The Truth about Labeling

The deadly terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 and their  aftermath have overshadowed a decision made by the European Union two days earlier: that all member states must label products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Golan Heights as originating from those locations, rather than as “made in Israel.” While the move… Read More

Grandstanding on the Backs of Refugees

Refugees with temporary  documents board a ferry to take them to Athens at the port of the Greek island of Kos in August. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

In a year when political discourse includes the idea of building a wall on the Mexican border “with a really big door” to keep outsiders out, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise when 31 governors, all but one of them Republicans, took a gratuitous shot at the victims of the Syrian civil war… Read More

The Real Fight Against Evil

People place flowers and candles near the scene of the Bataclan concert Hall terrorist attack in Paris. (Jeff Mitchell/Getty Images)

The outpouring of grief for the victims of last  Friday’s terror attack in Paris and the tricolored expressions of solidarity show how close to home the Islamic State killings hit people around the world. For a country rocked in  January by the brutal murders at Charlie Hebdo magazine and the Hyper Cacher supermarket, the French… Read More

First Amendment Provides the Muscle

The University of Missouri community and millions of YouTube viewers got a painful civics lesson last week as the campus was convulsed by protests against racism, leading to the resignation of two top university officials. While all that was going on, a  student journalist was prevented from photographing a temporary encampment by a group of… Read More

A Low Bar for Netanyahu’s Visit

President Barack Obama speaks with 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a prior visit to Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

In a conference call with reporters last week, aides to President Barack Obama set fairly low expectations for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House on Monday. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, it appears that much was accomplished — from the prime minister’s declaration that Israel would always be committed… Read More

A Test for the Big Tent

What is an individual’s responsibility for decorum inside an open tent of the Jewish community? And how should the community respond to peaceful demonstrations within its walls? These questions were put to the test recently at a public event in Pittsburgh, where Israeli Consul General Yaron Sideman spoke at the Jewish Community Center. In advance… Read More

Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

Isn’t everyone already aware of breast cancer and the threat it poses, particularly to Ashkenazi  Jewish women? Not yet. And that’s why Breast Cancer Awareness Month, being marked in  October, is so important. It is the time designated to focus attention on the disease and steps that should be taken for early detection. One in… Read More

The Democrats Debate

From Left: Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee at the CNN-moderated Democratic presidential debate  (Josh Haner/NYT/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

Although there were no breakout moments in last week’s Democratic presidential debate, there was palpable relief that five politicians, each with long public-service experience, could remain poised adults and talk about issues for a greater-than-two-hour period. They explored important topics, including gun safety, financial reform and national security, and gave voters insight into some of… Read More

Putin Steps In

Russia’s entry into the Syrian civil war on the side of Bashar Assad’s regime provides a stark contrast to the fuzzy U.S. policy that promised to strengthen moderate rebels fighting Assad as part of an effort to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State group that has taken over swaths of Syria and Iraq. The… Read More

Avoiding an Intifada

Masked Palestinian girls take a break while throwing stones during a clash with the Israeli army north of Ramallah. (Mohammad Alhaj/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/Newscom)

Calming the cycle of violence that has taken Israeli and Palestinian lives and set the two communities closer than ever to the abyss since the last intifada will require a level of leadership that few believe either Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or President Mahmoud Abbas possesses. While both men have called for calm, each has… Read More