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From Heidegger to Gaza

July 23, 2014  •  Commentary

Is there a connection between academic quarrels over the legacy of Martin Heidegger, one of the most influential German philosophers of the twentieth century, and the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip?

However spurious or bizarre that question may seem at first glance, an article by Michael Marder in the New York Times suggests that such a link does indeed exist. The source of what Marder describes as the "menacing chill forming around the work of Heidegger" also stalks attempts by philosophers, who work in an atmosphere of "ideological censorship," to expose the nefarious nature of Zionism.

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Against Anti-Semitism, Self-defense is No Offense

July 22, 2014  •  JNS/Sun Sentinel

The debate about whether Jews have a future in Europe has once again surfaced, as Israel's Operation Protective Edge gained momentum in response to Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza.

The two issues are connected for a simple reason: on July 13, a large number of pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Paris decided to attack a synagogue in the French capital, thereby demonstrating that these days, aspiring pogromists are more likely to wear a Palestinian keffiyeh than a swastika armband.

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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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