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OP-ED: Study abroad in Turkey, anyone?

By BEN COHEN

(JNS.org) — Would University of Michigan Professor John Cheney-Lippold invoke the same principles of academic freedom and non-discrimination in the case of Turkey? I can find no record of him ever having spoken out against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Earlier this month, the Turkish NBA star Enes...
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OP-ED: Ari Fuld: A staunch defender of Israel and the truth

— Ari Fuld died as he lived. He was a robust man of courage with inner and outer strength. So when 17-year-old Khalil Jabarin of Yatta, a village south of Hebron, stabbed him in the back outside the Rami Levy supermarket in Gush Etzion on Sunday morning, it...
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OP-ED: Oslo failed. Long live Oslo

By KENNETH JACOBSON

NEW YORK (JTA) — It has become conventional wisdom in certain circles that the Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, which was signed 25 years ago Sept. 13 on the White House lawn, was simply a failure.

There is no doubt that the great hopes of Israeli-Palestinian...
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OP-ED: The Spray of Hate

We all breathed a sigh of relief this week when Tropical Storm Gordon and its destructive winds and storm clouds rumbled ashore well east of us in Alabama and spared us a significant rain event. However, while we kept a collective eye on weather reports earlier in the week, we...
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OP-ED: Should Clinton have shared a stage with Louis Farrakhan at Aretha Franklin’s funeral?

NEW YORK (JTA) — Former presidents recently served as eulogizers for Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, and U.S. Sen. John McCain, the “maverick.”

Barack Obama and George Bush spoke for McCain, a former rival of both, while Bill Clinton did the same for Franklin, who performed at...
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OP-ED: Rosh Hashanah needs a little preparation. We have a digital solution.

By WENDIE BERNSTEIN LASH, LEX ROFEBERG and ESTEE SOLOMON GRAY 

CHICAGO (JTA) — Too often, Rosh Hashanah resembles Kramer from “Seinfeld.”

Barging onto the scene in a haste, it takes us aback. Its entry neither upsets nor disappoints us. But it comes with little warning, out of nowhere.

The Jewish...
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OP-ED: A health crisis of one means solidarity for all

When word first reached the Crescent City Jewish News of a very serious health challenge facing Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans CEO Arnie Fielkow, there was a sense of irony about it. As sick as Fielkow may be, the Jewish Federation has never been on more solid ground or...
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OP-ED: How to misread anti-Semitism

By BEN COHEN

— In all the furor around the anti-Semitism plaguing the British Labour Party, I’ve noticed two distinct forms of defense of both the party and its far-left leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

The first defense, favored by those for whom Corbyn is a Socialist equivalent of L....
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OP-ED: What Palestinian flags reveal about Israel’s nation-state law

 For the second consecutive week, Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square was the site of a Saturday-night protest against Israel’s nation-state law. But the difference between the two demonstrations speaks volumes about the nature of the debate over the controversial legislation.

Arab Israelis and activists protest in Tel Aviv against...
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OP-ED: We can read the sign: Cory Booker is dumping Israel

By ELIZABETH KRATZ

 — In May of 2015, Sen. Cory Booker was the keynote speaker at a Bergen County yeshivah’s annual scholarship reception in New Jersey. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach introduced him, as was their shtick at the time. The rabbi and the senator; they had a little act.

 There...
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