Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Tammuz 13, 5775
With much attention focused on Gilad Shalit and the two Americans being held hostage in Iran, it's easy to forget another instance of an unjust and cruel detention -- the case of Alan Gross, the USAid subcontractor sentenced in Cuba to 15 years in jail. Gross was arrested in December 2009 and convicted earlier this year on charges of illegally...
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When Mahmoud Abbas marches into the United Nations later this month to seek a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, he not only is likely to fail, he is also likely to set back the already elusive prospects for peace with Israel for the foreseeable future. By blindly plowing ahead with this act of folly, Abbas is demonstrating once again that...
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We Jews are good at remembering. We are commanded to remember, lizkor , in myriad ways throughout the year: We say Yizkor for a deceased relative; we mark the horrors of the Holocaust with Yom Hashoah and pay tribute to Israel's fallen soldiers with Yom Hazikaron. But how do we best remember the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11...
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Next month, when the U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes, there will be a case on the docket that's expected to be of considerable interest to the Jewish community. The justices have agreed to hear M.B.Z. v. Clinton, No. 10-699, which concerns whether or not the phrase "Jerusalem, Israel" can be placed on a particular child's American passport. The young man in...
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Can it be possible that more than five years have passed since Gilad Shalit was taken captive by the terrorist group known as Hamas? It all happened in late June 2006 in a cross-border raid when Gilad was all of 19 years old. Many of the photos from the time show him to be a mere boy, thin, vulnerable, but...
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