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Defining Auschwitz shouldn’t be difficult

Americans are notoriously ignorant about history. So it’s disappointing — but not surprising — that a survey published last week found that ignorance of the Holocaust grows the further a generation of Americans is from the horrific event itself.
Wednesday 04/18/2018
Defining Auschwitz shouldn’t be difficult
Posted: April 18, 2018

Americans are notoriously ignorant about history. So it’s disappointing — but not surprising — that a survey published last week found that ignorance of the Holocaust grows the further a generation of Americans is from the horrific event itself.

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Paul Ryan throws in the towel
Posted: April 18, 2018

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cast himself as a reluctant speaker of the House when he succeeded Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) by consensus in 2015. His main challenge at the time was to hold together the Republicans’ fractured tea party and mainstream wings. No one saw future President Donald Trump coming.

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Harvard’s Jewish students flunk ‘Israeli History 101’
Posted: April 18, 2018

Radical Jewish students at Harvard University held a late “Liberation Seder” to “protest the continuing occupation by Israel.”

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Wednesday 04/11/2018
America’s third civil rights movement
Posted: April 11, 2018

Proclamation 95, better known as the Emancipation Proclamation, was a presidential proclamation and executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863. It changed the federal legal status of more than 3 million enslaved people in the designated areas of the South from slave to free. The signing of the proclamation was the pivotal event that helped to hasten an end to the four-year Civil War, and thus ended America’s first civil rights movement.

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The simple answers are the wrong ones in Gaza
Posted: April 11, 2018

Clashes between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza tend to be the most hotly contested aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Positions that are already hardened become even more so in the red-hot Gaza forge, as Israel faces off against an actual terrorist group, while casualty numbers — including civilian ones — mount terrifyingly fast and in a one-sided fashion on the Palestinian side. The fight over who is right and who is wrong is not a productive one, paling in comparison to the importance of coming up with solutions to avoid more fighting in Gaza.

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Appoint the anti-Semitism envoy
Posted: April 11, 2018

The Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and the position of special envoy were created by an act of Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004. Over the past several years, levels of anti-Semitism have gone up appreciably around the world, including in the United States.

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The clumsy deal maker
Posted: April 11, 2018

It took less than a day for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move from proudly announcing an agreement with the United Nations to resettle some 39,000 African asylum seekers to then first freeze and ultimately cancel it. If he isn’t suffering from his own self-induced policy whiplash, observers such as the American Jewish Committee are — with several organizations first releasing press releases congratulating the prime minister for a job well done, only to condemn his about-face less than 24 hours later.

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Wednesday 04/04/2018
Ben-Gurion, Bolton and the United Nations
Posted: April 04, 2018

Presumably, David Ben-Gurion would have disagreed with John Bolton on a number of issues. But the Israeli founding father likely would have appreciated the incoming national security adviser’s strong skepticism regarding the United Nations.

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Bolton’s a risky choice
Posted: April 04, 2018

Conservative and hawkish pro-Israel Jews have been buoyed by President Trump’s appointment of former Ambassador John Bolton as national security adviser. “If [Bolton] had only orchestrated repeal of the U.N.’s infamous ‘Zionism is Racism’ resolution, dayenu,” exulted the Jewish Policy Center, a think tank associated with the Republican Jewish Coalition, echoing the Passover song testifying that any of God’s miracles “would have been enough.” “If [Bolton] had only stood firmly against [the 2015 Iran nuclear deal], dayenu.”

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Census of fear
Posted: April 04, 2018

We wish every resident of this country were here legally. We wish those residents who are not citizens had a clear and reasonable path to citizenship. But that is not the case. And until Congress does its national duty and passes serious and comprehensive immigration reform, we are sympathetic to the arguments of those who oppose the Trump administration’s decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, something that hasn’t been done since 1950.

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Is it my right to grieve on Yom Hazikaron?
Posted: April 04, 2018

I made aliyah five years ago. I boarded a plane, waved goodbye to many home comforts, and decided to make the land of falafel and horn-honking my home. There are many days when I feel like a true Israeli — like when I leave my trolley in line at Shufersal and make a mad dash to grab a few more items while securing my place in the line, or when, at the slightest hint of summer ending, I race to bring back out my leather jacket and winter clothes in anticipation of some relief from the heat. And of course there are many days when I feel like an outsider — basically any time when fluent Hebrew or erratic driving is required!

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