete speech on June 7, 2015 at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Israeli society is undergoing a...

  • Exposing BDS

    By David Suissa

    June 3, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    On March 4, 2009, during a Q&A session at Ottawa University, Omar Barghouti, the founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, made a confession that you can watch on YouTube.

    “I do not buy into the two-state solution,” Barghouti, a Palestinian who studied at...

  • Israeli families fleeing rat-race revive once-doomed kibbutzim

    June 2, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    This year's harvest was especially merry at Degania Alef, Israel's first kibbutz, founded in 1910 on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The community celebrated the birth of 11 children, its largest crop of babies in a quarter century.

    Twenty-five years ago kibbutzim, collective...

  • Obama loves the wrong Israel

    By David Suissa

    May 26, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Every time I hear President Barack Obama tell us how much he loves Israel, I feel like asking him: Which one?

    Apparently, he’s not too crazy about the current Israel. The Israel that owns his heart is the one from before 1967, when the Jewish state was a noble little nation...

  • Never Forget: Iran is the Problem, not Boteach

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 1, 2015 | 8:02 pm

    In a Jewish world desperate for unity, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach succeeded in uniting a broad array of Jewish groups, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, secular and religious, right leaning, and left leaning, centrist and apolitical — to condemn his full-page ad attack against...

  • Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

    January 26, 2015 | 11:31 am

    Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is...

  • Ruth Popkin, Hadassah past national president, dies at 101

    January 5, 2015 | 11:02 am

    Ruth Popkin, who served as national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, from 1984 to 1988, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at the age of 101.

    “We have lost a leader of great dignity and accomplishment,” said Marcie Natan, Hadassah’s current...

  • The Diaspora exchange, part 1: On early Zionist contempt for Jewish life abroad

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2014 | 4:03 am

    Alan Wolfe is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books. Professor Wolfe attended Temple University as an undergraduate and received his doctorate in...

  • The spiritual challenge of centrism

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    December 12, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    The following is an excerpt from the new preface to Yossi Klein Halevi’s recently reissued book “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation” (Little, Brown and Co.). 

    I moved to Jerusalem in 1982 and have now lived in Israel longer than I’ve lived outside it....

  • ZOA supports Israeli bill affirming Israel as Jewish State

    By Morton A. Klein

    December 3, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Legislation is under consideration in Jerusalem that formalizes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. We support it. Why?
     
    Because it is historically, legally, politically and religiously the case that Israel is the Jewish nation-state. The Balfour Declaration,...
  • Netanyahu: Lead, follow or get out of the way

    December 3, 2014 | 3:13 pm

    The right of the Jews “to be a free people in our own land” should no longer be subject to debate. No effort should be spared in rendering challenges to Jewish nationhood and sovereignty entirely taboo. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed bill to enshrine Israel’s Jewish...

  • God gave this land to them

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 1, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Pat Boone wrote the words to “Exodus.”

    If you’re below a certain age, Pat Boone is some random dude you need Google to ID, and “Exodus” is the new Ridley Scott 3D with Christian Bale as Moses and a wicked cool CGI Red Sea. 

    To Boomers, Pat Boone was the un-Elvis in white bucks,...

  • Modeling volunteerism in Israel as an observant Zionist

    By  Orit Arfa

    November 20, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    This year, Jay Shultz won’t be making a Thanksgiving dinner for the hundreds of American olim (immigrants) he has managed to unite in Tel Aviv through his Am Yisrael Foundation. He did serve one last year, when America’s holiday of gratitude coincided with Chanukah, as a way to...

  • Doc Paskowitz, 1921-2014, Rode the Zionist Wave in Post World War II Hawaii

    November 13, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Surfer legend Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz—“a modern-day Duke Kahanamoku”—was one of two members of a “mighty minyan” of Jews who, after World War II, helped found Temple Emanu-el in Honolulu and then played a significant role in the Zionist movement during Israel’s birth pangs and early...

  • Grieving the children of Palestine and the dream of Zionism

    September 5, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Through all the turmoil of these last weeks and months I have been tortured by thoughts of children, Jewish children, Palestinian children, Syrian, Iraqi children – all those who most innocently of all, and most grievously of all, are the victims of the Middle East Madness.

    ...

  • For the Love of Israel -Q&A with the young people who made Aliyah during Operation Protective Edge

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 5, 2014 | 8:34 am

    This summer, in the midst of a military operation in Gaza, while rockets whistled over our heads, a group of 300 young North Americans landed in Israel, their eyes lit with excitement. Those young folks, ages 18 to 23, made Aliyah with the purpose of starting a new, independent...

  • 40 Holocaust survivors condemn Israel for Gaza war

    August 25, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Some 40 Jewish Holocaust survivors and more than 200 direct descendants of survivors signed a public letter condemning Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

    “As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of...

  • Supporting Palestinians should not mean supporting Hamas

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Last Saturday, our reporter Ryan Torok covered a massive anti-Israel rally in front of the Federal Building in Westwood. The crowd swelled to an estimated 1,500 to 3,000 people, outgrew the plaza, then spontaneously spilled onto the street, shutting down Wilshire Boulevard as it...

  • The people of Israel live – Jerusalem, July 2014

    July 16, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    Montefiore’s windmill is the favorite wedding picture spot in Jerusalem. On any afternoon, bridal parties line up to take their photos before the landmark. Beautiful young women in glorious gowns are surrounded by giggling bridesmaids, as grooms wait nervously and parents beam with...

  • Our worst fears realized

    July 1, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    For the first time in two and a half weeks, my children did not ask, upon opening their eyes in the morning, "Has there been any news about Naftali, Gilad and Eyal?"

    They did not have to ask because last night our worst fears were confirmed with the announcement of the discovery...

  • Theodore Bikel: A man in full

    By David Suissa

    June 4, 2014 | 11:31 am

    [July 21, 2015] I just heard the sad news that Theodore Bikel passed away. This is a column I wrote about him last year. He was a man in full, like no other.


     

    In theory, I was supposed to meet the great Theodore Bikel because of the tribute concert celebrating his 90th...

  • Modern Language Assoc. features anti-Israel slurs in resolution debate

    June 3, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    Amid debate featuring anti-Israel slurs, the full Modern Language Association membership voted on a resolution singling out Israel for denying academics entry to the West Bank.

    At least 10 percent of the full MLA membership of 30,000 was required to participate in the...

  • Omar Barghouti at UCLA: No to BDS, no to occupation

    January 23, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    BDS is poison and Omar Barghouti is its purveyor. 

    On Jan. 15, I subjected myself to a tirade of anti-Israel fulminations by BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti. I went to hear him deliver a speech to UCLA students, out of a sense of obligation to the Jewish students whom I serve. I...

  • Why Hillel is failing in the fight for Israel on campus

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 30, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Perhaps it’s only fitting that we should end 2013 with the dumbest Jewish debate of the year, namely whether Swarthmore College's Hillel should be allowed to have an open policy of bringing anti-Zionists and other Israel haters to lecture under its banner.

    Firstly, Swarthmore’s...

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