Opinions

OP-ED: Mohammed Morsi and the dangerous lessons of the Arab Spring

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

(JNS.org — His death, like much of his life, was in service to the Islamist cause he championed. By dropping dead in a courtroom where he was caged and silenced, Mohammed Morsi served to bring attention to the dictatorial nature of the Egypt’s military government. The...
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OP-ED: The legacy of the ‘nakba’ and lies about Israel

By MATTHEW STEIN

 — Many students on college campuses these days hear the lie that Israel has murdered entirely innocent, peaceful, unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip. They hear that the Israel Defense Forces specifically targets women and children as they displace Palestinians to make room for Jewish settlements....
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OP-ED: What is the opposite of pinkwashing?

By ALAN SMASON

The news out of Washington, D.C.  this week was not good for the Jewish community. Apparently, pro-Palestinian voices there within the LGBTQ community decided to ban Jewish Magen David symbols on “rainbow” or pride flags in the DC Dyke March.

Like other alternative “pride” marches, the Dyke...
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OP-ED: Is this the end of the Netanyahu era?

By AARON DAVID MILLER

WASHINGTON (JTA) — After 50-plus years of advising on Arab-Israeli negotiations and analyzing Israeli politics, I thought I had seen everything. But Wednesday’s dissolution of the Knesset by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was elected a mere seven weeks ago to lead the parliament, represents a...
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OP-ED: What happens when Israel is your lowest priority?

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

 The good news for U.S. President Donald Trump coming out of a new poll of Jewish voters is that he shouldn’t take their indifference about his pro-Israel policies too personally.

The survey published this week that was conducted by Greenberg Research for the Jewish Electoral Institute...
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OP-ED: Sorry, Rashida Tlaib – Israel was not a consolation prize after the Holocaust

By ROBERT ROZETT

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Recent assertions made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib regarding the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel have no foundation in the historical record.

In this imagined version of history, after the Holocaust, the Jews were awarded a consolation prize — the establishment of Israel...
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OP-ED: Why hasn’t Mel Gibson been cast out in Hollywood?

By EMILY BURACK

Mel Gibson is anti-Semitic. This isn’t just a guess, it’s actual fact based on things Gibson has said. He’s also a misogynist, racist, homophobe and all around (seemingly) terrible person. Yet he’s still working in Hollywood. Why?!

In case you think I’m overreacting, let’s take a walk...
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OP-ED: One thing we should do for Mother’s Day? Be ourselves

By DANIELLE AMES SPIVAK

 Last month in The New York Times, author Claire Cain Miller identified how our ever-changing economy is beginning to present new challenges to women in the workplace.

As a mother to three children, a wife to a very busy plastic surgeon, and executive director of the nonprofit American Friends...
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OP-ED: I left Israel because of terror attacks. After Pittsburgh and Poway, I don’t feel safe in the US anymore.

By DORIT SASSON

PITTSBURGH (JTA) — The April 27 shooting at the Chabad of Poway, which left one woman dead and three people injured, was a devastating tragedy for the American Jewish community. As an Israeli expat who has made a home in Pittsburgh, it made me feel more vulnerable...
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OP-ED: In the wake of another deadly synagogue shooting, we need Holocaust education more than ever

By JANICE WEINMAN and ELLEN HERSHKIN

(JTA) — On the Shabbat morning of April 27, Hadassah member Lori Gilbert-Kaye was murdered while celebrating Passover at the Chabad of Poway. The synagogue’s rabbi, a male congregant and an 8-year-old girl were wounded as well by the self-avowed white supremacist shooter.

We know that anti-Semitism...
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