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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/JNS.org   
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.”

 
Let’s bet on peace PDF Print E-mail
By Sharon Brous   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:58

John Kerry is not a naive man. While deeply aware of the complexities and obstacles to peace, Kerry is undeterred by the acrimony and intransigence that imprison Israelis and Palestinians in a devastating and soul-corrupting status quo even as the Middle East shakes around them. “At some point,” he said, “you just have to bet on peace.”

There are many legitimate reasons to be skeptical of this latest round of peace talks. To reach a lasting, negotiated two-state solution, both sides will have to make excruciating choices on core issues from refugees to security to settlements to Jerusalem.

 
Notable & Quotable PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:20

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen HarperCanadian Prime Minister Stephen HarperFrom Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech to the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem Jan. 20:

Israel is the only country in the Middle East which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

And these are not mere notions.

 
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