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OP-ED: The unthinkable becomes reality

The events of Saturday, October 27, are still raw and unsettling. Within a few hours, we knew the face and name of hate. It took almost 24 hours before we would learn the names and faces of his 11 victims and those of the six he injured, two still in...
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OP-ED: Throwing Megyn Kelly under the bus

By ALAN SMASON

It would seem that holidays and NBC’s Megyn Kelly don’t necessarily agree with one another. A few years ago during the holiday season when she was still a Fox News host, Kelly infamously proclaimed that “Santa is white” and concluded that “Jesus was too.”

Never known for...
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OP-ED: Why are pro-Israel voices joining the whisper campaign against Jamal Khashoggi?

By RON KAMPEAS   WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two weeks after he disappeared, Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Washington Post columnist, is getting his reputation run through a wringer, and some pro-Israel voices are joining the pile-on.

Even as gruesome allegations emerge that he...
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OP-ED: Will U.S. continue Faustian bargain with Saudis?

By MITCHELL BARD

For decades, many in the United States looked the other way as the Saudis undermined U.S. values and interests. Then the Saudis committed an unpardonable sin that merited the media’s attention — they made a journalist disappear. Without the media uproar, it’s likely that the Trump administration would have looked the other way; even...
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OP-ED: The Price of Saudi Friendship

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

 — In one sense, the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Kashoggi after he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last week is pretty much business as usual for the Riyadh regime. Saudi Arabia is a tyrannical theocracy run as a family business by the descendants...
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OP-ED: This is the gravest threat to the future of liberal Judaism

By RABBI AMMIEL HIRSCH

NEW YORK (JTA) — Something is rotten in the state of liberalism that threatens the future of progressive Judaism.

Jews who call themselves “liberal” join organizations seeking to boycott, divest and sanction Israel in disproportional numbers. They lead the attack against Israel with a kind of...
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OP-ED: The Supreme Court vs. Our Souls

By ALAN SMASON

To many people, what’s at stake with the Judge Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court is nothing less than the future of our nation. Will we be a society that protects its weakest and most threatened segments or will we yield to the exigencies of big...
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OP-ED: The world laughed at Trump, but Iran and its enablers should not

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS.org) — The international community made no secret of its contempt for U.S. President Donald Trump when he spoke to the U.N. General Assembly this week. So it was little surprise that when the president uttered a typical piece of Trumpian braggadocio with a tenuous connection...
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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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