Monday, May 25, 2015 Sivan 7, 5775

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We've all heard the admonition: If you get a tattoo -- if you desecrate your body in this way -- you will not be able to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Such phrases filled Jewish childhoods in mid-20th century America; and yet, who would have imagined way back then that this standard parental admonition would provide the lead for...
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Myths of Islamic Tolerance Have Clear Goal: Extinction of the Jewish State Historian Benny Morris writes in The New Republic ( www.tnr.com ) on Sept. 10 about the legacy of Islamic anti-Semitism: "Scholars in the West have begun to devote time and space to anti-Western jihadism and Muslim anti-Semitism -- and a good thing, too, as these are very much...
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Asaf Romirowsky
The eminent doyen of Middle East Studies Bernard Lewis noted that the success of Edward Said's book, Orientalism , was in being able to transform a term that had always referred to an area of academic specialty focusing on societies and cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia into an expression of political abuse. As Lewis prophesied, shortly...
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David A. Harris
In an exchange between British blogger Joy Wolfe and leaders of the "Free Gaza" campaign -- which recently sent two boats to Gaza in the hope of garnering media attention -- an Israeli-based member, Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, condemned Israel for "collective punishment of 1.5 million people," "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity," and described Gaza as "an open prison, a sort...
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Samuel G. Freedman
Twice during the past six months, I've traveled to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, the neighborhood infamously ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. As a New Yorker, I have reason to pass within sight of Ground Zero, site of the former World Trade Center, at least every few weeks. These incidental pilgrimages have taken on extra meaning for me lately,...
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