Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
By:
John Cohn and Gary Erlbaum
Last week saw an almost unprecedented global attack on Israel and its right to defend itself with military force. Broadcast, Internet and print media carried a wide variety of reports on Israel's actions to stop a flotilla attempting to run Israel's well-publicized blockade of Gaza. While Israel's government was initially slow in presenting the story, within hours of the violence...
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Fear Not the Outsider, for We, Too, Were Once Refused Entry to These Shores
By:
Judith Bernstein-Baker and Ilan Rosenberg
While much attention has been paid to the recently enacted Arizona law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration, less well-known is that a similar law has been introduced in Pennsylvania. As Jews, we should oppose the law introduced by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe in the Pennsylvania legislature. The legislation, HB 2479, provides, among other things, that police who stop an...
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At a Crossroads: How to Secure the Borders?
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Benyamin Korn
Can American Jews, who have always embraced ethnic diversity and generous immigration policies, support legislation to curb illegal immigration? Yes, we can -- and we should. Traditional Jewish support for a liberal U.S. immigration policy has been rooted in two concepts: one practical, one idealistic. The practical is the need to shelter refugees from persecution; the idealistic is our vision...
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By:
Burt Siegel
Clearly, there are public-policy issues in which intelligent people of goodwill will have strong differences of opinion. For instance, reasonable people can understandably disagree regarding the best way to improve the delivery of health care in our nation. But the U.S. Senate is now facing a vote on gun control, an issue that's hard to explain why total unanimity fails...
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By:
Sid Schwarz
I have long straddled two worlds with regard to Diaspora engagement with Zionism and Israel. As the founder-president of PANIM, an organization that has trained thousands of American Jewish teens to pursue social and political activism on behalf of the Jewish people and the world at large, I built a strong relationship with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee so...
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