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Friday Aug 01, 2014
  The "barbaric violation of the cease-fire agreement," in the words of the White House spokesman, by Hamas when they attacked Israeli soldiers, killing two and taking one hostage, sums up the challenge facing Israel and the West in this vital conflict. An organization that launches rockets at civilians, uses its own civilians as human shields, that has in its charter repeated calls for the destruction of the Jewish state is, not...
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Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
When it comes to the safety of the Jewish community in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to think he can have it both ways. On one hand, he makes clear that the Jewish community should feel safe in their own country as passions have erupted into street demonstrations and violence over the Gaza conflict. “Jews in Turkey are our citizens,” he told the Turkish daily newspaper Sabah recently. “We are responsible...
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Thursday Jul 03, 2014
  The barbaric kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar sent shockwaves of horror across the world. For eighteen long days, decent people around the globe joined with Israelis and Jews anxiously awaiting information about the teens' fate, hoping and praying for their safe and quick return. When it was revealed earlier this week that the three young men would not be coming home, there was an outpouring of grief...
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Friday May 23, 2014
  Pope Francis's trip to Israel beginning on May 25 is clearly an important visit, as any papal appearance is. Its greatest importance may lie in the fact that it reflects the normalization of relations between the Vatican and the State of Israel, not to mention Catholic-Jewish relations more broadly.   Thinking back to John Paul II's historic five day visit in 2000, we realize how far things have come. John Paul's papacy was notable...
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Tuesday May 13, 2014
  The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 with a mission to combat anti-Semitism.  Even at that time we took upon ourselves the responsibility to stand up against all forms of bigotry, but the primary purpose of the organization to this day is the struggle against anti-Semitism.   That is why the release of the ADL Global 100 Index of Anti-Semitism -- the broadest public opinion survey of attitudes toward Jews around the...
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