Stewart railed with honesty against hypocrisy

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By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — He grew up in New Jersey being bullied as a Jew and retains little religious identification.  His last name was Leibowitz but he changed it to his middle name, Stuart, and was more or less estranged from his Slavic father.  The strain was driven by ethnic complexities.  Jon Stewart […]

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Weighing the morality of settlements, Pollard case

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM–Wisdom and justice are elusive topics, with numerous issues on their borders. Israel presents the topics of settlements and Jonathan Pollard. Settlement is either the curse of post-1967 Israel, the fulfillment of God’s promise, an appropriate response to Arab rejections, and/or a way to get more of contested real estate. Americans have […]

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Her first days in America, 1939

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By Natasha Josefowitz LA JOLLA, California — In October 1939, I was twelve years old. My parents, my six-year-old brother, and I sat in the basement of our Paris apartment with gas masks on every night as the sirens screeched that German planes were overhead. We fear they will drop mustard gas, which we were […]

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Is Iran building its bombs in North Korea?

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By Shoshana Bryen and Stephen Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — Both Iran and North Korea were part of the A.Q. Kahn proliferation network, and bilateral trade in oil and weapons has continued despite UN resolutions designed to stop it. Ballistic missile cooperation is documented, and nuclear cooperation has been an unspoken theme in Washington. Pyongyang helped […]

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Jewish news briefs: July 31, 2015

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Poll: 76% of Israelis think Israel needs to continue fighting Iran nuclear deal (JNS.org) More than three-quarters of the Israeli public believes that Israel needs to press on with efforts to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal, a new Israel Hayom survey conducted by New Wave Research revealed. According to the poll, 76 percent of Hebrew-speaking […]

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Obama, Kerry capitulated to Iran

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By Isaac Yetiv, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — Almost two years of “negotiations,” the final “deal”  appears as a total surrender of the Obama government to all the demands of the Ayatollahs who boasted that all their red lines have been met . The deal will put them on the path to become a nuclear power, not as a […]

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Is Iran N- deal pulling U.S. Jews away from Israel?

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By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reports that Israel’s Consul-General in Philadelphia recently sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry suggesting that Israel is losing the support of American Jewry over Iran. If he’s right, does it mean that Prime Minister Netanyahu is wrong or is it because American Jews will […]

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Jewish news briefs: July 30, 2015

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Top Israeli jurists crafting ‘legal Iron Dome’ to boost public diplomacy (JNS.org) Top Israeli legal experts came together this week to formulate a new strategy to bolster the public diplomacy efforts of Israel’s government. The project, promoted by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), seeks to provide Israeli diplomats with solid public diplomacy messages to […]

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On Africa, U.S. and the Middle East

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — This oldie from the Kingston Trio (“They’re rioting in Africa . . . “) is an appropriate theme for today, even though we have to look beyond its details. The general point remains. There’s chaos in lots of places, and we must hope that somebody doesn’t make it a lot […]

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Jewish news briefs: July 29, 2015

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Israeli politicians warmly welcome Jonathan Pollard’s impending release (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli politicians warmly welcomed the news that Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy imprisoned in the U.S. for nearly 30 years, is due to be freed on parole in November. “Throughout his time in prison, I consistently raised the issue of his release in […]

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Huckabee’s ‘oven door’ comment outrageous

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By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — Gov. Mike Huckabee, presidential candidate, preacher, and talk show host, seems to believe that he has special access to Jewish historical pain.   Yet what he uttered about the dubious nuclear deal with Iran served only to Trump his own calibrations about how to get some attention. Huckabee’s utterance, […]

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Jewish news briefs: July 28, 2015

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Majority of Americans want Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal, poll says (JNS.org) A majority of Americans want Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, a new survey has found. According to a CNN/ORC poll—which interviewed 1,017 adults from July 22-25—52 percent of Americans believe Congress should reject the agreement, including 66 percent of Republicans […]

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Obama’s gay appeal in Kenya unlikely to be productive

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — He’s done it again. The nice man who happens to be the US President has called for an end to homophobia in Africa. May he have more success than his call for equality and democracy in Cairo. The best he, Tom Friedman and others could do about that earlier aspiration […]

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Jewish news briefs: July 27, 2015

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Israeli minister meets secretly with chief Palestinian Authority negotiator (JNS.org) Israeli Interior Minister and Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) held a secret meeting with chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat in the Jordanian capital of Amman last week. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways to renew the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which […]

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