Opinions

OP-ED: Ending the silence on abuse

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS.org) — A story about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein (pictured) has led to what may well be a crucial turning point in the way sexual misconduct is viewed, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin. Credit: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.

A story about movie...
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OP-ED: UNESCO indulges anti-Semitism

By SEAN DURNS

(JNS.org) — In October, the U.S. State Department notified the director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that America would be withdrawing from the U.N. body. The U.S. cited the need for fundamental reform, mounting arrears and “continuing anti-Israel bias” at the organization. But the...
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OP-ED: Trump’s historic action is just, moral & will promote peace

By MORTON A. KLEIN and DANIEL MANDEL

With his December 6 statement, President Donald Trump has fulfilled his pre-election promise, repeated since his election in November 2016 and also consistent with the Republican Party’s platform, that he will move the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognize...
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OP-ED: Recognizing Jerusalem Recognizes Israel

By RABBI MARC GOLUB

At this moment, it looks as if President Trump will sign another six-month waiver maintaining the U.S. embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv.  However, he will also formally recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state

Many are predicting “the sky will fall” if...
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OP-ED: Mr. President, Move That Embassy!

By SUSAN M. MICHAEL

Well, it is that time of year again. No, not Chanukah or Christmas, but the Jerusalem Embassy Act waiver deadline! It comes around every six months and was a rather quiet affair—until the presidency of Donald Trump.

In 1995, a majority in Congress passed the Jerusalem...
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OP-ED: Saying goodbye to heroes

By ALAN SMASON

Over the course of the last several days, several more of American society’s heroes have fallen. Matt Lauer, a morning staple for the past two decades from whom I received most of my news with my first cup of coffee, was jettisoned by NBC News on Wednesday...
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OP-ED: How Jews on the left and the right are empowering BDS

(JTA) — The BDS debacle at the University of Michigan proved once again that Jews can be their own worst enemies.

Since 2002, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government (CSG) has, on 10 occasions, rejected resolutions to support the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction the State of...
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Federations rally around pluralism — but wish they didn’t have to

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Leaders of North America’s Jewish federation movement kicked off their annual conference here Sunday with a tribute to the 1987 march on Washington that brought out hundreds of thousands of people in support of Soviet Jews.

The film and testimonials by refuseniks were...
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OP-ED: America: Land of the Free and Home of the Dead

By ALAN SMASON, CCJN Editor The latest news of the shootings in the First Baptist Church in Shurland Springs, Texas is just numbing. It has gotten to the point now where this ongoing cycle of gun violence has made me stop watching the news. That is not good for someone...
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OP-ED: Why the Balfour Declaration was necessary

Many of you may have seen the aged photo taken 100 years ago that shows blurry and shadowy figures cheering the announcement of the Balfour Declaration at the former Congregation Beth Israel.

The reason for the celebration may not have been something we understand today. Most of us have lived...
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