Opinions

OP-ED: ‘The Forward’ opinion page defends ‘pay to slay’

By KAREN BEKKER

 Last December, The Forward gaslit Jews with the claim that “‘From the River to the Sea’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means,” an opinion piece by University of Arizona professor Maha Nassar.

In January, the publication gave space to Ariel Gold, an activist with the pro-Iran, pro-Maduro group...
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OP-ED: A time for action (or inaction)

With our most recent newsletter comes the delightful news of our recognition by the Press Club of New Orleans with a sweep of categories including Breaking News (for the second year in a row), Critical Review and Best Editorial. Because of the first-place win in Breaking News and the overall...
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OP-ED: Jews Must not be shields for Trump’s racism

By AARON KEYAK

President Trump did what seemed nearly impossible this week, sinking to a new low in demanding that four Democratic congresswomen “go back” to their countries of origin. The president’s racist attacks on sitting members of the House of Representatives were awful enough at first blush. And...
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OP-ED: Overshadowing the battle against anti-Semitism

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

 – The U.S. Department of Justice devoted a day to a summit this week about combating anti-Semitism. With other government agencies taking part, the event represented a significant commitment to deal with an issue of growing concern across the country.

Just as important, the program...
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OP-ED: The problem with opposing Israel’s ‘occupation’

  – The radical anti-Zionist IfNotNow group hit the jackpot last week with its initial investment in efforts to impact the 2020 presidential election.

IfNotNow’s attempts to infiltrate Jewish summer camps and alter the way they teach about Israel, as well as its campaign...
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OP-ED: Here we go again

By ALAN SMASON

Wednesday morning and early afternoon proved to be a most unsettling day as a more than seven-inch deluge of rain fell on the metropolitan area within a three-hour period. The widespread flooding that resulted tested the patience of workers intent on arriving on time to work and...
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OP-ED: Status quo violations on the Temple Mount continue

By NAOMI KAHN 

 – On Sunday night, four suspects were detained at the Mercy Gate of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Police had spotted the four men transporting room dividers which they intended to install in the ancient structure that in recent months has been transformed by...
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OP-ED: What it’s like to be a Jewish student at a college with an anti-Israel reputation

By BRIA ROSENBERG

I’m tired. This is a common sentiment shared by many Jewish students across campus at the University of California, Berkeley.

Before continuing, I would like to emphasize that I am just one voice, one student in an extremely diverse Jewish community. With students ranging from Reform to...
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OP-ED: Freedom from religion? How not to defend minority rights

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

 In the view of some ardent defenders of the separation between religion and state, there was no doubt that a war memorial in the form of a 40-foot-tall cross should not be allowed to stay on state property in Bladensburg, Md. Some Jews saw...
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OP-ED: Goodbye to the good doctor

By ALAN SMASON

While there was nothing particularly Jewish about Mac Rebennack, the iconic New Orleans singer, arranger, composer and sometime voodoo adherent who was laid to rest on Saturday, there may never have been someone who was more attuned to the history and the heartbeat of our city.

The...
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