Opinions

OP-ED: Punishing a Saudi prince

By CLIFFORD D. MAY

(Consult a map of the Middle East. Locate the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow sea passage separating the Arabian Peninsula from Iran, and connecting the Gulf – whether you call it the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf is a thorny question –...
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OP-ED: A distinct lack of Jewish outrage

By JONATHAN TOBIN

  – American Jews have often been bashed for being too Israel-centric. But while there was a great deal to be said for arguments that the organized Jewish world needed to focus more on building up Jewish identity in America rather than live vicariously through Israel’s...
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OP-ED: It is time to abolish Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

By RUACH HIDDISH   JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Chief Rabbinate holds absolute power in key areas over the religious definition of what – and who – is Jewish. This monopoly — empowered, funded and perpetuated by the state — has given the haredi Orthodox-controlled body the license to exclude major...
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OP-ED: When Bibi soft-pedaled my question

By ALAN SMASON, Editor 

The 2018 Jewish Media Summit in Israel, like its two previous iterations in 2014 and 2016, has now been relegated to history. While there were many similarities to the two previous summits, this year’s conference put on jointly by the Government Press Office and the Diaspora...
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OP-ED: Hamas’ salvation through the gutter

By REUVEN BERKO

(JNS.org) — After Hamas and Palestinian Authority (PA) representatives met in Egypt for the umpteenth time, it seemed they were finally ready to issue conciliatory tidings. Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen TV station, which is affiliated to Hezbollah, reported that the last meeting in Cairo, mediated by Egyptian intelligence...
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OP-ED: Why my Israeli college displayed a Chanukah menorah and a Christmas tree

By TOVA HARTMAN

KIRYAT ONO, Israel (JTA) — Last year, at the diverse campuses of Ono Academic College, some of my students expressed concern and even dismay over the Christmas tree we had set up next to the Hanukkah menorah. The students were understandably wary of what such Christian symbols have...
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OP-ED: Why liberal Jewish women are demanding more from Women’s March

By GUILA FRANKLIN SIEGEL

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) — On the heels of actress and activist Alyssa Milano’s remarkable statement indicating that she plans to boycott the upcoming 2019 Women’s March because of its leaders’ persistent anti-Semitic behavior, there has been a backlash in our own Jewish feminist ranks. Jewish women are...
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OP-ED: What Airbnb’s decision to delete West Bank listings will mean for Israel’s settlements

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — The guesthouse, advertised as “Tranquility of the Valley,” boasts a hot tub, a patio that faces west toward the setting sun and picturesque views of farmland and hills. It’s available at $134 per night on Airbnb. For now.

That will change soon as this rental listing, along...
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OP-ED: Stan Lee gave comic books permission to be more Jewish

By ARIE KAPLAN

(JTA) — When Stan Lee died on Nov. 12 at 95, he left behind a vast legacy. Between 1961 and 1969, his greatest sustained burst of creative activity, he co-created a vast array of iconic characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible...
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OP-ED: When America questioned my grandmother’s loyalty

By RABBI OREN HAYON

HOUSTON (JTA) — After my grandmother Jeannette died in December 1996, the process of settling her estate worked in the same way it does in most families: There was a house to be sold and possessions to be distributed.

The surviving family members were left...
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