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OP-ED: Assange’s anti-Semitism revisited

By BEN COHEN

 When the fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange first holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London seven years ago, “Brexit” was an unknown word, Donald Trump was still hosting “The Apprentice,” and the Iran nuclear deal was just a twinkle in the eye of U.S....
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OP-ED: I’m an Orthodox rabbi who is going to start officiating LGBTQ weddings. Here’s why.

By RABBI AVRAM MLOTEK

NEW YORK (JTA) – A queer friend of mine from a haredi Orthodox background had posed a query publicly on social media. She had attended a conference on LGBTQ inclusion. There she learned a practice of certain Catholic priests who described going into gay bars in...
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OP-ED: Allowing Michael Steinhardt’s bad behavior is not our biggest mistake. Obsessing over Jewish continuity and megadonors is.

By ROKHL KAFRISSEN 

(JTA) — The high-profile allegations of sexual harassment against Michael Steinhardt are an opportunity for us to deconstruct how money, power and sexism have warped the nonprofit world in the shape of its largest donors. 

Take, for example, the case of Sheila Katz, a vice president at Hillel...
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OP-ED: AIPAC must get tough with the anti-Israel left

By LARRY GREENFIELD

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – AIPAC has long promoted bipartisanship as the key to maintaining broad support for the U.S.-Israel relationship. Members of Congress from both parties regularly attend its annual policy conference, which concluded Tuesday, and the organization’s biggest legislative priority, securing foreign aid for Israel, is...
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OP-ED: Reaction to Trump’s Golan move illustrates the growing divide over Israel

By JONATHAN TOBIN

(JNS.org) — It was a day for Israelis to cheer the unprecedented degree of closeness between their nation and its sole superpower ally. Using his favorite form of communication, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a clear intention to discard yet another longstanding U.S. policy in the Middle...
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Empowered feminism is the real hero of the Purim story

By EMILY RAY BARAF

(JTA) — Purim is often filled with boisterous celebrations, drinking and an embrace of the otherwise taboo.

Yet the Book of Esther recounts a traditional story that confines to the most damaging stereotypes about women, especially in its portrayal of queens Esther and Vashti. In the traditional...
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OP-ED: The Republican Party has its own Israel problem

By LAURA E. ADKINS

NEW YORK (JTA) — Gallup’s 2019 World Affairs Survey confirms something that’s held true for decades: Most American voters, whether Democrat or Republican, support and sympathize with Israel.

Reading the report amid the national uproar over Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweets about the Israel lobby, several...
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OP-ED: The Christchurch mosque massacre and the changing face of extremism

By BEN COHEN

(JNS.org) — By the time America woke up on Friday, Mar. 15, Google’s search engine was jammed with news of a mass shooting at another place of worship in the world. Counts of 49 dead and dozens wounded were being reported at the Al Noor Mosque in...
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OP-ED: Trump’s weaponization of anti-Semitism

By HALIE SOFER

This week, President Trump continued his assault on decency and honesty in our political discourse by falsely claiming that American Jews are leaving the Democratic Party. He tweeted a quote from a new group called “Jexodus,” which is nothing more than a political front for Republicans aiming...
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OP-ED: Intolerance at Jerusalem’s holy places

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

 How much violence should be tolerated at holy sites? If your answer is selective rather than a total condemnation, then we have a problem. And, unfortunately, that happens to be the case with some people concerning recent events in Jerusalem.

Israel ordered the closure...
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