Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

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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Amid all the massive media attention that followed Israel's raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza on Monday, the juxtaposition of two stories in many of the country's newspapers the next day was more than ironic. The headlines in The Philadelphia Inquirer provided as good an example as any: "Outcry, crisis after deadly raid by Israel" was followed by this,...
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Two Critics Don't Answer Writer's Major Question Neither person who attacked Chana Rovinsky for her letter, published in the May 6 Jewish Exponent , actually answered the question she raised: Why are groups supporting the right of people to come to our country illegally? The first writer, Richard Saunders (Letters, May 13), insults the memories of those German Jews who...
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By:
Burt Siegel
Clearly, there are public-policy issues in which intelligent people of goodwill will have strong differences of opinion. For instance, reasonable people can understandably disagree regarding the best way to improve the delivery of health care in our nation. But the U.S. Senate is now facing a vote on gun control, an issue that's hard to explain why total unanimity fails...
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