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A Maoist in Gaza

July 16, 2014  •  Commentary

Despite the flurry of reports from Gaza today, very few news outlets picked up on Hamas's declaration that it had closed the Erez border crossing into Israel, citing "Israeli shelling" as the reason for doing so. The move, reported AFP, left stranded a group of Palestinians who had arrived at Erez early in the morning, "some of whom were scheduled to enter Israel for cancer treatment."

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Abbas, Auschwitz, and Palestinian strategy

July 11, 2014  •  JNS

It was often remarked that the late Palestine Liberation Organization leader, Yasser Arafat, would sound moderate when speaking in English and utterly intransigent when speaking in Arabic. Much of the same could be said about his successor, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority.

In an exclusive op-ed for Haaretz—published to coincide with the Israeli newspaper's one-day conference on peace in Tel Aviv that was rudely interrupted by a barrage of rockets from Gaza—Abbas sounded rather statesmanlike. "As the president of the Palestinian people I am totally committed to the vision of a two-state solution, normalization and peace with our neighbor—Israel," Abbas wrote.

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Haaretz Portrays Judaism as the Obstacle to Peace

July 7, 2014  •  Commentary

Israel's Haaretz newspaper will tomorrow host the grandly-named "Israel Conference on Peace" in Tel Aviv. In a crammed schedule across twelve hours, an intriguing array of speakers–Israelis, Arabs, Europeans, and Americans, left-wingers and right-wingers–will address economic development, human rights, access to water, the prospects for a diplomatic breakthrough, and other critical aspects of this particular Middle Eastern conflict.

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Beware the Bearers of Friendship with Iran

July 6, 2014  •  JNS

If you want the measure of how American policy has clumsily tailed the shifting system of alliances in the Middle East, look no further than the op-ed titled "Iraq Must Not Come Apart," published in the New York Times by Leslie Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Once an advocate of a federal Iraq, Gelb has now changed his mind. Nothing wrong with that, except that in doing so, Gelb, one of the most influential foreign policy thinkers in America today, has arrived at a most troubling position.

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One Professor's Twisted Definition of 'Scholarship'

July 1, 2014  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

Like many others in the Jewish community, I first became aware of the dire situation facing Jewish students at San Francisco State University (SFSU) back in May 2002, when John Podhoretz published an op-ed in the New York Post exposing the anti-Semitic activism plaguing the campus. Podhoretz quoted from an email written by Professor Laurie Zoloth, then the chair of the SFSU's Jewish Studies department, in which she confessed, "I cannot fully express what it feels like to have to walk across campus daily, past posters of cans of soup with labels on them of drops of blood and dead babies, labeled 'canned Palestinian children meat, slaughtered according to Jewish rites.'"

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