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OP-ED: Yom Yerushalayim and Mother’s Day

The very first Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) was declared in Israel on the 12th of May, 1968. That was the date that coincided with the 28th of Iyar, the one-year anniversary when Israeli troops liberated East Jerusalem and reunited the city for the first time since 1948.

It was also an important cultural date in the United States and elsewhere around the world. It was Mother’s Day.

A divided Jerusalem...

OP-ED: U.S. acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide & its implications

By ALAN BAKER

(JNS.org via Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) – The recent formal recognition by President Biden of the genocide of the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in the early 20th century is not merely a pro forma gesture to the Armenian people. It is of vast historical significance. It corrects a century-old historic anomaly by acknowledging a reality that, due to political pressure from...

OP-ED: I left apartheid South Africa. Applying the term to Israel is disingenuous.

By HIRSH GOODMAN

Human Rights Watch could do with a new pair of glasses. The organization’s new report, “A Threshold Crossed — Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution,” is blind to fact and reality. Every paragraph in the 213-page diatribe serves one goal: brand Israel as an apartheid state.

I left South Africa as a teenager in 1965 because of its policy of apartheid. I have openly...

OP-ED: Tragedy in the midst of joy

By ALAN SMASON

While all the details regarding the Lag B’Omer tragedy at Meron in Israel have yet to be revealed, the grievous task of mourning the victims and making final preparations began even before the onset of Shabbat.

This has been the worst civilian disaster in Israel’s history and with a population base of slightly over 9 million residents, 45 dead would be akin to over 1600 dead here...

OP-ED: Is the truth a casualty of the Abraham Accords?

By BEN COHEN

– There’s an old adage of disputed authorship that has traveled down the centuries: In times of war, truth is the first casualty. As the English writer Samuel Johnson explained it in the 18th century, war breeds “the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.” That has always been the case.

But can one make the same argument in reverse … that the truth is...

OP-ED: Sorry, but Zoom Judaism just isn’t the real thing

By RABBI ELI GARFINKEL

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — For more than a year now, synagogues around the world have managed to continue their activities during the COVID pandemic with Zoom and similar services.

There is, however, a problem.

Zoom Judaism is not working.

What Zoom provides is not real community. At the end of the day, digital fellowship is pyrite, also known as fool’s gold.

Zoom meetings...

OP-ED: J Street and the Problem of Palestinian Anti-Semitism

By MOSHE PHILLIPS

Dylan Williams of J Street, in a recent op-ed, called on the Biden administration to “rebuild the U.S. relationship with moderate Palestinian leaders.”

Since presumably J Street would not claim that the leaders of the genocidal Hamas gang are “moderate,” then the “moderate Palestinian leaders” Williams and J Street have in mind must be Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and those...

OP-ED: The false comparison of Zionism and colonialism

By JORDANA SCHIFF

– Anti-Zionists, especially BDS activists, have been quite successful in creating and spreading many false claims, exaggerations and misperceptions about Israel. I have been working with the campus CAMERA team on the launch of a social-media campaign called #ApartheidWeekExposed. Its goal is to shed light on how the actions of those involved in the BDS movement fuel anti-Semitism on college campuses.

At my school, McGill...

OP-ED: Jordan’s volatility is a wake-up call for the U.S.

By YORAM ETTINGER

(JNS.org via The Ettinger Report) –Jordan’s recent domestic upheaval reportedly involved members of the royal Jordanian family and prominent Bedouin tribesmen, who were arrested and charged with an attempted regime change. Other Arab countries were also said to be involved.

Regime change in Jordan could transform the strategically located country into another haven for Palestinian and Islamic terrorism. It would threaten the existence of the current regimes in Saudi...

OP-ED: The patriotic path

By ALAN SMASON

In the opening of the movie “Patton,” George C. Scott gives an impassioned speech as he channels General George S. Patton’s love of battle and the ultimate thirst for victory. 

“I want you to remember no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country,” he famously states. “He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.”

We have seen steady...