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OP-ED: After UAE deal, will liberal Zionists stand on the right side of history

By DAVID SUISSA

The forces of darkness in the Middle East are panicking. One of the most powerful Arab countries in the world has made peace with the dreaded Zionist enemy.

For these forces of darkness, anything that challenges the demonization of the Jewish state is a disaster. In order for these regimes to survive, Israel must remain the irredeemable sinner, the evil oppressor...

OP-ED: Can the Egyptians cool things down in southern Israel? Maybe, but not for long.

By YOAV LIMOR

(JNS) – After a few rough days in the country’s south, there was some cautious optimism in Israel on Monday, based on two main factors: the arrival of an Egyptian security mission to the Palestinians and the relative drop in the number of incendiary balloons launched into Israel from the coastal enclave on Sunday.

The second factor should be taken with a grain of salt and monitored...

OP-ED: After Chalottesville: Suing to try to break the cycle of violence

By AMY SPITALNICK

NEW YORK (JTA) — Three years ago, the country watched in horror as neo-Nazis and white supremacists attacked Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, as far-right extremists continue to spread disinformation, hate and violence, it’s clear that “Unite the Right” was a harbinger of what would follow — and that we still have much to learn from that weekend.

My organization, Integrity First for America, is supporting a coalition of Charlottesville residents...

OP-ED: After Charlottesville, Trump violated George Washington’s promise to American Jews

By DANIEL SHAPIRO

(JTA) — Three years ago this week, Donald Trump broke a fundamental promise to the American Jewish community from our nation’s founders.  

Neo-Nazis and Klansmen marched on Charlottesville chanting “Blood and soil!” and “Jews will not replace us!” But instead of using the power of his office to marginalize this bigotry, President Trump egged on these white supremacists, equating them with those protesting their racism by insisting there...

OP-ED: Powerful Jewish women face vicious tropes — they’re being used against Biden’s VP choice, too

By MEREDITH JACOBS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It has already begun. Leaks about “allies” warning Joe Biden about naming Kamala Harris as his running mate because she “had no remorse” for the gall of actually competing in the primaries. Or comments that Harris “rubs people the wrong way” but that Karen Bass doesn’t. Or that Susan Rice should smile more.

It’s a trope as old as time — reframe a strong, ambitious...

OP-ED: Is Resigning in Protest Becoming a Jewish Tradition?

By RAFAEL MEDOFF

With her recent resignation from The New York Times, Bari Weiss joined a small but distinguished group of American Jews who have resigned in protest from positions of stature, choosing to sacrifice their self-interest for the sake of principle.

Weiss, a prominent commentator on Jewish affairs and antisemitism, was hired by the Times three years ago to provide a more centrist perspective within an...

OP-ED: As a former British lawmaker, I know that getting Twitter to crack down on hate speech will require governments to step up

By CAROLINE FLINT

DONCASTER, England (JTA) — On Monday at 9 a.m., along with thousands of others, I joined a 48-hour boycott of Twitter following the actions of a rapper I must admit never having heard of. Richard Cowie, aka Wiley, received the Music of Black Origin award for best male artist in 2013 and was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal in 2018....

OP-ED: My mentor John Lewis was the embodiment of Jewish values

By JOHN EAVES

ATLANTA (JTA) — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Rep. John Lewis never ran from challenge or controversy, but he confronted injustice and intolerance wherever he found it. His life is a record of bravery, humility, compassion, boldness...

OP-ED: The BDS-BLM alignment: Implications for Israel and Diaspora Jewry

  By DAN DIKER

– The murder of George Floyd, a black American who was killed on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis triggered the most widespread racially charged protests in the United States and Europe since the 1960s. International protests over Floyd’s death, led by the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM), have generated expressions of sympathy and support from Western prime ministers, legislators,...

OP-ED: I’m raising my children in a tight-knit Orthodox community. It’s an uphill battle to teach them anti-racism.

By HANNAH LEBOVITZ

DALLAS (JTA) —  As a child, I spent most of my waking hours with two Black women who cared for seven Jewish children as if they were their own. I rode buses with them, navigated both secular city life and Jewish communal structures with them. Yet children and adults around me often insulted and degraded people who looked like them. 

I couldn’t understand it. I loved these...