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OP-ED: Returning the favor

When we first saw that Hurricane Harvey was going to make landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm, most New Orleanians took a deep breath for we knew that whatever short term effects they would feel would give way to a recovery that would take some time to realize.

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OP-ED: Billy Joel wore a yellow Jewish star. Thanks, but the trend should stop there.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

NEW YORK (JTA) — Few artifacts of the Holocaust move me like the yellow star. Homely and seemingly innocuous, they sit in museum cases either by themselves or still attached to a jacket or blouse, the stitching rough and the lettering surprisingly crude. They are almost comically,...
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OP-ED: Leave the symbols of Nazi persecution alone, Billy Joel

By BEN COHEN

(JNS.org) — Billy Joel’s decision to sport a yellow star on the front and back of his jacket during a concert this week was a nod to history that the singer may not have been aware of.

The venue for the concert, New York City’s Madison...
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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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