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Insightful (or incite-ful) behaviors after government raid PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:33

Sometimes the media will execute unscrupulous tactics to chase a story. Dirty politics can often incite or provoke controversy. Last week’s news surrounding Gordon Fox seems to prove my point.

On Friday, March 21, news broke that the Rhode Island State House was being raided by the U.S. Attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and State Police. A federal search warrant was also issued for House Speaker Fox’s East Side home. Agents toted boxes from both Fox’s home and his State House office. At the time, it was unclear what specifically was under investigation, but television, radio and newspapers were buzzing with speculation. Some reports questioned whether or not evidence collected would tie Fox to an ethics complaint surrounding suspicious campaign finance activities or other issues including his connection with 38 Studios, the gaming company founded in 2006 by Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

Outreach to interfaith families strengthens the Jewish future PDF Print E-mail
By Rabbi Rick Jacobs   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:48

 JTA  –  All in favor of a strong Jewish future, say “aye.” On that core question, there is resounding unanimity, but there have been some unnecessarily polarizing articles in the Jewish press suggesting that we have to select either endogamy or outreach.

Nonsense! Such binary thinking reduces a multi-dimensional and complex reality to a false choice.

Beating back the assault on Israel’s legitimacy PDF Print E-mail
By Jerry Silverman and Steve Gutow   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:46

JTA – Leaders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement say they are protesting Israel’s policies in the West Bank. They are doing far more than that.

BDS advocates routinely oppose a two-state solution and seek to delegitimize the sovereign, Jewish State of Israel. In some cases, BDS becomes the latest form of anti-Semitism.

The BDS movement aims to isolate and punish Israel, using the same techniques applied to apartheid South Africa. Not hesitating to misrepresent facts and ignore context, these Israel bashers take advantage of ignorance and naïveté within civil society circles, mostly in Western Europe, to advance their anti-Israel agenda.

Jews don’t hunt PDF Print E-mail
By Pauline Dubkin Yearwood/   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 19:44

Pauline Dubkin YearwoodPauline Dubkin YearwoodThat’s a comforting statement to one who, like me, opposes hunting, even if it’s not strictly true. I understand thatAllyson Schwartz, a Jewish congresswoman running for governor of Pennsylvania, is involved in an effort to end a ban onSunday hunting, and that there are a few Jews joining the effort. That surprises me.

Boycotting Israeli companies is anti-Israel
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By Lawrence Grossman   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:59

Palestinians and Jews work at a SodaStream factory in the Mishor Adumim industrial park in the West Bank. /Nati Shohat/Flash90Palestinians and Jews work at a SodaStream factory in the Mishor Adumim industrial park in the West Bank. /Nati Shohat/Flash90The hostile intentions of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement toward Israel are clear. But some believe it is possible to be pro-Israel while supporting just a little BDS – boycotting Israeli businesses located on the West Bank but not those within pre-1967 Israel.

The issue has attracted international attention because actress Scarlett Johansson, the telegenic public face of SodaStream, refused to bow to pressure from the BDS establishment and sever ties with the West Bank-headquartered Israeli soda company. SodaStream’s owner disclaims any political motivation But Oxfam, the well-regarded organization dedicated to fighting poverty around the world, strongly criticized Johansson for her SodaStream connection, leading the award-winning actress to end her role as an international Oxfam “ambassador.”

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