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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Op-eds

Recalling Mahwah’s Mayor

For the first time in seven years, a New Jersey official will be forced to face the voters early due to a recall election. Thanks to petitioners handing in at least 4,150 valid signatures calling for a revote on the position, Mahwah Mayor William Laforet will be on the ballot in November. The recall appears to be focused on

I Believe This Palestinian Teenager

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager jailed for assaulting an Israeli soldier, says she supports violence against Jews and seeks the destruction of Israel.

I believe her.

And I believe that groups such as J Street, which have defended Tamimi and claimed that

25 Years of Illusions About Oslo Accords

When the Trump administration announced that it was ending its funding of the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) last week, the protests from the foreign-policy establishment were loud and anguished.

UNRWA has perpetuated the refugee problem it was established to solve and has become one

Some Thoughts on John McCain

My first experience with Senator John McCain was about 12 years ago when I was asked by Yeshiva University to request his attendance at its annual dinner as a keynote speaker. I had met him in the past at events promoting US-Israel relations, but I had few personal ties to him or his office. I knew he was interested in running

SodaStream and PepsiCo Put Fizzle Into BDS

“Who is BDS?” That was the question SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum asked with noticeable swagger on Israel’s Channel 10 TV earlier this week.

SodaStream, the Israeli company that manufactures seltzer-making machines and employs Jews and Palestinians on equal wage scales, has for years been

We've Heard This Gaza Story Before

"Israel has a right to self-defense in the face of indiscriminate violence and vicious attacks against civilian populations," said New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. "It is an appalling but often-used tactic by Hamas to launch rockets indiscriminately at Israeli population centers. Nobody should be surprised that a terrorist organization is once again resorting to terror

It’s Not the Nationality Law, It’s the Jewish State They Hate

The ink on Israel’s Nationality Law had barely dried before a torrent of accusations and hatred rained down upon the Israeli government like a volley of rhetorical Katyusha rockets. In addition to everything else, apparently Israelis are now not even allowed to have their own nationality.

And

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing: Finally Talking About Hashem

Over the past few weeks, there has been much talk over a series of articles that were recently published in Mishpacha Magazine. The original article, written by Rachel Ginsberg, focused on the chasidut of the Baal Shem Tov and the so-called “neo-chasidic” movement in America. The article was met with much criticism from Rabbi

Your Turn: NJ’s Double Standard on School Security Funding

Quite possibly, the worst nightmare of any parent is to receive a call or email about a serious breach of security at their child’s school.

Local and statewide education leaders and elected officials are determined to do all they can to increase the safety of and prevent violence in

Whatever Happened to the ADL?

The attack on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is the latest instance of how Jonathan Greenblatt has turned the venerable anti-Semitism watchdog into a partisan outfit.

When Jonathan Greenblatt replaced Abe Foxman as national director of the Anti-Defamation League in 2015, the

NY Times Conceals Widespread Criticism of UN Human-Rights Body

Who could have anything bad to say about an organization with so lofty a title as the United Nations Human Rights Council?

“Conservatives.” Or so says The New York Times in its June 20 story about the United States withdrawal from the council. “Conservatives have been complaining about the

Right and Wrong, Children and Immigration

Emotional responses to separating parents and children at the border provide a textbook case of how partisans distort issues while evading moral responsibility.

As a general rule, injecting emotion into policy debates is a mistake. Cold, rational logic remains the best path to understanding an