SCOTUS, POTUS usurp powers of COTUS

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By Isaac Yetiv, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California — The Founding Fathers in their wisdom made the “Separation of Powers” one of the pillars of American democracy. The US Constitution clearly and unequivocally stipulates that “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and […]

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Foxman looks back on 50 years with the ADL

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NEW YORK — Looking back after 50 years of service to the Anti-Defamation League, retiring national director Abraham Foxman expressed passionate worry to journalist Edwin Black about the safety and security of Jews overseas and Israel’s position in the world. Excerpts from his exit interview follow, edited and condensed for continuity, clarity, and length. Edwin […]

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Obama presidency has harmed Israel

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By Morton Klein and Daniel Mandel NEW YORK — Few seem to have noticed that President Barack Obama has scattered to the winds bipartisan Israeli reservations regarding establishing a Palestinian state. In a recent interview on Israel Television Channel 2, President Obama was quizzed on his public rejection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election […]

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Defining campus anti- Semitism

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By Kenneth L. Marcus/JNS.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Does it matter how we define our words? Sometimes it does. The U.S. Department of Education understands this point, as do the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Universities need to learn it, too. Last year, the Education Department paid CDC to develop a uniform definition of […]

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Jewish news briefs: July 6, 2015

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Nearly half of U.S. Democrats believe Israel is a ‘racist’ country, survey finds (JNS.org) Nearly half of U.S. Democrats—47 percent—believe Israel is a “racist” country, while only 13 percent of Republicans agree with the same statement, according to a new survey conducted by pollster Frank Luntz. The survey, whose results were first reported by the […]

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Trump slanders Mexicans in racist rant

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By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — There is a published report that Tywanza Sanders, who was a 26-year-old member of ‘Mother Emanuel’ Church in Charleston, made a plea to the “alleged” killer of nine African Americans studying scripture that day. Sanders purportedly begged the assailant to spare the lives of the people in the […]

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Exodus 1947: The ship that sank the British mandate

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By Joe Spier CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — In the early part of the movie Exodus, blondish, blue-eyed Paul Newman, miscast as Haganah operative Ari Ben Canaan, leads a band of Holocaust survivors aboard the Cyprus docked sea vessel, Exodus, intent upon breaking the British blockade and making the illegal run to Palestine. The British discover the […]

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Jewish news briefs: July 3, 2015

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Netanyahu tours Be’er Sheva with Steve Forbes, hails city’s tech ‘revolution’ (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—joined by billionaire Steve Forbes, owner of the Forbes magazine—on Thursday toured Be’er Sheva and the southern Israeli city’s Advanced Technologies Park at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). Netanyahu discussed the area’s potential in the field […]

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Jewish knick knacks in N. America’s oldest city

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Story by Donald H. Harrison; photos by Shor Masori ST AUGUSTINE, Florida — In this, the oldest European city of North America settled by Spaniards in 1565, I wondered whether any of the earliest soldiers might have been conversos — that is, former Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism in order to remain […]

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Kudos to President Obama for his amazing grace

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By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California –This past week, the Jews were studying about water, words, and rocks in the weekly cycle of Torah readings.  The desert-wandering Hebrews were griping to Moses about being thirsty—they even repeated their infuriating refrain: “Take us back to Egypt!” Moses, a good man with anger-management issues, was instructed by […]

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BDS gains church advocates

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By Bruce S. Ticker PHILADELPHIA — J Street and the Catholic Church proceeded on the same day, last Friday, to press for Israeli and Arab action to end the so-called occupation of Israel’s territories, and they were joined by a large Protestant denomination four days later. Ira Stup, a senior consultant to the J Street […]

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Jewish news briefs: July 1, 2015

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Obama admin. won’t enforce anti-BDS trade provision in Judea and Samaria (JNS.org) After President Barack Obama signed a trade bill that takes a stand against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, his administration said the U.S. would not use the legislation to protect Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. The Trans-Pacific Partnership bill, […]

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Gaining Jewish perspective at Epcot

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Story by Donald H. Harrison; photos by Shor Masori ORLANDO, Florida — Sometimes it is good to go to a place like Epcot at Disney World  to regain a sense of perspective about our fellow Jews and Israel. We may feel,  sometimes, that our narrative provides the text, or at least a major sub-text, for […]

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Jewish news briefs: June 30, 2015

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Iran nuclear negotiations extended to July 7 (JNS.org) Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 nations (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany) missed a June 30 deadline for a final agreement and have a new deadline of July 7. Last week, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected several key components agreed to under […]

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