Viewpoints

A public thank you

I’m writing to publicly congratulate Robert Jacobs of StandWithUs Northwest for his leadership and advocacy during this heart-wrenching month of conflict in Israel. We reside in a community in which there’s a “multivocality” of opinions regarding the Middle East. It is essential that Seattle’s Jewish community have an atmosphere in which these diverse — and(…)

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Above the fold

In my many years working as the editor or reporter on newspapers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and most recently as editor/publisher of The Jewish Transcript, I am shocked — and angry — that the JTNews ran what appeared to be a paid half-page ad blasting Israel, for fighting back against Hamas rocket attacks, under(…)

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Time to talk

I believe that there is a substantial, well-funded, anti-Semitic movement in Seattle as well as other large communities in Washington State (“Seattle solidarity events find various ways to support Israel,” Aug. 8). Who is funding the movement can only be laid at the doorstep of anti-Semites even though they profess other far-fetched reasons. The influx(…)

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Changing minds about Israel, one person at a time

Changing minds about Israel, one person at a time

 By Randy Kessler, Special to the Jewish Sound As children, we were taught to not talk to strangers. But for those of us who care about educating our fellow citizens about Israel, talking with strangers is exactly what’s needed. I was recently invited by a friend to go see Alison Weir, founder of an anti-Israel(…)

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Au revoir, France: French anti-Semitism is fueling unprecedented emigration

Au revoir, France: French anti-Semitism is fueling unprecedented emigration

By David Chivo, Special to the Jewish Sound What if every family attending Bellevue’s Jewish Day School hastily packed up and left Seattle by year’s end? Would our community take notice? What if campers attending the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s summer programs begged their parents to stay home, fearing verbal and physical attacks during the(…)

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Wanna kill me? Take a number

Wanna kill me? Take a number

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA World News Service (JTA) — My friend Alain Azria gave me a puzzled look when I told him, with some indignation and disbelief in my voice, that I had just heard talk of killing Jews at an unauthorized anti-Israel demonstration last month in Paris. A young black man with a Parisian(…)

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As night falls, Torah illuminates us

Rabbi Berele Paltiel Chabad of Snohomish County Just over two years ago, my wife Goldie and I with our two little girls moved from New York City to Edmonds, Wash. to run the Chabad of Snohomish County. It has been an exciting two years, meeting many wonderful people while learning to adjust to the Pacific(…)

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The what-ifs

I find it highly offensive that the Jewish Federation demanded that an NRA lobbyist be fired because he voiced his opinion that Jews should be against restrictive gun laws (“On anniversary of shooting, Jewish Federation tells NRA spokesman to step down”). The idea that the Holocaust could not have been prevented if Jews had guns(…)

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We must stand together

p5rn7vb I am writing about my dismay over the fact that recently there were two separate solidarity events for Israel; the first taking place in Pioneer Square and the second at Congregation Beth Shalom. One was co-sponsored by the Orthodox congregations and the other co-sponsored by the Conservative, Reform and other congregations. On its face,(…)

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Learning to argue on Tisha B’Av

Learning to argue on Tisha B’Av

By Yehudah Mirsky, JTA World News Service JERUSALEM (JTA) — As we approach Tisha b’Av, the State of Israel is at war. The day’s commemoration of sorrow and pain, and urgent calls for introspection and reflection, couldn’t be coming at a more needed time. On Tisha b’Av we take upon ourselves the burden, and the(…)

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European governments must act to stem rising anti-Semitism

By Robert Singer, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — The conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is spilling over into Europe, where in the past several weeks, Jewish communities have witnessed a chilling display of anti-Semitism, the likes of which has not been seen in many years. European governments need to act(…)

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Who is killing the Israeli soldiers?

By Andy David, Special to the Jewish Sound In newspapers, it is highly unlikely that you will see pictures of Hamas terrorists storing rockets in multiple UNRWA schools, shooting from hospitals, operating from mosques and other civilian structures, as opposed to images of civilian casualties. Since we don’t suspect civilians of engaging in the killing(…)

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Tisha b’Av in a time of rockets, tunnels and death

Tisha b’Av in a time of rockets, tunnels and death

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTA World News LOS ANGELES (JTA) — After weeks of missiles falling on Israel and bombs dropping on Gaza, we land on Tisha b’Av. With the day-to-day images of explosions and tunnels so fresh, I wondered how they might connect to my mid-summer night’s struggle with the somber holiday’s relevance. Tisha(…)

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