Reconnect With the People

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The story of the Jews of the Former Soviet Union is an evolving one. It’s a story of suffering and distress, a story of incredible challenges — many of which were forfeited, equally as many of which were overcome. But mostly it is the story of a modern miracle. Twenty-five years after Operation Exodus —… Read More

State Department Photo Lists ‘Palestine’ As Country

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A photo posted on the U.S. State Department’s Instagram account on Tuesday lists “Palestine” as a country. The post occurred a day after the State Department unveiled its new Instagram account. “These social media accounts serve as a conduit for the U.S. Department of State to inform and engage publics around the world on foreign… Read More

Harmony In Beit Shemesh?

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One word, said Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, “sanity.” And maybe a few more: harmony, quality of life, collaboration. It is on this platform that the Baltimore native, who moved to Beit Shemesh, Israel, eight years ago, is running for its city council. His party is called TOV, which means good in English, and he said his… Read More

On 20th Anniversary …

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Twenty years after the signing of the fateful Oslo Accords between Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, Knesset members are heavily debating the merits of the peace process and the two-state solution paradigm. Parliamentarians from both Israel’s left and right agree that the process has not yielded the results… Read More

Israel Under Pressure To Give Up Chemical, Nuclear Weapons

The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria’s huge chemical weapon stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief. Many expected that a U.S. strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah to retaliate by attacking Israel. Over the past few weeks, thousands of Israelis, not known for their patience, spent… Read More

Jamaican Jews? C’mon Mon

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When New York resident and Pikesville native Perry Katz traveled to Jamaica for a vacation last December, he spent five days relaxing on its beaches and enjoying tropical beverages amid the country’s tourism-laden north coast. He was completely unaware that about three-and-a-half hours south, in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, there exists an intimate Jewish community… Read More

Lebanon Buckling Under Weight of Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugees in Lebanon live 
in camps made of makeshift tents or in unfinished concrete block structures. Despite the efforts of the local Lebanese groups, refugees are often deprived of water and electricity for medical care.

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With reports from the United Nations that the number of refugees who have fled from Syria has passed the two-million mark — more than half of them children — neighbouring Lebanon is struggling to absorb the hundreds of thousands of who have sought safety across the nearest border. Officially, the number of Syrian refugees in… Read More

‘Friends Are Watching’

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Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Barack Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people. Some suggested that once again the tail was wagging the dog and Israel was leading the United… Read More

Baltimore Takes Action

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Protestors rally in Downtown Baltimore in support of building jobs in America rather than paying for a war against Syria See also, ‘Friends Are Watching’

Kalb Looks At Syria, AIPAC And ‘The Road To War’

When it comes to war, veteran reporter and commentator Marvin Kalb wants to turn back the clock. “When a president goes to war, he ought to take the country with him. That means he ought to take the Congress with him.” Franklin Roosevelt was the last president to ask Congress for a declaration of war…. Read More