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They See and Are Silent

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Let us take inventory. What have we? * Sharon’s declaration of support for a Palestinian state. * Acceptance of United Nations supervision, along with that of other superpowers, in the context of the Road Map, which means the loss of sovereignty. * Sharon’s declaration regarding the uprooting of all of the communities of the Gaza […]


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Ciampi on the Holocaust: Remember the horrors of the past so they will not be repeated

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

On October 16, the 60th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of over one thousand of Rome’s Jews, Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi conferred a gold medal for civilian bravery on the city’s Jewish community. In a ceremony at Portico d’Ottavio, the ruins of an ancient Roman temple which has become the symbol of the […]


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300 Children Attend Camp Koby

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Camp Koby, an American-style camp for children who have lost parents and siblings to terror, will host over 300 children today through Wednesday, March 31. The children are between the ages of 9 to 17, both religious and non-religious and include children from Druze families in the North. Camp activities for the week include donkey […]


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Interview with Mel Gibson’s dad teaches strange ‘lessons’ on life

Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

I learned a lifelong lesson during my recent interview with Mel Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson. The interview took place on the eve of the release of Mel Gibson’s new movie, “The Passion of the Christ.”I learned that there actually were no concentration camps during the Holocaust, only work camps. I learned that the Holocaust was […]


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United Nations: Reformation or Irrelevance?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

An organization “on life support”… “Without the United Nations our country would walk alone, ruled by fear instead of confidence and hope.” Such were the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, a charter member of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from 1947 to 1951 and a drafter of the Declaration of Human Rights. Roosevelt was […]


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Kids have African-Israeli identity, but Ethiopian parents still foreigners

Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

Down a dark, smokey stairwell and in a basement disco of swirling colored lights, the music grows louder — a thumping beat with lilting Amharic lyrics piped through speakers and echoing onto a packed dance floor of young Ethiopian Israelis. In the jostling crowd that is almost exclusively Ethiopian, women in tight jeans and tank […]


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Camp David Accords Created Hamas

Monday, March 29th, 2004

In his presentation to the Knesset session commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Camp David Accords treaty with Egypt, Prime Minister Sharon quoted the Torah’s directive: “Do not hate an Egyptian, for you were a stranger in his land (Parshat Ki Seitzei, Devarim 23:8).” Fair enough. But the Torah does not instruct us to appease […]


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Women of Valor

Monday, March 29th, 2004

How American Jewish Women Made Contributions to Jewry ññ and the World When 23 Jews arrived on these shores from Recife, Brazil in 1654, Governor Peter Stuyvesant immediately wrote to his Dutch West India Company bosses requesting permission to ship back to their point of origin these “members of a deceitful race” who threatened to […]


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What About Noam Federman?

Monday, March 29th, 2004

For Elisheva Federman, whose husband Noam is in administrative detention, it’s not the first time. Her first six-month stint with raising her seven children alone while her husband is held on unknown charges ended just last week – and her second six-month stint began the very same day. For Elisheva Federman, whose husband Noam is […]


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The CNN-BBC-LA Times-Washington Post Handbook for How to be an Activist

Monday, March 29th, 2004

1. Murdering people makes you a killer or a terrorist. But if those murdered are Jews then you are an activist. You might also be a militant. 2. Crashing jet planes into buildings makes you a terrorist. But attempting to shoot down civilian planes landing in Israel makes you an activist. 3. Placing large bombs […]


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