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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
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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Wednesday 04/11/2018
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
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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Wednesday 03/28/2018
Everyone is talking about the weather
Posted: March 28, 2018

The baffling case of Trayon White, the District of Columbia City Council member who reacted to a light snowfall by blaming it on climate change caused by “the Rothschilds,” provides an opportunity for those involved to take thoughtful next steps. That goes for White — who apparently had no idea he was voicing a hoary anti-Semitic canard and, just as worrying, actually believed that individuals or small groups could control the weather. But it’s also a test for individual Jews and Jewish organizations to show some nuance in responding to an incident that pushed a lot of buttons at the same time.

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More alike than anyone thought
Posted: March 28, 2018

American Jews, like the rest of the country, began to focus on the existence of Muslim-Americans after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In that frenzied atmosphere, Muslim-Americans made handy scapegoats for the foreign-birthed terror plot. The hasty moves designed to protect the country from an unseen enemy made dark-skinned Americans targets of suspicion, especially at airports. At the same time, President George W. Bush made the correct call in instructing the country that “the enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends.”

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Wednesday 03/21/2018
The election that wasn’t
Posted: March 21, 2018

For a while last week it looked like Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would call early elections for June, with his coalition partners deadlocked over a bill to exempt haredi Orthodox Israelis from the draft. At the last minute, the crisis was averted.

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