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  • A Palestinian admirer of 'Night,' disenchanted by its author Elie Wiesel

    Elie Wiesel, who knows too well the hideousness of racist ideologies, should do better than to blindly succumb to them himself. In this conflict, he is not a messenger for mankind, but a messenger for one ethnic group’s victory over others. Night is one of the most memorable books I have ever read. I was 16 years old when my Jewish-Israeli high school teacher assigned it to my class, and I still remember to this day where I was as I went through its pages. It was a short but powerful story of the horrors of the Holocaust, and my…

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  • Elie Wiesel and Amos Yadlin congratulate East Jerusalem settlers

    Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin of the centrist think tank is among the signatories of an ad praising the Jewish settlers who entered 25 apartments in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan last week. 'By your act of settlement you make us all stand taller,' the ad reads. Yadlin and Wiesel serve on the public council of Elad, the organization behind the settlement in Silwan. One of the most dramatic settlement efforts in decades took place a couple of weeks ago, when 25 apartments in the Palestinian neighborhood Silwan, in East Jerusalem, were occupied by Jewish settlers. Silwan is the prize trophy…

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  • 'Pro-Israel' figures who rebuked Obama now endorse him for president

    While happy to harp on U.S. President Obama at every opportunity if he veers from their demand for unconditional support for Israel, when it comes to U.S. elections, prominent "pro-Israel" American Jews prefer him to Romney because when it comes to everything else, Obama is more in line with their liberal ideals. With the U.S. election only 3 days away, a variety of high-profile American Jewish "pro-Israel" figures who have previously lambasted President Obama decided to come out publicly in support of his candidacy for a second term. Last week, former New York Mayor Ed Koch officially backed President Obama for…

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  • The strategic use of the "anti-Israeli" label in US politics

    Republicans recognize Israel as one of their most powerful tools in the coming elections. Liberals, and especially Jews, shouldn't fall for this trap   No doubt, American election year is officially here. Two democratic organizations - Center for American Progress (CAP) and Media Matters – are under attack. The charge: anti-Semitism, no less. In a story on Politico, Ben Smith reported on "a rift in the Democratic Party" because of "anti-Israeli" positions expressed by some of CAP and Media Matters staffers. The Washington Post's neo-con blogger Jenifer Rubin clarified: "These views are not merely anti-Israel, they are anti-Semitic." I don't…

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  • Who is 'right-wing' and what is 'pro-Israel'?

    Labels attached to news pieces frame stories in the readers' minds and ultimately, shape political views. Haaretz as a case study. In Haaretz’s recent expose “How the state helped right-wing groups settle East Jerusalem,” the use of the term “right-wing” is both superfluous and disingenuous. Whether one sees the agenda of settler organizations, like Elad and Ateret Cohanim, as left or right, it is being implemented through illegal, crooked means. This is the central aspect of the story and, while saturated in politics, should speak for itself. So why did Haaretz feel compelled to qualify the settler groups as “right-wing”…

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