Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774
By:
Mark Robbins
The flotilla is sailing away. How fast? That depends -- as always in the slam-bam world of Israel news -- on your perspective. I'm a new immigrant, straddling two worlds -- the American Jewish and Israeli ones -- and I see events from both perspectives. As U.S.Jews, we depend on events and the media for the profile of Israel in...
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Just six years ago as a student at Columbia University, I remember the tremendous anti-Israel surge on our campus, and how many young, impressionable Jews took part in those protests. Shocked at one relatively involved friend who had joined up with the crowd, she reaffirmed for me -- much to my disbelief -- that she was proud of her Jewish...
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By:
John Cohn and Gary Erlbaum
Last week saw an almost unprecedented global attack on Israel and its right to defend itself with military force. Broadcast, Internet and print media carried a wide variety of reports on Israel's actions to stop a flotilla attempting to run Israel's well-publicized blockade of Gaza. While Israel's government was initially slow in presenting the story, within hours of the violence...
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Fear Not the Outsider, for We, Too, Were Once Refused Entry to These Shores
By:
Judith Bernstein-Baker and Ilan Rosenberg
While much attention has been paid to the recently enacted Arizona law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration, less well-known is that a similar law has been introduced in Pennsylvania. As Jews, we should oppose the law introduced by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe in the Pennsylvania legislature. The legislation, HB 2479, provides, among other things, that police who stop an...
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At a Crossroads: How to Secure the Borders?
By:
Benyamin Korn
Can American Jews, who have always embraced ethnic diversity and generous immigration policies, support legislation to curb illegal immigration? Yes, we can -- and we should. Traditional Jewish support for a liberal U.S. immigration policy has been rooted in two concepts: one practical, one idealistic. The practical is the need to shelter refugees from persecution; the idealistic is our vision...
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