Diaspora silence as Israel’s democracy withers

Diaspora silence as Israel’s democracy withers

The great betrayal: American Jews stay silent as Israeli democracy withers – Chemi Shalev – Haaretz 04.01.15 The existential danger facing the Middle East’s only Jewish and democratic state may not be Iran, but Israel itself. Read op-ed...
A danger to Israeli democracy

A danger to Israeli democracy

A danger to Israeli democracy – The Washington Post 02.01.15 Proposed legislation that would stigmatise NGOs that receive funding from overseas reflects the kind of tactic that Russia and China have employed to squelch dissent and is not in keeping with Israel’s...
New poll: 52% Jews, 80% Arabs support two-state solution

New poll: 52% Jews, 80% Arabs support two-state solution

Peace Index Poll: 1/3 of Jews say Jewish terrorists should be handled differently than Palestinian terrorists – The Israel Democracy Institute 04.01.15 Study also shows fear of being harmed by terror on the rise; support for two states for two peoples continues to...
A passionate friendship

A passionate friendship

The exile’s return – Dorit Rabinyan – The Guardian Australia edition 03.04.04 They were young, talented and free in New York. Dorit Rabinyan was an Israeli novelist and Hassan Hourani was a Palestinian artist. Their passionate friendship, impossible at home,...
Jewish terrorism – why the Anglo connection?

Jewish terrorism – why the Anglo connection?

The Anglo connection: why do so many Jewish terrorists come from the English-speaking world? – Haaretz 31.12.15 From the suspects in the Duma arson case to the revellers in the ‘wedding of hate,’ the ranks of Jewish extremist groups are filled with immigrants from the...
Female rabbi hired by Orthodox synagogue

Female rabbi hired by Orthodox synagogue

First Yeshivat Maharat female rabbi hired by Orthodox synagogue – The Times of Israel 03.01.16 Rabbi Lila Kagedan, who was ordained this summer, won’t reveal name of congregation Read report here And see: US Orthodoxy is roiling with debates November 3,...
Three great speeches of 2015

Three great speeches of 2015

Three great speeches of 2015: David Cameron, Manuel Valls, Hilary Benn – Paul Berman – Tablet Magazine 28.12.15 Three European speeches delivered during 2015 on the topic of Islamist terror and democratic values put America’s politicians to shame. They...
Hezbollah fighters fed up re Syria

Hezbollah fighters fed up re Syria

Hezbollah fighters are fed up with fighting Syria’s war – Jesse Rosenfeld – The Daily Beast 30.12.15 The Assad regime in Damascus has depended on Lebanon’s Army of God to shore up its weakened troops. But now many Lebanese fighters are refusing to serve....
The Saudi Iranian regional power conflict

The Saudi Iranian regional power conflict

Saudi Arabia defies West by cutting ties with Iran – Zvi Bar’el – Haaretz 05.01.16 The new rift between Iran and Saudi Arabia is liable to delay, if not completely undermine, diplomatic efforts to end the wars in Syria and Yemen. Read op-ed here And see: US...
Thou shalt not murder. Remember?

Thou shalt not murder. Remember?

Thou shalt not murder. Remember? – David Horowitz – The Times of Israel 04.01.16 Those who assert a Jewish religious legitimacy for murder know nothing. With their wickedness, they shame the name of Judaism. This should not need saying. The Duma killings underline...