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Qatar tries the Jewish angle

A strange consequence of the anti-Semitic belief that Jews have undue influence in America is that countries who want to influence the U.S. government try to ingratiate themselves with American Jews, or somehow show support for Israel. This may be behind Qatar’s courting a number of prominent American Jews, as reported by Hannah Dreyfus and Dan Friedman in Mother Jones. The writers detail how a Qatari diplomat and a Jewish restaurateur in New York worked together to court “conservative Jewish Americans who viewed the Arab state located on the Persian Gulf coast as a threat to Israel.”
Wednesday 06/20/2018
Qatar tries the Jewish angle
Posted: June 20, 2018

A strange consequence of the anti-Semitic belief that Jews have undue influence in America is that countries who want to influence the U.S. government try to ingratiate themselves with American Jews, or somehow show support for Israel. This may be behind Qatar’s courting a number of prominent American Jews, as reported by Hannah Dreyfus and Dan Friedman in Mother Jones. The writers detail how a Qatari diplomat and a Jewish restaurateur in New York worked together to court “conservative Jewish Americans who viewed the Arab state located on the Persian Gulf coast as a threat to Israel.”

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A change in the NoKo narrative
Posted: June 20, 2018

“If I have to say I’m sitting on a stage with Chairman Kim and that gets us to save 30 million lives — it could be more than that — I’m willing to sit on the stage.” It’s hard to argue with President Donald Trump’s logic regarding his summit last week with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Certainly, smiles and photo ops are much better than saber rattling. So we congratulate Trump on his historic meeting.

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The road to LGBT acceptance in Israel was bumpy — I should know
Posted: June 20, 2018

Tel Aviv has been decked out in rainbow flags for weeks. Suddenly, it seems, every restaurant, coffee shop and store is super “gay friendly.”

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Wednesday 06/13/2018
The chutzpah of Hamas
Posted: June 13, 2018

Like so many Yiddish words (and curses), the word “chutzpah” is very descriptive. The best definition is the old joke which appears in Leo Rosten’s classic lexicon, “The Joy of Yiddish.” He explains chutzpah as when you kill your parents, and then plead for mercy before the court because you are an orphan. That’s chutzpah!

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Supreme Court decides narrowly
Posted: June 13, 2018

There was a slice for both sides in last week’s Supreme Court’s cake shop decision. Those who are concerned with government infringement on religious expression took heart — and even claimed victory — in the court’s conclusion that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed religious bias when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips, who turned down a gay couple wanting to order a wedding cake.

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The secret to unity
Posted: June 13, 2018

Here’s the secret to fostering unity in a Jewish community and for attracting people who have never been involved before: Bring all the rabbis together — all of them — for regular lunches and build among them a sense of trust and friendship. Then, have them get their congregations to drop their annual Purim carnivals and instead pool their resources for a massive community-wide carnival.

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A new approach to fighting campus anti-Semitism
Posted: June 13, 2018

For Jewish and pro-Israel students, intolerant campus behavior has become prevalent and challenging. On many campuses, not only are positive statements about Israel demonized, but individuals who express these opinions are often intimidated, ostracized and bullied into silence. In the past few months, pro-Israel events have been disrupted at NYU, Syracuse, UCLA and UC Irvine; flyers, graffiti and chalking stating “Zionists Not Welcome on Our Campus” were found at San Francisco State University after a professor wrote on her department’s Facebook page that welcoming Zionist students on campus was a “declaration of war”; and a formal complaint was filed by Jewish students at Columbia University against anti-Zionist student groups for systematically harassing them for more than a year.

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Wednesday 06/06/2018
Furnishing Dignity helps the formerly homeless
Posted: June 06, 2018

I am an attorney for the local legal aid in Phoenix. Many of my clients not only have legal needs but social, emotional and practical needs as well.

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Poor choices for religious freedom commission
Posted: June 06, 2018

In a nod to his conservative evangelical base, President Donald Trump appointed longtime activist Gary Bauer to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom — an independent body that tracks religious freedoms overseas. Bauer will join fellow commission member Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, who has drawn criticism because of his past controversial statements about Muslims and the LGBTQ community.

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Tefillin rage
Posted: June 06, 2018

Fifteen years ago, anyone viewing the strange encounter between three Israelis, one of whom was putting on tefillin at Ben-Gurion Airport, would have had grist for an amusing story at dinner. But this is 2018. So last week’s confrontation between University of Maryland professor Pnina Peri, Chabad Rabbi Meir Herzl and business traveler Gad Kaufman drew much more attention, as it was recorded on a phone, posted online and spread virally.

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Let’s abolish Jewish celebrities
Posted: June 06, 2018

Like any embattled minority that needed positive role models, early- and mid-20th-century Jews living in the United States embraced celebrities with any sort of tie to the tribe. In that era, Jews were still largely excluded from many sectors of power and society, as well as subject to anti-Semitism. So American Jews were happy to treat any of their co-religionists who broke through to the big time — whether in entertainment, sports or any other endeavor — as heroes of a sort.

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