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  • The American Jews invoking the Holocaust to talk about Trump's migrant camps

    In the face of dire conditions at U.S. border patrol facilities, many American Jews are increasingly unafraid to invoke their people's history to warn against what may come next. Weeks after New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comments comparing immigration detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border to concentration camps, reports of dire conditions at U.S. border patrol facilities continue to pour in. [tmwinpost] Men, women, and children, some as young as infants and toddlers, forced into dirty, squalid, and overcrowded cells, or in other cases, held within chain-link fence enclosures outside in the summer heat. At least 24 immigrants have died in Immigration and Customs…

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  • In Trump's America, the rabbinic voice is needed more than ever

    President Trump’s comments regarding the Charlottesville violence revealed the yawning moral vacuum in the White House. Now is the time for rabbis to work tirelessly to bring peace, unity, and justice to all people in the United States. By Itamar Haritan Salem Pearce, a rabbinical student and senior organizer with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, remembers where she was when she first heard President Trump defend white supremacists. She was still in Charlottesville, recovering at a local café after supporting counter protesters alongside clergy of all faiths. Earlier she had watched people being carried away on stretchers after a…

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  • The deeper meaning of IDF general's Holocaust comparison

    The deputy IDF chief of staff came under a barrage of criticism for saying trends that prevailed in pre-WWII Europe can be seen in Israel today. But if Israelis took a minute to reflect on his comments, they would realize that they were more solemn than slanderous. Headlines in Israel are blaring this Holocaust Day over a statement by the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, General Yair Golan, comparing trends in Israel to those in Germany leading up to the Holocaust. At the official state ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday evening, Golan gave a…

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  • Call it colonialism, call it occupation - just don't call it 'apartheid'

    'Apartheid' is rapidly becoming the new political term of condemnation and delegitimization in international politics. But is it truly the best description of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians?  By Thomas Mitchell Is apartheid an appropriate term to describe Israel’s occupation of the West Bank? In an article published on +972 late last year, Ran Greenstein argued that it is, relying on international law rather than historical grounds admitting that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is different—but not better—than South Africa between 1948 and 1994. "Apartheid" is rapidly becoming the new political term of condemnation and delegitimization in international politics. It…

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  • Just a quick note before the word ‘Nazi’ is outlawed

    Just a few days ago, the Israeli government approved a bill that would “impose penalties of up to six months in jail and a $25,000 fine for using the word ‘Nazi’ or Holocaust symbols for purposes other than teaching, documentation or research.” This wonderful infringement on my freedom of expression gave me the urge to write a quick note to my 120 public representatives in the Knesset. 13 January, 2012   Knesset Kiryat Ben Gurion Jerusalem 91950   Dear Members of Knesset,   Before you turn the bill which prohibits using the word “Nazi” into law, I just wanted to…

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  • Remembering, but not understanding, the Holocaust

    By Amos Goldberg Originally published in Haaretz. The Holocaust has long since become a very dominant part of Jewish identity in Israel. Precisely for that reason, it is surprising that in this country historical knowledge about the Holocaust - to judge by the literature on the subject published in Hebrew - is among the most meager in the Western world. Most of the outstanding books in the field were not written in Hebrew, and few of them have been translated. Although the trend has begun to change in the past decade, this is a case of too little, too late.…

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  • Why Nazi Germany references are banned on my blog

    I have made up my mind to ban all Holocaust and/or Nazi Germany references on comments to my posts, for the following reasons: 1.    Israel is not Nazi Germany. It's not even close. I find the current political trends troubling, even dangerous, but this country is not engaged in a systematic, full-scale genocide, and since 1948, it hasn't committed mass deportations. There are better ways to say that the Palestinians deserve justice. 2.    Some argue that Israel has one or several laws that were introduced by the Nazis too. Even if that's the case, so what? The same could be…

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