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OP-ED: Don’t use Judaism as a weapon in the abortion debate

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

– The decision last week by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling has—as we all knew it would once a draft of the majority decision was leaked last month—set off a political firestorm. As polarizing as this issue has always been in the more than 49 years since the original Roe decision, the prospect of the question...

OP-ED: The religious right dances as the Supreme Court drops the other shoe

By ALAN SMASON

As previously leaked to the media this spring, the United States Supreme Court took a momentous and highly fractious step in dialing back abortion rights in this country on Friday afternoon. With its 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the high court reversed its previous decision in Roe v. Wade that guaranteed abortion rights for all women in this country.

Under the new ruling...

OP-ED: Hypocrisy and the Saudis

By MITCHELL BARD

 For decades, the Saudi government has been abusing human rights, including discriminating against Americans; nevertheless, the media paid little attention and was not demanding changes in American policy towards Saudi Arabia. It was only after a Saudi American journalist was killed that the media took up a crusade to ostracize Saudi Arabia and call for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to be punished for...

OP-ED: Finally, politicians speak out against BDS anti-Semitism

By GILEAD INI

 If further proof were needed that the BDS campaign against Israel is deeply anti-Semitic, a venomous “mapping” campaign defaming and targeting Boston-area Jews provides stunning evidence of it.

A Boston BDS group recently publicized an online map that lists the addresses of Jewish institutions across Massachusetts. The group called on followers to use the addresses to “dismantle” and “disrupt” the institutions in question. Although...

OP-ED: Israel’s coalition members are already focusing on the day after

By MATI TUCHFELD

 Amid the chaos in Israel’s governing coalition following a series of losses in the Knesset and a growing list of rebel lawmakers, a sharp message has been sent to close associates of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett: He must immediately announce that he is ceding the role of premier in a transitional government to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, even if those ultimately responsible for...

OP-ED: U.S. attempts to interfere with Jerusalem Day parade; Israel says ‘No thanks’

By KEN COHEN

  –U.S. supporters of Israel (which is to say a majority of Americans) must be puzzled—and even embarrassed—by the U.S. administration’s attempted micromanagement last week of Israel’s Jerusalem Day flag parade logistics.

In a gesture of unmitigated chutzpah, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides publicly asked Israel to reroute the march. Nides advised that Israel’s expression of pride at the reunification of its ancient capital...

OP-ED: Israel’s judge, jury and executioner

By NURIT GREENGER

– Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY.) recently tweeted to her eight million Twitter followers that the U.S. should cut aid to Israel. “It has to stop,” she said, claiming without evidence that the IDF killed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh “with U.S. funding.”

It is worth pointing out that a large number of war reporters—including some from Al Jazeera—have been killed or wounded on the job. It’s a...

OP-ED: The assault war against our kids

By ALAN SMASON

Far too many times we have heard the anguished cries of parents, bemoaning the senseless loss of their children and asking the unanswerable question “Why?” We’ve also become accustomed to these scenes of massive bloodletting at public gatherings, in nightclubs, in grocery stores, inside movie theaters, at malls, in mosques, in churches and, sadly too, inside synagogues.

Advocates for unlimited rights of gun owners to have massive...

OP-ED: ‘Nakba Day’ mythologizes a catastrophe of self-destruction

By KEN COHEN

– Last week’s annual “Nakba Day” events in Ramallah, Gaza and around the world purported to lament the birth of Israel in 1948.

But in reality, Nakba Day simply recharges a mythical history of victimhood in which “Palestinian Arab land” was ripped from its people’s hands by bloodthirsty Jews. In actual fact, the catastrophe was of the Palestinians’ own making, characterized then as now by...

OP-ED: Overturning Roe would be an unconscionable infringement on the religious freedom of Orthodox Jews

By RABBIS DOV LINZER and SARA HURWITZ

(JTA) — As Orthodox rabbis, we are devastated by the news that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. If this happens, states will be free to pass laws to prohibit or strictly limit abortion, and approximately 25 of them are prepared to do so or already have.

Such legislation would impact the lives of tens of millions of women.

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