Opinions

OP-ED: 11 former White House Jewish liaisons: Trump doesn’t understand anti-Semitism

(JTA) — As Jewish liaisons to four different presidents, we had the responsibility inside the White House to give voice to the perspectives and priorities of the American Jewish community. While our community may not be unified in matters of policy and politics, our spiritual practice, cultural traditions and history...
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OP-ED: Our president just asked us to be fair to white supremacists

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

NEW YORK (JTA) — There was a moment in his “neo-Nazi, neo-Shmazi” news conference where you might have found yourself thinking, maybe President Trump is right.

On the narrow question of who was responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, a prosecutor might note that punches were thrown...
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OP-ED: Make America grate again?

By ALAN SMASON, CCJN Editor

The hate coming out of Charlottesville is regrettable. But the levels of incitement and violence have proven to be far more concerning from the voices of the alt-right, fascists, neo-Nazis and KKK members than those which have come from the protestors on the left, who...
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OP-ED: Donald Trump isn’t funny. Sad!

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

(JTA) — On Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump tweeted something that surprised me:

“I think Senator Blumenthal should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam, where he lied about his service, so he can at least say he was there.”

There was nothing unusual about his target...
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OP-ED: America’s only nuclear-qualified, Navy veteran, transgender rabbi is not happy with the president’s tweets

By ANNA SELMAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) — On Wednesday, in our offices near this city’s Dupont Circle, the staff at Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. were opening the mail when a request came in from a veteran asking that we change her first name on our records from Jaron...
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OP-ED: Jews once fought — and died — for voting rights. Here’s why some are still at it.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

NEW YORK (JTA) — Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner are about the closest American Jews have to secular saints. The two Jewish civil rights workers traveled south for the Freedom Summer campaign of 1964, joining the African-American activist James Chaney in canvassing black churches. All three were...
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OP-ED: The US anti-BDS bill may be bad, but not as bad as some critics say

By DAVID SCHRAUB

BERKELEY, Calif. (JTA) — A bill being weighed in Congress that would target boycotts of Israel and its settlements is sparking widespread outrage, especially after investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald claimed it “criminalizes free speech.”  The post relied on a letter from the ACLU expressing First Amendment concerns...
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OP-ED: Roger Waters’ Jewish problem catches eye of award-winning filmmaker

By PAUL MILLER

Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters has spent the last decade disparaging the Jewish state. Labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, Waters compares Jews to Nazi collaborators and claims that Israel is a “racist apartheid regime” that practices “ethnic cleansing.”

As the de facto international spokesman for the anti-Israel...
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OP-ED: Intersectionality excludes and includes. Jews must learn the difference.

By DAVID BERNSTEIN

(JTA) — Last year, I wrote an opinion piece for JTA about a term and a trend few Jews over the age of 30 had ever heard of: intersectionality. Coined in the late 1980s, intersectionality posits that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism and homophobia — are all interconnected.

According...
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OP-ED: The Chief Rabbinate’s blacklist isn’t defending Judaism. It’s undermining it.

By RABBI SETH FARBER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Over the weekend, JTA and others reported on a “blacklist of rabbis” maintained by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. The list contains the names of more than 160 rabbis whom the rabbinate does not trust to confirm the Jewish identity of immigrants to Israel.

The list,...
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