Opinions

OP-ED: On Shavuot, remember that Ruth was a poor immigrant

By RABBI RUHI SOPHIA MOTZKIN RUBENSTEIN  

EUGENE, Oregon (JTA) — A destitute widowed immigrant does what it takes to scrape by so she and her aging mother-in-law can survive. She deals with invisibility; she deals with unwanted attention; she performs manual labor; and she eventually marries up, has a child...
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OP-ED: Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal is a mistake.

By SENATOR BEN CARDIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal, is bad policy and calls into question America’s international credibility.

Mr. Trump has now set the international community on a slippery slope, imperiling...
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OP-ED: To fight anti-Semitism, first you have to define it

By ANDREW BAKER

(JTA) — In recent years we have witnessed anti-Israel demonstrations that have turned overtly anti-Semitic and even violent, but police ignored initially as only political activity.

We have seen prosecutors and judges rule that an arson attack on a synagogue is not anti-Semitic because the perpetrator was...
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OP-ED: The ADL’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

(JTA) — Last week, Shabbat couldn’t come soon enough for the Anti-Defamation League.

On Wednesday, Starbucks announced that the Jewish group’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, seemed to have been demoted from top adviser to a supporting role in the coffee company’s day of diversity training. And on Thursday, the ADL apologized...
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OP-ED: JewishStudents: A blacklist of BDS supporters is hurting our efforts to defend Israel on campus

(JTA) — We are Jewish and pro-Israel students who are active within our Jewish communities on college campuses across North America. Many of us have helped organize against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions-affiliated movements throughout our time on campus.

Over the course of our time fighting BDS campaigns, Canary Mission was brought...
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OP-ED: The miracle of Israel

By ALAN SMASON

Ever since I can remember, there has always been the State of Israel. From the time I was a small child in nursery school, through elementary, middle, high school and beyond, there has always been a homeland for the Jewish people.

For my parents’ generation and those...
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OP-ED: Please, Natalie Portman, don’t abandon Israel. Engage with its peacemakers.

By SCOTT BOLTON

NEW YORK (JTA) — Dear Natalie Portman,

I was looking forward to seeing you receive your Genesis Prize in our homeland, and disappointed upon hearing the news that you would not travel to Israel to receive what some call the “Jewish Nobel” because you found recent events there “distressing.”

When...
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OP-ED: Israel has right to defend its borders

By SHERWIN POMERANTZ

Once again, the New York Times has come to the defense of the Palestinian population of Gaza by writing a one-sided editorial (on April 11) and conveniently omitting any facts that might disprove its basic premise that Israel has acted irresponsibly in protecting its southern...
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OP-ED: Israel at 70: How Israelis like me relate to a country that’s an ocean away

By OFRA DANIEL    SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — My Dear Land, It is almost your birthday.

At 70, you are not a young country anymore. Some will consider me a stepdaughter because I left you, deciding to move an ocean away. I left behind...
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OP-ED: The Saudis exit the conflict with Israel

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

 — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman made history after telling The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg that his country recognized the right of the Jews to “their own land.” Though he added that the Saudis also care about the rights of Palestinians and the fate of “the holy...
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