Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Av 13, 5775

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Something's definitely up at The New York Times. I wrote a few weeks ago about the fact that the paper's travel section hadn't written about Israel as a splendid destination for intrepid tourists for so long I'd forgotten when the last time was. I said it had to be years ago, perhaps in the 1990s, once the Oslo peace accords...
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Effort to ban Israel's internal critics pits free speech against crisis of delegitimization
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It was one of those American Jewish dust-ups that play out along predictable lines and concluded with a predictable outcome. The left outrages the right, and the right responds in knee-jerk fashion by calling for banning the left from something that most people had never heard of. In the end, the left emerges with their right to speak triumphantly undiminished...
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It's hard to think of any cause that has as broad an appeal these days as environmentalism and concern for the future of the planet. So it's no surprise that a Jewish festival associated with such issues -- Tu B'Shevat, the annual holiday or New Year of Trees -- should also be rising in popularity. The 15th day of the...
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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert summed up the situation succinctly this week when he noted that Monday's Palestinian suicide bombing in Eilat shattered an "illusion of quiet" that had prevailed in recent months. The atrocity in Israel's sun-filled southern resort, which left three young Jewish men in a bakery dead, was the first suicide bombing in nine months. But those...
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