Opinions

OP-ED: Adelson’s Israel Hayom bringing needed pluralism to Israeli press

By DAVID M. WEINBERG

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Liberal pundits have coined a new saw: Sheldon Adelson and the newspaper he owns, Israel Hayom, are primarily responsible for the collapse of many Israeli media outlets, and this endangers Israeli democracy.

The assertion is wrong on both the business and ideological...
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OP-ED: Supporting Israel’s media strengthens its democracy

By ORI NIR

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Can you imagine Israel without a free, independent, vociferous and diverse media? Can you imagine Israel without Maariv and Haaretz? Without biting commentary, investigative reporting and an open, cacophonous marketplace of views and ideas?

Such an Israel terrifies me, and it should alarm you,...
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OP-ED: Steps Israel should take to control its destiny

By GILEAD SHER

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told European diplomats that he will resume negotiations with Israel on a two-state solution after the United Nations votes in November on a Palestinian request for “non-member state” status. What’s most interesting about the widespread report this week...
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OP-ED: Solving hunger means sharing the wealth

By ARI WEISS

NEW YORK (JTA) — To eat: a cup of black beans, a few ounces of pasta and a bit of tuna. To drink: water. This was my dinner menu one Friday night last November as my fellow dinner guests dined on standard Shabbat fare: homemade challah, two types...
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OP-ED: Islamic leaders must call out hate-mongers

By ABRAHAM H. FOXMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — In 1935, a trial was held in Bern, Switzerland, in which two individuals were being prosecuted for distributing the notorious anti-Semitic document “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.” At the trial, witness after witness came forward testifying to the fraudulent...
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’60 Minutes’ of mendacity

By TABITHA KOROL

Just to be sure I wasn’t asking more of CBS’s “60 Minutes” than is reasonable, I researched journalism ethics. I discovered that, while the media is not legally bound, the public assumes and expects it to be honor...
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Importance of joint Federation-JEF meeting

Tonight’s joint meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Jewish Endowment of Louisiana at the Uptown JCC has implications far more outreaching than simple elections to various board posts and awards presented to deserving individuals. It will go far beyond the presentation of a state of...
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OP-ED: Putting the high back into the High Holidays

By ZALMAN SCHACHTER-SHALOMI and JOEL SEGEL

BOULDER, Colo. (JTA) — For many of us, let’s face it, the upcoming High Holidays will be anything but a high. Oh, we’ll pack every pew in the synagogues, dressed in our holiday best. We’ll be there for hours, rising when told to, sinking...
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What did we learn from Issac?

Last week we endured another challenge to our lives as members of a stubborn community that has for hundreds of years clung to an unusual bend in the Mississippi River. Certainly, there have been many other threats before to our way of life. In the early days of New Orleans fires,...
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OP-ED: Israel must punish rabbis who preach hatred

By ANAT HOFFMAN

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin apologized to Jamal Julany, one of the victims of a racist attack in Zion Square, during his visit to the 17-year-old. “We are sorry,” said Rivlin, a Likud Party leader. He went on to say, “It is hard to see...
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