Opinion

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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Don’t give BDS the credit it doesn’t deserve

Don’t give BDS the credit it doesn’t deserve

By David Shayne, Special to the Jewish Sound A while back, I heard Palestinian academic Nadia Elia brag that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is so effective that Israel’s very existence is threatened. “Empty bravado from the side that is clearly losing,” I thought. Afterward, I heard some pro-Israel activists make similar statements. Then,(…)

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Op-Ed: The Presbyterians’ Judaism problem

Op-Ed: The Presbyterians’ Judaism problem

By Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish world has been shaken by the decision of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three companies that it claims “further the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” The denomination has placed itself squarely on the side of the divestment movement that seeks(…)

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Shushed Palestinians: My reflections on the UW’s BDS experience

By Nurit Asnash, Special to the Jewish Sound I had never heard about BDS (the boycott, divest and sanctions movement against Israel) until about a year ago when I attended an “Israeli Diversity Week” at Antioch University in Seattle. These three-day, 1-1/2-hour sessions were initiated by a courageous Israeli student as a response to the(…)

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Making our voices heard on World Refugee Day

By Margaret Hinson, Special to the Jewish Sound June 20 is World Refugee Day and a fitting time to consider our community’s ongoing commitment to refugee resettlement. Jewish Family Service was originally founded to help Jews resettling in Seattle, and more specifically to help Eastern European Jews fleeing pogroms — the 19th-century name for violent(…)

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A community unified in defense of Israel

A community unified in defense of Israel

By Paula Libes Chester, Special to The Jewish Sound The Seattle Jewish community came together Wednesday night, May 28, at a packed Temple De Hirsch Sinai to hear Ari Shavit, author of “My Promised Land,” and the Reverend Kenneth Flowers, of Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, talk about the evil of(…)

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A disappointed millennial

A disappointed millennial

Dear Ari Shavit: I was one of the under-30 audience members in your audience at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on May 28 — one of the “lost” youth who avoided the issue of Israel when I was in college because it was, as you said, “radioactive.” I am going to be straight with you Mr.(…)

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How much have we lost?

How much have we lost?

By Rabbi Oren Hayon, Special to The Jewish Sound In his biography of Pyrrhus of Epirus, Plutarch recounts the details of the ancient Greek general’s costly victory against Rome at Asculum in 279 BCE. According to Plutarch’s account, shortly after the battle, Pyrrhus considered the devastating losses to his Macedonian troops and made the dark(…)

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George McGovern, Auschwitz, and the Nigerian schoolgirls

George McGovern, Auschwitz, and the Nigerian schoolgirls

By Rafael Medoff, JNS.org   U.S. officials say it would be “too risky” to send commandos to rescue the 300 schoolgirls being held hostage by Islamist terrorists in Nigeria.   If that’s the problem, they should look to the late George McGovern for the solution.   Back in 1944, the future U.S. senator and Democratic(…)

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The Israel conversation we should be having

The Israel conversation we should be having

By Rachel Lerner, JTA World News ServiceNEW YORK (JTA) — The recent vote by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejecting J Street’s membership bid was not entirely surprising. J Street had been reaching out to conference members and community contacts for weeks. We knew that gaining the necessary two-thirds majority was(…)

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Court’s decision highlights a bigger problem

Court’s decision highlights a bigger problem

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound On April 7, the Washington State Court of Appeals struck down the 2011 lawsuit brought against the Olympia Food Co-op for its boycott of Israeli products. This is a shame, and a shame that taps into a much larger picture of the tension that has been(…)

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Giving meaning to Holocaust remembrance

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Much ink has been spilled since the release of the Pew Research Center survey on Jewish identity in the United States. Many have addressed a number of the findings of the survey, with varying degrees of concern. But as we approach Yom Hashoah, I would like to address one issue that seems(…)

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Kansas hate crime didn’t emerge from a vacuum

Kansas hate crime didn’t emerge from a vacuum

By Ben Cohen, JNS.org When you look at the image of Frazier Glenn Cross, AKA Frazier Glenn Miller, the shooter who cold-bloodedly murdered three Christians in a bloody eve-of-Passover spree at two Jewish community buildings in Overland Park, Kan., what do you see? I’ll tell you what I see. The dead-eyed stare, the pasty, blotched(…)

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With an outstretched arm, vote yes on Prop. 1

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound When we’ve written about Metro buses in recent years, it has been about the controversial ads that appear on them. This time, I’m asking you to save the vehicles that carry those ads, and a plea to vote yes on the proposition King County residents are being asked(…)

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